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  2. Actually, that is very true. OS disks should ALWAYS be burned at the slowest speed to ensure the critical data is not corrupted from disk wobble (causes from high speed revolutions) I burn CD-ISO's at 4x and DVD-ISO's at 1x And about 1x not being supported by any current drive.. well.. you need to go back in history and look. The first DVD-burners were 1x, then 2x came along, and then 4x etc etc.
  3. And where exactly is your 7048 displaying RC1? Every file I have looked at (both the non-iso and the iso) the release and everything still shows "EULAID:Win7_B.1_PRO_NRL_en-US" And yes, everything after build 7000 is in the RC branch. MS has stated this a few times already.
  4. I have no "extra" click to get to the flyout menu. simply move the mouse just like in xp and vista. How do you figure there is one more click to get to the classic flyout menu? And also, the "new" method is more than just one click. It is one click, scroll, scroll. And if you don't want to scroll scroll scroll, you have to take your hands off your mouse and actually type and as you type get "guesses" in return, and often presented with many options that are not even related to the place you are going. classic menu, one click, move mouse, last click. Very fast. And the human eye is already "looking" for what the end user is on the monitor, so having the "full" view from classic, items are easy to spot, instead of scrolling the all programs in that little window. And let's not forget movement memory pattern as that because habit and so ingrained into a users experience that everything becomes second nature. And when that has been the nature for 15+ years.. well... I will stop here. My point is, there is absolutely no extra clicking involved with the work around I found
  5. This is basically what I mentioned in this thread on February 3rd, except I think my approach is more "classic start-menu-like" than what the article mentioned. The article I found actually tells you how to achieve this, and gives visuals. What you described on Feb 3 gives no hard knowledge of how to actually achieve this, just generalities, and lacked any visuals for the readers to have their hand held while doing it. Please do post step by step the method you hinted at. I myself would like to know exactly what you are talking about and exactly how to do it... visuals and all.
  6. @geek: What are you doing with my ancient computer in your avatar?
  7. pepak, read this article. It will get you as close to classic as you can with the beta's. After reading the article and seeing the screen shots, "Classic" start menu will probably be in RTM. If not, the article will help get as close as you can with RTM. near classic start menu for Windows 7 achieved
  8. No, all the old Win9x-era start menu and shell code is finally gone. I hope you are completely wrong, Cluberti. Since the new start menu functions the way it does, and is bloated on the right hand side with lots of useless (to me) options, my tailored start menu is removed of all that right-hand bloat, and that makes the overall new start menu size very small. And well, that means this annoying "in this pane only" view is very very very very very restricted in the amount of data shown. That means wayyyyyyy to much time spent "scrolling" the list in a tiny tiny window. To me, that is highly counter-productive. Old school start menu is the best, and given the amount of threads on numerous forums, a vast majority of people agree. I blame new style start menu on this "touch" movement. After all, this new start menu is pretty much tailored to touch users only.
  9. but all the n00bs don't do this. I am not a "n00b". I was writing code for my own programs when you were still in diapers. And, I do not even run that set up now that's the trick inside the UAC. You have 2 accounts in 1! The normal administrator accounts have 2 security tokens (1 as limited user and 1 for doing operations with needs elevated rights). The normal user token is used when you login to Windows so you are a limited user. When you want to install applications you click the UAC prompt to have the elevated rights. This is cool That is dumb, not cool. I own the pc and built it my self. I don't need to elevate anything. It is my choice and my choice should not be second guessed, every single time. Full rights, all the time. It's mine... Also using UAC means that IE7 is running in Protected Mode, so that a malicious program can't change settings and can't install itself in an autostart location. With this IE7 is a really good and safe browser! Irrelevant to me. I do not use IE7, I use firefox. I know it is just as vulnerable, but there are things that I can do to block things, that just do not exist in IE*. Also, when IE is being used, it is the 64-bit browser, not the default 32bit. And one more thing, all browsing is done using the program called sandboxie. All being done in a virtual machine with the VirtualMachineAddOns disabled, with the host OS being a 64-bit OS. Follow up by scanning everything on virustotal.com. No anti-virus of any kind installed on either the guest OS or host OS. Now I know this is still not 100% secure.. But, come on... here: In this thread even... --annoyance. see quote below for reason.-- Let's say you want to go to the store for something. But you need keys to unlock the door and to start the car. If you make this situation a uac situation, you would have to go something like this... *Put key in door lock, twist to unlock* You are about to unlock the door. Are you sure you wish to allow this? "Duh.. Why else would I put my keys in the door? Stupid car..." *Open door, sit in seat, close door, fasten seatbelt.* You are attempting an action that involves security protocols. Are you sure you wish to allow this? "No.. but it's the freakin' law. Now shut up already. I need a Dew.. Let's go.." *Put key in ignition, turn to start car* You are attempting to launch a feature that manipulates major system function, and could result in a fatal crash. Do you wish to allow this? "JUST START THE CAR ALREADY BEFORE I KILL SOMEONE FROM CAFFEINE WITHDRAWS!!!" This is not how people want their day to function, everyday, every year.. Why on earth would I want a limited user account. this is nonsense. This never happens! --Again... Never happens, huh? Like I stated before, I do not even run an AV software on my pc's. Last time I was infected was April 2007, and that was because I was stupid and did not inspect the file before running. PERSONAL prevention and common goes a long ways. Maybe I can help you understand. It comes down to one fundamental thing: Humans have free will. Deny a person that, and they will keep their free will, by not buying/using a product where such things are "forced" upon you. MS obviously understands this.... Thank you for confirmation on what most pc users have been trying say. If "NT Security" should be such a big issue, then stay on server OS's or business OS's. and let them have a hUACppy time with it. Normal users... you know.. that vast majority of the world... want their pc to do exactly what they tell them to do. It's the core of a pc... to do what you instruct it to do. That is all it can do. It is not living. It's a machine.
  10. Disabling ALWAYS means you don't understand what you are doing. I call BS on that. I disable UAC, AND I ALWAYS understand what I am doing. UAC is completely useless to me. But then, I know how to make sure my system never gets a program that is malicious.
  11. If you are gaming, then you should have Screensaver disabled.
