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Upgrade to windows 8, or do a bunch of harware too at same time.

Q: Upgrade to windows 8, or do a bunch of harware too at same time.

Hi all.

Been ages since I was last here.....

I was hoping to get a feel for what its time to do with my pc.

Its 4 1/2 years old now, and still running great and runs all the current games no problem.
Most recent new game bought was cod black ops 2 and it ran fine.

I was thinking its time to lose the Vista and upgrade to windows 8, but there is the question of whether to upgrade some hardware as well.

I have a q6600 cpu on 780 evga mobo. Its ddr 2 and has 4 gigs of good mushkin ram
I have a good antec atx case and 750 watt power supply which I'm sure I could keep...along with the sound card and dvd etc.
I have 2 gtx 260 running in sli for video, and there have been keeping me in the game to date.

My thoughts are IF I do a hardware upgrade, I could A) just do the vid card and overclock the cpu to 3 gigs.....
or B) do A plus the mobo and cpu and ram also.
I am not sure if now is the time...
I'm looking at 60 bucks for windows 8 up to 800 bucks for the full upgrade.....approx. That's a huge swing...lol

Any input would be much appreciated.

Thanks all.

Preferred Solution: Upgrade to windows 8, or do a bunch of harware too at same time.

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A: Upgrade to windows 8, or do a bunch of harware too at same time.

Before upgrading to Windows 8, it is recommend that you run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant. It scans your PC to see if it is ready for Windows 8 and then provides a compatibility report and optional steps to buy, download, and install Windows 8. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows-8/upgrade-to-windows-8

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...and I have a few questions.

First, all of the OEM-loaded 7 boxes I've played with have a more complicated partition structure than XP. Does this mean partition table mods to an existing drive when upgrading? Is it even possible to "upgrade" without reformatting? If it is possible, how much personalization for user accounts and softwre will survive, if any?

Second, I'm looking into those 3-pack home premium upgrade bundles. Several of the current boxes run XP Pro. Any issue there or any real functionality from XP Pro (not on a domain) that I'll lose by going to 7 home?

Third, the boxes are fairly diverse:
HP DC7700 workstations
Gateway MX7525 laptop
Dell Latitude D410 laptops
Dell Latitude D420 laptop
Biostar 945-based box
ASUS PC-DL Deluxe with dual Xeon Prestonia chips

What kind of driver availability issues should I expect? I don't have to do all of them, (probably going to put Debian on the Asus-based box) but most will get it.

Last, I have a Lenovo Ideapad S10-2 with Win7 Starter. Will the Home Premium upgrade disk find this as qualifying? If so, will any existing configuration there survive the upgrade?

Thanks in advance!

A:whole bunch of home computers to upgrade OS on...

Hi TWX, Welcome to the forums ,You can do an upgrade install by following this tutorial Upgrade Install - XP to Windows 7 But be aware the general opinion is to use the upgrade disc and do a clean install Clean Install Windows 7 . With so many PCs to upgrade you may wish to look into creating an autounattend installation disc

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Allright, so when I woke up this morning and turned my computer on/logged into my user account, I got an error I'd never seen before. I didn't think much of it at the time, so I didn't note exactly what it said, but it was something about a problem with "aawservice.exe", which is an Ad-Aware file (as far as I know). So I closed that and tried to sign into MSN, at which point I received another error, this time saying, "Windows Live Messenger has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience." I tried a few more times and continued to get the same error. Firefox seemed to be working fine, aside from the security notice I was getting every time I had to login to a site (Facebook, etc.). A few minutes after I had logged in, I got another random "...has encountered a problem and needs to close..." error, this time for "jusched.exe". I tried restarting my computer a couple of times and got the exact same results, so I tried a boot-time scan with Avast and it found nothing. After that, I logged back into my user account and tried MSN one more time, only to find that I had accidentally deleted the main .exe file for it....so I went to the Windows Live Messenger site and downloaded the installation file. During the installation, I got yet another "...has encountered a problem and needs to close..." error, this time for the installation itself. I re-tried it and got the same error again, at... Read more

A:Suddenly getting a bunch of different errors from a bunch of different applications?

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I found this pretty interesting...

If you have problems with shadows being super slow on your ATI card, then I may have a fix.

First, I have Windows XP Professional (all the latest updates) and the newest ATI catalyst drivers. My graphics card is an ATI Radeon 64DDR and I've always had a problem with really, really, really slow menu shadows.

