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I finally gave in to Windows 8.1

Q: I finally gave in to Windows 8.1

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.

Preferred Solution: I finally gave in to Windows 8.1

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.)

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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I added in my hotmail account, ok.

I added in my yahoo pop3 account by forwarding it to my hotmail account, of course hotmail and yahoo mail show up in same folder, sucks.

I added in my xnet.com imap account, emails show up in xnet folder and then about an hour later they are moved to the hotmail, yahoo folder.

completely worthless, too bad.

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...I used to use HouseCall when I was fixing my friends' computers, but have run Norton on my own PCs for years with no trouble. But it looks like both Norton & HouseCall have met their match because I'm having some odd problems with my PC and neither of them have helped. I've always shied away from HJT because Adaware has also never failed me... but fortunately when I went to Trend Micro's site to run HouseCall I saw that HJT was made by the same team... so I have a little more confidence in the product now. Anyway... on to my problems...

There's been a virus that Norton sees but I haven't been able to get rid of it for awhile because it's in a file I can't access. Norton's offline instructions didn't work, but my job requires me to travel almost 24/7 so I haven't had time to mess with this until now.

I took the drive out and connected it to my laptop (IDE to USB adapter) and tried to run a virus scan on it that way - but Norton was popping up with an error. The scan would hang and I was forced to reboot, upon which a chkdisk would run and find a ton of file errors to correct. I probably lost some files but no idea which ones as I don't know where the log file was saved to. Anyway, the workaround for the new Norton error is to reboot into Safe Mode and delete the virus definitions, then run LiveUpdate and re-download them. This worked for the laptop, but by then I'd put the hard drive back in the desktop... Read more

A:Finally gave in and d'lded HJT ...

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After 5 minutes she was like: I can't view my photos! Internet explorer doesn't work right. I found her flailing around senselessly in the metro interface.

I uninstalled all of the metro apps(and made a youtube guide below, and there hasn't been a single issue since.

A:So I gave my mom windows 8

Why would you do that? Did she need to upgrade, are you going to get her a valid license for a new OS going forward?

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My laptop keyboard was damaged so I took it to a local repair shop.

As I handed it over the guy asked for my password and said he would "check for viruses and make it run faster" while he was doing the repair.

I gave him the Windows login but now I'm thinking that wasn't such as good idea!

Should I be worried? Is there anything I should do when I get it back to make sure he hasn't messed with it?

Thinking about it, he can just load up Chrome and access Gmail as Chrome keeps you logged in. Is there anything I can do to lock it down a bit, remotely from my other computer?


A:Gave my Windows PW to the tech guy?!?

Think of your "tech guy" like you think of your doctor or dentist. You must give them "access" in order for them to do their job. This is why you should only deal with reputable doctors, dentists, and "tech guys".

Even for a keyboard repair, to ensure everything works when you get it home, he must login to Windows and test it. So there's nothing unusual about asking for your windows password.

If your personal computer holds very sensitive info (passwords in text files, your naked pics, personal ID info, etc.) you must trust your tech guy not to be looking at those things. If you can NOT do that, you should always have that sensitive info backed up and then you can remove it before taking it to the repair shop. Then you would restore it once you get the computer back. That is, if you are lucky enough to have access to windows when it's in need of repair.

Other than that, you could keep your sensitive info on a flash drive or some kind of removable media.

Bottom line, find a local reputable tech that you can trust and stick with him/her. This way you can avoid all the worry and inconvenience.


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Downloaded 5 windows updates 2 days ago. They install, as usual, upon shutting down my computer. Tried to turn it back on about 5 hours later to do homework. Immediately was taken to the black safe mode or normal mode or etc. choices screen. Tried every option, goes to XP load screen with green load bar for a second, then for a fraction of a second the BSOD appears, then it's back to the black screen asking me to choose safe mode or normal, etc. Does the same thing every time without fail. Tried shutting it down and restarting. Nothing's working and everyplace I look online seems to need safe mode to work or access to my computer in order to work. I've got nothing.

