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Windows 7: Nothing shown on 'Device and Printers' screen

01 Dec 2014   #11
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

No problems on the confusion, what that usually entails is not being specific enough, that's why one has the interplay of a forum in order to ask questions that can clarify what the other person meant. It's all in the terminology.
Like when you say Windows 7 Ultimate is a standalone version, I'm thinking did he mean to say it's a retail version? And don't worry 'bout getting off track, It's okay if you and I do it a bit, we'd need a diversion once in a awhile, but if someone comes in from outta' the blue and goes off on a tangent, that's bad.

Belaric is good, I've been using it since 3.1. I used to like Sandra until it went Pro, but found out about a new Sandra lite version here, I D/L'd it and will give it a try again, but beware its a 65MB D/L, with my ISP I had it in under 45sec's.


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01 Dec 2014   #12
davidpsr

Windows 7 Ultimate, x64
 
 

By 'freestanding version' of Windows 7 Ultimate, I did indeed mean the retail version (as opposed to OEM pre-installed on a computer). I try to be as clear as possible, but sometimes a few things get lost in the translation.

I built my computer entirely from component parts and thus had to purchase an OS separately. Doing so really doesn't save a lot of money, but it does provide the means to select components that are most suited to my needs. The most effective upgrade I've done to ANY computer is to replace the HDD with an SSD. No more waiting around for PaintShop Pro to load. Click on the icon and *BAM* there it is.

I know it's ironic, but one of the ads I just encountered on SevenForums was for RegistryReviver, a program similar to the one which I believe started all my problems in the first place.
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01 Dec 2014   #13
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Then why do you have ASUS as the manufacturer in your System Specs?
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01 Dec 2014   #14
davidpsr

Windows 7 Ultimate, x64
 
 

It's an ASUS motherboard.
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02 Dec 2014   #15
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Okay, I believe I'm getting the picture now...

To avoid further confusion you should change your System Manufacturer/Model Number specs from just ASUS to Custom Build using an ASUS Motherboard or MB. Then enter the motherboard model number at the motherboard entry.
You should also have the model numbers for the memory, graphics card, and HDD's.

Did you save any of those Belaric scans? You could use one of those for the info.

Are you using this machine to communicate now or do you have an extra machine that you use when this one runs into problems?
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02 Dec 2014   #16
davidpsr

Windows 7 Ultimate, x64
 
 

Thank you for the direction in getting my profile set up correctly. I'm still limping along with the crippled machine, but have another almost ready to put online. The software side of it pretty much mirrors this machine, although the hardware is altogether different (MSI motherboard, AMD Processor, etc.).

I bought a software program that acts as a KVM switch and actually does a surprisingly good job. So I'm working on a contorted system right now... I'm working from the crippled machine as we speak, but run programs that won't run on this one on the new one, but still use this one as a terminal of sorts, since I can control the other computers on my network via Edgerunner Software's Multiplicity program. It even does a hardware KVM switch one better... It will control and you can listen to the audio from a remote computer.

Unfortunately, it only works on the local LAN. But imagine have a KVM switch connected to every computer in your house and controlled by one Master Computer: The one sitting right in front of you. As long as you give yourself administrative privileges, you can do anything on the remote computer that you could do sitting at it's keyboard and controlling its mouse. It even features a common clipboard so you can C&P from one computer to another without actually 'switching' back and forth.

I LOVE this program. When it was first conceived, I thought "NO WAY." The graphics will be horrible and the entire computer will be painfully slow. As it turns out, I couldn't have been more mistaken. If there's a delay, it's imperceptible to me. Everything's done over the LAN, so of course you have to have a good fast Gigabyte router and if you're going to control computers via Wi-Fi Lan, one that couples as a fast wireless router as well.

I seem to have drifted WAY off course. If there's a more suitable place to put the above rambling, let me know and I'll move it.
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02 Dec 2014   #17
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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No, It's fine where it is, it's giving me some background on how you're set up and what you have to work with although I can't help thinking,

How many machines do you have working through Edgerunner's Software, and is the ASUS rebuild the only machine you're having problems with?
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02 Dec 2014   #18
davidpsr

Windows 7 Ultimate, x64
 
 

I have a total of 4 machines which I can control with Multiplicity. Theoretically, the software supports up to 64, although 4 are tough enough for me to keep track of, much less any more than that. For all practical purposes, I normally only control two at a time, specifically this one and the one I'm preparing to put online to use as the 'Primary' while I do a clean install on this one.

According to Edgerunner, The systems are not so intertwined that viruses could be spread among them any more so than a physical KVM switch would make them vulnerable. They do have a common clipboard if the feature is toggled on and selectable audio control, so the virtual KVM becomes a KVMA switch I guess you'd call it.

I started having trouble with the Asus computer long before I installed Multiplicity. In fact, it's one of the major reasons I installed it... To have a secondary computer which is not corrupted that I could control from the Asus workstation.

