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  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. :-)
  16. http://www.superantispyware.com/ Free and it works.
  17. +1 for AVG Internet Security Suite. Uses the least amount of resources of any suite I've seen and works as well or better than anything else. I recommend disabling the anti-spam, as it's a pain. I fix computers for a living, and nothing is faster at updates and does a better job than AVG for the $. I think you'll find AVG is also cheaper for a 2 year subscription than anything else. One tool I might add to the arsenal is CounterSpy 2.5. I find it'll fix a couple things that AVG, Norton, Panda, CA, Trend Micro, etc., won't. Another tool that's a must have is SuperAntiSpyware 4.0. It
  18. If I might add my opinion... I'm a bit older than you at 40. About 10 years ago I was your age and looked into a computer programming degree, which would have been completely government funded. I got straights A's in algebra in high school, but when I saw what was necessary for the computer programming degree I realized that I was never going to be towards the top of my class in computer programming. I chickened out, but thank God Napster was around at the time. I learned more in 4 years on Napster about computers than anyone in school did in the same time frame. I've owned my own compute
  19. dark41

    New Box Blues

    Can't say I'm surprised at the results. As a system builder, the components we get have outdated drivers upon delivery to us (vid cards mostly). I'm sure every system builder has the same problem. Even if they update immediately (like we do), it's likely that by the time a consumer buys the PC from a major manufactuer the drivers are again outdated. We're custom and build to order, so once updated the systems are usually good for a couple of weeks and well after our customers get the systems. What surprises me more is the amount of customers who, even after instructed on how to do updates
  20. I run UT3 maxed out on my system, with XP 32-bit and a 7900GTX TDH Extreme. DX10 is not required for UT3, and frankly I don't see much difference with or without it (I have a 8800GTX testing system). Can't stand shoot-em-up games myself, so UT3 is used mostly for testing purposes. But anyone who installed Vista when it was first available had problems with drivers. I've run Vista since the 2nd beta, then RC1 and switched to the final version in January '07. It was full of driver problems and software conflicts, most of which has now been resolved but not all by a long shot. Realtek didn't
  21. We have a domain and several computers. Because of the domain we can't use Avast's free Home Edition. If it's a choice between the domain and features vs Avast, there's really no choice for us. We need file sharing, exchange, backup, etc.. Even so, I'm an AVG fan because it just works, is fairly light on resources, and the network edition is cheaper than any alternatives and does it all (AV, Spyware, firewall). You can't beat $99AUD for 2 years for all that IMO. But I agree that Norton is terrible. Can't count the number of customers who've brought their systems in running at a snai
  22. Funny. I was thinking that any system would be faster running XP than it would running Vista, period. Wouldn't that make the Vista system more like a Cadillac (slow, but looks good and is heavy with luxurious accessories) and the XP system more like a Corvette (built for speed, and not weighted down with luxurious accessories)? I'm sure there's better analogies, but I still think this is more accurate than Doom's. Everything I've read to date says MS is refusing to make DX10 work with XP. Sure would like to see a link to a useable DX10 for XP. Not that my 7900GTX TDH Extreme
  23. I'm still running 510-3.bin BIOS with no problems as far as the RAM. What is your DRAM voltage and what does your RAM call for (looks like warrantied up to 2.6v for V1.x and 2.8v for V2.x if I'm looking at the right stuff online)? I might increase DRAM to 2.1v or 2.2v and see it if helps. Otherwise, sorry to say, looks like another failed DFI board. RMA'ed my LP NF4 SLI-DR 3 times. Last DFI product I'll buy for a long time.
  24. I'm not going to debate the speed of a beta OS file system that wasn't ready for prime time even when prime time finally came around. But everything MS has done in the past few years is SLOW. Vista is slow. Office 2007 is slow. Server 2007 is slow. Slow seems to be the way of the future; Add on a bunch of features that very few people will ever use and expect the hardware technology to offset it. My point was more to compatibility issues with the next OS. Vista is a prime example of compatibility issues, even without the new file structure, mostly due to the elimination of HAL. Whether Wi
  25. I take it that getting under 30 processes in Vista doesn't inlcude PCs running on a domain network? I don't see how that can be done. Rather than have everyone post their systems for everyone to argue about settings on (since there's obviously a few different opinions on what is and is not necessary), wouldn't it be simpler to have 2 lists of necessary services to run (1 for non domain networks, and 1 for domain networks)? Maybe a thread for just that, and then everyone can state their opinions and services accordingly. There's a very good reason not to have UAC enabled. It doesn't protec
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