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Windows 7 finally installed. Bad sectors?

Q: Windows 7 finally installed. Bad sectors?

So if you read my other thread you would see I've been having problems with installing a fresh OS because my harddrive. When I began the clean installation process my hard drive started clicking periodically (which didn't happen till I started) I was able to partition around these bad sectors and get the OS installed. I am now sitting at a clean desktop with the computer running fine.

However, I know that these bad sectors will cause problems later and I'm wanting to know what I should do now. Is there anything I can do to kill these bad sectors and ensure my hard drive to stay proper? I realize that this shows my hard drive is going bad, but I feel if I can get this taken care of then I can keep the hard drive a while longer. What should I do?

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Preferred Solution: Windows 7 finally installed. Bad sectors?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

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You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Windows 7 finally installed. Bad sectors?

I am noticing slight hard drive activity when sitting at a clean desktop with nothing loading and nothing done on it since the clean install. I'm not sure if this is bad but I would like to do all I can to ensure the hard drive remains in operating condition for as long as possible. I intend to get a new computer soon. But I'm not sure when and would not like to buy a new hard drive for a computer I'll be replacing.

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over and over tried different things different drivers for nforce raid.. nothing worked, then finally after hours of frustration I did one simple things that fixed all and now windows vista 64 is installing. And what did I u wonder.. I have 2 serial ata drivers raided and one regular Ide drive.. ide drive was just a backdrive.. but it was setup as a primary drive. I disconnected the IDE drive and weeeeeeeeeee it started to install I hope this helps any one.. did not need any special drivers yet!!!! still installing will update soon

ok 64 vista installed working fine so far, just had to remove ide drive had not hooked back up yet but should not be aproblem now!

A:Vista64 all day and finally installed!!

I messed around for a full day trying to load 64 Vista! Finally, I removed 2 of the 4 GB of Memory and it loaded. When I reloaded the full 4 GB after the install, it blue screened! Now what!!!!!!!

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Hi!

First time here. Not sure if anyone can help. I'm running XP and my "significant other" has managed to click on something out in the Internet...you know the story!

So the first notice was that the wallpaper was replaced with a black screen with a "warning...secure yourself...click here for uninstall instructions" blah blah blah message. It redirects to http://213.159.117.130/?affid=NAT-10 which just has the stupid message again and not much more. There is a new program on the program list called "! Secure Yourself" which also redirects to this site. I get an Explorer error when I try to open control panel, search, my computer...pretty much anything. There are a million new spyware processes running that Norton detects but "delete fails." Norton also claims to have stopped Trojan Adwaheck yesterday and the symptons don't really add up to that one... The spyware includes actalert.exe, istsvc.exe, sais.exe, vvsn.exe, zsx.exe...most of these are appearing multiple times.

I've been able to get rid of the wallpaper by turning off a file called secure.html in active desktop.

Has anyone seen this combination of problems before? Any suggestions? I've been able to remove viruses, etc before by researching around for suggestions but I can't figure out what this one is called and I've run out of ways to search for it...

I haven't tried downloading Hijackthis or any of the other ones I've been readin... Read more

A:FINALLY installed Hijack this....Here's the Log...Please help!!!

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Hi,
Dell Dimension 4400
Intel Pentium 4, 1600 MHz
768 MB system RAM
NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400
IE6/Firefox 1.0
DSL 1320/383
800x600 resolution, 16 bits/pixel
Windows XP 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

Well, I held out for a long time because of so many users posting in various Forums about problems they had after their install of SP2.
Had my SP2 disk I ordered from MS since last August.

After NortonAV scan, Spybot, Ad-aware, SpywareBlaster/Guard on board and
running PCPitstop, CCleaner, setting a new Restore Point, checked Windows Update (no Updates for me but, see below) etc. etc....I figured now was as good a time as any, so went ahead with the install.

Install time: 27 minutes
Free Space used for SP2: 2.5GB (seems like a lot?)
Windows Update: (after the install had
5 Critical Updates and
2 Optional Updates
which I downloaded and installed)

NOTE: I'm not having ANY problems that I can detect so far.

But, I have a couple of questions:

1) after the SP2 install I noticed that my Windows Media Player 10 Desktop Shortcut Icon had disappeared.
Is this normal after the SP2 install?

2) My 800x600 resolution, 16 bits/pixel which is AFTER
the SP2 install WAS 800x600 resolution, 32 bits/pixel BEFORE (SP1) I installed SP2.
Any reason it went from 32 bits to 16 bits?

3) Is it normal after installing SP2 and going to Windows Update to find 5 Critical and 2 Optional Updates to install?

