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Hi all,

i've a small, but very annoying problem with windows seven 64 bit. i dont know how to express it by words, so i'll just show you the movie recorded by me.

see? here's the problem. its not as smooth as it should be. when im minimizg or maximizing the window its smooth, and theres not problem, but when im opening or closing any window it looks like in the movie.

pc spec:

e7200 @ 2.95 ghz
9800 gt 512 mb
4 gb ram

vista worked properly, fast and i have to say it, better than win seven.. i tried reinstalling drivers for my gpu, i tried many releases of drivers from nvidia, even from omega. all of them behaved the same way (btw. i think theyre fine, cause i can play dirt2 or gta iv on high details without any problem). i know its a tiny problem, but for me, its a to be or not to be thing, if its unsolvable, then ill have to go back to vista..

i hope u will help me

best regards, crying man.

/apologies for my poor english, i tried!

I have had this problem basically since I installed Win7, I dont know if something I installed triggered it. This is my school laptop so I'm not in the position to uninstall software to stop the problem, everything I have on here I use actively. Ok, so the problem

I have noticed the laptop takes an average time to boot, hits desktop, starts loading the programs and services (~30s) then it feels like the pc freezes. Basically I click something and it takes about a full minute for it to open, and the whole computer is sluggish in general. I dealt with it for 3 days and got completely fed up with it and found a temporary fix and the cause of the problem.

I opend task manager to see what was hogging the cpu, but there was nothing, sorted by memory usage, and BAM 700mb straight to dllhost.exe. I have gotten task manager open during startup and watched what it does: floats from 2-10mb usage then just skyrockets, reacking 700mb usage in just under 5 seconds. That is when the pc feels like an old PII. If I end the process the sluggishness goes away, and there are no noticeable problems from ending the process. Thinking that the process is useless, i bypassed windows file security and deleted the file, but when I did that, explorer.exe took over the memory hogging problem, promptly jumping to ~700mb usage, then shorty after erroring out. Did a system restore and got the pc functional again, just still dealing with the slowness. This laptop is pretty fast, competes with my gaming desktop in vista, so its not my hardware, it slows down when the dllhost.exe process hogs my memory.


Gateway MT6729
Intel Pentium Dual Core T2330 1.6ghz
2gb DDR2-667
160gb WD SATA 1.5mbps 8mb cache 5400rpm
Drivers updated through windows update

Also battery life has rapidly degraded after the install of windows 7, from 1.5hrs to just under 40min... Help?

[EDIT] btw im running 32bit [x86][/edit]


These things dont fix themselves (i wish they did)



After doing an in-place upgrade from Windows Vista Home Premium x32 to Windows 7, turning on the computer takes at least twice as long on my ACER Aspire 3810t notebook.
When the "starting Windows" sign and the windows 7 logo appears the HDD LED stops flashing and the led is continuously ON for two minutes, and the hard drive doesn't make any (search) noise.
After these 2 minutes, the LED starts flashing again and the system "works", so i get to the login screen in half minute.
Same problem after recovering from sleep mode...
Any help appreciated!

Ps. I have the most recent drivers installed

Hello people, I just put windows 7 on my Toshiba M305D-S4380 and I have loved it up until this point.
Any game that I try to run, runs way slower than I've previously been able to run them.
For instance, Garrysmod before was around 50 - 60 fps
Now, its around 20.
Ive tried to deal with this but I'm sick of my laptop not using its full potential.
Note that I HAVE been able to run these fast, so please do not post saying my laptop can't run them well. I once ran crysis on my laptop at low settings

Anyway, Specs:
Toshiba M305D-S4380
Ati Radeon 3100
4 gigs of ram
Amd turon ultra x2 @ 2.1 GHZ
250 gig HD

With vista they ran much faster, and yes, I did update my graphics card drivers, which seemed to help a little but not much. Help is appreciated

I've been running Windows 7 build 7100 (d/l'ed from for about three weeks now and generally I'm happy with it. However, I do have one big snag that has been bugging me since I did the upgrade from Vista; anything that uses Explorer.exe is extremely slow to render.

If I click on Computer, Explorer, Control Panel etc. the window flies out as normal but the contents take around 30 secs or so to populate. If I click on the blank window a "(not responding)" message appears, if I click again the the "windows is not responding - "Wait for the program to respond/Close the program" message appears. During this time both cores are running between 60 and 100%. It could be false perception but I think it actually getting slower!

I have the latest video drivers installed (for Vista) but the W7 version fails to install using Automatic Update. All other cpu and RAM intensive apps run perfectly. Hard disks have been defragged, it has been AV checked by the W7 of Kaspersky and spyware checked with MalawareBytes.

Any help would be appreciated.

My notebook: Acer Aspire 7520 c/w AMD Athlon 64x2@1.7Ghz, 3GB DDR2, GeForce 7000M.

*edited to add* Restarting the computer, explorer.exe and dwm.exe makes no difference.

Just got a new Dell with Vista Premium. Already had a Dell 924 printer. I found a Vista compatible driver on Dell's site and started downloading it last night. With my slow dial-up, the estimated download time was about 5 HOURS. I started downloading and went to bed. This morning, the computer was in sleep mode when I checked it. I assume the driver finished downloading, but I not sure. Where would I look to find and install the driver. I don't see anything on my desktop. Thanks for your help. MJ

Hi guys, sorry if this is in the wrong area but hey, I'm new :P

So today I tried to use the main desktop computer (Windows Vista SP2) and found it was extremely slow to respond, and that any program I opened would imediately freeze. (For example, Spotify, Steam and Windows explorer). Thinking it just needed a restart, I turned it off and in stead used my laptop (Which runs windows 7).

So that was fine for a while, but then about 2/3 hours later after having the laptop on the same network, it started showing the same symptoms (The CPU seems to spend a lot of time at 100% despite nothing visible happening too) . Both have also reported that the nVidea graphics driver 'stopped working but has recovered' (accompanied by the screen flashing on and off for a bit).

