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Windows 7: help with computer problems

15 Feb 2011   #1

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help with computer problems

how can i check if windows 7 is running properly. i ve been noticing little errors here and there like one that comes to mind is a file association with guitarpro6 the program doesnt open its own file type ive gone to the associate a file type or protocol with a specific program in the control panel and there are none of the programs file extensions. also this might not be a os issue but a good amount of my programs are starting to use up all my cpu.

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15 Feb 2011   #2
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

There is really no general procedure to checkout your system. You can run sfc /scannnow in elevated cmd to see whether you have corrupted system files. But that's about it. If a specific program like your guitar program has problems, you'll have to sort them out on a per case basis.

As far as running programs eating your CPU - disable everything except the AV program in the startups. WinPatrol is an easy tool for that - unless you want to use msconfig. Else, close programs when they are not needed.
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15 Feb 2011   #3

windows 7 home premium 64 bit.

i tried to run sfc from cmd but it said you must be an administrator runing a consol session in order to use sfc utility but i don't know how to run as an administrator?
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15 Feb 2011   #4
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xblade002003 View Post
i tried to run sfc from cmd but it said you must be an administrator runing a consol session in order to use sfc utility but i don't know how to run as an administrator?
As I said, you have to run it in elevated cmd. Elevated means "Run as admin". Just right click on cmd and run as admin.
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16 Feb 2011   #5
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Download, install, update and run a Full Scan with Malwarebytes: Malwarebytes

Study the Event Viewer>Custom>Admin view for repeat errors to google text and ID# for resolution. Check also the Performance log on Advanced Tools page accessed by clicking your WEI score link at Computer>Properties. Check for cued issues at top of Tools page, Generate A System Health Report.

Type "Solutions" in Start Search box to see if any have been sent for Problems reported or not. Always report problems when asked as Windows 7 is interactive this way.

Test your hardware by running memtest86 CD for 5-6 passes or overnight: RAM - Test with Memtest86+ then test the HD using maker's diag/repair full CD scan: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp..

Check temps for overheating by installing SpeedFan, blow dust out of the case using canned air, check all connections carefully avoiding static discharge to components by touching case first, reseat RAM.

Try a Clean Boot Procedure to learn what programs are running unseen which can be causing problems. Turn off all Startup items except AV and gadgets: Startup Programs - Change

Some of these steps suggested for cleaning up or clean reinstalling a factory bloatware install might help.

Run SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker to repair any damaged or corrupt OS files.

As a last resort before running Factory Recovery partition/disks or clean reinstall try a Repair Install which can fix most problems as it reinstalls the OS while keeping all programs, files and settings in place.

Tips for a clean reinstall, which is actually better than getting a new computer with today's bloated factory pre-installs.
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16 Feb 2011   #6

windows 7 Pro 64Bit

In the case of Guitar Pro 6 have you tried right clicking the Guitar Pro file and select open with? Then navigate to

C:\Program Files\Guitar Pro 6 if 32bit Windows or

C:\Program Files (x86)\Guitar Pro 6 if 64bit Windows

Select GuitarPro.exe this will set the files to open with Guitar Pro. Otherwise if it just will not open them for example freezes or has other issues, I recently had to remove and re install my copy of Guitar Pro 6 to fix a similar issue.

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