4) My PC Pitstop Test History was erased and started anew with the test link posted above.
Just... Read more

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I just installed Win 7. I finally got it to recognize my Dell AIO 924 Printer. I can scan an image and print it. But when I try to print a word document it prints a blank page.
 

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Thanks to the help that I received from this forum I have managed to fit and install my new HDD. but I have one problem and it is this.
I used the Windows XP Pro. CD to partition/format and install the OS. I made 3 partitions C/FandG but I also put the OS.onto each partition, ( By Mistake ) I have managed to do a quick format of partitions F and G (from the disk management in XP and now it say's that C is "Healthy System" "F Healthy"and "G Healthy" the problem is when I Boot/Reboot the computer I get a black screen which asks,
Quote"
Please select the operating system to start

1-Microsoft Windows XP Professional
2-Microsoft Windows XP Professional
3-Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Unquote"
As I have already deleted the OS from two of the partitions and I select No.1or 2 it say's that the files are missing but when I select No.3 the machine Boots normally into Windows. How can I get rid of the two lines that I dont need and be able to Boot straight into Windows?Any help/advice much appreciated.
regards CallMac

 

A:Finally !! installed new drive,but with probs.

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I got it Wednesday via USPS, and finally found some time to install it in a friend's computer to make sure it works. I'll probably leave it in there since I use his computer often enough for gaming. Have some pictures:








I left the SLI Bracket on even though I can't SLI with his other card (he has two GTX9800+'s) so he doesn't lose it. I also should have charged for cleaning his computer, it was god awful.

Yes, it does play Crysis, at least as well as it did with the two older cards in SLI.





Once again, thank you Techspot for the card.
 

A:Finally installed my GeForce GTS 450, thanks Techspot!

Grats madboyv1! Still waiting on mine, but at least you got yours! Again grats!
 

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Hi all!

Ive been struggling for a few weeks now getting the SP1 update installed on my machine, but im now finally up and running and wanted to share what worked for in the hope it may help some others.

Ok so started off getting probably half a dozen different error codes when varying the install method, using a number of guides over the internet. The cbs file was looked at numerous times but yet I still couldnt nail the problem. So sod it i tried the Repair install, which took forever.... And you guessed it, SP1 STILL wouldnt install. I will list the reapir install link just incase somewhere deep in the glorious windows files it did infact help fix the problem in the long run but im not convinced.

Anyways...

1. Do a Repair Install, guide here. Repair Install
2. Download the STANDALONE SP1 file from Microsoft (windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe for 64-Bit) Save to desktop.
3. Goto Control Panel > Programs
4. Turn Windows Features On/Off
5. Remove tick from Internet Explorer 9/8, Click OK. May need restart here.
6. Head back to control panel, Programs and Features
7. Uninstall ANYTHING listed as Microsoft.NET Framework
8. Click Start, type msconfig in search bar.
9. Select the Boot menu and check Safe Mode, minimal is fine.
10. Click Apply, OK, then restart the PC.
11. Now in safe mode, uncheck the safe mode boot option in msconfig
12. Apply and OK again, BUT NO RESTART
13. Run the STANDALONE SP1 file you downloaded earlier let it do its stuff.

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A:SP1 Update Finally installed! Heres How..

I gave up trying to install SP1. Two weeks ago I decided to do a clean install, and I tried it again. Finally it worked, though it took a good long time to finish. The number of updates I had to install dropped from 60 to 28, so it was worth it.

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I too hit a brick wall when my trusty dm4 tried to install the dreaded anniversery edition (1607).  It would get to the black screen with the little balls circling around.............forever. I would do a power switch hold down. And it would say: "Attempting to recover installation". It wouldn't work and then it returned to the original windows 10, that worked so well since July 2015. (I now dual boot both Win10 and the orig Win7). I finally did a disk image to cover my you know what and then downloaded the full iso of 1607, burned it to a DVD and crossed my fingers. I was pleasantly surprised when all went well. Now a few days later it seems happy, I hope MS doesn't send another update to trash all our machines again!

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Finally got my Okidata C3200 printer installed in x64. That means everything , hardware wise, is working in x64 now. Woo Hoo. Also means I am now an ardent x64 user. Guess is also means I need to buy more ram.

Gary

A:Okidata Laser Printer finally installed

  
Quote: Originally Posted by garysgold


Finally got my Okidata C3200 printer installed in x64. That means everything , hardware wise, is working in x64 now. Woo Hoo. Also means I am now an ardent x64 user. Guess is also means I need to buy more ram.

Gary


Gary, I am having loads of trouble getting new Win 7 machine to see Oki C3200 laser printer on a Win XP Pro networked machine. Loaded drivers as instructed by OKI to no avail. Am running Win 7 X64 version - document sent to printer from that machine just sit in the spooler on the XP machine. Never prints. The Win XP machine can see / use the Oki laser without problems. Sure would like to know how you finally solved this?