When I install Windows XP for the first time, the menu shadows run fast with the Microsoft supplied graphics driver.

However, when I install official ATI drivers (Over 20 different versions ranging from the first official XP drivers to the newest catalyst drivers) - They have always made menu shadowing painfully slow. I mean, REALLY slow. It takes my Start and Programs Menus over 3 seconds just to close sometimes as it peels off of the background.

I've used third party programs to make certain that alpha blending hardware acceleration is indeed on... It always shows up as enabled so I've never thought much about it. Then I tried disabling hardware acceleration...

Disabling hardware acceleration seemed to fix it! How odd.

So if you have slow XP menu shadows, then try downloading a program like Radeonator (My personal favorite) and turn off "driver alpha blending".

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Gentlemen & Ladies: 
What will be the correct way to upgrade to Windows 10 when its available for sale? (given with a little tough situation I encounter with my sony laptop. 
Here is what the situation:
I encountered a few times of blue screen due to some sony's own software update. It's too late for me to do the System Restore as the "date(s) for late known good configuaration had passed.
I know I can go for a clean reinstallation of Vista (SP2-dating back to 2010), but then, it requires ALL windows update which will takes forever just to get up-to-date status...., then...wipe out again-- when the time comes for Windows 10 upgrade...OMG...
[ Not to mention first require backing up all files and photos, then reinstall--I know i can't get away with this part-HAHA ]
So, If i buy the Windows 10 Grade version when it's available for sale, then back up my files & photo, ....
What will be the correct way for me to install, to fix my problem, getting my laptop running up-to-date?
Here are the spec of my latop:
Sony old vgn-AR-770 U --7 years old
Windows Vista Ultimate SP2/ 32 bit
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz 
Solid State Drive 300 GB
Blu Ray Read + Write drive with built in WIN-DVD player comes with purchase
1200 x 1080 resolution
It's not worth any $ now, but I don't have any $ these days to buy a new computer either, ....Thank you in advance !

A:what will be the correct way to upgrade to Windows 10 when the time comes?

Why upgrade to windows 10, when It hasn't even been fully tested? 
I would go for Windows 7 instead, 

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I have ordered an SSD drive that should arrive at the same time as Windows 8 is released later this week.

I want to install the SSD drive and do a clean install of my PC OS at the same time. I intend to keep my HDD for saving photos etc..

What is the best order in which to approach this?

I was thinking I could:
- re install Windows 7 on the SSD, format the HDD and then buy the Windows 8 upgrade


- buy the upgrade before installing the SSD and create the upgrade installation DVD. Install the SSD drive, boot up from the HDD and then use the clean install facility on the Windows 8 upgrade DVD to install Windows 8 onto the SSD and reformat the HDD?

Will this work?



A:Install an SSD drive and upgrade to Windows 8 at the same time.

I'd Clean Install Win8 since you have to start fresh anyway.

In Win7 if you install Upgrade version to new HD you must leave Product Key blank during install and afterwards do Option 3 workaround in Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version. We're waiting to see if it's the same with Win8. You might find out faster in our sister forums Windows 8 Forums

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I've got a friend's laptop running 8.1 here. They can't upgrade to 10 because a lot of the software they use for their work is extremely buggy and just about works on Win7 and 8.1 - She has been advised by the IT people working for her company not to upgrade to 10 until they give everyone the all clear to do so.

My question is, if I use the media creation tool on her laptop now to create an ISO, would that mean she could do the upgrade for free beyond this July?
I have read that it's necessary to do an inplace upgrade first in order to generate the necessary hardware id codes etc, but Im wondering if it's goes past the 12 month free period, if that notification will be gone or the ISO on the system will be useless?

A:Windows 10 free upgrade time limit

The way I understand it, ALL free upgrades MUST be done before the July date.

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how long is the normal shipping time when you do a upgrade from vista to windows 7. i got a computer for Christmas and it had vista and i did the whole windows 7 things and i cant do it digitally i have to wait for the cd. Does anyone know how long it would take to get here i got it from microsoft

A:vista to windows 7 upgrade shipping time

Is there such a thing as "normal"? I would imagine that it depends on where you are getting the upgrade from.

