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My Computer was upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 without my permission. How can I change it back to Windows 7?

Q: My Computer was upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 without my permission. How can I change it back to Windows 7?

I do not like nor understand Windows 10. Please help me!

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Preferred Solution: My Computer was upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 without my permission. How can I change it back to Windows 7?

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.)


I had purchased Dell Inspiron 13" 7348 2-in-1 Laptop while in Japan. It came with Japanese Single Language Windows 8.1. Eventually I changed it to English by downloading English Language Pack.
Using Free Windows 10 upgrade by Microsoft, the laptop is upgraded, however it fails to change the base language to English.
Can someone help? 

A:Inspiron Laptop with Windows 8.1 Upgraded to Windows 10 can not change base language to English

Hello pmorwale,
I assume you've tried to follow Microsoft's directions?

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Recently I installed the Windows 10 update.  I then asked a technician to restore Windows 7.  After completing the process he claimed the harddrive had "bad sectors" and lost all the personal files for 2015.  It was strange that what he recovered matched what was on the back-up in the computer and my external harddrive.  Does this make any sense?  As a photographer over 10,000 photos were lost!

A:Recently I upgraded to Windows 10 and then decided to go back to Windows 7.

Well...I would ask these questions of "the technician"...so that I could understand just what steps were taken and why.
And...how is it that "the technician" made a "recovery" that doesn't include data files on the system?
If a clean install took place to install Win 7 anew...or a restore-to-factory-defaults...then it's possible that they desired files were overwritten by "the technician".
There is data-recovery software that any user can try...but before I tried such, I would want to know a lot more than you have posted here.
System manufacturer and model?

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I have a Dell Inspiron laptop (c. 2009) that had Windows 7 Home Premium on it. A couple months ago, I did the free upgrade to Windows 10 after continually getting prompted by Windows. Big surprise, my computer is not compatible, and therefore I can't see
anything on the monitor without plugging it into the TV via a HDMI cable, the "Start" button at the bottom left corner doesn't work, etc. It would also not let me go back to Windows 7 within the 30 days period. The laptop works perfectly fine minus
Windows 10 have screwed it up.

After talking to Dell support, they said Windows 7 needed to be reinstalled via a DVD. My friend had an original, unopened Dell reinstallation DVD with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. When I try to do the reinstall, I choose "look for updates,"
and when it is in the "Setup is copying temporary files" first part of the install, the Unexpected error message with error code 0X6 telling to restart install pops up. I have tried multiple times, and I continually get the same error message.

Please help!

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I need permission in C:/windows (the entire windows folder) So that i can remove notepad.exe and put in notepad++.exe

It also needs to be done inside the /windows/system32 folder thats why i need permission to the entire windows folder.

A:Change permission in C:/windows

try the take ownership.
read this.

Take Ownership of file

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My problem is that one time(which was today) I was messing around with my Themes and decided to check out the Windows 7 Basic and Classic theme, from that point on I couldn't change back to Windows 7 Aero mode ! I also deleted all the Windows 7 basic,classic and the high contrast themes out of frustration because I am trying to fix this problem for a whole day and nothing helped ! So Please Help Me !

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Hi, I came into possession of a quite powerful, but last-gen, PC that came installed with Windows XP Pro OEM. Now at the moment I can't afford to upgrade all the internal parts so I chucked in a new graphics card to help it along and I upgraded it to Windows 8 Pro. My question is, in the future when I can afford proper upgrades will I be able to change the motherboard? I know that with XP OEM that was not allowed, but now it's been upgraded to Windows 8 is it allowed or is it still forbidden?

A:Upgraded to Windows 8, can I change the motherboard?

Hello Spinner, and welcome to Eight Forums.

A Windows 8 Pro upgrade copy uses a retail key, so yes you will be able to install it on any computer/motherboard you like so long as it's uninstalled from any others first.

Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

Hope this helps,

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I'm trying to run an .exe. I am the admin of my windows 7 32 bit computer and i have full permissions to all files, folders, etc. I have never encountered a file that will not allow me to change its permissions. I get the standard "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access this item." error when i try to open the file. I have tried editing the security permissions in the files properties, but i am not allowed to because "You do not have permission to view or edit this object's permission settings." I've also tried downloading "GrantAdminFullControl.reg" from "http://www.mydigitallife.info/take-and-? It edits the registry and adds a "Grant Full Admin Control" command to the right click bar for files and folders. it does successfully change permissions to all files and folders EXCEPT the particular .exe that needs to be changed. it gives me an "ERROR: access is denied" in cmd when I try. I need to force this permission to change as this program is vital for me to complete my work. Windows is being completely ridiculous! Please help.

