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Taking full control of Win 10 upgrades on 29th July ... ?

Q: Taking full control of Win 10 upgrades on 29th July ... ?


I have used the tray app to register for Win 10 upgrade on a number of PCs / laptops (Win 7 & Win 8).

However I am now a bit concerned that come "D-Day", the app will automatically download the installation files (or at least a significant amount of them) on 29th July - but I would like to take complete control over the upgrades as some of my computers require some preparation & research prior to upgrade.

Can someone clarify for me ?


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A: Taking full control of Win 10 upgrades on 29th July ... ?

It will download the files but you get to choose when to install them.

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OK don't panic i have no plans to upgrade to win 10 anytime soon however i would like to take advantage of the free upgrade to win 10 and keep the ISO file and the win 10 SN's.
I have Win 7 U x64 running on a 250GB SSD (C Drive, which is only used in an emergency) and then the main OS which again is a win 7 U x64 of a 500GB SSD (D Drive) which is what i use 99% of the time, drive C is only used if some reason drive D goes t1ts up and i can go into C drive and get files of that way, any how i know there used to be an app called "MediaCreationToolx64" which you ran and it would download the win 10 ISO and install win 10 and convert your win 7 key into legal win 10 key and allow you to upgrade that way.

So my plan is to back up whole of drive C&D to a 500GB SSD (E Drive) then go about running the "MediaCreationToolx64" tool to do the download and install for both C & D drive get the windows 10 key from each drive then burn to ISO's and keep for a later date, just in case i do want to go 10 route.

I have heard that win 10 messes about with my partitions, anyone know anything about this? If it does would it be best to just disconnet all drives from PC apart from C,D & E (as i have another 9 drives in the case) or will it be ok to leave in, and are there any other issues i should be made aware off, I have no plans to move to 10 full time but i'm just being safe and saving myself the cost of windows 10 when the free ver... Read more

A:Upgrading to windows 10 before July 29th

You won't get a key after installing Win10. To be able to do a future install (fresh or update) you have to had it installed once on your computer. MS will record an MB ID (probably the network MAC address) and will activate future installations on the MB you have used to do the fist install.
To do so you have two options: Install Win 10 on a HDD or on drive C:
On drive C: you have two options: Fresh install or update.
On a HDD you're going to do a fresh install.
Disconnect your drive D: or any other drive you have from the MB.
- To do a update on your installed Win 7 on drive C:, boot on drive C:, create a USB with MediaCreationToolx64 then run setup on it. Leave the key blank. It will activate because you've updated a Win 7 installation.
- To do a fresh install, on drive C: or on a HDD, create a USB with MediaCreationToolx64 and boot from it. When asked for the Key, put the Win7 U key you have. When finished, it will activate as well.

My suggestion is to do a fresh install on a spare HDD or a SSD. That's what I did. Also install Classic Shell (Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements), so it looks like Win7.
I didn't like Win10. Didn't add nothing useful, and if you disable all the tracking and spy, many features, like Cortana, won't work. Some win7 features won't be there, as games and Classic them.

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As long as you follow the steps on the enclosed link will to get the ticket will this work for a free upgrade after the 29th July ?

Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First - Windows 10 Forums


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Hello everyone,

Sorry if this question is stupid. But if I upgrade today will it still be free? According to some websites the price goes up on the 30th, but microsoft itself seems to state very strongly that the price goes up on the 29th.
If I update now will I have to pay for it?

Please let me know.
Thank you so much.

(P.s. I tried updating yesterday before the hard-n-fast deadline, but deleted an android partition and messed up the bootloader, preventing me from loading Windows. I fixed that this morning, but alas, it is the 29th now. So I am wondering if I can still get the free upgrade?)

A:July 29th -> If I upgrade now, will it still be free?

website won't come up for me here at work but:

Windows - Microsoft

Should show about 14 hours left. Going to be interesting to see who gets the last upgrade in before the deadline.

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Microsoft has finally revealed that Windows 10 will officially launch on July 29th, 2015, confirming a previous statement from AMD CEO Lisa Su that suggested the operating system will launch in late July.

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A:Microsoft to release Windows 10 on July 29th

I got a notification about win 10 free upgrade today. It asked me to register and after that it said that I will be a 3 gb download.

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How to Geek just published this today.  I'd been thinking about researching this myself. I'm sure other hold outs are interested in Keeping Win7/8 but keeping the option to reserve a free copy of Win 10.

A:Get Windows 10 for Free After July 29th, with a Little Prep Now

You are correct Smsec. Just makes sense to keep all options open for as long as one can, even though some are espousing MS will extend beyond July 29th.

