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Q: Windows dying after multiple clean installs

Hi, guys. I bought an Acer Aspire 5741Z-5539, running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, back in August. Towards the end of September, it basically ate itself from the inside out. First, I had to run Startup Repair every couple days. It went really slow and took about an hour and a half to complete the whole process each time. After about a week, Windows itself got a little wonky. With Windows Explorer freezing more and more often, and then Firefox beginning to have problems. I booted up in Safe Mode and that worked for a little bit before the Start menu froze again anyways. A couple days later I tried to start it up again to transfer my files off of it, and it ran Startup Repair once again, but this time it couldn't repair it.

So, my dad has a little device used to hook laptop HDDs up to another computer as an external. But it wouldn't come up on the other computers. I got a friend of mine who's pretty good with this type of thing to help out. He tried to access the drive through Ubuntu and still couldn't get at it. Eventually, we got the files off by hooking it up directly to his desktop somehow and got the files off, and I did a clean install of Windows Ultimate 32-bit (the 32-bit downgrade was on purpose).

This was a few weeks ago. It was running fine since then. Then around a week ago, the computer stopped recognizing how charged the battery was. It wouldn't charge past 89%, and it wouldn't deplete past 6% (even after setting the minimum to 3% - as low as the factory presets will let it go). I've tried recalibrating the battery many times, and it hasn't done any good at all.

A few days ago, the computer got weird again. Windows Explorer started freezing up a bunch, the desktop began having trouble loading upon startup, the taskbar doesn't work properly, and Firefox was once again running abnormally slow. So I booted up in Safe Mode, got everything off early this time, and did another clean install of Windows Ultimate. At the moment, Windows is working fine once again, but the battery is still not being recognized properly.

Now, I want to say it's a faulty hard drive here. But the battery thing worries me that it might be the computer itself. What would everyone's opinion on this be? Fingers crossed it's just the HDD.

My specs, as of my most recent installation:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate , 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU P6000 @ 1.87GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2358 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator HD, 1051 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 305142 MB, Free - 273060 MB; E: Total - 610477 MB, Free - 509976 MB;
Motherboard: Acer , Aspire 5741Z , V1.08, Base Board Serial Number
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

E: being the external that I'm keeping everything on at the moment, just in case.

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Preferred Solution: Windows dying after multiple clean installs

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.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

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.)


Getting BSOD on Win7, Win10 both while gaming. replaced graphics card (twice) 2 different cards. ntoskrnl.exe was one I recall. Maybe causing memory corruption now. Typically only occurs using ArchAge Game. reinstalled game a few times as well. reinstalled windows 7 4 times, then upgraded to 10

Dropbox - STACY-PC-Mon_12_28_2015__51036_22.zip Requested files here. Also stressing card using Heaven for 8 hours caused no troubles at all. Prime 95 ran a 2-3 hours with no troubles also. Any other feedback greatly appreciated.

Edit: Neglected to mention have swapped drives as well from standard 1tb hd to SSD as well. Also replaced thermal paste on prior GTX 960 before replacing with current card. Temps seem okay at ~56c Any further info please request and happy to provide.

A:BSOD on win10 (also 7) Multiple / day clean installs

For pre-caution.

If you are using a program like Ccleaner please stop using it while troubleshooting.
This because programs like Ccleaner remove dump files that are needed to troubleshoot.
Or configure Ccleaner to not remove dump files:

Please check MSI for BIOS updates.
MSI Global

Please update your Realtek ethernet driver
Driver Reference Table - rt640x64.sys

ffffd000`24777228 fffff800`e16c8c4cUnable to load image \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\rt640x64.sys, Win32 error 0n2
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for rt640x64.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for rt640x64.sys
2: kd> lmvm rt640x64
start end module name
fffff800`e16b0000 fffff800`e1744000 rt640x64 T (no symbols)
Loaded symbol image file: rt640x64.sys
Image path: \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\rt640x64.sys
Image name: rt640x64.sys
Timestamp: Wed Oct 07 17:03:55 2015 (5615345B)
CheckSum: 0009543E
ImageSize: 00094000
Translations: 0000.04b0 0000.04e4 0409.04b0 0409.04e4

Please uninstall everything of Nvidia using Display Driver Uninstaller and install new drivers from Nvidia. Be sure the clean install box is checked and only install the Graphics driver and the PhysX driver.

*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for atikmdag.sys
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For awhile now I have been having BSOD which generally take place after the computer has been shutdown for awhile. System will crash several times, almost always more than once. Sometimes the screen will display the BSOD error, other times the screen completely locks up or looks scrambled?

When clean installing I use dban to wipe the drive and then install drivers based on Dell/Alienware recommendations. However, I really don't know what I'm doing so I could have done it wrong on some or all occasions.
I generally clean install because I think I have some sort of malware. Hopefully that's not the case. Appreciate any help.

A:Multiple BSOD after startup. Occurs after several clean installs

Hi Tony,

Sorry but your minidump files arent in your zip.
Firstly can you reconfigure windows to collect the correct info
You want "Mini-Dumps"

Dump Files - Configure Windows to Create on BSOD

Also here are the instructions for posting:

Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions



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I just did a clean install to Windows 7 64 bit from an existing version of Vista. Then after my updates, I experienced the dreaded BSOD. This is my 3rd time doing a clean install and each time I've had BSOD with different codes. Is it something to do with the update or my system? My hard drives are in a 0-RAID configuration right now and my system specs are as follows:

Gigabyte pa-p35-ds3r
QQ6600 2.4GHz
EVGA Ge-Force 8800GTS
Mushkin 2GB HP2-8500
2x Seagate 500GB 7200
Corsair 620HX

I have also attached the minidump file.
Any help with this matter will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time.