A:Windows 7 force permission change?

Have you tied right click on the .exe file and selecting "Run as Administrator"?

Also try this How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP
It is for Xp but it will work in Windows 7 as well.

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I'm brand new to these types of sites but i really need the help.
I have a Dell Inspiron mini 1018. I got it as a gift from a friend that moved away.
It originally had windows 7 starter on it, and he partitioned it with Ubuuntu. I didn't know how to get that off so i tried something that was referred to me by something i read, and then it went black. No way to boot it, nothing. So I got a Windows 7 disk (Premium) and loaded that on it. Now, this netbook has no cd/dvd drive, so i had to do this all by flash drive. Well, it worked. But now it is so slow, among other things, and the disk drive is like this. 1st partition - 100 mb and it's OEM -/ 2nd partition - recovery 9.77 gb ntfs / 3rd partition - OS (c) 162.05 gb ntfs / 4th partition - 59.98 gb / and the 5th partition - 101.2 mb / and all say primary except the one with C., which says System, Boot, Page File, Active, Crash Dump.
OK, so,,do i need all these partitions, and if not, how do i change them. And let's not forget on seeing if i can get the OS back to Windows 7 starter. I know it HAS to be on there somewhere.
Thanks for any help i can get.

A:How do i change my Windows 7 Premium back to Windows 7 starter?

Do you have a Premium Product key? If not is the Starter key still readable on COA sticker?

Unfortunately once you reinstall to C you lose the hotlink to Dell Factory Recovery. You can possible try to resurrect the link with a Dual Boot to the Recovery partition using Problem with my partner's Advent Roma 1001 laptop.. OEM SLP..

But the factory preinstall is an inferior install to begin with. Better to do a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which has everything needed including the latest official installer, tool to unlock all versions in it, and tool to burn to DVD or flash stick.

Feel free to ask back any questions as you go. Pay close attention to how drivers are handled in Win7 as it is a driver-complete OS and not at all like XP.

Read the Special Note to Dell Owners so you can test if the bootable hardware diagnostics will still run as if not you can delete all partitions during the booted install as shown. If they boot and run then delete all but the OEM tools partition. Let us see your Disk Mgmt to decide

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I upgraded ti windows 10 from 7 home premium and do not like it.  This pc is old and I will have to replace it very soon so for the short time I have left to use it I would prefer to just keep it on Windows 7 home premium.  I tried it myself but it seems like only part of Win 10 reverted back cause I ha ve some Win 10 & some Win 7.  Pc is laptop g7 with wireless internet

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I have been working with programs such as Blender 3d recently which conflict with my security settings. I have been getting permission denied for saving files and doing other functions in these programs. I found out how to disable the administrator setting by going in command prompt and typing "net user administrator /active no" and how to keep the computer from constantly bringing up warnings asking me to allow a change to my computer by going in user account settings and sliding the slider to zero. It seemed to be working untill I took the slider back up so that I could have some security enabled while on the internet, and then even when I took the slider back down it was still the way it was before, not letting me save my files on some programs and bringing up messages asking me to allow myself to run a program I had clicked on. I tried bringing up the command prompt and re-disabling the administrator setting and also made sure the slider was down all the way, to no effect. I was trying to do a system restore to restore whatever is screwing this up, but an error comes up everytime telling me it can't access a file possibly because of antivirus being on, even though I already turned all the security features off. Any way I could have missed something that I did right the first time but not the second?

A:cannot change security/permission settings in windows 7

Right click => Properties => Security => Advanced => Owner => Take Ownership => Click your user name => Then Select the box that says "Replace Owners on subcontainers and objects"

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I know how I'm supposed to do it, but my "change background" page looks like Vista's and not what all the pictures of Windows 7 have shown me it's supposed to look like. As a result, the option to pick photos for a "picture library" isn't there and whenever I do select a photo, clicking the "ok" button or even "cancel" doesn't do anything.

Note: If I pick one of the preset themes like "Architecture", etc. it will change the background and do a slideshow accordingly. I just can't create my own or change to anything aside from the default themes.

Other things to note, I have an HP Pavilion dv6871 which HP did not choose to release updated Windows 7 drivers for, so I assume that is the likely culprit. Heard of this problem before and any tips? Thank you for any replies.

A:Just upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium, can't change desktop background

Click on the browse button and then navigate to the folder containing your pictures then click on OK.

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I like to change files/folders ownership and permission to read or modify the content of folders/files (include system volume information). Now I want to reset permission of each files and folders is there a method because I don't want to refresh or reset my PC or delete any files?