I'm not sure what is causing all this, but I'm thinking either an automatic software update gone wrong, or some kind of virus/malware. I did notice a process called lxrautorun.exe running that I'd never seen previously, but didn't find anything bad about it on google.

Since I can't do anything when booting windows normally, I've been restricted to only programs that will run in safe mode. That rules out my virus scanner and windows update, neither of which seem to work in safe mode. So far I've tried system restores and even ran a registry cleaner (CCleaner), neither of which had any effect. I did run a Spybot Search & Destroy scan which didn't find anything.

If anybody can think of anything I can do, it would be a massive help I'm not really sure what's gone wrong yet, never mind how to fix it.

Thanks for your help

Hello, everyone.
My screen frequently breaks horizontally and turns into blue screen. In attempt to fix this problem, I changed my graphic card as well as my hard disk to SSD, and re-installed windows. But I'm still getting BSD now and then.
I attached my DMP file and event logs, could anyone analyze and find a solution for me? It's been giving me a headache for a long time now.

Thanks in advance!
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Join Date Mar 2010 Posts 1,333 Re: Frequent Blue screen problem, Please help! Sorry for the delay in responding. There just aren't that many people who do BSOD analysis, so at times we get a bit overwhelmed!

Only 3 Windows Updates installed. Most systems have 140 or more. Please visit Windows Update and get ALL available updates (it may take several trips to get them all).

You have an ASUS USB-N13 300Mbps 11n Wireless USB dongle:
I do not recommend using wireless USB network devices. Especially in Win7/Win8 systems.
These wireless USB devices have many issues with Win7(and I suspect with Win8) - using Vista drivers with them is almost sure to cause a BSOD.
Should you want to keep using these devices, be sure to have Win7/Win8 drivers - DO NOT use Vista drivers!!!
An installable wireless PCI/PCIe card that's plugged into your motherboard is much more robust, reliable, and powerful. We've seen a number of BSOD issues with SSD's. Here's the information that I've compiled so far:
There's not a whole bunch available to test SSD's. The "easiest" test is to remove the SSD, install a platter-based hard drive, install Windows and test for stability that way.

Here's some suggestions:
- Update the SSD's firmware to the latest available version (VERY IMPORTANT!!!)
- Update the motherboard controllers drivers to the latest available version from the controller manufacturer (NOT the mobo manufacturer unless you can't find any on the controller manufacturer's website)
- Slow the memory (RAM) down to the next slower speed (I've only seen one person who claimed that this worked for them).
- Use any manufacturer's utilities that you may have. If you don't have any, then try this free one (I haven't used it myself): Crystal Dew World
- Update chipset and storage controller drivers to the latest available from the manufacturer of the device (not the manufacturer of the motherboard). Be sure to update ALL controllers on the motherboard!
....NOTE: Recently (Nov 2011) we had BSOD issues with the Marvell 91xx controller and an SSD. You may have to switch controllers also.
- Replace the SSD with a platter based hard drive and see if that stops the BSOD's. If it does, then it's likely that there's a problem with the SSD OR an incompatibility with your system.
It's my opinion that SSD's aren't reliable enough (with current hardware) to be used on a system that needs to work reliably. Until I see reliability I will not recommend, nor will I use, SSD's for critical applications.
06 Dec 2011 - This post tends to confirm issues with certain SSD chipsets and certain controllers - [SOLVED] cant find the cause of BSOD F4 - Tech Support Forum
29 May 2012 - The frequency of BSOD's with SSD's seems to have been decreasing over the last several months. It may be approaching time to re-evaluate my stand on their suitability for use in production systems.
10 Nov 2012 - I'm seeing an upswing in SSD errors - but most appear due to older storage controller drivers. I strongly suggest NOT using storage controller drivers that don't date from 2012 (if none are available, don't connect an SSD to that controller)
05 Jan 2013 - very interesting post about difficulties with the Marvell controllers even when not connected to the SSD drives: AMD OverDrive (AODDriver2.sys) is either a stand-alone application, or a component of the AMD VISION Engine Control Center. This driver is known to cause BSOD's on some Windows systems.
Please un-install all AMD/ATI video stuff from Control Panel...Programs...Un-install a program
Then, download (but DO NOT install) a fresh copy of the ATI drivers from Global Provider of Innovative Graphics, Processors and Media Solutions | AMD (in the upper right corner of the page)
Use this procedure to install the DRIVER ONLY: ATI video cards - DRIVER ONLY installation procedure

If the device (AODDriver or AODDriver4.01) remains a problem, open Device Manager, select the "View" item.
Then select "Show hidden devices" and scroll down to the Non-Plug and Play Drivers section.
Locate the AODDriver entry, right click on it and select "Un-install". Reboot for changes to take affect. Sometimes the driver remains and continues to cause BSOD's. If this is the case for you, post back and we'll give further instructions for safely removing it.

If overclocking, please stop. Remove the overclock and return the system to stock/standard values while we're troubleshooting. Once the system is stable again, feel free to resume the overclocking.

The memory dump blames rtwlanu.sys - a driver component of your wireless USB network adapter:
rtwlanu.sys Tue Sep 6 02:38:48 2011 (4E65BFF8)
Realtek RTLxxxxx Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter Please remove the device from your system and un-install it's software to test. Either use a long cable or a wireless card that plugs into your motherboard for internet access while testing.