A:Windows 7 Clean Installs and Still BSOD!


Make sure your bios is set as follows:

DRAM CAS# Latency: 5
DRAM RAS# to CAS# Delay: 5
DRAM RAS# Precharge: 5
DRAM RAS# Activate to Precharge: 15

Dram Voltage: 2.0-2.2v

And then update these drivers if possible:

Rt64win7 Rt64win7.sys Thu Feb 26 04:04:13 2009
spsys spsys.sys Mon May 11 13:20:58 2009
spldr spldr.sys Mon May 11 12:56:27 2009
amdxata amdxata.sys Tue May 19 13:56:59 2009

Make sure the RAID controller driver is updated to latest too.

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A friend of mine had told me that you can use the Windows XP pro disc for multiple installs over different PC's since it requires no activation, using the same product key for the disc. Is this true or should I purchase separate copies for myself and my son? Searched the forums but could not find an answer.

A:Windows XP Pro multiple installs

Your friend is giving you bad information and probably has a hacked copy of XP.


If you have a CD with 98SE or ME lying around, you can do with an upgrade version XP CD.

You can upgrade from 98SE or ME to XP, but it's advisable to do a fresh install of XP.

Before you start, make sure that you know what type of display adapter, sound device, network adapter, modem, etc. are in those computers. The XP drivers for most or all of those devices will need to be installed afterwards.


If those computers are several years old, make sure the processor speed, amount of RAM, hard drive size, etc. will be capable of installing and running XP.


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Windows 10 will be offered free of charge to those who upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, but since a genuine product key is automatically upgraded to Windows 10 once you complete the transition, many wondered whether a clean install is possible or not.

Microsoft has confirmed today, through the voice of Gabe Aul, head of the Windows Insider program, that clean installs will be possible for those who upgrade to Windows 10 for free from any of the supported Windows versions, but no other details have been provided.

He has mentioned that you will be able to clean install Windows 10 on that PC at any given time for as many times as you want, so probably, your product key for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 can be used for re-activating Windows 10 automatically in case that happens.

The Free Windows 10 Will Support Unlimited Clean Installs - Softpedia

A:The Free Windows 10 Will Support Unlimited Clean Installs

Until you change the Motherboard, at which point the machine will no longer be recognized as the original machine.

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Microsoft adjusts its policy for user with Vista upgrade CDsWhen it comes to the Windows Vista, Microsoft is changing a long-standing tradition when it comes to upgrading from a previous version of Windows. No longer will popping in a disc of a previous version of Windows during setup satisfy the people in Redmond when using an upgrade CD.No More Clean Installs Using Upgrade Discs With Windows Vista

A:No More Clean Installs Using Upgrade Discs With Windows Vista

Paul Thurrott has a workaround:UPDATE: I haven't tested this yet, as I don't have Vista Upgrade media to test, but I'm told that Microsoft's internal documentation does explain how to clean install Vista using an Upgrade version. It appears to be more of a workaround than a true clean install, however. Here's what it says.1. Boot with the Windows Vista Upgrade DVD.2. Click "Install Now."3. Do not enter a Product Key When prompted.4. When prompted, select the Vista product edition that you do have.6. Install Vista normally.7. Once the install is complete, restart the DVD-based Setup from within Windows Vista. Perform an in-place upgrade.8. Enter your Product Key when prompted.

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After you upgrade to Windows 10 through Microsoft's free upgrade offer, you'll be able to perform a clean install on the same machine without having to specifically purchase a Windows 10 license, according to the head of the Windows Insider...

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A:Clean installs can be performed after free Windows 10 upgrade

This sounds like they are doing something like "convert license on activation server to windows 10" or a more plausible explanation is they insert the 10 key in the µEFI license field upon upgrade

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Hello everybody!

I just bought an HP probook 4530s notebook that came with Suse Linux. I installed Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and after I installed the drivers it started to crash with BSOD. I double checked to see if I had the latest version for the drivers and bios and everything was all right. Unfortunately I didn't write down all of the messages, but I did see that files ending in .sys were causing them: athrx.sys (wireless lan driver), igdkmd64.sys, dxgnms1.sys, ntfs.sys and another one (can't remember the name) that was a video driver file(for intel hd graphics 3000).
I installed a fresh copy of windows home premium x64 and the appropriate drivers and still the crashes went on.

I thought that there may be something wrong with driver support for 64bit windows 7 so I now have Windows 7 Professional 32bit installed. This time the crashes are less frequent, but still present. The drivers are definitely up to date, I even checked with various driver tools. I also updated windows with the latest updates. I tested the memory with memtest86, 9 passes and the memory seems to be fine.
Here is what WinDbg has to say about MEMORY.dmp:

Microsoft (R) Windows Debugger Version 6.12.0002.633 X86
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Loading Dump File [C:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP]
Kernel Summary Dump File: Only kernel address space is available

Symbol search path is: SRV*c:\symbols*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols
Executable search path is:
Windows ... Read more

A:BSOD on multiple windows 7 installs

I just got another BSOD, this time it was win32k.sys
I don't know if it has anything to do with it, but I noticed that it crashes a lot when watching youtube videos, like it did now.

This is the minidump report:

Microsoft (R) Windows Debugger Version 6.12.0002.633 X86
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Loading Dump File [C:\Windows\Minidump\062611-16473-01.dmp]
Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are available

Symbol search path is: SRV*c:\symbols*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols
Executable search path is:
Windows 7 Kernel Version 7601 (Service Pack 1) MP (4 procs) Free x86 compatible
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS
Built by: 7601.17592.x86fre.win7sp1_gdr.110408-1631
Machine Name:
Kernel base = 0x82c0b000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0x82d544d0
Debug session time: Sun Jun 26 20:58:07.532 2011 (UTC + 3:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:10:27.938
Loading Kernel Symbols
Loading User Symbols
Loading unloaded module list
* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *
*********... Read more

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Hey guys/gals,

I'm struggling with good ol' bcdedit here.