A:Change permission back to default

Originally Posted by windows8use

I like to change files/folders ownership and permission to read or modify the content of folders/files (include system volume information). Now I want to reset permission of each files and folders is there a method because I don't want to refresh or reset my PC or delete any files?

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I upgraded from windows 7 to windows 8 pro. Now my windows mail won't send or receive emails. I have deleted my email accounts and have started from scratch but no luck. I have also rang my email provider and the reset my password, reset my i.p and they didn't have any luck also. Can anyone help??

A:Upgraded windows 7 to windows 8 pro,windows mail won't send/receive

Unable to send or receive messages for the Aztecdesign (phillip) account. The connection to the server has failed.
Server: 'mail.aztecdesign.com.au'
Windows Live Mail Error ID: 0x800CCC0E
Protocol: POP3
Port: 110
Secure(SSL): No
Socket Error: 10013

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I didn't like the way windows was for example when pressing start then something else the menu would build-up I'd rather it went from left to right. Anyways I downloaded something to make the layout look like XP I then saved the page in a favourite but when it changed over my favourites were changed to program so I lost the page. Would anyone know how I could go back?

Is there anyway to change the way the menu acts?

Sorry if it doesn't make sense up ages trying to figure this out!!

A:Change back to look like windows 7?

Quote: Originally Posted by joebhoy

I didn't like the way windows was for example when pressing start then something else the menu would build-up I'd rather it went from left to right. Anyways I downloaded something to make the layout look like XP I then saved the page in a favourite but when it changed over my favourites were changed to program so I lost the page. Would anyone know how I could go back?

Is there anyway to change the way the menu acts?

Sorry if it doesn't make sense up ages trying to figure this out!!

If you had a backup you could restore from it.

You could do a repair install.

You could use a recovery program like recuva to attempt to recover the lost data.

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I upgraded my computer to windows 10 from windows 7
I believe I have a virus or trojan from the reimage site
what is my first step to remove this virus or at least check for virus
Computer is crashing from my wireless internet connection and working really slow
also curser is doing weird things when I try to email
cheers rick

A:computer upgraded to windows 10

To start off with; I dont think you have a virus it sound more like a driiver problem or something simple but to double check please use this tool from Norton
"Norton Bootable Recovery Tool​"
​I have it and it works great
install it on the PC then make a USB Flash Drive recovery drive with it; boot your PC to the flash drive and then scan for virus's make sure your PC is online when you scan it.
It should come back clean if it does not it will clean the PC of bad stuff.
whether or not your infected I recommend "Norton Security"
its a really great antivirus I have had it for years and have never been infected with bad stuff.
Please let me know what the scan comes up with and we will go from there.

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Computer display keeps changing sizes, runs slow , and keeps timing out of internet.. am I infected by a virus and what are my first steps to resolve the problem

A:computer upgraded to windows 10

Welcome aboard   Download Security Check from here or here and save it to your Desktop. Double-click SecurityCheck.exe Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.NOTE 1. If one of your security applications (e.g., third-party firewall) requests permission to allow DIG.EXE access the Internet, allow it to do so.NOTE 2. SecurityCheck may produce some false warning(s), so leave the results reading to me.NOTE 3. If you receive UNSUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM! ABORTED! message restart computer and Security Check should run Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action CenterWindows UpdateWindows DefenderOther ServicesPress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply. Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (do NOT change any settings here)List Users, Partitions and Memory sizeList Restore PointsClick Go and post the result. Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) to your desktop.NOTE. If you already have MBAM 2.0 installed scr... Read more

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About a year ago I upgraded my computer to Windows 8. This , coupled with a RAM and an HDD upgrade, made my 5 year old computer run the best that it has in a long time, and I was happy.

Windows 8.1 then came out, and I tried to update. It wouldn't let me, as I would get an error. I really wanted to upgrade as I was having some sort of issue with my Apps. They would start up, load for a few seconds, and then crash without even displaying.
The computer worked fine in Desktop mode however, so I decided to go on with my life.

Yesterday, I finally had time to try to upgrade my computer again, so I decided to do so.
It actually managed to download the whole thing, so I was excited to upgrade my computer.
I went through the upgrade process, but when it finished I noticed something strange.

My computer was running slower. Much slower.
Once the upgrade finished, I scrambled to try to figure out what could cause it to be so slow.
I tried a virus check, disc cleanup, defragmentation and care with iObit's advanced systemcare, but none of them seemed to work.

