Living with Microsoft Windows 7 for the next several years - Ubuntu Forums
I recently purchased a brand new
System76 Lemur Ultra:
[SOLVED] March 2012 System76 Lemur Ultra laptop - Ubuntu Forums
I plan to take my
Educational Testing Service's Graduate Record Examination by September 30th, 2012. I plan to submit my completed graduate
application to the Masters of Arts in English with Writing Studies concentration degree program at Montclair State University
in Upper Montclair, New Jersey 07043 by September 30th, 2012. I expect to be accepted by the end of 2012. They have a rolling
admissions deadline and it takes them 4 - 6 weeks to process graduate applications.
Montclair State University
will only offer support for PCs running Microsoft Windows 7 32 and 64 bit Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and
Enterprise Editions along with Apple Macintosh iMacs, Mac Pros, MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros running OS X Snow Leopard and
Lion 64 bit. They require the Bradford Dissolvable Agent to be downloaded and run as a part of their device registration
process before new faculty, staff, and students can connect their devices to their Ethernet or 802.11 B/G/N networks. This
checks for the presence of malware and it checks to ensure that an approved anti-malware software security application is
installed prior to granting full access to their network.
I expect to graduate with my degree by December 31st,
2015. I plan to move on campus and attend my first January 2013 spring semester.
To be quite honest and truthful
with you, I already dislike Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate Edtion Service Pack 1. I purchased and installed it in an
Oracle VM Virtualbox 64 bit guest virtual machine. It constantly gives me problems. Boot ups, restarts, and shut downs
constantly don't work properly or they take too long especially when there is an update that needs to be applied. This causes
Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit to just sit there and do nothing more often than not. The other problem is that Microsoft Windows
7 64 bit is slow even on my brand new System76 Lemur Ultra laptop PC. Downloading, installing, applying updates takes the
longest period of time and it often winds up in an unresponsive state. I have to forcibly turn off the guest virtual machine
pretty often. Another major source of problems are the 0 day vulnerabilities and exploit attack vectors. Last month, it was
the Microsoft XML vulnerability. This month, it is the Microsoft sidebar and gadgets vulnerability. Who knows what next month
will bring? I do not want to re-install Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate Edition Service Pack 1 from scratch at least
every six months to keep it fresh and running in tip top shape either. In fact, I plan to use Ubuntu and LibreOffice Writer
and Impress along with Google Chrome to do the majority of my academic and scholarly research work. I know that there will be
times when I need to run Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate Edition Service Pack 1 while I am living and studying on campus
at Montclair State University, but I will try to minimize those occasions as much as possible.
University has no official plans to offer help and support for Microsoft Windows 8 when it will be launched sometime in late
October 2012 worldwide. So, I am stuck with Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit for the next three and a half years from today.
What tips and tricks should I make as habits to keep Windows 7 64 bit running in good shape?
Symantec Norton 360 version 6, Macecraft Software jv16 PowerTools 2012, ReviverSoft Driver Reviver 2.1, Piriform CCleaner,
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, Super Anti-Spyware Professional, WinPatrol Plus, QFX Software KeyScrambler Premium, VS Group Revo
Uninstaller Professional, File Hippo, Secunia PSI version 3.0, and Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus 32 bit Service
Pack 1 along with other software applications. I try to check for device driver updates once per week using ReviverSoft
Driver Reviver 2.1. I run Piriform's CCleaner daily. I download updates for Symantec Norton 360 version 6, Malwarebytes'
Anti-Malware, and Super Anti-Spyware Professional every day. I try to do anti-malware deep scans on Sundays on a regular
basis. I check FileHippo and Secunia PSI version 3.0 for third-party software updates daily. I run jv16 PowerTools 2012 at
least once per day to check for registry errors and I fix them along with making backups of my registry.
should I be doing?
I also have Acronis TrueHome Image 2012 with the Plus Pack. I have not used it yet to make any
disk images or data backups since I use CrashPlan+ home unlimited plan to backup my /home folder in Ubuntu. This includes my
Oracle VM Virtualbox folder and files. I also make a copy of this folder to my Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 128 GB USB 3.0
thumb drive on Microsoft Patch Tuesdays every month to ensure that I have a known good copy of my Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit
guest virtual machine.