  12. This little trick saved me a major pain. You see, I use Everest Ultimate everyday. I have it set to launch on system startup. Now, I would not need to use this trick at all if the OnScreenDisplay worked in windows7. It does not, which leaves me the only option of using the Everest sidebar gadget. To use that, I must turn on UAC. That may seem like nothing at all to do, but, Everest uses low-lever sensor readings, and these require administrator privileges. That means even though I have the shortcut AND the .exe set with administrator privileges and full access, a propmt is still required to launch the application, because of the "allow this program to make system changes". That means, no auto launch on boot up for Everest. With this fix, I am able to use the closest thing to the OSD and not need UAC on. Also, turning off UAC does prevent elevated token bugs.
  13. But what drivers did you use? Vista drivers, or XP drivers? I installed XP drivers straight out. None of that "compatibility" mode garbage. Works perfectly. Sound environment, surround sound settings, speaker config, EQ.... -edit: rebooted into windows 7 today. Guess what ISN'T working now? Yep, nvmixer. Have sound volume levels, but trying to actually launch the application I get a runtime error.
  14. Actually, the day after I sent feedback about the video card, a Pre-Release Driver for the 8800gts 512 was available through windows updates. Fan control works. So, they are reading the feedback and working on things. Also, for you Win2k3EE, install your nvmixer software/audio drivers from the Windows XP drivers and not the vista drivers.
  15. For you perhaps. I first installed Vista x86 after SP1 came out, and I've never, ever had any of those issues. In fact, on many file operations, it's noticeably faster. Maybe you know, maybe you dont.....If you turn off Differential File Compression, it gets even faster. I DID NOT know!! Now that I do, holy snyykerzz!! MUCH better. TY TY TY TY TY Now, to make vista auto show copied content on the desktop. No reason to have to hit F5 to see the files/folders you just put there. That, and to get the RAM freed up after game installations (or any huge app).
  16. What OS are you running now? Also, using x64 uses more ram than x86, so that is something to consider. On x86 with 4Gb or RAM, average ram usage is 700-900mb. On x64, RAM usage is 800mb to 1.2Gb. Also, x64 has a really hard time making RAM free after software installations (mostly games) and requires a reboot to clear up the RAM. Going x64 however, helps keep away various forms of malicious nasties. Not all, but a bunch are useless as they cannot function in 64-bit. Extractions and copying is still very slow on x64. Faster than pre-SP1, but still waaaay to slow compared to XP However, after using Vista Ultimate SP1 x64 since July 2008, I would say hold off. It still has issues and stiiiilllll feels like an un-finished product.
  17. As with Vista, my Marvel Yukon ethernet does not work, is not detected and no driver for any OS works with it, which prohibits me from using both ethernet ports to allow for internet connection sharing. Also in Windows 7, I am unable to control my video card fan speeds with nVidia System Tools. It is required to be adjustable as the fan speed is default stuck at 37% duty cycle (985 RPM) which makes gaming not an option at all. Not going to brick my 8800gts 512 just to run Win7. No normal quick launch. No classic start menu. Uses just as much RAM as Vista SP1 x86 (around 700 to 900 MB used with 4GB installed, system showing as 3.25gb). Disabling hibernation through gui power management did not remove hibernation, and the hibernation page file on HD. Had to go to command prompt and use command line to remove them. Slightly better performance in 3D Mark Vantage and in Everest Ultimate Edition benchmarks. Constant CPU usage. 3-5% per core/core average even after two hours of the PC being idle. All this pertains to windows 7 Beta 1 Build 7000. Does not matter if it is Ultimate, HomeBasic, HomePremium or Business
  18. The only slow down I have seen with SP3 vs. pre-SP3 is the amount of time SP3 takes to manage the network connection. Times are r3tardely longer. Sure, some of you may say "Who cares about how much time it takes for the network icons to show on the taskbar? I can surf nearly immediately." Well, sure... Surf with no issues. That is not my issue with network connection management. My issue relates to the amount of time I have to wait for "my computer" to launch, or the amount of time waiting for my msn messenger to be visible on screen to log in. Both of these absolutely wait until the network connection icons are displayed. Real pain in the arse waiting for that when I just want to navigate my folders on my HD or log in to msn. I absolutely should not have to wait ages in these days of high end pc components.
  19. As the title and description hints at, I wish to uninstall hyper-v to restore my xp drive back to standard order. Here is a brief description of pc setup and OS's involved. SATA 1: 74gb raptor. OS: XP SP3 MCE SATA 2: 74gb raptor. OS: Hyper-V Server 2008 (before hyper-v, this drive was dedicated to vhd locations.) SATA 3: 320gb Maxtor. OS: Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 SATA 4: 1TB WD. OS: none. (storage drive) Prior to installing Hyper-V, sata 2 HDD was dedicated to virtual machine physical storage. I downloaded the free .iso from MS, burned to dvd, wiped sata 2 HDD clean, rebooted pc, entered bios, changed boot order so sata #2 was now first in order after cd/dvd. Saved the bios to profile #3, rebooted. PC loaded up the hyper-v installer, I chose the drive to install Hyper-V to, (was labeled raptor gaming so no mistake was made selecting drive to install too.) formatted, installed. Installation completed, set admin password, got to the configuration screen, set network up, rebooted. On reboot, I received notice there was no valid boot/os or what ever. Restarted pc. Same error. Rebooted pc, went into bios, loaded up profile #2, restarted, booted into Vista x64. Next, I examined the drive where Hyper-v was supposed to be installed. It is there.... Shutdown, rebooted to profile #3 (hyper-v), still same error. Rebooted to profile #1 (xp sp3 mce) On boot up, I received a dual-boot looking screen. On top was "Other versions of Windows". Below that (and default highlighted) was "Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008".... First reaction.. WTF!?!?!? So, I chose the hyper-v option. Sure enough, hyper-v started up. Restarted pc, this time chose "Other versions of Windows".. sure enough, there is my MCE OS. Now comes my dilema.... I want to restore my XP MCE drive so that it starts up all on it's own, like b4 installing hyper-v. Plus, I would like to actually start hyper-v on the drive it is installed to, when I choose the hyper-v profile in my BIOS. If this cannot be done, then how do I uninstall hyper-v without bricking my XP MCE installation/drive? Before anyone spouts out "try using the **** search function, I have searched for 3 days about this issue. Non could be found. If you can find it, please link me to the article/forum thread.
  20. Try booting into safe mode, then make the system do a scan disk (chkdisk). That might be all that is needed. If that still does not work, put your xp cd into your drive, power on the pc, press "delete" (typically) to entor your bios, set the sytem to boot from CD befor HDD. Try to do a repair, may even have to fix the boot record with "fixmbr"
  21. After 2 years since install (including in-place upgrade to sp3) and way to many games and apps to remember, my pc still takes about 11 seconds to get to the desktop from the POST screen first showing. Vista x64 SP1 takes about 11 seconds as well from the POST screen.
  22. I would also like information on how to have a warning displayed on each login for every account, as I have a stupid task I must manually do once the system has successfully logged on a user. I need to have a system warning message announce to the users to adjust vidoe card speeds and fan speeds as eVGA sucks and released a video card that does not automatically run at 2D clocks and fan speed is fixed. This message is critical for as if the user's on login do not alter these settings manually, they may brick my video card if they launch right into an intensive 3D game for hours on end.
  23. Mt.Dew

