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"Windows 10: Finally a decent Windows first release", via ZDNet

Q: "Windows 10: Finally a decent Windows first release", via ZDNet

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

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I 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.)


These release notes address critical late-breaking issues and information about this beta release of the Windows? 7 operating system. For less serious issues, refer to Things to Know About This Beta Release of Windows 7 (Download details: Release Documents for this Beta Release of Windows 7). Unless otherwise specified, these notes apply to all editions of Windows 7 that support the features mentioned in each note.

Microsoft? Narrator does not read information from the command line properly. This issue may also affect non-Microsoft screen reader applications.

To correct this, always run the command prompt with administrator privileges.

Apple iTunes

This issue only applies to 64-bit editions of Windows 7.

If you attempt to download and install Apple iTunes, the 32-bit version will be installed instead of the 64-bit version. This will prevent syncing with iPhone.

To avoid this, install the 64-bit version from the following location: iTunes 8.0.2 for Windows Vista 64-bit.

When you attempt to restore files backed up from a Windows 7 computer to a Windows Vista? computer using the Restore wizard on the Windows Vista computer, the restoration fails.

To work around this, in the location where the backup file is stored, locate the Mediaid.bin file, which is in inside a directory that has the same name as the computer. Move the Mediaid.bin file up one level, so that it is at the same level as the directory with the same name as the comp... Read more

A:Release Notes: Important Issues in This Beta Release of Windows 7

Thanks DA,

Excelent post

Everyone should read this info so have made thread sticky

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I currently have Windows 8 Release Preview, it is my main OS. I have many programs,files,settings,etc.

My question is when the final version of Windows 8 comes out will I be able to upgrade to that version from my current version (Windows 8 Release Preview). What I mean by upgrade is not doing a clean install and having everything put into the windows.old folder.

Thank You.

A:Windows 8 Release Preview -> Windows 8 Final Release.

some minor hints that it won't work, nothing concrete though sorry.

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It's July 29. The Windows 10 rollout officially has begun.july29.jpgWindows Insiders are getting the final (Build 10240) bits and a bunch of recent updates and fixes downloaded to their PCs starting today. It may still take weeks for everyone who has "reserved a copy" of Windows 10 to get it, Microsoft officials have warned. My ZDNet colleague Ed Bott has a helpful Windows 10 frequently asked questions (FAQ) post worth checking out.But that's not the only thing happening today. What else is going on?It's July 29. Do you know where your Windows 10 (and Office Mobile) bits are?

A:"It's July 29. Do you know where your Windows 10 ([...]) bits are?", ZDNet

I don't care, I have a crappy 5mb DSL connection and yet my PC just completed the upgrade process from Windows 7 in around 45 minutes.

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Here's another reason to upgrade that old Windows XP PC: Microsoft has now stopped providing antivirus signatures for the out-of-support operating system.Even after support for the venerable OS ended in April last year, Microsoft continued to provide its malicious software removal tool and updates to Microsoft Security Essentials - that is, until yesterday.It has not been possible to download Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP since the end of support, but PCs with it already installed have been receiving anti-malware signature updates for the last 16 months. Because the malicious software removal tool is connected with the company's anti-malware engine and signatures, that has also remained working.Windows XP security just got worse again

A:"Windows XP security just got worse again", via ZDNet

Yes, indeed. All the companies that still run Windows XP, especially if they have a peer-to-peer network, should definitely upgrade.

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Hello Members, just a quick question please
Will i be able to upgrade from Windows 8 Release Preview, to the Windows 8 final release, and when i mean the term upgrade, i'm talking any programs,files and settings i may have installed while using the Win 8 'Release Preview'.

I have searched this forum, aswell as other forums, i've also look at the Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview 'frequently asked questions', but can't find clarity to this specific answer, does anyone know the answer please?

I havn't installed Win8 RP to my computer (Dell Inspiron 2320) a yet, so this issues what's holding me back.

Also what runs better, a Windows 7 to Windows 8 upgrade install (same drive partition)?, or, a dual boot with Windows 7 on it's original partition and Windows 8 on it own partition but still on the same hard drive, the reason i asked is that i gather in creating a new partition for Windows 8, the Windows 7 partition need to be compacted down, is there a performance impact to either OS?

Any info, or opinions would be great.


A:Will i be able to upgrade Windows 8 Release Prev to the final release

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Once the finished retail product is available when launched you would need to perform a clean install as with any previous version of Windows. The backup tools however may allow you to preserve and restore user files and settings without too much problem.

