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I bought a new laptop so I could sequence on it in the comfortable chair, and IT STINKS. It has Windows 7 and IE 8 and there is a glitch that is causing the back button and refresh to not work, and internet options is shaded out under tools. Plus it just keeps freezing up!

Everything is saying to do a fresh install, they did not give me the disc, and when I spent the time to try to create recovery CDs, it always fails on the third one. I DONT HAVE TIME FOR COMPUTER GLITCHES!

I am so glad we still have the workhorse computer with XP Pro on it to get this all done. When it dies I just don't know what we are going to do.

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Sometimes there is a partition on there with the os re-install on it. On my laptop there was. When i want to do a clean install, I just go to that partition, no disc.

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Sometimes there is a partition on there with the os re-install on it. On my laptop there was. When i want to do a clean install, I just go to that partition, no disc.

The only problem with that is that it installs all the wonderful bloatware again...usually.

-Tyler

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I think you need to go back to where you bought the computer & have them install Win7 correctly. There is no excuse for those issues on a new laptop, other than a poor install by the laptop vendor.

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I think you need to go back to where you bought the computer & have them install Win7 correctly. There is no excuse for those issues on a new laptop, other than a poor install by the laptop vendor.

Laptop vendors don't usually install the OS unless you buy from a computer store. Or, unless the computer was supposed to have vista on it and they wanted to upgrade it.

But, the laptops at the big-box stores like Best Buy have the OS loaded on from the manufacturer.

And also, now would be a wonderful time for me to reiterate what was already said-GET FIREFOX!

-Tyler

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"The only problem with that is that it installs all the wonderful bloatware again...usually"

Yes, but when you don't have the disc, this is one way.

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TY Traveler, I am loving the firefox, but I do think I am going to take this back to bestbuy now the LCD is messed up and I haven't done anything to it. It's all faded at the top of the screen and at the bottom.

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TY Traveler, I am loving the firefox, but I do think I am going to take this back to bestbuy now the LCD is messed up and I haven't done anything to it. It's all faded at the top of the screen and at the bottom.

Firefox is by far better than IE!

I think I would take the laptop back and demand a new one! Windows 7 is pretty dang good and I have not experienced any of the problems that you are having!

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Well there is a simple solution really. Sounds like this is a brand spankin new laptop, so you should have gotten a one year warranty for the computer at the store and an additional one year warranty from the manufacturer. So go and demand that they do something.

Now windows 7 is not yet out on the market for a long amount of time. Therefore, it sucks. It needs to get additional add ons, which it will over time but does not yet have. This is the same exact thing that people complained about windows vista being worse than xp. However by now the bugs have been worked out, and vista has received various add ons and packages. Hence, it happens to be one of the best os. Windows 7 still has many bugs and currently is not yet ready to use. I mean you can buy it, but having vista currently is a much better option.

Now the solution. You will need to buy the actual windows vista and windows 7 operating systems. What you want to do is to "disable" windows 7 and remove it. Once that is done, you will need to reformat the hard drives on your computer. Following you will have to download windows vista and windows 7 separately, and install the add ons that are necessary. (I'm talking for each os). After this, you will have both of the operating systems on your computer. (You can have several operating systems on a computer). For now you will basically have to use windows vista. Once the bigger kinks will be worked out you will be able to use windows 7. Then you will be able to either delete vista or keep it. Personally I would keep it, just in case s*** were to happen, such as catching a virus.

Also, GET FIREFOX. One of the best things you can do.

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Well there is a simple solution really. Sounds like this is a brand spankin new laptop, so you should have gotten a one year warranty for the computer at the store and an additional one year warranty from the manufacturer. So go and demand that they do something.

Now windows 7 is not yet out on the market for a long amount of time. Therefore, it sucks. It needs to get additional add ons, which it will over time but does not yet have. This is the same exact thing that people complained about windows vista being worse than xp. However by now the bugs have been worked out, and vista has received various add ons and packages. Hence, it happens to be one of the best os. Windows 7 still has many bugs and currently is not yet ready to use. I mean you can buy it, but having vista currently is a much better option.

Now the solution. You will need to buy the actual windows vista and windows 7 operating systems. What you want to do is to "disable" windows 7 and remove it. Once that is done, you will need to reformat the hard drives on your computer. Following you will have to download windows vista and windows 7 separately, and install the add ons that are necessary. (I'm talking for each os). After this, you will have both of the operating systems on your computer. (You can have several operating systems on a computer). For now you will basically have to use windows vista. Once the bigger kinks will be worked out you will be able to use windows 7. Then you will be able to either delete vista or keep it. Personally I would keep it, just in case s*** were to happen, such as catching a virus.

Also, GET FIREFOX. One of the best things you can do.

What?

:confused:

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BTW - Firefox isn't all it's cracked up to be.

I'm not defending IE but if you want an alternative browser I'd suggest Chrome.

A second nod here for Chrome.

The updates MS pushed a few months ago for IE slowed it to a crawl. Chrome is nice and fast (but without the nice rich-text editor for here).