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I have upgraded my CPU from Core 2 Duo 2.6mhz, to Core 2 Quad Q9500, and I had to upgrade the BIOS for my motherboard before that
MB type: GA-EP35-DS4

Everything worked fine for that, except when I run a game, it takes it about 10 to 12 minutes before it just crash and close itself (with no any error message), currently with:
Deus Ex: HR, Starcraft 2, Minecraft
I only get the error reporter for the games (if they had one) and no useful information I can get from them
I suspected the heat issue, so I bought a new cooler, the heat now in sticking on 37, no more
but still I am having this issue

My configuration are:MB: GA-EP35-DS4
CPU Intel C2Q, Q9500
8 GB RAM (Kingston) (2gb x 4 sticks)
Nvidia GTS 450 (As GPU)
Nvidia 9500 GT (As physix)
320GB HDD WD (for system)
500 watts power supply
Now I am thinking about the power supply, but the thing is everything was OK before, and I did not face any power issues before, all the problems started after I upgraded my bios and CPU

I checked the heat status and voltage status with CPU-Z stuff, but I am not fimiliar with the correct voltage values for RAM and CPU

Any suggestions about the issue?

PS: And the windows was on my computer since Jul 2009, and I would love to keep it from that date, I would not prefer re-installation unless there is no other option)


A:Games on windows crash after CPU upgrade (With BSOD 1 time so far)

It might be a defect in the CPU
Run Prime 95 to test your CPU. Carefully the instructions in this tutorial: CPU - Stress Test with Prime95. Run 3 separate tests, one on each of the settings (Blend, Small FFTs, Large FFTs). Post back with your results.

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You can get the equivilant of a clean install from a windows 8 upgrade disk.
You still need to have the previous version of windows installed and run the
windows 8 upgrade installation on it.
Once it is installed,move your mouse down to the bottom right of the screen
to get the right menu.
Click settings,then click change PC settings.
Click general on the list to the left.
Scroll down the items til you see remove everything and reinstall windows.
Click get started.
While running the reinstall,make sure to select clean entire drive and save nothing.
Run the reinstall.
When it is done,it will be a clean install of windows 8,but it will have kept the license
and activation files for both the previous windows version and windows 8.
Those files are required for the windows 8 upgrade activation.
This leaves only windows 8 installed and gets rid of any files left from the
previous windows install,including the windows.old file.
It may request your upgrade disk for the reinstall.

Don't do this if you are trying to upgrade and keep your files.
This is only if you want to have a clean install of windows 8
with none of your previous data left.

Be advised that the reinstall itself can take several hours to run.
It is slow,so just let it do it's thing.

Just a note.
With windows 8 upgrade,you want to have your previous windows
version disks available,or a set of factory restore disks.
In case of a serious system crash,you will need to reinstall the
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A:Windows 8 upgrade-way to get clean install-takes some time.

I made this a sticky. If you don't want that, leroys1000, just let me know and I'll unstick. Thank you for the info.

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I've done this about 10 times now, each time it fails. It installs the OS and it reboots itself a few times then it rolls back and boots back into Windows 7.

I did some investigation and it seems that it's getting a blue screen. So the last 2 attempts, I've checked the minidumps it saves.

First time, it was wdf01000.sys and ucx01000.sys.
Second time, it's wdf01000.sys, pacer.sys, and AgileVpn.sys.

Last driver is the highest in the stack.

I've tried removing all software that the ASUS DVD installed when I first set the machine up (It's an ASUS P8P67 Pro rev 3.1 motherboard). I have 16 gigs of ram that has been tested.

In Windows 7, I have no issues. No blue screens, no strange errors, no weird problems at all.

Need ideas and things to try.

A:Win7 x64 Ultimate Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro fails every time.

Uninstalled Avast, same result.

I was wrong about last driver in the stack, every time it's been the wdf01000.sys. I was reading it wrong.

This time, the minidump is showing wdf01000.sys and ucx01000.sys again.

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I've had tried many times to install windows 10 on my windows 8.1 desktop but to no success due to an error that reads 0x8007002C-0x4000d this occurs during 80-95 percent of the installation process I've tried every solution posted on How to: Troubleshoot common Setup and Stop Errors during Windows - Microsoft Community but is still get the error every time both through the ISO and windows update.

A:Every time i try to upgrade to windows 10 i get the error code 0x8007002C - 0x4000D

From ZDNet today: Windows 10 cumulative update causes 'reboot loop' havoc for some users | ZDNet

EDIT Although the article is for the update after 10 is installed, it's indicative of the initial installation also. Try disabling AV and Firewall. If no go, start in Clean Boot and then attempt.

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I was downloading the upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro from Windows 8 Pro.

