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  1. 5 points
    StartIsBack++ 2.5 BETA - JumpListIsBack! BEGONE, XAML BEAST! http://www.startisback.com/StartIsBackPlusPlus_setupBETA.exe
  2. 5 points
    There are most likely many fans of AeroGlass and supporters of @bigmuscle that contribute financially with minimal interaction in this forum. Some may not even be aware of this forum. That being said, you can never have too many financial supporters for any project like this and the man deserves probably far more than he has received in donations. People with special skills like his are usually very generous and almost never get as much as they deserve to receive for their efforts. While I seldom engage in the forum here, I have contributed 35.50 € to support the work and really hope we get support for 1703 (Creators Abortion as I prefer to call it) because every version of Windows from 8.X to date sucks without Aero transparency. I am doing the best I can to tolerate it, but it's a sucky OS in many ways besides the absence of an attractive UI.
  3. 4 points
    As all of you Vista users surely know, IE9 is the last version of the MS supplied browser that can be installed on that OS. It has several prerequisites, notably KB948465 (SP2 for Vista SP1), KB971512 (Windows Graphics, Imaging, and XPS Library) and KB2117917 (Platform update supplement for Windows Vista); you can read more here. MS had continued patching security vulnerabilities in IE9 on Vista SP2 via "Cumulative Security Updates for Internet Explorer 9 on Windows Vista SP2" up until Vista's EOL on April 11th of this year (update KB4014661). MS will continue patching IE9 on Windows Server 2008 SP2 (as, again, it's the last version installable there, too) until that product reaches its (Extended Support) EOL in 2020. If you have been following our Server 2008 Updates on Windows Vista thread, then you should have already installed follow-ups KB4018271 (May 2017), KB4021558 (June 2017) and KB4025252 (July 2017). For the rest of this post I'll assume your Vista SP2 OS (ergo IE9 copy) is fully updated even with post EOL updates intended for WS2008SP2; e.g. on my setup (Vista SP2 Home Premium 32bit), "About Internet Explorer" looks like: For those of you out there with an intention to using IE9 as your main browser on Vista, sadly, you'd have come to the conclusion it's only half-usable currently, at best; this is a result of: 1. Most modern sites have removed support for IE9 completely, via UA string sniffing: Somes sites (like Youtube) offer a workaround, for others it may be necessary to spoof the actual UA string as one from a later OS+IE version (e.g. via the "Set UA String" IE addon). 2. Many sites have moved to recent web design, so they don't render correctly (if at all) in IE9, even in "Compatibility View" (well, actually, this is to be expected; CV means the site was optimised for IE8-); FWIW, even MS pages don't display correctly now in IE9 . 3. A third scenario I find quite irritating is that many sites fail to load at all in IE9 if they use the HTTPS protocol; with the recent move of many major sites to the more secure, encrypted, HTTPS, "allegedly" to increase user privacy and security, I found the list of "secure" sites not opening in IE9 growing at a high rate; of course there's always Firefox, but it's IE9 we're discussing here... Upon investigation, I discovered this is due to IE9 on Vista only supporting TLS protocol v1.0; this is considered by today's standards no longer secure enough, so many sites using HTTPS have moved to the more secure versions 1.1, 1.2, even to 1.3! Fortunately, a recent MS update (intended for the WS2008SP2 OS) can be applied on Vista SP2 that will implement TLS 1.1/1.2 support on Vista's IE9, too! ; I have spoken about this important update here. 1. Install then KB4019276 2. Reboot the Vista machine 3. After restart, launch the Registry Editor (regedit), preferably as Administrator. 4. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AdvancedOptions\CRYPTO\TLS1.1 5. Delete the "OSVersion"="3.6.1.0.0" subkey; BTW, I don't know which WinOS that string refers to (Win6.1=Win7) 6. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AdvancedOptions\CRYPTO\TLS1.2 7. Again, delete the "OSVersion"="3.6.1.0.0" subkey. Exit Registry Editor. 8. Launch IE9; Tools -> Internet Options -> Advanced tab -> Scroll all the way down to "Security": Prior to KB4019276 and registry manipulations, only "Use TLS 1.0" had been available on Vista; you should have already unchecked the older "Use SSL 2.0/3.0" options, to avoid being targeted by "POODLE" attacks; uncheck "Use TLS 1.0" (optionally also "Use TLS 1.1") and check "Use TLS 1.2". 9. Click Apply, OK, then exit IE9. 10. Upon restarting IE9, you'll find you can now visit all those sites that previously would not load due to unsupported TLS protocols: 10. You can verify further that indeed 1.2 is being used during server-client negotiations via specialised sites or via IE9's native GUI: I honestly hope you'll find my post to be of value; enjoy your more secure (than ever before?) Vista OS!
