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Windows 7: Experiences with using Basic Windows 7 reload instead of HP bloatware

02 Aug 2013   #1
jagman55

windows 7 ultimate
 
 
Experiences with using Basic Windows 7 reload instead of HP bloatware

I used the HP Home Premium for years on my desktop from HP
Was talked into replacing it with the Basic image on this forum and here is what I found.

1. Features that worked on HP do not work on the basic system. I dont know if HP has somehow fixed them but the HP system, though slower, works better and is more user friendly. For example, the Basic Window 7, you can not disable the internet if you use the cable. The wireless will disable but not the cable. I have spend a considerable amount of time trying to temporaryily disable my internet only to give up and unplug the modem or router. But, how many time do you need to disable the internet?
2. I have lots of USB hard disks and the HP OS will handle all of them up to the entire alphabet.
The basic system will not assign letters to all my disk, it will do about 75% and to get them to be recognized, I have to unmount the USB HD, use them, then resign them back. All will not appear on the Window explorer at the same time except for the HP OS.
3. There are other features that operate as advertized on the HP system that will not on the Basic image from the net.

The performance is better with the basic image, but, if you dont want to fight through features that are supposet to work, consider the errors you will run into using the basic Microsoft version.


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02 Aug 2013   #2
Ztruker

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Did you apply SP1 and all updates?
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03 Aug 2013   #3
jagman55

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

Yes, first thing I did, SP1 came in the image (link supplied by this forum). Problems are iradic. Sometimes you think it will correct itself and then it goes into one of its crazy spells.
Yesterday, it would not recognize any USB flash. Then it refused the KB and mouse so I went to bed as it was getting frustrating. This morning, booted and the mouse and KB decided to work.
All my USB hard disks appear to be working but no Flash drives again.
Dont think is hard ware as the USB works on the same controller.
HP OS in three years, never acted like this.
I suspect part of the issue is Windows 7 has been modified, upgraded, changed so much, code gets weid as transfers, old code, mingled with new code and gets confused. That is why sometimes you just have to throw it away and start over with new clean code. I belive this from looking at problems/solutions on the net. Some solutions are really weird and some can not be fixed.
When was the last time you Google for a fix for Windows 7 and the 'code/options' were nothing like what you see when you drill down options. Looks like we all have different GUI's.

I wrote my first program in Fortran II back in 1962 on an IBM 1620, memory, 40,000 bytes, (variable word machine) console was a KP machine and a card reader/punch and console print out was cards listed on an old accounting machine. wired with patch bds/wires. You "keypunched a card, then Input was a card reader, then you throw the cards away we thought we were "big time" when IBM came out with an IBM typewriter for a console. This was not a 'play' machine, it was the research computer for the missiles launching at White Sands Missile Range.
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04 Aug 2013   #4
Ztruker

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

When did you install your current copy of Windows 7?

Do you really mean Windows 7 Basic? What version did you install, Basic, Starter, Home Premium, Pro or Ultimate? What tutorial were you following to do it? Did you download from Digital River or Heidoc?
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04 Aug 2013   #5
jagman55

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

Digital River or Heidoc? What I did was follow a link supplied by gregrocker to a copy of Home Premium. I have tried to find the link but can't. I can't find the tutorial either. I considered reloading the HP image but cannot find the tutorial that tells how to remove the HP add-ons so I gave up.

I don't know why the tutorials are so hard to find again.
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04 Aug 2013   #6
jagman55

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

PS, I have a COA for each PC from Windows for my HP OEM that came with the PC's. What gregrocker offered was a copy of Windows for my COA's.
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04 Aug 2013   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Clean Install Windows 7

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key

Go to the top of any page in the Forum and tick on Tutorials.
Once on that page type in a basic request.
In this case it was Clean Install.
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04 Aug 2013   #8
jagman55

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

Thanks for the links.

What is the basic difference between:
Clean Install Windows 7
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7


Can I assume the It is important that I installed the Factory OEM version since mine is a "HP" system or would the effect be the same if I used either load referenced here?
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05 Aug 2013   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Your post are confusing to me.
I don't know if you are using HP to mean Hewlett-Packard or Home Premium.

As Ztruker has requested; what Windows 7 are you trying to install and what Windows 7 did the computer come with.
Look on the Windows COA sticker on the bottom or in the battery compartment.
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05 Aug 2013   #10
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W10 Tech Preview x64 VM / Linux Mint
 
 

Have you installed all the drivers for your system since reinstalling Windows? Have a look in Device Manager and see if anything has an exclamation mark by it.
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