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How to uninstall Windows Vista and Keep Win 7?
I upgraded my laptop from Windows Vista to Win7 and now when I boot my system it appears the two of them...How can I uninstall Windows Vista and keep Windows 7?

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You can get rid of Vista, as long as it is not sharing files, could well be, a clean reinstall of 7 would be good. The install goes like this, Insert the new OS disk in the CD reader, boot up, and while booting press F12, this gives a boot menu, select Boot From CD, you have to be fairly quick for the next bit, in the bottom left corner of the screen will appear, press any key to boot form CD, do so, and it means just any key,install will begin, when asked the type of format, Full Format, this will clean everything off the disk, including any bugs. Follow the prompts, job's done. Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.



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File sharing, can someone explain how it works and how to disable it please?
Have installed a firewall which is constantly giving alerts, sharing files seems to be the problem. May I add I do not know how to locate the shared folder......

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You have apples mixed with oranges AND I think a banana thrown in as well... More info is needed BUT will assume some things like: You installed free Zone Alarms(EXCELLENT move by the way) and disabled the worthless Micro$oft firewall. With zone alarms you can specify access to your PC(an excellent idea). These are called permissions. You can deny ALL apps ALL the time(a good place to start). I usually ALWAYS allow ONLY one application- generic host processor- in my case that is the Micro$oft program needed to access the internet(sets up all those thingys you don't need to know). I block all others! BUT when I want to use my browser(IE or Firefox) I change the permission to a green check(which allows continual access over internet. If you leave the setting at question mark(which means popup and ask you for permission each time there is outbound traffic- you will be in tears shortly!) you will find trouble doing anything(multiple requests will timeout and ruin your attempt at accessing the website desired). Zone Alarm also allows a quick STOP to internet activity(cause if you ARE not requesting data those blinking lights on your modem should NOT be flashing!) which is where I set it(locked) if NOT connecting... Those popups are alerts to your PC sending/receiving data. Which is what we want for what we select... what we don't want is ALL that other sending and receiving! So give permission to the program you are using or set all the programs you are using to green check(NOT as secure). Now pretend all apps denied(red X's) Each popup is Zone Alarm telling you that such and such is requesting YOUR permission... And you will see why your connection can seem so slow... didn't know all that was going on did you!!! Now the stuff you do not want can be removed permanently(uninstall) and wiped out by Spybot Search and Destroy. A good free program that will ID stuff that YOU do not want... Those two FREE programs with a good free AV(such as AVG) can protect yourself AND speed your PC and reduce time waste and headaches. Browsers CANNOT disable viruses, neither can anti spyware programs or firewalls. However the proper use(READ the documentation PLEASE) of these three free programs can greatly reduce your headaches. Disabling java(browser setting) is also helpful(and you can allow 'scripts' on sites you are sure of or have requested(just reload page with permission enabled. A lotta trouble comes via java scripts,,, but so does the fun stuff). If PCs were cars then it would be as if they were being sold with the ignition key built in without any locks AND no requirements for licensing... and with all the M$ crashes Bill would be in jail for homicide! So you need to configure your firewall, install a good free AV(antivirus) program- run a scan- fix those problems, and run Spybot and remove those problems(leave the fact that windows security and firewall has been disabled- its okay as you have non-Windows programs that are BETTER. This will prevent Windows from constantly bugging you(if you have set Windows security notifications to 'off' the Spybot program will list this as a bug- do not check these two and remove all others found(unless YOU have not disabled because then Spybot has uncovered that some other malicious program has!) Practice, read, and soon the problems will be a distant memory AND your PC resources and connection speed will BE ALL YOURS!!! Sadly I've seen some PC's so contaminated that the only feasible approach was re-installation of OS(a fresh start- but files and settings lost). But then the quick installations of those necessary three and wallah! Then defrag and save restore... And you have a good clean point to begin from... next NEW PC do this and be amazed when running spybot how much crap your favorite manufacturer has included!!! Good luck and expect an oops every so often. Buts that how we learn... Patience and may a good connection be with you! OOPS- file sharing means a couple things. Window$ file sharing was a nice thought for networked PCs in off ice or home to 'share' a printer or files. Unfortunately this allows when connected to the internet for others to share your files etc!!! This is a HUGE vulnerability exploited by lotsa bad people and their programs... SO windows file sharing should be off, stapled shut and dissected if possible. Plug and prey- er pray- er play is another similar vulnerability. Sadly there is another part of windows using the same terminology.. visit grisoft website and try his 'shields up' as well(checks for these and other vulnerabilities). And his fix patches are a beauty(small size and does ONLY what it is supposed to...) Peer to peer(P2P) file sharing is something else. If you take the time and are somewhat intelligent you can secure your PC with only the one folder used in p2p. The files in that folder will be shared only if desired... otherwise(and this happens a lot) you will be sharing your entire PC information with the world! A one to one sharing of non copywrite material is legal. And incredible! However lots of people want to share coprwrite AND that is where a lot of money attracts corporate interest... and money is spent on troublesome programs to 'cure' this... which many refer to as viruses! The latest maneuver is to download the file from more than one source to create the file you want... legal fights on going as on the one hand you do not receive any complete copywrite file from a single user BUT are circumventing the copywrite issue. Which means somebody aint getting 'their' money. Fair use (libraries and xerox) issues aside it is interesting on how times change... and it appears that SONY BMG (very anti share as they would ruin ALL your files to ensure their own profit) may finally be coming into the new century. Or we are headed to BIG Brother hades with every key being logged to be used against you without a court of law... electronic torture!