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Source here;

A:July 29th Is Release Date For Windows 10

Already been posted by Grinler:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/578066/windows-10-release-date-of-july-29th-announced/

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I already know about the trick where you update then revert, and the computer you updated on will be able to upgrade again for free after July 29th, but what if I won't have the computer I want to upgrade until after this date?

I'm getting a MacBook Air in August. I like how any programs made for Macs will work (for the most part) because each Mac has set specs, but I'm not a huge fan of the Mac OS. But then I learned about dual booting on Mac, and so I thought that if I dual booted Mac and Windows I'd get the best of both worlds. But then I learned that Windows 10 will only be free until July 29th, so is there a way I can 'reserve' the copy until then? Or will I just have to pay the $119 if I really want to do it?

A:Can I get Win10 for free after July 29th this year?

Someone else might think of a way but the answer is no. You can't get a free upgrade after 7/29.

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Windows Blog: Windows 10 Now on 300 Million Active Devices ? Free Upgrade Offer to End Soon

"Today, we want to remind you that if you haven?t taken advantage of the free upgrade offer, now is the time. The free upgrade offer to Windows 10 was a first for Microsoft, helping people upgrade faster than ever before.

And time is running out. The free upgrade offer will end on July 29 and we want to make sure you don?t miss out.

After July 29th, you?ll be able to continue to get Windows 10 on a new device, or purchase a full version of Windows 10 Home for $119."​
Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10!

Spoiler: Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 today!

"Details are still being finalized, but on July 29th the Get Windows 10 app that facilitates the easy upgrade to Windows 10 will be disabled and eventually removed from PCs worldwide. Just as it took time to ramp up and roll out the Get Windows 10 app, it will take time to ramp it down."​
Via: Microsoft to remove Get Windows 10 app from Windows 7/8.1 soon - MSPoweruser

Get Windows 10 - Download Now! | Upcoming Features coming to Windows 10!​

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Microsoft announced recently that Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users have until July 29, 2016 to exercise their option to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 for free  Effective July 29, 2016, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users will have to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft  Microsoft's goal is to help our customers get the most secure and best version of Windows before the promotional offer expires on July 29  Effective immediately, customers on Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1 whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'Recommended' updates may start seeing the below notification even if they have not previously reserved the Windows 10 upgrade  If the customer does not cancel or reschedule, by default the upgrade will install at the scheduled time. 

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Microsoft announced recently that Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users have until July 29, 2016 to exercise their option to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 for free  Effective July 29, 2016, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users will have to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft  Microsoft's goal is to help our customers get the most secure and best version of Windows before the promotional offer expires on July 29  Effective immediately, customers on Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1 whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'Recommended' updates may start seeing the below notification even if they have not previously reserved the Windows 10 upgrade  If the customer does not cancel or reschedule, by default the upgrade will install at the scheduled time 

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Microsoft announced recently that Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users have until July 29, 2016 to exercise their option to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 for free

Effective July 29, 2016, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users will have to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft

Microsoft's goal is to help our customers get the most secure and best version of Windows before the promotional offer expires on July 29

Effective immediately, customers on Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1 whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'Recommended' updates may start seeing the below notification even if they have not previously reserved the Windows 10 upgrade

If the customer does not cancel or reschedule, by default the upgrade will install at the scheduled time


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Microsoft has released a warning, and a work-around, for a security vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook. The vulnerability could run code of an attacker's choice via either web page or HTML e-mail




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I have an Asus desktop with a WinXP pro OEM version installed.
I have an Asus netbook EeePC 1000HD with XP (I think it is an operating system designed for a netbook)
I have an HP laptop that needs its own operating system. Possibly a new install of Win 7.

Will the family pack install on all three of these?
Is there a Win 7 with the complete installation, one without upgrading from an existing Windows program.

A:Win 7 Family Pack (only upgrades?) Full Win 7 available?

The Family Pack gives you three licenses, it will install on all three. Unfortunately, none of the Windows 7 upgrade versions will allow an in-place upgrade from XP. I don't know if they offer a Family Pack for fresh installs, but without a version of Vista available, that's your only option.

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First the basics... Asus G71G laptop; dual core T9400 CPU; Nvidia 9800m; 6gb ram; Win7 Pro x64. Drivers and everything up to date (I think).

What happens is that immediately following taking full ownership of C:, the "safely remove hardware" icon stops working. I can hover the mouse over the icon and the balloon text appears, but clicking or right-clicking on icon does nothing. I've tried different versions of Win 7, but this happens each time and only after taking ownership of C:. Even more odd is that this issue doesn't happen on my desktop, only on my laptop.

My first thought was a driver issue, but that really doesn't make sense as no hardware is being installed or removed at the time the issue happens. And before anyone responds with "why do you need to take ownership in the first place", I'll just say that I'm a major geek and always tinker with things. Its how I learn.... Its a minor problem, but one that (in my opinion) shouldn't happen.