I stumbled upon an online source which said that it could be a corrupt profile issue. And indeed, I checked another user profile on my machine and it seemed to be working better, and the Windows 8 apps actually ran.

So I tried to do what they told me to: move all the files in one User folder to another and remove the old profile.

Turns out that wasn't such a great idea either.

I created a new user profile.
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A:Upgraded to Windows 8.1, ruined my computer

I suspect your first clue is in the messages you saw - 'drive error' notification. The second clue you gave me right at the start - 'made my 5 year-old computer run the best'.

In a short sentence, I suspect your HDD is giving out due to old age, and you should buy a replacement drive and do what you need to do to 'clone' your HDD onto the new drive as soon as possible.

In the meantime, take extreme measures to backup every bit of precious private data to secure removable media (if you don't do already - as you should). I would also suggest that if possible, you should stay with 8.0 until you acquire a newer PC, as there may be some incompatibilities with 8.1 on your present motherboard.

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Getting a new computer and husband will get this one. How do I go about changing the sign in so it has no 'connection' with my new one. I want him to have his own Microsoft account. Would switching to Local Account and then back to Microsoft Account let me accomplish this?

A:Upgraded Windows 10 computer going to new owner

Ya you could do that, what I would do is switch back to a Local account. Then make a new local account for your husband. Switch to that account, and then delete your former local account, but do it from the new account. Make sure you save your files old account files to the new desktop.

Remember that creating a new account brings up the Settings tile to New Users. Maker sure you add strictly a Local account with no phone number or MS account - You can create the MS account later. Don't even bother with a password, this is just for a quick setup.

Once you are logged into the new account, and before you switch make sure you assign Administrator access to it in Control Panel (Manage Another Account, Change Account Type of the new account to Admin) or else you won't be able to manage the old account.

Then Log Into the new, manage the old, delete it with the option to save all of your user data to a desktop folder. Easy Peasy.

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cannot shut down laptop...have to force it to shut down every time....after upgrade

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I had a touchscreen on my Gateway ZX series computer. It had a touchscreen and was wireless. After loading windows 8 my touch screen no longer works, my printer won't scan to computer and I can longer get to my banking information. There's other things that may be affected too but these are the main ones. Everything worked beautifully before I upgraded. I've tried troubleshooting and googled for hours. I found nothing specific to Gateway. I tried to download drivers but that failed to. I would love some help. Thanks!

A:Upgraded to Windows 8 on Gateway computer

Whenever you install an operating system you will have to install device drivers afterwards. Ideally you should check to see if compatible drivers exist before you change your operating system. If so, you can download them in advance and have them available on a USB flash drive or optical disk when you are ready. If the Gateway website does not show any Windows 8 compatible drivers for your PC, you might have to reinstall your previous OS.

Does the PC in question have an internet connection? If so, see if Windows can find drivers through the Device Manager. I don't have Windows 8 so I can't be sure of the specifics of how to do so.

When you say you failed to download drivers, what exactly do you mean?

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So basically I upgraded from windows 7 to 10 few days ago before that I had no issues. I also installed an SSD and new 16gb ram and installed OS on SSD.

I have my 144hz as my main monitor and a secondary monitor with 60hz with an HDMI cable plugged in since my gfx card only has 1 port. I never had an issue with this before but as of now I've noticed how tabs load in slowly and how they really lag when you move them I'll provide some short clips and you can see how it looks. Also videos / streams kind of lags small stutters and the video speeds up randomly it kind of looks like the computer can't keep up with the video.

https://streamable.com/3qc09 - with 60hz hdmi monitor plugged in.

https://streamable.com/6z0yh - with 60hz hdmi monitor plugged in.

https://streamable.com/qr6wu - with hdmi monitor unplugged. Only 144hz monitor plugged in.

https://streamable.com/59ey3 - with hdmi monitor unplugged. Only 144hz monitor plugged in.

At first I thought it was that I needed to install graphics drivers, adobe but I've done all that. I felt a difference when I unplugged my hdmi monitor but it still doesn't feel 100%.

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I have my computer plugged into my TV. I use HDMI connection. I find my system font a little small on my TV but i want to keep the current font size, while my desktop is switched over to my computer monitor. is there a way i can quickly and easily change windows font size? i have a feeling this will require at least a logoff. I know there are settings to change size of most things, including font, but that's too much trouble every time i switch back and forth. whatg would be really cool, would be if windows recognized my preference automatically, depending on which monitor i'm viewing.