When I was at 40% download, my internet connection lost. So I waited, but it automatically restarted from 0%. What the hell? I downloaded that 40% by giving 10 hours of time. Now I have to start again from 0%. Assume I'll start downloading again and if this
time it will fail at 90%. So What should i do for complete the download

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Windows 10:
Why it's finally time to upgrade from Windows 7

Carey Frisch

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Windows 10:
Why it's finally time to upgrade from Windows 7

Carey Frisch

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Windows 10:
Why it's finally time to upgrade from Windows 7

Carey Frisch

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Windows 10:
Why it's finally time to upgrade from Windows 7

Carey Frisch

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Windows 10:
Why it's finally time to upgrade from Windows 7

Carey Frisch

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Windows 10:
Why it's finally time to upgrade from Windows 7

Carey Frisch

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Windows 10:
Why it's finally time to upgrade from Windows 7

Carey Frisch

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I have a question,how many time is taking to upgrade a Windows 10 32-bit to Windows 10 64-bit?

EDIT: Sorry for posting a question with wrong tag.(Windows 7)

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I had a lot of issues with the screen blinking/flickering on/off when removing the laptop from the WD-15 dock and read that the new BIOS upgrade would fix this issue so I went ahead and upgraded the BIOS.
I installed "DellDockingStationFwUp_1.0.0.8_20161220_WD15.exe" and "XPS_9550_1.2.21.exe".
I added Bitlocker protection the first thing I did when I got the laptop about a year ago and it has been working fine.
After this upgrade (with or without) the dock attached I get the Bitlocker code prompt at every start of the laptop.
I can't seem to roll back the FW upgrades as the installer tells me I have a newer version installed...

A:Windows 10 Bitlocker code required every time after BIOS upgrade on XPS 15 9560

After searching and checking I found that I no longer have any compatible TPM according to Windows.
(Win 10 Enterprise 64bit Build 14393)
Looking in the BIOS there is no setting for TPM anymore so then I found a way to rollback BIOS FW.
It was by shutting down, unplug the power plug and then keep CTRL+ESC pressed while plugging in the power plug. That brings up a prompt where I could do a rollback and after that tehre still is no TPM in BIOS. I run the same again but this time I chose to reset the BIOS settings, still no TPM!
I still have to give the Bitlocker key at every startup and to top it off the laptop no longer goes to sleep when the lid is closed, it shuts down even though the settings is to "sleep".
This of course means that every time I carry it around I have to add the Bitlocker key when picking it up.
Our corporate network requires Bitlocker so I can't use the laptop without bitlocker in the domain.
Any suggestions?

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Hello guys, first of all i'm sorry if this is in the wrong thread section but this is my first post.
Today i'm here to tell you what happened with my windows just a few moments ago (i am still very confused).
So 1 hour ago i was playing LoL and in the middle of the game i got a windows update message (which i cannot remember) saying that the computer was going to restart (and so it did), all good untill here.. it

happens, it's not cool but i can deal with that.. so, when i get the chance to launch league again and log in, it gave me a message saying i could not connect to the servers, same with cursevoice, as soon as i saw this i rushed to chrome to check if it was my router just being a donkey, turns out it wasn't, facebook was okay, youtube was fine, and google, well google was being google... it's when i try to check hotmail and twitch

that i notice that some websites are not opening due to DNS problems, i quickly checked for solutions but nothing seemed to work, i checked my android and the same pages wouldn't open, well once again i came back to the theory of my router just slacking off, i tried a few different things such as restarting it, unplugging it etc.. then i unplugged my ethernet cable from my desktop and tried to open the domains that weren't

loading before with my android once again (thinking it could be some network setting that was affecting the whole network), turns out it worked, this was when i got worried and thought there was something wrong with ... Read more

A:Windows 7 DNS problem (and a bunch of other ones coming along with it)

In the future try spacing out that block of text, it might help someone understand your problem better, I broke it up for you.

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Hi everyone,

I just installed Windows 7 Professional 64 bit on a new custom computer several days ago. Everything was fine at first, but recently several problems have seemingly randomly arisen...

I was installing Civilization 4, and before it ended, I got a BSOD. When I restarted, the game seemed to work fine, as if it installed, but if I try to patch it, it says that the game is not installed on my computer. Since then...

Firefox now crashes on me every 10 seconds, even though it had worked perfectly fine until today. I'd submit the crash report, try to restore session, and it would crash in a short time again.

A window from the Action Center keeps opening, saying "Windows search has stopped working properly", and asks me to follow instructions to "rebuild" the search index. If I close it, it opens up in several minutes or less again by itself.

