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    GA-P965-DQ6 [email protected] 2x1g Crucial [email protected]2.1v 4-3-3-8 2x250gb Seagate NCQ (RAID 0) Asus SATA DVD-RW Leadtek PX7900GTX TDH Thermaltake Kandalf Logitech G5
  1. Just to keep the facts straight, actually MS is selling what they call "upgrades" from XP to Win 7, and from Vista to Win 7. I have a couple sitting on the desk in front of me. They're slightly less expensive than buying a complete separate retail version, although both are still a clean install. They also void the old XP/Vista key. I'm pretty sure they can be used to go from 32-bit to 64-bit as well.
  2. Here's 1 example of an incomplete list of changes from Vista to Win 7: Hardly the same OS. ;-)
  3. I find that opinion and the qualifications for it to be total crap and misleading. I couldn't care less who has a monopoly or who doesnt, but I care tremendously about what works and what doesn't work, and what suits the needs of my customers. MS OS's (with the exception of ME) have always been superior to anything Linux/Unix and Macintosh at the same period in time for running all hardware with all software while remaining user friendly, and that's why a huge majority of people use MS rather than some free open source alternative. Most people don't want to be hardware limited after going through the learning curve of a Mac, and by far most people appreciate the user friendliness of Windows over Unix/Windows. Unlike you, my chosen profession requires that I know all Microsoft operating systems pretty well, and I do. I hate Vista too, but I'm quite happy with Win 7. I run a custom computer business. We built over 1000 systems last year. Out of those, 7 had Vista on them because that's what this particular small business's plan required (latest components and software). Fortunately they'll also qualify for a Windows 7 upgrade soon, at a greatly reduced price (some will be free). Hardly anyone asked for Vista last year, and those who wanted my opinion were steered towards XP, with one major reason being that I knew Win 7 was on the horizon and would be a better alternative than Vista. Every other system we built last year had Windows XP or a server OS on it. I have 8 test systems set up with Win 7 on them. Every one of these systems has used everything from the Beta to the current RTM versions, both 32 and 64 bit. One is a 3.0GHz Pentium 4 with 2x512MB DDR memory, an Nvidia 5200 vid card, a SoundBlaster Live sound card, and an 8 year old Gigabyte motherboard. It runs very smoothly and has never had any hiccups. There were a couple driver problems with the Beta, but since RC build 7100 all drivers were found and installed without a problem. Another system is an AMD socket 939 SLI, with a 1.8GHz AMD 3000+ CPU, 2x512MB DDR memory, SoundBlaster Audigy sound card, and ATI X600 video card. This system also performs very well with Win 7, had no problems finding or installing drivers, and benchmarks with almost identical scores to XP. Win 7 has been tested extensively with E-computers with great results. So contrary to what dc2000 says, Win 7 runs very well on older computer components and is in no way comparable to Vista in that regard. That being said, I don't recommend users switch to Win 7 on older systems just for the sake of upgrading. When you need software that won't work on XP or do your next hardware upgrade, I recommend doing the Win 7 upgrade at that time as well. Because we're custom, users will have a choice between XP, Vista, and Win 7 when Win 7 becomes available, and I'll gladly build whatever they want. However, if they ask my opinion I'll definitely push them towards Win 7 with a list of many good reasons why: *Win 7 is much more secure than XP *XP support will soon cease, and long before the computer hardware needs replacing *More and more, users will find that software and hardware is not compatible with XP (there's already many hardware components and software that are not backwards compatible with XP) *Win 7 has improved tremendously on the initial releases of Vista for stability and speed *Win 7 is everything that Vista should have been, with the exception of the new file system that neither have *Win 7 runs considerably better on lesser hardware than Vista (on mid-high end systems they perform pretty much identically) *You'll be hard pressed to find a review that says either XP or Vista are better choices than Win 7 right now (so its not just my professional opinion that it is, and I have a very extensive list of reviews for my customers to read before making up their mind with accurate comparisions) A person may look at Win 7 and think that its basically no different from Vista. It has many similarities. The differences are much too vast to list here. Google around and you can easily find many lists, most of which are incomplete. The truth is that Win 7 is extremely different to Vista, although it will require basically the same learning curve to use from XP. Its still much less of a learning curve than switching to a Mac or Linux too. In my opinion, its well worth the learning curve. :-)
  4. Recuva is a decent file recovery program, but its mainly for .jpg. It isn't very good at other file formats. I've had much better luck with TestDisk and PhotoRec (bundled). Does many more file formats and just plain works. Also free. :-) http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download
  5. The entire point of releasing Beta and RC builds is to troubleshoot. Anyone who boycotts Windows 7 because of bad experiences with the beta is only hurting themselves. I had some problems with Beta too, and less problems with RC builds (7100, 7264, 7600). Each new build was smoother than the previous. I'm now running Enterprise 64-bit version on several machines, and its sweet. Not a problem yet of any kind, and even have DOS-Box installed to run old Win 98 games. Haven't found an application/game yet that won't work with the 7600 build either straight away or under compatibility mode. BTW, that's a nice upgrade walk through. Thanx! :-)
  6. I can't recommend this utility. It looked like a good idea, so yesterday I installed it and ran once. After a few hours my computer BSOD'ed, and then BSOD'ed continuously after a few minutes. IE7 started erroring and closing. Games (civ IV Beyond The Sword) caused BSOD. After turning off auto-restart, I find the error codes: page_fault_in_nonpaged_area bad_pool_caller Both of these errors involve many different problems, including drivers and hardware, but usually are memory related. I've removed the page file, recreated it, moved it to another drive. The same problems persist. I'll try a system restore, and if that doesn't work restore my imaged partition. The only thing that changed on my system was installing PageDefrag. It has taken a very stable system and made it very unstable. USER BEWARE!