Also I do not have the disks for Windows XP to use because it cam pre-installed when I bought the laptop 3 and 1/2ish years ago. So I'm really at a loss at this point. If trying to get it fixed someplace is going to run me over $150 I may as well go buy a $400 compact or something to get me through until I have the money for a better one.

I have an external hard drive with most of my software on it. My free auto backup that came on it though ran out about 3 months ago and with fall semester going on it would really be nice to get back my last 2 months of work, notes, some working ahead I did with my C# programming class, etc.

-HP Pavilion dv5000
-Windows XP Media Version
-Had a virus problem occur about 3 days before this happend but my AVG said it took care of it, so I didn't think i... Read more

A:Windows Update gave me BSOD

You should have made your own recovery DVDs when you got the computer.

You might still be able to make them with this Procedure ...

You might still be able to order the recovery DVDs .. see Here

If you can remove the Hard Drive .. you should be able to connect it to this Adapter ..
Then you will be able to read the Data it contains from another computer.

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Hi everyone.

I noticed I had a windows update (that small globe that appears on the botton right of your screen) so I let it download. When it said it was ready to install, I let it install. During the installation, a Norton window pops up and says that it found a trojan horse virus. Details are:

object name = c:\winnt\system32\iosdt\iosdt.exe
virus name = trojan horse
action taken = unable to repair this file

Here's a hijackthis log that I ran:

C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_01\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents\My Downloads\Spyware Remover Tools\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://jump.altavista.com/avie5/searchpane
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://www.altavista.com/
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://sympatico.msn.ca/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://www.altavista.com/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://jump.altavista.com/avie5/searchpane
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://www.altavista.com/
O2 - BHO: HelperObject Class - {00C6482D-C502-44C8-8409-FCE54AD9C208} - C:\Program Files\TechSmith\SnagIt 7\SnagItBHO.dll
O2 - BHO: CCHelper - {0CF0B8EE-6596-11D5-A98E-0003470BB48E} - C:\Program Files\Panicwar... Read more

A:Windows update gave me a virus!!!???

Hi and welcome to TSG

Download Pocket Killbox from here:
Unzip the files to the folder of your choice and place a shortcut to the program
on the desktop.

Click Start > Run > and type in:


Click OK.

In the services window find distributed.net client (dnetc) and ZESOFT
Rightclick and choose "Properties". On the "General" tab under "Service Status" click the "Stop" button to stop the service. Beside "Startup Type" in the dropdown menu select "Disabled". Click Apply then OK. Exit the Services utility.

Copy the BOLD to notepad...save as "fix.reg" save as "Type" *all files*


[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\distributed.net client]

Double click "fix.reg" and answer "yes" at the prompt to merge.

Reboot into safe mode by following instructions here: http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPOR...2001052409420406?OpenDocument&src=sec_doc_nam
Then as some of the files or folders you need to delete may be hidden do this:
Open Windows Explorer & Go to Tools > Folder Options.
Click on the View tab and make sure that "Show hidden files and folders" is checked.
Also uncheck "Hide protected operating system files" and untick "hide extensions for known file types" . Now cli... Read more

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I have a Dell Dimension C521 , XP , Service Pack 3, Mcaffee
Started up computer and instantly clicked on Weather Bug in my google sidebar . I got a message that said something about --- Windows XP will have to do an update. Computer will shut down and any unsaved info will be lost --- and then the computer shutdown . It could have been an update or the weatherbug.com .
Now I cannot access internet . macaffee , or help center . My task bar also dissapeared but I got that back . If I try to open Malwarebytes I get a error message that says -----
Run-time error '372':
Failed to load control 'vbalGrid' from vbalsgrid6.ocx . Your version of vbalsgrid6.ocx may be outdated . Make sure you are using the version of the control that was provided with your application .

