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Microsoft spells out upgrade paths to Windows 10

Q: Microsoft spells out upgrade paths to Windows 10


Last week Microsoft announced the Windows 10 editions that will power personal computing and Enterprise systems across the growing wide range of devices available. With this announcement Microsoft also reconfirmed they will offer free upgrades to Windows 10 for qualifying Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices for the first year after the launch of Windows 10.

This week, a blog post on Microsoft's Australia Partner Network offered more detailed information about the specific paths for upgrading to Windows 10. As previously mentioned, but now further spelled out, devices that take advantage of the free upgrade will receive ongoing Windows 10 updates for the life of that device and the free upgrade to Windows 10 will be delivered through Windows Update.

Microsoft spells out upgrade paths to Windows 10

A: Microsoft spells out upgrade paths to Windows 10

"If upgraded within the first 12 months following launch, the device will receive ongoing Windows 10 updates for free for the life of that device"

Now that's what I wanted to see, until now there has been no clarification as to whether updates would be free or a suspected subscription service.

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There are still doubts about what the possible and legal upgrade paths are for Windows 7.

Below I tried to compile some information in a way which I hope will be helpful.

Thanks to my friend Kari for his valuable contribution
Any other additions or comments are much welcome

1) Upgrade: to move from Windows XP or Windows Vista to Windows 7
2) Custom or Clean Install: wipes the previous installation and install Windows 7 anew. Does not preserve user files
3) In-Place Upgrade: upgrades from specific versions of Vista to specific versions of Windows 7, preserving user files and programs.
4) Upgrade version: Windows 7 license for those who own a valid license of XP or Vista
5) Full retail version: Windows 7 license to install on any PC, independent of previous installations or ownership. Can be reinstalled on other computers (when activated the previous installation is no longer valid)
6) Full OEM version :Windows 7 license to install on one PC, independent of previous installations. Can only be re-installed on same computer and hardware setup

Upgrade paths
The chart below shows in what situations one can perform an in-place upgrade (e.g. from Vista Business to Windows 7 Professional) without the need to migrate files or programs, and the situations when one needs to do a Custom (Clean) Install and replace the data in the target disc. This is the case for all Windows XP owners or Windows Vista Starter. In this case you will need to migrate your personal files ... Read more

A:Windows 7 Upgrade Paths - FAQ


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From this download link:
Unsupported Upgrade Scenarios

? Upgrades to Windows 7 from the following operating systems are not supported:
? Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows XP, Windows Vista? RTM, Windows Vista Starter, Windows 7 M3, Windows 7 Beta, Windows 7 RC, or Windows 7 IDS
? Windows NT? Server 4.0, Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server? 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2
? Cross-architecture in-place upgrades (for example, x86 to x64) are not supported.
? Cross-language in-place upgrades (for example, en-us to de-de) are not supported.
? Cross-SKU upgrades (for example, Windows 7 N to Windows 7 K) are not supported.
? Upgrades from Windows Vista to Windows N, Windows K, Windows KN, or Windows E are not supported.
? Cross-build type in-place upgrades (for example, fre to chk) are not supported.
? Pre-release in-place upgrades across milestones (for example, Windows 7 RC to Windows 7 RTM) are not supported.

Supported Upgrade Scenarios

From Windows Vista (SP1, SP2)
Upgrade to Windows 7
Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate
Home Basic
Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate
Home Premium
Home Premium, Ultimate
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A:Win7 Upgrade paths

These are "in place" upgrades.
To upgrade from XP is also possible doing a clean install.

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Will the Windows Vista Upgrade path allow me to upgrade from 64 bit Home Premium to 32 bit Ultimate? I need to do this to use my legacy software without re-installing everything.

A:Vista upgrade paths

The last that I read, going from 32 to 64 required a CLEAN install. Based on that I would think that it would be the same for 64 to 32.

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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 all latest updates on 3MB R60 Duo 1.87Mhz. Full spec visible here

Runs fine most of the time but then occassionally (2 - 3 times per day) freezes for 1 - 2 minutes with the HDD light permanently on

One occasion just happened for c 40 seconds - fairly full machine and asked it to open an email with pictures in web browser (chrome). Nothing moved. Resource monitor froze. Task manager froze so it is difficult to report what was happening!!

Disk light on full time.
Resource Monitor shows
- Physical Memory around 80%
-average CPU 10% - 30%
- but very high (100/sec) 'page faults' and 'system' reading/writing furiously so I presume it isswopping files to and from HDD.
OK but why does it take so long? The PC can be locked up like this for 30 - 60 secs and it can write the whole of memory several times in 30 seconds.

There seem to be two different situations:
One (rare) where the entire PC locks up (not even the internal mouse nor tab key works) for a minute or so
The other where it becomes very slow (Ctrl-Alt-Del takes may be 45 sec to bring up task manager)
One of these just happened
'System' was writing at 1.2MB/s
svchost (netsvcs) reading 3.1MB/;s
Memory used was 2.6MB (3MB max)
and when that slowed down a bit 'trustedinstaller.exe started up and hogged one of the CPU for a couple of minutes doing what I have no idea

I've always been slightly concerned because in n... Read more

A:Windows 7 freezes for short spells (1 - 2 mins)

Have you tried running a sfc/scannow? It can find and possibly repair any damaged system files. We have many excellent tutorials here at the forums, written by some very knowledgeable people. Here's one on how to do the sfc/scannow if you haven't before. Just click on the link : SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

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Hi all,

I was hoping someone knowledgeable could clear up some confusion I have on the upgrade process. I've googled my questions and it seems there is no definitive answer and that Microsoft themselves seem to not be consistent on their treatment of upgrades.

I originally wasn't going to upgrade but at $39.99 for a Pro version, I can't resist. I am aware that you need a current install to upgrade. I was hoping that during the upgrade process I would be given an option to chose the key I wished to invalidate for the upgrade. Now, I am quite fond of my Windows 7 license and am going to keep it around in case I don't like Windows 8 and just because it is a great OS.

So my dilemma is as follows:
I have a couple full licenses for XP and Vista. I also have the OEM license of Vista Business that is on a sticker on my computer. I am resigned to the fact that I'll have to uninstall my current OS and install an old one for the upgrade and I can live with that.

I would, however, like to get rid of my most worthless license for the upgrade, which in my opinion is the one OEM one on a sticker on my laptop. So I guess the question is would the limitations of the OEM license, which is that it is only valid for that specific machine be attached to the upgraded version. As the Pro upgrade is for a limited time only, I imagine any future computer I will buy will have the Home version with it and I would like to preserve my access to the Pro version as well as to have the option to have a... Read more

A:Upgrade paths and future limitations

Hello jaebberwock. Welcome to the Eight Forums.

You mentioned "in case I don't like Windows 8" so I guess you haven't used it yet.
Based on that assumption, I would suggest downloading Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation for free. (good for 90 days) Burn it to a dvd. Do you know anything about imaging? Do you have any external drives? I would consider learning a little about external drives so that you could make some images? Are you on a budget? Can you afford to spend a few bucks on imaging software? Search online for imaging software. You could image your XP system without affecting it by an upgrade. Same with Vista or Windows 7. Image what you want to save so that they could be returned to the condition they were in. I cannot help you with your questions about upgrading licenses and keys so maybe someone else will chime in. Personally, I am not a fan of dual booting, many problems could happen. Opinions vary.