If that proves to be the problem you can also try:
- download a fresh copy of the software for this device
- un-install the current software
- install the freshly downloaded software
- monitor for further BSOD's

Please update these older drivers. Links are included to assist in looking up the source of the drivers. If unable to find an update, please remove (un-install) the program responsible for that driver. DO NOT manually delete/rename the driver as it may make the system unbootable! :

L1E62x64.sys Thu Jun 11 02:45:22 2009 (4A30A802)
Atheros AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 PCI-E Ethernet Controller (NDIS6.20)

AiCharger.sys Wed May 5 04:37:36 2010 (4BE12E50)
Asus Charger Driver [br] Likely BSOD cause - haven't seen recently (15Jan2013)

Should the BSOD's continue, please run Driver Verifier according to these instructions: Driver Verifier Settings

The following is for informational purposes only.
Code: **************************Wed Feb 20 12:05:25.306 2013 (UTC - 5:00)************************** Loading Dump File [C:UsersOwnerSysnativeBSODApps22013-13556-01.dmp] Windows 7 Kernel Version 7601 (Service Pack 1) MP (4 procs) Free x64 Built by: 7601.17514.amd64fre.win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850 System Uptime:0 days 0:13:54.007 *** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for Wdf01000.sys *** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for rtwlanu.sys *** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for rtwlanu.sys Probably caused by :rtwlanu.sys ( rtwlanu+1f84d ) BugCheck D1, {fffffac007ebe898, 2, 0, fffff88000c16807} BugCheck Info: DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL (d1) Arguments: Arg1: fffffac007ebe898, memory referenced Arg2: 0000000000000002, IRQL Arg3: 0000000000000000, value 0 = read operation, 1 = write operation Arg4: fffff88000c16807, address which referenced memory BUGCHECK_STR: 0xD1 DEFAULT_BUCKET_ID: WIN7_DRIVER_FAULT PROCESS_NAME: System FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0xD1_rtwlanu+1f84d BIOS Version 3503 BIOS Release Date 04/13/2011 Manufacturer System manufacturer Product Name System Product Name ииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииииии`` 3rd Party Drivers:
The following is for information purposes only.
Any drivers in red should be updated or removed from your system. And should have been discussed in the body of my post.
Code: **************************Wed Feb 20 12:05:25.306 2013 (UTC - 5:00)************************** L1E62x64.sys Thu Jun 11 02:45:22 2009 (4A30A802) ASACPI.sys Wed Jul 15 23:31:29 2009 (4A5E9F11) AsIO.sys Mon Aug 3 03:03:16 2009 (4A768BB4) amdiox64.sys Thu Feb 18 10:17:53 2010 (4B7D5A21) amdxata.sys Fri Mar 19 12:18:18 2010 (4BA3A3CA) AiCharger.sys Wed May 5 04:37:36 2010 (4BE12E50) rtwlanu.sys Tue Sep 6 02:38:48 2011 (4E65BFF8) AODDriver2.sys Tue Mar 6 04:55:00 2012 (4F55DEF4) GEARAspiWDM.sys Thu May 3 15:56:17 2012 (4FA2E2E1) AtihdW76.sys Fri May 11 04:25:40 2012 (4FACCD04) atikmpag.sys Fri Jul 27 21:14:47 2012 (50133D07) atikmdag.sys Fri Jul 27 21:48:09 2012 (501344D9) EstRtw.sys Thu Dec 27 03:52:57 2012 (50DC0C69)


I need help, I recently upgraded to windows 7 ultimate x86 from Vista x86 version, everything worked fine, I installed the lastest drivers to my Nvdia 8500GT from the nvdia driver download page, everything ran fast and smooth until I tried some games, I tried counterstrike cs, I tried Crysis, I tried gtaIV, they worked but omg it laged so much I couldn't play any of them. this is both offline games and online games.

They worked fine in Vista, no problems what so ever, I don't want to go back to Vista cuz I love windows 7 but I don't understand why I cant play any games First I tried the x64 edition No it didn' work, tried the x86 edition, no it didn't work either.

I have a intel core 2duo 2.66ghz
3gb ram
Nvdia 8500gt 512 mb

Windows 7 isn't slow it's WAY faster then vista, startup, response time but it's just the games that SUCKS! microsoft has ****ed something up ( sorry for my bad language but I know other ppl are having the same problems)

The latest video release showcasing Microsoft Windows 8 benchmarks, and a quick press release by Emily Wilson at Microsoft, shows that Windows 8’s boot time capability will be superior to Windows 7. No, the system was not in hibernation; otherwise we would have seen the restore from hibernation animation after the POST. And no, we have no involvement in the design or development of these marketing pieces from Microsoft, but that still hasn’t prevented YouTubers from around the earth clamoring to claim it is an advertisement for Hewlett-Packard, a fake video created by Ms. Wilson and Microsoft to drive sales, or some other technology conspiracy.

The reality is that Windows 8 will be a revolutionary step in the right direction for Microsoft if the current circumstances give us any pause. The release of an operating system that can boot faster than Windows 7 shows that Microsoft is still committed to the streamlined policies that led them to grand success with Windows 7. We know that Windows 8 is also being designed for ARM processors, such as those found in cellphones and tablets. This is a great concept for regular computer users. It means that Microsoft has to be careful about how they allocate resources during development. When services are redesigned or updated, their impact on system usability has to be measured carefully in order to ensure that users are not plagued by an operating system riddled with slowdowns. This was the case with Windows Vista, but was not the case with 7. During Windows 7 development, it was revealed that Microsoft had developed proprietary tools that allowed them to simulate every possible scenario under which a system bottleneck would take place, using software that would run every possible system interaction at an accelerated rate. While this method was used for Windows Vista to security harden the operating system, its use in performance led to stunning results: The streamlining of the system kernel, services, and essential applications led to a reported revolt from some processor and GPU manufacturers, who, as the allegations go, wanted the operating system to actually run slower than Windows Vista in order to spur hardware sales.

As we move closer to a future release of Windows 8, Microsoft Windows users around the world have a reason to look into this technology as a constructive alternative. One element that would help many business environments would be a direct XP to 8 upgrade. And although we know such an upgrade path is unlikely to ever be developed due to the epic problems it would cause on many system set ups, it would provide businesses with a direct path to get out of the way of obsolescence. Just imagine, though, a Windows XP to Windows 8 upgrade... while technically possible the number of support incidents would generate from people on ancient hardware would create a support volcano. The reality is old systems that run WDDM as the graphics model can't even run Aero properly. And that's just the price we often have to pay for innovation.

That obsolescence is becoming more and more apparent as Windows XP users curmudgeonly complain about the superiority of an operating system that was released in October 2001. While it has stood the test of time, after 3 Service Packs, it has already been placed on life support: Microsoft extended support for the OS due to business environments being incapable of handling the task of keeping their IT infrastructure up-to-date, even when Windows 7 itself has a virtualized XP Mode.