The final details in the "pudding" so to speak will be known once the RTM(Release To Manufacturers) is seen. Clean installs are always the preferred option over upgrading over a previous version which can often carry some problems along with the upgrade.

With the Windows Easy Transfer option with 7 once all programs were back on a clean install the restoration of the backup made with that option was found to restore the files and settings with 7. I expect the same should be seen with 8 as well.

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Microsoft is once again bundling Solitaire with Windows, but if you want an ad-free experience then that's going to cost you.The app in question is the Microsoft Solitaire app, and as first reported by PC World, the app prompts users to "upgrade" to the premium version for $1.49 a month (or $9.99 a year) to remove the ads and get some "coins" and "power boosts."Want to remove the ads from Solitaire in Windows 10? That'll be $1.49 a monthI can feel the complaints coming in from here already.

A:"Want to remove the ads from Solitaire in Windows 10? $1.49 a month", ZDNet

Windows as a service   Plenty of free alternatives including the one from XP and Windows 7.

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The next version of Windows, which will start arriving tomorrow, won't do a couple of the things that you'd normally expect a new operating system to do as standard.It won't immediately make Microsoft a lot of money from licences because it's going to be a free download for the majority of consumers. And it won't provide a much-needed shot in the arm for PC sales either, because many existing PCs will be able to run it, sparing consumers the need to buy a new machine to use the new OS. Windows 10 is the clearest illustration yet of how much the business model around Windows has changed in just a few years.Windows 10 will win yesterday's battle, but what about tomorrow's war?

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The Google Chrome Internet browser has just advanced to version 37.0.2062.120 and packs a few minor features, a Flash update, and some bug fixes.

Interestingly enough, the Google Chrome devs didn't move the version number to 38, as everyone was expecting. The reason for this decision might have something to do with the latest security fixes. It's possible that the developers chose not to wait until the 38.x stable branch was ready and pushed another update in the stable branch instead.

Google Chrome 37 Stable Release Finally Fixes Annoying Website Rendering Issues

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The Google Chrome Internet browser has just advanced to version 37.0.2062.120 and packs a few minor features, a Flash update, and some bug fixes.

Interestingly enough, the Google Chrome devs didn't move the version number to 38, as everyone was expecting. The reason for this decision might have something to do with the latest security fixes. It's possible that the developers chose not to wait until the 38.x stable branch was ready and pushed another update in the stable branch instead.

Google Chrome 37 Stable Release Finally Fixes Annoying Website Rendering Issues

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You can put your tinfoil hats away now.Two weeks ahead of the global launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has finalized the terms of its license agreements for the new operating system. I've had several days to study the documents in detail, and I can report that there are no surprises, no gotchas, and no hidden subscription traps waiting to be sprung in two or three or four years.Sorry to disappoint you, conspiracy theorists.Microsoft has consistently said that its new "Windows as a service" model doesn't change the basic licensing terms for Windows. Based on these documents, that's still true.Microsoft releases new license terms for Windows 10: Biggest surprise? No gotchas

A:"Microsoft releases new license terms for Windows 10 ...", via ZDNet

Been trying to tell y'all over & over... in spite of all the (fiction) novels being written.

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When Microsoft starts rolling out Windows 10 on July 29, it won't be holding a single news-focused centralized launch or a webcast chock full of PowerPoint slides.Instead, Microsoft plans to play up "the newest generation of Windows fans," via a global advertising and online-marketing campaign, officials said on July 13.On July 29, Microsoft will host a number of fan celebrations primarily for its 5 million Windows Insiders in 13 cities around the world, including Sydney, Beijing, Tokyo, Sao Paolo, London, Berlin, Madrid, Singapore, Johannesburg, Nairobi, New Delhi, Dubai and New York City. At these events, there will be hands-on opportunities, demos, entertainments and "opportunities to meet the Windows team," company officials said.Microsoft also will kick off the launch of Windows 10 in more than 110 Microsoft Stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico on the 29th, with in-store events designed to help customers upgrade to Windows 10.Microsoft plans a fan-focused Windows 10 launch kick-off

A:"Microsoft plans a fan-focused Windows 10 launch kick-off", via ZDNet

I can't wait! It's coming out after I come back from Oregon.

