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Windows 7: WU fixed but random shut-downs and standby not resuming?

09 Sep 2013   #51
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Steve, I agree with YoYo, a clean install will fix all the problems you are having, and can resolve some issues you get with SSDs sometime when tou image to them. A clean install is not that bad when you know you are going to do one. If you get all your software keys, installers, drivers and backed up data, you will be down for only a short time. The horror stories you hear are when you are not prepared to do a clean install. I do clean installs frequently and have everything backed up on at least 3 different hard drives and have a folder of installers and keys I use. I can do one quite quickly. A clean install is always best, especially with an SSD.


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09 Sep 2013   #52
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

That picture does not seem right. This is a picture of my device manager. Notice the chanels listed and the sata AHCI controllers listed. The controller for your sata controllers should be listed no matter which ones you are using. That's why the clean install is the best and quickest idea.

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09 Sep 2013   #53
Steve carell

Windows 7 Pro , 64bit
 
 

ok thanks, looks like I will have to bite the bullet, is there a guide to a clean install anywhere?

I need to get my SSD established correctly in BIOS before I bother applying the OS don't I?
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09 Sep 2013   #54
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

EDIT: I think you also mentioned a Crucial SSD firmware update
choose the correct one from the drop down box
http://www.crucial.com/support/firmware.aspx
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10 Sep 2013   #55
Steve carell

Windows 7 Pro , 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

EDIT: I think you also mentioned a Crucial SSD firmware update
choose the correct one from the drop down box
Crucial.com Product Downloads - Firmware Updates
thats a great write up, will dedicate a day to this ASAP.

Couple of questions regards my SSD;

How should a set this up in BIOS?
When should I update the SSD firmware, presumably after clean install?
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10 Sep 2013   #56
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I would try to do it, before the clean install. I have never lost data from a firmware update, but some have. You could do it either way, but I would try it before. What I suggest is get all your drivers downloaded to a USB drive or CD first, get all your software disks and activation keys , Any software you want to download and install, download the installers before starting and saved to an external media.. Your bios should be set to AHCI mode. Make sure the only disk attached is the SSD. (Just unplug 1 cable from the other disks is fine). Now you should have everything backed up and everything you need right there to do the set up and it should go rather quickly for a clean install. To save space on the SSD here are 2 tutorials you may want to consider after the install. Hibernate will save you the same amount of space as you have ram installed (8GB in your case, I believe) if you don't use it. User files take up the most space on an SSD and it is safer to have them on another hard drive. Neither of these are required, but things most of us with SSDs do. After the install is complete, you can shut down the computer an plug any other hard drives back in. If you want to, you can change the drive letter in disk management. Just make sure you have all your personal data, music , pictures etc backed up before you start.
Hibernate - Enable or Disable
User Profile - Change Default Location
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11 Sep 2013   #57
Steve carell

Windows 7 Pro , 64bit
 
 

Good info thanks again, quick question can you recomend a utility to backup my drivers first?
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11 Sep 2013   #58
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

For 1 to 1 backups I use Microsoft's Synctoy. It does a very good job. And an excellent tutorial on how to use it. SyncToy - Backup User Data

For System images, Windows has a built in utility, but some have had problems with it and it is rather inflexible. But some swear by it. Go to control panel, select backup my computer and select system image in the left column. I do use it, but prefer free Macrium. Here is an excellent Tutorial with a video and where to download it. Imaging with free Macrium

Synctoy will backup almost everything but cannot restore the whole operating system, but it will copy everything. Most all your personal data is usually in C:/Users/yourusername. It includes documents, music, pictures and videos as well as your desktop and downloaded program files. If you back up the entire user folders you will usually get 99% of everything. If you use Windows Live mail, it will backup itself if you tell it to. back it up to your documents as well as your contacts and it will be included in the synctoy backup. Any further questions, feel free to ask.
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11 Sep 2013   #59
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Steve, I apologize, I misread the question. No, there is none that I know of or trust for that. The best thing to do is go to dell and find your computer in their drivers library, it should list all drivers that you will need for the equipment that came with your computer. It is usually organized by model #. If you have added other hardware since buying it, look them up on the manufacturer's web site. Doing that will give you the most recent drivers as well. Sorry, I misunderstood the question. I blame it on old age.
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12 Sep 2013   #60
Steve carell

Windows 7 Pro , 64bit
 
 

No problem! I did wonder if you had misread.

I have a new SSD coming tommorow I intend to do a clean install on, that way I can easily revert to a working system (my work depends on my laptop 100%)

Once I have a stabile base system I will clone and therefore have an immediate backup SSD.
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