Download Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation

From my point of view, I would image backup XP, Vista, Windows 7 using the software of your choice (perhaps something like Acronis). Then, install Windows 8 on unallocated space. Do you know what unallocated space is? I apologize. I know nothing about what you know. Anyway, good luck. There are tutorials here:

Installation & Setup - Windows 8 Forums

Suggested Steps To Take Installing And Setting Up Windows 8

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A:Microsoft Lync, Formatting Issues Sending Paths Between '10 and '13


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I guess this may be a tiny bit off the subject here, but I am attempting this in windows 7.

I have a program file manager tool called 'Directory Opus' that is capable of calling windows external programs and passing them the current directory the file manager is sitting on.

So far so good.

Now I want to call a cygwin (linux/unix emulator for windows) terminal with that file manager.

Checking properties on the cygwin Icon I got the path: C:\cygwin\bin\mintty.exe -i /Cygwin-Terminal.ico -

So it is a path to a command and an argument to that command.

Actually I guess it is 2 arguments to a command since I think '-' in that position means to feed anything on STDIN to the command. At least that would be true in unix shell programming.

So using the Directory opus setup I pass this call:
'@async:C:\cygwin\bin\mintty.exe -i /Cygwin-Terminal.ico - <and here add {s}>'

So the call ends up:
'@async:C:\cygwin\bin\mintty.exe -i /Cygwin-Terminal.ico - {s}'

That call does just what it is supposed to. It passed the current file absolute address however cygwin terminal does not understand the windows path notation. If I were passing it: C:\subdir\blah\ It would just say 'No such file' Cygwin terminal wants to see /cygdrive/c/subdir/blah Or at least I think that is what is happing.

So to cut to the chase.... I'd like to put a little wrapper to Cygwin terminal in there with the code necessary to convert 'C:\subdir\blah\' to '/cygdrive/c/subdir/blah/'

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A:Dos paths and unix paths conversion

I would ask on specifically this forum:
General Software Discussion -

The reason is I know there are a bunch of DO aficionados, who also use Linux, on that forum. I've never tried DO myself. I have played around with CygWin. But it's been a few years.

If the site wants a donation to sign up just explain to Mouser why you want to post etc.. I think he'll be sympathetic.

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A:Computer takes slow spells...

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It is a Compaq PC about a year old, running Windows Vista Premium with SP1 (or whatever the one released a couple of months back was). I have installed a few program updates lately, but none no brand new programs and nothing that I would consider 'dodgy'. I have never had any serious problems with the PC in the past.

I let the Windows auto-fix run and it tried to do a rollback, which didn't work. It then said it couldn't fix the problem. I then went into the startup menu and did a manual rollback to an update about 5 days back, which completeled successfully, but still didn't solve the problem. I also took of the case and removed any dust with an airgun and reseated the memory sticks, but still no joy. I guess the problem could be hardware given the failure fof the rollback, but I didn't know what section to post it in so I posted here, hope that's okay.

Anybody have any things I could try, or at least an idea of what the problem might be? I have a backup of my files a few weeks old, but would like to avoid a complete rebuild if I can.

Thanks in advance.

A:Blue Screen Spells Death

It maybe a RAM issue. Try Memtest86 to see if you have a bad stick of RAM. You could try pulling RAM out and seeing if it boots with atleast one stick in it. Next you should try to boot with each individual stick in each slot on the motherboard. If nothing then you could have a motherboard issue.

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A:Windows cannot access paths?

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I can´t find a solution to this problem anywhere in the Net, so maybe you guys can help me. I just did a reinstall of windows 8.1 on my desktop using the option to keep all data AND program files. The process went on very well....BUT when I restarted some programs' exe files are not found by Windows when I try to open them (Ccleaner and Office 2010 are examples) Ccleaner I uninstalled and reinstalled but the message is the same " Windows cannot find [path], make sure you typed the name correctly and then try again...." Office 2010 I ran the repair option but the message came on again, so I reinstalled it and couldn´t open it because the message came on again. I think paths got messed up somehow because those files are certainly in my hard drive. Please can you help me out?

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Attempted to upgrade to Windows 10 but the install wizard declares that the display is not compatible and the wizard exits.  HP support says that this laptop is compatible but to review something.  I followed all instructions. No drivers were needed.  No message to describe a display problem was found.  Thanks,

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When Microsoft made its major push in the marketplace to get everyone to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, I declined. I didn't want it. I'd seen a few people run into problems. I do not want to destabilize my system. Everything was running fine.

But Microsoft was relentless. About 3 different "recommended" updates were deployed as part of the software push to get users to upgrade. You had to figure out which ones were part of the "Windows 10 subversive install", uninstall them, then when Windows wanted to give them to you again, you'd have to hide the updates.

I went through all of that. TWICE. Yes, twice, because somewhere along the lines Microsoft figured out what people were doing and pulled them out of hiding. I had to do it again.

Well... surprise, surprise, surprise... those updates are not back, but now I'm seeing "Upgrade to Windows 10" AGAIN!!!

I'm going out of my mind. I DO NOT WANT WINDOWS 10! They have 13 FAQ entries, NONE of them say "What if I don't want Windows 10"? This is completely UNACCEPTABLE. Microsoft is being asinine about this Windows 10 upgrade push.
Does anyone know how to get rid of this new upgrade push? What are the update installs that are in the system forcing this again? Please... please post if you do. Thank you.

A:Microsoft pushing Windows 10 upgrade AGAIN??

Upgrade to Windows 10 Update - Enable or Disable in Windows 7 or 8.1 - Windows 10 Forums

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Hi - I hope someone can help me?
I have a Dell Latitude E6500. I installed some software that I thought was Ok but seems all my problems start back from that point.
Firstly I noticed my laptop would not shutdown or start up properly - (I noticed it stopped in the safe mode loading process at an AVG file AVGIDSEH.SYS). After letting the PC fix itself, it is able to do re start. Then I noticed getting error messages on any Office program - especially Outlook. The laptop was previosuly owned and I have a suspicion that it was a pirate copy. So I decided to get a valid copy of Office home and business. This will not load - it just hangs. (When I tried to open Outlook - the system tried to install Enterprise 2007 and then it would hang as well) also I tried to uninstall Enterprise but this does not look successful either.
The other issue I have is Windows 7 SP1 is trying to install by update and keeps failing with error code 80070652.
I have Windows 7 professional 32 bit installed.
I can access my email but all my outlook archives cannot be accessed.
I have tried MalwareBytes and AVG scan without finding anything.
Please help!

A:Windows 7 Microsoft Office upgrade

Hi Andy,

Browsing around the web, it seems your problem may be caused from an incomplete install or possibly from the Dell Support software installed on your computer. I would go to Control Panel-> Programs and Features and completely uninstall MS Office and any of the Dell Support software that you may find.

Then reboot, and go to, and try the Windows Update fix.

Then reinstall Office, and try to update to SP1. Post back here with your results.

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Starting today, current users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will be able to reserve a free upgrade to Windows 10 once the operating system is released in a few months' time. And yes, the free upgrade will give you...

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A:Microsoft lets Windows 7 and 8.1 users reserve free upgrade to Windows 10

DirectX 12 here we come. Oh yeah!

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A:Using PATHS in the command line in Windows 7

so you want to do this in command prompt?

python c:\whatever\subfolder\

Where is python.exe located?

You want it to work for your account only I assume (?)