I used Acronis True Image '10 to clone my OS, and install it on another HDD.
I'm doing this because I want 2 copies of Win'7 on my machine for various reasons.
Now my issue is that (i think) because they have the same
recoverysequence ID, the boot manager doesn't see 2 OSes. Currently the
only way to swap OSes is to change the boot order in BIOS manually. Any help,
as always, is greatly appreciated.

A:Booting Multiple Windows 7 Installs

Hi -

Do you own two Windows 7 licenses?

Regards. . .



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Hey guys/gals,

I'm struggling with good ol' bcdedit here.

I used Acronis True Image '10 to clone my OS, and install it on another HDD.
I'm doing this because I want 2 copies of Win'7 on my machine for various reasons.
Now my issue is that (i think) because they have the same
recoverysequence ID, the boot manager doesn't see 2 OSes. Currently the
only way to swap OSes is to change the boot order in BIOS manually. Any help,
as always, is greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: Booting Multiple Windows 7 Installs

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Hi guys

Earlier today I turned on my computer to find that it would not start and was hanging on the starting windows screen

I needed to get stuff off the harddrive, so installed a new copy of windows and got all my files off the computer

However, now when I try and format the harddrive then reinstall windows fresh it seems to just install another copy of windows and not delete the old one. Now when I boot it comes up with windows boot manager and has 4 copies of windows 7.

I also get the error message "windows setup could not configure windows to run on this computers hardware"

What should I do?

A:Windows 7 install not going through - installs multiple copied

Update; install gives "could not complete the installation. To install windows restart the installation" or something along those lines

Am currently trying bios reset and changing sata settings

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This is not a dual-boot question; it's more about the implications of having multiple installs of the same level of windows. I assume this is possible? (i.e. install Win 7 on an existing Win7 installation, but into a different Directory, possibly on a different hard disk).

Why would I want to do this? I am assuming that my system is slower than I would like because I have so much 'stuff' installed, leading to a large registry. Yes, I could remove some apps. - about 5% I suppose, but the rest I regularly use.

There are 2 solutions to getting improved performance: add more hardware resources, or consumer less of those resources. I've already spent over my budget on hardware, now having a 4 core, 3.1 GHz, 8 Mb RAM, Ati 5570 graphics and 3 7200 rpm SATA II drives. I think that's enough, bearing in mind I don't play games or edit movies.

So that means I need to consume less resources. Having plenty of DASD storage available, I have in mind the un-informed idea of installing 2 or 3 versions of Windows, together, each only having a subset of all the apps. I need. For example, 1 for the Adobe set and photo processing in general, another for MS Office and Project Management, a 3rd for ACAD and associated apps.

Does it make sense to do this? What problems are there likely to be? Is there a faster way of switching between these installation other than rebooting?
Or is there a much smarter way of achieving my aim?

Comments welcome

A:[SOLVED] What probelms with having multiple windows installs on same system?

First off how is the machine acting slow? Is Autocad running slow when Office is open? I recommend 16 or even 32 GB of RAM first off and what CPU are you using, not just how fast but what speed?

Personally I think this is a very odd way of going about this but that's me, maybe someone else thinks it's perfectly fine.

Are you running windows 7 64 bit or 32 bit and if so what version? I recommend at least professional and I really hope you have 32 bit since you have 8 GB of RAM.

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System Specs:
Motherboard: ECS nForce 570 SLIT-A v5.1 Motherboard, NVIDIA, Socket 775, Serial ATA
CPU: Intel Pentium D 830 3.0GHz / 2MB Cache / 800 FSB / Socket 775
Hard Disks Used:
Original and Current:
Western Digital / Caviar SE 16 / 250GB / 7200 / 16MB / SATA-300
Also Tried:
Seagate ST31000528AS Barracuda 7200.12 Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200 rpm, 32MB, SATA-3G
Graphics/Video Card: XFX GeForce 8600 GT
RAM: Ultra 1024MB PC4200 DDR2 533MHz Memory x3
Power Supply: Cooler Master / 430-Watt / ATX / SATA Ready
OS: Windows XP, SP2

A while back, this machine was up and running with no problems until a nasty hijack put it out of commission. It sat untouched for 4 or 5 months until I finally got a new hard drive to reinstall windows on. I decided just to put the new hard drive (Hitachi 1TB) in there and use the old one (Western Digital 250GB) as extra storage on my other (problem-free) machine.

I installed Windows as usual, got it up and running, applied some updates (but not SP3), began installing my programs and CRASH. The restart would take forever and it would either a) hang on the Windows XP loading screen (with the running blue bar underneath the logo) or b) give me a ?Disk read error? before it ever got to a windows screen. I reformatted, reinstalled Windows, and the exact same thing happened again.

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A:System Crashes, won't boot - on multiple (working) HDDs, after multiple re-installs

Hello thereisnoart,

you may have to wipe the hard drive with a 3rd party program like (KIllDisk

the reason for this is hijacker programs can be hard writen to the drive so when you do a simple formate it bleed thru and you jacked again

this is the same as for some virus's

follow the link


all the instruction on use and making the bootable cd are in the program of at the site

this will zero out the drives and make them like new

then reinstall

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Do you know much about performing multiple windows 7 installation on one hard disk drive?

For example,

Let?s say I have a 300gb drive and I make 3 100gb partitions.

