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I had lots of problems trying to use WR V4.3.xxx, but was able to use V4.2.0 to recover a system that had to be rolled back from a backup made about 9 days ago.  That all worked.  Some key points:

#1  Wherever I can, I use C: (for Code; executables, Windows, apps, etc.) and D: (for Data), which allows me to roll a version of the Windows 7 O.S. without losing any data (e.g., Quicken accounting database).

#2  I make 100% backups (C: and D:, in toto) of the every system to a central computer once every day (one computer does it at 7:00 am, all the rest are staggered from 6:30 pm to 1:30 am, to avoid slowing regular LAN speeds.  I have three Terabyte disks, and I "rotate" them every Sunday morning.  Each computer has C: and D: backups made every day, each week.   That allows me to "roll back" a poorly running Windows and Apps (C:) without losing important data for local computer apps.

#3  Customarily, after rolling back an O.S. (e.g., for poor performance, intrusive errors, etc.) to an earlier edition (usually a couple of days; sometimes as much as 15 days) I run the latest stable (according to my own standards) version of Windows Repair.  Recently, I tried that with WR 4.3.0, and it was a catastrophe...so, I went even further back, to WR 4.2.0, which worked like a charm.

#4  I would encourage the owners of this domain to have a specific forum for user feedback about how Tweaking.com's editions of specific products are actually working, so that the founder can know how his products are working in real environments.  Some of us have enough experience that we can make better-informed decisions from that information.  For me, the ability to decide whether to apply the absolute LATEST edition of WR, or to use an older edition, is a critical decision point, when I (or a client) are having problems.  When I can see other customers' feedback about their experience, it helps me make that "use the newest-or-prior edition" decision.  That means more exposure for you, I know, but flying blind with a powerful product like WR is scary, even to some of us who've been using these kinds of tools for a long time (I've been in the trenches since 1962...on an IBM 1401, IBM 709, and even a vacuum-tube RCA 301!).   My own estimate is that it would materially improve confidence when something like 50 early-bird users can inform the rest of us about how stable and reliable a powerful and complex product from Tweaking.com has performed over the past month or so.  I cede to you the responsibility of how to sort through the responses for those that are productively informative (vs. the novices, and those who don't cotton to things like "Safe Mode").

I have a habit of only returning food in a restaurant to which I intend to return...I trust you'll accept my feedback in the spirit that's attended.  If the situation was so bad that I'd rather never return, I don't even bother.  :-)

Ye Old Bit-Slinger.
--Carol Anne (aka "Happy Elder Geek")

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 :omg:First problem EVER with Windows Repair:  Failed on Windows 7 SP1 twice in a row, (using V4.3.0.0), Log is attached.

Rolled back to backup of night before, but lost any evidence of problem with WR, which now will not even perform first two "Permissions"; it fails before that is even attempted.

I'm perplexed.  I don't have my replaced V4.2.0.0, which worked fine.  (Send me a copy of that, and I'll try it under the same circumstances, to assess whether it's my computer/configuration. on something in V4.3.0.0.)

--Carol Anne

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Tweaking.com Support & Help / Re: A sneak preview of V4
« on: July 26, 2017, 08:48:37 AM »
 :sad:
Bought the 3-computer license for Repair v4 yesterday, applied to an existing stable system on a Dell Optiplex 960, Win 7 SP1, all updates, which has been gracefully maintained with occasional applications of Repair V3 repairs over the past few years.

However, I removed V3, restarted, installed V4, restarted in "Safe" mode (which, btw, is really "unsafe" mode!), and ran V4 Repair with requisite "Power Drain" and all other steps, and ran a second time.  System ended up being very, very, VERY slow...sometimes took over 90 seconds for another newly-opened window to appear, and then it might not be responsive to a mouse click.

I rolled back to my C: backup from the night before.  V4 might need some further testing? :confused:

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General Computer Support / Re: Windows 10 I CAN NOT
« on: March 15, 2016, 09:23:25 AM »
BACKUPS.  ALWAYS MAKE BACKUPS.  But, most backup products are clumsy and error-prone.

I have a script, and a simple US$39 product from Germany, that allows me to make 100% backups of each computer (locally on a separate partition, with as many days' worth of backup as you'd like to have; I use 5) and a 100% copy to an ancient XP system that writes them to an external drive (which I change every 10 days or so; I keep three 1TB disks in rotation; the eldest is in the trunk of my car, so if the house burns...).  Last night's backup is in three places!

If you're interested, I could post more of it here.  I call it "The Waterfall" method.

