2009-09-28, 09:00 #1
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2009-09-28, 12:04 #2
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[quote name='joeperez' post='795277' date='28-Sep-2009 15:00']See Windows 7: 77 Windows 7 Tips. I found this to be very superficial but may be of help to some.[/quote]
I agree in part on the triviality.
2. Upgrading? Go 64-bit. is fine - provided you've got working 64-bit drivers for all your printers!
3. Use Windows XP Mode. is seriously incomplete, as has been pointed out in previous threads.
6. Shift to and from Explorer and Command Prompt. I will find extremely useful.
9. Start Thinking About Windows Server 2008 R2. ...The R2 upgrade path is pretty straightforward. Upgrading from what?!
24. Faster Installations. If your computer is capable of booting from USB, try this: XCopy the Windows 7 installation DVD to a sufficiently large USB drive, boot from that drive, and install Windows from there. Does this really work? I though you had to make your USB Flash Drive bootable with the HP USB Formatting Tool, or similar?
29. RoboCopy multithreaded This will be of significant use - they've also fixed a bug which shows up under the XP010 version when copying from NTFS disks to a NAS device (which uses FAT 2s timestamp granularity).
57. Manage Services from Task Manager. This will also be useful
Many of the other tips leave me cold!BATcher
Mr Owl ate my metal worm
2009-10-01, 00:39 #3
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[quote name='BATcher' post='795330' date='28-Sep-2009 13:04']24. Faster Installations. If your computer is capable of booting from USB, try this: XCopy the Windows 7 installation DVD to a sufficiently large USB drive, boot from that drive, and install Windows from there. Does this really work? I though you had to make your USB Flash Drive bootable with the HP USB Formatting Tool, or similar?[/quote]
It works for me, and I even reported it in a post here in the Lounge (in a thread about a netbook). The files on the DVD are typically between 4 and 5 GB, so you'll need an 8 GB flash drive. It makes a big difference in time and trouble if you have more than one computer to install the OS on.
If you are starting with an ISO file, then there is a way of doing that directly without converting it as well, but I haven't tried it.
I should explain exactly what I did using the flash drive, since it differs from 'booting from' a flash drive, although if the BIOS allows it it can be done that way.
In the cases in which I did it, all of the computers already had an operating system in place, which meant that I could 'see' the contents of the flash drive. All I had to do was run the 'install' executable, and from that point forward it was no different from installing it from a DVD, and in fact the files on the flash drive had been copied directly from a DVD. That may seem a nuisance for one computer, but if you have more than one it is convenient and fast. It is especially convenient if you want to install the OS on a netbook, which has no DVD drive.
If the hard drive had been blank, then I would have had to boot from the flash drive (or perform some other fancy footwork).