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Windows 7: desktop integritylevel keeps dropping to 'low'

04 Sep 2012   #21
gregrocker

 

It's possible. I'm just reporting that we've seen issues with moving User shell folders. It's easier to link from another drive using Libraries which is just another method of linking.

The issue will likely be solved by focusing on getting a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Then follow the steps in tutorial to save a backup image of your new setup to use in place of future reinstalls.


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05 Sep 2012   #22
mitchell65

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by foe View Post
You think this was caused by improper way of moving the folders?

That's odd, I used to do it like this all the time and it never ended up this way before...
But you are now using Windows 7 and like it or not it is totally different to previous versions of Windows!
All the advice you are getting now seems to be geared to doing a clean install and that means having all your folders in the default position. Then see if the problem occurs. If it doesn't and you still want to avoid "hassle when re-installing" then you could move one folder and test the system and so on. This does beg the question "How often do you do a re install then?"
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06 Sep 2012   #23
foe

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
But you are now using Windows 7 and like it or not it is totally different to previous versions of Windows!
Yeah but this is like my 20+th install of windows 7. I like to wipe my system partition a lot. "I used to do it like this all the time" concerned my experiences with windows 7, I ran it for a quite a while now (should I change system specs "Other Info"?).

I am willing to to another set of reinstall for testing purposes. Especially since I finished recreating my systempartion-backups: I'll be able to restore my settings in less then 7 minutes as soon as I'm done. But the problem has not yet re-occurred, so this leaves nothing to test does it? Perhaps I'll mark this thread solved soon... If it doesn't come back in a few more days.

*edit*
@gregrocker thanks for posting this guide. I'm afraid it will not be of much use to me since I'm already done reinstalling. But I'm sure it will be useful for people experiencing the same problem.
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06 Sep 2012   #24
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I`m not gonna read the entire thread, but please take Greg`s advice and download the iso and make a new W7 dvd and reinstall W7. Make sure you format your install partition. Don`t make any changes to 7, install MSEssentials and Malwarebytes. Don`t download any garbage and if you do, scan it with both programs b4 opening it.

Follow these simple guidelines and you will never have a problem with Windows 7.

If you`ve fixed it, and it keeps happening you r doing something to provoke it.

If your happy with it, by all means make a disk image.
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07 Sep 2012   #25
mitchell65

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

Of course it is entirely up to you how you use your PC but I have to say i think [Quote]Yeah but this is like my 20+th install of windows 7.[/Quuote]
is a bit over the top but as i say if you are happy with this then OK.
My idea of a "normal" install of Windows 7 via gregrockers guide was to see if the problem occurs. Testing means what it says testing this install to see if the problem arises. If it doesnn't then as AddRAM says it's something you do to provoke it. So the choice is as as I say Yours!
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07 Sep 2012   #26
foe

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
but please take Greg`s advice and download the iso and make a new W7 dvd and reinstall W7.
I've got a clean windows 7 install source on a usb flashdrive and used that to make a clean install, before Greg posted the solution.

It's not that I'm not taking his advice, it's just that I already did. It seemed to help 2.

My guess is that something went wrong when I created my last partition-backup (image).

So indeed, the clean install solving the problem makes perfect sense.

I am sorry if it seems like I am not listening to advice, I am, but I thought this problem was related to the metadata of the folder, not to the system.

If I knew this beforehand I would just have reinstalled and not have posted anything.

If anyone knows btw, I'm still curious how windows remembers what folders have what inegritylevel. Is it metadata or is it saved for example in the registry?

Anyway problem still not re-occurring. If nothing changes, I'll mark this thread as solved tomorrow.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
Of course it is entirely up to you how you use your PC but I have to say i think 20+th install is a bit over the top
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If you guys like to know my opinion on this:
It's like this: I prefer running my system without antivirus, because this is slowing the system down, so every once in a while I clean my system partition and restore my partition image. Since it takes somewhere near 7 minutes to complete and will shutdown when I'm done it really is not that much of a hassle: I can just do something else and when I get back, I'm all boot-able and ready to go, preferences included.

The problem is: thought this integrity lowering was occurring after a clean install as well, since I had just recovered my backup. I thought the image was trustworthy, but apparently it had this error stored on it. Perhaps the backup got overwritten by accident, never had this before.

Anyway, I remade the backups form scratch so if this really is it, then we are done and I am sorry for wasting your time guys.

*I'll report back tomorrow*
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07 Sep 2012   #27
gregrocker

 

You must run an AV and keep the Windows Firewall updated with all Important and Optional updates. Anything less is reckless.

Neither your AV or any program should slow down Win7, which will never hang or bog with adequate hardware, i.e. at least 4gb RAM and a decent processor for your needs to include Dual Core for multi-tasking.

Did you even bother to read the steps in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 as they represent the absolute Best Practices for getting a perfect baseline install based on countless thousands we've helped with here?

For example, drivers are handled completely differently than before yet most users blunder along like it's XP.

I would also want to first test my hardware to clear it as well: Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7

Check for a newer BIOS update. If none reset BIOS to defaults, set SATA controller to AHCI, HD first to boot. Trigger installer using one-time BIOS boot Menu key.

Then I'd wipe the HD to get the cleanest possible slate for reinstall, since boot sector code can conflict and cause performance issues: Diskpart Clean Command
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07 Sep 2012   #28
mitchell65

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by foe View Post
If you guys like to know my opinion on this:
It's like this: I prefer running my system without antivirus, because this is slowing the system down,
Lets hope none of our data files get infected then!
BTW What makes you think and anti virus would slow Windows 7 down?
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08 Sep 2012   #29
foe

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I'm not gonna have the 'use AV' discussion. I just like it better this way.

Anyway, problem did reoccur today, another hint that this is not mallware, as it would be really odd if I got infected by the same mallware twice.

@gregrocker I did read it indeed, I amid it does have some useful tips. For example: I installed all of the optional updates (like I often do), perhaps this was not a good idea?

I'll look into the updates a bit further, if this doesn't help I'll reformat my usb containing the install source, re download the source and copy it to the flash drive anew. I'll report back. It's just hard to test if it's still there or not, since I do not know what is triggering it. It can be gone for days and then, one day I boot, and there it is.
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08 Sep 2012   #30
mitchell65

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by foe View Post
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@gregrocker I did read it indeed, I did however install all of the optional updates (like I often do), perhaps this was not a good idea?
Reading it is one thing, understanding it and following the guide is another matter entirely. Item 10 of the guide deals with the driver situation and to emphasise it it is underlined. Underlining in a guide like this means "TAKE EXTRA NOTE" not "FORGET THIS IT MEANS NOTHING". And then you ask "Was that not a good idea?"
I'm lost for words, which i have to admit doesn't happen that often!
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