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XP vs. Win7 puzzle

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  • XP vs. Win7 puzzle

    OK, figure this one out....

    I open the registry with regedit.exe, go to "HKEY_local_machine\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProductName" and find the value "Windows 7 Professional". (which is what I have)

    Then I go to the A5 Interactive Window and run registry.sys_get() on the same registry key and it returns "Microsoft Windows XP".

    See attached screenshot of the registry editor over top of the A5 Interactive Window.

    Edit: It gets weirder - I just now did a search of the registry looking for "Microsoft Windows XP" and it's not in there!
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  • #2
    Re: XP vs. Win7 puzzle


    I tested it under V10 and that shows what's in the ProductName, in my case "Windows 7 Home Premium"
    Perhaps a V11 issue?
    Jo Hulsen
    Dommel Valley Solutions
    The Netherlands


    • #3
      Re: XP vs. Win7 puzzle

      Thanks for the feedback Jo.

      It gets weirder! Actually, it was in v10 that I found the problem but I wasn't paying attention to that when I posted it here. Further testing shows that it works correctly (displays Win7) in A5v11 and A5v7 but shows XP in versions 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10.

      I'm wondering if there's something amiss with my registry. I tried running a registry cleaner (which always scares me!) but it's still doing the same thing. It's more of an annoyance than an issue but if anybody happens to know what might cause this, I'd like to figure it out. I haven't had a chance to try it on any other computers yet.


      • #4
        Re: XP vs. Win7 puzzle

        Cal, I just ran your test on my win7 machine in ver 10.5 and got the following:

        ?registry.sys_get("HKEY_local_machine\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProductName")
        = "Windows 7 Enterprise"


        • #5
          Re: XP vs. Win7 puzzle

          Maybe it's an upgrade issue? Is your machine an Upgrade from XP to Windows 7, or a fresh, new install of Win 7.
          Mike W
          "I rebel in at least small things to express to the world that I have not completely surrendered"


          • #6
            Re: XP vs. Win7 puzzle

            ---Test 1---
            ?registry.sys_get("HKEY_local_machine\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProductName")
            = "Windows 7 Professional"
            ---Test 2---
            ?registry.sys_get("HKEY_local_machine\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProductName")
            = "Microsoft Windows XP"
            Its the compatibility mode causing this. Right click the alpha.exe file, select properties, compatibility tab.


            • #7
              Re: XP vs. Win7 puzzle

              Thanks Tom. Sounds more and more like there's something very strange going on with my computer.

              Mike, it was a new install quite awhile ago.

              And, assuming there is something strange going on, it might not matter at all much longer. Apparently my mother board is going bad so it may be time for a replacement. The local hardware guru says he can see that a couple capacitors have overheated and he thinks that might have something to do with the fact that it takes multiple tries to start it and then it occasionally (once every couple days) just shuts down like someone pulled the plug. The CPU fan often pulses about every 15 seconds as well. Time to make a list of all the programs I have and make copies of all the install files, etc. The data isn't a problem because it's all on an external RAID box.


              • #8
                Re: XP vs. Win7 puzzle

                Thanks Andrew! Mystery solved!

                And now I'll feel better about just replacing my motherboard instead of getting a new computer. (Yes, it's 4 years old and probably time for a new one but I really hate the idea of having to reload Windows and all those programs, drivers, etc. so I'll just replace the board since it's still available.)