Thanks...

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I finally got around to installing SP1 on my folks PC. Install went fine.

My question is when should I expect or will windows security update patches for may, june, and july show up in windows update?

Beginning in May those updates no longer were being sent because I hadn't installed SP1. I did notice a few other NEW Windows updates showed up immediately following the install of SP1, but not those security patches... so it appears that Windows update IS working.

A:Finally installed SP1 this August. Security patches for May-July?

It sometimes takes a few reboots and manually checking for updates if you want to get them all at once.
Reason is windows update tries not to bombard you with updates so its not annoying. I would keep manually checking also also enable optional updates as well. You can find this under change settings. Choose the option to get other software from Microsoft.
See attachment for my recommended settings.

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Hey guys, I come to you for some support with an odd issue I am having.

Issue:

New hard drive showed 72 pending sectors, cleared upon low level format with no increase in reallocated sector count.

History:

I had an external goflex desk 2tb that died shortly after getting my 80mb fibre and doing some high speed downloading. The issues specifically were a very high temp recorded in smart with 2120 bad sectors that could not be reallocated.

This drive was replaced with an external 2tb backup plus that within hours of usage showed large amounts of raw read error rates and several pending sectors.

This drive was again replaced for the drive I have now.

I noticed in my torrent client that there had been a write error to the drive. I proceeded to do the usual tests and I found 16 pending sectors. This rapidly escalated to 72.

Suspicion:

High speed downloading is damaging my hard drives? I know that can't be right but I am at a loss. I download at approx 7mb/s and the drives have all been able to write at that speed.

I suspect that the original go flex drive simply burned out as it is known to be terrible at heat dissipation. I'm not sure what happened to the second drive but it was failing quickly.

As for this current drive, I have done a low level format and, oddly, all 72 pending sectors have been cleared yet the reallocated sector count did not increase at all. Am I correct to assume that this was in fact a false positive? I wonder if perhaps my torrent clie... Read more

A:Solved: Pending sectors fixed, reallocated sectors count still 0?

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Hello everyone

I just bought a 1 TB Western Digital Caviar Green HDD (WD10EARS) and it said on the packaging that if I want to use it with Windows XP -
- I need to set a jumper on pins 7-8 if I plan to use it with a single partition or
- use the WD align tool if I plan to use multiple partitions and/or cloning tools
- later OS' like Vista or Win 7 don't need this.

So this seems one of the new models that switched from the 512 bytes sectors to 4k sectors.

I plan to use it as a single partition so the means the jumper right ? The trouble is I don't have one.

So I have some related questions:
1. Can I use the WD align tool instead - or is the jumper solution better, for full performance for a single partition?
2. Do I format the drive first or download and use the tool ? Has anyone done this before, thoughts ?
3. I dual boot XP with Win 7 RC - if I format it in Win 7 do I need to go through all the above - and if I don't need to - will it then work fine (full performance) in XP afterwards ?

Thanks!

Edit: I formated it in Win 7 and will hope for the best. So far it works fine, showed up in XP and seems to work well.
 

A:HDD with 4 k sectors and Windows XP

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Hi Everyone,
First of all this forum is really cool and very helpful... i am using windows 7 but i want to install xp on my system ... problem is when i install XP after installation a blue screen error comes and my system restarts automatically ... Windows 7 is running fine ... one of my friend told me that maybe there are bad sectors in your HDD
I have 1TB of HDD and i have try to run chkdsk in win 7 run but its not working when i put chkdsk and enter it , it shows dos window and then it goes off suddenly so is there any other method to check bad sectors in win 7 ?
and what about my blue screen error after installing XP ?

A:How to check Bad Sectors on Windows 7 ?

Try the different methods for running chkdsk, particularly steps number 8, 11 in this tutorial so that you can schedule it to run upon rebooting.

Disk Check

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Windows keeps telling me my Corsair 480GB SSD is reporting failure, and crashes happen overnight (I usually leave my computer on). When I boot it back up after a crash (blackscreen), everything I've changed and saved is reverted back to an earlier version, even though I'm absolutely sure it's been saved. Is this something to do with data virtualization perhaps?
 
I downloaded HD Tune and scanned the SSD for bad sectors, but it found nothing wrong. I also did a read-only chkdsk, which reported no errors. I suspect the issue is with Windows, or the communication between Windows and the hard drive. What could be causing the problem? I'm very frustrated with loosing my hard work. I've rewritten the same piece of code twice now. I can't continue working until this problem is fixed. Any ideas for troubleshooting?

