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Second Life crashes in Windows

Question: Second Life crashes in Windows

I use Windows XP Pro, SP2.

I have a machine that has an AMD 62 bit dual core, #4200 processor. 3 GB of memory, a 200 GB hard drive and a Phoenix BIOS. Version PG 6.00, date 3/30/06.

I have installed Second Life and set up an account. It seems like the install is successful but after a while, (I mean I am able to move around and explore and do things), it crashes. I start it back up and it goes to the last place and position I was in but immediately crashes. (It doesn't seem to effect Windows or any of my other apps.)

I have uninstalled it and reinstalled it but it must adjust some registry component because it comes right back to the same position and then crashes. I have even reinstalled Windows. The account is already set up so I don't need to do that. The install seems successful but after moving around and doing things it crashes, (at a different spot).

Is there something I should do differently? Is there anything I could try?



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Preferred Solution: Second Life crashes in Windows

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Answer: Second Life crashes in Windows

Did you check the system requirements for the Second Life before installing it? Base on Secong Life website the System Recommendations are:

Internet Connection*: Cable or DSL
Computer Processor: 1.6GHz Pentium 4 or Athlon 2000+ or better
Computer Memory: 512MB or better
Video/Graphics Card**:
nVidia GeForce FX 5600, GeForce 6600, or better
OR ATI Radeon 9600, X600, or better

Second Life is not compatible with dial-up internet, satellite internet, and some wireless internet services.

Second Life may not run on graphics/video cards other than the ones listed above. Unfortunately, if your graphics card includes any of the following words, it's NOT compatible with Second Life:
nVidia cards that report as a RIVA TNT or TNT2
ATI cards that report as RAGE or RAGE PRO
ATI cards that report as RADEON 320M, 340M, 345M, or similar model numbers
Intel Extreme
most cards by MATROX
The following cards have not been tested with Second Life, and compatibility is not certain:
nVidia cards that report as Quadro
ATI cards that report as RADEON IGP or RADEON XPRESS
ATI cards that report as FireGL
ATI cards that report as FireMV

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My name is Tim. I am desperately seeking tech support for Half Life 2. Steam Support was great at first but then they seemed to have stopped responding to my inquiries... When I first got the game it performed great! (medium to high graphics settings, great framerate, etc...) I played all the way through and then through Lost Coast and Episode One when they came out. After that I didn't play for a while. A few months ago I decided to play through again in anticipation of Episode Two's upcoming release... However now every single time I play the game crashes. EVERY TIME! I actually have more RAM now than when I first bought and played through the game. The really weird thing is that for any short time I actually get to play, the game still performs splendidly; no slowdown or anything, but after a few minutes it just crashes. Sometimes it boots me off to the desktop with an error message, but most often it just freezes with looping sounds.

here's the error message I occasionally get (at least I'm pretty sure this is the one... I never had an opportunity to copy it down, but someone else posted this on another forum and I recognized it):

Engine Error
Internal driver error in IDirect3DDevice9:resent()

(I have to click OK)
Followed by:

HALF... Read more

Answer:Half Life 2 Crashes

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During the first cut seen in half life 2 the audio goes all retarted and the game freezes. IT says your video card has failed and has been restarted. This also happens when I blow up helicopters. I can play CSS fine and nothing messes up my game on there.

My Video Card is : Intell(r) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family
I have a dual processor : Pentium (R) Dual Core CPU E5200 @ 2.50 GHz

Any help?

Answer:Half Life 2 Crashes

make sure you have the lastest driver which i think this link might be it: if not just google it

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Once I start up HL2 (legal version) I select new game, and start from "Point Insertion." It loads, Then the screen fades in saying "HALF LIFE 2"...Then freezes and I have to reboot.

System Stats:
XP Pro
512 Phsy. ram
3293mb of Virtual Ram
Directx 9.0c
AMD Sempron 3100+ (1.8 GHz)
MSI MS-6741 MB
ATI Radeon 9550 video card (256 mb)

Any help appreciated!

Answer:Half Life 2 Crashes!

Okay, Since I dont feel like clicking "edit" :-D

I skipped the first level, "Point Insertion" and went to Red Letter Day.

The game starts! She leads me through the Vending Machine...and.. BAM! Freeze! My FPS counter is red and it shows 34 FPS, probably because its loading the map. Now, I know there is some setting for my video card that can fix this. I have OMEGA drivers BTW...

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I try to play Half Life, but when I do, It shows the main menu for a second, and crashes. I've tried running it in d3d, openGL, and compatibility mode, but nothing works. I also checked both steam and Half Life to be ignored by DEP, so someone PLEASE HELP!

Answer:Solved: Half Life Crashes

in order for us to help you we need your computer specifications.

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hi guys,

Well I just recently beat half life 2, and I'm gonna play through it again in hard mode, but every few minutes when im playing, the game crashes! when i played it before it crashed a couple times, no big deal, now its quite alot!

I have a radeon 9800 pro, 2 gigs of ram and a amd athlon 3200+. i'm pretty sure i have the latest drivers. I'll be checking back on the site frequently, so if i forgot anything tell me. Thanks!

Answer:half life 2 crashes during gameplay

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It Freezes up.
... when it is left downloading for a little while.
... while surfing
... if left witrh a browser of either variety (ie or FF) open long enough to go to sceen saver (set to 3 min)
... for just about any or no reason whatso ever on any occasion

... i can walk away or be here writting an email and the mouse will simply cease to respond. Keyboaerd will not respond and I have NO choice but to restatr.

Currently running msn msg; SpyWare Doc; PC Tools Virus scan free trial; cussed "Register WinXP " reminder.
Have Pc Tools RegMech on board but not running in the back ground.

Posting this QUICK before it freezes up again.
has hapened three times since start up at 7AM.

Any suggestions or knowlegable HELP greatly appreciated.

Answer:WINXP Freeze & Crashes... way of life?

Hi, try these first:
* Try booting into safe mode with networking. Does the same thing happen?
* Also try disabling ALL anti-virus and firewall applications and make sure you have only one of each installed.
* Disable your screen saver
* Update your graphics driver

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Okay, I just decided to install HL2E1 on my computer. It passed the recommended requirements. However, about 10 minutes into the game when you first face the combine snipers, it crashes. I tried this a few more times but with the same effect. I tried reinstalling the game but now it crashes right near the beginning where Alyx asks Dog to lift that piece of rubble right after speaking with Izzy and Eli. Anyone know if there's a way to fix this? Any help is appreicated. I really don't care if the game is slow in running it.


Comp Specs:

Gateway MX6920 Notebook

Answer:Half-Life 2 Episode One crashes

well you r computer meets all the minimum u will have to go into the options and set the video settings down low for the game to run correctly...have u updated your video drivers at all?

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Hi, I recently bought Windows Vista and have had nothing but trouble with it so far. I installed the Orange Box and when I play Half Life 2 it skips the intro with the Valva logo and copyright stuff and goes straight to the loading screen. Then once the main menu comes up after a really long time and I play a level, there is no music just SFX and voices. Also, about every 20 seconds the game will freeze, the audio will loop and then 5 seconds later it will be back to normal. However sometimes the game will just crash. Portal, TF2, HL2 Episode One and Two all work fine. Please help! READ THIS FIRST!!! - Please no stupid comments about " ZOMG I H8 VISTA ITS SO BAAD NO ONE GETZ IT ITZ STOOPID".
System Specs:
Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit
Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.00GHz
NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT

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I have lost all my bookmarks and did not have a back up (mea culpa !!!). In trying to find them I have followed intructions I found here at the Tech Guy and also at the Mozilla Support web site but no advise has worked so far.Till I saw an instruction to download a program named RESTORATION intended to list all deleted stuff still alive in the hard disk or under a cluster. I did that but now among thousands of files I donīt know how to reckgnize the files where my bookmarks can be stored.