There seems to be a problem extracting things, because now whenever I try to install something, I get an "data error" or "file corrupt" during the extractions stage. I tried to install Dragon Age Origins, and it stops at 25.1% extracting every time and says "Data error". I installed this game without a problem on my old computer using the same exact operating system. I tried to reinstall Firefox, and during extraction of setup files it says "File corrupt". Just 2 days ago, I installed firefox perfectly fine.

I have installed all available updates for windows, and... Read more

A:A bunch of windows 7 problems. Don't know if it's an infection...

I gave in and completed a Windows 7 repair install via upgrade media. So far it looks like everything is back to normal.
Though I'll never know what happened in the first place...

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what is up with that??? i have been getting like 7 or 8 per day the last few days??? i have internet explorer 7....on xp? any idea...i'm baffled? ....please advise! Thanks....Joanne

A:Solved: getting a whole bunch of windows updates?

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Hi everyone....

Current PC specs listed above ..... to get it out of the way I am a gamer......

This upgrade is to allow me to play some of the newer games such as The Witcher and also to enable me to utilize DX10 when I eventually upgrade to Vista.

RAM.....this is what I have found...I do not overclock and I am very happy with the matched pair of Corasir XMS 512MB 5400C4 running at 533 that I currently have so I figured the safe bet is in just jumping to a matched pair of 1MB sticks of the same.....

Graphics card.....

I do have a budget and from the reviews I have read this card should carry me through the gaming world for at least the next year (hopefully 2) I like eVGA and I have nothing but good things to say about the eVGA 6800GS that I am currently using.

But if anyone has some input as to problems with the card listed below or if you know of another card that will perform just as well (or better) for around the same price I would like to hear about it.

Thanks in advance for any help.......

A:Time to upgrade.. input on these..graphics card / RAM upgrade choices??

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Attached are DDS.txt and GMER.logFor some reason, DDS won't attachEDIT: Posts merged ~BP

A:Noticed a bunch of items in c:/Windows/Tasks

Hello and Welcome to the forums! My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems. Somethings to remember while we are working together.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!Please Do not Attach logs or put in code boxes.Tell me about any problems that have occurred during the fix.Tell me of any other symptoms you may be having as these can help also.Do not run anything while running a fix.We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.Click on the Watch Topic Button and select Immediate Notification and click on proceed, this will help you to get notified faster when I have replied and make the cleaning process faster.In order for me to see the status of the infection I will need a new set of logs to start with.Please print out or make a copy in notpad of any instructions given, as sometimes it is necessary to go offline and you will lose access to them.DeFogger: Please download DeFogger to your desktop.

Double click DeFogger to run the tool.
The application window will appear Click the Disable button to disable your CD Emulation drivers Click Yes to continue A 'Finished!' message will ap... Read more

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Windows 2000 SP4

I am helping a person with there win 2000 computer. Had a bunch of bad stuff on it.

I already ran
Adware SE--it is now clean--had a couple of hundred or more

Spybot S&D-It cleaned everything except one and that is ISearchTech.SideFind---there were over 150 Items

Script Defender
Spyware Guard
Deleted Temp Files, Cookies, History
Ran Cleanup
Microsoft Spyware-Clean now--there were quite a few but clean now.
Ewido--Clean now--I think there were like 95 the first run and then 14 and then clean
Norton Antivirus--there were 8 or 9 and some more adware but clean now

I just took a HJT Log and I no some more have to come out but not sure all what needs to come out. kind of worried about the F2 item. Can someone help me wiith this log??

I decided to run Ewido one more time while I was waiting for someone to look at the log and it is still catch ISTbar and Adware Betterinternet

I am not real familiar with win 2000 is there a system Restore on 2000 that needs to be turned off to get the backup files??

While I was just waiting I looked at the Ewido log and it said it had cleaned the Adware BetterInternet but not the ISTbar so I went to Symatec and got the FXISTbar removal tool and ran it and it said that ISTbar was not found on the computer. I had gone to the Registry last night and found ISTbar and deleted it so that is probably why it is not finding it. However in the registry where it showed ISTbar it had two subfolder... Read more

A:Solved: Windows 2000 SP4-Had a bunch of bad stuff, can someone help me with the HJT Log ??

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New guy, long story - I'll try to be brief.

Had a bunch of viruses (came in with a scooter shop manual attempted download), used BitDefender, MalWareBytes, etc. to clean up the computer. Started to get other issues, despite apparent normal activity for the most part...no Windows updates for several weeks (that should have been a clue!) - attempts at updates gave hexadecimal error code. Tried to perform backup...hexadecimal error code. Tried several Windows fix-it tools...hexadecimal code errors on every one of them.

