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Windows 7: Help Needed


04 Dec 2010   #11
Microsoft MVP

 

Tweaking Windows 7 with 3rd party optimizers is the fastest way to mess it up. It will always come back to bite you. Windows 7 is already as lean and lightweight as it can be, perfectly balanced and optimized. Applying old XPired methods to it is like using '67 Dodge Dart tools on a new Lexus.

Until you get your XP programs all running in Windows 7, You can run XP virtually from within Windows 7, or Dual Boot it:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

I have been able to get many older advanced graphics and video editing programs to work in Windows 7 through patient experimentation with Compatibility Mode and research on their latest software. Compatibility Mode

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04 Dec 2010   #12

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

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What version of Windows 7 do you have? Is it an OEM or full retail version? Have you got an installation disc?
I have the full version "not an upgrade" and both disc's that came with it 32 & 64
I repeat "What version of Windows 7 do you have?" The full version of what. Professional, Ultimate?
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05 Dec 2010   #13

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Tweaking Windows 7 with 3rd party optimizers is the fastest way to mess it up. It will always come back to bite you. Windows 7 is already as lean and lightweight as it can be, perfectly balanced and optimized. Applying old XPired methods to it is like using '67 Dodge Dart tools on a new Lexus.

Until you get your XP programs all running in Windows 7, You can run XP virtually from within Windows 7, or Dual Boot it:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
VMware Player: Run Windows 7, Chrome OS - Free Download for a Virtual PC

I have been able to get many older advanced graphics and video editing programs to work in Windows 7 through patient experimentation with Compatibility Mode and research on their latest software. Compatibility Mode
Thank you,
I have had this problem since Windows 7 was installed on a new hard drive; I just installed the 3 party programs this week. As far as the dual boot goes that is what I did, I put the HDD with XP in my computer and I am dual booting. Some day when I get ambitious I am going to format the drive and do a fresh Windows 7 install. Download the Updates and take it one step at a time and see what happens.
I did find out when I try to install a program I first get a message that goes by so fast I cannot read it, after trying to hit OK as much as up to 10 times the program will install and seems to run OK. When I am not fast enough to hit OK on that first message is when I get “The Extended Attributes are Inconsistent” message. That first message must be about 1/10 on a second.
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05 Dec 2010   #14
Microsoft MVP

 

If the problem started after reinstalling to a new HD and the rest of the hardware is the same, then you may have a HD or OS problem.

These two possibilities were covered in the first two replies to your post by Keiichi and Pebbly who suggested running System File Checker to check the System Files and Disk Check to test the HD.

You replied to neither as to whether you ran these tests and what were the results.

In addition, if SFC shows no violations of System Integrity I would consider a Repair Install, and after chkdsk I would run the HD maker's diag/repair full CD scan: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

In addition study the logs at Event Viewer>Custom views>Admin to google repeat errors to resolution. Next the Performance log on Advanced Tools accessed by clicking your WEI score link at Computer>Properties. Look for cued issues on Tools page, Generate A System Health Report.

Type "solutions" in Start Search box to see if any have been sent for problems reported or not. Windows 7 is interactive in this way.

After you have exhausted these troubleshootings steps you are left with clean reinstall after wiping the HD of possibly infected or corrupt code. Some tips for getting a perfect install, based on hundreds done here: re-install windows 7
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05 Dec 2010   #15

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If the problem started after reinstalling to a new HD and the rest of the hardware is the same, then you may have a HD or OS problem.

These two possibilities were covered in the first two replies to your post by Keiichi and Pebbly who suggested running System File Checker to check the System Files and Disk Check to test the HD.

You replied to neither as to whether you ran these tests and what were the results.

In addition, if SFC shows no violations of System Integrity I would consider a Repair Install, and after chkdsk I would run the HD maker's diag/repair full CD scan: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

In addition study the logs at Event Viewer>Custom views>Admin to google repeat errors to resolution. Next the Performance log on Advanced Tools accessed by clicking your WEI score link at Computer>Properties. Look for cued issues on Tools page, Generate A System Health Report.

Type "solutions" in Start Search box to see if any have been sent for problems reported or not. Windows 7 is interactive in this way.

After you have exhausted these troubleshootings steps you are left with clean reinstall after wiping the HD of possibly infected or corrupt code. Some tips for getting a perfect install, based on hundreds done here: re-install windows 7
Thanks,
I did run Disk Check and also ran the manufactures Hard Drive Diagnostics and all checked out OK. I also tried using add and remove programs and removed eight programs with no results. I do plan on re-installing Windows 7; I will use Wipe Drive to clean up then format. In the mean time I put the hard drive with Windows XP back in and can dual boot. I might do the re-install within the next week or two and after I get Microsoft’s updates installed I plan on going slow, installing one program every few days and see what if any of them caused the problem. If I can figure this out I will post the results. I actually had trouble since day one, I could never get WIN 7 to remember my passwords for Outlook, and I tried all the fixes on Microsoft’s web site that I thought would work. I gave up on that and decided to use hot mail, now the rest of my mail goes into hot mail and that works fine for what I need.

Thanks again for your help
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