Thanks for your good will,


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Answer:Lenovo T430 Battery Life 1+ hour on life saver

you would have to have a pre-Windows 8 OS to gain that crucial battery reset function. This is one reason why i dislike running Win 8 on ThinkPad.

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My windows explorer crashes and restarts every time I perform some action (e.g., opening a file, moving a file, saving a file). I get the standard "windows explorer encountered a problem and needs to shut down; sorry for the inconvenience" message. In addition, trying to attach a file (mostly word documents) crashes the web browser - IE and firefox simply close, chrome gives an error message "plug-in crash - shockwave flash" and becomes unresponsive.

I very much appreciate your help.

DDS.txt log:

DDS (Ver_09-12-01.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Uriel at 17:33:34.10 on Wed 12/23/2009
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_17
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1022.94 [GMT 2:00]

AV: Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {FB06448E-52B8-493A-90F3-E43226D3305C}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
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Answer:Windows explorer crashes constantly, browser crashes upon attaching files to emails

Hello , And to the Bleeping Computer Malware Removal Forum. My name is Elise and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems.I will be working on your malware issues, this may or may not solve other issues you may have with your machine.Please note that whatever repairs we make, are for fixing your computer problems only and by no means should be used on another computer.You may want to keep the link to this topic in your favorites. Alternatively, you can click the button at the top bar of this topic and Track this Topic, where you can choose email notifications. The topics you are tracking are shown here.-----------------------------------------------------------If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explanation about the tool. No inp... Read more

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Thanks for listening, as my user name reflects I am now into stuff I'm ignorant about.


Had this computer a little over a year, I7 with 16gb of memory, windows 7 ultimate. etc

About a month ago, started seeing BSOD's. The BSOD would normally reflect "Memory Management" as the cause.Then the browsers started crashing, tried chrome, firefox and IE. Have removed and re installed all of them. I continue to received "windows has recovered" screens.

Was reading this thread, attempted the memory test via CD, it ran for several hours (actually alowed it to run all night. When I went to bed it was on test 8, the errors were moving from 0 to 32767. I got up this morning, same numbers, same test #. Seemed like it was stuck on that run even though the error numbers were still changing.

I have down loaded and ran who crashed. It's conclusion is :

12 crash dumps have been found and analyzed. A third party driver has been identified to be causing system crashes on your computer. It is strongly suggested that you check for updates for these drivers on their company websites. Click on the links below to search with Google for updates for these drivers:


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Answer:Browser crashes, windows crashes, memory test won't complete, BSOD

If Memtest86+ is showing up errors, then there are hardware issues present. It's just discerning what hardware is bad. Initial suspect obviously is memory, but the unusual case makes it think it's some logic error like some CPU failure or something. It's also possible that when burning it to CD that the Memtest itself got corrupted somehow (i.e. bad burn).

16 GB is a lot of memory on a consumer motherboard. There is the possibility that while your motherboard can handle 16GB of memory, that 16GB of the actual memory model that you're using may not be supported. Certain configurations of memory can have problematic issues. So while the memory sticks themselves may not be bad, the actual 16GB setup of them may break things.

Have you tested system stability with reduced amount of RAM, like 1/2 sticks of RAM, as well as running Memtest on a couple passes for each separate stick?

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I don't know whether I have a malware problem, or a hard-drive-in-death-throes problem, or what. But I figured it was best to start here, so if it's not a virus I can go over to the XP forum with that ruled out.

Over the past few months my desktop has been steadily driving me nuts. First it began giving me BSODs at random intervals, anything from a day to a month apart. (Currently, about once every three weeks.) The most common error is 0x0000008E, but I've also had 0x00000019, 0x00000024, 0x1000000A, 0x0000004E (PFN_LIST_CORRUPT), 0x0000007F, 0x0000000A (IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL), and 0x00000050 (PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA). Usually it crashes at startup, but it has taken as much as twenty minutes. I've tried defragging the hard drive, using a registry cleaner, and replacing Sygate firewall (see below) but nothing appears to have worked.

Then Sygate starting occasionally crashing while I was online. I replaced it with PC Tools free firewall, which hasn't had any problems. (Yet...)

Somewhere in the last several months (hard to say whether it was before or after Sygate and the BSODs, it seems to have been creeping up for a while) Firefox developed an increasing tendency to hang. It reached the point where it was basically non-functional for a good quarter hour after connecting. During that time doing anything - maximising or minimising windows, accessing the start menu - took forever. Then Firefox started crashing - constantly. I worked my way through the official trou... Read more

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Hey guys, I'm going on my 10th hour of trouble shooting here.

Started my PC this morning, went and opened Steam, then windows explorer crashed without a message (Task bar disappeared) and locked up my whole PC for about 5 seconds before the BSOD. Rebooted to install "WhoCrashed" to read the minidump. During this process, I went through about 6 other crashes of the same nature. It doesn't seem to be dependent on load, however, because it'll happen just sitting idle on the desktop too.

On the most recent crash, I noticed that around the same time explorer crashed, my Razer keyboard and mouse both died out, leaving me no control.

I just got a new graphics card (NVIDEA Geforce GTX 960 4GB) 2 weeks ago and it was all fine up until now, so I'm not sure if it's related. We put in a Coolermaster CPU cooler at the same time, new thermal paste, etc. and all temperatures are normal (about 90 degrees F, same as always). None of my temps are off from what they've been for the last 2 years, and I don't think I've ever had a BSOD on this custom PC.

Updated NVIDEA drivers from safe mode, started looking into Motherboard updates, but not applying any because I can't even tell what I have already. Everything is fine and dandy in safe mode.

So, please, for the love of all things holy, someone help me out here... I'm good with PC's but I'm at my witt's end here. Attached you should find the proper log and an image from Speccy. Had to take it with my phone beca... Read more

Answer:Windows Explorer crashes, no message, then everything crashes randomly

the dump point to wininit.exe, the windows startup process, the crash was caused by the termination of a critical system thread or process which means that somehowwinint.exe was terminated and crashed your computer, all we have to do now is work out why and how the process was terminated, if it didn't happen untill you installed the graphics card it could be thaat it is doing something that is affecting wininit.exe

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Answer:Windows 8 Explorer crashes/ General crashes

have you tried to restore to factory defaults

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This happened recently after my sister downloaded something from the internet, and when I opened the folder to transfer it to her flash drive, a notification popped up telling me that, "Windows Explorer has crashed," and then it restarts (not the computer, just explorer. It sort of "refreshes" the desktop), then loads, and then crashes again.

I can still use my laptop normally from adjacent accounts, and when I tried deleting the file (the source of all of this, I'm assuming) it says that I need the permission of my main account, even though this account that I am currently using is also and administrator.

Can someone give me a little help? If there is none to be found I can use this side account for a while until something can be done, but it is incredibly inconvenient.

I am using Windows 7 currently.