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Over the last couple of weeks, Microsoft began advertising Windows 10 to existing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. Those who are regularly up to date via Windows Update should now have the option to reserve a copy of Windows 10 via the system tray, which will put you in for pre-downloading Windows 10 before July 29th. Earlier this week, Microsoft released another update for Windows 8.1 users, which puts reserving Windows 10 at the forefront of Windows, literally during the Windows 8.1 setup process and even before reaching the desktop.

This new update allows users to reserve Windows 10 within the OOBE (out of box experience) when first booting a new install or setting up a newly purchased PC. The ability to reserve comes after you setup your account, but before you even reach the desktop. This means that new users who recently purchased a Windows 8.1 device simply can't miss the chance to reserve Windows 10. This also appears if you clean install Windows 8.1 with November Update roll-up and are connected to the internet.

Microsoft now offering Windows 10 upgrade during Windows 8.1 setup process

A:Microsoft now offering Windows 10 upgrade during Windows 8.1 setup process

Microsoft really wants to make sure people are aware of win10. I guess they need something to brag about when win10 is finally released.

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MICROSOFT HAS CONFIRMED that being a Windows 10 Insider does not guarantee a free copy of the operating system.
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But Microsoft has made it clear that its generosity stretches only so far, and that being a beta tester is an honour in itself.
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A:Microsoft: Insiders using Windows XP or Vista won't get free Windows 10 upgrade

It has been announced months ago, and it took another declaration to confirm it? Some people really lives on their own little cloud don't they?

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Hello everyone, I purchased a Windows 7 upgrade disk to upgrade my old Windows XP laptop, the IBM ThinkPad T43P. When I purchased the laptop, it comes with Microsoft Office 2010 Professional. I do not have the installation media or the license key code for it any more. I would like to upgrade since Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP but I want to keep Microsoft Office 2010 Professional. Is there a way to do that? Thank you very much, -G

A:How to keep Microsoft Office 2010 after upgrade from XP to Windows 7

You can run Belarc advisor,

Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit, for software, hardware and security configuration information on your computer. Software license management, IT asset management, cyber security audits, and more.

To audit the Office key from your old machine.

Then download your version of Office from here,

Office 2010 Direct Download Links

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I read this article earlier this morning and decided to pass it on.

I'm sure other articles about it have been released by now.


A:Microsoft Still Trying To Force Windows 10 Upgrade On Users

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just find on the Internet , the News that Microsoft forces users to upgrade to Windows 10

A:Microsoft forces users to upgrade to Windows 10

Yes, I`ve been a victim! I got the countdown message a week ago and ignored it and ten minutes later, I`m on a website and all of a sudden my laptop stops what it`s doing and downloads Windows 10! So not being too techie, I decided why not, let it download. I never wanted Windows 10 (was happy using Windows 7) but noticed that it was becoming prone to infection and sites popping up that I had to clear from my vaults using my Microsoft Security.

I have to say, since the download, my laptop is faster, the security (Windows Defender) is better and after getting used to the features and finding my way around, I`m actually liking it. I thought it was the big bad wolf that had to be avoided, but I`ve been pleasantly surprised and it cost me nothing! So can`t complain. I can`t say everyone will love it as I`m just a basic internet user, so anyone far more techie than I am may not agree, but the new browser `Microsoft Edge` is faster too. So yes, liking it so far. Still have a few niggles I need to sort out but apart from that, I`m happy to go with it.

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A short video from Barnacules Nerdgasm explaining Windows 10 forced upgrade. I like his rants about M$ as he is an ex M$ employee

A:Forced Microsoft Windows 10 Upgrade Explained

aye, I like his 'rants' also ... Windows 10 is fine, MS are more evil than Google.


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On my previouse installation of Windows XP I had all of the Microsoft Office Programs (Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Exel, Etc.) and after I did a new install Upgrade, I now have Windows XP but a newer version. Why don't I have the Microsoft Office programs installed. Do they even come with the Windows XP Pro SP2 Upgrade CD? Is there any way to download Microsoft Office? Isn't this set of programs allways supposed to come with Windows XP especially Windows XP Professional? How do I get it and Why don't I have it?

A:Solved: Does the Windows Upgrade come with Microsoft Office

There is no way Office got installed when you installed Windows XP. Office does not come with XP. It is a separate application.

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Microsoft has posted a website so you can order the Windows XP SP2 upgrade CD.

Just provide the requested mailing information and submit it.

The cost of the CD is FREE.

A:Microsoft Site For Ordering Windows XP SP2 Upgrade CD

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I bought a laptop from Cyberpower 2 months ago and it has been freezing up when I start it up after being shut down. I got this error message:Consider BIOS upgrade

Microsoft is unable to determine the exact cause of this error. However, this problem was most likely caused by an error in your computer&#8217;s random access memory (RAM). RAM is the main internal storage area the computer uses to run programs and store data.

During the crash analysis, we noticed the basic input/output (BIOS) system version on this computer does not match the specifications for the central processing unit (CPU), also known as a processor, that is installed on your computer. This can occur when a newer processor is installed on an older system board or older BIOS. Using a BIOS that does not support the installed processor can result in Windows system crashes. Contact your computer manufacturer or motherboard manufacturer for an updated version of BIOS for your computer's processor.

Additional information

Important: Upgrading the BIOS version may require moderate to advanced troubleshooting skills. If you are uncomfortable with performing these steps, you might want to consider consulting with paid technical support.

If your computer contains an Intel processor, you can use special utilities to identify your specific processor. Click the following link to go online for more information:

Intel Processor Identification Utility

List of BIOS Manufacturers

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A:Microsoft Windows Error-Consider BIOS upgrade?

I cannot get any answer or email response at all from Cyberpower about this and I don't know what to do. Their claim of 24/7 customer service is a joke!
Is this anything I need to worry about?
My laptop is only 2 months old, so can it need updating already?

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I often "misplace" files that turn up later in different places. When I enter data into a file, I never know where it will show up... or not! E.g., there are at least 4 Desktops in File explorer and they don't always have the same information buried in them. Some files seem lost and suddenly they turn up in a place with the the same sub-adress.1) Desktop2) Desktop/my name/Desktop3) Desktop/This PC/Desktop4) Desktop/This PC/LOCAL DISK (C:)/Users/my name/DesktopHow can I simplify this so that when I put something in I can count on it being in just ONE place, and there are no folders with similar addresses where it may or may not be located? Something about the way FE is set up seems redundant but really isn't!

A:Why are there multiple Desktop folder paths in Windows 8.1?

You should be using the default Documents, Pictures, Music, and Downloads folders under your user (C:..../Users/<your name>/Documents) with shortcuts on your desktop to make them easier to open directly. Just simply look at the location it is saving things to before you click OK.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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Can I downgrade later?
If I upgrade to Windows 10 and do not like it, will I be able to go back to Windows 7 or 8? millrambr82
Yes: Microsoft aims to enable you to “roll back” to your old operating system, if required. However, I wouldn’t rely on this. In my view, it’s essential to back up your old system before installing a new one. You should also use the option to create “recovery media” with your old system, so that you’re not totally dependent on the “roll back” working.
You and you alone are responsible for preserving your own data.

Interesting to see how this plays out.

A:Microsoft Windows 10 free upgrade: 10 more of your questions answered

This is the only question I wanted an answer to. The rest I already knew

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I made a similar thread a while ago, but I figured it would be best to start a new thread instead of bumping the old one.