Any help or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Sorry if this is in the wrong section.... I'm new here.

A:Odd problem after taking full ownership of C:

Why is the safely remove hardware icon in the tray in the first place if youre not installing any new hardware?

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OK, so here is a print screen of my performance (in task manager):

Now first; I have 4 GB of RAM (2x2 GDDR2), and am using vista home 32 bit. I know it only recognises 3.2 GB of RAM. My question is, is it actually using that 3.2 GB? It says it's 'cached', what does that mean? I was intrigued as to what was going on when I was playing GTA IV, and under "RAM" it said there was 450 something MB. Is vista using most of my RAM for it's own needs? Can someone please tell me what it's using and for what?

Now second; Does anyone know of ANY possible way for my current vista to recognise all 4 GB? I've also heard of using some of your hard-drive's memory, and getting vista to treat it as VRAM, adding to your current RAM. Would that, in effect, bump me up to 4 GB? In short, when I play a game, I want nearly all 4 GB to be dedicated to playing that game.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance :)

A:Is vista taking full advantage of my RAM?

The only answer I have is that there is no way to make Vista 32 use more than about 3.2 GB. It will never use 4GB. Vista 32 is designed that way.

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Hi first I am a novice but want to learn!
My laptop has been 'taken over'. When I try 'scrolling' up or down it wont allow me to. In the main menu screen when i click on an icon it always uses the top most icon and opens that program.
The entire system is really slow!
Please can someone advise me what to do now?!
I have XP sp2.
I have recently installed Norton Internet Security 2009 but this doesnt seem to have much power.

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Hello, thank you for reading my problem. Here it is:

Running XP home, SP3. Intel core 2 duo 3GHz, 2gig ram. Using chrome and IE7. AVG free for antivirus, Windows firewall active. Computer experience: Novice.

Symptoms are: "Win32 Services has encountered a problem and needs to close", unwanted redirects from google search results, large full new window pop up ads in IE,
add/remove software taking very, very long to populate, sometimes not even opening, sound card gets disabled and more - restart seems to fix these problems but come back quickly.
The computer takes a long time to shut down, starts sometimes without icons or taskbar.

What I have done so far: Ran spybot SD, malerwarebytes, full virus scan (all fully updated and run several times) Result: No viruses, but a few trojans - fixed, but problems prevail.

Here is my hijackthis log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 917 PM, on 12/2/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.17091)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Google\Update\\GoogleCrashHandler.exe
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A:Trojans taking control

Hello and welcome to TSF.

HijackThis is no longer the preferred initial analysis tool in this forum.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link given below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a

Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps

link at the top of each page.

Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:


After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

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The initial browser diversion on my Vista OS PC has evolved in 3 days to where DDS will not run and Root Repeal closes to a blue screen indicating an error.

The only information I can provide, with apologies, is from Malwarebytes.
Files Infected:
C:\data.tmp (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Windows\System32\curslib.dll (Spyware.Passwords) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Windows\System32\wincert.dll (Spyware.Passwords) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

C:\Windows\System32\curslib.dll (Spyware.Passwords) -> Delete on reboot.
Memory Modules Infected:
C:\Windows\System32\curslib.dll (Spyware.Passwords) -> Delete on reboot.

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\data.tmp (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Windows\System32\curslib.dll (Spyware.Passwords) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Windows\System32\wincert.dll (Spyware.Passwords) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\{19127ad2-394b-70f5-c650-b97867baa1f7} (Backdoor.Bot) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

A:Spyware taking control

I gave in and cleaned the hard drive.
I was able to back up 99.9% of files.
Thanks for reading.

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For a while now, I have been trying to find a way to stop the taskbar from appearing unless I instruct it to, mouseover is a pain in the ass when I am playing WoW and other games. Does anyone know of a decent app or reg hack to stop the damn appearing?

Cheers in Advance,

A:Taking control of the Taskbar???

There are a bunch of solutions out there.... Here's one:

Hide Windows 7 taskbar with Taskbar Eliminator. | The Windows Club

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Was wondering if anyone found a solution to this problem..?

I'm kind of a perfectionist, and I prefer to have nothing under "Always Show" except for my internet connection and volume.

Problem? It seems my icons change their status from "Always show" to "Hide when inactive." Those mostly being WindowBlinds (if I knew how, I'd prevent the icon from ever entering my notification area) and my FFDShow codec.

Any info is appreciated.

A:Taking Control of the Notification Area

WARNING: If you use the Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system.
Always back up you Registry before modifying it, and be sure you know how to restore it, in case any problems appear.
1. Go to Start menu -> select Run... -> type regedit -> press OK.
2. Delete the IconStreams and PastIconsStream values from the following registry key:
3. Open Task Manager, click the Processes tab, click Explorer.exe, and then click End Process.
4. In Task Manager, click File, click New Task, type explorer, and then click OK.