Answer:Windows Explorer crashes, restarts, then crashes again

The computer is probably infected with a virus or other malware. Post this in the Virus and Malware Removal forum:

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Hi guys,
I just joined the forums today.
My issue has to do with basically every internet browser I have and Nvidia Geforce Experience.  Whenever I open chrome and opera, both of them crash instantly.  Additionally, whenever I open firefox and edge and go to certain pages such as or, the websites crash.  On IE, it does basically the same thing; the only difference is that I go to the webpage it generally crashes on and it says IE stopped responding, but IE is still loading the webpages and I can still add a new tab!  Also, after getting an alert yesterday from Geforce Experience that a new video card driver was available, I clicked on the alert, only to have a window pop up saying that it crashed.  I tried to open Geforce Experience again.  Crashed again.
After trying to use a system restore point from October 18, 2016 (before I had this issue) I still had this problem.  A Microsoft support rep said that it is most likely a virus.  I did have trend micro officescan installed at the time, however, but i'm guessing some viruses can get past your security.
The only change I can remember is installing MSI Afterburner.  I may have downloaded a thing or two, but only used trusted sites to download from (Cnet, Opera, sourceforge).
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Answer:Browser Crashes, Application Crashes in Windows 10

How to receive help diagnosing Blue Screens and Windows crashes -

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sorry to intrude..but look like my life tile doesn't life again.....
is there a solution for this. to be specific store is dead now, calendar, mail, ..
already restarting, from clean 'till normal, sfc , dism , cleanup storecomponent, ..

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I am wondering if end-of-life Vista is more dangerous than end-of-life XP. My reasoning is that Vista more closely resembles Win 10 than XP. So as MS was saying, attackers may reverse engineer patches meant for recent OS's into exploits that work on the end-of-life one. So it seems to me that Vista looks more dangerous than XP.

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Question: Windows XP Life

Evening All,

I'm just wanting to know when Windows XP Pro is going end of life? it says the following on the Microsoft site

Direct OEM and Retail License Availability (end date)

June 30, 2008

System Builder License Availability (end date)

January 31, 2009

I dont quite understand the above, we build systems for a customer and use the OEM version of Windows XP Pro so from the above I gather I can only buy the OEM or Retail until June 30th 2008?

Am I correct in thinking this?

Paul Wike

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Question: Life of Windows 7

Wonder how long Windows 7 is going to be around before I am
going to be forced to buy the coming Windows 10 disaster?

Answer:Life of Windows 7

Quote: Originally Posted by phenix

Wonder how long Windows 7 is going to be around before I am
going to be forced to buy the coming Windows 10 disaster?

You won't be forced to buy Windows 10; you can continue to use Windows 7 after MS decides to end their support.

What influenced you to predetermine that Windows 10 is a disaster? It hasn't even been fully developed at this time.

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1.Prolonging battery life-cycle by the "do not charge when battery charge is above nn% which by default is 96%. How about setting it manually to much smaller value. 50%-60%. Would that prolong batterly life-cycle? (When I dont want to charge the battery)2. All parameters set to small values for using as little energy as possible for extending the time when nly battery power is available: The temperature is still (far too) high underneath where (center-center) the ventilation gaps are. How come? The only process take CPU-power is logmon.exe from IBM/Lenovo...3. Logmon.exe is alway running at about 15% CPU... How can I change that?4 Is the screen background light gas-filled? If so, will the life-cycle shorten if it turns on/off to frequently? (Light timeout value to low)Thank you IBM/Lenovo for this site.Regards,

-Tom Hummel, Norway ThinkPad Z60m 2529-FJGP M 760(2GHz), 1GB RAM, 100GB 5400rpm HD, 15.4in 1680x1050 LCD, 128MB ATI Radeon X600, CDRW/DVDRW, Intel 802.11abg wireless, Bluetooth/Modem, 1Gb Ethernet, UltraNav, Secure chip, IEEE 1394, Fingerprint reader, 6c Li-Ion batt, WinXP Home

Answer:Battery life and charge-cycle. Background light life-cycle.

1)  See and follow the hints and tips of the Battery University2) Look at the Z60m part list or into the HMM in order to detect which parts/components are sitting there, this will give you some hint what parts might get heated up a lot near the thermal device.3) AFAIK logmon.exe is part of or belongs to ThinkVantage rescues & recovery. - If it runs as a service on your OS, then you can disable that service or maybe you can just change the scheduling times for that monitor service inside r & r. A look into the r & r manual, which can be found on Lenovo's website, might can tell you more about this.4) Look for yourself here, CCFL backlights for notebooks have usually a life time of 15.000 till 30.000 hours. Yes in practise the life-time will shorten, but this is common for all electronic devices over time.

ThinkPad T60/X32/600/770 · IBM IntelliStation · 3x IBM SpaceSaver II

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Hi there
I'm surprised at all the Windows XP end of life hysteria -- probably done by the same bovine set of bozos who thought Cars would stop running and most computer applications would fail on Jan 1 2000 (the so called Y2K problem - probably the biggest non event in the entire history of computing).

On Apr 9 your Windows XP machine will still run just fine (and on apr 10 too etc).

Simply VIRTUALIZE it and only use Internet from say a W7 desktop. Modern hardware will run Virtual machines at almost Native speed and unless you are into heavy gaming / graphics then VM machines will certainly work for you --they've come a HUGE way in the last few years.

With Unity features common XP corporate applications can easily be placed on a W7 desktop so the user just has to "point and click".

I can't understand what all the corporate brouha is about - unless it's just a few consultants trying to cash in on a few bucks while the going is good.

I said the same in 2000 about the Y2K stuff -- all those expensive consultants at 1000 - 2000 USD a day BACK THEN were all sitting around doing not much except drinking in Local Taverns and laughing all the way to the Bank. !!

While I.T wages have slumped in the last 15 years (seems the only profession I know where that's happened) the same scenario in principle although slightly less booze being consumed in the taverns is being enacted by the "Consultancy Firms" who advise on how to migrate off XP.

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Answer:Windows XP - End of Life - a bit like W2K bug that never happened

MS itself is playing up the XP end of life hysteria in attempt to move people off of XP. Not all the credit can be given to the "sky is falling" individuals.

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Initially battery life increased for my laptop ASUS S400CA from 2:35 to 3:35. Now it has come down to 2:30. In between I changed battery saver from 100 to 60. Now again I changed to 100. Still battery life is going down.
I would like to know about other users exp.

Any solution to increase it.

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I had been doing some reading online and I thought I'd post this for anyone who wasn't sure or knew were to Look. So I thought I'd post hear in the Microsoft Forums.

Windows XP April 8 2014

Windows Vista April 11 2017

Windows 7 April 14 2020

Windows 8.1 January 10 2023

The Dates above are for Windows Versions Extended Support.

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First of all, I am new to the forum so hi to everyone! This forum so far looks fantastic and so do the members!

Getting to the issue: I currently have Vista and want to not have Vista ASAP!
I need to know if Windows 7 improves on battery life, and if so, by how much? Please provide your knowledge and links(if any) to outside websites that has looked at 7 battery life.

I have a Dell M1530 laptop which has about 5 hours battery life on balance settings. But I really need about 6-8 hours for my work. Many thanks in advance.


Answer:Windows 7 Battery Life??

Quote: Originally Posted by Mani


First of all, I am new to the forum so hi to everyone! This forum so far looks fantastic and so do the members!

Getting to the issue: I currently have Vista and want to not have Vista ASAP!
I need to know if Windows 7 improves on battery life, and if so, by how much? Please provide your knowledge and links(if any) to outside websites that has looked at 7 battery life.

I have a Dell M1530 laptop which has about 5 hours battery life on balance settings. But I really need about 6-8 hours for my work. Many thanks in advance.


It better on my dell by abt 15%. Dont think 7 hrs is do'able wo a larger battery.


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I know this is an advertised benefit of Windows 7, but now I can testify first-hand to the better battery life. I bought a laptop with Vista on it, and upgraded it to 7 today. I charged the battery before installing, and unplugged it soon after it started installing.

