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Windows 7: Hello and thanks from the mountain hermit!

03 Feb 2015   #1
Telich

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP1
 
 
Hello and thanks from the mountain hermit!

Hey, I just wanted to quickly introduce myself (assuming this is the proper subforum to do it) briefly and indicate how great this forum has been to me as a new Win7 inductee. I have yet to post any questions since every question I've had has already been addressed and solved by the existing knowledge base. Please allow me to pass on kudos to the membership for responding so quickly to all inquiries so quickly and concisely. As a former Win3.1/Win95/Win98/WinXP user, I've been postponing the migration to a newer OS partly because becoming familiar and comfortable with a new system of organization seemed an unnecessary investment of the extra effort to achieve a comparable level of efficiency that existed in the former system. But you folks are making the transition MUCH MUCH easier and less painful.

I suppose I am a senior member (the Win3.1 experience should be one obvious indicator) struggling to keep pace with technology while needing to be able to seamlessly perform computing tasks, some legacy and others quite new. I am sharing the current Win7 box with a few nephews who stop by the shack occasionally to visit and game. So, although I'm really not into those kinds of diversions, it's best to have the machine configured for their entertainment in those situations.

As a retired optoelectronics engineer, my computer needs are far more technical in nature, though I do have some graphics and accounting/office needs that must be addressed. Lots of MS software being used on the machine I just procured. That can be considered good or bad depending on the perspective, when being considered by what used to be a Unix-based company employee (umm... that would be AT&T/Western Electric btw) recalling when the company migrated over to Microsoft products and the associated user/networking support circa the mid-to-late 1990's (all issues used to be addressed and resolved in-house by Unix specialists prior to that event). Linux was only conceptual at that time.

Anyhoo, that's a quick glimpse for those keeping a score card.

It's very comforting to see that the forum is still very active and comprised of helpful contributors. Keep up the great work! See ya' around!
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03 Feb 2015   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Welcome aboard Telich

I would recommend using a better anti virus. Windows 7 built in Defender is not enough for todays internet.

From your specs.

Quote:
Antivirus Default
I use MSE and Malwarebytes Premium.

Microsoft Security Essentials - Microsoft Windows


https://www.malwarebytes.org/lp/lp4/...FaHm7AodxDAABA


Here is a couple of tutorials that will help you fill in your (My System Specs) completely.

By Brink:
System Info - See Your System Specs

By Kari:
Speccy - Publish Snapshot of your System Specs
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03 Feb 2015   #3
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Welcome to SF Telich,
regarding
Quote:
I have yet to post any questions since every question I've had has already been addressed and solved by the existing knowledge base.
That says a lot to me, to show your ability and willingness to search for answers and use the knowledge shared here.
I do the same thing when i have a question or issue.
The SF Tutorials are a wealth of knowledge ...


As far as the "Antivirus Default"
That could mean something different if you purchased a new PC with Win 7 installed, or upgraded your current PC to Win 7 ...
A new PC probably has a trial period (90 days?) AV, such as McA... or Nor..., and then you have to pay to keep protected.

For folks I help with a new PC, i recommend uninstalling the "default trial AV", and using a free AV such MSE or Panda.

From what i found for your PC make/model, it sounds like you purchased a new PC with Win 7 pre-installed ?
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04 Feb 2015   #4
Telich

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP1
 
 
Gradual conversion

I do appreciate the security software recommendations and must admit that I've had mixed enthusiasm with several antivirus programs that I had invested in on previous machines. Several titles pulled the support cord by introducing new market versions (usually to keep pace with newer processors I suppose) that left my own installations languishing, unless I was to essentially buy the upgrade.

Yes, this is currently Defender so far and this HP box is a refurb which means I have no installation disc (like I did with my WinXP Pro) to rely on should things corrupt to that extent. I was considering, should something as drastic as a full reformat ever be warranted, to purchase Win8 rather than Win7, though TBH I am not privy as to whether the processor and architecture if even suitable for that OS. But that issue is a hypothetical at this juncture, anyway.

At the moment, I am installing all my legacy software, none of which is current (as one example... the version of MS Office is 2003) so it can force me into some research and experimentation to establish full functionality since legacy .dll files were not always carried forward. And I have been "fixing" some other applications due to changes in DirectDraw architecture, DirectX version, OpenGL version, etc. But I had anticipated as much, judging from the documentation of how others have coped with their own software migrations... not specifically on this forum but on those dedicated to the app in consideration. All my legacy virus/malware apps are just too old and I'm betting are not suitable for 64-bit anyway which means shaking the mattress again, hoping something significant falls out. :P

So, it is a slow process to: install each, patch (if needed), test and search for fixes if full functionality is not there by default. Plus, I am disabling all security apps during install and testing, then re-enabling once the software just installed appears to be working at status quo. It's important for a confirmed neurotic like me to eliminate as many variables as possible so diagnosis somewhat controlled. But I digress...