Due to the $30 student price for Windows 7, it is highly likely that I will be buying Windows 7, though I will not be ordering it until Windows 7 is actually on shelves, as I would prefer a hard copy.

My desktop has Athlon 64 X2 dual core process, it is a AMD Athlon X2 4400+ I believe (don't remember the exact number).

I have a few questions

Would an upgrade to Windows 7 x32 merit a clean install? would x64 merit one? What would be the main differences between the two (other than that I would be able to add more RAM with x64)? I have heard I will driver issues with most things if I use x64, is this true?

Also, how many licenses does one purchase? (i.e. would I have to buy a second copy for my laptop)

A:Questions regarding Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade

first thing 1st to make sure you have anything.

secound with the 32 and 64 part read <--- basicly 64 need more ram and more computer space and doesnt increase the speed by much i think

last: more upgrade or purchase with be 1 licenses for 1 computer only inleast you buy more licenses

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Well well well, guess Microsoft finally got enough people to donkey punch 'em in the nuts (not to mention the lady who sued 'em for $10,000...) to make 'em change the prompt.

Microsoft tweaks aggressive Windows 10 upgrade prompt following complaints

Microsoft started aggressively pushing its Windows 10 upgrade notifications back in February. While more than 300 million machines are now running the OS, some people haven't been particularly happy with how they received the upgrade. Microsoft is paying out $10,000 to a woman in Seattle who claims that Windows 10 installed itself on her work computer without her permission.

Microsoft's initial upgrade prompts for Windows 10 were relatively clear, but in recent months the company tweaked its prompt so that if you simply dismissed it using the "Red X" the upgrade would schedule itself anyway. "Since we introduced a new upgrade experience for Windows 10, we've received feedback that some of our valued customers found it confusing," admits Windows chief Terry Myerson, in a statement to The Verge. "We've been working hard to incorporate their feedback and this week, we'll roll out a new upgrade experience with clear options to upgrade now, schedule a time, or decline the free offer."

Microsoft has clearly learned that its ambition to have one billion machines running Windows 10 isn't worth losing the trust of its customers over. The new prompt... Read more

A:Microsoft tweaks aggressive Windows 10 upgrade prompt

Too late, they already lost my trust and have voted for Micrexit.

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Windows 10 'Free' Upgrade Breakdown

Microsoft's free upgrade options for Windows 10 have been garnering increasing attention as the July 29 release date for the operating system fast approaches. Partners said there are still unanswered questions about licensing terms, clean installs versus in-place upgrades, and whether once you upgrade to Windows 10 is it possible to downgrade back to Windows 8.1 or 7.
"Nothing is ever as clear as we'd like it to be with Microsoft," said Bob Nitrio, president of Ranvest Associates, Sacramento, Calif. "When Windows 10 is popular in the press, it initiates a lot of discussion with our customers. The good news is, we are in no rush to upgrade to Windows 10. But we still need more answers."

Microsoft's Free Windows 10 Upgrade: 10 Things Partners Need To Know - Page: 1 | CRN

A:Microsoft's Free Windows 10 Upgrade: 10 Things Partners Need To Know

Just say no to WinBlow$! No free upgrade for my old XP so I'm going LinuxMint!


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Can anybody figure out what you get here:
Microsoft Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade, Starter to Home Premium GBP 61.-
Is it fully functioning OS. why such a weird product title?
Is it crippleware you have to pay extra to upgrade to the cheapest Home Premium?

A:Microsoft Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade, Starter to Home Pr

I think the link is messed up (if it was a link)...

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A:Softpedia: Microsoft Provides Documentation to Fix Windows 10 Upgrade Errors

Now finally Microsoft has a good idea.

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Serves them right!!!!
Woman wins $10,000 judgment against Microsoft for forced Windows 10 upgrade

By Joel Hruska on June 27, 2016 at 8:14 am

For months, we?ve cataloged continued user resistance to Microsoft?s Windows 10 upgrade policies, the company?s increasing attempts to shove users to adopt the OS, and its occasional backtrack when its own policies went too far. It seems that at least one customer took the fight to court and won a small judgment against the company for how it deployed its latest operating system.
The Seattle Times reports that Teri Goldstein, of Sausalito, California, sued Microsoft after a failed Windows 10 upgrade left her system performing poorly, prone to crashing, and reportedly unusable for multiple days. Given the general issues associated with performing in-place upgrades, even successful ones, it?s not surprising that some users would run into problems. Goldstein reached out to Microsoft customer service to attempt to resolve her issues, but filed suit against the company once it failed to resolve her problems. Her $10,000 figure reflected estimate... Read more

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I have a Logitech keyboard with inbuilt mouse. Beside that I have a Microsoft Mouse wirelss mouse type 700V2. Both mouses were working fine before the latest Windows upgrade.

I have noticed that the latest upgrade has installed Microsoft Mouse en Keyboard center but that this center does not support the older versions of Microsof Wireless mouse.

Indeed, a fter the upgrade my Microsoft mouse doen not work anymore. According Microsof I can solve that problem by installing IntelliPoint 8.2. After downloading the right IntelliPoint 8.2 my Windows 10 computer refuses to install Intellipoint 8.2.

My PC is 64bits but I am running 32 bits Windows 10. I have downloaded the 32 bit version of Intellipoint.

Any solution for this problem?

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How to Stop the Windows Upgrade Blue Box when starting up Microsoft Msn Home page

How to disable: refreshgwxconfig-B from the task scheduler?

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Microsoft has said that they are ending the free upgrade to Windows 10 starting on July 29th. Do you think that they will go through with that or keep it a free upgrade? If they make it paid, I wonder what will happen with the nagging icon and rogue installs. I don't mind Windows 10 at all for my home computer, but I'm still waiting on the day I come into work and see that Microsoft somehow got past our domain group policies.

A:July 29th cut off date for free Windows 10 upgrade. Do you think Microsoft will follow through?

Cue in Jul 28th announcement that generous MS has decided to extend the free upgrade period for another 6 months.

... and then for another 6 months.

... and then for 3 extra months.

... and then scrw it, it is free for all.

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After upgrading to Windows 10 my ms sculpt Bluetooth mouse no longer works. Says it paired, says it's connected, but not operational. Help!

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Not sure if I trust this but I'll be doing some testing in a VM I suppose, and even though I have absolutely no use for Windows 10 whatsoever I figured this could prove useful to somebody else in case it's slipped through the cracks with all the other Windows 10 reporting going on.

KB3050265 is yet another Microsoft Windows Update on the Knowledge Base that's designed to primarily address the slowdowns and lag that so many people have encountered with Windows 7 (and 8/8.1 also) but it has a secondary function: it creates a new Group Policy which allows the end user to completely disable any and all future Windows 10 upgrade attempts, and potentially any update attempts as well. It's yet to be seen if this works for those nasty updates that are trying to install the retroactive telemetry crap from Windows 10, however, but if it does actually stop the upgrade push then that alone I suppose is a worthy reason to install it. More info at:

As noted on that page:

This update installs a new Group Policy object that enables you to block upgrades to the latest version of Windows through Windows Update.

Microsoft is making Windows 10 available for free for one year from the date of availability to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers for non-Enterprise editions. If you have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 Pro deployed in your organization, Windows 10 will be offered to you. Computers that have this Group Policy ... Read more

A:Has Microsoft learned a lesson? New KB3050265 claims to block *all* Windows 10 upgrade BS

DisableOSUpgrade=1 reg key/value has been around for a long time.