It is not hard to see why people still like XP: RAM requirements are minimal, the OS is simple to use, and it seems “good enough”. But under-the-hood, and for those of us in the known, we are keenly aware of the kernel-level security flaws that allow buffer overrun errors, system injection exploits, and systemic problems that lead to security, and system failure. Old customers with old computers running IDE hard drives that should be dead by now (the hard disk drives, not the customers) shouldn't expect anything less than a nightmare on their hands.

These problems are embedded deeply into the operating system and the components designed around it. They are from another era. A pre-9/11 era, and a pre-"Why is my computer so slow?" tech support nightmare era. While a lot of this is only known to long-time Windows users who have either serviced other computers, worked in the IT industry firsthand, or suffered catastrophic failures due to lax security, we know these problems exist in the core of the operating system – or the kernel – and will never be patched. The only time in recent memory that Microsoft has literally replaced a Windows kernel free of charge was during the Windows Vista Service Pack 1 rollout. Under that scenario, Microsoft decided to upgrade Vista with Windows Server 2008’s revised kernel in order to add boosted reliability and to squeeze out some additional performance.

There is nothing wrong with being content with using an old or different operating system, for so long as you understand the risks involved. Many businesses, instead of upgrading their IT infrastructure, or formulating an end-of-life cycle for their hardware and software, have instead decided to attempt to security harden their systems with utilities like Symantec EndPoint. Under such conditions, Windows systems are typically managed from a centralized domain controller and EndPoint is used to deter potential threats. But from my experience, this can still lead to additional problems. Programs have begun to require more memory and hard disk space, as well as processing power. All of the security software in the world cannot do away with internal problems that can be manipulated once a computer is on a network. And certainly, as we have seen with the “fortress IT” model of doing things, systems are prone to compatibility issues, lack of driver support, and a general tendency for employees to be beguiled or confused when approached with the concept that their computer – operating with a system that is 10 years old, might actually have some serious internal problems. While the model allows businesses to save money, it also allows IT admins to lounge around looking up Dilbert cartoons.

This intrigue has led me to pursue the latest breaking updates with Windows 8. It is interesting for me to see Windows XP proponents going hog wild at the idea that the next version of Windows may actually boot at twice the speed of their 10 year old bar of gold known as Windows XP. Meanwhile, back in reality, new processors, general hardware, memory modules, and peripherals are all being designed with the NT 6.1 and 6.2 models in mind. Game studios are prepping their million dollar productions to be optimized for multi-core processors and the latest version of DirectX that will ship with Windows 8. Website developers have stopped supporting Internet Explorer 6 and 7 and have instead moved back into a position of HTML5-compliacne and W3C validation. The good old days of Windows XP may still exist for some, in theory, but increasingly, those days are numbered. This is coming from a man who entered an organization with deep, systemic problems in their infrastructure. Unpatched Windows XP machnies running in 2008 with no service packs and IE6... the scenario could not have been worse. Half of one segment of a network on one workgroup, another half on another, and another chunk on a domain controller. Meanwhile no one could figure out why they were having problems sharing files... These problems can be the norm in many environments.

With Windows 8 looking at a traditional October-November 2012 release date, one is left to wonder when, if ever, Windows XP proponents will upgrade anything.

It is not unheard of to enter a government office, a doctor’s office, a small business, or even a large enterprise and notoriously see dozens of Dell machines with the Windows XP label gleaming on the back. The dust corroded ventilation shafts on the chassis are a reminder of age. This system, released in 2001, is incapable of fundamental operations needed: not just by publishers, but soon by content consumers.

Windows 8 has a lot to offer, and the bar has been raised high, ironically, even by those individuals who still recommend Windows XP as though it is the gold standard of our era. Even by Mac OS users who prefer Apple everything. What happens if Windows 8 doesn’t just meet those stringent requirements laid out by its biggest critics? What happens if it raises the bar? Such is the case with revolutionary operating systems. When we look at Microsoft’s operating system release timetable, Windows 7 was considered a minor revision. Yet its development has led to advancements in high-end SSDs, better monitor quality, enormous improvements in video graphic card design, and computer processors that are capable of simulating 16 cores on a home computer. Take a trip back to 1985, and the only concept of computers that most residential home users had was of a fictional DeLorean time machine powered by a flux capacitor that seemed to use vacuum tubes. In Terminator 2, the T-800 was using some kind of Apple debug code whenever his infra-red eyeball view was displayed (we now know that these eyeballs were likely highly advanced Logitech web cameras... or since Cyberdyne may have been acquired by Apple, perhaps he was using the iBall or something...).

In any event, and on a more serious note, Windows 8 seems like it will raise the bar and raise standards in information technology. With it scheduled as a major release, as a opposed to a minor one like Windows 7, we can expect to see some groundbreaking features that will entice many enthusiasts to upgrade. And that may surprise a lot of people. That alone should be good enough to say “Hasta, la vista” to your old computer. After all, how long are you going to keep using a dot matrix printer and then complain it doesn’t work right?

These are just my views, but I’ve seen enough OS releases to know that this one is going to surprise a lot of Windows customers. Why fear or reject innovation? It's time to say goodbye to our friend Windows XP. We can still visit XP once in awhile: in a virtual machine where he belongs.

I am about to tear my hair out.

A a little bit of background information. Parts were ordered and my system was put together by a friend and I back in May 2009. It has never run properly since the beginning. I started with Windows Vista Ultimate x64 and got occasional random BSOD that were nearly impossible to diagnose what was causing them (at least no one I talked to could figure it out). It was a 0x00000000124 STOP BSOD every time... but figuring out what the cause was beyond that was beyond my abilities and any google or online searching regarding the issues was met with only vague answers.

I have listed as much possible system information within my profile, to the best of my abilities. Let me know if I am missing anything important or relevant to the problem and I will happily update!

