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  1. The GUI says my drive is 'Bad'. I'm thinking this is just a generic message to a disk that cannot be accessed? AFAIK if you receive a message of "Bad" it means that the disk was found (there is no message at all if the device is not detected). If wiping it is not allowed by Partition Wizard it may be due to any of the causes described by jaclaz, or eventually because the device heads were not in a perfect condition and became damaged while removing it. HTH
  2. You may download the "Partition Wizard" .iso file ("Free Download Bootable CD Now!"), to burn a Live CD and use it to wipe first the whole contents of the HDD, then partition and format every partition using the same Live CD. HTH
  3. Hi dencorso: I've seen your message just now. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and best wishes to you and all yours, and to all our visitors cannie
  4. Hi Kelsenellenelvian: I unwillingly omitted that option. Thanks for your correction. cannie
  5. AFAIK the Control Panel screen doesn't allow any easy changes. HTH
  6. AFAIK it means that the question is posed to you after your mail client is running and not before. In that moment the Windows Explorer SendTo function is already accomplished (it only takes care of putting your file into the mail client and opening it), so the question doesn't come from Windows but from the mail client. If it doesn't give you the possibility of configuring it properly to avoid such questions you could move to a different one. I use Thunderbird and when I rightclick on "Send to email client" there are no questions at all. HTH
  7. Hi Hhgygy: "Sendto" options are at hidden links placed at C:\Users\(here your user name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo\(here all sendto links) You may supress any of them by simply deleting its direct access link (you must of course previously configure your file manager to show hidden files). HTH
  8. Even when Windows 7 only offers to you the possibility of burning a recovery disk after building a disk image into an external HDD, in this case using an external USB optical drive, you may afterwards copy the whole contents of your recovery disk into a previously Fat32 formatted pendrive and use it in the future as boot flash device instead of the optical drive. PS: You may clone the existing OS into a logical unit of your HDD keeping all recovery options as explained at paragraph "2.4.1. - Clone the preinstalled Windows 7" of this tutorial: http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/144084-duplicate-windows-7-into-the-hdd-using-a-linux-live-pendrive/ HTH
  9. Hi n3wb13: IMHO the first thing to do is finding the needed XP drivers for the new hardware. I had a similar experience with a new laptop and I could not find them, so I had to restore the previously saved image file. HTH
  10. Hi jaclaz: You are right: It's too late to thank you all (it's a long time since the Windows 7 tutorial was done) and too soon for Christmas (some two weeks before). Well, maybe I've unconsciously tried to repair my fault now by doing just the opposite Best wishes anyway. cannie.
  11. I'm afraid I forgot to say here that the wide experience obtained all along this thread was essential to build a similar tutorial for Windows 7. But I've not forgotten the help I received then, and even a rather late I wish to thank dencorso, jaclaz, MDGx and all others for their help. HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL
  12. AFAIK results are the same, being the only difference a more user-friendly interface.
  13. Also the old pserv2.exe (freeware) may be useful for this purpose. It keeps working under Windows 7. The last version may be downloaded from here: http://p-nand-q.com/download/pserv_cpl.html HTH
  14. After installing the same Windows version you may activate it using the "Product key", to be found into the product label at the bottom of the laptop (valid for both 64 and 32 bits working modes). This is not the solution you are asking for, but it could nevertheless be a good option. HTH
  15. If your pendrive has got an "autorun.inf" file you may alternatively try to change its name by editing its content this way: [autorun] name=FPO HTH
  16. Hi Albator: The original activation key may be used after reinstalling Windows 7 to activate it again whenever the same Windows version is installed. It is nevertheless allowed to use the same key for both 32 and 64 bits working modes. HTH
  17. The whole text has been reviewed after detecting that the previously given link for downloading Knoppix did not download it any more, also opening the way to any similar Linux distro by simply recommending it for improved flexibility and changing as a result of that the name of the thread. Also paragraphs 5.9 and 5.10 have been improved concerning the use of WinPE pendrives, including attention call. Link to download EasyBCD didn't work any more and has been replaced, and link to Winrar was updated. HTH