A:weatherbug or windows update gave me a bad one ?

Hello can you first try a Syem Restore to a date before the update.. Then try updating and runng MBAM.

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This morning I downloaded/installed Win 8's latest Updates. Behold, I now have the much needed START icon.

When I start-up now the desktop is displayed instead of the START . Which is Great. It's now the way I like it.
However, it also opens my USER window on the desktop.

I would like to remove the opening of my USER folder on start-up. Any suggestions?


A:New Windows 8 UpDate gave me the START icon . . However

You must have done something else. No Start button for me unless I install one, like Win8StartButton (Classic Shell).

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gave me network drivers suitable for HP  AF 103 AX ( windows 7) And i tried to install HP Notebook - 15z-af000  drivers, but not working for HP  15 af 103 ax,please gave me exact drivers realted to 15 af 103 ax for windows 7 64bit, please reply me as soon as possible...  thank u 

A:gave me network drivers suitable for HP AF 103 AX ( windows...

Hi: According to the parts list below that model has a Broadcom BCM43142 802.11 b/g/n 1x1 Wi-Fi and BlueTooth 4.0 M.2 combination WLAN adapter  http://partsurfer.hp.com/Search.aspx?SearchText=P3C93PA This would be the wireless driver for that model wlan card... The package contains the Broadcom wireless LAN drivers and utility that are required to enable the integrated Broadcom Wireless LAN Adapter in supported notebooks that are running a supported operating system.  ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp72501-73000/sp72879.exe This would be the bluetooth driver for that model wlan card... This package contains the Broadcom Bluetooth driver and software for supported models that are running a supported operating system. Broadcom Bluetooth 4.0 Driver is required to enable Broadcom Bluetooth 4.0 devices and is compatible with Broadcom Bluetooth 3.0 and earlier versions.  ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp72501-73000/sp72617.exe Ethernet (wired): This package provides the driver for the Realtek Ethernet Controller in the supported notebook/laptop models and operating systems.  ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp74001-74500/sp74233.exe

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...and told him to open calculator. I had him start on the Desktop. He first looks for the Start button, to no avail. Looking confused, he thinks for a second, the just starts typing "calculator" on the Desktop. After that doesn't work, he starts clicking around until he accidentally grabs the top of the screen and pins it on the side. He then clicks in the empty space and makes it to the Start screen. Then, he looks for calculator in my pinned things, and after no success, he then types "calculator" again and successfully opens the program. His first comments "well, it will take some getting use to, but it's no big deal." I then show him how the Start button actually is there, just hidden. He affirms that yeah it's no big deal, just will take some getting used to.

Later, he was watching me use my PC, and I downloaded the Wikipedia app and pinned it. After that, I put down the computer and played some Xbox with him beside me. He's very interested in history, so he picks up the computer, and goes into the Wikipedia app. He asks me how to search in the app, and I showed him how to use Charms. After that, he was using it as if he had his whole life. He searches some Wikipedia, then when he can't find what he wanted there, he goes back to Start (using the hidden button) and hit the IE icon (which sends him to the desktop) and uses it to search and find things. I show him how he could bring up the recent apps menu to quickly go back to Wikipedia, an... Read more

A:So I gave a 13 year old tech-noob my Windows 8 PC...

I gave my ape a 13 year old computer and......nevermind

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Hi there,
I have a windows 7 box that recently gave a blue screen that had options to F11 restore, which it did not respond to, after pressing F10 it would eventually start windows. I did a system restore from windows to April 28th this was the earliest point I found, but after it successfully completed when I restarted it went to the same blue screen. After going into windows again, I downloaded and ran Malware Bytes, Super Anti Spyware, and CCleaner. I then rebooted once again the blue screen. Checked firewall service it is on and automatic, checked Background Intelligent Transfer service it is started and automatic and security center is on and automatic. The firewall is on. I am wondering that if the computer had a virus that did something to system files or a file is missing is it possible to add that one file?
Thanks for your help,

A:Help, Windows 7 box that recently gave a blue screen

I was able to get to F11 and did a system repair and it gave a message of repaired 1 and it said something about OS missing from system or drive and it also said completed successfully, but when I rebooted it still shows the blue screen with options. f9 f10, f11 (which takes about 15 min to open anyone of these options). Does this mean it did not fix what it found and I am going to have to do a clean install or is there something else I can do?