It's a long story, but my problems started with Nuance software. Specifically Paperport, version 11. The concept of Paperport is great... to allow paper documents to be converted to digital ones and stored on the computer, thus eliminating entire file cabinets of paper documents. Earlier versions of Paperport were actually more useful when a company named ScanSoft owned and marketed Paperport, but since Nuance bought the rights to Paperport, the software went quickly downhill. The consensus among Paperport forum members was that Nuance was far more concerned about copyright infringement and how to prevent it than they were about establishing a user-friendly, stable softwrae program. They created their own problems and problems for the user with their vicious validation routines. Once a Nuance product was installed, it was virtually impossible to get rid of all traces of it.

When product upgrades became available, it was not possible to simply install the new version over the old one. Oh no. That would be too straightforward. Instead, Nuance made it necessary to uninstall the old version, and thus came the avalanche of problems. Nuance's uninstall routine was flaky and often failed to complete. When this happened, traces of the program were left uninstalled but encrypted, so when a new installation was attempted, it too would fail, usually with some cryptic error message about 'A newer version of the software is already installed... Please uninstall before attempting to install this version...' Subsequent attempts to uninstall were thwarted because the uninstaller 'thought' that the program was already uninstalled. Ad Infitum, ad nauseum.

Thus my introduction to 'Registry Cleaners.' I reasoned that if I could eliminate all traces of Paperport in the registry, I would be able to install a newer version or at least be able to reinstall the old one. Thus began started my long and arduous trek down the road of registry blunders. I first looked for 'Paperport' and deleted all references to it, then all references to 'Nuance, ScanSoft,' and even to 'Visioneer,' the brand of scanner that put Paperport on the map many eons ago.

To say it was to no avail is the understatement of the year. After a week with Registry First Aid and a host of other registry 'fixers,' my system was so screwed up it would barely boot. So I brought in the big guns... The 'PC Problem Solver' software. Again, after investing a small fortune in various 'Fixit' programs, my system was so beaten and battered, I should have just bit the bullet and restarted at that point. But NOOOooo. Not me. I was determined to salvage Old Betsy, even if it meant doing things that I've been warned not to do. Ever.

I amassed such a collection of worthless software, I had programmers frothing at the mouth to sell me the latest piece of garbage they had to offer, which was no better than the last piece of garbage I bought the week before. Even Office Depot and Best Buy got in on the act. Their 'Geek Squads' extracted a couple hundred dollars from me before telling me that it was a hopeless cause and to do a clean install.

I self-inflicted a bit more injury by tinkering with Hiram's Boot Disk and all the goodies that it offers which just about brings me to the point where I am today. In need of a good stiff drink and a clean install of Windows 7. There's no turning back. I just hope I can retrieve everything I need off this beaten down shadow of its former self before I have a mirror image of it installed on the new (MSI) machine.

Thank you for your patience in listening to me ramble. But I thought rather than give it to you a piece at a time, I might as well expose the whole sordid story so you'd know how I got from where I was to where I am.
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03 Dec 2014   #19
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

It has happened many times and will continue to happen that a company will buy out another and that can be a good thing if the buyer knows what its doing, but usually they don't.
I used to run OpenOffice until Oracle bought them out, I run the LibreOffice fork now.

I thought I remembered Nuance from Dragon speaking naturally, at one time a few years ago they had their ad plastered all over the air waves and as suddenly they started, they stopped. I can see why after reading through this: http://Nuance Complaints and reviews | www.consumeraffairs.com
Incomplete D/L's, selling a product they know won't install, corrupted files, runarounds on RMA's, refunds, and on an on....

There are only two utilities you'll ever need and you've probably heard of both, these links will take you to the D/L'd page they are not direct D/L's:
https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download
And:
Download Revo Uninstaller Freeware - Free and Full Download - Uninstall software, remove programs, solve uninstall problems

You would have had a lot less trouble if you would have had revo installed, quite a few members here use it and they also try programs out on their virtual machines, another good way to stop your machine from getting hosed, you close out the VM and poof! everything is as it was..

On that CCleaner page, you can green check the free version down the next two, I have it and the real-time monitoring (RTM) was in the free version, if they mean you could wipe a disk with complete cleaning that's in there also. The RTM watches for clutter and keeps track of updates for CC.
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03 Dec 2014   #20
davidpsr

Windows 7 Ultimate, x64
 
 

Ahhhhh, yes. The virtual machine. This system is such a mess, I doubt that VM software will even run. But I certainly have VM software and the next time I install Nuance software, I'll do so in the VM platform so if something goes wrong, I can just delete the VM and all will be at peace. But wait... Maybe not. With Nuance's exhaustive investigation of the computer, I'm not even sure it will run on a VM. And Nuance has a 'limit' on the number of installations they allow per Activation Code. From what I understand, they won't tell you what that number is.

I have Revo Uninstaller, but every time I get ready to install new software, I forget to right-click the Setup.exe to install under Revo. Maybe this is a hard-learned lesson for me.
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