Hope this helps. :-)

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Help protect your computer without losing your information?or your mind

By Kim Douglas

In the mood for a scary story? Go to your favorite news website and search for the phrase "computer security." A quick scan of the headlines should raise your blood pressure: Risk. Scam. ID theft. Hacker. Attack. Predator. It doesn't take much imagination to picture a cartoon burglar lurking around every corner of the Internet, wearing the customary striped sweater and eye mask, and ready to scurry off with all of your personal information in a canvas sack.

Well, there are potential dangers to your computer out there. Viruses and other malicious software (or malware) pose a genuine threat, and could make your data unusable or steal it outright. You might even make an honest mistake, installing software or changing a setting that can cost you time, frustration, or money to correct. But don't panic: new and improved features in Windows 7 can help you secure your PC at home, online, and on the go. In this column, I'll point out some of the ways you can better protect your computer from bad guys and, occasionally, from yourself.

Tips to help protect your PC at home, from online threats, and while on the go: Taking control of computer security.

A:Taking control of computer security

A good firewall on your desktop system combined with turning off the wireless transmitter on your router when you're not using it will prevent a lot of problems at home. It takes less than 2 minutes to crack WEP security, regardless of password, and less than a day to crack the average WPA table, after which a skilled hacker will know nearly everything you're doing on the internet. However, only an amateur will bother with a home network, unless you happen to have more than 7 bedrooms. The professionals go where the money is.. businesses (and their owners) and web hosting sites.

Don't do anything with a laptop that you wouldn't want the rest of the world to know about if it can be avoided. Otherwise, the best thing you can do is use a little sense. If the right person gains physical control (or otherwise) and really wants to get personal information from a computer, no amount of security is going to matter, especially if you don't use it. Encrypt your HDD and create hidden partitions for sensitive data. Set a bios startup password, a HDD password, and a secure account password, all different. Don't leave a laptop running and unattended in a public place. These three measures alone will stop most thieves in their tracks, or at lease secure your data from people who don't have access to more powerful machines with cracking software and the skills to use it. It won't always stop a theft from taking place, but I'm pretty sure it would be quite amusing to be a fly on the wall in ... Read more

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I have some sort of background program that keeps taking control of my computer every few seconds. When I am scrolling or trying to type, I have to continually left click my mouse to regain control, otherwise everything goes dead. It is really getting to be a problem since I can't type more than a word or two before it happens.

Also, I keep getting ad redirects constantly. If I go to a website, it usually opens up an ad site that uses the name of the website I went to, asking me to shop and buy stuff. Here's my HJT log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 10:33:47 AM, on 7/1/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Webroot\WebrootSecurity\WRConsumerService.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\SiteAdvisor\McSACore.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\McAfee\McSvcHost\McSvHost.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee.com\Agent\mcagent.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\McAfee\SystemCore\mfevtps.exe
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A:malware program taking over control

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Hi, Folks what im wanting to do is take full control of my pc i.e use my pc from anthor computer but im not sure whats the best program i need ? and also i surpose the other computer will need ? any help would be appreciated thank you. dan

A:Taking control of my pc from anthor computer ???

Depends upon your version of Windows. If you have business, enterprise or ultimate you have remote desktop and that can do what you want. That is one of the reasons that I don't license Home Premium...because it lacks that feature.

If you don't have those, you can look into something like TightVNC.

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My computer has been hijacked my spyware. It redirects my homepage and says that I should purchase spyware removal software. Are these a fraud ? You can view the hijach log below. Please help?
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:30:10 PM, on 3/26/2006
Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\KODAK\KODAK Picture Transfer Software\PTSsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\Program Files\Kodak\KODAK Picture Transfer Software\pts.exe
C:\Program Files\KODAK\KODAK Software Updater\7288971\Program\backWeb-7288971.exe
C:\Program Files\WinZip\WZQKPICK.EXE
C:\Program Files\Corel\WordPerfect Office 2000\Programs\PRWin9.exe
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A:Spyware taking control of computer

Yes it's a scam.

* Click here to download smitRem.exe.
Save the file to your desktop.
It is a self extracting file.
Doubleclick the smitRem.exe and it will extract the files to a smitRem folder on your desktop.
Do not do anything with it yet. You will run the RunThis.bat file later in Safe Mode.

