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Old 07-18-2013, 03:09 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Before You Reinstall Windows

Windows installations are lenghty, boring and consume bandwidth, and for these reasons they are usually the last resort to apply when your hardware and Windows are picking up a fight.

But your system is not working as it should, even after all imaginable attempts at fixing it, with no or only partial success. You take sigh out of the depths of your ankles and decide that it's time for a fresh Windows install.

This is the standard modus operandi of 9 out of 10 Windows power users. But there's a last, handy resort to apply before you slap the Windows install on.

Chances are that Windows libraries, which get updated over time, got a bogus update and misconfigured something here and there in a given point in time. Now they are OK (the libraries), but the damage is done and pinpointing the misconfiguration is very unlikely.

Well, you can tell Windows to reconfigure just about EVERYTHING, therefore you have a chance to fix your system before resorting to a full reinstall.

But how does one do it? There you go:


1. Boot Windows to Safe Mode.

2. Open Device Manager.

3. Click "View/Devices by connection".

4. Navigate to "Microsoft ACPI-Compliant System":


5. Delete (uninstall) it.

6. Give Windows a little time to reconfigure basic devices.

7. Reboot.

8. Go for a walk, giving Windows some time to reconfigure everything. Windows may ask you to reboot more than once, so make sure the walk is limited to the kitchen/bathroom/etc.

9. Log in and check whether the woes are gone.


Note that all device configurations will be reset to stock condition, so be prepared to reconfigure even your network connections. But what's that compared to a full Windows reinstall?
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:18 PM   #2
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Exclamation Re: Before You Reinstall Windows

BTW anyone willing to try and delete the "ACPI x64-based PC" node instead of the "Microsoft ACPI-Compliant System" node, for the same sake?

Only if you're going to reinstall Windows anyway. When I did it I ended up with a non-functional system. I'd like to have a 2nd opinion.
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:41 PM   #3
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Re: Before You Reinstall Windows

Hmm, never tried that with a 64 bit system - only WinXP. I may try it later this summer as I think I need to re-install my system to get rid of some bugs that won't go away. But I'm waiting as long as I can because it takes allot of time to re-install all my software (MS Office, Visual Studio a handful of large games plus a couple dozen other software packages - oh, and the endless updates @#$@%@ M$!).
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Re: Before You Reinstall Windows

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Hmm, never tried that with a 64 bit system - only WinXP. I may try it later this summer as I think I need to re-install my system to get rid of some bugs that won't go away.


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But I'm waiting as long as I can because it takes allot of time to re-install all my software (MS Office, Visual Studio a handful of large games plus a couple dozen other software packages - oh, and the endless updates @#$@%@ M$!).
Somewhat like living with an awful wife!
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Re: Before You Reinstall Windows

BTW just verified that "ACPI x64-based PC" can't be deleted.

Looks like the DEL key has been scaring me lately... ;-)
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Re: Before You Reinstall Windows

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Somewhat like living with an awful wife!
Fortunately, I don't have that problem

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BTW just verified that "ACPI x64-based PC" can't be deleted.

Looks like the DEL key has been scaring me lately... ;-)
Thanks for the info, oh well - no nice easy solution. Eff, Microsoft for killing Win7 SP2.
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