 
UPDATE: It just bluescreened with error code 0x00000077

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I just formated my 3-year old Toshiba Satellite L755D-21Q, installed legal Windows 8 and after a month of work I downloaded Defraggler to defrag my HDD. I opened it up and it showed me that my HDD has an error.
5 Reallocated Sectors Count 16.376 1 1 50 0x000000003FF8

A:Windows 8 HDD Error Reallocated Sectors..

Download CrystalDiskInfo.V6.2.0 and run it. If the info on the disk giving sector errors then it's time to backup your data and replace the HD.

In the mean time, Open the Admin command prompt and run: chkdsk /r C:
The chkdsk command will take a long time to run depending on how bad your HD is. Sometimes it'll take hours so be patient.

Hope this helps !!!

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Hard drive I have now has had many bad sectors on it. I'm replacing the drive, but the tech I talked to to try to get it replaced for free suggested that I use Windows XP instead of 2000, because XP can automatically repair bad sectors. I don't want XP as my main system, nor do I want any replies trying to convince me to switch to XP.
So can either operating system automatically repair bad sectors?
 

A:Can Windows 2000 repair bad sectors automatically?

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So I'm not able to boot into my Windows 7 Ultimate due to bad sectors (ran a check disk from the installation on my USB but it failed on the 5th step which leads me to this conclusion).
All I know is that Windows 7 installation doesn't have a full format option.

At the moment of typing this I'm trying to do a full format with Windows XP setup to map out bad sectors, but for some reason the full format is stuck on 32% (impotant to note I'm doing this with an external hard drive, reason is it's an old one and has only 75 GB so I use it just like any other USB stick, and yes I have previously used it to install Windows).

So what I want help on here is the following:
1. Is there any more efficient way of doing this?
2. What are possible problems with the XP format being stuck on 32%?
3. Even if I succeed with formating through the XP install will the Windows 7 installation still reset the Master File Table (MFT) and use the bad sectors in the Freshly installed Windows 7?

Information I missed to share:
-I'm doing this because I'm not doing well money wise at the moment and this is just a temporary solution and it's important to me because my computer is my main source of fun and I use it day to day for work.
-I know that if a HDD starts going bad it will eventually fail.
-I found this article: Page Start (has multiple pages)
But I'm not too sure if I should experiment that much and have never used those tools before, so I decided to ask for help because I'm afraid... Read more

A:How do I do a full format before installing Windows 7 (bad sectors)

You can make and use a Partition Wizard Boot CD to do what you want.

A hard drive with bad sectors should be thrown in the trash.

https://www.partitionwizard.com/part...otable-cd.html

But... any windows install dvd can do a full format.

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I'm learning about the new chkdsk suffixes in Chkdsk such as /offlinescanandfix and spotfix. Which of these new options checks all sectors for bad sectors, such as chkdsk /r did?

A:What options in Chkdsk windows 8 check for bad sectors?

chkdsk /?

it is still /R

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Hi,

I have installed windows 7 x64, the installation went fine, it runs fine, no bsods, no crashes, no restarts, no freezes, no slowdown. Basically it just runs fine, all updates installed fine.

Now, I did a scan on the HDD, and it has bad sectors pending. I imaged the windows to another HDD.

Loaded onto the other HDD, it boots fine, runs fine, idles fine, installed a few things, checked the files system, ran chkdsk ( just fix box, not the second box to repair ), all OK.
So my question is, how can I know if the bad sectors on old HDD had any damage to the windows installation, and thus on the new HDD?

If the bad sectors caused data loss or corruption, before I imaged it on the old HDD, how would it show up on the new HDD. Should I being seeing any bsods, freezing, slowness? Any software to test to make sure it has not been affected in any way?
Thank you!

A:How to check if bad sectors has affected windows installation?

I suspect that if Windows 7 is installed on the part of the drive where there are no bad sectors, you should be OK.
But as programs are installed, the bad sectors may create problems.
I don't think there's any way of knowing if there are any problems within your current programs until they occur.

Drive manufacturers have programs that diagnose and possibly repair bad sectors.

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Like many others I was not to excited about the new windows 8. I particularly did not like the boot to the start screen and getting to some of the features that I was familiar with. Over the years having gone thru all the different operating systems ending up with Windows 7 Pro I was a happy camper.

A few weeks ago I bought a new HP desktop that was on sale but only came with Windows 7 Pro. Two weeks after receiving the new desktop I decided to take the plunge. I bought a new hard drive and installed windows 8, keeping the old drive just in case I wanted to go back. Initially, I was not to happy but I kept at it and was becoming familiar with the new system, but I kept going for the old start button. I even tried some third party software that gave me back the familiar desktop. My real acceptance of the new windows 8 came when I installed the 8.1upgrade. The new system in general seems to be very fast and has some new features that work very well with my old software. With a right click on the new windows button on the taskbar many of the programs that I use are back and the system boots up to the old desktop. So I am once again a happy camper. I should say that I have spent MANY hours over the last 10 days or so getting into the system and several times I thought about going back

Just thought I would pass on my thoughts.