  4. 4 points
    I hate to be frank.... STAY THE HECK AWAY FROM THAT FORUM! I've met friendly, helpful people there before. There have been useful tutorials as well. But the administration left me with a very sour taste. I created a thread about 4 years ago regarding the-then upcoming EOL. I asked if anyone had the knowledge to create a 7/8 compatibility layer. I was greeted with friendly responses, some expressing similar concern and ideas. But about 1 hour in, my account was terminated on the grounds of "Advocating illegal activity". I created a new account and contacted the board expressing my apologies for the misunderstanding. I was terminated a second time. I sent an email and never heard back. I caution using that forum, especially post EOL. Simply put, many of the projects you see here on MSFN simply wouldn't exist had this forum been a similar environment. I've considered migrating over to BleepingComputer, but I'm not sure. I'm not convinced any forum can replace the mammoth of information and professionalism found here. The loss of MSFN is truly a tragedy.
  5. 4 points
    Hi. I added a function which you can change jpeg quality with registry to mspaint.exe. http://blog.livedoor.jp/blackwingcat/archives/1952917.html [Updated] http://blog.livedoor.jp/blackwingcat/archives/1953196.html You can download English version from Here (You can find "mspainten" in article ) It use the following registry HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Paint\Settings JpegQuality REG_DWORD (Original mspaint value is fixed 75%) If you use Win2000, you should install gdiplus.dll to your PC. :3 # Updated v.5.1.2600.5920 Changing Paste mode to Win2000 compatible! best regards
  6. 4 points
    OH, yes, it means exactly that. You are falling in the usual (common enough) mistake to think that the Windows 10 that you tweaked, bettered, changed, tuned, modified is Windows 10. It is not. Windows 10 is what MS deliver to you UNmodified, and it sucks (BIG). Once you have done all your tweakings, and spent countless hours to modify it, then it becomes another thing (most probably bearable and even "working"). jaclaz
  7. 3 points
    AikoChan please add this one http://browser.taokaizen.com/ A backported Chrome 54 for XP.
  8. 3 points
    Hi Tihiy, Thank you for your donation of $100.00. We look forward to improving the forums with your donation. Thanks MSFN
  9. 3 points
    If it's okay with the admins here, I have decided to create a tribute video for MSFN and I uploaded it to my somewhat well-known YouTube channel. It is unlisted for now, and I will publish it on August 12, 2017 IF MSFN is officially offline then. The main purpose of the video is for archive purposes more than anything, just to briefly browse through the site before it gets taken down. It is quite short as I wanted to be able to fit it to a single song, and it's really only a small glimpse into this large library of information. I tried to choose well-known topics in the Windows 9x, 2000, XP, Vista, and one notable topic from the Windows 8 forum (Server 2012 updates on Win8), since this website was more well known for supporting older operating systems. This video probably could've been better made, but I don't really want to bore people with just scrolling through random topics for 10 minutes or more (we have Wayback machine for that ) Here's the link to the video, for those interested (if you see your main profile page in the vid and want it removed, please let me know and I won't hesitate to edit it out and reupload. There's only a couple of profiles featured in the video for just a few seconds so I don't think it'll be a problem):
  10. 3 points
    Ditto for XP. And Sandy or Ivy Bridges are still pretty powerful for day-to-day use and much less expensive than razor-edge hardware.
