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Windows 7 (my experience)

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:46 pm    Post subject: Windows 7 (my experience) Reply with quote

I have just acquired a computer with Win7 on it, it was bought new by a friend who then had a stroke and lost his sight so never actually used or updated, I plugged it in and thought I ought to give it a go.
Well the screen resolution was 14:9 even though the monitor is widescreen and nothing I plugged into the USB sockets would work; I then discover that it is 32bit on a 64bit dual core processor.... grrrr just made me madder Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haven't trying updating yet then?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But 14:9 is widescreen (agreed, not 16:9 as commonly expected) - old style is 4:3 which is noticeably different. I find this matches the default on my LG TV/Monitor, which has native resolution of 1400x900.

Is there a chance that some motherboard drivers are missing (for the USB ports)? I cannot remember whether there were some specials I had to add when I built my own Win7 system (for which, BTW, I used 32-bit on 64-bit hardware, as I wasn't sure whether I could get 64-bit drivers and bits for stuff I wanted to use).
I noticed, after the build, that some Dell PCs we bought since for a small charity office have 64-bit Win7 supplied and installed.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My brain is very small today, I blame M$ Wink
4:3 is what I meant Rolling Eyes however the USB thing has been fixed after 14 hours of updating and switching on and off like a demented fool*, why did it need to install updates one at a time and reboot each time, at least that was how it seemed Rolling Eyes




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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This might cheer you up... it did me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQteg3R8HBM&feature=autoplay&list=PL7604BFACE2442F9A&playnext=4
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

towy71 wrote:
after 14 hours of updating and switching on and off like a demented fool*, why did it need to install updates one at a time and reboot each time


Well at least you haven't been installing the same updates for the past 3 months... Just you wait... Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have never got beyond Windows XP which was pre-loaded on a couple of PCs I have.

The only thing I ever do with it is occasionally play certain games (eg Portal) and test a a couple of websites I have. I more often boot it just to check that it does still boot after I have messed around with GRUB or installed a new distro.

But when I am in Windows I am paranoid about malware and hackers, and I disconnect it from the internet as soon as possible.

After first booting XP there are any number of pop-ups nagging me to update an anti-virus app (I did not even know I had), let it remove "disused" desktop icons (I did not know any are "disused", or what counts as "disused"), get updates that are supposed to be "ready" for me (despite my being off-line) and so on, and even when I dismiss these things they pop up again within seconds, several times over. It is like Whackamole.

I do not have a clue whether these things are a good idea or just scams to get me to load [more?] malware, and I cannot be bothered to find out. My Windows still works, and I don't keep anything important on the Windows partition.

I hate the Windows experience.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I had my bad taste of Vista a few days ago...

http://www.linuxformat.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=14849

I might get a Win8 machine just to test Python code - but - then again I might not...

Oh the pleasures of Windows... ;o/
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