A:I finally gave in to Windows 8.1

Good for you, it shows intelligence over stubbornness. Maybe you can post ways you overcome changes, it may help others new to win 8, 8.1.
P.S. Do something about your "Space" button, seems it doesn't work every time.

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Few months back I bought a new computer. At that time i installed windows 8 64 bit which i had a license for and upgraded to windows 10 64bit. Wish I could have just upgraded from windows 8 32 bit to 64 but that was not possible. I then reloaded some of my old apps. I also installed firefox which came in a beta version for 64bit. Nothing but problems, constantly freezing up. Getting non responsive errors. Two days ago i downloaded version 48 and wow what a difference. Working like a champ now. Hope i havent jinxed myself. Just wanted to share this. Never got a notice from firefox about the newer version.
 

A:Finally a fix for firefox on windows ten

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Hi there
while not totally 100% "Desktop friendly" It's certainly good enough for what I need - especially with Boot directly to desktop.

I've also been messing around with one of those Thin Ultrabooks with a touch screen -- Windows 8.1 is fine as well on this. Actually I'm beginning to come round to touch screens for LAPTOPS (no way would I want one on my large expensive LCD monitor !!!) in some cases such as using IE -- the Immersive (Metro) version of IE11 with Windows 8.1 is STREETS ahead of the rubbish that was in Windows 8 - it's actually usable now -- and the on screen keyboard really works --- If you are on a busy train surfing the net this way with a laptop is fine -- I don't have or want a tablet since I do a lot of other things too such as using Ms EXCEL or Powerpoint while travelling. Incidentally Touch is also great for REVIEWING presentations or making SMALL changes (but you can't beat a keyboard and mouse for general working with office products).

What I like also with the onscreen touch keyboard is that it's great to be able to change keyboards without physically having to plug one in -- I often want to use ISL keyboard --on screen is great. The Touch keyboard works decently too - was always a bit "laggy" with windows 8 and Touch.
I've added a "Custom toolbar" for programs which works almost as good as the old menu system whenever I need that feature - but I usually have my most used applications pinned either to the desktop ... Read more

A:Finally a Windows 8 (8.1) version I LIKE

Well Jimbo,

coming from you....who would have expected that.....
Touch screens will not be for me, i want a big screen and am not going to sit up with my arm streched all day.

Do not like laptops or tablets myself.

Jeff

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Hi,
I was using my Acer Aspire 5250-0639 to root my Android phone using unrEVOked and it required me to install some different drivers for my phone. It didn't work but I tried a couple different guides. A lot of guides recommended that I use Linux for rooting since you didn't need additional drivers, so I tried to burn a live DVD of Linux Mint 13 (Cinnamon) and when I right clicked Windows Explorer stopped responding. So using Task Manager I ended the process and tried to restart Explorer, but it didn't work. So I tried rebooting, but now it hangs on the Starting Windows screen for around 20 minutes, then when it finally gets to the Login Screen, my mouse and keyboard don't work. One thing that does work, though, is that the Fn key combination to change volume and screen brightness still work? I had a live disc of Cruchbang Linux and used that to launch gparted (A disk management tool). It claimed there were bad sectors. I have never had this problem with any of my computers before, so I looked it up on my phone and most people said to run a chkdsk /r from Startup Repair. However, when I do that, it says that it can't lock my disk. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
-Funk7997

A:Bad Sectors on Hard Drive, Can no longer boot Windows 7

Very likely you do have a bad disk. As few as one bad sector can prevent you from doing anything. You'll need a bootable CD with some diagnostic/repair software like hdd regenerator 2011, hdat, victoria or manufacturer specific software (ex: if drive shows up as Seagate use SeaTools) Yes, some hard disks can be repaired via software that marks bad sectors as unusable - provided the disk does not have mechanical failure that produces bad sectors continuously. Then after repair is complete it should boot in Windows just fine without reinstall, it will probably just run a checkdisk on first boot.