What started this is when I wondered why I wasn't getting the Windows 10 reservation flag (my local tech guru says that, on balance, Win 10 is worth doing). That's where I discovered I couldn't get updates at all.

Finally contacted Windows Help Desk. They tried to fix it by remote operation, and advised a whole bunch of files in Windows were corrupted. In the end, they installed a slightly later version of Windows 7 Home Premium x64, with non-corrupted files.

Okay, all operations seem to be back to normal (and a LOT faster!)...but still no Win 10 flag.

I went through every single installed & available windows update file, but KB3035583 wasn't among them. I finally found a way to download & install it...still no flag. I tried running a command-level routine to install it...still no flag. I even tried a zip-to-batch-file, which pretty much everyone agrees is a guaranteed fix...still no flag.

BTW, one interesting bit - the KB3035583 update I ha... Read more

A:Windows 10 flag not showing up, despite a bunch of fixes...

I tend to distrust many 'helpful' shops that reinstall....

Please follow the Windows Update Posting Instructions and post the requested data

If the file is too large (8MB compressed), remove the older CBSPersist cab files untilthe final file is below the limit - you can always post them separately afterzipping them. (the forum doesn't allow the upload of bare CAB files, for anumber of reasons)

Please also post the C:\Windows\windowsudpate.log file


Please follow this tutorial and post an MGADiag report - then we can see if there's a problem there.

Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions

Ignore errors produced when clicking on theCopy button - they simply mean that the tool could not create the backup files for some reason. The data is still copied to the clipboard for pasting to your response.

Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!


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as the title say, Windows Media Centeris not available for Enterrprise, only pro, congrats, Microsoft and especially you Steven Sinofsky, we have to downgrade to pro to get it, what a mess , what a mess

A:Windows Media Center not available in Enterprise, what a bunch of...

Consumers don't have access to enterprise anyway.

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I've just reinstalled Windows XP and made 2 partitions C: and D:. Now on the lower right display, right beside the clock, there's an icon that says ''Remove securely'', speaking of my harddrive! Is this an error, and how can I get rid of it? It is displayed just like a USB hardware. I have a nForce4 Ultra chipset on a ASUS motherboard.

I'm not sure but would it be a driver error that could do that?


A:Win XP sees my HD as a USB harware?!

Please don't post duplicate messages on the same topic. Continue in the one you've already started: http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/428730-win-xp-sees-my-hd-usb-key.html

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Hello sir, when i am launching you cam it shows an error that you have not compatible VGA harware. 

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500MHZ pentium III. Gainward 6VBA-133A mobo. I modified the BIOS and upon restarting it will not do anything more then energize the peripherals. It will not boot from an emergency disk. HD is running. I removed the mobo battery and shorted the leads. I removed all the memory and it recongnizes that the memory is missing by beeping. I have never had a similar problem before. Computer belongs to a special needs son who is going crazy. Please any suggestions as he is on me day and night to fix it.



A:Sick Harware

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I bought a new computer in Feb.2008, ( gateway running Vista Home Premium) It worked just fine until recently when I used defragment. Now I don't have a screen saver, an error message pops up for my games saying either my hardware accelerator is diaabled or turned off, or that it is not supported by my video card. Please help I don't know how to check these or what to do if they are ok

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Hi I have recently formatted a computer and reinstalled windows XP home on it. It is a dell dimension 3100. I know that the drivers for these computers are on their website however the only back up disk they could find was their O/S disk. No driver CD's. I managed to install their modem drivers however from using the service tag it lists all kinds of drivers and are not sure what hardware is installed in their computer. I know that there is a program you can download to tell you exactly what drivers you need for the hardware in your computer but I am not sure what the name of it is. I used to have it on disk but I think I lent it out can anyone please help lol.

A:harware drivers which ones are which???

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Hi, My Friend has got an old P3 PC and it wont take XP. He had to format it because it had a lot of "rubbish". After formating it he could not get the sound working. The video card installed with windows 98 Se, but the sound was not found. The sound is on board the motherboard and there is no sticker to indicate a manufacturer.

Is there any kind of software which can scan and find what sound device it is so i can get him the drivers for it.


A:Harware Problem

They can go to START>RUN and type in MSINFO32 and click OK. Click on the (+) next to COMPONENTS and click to highlight MULTI-MEDIA. With the ADVANCED INFORMATION button ticked, it should tell what the name of the sound card is in bold letters at the top.

