So my hard drive failed, when looking for vids on doing it, everyone was talking about replacing it with ssd even though their hard drive was fine
So that's what I did, the price is right, just about 100 bux for 1/2 terabyte, I'm sure those will go down in price but there's not a good reason to wait this upgrade is that remarkable. I use external drives and the cloud so half terabyte is plenty for native storage.
Absolutely the best upgrade ever, this 4 year old laptop is now faster then my 1 year old all in one
Cold boot is faster then recovering from sleep used to be, even restart takes about the same time as waking from sleep used to be.. I have 8 gigs of ram in this box so that"s not an issue.
SERIOUSLY, if you have an old computer, want a newer faster one, SAVE YOUR MONEY, your old box with an swapped in SSD hard drive will probably run faster then a new box, since as of now, most still come with the mechanical hard drive.
I didn't take chances, I made sure I purchased from a store where I could bring back an opened box if it didn't improve performance, make sure you do that in case you're not satisfied with the upgrade.
Tin foil hat;
The internet is BLAZING fast now, very hard to tell when your box is getting tapped, now a days it can be legally downloaded for the slightest reason
Use an sd card for all your personal files from now on, they come pretty big now, (as of this writing 512 gigs), or a smaller one at a much lower price 112 gigs should be fine for most people.
You just need one, keep swapping out the information to a bigger external hard drive when it gets full, I would NOT use the cloud for sensitive files either way
As I posted before, when you have a solid state hard drive, your start time incredibly fast, using sleep doesn't really start the computer much faster then hibernate, therefore, you should probably use hibernate instead of sleep so components aren't kept active and to save a little electricity.
Especially if you're on a laptop as using sleep will leave you with less uptime on battery.
Start time is so much faster you might want to do a full shut down, however you won't be able to come back to your work when you do that, so I recommend hibernate.
One caveat, with sleep you usually don't have to use the power button, you can just touch a key or mouse to start as those items still get power and the stroke is recognized, in hibernate all power is off so a key or mouse stroke won't start the computer.
Sadly for me, the power button on my laptop is in a really bad place so I'll keep using sleep, but for those with a convenient power button, and an ssd, I think you should be using hibernate.
PS, some windows versions have hibernate disabled, if so come back here and post, I'll give the steps needed to be taken to enable hibernate.
Sometimes you can enable Hibernate through power options, sometimes hibernate is completely disabled and you need to enable through cmd, running as administrator.
That command is powercfg -h on
Looks like a common issue, once I upgraded the os, neither sleep or hibernate is stable, and even cold shutting down will sometimes freeze. I tried a bunch of fixes, it didn't look like any of those worked too well. The one that worked for me was rolling back the mei driver.
Download the MEI driver version 9 or 10 (MEI=Management Engine Interface for intel)
The driver linked comes from the HP site, I'm not sure it will work on all laptops, if not just roll back your driver to 9 or 10
Make sure you create a restore point, install, you'll get a warning a more current driver exists, accept that
Once you install that old driver, you have to prevent windows from updating this old driver, you have to hide this driver update when it appears again
Single package combines five years of updates into a single patch.
Anyone who's installed Windows 7 any time in the last, oh, five years or so probably didn't enjoy the experience very much. Service Pack 1 for the operating system was released in 2011, meaning that a fresh install has five years of individual patches to download and install. Typically, this means multiple trips to Windows Update and multiple reboots in order to get the system fully up-to-date, and it is a process that is at best tedious, typically leading one to wonder why, at the very least, it cannot pull down all the updates at once and apply them with just a single reboot.
The answer to that particular question will, unfortunately, remain a mystery, but Microsoft did today announce a change that will greatly reduce the pain of this process. The company has published a "convenience rollup" for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (and Windows Server 2008 R2), which in a single package contains all the updates, both security and non-security, released since the Service Pack, up through April 2016. Installing the rollup will perform five years of patching in one shot.
In other words, it performs a very similar role to what Windows 7 Service Pack 2 would have done, if only Windows 7 Service Pack 2 were to exist. It's not quite the same as a Service Pack—it still requires Service Pack 1 to be installed, and the system will still report that it is running Service Pack 1—but for most intents and purposes, that won't matter. Microsoft will also support injecting this rollup into Windows 7 Service Pack 1 system images and install media.
Read the rest at the source: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/05/windows-7-now-has-a-service-pack-2-but-dont-call-it-that/
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