  11. 3 points
    Good morning, it's Patch Tuesday! Adobe Flash 26.0.0.151 has been released. Tested and working on Windows XP SP3. Internet Explorer ActiveX: http://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/26.0.0.151/install_flash_player_ax.exe Mozilla Firefox NPAPI, and NPAPI for Google Chrome 44 and older: http://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/26.0.0.151/install_flash_player.exe Google Chrome 45 to 49 PPAPI: http://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/26.0.0.151/install_flash_player_ppapi.exe Old version uninstaller: https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashruntimes/flashplayer/uninstall_flash_player.exe
  12. 3 points
    Update; Alpha 3 is now released. Check out the blog post; http://hjtech14.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/introducing-windows-me-service-pack-3.html
  13. 3 points
    Many people on this forum might recall the Unofficial Service Pack for Windows ME, released about 10 years ago, by a fellow MSFN Member. However, this Service Pack has not been maintained for a number of years, or at least as far as I have seen, apart from one attempt a few years ago which got abandoned. Here is the original thread. For this reason, I started working on a new version of the unofficial Service Pack. Basically, my intention is to bring updated files, sourced from the Windows 98 SE Service Pack (A Brilliant Package, by the way!) and MDGX together in order to bring all the required updated files for Windows ME in to one convenient package. I know that Windows ME was not as popular as Windows 98, but I would like to give those who do want to use it a simple solution to bring their system as up to date as possible, without adding any complication. I hope someone out there can find a use for this. Check out my blog post; http://hjtech14.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/introducing-windows-me-service-pack-3.html
  14. 3 points
    StartIsBack++ 2.5 RC http://www.startisback.com/StartIsBackPlusPlus_setupBETA.exe This release containts some macOS-esque features:
  15. 3 points
    StartIsBack++ 2.5 BETA2 http://www.startisback.com/StartIsBackPlusPlus_setupBETA.exe
  16. 3 points
    their naming is ultra retarded a Fall Creators update ? (wasn't there already some stupid creators update ???) a Anniversary ???? whats next, an engagement or wedding ? maybe "Class of 14" ?
  17. 3 points
    Like I said, a good learning experience, not dissimilar from keeping the car keys out of the little ones' hands - though I'm not sure I'd hand over the keys first in order to find out what could happen. "With great computing power comes great responsibility." But if I understand you correctly, the computer IS server-connected, right? Just to Microsoft's servers. The servers that manage your "Microsoft Account". Microsoft's point with "Windows as a Service" goes along the lines of "user's can't be expected to manage their own systems or data, so hand it over to us and we'll take care of it". I'm not sure I agree with that. Sure, not everyone wants to be a computer geek, but does the pendulum have to swing ALL THE WAY the other way? Maybe instead of "taking over", Microsoft should be building robust systems that keep the control in users' hands but help them in new and unprecedented ways to keep their data safe. Windows 7 gave us the ability to back our systems up, and even reminded us to set up a backup process that was useful to us. SOME people actually listened and did it, because they realized their data has value to them. More recently, it's as if Microsoft wants people to feel as though their data has no value, and that they should be "living in the moment" only. Perhaps I'm weird, but I consider handing over my administrative account information (and telemetric data, data files, etc.) to Microsoft in the same light as handing car keys to kids. Why does anyone think that's a good idea? -Noel
  18. 3 points
    There's no doubt that the next update is going to ruin something - they always do.
  19. 3 points
    Disc burning or mounting software: DAEMON Tools Pro v7.0 ($$$, CS) - last Vista/XP supported version UltraISO ($$$, CS) - still supported Multimedia: PowerDVD 15 ($$$, CS) - last supported version DVD/BD rippers: AnyDVD HD ($$$, CS) - still supported DVDFab ($$$, CS) - still supported
  20. 3 points
    Microsoft OS 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 would have been fine. Keep "Windows" as a, well, graphic multi-windowing OS for business. We should have been on Windows 9, SP2 or so by now. -Noel
  21. 3 points
    You want to be OP, your wish is my coomand! So, now you're OP again and I've copied the original content to it. Your original initial post remains at the place @jumper pointed you to. Please do transfer the links and other details I missed to the new initial post. I would never have deleted a whole thread for no reason: my task is to supervise, not troll, you know...
  22. 2 points
    It's nice of him if he did. In general I tend to run with ads blocked by default, as I suspect many do, if a site asks nicely (as this one does) I'll usually unblock to support them, as long as they don't have video or audio then start without interaction they'll stay unblocked assuming the content is useful. The content here is very useful at times, I'd say it's probably *the* resource for older operating systems, it's certainly the best resource I've found. Well worth living with the ad banner. If more sites ran with the sort of advertising I see here, rather than intrusive and disruptive stuff you often get, I'd not need the ads blocked by default policy.
