Re: [MBZ] OT: Windows 7 Questions

2015-07-29 Thread Craig via Mercedes
On Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:08:05 -0400 Tim Crone via Mercedes
mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:

 On Jul 29, 2015 2:26 PM, Craig via Mercedes mercedes@okiebenz.com
 wrote:

  Now I just need to how to activate my installation of Win7.

 Windows will try to activate over the internet with the key you gave for
 install, if it wasn't installed on that machine before.  

I knew our laptop would be booted on Windows only little, so I told it
during installation that I would do it manually later.


 You should not have to enable any special services.

Good.


 If you open properties on my computer it will say whether the system
 is activated.  I don't think there's a persistent affirmative message.

I did open the properties of computer and found a message that it
wasn't activated, but there was also a link to activate it. I clicked on
the link and it asked if I wanted to activate it on-line now or later, I
clicked now and it started the process. About 15 seconds later, it said
the system was activated and was genuine Windows.

Thanks for the help!


Craig



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Re: [MBZ] OT: Windows 7 Questions

2015-07-29 Thread Tim Crone via Mercedes
On Jul 29, 2015 2:26 PM, Craig via Mercedes mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:

 Now I just need to how to activate my installation of Win7.

Windows will try to activate over the internet with the key you gave for
install, if it wasn't installed on that machine before.  If the activation
fails, you'll get a message in the system tray, but only after you have
connected to the internet at least once (i.e. your NIC works).  I'm not
sure what happens after the activation timer expires (30 days or whatever
it is now).  You should not have to enable any special services.

If you open properties on my computer it will say whether the system is
activated.  I don't think there's a persistent affirmative message.

You might be able to force activation by running Windows Update and
installing the Malware Detection application.  I usually just wait it out.

If you are only offline, I think you will eventually get the same icon in
the system tray, and it will present a dialog box with information on how
you can call in to get an activation key.

Best,
Tim
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Re: [MBZ] OT: Windows 7 Questions

2015-07-29 Thread Craig via Mercedes
On Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14:27:09 -0600 Craig via Mercedes
mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:

  From my experience, Win7 is ornery about booting so I'm
  reluctant to advise Just try it.  But the root command
  looks correct for legacy GRUB.  

Well, I did, Just try it, and it worked. I performed the following
steps:

1. Boot SystemRescue CD.
2. Execute startx
3. At a terminal prompt, type, grub enter.
4. Type, root (hd0,2).
5. Type, setup (hd0).
6. Type, quit.
7. Reboot.


 Kinda redundant to startx from a terminal just to open an
 xterm, isn't it?  *smiles*

Well, if one wants to run Gparted to make sure things are OK, it's quite
necessary ...


Now I just need to how to activate my installation of Win7.


Craig

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Re: [MBZ] OT: Windows 7 Questions

2015-07-25 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
 Craig wrote:
 
 I have just installed Windows 7 Home Premium

I know very little 'bout Win7

 3. What are XPS documents?
 
I want to be able to print to postscript so I can
 transfer the postscript (with all the fonts) to my Linux
 system to make new PDFs to replace ones which were made on
 a Windows system without all fonts embedded (which are hard
 to read on Linux). Is that at all related?

When I must use MSWin, I use PDFCreator to print PDF
files.  I believe it is based on Ghostscript - and although I
haven't tested it extensively, it seems to embed the fonts.
GPL licensed.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/

 4. Installing Windows 7, of course, over-wrote my GRUB boot
 sector information.

GRUB or GRUB2?  They are quite different.

 I have a procedure to fix the boot
 system of our main computer, which is single-boot and
 has /boot as /dev/sda1:
 
 1. Boot SystemRescue CD.
 2. Execute startx
 3. At a terminal prompt, type, grub enter.

Kinda redundant to startx from a terminal just to open an
xterm, isn't it?  *smiles*

 4. Type, root (hd0,0).
 5. Type, setup (hd0).
 6. Type, quit.
 7. Reboot.

That looks like GRUB legacy.