* Download the trial version of Ewido Security Suite here.
Install ewido.
During the installation, under "Additional Options" uncheck "Install background guard" and "Install scan via context menu".
Launch Ewido
It will prompt you to update click the OK button and it will go to the main screen
On the left side of the main screen click update
Click on Start and let it update.
DO NOT run a scan yet. You will do that later in Safe Mode.
* Click here for info on how to boot to Safe Mode if you don't already know how.
* Now copy these instructions to Notepad and save them to your desktop. You will need them to refer to in Safe Mode.
* Restart your computer into safe mode now. Perform the following steps:
* Open the smitRem folder, then double click the RunThis.bat file to start the tool. Follow the prompts on screen.
Wait for the tool to complete and disk cleanup to finish.
* Run Ewido:
Click on scanner
Click Complete System Scan and the scan will begin.
During the scan it will prompt you to clean files, click OK
When the scan is finished, look at the bottom of the screen and click the Save report button.
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I apologize for asking what must be happening to lots of others, but I cannot find what I'm looking for searching the forums.

My computer is a home-built one, with a paid/purchased (vs. OEM-pre-installed) version of Windows 7. When Windows started prompting me in the spring to reserve a free upgrade to Windows 10 (however that was phrased - I think people know what I mean), I did, and the "Get Windows 10" icon still appears in my system tray to the left of my clock.

Because, to put it mildly, I have no problem with Windows 7, and because also I tend to be a late adapter, I have planned all along to let others post-beta test it, and then get my upgrade, if I use it at all, later in the eligibility period.

However, I currently have three (8/2, 8/3, 8/3) failures from Windows Update on "Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro." In each case, it's "WindowsUpdate_80240020" as the error.

My Avast! free AV software has, also, starting 8/2, reported "some files could not be opened" and pointed to files in a folder created on 8/1, that appears to be tied to the Windows 10 upgrade (C:\$Windows.~BT is the folder under which these unopenable files fall).

Here's my question:

How do I "take control" of this, so Windows isn't trying this upgrade every day, when it will likely be months before I want to try this? I don't want this daily Windows Update failure, or the AV failure to read files. I REALLY don't want Windows to SUC... Read more

A:Taking control of my upgrade to Windows 10 Pro?

See this thread

How to stop Windows 10 from installing from tray icon?

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I've just got windows 8 and am not to familiar with it yet.

My old computer is fried but the hard drives are intact. I simply wanted to put the old drives into the new computer and pull off the info onto an external drive. Everything works fine and I can get most of the files. The problem is that some of them were locked under the old administrator account (it was windows 7). I can't for the life of me remember what that account was and don't know how to access them. All I want to do is copy the few locked files onto the new computer. Any suggestions?

I think there is a way by taking control of it but I don't know how that's done. The stuff I've tried hasn't worked. (I used the advanced properties only, maybe there is something in the registry I can change but I don't know what).


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Hi. I am currently working off my other computer because a couple days ago i installed a program on my normal computer which turned out to be a virus. I am running windows live one care and attempted to destroy the viruses. It managed to find a "Rostock virus", backdoor, tool virus, settings modifier and many others. It deleted some and then i had to restart my computer. I also tried a full computer scan which took over 4 hours but that ended suddenly saying it was cancelled (I suspect that was the virus working). I tried that again but this time the virus turned live one care off and i can't turn it back on (including the firewall and anti virus). Unfortunately i am now not able to turn off my computer, instead it tries to turn off but then restarts.

After this i tried system restore but that failed saying it could not be complete...
Now its started saying that windows xp has not been activated (even though it had been about 4 years ago) and comes up with "your computer has recovered from a serius error" every time i turn it on. I suspect the virus has deleted system files etc. It also doesn't connect to the internet anymore.

I have run out of ideas and i really hope that you guys can help.

A:Viruses taking control over Computer.

Hello Bullet Head

Please follow the instructions in our sticky topic New Instructions - Read This Before Posting for Malware Removal Help and post the requested logs in your next reply.

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We're at 5 1/2 hours and still not finished. 924,000+ items scanned. I had had the trial version of Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit on for the first 1 1/2 hours of the Defender scan and I turned it off because I thought that might be slowing things.

This is on a Dell Inspiron Mini netbook. Not a huge hard drive here. The RAM has been upgraded from 1Gb to 2Gb, so I don't think that is the problem.

Is this normal? My ESET smart security takes a lot less time and I'm sure it scans a lot more items.

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I don't really know how to explain this without posting a screenshot.

As you can see, I have some pinned icons, but they don't seem to touch the bottom of the taskbar. I'm pretty sure they used to, and I am not sure what happened. If anyone could help me out, it would be much appreciated.

I apologize if this is in the wrong forum section and/or isn't even an issue.



A:Pinned and open programs not taking up full potential space

Quote: Originally Posted by kieranballard2


I don't really know how to explain this without posting a screenshot.

As you can see, I have some pinned icons, but they don't seem to touch the bottom of the taskbar. I'm pretty sure they used to, and I am not sure what happened. If anyone could help me out, it would be much appreciated.

