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Windows 7: Windows 7 Student Edition

20 Nov 2009   #1
nolephin

 
 
Windows 7 Student Edition

I upgraded from Vista Home to the Student Edition 32. Unfortunately I did not know the computer would run slower cause of the programs and files brought over from Vista.

So now I want to run a clean install of Windows 7 from the download off of Digital River I believe.

My main issue is this:

The only program I really need to backup is Microsoft Office. I do not have the CD anymore, so I need to back it up someway in order to install it again after the clean install. Does anyone know how to do this?


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20 Nov 2009   #2
gregrocker

 

You need the install disk to reinstall MS office.

Do you have the packaging to find the key?

If not, you can secure the key by downloading and running BelArc advisor, then borrow an installer disk or ask MS to replace it provided it's legit.

Maybe we can help you troubleshoot the slowness of the in-place Upgrade. Look in Computer>Manage>Device manager to see if any yellow exclamation marks show hardware errors.

Look in Computer>Manage>Event Viewer>Administrative view to google any critical or errors to learn about and resolve them.

Click on Computer>Properties>Windows Experience Index highlighted link, then Advanced tools and run Windows Diagnostic Test. Also check the Perfomance Log.

Do you have any specific performance problems?
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20 Nov 2009   #3
Ryan2320

Windows Seven x64
 
 

nolephin,
Backing up programs and being able to run them on different Operating Systems can not be done..

However you can install OpenOffice it is a free program and works with Microsoft Office file formats..like the (.docx) Click here to download it if you are interestad...

Hope this Helps..
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20 Nov 2009   #4
nolephin

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You need the install disk to reinstall MS office.

Do you have the packaging to find the key?

If not, you can secure the key by downloading and running BelArc advisor, then borrow an installer disk or ask MS to replace it provided it's legit.

Maybe we can help you troubleshoot the slowness of the in-place Upgrade. Look in Computer>Manage>Device manager to see if any yellow exclamation marks show hardware errors.

Look in Computer>Manage>Event Viewer>Administrative view to google any critical or errors to learn about and resolve them.

Click on Computer>Properties>Windows Experience Index highlighted link, then Advanced tools and run Windows Diagnostic Test. Also check the Perfomance Log.

Do you have any specific performance problems?
Basically the problem I have is that the computer boots up terribly slow. I used a program to check the time it took to boot up my computer and it registered 194 seconds. I read on the other Windows 7 forum that this guy has his computer booting up at 17 seconds and he has 3G of memory. I have 4g.

I heard that in order to really maximize your performance you have to run a clean install, so thats where I am at right now. I don't really have many programs that i absolutely need, in fact the only program I do need is Microsoft Office. Unless I start using that Open Office.org program.

Unless you can help me bring my computer up to speed in terms of booting up and overral performance, I think I might just have to run a clean install of Windows 7.
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20 Nov 2009   #5
Ryan2320

Windows Seven x64
 
 

nolephin,
Try some of these programs and tips to speed up your computer..
  1. Unstall any programs that you do not use..(If you are unsure about a program post it here or search on the web)
  2. Try Disk Cleanup in Windows 7 just search it in the start menu.
  3. Try CCleaner (small program that finds all the junk download HERE (if interested))
  4. Run Disk Defragmenter search it in the start menu..
  5. Check your startup programs type msconfig in the search bar in the start menu
Windows 7 Student Edition-msconfig.jpg
..(Just uncheck them again post any questions here if unsure or search them on the web)


Hope this Helps..


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21 Nov 2009   #6
nolephin

 
 

Thanks for the suggestions Ryan.

I think in order to give myself the best possibility of an efficient running computer I will need to try the clean install. The upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 just brought too many unneeded programs which I am not knowledgeable enough to remove manually.
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21 Nov 2009   #7
Ryan2320

Windows Seven x64
 
 

Ok that sounds good..

Here is a tutorial to help you do a Clean install with an Upgrade Disk of Windows 7 .
If you have any questions let us know..

Hope this Helps..
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21 Nov 2009   #8
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nolephin View Post
Basically the problem I have is that the computer boots up terribly slow. I used a program to check the time it took to boot up my computer and it registered 194 seconds. I read on the other Windows 7 forum that this guy has his computer booting up at 17 seconds and he has 3G of memory. I have 4g.
Just a little piece of advice....while 194 seconds is indeed a bit on the slow side....just remember that the person who posts that his computer boots in 17 seconds might not be exactly telling the truth. Or they may just inadvertently be misrepresenting the facts...for example, exactly when are they timing from??

For example, I have a new build that is about 4 months old. It's an Intel Q9550 Quad Core 2.83Ghz overclocked the 3.2Ghz. 8GB of G.Skill DDR2 800 RAM with 4-4-4-12 timings, I'm running an Intel X25-M Gen2 80GB SSD drive as my boot drive, I've got a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black hosting my page file and providing storage space. It's in an Antec P182 case, with a 620W Corsair HX modular power supply, and a 22X DVD Burner. Total cost of the box, including the OEM license for Vista with free upgrade to Windows 7 came out to about $1500. It's running 64-bit Windows 7.