There is also a program called BELARC ADVISOR which is free and can be downloaded here: http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
which, when ran, will give a list of all Hardware and Software on the PC.

Hope this helps.

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How does Windows Media player know not to re-add a file removed from my library?

Why do some videos have thumb images and others do not?

For my mp3s that have no album art why is it using an image that used to be on my desktop that i later deleted for the thumb on now playing....?

What exactly does find missing album info do? How does it find the info and what constitutes a match? If the meta data is missing how do you find a match?


A:Bunch of Random Windows Media player 11 Questions

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Hello, I was getting help from boopme in this thread.
and he told me to post here and to say that I'm running Windows 8. He tried to get me to run DDS but I guess it won't work in Win8.
In the original post I explained how when I woke up Yesterday I had a bunch of windows on my screen I hadn't opened, I've also checked my desktop computer and posted the logs in the thread as well.
Thanks for your time.

A:Woke up to a bunch of windows I didn't open on my laptop.

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.===--RogueKiller--Download & SAVE to your Desktop For 32bit system or For 64bit system Quit all programs that you may have started.Please disconnect any USB or external drives from the computer before you run this scan!For Vista or Windows 7, right-click and select "Run as Administrator to start"For Windows XP, double-click to start.Wait until Prescan has finished ...Then Click on "Scan" buttonWait until the Status box shows "Scan Finished"click on "delete"Wait until the Status box shows "Deleting Finished"Click on "Report" and copy/paste the content of the Notepad into your next reply.The log should be found in RKreport[1].txt on your DesktopExit/Close RogueKiller+=======Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from HereDouble-click mbam-setup-2.X.X.XXXX.exe to install the application (X's are the current version number).Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.Once MBAM opens, when it says Your databases are out of date, click the Fix Now button.Click the Settings tab at the top, and then in the left column, select Detections and Protections, and if not already checked place a checkmark in the selection box for Scan for rootkits.Click the Scan tab at the top of the program window, select Threat Scan and ... Read more

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I have an old and low-performance laptop. It was working very slow and using too much CPU. I decided to turn off (disable) unnecessary services to give it a boost. And I did so; now my system works much faster. The complete and exact list of disabled services are listed below.

Application Management
Base Filtering Engine
IPsec Policy Agent
IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules
Bonjour Service
Cryptographic Services
Desktop Window Manager Session Manager
Diagnostic Policy Service
Distributed Link Tracking Client
Extensible Authentication Protocol
Extensible Authentication Protocol
WLAN AutoConfig
Function Discovery Provider Host
HomeGroup Provider
Function Discovery Resource Publication
Human Interface Device Access
Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology
IP Helper
Network Connections
Network List Service
Network Location Awareness
Offline Files
Peer Name Resolution Protocol
Peer Networking Grouping
Peer Networking Identity Manager
Program Compatibility Assistant Service
Protected Storage
RtVOsdService Installer
Sandboxie Service
Security Center
Shell Hardware Detection
SQL Server VSS Writer
Windows Font Cache Service
Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service
Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache
(Note: The indented service names are dependent to the preceding ones in the list.)

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A:I can't print my documents after disabling a bunch of Windows services

I saw that the "Print Spooler" service was not running. I tried starting it. It wasn't disabled; it was in the "manual" mode. Once it started, I was able to print my document. I don't know why, but somehow, the programs are not able to manually start the Print Spooler service on their own. I will be glad if someone explains the reason for this.

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I am having trouble installing Windows 7 64-bit.

I have a Gateway E-4610S on which I've been running Windows XP 32-bit.

I have an Intel Pentium D SL88T 2.8ghz,

and motherboard is Intel (Mickelson Trail) Q965.

When I try to install from a disc, I get the error "no bootable device." But in BIOS I set the DVD drive to boot first, and on the DVD are the following: "setup.exe", "autorun.inf", and a "boot" and other folders.

Any idea what is wrong? Do I have to do something more to switch the computer from 32-bit to 64? I'm pretty sure my computer can indeed run 64-bit.


A:BIOS or Harware Changes Needed for W7?

Is it a original Windows disc or one that you or someone else burned?

Check that your drive is a DVD drive and that another DVD(DVD not CD) actually works in the drive.

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I'm curious about how does the hardware firewall work. Or, actually, why it is not perfect?

If the router masks all "in-house" pcs when they connect to the internet through it, then how can someone (like here ) get through the router to find out the actual ip address of the machine?

