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Windows 7: Which partitions do I actually need?

15 Jun 2012   #121
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

I've got a couple of touch sensitive buttons, which I can tap and the wifi turns off or mutes the PC, and I've just realised that when in windows, the volume buttons is red (indicating mute although it may not be) and when I'm on Ubuntu it's white (indicating unmuted, even though it is not). So I was wondering if any I you guy might know why it's happened, and perhaps how to fix it. It doesn't annoy me much, the button still works fine, the colour just doesn't change.


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15 Jun 2012   #122
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tomtom111 View Post
I've got a couple of touch sensitive buttons, which I can tap and the wifi turns off or mutes the PC, and I've just realised that when in windows, the volume buttons is red (indicating mute although it may not be) and when I'm on Ubuntu it's white (indicating unmuted, even though it is not). So I was wondering if any I you guy might know why it's happened, and perhaps how to fix it. It doesn't annoy me much, the button still works fine, the colour just doesn't change.
I would guess that has something to do with the OEM software installed.
when you're running under Ubuntu that OEM software's not running.
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16 Jun 2012   #123
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

So then in theory it should run a ok in windows, but it doesn't! I only get the one colour! Can it be fixed without reinstallation?
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16 Jun 2012   #124
gregrocker

 

Did you reinstall or are you still running the Win7 factory bloatware preinstall?

If you clean reinstalled did you look for the button software on HP Support Downloads webpage for your model?

In rare cases buttons will not light or function correctly with the software provided after a clean reinstall. If you google the issue you will often find others who have faced this and how they resolved it. If not, the only solution is to reinstall the software, ask HP and/or run Factory Recovery.
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16 Jun 2012   #125
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

It's not a clean install, and I've not uninstalled any of HP programs. I'll google it, I don't suppose any of you guys have a solution without reinstalling?
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16 Jun 2012   #126
gregrocker

 

That's not the way I would ask that question expecting to get help here from our volunteers, especially after a marathon thread in which your every question was answered.

The plain fact is that no tech enthusiast would run a HP bloatware factory preinstall, so we would be remiss if we didn't press this point. While HP's are excellent machines, the preinstalled sponsors' crapware and useless utilities throttle Win7 and create endless niggling issues like you're experiencing. The solution is to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.
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16 Jun 2012   #127
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

I'm sorry if I seem ungrateful for the help everyone has given me, I don't mean to. I'll consider a clean install more seriously. To make sure- will I just use the product Key that's on the bottom of the PC? I read somewhere that if the key isn't in use it can be used on another windows installation.
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16 Jun 2012   #128
gregrocker

 

Read the tutorial I linked.

The Product Key on COA sticker is permanently tied to and can only be used on that machine to reinstall as often as you like. Back it up and keep it in a safe place.

However after getting a perfect Clean Reinstall you can save a Win7 backup image to use in place of reinstall or recovery.

Most everything is covered in the tutorial, but ask back if you have any other questions.
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16 Jun 2012   #129
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Ok, would it be better to do a clean install from an official disc, as I have another w7 PC which is bloatware free, or at least would the key still work with it? I have read the guide which says to download an iso from the site, but I'm out of discs that are big enough, so using the disc I've already got would save some money and time.
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17 Jun 2012   #130
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Should I delete the system partition? Like you said in the tutorial I should wait and see if the others work after the reinstall.


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