Within the last month I have done a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (multiple times actually). I no longer have BSODs but every time have ended up with the same problem(s):

Whenever I perform a restart or boot (doesn't apply to coming out of sleep mode, which I use often), the taskbar/startbar is unresponsive to MOUSE CLICKING. I can use the windows key on my keyboard and bring up the start menu just fine, but no amount of clicking or waiting seems to help.*IF* I press Ctrl+Alt+Del, click twice and click cancel, the taskbar again becomes click-able/useable. However the system occasionally seems to be slow or stutter.I use Mumble for voice chat while gaming and it is *possibly* worth noting that the buttons within the program hang up or don't respond to my mouse clicking either, while they are completely responsive to navigating and changing them with my keyboard as well. Not sure if related or not, but I felt it was worth mentioning.Computer seems to have a general clunkiness to it, and always has. It actually seems clunkier now with Windows 7 than with Vista.
My friend and I have looked at it and played with it and the first thing he noticed was that my hard drive was not being recognized within the BIOS (but clearly it is within Windows, as I am using the same system to write this, and have only one drive). It is a SATA drive and he said it was set to IDE within the BIOS, so he changed it... I'm not too familiar with BIOS settings though, so I'm not sure if it is even correct still. Before this setting was changed, I was having other strange issues which have since disappeared.

Some of the troubleshooting I have tried:
I have disabled all startup programs using msconfig. (No help)I have disabled all NON-Microsoft services using msconfig. (No help).Running MSE, but currently disabled for troubleshooting purposes.While I *THINK* that all of my drivers are up-to-date, I'm not overly skillful with computers and an update or driver could be eluding me somewhere. Device Manager shows no yellow ! flags that an issue is present."perfmon /report" reported nothing but the fact I have I don't have an active-antivirus (as requested in the sticky).I keep it pretty clean and de-dust often.I ran memtest, but not for an extensive amount of time, and got no errors. If I need to run it again for a certain window of time, just say so.
Microsoft Experience Index were as follows:
Processor - 7.4RAM - 7.5Graphics - 6.8Gaming Graphics - 6.8Primary hard Drive -5.9 (Is this good? Seems low in comparison to the above?)
I checked the Event Viewer and there were multiple errors and warnings, but honestly I'm not sure what some of them mean :

I can test/post any other information that could possibly be needed, just ask. I'm at the end of my rope with a system I've had for 2 years which has never run properly from day 1 and I'm a mission to find out WHY. My instincts really want to say it's an issue somewhere with the hard drive, whether it's the hardware itself or a configuration setting somewhere, but I could be completely wrong. ANY HELP whatsoever to narrow down this elusive issue, at this point I'm completely willing to replace parts if it's a hardware issue. A lot of issues I've ever had before, I can usually google, search, read, learn and eventually fix, but this one is beyond me.

If you have any suggestions, especially if it's BIOS related or something that may be beyond the "average" user, I'd appreciate a little bit more detailed instructions. Some stuff is beyond my comfort zone of knowledge but I am always willing to learn!

Many, many, many thanks in advance.


I have a Compaq Presario V2000, which has only 512MB of RAM. I just so happen to have Windows 7 Ultimate as well, which takes twice that much. I've got a theory that Windows 7 can run perfectly with just 512MB of RAM, here's how I made my discovery:

I was given Windows 7 Ultimate for free by a friend, so I went ahead and did a fresh install. I started by installing all my software (Firefox, Thunderbird, etc.). Upon recommendation, I also installed three free pieces of security software:

AVG free

I noticed how terribly slow it was going (I'd have to wait five second to close a tab in Firefox!), and thought that I had a virus. I booted into safe mode, mostly just for the heck of it, and it seemed to run fine again. But after going back into "unsafe" mode, everything went slow again. It took me a while to figure it out, but after an OS reinstall and and some Wikipedia searching, I concluded two things were causing the slowness:

The antivirus software was consuming resourcesWindows was loading lots of services I don't need
I simply uninstalled the antivirus software and everything went much faster, but still left more to be desired. I also did several things to increase my speed:

Switched to Windows classic themeRan CrapCleanerRan Vista Services OptimizerEnabled HTTP pipelining on FirefoxVarious registry tweaksDisabled search indexingDefragment my hard drive on a regular basisDisable unnecessary processes found in the task manager
After all that, I get reasonable speed, yet it's not quite as good as when in safe mode. At one point I created a log of which drivers loaded when in safe mode, and which didn't. I was going to use it to aid me in disabling all the ones I didn't need to make it even faster. I can't seem to find the log though (I think crapCleaner deleted it lol), but I'll make another and post it up here.

I just thought this might help those who are trying to make Windows 7 go faster. I'm also gonna need help figuring out what drivers to disable, more on that later.

I was getting BSOD and freezeups/slow downs on my Vista machine and did the easiest (but most expensive fix) - I upgraded by doing a new build.

Windows 7 x64
Intel i5-750 Lynnfield on a Gigabyte P55A-UD4P mobo
8 GB (4x2GB) Corsair DDR3 1600
OCZ Vertex 120GB SSD for the system drive
2 - 1TB WD Green (1 EAD and 1 EAR - my bad on the EAR, as I had to do a 7-8 jumper to get it aligned)
Asus ATI EAH5780 1 GB videocard
Corsair 750W PSU

Software Loaded:
NIS 2010 (Norton - I know, most people think it's crap)
Various software: Quickbooks, Adobe PS CS4, Foxit, WinRAR, TeraCopy, VLC player, etc.

I ran Windows Update and updated all the drivers I could (curiously, the Gigabyte Motherboard DVD would not run under W7...) including chipset, Realtek, IDE, USB, etc. I DID NOT flash the BIOS - I figured it was the latest since it was so new).

I followed some "tweak" recommendations for the SSD and Windows 7:
Disabled defrag, superfetch and prefetch, drive indexing on the SSD (some of these W7 does auto)
Reduced the Page File size, moved some folders off the SSD (like "My Music", etc.)

I also tried to set up the drives as AHCI instead of IDE even though I won't do a RAID (I have a Windows Home Server for backup and storage); however, I didn't do it initially, and I made a regedit change and then changed the BIOS to the AHCI. I couldn't get that to ever boot so I changed back to IDE.