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Ciao,so this is what i deducted happened,i think
at 3 o'clock at night,my laptop updated while i slept like a baby,it updated and failed because it conflicted with my avira antivirus.it then deleted my avira,but since avira is one sturdy guy,it fought back and together they messed up my system(86x btw) now i can't open exe files,all my browsers give me the 0xc0000005 error.except ie,which simply doesn't work(not responding),so no access to the all powerful internet. few things that work are minesweeper and small games which don't require connection. so backgammon doesn't work but solitaire does. also ccleaner works,because people developing ccleaner are the only professionals and through 7 years of using it i've never been unhappy with it so let's all give the creators props for creating this awesomeness. now then microsoft developers don't know crap,i checked.

what i tried:
restarting....around 20 times
safe mode...no progress,same
safe mode with net...no progress,same
updating it...it does the same thing it did that accursed night
then one awesome guy who apparently knows microsoft better than microsoft itself,found a solution of deleting the updates while connection to internet is off and restarting it,apparently it worked for most people....except me,because destiny is so fair...what happened was that i deleted the updates but now they are still on the update list,if i try to delete the entries it tells me they are already uninstalled but the entries are there so... Read more

A:[SOLVED] the amazing update windows gave me,0xc0000005

Have you tried a System Restore? All Windows Updates create a restore point before installing.

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i was doing some windows updates and i got the blue stop screen where it says "if this is the first time you have seen this message..." blah blah blah you get the idea. Why did this happen? any thoughts are much appriciated thanks.

A:Windows update gave me the emergancy stop blue screen

Is this computer a new built ?

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My device appears to be called: 012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567
(not my idea ). It is rather distressing, actually, and I am suspicious of a virus (I was without antivirus for a week, but was still behind a firewall). But there are these other problems with this hard drive, mentioned below.

It is my hard drive, a Hitachi, which was migrated from another computer, placed into an external enclosure, and linked to my PC using a USB 3 cable.

I would like to fix whatever it is that is causing these bizarre messages under its "properties" dialog. When there is a message that is different from "this device is working properly", it seems like a red flag.

Device install requested
Device SWD\WPDBUSENUM\{1835d153-4af3-11e6-9c19-806e6f6e6963}#0000000000007E00 requires further installation. Device not migrated
Device SWD\WPDBUSENUM\{1835d153-4af3-11e6-9c19-806e6f6e6963}#0000000000007E00 could not be
migrated. Last Device Instance Id: SWD\WPDBUSENUM
{53F56307-B6BF-11D0-94F2-00A0C91EFB8B} Class Guid: {EEC5AD98-8080-425F-922A-DABF3DE3F69A} Location Path: Migration Rank: 0xF000FFFF0000F102 Present: false Status: 0xC0000719
3. Driver service added (WUDFWpdFs)

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A:Hard drive migration problem: Windows gave a strange name to my HD

Is there important data on this Hitachi disk ?Is it recognized in the BIOS ?If the answer to #1 is NO and #2 is YES go to step #4Open Admin Command and type:
list disk ======> Make a note on disk # of the Hitachi disk
select disk # =====> # found from above command

If the answer is NO from step #2 above. Take the Hitachi disk out of the enclosure, open the case and connect directly to one of the sata port and reboot.