Here's an article from September:
How to stop Windows 10 downloading automatically

and here's one from June 2015:
Registry key / GPO to disable and block Windows 10 upgrade?

I'm not even sure the GPO piece is all that new. I'm pretty sure I remember reading about it some time back; though my memory is a bit fuzzy there, so I could be remembering wrong.

Never10 and GWX Control Panel both set that reg value/key.

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Microsoft would have you believe that Windows 10 is the best thing since sliced bread. Not everyone is convinced, however, including Mozilla CEO Chris Beard.

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A:Mozilla CEO publishes open letter to Microsoft chief regarding Windows 10 upgrade process

"Specifically, he claims it strips users of the Internet experience they want and replaces it with the experience that Microsoft wants them to have."

Has Beard ever written an open letter to Apple?

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I've seen this reported around. Apparently Microsoft has released another Windows Update advertisement for the Windows 10 free upgrade:

Microsoft Offers System Reminder About Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expiration (KB3173040)
Win7 and 8.1 patch KB 3173040 throws full-screen Win10 upgrade warning
Microsoft issues KB3173040 as a final in-your-face reminder to upgrade to Windows 10 for free
KB3173040: Windows 7 and 8.1 users are being reminded of Windows 10's free upgrade offer
Microsoft Installs New Update on Windows 7/8.1 to Nag About Windows 10 Upgrade

A:Microsoft Offers System Reminder About Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expiration (KB3173040)

I just checked updates and saw no such file. But I used gpedit to not allow upgrade offers or to install upgrades so that is probably why. And some fools said I shouldn't tinker with gpedit. LOL

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Windows 10 is a little over a week away and the hype train is in full motion. Microsoft on Sunday published a video primarily targeting those that might still be grappling with the idea of upgrading to its new operating system.

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A:Microsoft kicks off Windows 10 countdown with "10 Reasons to Upgrade" video series

Yeah, Windows 10 <b>literally</b> combines start menu and tiles...exactly what <b>nobody</b> asked for. We wanted tiles on the desktop, ala a new breed of gadgets. The obvious goal is to keep pushing people towards the start screen and limited, dumbed-down mobile apps on the PC. Yeah..not gonna happen. Windows 10 will tank just as bad if not worse than Windows 8 due to Microsoft's obsession with copying all of the competitions <I>worst</I> aspects.

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Windows 7 auto update in the middle of the night messed everything up. My desktop is empty, my documents and other folders are also empty.

However, if I navigate through MyComputer, I can still see the files where they should be. Windows is presenting me with a new and empty directory instead.


REAL DIRECTORY (where my files exist): Computer/C:/Users/PC/Downloads

START MENU DIRECTORY (empty when you click downloads): Computer/C:/Windows/System32/config/systemprofile/Downloads.
So, the start menu navigation used to take me to the correct folder and is now taking me to some Sys32/config nonsense folder.

How do I get the desktop and start menu to access the correct folders like it used to before the update. My data and files are not just seems that way because they aren't showing the right folders.


A:Windows 7 using "wrong" desktop and folder paths after update.

Sounds like your user profile has lost it's connection with where it's data is stored.

Enable the hidden Administrator account from WinRE/Win 7 install DVD/flash drive.

User Account Password - Change from WinRE

Follow through part of Step 9. Logon on to the "Administrator" account

The key is a registry hack that redirects Windows back to the ProfileImagePath of the original profile.

Click on Start then Run. type regedit and press Enter or click OK.

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
Once there, you will see the SID's listed for all of the profiles on the machine. Within the Key for each SID there is an entry called "ProfileImagePath" that will look like
%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\UserName...
Scroll through the SID's until you find the one with the screwy name, like
%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\youruserid.2
This is just an example, could be something else weird.
Just edit the Key to remove the ".2", and it will point the user back to their old profile...
Got this from but it's no longer there.

Undo the magnify.exe change made earlier and disable the hidden Administrator account if you want. I leave mine available in case I ever need it.

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Hello, I'm posting this for a friend at the moment. On his laptop, the HP Pavilion g7 his left shift key acts the letter "C" as well as shift, his right shift key acts as the letter "E" and shift. The letters also do the same thing. He's tried remapping as well as other various things to attempt to fix the problem but none have worked. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

A:LShift key spells "C", and other nonsense.

Originally Posted by ratchet132

Hello, I'm posting this for a friend at the moment. On his laptop, the HP Pavilion g7 his left shift key acts the letter "C" as well as shift, his right shift key acts as the letter "E" and shift. The letters also do the same thing. He's tried remapping as well as other various things to attempt to fix the problem but none have worked. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Plug in a USB keyboard to see if it does the same thing, if it still is not working it is a Windows problem, if it goes away then it a keyboard problem.

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Q: Paths


Sounds like your PATHS are wrong ?

This is always fun.

You need to ?locate? the nmake.exe and ensure that the path to this file eg, c:\myfiles\nmake.exe is listed in PATH

This is something someone told me i needed to do to finish compiling a program (anope IRC services)

Frankly I'm rather new to all of this and have no clue exactlly what to do

Any help would be greatly appreciated


This page has the full instructions for building Anope for Windows

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I am trying to show a friend how to use a used computer he purchased recently. I have done some exploring in his files and folders. My experience is limited to XP only; so some things look different to me. I found this path: C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Temp\services.exe which seems odd. Is a temp folder where Vista would place services.exe, or does this indicate a problem?

Thanks for your replies,

A:vista paths

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Applications won't run because the paths can't be found but the files and folders all exist

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I am using Parallels running Windows XP.
I try opening the run.bat file from there but it appears and disappears in a second. I managed to click it like crazy and see what it says. "UNC paths are not supported." I also opened CMD and dragged the run.bat file over into it. This is that I got...

Any help would be much appreciated.

A:UNC paths are not supported

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I did not know which forum to post in for my problem. Sorry if this is the wrong one.

I recently tried to relocate my data folders and something went wrong. When I was done I had dble folders. This is a picture of the results.
Attachment 171583

I moved them back to it's original place. I want to be able to move them a separate partician. I know that the problem has something to do with paths being incorrect.

When I click on the start menu and on my username icon it opens up my real user folders and not Libraries. I wonder if this is a clue. I have returned the start menu customizations to default and it still opens my user folders. Can someone help me figure this out?


A:Need to fix folder Paths.

Hi ariel5345

Have a look at this - Start Menu User Folder Buttons - Open to Users Instead of Libraries The second set of .reg files will reset your start menu open locations.

This should help put your user folders back to their default location - User Folders - Restore Default Location

Follow this excellent tutorial to help move your user folders successfully - User Folders - Change Default Location

Post back with any questions


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Hello, I know (am pretty sure >.<) that there is a way to do this.

I am trying to set a file path for a folder, but I need the folder to go to the current username, instead of my username. For example..

C:\Users\Matt\Documents\ - Is my current path

I want it to be C:\Users\*THEIR USER NAME*\Documents\

A:Help With File Paths

Hello Anyok,

You can use the path below for a universal profile path instead.

%USERPROFILE%\My Documents

Hope this helps,

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I am using Parallels running Windows XP.
I try opening the run.bat file from there but it appears and disappears in a second. I managed to click it like crazy and see what it says. "UNC paths are not supported." I also opened CMD and dragged the run.bat file over into it. This is that I got...

Any help would be much appreciated.