I haven't plugged it in yet. I have been using it for about 2.5 hours now, and the battery is at 73%.

Granted, it is a very good battery, but if this had been Vista, it would be at about 20% by now.

Windows 7 is a great OS, isn't it?

Answer:Windows 7 and battery life

Hi Jonathan,

I think most Members would agree that Windows 7 wins hands down over Vista. I think that it is true that Vista should have never been marketed, in so many ways it was not ready. Windows 7, is basically Vista under the hood with additional features and benefits that should have been claimed by Vista. Your battery experience, for one, security, aero, driver availablity to mention just a few. Enjoy your new computer, Jonathan, and keep busy on the keyboard, helping us at the Forum.

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Hey I had a question about Windows end of life support. I'm running Windows 7, which isn't supposed to expire for a while to come (no date set yet). Now, like many of us here, I like Windows 7. Why does Microsoft expire support for it's products? It's not because they want us to rush out and buy a copy of their new OS is it? Especially when Windows 7 works fine. So would it be possible to keep using Windows 7 in say 2030?

Answer:Windows End of Life Support

Quote: Originally Posted by magnetite

Hey I had a question about Windows end of life support. I'm running Windows 7, which isn't supposed to expire for a while to come (no date set yet). Now, like many of us here, I like Windows 7. Why does Microsoft expire support for it's products? It's not because they want us to rush out and buy a copy of their new OS is it? Especially when Windows 7 works fine. So would it be possible to keep using Windows 7 in say 2030?

Its more than just economics. At some point things change and with new devices coming out, it doesnt make sense to try and continue to develop drivers, and fixes for an OS that is being used by less and less users.

While possible, chances are you wont. Will you even still be using a traditional computer in 18 years?

If you like win 7, you will love win 8. Right now it is about to go beta and will be free until it is released to marketing in a year or so.

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Preface... (and yes, this is one of my infamous "Megaposts" and this one might be in several parts, so, bear with me and get edjumicated...

I found that link about this "new" power configuration diagnostic in Windows 7 and posted it in the other thread, but as it'll get buried in the muck soon enough, and considering just how vital this specific tool could turn out to be in terms of maximizing the potential battery life/run-time of laptops and notebooks (and Tablet PCs too) that will use Windows, I figured this specific topic is very deserving of its own thread, so here it is.

What I'm hoping this thread will be about is related to a diagnostic tool that, until recently, has been relatively unknown (and I admit I just discovered info about it last week myself, so I'm cobbling together a bunch of information from a variety of sources, several being Microsoft and blogs from MSDN folk, and some Windows 7 developers also, and putting it in this one post/thread.

Hopefully there will be some intelligent discussion as time goes by as the more I do research on this the more I realize it could very well be one of the coolest things - and gain one of the most vital aspects - about Windows 7.

So let's get this thing started... who knows, maybe this'll get stickied like some other stuff I've written about... if people deem it valuable, by all means, tell the Admins/Mods and point people to it as needed.


Windows 7, th... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 and Battery Life... What You Should Know...


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Best Windows version you've ever used in your life.

Answer:Best Windows version you've ever used in your life.

windows 8 undoubtedly.

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I think Microsoft took down there ISO(s) for Windows 7 because when I go here it says "Page Not Found."

Anyone else having this issue?

EDIT: I'm able to get the ISO(s) when I go here.

Answer:My Digital Life Windows 7 ISO

It appears the page has been removed. Happens all the time on the Internet. I suspect that the download wasn't legal.

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I have a Acer Aspire V5 laptop. When I was running Win 8.1, the battery life wasn't great, but lasted about 2 1/2 - 3 hours.
Now that I upgraded to Windows 10, the last time I turned it on the battery meter said 52 %. Two minutes later, it was dead.
I just turned it on after charging it, and the meter read 98%, 1 hr 50 min remaining. I haven't touched it yet, and five minutes later the battery's down to 90 %, although it says that there's 3 hr 5 min remaining. When I do any work on it, the battery goes down drastically. Does this have anything to do with Windows 10?

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How long is the life cycle for Windows 8 and 8.1? If I recall correctly, I remember it not being very long.

Answer:Life Cycle for Windows 8 and 8.1?

Windows 8.x support ends in January of 2016. Windows 8.1 is supported until January of 2023.

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every time i start up half life it says: Half-Life has a known compatibility issue with this version of Windows. For an update that is compatible with this version of Windows, contact Sierra.
does anyone know how i can fix that. thanks

Answer:half life on windows xp

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A Day in the Life: Windows Vista Security
Found this little Video on Technet that may be of interest to people interested in Vista security.
A Day in the Life: Windows Vista Security

Answer:A Day in the Life: Windows Vista Security

Thanks Nigel, I'll have a good look later but it's much appreciated.

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hi people, I updated my x230 to windows 8 yesterday since the power management tool had been updated too but no matter what I do, I can't seem to get my power consumption to 6-7 watts like I could with windows 7, it won't go below 14-15 watts... so basically I have 5-6 hours of autonomy instead of my beloved 12-13 hours I think it may be because of the metro interface that require constant updates to display fresh content what can I do? did any of you encounter this problem? any idea of solution?

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Despite being cabapble of 8+ hours on the 6 cell battery, I can only seems to get an estimation of a little over 4+ hours. Has anyone running Windows 8 been able to get the manufacturer's longevity? Could you share with me the setting you are using to reach it. My stats are:i5 323016gb RAM500 Gb 7200 RPM (msata ssd on the way)fingerprint reader Thanks for any and all help.  

-If this post was helpful maybe consider giving me a kudos for it.Thinkpad x230 -i5, 16gb RAM, 240gb SSD, 500gb 7.2k hdd, win 8.1 proThinkpad x220t - multi-touch, i7, 16gb RAM, 80gb SSD, 320gb 7.2k hdd, win 7 pro 64


Go to Solution.

Answer:X230 and battery life in Windows 8

Disregard. I realized that my timing samples had been taken shortly after start up and not after doing work for a while. Seems things are as per advertised here. Just need to get the msata drive in and clone it. Did that in the x220t and it was a nice boost to startup and shutdown, and overall system responsivness.  

-If this post was helpful maybe consider giving me a kudos for it.Thinkpad x230 -i5, 16gb RAM, 240gb SSD, 500gb 7.2k hdd, win 8.1 proThinkpad x220t - multi-touch, i7, 16gb RAM, 80gb SSD, 320gb 7.2k hdd, win 7 pro 64

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My brother tried installing the original Half-Life [yes the ancient one back from 1998] on our new computer which runs Windows XP without success. After putting in the CD [a store bought copy from EB] & clicking install, nothing else comes up so there's not much we can do in terms of troubleshooting since it won't even attempt to install.

The game installed without a problem on our other computer that runs Windows 98. To make sure that it wasn't a defective CD, I reinstalled it on our old computer today with no problems once again.

We've gone to a bunch of Half-Life/Sierra related web sites/forums & couldn't find a definitive solution. Some people said it runs on XP, others have the same problem we do. The company said there wasn't really much we could do about it. Anyone know if there is a way to get the game to work properly on XP or is it a lost cause? Thanks in advance.
My computer specs:
Dell Dimension 8200
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.53GHz
Processor Speed: 2.46 GHz
Memory (RAM) 512 MB
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600
Sound Card: Creative SB Live!

Answer:Half-Life won't install on Windows XP

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I remember when windows 7 first came out the reports of battery life being less than when running vista. I am wondering with newer drivers being released if the battery life of windows 7 is less than/equal/ or greater than running vista. I've been wanting to upgrade but have found few reasons to upgrade but battery life might make me want to reconsider

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I run the Life Cam software on my PC (Dell540S) with 8GB RAM, 640GB HDD, and I see the green lite come on the camera, and I can test the mike and it works but I see nothing if I want to capture a picture. Life Cam 3.0 software is loaded, latest drivers are loaded, don't know what to do to get video????? Can someone help???