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Updated PCs running Trend Micro's Antivirus on Windows can be hijacked, infected with malware, or wiped clean by any website, thanks to a vulnerability in the security software.
The design blunders were discovered by Google Project Zero bod Tavis Ormandy. A patch is now available to address the remote-code execution flaw, so Trend Micro users should update their software as soon as possible.
Ormandy, who has been auditing widely used security packages, analyzed a component in Trend's AV software dubbed the Password Manager. He found that multiple HTTP RPC ports for handling API requests were accessible.
"It took about 30 seconds to spot one that permits arbitrary command execution, openUrlInDefaultBrowser, which eventually maps to ShellExecute()," he wrote in a bug report to Trend.
This means that any webpage visited by a victim could run a script that uses Trend Micro's AV to run commands directly on the machine – such as RD C:\ /S /Q to wipe the system drive, or commands to download and install malware. As another example, this code uninstalls Trend Micro's security software on a PC without the owner's knowledge or consent.

The software has been patched via an update but I am surprised Trend Micro let this get through.

A:Trend Micro AV gave any website command-line access to Windows PCs

Not surprised of this at all. Hell, they don't even include signature based detections for Cryptoware if you're not on the latest version of their product and they don't warn you at all about it. It's when you directly ask them that they finally answer. Seriously, TrendMicro isn't worth using at all, at home like at work.

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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.


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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.

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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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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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?

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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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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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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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.

same meaning and parameters as 0x07E
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.

Install the newest Intel RST driver Version:
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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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Windows 10:
Why it's finally time to upgrade from Windows 7

Carey Frisch

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Ok I love to use windows 98 2nd edition but now needing to upgrade as the world has moved on the problem is
Compatibility of my hardware: now I have the drivers on cd and on my pc I made a backup copy when I get to the part that says supply the files it doesnt acknowledge them from the copy on pc and if I try to put in cd to provide them it goes to bluescreen saying error reading cd
now how Am I to supply the file when either way it will not let me? and how can I preinstall it when I need win 98 file to run my pc?

here is list the the compatibilty check stated:

BDA IpSink [not currently present]
BDAMPEFilter[not currently present]
BDA SlipDeframer [not currently present]
IntellUSB 2.0Enhanced host controller 24d3
Intel [R]82801 EB SMbus controller24d3
Internet Connection Sharing
NABTS/FECVBI Codec[not currently present]
Nvidia GeForce 5700LE
USB 2.0 Root Hub Device
World Standard Teletext Codec [not currently present]

2. I tried booting from cd it states that the following file is missing or corrupt<windows2000root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe please reinstall a copy of the above file

3. Then I tried making the 4 floppies for a floppy boot it stated setup. txt is missing when it tried booting
4.Now problems 2 and 3 could that be
from the fact that
I am trying to install from a Backup copy
[not original cd of windows 2000] Im asking is
windows 2000 copy protected?
I Would Appreciate Any Help
James Mihm

A:Trying to finally upgrade from windows 98 to windows 2000

Sorry very much but I don't understand;what CD are you using & exactly which files
are you missing?Drivers for 2000 & 98se are different if you mean modem drivers?The
file system is different from memory-2000 using NTFS(New Technology File System)-98
built upon DOS.Thats the compatability issue-everything for the drivers is on the net,
Drivers .com is a place to start-all other files also available here and there.Look at
www.windowsreinstall.com for the info&links.

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

Carey Frisch

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

Carey Frisch

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

Carey Frisch

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

Carey Frisch

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

Carey Frisch

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

Carey Frisch

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hi, i have one error, these days, I'm trying to upgrade my windows 10 to ver.1703 - and finally me appears this windows;  impossible update the system partition reserved why please make me, one solution please. 

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New Windows 10 Cumulative Updates Finally Launching Tomorrow

Microsoft rolls out this month?s Patch Tuesday updates tomorrow, and this time, the release is twice more important than in the past because it also includes security fixes that were originally expected in February.

The company delayed the February 2017 Patch Tuesday fixes due to a bug discovered at the very last minute, so this month?s rollout should include twice more fixes for Windows computers.