The BSODs started randomly, maybe after the AHCI but maybe before. Various problems:

I am running the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool now (it takes forever - actually I think IT HAS FROZEN too!) and I have the memtest86++ disk to test afterwards. If that is OK, I read to go into the System logs in Event Viewer and use chkdsk /f/v.

Is there something else to do? I'm not sure how to look at a minidump (that's what I feel like doing to my PC right now).

Thanks in advance for your help. I really don't want to do a re-install unless I know it's not a hardware issue!

Hi folk just thought Id drop in and say hi. Im new to Windows 7 (but definatley not new to computers). Not sure if this is the right place to put this - but here goes. I thought Id just give my first impressions of 7. After having a lot of trouble getting it to download (it didnt want to know over the weekend), the installation was quick and painless. It saw my home network straight off even without actually putting it into the same workgroup. I first installed it on an old pc running an AMD Sempron at 1.6 with 3/4 gig of ram and onboard graphics. I was pleasantly surprised to find it ran first time no hitches. Only issues I have with it are no sound and the solitaire ran soooo slow. I think I can solve the sound issue - but I'll post up on the forums if I cant.
Ive also now installed it as a dual boot on my main system (with XP) running an Intel Pentium D 3Ghz dual core with 2Gig ram and an Nvidia 8600 graphic card. Had same issue with the sound on this one but that was solved by downloading the new drivers from Realtek.
It is a LOT faster than vista ever ran on this pc and is even beginning to put XP to shame - which is not only a pleasant surprise but most welcome Ive tried running an old game - Starcraft - on the slower pc and it ran no problems. Havent yet installed any software on this one (my main pc). I shall get around to installing my 3d graphic software soon agive it a whirl - see how it performs.
So having rambled on about my first thoughts on it. Is there anything I need to be aware of? Anything that is worth looking at in particular? Any know hitches to avoid?

Thanks in advance for the future help


Hey everybody,
I know this problem has been seen before, even before windows 7. Problem is I've been trying to install the 32bit version of 7 since the RC came out and the installation always hangs at "completing installation". The install boots a little slow, but it goes through everything. I'm doing a fresh install of the RC because I was using the 7 beta before (which gave me little to no problems when I installed it). I start the install on the whole HD (unallocated space). It goes through the copying windows files and expanding alright and installs features and updates. Then it reboots, and I see the 7 logo. Then it's on the completing install, changes resolution, and hangs. It'll either blue screen after a few hours and reboot to a black screen, or just hang at the install.

System specs:
Foxconn Motherboard P9657AB-8EKRS2H
Intel Pentium E2220 Allendale 2.4GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
PNY VCG98GTXPXPB GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2 BL2KIT12864AA80A
WD Caviar Blue 500GB SATA
normal DVD drive
USB keyboard/mouse
LG LCD monitor

So I've tried a lot of different things but to no avail.

I've downloaded and redownloaded the 32bit on the microsoft technet site. Burned with a separate player once at default speed and once at x1. I believe the disk works fine.
I've tried install NVIDIA drivers through the notepad trick but that still doesn't help.
I've tried removing one of the RAM which doesn't do much either.
I've disabled some of the onset chip stuff in my BIOS which doesn't work either.
I've even reinstalled Vista and try to upgrade to the 7 RC while in vista, which doesn't work, also hangs at the final step.

I think it may be the LCD, but idk why. Thing is there's no onboard video on the motherboard so my monitor has to attach to the video card. I don't know why it changes resolution in the middle of the completing installation part either.

Thanks to all who read the long post. Any advice and tips are appreciated.


ok i'm gonna try this again.... my last novel timed out and is floating around in space somewhere now. that smiley doesn't even begin to express my emotions about that.....

You might want to Tarentino this one, my question is at the end and you could read backwards as information is needed.... I have never posted a thread but the one thing I know is that there are a lot of smart people out there who want to help, but there is never enough info. If you have some time to kill and you are looking for a bone to chew on, I would really appreciate some advice.

Preamble: I apologize because this is still going to be long winded but I'm going to try and sum it up as quickly as possible while still including all of the necessary and unecessary details. I can save some of you some typing by stating some facts right off the bat: 1- Yes. I am an idiot. 2- I definately read and purposefully do not follow instructions because to me a computer is nothing more than an expensive toy to play with. You can do what you please with yours. 3- Everything I know about computers is based off of a mixture of trial and error, and years and years of awesome threads. I know just barely enough to be dangerous.

I am actually on the asking end of a post for the first time because for once time is on my side and I am not in a panic stricken dash to save my sinking ship. I have been stretching my rope for some time now, and I think I have finally positioned myself right in the middle of a pretty snug knot.

The machine in question:

HP pavilion dv6000 (notebook)
AMD Turion 64x2 (2.00Ghz)
4GB RAM (3.75 usable)
((don't even get me started on that.... some other day. but keep that in mind cause who knows....))
150GB hard drive (~147GB) as follows:
C: Local Disk 130GB/111GB free
D: DoX (just documents and such) 998MB/103MB free
E: AMADOIR (random other storage) 7.02GB/1.08 GB free
F: HP_RECOVERY 10.7GB/1.01GB free

Ok so about a month and a half ago or so I was on a gaming tangent and decided I was going to see if I could go against the grain a little and try to squeeze some extra juice out of this notebook (obviously I was just spinning my wheels) but I did end up finding a new tangent which turned out to be way more time consuming than any game would have been anyways.

I was running the factory installed 32-bit windows VISTA with 3GB RAM, I decided that a slightly noticable performance increase would be worth a complete OS overhaul and I came across windows 7. I couldn't resist. So I swapped out the 1GB card with a 2GB card (now 2X2), burned the 64-bit image of build 7048, and set up my hard drive as it is above. My thinking at the time was that between the HP recovery partition and the backup partitions I had set up for my random odds and ends that I would be covered in a near worst case scenario. (I know better, but ***k it.)

