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Windows 7: New Laptop Questions.

03 Nov 2010   #11
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

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Do you have a router or swicth? If so set up a workgroup and transfer files thru it. I would avoid useing 'Homegroup'.


No router or switch.

Not real sure I want to network them yet!
How do you connect to the internet ? A simle router a great firewall.
A good project for the future.

We subscribe to AT&T U-verse where we have a router for TV and internet. It's a 3 in one package deal and one charge/payment per month.

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03 Nov 2010   #12

W7 Pro 64

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We subscribe to AT&T U-verse where we have a router for TV and internet. It's a 3 in one package deal and one charge/payment per month.
So did you get a modem/router from AT&T? Is that much different from a normal router with built-in modem? Can you replace that with a regular modem/router (i assume it is DSL)

I'm kind of eying that u-verse too at some point when it will be offered in my area... but like to keep my router
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03 Nov 2010   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I would make the DVDs as soon as possible, and put them somewhere safe. It makes little sense to keep your only recovery method on the same physical drive. Besides, you can recover all that wasted space once you do make the discs.

Networking them would definitely be the fastest method. If you don't have a router, use/make a crossover cable and manually configure the wired network settings to connect them.

I believe software exists to convert favorites between browsers, but I'm not sure. I only use IE because it works for me as well as anything else, and it already there.

When I bought an HP laptop for my wife, I made the recovery discs, then blew away everything on the drive and did a clean install. I only installed drivers and helper apps that were needed, and it ran much much faster than it did out of the box.
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03 Nov 2010   #14
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I just got thru making 4 Recovery Discs and I really don't want to do a clean install as I loaded all my graphics software, printer driver, MS Office 2007 and a few others.
Still have more HP crap but not sure what some are for! I will post them tomorrow and get some help.
I believe the AT&T is a router as it comes out of the wall with a white coax cable to the router and from there to my desktop.
So Ken.....the answer is yes. I must have had a brainfart.
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03 Nov 2010   #15

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A geeks guide to start using HP laptop as a second computer

  1. Burn the recovery disks as soon as possible. Recovery partition (or disks) does not include any of other software you have installed later, it's just OS & HP bloatware.
  2. Remember HP lets you use the the Recovery Disk(s) creator only once. Be sure your laptop is connected to AC power when burning the disks. Mark the disks well and keep them in the safe place. I have a habit also to create the first system image at this point, before installing any software or transferring files.
  3. HP Pavilion series notebooks have the recovery partition located in the second partition of the first hard disk (disk 0), so it's pretty useless if the system drive becomes corrupted. For this reason, I recommend deleting the partition after burning the disks and giving the freed space to system partition, or creating a similar partition on second hd (disk 1) and copying the content of Recovery partition there. Even if HP does not allow you to burn more than one set, you can always make copies of those disks if you feel for added security. If you decide to keep the Recovery partition and you later overwrite your boot files, the F11 (F10 on some HP models) boot to recovery tools stops working. In this case setting the Recovery partition active from Disk Management allows F11 recovery tools boot again.
  4. Uninstall all MediaSmart-applications. They load slowly and are resource heavy. In my (subjective) opinion, they give you nothing what WMC and a third party webcam software doesn't:
    • MediaSmart Live TV
    • MediaSmart DVD
    • MediaSmart MVP (Music, Video, Pictures)
    • MediaSmart WebCam
    • etc.
  5. Also uninstall Cyberlink WebCam (Only included in some Pavilion models). Reason as above.
  6. Create the same user accounts you already have on desktop. From the software installed in desktop, choose which you are going to use also on laptop. Install these.
  7. Use Windows Easy Transfer and an external drive to transfer user settings and files from desktop. Let WET copy user settings for those programs installed in (6) and user files from those accounts you have duplicated on laptop. Let WET also copy files from accounts you have not duplicated but feel you need the files, and put them in Public Folders on laptop. If the desktop has Vista or Seven, WET is already inlcluded on it. For XP, you can download WET here.
  8. After installing the software and transferring your files, create a system image, second if you already created one in (2).
Good luck, may God give you some patience...

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03 Nov 2010   #16
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

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Made the discs and here is the HP shit lists. I will look at your to do list again tomorrow.
Please close your eyes and get some rest.

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03 Nov 2010   #17

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


I never install (or always uninstall):
- HP Network Assistant
- HP Support Assistant
- HP Advisor
- HP Update
- HP Quick Launch Buttons

First four are useless, Windows Update takes care of driver updates. The last one is not only useless, but it's very resource heavy in longer use. Besides, Seven can take care of the buttons without HP's help.

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03 Nov 2010   #18

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

HP software is the gift that keeps on giving !
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04 Nov 2010   #19
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Here's what's left over....
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04 Nov 2010   #20

WDS 7 Home Pre.x64

The best way is CLONE it to another Hdd and use that ....
You need one for back up anyway ...
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