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Message ID: 418     Entry time: Thu Jul 21 13:21:27 2022
Author: Koji 
Type: General 
Category: Configuration 
Subject: Windows laptop for WincamD Beam'R2 recovery 

The Windows laptop for WincamD/Beam'R2 (DELL Vostro3300) was not functional.
- Windows 7 got stuck in the starting up process (Google "startup repair loop")
- The battery can't charge and the adapter connection is flaky

I decided to newly install Win10.
I made a new bootable Win10 DVD from the ISO downloaded from IMSS. The ISO file was converted to CDR using Disk Utility on Mac.
This deleted the past disk partitions. The installation process has no trouble and Win10 ran successfully. The machine is slow but still acceptable for our purpose.
Dataray Version 7.1H25Bk was downloaded from the vendor website https://dataray.com/blogs/software/downloads and installed successfully.
The devices ran as expected by connecting the heads and selecting the proper device in the software.

Then, the Win10 fell into "Hibernation Loop" and "Shutdown loop" (after disabling hibernation in the safe mode).
This is probably the combination of extremely slow windows update (feature update i.e. beta OS update) and the occasional shutdown due to the flakiness of the AC connection

Win10 was reinstalled and automatic Win update was disabled via windows policy manager or something like that. Still, it tries to download and update some of the updates (what's happening there!?

Here are my strong recommendations on how to use this laptop

  • Do not use any network connection. It will enable Windows Update kicks in and destroy the machine.
  • Use a USB stick for data transportation if necessary
  • Buy a replacement battery (maybe a 3rd-party cheap one
  • The Win10 DVD should always be inserted into the laptop's drive so that we can reinstall the windows anytime.
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