Additionally, Microsoft is expected to patch vulnerabilities that were made public by Google and which were originally projected to be addressed last month, but which are still there given the Patch Tuesday delay.

And of course, this month?s Patch Tuesday cycle will also include cumulative updates for Windows 10, which are critical for computers running the latest Microsoft operating system, as they include both security patches and other improvements for the OS itself and the built-in apps and features.

There were no cumulative updates released last month either, and this again proves that Windows 10 systems might have a large patch to deploy tomorrow that would address all issues discovered since the last Patch Tuesday in January this year.

IT admins should have in mind that this month?s Patch Tuesday rollout will require system reboots, so saving work before starting deployment will be necessary.

We?ll post more information about the new updates tomorrow when they go live, but expect a large Patch Tu... Read more

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Microsoft Finally Got Windows 10 Cumulative Updates Right This Month

Microsoft has a long history of shipping botched Windows updates, but with Windows 10, the company made everything a lot worse, as many of the cumulative updates it published failed to install or caused several other issues once deployed.

As a result, it?s no surprise that there are plenty of users out there who prefer not to install updates when they are released or to keep auto-updates off until others deploy them to determine if everything is working fine.

But since April when the Creators Update goes live, cumulative updates have provided much smoother performance, with the number of issues experienced by Windows 10 users declining substantially to the point where almost everyone can install them correctly.

This is what happened this month when cumulative updates installed correctly at a rate that exceeds 99 percent, and complaints regarding failed installs or problems caused by these patches pretty hard to find online.

Long install times
In most of the cases, users complaining about issues with this month?s cumulative updates, which are KB4025342, KB4025339, and KB4025344, point to long install times. Indeed, cumulative updates sometimes take too long to install, in some cases up to an hour, but in 99 percent of the cases, the process was completed just fine.

This is actually one of the issues that Microsoft also needs to address with cumulative updates, as the install process still ... Read more

A:Microsoft Finally Got Windows 10 Cumulative Updates Right This Month

I rarely had any issues with installing updates and none when running on a new update.

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Microsoft Is Finally Killing Off Forced Reboots in Windows 10

One of the changes that Microsoft is making in Windows 10 with the upcoming Creators Update is giving users more control over the updates they install, finally killing off forced reboots once and for all.

In the past, Windows computers automatically rebooted to complete the installation of certain updates, and this was undoubtedly frustrating not only for home users, but also for enterprises where a system restart interrupted work all of a sudden.

Starting with the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft is introducing a snoozing update feature that makes it possible for users to pause a specific update for up to 3 days and thus find the most convenient time for installing it.

Options to pause updates have already been implemented in Windows 10 Creators Update preview builds, and Microsoft says it?s all because users want more control over the updates they install.

?Prior to the Creators Update, Windows 10 made most of the decisions for you regarding when updates would be installed and didn?t provide ways to tailor the timing to your specific needs. What we heard back most explicitly was that you want more control over when Windows 10 installs updates. We also heard that unexpected reboots are disruptive if they happen at the wrong time,? John Cable, Director of Program Management within the Windows Servicing and Delivery (WSD) team, said.

More options
In addition to the snooze option, Microsoft is al... Read more

A:Microsoft Is Finally Killing Off Forced Reboots in Windows 10

W10 is embracing Linux like update mechanism would be added in future releases.

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Hi, Tech Guys!

