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Windows 7: 64 bit experiences


09 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 - 64 bit
 
 
64 bit experiences

Hi everyone, just joined.

Have been experimenting, in odd moments, with the released version of Win 7 - oem 64 bit.

Working out where it stores all the configs is a nightmare, bits all over the place and some very odd behaviour. Have not got around to dissecting the registry yet, I just pray they have not messed with that too much.

A few observations:

If you edit the name of a desktop shortcut, it disappears. You can get it back with ctrlZ but you have to edit it in Users and ProgramData to change things. Same issue and solution when you Pin something.

Sometimes, when you cold boot you get a blank screen, this is a problem that is in XP and Vista, although I have never personally experienced it, others have reported it to me. Use ctrl alt del to get at Task Manager, then use run to start explorer. Everything then ok.

USB disk drive will not eject - "safely remove" says disk is not removable. Disk manager is correctly configured and nothing seems to be holding the disk open. Have installed "USB Safely Remove" shareware product which does the job. But that is having trouble starting as a service sometimes, I think it is trying to start too soon, must investigate.

Had a look at a couple of tools. "Tweak-7" still needs a lot of work as it does not display properly and some bits just don't work. "Windows 7 Manager" works ok and sorts a few issues. It also contains a crap cleaner that will run on start-up - VG.

The installation, on a clean disk, went brilliantly. It found all the correct drivers and left me no work to do at all - damn, they are trying to do me out of a job.

What was worrying however was that I have used a 50G system partition and every time I reboot the available space gets smaller, now down to 2G. Problem seems to be HIBERFIL.SYS which is now almost 10G in size. All hibernation functions are disabled so it should not be there, let alone getting bigger. You can't delete it, but if you run the following from the command prompt it gets deleted.
powercfg.exe /hibernate off
I now have 11G free.

Have installed and configured, but not used, quite a few apps and utilities, always the latest versions, and not had any failures. But my requirements are probably very different to most users. No games, no messenger services, Office 2003 with Outlook (I hate Office 2007), Adobe suite, Firefox, etc.

Installed Winamp and it worked ok. Today, it has corrupted, no skins, no file associations. Uninstalled, cleaned up, reinstalled, rebooted a couple of times to test, works ok, weird.

Firefox 3.5 has display size issues. Either too small to read or to large to fit on the monitor screen.
Edited the config file, only two options that work are -1 and anything else, although the advice is set it to 96. Have settled on 96 with a display resolution of 1689 x 1050. Then have to use ctrl mouse wheel to bring the size up a couple of notches on many sites. Changing the Windows character size does not fix this although it sorts the desktop icon text size issue.

A quick way to test your monitor / driver settings is with a single line a code in an .html file:
<a><img src="test_square.jpg">
where test_square.jpg is a coloured square that you can easily make in any graphics program.
But do measure the results with a ruler, as to me it always looks wrong but the actual measurements are correct.

I am getting annoyed at regularly being told "access denied" or "does not exist" when Explorer shows it does exist. I have full admin rights and properties, permissions, special says I have full access. Perhaps if I was a good boy and turned show hidden folders and system files off, they would disappear. But I hate having things around that I don't know what they are for.

Well that's my rant for today

Have a nice day

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09 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snowdon View Post
If you edit the name of a desktop shortcut, it disappears. You can get it back with ctrlZ but you have to edit it in Users and ProgramData to change things. Same issue and solution when you Pin something.
I've not seen this, nor can I duplicate it.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snowdon View Post
Sometimes, when you cold boot you get a blank screen, this is a problem that is in XP and Vista, although I have never personally experienced it, others have reported it to me. Use ctrl alt del to get at Task Manager, then use run to start explorer. Everything then ok.
Haven't experienced this either.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snowdon View Post
USB disk drive will not eject - "safely remove" says disk is not removable. Disk manager is correctly configured and nothing seems to be holding the disk open. Have installed "USB Safely Remove" shareware product which does the job. But that is having trouble starting as a service sometimes, I think it is trying to start too soon, must investigate.
I've seen this with a box at work and a particular USB hard drive. Other Flash drives and such don't exhibit this behavior. At home, I've never had this happen...all drives have always safely ejected just fine.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snowdon View Post
The installation, on a clean disk, went brilliantly. It found all the correct drivers and left me no work to do at all - damn, they are trying to do me out of a job.
This has been my experience on every machine I have installed Windows 7 on. No 3rd party drivers were actually "required".

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snowdon View Post
What was worrying however was that I have used a 50G system partition and every time I reboot the available space gets smaller, now down to 2G. Problem seems to be HIBERFIL.SYS which is now almost 10G in size. All hibernation functions are disabled so it should not be there, let alone getting bigger. You can't delete it, but if you run the following from the command prompt it gets deleted.
powercfg.exe /hibernate off
I now have 11G free.
Hmm...this is something that I haven't personally seen...and I do look as I have an 80GB SSD drive for my OS and apps. Of my available 74GB's of space, i have hovered around 50GB free at all times. I have disabled hibernate, I have moved my page file to another drive and I have limited system restore to 2% of my drive.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snowdon View Post
I am getting annoyed at regularly being told "access denied" or "does not exist" when Explorer shows it does exist. I have full admin rights and properties, permissions, special says I have full access. Perhaps if I was a good boy and turned show hidden folders and system files off, they would disappear. But I hate having things around that I don't know what they are for.
I've not really experienced much problem here either. Maybe I haven't poked around enough.
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09 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I've had the shortcut issue you've described...in both platforms of Windows 7. Minor, but can be annoying, especially if you needed that shortcut right away.

As for the last issue, what level do you have UAC set at?
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09 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

For the blank screen issue, I find just moving the mouse a little seems to bring up the log in screen quite nicely. I haven't experienced the other issues. I've successfully been able to rename most shortcuts on the desktop that I've attempted.
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09 Oct 2009   #5

 

I have had the USB thing on an HDD.

Can't say I have had any of the others...
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10 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 - 64 bit
 
 

Deacon - UAC is turned off, its just a nuisance on an experimental system :-)
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10 Oct 2009   #7

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi there .

The USB "thinghy" I believe is related to the "Autoplay" functionality being "switched off". This is for security as a common way of spreading "virial nasties" was to automatically run a program when a USB stick / disk was connected into a computer. This security loophole has now been fixed.

You can just remove USB device without problems when you've finished using it. I've seen NO probs in Windows 7 when "hot plugging" USB devices.

Cheers
jimbo
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12 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 - 64 bit
 
 

Hi Jimbo45

Thats what I thought

But, having done that, the next time I plugged the disk in, Windows 7 told me there was a disk error and asked to run chkdsk !
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12 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 8 Professional
 
 

Only issue ive encountered was the renaming shortcut one. The others I seem to not have. I even ran a search for the hibernate file you mentioned and search didin't find it.
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