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Windows 7 installation issues

One of my PCs with a Gigabyte GA-P41T-D3P motherboard has had the habit of chewing up hard drives, thereby requiring recurrent fresh installs. This may be due to some hardware fault on the motherboard but I’m going to give it yet another shot.

There were several issues during installation:

  • Windows 7 doesn’t provide drivers for LAN, audio etc. These have to be installed from the Gigabyte installation disk before any internet connection can be established and Windows 7 can be validated.
  • There is a malware program on the Gigabyte installation disk called Splashtop. It modifies the desktop and installs itself in various ways as shortcuts, browser extension etc. And there is no uninstall! Be sure to deselect this when installing drivers from the Gigabyte disk. This misfeature alone will prevent me from buying any more Gigabyte motherboards. I ended up having to reinstall the whole Windows to get rid of it.
  • The USB keyboard wouldn’t work so I couldn’t select the boot priority or enter the BIOS. It turned out that I had to remove the BIOS backup battery (I pulled the power cord too just to be on the safe side) overnight to make it to work again. While in the BIOS, I turned on USB legacy support too. I don’t know if this is strictly necessary but there were hints about it on the net.
  • Installation from an original Microsoft Windows 7 disk wouldn’t even start. I had to use an older disk that I created from a purchased ISO image. Whether this is a BIOS issue or a hardware issue I don’t know.

Accessing stuff at work

Installing Tortoise with manual authentication

Tortoise is defaulted to use one’s Windows credentials to log on to the SVN repository. This is fine at work but not when accessing the repository from e.g., a home computer with a different login. To make Tortoise (after version 1.7.13) ask for your credentials at login time, add the line http-auth-types = basic to the configuration file that opens when selecting Network -> Subversion file server: -> Edit in Tortoise settings.

Installing OpenVPN client

The client can be downloaded from here. It must be installed while logged in as Administrator (it does not suffice that you have admin rights on your machine). To activate the Administrator account on Windows 7 and 8, follow these instructions.

Having installed the client, copy in your configuration into the config folder in the OpenVPN installation folder.

Loggin in on older Sharepoint sites

Type about:config into the URL field of Firefox. Look for network.negotiate-auth.allow-insecure-ntlm-v1 and set it to true by double-clicking on it. This is related to the svn issue above.

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