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Windows 7: Problems with appearance and personalization

02 Jun 2011   #11
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Doc's beat me to it.

Your point about the hard drive may, but not necessarily, be related to your registry database.

See how it acts after you've restored your system and if it's still not playing ball, let us know and we can start investigating why.


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02 Jun 2011   #12
Imperfect1

 
 

Have you tried to activate the "Safely eject" link from both sides/columns of the Windows Explorer? I have found it doesn't work if I try to activate it from the left column (the Navigation Pane), but it does work if I activate it from the right column.
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03 Jun 2011   #13
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.2 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Process Explorer

I have Process Explorer on my W7 install.
It has a "Find" feature.

You type in the drive letter of your external HDD.
It will show you a list of threads and handles related to your search.
You can then kill those one-by-one.
Once they have been dealt with, do another "Find" for your HDD drive letter.
If Process Explorer doesn't list any results, you should be able to use the normal "Safely Remove" option to disconnect your HDD.

Process Explorer is available free from MS and other sites.
No install is needed.
Process Explorer

Probably not much help for your current problem, but you might want to consider it for the future.
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05 Jun 2011   #14
NotDarkYet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks you lehnerus2000, I will certainly consider that after the system restore.

Sorry I've been away for two days but just haven't had the time to get to the computer.

Just one more question before I do this restore tonight if anyone could help;

Is there anywhere to save my bookmarks that won't delete them from the computer after the restore.

Really wouldn't fancy writing them all out...

Thanks for the information DocBrown.

And what do you mean from the left side of the panel on Explorer Imperfect1? The only way I know how to eject an external HD is by clicking on the icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen and then on 'Eject...', are there other ways?

Thanks again for everyone's help.
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05 Jun 2011   #15
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Navigate to C:\users/username/favorites and copy the favorites folder contents to a new folder on your desktop. After the restore copy the back to the original location.
NOTE: Favorites also contains Favorites Bar which has any shortcuts you have added to the IE Favorites bar, these should be copied back separately.
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05 Jun 2011   #16
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.2 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Bookmarks?

Which bookmarks do you mean?

There is a Favorites folder in your User profile:
C:\Users\<Your User Name>\Favorites

Firefox bookmarks are stored in you User profile also:
C:\Users\<Your User Name>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles
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A normal System Restore shouldn't change your documents and favourites.
If you are cautious/paranoid, you could copy your documents and favourites to an external drive.
You can export Firefox bookmarks using the Import and Backup option in the Library (in Firefox).

If you re-image your HDD (for example using Window Backup and Restore or Macrium Reflect), you WILL lose any documents that have been added since you made the image.


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05 Jun 2011   #17
Imperfect1

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NotDarkYet View Post
And what do you mean from the left side of the panel on Explorer Imperfect1? The only way I know how to eject an external HD is by clicking on the icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen and then on 'Eject...', are there other ways?
Go into Windows Explorer and in the Navigation Pane (left side column)
single-click on Computer. Go over to the right-side column and right-click on the drive you want to eject. Select "Safely Eject" and a pop-up balloon at the lower-right corner of the screen should tell you that you can now safely eject the item (i.e. your HD).

If on the other hand, you were to try to right-click on that same drive in the left side column (the Navigation Pane) you would probably get an error message telling you that it is not safe to eject that item.
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09 Jun 2011   #18
NotDarkYet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hello everyone, apologies for the delay between my replies but I'm moving house at the moment and haven't had much chance to sit down with my computer.

Anyway, I tried a system restore two nights ago but the oldest point was one day after I messed with the registry. I attempted this anyway but all I recieved was an error message and, after much clicking, my computer ended the night the way it had started that morning.

seavixen32 you suggested, if a system restore failed, to try restoring Windows 7; do you still think this is the best route to follow?

Or should I take on Britton30's advice and attempt to restore all the default libraries in Windows 7?

I have come to get used to these defunct features concerning my Windows 7; yet they are minor annoyances that, at the same time, I wouldn't mind getting rid of.


Thanks,

Ian
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09 Jun 2011   #19
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hi Ian, I would, personally, try anything possible before a repair or clean install
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09 Jun 2011   #20
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NotDarkYet View Post
seavixen32 you suggested, if a system restore failed, to try restoring Windows 7; do you still think this is the best route to follow?

Or should I take on Britton30's advice and attempt to restore all the default libraries in Windows 7?
Just another opinion. Once the registry has been changed it's almost impossible to know if other changes might have occurred. Restoring the libraries may work ... or not. Or you'll find out at the most inopportune time that something else is broke. For that reason I'd recommend a system restore after you copy your important documents, photos, bookmarks, favorites, etc and save them to your external HD. Since this is a relatively new machine, I'd access the hidden recovery partition and restore the machine to its original factory settings (like it was the day you got it home.) After you have everything set up again I'd immediately make a system image using either the built in Win 7 imaging tool or any of the free products like Macrium or Paragon. Once you have a system image, feel free to experiment. If and when the computer gets hosed (and it will happen if you like to tinker ) you can use the system image to be up and running in about 30 minutes.
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