Answer:Windows 7 Ultimate and Life Cam VX-6000

Is the software the larest W7 version?

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Got another X230T and I want to upgrade to Windows 8,however, has all the issues been ironed out like battery life, rotating screen etc?.

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Everytime i try to run Half life 2 or any other steam program i get this message:


Could not load libary client

Please Help!

Answer:Half Life 2 on Windows Vista 32 Bit

I did that and I still get the Error message

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I upgraded my Nokia Lumia Icon from 8.1 to the most current slow ring build of Win 10 Mobile. Since upgrading to Win 10 my Icon's battery life is horrible. Within a couple hours my phone will drop 30-40% with little to no use.
I am curious, is this a problem experienced by others? I am wondering if a clean install of Win 10 Mobile will solve/help the problem (I did not do a clean upgrade to Win 10), or if this is just "the nature of the beast?"
Thank you in advance for your replies!

Answer:Windows Phone 10 Battery Life

Same here on lumia 925...with w10m i lost at least 20% of battery life.

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i really need some help here. i am completely unable to install or repair windows xp pro. i have tried everything. i can get to the point in the install where it says 'setup will now load windows' after all drivers are loaded and i get 'unmountable boot image' blue scree.
before you suggest anything look here at the list of things i have tried.

I have 2 windows xp pro cds, i have tried both
I have 2 hard drives, i have tried both, with every combination of one or the other, master/slave, different ide cables or connectors, etc.
i have two motherboards, this happens with both of them.
I have tried fail safe bios settings, disabling caches, lowering dma values for ide channels, etc.
i have tried removing sticks of ram and placing them in different slots or only leaving one in.

what the hell?

i am completely baffled.
please help.

my specs
foxconn 915-p7ac
p4 ht 3.2 gig
1 gig 3200u ram
40 gig seagate master hd, 100 gig maxtor slave
geforce pci-e 256meg 7600gt
lite-on-it dvd-rw cd-rw

Answer:cant install windows xp to save my life

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Hi folks, Had a quick search but can't find discussion of this. How are people finding the battery life since the upgrade? I'm finding that it's even worse than it was before - and it's always been pretty terrible. I reckon i'm getting about 3 hours on average.  Does anyone have any tips as to how I can monitor what's using up the battery? Ideally a bit like battery monitor apps on Android. I've also noticed a general performance degredation - Chrome becomes all choppy and slow. Not sure what's going on there but I'm guessing the two things are linked if the CPU is under a heavy load. Cheers Alex

Answer:Yoga 2 Pro battery life under Windows 10

My battery life is about the same as 8.1 (6 to 6.5 hrs). I use a program called BatteryBar that will monitor your usage and gives pretty accurate predictions of when you battery will run down. It doesn't track specific programs however. Also, keep an eye on tasks running in the background using task manager while you think it should be idle. You can minimize the task manager to the icon tray to help with this. I also run the displlay at 2048x1152 resolution (@150% scaling)  which makes apps like chrome scroll a little smoother (perhaps due to less data being displayed). Not sure if that helps battery life or not. There a lots of sites you can google to track down specific issues with battery life. 

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I am using a lenovo z580 and on windows 7 it was giving me about 4 to 4 and a half hours of battery life. However after updating to windows 8 and windows 8.1, the battery life has reduced to 2 hours of usage. All my drivers have been updated. I am using a samsung 840EVO 120gb ssd, if that makes any difference. Please help.

Answer:Battery Life after Windows 8.1 Upgrade

No help from anyone?! 

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This is my first time posting here. I have been having problems with my netbook (bought July 2010) using Windows 7 Starter for several months. This is my first non desktop and I've never experienced "crashing" problems before. It started when I chose to download "all" images from an email on gmail. The email was from a friend so there should not have been an issue. Immediately I had major problems with repeated crashing, realtek errors, and general slowness in how the computer is running. This is an almost daily thing, although sometimes it will happen 10x a day and sometimes once. Sometimes I can fiddle with it and get back on right away, sometimes, not for a day. Yesterday I started to wonder if the Starter version had a self life? Like maybe its called Starter for a reason, and it just doesn't last that long, forcing you to buy the premium edition?

Any insight would be appreciated.

Thank you

Answer:Windows 7 Starter shelf life?

Quote: Originally Posted by leo811sf


It started when I chose to download "all" images from an email on gmail. The email was from a friend so there should not have been an issue.

The keywords being 'should not have'.

Immediately I had major problems with repeated crashing, realtek errors, and general slowness in how the computer is running. This is an almost daily thing, although sometimes it will happen 10x a day and sometimes once. Sometimes I can fiddle with it and get back on right away, sometimes, not for a day.

What sort of fiddling?

Since these issues started after downloading from gmail, it would be advisable to do a virus scan as well as scan with Mbam.

Yesterday I started to wonder if the Starter version had a self life? Like maybe its called Starter for a reason, and it just doesn't last that long, forcing you to buy the premium edition?

No, one of the limitations of the Starter version is not a shelf life

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My computer froze and when i restarted came to the screen where it says "You did not shut down properly" and then it scans the harddrive.

Then it pops up that there are some currupted files so I saved them to a disk.

Problem of those files are needed to start Windows 95. I need help either getting that file from the disk to the c: drive. (where i think that file must be in the System folder) or reinstalling Windows 95 from Dos.

Right now all I can do is go in Dos Prompt.

I called a place and they said something about making a boot disk which then will help me extract the files from the other disk onto the C drive.

The file that the computer needs and that is on the disk is VMM32.VDX .

Two quesitons
1. If you help me reinstall windows 95, will it earase everything that was on it? Like Word files, downloaded stuff. ????

Answer:Matter of Life AND Death!!!!! (Windows 95)

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How's the battery life on ur asus vivobook after updating to windows 10? Is it the same as 8.1?

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So I have a quick question. Does windows 7 really improve the battery life on a laptop? Anyone noticed much of a difference?

Answer:Does windows 7 really improve battery life?!

Quote: Originally Posted by hp7Windows

So I have a quick question. Does windows 7 really improve the battery life on a laptop? Anyone noticed much of a difference?

Yes by about 10%. Thats on performance power plan. 32 bit

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These are my results for this thread:

But since entirely new problems have arisen I thought I should make an entirely new thread.

I just re-installed Windows XP. To my surprise, all of my old documents and files seem to be in place. This is great! Looks like Windows tucked all of my files away after all.

The only big problem so far is that when I start the computer, it keeps looking for a floppy drive and makes me press f1. How do I get that to go away?

The screen says:

"Dell System Dimension 4700 Series
BIOS version A06

Floppy diskette seek failure
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility"

In the setup menu I tried switching the boot order so my non-existant floppy drive boots last, but it still insists that it wants to boot from a floppy before Windows starts. I tried the "restore options to defaults" option, too, and this message still pops up.

Any suggestions?

Answer:bringing windows back to life

This may be due to your Antivirus software. Check that you disable the option to scan a floppy diskette at startup and at shutdown.

And I wish you would have posted in your original thread that you did in fact manage to do a repair reinstall of XP. You left that thread suggesting that it could not be done.