A:UNC paths are not supported

I've posted this on 10 sites and all I got are witty remarks. People are just dumb these days....

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Im new to windows 10, i upgraded from windows 7. I am beyong annoyed with the File looking for is here, there, in that folder and dont forget the folder under it lol. I sync my phone to pc for Dropbox, Files starts to sync and im seeing the same file syncing over and over like 4 times, along with the annoying windows sounds each time. I look to see where they are going and one goes to a folder
Same file here
This PC-Windows C-users Branscum-dropbox

same file went here
and here
C-users-craig and lisa-Dropbox

i could go on but im confusing my self even more...Please i dont need all them access points for the same file ...Could some one explain this to me

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Is it possib to delete the shared document and libraries from my Seven ? Or will windows keep generating new ones at each boot ? Can I stop windows from doing this ? or have i have to live with this ?


Packard Bell Imedia
4 gb ram



A:Paths , Librabries ?

You need to remember that library's only point to the actual file somewhere on the network or on your own machine in the "user" files. If you need to delate something from the library you should delate the file from the actual source "my pictures" My documents" "my music".

But there is a way to make it work like you want.

Just go into Windows Media Player, choose the "organize" tab then "options" then choose the Library tab and set it to "delate files from the computer when delated from the Library. Although I believe that only works if you are delating files from Library of the machine that contains the source files.

That should allow for delating from the Library, but only from the machine that the files reside on, I don't believe it will work accross the network. It think it still works best if you delate from the file source instead of the Library.

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I'm trying to enter a registry value. However, the place to enter it is dimmed:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\

When I right click App Paths "New" appears and should allow me to left click on "Key". However, "Key" is dimmed so I cannot select it.

I am the admin and logged in as such. I have XP Pro SP3 installed.

How do I make "Key" available?


A:How to make xp app paths key available

Sounds like a permissions issue of some kind.

Right click App Paths then click Permissions
Administrators and System should have Full Control and Read access, Power Users should have Read and Special, and Users should have Read access. Creator Owner should have Special. These should all be greyed out, meaning they are inherited.

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there two windows xp professionals installe dmy pc .
How can I delete the second?

A:Boot Paths

Go to Start/Run and type msconfig go to the Boot.ini tab click Check All Boot Paths

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I recently had to get rid of of my slave harddrive, and therefore had to reinstall a few programs:

A problem occurs when i try to setup software using setup files that worked perfectly before:

---- 1607:Unable to install InstallShield Scripting Runtime.

I check this out on net. Download the required isscript.msi, which should automatically install the required installshield again. But then i get it automatically pointing towards my old hd

---- Error 1327. Invalid Drive: G:\

Can someone please help me understand whats wrong and how to find a solution?



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Looking for a way to add a single file to an existing .ZIP file, but need to specify the path within the existing file structure.

Example - I ZIP a directory and it's subs with all of their files. It has about 6 different subs and each of them have up to 10 subs of their own.

I need to add 1 single file and tell it that the path I want it to go to is:

BUT - the file is not coming from the same directory on the system being used to create the ZIP.

Please help.


A:WinZip paths

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I'm writing a batch file which calls a 32 bit .exe program. I want it to be compatible with the different Windows operating systems. The problem is that the path to "Program Files" is different depending which OS is being used. For instance:

I know the paths for these OS' since I use them:
- WinXP 32 bit: C:\Program Files\
- Vista 64 bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\

Could some kind souls please tell me what the 32bit paths are for:
- WinXP 64 bit:
- Vista 32 bit:

And for Windows 7 also would be nice:
- Win7 32 bit:
- Win7 64 bit:


A:Need help with paths in XP and Vista.

Environment variable - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Look down in the section called "system path variable" for %ProgramFiles%.

Some other good stuff on that page as well.


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I was just wondering if there were a way to change the default cookie path in XP to another location; for example, my RamDrive...Thanks for any help! peace,

A:XP Cookies and Paths

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I would like to take advantage of this offer they have sent me for the half off pre-order for the upgrade version and I have a few questions.

I have Vista Ultimate now and never use Bit Locker so basically the 7 premium version would be about the same as what I am utilizing right now since I don't Locker right? They don't seem to be offering the 7 Ultimate version upgrade in this deal this is why I am asking. I also only plan on using one language which is another option the Ultimate version has that I don't need.

Secondly, do these upgrade version include 32 and 64 bit versions in one package? I have looked and the offer does not specify which one it was or if Win 7 includes both. I prefer to use 64 bit which is what I have now.

Lastly, no one might know this yet but can the upgrade version be used to do a stand alone install as long as you have a qualifying product DVD on hand? I know older versions of Windows you could do this with ( I believe ME would do it as longas you had a Win 98 disk to verify). I ask this because I am planning an upgrade soon and I ask this question for that reason because I am using a system builder version and will have to buy another copy of Vista for an upgraded system (unless my motherboard would die by chance).

A:Microsoft half off for upgrade

32 and 64 bit versions in one package, Yes except for Win 7 Starter Edition

You can do clean install with upgrade disc

Compare Windows 7 Editions

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I recently purchased a computer that comes with a 60 day trial of MS Office. I do not need Office, what I need is Word. Is there a legal way of upgrading only Word? I was told that if I have Works that it can be upgraded to Word, is this correct?



Can't have Word without the rest of the Office Suite. Microsoft sells it all together because it wants people to only use their office productivity programs. You can always try OpenOffice if you don't want to throw down money for the entire Office Suite.

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As many others, I completed the 8.1 upgrade from 8.0 and used a Microsoft account to do so (pi$$es me off to see later how MS 'hid' the option to retain your prior account to get you to use theirs). So now I have the upgrade but have to use the Microsoft account logon, which I don't want to do. Further, for some reason the Miscrosoft account had the name Jenni Ellesburg associated to it for some reason (no idea, not my name and I didn't do it) and now my default folder and account references all say Jenni. And I am a male, wonderful.

I know you can create a local account but that requires referencing all the programs back into 'Start', reconfiguring the desktop which is now blank, and going through the whole MS outlook setup from scratch (ugh!), etc. How can I easily take the setup that was ported for the Microsoft account during the update and change that into a local account and pick up right where I left off in Win 8 (without having to do all the additional setup described above)?


A:8.1 Upgrade: Want to get rid of the Microsoft Account

I'm baffled to the account name switch....never heard of/seen that happen before. I can only come up with 2 explanations; 1. you're not the original owner of the PC or 2. This PC has been hijacked/taken over....compromised to say the least.

In either case, if this were my PC, I would clean install with 8 inputting the correct user information and then update to 8.1 thus making sure all old user info and infections are completely gone. This would be the easiest solution IMO, rather than spending countless hours/days trying to figure out what happened and looking for a way to undo what's be done.

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I have bought a notebook in China, with Windows 8 PRC pre-installed. Everything in Windows is written in Chinese, which I can't read. The English language pack for Win 8 does not work effectively with Windows 8 PRC. And if you try to upgrade, using the Win 8 Upgrade Assistant, you automatically download another Chinese version of Win 8.

I need to buy and download an English version of Win 8 from Microsoft, and then overwrite Windows 8 PRC pre-installed completely. I do not want to upgrade. I want to reformat the C drive and reinstall an English version of Win 8 from scratch. This is the only way I can get rid of Windows 8 PRC pre-installed forever, and have Win 8 in English.