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Now windows 7 is not yet out on the market for a long amount of time. Therefore, it sucks.

Cool. I did not know that time was relative to suckiness (sp?).

I have some really old crappy software. Perhaps it just needs to age a bit longer. :santasmileyitty::121_reindeer:

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Cool. I did not know that time was relative to suckiness (sp?).

I have some really old crappy software. Perhaps it just needs to age a bit longer. :santasmileyitty::121_reindeer:

Unfortunately, computers arent alcahol. So it doesn't relate to time. But the thing is that the major manufacturing companies, whether they build electronics or something else, such as automobiles, they happen to release their products too quickly? Why? During the stages of research, design and initial production, the companies happen to lose money. Look at it this way. Windows decides to release the windows 7 os all of a sudden, yet it's not needed right now. I mean windows vista can stick around for a few more years. Anyway, back to the point. The people who did the research and design, need to be paid. All of this distribution, as well as the manufacturing needs to be paid for as well. So as they are losing money, they need to start recovering their loss. Therefore, they need to get their product out as fast as possible. Anyway, here's the big problem - when they start selling a new operating system windows takes even a bigger hit. The product, or the actual units need to be delivered to computer manufacturers, like sony and toshiba, as well as to stores. To get all of those units out takes time, and during that month or couple of months they loose more money. Yet, nobody really wants to get this new os, as everyone is happy with vista. Mind you, due to this fact even less units are selling currently. So what is windows going to do in order to start the recovery? Well, in the past they have sold other operating systems, that weren't "completed". I mean, I'm not saying that the operating systems weren't ready to be used by the consumers.

The os were ready for that but... I mean, you guys must have heard about the "installation" update packages that windows xp needed to be updated with, and you know how when you guys click on the shutdown button, but a screen appears saying "please don't turn off your computers, because these necessary updates need to download" or something along those lines, and it says 1 of 3(maybe more, maybe less) or 2 of 5, etc. and there is a percentage count that climbs, well I call that the update packages. Once you receive said update packages, there is a bug fixed that needed to be so, or something else is updated.

And you need to receive this every once in a while. Well, this is what the first units of a new generation of an operating system are missing. As they are the first units, they are the ones that have "problems" or bugs. This is why the first 100,000,000(I'm just throwing up a number) ****. Once they are updated however, then everything that sucks about windows 7 will start getting fixed.

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What?

:confused:

^^^ Read my post above

Do you understand it now?

This is what I'm talking about... If I were you, I would download windows vista. As vista happens to be the best os right now. However I wouldn't get rid of 7. I would keep it and run each individual system. For example, for now you would use vista basically most of the time, unless you will need to run 7 in order to use something. Once 7 will be updated, then use it as your primary os.

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I get you about chrome

But I hate everything that google is, other than the actual search engine and google maps.

So I'd rather have firefox.

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You Chrome fans be aware....

Chrome is from Google.

Google becomes Skynet.:eek::eek::eek:

Nah, will never happen

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I don't think the problem is Windows 7 I think it is IE8, I started using firefox on most things and I think one certain website that I go to was the problem, I have it on firefox and IE works fine on everything else. The screen was giving me troubles, but it's straightened out, so I am thinking one of the kids might have just picked it up and mashed too hard or something.

The only thing I like better about IE than Firefox is with the google toolbar in IE I can search for individual words on the page and I haven't figured out how to do that with Firefox.

I have a horrible kidney infection and just haven't felt like doing much. It was bad, it got better then got bad again and I am all BLAHHH. Don't even have the display set up yet. Going to hope for this weekend on that.

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I don't think the problem is Windows 7 I think it is IE8, I started using firefox on most things and I think one certain website that I go to was the problem, I have it on firefox and IE works fine on everything else. The screen was giving me troubles, but it's straightened out, so I am thinking one of the kids might have just picked it up and mashed too hard or something.

The only thing I like better about IE than Firefox is with the google toolbar in IE I can search for individual words on the page and I haven't figured out how to do that with Firefox.

I have a horrible kidney infection and just haven't felt like doing much. It was bad, it got better then got bad again and I am all BLAHHH. Don't even have the display set up yet. Going to hope for this weekend on that.

This is pretty easy actually when you're in firefox. When you're on a page and want to look for certain words, then click on the forward slash button, and a little box will appear in the bottom left corner of the screen. After that, type in the word that you are looking for into the box, and thats it.

Either way good to hear that it all worked out fine.

Sorry about your kidney.

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"Yet, nobody really wants to get this new os, as everyone is happy with vista."

Soks, did you just say people are happy with VIsta:confused:

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"Yet, nobody really wants to get this new os, as everyone is happy with vista."

Soks, did you just say people are happy with VIsta:confused:

Yes, and he loves it soooo much he's advocating that people download it and steal it. :rolleyes:

(or at least I think that's what he is trying to say)

Oh, and soks... Chrome has a built in spull-checker ;)

Edited by oldcqr

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