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    GA-P965-DQ6 [email protected] 2x1g Crucial [email protected] 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
  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.
  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 t
  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 l
  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
  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 s
  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 playab
  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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