    Integrating SP3

    Well, I did not write the script for the purpose of making the final image to be as small as possible. The script was written just to clean up the unnecessary files after integration, and also to remove the plugin.oc_ file. Alos, the removal of the dotnetfx folder is option, but I normally do not remove it because I use software that needs .net. However, anyone could use the script inconjuntion of compressing the cab files. I find that excessive as it increases install times. Not by much, but on lower end systems, it is more pronounce install times.
  24. Mt.Dew

    Integrating SP3

    It took me 2 hours to find all the files to delete, and I got tired of doing it by hand every new beta, lol. Once I had the master file list, I created a dump to text to list all the files with their directory structure. That took even longer as it has been ages since I tried to use some old school DOS. All in all, 5 hours worth of work to create the script. Now, integration, cleanup and iso creation is done in under 10 minutes.
  25. Mt.Dew

    Integrating SP3

    Those files get deleted because on integration of sp3 to a sp2 source, the "NEW" files are full extension names. For example, after integration, the folder \finished\i386\ASMS\70\POLICY\MSFT\MSWINCRT\ will contain MSWINCRT.CA_ (sp2 source) and the new file MSWINCRT.CAT Same goes for the .dl_ files that become .dll for the new files, same with .ca_ for .cab and .cat, etc All those files get deleted because now they are outdated and are not used. Feel free to try the script and run the new integrated image in v.m.

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