  7. Sorry about not answering this sooner. "Penalty" is probably the wrong word as I don't see how it has an impact on the score. But you don't see the red X on the summary page for "Update Sound, Video and game controllers driver"? And when I follow the link or go to the drivers page, this is listed: ATI Function Driver for High Definition Audio - ATI AA01 7/13/07 5.0.40001.9 8/26/08 None None Realtek High Definition Audio 9/19/07 10/2/08 None It would lead one to believe there are newer drivers available. But the fact is that I had the latest drivers supplied by ATI and Gigabyte at that time (I haven't checked Gigabyte to see if they've updated since then or not). I did call my Gigabyte supplier to be sure, and the next day they called to assure me that Gigabyte does not support anything other than what is on their web site. "This is not a true ATI driver. It is a driver update (more or less) so that windows will use it properly. You can get it from MS update." Where else you can get it from is not really the point. I believe I got it from ati.amd.com/support/ website. It's what they directed me to with the 48** series and I believe is included with the 8.1 Catalyst Software package. Otherwise it was an automatic update from Microsoft Update. Either way, it was the newest driver available at the time. So I'm not sure where PC Pitstop found a newer version (of course 8.11 Catalyst Software was released on 11/12/08). But my point is that these red Xs can be a bit misleading. They seem to imply that your system is not up to date, which is not necessarily the case?
  8. One thing the tests do is penalize for drivers even though the hardware manufacturer doesn't support it. This has been an ongoing issue which has never been resolved. EG: I have the latest Realtek driver that Gigabyte supports for this motherboard, but I'm penalized for not having the latest driver that Realtek has available, even though it's not supported on my system. EG-2: I just bought a new video card this week (HIS HD4850). Instead of installing drivers from the CD, I went directly to the ATI website and got the 8.1 Catalyst Software Suite. Now I get penalized for not having the latest ATI driver for the ATI Function Driver for High Definition Audio - ATI AA01, although there is nothing newer available from ATI. So what I'm saying is that users need to take these results with a grain of salt. If your system is working fine, and you know you have the latest drivers that your hardware manufacturer provides, pay no attention to these test results. In fact, installing a driver that is not compatible with your hardware can cause serious problems. http://www.pcpitstop.com/betapit/sec.asp?conid=21240022
  9. Sorry, but you've guessed wrong. I often delete all files from temporary internet files, yet copied 30+mb of data to my flash drive when following this procedure. One thing that should be mentioned, is that depending upon the amount of data to be transferred, it can take quite a while to log off. In my case, it was 15 minutes while my browser stated "not responding" but all the time data was being transferred to the flash drive. Eventually it did log off and everything else worked as explained above. Great tip!
  10. CounterSpy is ranked number 1 in the world by Cnet. It's not exactly light on resources, but it does work well and includes active protection. Norton is fussy and tends to clash with everything. Couldn't pay me to use Norton anymore after seeing how it slows down the entire system and internet for some customers that I've had to do repairs on their systems. I haven't tested Spyware Doctor recently, and don't think I've ever tried Spyware Blaster. I figure you usually get what you pay for with free AV/Anti-Spyware. AVG was the lone exception in my humble opinion.
  11. I run AVG Internet Security Suite for SBS, includes AVG's anti-spyware (paid) SuperAntiSpyware (free) CounterSpy 2.5 (paid) All active at the same time and all set to scan at 6AM (when I'm not around).
  12. I'm not calling you a liar Law, I'd just never heard that before. I run 3 anti-spyware programs at the same time and usually sample new ones every couple months or so. Never had a problem for what its worth. I did a repair a couple weeks ago on a system that had 15 different malware programs on his system. Almost all of them were the fake anti-spyware programs, complete with browser hijackers popup windows, and task bar icons. Talk about a mess getting all that stuff off. (That's why I really like SuperAntiSpyware as it did most of the work). Obviously some people do fall for that stuff, even though their intentions are good.
  13. Should only have 1 actively running? Surely you're getting confused with AV, as they tend to have problems with more than 1 program installed. Every reliable site/recommendation I've ever seen has recommended running more than 1 anti-spyware program for best results.
  14. Never used Avast, so no idea how good that is. Adaware (free or paid) are crap as far as I'm concerned. Many infections aren't identified and many more not removed. My opinion of Spybot isn't much better. I've had numerous infections that Spybot either couldn't identify or couldn't remove. We see lots of infections doing repairs on customer systems. For my money, if AVG's internet security suite, CounterSpy, and/or SuperAntispyware can't find and remove the pests, they can't be removed. AVG will be noticeable on slower systems during scans, but only a couple of games weren't playable for me due to frame jumping. CounterSpy is a bit more sluggish on a system, but it works. I usually keep it off except for scanning and or surfing where I need the active protection. SuperantiSpyware isn't even noticeable when running or scanning. So if my customers want free, we give them AVG free AV and AVG free anti-spyware, and SuperantiSpyware free. If they want to spend a bit, we recommend the AVG Security Suite and CounterSpy, along with SuperantiSpyware (free). Cnet doesn't test all antispyware apps, but here's a list of where they ranked the ones that they did test: http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-3688_7-6812013-1.html
  15. Vipre (Sunbelt Software) might be worth a look too. It's not a typical suite as it's not 2 programs molded together. Its 1 program that does both spyware and viruses. I've been beta testing it for a while now and it's pretty sweet, and great support. :-)
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