I apologize if this is in the wrong forum section and/or isn't even an issue.



Have you tried restarting the computer? Sometimes Windows will just get quirky. If that doesn't work, have you checked the monitor resolution settings?


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How to stop a program from taking priority from an active window? If I'm typing something in word, and I have something running in the background, say a program installing or something downloading, suddenly a dialog box pops up infront of my document in word and I am typing and unwittingly press a key and accept whatever the box was aksing. Very frustrating. How to stop this crap from happening?

A:Pop up dialog box taking control of active program

Either change the settings in the program that's popping up - or get rid of it. That sort of behavior is unacceptable in well-behaved software.

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I'm trying to help out a friend who is having an issue with his laptop. It started when he was talking on facebook chat, someone took control of his computer and typed rude things into the chat bar. Then tonight a white box chat window popped up informing him that he had been "super hacked" and that if he transferred $30 into the hackers account he would leave him alone. The hacker took control of the screen and changed his background, went through his files and typed on the chat bar that all his files would be saved if he complied with his request. My friend then typed back onto this chat box that he did not have a paypal account and the hacker replied that he was "no good to him" and that he would give him control back. However the hacker then changed his background again and took control of the mouse. The menu bar has now disappeared and every time my friend clicks on the internet the hacker closes the page.
I have never heard of anything like this happening before and its very disturbing that someone can literally take control like that. Has anyone seen or heard anything like this? Are there any suggestions what can be done?
Thanks in advance for any help

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I am using Office XP and for some reason Outlook just started to take control of my active window. In other words when I have Outlook open, and I am typing on AOL, or something else, Outlook just takes control and acts like it is the active window. So whatever I am typing gets cut off as it goes to Outlook. This is very annoying, as I can only get a few sentences, or letters sometimes in, if I am lucky! I have to shut down Outlook when I am not checking my email, and that is annoying. If anyone has any ideas please let me know. As I said this just started happening and I have been using it for a long time. Thanks.

Oh yeah I am running WinXP if it matters

A:Outlook taking control of active window

Alright I figured out what the problem was. I happened to install some stupid voice recognition software. I haven't been using it for over a month and forgot all about it. Well long story short, I deleted it today, and wallaaah(sp??). Everything works ok now

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My computer is blocked by a malware, preventing me from running any antivirus, open a browser window or any other basic task. Shut down button has disppeared and right clicking on the task bar shows a dimmed task manager. If i try to open any program, a alert box tells me that the administrator has restricted my rights

I could only run HJT in safe mode and i'm posting the log bellow. I'd like to add that whenever i try to launch AVG in safe mode, it would crash and while booting a message tells me (in spanish) that my pc is infected with an ultimate generation virus.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:33:14 PM, on 12/26/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16762)
Boot mode: Safe mode with network support

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://red.clientapps.yahoo.com/customize/ptec/defaults/sb/*http://www.yahoo.com/search/ie.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://red.clientapps.yahoo.com/customize/ptec/defaults/sp/*http://www.yahoo.com
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http:... Read more

A:Ultimate Generation Virus is taking control of my computer

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Hello, I have been searching for days for solutions. I hope I am doing this correctly. For the past couple of months IE7 is terribly slow to load. I am used to having multiple instances/multitasking but I have been nearly shut down. I started using Foxfire instead but some of my clients' web sites are only compatible with IE. The past few days, even after IE opens it take forever for sites to load, even low graphics sites. I have cleared cookies, files, history, etc. I have unselected add-ons. I've run out of things to try.

I dont' know if my 2nd problem is malware related but I cannot open the phone and modems control panel. I've tried restarted telephony services but no luck. I can no longer use my cell as a modem because of this problem.

thanks so much in advance!

Here is my log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:17:57 AM, on 10/18/2009
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18319)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Norton AntiVirus\Engine\\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks\QBUpdate\qbupdate.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Dell\MediaDirect\PCMService.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Norton SystemWorks\NswUiTray.exe
c:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\BluetoothHeadsetProxy.exe
C:\PROGRA~2\MICROS~1\... Read more

A:IE taking several minutes to load, control panel issues

Help. It gets worse. I can't even uninstall IE7. It's not under the control panel as a program OR not listed as a an update. I've tried going to MS website to try a fresh download but can only get a download for XP (I have Vista). Does anyone have any links?

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I need this loaded at startup as I have custom gamma and flat panel settings.

I have minimal items checked at startup. I did a clean install of 13.9 drivers using DDU.

Boot times:

Boot time without CCC:
Windows has started up:
Boot Duration : 66265ms
With CCC:
Windows has started up:
Boot Duration : 91452ms

Then to make matters worse the desktop sits there for 20 seconds before my custom CCC settings load.
This is a four year old GPU, HD5770, so I doubt a driver update would help.