I now want to install win 7 on each of these partitions and have a boot menu to pick which one I use.

E.g. one for work, one for school and one for home.

I have been asked to do this for someone in my college and they will ONLY accept windows L



A:Multiple installs of win 7 on multiple partitions of the same drive

Do you have an issue or are you trying to figure out how to do this?

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On all my home machines, I am going down a path of swapping out all my boot drives for SSDs, and using the HDD's for data only. Just did this on one of my Win 7 Dell machines - what a difference given the combo of SDD and fresh install!!)

Windows 8 is a bit more challenging. I want all clean installs.. ie have no interest is "upgrading", or "transferring" or "restoring for image" or "recovering original partitions". I "simply" want to:

-do a fresh clean install (from install media to a new SSD)
-re-establish (or adopt a new) a backup strategy to rebuild.
-recognize the nuances of retail vs OEM and Win 8 vs 8.1 etc.

I reviewed quite a few articles, posts and threads, and each time I read one more, there is always a little twist. But I "think" I have the full picture now and wanted to confirm.

Are my assertions below correct ???

1) I can use my OEM supplied USB bootable Win 8.0 (which will read my embedded 8.0 key) and reinstall 8.0 to the same drive , or a to a replacement HDD (on that machine) or a new SSD drive (on that machine).

2) Any time after 8.0 is up running, I can use third party image software ( or native windows software) to create image files, a bootable rescue disc, to restore my system should my boot fail or become corrupt.

3) With 8.0 running, I can download , upgrade and auto activate to 8.1 by going to the windows store.

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A:Clean installs to new SSD's., and getting from 8.0 to 8.1

How to clean install Windows 8.1 if you have OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key?

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Hi im nah having any problem with my pc but i want somebody who know more than me to check this HJT log and tell me if my pc is clean of malware/spyware before i install SpywareBlaster. I don't know mucy about reading log but i saw few link there that say missing files how can i clean that if im nah using that software? any way here is my HJT Log::

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 8:33:12 PM, on 6/11/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido anti-malware\ewidoctrl.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido anti-malware\ewidoguard.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exe
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A:Can Somebody Tell Me If My Pc Its Clean Before I Installs Spywareblaster?

Hi there and welcome to Bleeping Computer !As you may have noticed already, the forums are very busy at the moment and i have noticed your log has gone unanswered so far!We look at the oldest logs first, and we were wondering that if you still need help, please start by posting a new HijackThis log in this topic and i will then be able to take a look!Thanks very much David

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Im about to do a clean install of windows 10 as a last resort to possible clear up some issues i have been having are there any percautions i need to take? ill be using a product key from windows 7 pro

A:Clean installs and licensing

1. Always backup whatever you want to keep.
2. If you are doing a clean install over an already activated Windows 10, you won't need the product key.
You will be asked for a product key. Just click the SKIP option and continue.
Activation will be automatic.

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A:PC keeps freezing even after clean installs!

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I've been having problems with my computer for the past several weeks.  Despite bringing in my computer to two repair shops and installing Windows 7 3 times (clean install-quick format) I'm still having problems.  At times it freezes up, usually shortly after startup, and progressively gets worse (i.e. can't even run System Restore).  I can start it in Safe Mode but as soon as I turn on services I get the same problem.  It's random, after completely crapping out it may function fine after being off for a few hours.
I'm suspecting maybe a driver problem or perhaps dirty power supply? (Seems to act up when power supply is connected)
 Here's what I've tried:
Antivirus check (Telus Security Services)
Trojan/Malware check (Malwarebytes)
Registry check (CCleaner)
Memory check (memtest86)
HP startup/memory tests
Intel Processor Diagnostic Tool
Surface Scan
Battery temperature is fine (it has an aluminum case and low power processor; IPDT shows no problems.
I'm no computer whiz; just trying everything I know and I'm running out of ideas.  Please help!

A:Random freezes after clean installs

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.

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installed windows 7 on my ssd and set as boot priority and moved all my files over from my hdd to my sdd just the ones i wanted on it and it loads the programs but half of them dont know they are installed is there and easy way i can install all my programs back with out having to uninstall and redowload?

A:program installs and clean resart

Data can be copied over, but programs have to be reinstalled

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Hi everybody,

I am thinking of buying a laptop through dell and get the windows 7 upgrade kit sent at a later date. But I only want to do this if it will allow me a clean install, as I never do in place upgrades for obvious reasons. Does anybody know if Dell upgrade kit allows this?

(I know... I know... I should just wait... but I have time constraints beyond my control!)

Thanks in advance,

A:does dell upgrade kit allow clean installs?

Quote: Originally Posted by hugh2323

Hi everybody,

I am thinking of buying a laptop through dell and get the windows 7 upgrade kit sent at a later date. But I only want to do this if it will allow me a clean install, as I never do in place upgrades for obvious reasons. Does anybody know if Dell upgrade kit allows this?

(I know... I know... I should just wait... but I have time constraints beyond my control!)

Thanks in advance,

Welcome to Seven Forums hugh2323,

Dells Win7 upgrade is the same as MS and the other OEMs.
Nobody outside of MS knows for sure as they aren't talking about it. There is a lot of non MS talk about it, we won't know for sure until Oct 22.

The general consensus seems to be yes, you will have the choice between upgrade-in-place and Custom (Clean) Install.

I would ask on the Dell community and directly to Dell.
Before you place an order call them and ask your questions. Make sure the Dell computer is covered in the Win7 upgrade plan, not all models are.