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I've been trying to install Windows 7 recently, on a computer that was running XP. I was prompted to install it by a series of BSODs, and general crashes, usually triggered by particularly system-heavy operations. This was usually followed by a restart - and when I attempted to restart the computer, it sometimes said that it couldn't find Disk 0, and that it couldn't boot. So, I tried to install Windows 7 with an installation disk that's been lying around for about six months - seeing as I couldn't boot XP. The boot screen from the disk showed up fine - the pulsating Windows logo, that is - and then it just got stuck there, for about two hours. I repeated this process, restarting the computer and turning it off, until I got to the install screen, and tried to install it. I selected the C: partition on the second install window (I have a single drive divided into two partitions) and proceeded to format it. This formatted both partitions, and therefore lost my backups which I had naively placed on the D: partition. So, I was left without backups. However, I kept on with the installation, hoping that it would work - and tried to install it on the (empty) C: partition. However, the progress bar became stuck at 0% for the next hour, at which point I restarted the computer and tried again. This time, there was only one partition - the C: partition, and it was full up. It was a 500gb drive, and it had 1024kb of space left - I then tried to use it, select it,... Read more

A:Windows 7 installation problem & bad sectors on hard drive

The hard drive is shot. Trying to install Windows on a failing hard drive is like painting a house that's on fire. It's pointless. There's nothing you can do to fix a failing drive.
 

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http://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-is-finally-removing-the-get-windows-10-app

Microsoft today released a new update for Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs, which finally removes the Get Windows 10 (GWX) app. The move comes almost two months after the free upgrade period for Windows 10 ended on July 29.

KB3184143 "removes the Get Windows 10 app and other software related to the Windows 10 free upgrade offer that expired on July 29, 2016." It's not exactly clear what the "other software" is, but your PC will no longer be prepped for an expired free upgrade offer. You can find more information in Microsoft's article here.

If you're not familiar with GWX, it was one of the most despised pieces of software during the free upgrade period for anyone that wanted to stick with Windows 7 or 8.1. The app pulled every trick imaginable to get users to upgrade, including changing it so that closing it confirms the upgrade (rather than cancelling it), showing an alert icon and a countdown to July 29, and more.

According to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, you can still grab a free upgrade if you want one. A Windows 7 or 8.1 key should work with a Windows 10 installation. Also, if you upgraded your PC before the free upgrade period ended and rolled back, your PC is licensed for Windows 10, so you can still upgrade for free.

Source: Microsoft via ZDNet
 

A:Microsoft is finally removing the 'Get Windows 10' app

So finally they listen or have just given up.
 

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For those of you who are not aware of it, Microsoft has announced that the final release of Service Pack 3 (5.1.2600.5512) will be available for download at the Microsoft Download Center site on April 29th.

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If an inexpensive $300 Xbox game console could double as a Windows computer, would you use it that way? This summer, Xbox One owners will finally be given that option. Microsoft will turn the separate Windows 10 and Xbox One app stores into a single shared marketplace, the company confirmed at a developer conference Wednesday.
http://www.cnet.com/news/the-xbox-is...27854080064311

What that means: Users should be able to buy a piece of Windows software just once, and use it on an Xbox One game console in addition to desktop and laptop PCs. Xbox One owners will gain access to productivity apps and expanded social networking, not just games. The $300 Xbox One could become a cheap way to turn a TV into a Windows PC.

A:The Xbox is finally becoming a Windows PC. Do you care?

For me, I give this move a big I just recently bought one, so any improvements are welcomed. It already has the Edge Browser. And a somewhat limited Store. More Apps, especially if they are ones I already run on my PC, the better.

With the XBOX Glass App I can access my XBOX from my PC. It's like remote desktop. I can play my XBOX games on my PC through it. I haven't actually tried to do that yet. I haven't found a need to. Once the weather gets nice and I take my laptop out on my deck I can see trying it out. Or watching TV on my laptop streamed from my XBOX via One Guide. My cable box feeds through my XBOX to my TV.

One thing I really want to see is the option for local storage of my media files on the XBOX internal hard drive. I have to use a USB thumb drive etc to do it now. Or stream it from some other device over my network. I'd rather just play it right from the XBOX.

Anyway, the more PC like they make it the better, IMHO.

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To disable hovering in Windows 10:
Press Windows key + X key and click on "Control Panel".
Select "Ease of Access Center". (This is a deferent than "Ease of Access" in Settings!!)
Click on "Make the Mouse Easier to Use".
Under "Make it easier to manage window." Uncheck "Activate Window by hovering over it with the mouse."
I turned off everything else in the mouse controls that I don't use!!
After shutting down and rebutting it is finally working!

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There are alot of examples of writing files to disk using UWP apis but is it possible to write an image file (.img) to disk using UWP apis + c# much
in the same way win32DiskImager does?

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I wish to to change max. addressable sectors of IDE hard disk under windows (win 2000) through API calls...It shouldn't be written in device driver...

Please suggest me asap and thanks in advance...

Best Regards,
mohan.
 

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Hello there folks!

I have had this quite annoying problem for arround three weeks now. My PC crashes
Usually when playing games, but sometimes when I am just at the desktop
I have almost concluded that the problem is one of my graphicscards.

But today, after a fresh install I finally got a Minidump file and an error code in event viewer!
(After three weeks of atleast one crash a day it was about damn time)

Don't know if the crash is related to the problem I have had, but it could.

