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Windows 7: How do you keep your system running at it's best?


06 Apr 2011   #21
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by McDougal View Post
Okay, I've successfully done one last re-install. I installed Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit, then after installing drivers/updates, refreshing WEI, and activating, I made an image of my OS partition and put that on my data partition (using the built-in imaging tool). The image is about 10-12GB. So far everything is working perfectly , and all my files are still there from my data partition.

@whs, thanks for the warning , my laptop came with an OEM installation of Windows 7 Home Premium. Back then, it came with an OS, DATA, and recovery partition. A while ago....I got myself a TechNet Standard subscritpion. Then, I formatted my whole drive (after backing up, of course), and started all over, creating my own OS and DATA partition.

The good news ! I've decided to purchase an external hard drive. After some quick research....I found this WD 1TB, does anyone have anything against this? Or is it a good buy?
The price is right, WD is a reputable company but you can always get a Monday morning lemon. I would buy it.


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06 Apr 2011   #22

Windows 8 Pro x64; Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 on VirtualBox
 
 

Great, I'll order it tonight !
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06 Apr 2011   #23

Windows 8 Pro x64; Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 on VirtualBox
 
 

I know this technically isn't the correct place to post this...but I've run into an annoying problem .

I set a wallpaper from a saved image file on my hard drive....then, I re-boot, and the wallpaper is gone, replaced with a black/blank background. I've tried many different images, even default ones, everything comes up with the same result. Everything else is working perfectly ....

Anyone know how to fix this? I really don't want to restore my image I made before I installed my programs....
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06 Apr 2011   #24
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. Did you "save changes" and save the "Unsaved Theme"
2. If nothing works, I suggest to do a system restore.
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07 Apr 2011   #25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

My list:
  1. defrag occasionally
  2. disk check(on restart)
  3. monitor my system when I run a new program. and on Wednesday every week I take a full it till shutdown.
  4. I have OEM Windows 7 HOME on a spererate partition and on a USB storage.
  5. test on VMs only!
That's it!
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07 Apr 2011   #26

Windows 8 Pro x64; Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 on VirtualBox
 
 

About the wallpaper problem....discovered that this problem doesn't occur on system themes....only on wallpapers that I set from a file. I suppose saving the theme would work....but I've never seen this problem before on other installations/computers.
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07 Apr 2011   #27

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Install O.S.
Update
Install Avast and Malwarebytes
Black Viper
Defrag
Install programs
Update programs
Defrag
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07 Apr 2011   #28

Windows 8 Pro x64; Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 on VirtualBox
 
 

Oh and one thing I forgot to mention is I always install my anti-virus software (MSE, Hitman Pro 3.5, Malwarebytes, SUPERAntiSpyware, Spywareblaster) last, and Microsoft Office always first.
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07 Apr 2011   #29

Windows 8 Pro x64; Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 on VirtualBox
 
 

Good news ! My hard drive came!

First impressions.....very sleek looking piece of hardware.

I'm kind of disappointed that it requires to be plugged into a power outlet in order to work (can't get power from USB), but no big deal. When plugged in, its completely silent, and doesn't get warm (not yet).

The first time I plugged it into my computer, Windows 7 gave me a "Device Not Recognized" popup. After some minutes of frustration, it finally installed the driver. Then, a message immediately poped up asking to check for errors. That's what I'm doing now....it's going to take a hell of a long time (its 1TB), lol. After that is when all the action will start

I'm very happy with my purchase .....
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07 Apr 2011   #30
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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I'm kind of disappointed that it requires to be plugged into a power outlet in order to work (can't get power from USB), but no big deal. When plugged in, its completely silent, and doesn't get warm (not yet).
That's too bad. You should have studied the specs ahead of time. Generally I prefer the ones with seperate power for the desktops. Only for the laptops do I take USB powered ones. Those are easier to take along.
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