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I have XP and want to upgrade to Windows 7. I know I have to do a clean install- but that means I have to install all my software from scratch again, right?
That's going to take me days! Mostly because installation disks for a lot of my software is a thing of the past.
Almost all my software has been downloaded from the net and is either free or activated with product keys- think of the gigs- my monthly dowload limit will be used in 2 hours! And where are those product keys? I'll have to find them!
So Firefox, iTunes, Quicktime, MSN, Skype, McAffee, Adobe reader, flash player, etc... all need to be downloaded again and installed again- is this correct? If so, I won't upgrade- it's not worth it.
Any suggestions anyone?

A:Clean Installs and existing software

I don't think you'll regret upgrading to windows 7. It's well worth the sometimes daunting task of re installs. Just reinstall everything as you need it. Some today, some tomorrow, some next week. Keep all your downloaded drivers, and software on a USB flash drive, or disc for future use if needed. Keep in mind, Windows updates takes care of a good bit of drivers already.

When you get everything installed, make an image backup of your system on an external hard drive or a set of DVD's. This way whenever you do need to reinstall 7 again, a restore from image procedure will have you up and running again in 10 minutes.

I hope this in some way persuades you to take that leap. It will be well worth it in the end.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop. I am currently on the third clean install of Vista. I only recently did the last one after my system stopped booting completely. Only a couple weeks later, I started to have BSOD crashes.
Below is the error details from the most recent crash:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.0.6001.
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 50
BCP1: FCA00008
BCP2: 00000001
BCP3: 81A91D30
BCP4: 00000000
OS Version: 6_0_6001
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 768_1

Files that help describe the problem:
I downloaded windows debugger tools and debugged the crash dump file, but it doesn't really mean much to me other than it says that the win32k.sys file is corrupt. I've posted the full debug details below.
Is there some way to find out what program or driver is causing these crashes even after brand new installs?
Is there a way to repair my currently corrupt win32k.sys file without doing a fresh install?
Loading Dump File [C:\Windows\Minidump\Mini041009-01.dmp]
Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are available

Symbol search path is: *** Invalid ***
* Symbol loading may be unreliable without a s... Read more

A:Continuous BSODs after clean installs

You did not configure the symbol cache folder properly, or set the path correctly.

Reading BSOD crash files

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Will windows 7 Ultimate allow the installation onto a home PC and laptop with the same installation disc?

A:Multiple installs


(oh, and hello and welcome to sevenforums!)

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Hi Our deployments of Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus is being deployed by SCCM.
Once this has installed If I look at Windows 7 - Programs and features - Add/Remove programs

I see
Microsoft Office 365 Proplus EN  
Microsoft Office 365 Proplus ES
Microsoft Office 365 Proplus FR
Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus IT
Is this as expected I'm only expecting to see EN
kind regards

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hey guys and gals,

first, i have purchased a new computer for my kids with windows xp as the operating system and i get the "old" computer to use as my work computer.

i have transferred and saved all the data i needed from the old computer to the new computer(networked) and have formatted the old harddrive. my operating system was a 98se upgrade over a 95 os install and i was planning to reload 95 and then the 98se upgrade.

my question is: can i use my copy of xp to load as my os on the old computer instead of the 95/98se combo. i was told by the guy who helped me with my initial network link up that my xp is only good on the computer that it was loaded on ( by the company that put my machine together and registered the os). others have told me otherwise.

also i was wondering if i have "enough" computer to use xp effectively. the old computer has an amd k6-2- 500 cpu with 328 megs. of pc 100 ram on a gbt ga-5aa motherboard.

as always, any help on this issue will be greatly appreciated,



A:multiple xp installs?

You have the resources needed to run XP but you will need another copy. A different Activation code is requried for each PC. With the Windows 98SE Upgrade CD you don't have to install 95 first. Install 98 and will will prompt for the location of the old Windows, just insert the 95 CD and point to it.

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Hi there, everybody. I recently installed a new pair of WD Raptor X HDs, and am running them in a RAID 0 array. Since I am using them as my new and primary drive, I've set them as the boot drive. My old SAMSUNG drive is currently set as the system drive. I formatted it so that I could use it strictly for storage, but because it is recognized as the system drive (I even changed HD priority in my BIOS in an attempt to fix it) it must have an instance of XP installed on it or else my computer is unable to successfully boot (it will tenaciously try to boot from a CD instead).

Truthfully, I don't mind it so much, but I've heard tale that having multiple installs of XP on a system can lead to malfunctions and problems-- can anyone verify this for me? If such is false, I'll simply leave the XP install on the old drive and continue to use it as a storage device as normal, but otherwise, I would like to know if there is a way I can remap the system drive to my new RAID 0 array or not-- even though the XP install doesn't bug me, if it is possible to remove without the wacky startup errors, I'd still like to know how. Thanks in advance.

A:Multiple Installs of XP-- is it bad?

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I need help . Just bought used computer dell xps 7100. Looks all in good shape. Installed win 7 home premium 64 bit from a usb I made with the windows iso and usb boot disk installer utility. Installation I think goes through fine but then I get errors on all driver install files like
The BIOS bin file is not for this system!

And I don't know what to do. I downloaded the drivers from dell by putting in my service code on the case.

Any help is appreciated! I downloaded the dell 32 bit diagnostics utility and ran that on express and everything was fine.

I tried reinstalling windows twice so far. I will post my computer specs as I get them.

A:Error on all driver installs after clean install

Follow these same steps for a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which explains how drivers are handled in the first driver-complete OS. It is not at all like XP. The steps for drivers are printed in red so they can't be missed.