I booted the disk and did a clean format/install on C: and despite the excitement and hype it went disappointingly smooth. No problems other then a random IE tab crash every once in a while which it actually fixes and restores the tab usually before I even noticed anything was going on. Pretty impressive for a beta. The only driver I had to putz with was a missing graphics driver which I was able to substitute with a Vista64 driver until windows recently sent me the new one. Somehow (and this is where it starts to get tricky) they even managed to package all of my program files and windows files into a nice compact 75GB folder which it must have used to string together any other missing drivers during the install. After everything was up and running smooth I shredded it and let it defrag.

Despite the fact that My Computer>Properties still claims that I have only 3.75 usable GB out of 4, I actually noticed a pretty significant increase in complete performance. Wether it was the smoother OS, the 64 bit upgrade, or the increase in memory remains to be seen, probably just a slight increase from each made a nice difference.
Fast Forward: After a month or so of extensive use the whole system was lagging and running like crap even though I was still only maxing out at 45% RAM and peaking 45-75% CPU. I attributed this to a huge variety of downloads with a crappy virus set up while I was waiting on McAfee to get around to it. Last week I found a working beta McAfee suite that set up and ran like a champ, but performance still sucked (I know McAfee is slow, what I mean is performance didn't change). Yesterday I had a couple cups of coffee in me and got to thinking that if the install and supposed "format" kept all that 75GB of windows junk through the install that it probably kept plenty of other junk as well and I decided that it wouldn't hurt to try and reformat/start over with a clean install and a nice virus suite.
This time when I got to the clean install option I clicked a box that said- format all by itself, before I clicked install and the action only took a few seconds at most. I didn't actually think it had done anything until I completed the install and found a bite size C: drive and a couple of "issues".

1- Windows can not find my internal microphone. I installed the factory drivers and it claims that there is no device to "apply" them to, so to speak. recording>properties tells me that I don't have a mic plugged in. Lots of threads on solving sound issues but havn't found near this particular issue. Least of my concerns.... just a clue.
2- I now have a missing driver for an SM Bus Controller and a Coprocessor whichwere not flagged on the previous install and have no useful information, and can not fix themselves.

Individually I could probably fix these issues but I am concerned that I have done some more damage than I planned. After the clean install, performance is sticky and piss poor even with RAM sitting still at 25% and CPU peaking under 40%.
After careful consideration I came up with the evil geneous plan which I though would solve all my problems at once. I got another cup of coffee and decided I was going to hit up the recovery partition and head back to Vista32, clean out all the garbage, and then drop a new clean 7 over that, in theory bringing me back to where I was a month ago, but wiser.

No such luck. F11 is no longer a functioning button at the BIOS screen (still listed during the momentary pause in startup, but not operational) if I hold it down the system waits for me to let go and then loads 7. The closest I have gotten is into the windows recovery center, and then into a command prompt where I was able to change to the desired directory, but I really didn't know what to do when I got there and the only folder on the F: drive was empty. Back into windows My Computer still shows 9.6GB of something on the drive but there is nothing hidden and again, one folder (RECOVERY). Empty.

I have found some good idea's but I think my best move at this point is to look for some advice.
-HP recovery disks (lame and brings about feelings of giving up...)
- This thread talks about manually writing the image over windows and kinda working backwards which I am open to, but this plan is flawed for my situation... empty folders.
-Someone mentioned installing a certain version of Linux which would add the recovery partition back into the MBR, but I know nothing about Linux and that seems like the same situation that got me into this in the first place.

My fear (worst case scenario) is that my original 64-bit w7 install did not format anything or somehow the switch from 32 to 64 was flawed in some way possibly doing damage to the processor causing a slow decay in performance. (hence the 3.75 usable RAM?)
My most recent install somehow affected the recovery partition and may have wiped it clean in the process.

My question is, is there a way to bypass w7 or build my own boot image which would direct the system to boot from the recovery partition or am I fighting a losing battle?

Thank you if you are still reading this, and I would appreciate any guidance/suggestions you might have to throw out there.

Hello i have installed windows 7 64-bit and, although i am not certain, i think i had good internet speed before i put the 64-bit version. Initially i decided not to use the 64-bit version because i couldnt get the driver of my external USB wi-fi card to be recognized.

It's an SMC WUSB-G EZ Connect. SMC said their driver was supported by Vista 64 so i thought i wouldn't have any issues. I did. I could, however solve the problem by installing (bad install) the driver that came with the CD and then installing what i think is a previous version of the same driver in the same folder. Then i could get W7 to recognize i had a wi-fi conenction and therefore could connect myself to any wi-fi around.

I think it was then that i started having ridiculously slow internet speeds. I didn't notice a lot because i have been having a pretty busy life and i just leave downloads going and then check them. When i started to notice i couldn't remember anymore when it started. Fact is that for a few weeks i was getting 1Mb of speed at most. Now after doing a few things in order to solve the issue i am getting 6Mb ( i have absolutely no knowledge of why). I did the speedtest twice today and both time i got good peeks reaching up to 12Mb but ending in 6Mb. I am going crazy about this.

I'm paying for 20Mb and i can't use them. I share connection with my neighbour and he came here with his notebook and got 16Mb. So, i am assuming it's not the distance or anything. Also after these "experiments" i had going on in order to fix it it seems my wi-fi signal has gotten a little weaker. Now i normally have two sticks out of five at most times. I normally had at least 3 before these changes.

From the experiments i tried i can remember these:
- I ran that DOS command: "netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled" obteaining the Ok. message.
- I tried TCPOptizmier: gotten only worse and i think it was when my signal started to get weaker. Before deleting it i restored to windows default configs though.
- Disaled IPv6
-Disabled QoS

Please don't tell me it's a driver related issue. Help me search for the other possible reasons because, the truth is, SMC support sucks, and although i have sent them quite a few e-mails they haven't answered. Please help me seek the reasons as to why this is happening.

Very much appreciated,


PS: my notebook is in repair. It has a vista 32bit system. When i get it back ill run speedtest in order to compare.

Hey everyone

On Thursday, I received my copy of Windows 7 Home Premium. I skipped the Vista bandwagon, so I was moving directly from Windows XP Service Pack 3 (32-bit) to Windows 7 Home Premium. I opted to install the 64-bit version of Windows 7, as I had no issues when running the 64-bit beta.