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Windows Restore came out of nowhere one night. Luckily, a simple system restore then running Malwarebytes and a system scan, things seem back to normal. However, when I open my picture folders, the picture thumbnails are kinda gray and fuzzy. When I open them in the picture viewer, nothing wrong with the files themselves. I went to the properties of one of the folders and it said the files were hidden. I had to select all the files and unhide them. Anyone know a faster way? And I've already tried going to the view tab on My Computer and unchecking the radio buttons.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

Answer:Life after the Windows Restore Virus....

Hi JCS72,

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Hello, I have new Lenovo laptop, type T430s (2353-2QV). I was realized to try Windows 8 and reinstalled it using lenovo w8 drivers. But something is wrong with battery life. It is very weak. I was hope that I can use my laptop on battery more than 4 hours, but depens on usage, I can use it maximum for about 3 hours. And that is not right, from my point of view. I do not have informatiom how much time is battery life on W7, but I think it is much better. Please, can anybody  tell me if it is right or not and what I can do with it? I welcome the response not only from users with same type of laptop. Thank you in advance.Peter

Answer:T430s Windows 8 battery life

Which battery do you have?I have the six cell and get about four hours of normal usage, more with a dim backlight

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I would like to get a Windows 10 tablet (keyboard optional) with battery life being the highest priority. I currently have a Lenovo ThinkPad 8 on Windows 10. It's a terrific device, but it can only run for about 2-3 hours before a very long charging period.
The iPad is my gold standard tablet, being able to last for weeks on standby. Is there anything in the Windows category that's comparable?

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Hi Guy's,

I heard that news Microsoft is going to stop the support(End of Life) for Windows XP & Windows 2003. is this true?.

Answer:End Of Life XP & Windows 2003 server

Support for XP ends in April 2014. What that means is that there will be no more updates, fixes or technical support after that date. Rest assured, Windows XP will continue working.

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Has the fix for this problem been released yet?

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Am losing Battery Life after installing Windows 10 TP. It doesn't even last 1hr.Why is this so? And the Store hasn't been opening since yesterday. It constantly says "The server has stumbled". Anyone facing similar problems??

Answer:Why is my battery life so poor on Windows 10?

What device are you using?

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Okay, here's the deal; This is an EXTREMELY fresh install of Windows 7 RC1.

I do not have any firewalls on, not even the Windows firewall.

I've ran two virus scanners, I am not infected.

I go to Windows Live Messengers website. (Essentials - Windows Live) and click download, it takes me to the page, and about two seconds later, my browser times out. I have attempted this in internet explorer, firefox, and opera.

Okay, fine, whatever. I used the installer on my flash drive, about 5 seconds in, it tells me that I am not connected to the internet. Fantastic.

Now, this worked absolutely flawlessly with the previous builds (I'm using RC1 now) so I don't understand why it isn't now.

All other devices using this internet connection can access and download Windows Live Messenger just fine, not an issue.

What on earth is going on?

Each problem;
Tried in Firefox.
Installer error
Installer error even with compatibility mode.

Answer:For the life of me, I cannot get Windows Live Messenger

is it possibly your flash install

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I, like many others, had Windows 10 installed automatically when I wasn't home. I'm not necessarily opposed to this except that it has OBLITERATED my battery life. As an ultrabook user, I primarily own my Lenovo T431s because it can last me days at a time, or at least one day of heavy usage (8+ hours). However, I noticed that since Windows 10 was introduced my usage time is not nearly the same. Just listening to music will result in 1-2 hours at best, even with dim settings. I have to count the minutes every time I take my laptop off the charger.
I've read that MS is working on optimizing performance, but this is beyond optimization -- something must be actively draining the machine. Any thoughts?

Answer:Windows 10 Destroyed my Battery Life

Hello oobio

Welcome to tenForums!

To investigate your battery usage please have a look at the following tutorial and work through the steps:

Then you should also run the power efficiency report:

Looking through these reports will help you identify at what times in the day the battery was drained the most, hopefully you can relate it to what you were doing. You may also find there are a number of settings you can tweak to improve battery performance based on the analysis.

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When are you idiots going to fix 8.1 and make it where it is like windows 7 start button etc.?

I have talked to no one that is a business person professional that likes windows 8 or 8.1. What happened to Microsoft that it is so blind to role out 8.1 without the real fix?

Need to switch it to where I can run metro on a customizable window on my desktop with start button just like windows 7. For metro users they should have an icon to go to windows 7 start button business world.

Good god what is up with you guys, what happened to microsoft, wow how freaking sad?

Answer:Windows 8.1 confusion destroying my life

Just install a 3rd party start menu, classic shell is free, start8 costs $5. After doing that, nobody in my organization has had any complaints with being moved to Windows 8 or 8.1. The biggest recurring complaint I get stems from websites not working properly with IE11.

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Are there any metrics on this? people swear by Windows 8 but googling 'windows 7 vs windows 8 battery life' almost always has Windows 7 come out on top.

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Ok, so im geting my radeon 9800 Pro this christmas (BEST FRIGGIN CARD FOR RUNNING HL2 on!!! next to the XT of course....but that card is only 10% faster at 200 bucks

anyways, im excited about what i've seen for the past 4 months in regards to half life looks SOOOO HOT!!!! i mean if game engines were a woman, it would be like the super-babe! lol....i feel the same way about the Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point, OH lol


storywise, should i play through Half Life (original) before i play though half life 2? or does it not really matter...

It's an old game..and the new one is coming feel like the guy who just found out about a book series (the latest one, volume 9 is the best), but there were 8 books before the latest one...

is half life 1 fun? (or is that like asking "is bil gates FILTHY RICH")

i jsut wanna know

Answer:Do you suggest that i play through Half Life before buying Half Life 2???

......i just downloaded the demo of half life

and it scared the bejesus out of me........the first aleain that jumps on you...and it made me jump like through the mom is mad at me now cuz i yelpped so loud!!!

im don't usually care when games are scary like that....but this is rediculous......

maybe i don't wanna buy it.............

does everything jump at you and you have to go into dark coridors?......ike

i might need to psych myself out that it's jsut in my computer before i go back and try the demo again.........


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I just installed windows 7 on a laptop (around a year and a half old) which with windows vista got around an hour and a half, which was perfect for me (about a lecture's worth of battery), the battery life dropped to about half an hour and the indicator was telling me that there was something wrong with the battery, giving a 'consider replacing the battery' message.

I wonder if it is a genuine problem, or just a software issue (MS deny any problems, but tbh I'm not so sure). I haven't tried anything else, like a linux distro or something, but I wondered if something like that would show up any problems if they existed?

Answer:Windows 7 install battery life indicator

Have you tried adjusting the power settings? Make sure they are not set for performance?

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Right when Longhorn is first released, how much life do you think Windows XP will have left in it? Do you still think it will live a long time and widely supported for the latest motherboard chipsets and video cards even over 3 years after Longhorn is released?? Or do you think XP will be phased out fast after Longhorn is released.

Here is my take on the issue. I think Windows XP should be kept around a long time after Longhorn is released. When Windows XP was first released, I think there should have been a serious rush to get rid of and completely phase out POS Windows 98/ME. But Windows XP is still a good OS, so it better be supported at least as long as POS Windows 98/ME were after Windows XP was released.

I can't believe to this day that Windows 98/ME are still alive and living when it comes to support for most games and applications. As such, it would be so sad to see XP have support dropped in a hurry for the latest hardware chipsets, video cards, and games when Longhorn is released, where as, support for POS Windows 98/ME should have ceased for the most part within a year after Windows XP was released.

Let me know your take on this.

Answer:How much life do you see left in Windows XP just after Longhorn is released?

Well your right XP is a good OS but people said that about 98 and ME before XP came out. When Longhorn comes out I for see XP quickly being phased out and Longhorn becoming the standard.