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Im feeling a bit hopeless here so any help is appreciated

So i got a new computer, built it with a friends help

xp pro - sp2
amd athlon 6000+ dual core
asus m2n-mx se
2 gigs a-data ram (2 sticks of 1g)
no gfx card (yet)
seagate 250gig sata hd
silverstone 500w psu

Windows installs, everything seems fine etc.
Then come the problems. Its as if my computer is, for lack of a better word, fragile. I might be playing a game, il tab out, then try to tab back in, and then nothing responds. The mouse works, but cant click anything etc. Task manager doesnt show, start menu wont pop up, things like that. So im forced to restart, and 2/3 times, windows wont start, and i'll be forced to do a clean install.

Sometimes, the windows loading screen wont show, sometimes it loads, but then the logon screen never appears, everythings just remains black. Sometimes i'll get a black screen with white words saying some file is missing etc.

In my experience, pressing the restart button hardly ever causes windows to fail and not start up, but it does for this comp, most of the time.

Did memtest, used seagate tools to test hd, both appear to be fine. Checked temps, they are fine, checked voltages in bios, they are also fine.

Ive reformatted and reinstalled windows at least 6 times now, and i really am feeling quite hopeless. Im scared to do anything that might cause windows to not respond, like play supreme commander.


A:somethings wrong - and clean installs dont fix it

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Even after two clean installs, Windows 7 still crashes when my computer goes into sleep mode. I used the Windows debugging tool (Windbg) to isolate the cause. The analysis of the minidump file is attached as a pdf file. It shows a driver for the network adapter is causing the problem. I rolled the driver back, and thought that would be solution, but I'm still getting the crash. The Intel site says this driver is for Windows 7 and the Windows Update identified the older (rolled back) driver as the correct driver.

I'd appreciate any help anyone might be able to offer.


A:2 Clean Installs - Still crashes in sleep mode

Quote: Originally Posted by ejscharf

Even after two clean installs, Windows 7 still crashes when my computer goes into sleep mode. I used the Windows debugging tool (Windbg) to isolate the cause. The analysis of the minidump file is attached as a pdf file. It shows a driver for the network adapter is causing the problem. I rolled the driver back, and thought that would be solution, but I'm still getting the crash. The Intel site says this driver is for Windows 7 and the Windows Update identified the older (rolled back) driver as the correct driver.

I'd appreciate any help anyone might be able to offer.


We can really use the actual dmp use these to find and upload it. http://www.sevenforums.com/crash-loc...d-problem.html


Ken J+

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Hi. Even after a freshly clean install of Windows 7 x86, and new installs of either Adobe Reader, Foxit Reader, Java, or Microsoft Office, when I try to open those programs there is always a crash report, and then after that report happens, it is not even possible to uninstall that software! The only way to resolve the issue is to to a clean install all over again! But then the exact same thing happens all over again anyway! It doesn't matter what the computer is, as I have a total of three new computers {and am always building new computers with the latest technology components}, these issues always still take place.

For instance if I try to open Foxit Reader in order to view a PDF document, I get the following message:

Foxit Reader has stopped working
Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: Foxit Reader.exe
Application Version:
Application Timestamp: 4ce0c903
Fault Module Name: Foxit Reader.exe
Fault Module Version:
Fault Module Timestamp: 4ce0c903
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 00acd012
OS Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 0a9e
Additional Information 2: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789
Additional Information 3: 0a9e
Additional Information 4: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789

I would sincerely appreciate any advice on resolving this!
Thank you very much in advance for your time!

A:[SOLVED] Even after CLEAN installs, most applications crash!

and welcome to the Forum

I would test the memory . . click on the link to Memtest in my signature . . let it run on one stick at a time overnite or until it starts reporting errors

How to burn an ISO file: http://www.techsupportforum.com/f149...le-341778.html

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A friend tried to install a boot leg copy of Win 7 on a Dell 1525 that was running Vista.

And it ran for a bit then started acting up, He gave me all the disc from the factory and I have installed it 7 times now, itll work well I for a little bit then stop, It ll freeze before the updates some times after I get all the updates installed and somtimes before any updates.. I followed these two links for this install they are teh same set up and discs that I have.

Dell Vista Laptop Reformat and Bloatware Removal Guide

Laptop Forums and Notebook Computer Discussion - View Single Post - Dell Vista Laptop Reformat and Bloatware Removal Guide

A:Window Vista keeps Crashing I have done 7 clean installs.

I would start with running diagnostics on the hard drive by downloading the diagnostic tool for the hard drive brand and making a bootable disc.

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

If the drive checks out, test the memory . . click on the link to Memtest in my signature . . let it run on one stick at a time overnite or until it starts reporting errors

How to burn an ISO file:

How to Burn a Bootable ISO File

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As you can see by the attached screen shot, I have 5-6 installs of the above referenced software. It would appear that MS is not removing the prior version when installing the new. Is this thinking correct?

Assuming the answer is yes, do I simply uninstall all but the latest version?



A:Multiple installs MS Visual C++?

Many programs use Visual C++ and install their own version of it, they expect to locate their own copy at runtime and are likely to stop working if their copy is uninstalled. Also many installers dont check for existing components or for newer versions of those components and older versions may be installed for backward compatibility. In any case they dont do any harm though it does get a bit cluttered.

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I bought a pair of X1C6 and two extra 65W USB-C supplies (so a total of 4 in the order) in March.  Since then, two of the 65W supplies have just outright stopped working.  They don't charge the X1C6s or anything else they're connected to.  The chargers were treated very well, they were on a desk not getting rolled over with chairs or anything.  Strangely, they've both died while connected to the same system.  Does anyone else have any experience with the 65W supplies dying? Annoyingly I can't file a warranty claim for them because the support system doesn't seem to take their model nubers.