I need to be directed to the exact place on the web where I can buy and download an English version of Win 8 from Microsoft. Please do not simply send me to the Windows Store, where I cannot find my way. I need to know exactly where I can buy and download, from Microsoft, an English version of Win 8 that I can install on a freshly reformatted disk.

Thanks in advance!

A:How do I buy & download non-upgrade Win 8 from Microsoft?

Windows Upgrade Offer - Landing Page When you install it choose Custom not Upgrade

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I have xp home (2002)

A:Can I get the link for the SP3 upgrade from microsoft?

Welcome to TSF!!!
Go to Windows Update It should list Service Pack 3
as one of the updates for your computer. If it is listed, click install, and that should install SP3 on your system.

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I am using Oplisker program.

Oplisker (Open Source Play List Maker) |

How to create m3u file from mp3s in different folders on your computer ?

It seems to only create mp3 playlist only from mp3s in the same folder.

I was interested to create playlist from different folders with different paths
to save to one m3u file, not m3u file in each folder from the mp3s within that folder.

I know I can edit the file so it goes to different paths using notepad, but that would defeat the purpose of this program making it easier to save playlst from diferent mp3s in diffrent folders.


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I have Windows XP Pro, sp 2.

I've encountered paths like: C:\DOCUME~1\ROYON~1\LOCALS~1\Temp. Except the tilde is higher. I don't know how to follow paths when there like this. Can someone please tell me how to interpret this path?



A:How do you interpret paths like C:\DOCUME~1\...


This kind of path is contraction of the real folder or file names so that they are compatible with the old 8.3 DOS filename format. I don't know why it is necessary, but in (my) theory it works this way:
Long names are stripped of all spaces, even between words.
If the resulting string, without extension, is longer than 8 characters, the 6 leftmost characters are taken and an index appended, to distinguish between similar names.
So "ASDFGHJKLQWE" becomes "ASDFGH~1" while ASDFGHJKLRTZ" becomes "ASDFGH~2"

So the one you submitted translates to something like

C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Local Settings\Temp
Where username is different for each user of the computer.

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My documents are located in D:\Dropbox\MyOwnDocuments

I no longer use Dropbox; so I would like to move them all to D:\MyOwnDocuments

Problem is that I have many portable programs there, and also program files and program data for programs running from my C drive. Not to mention various other shortcuts to documents or folders in D:\Dropbox\MyOwnDocuments

Is there a quick way to check which programs / shortcuts need to be changed? Or (better) is there a way to change these paths automatically?

Thanks for any input.

A:How to change paths seamlessly?

Use subst cmd to fool things they are still in the same location Subst

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When I open 3ds max I get a number of error messages for example:
The fonts path D:\Program Files\W2KPrograms\Fonts does not exist. Use configure paths to set the locatioin to a path that does exist.
[These messages also include The Import Path D:\Program Files\W2KPrograms\Meshes, The export path D:\Program Files\W2KPrograms\Meshes, The Expressions Path D:\Program Files\W2KPrograms\Express, Previews Path D:\Program Files\W2KPrograms\Previews and Video Path D:\Program Files\W2KPrograms\Videos does not exist. Use configure paths to set the locatioin to a path that does exist.]
I would dearly love to do that but I don't know how???
Can anyone help me to find out how to 'configure a path?'
Many thanks.
J. Nabney

A:(Solved) How to configure paths?

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How would I set up Windows 8 so that I can edit the `path` environment variable in a fixed pitch font such as `Console` or `Lucida Console`? I don't want to change the font for other parts of Windows - only where paths are displayed. It seems I've been doing this in a terribly inappropriate font for many years and my tired eyes aren't great for semicolons.

A:change the font for paths

Hi Broiyan,
In windows 7 it was so easy by going to control panel, but now is much harder(you`ll see what i mean):
As Far As i know go to regedit>>>>HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>>>>SOFTWARE>>>>Microsoft>>>>Windows NT>>>>Current Vision>>>>FontSubstitues>>>> thats all what i know now i need an MVP like brink to hep you with here.

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after i run winaso registry cleaner/optimizer i get a messeage that i need to delte invalid files path

how do i do that ??????????

A:invalid file paths ???

Do yourself a favor, and if a registry cleaner offers to do something you don't understand, decline. It's far easier to clean the system to death than to actually fix something with a registry cleaner.

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A little background first.

I have a shortwave radio that is of a new type where a lot of the functions such as filters, etc. is done via software that resides on the PC.

The radio is mfg. by the WINRADIO company.
The model of the radio is a G31 DDC

After playing with the radio, it automatically Saves the frequencies that you have listened to, and puts them into Memory to be able to recall them later.
The file that it creates is called "User Memory"..

I seem to have the User Memory File in the right place, I think, but the "path" to get there seems to be different.

I have one path of:
Libraries/ Documents/ WINRADIO/ G31 DDC/ User Memory

And another path of:
C:/ Users/ Bob/ My Documents/ WINRADIO/ G31 DDC/ User Memory

They both seem to lead to the correct file of User Memory.

a. My main question: Is there really only one file of User Memory, but two different ways or paths to get to it ?

b. What's with Libraries; I've never set that up ? What are they ?

c. Notice that one path has My "Documents", and the other just "Documents".

If anyone could explain this for me, I would be most appreciative.

Much thanks,

A:Two Paths To The Same File Question ?

A Library doesn’t contain files, but provides a single aggregated view of multiple folders and their contents.

These links may help:

Libraries - Personal and Public User Folders

Windows 7 Libraries: Frequently Asked Questions

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Dear All,

One of my user is facing copy paths issue in window 7 enterprise . User get the following error.

Thanks & Regards,
Kashiram Sawant

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We are stuck for the time being using Window Media Player to Rip/Burn/Sync music with. I've set the paths for the ripped music and library to go to a separate partition/drive, but each time the system is reset, WMP resets the paths back to c:\documents\ etc........
Should this be the way things work?
Thanks for your time,

A:WMP Rip and Library Paths Don't Stick

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On my main PC i am running Windows 7 Homepremium 64bit. My Pc is connected via ethernet cable to BT Homehub3.

I have another PC running Windows XP SP3 connected via WiFi and a laptop also Wndows XP and connected vis WiFi.

I have a Kodak C110 AiO printer connected to the home pc via USB cable.

I have tried to set up printing on the other PC and laptop and the Printer is shown in the network map, but cannot and all my efforts have now disrupted the network; viz I cannot access shared files on the Network.

On the Home PC the network is called Network 2.

I want it to be the Homegroup or Work Group but cannot seem to make this happen.

Any suggestions please?

A:How do I reset my network paths

If I take it you want to print on the main PC from the other two ? I have a similar situation and set it up giving the main PC a fixed IP and then when adding the printer to the other two I used the local port method i.e \\fixed IP address\printer share name, having initially shared the main printer - you will need to install the printer driver on the remote systems. My main PC is ethernet and all the others are wireless.

Hope this is of help.