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Ever since I installed windows 10 on my surface pro 3 the batter life dropped from 5-6 hrs 1 - 2 hrs I did a clean install 3 times but this doesn't help. The tackpad has an issue too. I turned off the allow right click but it doesn't work.t I tried going back to windows 8.1, but they some how block user to download apps from store I always get an error "this app wasn't installed" I tried all possible solutions but no luck. The onenote app for windows 10 sucks too I hate windows 10 :(
Note: I always put on battery saver even on 100% charge.
And the Cortana is disabled too

Answer:Windows 10 sucks my battery life, how can I stop this?

Try taking it to a Microsoft store, fully charged. Turn it on and show them the battery drop. If it's only lasting 1-2 hours, let's use 2 hours as a conservative number, then it's dropping 0.83% per minute. Just run something normal for the tech guy for 5 mins, and show him it's dropping nearly 5%. If they want you to hard reset it - then offer to perform the reset right there in the store (plug into their bar with your adapter). It only takes 30-60 mins to do so. Then show how that does NOT solve the problem.
Then ask for a replacement SP3 (they now come preloaded with Windows 10). Hopefully you have Microsoft Complete. :-)
BTW - my SP3 upgraded to 10 and has been great so far. I can run it nearly all day on battery. I usually have about 40% left after 6 hours.

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Hi everyone, I've been doing some "googling" in regards to the battery life when updating to Windows 8.1.  I find that that battery life after updating to Windows 8.1 has been gimped.  However, after restoring back to Windows 8, my battery does just fine. However, after several windows updates in early January, my battery life has declined again and I finally gave up and installed Windows 8.1 again a few days ago.  Again, I get the same result.  60% battery with hardrive saver mode and power saving mode on and I can barely last an hour. Before that (In December) when I ran Windows 8, 60% battery can last me 2.5 hours no problem WITHOUT having to turn on hardrive saver (but I did turn on my performance settings to "Balanced").  I'm just wondering if anyone else having this issue?  I see no one else posting this.As for drivers, as soon as I updated to windows 8.1, I downloaded all the available drivers that were on the Lenovo website and I did my Windows Updates. 

Answer:Lenovo y410p Windows 8.1 Battery Life


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Hello everybody,
i just wanted to see if anyone else had similar results to this. it seems crazy, i know but my dell mini 10v gets better battery life on full back light.

I even timed it.

Back light full- 6 hrs 27 mins
Back light minimum- 4 hrs 32 mins
i don't know what to think of this, its kinda weird, like my post about how the full blast eye candy win 7 aero theme makes my net book run faster than any other theme.

All input is appreciated!

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Hi, Lenovo U310 - i5 - Windows 8 A week ago I upgraded from W7 to W8.In its W7 period batterylife was quite according to expectations - 5 hours with connected external drive, USB printer/scanner, second 22" screen - but since I switched to W8 batterylife barely reached 3 hours. Can anybody explain this and can I expect another firmware update where these W8 issues will be solved? Thanks in advance Grtz,Jim

Answer:U310: Very poor battery life under Windows 8

Welcome To Lenovo Community
We are really sorry to hear about the issue you are facing,  
Before upgrading to windows 8 it is recommended to update the bios
 Please update the bios to fix the issue
BIOS Update
Do give this a try and let us know  
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Hi, I have a Xiaomi MI4 running Windows 10 Mobile ( 10586.164 build ). But I noticed that my phone has a poor battery life. Battery percent decreases by 1% every 15 min if I keep the screen on . Is it a problem on my phone or is it common . Please tell me because I am really nervous because my phone has a non removable battery . Any help would be really appreciated . Thanks in advance .

Answer:Windows 10 Mobile Poor Battery Life

are you sure that its 1% per 15 min? thats equivalent to 25 hours of screen-on time. not even my phone with 4000 mah batery can pull that if you meant 10% then that is equal to 2.5 hrs of SoT which is really poor.

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Hi all,Just made the jump to W10 and first thing I noticed is I have double the battery drain during idel. Not good.I've been working through process I can kill/disable and cleared out Skype, Search etc. and it was still a battery killer so now I've killed all of the Intel processes. Is this bad? I don't see any change in performance or heating, but I'm back to the old W8 idle drain of 5000 - 6000 which is 8+ hours of idle with screen at 50%.Is this safe does anybody know? I never killed the Intel stuff under W8.Otherwise I really like W10 but if the battery is this bad and I need those processes for safe running I'll revert to W8.

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Somebody please help me! I just upgraded my laptop from windows 8.1 to windows 10 last tuesday. My laptop is Asus X555LB-XX198H(i75500U,8GB RAM,2GM VRAM, 1TB HDD). When my battery life is 10% my pc slow down dramatically & when I checked the computer frequency in the task manager it is in 0.48GHz it's not going up or down either. I don't know if it is the battery saver of the win10 problem or not. I already tried changing my battery power from balanced to high performance but it doesn't help. In the 10% battery life of my laptop my mouse cursor hardly move and the files and this laptop seems to move at slow motion. Please help me solve this problem.

Here pic of evidence.
Thank You In Advance,

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so hi there. There is this thing in windows 10 called life at glance mode which basically looks like windows 8 i want to have a normal desktop where i can put shortcuts to apps that i want and i cant go out of it need help.I wish i could show pics

Answer:How do I turn off the life at glance mode for Windows 10?

?Life at a glance? is the header name of the first group of Windows 10 tiles. If your Start screen menu is in full screen mode, simply click Windows Home button and it'll hide. To make Start screen menu smaller, go to Settings app, Personalization, Start and turn off ?Use Start full screen?. Click Windows Home button, right click on tiles you want to remove and click Unpin from Start. Repeat the process till all Tiles are removed, select right border of the Start Screen and drag it to the left. Here you go, your Start Screen Menu isn't in full screen mode, tiles are removed, and Start Menu looks similar to Windows 7 menu. Hope it helps.

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Wondering if anyone out there is getting better battery life (overall) with the Creators Update? You notice your system running better? Smoother, less resources needed?

Answer:Better battery life in Windows 10 Creators Update?

Slightly better perhaps on my Idol4s.
Sent from mTalk on my SP4

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Hello All, This will be my first post. I bought an L540(with 9-cell) and installed Ubuntu 14.10 so its well supported. The only problem I have is wifi (rectified with usb dongle till better driver is written). Although battery is not a real problem, I'm curios about how many hours windows folks get from their L540(with 9-cell). My current setup with linux is when I pull the plug, I drop the cpu scaling to about 800Mhz-1.6ghz, and it varies base on load from there. I can get about 8-9hrs from this. Again, how much hours are windows folks are getting from their L540(with 9-cell). Extra Info: I also have the i7-4702MQ cpu which would like have factor in the draining.

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i just got windows 7, and i love everthing about it, exept one little thing...
i cannot install my microsoft lifecam vx-3000 driver software on it....

i have tried to download it of the microsoft website. but it would not download for me. i do not have the disk that came with the cam, because i got the cam with a monitor that i won used on ebay... so i am either asking for an alternitive download for the driver software, or for an alternitive way to install the software....

the windows 7 machine is not currently hooked up to the internet, but it will be by the end of the week for sure... so, any suggestions?

Answer:LIFE CAM vx-3000 driver problems with windows 7

Its hard to suggest possible solutions with out knowing more about your system... Click on the link in my sig and fill out your system specs ... completely..

Welcome to the Forums!!

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Microsoft?s support for Windows 10 (version 1507) ends today. This is the original version of Windows 10, released publicly in July 2015.