A:quickly change windows font and back again

Make 2 themes and use Personalization to switch back and forth.
Use Option two step 7 Window Color and Appearance - Change change the size and save it as a theme Theme - Change or Save

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Currently I have Win 7 Premium installed and validated (#Key1). However,
I have purchase another license (#Key2) for my upcoming PC (which may take a while).

Can I change my current installed Win7 key to #Key2 and see whether it is genuine, then change back to #Key1 (on the same machine) without being blacklisted or anything?

The concern is since it take a while for 2nd PC, better to have a piece of mind that my second purchase is genuine as well.


A:Windows 7 - Change Product Key and Rechange Back

You should be able to call MS and talk to a CSR and get the key checked out and verified.

Where did you get the 2nd key anyways? If you got it from a reputable source it should be ok if not you can should be able to get it sorted out quick enough

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A PC tech change by mistake the windows drive C to D.
The computer can naturally not boot to Windows any more.
Using both the internal Win maintenance (as admin), or the regedit or external Mini XP I can change back the drives, but it does not persist, and always tries to reboots with the previous erroneous drives.
I used the regedit to change by:
Local Machine / System / Mounted devices, set the admin permission, and it all looks OK when assigning the new letters , no error messages, but gets back again to the faulty drives (as can be seen in DISKPART/List Volume).
Any idea?
As an alternative (a bad one) I thought I could tell Windows to start from drive D (where the system currently is) instead. How can I do it?

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Hi, I managed to apply a windows 7 theme however the back/forward buttons of the explorer did not change. How do i change these? I remember in windows xp there was a styler program, is there something similar to that for windows 7??

A:How to change the back/forward buttons of windows 7?

Hello and welcome aboard, xZephyrx
Styler does not support the windows versions above XP

So you may do one thing . If your theme download contains any file named explorerframe.dll. you may replace the default with it. But the task is not as easy as the styler did in xp, but a bit tough .

First, Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup (if there is any trouble, you may restore it easily).

Now , take ownership (Take Ownership of file - Vista Forums) of your existing explorerframe.dll (in C:\Windows\System32), rename it to something like exploreframe.old, paste the supplied one in the location, and restart your computer.

You may try it, if you dont forget the backup factor

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Hi all,

I've just installed a fresh version of Windows 8.1 that has some modified icons that I really don't like. I want the default icons back, at least the folders icon, how to change the icons back to default? Thank you.

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i cannot remember how to change my taskbar back to the un-classic version? can you help?

A:my windows 7 taskbar has changed how do i change it back?

hi ;
this link of forum seems like your problem check it :
hope that helps /good luckSystem Engineer | vNext Consulting

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When I got the computer a few months ago with XP the WinXP style was on (blue task bar etc) but i switched it to classic mode because i preferred it at the time. I had no problem switching between the two styles, until recently I decided i'd give the XP style another try. I go to display properties and appearance and change it to Windows XP style, and the screen goes gray and it says it's switching or whatever, but it just freezes up. It does it every time, i can't ctrl-alt-delete or anything. Also does the xp theme use more memory then the classic view?

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A PC tech change by mistake the windows drive C to D.
The computer can naturally not boot to Windows any more.
Using both the internal Win maintenance (as admin), or the regedit or external Mini XP I can change back the drives, but it does not persist, and always tries to reboots with the previous erroneous drives.
I used the regedit to change by:
Local Machine / System / Mounted devices, set the admin permission, and it all looks OK when assigning the new letters , no error messages, but gets back again to the faulty drives (as can be seen in DISKPART/List Volume).
Any idea?
As an alternative (a bad one) I thought I could tell Windows to start from drive D (where the system currently is) instead. How can I do it?

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After a really smooth upgrade from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 (presumably Pro), when I first boot up, I get a popup message that states "cannot find Magic-i Virtual Driver" and a button option for [OK].  I have a HP Elite Autofocus Webcam that comes with ArcSoft Magic-i...and before the upgrade, I downloaded the Magic-i-3 version of the software and it seemed to work quite well as my video chat device with SKYPE and Facebook video messaging.  Now it's not working!  Any idea how to fix this problem?

A:Windows 10 upgraded, now my computer says "cannot find Magic...

Hi @Radioman14,Welcome to the HP Support Forums! I understand that after upgrading to Windows 10, your webcam is no longer working properly. I am happy to help with this. After checking the support pages for your computer model, I found that the only specific drivers for your system are for Windows Vista. With that in mind, Windows 10 may be using mostly the built-in drivers.  Have you tried to reinstall the Arcsoft Magic software again? What operating system was the version you downloaded designed to work with? From what you  wrote it sounds as if it was working in Windows 10 at first. Was there something else added later that may have interfered with the software?  It may be a good idea to try using one of the System Restore options in this document: HP PCs - Using Microsoft System Restore (Windows 10, 8) Please let me know how that works for you, and if it does resolve your issue, please mark this post as a solution. Kudos would also be appreciated.