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Feedback & Suggestions / Testimonial
« on: March 15, 2016, 09:16:20 AM »
 :teeth:  It was scarey, trusting a valued Latitude E6420, to Windows Repair (v3.8.4)...but it was so abused, so corrupted, we were on the verge of wiping the disk and donating it.  So, I tried one last thing...
 :cheesy:Windows Repair.  But, this time, instead of trying to shortcut, I did ALL the steps:  Even though I make 100% daily backups of every computer in the shop, every day (overnight), I followed every step.  And, I ran the actual "Windows Repair" final step twice, as recommended.  Then I did a "repair install" of Office 2013 (H&B), and had to remove, root & branch, some Outlook add-ons, to get back to a working, stable system.
 :smiley: Windows 7 SP1 is now working, is stable, and Outlook is rebuilding my IMAP email as I write and I have re-written my procedure for curing seemingly intractable Outlook 2013 problems, and everything is working exactly as it had when it was brand new.

It's time we started giving Shane public credit for what he has done with this suite of products.  All together now:

Hooray for Shane!

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Feedback & Suggestions / Re: Paypal option for Pro Version?
« on: August 11, 2015, 10:50:46 AM »
Um, er, it's right there in the lower-right-hand corner.  What URL are you going to?

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Feedback & Suggestions / Re: Happy Customer...with a Request
« on: August 10, 2015, 01:54:56 PM »
Here's what I think I know, from ferreting out my own desktop and laptop:

Folders where Task XMLs are stored:
C:\Windows\System32\Tasks
C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Tasks

There is also a folder at C:\Windows\Tasks, but it appears these are solely third-party add-on tasks (e.g., Google, Adobe updaters), and perhaps only for legacy apps.  I think this folder is empty in a fresh install.

Registry Entries Referring to the XML files in folders above:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Multimedia\SystemProfile\Tasks
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tasks
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tasks

There is also a key at HKCU:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Player\Tasks
This one, I suspect, would have to be placed in each Authorized User's profile in the registry, at the same key (but User's GUID for HKCU).

The Registry Entries are heavily dependent upon GUIDs for internal references.  My check on several entries, comparing my Desktop to my Notebook, suggest the same GUIDs are used for the same tasks and dependencies.  The lists may differ (e.g., my Laptop has one I noticed at the top of a list, NOT in the list on the Desktop; it appears to be application-related, and would depend on whether that third-party app--or driver--has been installed or not).

What I also don't know (I sound like an ignoramous, don't I???  Consequence of being an engineer, I suppose)...
1)  Are these the same for all editions of Win7?  (I suspect so)
2)  Are these locations the same in Win7, Win8, Win10?  (No clue; I only install Pro for all my clients)
3)  Are the sets of Tasks the same in Win7, Win8, Win10?  (I'd doubt it...but folks in this Forum with those systems can help, I'd hope)

The best keyword for searching from Explorer is to enclose the word in quotation marks:  "tasks".

--Happy Elder Geek




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Feedback & Suggestions / Re: Happy Customer...with a Request WILCO
« on: August 10, 2015, 12:18:14 PM »
I don't have a spare system here to install Win7 fresh right now...if I did, I'd report the step-by-step.  When I do have a system and the time, I'll try to capture both Win7 X32 and X64 versions, see if they're identical (or one is a subset of the other) and eMail them to you.  In the meantime, perhaps other visitors to the site have already done that and can share their work?

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Feedback & Suggestions / Happy Customer...with a Request
« on: August 09, 2015, 03:35:55 PM »
 :cheesy:  Dear Shane:

I use Windows Repair a lot, and I tell my clients to buy it (I won't use the product on their computers until they do; for the value you give, the price is a pittance).  I'm using v3.4.0

One question:  The sole nagging problem I have with many Windows 7 systems is that the Task Scheduler was apparently written as a high-school class project, and tested by their brothers and sisters in grade-school.  It's buggier than an entomologists' laboratory.  If you dare touch it (e.g., inadvertently delete a key, or a file) it is broken and irreparable.

Is there any chance that you can add a rebuild of the "stock" Task Scheduler to your wonderful tool?  I don't have the Windows programming chops, but here's what I'd do:  I'd build a new, working, fully updated Windows 7 SP1 system, and then copy the program itself, all the files (three different places) and all the registry entries (again scattered across the registry), then copy the entire collection back to the Windows drive and registry.  That would completely replace all the "stock" tasks (albeit resetting any customizations), but restore the system to a fully working ab initio system without touching any of the users' own tasks or those loaded by other vendors (e.g., Adobe, Google, et. al. for periodic update checks).

To avoid the copyright implications, I would be quite happy if you required the user to provide the Windows 7 SP1 "Recovery" disk (unless they already have a Recovery Partition), so all you have to do is copy files without "distributing" any of M$'s code.

Curiously, the Upgrade/Repair install of Windows 7 from the DVD does NOT reinstall the Task Scheduler...I've tried, several times.

I'd make this another feature of the Pro edition, to increase the probability that you are more adequately compensated for your marvelous work.  Given the many, many users who've been pleading with M$ for years in their fora for some help, I'm confident it would be a money-maker.  I'll even volunteer, should you implement it, to go back to every forum on Task Scheduler I've ever visited and tell them you've got a solution they can use.

Thanks for considering the possibility.

--Yours,
   Happy Elder Geek

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