Since the laptop has
 
 First partition  - Windows 7
 Second partition - another NTFS partition
 Third partition  - /boot,

should I change line 4 above to: Type, root (hd0,2) ?

Maybe.  I tried to migrate a physical Win7 to a virtual
machine and this dual partition thwarted me and I failed.  On
mine, the first partition was very small and was the Win7
boot.  The second partition was the real Win location.

From my experience, Win7 is ornery about booting so I'm
reluctant to advise Just try it.  But the root command
looks correct for legacy GRUB.  

However, I gave up on dual boot a long time ago.  MS Win is
now always in a virtual machine (VirtualBox most recently).
So long as there is enough RAM, it works just fine

 6. Anything else I should know?

I sure like having my MSWin as a guest OS.  It means I don't
have to have as much software installed in MSWin because both
the guest and the host are running.  And I set up the
networking so the guest can't reach the internet.  And it's
easy to make a backup of the guest - or migrate to another
host.  Oh, and I can copy/paste between the guest and the
host.  The only disadvantage I've found is the need for RAM.

I have an laptop that shipped with WinXP, that I put the
maximum of 1G RAM and it was quite usable running a OpenBox
on the host and WinXP on the guest.  Not peppy, but usable.

-- Philip

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Re: [MBZ] OT: Windows 7 Questions

2015-07-25 Thread Meade Dillon via Mercedes
Craig,

1.  Windows Update: Short: type windows update in the dialogue box that
opens just above the start button, after you click the start button.  Long:
you should have a Control Panel option on the menu when you click on the
Start button (which is the Windows symbol, round and in bottom left
corner).  Select the Control Panel, look for a choice that includes Windows
Update.

5.  In my research I read on the internet, if the Win7 install does not
have a driver that works, you should be able to install the driver from the
OE CD and it probably will work and won't break anything.  Try it now while
breaking it and reloading Win7 is still relatively painless.
-
Max
Charleston SC
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Re: [MBZ] OT: Windows 7 Questions

2015-07-25 Thread Craig via Mercedes
On Sat, 25 Jul 2015 15:06:01 -0400 Meade Dillon via Mercedes
mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:

 Craig,
 
 1.  Windows Update: Short: type windows update in the dialogue box
 that opens just above the start button, after you click the start
 button.  Long: you should have a Control Panel option on the menu
 when you click on the Start button (which is the Windows symbol,
 round and in bottom left corner).  Select the Control Panel, look for a
 choice that includes Windows Update.

Yes, you are right, it is on the Control Panel, and easily visible if one
has it display all entries instead of categories.

In XP, it was at the top of the start menu and readily visible.


 5.  In my research I read on the internet, if the Win7 install does
 not have a driver that works, you should be able to install the driver
 from the OE CD and it probably will work and won't break anything.  Try
 it now while breaking it and reloading Win7 is still relatively
 painless.

Hmmm ...


Craig

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Re: [MBZ] OT: Windows 7 Questions

2015-07-25 Thread Craig via Mercedes
On Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14:08:39 -0500 fmiser via Mercedes
mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:

 When I must use MSWin, I use PDFCreator to print PDF
 files.  I believe it is based on Ghostscript - and although I
 haven't tested it extensively, it seems to embed the fonts.
 GPL licensed.
 http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/

Thank you for the link, Fred, that sounds like what I need.


 From my experience, Win7 is ornery about booting so I'm
 reluctant to advise Just try it.  But the root command
 looks correct for legacy GRUB.  
 
 However, I gave up on dual boot a long time ago.  MS Win is
 now always in a virtual machine (VirtualBox most recently).
 So long as there is enough RAM, it works just fine

My Linux installation is complete and I use it as a backup location. I'd
like to get access to it as easily as possible.


 I have an laptop that shipped with WinXP, that I put the
 maximum of 1G RAM and it was quite usable running a OpenBox
 on the host and WinXP on the guest.  Not peppy, but usable.

This laptop also shipped with XP and has 1G RAM. Win7 seems
less peppy than XP, so I don't want to change from a dual boot.


Craig

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