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I want to preface this by the saying that I have searched all over the internet and nothing that I have found and tried works. Here is an energy diagnostic. No idea what to do anymore.

Power Efficiency Diagnostics Report

Computer Name

Scan Time

Scan Duration
60 seconds

System Manufacturer
System manufacturer

System Product Name
System Product Name


BIOS Version

OS Build

Platform Role

Plugged In

Process Count

Thread Count

Report GUID
Analysis Results


Power Policy:Power Plan Personality is High Performance (Plugged In)
The current power plan personality is High Performance when the system is plugged in.

Power Policyisk idle is disabled (Plugged In)
The disk is not configured to turn off after a period of disk inactivity.

Power Policy:Minimum processor performance state is 100% (Plugged In)
The processor is not configured to automatically reduce power consumption based on activity.

Power Policy:PCI Express ASPM is disabled (Plugged In)
The current power policy for PCI Express Active State Power Management (ASPM) is configured to Off.

USB Suspend:USB Device not Entering Selective Suspend
This device did not enter the USB Selective Suspend state. Processor power management may be prevented when this USB device is not in the Selective Suspend state. Note that this issue will not prevent the system from sleeping... Read more

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I've been going rounds with this and have had no luck with my windows searches.
I have an older HP 100B all in one computer that had originally hosted a home group on it. There were 4 other computers in the house that had been members of the group. I had upgraded the system from Windows 7 pro to Windows 10 through the free upgrade path soon after the upgrade was available, but at the time I did NOT disable the homegroup prior to upgrading to win 10.
I have since been unable to remove the homegroup from the original computer and have not been able to add anything to the existing homegroup since I have lost the password for it.
I would like to find a way to remove any reference to the old homegroup so that I can create a new one on the now Windows 10 based group of computers.
What I have done so far on the original computer:
Deleted all files in the C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Roaming\PeerNetworking folder
verified that all homegroup services are set to automatic and that they are running
Deleted all homegroup credentials stored on the machine

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Is there a way to change system settings back to the Windows defaults?

To be clear, I am not writing about user settings; I am wanting to change global settings for the Windows XP operating system back to defaults.

A:Change system settings back to Windows defaults?

which settings, time zone, us of a or what?

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Hi all,

I figure this will be an easy one, but I just wanted to double check as there seems to be a lot of 95% complete info out there lol. Basically I was using the windows 10 preview long before windows 10 dropped and have kept using it and providing feedback since. I would now like to do an erase and reinstall on the drive with just a drag and drop back up restore - so I can be sure I'm providing accurate feedback on a clean install.

I just want to make sure I'm doing it the right way and not risking this finikity update licence they issued for windows 8 users. Am I right in thinking I just download the install tool from the insider program page, wipe my drive and away I go? or might this cause problems with my update licence?

Thanks in advance


A:Clean install of windows 10 preview on a computer upgraded from 8.1

First - a drag and drop back up restore is not a clean install. It is a restoration of a previously installed operating system. Second, what does you current activation screen say? Does it say it is activated with a digital license or entitlement? If it says digital license or entitlement than you are good to go to do a real clean install by booting from a Windows 10 installation USB flash drive or DVD, wiping the hard drive, and installing Windows 10 to the unallocated space.

If the Windows 10 setup asks for a product key, click the option to skip it. As long as you install the same version of Windows 10 to the same computer, it will activate automatically when it connects to the internet. If you had plain Windows 10 Home on the computer, then install plain Windows 10 Home. Do not install Single Language Edition. Do not install N edition. Do not install Pro.

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I bought a Netgear wireless router and usb adapter 2 years ago and have not had any problems connecting to the internet until I bought a new computer this week. The only thing I can figure is it has something to do with Windows 7 (my old computer ran Windows XP).

Here is what happens.
1. I plug in the adapter.
2. I connect to the internet
3. After about 30 seconds my connection drops.

Here is what I have done to-date (with no success):
1. Turned off Windows Firewall
2. When in to device properties and turned off option for Windows to turn off device for power savings mode
3. Downloaded and installed most recent driver for device.

What is so puzzling to me is that I can actually connect to the internet for a short period of time. That makes me think the router is alright. Is there something in Windows that would break the connection?

Thanks in advance for your help!

A:Internet connection dropping since I upgraded to Windows 7 Computer

Please let me know what adapter you are using.