First, the preliminaries: I am running an HP Media Center PC Model Number m1070n. My Operating System is: Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (Windows XP Professional Version 5.1, Build 2600, Service Pack 3). My CPU is a 3.40 GHz Intel Pentium 4 Processor Chip with Hyper-Threading. I also have an ATI Radeon X700 Pro PCI-Express Graphics Card (256 MB GDDR3 Memory) with ATI Catalyst Control Center 9.3 installed. I have 2.560 GB of Usable DIMM Installed Memory and a 144 GB hard drive with 24% free space left. None of the hardware is new, and BIOS and all Microsoft Security and Software Updates, etc., are up to date. I have not made any BIOS updates in a few years now, but it is still the most up-to-date BIOS version available for my PC (HP BIOS Version 3.28). The ATI Graphics Card was installed into the machine by the Geek Squad when I bought it at Best Buy way back in 2004. I changed the CPU myself from a 2.80 GHz to a 3.40 GHz chip over four years ago. I also installed an after-market Bestec-equivalent 550-Watt Power Supply (Model ATX-300-12Z-550-24P) about two years ago after we had a local power failure with no problems ever since the installation. I am running ZoneAlarm Free Edition Firewall with the Windows Firewall disabled. I am also running AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.901, Spy Sweeper for MSN Version, Microsoft Windows Defender Version 1.1.1593.0, Lavasoft Ad-Aware Free Edition 9.0.6, and Spybot Search & Destroy Free Edit... Read more

A:I Have To Reset My Windows XP Computer Several Times Before It Finally Boots!

i realise that you don't want to switch off the pc at the moment. As it is running, can you check in event viewer and see if there are any error messages. Now, I realise you said that the pc starts to a black screen and "doesn't get to the BIOS screen". When you have tried booting, did you try to get to the BIOS by pressing the relevant key (may be F2, ESC or DEL) just to see if you could get there; did you try pressing F8 to get to safe mode. also do you have the OS disk.

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I have a Dell Dimension 8300 running XP (Intel Pentium 4 cpu at 3.00GHz, SP3, 1.5 Gb Ram, 80 Gb hard drive, CD-ROM drive, floppy, NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200) which is over 8 years old. I know the time is approaching to purchase a newer computer, but this one still runs great and does everything we need to do and more. I am one for fixing things (our society is way too disposable) if I can when a problem arises. We received a large number of pictures from a family event from our photographer, many of which were on Dropbox. In downloading Dropbox and when looking at these pictures I noticed that the computer was responding quite slowly. The original 80 Gb hard drive was getting filled, especially from pictures, and had about 10 Gb to spare. For both increased storage needs and because it was older, I thought it best to add a second hard drive. I installed a Western Digital WD2500JB (250 Gb) IDE drive as the primary drive, and kept the original 80 Gb drive as the secondary. In addtion, some dvds with pictures from our photographer (which I first thought were cds) wouldn&#8217;t play in the cd rw drive that came with the computer. Imagine a cd drive that wouldn&#8217;t play dvds! So I realized it was time to upgrade to a dvd drive. I installed an Asus DRW-24B1ST Sata drive. And while I was at it, I decided to increase the Ram from 1.5 Gb to the maximum 4 Gb (which may have been more than I needed, but the Ram was cheap enough). I installed the memory recommended for the compu... Read more

A:Windows XP random freezing problem--finally solved

Hi, Here is part of the support site information for your computer, I have taken a small excerpt from their Owner's Manual about replacing RAM modules:

(You can go to the site using that link in the webquote, it is clickable, the manual requires a .PDF file viewer such as Adobe Acrobat Reader that you probably have installed on our computers to handle .PDF files. The entire manual can be saved and downloaded to a computer by clicking the icon next to the small printer Icon at top right of the manual page)

Dell maintains extensive support information for their machines so if you need anything else, it is reached by typing in the Dell service Tag #ID found on the label or tag usually on the side, or rear of a Dell tower.

See "Adding Memory" begins on Page 87 in that manual. Also see page 88 for a diagram that shows how the modules must be situated.....(as you found out)

Dell Dimension 8300 Owner's Manual
Adding Memory
You can increase your computer memory by
installing memory modules on the system
board. For information on the type of memo
ry supported by your computer, see "Memory"
on page 102.
DDR 333 memory operates at 320-MHz when
used with an 800-MHz front-side bus.
DDR Memory Overview
DDR memory modules should be instal... Read more

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