I tried rolling back to an earlier driver (11.12) which worked flawlessly before but ATI related processes were crashing right and left.

Is it time for a Nvidia card?
Whats the correct process for completely uninstalling ATI drivers? Just using control panel leaves files,folders and registry entries scattered everywhere.

A:Catalyst Control Center taking forever to start

Some specs might be helpfull;

AMD Phenom X4 970
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2
GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 rev 1.1
G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
XFX Radeon HD5770
Corsair 650TX 650W

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I'm pretty sure I contracted this malware by accidentally clicking on spam email. Currently, I run Windows XP and McAfee, but hadn't been able to update before contracting the virus.

I've had constant popups and forced web pages telling me the usual "you need our virus remover," but I've also experienced the malware taking over my administrative abilities. Frequently, the "Programs" tab in the Start Menu disappears, as well as all the right-hand links (My Computer, My Documents, Search, Run, etc.). Sometimes, my entire Start/Taskbar disappears, along with all my Desktop icons, forcing me to restart. My Task Manager has been disabled since a couple days after I contracted the virus.

I've followed all the steps completely. The only hiccup I've encountered is trying to uninstall "My Way Search Assistant" in my Task Manager list of current applications. There was no option to remove the application. Otherwise, no foreign applications were found, and I've had no alerts from McAfee on what this malware might be.

I'm attaching my Panda Scan results and posting my copied HijackThis scan log to this post. Thank you so much for providing this service. I'm a novice when it comes to safe computing. This has happened once in the past already, and I'm frustrated that it's happening again. Please help me.

HijackThis Log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 20:10: VIRUS ALERT!, on 9/12/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (Wi... Read more

A:Unknown malware - constant popups, taking over administrative control

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Before beginning the fix, read this post completely. If there's anything that you do not understand, kindly ask your questions before proceeding.

It is IMPORTANT that you don't miss a step & perform everything in the correct order/sequence.


Please visit this webpage for instructions for downloading and running ComboFix:


Please ensure you read this guide carefully and install the Recovery Console first.

The Windows Recovery Console will allow you to boot up into a special recovery mode if needed. This allows us to help you in the case that your computer has a problem after an attempted removal of malware. It is a simple procedure that will only take a few moments of your time.

As part of installing the Recovery Console, ComboFix will begin to run. Follow the prompts to install the Recovery Console. Your desktop may disappear. This is normal. It will return.

Once the Recovery Console is installed using ComboFix, you should see a message that says:

The Recovery Console was successfully installed.

Please continue as follows:

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It started with pop-up alerts about  a virus offering to "clean it"  which I did not click on, but seems to have been activated with a Windows update.  Now Blue and Yellow shields are appearing on more and more files blocking my access to Malwarebytes, Zone Alarm, User Accounts/Parental Control/ Device Manager/Control Panel functions; Padlocks appearing on My Documents and other folders/files, no access to Applications, User Profiles, etc.  I'm now terrified. Scans with Malwarebytes and Superantispyware showed nothing, but they've  been hijacked.   It seems very similar to the posting
ALERT: ZEROACCESS rootkit symptoms found!+yellow&blue shields all over the place
 Jun 22 2013 10:11 AM
Everything I download including FRST,  arrives with the compromising Yellow and Blue shield so I'm afraid to run anything before checking with you.  Please let me know if I should try to download files to another machine and copy directly onto the infected one? I currently have e-mail and browsing access, but fear that might go soon.   Any advice will be much appreciated.   Susan27
Below is my SysInfo
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD FX™-6100 Six-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 21 Model 1 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 6
RAM: 12031 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 3000 Graphics, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 1907627 MB, Fre... Read more

A:Deep Infection - Yellow&Blue Shields taking over control - Desperate

Can you boot into Safe Mode at all? 

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I tried to take Full control in permissions but the full control box will not check. What am I doing wrong?

A:Full control

Quote: Originally Posted by Herm61

I tried to take Full control in permissions but the full control box will not check. What am I doing wrong?

Where are you trying to change the setting; a file, a folder or a whole drive?

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Report: Full upgrades to Windows 8 only from Windows 7

Microsoft tells partners essentially what it's already told customers who tried the Windows 8 previews

By Gregg Keizer
June 29, 2012 10:32 AM ET

Computerworld - Microsoft will support full upgrades to Windows 8 only from the three-year old Windows 7, according to a report Thursday.

Yesterday, ZDNet blogger Mary Jo Foley, citing unnamed sources, said that Microsoft has informed select partners of the upgrade paths to Windows 8.