Try using an older version of the driver to see if it fixes the problem

Make sure windows is completely updated

Repair system files: SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Does this happen with a wired connection?

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i went back to windows 7 from windows 10. I have not been able to install windows updates since then. I would like to return to windows 10

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I've seen a lot of posts about this issue but unfortunately none of the solutions offered worked for me.
I have a Sony VAIO VPC laptop, Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit.
Everything was fine until yesterday when I opened my computer and the taskbar now looks like this:

when it should look like this:

I ran the Aero troubleshooter and the report says my Desktop Window Manager is disabled. I tried turning it on in the Services window but nothing happened. It also said that the current theme doesn't support Aero, and nothing happened when I changed the theme back to the default Aero theme.

I also updated my Intel GMA 3150 driver. again, nothing's changed.

This is extremely frustrating, any help would be appreciated.

A:Windows 7 taskbar changed to basic view and won't change back

Try doing a system restore to a point before the problem started..

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Hey guys,
I'm sorry to post yet another thread about this problem, but having gone through all the ones posted (and resolved) so far, I'm convinced my laptop has developed some other problem than the ones people have listed so far.
Basically, what happened is that my Lenovo Z580 laptop (15.6 inch screen) running Windows 7 Ultimate SP1, which usually runs at a screen resolution of 1366*768 suddenly switched to 1280*800 following a system restart. There is a vertical black bar on the right side of the screen, and there is no option to increase the screen resolution beyond 1280*800 (I am currently using 1280*768, but it's still terrible). I have updated my graphics driver several times now (Generic PnP Monitor, Intel HD 4000 Graphics), but to no avail. Anyone have any idea what might be wrong with my system? Would a system restore help (the problem started after I restarted my laptop following an iTunes update)?
Any help is much appreciated!

A:Can't change screen resolution back to 1366*768 on Windows 7 Ultimate

Do you have different options available under the first tab labeled Display? Is it showing the correct type or is there something else there?
Try clicking detect and see if anything changes in the display description.
You say you installed drivers for a generic PnP display, that is not what you have. Maybe download the driver from Lenovo website for that exact laptop model.

Download Lenovo drivers here
Laptops and netbooks :: IdeaPad Z Series laptops :: IdeaPad Z580 - Lenovo Support (US)

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Hi, I am posting this post because I need help from someone who knows what to do.
I am using Windows Vista Home Premium Editon 32-bit.

I was trying to make my computer go faster by disabling the Vista look.
So I changed the Vista Theme to Windows Classic Theme, to make the computer go faster.

But after a while I didn't find the taskbar being that nice so I would like to change it back.

But when I whent into personelize the Vista Aero theme wasn't there.

Here are some pictures of what I am talking about:

As you can see the Vista Aero theme isn't on the list.

I hope someone here can help me with my problem.

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Hi, not sure if I'm in the right thread.

I upgraded my windows 7 computer to windows 10. I have an external hard drive that I am unable to open. When I connect it to the computer now, a reformatting window pops up asking to do this. Obviously, I don't want to delete the data on there as I used this drive as my backup. How can I go about opening this drive?

I checked on someone's else computer running windows 7 and my data is there, but my friend upgraded his computer to windows 10 and now I can't transfer data that way.

The hard drive is a WD Scorpio, model WD25000BEVS. Don't know if that is helpful. I am wondering if part of the issue is that I have this harddrive is from a previous laptop that ran windows vista. That computer failed bcs it was a subpar HP product. I literally baked the motherboard several times for it to work. I finally gave up and got a new computer but kept the drive. I should have reformated it but I only deleted everything but the user folder. Any help would be great.

I am wondering if part of the issue is ownership of the drive. I know that when I first used this drive I had it take ownership of the hard drive. I know this can be done in window 10, but I can't seem to ever open properties of the harddrive while its plugged in.

A:Upgraded computer to windows 10, external hard drive won't open now

Stabbing in the dark here . . . I see you have a Surface 3, so I'm really going off on a limb.

BTW, welcome to TenForums.

1. Have you rebooted the computer since you upgraded from 7 to 10?

2. Have you unplugged the drive, rebooted the computer, then plugged the drive back in?

3. I'm assuming you did an upgrade, not a clean install.

4. How is the drive connected to the computer? Is it in an enclosure or something like the Black Ice?

Worst case scenario . . . is it feasible for you to do a clean install?

I'm asking all these questions so that in the likely event I can't help, the next person who tries to help will have the information.

