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Windows 7: Unknown Environemnt variable found UD_DISABLE_USAGE-TRACKING

25 Jan 2015   #11
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
UltraDefrag install options

So I just installed UltraDefrag for test purposes.

Install options:

Unknown Environemnt variable found UD_DISABLE_USAGE-TRACKING-ultra-defragmenter-v6.0.4-amd64-setup.jpg

If you tick the checkbox to disable usage tracking you get the environment variable

Unknown Environemnt variable found UD_DISABLE_USAGE-TRACKING-path-manager.jpg




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26 Jan 2015   #12
PlatypusKnight

Dual Boot Win 8.1 x64; Win 7 SP1 x64
 
 

Good job Callender. I would say we can mark this as solved if the OP ever shows up again.
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26 Jan 2015   #13
PlatypusKnight

Dual Boot Win 8.1 x64; Win 7 SP1 x64
 
 

Just out of curiosity how come you don't run Win 8?
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26 Jan 2015   #14
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Windows 8

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PlatypusKnight View Post
Just out of curiosity how come you don't run Win 8?
I use Win 7 as it the machine that has "Stereo Mix" - not that I use it much! Also having spent a couple of years customizing and tweaking things to my liking I don't fancy starting afresh with a new OS.

Having said that, I will seriously be considering switching to Windows 10. I've run both Windows 8 and Windows 10 in a VM. I also use various Linux distros at times. I prefer Windows for day to day stuff.
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26 Jan 2015   #15
PlatypusKnight

Dual Boot Win 8.1 x64; Win 7 SP1 x64
 
 

I just switched and I'm loving it. Only booted back to 7 once, and only because I can't get one program to run.

Win 8.1 (as I run it with the IDT High Definition Codec) has Stereo Mix.
There's almost no difference that I can discern, except it's faster, more stable, and uses less resources. I never use the "modern apps" and never see them. Boots right . . .

Ahh I don't know why I'm doing that. I'm really not trying to convert you.

I don't have many programs installed, and I have all my media etc on a separate partition, so making the switch was relatively painless--if you consider 3 days of updates and installs painless. I did lose one of the few games I play, but meh. I'd already beat it, all I was doing now was collecting Riddler trophies once a month or so.

What's so special about Win 10?
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26 Jan 2015   #16
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Windows 10

Nothing special about it but it like the ability to switch between Start Menu and Start Screen. I think GregRocker's post explains why 10 would be a better option than 8.

So I've made some changes to Windows 7 and can use a portable Metro style Explorer if I want to use it. I also a Metro Style windows photo viewer and at the weekend I downloaded Windows 10 Start Menu for Windows 7 but couldn't get a few of my pinned shortcuts to work so gave up on it and uninstalled it!

I like to disable fancy effects and stick with the classic shell although I hear there are moves to block classic shell. Last time I checked there was still a workaround and it could be installed with a little effort.

Windows 7 support is winding down so it makes sense to upgrade. A free Windows 10 is tempting.
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26 Jan 2015   #17
PlatypusKnight

Dual Boot Win 8.1 x64; Win 7 SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
Nothing special about it but it like the ability to switch between Start Menu and Start Screen.
I run a dual monitor setup. I installed Start Menu Reviver from Reviversoft.
I set my big monitor as default and Start Menu Reviver places a Start Menu, almost like the Win 7 Start menu right in the bottom left where I expect it, and Windows keeps the Start Screen Shortcut in the bottom left of the smaller monitor. So on the rare occasion I want to use the Start Screen I can. I mostly only do that to check the weather, and see what other widgets I can install.

Most everything else is handled just like Win 7.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
I like to disable fancy effects and stick with the classic shell although I hear there are moves to block classic shell. Last time I checked there was still a workaround and it could be installed with a little effort.

Windows 7 support is winding down so it makes sense to upgrade. A free Windows 10 is tempting.
Ditto on the Classic shell (desktop view). My setup is so utilitarian it's almost spare. One of the reasons I'm on 7 forums. Get new utilities, better ways of doing stuff I do. Thanks for the app your recommended in this thread by the way.

I notice most people have hundreds of installed programs. I have less than 100.
I take that back. I just checked. Revo says I have 72.

Considering how much greg raved about it, I may try to download and install the Windows 10 preview. More likely I'll just wait until MS releases it. If they do release it for free sign me right up. Win 8.1 made a believer out of me. I really don't understand what all the fuss was about. It's more or less just like 7, but better. That said, I didn't have to deal with the Win 8 problems, or the Start Screen being forced down my throat so. . .
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02 Feb 2015   #18
amethystina

Windows 7 Professional 64bit, Windows 7 Home Basic 64bit, Windows 8.1 Single Language
 
 

Sorry for the very belated response - I had rather given up on finding a meaningful answer and so never checked if anything further was added to the thread (I also assumed I would get an email informing me of new posts as happened on the 2 earlier responses - as a first time poster, I am not sure how the system works).

Anyway, I do use Ultradefrag - so that is undoubtedly the cause.

Great job Callender, I would not have found that because I only use Ultradefrag very rarely, and had uninstalled it some time ago. The reason that the environment variable was still have been present is that my system was badly damaged in a lightning strike a month ago, but since all the disks were OK, I just replaced the MOBO, RAM, GPU and PSU then said a prayer and booted up the 'new' PC as I has upgraded from a 1155 chipset to 1150. After load the new MOBO drivers, all I had to do was reactivate Windows. Everything else worked - which surprised me. So I was just doing a through check of the system when I found this strange environment variable. Technically, I had never loaded Ultradefrag onto this machine - it was just a left-over on the disk.

Always nice to know how something got there.

Thanx to Callender and PlatypusKnight for solving this one
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