It is a lot of work to keep Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit in good working order. Most of the
time, I leave the guest virtual machine turned off during the week except on Sundays when I have to perform updates and
How do you guys maintain your Microsoft Windows operating system? What tips and tricks do you do to
keep it running in good shape so as to avoid having to re-install it every six months?
Ubuntu is so much easier
and simpler. There are far fewer things that can go horribly wrong with Ubuntu especially if you stick pretty closely to the
default settings and configuration. Ubuntu gives me a lot less stress and headaches now that I purchased my System76 Lemur
Ultra laptop PC. Almost everything works right out of the box with little fuss. It also consumes far fewer hardware resources
especially if you switch to XFCE or LXDE desktop environments.
I am thinking and I am hoping that I can get away
with using Ubuntu at Montclair State University on a daily basis. I am in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and I
am in the Graduate English Department. The Graduate Advisor told me that the university is pretty agnostic when it comes to
hardware and software requirements for my degree program. The only exception is the Bradford Dissolvable Agent
How many Ubuntu Forums members here completed either an undergraduate or graduate degree using
Ubuntu? How did you do it?
Finally, I think that I am going to stick with Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit Long Term Support.
The System76 forums usually provide up to date version stickies to help customers upgrade to future Ubuntu versions. I have
found that something will almost always break or fail to work properly when users perform an operating system upgrade to a
newer version. My System76 Lemur Ultra has got to keep working similar to a production environment every single day. I have
two years of warranty and technical support from System76, but I do not plan to utilize that service very often because I
plan to stick with Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit LTS until April 2014. In the past, I have found Ubuntu 10.04 64 bit LTS to be quite
stable and reliable, but Ubuntu 10.10, 11.04, and 11.10 64 bit had teething issues especially as Canonical transitioned to
the Unity desktop environment and they made it the default choice. Ubuntu 11.10 64 bit was particularly slow and it had a
couple of known issues for Ubuntu users that upgraded from 11.04 64 bit. I don't want to repeat all of that nonsense with
future non LTS releases while I am living and studying on campus.
Montclair State University has a software
library for its faculty, staff, and students. Once I get accepted and I am assigned my own NetID credentials, I will check it
out. For the most part, I already purchased the Microsoft Windows 7 software applications that I will need for school work.
The Graduate English Department does not explicitly require specific hardware or software requirements on their home page. I
am hoping that I really won't need to use Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate Edition Service Pack 1 that much at all.
Microsoft Windows and Office demand so many updates and high maintenance. I don't have the desire to do the work
every single day nor do I have the time. I already diverted at least one week away from studying for my GRE just to focus on
Windows and Office. Fortunately, I have over two and a half months to buckle down and really study hard for my GREs by
September 30th, 2012. Most of my work is done by now.
I copied my original post from Ubuntu Forums. I am an Ubuntu
user and I have a System76 Lemur Ultra laptop PC.
What do I need to do to maintain Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit
Ultimate Edition Service Pack 1 beyond what I am already doing?
These are the software applications that I
purchased to maintain and secure Windows 7:
Registry Cleaner, Optimize Windows with our System Utilities |
Endpoint, Cloud, Mobile & Virtual Security Solutions | Symantec
Malwarebytes : Free
anti-malware, anti-virus and spyware removal download
BillP Studios - WinPatrol 2012
Remove Malware | Remove Spyware - AntiMalware, AntiSpyware, AntiAdware!
Backup software for data backup and disaster
recovery in Windows and Linux - Acronis
QFX Software - Anti-Keylogging Software and More
Revo Uninstaller Pro -
Uninstall Software, Remove Programs easily, Forced Uninstall
ReviverSoft | Software and Tips to Make Your PC Run Like
Piriform - Download CCleaner, Defraggler, Recuva, Speccy - Millions of users worldwide!
I think that I
have all of the bases covered, but I am looking for more tips and tricks to keep Windows 7 running in tip top condition so
that I don't have to re-install it every six months.
What else should I consider doing?