The end of support affects Home, Education, Pro, and Enterprise editions. Most Windows 10 users are no longer using this version, so this is just a reminder for stragglers to update.
Source: Microsoft ends support for original version of Windows 10

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I am getting extremely poor battery life after I recently upgraded my operating system from windows 7 to windows 8.  I am getting atmost 3.5 hours now.  What is even more strange is that at about 30-45% battery it immediately drops to 6% and I get a warning that my battery is at a critical level.  I have updated the BIOS but I am still getting this issue.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  

Answer:W530 bad battery life after upgrading to windows 8

Update all of your drivers using System Update. Use the NVIDIA Control Panel to make sure the discrete GPU isn't active when you don't need it to be.Also run a battery reset overnight to recalibrate the battery gauge.

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Yesterday, I manually triggered the windows 10 update on my laptop which was running Windows 8.1 While I'm loving the Windows10 but the battery life has become terrible. The laptop hardly lasts for 1:30 hrs, earlier it used to last atleast 4-5 hours. What could be the problem? Is anyone else facing the same problem?

Answer:Why do I have such terrible battery life after updating to Windows 10?

Could be drivers. Could be almost-baked OS

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I have updated my nokia lumia 625 to the latest version of windows. I have now a battery life of only a few hours when I used to charge my phone only every 3 days. I still use my phone the same way and I was wondering what could cause that change... Any help welcome

Answer:post windows update battery life

Updates sometimes trigger battery life issues. Sometimes they can be fixed by something as simple as a reboot or a soft reset (power off + volume down until the phone restarts). Sometimes it takes something more drastic, like a hard reset. If you haven't tried the simple fixes, do those first.

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hi all,im one of the eager guys who updated to win 10 straight away on my S7-392after suffering constant minor glitchesi restarted windows 10 on my device which is a semi clean sweephowever since ive done that ive noticed that my comp batter life is not the sameit is not as long as it used to bethe only software that i dont have from my original setup are the acer management appsi was wondering if the acer power management helped make the battery last longer?any solutions to this guysany help is always appreciatedPS i upgraded the SSD myself to a 500GB and it works a treat  

Answer:extend battery life after windows 10 upgrade

Bring up the old Power Options and check to see if anything is set to use more power than you'd expect, especially the processor. For best battery life it should be set to slow down when not in use.

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i have recently installed half life 2
i ran the game and it took a long time to start up
i choose new game and it froze
i ran it several times and it kept on freezing when i chose new game
i have already tried reinstalling it

Answer:windows 7 Half Life 2 freezes new game

Where did you get the game? Also have you applied the patches?

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...Support and Availability Policies for Consumers click here...Support and Availability Policies for Businesses click hereProduct Life-Cycle Wizard click hereNow you know ;-)

Answer:Windows Desktop Product Life Cycle

About the 'same time' you can still get parts for your 'old' washing machine - before you gottareplace it!...figures.

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Hello all...

The last couple of days when I've been playing Half Life 2 and Quake 4 sometimes the game will just quit on me out of the blue and give me an error screen that says "Half-Life2/Quake4 has encountered a problem and needs to close" and I don't send the information to Microsoft so I just click on "Don't Send"

Do you guys have any idea what could be causing this and how I could fix it? Thank you for your time.

Answer:Quake 4 and Half Life 2 error windows

Most games all quit like that under the same conditions:

1) Update video card drivers and sound card drivers.

2) Make sure that your video chipset and sound card chipset are compatible and supported by the game.

3) Check the game publisher's website for a patch.

That covers about 99% of game problems of this nature, barring hardware failures such as bad RAM.

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I installed Windows 8 on my Dell XPS M1530 (It's pretty old; about 5 years) and ever since the battery life on this thing has plummeted. It was never amazing, but I have the extended battery and would get at least an hour to two hours of light web usage before it died. Now, it lasts 20 minutes, tops. Why has Windows 8 killed my battery performance?

Answer:Windows 8 KILLED laptop battery life

What did you have installed on the laptop before Windows 8.

Sounds like it may be a driver issue with the battery.

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Hi, I have a Z580 ideapad (i3), since I upgraded my computer with windows 8 pro, the battery life is about 2 hours only:  Power saver mode + brightness 50% + Nvidia card is off (instead of + than 4h  with Win 7). And since that time, the fan is always on and the fan control button is not working.All the driver are up to date, i have the last "lenovo battery manager" installed. Do you know if a fix or a bios update is available for this computer?  Thanks in advance! JC

Answer:Z580 with windows 8: very poor battery life

Hi sika95Actually the lenovo battery manager of windows 8 is bugged and doesn't allow some features to work. This is being discussed here temporary fix is to use the windows 7 lenovo power manager. You can download it from the driver page.Regards

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I have a windows 8.1 pro on my PC. It says windows license will expire on 24th November 2015. Now if i upgrade my PC to windows 10 on July 29th, will the Windows 10 be activated for life or will i be needing to buy a new license?

Answer:After I get the free upgrade to Windows 10, will it be activated for life?

Activated for the life of the device.

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Hi all, A few months ago I installed Windows 8.1 on my T400 (Type 6475) and ever since have experienced abysmal battery life. I have a 9 cell battery in good condition that gave me at least 5 hours of moderate usage when I was running Windows 7 on this machine. Now I'm lucky to get an hour running Windows 8.1 which just isn't really viable. I've checked the battery on my backup T61 running Windows 7 and still achive perfectly acceptable lifespan with that  - so the battery's not the problem. This is my second clean reinstall of Windows 8.1. I've checked all of my drivers are up to date and are Windows 8.1 versions where they exist. My T400 doesn't have switchable graphics so I don't think it's that causing the issue. Bluetooth is off. I've got Power Manager 6.32 installed and working flawlessly. All settings are as they were when I was running Windows 7 (optimised for battery life when off of AC). Before I give up on Windows 8.1 and return to Windows 7 is there anything else I've missed?Is there any way I can check what's using the battery? I'm not a massive tech-head so be gentle if possible... Thanks in advance!

Answer:Sub 1 hour battery life (9 cell) on Windows 8.1

Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
I?m sorry to hear that you are getting a poor battery backup in your Lenovo ThinkPad T400 after upgrading to Windows 8.1.
May I know which power plan you are using in your system?
What Lenovo software dependency package is installed?
Have you updated all the Lenovo resources (firmware, BIOS, drivers, software)?
Refer this document and see if it helps!
Best regards,

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As you may be aware, there are a number of Microsoft Windows versions which will go out of support during the coming year. We want to help customers avoid the risk of running unsupported products in their environment.

Windows 2000 Professional and Windows 2000 Server are approaching 10 years since their launch and both products will go out of support on July 13, 2010.

Windows XP was launched back in 2001. While support for the product will continue, Service Pack 2 will go out of support on July 13, 2010. From that date onwards, Microsoft will no longer support or provide free security updates for Windows XP SP2. Please install the free Service Pack 3 for Windows XP to have the most secure and supported Windows XP platform.

Finally, Windows Vista with no Service Packs installed will end support on April 13 2010. Please install the free Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista to have the most secure and supported Windows Vista platform.

For more information:

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Hi guys! New happy owner of lenovo hardware. Just wondering if other community members have noticed significant battery life loss after an upgrade to windows 8? I've tried updating drivers, some were unnecessary, and reducing to pwer saver mode. Also, as I am new to nvidia switching graphics, should i keep my unit plugged to enjoy full graphics power during game play or will an nvidia setting switch do? Forgive my ignorance and thanks a lot!

Answer:y580 shortened battery life windows 8

I've got the same problem.  did you ever find a solution?

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