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Firstly, context: My student edition of Autodesk Maya was not working (something about the license being invalid or 'not found', and so when I searched for the error message online, a solution was to go into Environments and Paths, and replace/edit or add one for C:/Autodesk. It didn't work, and I ended up just uninstalling and reinstalling the program manually for it to work.
However, apparently I screwed around really badly in there, because now important things won't open, such as my MalwareBytes program. When I try, a window will popup and say this:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware\mbam.exe
The system could not find the environment option that was entered."
So, naturally, I try to find/open the Environments and Paths thing again, right? Nope. I can't open that either:
"Windows cannot find '%windir%\system32\SystemPropertiesAdvanced.exe'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again."
Even though I typed 'Environment' in my search bar to find it.
Then recently, Origin tried to install an update on my laptop, but it couldn't find the ProgramFiles, and so there was an error in installation. As a result of this, Chrome is not opening up immediately when I click it. It waits about five-six minutes after I've clicked it. I think it's what caused it, because it didn't do it before yesterday, when I tried to install the update.
So basically: how can I fix this despite knowing little to nothing about computers? How can I go into the Environments with... Read more

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Since a picture is worth 1000 words....

I can't figure out how to edit booloader paths.

I had the triple boot working- 7, vista, WUBI ubuntu. Then I installed Snow Leopard and tried to add it in via easyBCD.....and all hades broke loose.

Anybody know how to fix? And how to actually set OSX to boot from windows, since there's no drive letter?

A:Edit Bootloader Paths

Open an elevated command prompt in Windows 7

IMPORTANT: make a backup of your bcd file first. To do that, type:


bcdedit /export C:\SAVEDBCD

For Vista:


bcdedit /set {*insert here*} device partition=F:

* insert the Windows vista BCD ID, too small for me to read (take out the *'s)

ok, Vista should be working now, please test it to make sure

For Ubuntu: - optional; this will rename "nst Linux Loader" to "Wubi Ubuntu"


bcdedit /set {*insert here*} description "Wubi Ubuntu"

* insert the "nst Linux Loader" BCD ID, too small for me to read (take out the *'s)

It is getting late, so try those, which should get Vista back on its feet, also go to the elevated cmd and type "bcdedit" please post back the results right-click the cmd prompt and select "mark" then highlight every thing, then post the results. Please copy the results, so i will be able to copy and paste

Also, what is the "EFI snow leopard" partition for???

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I use WinAso Registry Optimizer; when I run it my computer crashes when it gets to Invalid File Paths, but when I remove the invalid file paths flag, it completes the process just fine. I would like some advice on correcting invalid file paths...thanks.

A:Invalid File Paths

Don't use registry cleaners. If you continue to use them, chances are that crashes will be among the least of your problems. Those things are junk, do only harm, and you should be thankful you were even able to reboot. Performance is not improved by using them, they remove needed entries, and they create their own "errors" so that they can "fix" them, making worse errors in the process.

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I was wondering what would be a good career path to follow or combine with a mcse certification. Would it be better to go the cisco way and get the ccnp or with red hat and do the rhce? I am currently in South-Africa and been around to our local job sites but it seems that demand for both are low at the moment.

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Hello! I recently upgraded my computer with an SSD for boot and main programs and use my 1TB HDD for general programs and media storage. The thing is I want it to by default install to my D:\ drive.

Now the only solution I see is editing the registry ProgramFilesDir - Which has some serious flaws. It will attempt to launch every program off of the D:\ drive even when it is stored on C:\ and about 9 out of 10 times, it still default installs to C:\.

Does anyone have a fix for this?

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How do you get to see the full path rather than have part of it cut off?

A:Seeing full drive paths

Take a look here:

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So I've been trying to use system file checker, and encountered a problem where it can't repair a file. I found this page detailing how to manually fix the problem:

Use the System File Checker tool to troubleshoot missing or corrupted system files on Windows Vista or on Windows 7

I was fine until step 2, where it says

"For example, type takeown /f E:\windows\system32\extremely_simplified_example.dll"

The problem is, my CBS.log file says stuff like:

Cannot repair member file [l:24{12}]"FWPKCLNT.SYS"
Unable to repair \SystemRoot\WinSXS\Manifests\\[l:24{12}]"FWPKCLNT.SYS"

and I don't know how to translate that into a path to use with the takeown command. I searched for that file using explorer and found a dozen different copies, so I'm not sure which one to replace.

Semi-related questions: Can I just replace them all? I'm planning on using a copy of the file from a similar system that works, is that ok?


A:Help understanding CBS.log file paths

Hello Southbound, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Those instructions there are fine, but just a bit vague. OPTION THREE in the tutorial below can help give you only the SFC results to help make it easier to go through.SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
Next, the tutorial below can show you how to extract files from your installation disc to replace any listed files that SFC cannot repair.Extract Files from Windows 7 Installation DVD
Before doing anything, please post back and upload your sfcdetails.txt file to see what all may be wrong, and if it any file that cannot be repaired is worth worrying about.Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
To help interrupt what it says to know the path:Cannot repair member file [l:24{12}]"FWPKCLNT.SYS"
Unable to repair \SystemRoot\WinSXS\Manifests\\[l:24{12}]"FWPKCLNT.SYS"
The first line says that SFC cannot repair the FWPKCLNT.SYS file.

The second line is the path of the file. "SystemRoot" is a variable "%SystemRoot%" that is actually just a shortcut for "C:\Windows". This leaves you with the file path as:C:\Windows\WinSXS\Manifests\FWPKCLNT.SYS
Doing a search on the C: drive for the listed FWPKCLNT.SYS file would help give you all of it's locations if needed as well.

Hope this helps for now,

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Hi guys.
I've just tried to use WinMX and found that it is showing the full paths as to where files are stored on the users' HDs.

Can I turn this off? It makes it really difficult to see the file you're looking for, with all this C:\My Documents\My Music\..... crap at the front.



A:[SOLVED] WinMX paths??


Go to the Search page. Then, look for a button that says:

Show Full Paths. Press that, and the paths should dissapear



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ok this might sound stupid but, i have a wi-fi router that also has ports for wired connections.
my laptop is usually connected to the router through the wireless medium but if i connect the wire too then what path would the packets take?
the wired or
the wireless?

A:priority of routing paths

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I have just finished a pc build with a SSD to be used as the boot/OS drive and a secondary 2 HDD setup in raid 0 for storage.

First I started with the SSD only and installed win7, applied all the updates etc. At this point the system has rebooted at least half a dozen times with no issue.
Next I set up the 2 HDD in raid 0, initialized it with disk manager and everything is looking good. But as soon as I reboot the system, upon startup the system can't find a os. Using the windows install disc, I go into the recovery console and discover that the boot drive which was C:\ is now E:\ and the storage drive which was E:\ is now C:\.
The os files on the boot drive seem to be all there. It's just in the wrong drive path. Using the recovery console I switched back the drives to their proper places, but then on startup I got the error 'bootmgr is missing' at this point I gave up, nuked the drives and started from scratch only to get thing again once I initialized the HDD and rebooted.
I am sure I have overlooked some stupid detail somewhere. Can anyone help me figure out where I went wrong?

A:Windows 7 has swapped my drive paths with my boot drive and sec. drive

My first thought with a new build is settings in the BIOS, many times something has to be changed.

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I have uploaded Windows 10. To start, it is asking for my password and doesn't give me any option of password forgotten. How can I recover my password?

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Go to the Microsoft Office update site here and let it scan your computer for updates. The SP1 upgrade will be detected, at which time you'll be given the choice to download it and install it. The file size is slightly over 20 MB, so it'll take awhile to download on a 56K dial-up connection. Once the download is complete, the install will occur automatically.

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I knew that BestBuy was offering free upgrades if you bought at least home premium vista but when did Windows release their news? As in, when did they announce that you could get upgrade to win7 if you got basically any computer/laptop with premium?

A:Microsoft: Free upgrade to win7?!?!

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