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Windows 7: Ahh! Help reinstalling

02 Sep 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate

Thanks a lot, the thing that really irritates me about all this is that the laptop isnt even 2 years old. It has pretty nice specs for a $700 laptop and im really hoping to get out of this situation without having to drop another dime on it. Im almost positive that these issues were somehow caused by overheating or poor physical maintenance. But i do think toshiba is to blame for the cd rom not always detecting discs and for the webcam since ive read others having the same issue with this model.

Anyways vista is done installing my drivers and has not locked up like it was doing before. Looks like i might get out alive. Will i have problems reinstalling my win7 disc since i already used the product key when i originally put it on?

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02 Sep 2010   #12

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The rule with keys is one key at a time. If you are on the same computer there is no problem

When asked for the key, do not give it. When asked if you want to activate automatically when you are online, say no

When it is all running the way you want activate by phone.
Activate Windows 7 by Phone

If the key is not accepted a rep will come on, you explain and he will activate you
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02 Sep 2010   #13


You can reinstall retail or OEM Win7 as often as you want. It shouldn't require a robocall unless there is a change of hardware.

Are you using retail Win7 or Toshiba upgrade kit DVD?

Have you ever wiped the HD of factory code? If you have Vista recovery disks or DVD you don't need the Recov partition, and factory utilities links are lost when you clean install Win7.

But if you're using Vista Recov disks to reinstall Vista now, then you may have links to Toshiba diagnostics you can now run.

If you want to post a screenshot of Disk Mgmt drive map for us to take a look for you, use Snipping Tool in Start Menu.

If your fan is running a lot, you might want to consider installing SpeedFan to monitor temps and give your fans variable speeds if available.

The HD diagnostics CD scans I posted don't have one for Toshiba, but your HD might not be Toshiba brand, so check now in Device Manager what brand it is. If Toshiba, use GWScan which works on most all models:
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02 Sep 2010   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate

Working on it.. i have to go out for a few hours i will post back later tonite with an update on the tests and computer status
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03 Sep 2010   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate

Okay, I'm back! And I'm happy to say I'm typing this on my crash-free Windows 7 Ultimate machine! I did the clean install as instructed and replaced Vista. I attached a picture of my disk - ignore that G drive, that is my flash drive. Yes, I used the recovery disk, but it does appear that there is a Toshiba recovery partition. I also installed the SpeedFan and attached a picture of my current temps. I have my cooling fan plugged in right now and the laptop does not feel warm at all, so I'm guessing these temps aren't too bad. How should I configure this program to make my internal fan work better? Also, the link to GWScan worked, but when I click the link to download the file, it never loads.

Anyways, it appears that everything is working fine for me. I would still like to take preemptive measures to prevent future problems though. I think SpeedFan will be helpful. The Windows diagnostics told me that the original problem was a bad or corrupt volume label. I'm not exactly sure what that means, but hopefully the reinstall was a permanent cure. I still find it pretty bizarre how I was able to use the computer perfectly fine, writing and deleting files, for anywhere between 1-15 minutes until Windows would suddenly freeze up. I guess we will never know the cause of the problem, but hopefully there is nothing inherently wrong with my hardware

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03 Sep 2010   #16

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Glad that is all worked out for you yaco78
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03 Sep 2010   #17


You can tick the box shown in the screenshot for Automatic Fan Speed and it will adjust your fans if mobo has that capability.

You said you used Toshiba factory recovery disks to reinstall Win7, or on the earlier Vista reinstall? Did you save the Vista Recovery partition because you know for sure it works?

I would still test the RAM with memtest86 CD for 5-6 passes, and test your HD using GWScan when you can figure out how to download it.

Be sure to check optional Windows Updates for newer drivers, then any drivers missing in Device Manager can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for your computer or device model.

Install programs slowly over time to gauge performance changes. Don't let any write themselves into msconfig>Startup except AV and gadgets, as other are freeloaders on RAM/CPU and can spy on you. Use a lightweight free AV like MS Security Essentials with the Windows firewall.

Finish by cleaning and ordering the HD perfectly with free state-of-the-art CCleaner and Auslogics Disk and Registry Defraggers monthly. Then save a Win7 backup image externally so you never have to reinstall again.
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