Microsoft has not yet set a release date for Windows 8, but most analysts expect it to go on sale this fall, most likely in October.

Read more at.. Report: Full upgrades to Windows 8 only from Windows 7 - Computerworld
So far I will stick to DUAL Boot and not to upgrade the OS.

A:Report: Full upgrades to Windows 8 only from Windows 7

Why is this news? Microsoft has never supported upgrading from more than one version previous. Ever.

Extra! Extra! Microsoft does what it has always done! Up next, Google provides search results to use that typed query in search box and clicked Search, oh the humanity!

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Do Dell Vostro 2520 Laptops support RAM upgrades and/or Processor Upgrades? Please explain.

It's been 3 years with Vostro 2529 and I'm extremely satisfied with performance. I just wabt to upgrade the CPU and/or RAM, to continue using for few more years. 
Please explain if possible, how and if not, why.

A:Do Dell Vostro 2520 Laptops support RAM upgrades and/or Processor Upgrades? Please explain.

downloads.dell.com/.../vostro-2520_Owner's Manual_en-us.pdf
Desktops can be upgraded but it is not easy or cost effective on laptops even if it were possible. Save the money for a new computer. Ram can be upgraded to 8GB. So if you already have 8 gb you are at the max. Read this review for the difficulty of upgrading this model--

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Myself not to bright, using Microsoft since the days of DOS 3.1 on a 286 machine. Recently changed from Apple iMac, running Windows 7 to a new system with i5 (Skylake) CPU, a problem -
Windows 7 does not see hard drives, so now I have Windows 10. Now an old man and forgetful, I need to change things like host files, access denied, at a loss, for me too easy to muck things up. A single user at home.

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hey guys i need to give full control permissions to 1 or both of the users on my comp but when i right click properties security etc, i cant click on any permissions to change them

any ideas thanks guys!

A:Please help-full control permissions..

An easy way that usually works to fix this problem is to use the tutorial below to take ownership. It allows you to easily add/remove "take ownership" items to the explorer right click context menu:

Take Ownership Shortcut

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How do i change the permissions for the administrator account to FULL control so that I do not get the "access is denied" message when trying to perform certain functions?; also

A:full control for administrators

Hello Matt,

You could enable the built-in Administrator account, and log on to it to have full control with if you like.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

Hope this helps,

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Hi there. Am running a PC, where I share several folders with a laptop. These shared folders have advanced settings of 'full control' permission for 'everyone'. However, whenever I try to delete a file on my PC during an access from my laptop, it gives me an error message to 'try again', or I need permission. Is there another permission I need to set on the PC? This puzzles me. Both my laptop and my PC have Windows 7.
I am really expecting full control. Thank you for your tips.

A:Full control does not work

Make sure you have your permissions selected also click the public V thats circled for more permisions

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Hi there,I have partially lost my start menu. Nothing appears when you click it, also I am unable to run any anti-adware programs i.e Ad-aware, S&D or AVG. Please help. I have run the latest version of stinger with no success.ThanksLogfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 12:42:18, on 4/5/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\conime.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exeH:\Virus-removal\hijackthis\HijackThis.exeO2 - BHO: Yahoo! Companion BHO - {02478D38-C3F9-4efb-9B51-7695ECA05670} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\ycomp.dll (file missing)O2 - BHO: Skype add-on (mastermind) - {22BF413B-C6D2-4d91-82A9-A0F997BA588C} - C:\PROGRA~1\Skype\Phone\IEPlugin\SKYPEI~1.DLLO2 - BHO: ST - {9394EDE7-C8B5-483E-8773-474BF36AF6E4} - C:\Program Files\MSN Apps\ST\01.03.0000.1005\en-xu\stmain.dllO2 - BHO: MSNToolBandBHO - {BDBD1DAD-C946-4A17-ADC1-64B5B4FF55D0} - C:\Program Files\MSN Apps\MSN Toolbar\01.02.3000.1001\zh-hk\msntb.dll (file missi... Read more

A:Virus Has Taken Full Control

* Please remove these entries from Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel(if present):To do this, click 'Start' then 'Control Panel', then double-click on Add/Remove Programs.New.Net(NewDotNet)* After that reboot your system.* Run the Panda online virus scan at http://www.pandasoftware.com/products/activescan.htm- Once you are on the Panda site click the Scan your PC button- A new window will open...click the Check Now button- Enter your Country- Enter your State/Province- Enter your e-mail address and click send- Select either Home User or Company- Click the big Scan Now button- If it wants to install an ActiveX component allow it- It will start downloading the files it requires for the scan (Note: It may take a couple of minutes)- When download is complete, click on Local Disks to start the scan- When the scan completes, if anything malicious is detected, click the See Report button, then Save Report and save it to a convenient location and post it here with a new hijackthis log.

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