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Microsoft is working on Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, a new service aimed at enterprises for detecting and responding to advanced attacks.The client piece of the service will be built into Windows 10, and will be available soon to Windows Insiders as part of a "Redstone" preview test build, officials said.Microsoft already offers an antivirus service called Windows Defender. It originally was a free download for Windows XP, and is currently built into Windows 10.Source: http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-unveils-new-windows-10-threat-protection-service/

A:"Microsoft unveils new Windows 10 threat protection service", via ZDNet

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection is powered by a combination of Windows behavioral sensors, cloud based security analytics, threat intelligence, and by tapping into Microsoft’s intelligent security graph. This immense security graph provides big-data security analytics that look across aggregate behaviors to identify anomalies – informed by anonymous information from over 1 billion Windows devices, 2.5 trillion indexed URLs on the Web, 600 million reputation look-ups online, and over 1 million suspicious files detonated every day.


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It's been a bad week for conspiracy theorists. As the Windows 10 launch nears, Microsoft is clearing up loose ends. Today's announcement of a 10-year support commitment for Windows 10 should remove one persistent bit of FUD from the discussion.With the global launch of Windows 10 less than two weeks away, Microsoft's lawyers and business managers are finishing the pieces of the puzzle that don't involve code.Earlier this week, Microsoft published its license terms for Windows 10. Today, the company updated its support lifecycle policy for the new OS. In the process, they've cleared up the confusion over a phrase that defines the new Windows 10 servicing model.Microsoft commits to 10-year support lifecycle for Windows 10Yet another article that clears about a lot of conspiracie theories. It should calm down the allegations going around that section quite a bit.

A:"Microsoft commits to 10-year support lifecycle for Windows 10", via ZDNet

Really?  Yeah, then run winver.exe see the EULA yourself.  NOTHING of that is in it.  Ed Bott didn't even know where the EULA was.  But you just run winver.exe on your machine, see for yourself.  The version is no longer 'preview'.  But activated.
EDIT: he finally gave the address as Windows\System32\Licenses -- a bad answer, because that's only AFTER agreeing to the installation.  Not published or easily readable, PRE installation.
You've no idea how little trust in MSFT remains.  It's not me personally griping about this.  I'm taking on the 'character' of the thing in general to dramatise it.  But the deafness at MSFT goes on, and people are getting so tired, even a 'free' offer is distrusted. Does that tell you anything?
But oh, the valid and DOCUMENTED complaints get the reply, 'oh, you're just an MSFT hater!'  Or publicly accused of wearing a tinfoil hat.  Really?  It's an old adage that someone replies with an insult, only when he can't refute.
So a good EULA is key.  And it's not there.

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The notorious Dyre banking malware has been updated to take on Windows 10 machines and hook its claws into the Edge browser.Dyre, also known as Dyreza, appeared on the cybercrime scene in July 2014 and has quickly gained a reputation as a nasty piece of malware that aims to steal credentials.It's been found to target Salesforce users and banking customers, and more recently was discovered to have been adapted to steal credentials from a range of supply-chain businesses, including fulfilment and warehousing, inventory-management software vendors and wholesale computer distributors.Security firm Heimdal has reported that the malware -- sold as a cybercrime-for-hire service -- has now been updated to support the targeting of Windows 10 and its Edge browser.Source: Dyre banking malware: Windows 10 and Edge browser now targetsOther articles:Security Alert: New Dyreza variant supports Windows 10 & Edge

A:"Dyre banking malware: Windows 10 and Edge browser now targets", ZDNet

Perfect reason to do banking on a live linux disk and go directly to the banking site. 
The OS is only as secure as the person using it. Don't click emails from Uncle Fred that only contains a link or attachment.

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

Carey Frisch

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

Carey Frisch

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

Carey Frisch

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

Carey Frisch

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

Carey Frisch

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

Carey Frisch

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

Carey Frisch

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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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I've always found KVMs pretty much essential, however, I have issues with them getting unresponsive. I want to upgrade from my VGA KM to a DVI one, I need 4 ports, and I want one that works well with Windows 7.

Does anybody have anything positive or negative to say about any product out there? I've been looking at Avocent but they seem to have mixed reviews.

A:Can anybody recommend a decent DVI KVM for Windows 7?

Aten are the best
I have a 4 port dvI and it is great

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I have an HP Pavilion laptop that came with Windows 8 pre-installed. I upgraded it to Windows 8.1 a few months after purchase.