  18. Concerning this I've modified paragraph 4.6 and added paragraph 4.8 to explain better this convenience. Greetings.
  19. Hi xpJohnson: I've numbered your questions for a better answer, as usual: 1.- The only folders into which files must be deleted are "Program Data" and "Users", and the only ones to be deleted are those ending with the .lnk extension just at the root of both folders (the ones that you see when you first click into each one of both seeming like subfolders but their names ending with .lnk). Only the "Microsoft" subfolder from the ProgramData folder has a content (AFAIK), being all other "folders" which appear beside it simple access links. These access links are not needed at all, but some of them redirect you again and again to already copied folders. This generates an unendless copy process which ruins any copy work. The same happens with the .lnk files found at the root of the "Users" folder. In this case (AFAIK) only "Administrator", "Public" and "(user named)" subfolders have a content, being all other apparent subfolders simple .lnk files, some of them generating also an unendless copy process which would ruin your copy work. Mention to arrows was wrong (they appear while using other file managers, but not at KNOPPIX) and has been corrected. 2.- Well, this is easy. Look at their names and you'll see ".lnk" at the end of each one of them. 3.- If you click on the second icon found at left under the initial KNOPPIX screen you'll get a graphic file manager interface into which you are able to see all folders. You must look for the .lnk extension (no arrows at all) beside the subfolder names at the root of both mentioned folders. HTH
  20. I've checked out the same computer using 4 GB running first on 64 bits mode and afterwards 32 bits. Performance check gives almost totally equal results. 64 bits improves if you increase memory . HTH
  21. Latest changes: - A failure while doing some text improvements forced me to rebuild the whole text using a previously saved updated copy. Sorry for it. cannie
  22. You are totally right: even when I did things in a different way there's no need to use a primary partition for any OS copy at all. You may use that option when possible, but not forcedly in any way. You know I like to explain everything punctually according to my own experience. When I first wrote the tutorial I had done everything as explained. I was installing totally from scratch, then I used Partition 1 and 2 for the original OS and Partition 3 for the Windows copy. Windows 7 allows you to create logical units directly afterwards (no need to create an Extended partition previously any more), so I directly created four logical units for personal files. I chose then this option because I thought it was the best taking into account the circumstances. After checking everything I published it here to allow others taking profit of it. But this can be done almost exclusively when you are installing from scratch. When using preinstalled computers it is almost always impossible to create any primary partition at all. You must forcedly create logical units only for OS copies, and also to separe your personal files and folders from the OS to avoid "putting all eggs into the same basket", after sorting out the problems mentioned in the post which you transcribe. That's what I've tried to explain at paragraph 5.2, which has been added much later after also personally living this experience. It has been modified now to include the link you mention. Thank you very much for remembering it here. Greetings. cannie
  23. Hi jaclaz: As I did many times before when working with Windows 98 and XP, thank you very much for your excellent opinions and help. I'll try to answer all points: 1.- About: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control] "SystemBootDevice"="" [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Control] "SystemBootDevice"="" As you see I delete the whole key and create it afterwards only including these two subkeys, thinking on a first install process. 2.- Also, it should be added that one needs to shutdown the Windows 7 immediately after having modified the mentioned key. And also that the copy of the modified Win1 must be obtained before running it again. Totally correct. I've modified the text to include it. 3.- Another point that IMHO you should make clearer is that this approach ONLY works for those "from scratch" installs of Windows 7 that create the "protected" 100 Mb partition (where BOOTMGR and the \boot\BCD are) since there are not particularly complex "added operations" for a more "traditional" install, you may want to add a point explaining these needed operations Everything was initially thought for a "from scratch" install process. I take notice of your observation in this point to reconsider it whenever needed. 4.- There is no actual "need" that the Windows 7 partition (BOTH "Win1" and "Win2") is a Primary (if the 100 Mb protected partition is used). As said everything was initially thought for a "from scratch" install process, and in this kind of install there's no problem on using Primary partitions 2 and 3. As you may read later into the text, the use of logical units is included whenever you need a third disk space, be it to have both working system (32 and 64 bits) into the same HDD or because you are keeping a preinstalled OS and using a fourth disk space to copy C drive. 5.- There is no actual *need* to image the whole 100 Mb partition, you could add instructions to create a "boot floppy": http://www.multiboot....uk/floppy.html (such an image, if stored on external device, such as USB stick or HD, can be mounted and booted by grub4dos allright) or, if Primary partitions are used, copy anyway the BOOTMGR and \boot\BCD inside the "Win1" and "Win2" partitions, this way in case of problems you only need to make the "Win1" or "Win2" partition the Active one. This is also a good idea. Nevertheless I did not include it to simplify the text being 100 MB a very small space. I desisted also from including the use of WAIK to create a WinPE pendrive for the same reason. Nevertheless I included how to use a first small primary partition of an external HDD as a flash pendrive using a "LiveCD" iso file because it is extremely easy. 6.- Finally (and IMHO) EasyBCD is not the "best" tool to simply add an entry to the BCD, there are simpler tools: http://reboot.pro/7476/ on 32 bit, I find this: http://reboot.pro/10003/ the straighter one, but also Bellavista (both 32 and 64 bit exist): http://www.zezula.ne...bellavista.html and BOOTICE (cannot say if 64 bit working) could be a nice tool to use as it has many more useful features, very handy when doing this kind of mods, latest version is here: http://www.ipauly.co...bootice_0.9.rar I included the program EasyBCD because it reflects my own experience. These other four are also excellent alternatives. Thank you. As you already know, I never consider work finished if there's a possibility of improving it. You are always welcome, jaclaz. Sincerely cannie

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