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    True, it was not a pure MS install disk. But it...

    True, it was not a pure MS install disk. But it was the same OS image that was originally installed on the laptop when it was new, and it worked just fine then... So you'd recommend the All-In-One...
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    I tried timing the Quicken startup time as a...

    I tried timing the Quicken startup time as a metric. Maybe not the best or most representative test, but it's repeatable and easy to measure.

    After I'd been running my normal load for a day or...
  3. I didn't have the white cursor. My screen was...

    I didn't have the white cursor. My screen was totally turned off. No backlight, no pixels turned on. Like what happens when a monitor goes into power-save mode. And I couldn't go into safe mode...
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    No suggestions? No ideas what could cause a...

    No suggestions? No ideas what could cause a totally fresh install to act like a slug?
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    Generally sluggish new install

    A month+ ago I wiped my laptop and reinstalled Win7. In the process I also installed the current release of several major packages: Office 365, Quicken 2015, etc.

    I noticed several of the new...
  6. I didn't have ANY AV before Panda. I installed...

    I didn't have ANY AV before Panda. I installed Panda right after re-installing Win7.
  7. Well it went a week without bluescreening after I...

    Well it went a week without bluescreening after I uninstalled Panda -- big improvement over 3 times in 30 minutes. So I am inclined to think Panda was the culprit.

    Unfortunately tonight I was...
  8. Well for now it may be unnecessary. The system...

    Well for now it may be unnecessary. The system hasn't bluescreened since I uninstalled Panda 2 days ago. Hoping that was the problem....
  9. The system bluescreened three times in less than...

    The system bluescreened three times in less than 30 minutes tonight, including one time before I had even logged in. This is getting unusable.

    I tried uninstalling Panda Antivirus. That is one...
  10. As I said a few responses up, I enabled Driver...

    As I said a few responses up, I enabled Driver Verifier before the most recent BSOD. But I can't find anything that tells me how to read info from it.

    I ran verifier /query but it just opens...
  11. Oh it was *TOTALLY* bad the first time around. ...

    Oh it was *TOTALLY* bad the first time around. Left me with a black screen and I couldn't see what I was doing to fix the display driver. I finally gave up.

    So I'm running with a totally fresh...
  12. I can't have BitLocker enabled. It's only...

    I can't have BitLocker enabled. It's only available on Ultimate and Enterprise, and I have Home Premium. The options on that page aren't available on my system.

    Yes, I installed all the drivers...
  13. Hi Coochin & all, The BSOD already stayed on...

    Hi Coochin & all,

    The BSOD already stayed on the screen, but I didn't record them because I figured the key info was in the Minidump files.

    It's now bluescreened 4 times in the last 3 weeks,...
  14. Sudo15, I used a PartEd Linux on a UBCD boot...

    Sudo15, I used a PartEd Linux on a UBCD boot disk. Wasn't especially speedy but it got the job done.

    What was I copying back? All my backed up data! Not sure what you're asking?
  15. Too late. Last night I gave up. After copying...

    Too late. Last night I gave up. After copying off all critical data I hadn't already backed up, I wiped it and installed a fresh Win7. The HP recover options included a "minimal image" with just a...
  16. Arrrgghhhh, it's so close I can TASTE it... ...

    Arrrgghhhh, it's so close I can TASTE it...

    Sudo15's comment about Teamviewering gave me an idea. So I TV'd into the laptop, and I AM able to connect to it. The screen is still black but I can...
  17. Well, it is not looking good. By the time I...

    Well, it is not looking good.

    By the time I went to bed last night, it appeared to have quiesced -- the disk light was off. But this morning it was still in black-screen mode.

    I tried sleeping...
  18. Win7 nondestructive reinstall -> black screen

    My Win7 laptop has been getting more and more sluggish, so I decided to try the nondestructive update Fred described in http://windowssecrets.com/top-story/win7s-no-reformat-nondestructive-reinstall/...
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    I used both. Both said I was protected. ...

    I used both. Both said I was protected.


    Sorry, that was days ago. I don't remember what they were.
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    I applied the patch to Chrome and FF, but since I...

    I applied the patch to Chrome and FF, but since I almost never use IE I left IE unpatched. In the last two days I've come across at least half a dozen websites that don't work properly with SSL3.0...
  21. Thanks for the suggestions! Your analysis fits...

    Thanks for the suggestions! Your analysis fits with mine. I'm not sure if he's already running AV/AM but I already told him to run Malwarebytes. I'll pass along the suggestions for the other...
  22. Major performance problems, many rogue processes

    My son is having performance problems with his PC. He built it about 5 yrs ago as a gaming system. For quite a while it worked fine, but for the last 6-12 months it's been getting reeealllly slow. ...
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    I could believe that if it happened sporadically....

    I could believe that if it happened sporadically. But it happens nearly every time I connect at almost every airport and every hotel.
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    Wi-Fi "gatekeepers"

    Public wifi hotspots (airports, hotels, etc.) often use "gatekeeper" sites to regulate access. They're supposed to redirect you to a page for liability waivers or similar. But they often don't work...
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    gmail forwarded some of my messages, but not...

    gmail forwarded some of my messages, but not others. Eventually it "forgot" that it thought it was forwarding to my address, and it let me add the address again. Now it's working properly. Yeesh.
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