Early last year I installed Windows 10 Preview during the beta period and am still running the preview version, slow ring.

I would like to clean install Windows 10 Release version (before the free upgrade perion ends) and am wondering if it will work with the Windows 8 Key stored in the HP Bios, or is that key invalidated by the Windows 8.1 upgrade? Can I retrieve my Windows 8 or 8.1 key somehow?

Just trying to clarify how to proceed and be able to activate the Windows 10 Release. (I recently installed Windows 10 on my desktop PC, and just used my Windows 8.1 key that had been installed on that desktop system during the clean install of 10, and that worked perfectly.)

Thanks for any info.

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I downloaded windows 8 release preview and some things dont work i.e softwars downloaded programs and was going to reinstaill windows 7 but i didnt back it up or i have no disc or any disc that came with my computer and when i bought the computer(new from store) it had windows 7 on it. i must have wiped windows 7 when downloading windows 8 and i have no idea what to do or get windows 7 instailled with out buying the windows 7 disc because i did already buy it and just so happen to uninstaill it .....Any ideas? Thanks!

A:Lost windows 7, instailled windows 8 release preview

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Just a general question. what antivirus can i download in windows 8 that will not crash my system. i have heard of 2 that have crashed windows 8 systems so far, mse and avast.Edit: Moved topic from Windows 8 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:Decent free antiviruses for windows 8

Hi -
Just a quick FYI - MSE is already Pre-installed on every Windows 8 system.
It is an Upgraded version, and it is called "Defender" (this is not an extra / add-on)
Avast! is often installed on Windows 8, and it will "Auto disable" Defender if you install it.
Thank You -

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Anyone know of any? Thought I'd ask before downloading some random program.

A:Decent free antivirus sw for windows 98

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I'm right now perusing the Windows Store, and it so far, it seems like roughly 7-10 apps are uploaded per day. Pretty good I'd say.

A new development I've noticed is that there are more Desktop apps, which isn't anything new, but what is new is that they're treated like the metro apps where there are screenshots, details, and reviews. You still have to go to the developer's site to download and install, but before, that was the ONLY place you can find details, or reviews was on the site and not the Store. Very good!

Overall, some of the apps are pretty cool, some are weird and pointless.

A:The Windows Store is pretty decent!

I never bothered with it before, but now that I have the RTM
running, I've had a bit of a look at it, although not in detail.

Looks OK so far....

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ok so first off here is my computer specs

mobo asus p8 z77-v LX
intel i5-3570k quad core cpu
16 GB ram ( 2 set of 2 4gb sticks )
win7 64bit
ati hd 5450

i started without the ssd nor the gpu, preformance all around windows was laggy
about each window has to hang a bit

i thought it was a hdd problem so i got an ssd, no use
i thought it was a ram problem so i ran memtest86, everything is fine
i thought i had the cpu intalled in correctly, was fine aswell

what might be causing this ? i am going crazy over here ?!
can it be the mobo chipset ?

A:super slow windows, on very decent pc

It could be a faulty installation. Did you do a fresh install when you moved over to the SSD? Otherwise it might be a driver issue, or you might have some faulty hardware somewhere.

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So I currently have an NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT graphics card, it it works pretty well for the games I play. However, Sonic Generations (a game I purchased through a Steam game sale), runs slowly and gets anywhere from 18-11 frames per second. Even on it's lowest quality settings and lowest resolution (720 x 480 @ 29Hz) it's still a tad slow.

Any suggestions on an upgrade? I have a budget...I mean, I'm a college student, after all...

A:Decent Graphics Card for Gaming on Windows 8?

Two things:

You might get more responses if you gave a budget for the card.

Your 300W power supply is a bit weak for most significant upgrades. For example, Sapphire (www.sapphiretech.com) requires a 400W PSU for their cards that don't use any auxiliary PCI-E power connectors. If you need to swap the PSU, stay with the respected manufacturers (Antec, Corsair, Seasonic are usually recommended, but there are others.)

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I'm looking to get a USB microphone for my Win 7 64 bit system.

The couple I have found, the reviews indicate they are very poor, to not even working on Windows 7 64bit. The most common found is the Logitech one, and it has great reveiws...except when on Win 7 64bit.

Not wanting to get too expensive, but not necessarily cheap.

Anyone have any recommendations?

A:Suggest a decent USB Microphone -> Windows 7 64bit...

