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Windows 7: Just a few massive problems.

26 Jan 2009   #1

XP Media center / Win 7 64bit
Just a few massive problems.

I put Windows 7 on an empty 80GB HDD a few days after it was released and have been using it every day since, every day up to today that is, why? Win 7 has completely filled up the 80GB drive.

Check out what this beta has done.

The Windows folder is now 7.7GB, thatís bad but not as bad as this hidden folder Iíve found

C:/ProgramData/ Microsoft/Windows/WER folder = 69GB

So im now out of space on that drive, thanks MS

Now 2 other bad things Iíve noticed in Windows 7

What is all the disk activity, itís a joke constantly accessing the HDD, I thought it would settle down after a week or so but no, it just loves using the HDD, I think win 7 has a thing for HDDís, maybe a love affair or something like that.

I have 2 Gig of RAM so itís not paging.

Ok now what is all the network activity? Iím using a network meter that monitors incoming and out going data, so far Windows 7 has uploaded something like a GIG of data, what is that all about?

Once booted and after a few minutes Itís using all my bandwidth preventing me from using the web.

Right I know this is a beta and the above kind of proves my point.

On a plus side Windows 7 media center has improved, looks good and the interactive is good, that is until it crashes on ya which it does only about 8 times a day, usually when im recording something and try to watch another channel.

I hope MS address these problems and donít release Windows 7 until its ready or itís going to be like Vista and people are just not going to move from XP.

Now back to the rock solid un-bloated XP, its good to be home.

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26 Jan 2009   #2

XP/Vista/Windows 7 builld 7000

i checked my four test machines, 2 laps, 2 WER contains on one machine a maximum of 8 reports totalling about 9K....also, no bigtime increase in network activity and yes I have noticed the hard drive access occasionallybut only for a minute and that isn't unusual for the laptop when running vista.

the desktop units are clean. obviously from your description of symptom your install is wonky, i'd just blow it away and start again. you say you have 2 gb ram, I assume you have installed the 32 bit OS?
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26 Jan 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 & 64 -(Boot Camped Snow Leopard on a Mac Mini)

WER is Windows Error Reporting. It's enabled by default in Windows 7, Vista, and, yes, even XP.

Turning it off works the same as in Vista:
Disable Error Reporting in Windows Vista

Whenever a program hangs or crashes occurs, Vista is able to automatically send relevant information about the failure to Microsoft using Windows Error Reporting (WER), have this information analyzed and obtain a solution to the problem if one exists. In case you are testing beta versions of applications, you might encounter this situation many times. Some times the Error Reporting can be annoying, but it can be turned off using Group Policy Editor.
I suspect these error reports are a reason for the network activity. If you've accumulated 89 GB of them, you've hardware or application problems.

Windows 7 Media Center has been working like a champ for me. No crashes even when using three tuners to record.

It's a beta. There will be problems for some.
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26 Jan 2009   #4

Windows 7 beta

Yeah, that user has hardware and maybe app probs big time if the disk filled up with error reporting!

Don't blame Microsoft, or the OS for this one.
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27 Jan 2009   #5

XP Media center / Win 7 64bit

Ok im getting on top of this: Windows has made 69 GIG of error reports all for this exe


There are 5039 files

There is nothing wrong with my hardware, it all works great in XP and even vista.

I am thinking that it has something to do with being in the UK, our TV and interactive service is not the same as USA and still needs some work carried out by MS.

Am using XP because Win 7 is running real bad right now.

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27 Jan 2009   #6

Windows 7 RTM x64

its relating to the EPG just as you suspected. You can turn of error reporting if you want too. Theres a thread over at neowin detailing just the same thing.
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27 Jan 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 & 64 -(Boot Camped Snow Leopard on a Mac Mini)

Another thread on this problem at Geekzone:

Windows 7 mcGlidHost.exe error

Turn off error reporting.
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27 Jan 2009   #8

Vista Ult64, Win7600

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27 Jan 2009   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1

I posted about this here: Critical Events
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27 Jan 2009   #10


In all fairness to the OP, the WER really should have some sort of cap on space usage. 69GB is for one faulty file is ludicrous.
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