Thanks for the formal welcome, guys! I expect you will be seeing me more often as I press ahead into unfamiliar territory.
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04 Feb 2015   #5
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Telich View Post
Yes, this is currently Defender so far and this HP box is a refurb which means I have no installation disc (like I did with my WinXP Pro) to rely on should things corrupt to that extent. I was considering, should something as drastic as a full reformat ever be warranted, to purchase Win8 rather than Win7, though TBH I am not privy as to whether the processor and architecture if even suitable for that OS. But that issue is a hypothetical at this juncture, anyway.
Now that we know it is a refurb, do you have a COA sticker with a valid and readable license key ?
If you do, you can do a clean re-install with gregrocker's tutorial:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

If you have a valid W7 key, you can create a legal/official W7 installation disc.

fyi (imho) ...
Windows 7 / Windows Defender is NOT an anti-virus program
At best, it's a weak Anti-malware solution ...

I have several systems and use different AV programs and real-time security ... see my specs
For me, any AV works, but i don't visit the dodgy sites that "corrupts the OS" that i see for some people i help.

MY PERSONAL FAVORITE NOW is Panda free ...
For people I help, MY PERSONAL RECOMMENDATION NOW is MSE, ...
If MSE doesn't protect them well enough, i re-visit, and try and find a better solution for them.
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04 Feb 2015   #6
Telich

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
Now that we know it is a refurb, do you have a COA sticker with a valid and readable license key ?
If you do, you can do a clean re-install with gregrocker's tutorial:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

If you have a valid W7 key, you can create a legal/official W7 installation disc.
Oops! Another acronym to bedevil my poor, tired mind. What does "C-O-A" stand for, please?

Two stickers can be read on this box.

There's a multicolored sticker (the newer-looking of the two) entitled "Microsoft® 7 Pro OA" on the top of the case just above the white one that displays HP machine model, serial# and product ID (the machine sticker is only readable using a mag glass, however, so badly rubbed).

On the colored sticker are two bar codes, one labeled "HP" and the other "Product Key:".
  • The first bar code (HP) lists a 9-digit numeric code in the format xxxxxx-xxx just to the right of the bar.
  • The product key, a 25-digit alphanumeric code in the format xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx, is printed just above the second bar code.
  • Directly to the right of bar code #2 is an alphanumeric 8-digit code in the format xxx-xxxxx.
  • Just below bar code #2 is a numeric 14-digit code in the format xxxxx-xxx-xxx-xxx.
All codes printed on the colored sticker are easily read.

BTW, two questions related boot alternatives...

1. Would the Win7 OS fit onto a single CD? a single DVD? I assume the fianl disc would be boot-able, no?
2. How many boot options are there in the Win7 universe? Obviously, they no longer support floppy boot, but could one boot through USB via flash? Please bear with me. I've been away from the cutting edge so long that I am no longer aware of the new features and limitations.

Quote:
fyi (imho) ...
Windows 7 / Windows Defender is NOT an anti-virus program
At best, it's a weak Anti-malware solution ...
I see. Thanks for the heads up, David.
Quote:
I have several systems and use different AV programs and real-time security ... see my specs
For me, any AV works, but i don't visit the dodgy sites that "corrupts the OS" that i see for some people i help.

MY PERSONAL FAVORITE NOW is Panda free ...
For people I help, MY PERSONAL RECOMMENDATION NOW is MSE, ...
If MSE doesn't protect them well enough, i re-visit, and try and find a better solution for them.
Will do.

My browsing is limited only to authenticated sites where I regularly do business with an occasional stop off for weather and email checks.

My email is solely interfaced via freebie web sites now since I've had problems in the past with those email servers provided by the web provider. Apparently, the trend has been moved away from a dedicated email-only server towards a web-based one... which is really asking for trouble IMHO. My last account got hacked ("magically", the support folks seemed to infer *sigh*) and caused me weeks of horror just trying to run normal communications, hence, now I stick with "disposable" email and discard if there's any major issue. They are slower, naturally, devour bandwidth with all the ad content, get spammed at an insane rate (though filtering allows better management) and I can't use my favorite Outlook organizer interface , but I still feel it is the path of least danger and potential for service interruption.

That said, even with my limited browsing history (the kids just use this machine for gaming while the modem is disabled for their sessions (love 'em... but I was young once and very resourceful )), I will take your advice and try out those mentioned.

Not sure if our technical discussion qualifies as "Chill out" but the topic seems to have grown its own legs innately. Ahh, well...
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04 Feb 2015   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 



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04 Feb 2015   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You ought to write down that 25 character Product Key in case that sticker is defaced. The Product Key is what you need to activate Windows and what you pay for when you buy a Windows disk. The Windows installation files are a dime a dozen. Anyone can download them for no charge.

Yes. The Windows installation files will fit on a single DVD, not a CD. Yes, it's a bootable disk. You'd download the ISO and burn it to a disk with any old burning program.
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04 Feb 2015   #9
Telich

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP1
 
 

Ahhh... Certificate of Authority. Thanks, Layback Bear! On the left side of this label, just about impossible to read with the nasty gold flake finish almost concealing the printing are those exact words. Also checked out the MS howtotell URL once I cleaned my eye loop better and deciphered the printing.

I installed the MSE app so I'll make that profile change now. Pretty straight-forward and easy to set/reset at first glance.

And yes, I've learned to copy all installation keys to a flash file which I print out as a hard copy. Now that I know what to looki for, it's done.
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04 Feb 2015   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

If you want to learn more about your system in detail try this little free program.

https://www.piriform.com/speccy
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