If you want to get quality, don't get USB, get 3.5mm so it takes advantage of your integrated audio, if you want to record with quality, I wouldn't go USB.
However if you want it for skype calls and things of the like, I have a cheap USB headset from a brand called gigaware, it's certified for skype, and it only costs around 15 dollars, I've had two pairs, they are very comfortable, and the speaker quality is good, and the microphone is fantastic for it's price really.

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

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

Just thought I would pass on my thoughts.

A:I finally gave in to Windows 8.1

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

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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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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, I'm having a very annoying problem with my computer and hope someone can help me.

Basically, if I turn my computer off, if I turn it back on it wont boot unless it's been turned off/unplugged for (usually) at least an hour and a half/two hours. What happens when I turn it on within that time, is my monitor just says "No Signal" and the light stays orange instead of blue like it should be. The computer still sounds like it's coming on, but nothing goes through to the monitor.

It used to happen occasionally when I tried to resume from sleep or hibernate mode, but now it seems to happen any time I turn it off. When I turn it off at night, it's always alright when I turn it on the next day (touch wood), so it seems to need a rest of a specific length for some reason.

Does anyone know what might be causing this? Thanks!

A:Windows wont boot unless it's been off for a decent amount of time

Is this a HP computer? Try turning it off and then unplug the power, hold in the power button for 15 seconds. Plug back in and start up the computer. Does it boot normally?

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According to my Windows Experience Evaluation, my GeForce 6200 is decent for "gaming graphics" (got a 3.2), but not so much for "graphics", which got me a 2.8. Because of this, games run kinda well, but unless I turn off all the visual effects of Aero my PC runs soo slow (it can't be CPU, I have an Intel Pentium of 3Ghz, and I recently found out it's dual core; I only have 1GB of RAM, but I have many pendrives plugged for ReadyBoost. It has to be the graphics card). I went to check the details of the Experience Evaluation thing, and here's what it says about my card:

Monitor adapter type: NVIDIA GeForce 6200
Total graphics memory avaliable: 767 MB
Graphics dedicated memory: 512 MB
System dedicated memory: 0 MB
Shared system memory: 255 MB
Display adapter driver version:
Primary monitor resolution: 1440x900
DirectX version: DirectX 9.0 or subsequent
(this was google translated from Spanish, so it not be exactly the same as the English Experience Evaluation)

Is there anything I can do to make Aero on Win7 run more smoothly?

A:GeForce 6200, decent for games but bad for Windows Aero?

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I want to buy a mini laptop to my kid ( age 9) for watching movies and browisng internet , netflix and some not so intensive games. I see a deal on ebay, but not sure of 1 GB Ram is sufficient for decent speed. Unfortunately, I can't increase the RAM either. Wants a expert opinion.

Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Starter

Processor: Intel Atom Processor N455

Processor Speed: 1.66GHz

Processor Cache: 512KB L2

BUS Speed: 667Mhz FSB

Memory: 1GB DDR3 System Memory (1 DIMM) MAX Supported = 1GB

Accessible Memory Slots: 1

Appreciate any alternatives.

A:is 1 GB RAM good enough for decent speed for Windows 7 starter mini

I'd say 1GB is okay for Windows 7 Starter, but for any other edition 2GB would be much preferred.

What I'm more worried about is whether the Atom CPU is powerful enough for movie playback, including Netflix. I would definitely expect problems with HD movies (720p or 1080p resolutions, files encoded with H.264 or VC1).

A "full-size" laptop might be a better option than a netbook. A low-to-mid range model should do just fine here.

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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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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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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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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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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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I need a decent bitmap printer driver for windows xp sp2. AKA a printer driver that outputs a bitmap image file at a specified resolution, size and color depth.

My parents run a custom artwork/poetry business in the malls and have finally gotten their software to function under windows XP (man was that a pain)

Now the only problem left is getting a bitmap printer driver working on the system, I have tried a few and most suck, they either are incompatible with their existing software (no port found) or like to crash.

I am curious if anything somewhat robust like Superprints bitmap printer driver (made for windows 9x) exists for windows XP?

I am not looking to spend hundreds of dollars but I also feel something so simple should also work correctly without major instability or compatibility problems.

Any ideas what bitmap printer drivers would be the most economical but also stable?

And if you are wondering I need the bitmap function so I can scale the writing and artwork to any size I need or photoshop output, since the program itself has not and never will offer such functions.


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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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