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First, my system specs & some details:

-I purchased the hardware & assembled my machine in late December 2011
-Full Retail version of Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
-Multiple (at least 4) clean installations of the OS over the past 6 months, all BSODing
-Initial OS installations (at least 2 from Dec. to Feb.) were performed on a WD hdd...all had BSOD problems
-RAM: In January performed "stick by stick" & "slot by slot" testing with Memtest86+. No reported errors on Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600 CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
-SSD: This latest clean OS installation is the 2nd clean OS installation onto a Samsung 128GB SSD 830 Series purchased & installed in late February & updated to the latest FW update (CXM03B1Q) prior to any OS installations. Using the latest Samsung SSD Magician software & its OS optimization
-CPU: Intel i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core cooled with Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
-Video Card: XFX DoubleD HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon 6870 1GB 256bit GDDR5 PCIe
-MB: Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX w/ UEFI bios

Secondly, I have a 'method' whereby I've been able to increase my chances and/or rapidity of this intermittent but consistent BSOD I'm experiencing. Although I've experienced BSODs while doing all of these particular things in this combined method singly, I've seemingly had it happen in any and many other unremembered scenarios. In other words, I'm not necessarily conv... Read more

A:multiple OS installs on both HDD & SSD over 6 months...still BSODs

Been reading around and I'll try this out in the meantime: "While waiting for a reply, please run Driver Verifier according to these instructions: Driver Verifier Settings"

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Hi...and straight off an apology, as I'm sure the question has been answered 'til blue in the face here....but I've now spent 12/18 hrs a day for 6 days searching for one.
My pc has a TDL4 Trojan....it takes sometimes 30 hits on a link/page before I eventually get there, my processor is screaming at 100% plus by the sound of it, as soon as it sniffs a router....My poor wee Acer Revo is burning up with a fever! I'm in need of answers quickly therefore.....or where the answers might be found, please.

I've read all the Tutorials....Clean install w7....clean install w7 Upgrade....clean install ISO etc.
I had Vista from new, supplied with an Anytime Upgrade disc for 7HP. It's run 7 from day one & I think it kinda upgraded me to SP1 at some point.
The upgrade disc has a crack across it now.

I have a W7HP/SP1 ISO burnt to disc (17-48996) and another, 15-65732 (7HP)
I have both on flash drives for good measure!
I can boot to all 4 no problem, bar I have a big problem hitting the `Install Now` box.

Despite all the reading, a few answers have left a lot more questions. My only confidence is in the forgone conclusion, that it'll all end in total failure!
And I haven't, as yet, managed to find any mention of clean installing an upgraded W7
with an ISO? So now I'm fearing that even if I get an installation to my surprise, rather than a blank pc....it'll likely be a no go to activate?

Pc has a Vista sticker and I've got the CD Key No. thingy, for the 7.

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A:Clean Install/Upgrade7...no disc? Dying Fast...999/911 etc!

Take a look at those tutorials:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

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I work for a company that is an authorized lenovo reseller.  Over the last year 3 of the A8 m78 units we have sold have failed unexpectantly right out of warranty. 3-4 months after the warranty end date the unit unexpectantly ceases to work.  Is there any recourse for this?  Units failing unexpectantly happen but to have 3 of the same A8 m78 units fail right out of their warranty ending seems like a special case.

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First of all I must apologize about my limited English. I'll try to do my best to explain my situation because I really need help. I usually prefer to look for solutions by myself, because I think it's a good way to learn, but this time is different: after hours reading posts and more posts I can't get rid of BSODs and I'm going mad.

I decided it was time to buil a new system and use the old one as an HTPC, so I bought all the parts three weeks ago and started. I always build my custom PCs, so I never imagined that this was going to be my worst nightmare. All the parts were brand new.

I started with a different graphics card instead of the one below: it was a XFX HD5670 1024Mb Heatpipe, new too. I wanted to use the 1TB HDDs together in a RAID 1 for my pictures, music and documents, and the 500 GB one only for OS, programs, downloads...

The first thing I did was to upgrade the BIOS to the last version (F6) from the motherboard manufacturer's site. Then I entered BIOS setup and enabled RAID for the SATA3 0/1/2/3 connectors of the AMD SB850 controller (1TB HDDs were connected to ports 0 and 2, and the 500GB HDD to port 5. My 2 optical drives were connected to the Gigabyte SATA controller ports). After save and reboot, I entered the RAID BIOS Setup utility and built the array. A new reboot and I started installing Windows from the DVD (it is an original retail DVD).

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A:New custom build system. 60+ clean installs. Always random BSODs.

Hi and welcome,

Do the followings...
- Boot into Safe Mode with Networking
- Uninstall the Display Drivers including Catalyst Control Center
- Use Driver Sweeper to sweep the traces of the driver Guru3D - Driver Sweeper
- Install the latest version ATI Radeon
- Reboot into normal mode


* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck 3D, {fffff8800b779fd0, 0, 0, fffff8800568b69d}

Probably caused by : atikmdag.sys ( atikmdag+4a69d )

Followup: MachineOwner

4: kd> !analyze -v
* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

Arg1: fffff8800b779fd0
Arg2: 0000000000000000
Arg3: 0000000000000000
Arg4: fffff8800568b69d

Debugging Details:
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Hi again.

I'm sorry I haven't been around to help. (I'm not an expert I'm afraid.)

I have a computer with multiple security products installed, and I want just the one that I've paid for which is Fix-It Pro. I have tried to uninstall as many of the others I could find but a lot of them seem to leave remnants and I am now stuck.

I have tried to download appremover to see if it could find anything and am prevented by something claiming it has a virus and stops the download. Attempt to download dds results in the same. Attempt to download GMER also results in virus found and download prevented...

