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Windows 7: Loading Win7 on two separate HDD drives, same computer.

08 Dec 2010   #51
gregrocker

 

Install your Updates first, including the critical Security Updates to fortify your firewall and important driver updates cued in Optional.

It's a good idea to monitor the Performance log and Event Viewer>Custom Views>Admin to google repeat errors text and ID# to resolution.

Partitioning is up to your personal preference. Some like to keep the User folders on a separate data partition so that the OS/Programs partition image is lean, and so if Win7 becomes irreparable it can be reimaged to its partition while the data is current and waiting in its partition. Including the data in the OS partition means it won't be current when reimaged, unless you back it up separately.
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08 Dec 2010   #52
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I would not let all the WU updates try to install all at one time, you're just asking for trouble.


In the Windows start menu, all programs, Windows update, upper left pane change settings, choose "never check" so you can install updates one or two at a time so you can see which may be causing issues.
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09 Dec 2010   #53
Glidercj

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Okay,
The install went just great! I now all of the updates loaded to include the optional items as well. Most were security updates and a few system. The optional was one security, Graphics driver, mouse driver and I don't remember the last one -but it was very small.
I've loaded most of my software and rebooted after each one (did the same on the updates for the most part and for the security issues I selected 8 - 10 at a time).
The machine is fast and responsive, shuts down correctly also rebooting is pretty quick too.
Greg, just for you so you don't think I'm slacking - I stayed up until 11pm to finish all of this. I'm sure you're saying WOW 11pm, however I have to get up at 3am and drive forty miles to work. LOL
I want to upload the CCleaner and the others you've recommended. So I'll get to that on my day off Friday.
There are a lot of items you recommended that I have to shift through because our plan of action has changed constantly over the last few weeks, so what is relevent with the current situation I'll address.

I do have two questions:
Revo is a third party utility program?
Second, I partitioned the "C:" drive but it was done after the installation, I missed that during the install process. When I did it last night the OS system (from device mgr) would not allow me to shrink the drive any smaller than about half of the remaining drive size (467 MB of the 1TB drive). No matter what I tried it would not go smaller. 1Bowtie suggested 150MB for "C:", best I could do was the 467MB.

Glidercj
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09 Dec 2010   #54
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Morning Glidercj

Just a heads up, Revo some people use it but be very careful if you decide too, for me i have never needed it, i use add/remove built right into Windows, next CCCleaner be very careful useing it, i've never needed it i run disk cleanup regularly. There may be a time for 3rd party prog's but wait till you actually need them. Sound like you have a smooth running comp time to keep it that way.

The partitioning is ok if it suits you 467Gig is better than 1TB, i think you can go in and shrink C: again that will give you another 230Gig of unallocated space which you can extend to D: if you desire. Other than that sounds like everything went your way. If you have any more questions just ask we're always around.
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09 Dec 2010   #55
Glidercj

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Good morning 1Bowtie,
I thought of doing that last night, spliting the new partition - it won't let me do it!
Unless there is another way to reduce the size it looks that's it.
Gregrocker recommended those 3rd party utilities, I've used ccleaner in XP. So you say disk cleanup will do the same I'll go that way. I'm of the OEM type guy then using aftermarket stuff unless I have no other choice.
While I'm on the subject - what is the best way(s) to keep the system running smooth using the OEM programs?
Glidercj
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09 Dec 2010   #56
gregrocker

 

You can wait to install Revo until you have a major program that needs uninstall. It can finds hundreds of dead leftover Registry Keys and files which otherwise would clog the registry.

CCleaner works fine for Win7, both the disk and registry cleaner. It has never given me an issue on hundreds of installs representing thousands of uses.

Another outstanding tool for Win7 is free Partition Wizard bootable CD, which can do any partitioning operation that Disk Mgmt can't. Boot it, rightclick C to Resize to see how much it will allow you to shrink it. It has DataSafe so it won't fail during resizing, only reboot to start over again until you bail out if it can't complete.
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09 Dec 2010   #57
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

When you say OEM programs what prog are we talking about, name's. As far as the third party prog's some people worry about reg entries, if there not causeing any problems why worry about them. If you want problems just out the wrong thing in the registry, unless you know what your doing stay out of the registry. More people come in here with problem with BSOD and then you find out they outed some reg entry or change this value and now the comp won't boot, it's just a word of warning.
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09 Dec 2010   #58
Glidercj

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

1Bowtie,
I was referring to the Windows OS with these features, uninstall, disk cleanup etc..
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09 Dec 2010   #59
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Glidercj View Post
1Bowtie,
I was referring to the Windows OS with these features, uninstall, disk cleanup etc..
If you'll do those things on a regular basis, get those Windows updates, do regular backups, use Microsoft Security Essentales for AV, and safe computeing, you will have a smooth running computer
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15 Dec 2010   #60
Glidercj

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Greetings Gregrocker,

Well I'm done with all we've talked about to including the "Partition Wizard", worked like a charm. I was able to reduce (shrink) the "C" drive down to a nice 150GB. All was going good until this afternoon until I was investigating how to transfer files from one comuter to the other. When I clicked on the X to close the "My Computer" window (while another window was closing) the computer locked up. After a few minutes I decided to take a peek to see what the MoBo was doing code wize and the code there was FF. When I looked that up it referenced "Boot" and the hard drive lite was on steady.
I elected to hit the start button to end the stalemate (I hit the Ctl, Alt, Delete numerous times but to no end). Can you think of anything to check, look for?? I still haven't connected the other drives yet.

Glidercj
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