Win8 upgrade experience

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    W7 Ultimate SP1, LM19.2 MATE, W10 Home 1703, W10 Pro 1703 VM, #All 64 bit
       #101

    andrew129260 said:
    To solve issues like these, set your vmware players services to manual start up, and then use this tool/bat I wrote here:


    Not a program, but great for people using vmware player...

    You will also have a little slightly faster startup time without those services. :)
    Nice.
    I wrote a batch file to do the same thing on my PC. :)

    I hate having lots of "useless" services constantly running when I don't need them.

    It's a potential security risk (larger "attack surface") and it makes it more difficult to track down "rogue" processes.
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       #102

    You stated it perfectly lehnerus2000
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    x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
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       #103

    gregrocker said:
    Did you ever find a USB sleep setting in BIOS?
    Checked BIOS on the last boot - the only USB reference is in Boot order. It was worth a shot looking though.

    This was an early 2TB USB 3.0 drive, so I'm not going to sweat it. A new drive has been on my mind anyway. This one will be fine for cold storage data, but not connected all the time. I might go a completely different route than USB ext drives - USB is convenient, but I'd rather have speed and reliable data transfers (not saying USB isn't reliable....)

    edit: There was no firmware update as expected - drives rarely have updates.

    Thanks again Greg.
    Last edited by Slartybart; 20 Jun 2014 at 09:04.
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  4.    #104

    Go with an SSD. Next to a perfect Win7 install it is the best Upgrade you can have, even better than a new PC. I have 10 second boots and instantaneous performance on everything. It's a chip!
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    Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM
       #105

    DavidW7ncus said:
    I've been playing around with running 8.1 in a VM with Win 7 as the Host.
    As of now it seems installing VMware Player broke my auto Sleep in Win 7
    Win 7 can still manually sleep.

    For you something sleeps that should stay awake, for me something stays awake that should sleep
    I finally figured out it was a video/monitor issue.
    The screen resolution changed to something unsupported on my LCD TV (monitor) that I haven't used from the PC in a long time.
    I updated the GPU driver and that fixed the issue.
    Sleep is working perfectly again.
    I wondered what would happen if I have a VM running and the Host (PC) goes to sleep ... will it work?
    Both the Host and Guest OSs work correctly on PC wakeup !
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       #106

    lehnerus2000 said:
    andrew129260 said:
    To solve issues like these, set your vmware players services to manual start up, and then use this tool/bat I wrote here:


    Not a program, but great for people using vmware player...

    You will also have a little slightly faster startup time without those services. :)
    Nice.
    I wrote a batch file to do the same thing on my PC. :)

    I hate having lots of "useless" services constantly running when I don't need them.

    It's a potential security risk (larger "attack surface") and it makes it more difficult to track down "rogue" processes.
    Thanks for this - much appreciated.
    I wondered about all those services, but found my problem was a video issue.
    I'll try these out as I also don't like unneeded processes and services always running.
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  7. Posts : 6,458
    x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
    Thread Starter
       #107

    gregrocker said:
    Go with an SSD. Next to a perfect Win7 install it is the best Upgrade you can have, even better than a new PC. I have 10 second boots and instantaneous performance on everything. It's a chip!
    Thanks Greg,

    An SSD is in my future for the OS, but I have over 40 years of data. For that I need storage. I started scanning paper documents and photos as backup a long time. There are still Intellectual Property, contracts, and liability issues that necessitate retention. Not to mention having somewhere to put System images and backups.

    I looked at changing the base on the GoFlex to accommodate NAS, one of the reasons it was purchased. I couldn't locate the base alone, with a drive yes. I'll call Seagate and see, they might not list it on the web. There are also seller refurbs for 5-20 bucks on eBay.



    I keep pulling this off the back burner....

    Start > settings > devices > default save locations > setup
    fails with connect a drive

    This brings me back to how Windows recognizes the drive as a portable device (Dev Mgr) or a device with storage (Devices and Printers)

    I'm sure it's something simple that I haven't recalled or it's a new phenomenon on a new OS with an old device. I'm not ready to rip open the inf files or change the registry just yet. Win8 still has that "new car" smell and I want it keep it vanilla until I understand more about it.

    Sure this means that stuff that can be fixed won't be until later, but this is not mission critical work.

    ext HDD to the back burner once again
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  8. Posts : 6,458
    x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
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       #108

    DavidW7ncus said:
    I finally figured out it was a video/monitor issue.
    The screen resolution changed to something unsupported on my LCD TV (monitor) that I haven't used from the PC in a long time.
    I updated the GPU driver and that fixed the issue.
    Sleep is working perfectly again.
    I wondered what would happen if I have a VM running and the Host (PC) goes to sleep ... will it work?
    Both the Host and Guest OSs work correctly on PC wakeup !
    Great news David. Did you get the updated driver from Windows Update (WU) or did you go to the Vendor's site?

    I've suspected that the USB 3.0 driver (xHCI) provided by WU might be part of the issue with my ext HD. I want to rule out the simple stuff first as a learning experience. As I said, I'm about 2weeks away from really digging deeper into driver "issues".

    I'm trying to avoid "spoiler alerts" by not looking at the tutorial section on EightForums. I know where to find the good stuff when I'm ready to solve any serious issues - which there are none yet.

    There are some things I'd "like" to do - mostly customization and cosmetic, but that can wait.

    Bill
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       #109

    I got the driver from an AMD site.
    WU has not offered any updates for my GPU for a long time.
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  10. Posts : 4,048
    W7 Ultimate SP1, LM19.2 MATE, W10 Home 1703, W10 Pro 1703 VM, #All 64 bit
       #110

    VMware Services Batch File


    DavidW7ncus said:
    Thanks for this - much appreciated.
    I wondered about all those services, but found my problem was a video issue.
    I'll try these out as I also don't like unneeded processes and services always running.
    Here is the bat file I use:
    Obviously you will have to adjust it to suit your system setup. :)
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