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Windows 7: Many settings undone after renaming an external HDD

02 Oct 2013   #1

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)
Many settings undone after renaming an external HDD

Today I renamed an external HDD.
Now many Win-Explorer settings have been undone PLUS Desktop has been re-arranged.

It might all be a coincidence (I am having problems with lagging screen-refresh) at app windows not refreshing ... stress overload
(Yesterday Firefox auto updated to v24.0, no visible problems) ?

Bitdefender Internet Security 2013 and Malwarebytes ... both report all is OK

Would appreciate any input. Thank you :)

Toshiba Satellite C665
Model/part num:= PSC55A
Win7 32 bit (Toshiba preloaded)
UI:=Classic Shell Start + Classic Explorer
Purchased July 2012, out of the box Nov-2013 -- 10 months old.

Many settings undone after renaming an external HDD-desktop-rearranged.png

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02 Oct 2013   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Strange and I don't know how it happened but do have some ideas.
What was on the external drive might of caused the change.
You could just do a restore point back a few days.

By Brink:
System Restore

Their has been a few post that Bitdefender has caused a few strange things at times. Nothing much just a little gotya now and again. I don't remember any of the being the same little gotya.

You could also run sfc /scannow to check Windows System Files.

By Brink:
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Oct 2013   #3

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

You could also try unplugging the external drive and see what happens to your desktop. That might work out whether the problem is caused by the content of the Ext HD or your system!
BTW Did you edit the Ext Drive letter too?
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03 Oct 2013   #4

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)

Layback Bear :)

I suspect this desktop rehash might have been caused by a Bitdefender Update.
Occasionally strange things happen after a BD update, but not enough to get my knickers-in-a-knot.
Small price to pay for a decent AV

Bitdefender have just extended my membership by 2 months. But they have not outlined for what issue.

Note   Note
(Very courteous email from Bitedefender)
Thank you for taking the time to complete our online survey. Your feedback is highly appreciated and will help us improve our products and services. We apologize for any inconvenience created by this situation. As a sign of appreciation, we would like to offer you a 2 month extension at your subscription and hope that you will accept it. All you have to do is to reply to this message.

I have had 5 email exchanges (5 issues) with BD in the last 2 weeks.
... what situation? They don't say, nor do BD ever quote a reference that I can relate to.
They are extremely slow to respond to email support requests (2 or 3 days) ... at least they do respond.
Their email support does not leave me with a copy of my original email lodgement.
Nor does their computer generated "thank you for you email" reveal which email or issue description.

This thread is not resolved (I don't expect it to be, I think the problem is Bitdefender) so I will leave it as unsolved.
Somebody at a later date might add some "discoveries" here.
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03 Oct 2013   #5

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)

Hi mitchell65 (hope you don't feel overlooked)

I only renamed the drive and retained the drive letter.

Some gremlins have moved into this Toshiba laptop (I think)!
They don't take up much room but they do leave food crumbs on the keyboard and the desk.

Maybe time for a clean install. I have only just started investigating slicker ways of "restoring" the OS, but I am not there yet. (My older XP laptop had to be clean installed about every 12 months.)
Currently challenged by a Win8 to Win7 downgrade on a Dell laptop (on another thread).
As a mere male with declining testosterone ... I can't multi-task ...

Thanks for your contribution :)
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03 Oct 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP


To program where you want the desktop icons to stay, rightclick on an empty area of Desktop to Refresh. They may have just shifted.

Look over these steps for Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to learn how to get a perfect Win7 reinstall, which is different than XP - particularly how drivers are handled.

Meanwhile you can Clean Up Factory Bloatware which may improve performance.

To go over your install thoroughly and learn more about it try these Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7
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08 Oct 2013   #7

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)

Looks like Bitdefender was the cause of "Settings" changed.
I have received the 2 months credit on my current Bitdefender Internet Security subscription.

It happened again after a BD update. "Unsettings" are minimal.
Desktop rearrangement? Icon size was changed to large by BD update again
When I change the desktop icon size back to "small" the empty row appeared.
Note   Note
Taskbar > RClick > Properties > Taskbar (tab)
[ ] Lock the Taskbar
[x] Use small icons
Apply (button)
OK (button)

At least BD know about the problem and I assume they will address it.
As AVs go, Bitdefender has been the most vigilant. My PC has never been so stable after 12 months of a flogging on the web.

I also have to admit ... Win.7 is a lot more stable than my beloved Win.XP

Thank you to all for your contribution :)
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08 Oct 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP


Have you tried Microsoft Security Essentials, the AV which has been most recommended here since Win7 was released?
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