As it turns out, I seem to have encountered an issue with my network adapter on Windows 7. Using any speed test site, such as, I get an extremely high ping (500ms +). I have tested another machine behind my router running Windows XP and there is no problem. Also, on the website, which tests connections per minute, I can only get around 200 on Windows 7, whereas I could get 2000+ on Windows XP with the same hardware.

Strangely, in games like Counter-Strike: Source, my ping is normal and in the 25-60 range on most nearby servers. Also, when running the ping command from the command prompt, most servers return a result lower than 100ms ... which is also normal. So, I don't understand why on,, and dslreport's flash speed test.. I get a ridiculous ping time of 500+ms. Web browsing does seem to be slow as well, as images take longer to load then they should.

I'm not sure whether this is a driver issue, or what. I have tried disabling both my firewall and AV software, so they are not at fault. I've tried 3 different version of the drivers for my NIC. One from the Gigabyte website, and two from Realtek's website (they released an updated version yesterday). I have all of my system specs listed on my profile if anyone needs to know that.

I'd appreciate any help or ideas from anyone.


I'm using the 7057 build of Windows 7.

for the past few days I've been trying to solve a problem with my WWAN module - for some reason, it is extremely slow (1mbit instead of 2.5mbit)

I've checked the same module on other computers and others OS's (also different OS on same pc) and it worked fine.

but on on Windows 7 (7057 and previous build), for some reason it's very slow. tried disabling the firewall - didn't help.

Any suggestions? :

btw, the module is the GlobeTrotter Connect USB (iCON 225).
the latest drivers for it are Vista, nothing more...

Waiting for the salvation :

This thread is for those of us Mac users that happened to install a dual boot of Windows 7 Beta.

I'm all about trying out new stuff, and I also like to keep a working copy of windows with me.

My hope is that there are others out there like me trying out Windows 7 dual booted on a Mac.
I will attempt to log back here every so often to update problems i'm having with Win7 on my Mac.

My list so far goes:

1. Apple's bluetooth Mighty Mouse Worked without even having to add a new bluetooth device.
2. I couldn't gain access to Time Capsule's hard drive until I went to use the backup feature. When selecting a
network place to backup to I was able to connect to Mystie, after that it seems that I can access the hard drive.
3. I inserted the MacOSX install disk, ran the setup.exe. Bootcamp control panel seems to have installed along
with the necessary drivers for the hardware (i.e. bluetooth, webcame, etc).
4. Mouse doesn't work anymore...trying to add bluetooth device. Not working.
5. I just had that 'vista' watchdog popup asking me to 'allow or deny'...HAHA!
6. Just ejected the MacOSX install disc using only the Eject Button on the keyboard!
7. The two -finger scrolling works on the trackpad, as well as the two-finger click to right click.
8. Windows 7 must not be able to use the speakers or headphone jack as no sound can be produced.

9. And I've noticed a weird red glow emanating from the headphone jack. Something to do with the sound problems?
10. I played around with the 'sleep' stuff on win7. Very impressive for windows, but still 3 times longer than
Mac's 'stand-by' mode when closing the lid.
11. Oh, yeah. Installed Guild Wars and have been playing it. Great game, and it's running great on here. I still
keep the graphics turned all the way down for performance but they looked good turned up. STILL NO SOUND!
12. I'm keeping the 'taskbar' on the bottom because it's basically serving as my Dock. I'm pinning all my common
programs to it so that they're only one click away. The 'start' button is just like the Apps stack on my OSX
Dock, I only click it when I'm looking for a less commonly used app (oops, program).

13. This isn't really about Win7 really, but why is it so hard for Microsoft to make an OS than can read from any
harddrive? I just think that my computer should be able to read ANYTHING that I plug into it. I suppose
Apple has brain-washed me into thinking that IT SHOULD JUST WORK.
14. Just found this on microsofts website (my comments in quotes) Top 10 things you can do with Windows Vista "now that they copied MacOSX" 1. Find that file in a few quick clicks "OSX feature is Spotlight - first and better because visa search is slow" 2. See everything you have open at a glance "OSX feature is Expose - ?first? and better because vista lags" 3. Keep photos organized—and ready to share "OSX feature is iPhoto- better" 4. Create a custom movie without a fine arts degree "OSX feature is iMovie- better" 5. Keep track of your music—and play it anywhere "OSX feature is iTunes - better because WMPlayer doesn't organize coherently" 6. Surf multiple waves of the web at once "OSX feature - better because IE is super slow" 7. Record and watch TV on your time - If your PC has a TV tuner, you can "A mac could do this too" 8. Bring your TV and PC together—and take home entertainment to a new level "If you can manage to network it all together" 9. Keep the things you need most at your fingertips "OSX feature is Widgets - first maybe better" 10. Help your kids stay safer "OSX feature is Parental Controls - better"15. I've noticed the speed of Win7, but I also immediatly noticed the lack of adware, spyware, and other forms of
crapware. I personally wouldn't mind installing win7 when it comes out IF THEY KEEP CRAP OUT OF IT. One of
the biggest problems I kept encountering on OTHER PEOPLE's windows machines was sluggishness and lack of
response. I really feel that it was due to the crapware that came on their machines. Since I would randomly
reinstall everything after wiping the hard drive I was less prone to the effects.
16. I just got my first "Not Responding" issue. I am using ZOHO to create spreadsheets on the web. I was trying
to copy a selection of cells from one sheet to another. I began deleting info from cells quickly which I think
made the browser quit responding.
17. I keep noticing how much more I like the sound from my Macbook here on Windows 7 BootCamp than on the Mac side.
I wonder if reinstalling the Audio drivers on the Mac side will improve the performance?
18. And to explain #17, I finally got the sound working. Link Here.

19. I just got bluetooth working. I finally gave in to the general consensus that I had to unpair my Mighty Mouse
from OSX. I restarted into OSX and removed my mouse from the bluetooth preferences pane. Reboot to Windows 7
and Add a Device to the bluetooth popup screen. It found it, and installed it, and now it works.

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