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Windows 7: Win8 upgrade experience

15 Jun 2014   #21
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Sounds as though you're well on your way Mike, good luck.


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15 Jun 2014   #22
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Thought I should mention that I don't work from the Start screen, it's just my start menu...

Windows Explorer is pretty much the same as Win7.


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15 Jun 2014   #23
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

About 3 million updates,
Almost done with the first round of important ones
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15 Jun 2014   #24
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you are upgrading via store to 8.1:

When it gets to 100%, close the window. Do not reboot just yet.

Find the $Windows~bt folder and copy it somewhere safe. That contains the installation media. (It'a big)

Now you can reboot to complete the upgrade.
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15 Jun 2014   #25
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Ouch I'm not sure where and what that is Siw2
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15 Jun 2014   #26
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Hi Guys. I have had 8 & 8.1 on my machine as a Virtual OS since it came out and I was bought 8.1 pro for Christmas. I have both ISO's and had been wondering what to do with them. Last week I "upgraded a 7 OS" with a clean install on my dual boot main machine. All my machines have at least 2 OS's for those screw up times. I installed 8.1 64 bit and ran the updates and most of the drivers for the motherboard were on the ISO. I updated Creative Labs & AMD Radeon drivers and installed classic shell. I disabled all the silly charms and deleted from the start screen all of the apps except desktop. The machine is set to boot to desktop. I tweaked the registry using some Windows 7 tweaks to add functions to the OS. I downloaded several themes and use one of the window background grey colours as my main them colour. What I have ended up with is a nice looking OS that is perfectly fine but does not quite look as nice as 7. If this would have the full glass effect I would be using it all the time. Still it is not bad. M$ could have saved themselves a lot of trouble if they had allowed us to choose what we want to install. I have changed my mind, 8 sucks. 8.1 with the updates is fine as long the modern interface is locked away and classic shell is installed and of course you don't have 20 Windows 7 Keys kicking around.

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15 Jun 2014   #27
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

We all love freebies please share your tweaks
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15 Jun 2014   #28
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Add regedit to control panel Works on 7 and 8

Code
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{77708248-f839-436b-8919-527c410f48b9}]
@="Registry Editor"
"InfoTip"="Starts the Registry Editor"
"System.ControlPanel.Category"="5"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{77708248-f839-436b-8919-527c410f48b9}\DefaultIcon]
@="%SYSTEMROOT%\\regedit.exe"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{77708248-f839-436b-8919-527c410f48b9}\Shell]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{77708248-f839-436b-8919-527c410f48b9}\Shell\Open]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{77708248-f839-436b-8919-527c410f48b9}\Shell\Open\Command]
@=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
00,5c,00,72,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,64,00,69,00,74,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,\
00,00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel\NameSpace\{777082 48-f839-436b-8919-527c410f48b9}]
@="Add Registry Editor to Control Panel"
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15 Jun 2014   #29
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Here is three all my machines have.

How to Add Recycle Bin, Run, Search and Many Other Useful Shortcuts in My Computer? - AskVG

How to Add Windows 7 ?God Mode? Icon in Control Panel and My Computer Window? - AskVG

[Tip] Add ?Take Ownership? Option in Files and Folders Context Menu in Windows - AskVG

Change the mode of registry to edit instead of the default MERGE (dangerous in the wrong hands)

Code:
REGEDIT5

;Only use this patch in Windows XP and above

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\regfile\shell\open]
@="Mer&ge"
"EditFlags"=hex:01,00,00,00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\regfile\shell\open\command]
@="regedit.exe /s \"%1\""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\regfile\shell]
@="edit"


Windows will tell you what it is doing when starting and shutting down:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; Windows will tell you exactly what it is doing when it is shutting down or is booting

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system]
"verbosestatus"=dword:00000001

If you want more PM me and I can ZIPor RAR them up and send them to you. I have a ton collected over the tweaking years...
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15 Jun 2014   #30
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
If you are upgrading via store to 8.1:

When it gets to 100%, close the window. Do not reboot just yet.

Find the $Windows~bt folder and copy it somewhere safe. That contains the installation media. (It'a big)

Now you can reboot to complete the upgrade.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Ouch I'm not sure where and what that is Siw2
Mike, I'm sure you're way past this question, but since I don't see an anwer.

The $Windows~bt folder will be on your system root drive (most likely c - I think it's a hidden file.
You'll have two folders the ~bt and yet another windows.old (mothing to do with the ~bt folder, just thought I'd mention it)

Hope that helps if you're still looking for an answer.
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