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Is it a good idea to download the Windows 7 ISO?

Q: Is it a good idea to download the Windows 7 ISO?

I'm sure y'all think I post too much on here and the Windows 8 forums as well. But, y'all are the only people available to help me, it seems like.

Anyhow, my question is. Is it a good idea to download the Windows 7 ISO to a disk or USB, just in case my computer ever fails?

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Preferred Solution: Is it a good idea to download the Windows 7 ISO?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Is it a good idea to download the Windows 7 ISO?

Y`all ????

Y`all ????

Of course it`s a good idea, how will you ever re install windows

I have 16 iso files of different OS on this computer alone.
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A:Updating windows seemed like a good idea at the time...

It's a bit of a stab in the dark from me but you 're-installed most of what I use regularly' before updating Windows updates. Could one of those programs have caused a problem?
A refresh might solve the problem but of course it also removes programs.

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How to Use An Antivirus Boot Disc or USB Drive to Ensure Your Computer is Clean

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Is it really a good idea??

It sounds good, but...

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A:good idea??

desktop? laptop?

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No problem whatsoever!
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A:New Router - Good Idea?

have you tried to use that serivce without the router in -place
I have not had issues with msn services with linksys
not that model ??
and my adobe updates fine again not that model
it should not be blocking http port
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A:Too good of an idea not to exist already.

The screen saver uses one particular folder of pictures, of your choosing, to use for it's slide show. It does not pick pictures from all over your C: drive. (ex) C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\My Pictures. You can also create a folder and just put the pictures you want to be the slide show and have your screen saver use that folder instead.
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A:Solved: Overclocking Good idea or not.

the Q. is what are you trying to achieve by overclocking?
i see your cpu is OK but your main holdback is your video card.
i think you may be better suited by looking at a video card upgrade
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also is avast and avg free edition compatible with 64 bit vista?

thank you again

A:is it a good idea to run two anti virus

Hi kakkalo,

It is not a good idea to have 2 antivirus apps. as they can conflict. Their Resident protection tends to burrow deep into the registry.

A/V apps also usually have antispyware built-in , but it is fine to have separate antispyware app. as well.

Avast, AVG, AVIRA and Clamwin are popular choices.

Many of us use Avast Home free edition as it seems to offer more complete protection.

Download FREE antivirus software - avast! Home Edition

Free antivirus - Avira AntiVir

Download ClamWin Free Antivirus for Microsoft Windows

AVG Free - Download antivirus and antispyware software for Windows XP and Vista

Popular antispyware apps. include Spybot and Ad-Aware.

If you use Spybot for manual scans, you may wish to untick "Teatimer" during install - this is it's resident protection module, which is quite large.

I am using the new free Anniversary Edition of Ad-Aware, as it seems fast and light on resources.

Ad-Aware Free - Lavasoft

The home of Spybot-S&D!

If you suspect something has got past your normal protection , my suggested free on demand scanners are Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware. - Downloads
EDIT: The ones I am using all work fine on my 64 bit Vista.

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Hey i just faced problems with too many partitions:
See the link below (Voted NO)
C: is a dynamic drive, having problems....
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and leave the other two for me and my parents to put whatever we want in them.

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A:Would this be a good idea (hard drive)?

You really can create however many partitions you want. I think putting your data onto a separate partition is a great idea...this way you can reinstall/reimage your C drive to recover an OS without losing any data.

The number of partitions only becomes a real problem when you have to make them so small that they aren't usable. For example, a 20GB C drive to run Windows 7 just won't cut it for long.

Having everything on one partition or 5 partitions on the same hard drive won't really impact performance. It's the same disk at the end of the day. Having things on separate physical hard drives however will increase performance.
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Hello Sileebo,

Pro = Saves HDD space.

Con = Will take longer to read data from drive.

Be sure not to compress the Windows or boot drive. Doing so will cause issues.
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A:Is system restore really not a good idea?

I would not disable System Restore.

You can limit the number of saved restore points, which is not a bad idea. More than once System Restore has enabled me to get a machine back up and running painlessly. A registry backup is not going to replace missing or corrupt files within Windows itself.
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A:Upgrade from Duo to Hexa Good idea?

Originally Posted by naturalphenomen

Im wondering if it is worth upgrading my processer to a Hexa core
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A:Avoid updating to win 10 - a good idea?

It would be nice if the article provided proof that MS is currently planning to automatically update W7 and W8 to W10. Without such proof, the article is just click bait.

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A:Is this be a good idea for my new Partition organization?

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My opinion: BAD idea.
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Would you post a snip of your resource monitor on the memory tab?
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Updating GMER log, computer wasn't restarted after CD emulation software was uninstalled when scaned previous one.

Rootkit scan 2010-10-16 01:18:28
Windows 6.1.7600
Running: njmh6mub.exe

---- Registry - GMER 1.0.15 ----
Reg HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\rdyboost\[email protected] 1
Reg HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\rdyboost\[email protected] ?Fri?, ?Oct ?15 ?10, 10:04:44 PM???????????????????????????????
Reg HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\sptd\[email protected] 771343423
Reg HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\sptd\[email protected] 285507792
Reg HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\sptd\[email protected] 1
Reg HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\sptd\Cfg\14919EA49A8F3B4AA3CF1058D9A64CEC
Reg HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\sptd\Cfg\[email protected] 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 ...
Reg HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\sptd\Cfg\[email protected] 0
Reg HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\sptd\Cfg\[email protected] 0x29 0x03 0x4C 0x12 ...
Reg HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\sptd\Cfg\14919EA49A8F3B4AA3CF1058D9A64CEC (not active ControlSet)
Reg HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\sptd\Cfg\[email protected] 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 ...
Reg HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\sptd\Cfg\[email protected] 0
Reg HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\sptd\Cfg\[email protected] 0x29 0x03 0x4C 0x12 ...
---- EOF - GMER 1.0.15 ----
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In the EPOS industry touch screens are standard and work best as they eliminate the keyboard which is a weak point in security, as users like to press buttons and those who are savvy can use the keyboard to do things that we as a supplier dont want them to do.

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