From the time I hit the power button until my monitor comes to life : 12 seconds
From the time I hit the power button until my POST is complete: 20 seconds
From the time I hit the power button until my login window appears: 35 seconds

So, I would say that my box actually "boots" Windows in about 15 seconds...of course this doesn't take into account the time to actually get to my desktop...but after I type the password it happens almost instantly with my SSD drive. I never consider the time to POST as this time happens regardless of which OS (Windows, Linux, etc)

However, an application that you run which times your boot time, might take into account the 1). Time to POST 2). Time to Boot Windows 3). Time until logged in and the application itself can stop it's timer. Thus, I say my box boots in 15 seconds....but your application might say 45 seconds. That's a big difference when measuring the same thing.


For another reference, I built a machine at work recently with an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 CPU at 3.0Ghz, 4GB of Corsair RAM, and a 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue drive. With Windows 7 64-bit , this box clocks in at about 60 seconds from a power button push until I'm at the login screen for Windows.

Note: In both cases, these are pretty clean builds. I've probably only installed about a dozen small apps (like firefox, notpad++, ImgBurn, 7Zip, Paint.net). The only larger apps installed include VMware, VirtualBox, and OpenOffice. So, if I had more stuff installed, my boot times would naturally be longer. I am running Microsoft Security Essentials and have made no other tweaks or modifications to improve my boot times.
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21 Nov 2009   #9
nolephin

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ryan2320 View Post
Ok that sounds good..

Here is a tutorial to help you do a Clean install with an Upgrade Disk of Windows 7 .
If you have any questions let us know..

Hope this Helps..
Just to make sure, I have to do option 2, correct? The Custom Install? It says something about a Windows.old folder? What exactly is that?

Remember I am running the program from the Digital River download.

Also, after the clean install completes, will programs like "Fingerprint Reader" which came with my computer initially and allows access into my computer by reading my fingerprint be on my computer as well?

I understand programs like AIM, Openoffice, and Mozilla Firefox will have to be re-downloaded, but what about programs that came with the original computer set up?
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21 Nov 2009   #10
nolephin

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nolephin View Post
Basically the problem I have is that the computer boots up terribly slow. I used a program to check the time it took to boot up my computer and it registered 194 seconds. I read on the other Windows 7 forum that this guy has his computer booting up at 17 seconds and he has 3G of memory. I have 4g.
Just a little piece of advice....while 194 seconds is indeed a bit on the slow side....just remember that the person who posts that his computer boots in 17 seconds might not be exactly telling the truth. Or they may just inadvertently be misrepresenting the facts...for example, exactly when are they timing from??

For example, I have a new build that is about 4 months old. It's an Intel Q9550 Quad Core 2.83Ghz overclocked the 3.2Ghz. 8GB of G.Skill DDR2 800 RAM with 4-4-4-12 timings, I'm running an Intel X25-M Gen2 80GB SSD drive as my boot drive, I've got a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black hosting my page file and providing storage space. It's in an Antec P182 case, with a 620W Corsair HX modular power supply, and a 22X DVD Burner. Total cost of the box, including the OEM license for Vista with free upgrade to Windows 7 came out to about $1500. It's running 64-bit Windows 7.

From the time I hit the power button until my monitor comes to life : 12 seconds
From the time I hit the power button until my POST is complete: 20 seconds
From the time I hit the power button until my login window appears: 35 seconds

So, I would say that my box actually "boots" Windows in about 15 seconds...of course this doesn't take into account the time to actually get to my desktop...but after I type the password it happens almost instantly with my SSD drive. I never consider the time to POST as this time happens regardless of which OS (Windows, Linux, etc)

However, an application that you run which times your boot time, might take into account the 1). Time to POST 2). Time to Boot Windows 3). Time until logged in and the application itself can stop it's timer. Thus, I say my box boots in 15 seconds....but your application might say 45 seconds. That's a big difference when measuring the same thing.


For another reference, I built a machine at work recently with an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 CPU at 3.0Ghz, 4GB of Corsair RAM, and a 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue drive. With Windows 7 64-bit , this box clocks in at about 60 seconds from a power button push until I'm at the login screen for Windows.

Note: In both cases, these are pretty clean builds. I've probably only installed about a dozen small apps (like firefox, notpad++, ImgBurn, 7Zip, Paint.net). The only larger apps installed include VMware, VirtualBox, and OpenOffice. So, if I had more stuff installed, my boot times would naturally be longer. I am running Microsoft Security Essentials and have made no other tweaks or modifications to improve my boot times.
I think he got his times using a boot up timing program or something.

The way he says he got his computer booting so fast was through disabling unneeded programs that slow down the performance of the computer.

Here is the link:

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