The last issue that I've somewhat resolved is no network/internet connection due to what seems to be OnlineArmor remnants. It still lists three items in device manager that I can't seem to remove/delete. (One of the uninstalls must have triggered a setting to always start in Safe Mode which was a real pain to figure out.)

Things I've seen around in the registry are McAfee, AVG, and Norton to name what I can remember.

Please advise, and thank you for reading!

A:Employee installs multiple security softwares

DDS output is gibberish, won't post, and can't run GMER.

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Hey guys,

I recently rebuilt my desktop PC, so it now has a brand new (well, maybe 3-4 months old) WD 1TB HDD. I installed Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and it worked beautifully for about a month, at which point I got into a Startup Repair loop and just decided to reinstall since I didn't have any important files on the HDD yet.

Once again, on this second install, I found Windows unable to boot. I could get into safe mode but system restore did nothing, and I thought I would just reinstall one more time and pray that would be the end of it. This second install took quite a bit longer than the first install so I thought maybe something strange went on this time.

So: third install. Last night as I was trying to watch Netflix, Silverlight kept crashing. Then Chrome started crashing. Then Windows Explorer crashed. I shut it down and went to bed. This morning I boot it up and it starts Startup Repair. Couple hours later it asks if I want to do a system restore. I click yes, it says "Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically".

Here are the problem details it gives on this screen:

Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem signature 02: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem signature 03: unknown
Problem signature 04: 21199975
Problem signature 05: AutoFailover
Problem signature 06: 3
Problem signature 07: CorruptRegistry

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A:Startup Repair on multiple installs - what am I doing wrong?

Hi mesjax, welcome to Seven Forums.
Have you done the updates as highlighted ? & is Windows activated.

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ok i have recently reinstalled iwindows xp. i chose to use a different filename for the install because my computer was unaccessible through windows and i needed to save some bussiness files, i have gotten to those just fine, but its the documents folder that i need to delete but acess is denied because on the previous install it was made a private folder. it has a couple of gigs of data in it that id like to delete, but cant, please help

A:multiple xp installs, access denied to old files

medeski said:

ok i have recently reinstalled iwindows xp. i chose to use a different filename for the install because my computer was unaccessible through windows and i needed to save some bussiness files, i have gotten to those just fine, but its the documents folder that i need to delete but acess is denied because on the previous install it was made a private folder. it has a couple of gigs of data in it that id like to delete, but cant, please help
-MedeskiClick to expand...

Log in as an admin, and Take Ownership.

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I built a computer back in May...a few weeks later I started getting BSODs. They don't happen all too often, about 1 or 2 times per week.

After trying to google the issue, they suggested running memtest - no errors, driver verifier found nothing, etc. So I re-installed windows, the same thing happened, I re-installed windows again, still get a blue screen every once in awhile.

Then I noticed my power supply started making a humming noise, I ignored it, then one day it sparked and died. I thought that was the cause of all my issues until I replaced it with a temporary one and a few days later got another blue screen.

So, I'm not sure what the issue is and would greatly appreciate any help getting to the bottom of it. It's always either ntoskrnl.exe or hal.dll, I didn't keep all the crash dumps from my previous installs.

A:Multiple crashes on several installs. ntoskrnl.exe and hal.dll 0x109

Did you correctly calculate the PSU size? Psu calculator - Windows 7 Forums

Did you wipe the HD of all boot code using Diskpart Clean Command before Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which steps are the same for retail? Follow the driver steps closely as this is not XP .

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  How do I remove multiple OS on my PC so I can do a clean install of Windows XP? The hand-me-down PC that I just got has 2 versions of  ubuntu OS and 2 versions of something called MEPIS plus it came with Windows XP on it. Also both ubuntu have recovery modes to choose. So when it starts up it has 7 choices to boot from plus 2 memory tests. I would like to do a clean install with XP and get rid of all the other choices. So, how do I go about doing this? I already have an XP DVD to install from and the product key for activation. I know how to do a clean install, I just never had dual OS on the installs I've done in the past
  I would truly appreciate any help anyone can offer!
                                                                                    Thanks a bunch,
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A:How do I remove multiple OS on my PC so I can do a clean install of Windows XP

Have you tried to use the DVD? XP should reformat the entire drive before installing XP.

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I am currently running my OS on an SSD and I'm saving all my games and personal files on my HDD, my library is also on my HDD (edited it in the registry).

I want to install windows 8 on my computer here, already bought it but it is only giving me the option to do a completely fresh install. It says that it will still save my old data in the windows.old folder, but I was wondering if it will take my personal files from my HDD to the windows.old folder on my SSD. The SSD is only 128 gb so there won't be enough to store my complete library.

Will it only overwrite my OS on my SSD or will it clean all my files on my HDD aswell? I'm afraid to lose all of my data, I have no disk here where I can make a full backup of my games/documents. I was just wondering if the fresh install would wipe all of my data on my HDD, where my library is.

Thank you very much in advance for the support!
~ Arne

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The problem: computer operating normally, suddenly throws a spasm where program windows open and close randomly very fast on the screen, eg websites (if online), word docs opened, excel, start menu, registry alerts back to websites,one window says excel pops up with "user name and loggin" . Always when it stops the start menu is the upper window, could be 9 windows deep behind it.Also have a mailwasher program, when we close all the windows there is usually a "copy of mailwasher" on the desktop. When click off all these windows computer works normally.
Also, keep loosing internet connection, we are on ADSL.
Have had tech support in "security" forum. Have run Hijackthis, Ad-aware SE, Spybot search & Destry and cwshreader. Posted log and run through it with a tech guy. He advises log is clean , maybe a OS problem.

Your help with this problem is appreciated by a frustrated user!

A:Multiple windows keep opening, have clean Hijackthis log


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