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How do I go about increasing the speed on my computer & the memory?
I have an Hp pavillion w/windows XP laptop, its a 2002 model. It used to run really fast when I first bought it, but now it runs slow. I have DSL & I am virus free, I have very good anti virus software installed. I make sure to defragment when needed & do all the updates Microsoft requires, but it still takes a min to switch from one page to the next, it takes a min to load & I cant switch from one page to the next one unless the first page is fully loaded or else it freezes.I have even done a Quick Restore a few months back to restore it to its factory setting & erase everything on there that might have been causing problems. it worked for a little bit..Im getting frustrated with it & need to know what I can do. Im looking to get an airline job from home that requires me to have a fast running PC...can anyone help me?

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Follow these steps to "speed" up your computer. 1)Stomp auto-starting programs. Click Start > Run and type "msconfig" at the prompt. Click the Startup tab and look at all that junk that loads when you launch your PC. Do you really need "Adobe Reader Speed Launch"? Probably not. Turn off anything else that looks useless, but be careful not to disable Windows system components. 2) Clean up the disk. Uninstall unneeded programs (especially those that run at startup and/or put something in the system tray), run Disk Cleanup, and defragment the drive. This is a good first step that will almost always take a few seconds off boot time and application loads for any computer. 3) Run a full anti-virus and anti-spyware scan. I would recommend using AVG Free Anti-virus, AVG Anti-Spyware, Spybot, Ad-Aware. 4) Clean up the registry. This is controversial, as some experts claim registry cleaners don't really help. I've seen evidence to the contrary, so I recommend doing it if you've got a major slowdown. CCleaner is free and worth running. 5)Delete old network connections. Your computer may be trying to connect to shared hard drives that no longer exist. In Windows Explorer right-click on any network shares you don't actively use and click Delete. Under Tools, also click "Disconnect Network Drive" to see if there are any others lurking about. Those are the easy and free things you can do. If your computer is still slow you need to move on to the bigger guns. 1) Upgrade RAM. This is the one killer trick that will make almost any computer run faster. With an older PC, you will rarely have enough RAM to run today's memory-hogging operating systems and applications, and adding a high-capacity stick or two of quality RAM will give you a quick speed boost. Adding RAM is fairly simple, even for a novice, and you should be able to do the job in 5 or 10 minutes. 2)Reinstall Windows. If the above tricks haven't helped, it may be time to wipe the slate clean and start again, reformatting your hard drive, reinstalling your applications, and restoring your data files from a backup. You'd be surprised how much more responsive a freshly reinstalled Windows system can be, as you've wiped out years of temp files, garbled registry entries, old versions of software programs that have been upgraded repeatedly, and all sorts of other electronic junk. Reinstalling is easy if you have the "recovery disk" that came with your PC, and only a bit more involved if you're using a retail copy of Windows XP. Just be sure you back up everything you want to take with you before you pull the trigger! 3)Upgrade your hard drive. This is a more complicated solution, but if you're reinstalling Windows (per the prior tip) you might consider upgrading to a bigger and possibly faster hard drive, too. Hard disk storage is a performance bottleneck on every machine, and magnetic disks degrade over time. Some performance issues could be caused by a failing hard drive, even, and upgrading to a new model could really put some zip back in your system. As a bonus, you can use the original hard drive for backups or occasional storage, if you put it in an enclosure.




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