Ok, which one should I remove?
You mean System Restore?
What jord said.
Backup your documents that you want to save. Don't back up your program files or that. Just music etc..
Format your harddrive, and reinstall the entire operating system. From the ground up. This should have been done WEEKS ago.
So I have to reinstall everything else? Also can someone explain the process of reformatting and reinstalling Windows, as in what steps do I do? By the way the Windows 7 Disk is OEM, not retail. Because of this is there anything I should be aware of?
Just put the disk into the CDRom, and boot to it. Press F12, or Del (whatever POST says for "quick boot selection")
Read the prompts and go from there. Its just like installing Windows for the first time.
Then install your drivers and your programs and all that. Be clean about it. After you reformat, you should take that as a lesson to learn how to organize your computer better. But most importantly, its the best thing for windows. Its obviously messed up at the OS level.
Organize computer better? Need clarification for that.
Getting my Windows 7 Disk right now.
I guess, learned about Memtest, msconfig, and a couple other things. I really only knew about specs and building computers, never really learned about the software side of things.
Gonna reinstall Windows 7 once my family members get their files, homework, and stuff onto flash drives.
When you get to this screen:
You click drive options
You click your drive that is the size of your C drive (if there are multiple options)
You click the format (eraser)
Click yes and it will format the drive.
Click next and it will install windows.
If you have itunes, deauthorize the computer and back up everything you need before doing this.
Back up anything else. This format is a quick format but quite a bit of it will be damaged beyond repair.
ONLY INSTALL VIDEO DRIVERS WHEN YOU GET BACK ONTO YOUR DESKTOP
Limit the programs you install to things you actually use. Everything else should not be installed or uninstalled after you are sure your done using it (it can be installed later).
Do not choose upgrade you want to do custom.
I'm confused as to the last few sentences Jord. Oh and my iTunes library is already safe. Only things I'm upset about is having to reinstall over a couple dozen games.
"This format is a quick format but quite a bit of it will be damaged beyond repair"
Confused with mainly this sentence.
Formating my C drive only took a few seconds, is that supposed to happen (I'm follow Jord's guide).
What the fuck apparently I forgot my password for my new Windows account.
Reinstalled Windows 7 because I "forgot" my password . Seriously, it was that password! Well I only got so far as installing the nVidia drivers and MSE.
You're quite the mess Falco lol. Hopefully this resolves your issues though.
Yes. I am a mess but I swear that was the password.
Ok password works now on second reinstall haha. I'll post back in this thread in a couple hours to tell how things are going.
Wow I think it BSOD'd. I was letting some of my Steam games download so I came back in a hour and found the computer restarting. How do I check if a BSOD occured?
If there is no folder then you did not blue screen and windows might have restarted to install updates automatically.
Back from dinner. It BSOD'd for sure since I just saw it BSOD.
1) RAM? Maybe, but remember I did a 6 hour Memtest.
2) CPU? I got a Phenom II as an upgrade to my Athlon back in January.
3) Motherboard? Don't know how to check if it's a motherboard though.
4) HDD? Chkdsk came up fine a couple pages ago
5) GPU? Probably the drivers
6) Drivers? Only drivers I installed was the 275.33 driver for my GTS 250 and it was the first thing I installed after the Windows 7 reinstallation. I did install Chrome, MSE, Steam, and some games right after in that order.
give us whatever is in the minidump folder.
I think it can be something with the voltage, or something else with the hardware. Now we definately know its not OS related. Unless you installed a driver for something you shouldn't of have.
Oh also I got a MEMORY.dmp file in C: Windows but it's 300 MB. Also I can't upload it because of insufficient privileges (even though I'm administrator).
Should I try running with one stick of RAM at a time? Although my 2 2 GBS sticks are dual channel, does that mean they can't run without the other?
Hmm. I'll try the one stick thing tomorrow or after you guys check out the .dmp files. Also do you want the MEMORY.dmp file? Only problem is that I don't know how to upload it because the websites say insufficient privileges and crap like that. Should I move the .dmp to the desktop or something?
Getting an error from trying to compress it. "File not found or no read permission"
"File not found or no read permission" still
Also Jord when I Take Ownership CMD pop ups for a second and then disappears.
Is it because I don't have WinRAR or 7Zip?
Ok I think I fixed it now (copy + pasted .dmp to Documents and just compressed that one)
Also do I just delete the .dmp after you guys get it or put it back in C: Windows?
I dont know, it might be time to take it to some professionals now. Seems to be a bigger problem than software.
(may not act professional, but unfortunately my career in IT doesn't allow me to do that)
I think its a problem with a driver to be really honest. Or a voltage/Hardware problem elsewhere. Memtest isn't 100% accurate.
But yeah, take it to a shop. Or start investigating your BIOS's advanced options.
Ok I'll start looking for shops in my area. Not Best Buy or Geek Squad right haha.
Should I check my memory's voltage and stuff? I'll tell you guys what I see and won't change anything in the BIOS. Or maybe just explore the BIOS and see if anything is out of place.
These guys seem pretty good:
Really close to my place. Also reviews seem good and judging by the customer reviews the employees are actually literate unlike Geek Squad:
So that store seems eligible? Also I guess an advantage to reinstalling Windows 7 is that it loads a bit faster without some of that junk I had.