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Windows 7: Help needed reconfiguring after reinstallation of Windows

19 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 x64 Pro
 
 
Help needed reconfiguring after reinstallation of Windows

A repair shop reinstalled Windows after my PC had some hardware problems. I'm now having some software registration problems (I assume) because they changed the name of my PC (Computer name and Full computer name). I see how to change these names, but I don't know what the old names were. I have backups - both Window and Acronis - taken before the reinstallation. Is there some way I can find these names in the backups? I assume the info is in the registry but I don't know how to read it in a backup.

I suspect this is just the first of many questions like this I'm going to have to ask.


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19 Oct 2011   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pokeefe0001 View Post
A repair shop reinstalled Windows after my PC had some hardware problems. I'm now having some software registration problems (I assume) because they changed the name of my PC (Computer name and Full computer name). I see how to change these names, but I don't know what the old names were. I have backups - both Window and Acronis - taken before the reinstallation. Is there some way I can find these names in the backups? I assume the info is in the registry but I don't know how to read it in a backup.

I suspect this is just the first of many questions like this I'm going to have to ask.
If it was solely hardware and you have a complete backup why not just restore it. The names are probably included in it
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19 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 x64 Pro
 
 

This sounds bogus to me, but the people at the shop claimed that Windows had become corrupted - that restoring would restore some of the intermittent problems I was having. The problem was intermittently failing ram causing many freezes and automatic reboots. I don't see how this could corrupt anything in Windows except maybe the registry but I could certainly be wrong.
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19 Oct 2011   #4

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pokeefe0001 View Post
This sounds bogus to me, but the people at the shop claimed that Windows had become corrupted - that restoring would restore some of the intermittent problems I was having. The problem was intermittently failing ram causing many freezes and automatic reboots. I don't see how this could corrupt anything in Windows except maybe the registry but I could certainly be wrong.

The most efficient way might be to re-install win 7 cleanly. Intermittent issues usually are pointed towards ram, but can be either the ram itself, or a driver writing bad data to it.

A re-install would not fix the ram but would the driver.
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19 Oct 2011   #5

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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

You may be able to find the computer name by mounting the Acronis image and exploring it. But, as far as I know the validation of Windows is tied to the Motherboard, and if you were having problems with ram, a reinstallation of Windows would not fix the ram. As Zigzag said, if the problem was a driver, reinstallation would probably fix the problem, but not fix bad ram. If it was a driver, restoring the image would reinstall the problem driver.
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19 Oct 2011   #6

Windows 7 x64 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
The most efficient way might be to re-install win 7 cleanly. Intermittent issues usually are pointed towards ram, but can be either the ram itself, or a driver writing bad data to it.

A re-install would not fix the ram but would the driver.
Well, efficient or not, that is what was done. A new set of ram fixed the ram problem. A clean reinstallation of Windows fixed the (possibly nonexistent) Windows problem. Now I'm stuck with trying to reconfigure Windows as it was before it was reinstalled.

So back to my original question: How do I retrieve things like "Computer name" from a backup - either a Windows or Acronis backup?
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19 Oct 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

What all Hardware was Replaced?
What Software are you having issues with? The OS itself or 3rd party?
In ether of your backups can you pick and choose what you reinstall instead of full restore??

EDIT: IS your other thread here about the same Issue??

Reasonable explanation for crashes?
http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...ml#post1622823
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20 Oct 2011   #8

Windows 7 x64 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jeepmann4x4 View Post
What all Hardware was Replaced?
12GB of OCZ ram (6 OCZ3G1333LV6GK ram modules) were replaced by 6GB of Crucial 2GB PC3-10600 ram modules. While that's half of what I had before, Windows was using only 4GB of the OCZ ram ... even though BIOS saw it all. Windows now sees and is using all 6GB of the newly installed ram.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jeepmann4x4 View Post
What Software are you having issues with? The OS itself or 3rd party?
Random freezes of Windows or automatic reboots (even though I had automatic reboot supposedly disabled). Very rarely a BSOD - only 4 over the past year vs. hundreds of freezes or reboots.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jeepmann4x4 View Post
In ether of your backups can you pick and choose what you reinstall instead of full restore??
I don't know squat about the Windows backups but I can access directories and files in the Acronis backups just as though they were the real live files.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jeepmann4x4 View Post
EDIT: IS your other thread here about the same Issue??

Reasonable explanation for crashes?
http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...ml#post1622823
Just about every question I've posted since Aug 2010 has been related to this issue. Hopefully I'll soon be able to crawl back under my rock and disappear now that the problem has (hopefully) been fixed. But first I have to recover from the recovery - get this PC configured like it was before.
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24 Oct 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote:
Quote: Originally Posted by jeepmann4x4
What Software are you having issues with? The OS itself or 3rd party?


Random freezes of Windows or automatic reboots (even though I had automatic reboot supposedly disabled). Very rarely a BSOD - only 4 over the past year vs. hundreds of freezes or reboots.
Not what issue you had, u said that was fixed by the shop and a reinstall of OS.
I meant what program(s) are u having issue's with now?
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24 Oct 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Did you allow them to reinstall or did they just do it ?

I know I`d be pissed, but then again, no one touches my PCs but me.
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