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Hello, How can i downgrade a laptop that came pre-installed with Windows 7?  It was automatically upgraded to Windows 10 and runs too slowly.  Microsoft will not let me download image, instead they direct me to Lenovo.  I called the Lenovo number listed in one of the posts on here, but after giving the rep my serial number, they told me to call Thinkpad support.  I thought I would check here before continuing to run around.  Thanks 

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I received this message:
Windows Vista? Ultimate cannot be upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium. You can choose to install a new copy of Windows 7 Home Premium instead, but this is different from an upgrade, and does not keep your files, settings, and programs. You?ll need to reinstall any programs using the original installation discs or files. To save your files before installing Windows, back them up to an external location such as a CD, DVD, or external hard drive. To install a new copy of Windows 7 Home Premium, click the Back button in the upper left-hand corner, and select ?Custom (advanced)?.

The problem is my laptop is 3 years old - it came with preinstalled programs so I have no discs and no recovery discs either. I tried to create recovery discs and the one shot was already run so it won't let me. This was supposed to be a new computer when I bought it. I did back up my files to an external drive. So what do I do now? And do I need to get a different version of windows 7?

A:Windows Vista™ Ultimate cannot be upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium.

What is the exact problem causing you to want to do this?

You might be able to Run HP Factory Recovery by tapping the F11 key at bootup. This will return the computer to factory condition. http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...name=c01895783

You need to backup your files first, or if you cannot boot your computer we can help you copy your files out using the Repair Disk you can download to burn from here: System Repair Disc - Create

If Recovery doesn't work or you prefer to clean reinstall, then you can unlock all versions in the Home Premium DVD to install your licensed version of Win7, using the Product Key on the COA sticker on machine. Use ImgBurn to extract the ISO image file from DVD then follow the steps here: Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create
Clean Install Windows 7

Let us know more about what is wrong and exactly what you would like to accomplish and we'll give you more steps.

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i cannot activate my laptop it was windows premium 7 now its windows proffesional N

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit, Build 18363, Installed 20200104162448.000000-480
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 810 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 4 Stepping 2, CPU Count: 4
Total Physical RAM: 8 GB
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4200, 256 MB
Hard Drives: C: 465 GB (355 GB Free);
Motherboard: FOXCONN ALOE, ver 1.01
System: American Megatrends Inc., ver HPQOEM - 20090831, s/n CNX93719VX
Antivirus: Trend Micro Maximum Security, Enabled and Updated

I just upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 yesterday. I have used Windows Live Mail 12 for yrs. After my upgrade I cannot send or receive mail. A pop up box says the message can't be sent, please try again. When trying to receive a message a box says: unable to send or receive messages for the Comcast account. an unknow error has occurred.
Server: 'mail.comcast.net'
Windows Live Mail Error ID: 0x800C013E
Protocol: POP3
Port: 995
Secure(SSL): Yes

If I should try uninstalling & reinstall I find a link for Windows 12 at the archive.com site. Should I try that? If so, when I uninstall them I will lose all my messages, correct?

There's a chance when I did the upgrade last night I mistakenly might have let windows live mail be updated.

I won't be able to receive notices by email from here so I will have to just keep checking back.

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Hi guys
newbie here

firstly i would like to say thanks for popping in!

today i decided to finally plunge into windows 10 from windows 7 64bit, during my time with windows 7 it has been, more or less, flawless.

I decided to upgrade (i cant exactly clean install due to the nature of my config, i cant reinstall some programs, files arent consolidated for migration, etc)

Windows 10 is growing on me, however i like peeking into the eventlog now and again to see if there are any errors, i spent time cleaning up my windows 7 event log to prevent errors from showing (troubleshooting potential problems etc)

however in windows 10 i am seeing non-familiar errors in my event logs.
i would greatly appreciate it if someone can help me with these errors:

"The User Data Storage_3ff38/User Data Access_3ff38/Sync Host_3ff38/Sync Host_3ff38/Contact Data_3ff38/ service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 1 time(s). The following corrective action will be taken in 10000 milliseconds: Restart the service: event 7031"

"The server {7006698D-2974-4091-A424-85DD0B909E23} did not register with DCOM within the required timeout: Event id 10010"
about 100 different combination of this
"Task Scheduler service found a misconfiguration in the NT TASK\Microsoft\Windows\Media Center\ActivateWindowsSearch definition. Additional Data: Error Value: %SystemRoot%\ehome\ehPrivJob.exe. Event 414"
"The NLS operation failed because the registry key Control Panel\Int... Read more

A:Upgraded windows 7 to windows 10 64bit, Eventlog errors

My Event Viewer is also full of errors although the system is pretty much rock solid.

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