I have this from event viewer:
The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck. The bugcheck was: 0x0000007e (0xffffffffc0000005, 0xfffff8800169f47c, 0xfffff880009b09e8, 0xfffff880009b0220). A dump was saved in: C:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP. Report Id: 091112-11481-01.




And also this:
The driver \Driver\WudfRd failed to load for the device WpdBusEnumRoot\UMB\2&37c186b&0&STORAGE#VOLUME#_??_USBSTOR#DISK&VEN_KINGSTON&PROD_DATATRAVELER_G2&REV _1.00#001D0F0CAA76A931A59D0230&0#.



I also uploaded the .dmp file

A:Windows 8 (And Windows 7) crashing for 3 weeks, finally got a BSOD

Can you upload the entire BSOD Posting Instructions files, these will help us analyze your crash.


Code:
STOP 0x1000007E: SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED_M
same meaning and parameters as 0x07E
STOP 0x0000007E: SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED
Usual causes: Insufficient disk space, Device driver, Video card, BIOS, Breakpoint with no debugger attached, Hardware incompatibility, Faulty system service, Memory, 3rd party remote control,
Probably caused by : iaStor.sys
EXCEPTION_CODE: (NTSTATUS) 0xc0000005 - The instruction at 0x%08lx referenced memory at 0x%08lx. The memory could not be %s.
MODULE_NAME: iaStor
FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: AV_iaStor+7347c


Install the newest Intel RST driver Version: 11.2.0.1006.
Intel? Rapid Storage Technology

How much free space do you have in your OS partition?

Can you download CPUZ and post a snip of the CPU, Mainboard, Memory, and SPD tabs.
For posting the information , enter 'Snipping tool' in the Start button > Search box, hit enter. Select the area you want to post and save to a convenient place.
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums
Go to your BIOS and tell us what the CPU, RAM and the CPU integrated memory controller voltages are.

Run memtest86+ with all RAM cards installed for a full 7 passes, best to run overnight.
If you get any errors you can stop the test.
RAM - Test with Memtest86+

Drivers that need attention:
ctac32k.sys Wed Jul 02 16 2008 - Creative Audio Driver - out of... Read more

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15 years is a long time. XP, when it first came out, was awful. Eventually, when XP SP3 showed up in 2008, Microsoft finally got a good desktop again. That was a good thing because at about the same time, Microsoft released Vista, a truly awful desktop operating system. XP SP3 was clearly superior to Vista.Eventually even Steve Ballmer had to admit Vista was a flop, and he rushed Windows 7 into production. Thanks to Steven Sinofsky, the first release of Windows 7 in 2009 was much better than Vista. In particular, the combination of Windows 7 Enterprise Edition and Windows Server 2008 R2 was outstanding.Then along came Windows 8. Ahem. Windows 8.0 was even worse than Vista, and that's saying something. Windows 8.1 fixed most, but not all of its problems. For example, Microsoft, after hemming and hawing, didn't give us back our beloved Start menu.So, as Windows 8 sales circled the drain, I didn't think much of Windows 10's chances. I was wrong. Microsoft, with new leadership at the helm in the person of new CEO Satya Nadella, is giving us a good first release.Windows 10: Finally a decent Windows first releaseSome good points are being exposed in this article and it represents what a lot of users thinks too.

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I have dealt with an issue of windows being unable to perform updates, or being unable to update other software such as Adobe Reader, and Office was crashing.
 
This came about with an update back in May 2016.  I had turned off the computer while it was attempting to shut down.  For the past five months I've spent countless hours (more than I care to admit) and tried EVERYTHING that I came across online, and I do mean everything.
 
I was getting an error code of 80080005 and zero updates were shown in the windows update history.  The computer properties showed that Windows wasn't activated or valid and displayed no product ID.  The Office suite (Word, Excel, etc.) also showed no activation and would only allow work to be performed for a few minutes before locking up.  Each time the computer was shut down it would hang when attempting to shutdown after this message "Preparing to configure Windows... Do not turn off your computer" and I would have to do a hard shutdown.
 
It was driving me mad, insane I tell you, but I kept researching for a solution, not wanting to do a fresh install.
 
I finally found a solution here on this site, and whomever created this tool is a God.
 
THANK YOU
THANK YOU
THANK YOU
 
I can finally delete about 100 bookmarks related to the issue and supposed fixes.
 
The only solution that worked, yesterday, was this:
 
Windows Repair (All In One) 3.9.11 Download
 
I have to go, because ... Read more

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I have windows vista home premium and my windows installer was not working at all.So I posted my problem and many guys tried to help me but nothing was really worked(I followed all the suggestions).But finally I found the solution with the help of manual instructions of my PC.
I restored my system from the hard disk.So if you have the same problem,copy your files, follow the manual instructions of your PC "restoring the system from the hard disk" and that's it!!!
 