A:harware firewall question

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I am working from my laptop as my Hp Pavillion is so messed up.

Let me clarify that I have access to my files and photos. However, anything and everything to do with an Internet connection (We have a linksys wlan) is gone. No icons, no mention of it anywhere. Nothing under device manager - I thin - it's all gone.

My computer was so slow and I knew I had probably contracted a virus. I tried to run both Maleware and Super Spy Anti software in normal mode - nothing. I tried to run them in safe mode while metworking. Nothing. I then used a Flash drive to run them. Both caught and fixed a few - but nothing. Hijack this scanned and said all was normal. However, it couldn't fix nor repair anthing odd I found as it can't connect to the Internet. I tried rogue killer and Emsisoft - both detected and deleted a few medium risk objects. HOWEVER - Emsisoft keeps detecting the same risks and tells me they are gone.

When trying to connect in normal mode, not only can I not connect to the Internet, but I get a repeating pop up error message from Moto Helper Service. It just keeps randomly popping up and staying there. If I try the normal Windows Diagnostic tool, it tells me there is a Winsock problem and to click system reboot or whatever - nothing. I tried a system restore. NOthing.

Now I am thinking I will just try a couple bottles of Amber Bock and see if I feel any better - (hahaha - SIGH)

Can anyone help? I have tried googling this to no end! Thanks!

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The contribution of the members on this site have been a great contribution so I must first express my gratitude to you all. Even most of the questions have been a learning moment for me. Thank you.

Now to my question. Is there any software that has been built to diagnose failing hardware ? I live in a small somewhat remote community and all the computer expertise is at least an hour's drive. Some know me as a network guru but I was hoping to find some software that would help me quickly spot hardware that is tanking.

Thanks again for everything.

Bob t

A:Diagnosing Harware Problems

Try using Memtest86 for your RAM. When using this try to let it run for 7 passes (8 Tests per pass) or sometimes overnight which is more thorough - http://www.memtest.org/

Try Prime95 to test the CPU and RAM. There are three tests on Prime95 "Small FFT's" which tests mainly the CPU, "Large FFT's" which tests both RAM and CPU, "Blend" which tests mainly RAM. I have found it to be a good second test for RAM after Memtest86. You can let these tests run for about 20 mins, it will automatically stop if any error is found.

32bit OS Version - http://files.extremeoverclocking.com/file.php?f=103
64bit OS Version - http://files.extremeoverclocking.com/file.php?f=205

You should normally use the HDD Manufacturers test normally found on the Support Section of their website to test your HDD.

These are a few tools some people may list more for you, I may post back if I remember some more.

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I HAVE A PROBLEM. I played all types of online multiplayer games but since 3 months ago i couldn't play any online multiplayer games except Age OF Empires. My favorite game was Halo which whenever i tried to play it now its saying hardware acceleration disabled, but its on. Its turned to full under display tab and whenever i try to run "DXDIAG" under run in the start menu. its saying no such file found. But i have installed it from microsoft.com Several times. (ANY SUGGESTIONS?)

A:Harware acceleration=Halo

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hi guys

looking for some help with an issue i have experienced over the last 24 hours.

whilst i mention hardware issue in my header i am open to suggestions that it may be OS related. if so, could admin kindly redirect it to the correct section.

the first time i noticed a problem was last night, there was a flickering on my screen, kind of resembling a heat haze, at the top of the screen. this is visible whether in windows explorer, internet browser, or desktop etc. it didnt really go any lower than the tabs at the bottom of the browser banner. i checked the display drivers and there did not seem to be any issue's there, so performed the magic fix all re-boot, only the pc booted up, but nothing happened with regards to the monitor, it remained in stand by. i tried a couple of times with the same result. i used a windows live and then a linux live Disc, with exactly the same reult - monitor remaining in stand by whilst PC booted up.

i left it at that until today when i bought a new dvi to vga cable and connected that up, booted the PC and it started up as normal, with no apparent issues. problem solved! or so i thought! after a couple of hours use though, the problem has arrisen again. this time the flickering is visible to about half way down the screen. it is not visible at all times, only happening occasionaly, but i am not keen to reboot or close it down, in case it wont boot up again.

i would be very grateful for any assisstance wiith regards to this matter.

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A:probable harware issue

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i bought a new video card and it on order. and i will be getting a new motherboard. do i need a certin kind of motherboard to be compadable with my video card?

A:harware compadability, realy need help!

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