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Hi, I just spent about a week working with Ried over at the Malware forum and have cleared my computer of any malware. Unfortunately the issue of my computer slowing to a halt is continuing. My startups have been much better since I deleted Symantec, but I still run into problems with freezing, especially when I'm running the internet. If I watch a movie online I tend to freeze up even faster. I can often hear when this will start because my laptop will make louder sounds. It almost sounds like an engine shifting into a higher gear. Once it starts doing that I know that the end is near. Thank you very much for any help you can provide me with. Ried was awesome.

A:Finally cleared of Malware, Windows keeps crashing

bump, please

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Ok I was finally able to burn the 8.1 ISO to a DVD. However, when I went to do a "refresh" from the recovery screen it says no media available. I have been using Windows for a lot of years, and this has been the most frustrated I have ever been. How can I do a "Refresh" with the ISO mounted to a DVD ROM?

A:Recovery Related-Finally was able to burn Windows 8.1 ISO

Have looked at the reply in your other thread.

Any way to get a Windows 8.1 key ? Needed for restore

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After trying several variants of various atttempted solutions posted here...I hit upon one today that actually worked.  It may never work again...but, hopefully, I won't have this situation again.
 
My Win Update setting has been stuck on "Never" for weeks.  I had run every tool...SURT, reset updates, installed new Agent...ad nauseam.  The setting remained at "Never" and Windows Update would do it's endless check as long as I would permit it...with no results, of course.
 
Today I decide to take a different route.
 
I went to Services and changed actually stopped the Windows Update service.  Previously, it would never reflect "Stopped" but instead displayed "Stopping".  Today it reflected  a "stopped" status for the first time in weeks.  Not content with that, I decided to disable the WU service by changing the Service Status to "Disabled".
 
I then navigated to the Microsoft Update Catalog...did a search for "October rollups" and was greeted with screen displaying 21 items.  I selected two of the 21 and eventually wound up with two items being downloaded to my desktop.  One indicates that it's a rollup for 64-bit, while the other doesn't indicate either 32-bit or 64-bit...but they have the same KB number,   3185330.  2016 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7.
 
Remember...I had the Windows Update service disabled still.  I tried to run the 64-bit rollup...could not run because ... Read more

A:Finally...Resolved My Windows Update Problems

Hello hamluis thought I would share this with you. Its always nice when we figure out a problem.  I always run into issues with users computers that search and search for updates just to eventually fail.  I have found (thanks to another member) that running the solution provided here works: Try these instructions which were found on another forum Windows 7 Forum (so credit goes to them for the fix) 1. Download these two updates(making sure to grab the 32bit or 64bit according to your OS):April 2015 servicing stack update (KB3020369)July 2016 update rollup (KB3172605)2. Disconnect your internet connection.3. Open Windows Update, select 'Change settings' and change it to "Never check for updates". Click 'OK' to exit out of Control Panel.4. Open the start menu and type services.msc in the search bar.5. Scroll down to the Windows Update service -> right click -> select Properties. Change startup type to 'manual' and stop the service. Click 'OK'.6. Reboot the PC.7. Install the April 2015 servicing stack update (KB3020369).8. Install the July 2016 update rollup (KB3172605).9. Reboot the PC again once installed.10. Go back into Services and change Windows Update service back to 'Automatic (delayed start)' and then restart the service.11. Reconnect your internet.12. Open Windows Update and select 'Check for updates but let me choose'. Click 'OK'.13. Check for updates and it should hopefully pick them up within 5 - 10 minutes (depending on your conn... Read more

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Microsoft is adding a much-needed feature to Windows 10?s Registry Editor: an Address Bar. The new feature was added with Windows 10 Build 14942, which is only available to Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring for now. With the Address Bar in the Registry Editor, users can simply paste an address into the address bar, and the Registry Editor will navigate them to that address. Currently, users have to manually navigate the Registry Editor, which can be quite annoying at times. But with the new address, things are a lot easier.

For example, if you are trying to navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppSync, you can simply copy the address, and paste it into the address bar to get there rather than having to manually go and find it on the Registry Editor.

Obviously, this is available to Windows Insiders only for now ? but it?ll be coming to all Windows 10 users with a major new update next year. The update, which is code named Redstone 2 is also expected to introduce a number of other improvements throughout the operating system.
 

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version 4.30.0305 finally works under W7. Downloads :: DAEMON-Tools.cc

A:Daemon Tools finally COMPATIBLE with Windows 7

thnxxx veryy muchh

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

Carey Frisch

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