  23. 2 points
    Thank you for the minidump file. I found the bug and will reupload the fixed version immediately when it is fixed.
  24. 2 points
    I am happy to announce that I will be holding off (hopefully indefinitely) on posting this list to an alternative forum, since MSFN will remain online for at least another month (hopefully much, much longer...). I also don't want to be committed to updating the topic on another forum. Let the submissions resume!
  25. 2 points
    We will be online for one more month for now. If we get enough donations we will continue to be online. Advertising no longer works. Ad blockers hurting us. You can donate here: sponsors at msfn.org or http://www.msfn.org/board/donate/make-donation/. Thank you. Best regards MSFN
  26. 2 points
    To those who have put in effort to make this site what it is: Thanks very much! It's been fun. -Noel
  27. 2 points
    jaclaz, your problems are I'm afraid almost certainly being caused by using an old version of Opera. I adored the original Opera, and used it as my default browser for many many years, and was horrified when they replaced it with something that was Chromium-based and stripped out all the customisation options that I used fully on the old version. I kept Opera 12.18 (the latest and almost certainly last version) as my default browser until literally a week or two ago, when I had to accept that so many sites were now not working properly in Opera 12 that I had to admit defeat and move to Firefox as my default. Not only do many pages display wrongly in Opera 12 now, javascript links often don't work, which is really annoying when you spend ages filling in a form and then the "submit" button does nothing! I'm sure the problem with the MSFN site is nothing to do with the coding, I'm sure it works fine in current browsers, it's Opera 12 that's the problem I'm afraid.
  28. 2 points
    We are back . We are alive . We are MSFN Family . Special Thanks to XPER
  29. 2 points
    What would be a good name for the site? I am going to put most important stuff on the site: POSReady 2009 updates on Windows XP Windows Server 2008 updates on Windows Vista Windows Server 2012 updates on Windows 8.0 Windows 10 Privacy Guide Links to for example service packs Important Windows 9x content If anyone has something important, please tell me.
  30. 2 points
    That sounds like an excellent idea.
  31. 2 points
    Maybe it's an idea to create at least a simple web page with information about Windows Server 2008 updates on Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2012 updates on Windows 8 RTM? Information about installing them, links to repository on MEGA (If allowed by the maintainers). If more people like this idea, I will try to do this. We can also put more information on it (Windows 10 Privacy guide, Windows XP SP1/2/3 links, IE7/8 links). MSFN was for me atleast, an unique forum where people are ok with each other when using an older Windows OS, where people try to keep using older Windows versions. MSFN is one of the few forums I have an account.
  32. 2 points
    In light of today's announcement of MSFN potentially shutting down for good, I will be searching for an alternative forum to post this list. Although I believe no forum will match MSFN for various reasons, I believe this is the best course of action in order to preserve the information gathered here for the public to view, and also to allow it to continue growing. I will announce my decision here on this thread when I've come to one. Right now I'm considering BleepingComputer and Ryanvm, but I haven't really dug into each one to decide what would be best yet. Thanks to everyone for all the submissions and support for the list over the past year and a half; I hope to see you all at the new thread location for the list (wherever that happens to be)...
  33. 2 points
    @Merlin2K I spent countless hours with you Saturday and Sunday, UNPAID, trying to help you remotely via phone and TeamViewer. Your disrespect to me and the members on this forum is regrettable and not appreciated. I recommended that you try FIXMBR and FIXBOOT and you did not want to "risk it". I gave you a realistic solution to bring the computer to a repair shop that would have physical access to the machine. If you don't want to try that, it's our fault? You cannot possibly expect me to go any further with this situation. This forum is designed for experimental users, and I even pointed you to the disclaimer on the page about the UURollup: http://greyghost.mooo.com/limestone/Web-Features/W2K_UU/#Disclaimer In all the years I have been helping people with their systems, I have never come across a person that blamed me for something they did to their own system. You have no one to blame but yourself, as you stated in an earlier post.
  34. 2 points
    StartIsBack++ 2.5 RC2/3 http://www.startisback.com/StartIsBackPlusPlus_setupBETA.exe
  35. 2 points
    This is somewhat off topic, but since my motherboard died on me after getting damaged in a power surge, I decided to invest in higher-end Ivy Bridge hardware so I could run a wider range of operating systems, namely Vista. After rebuilding the machine, I installed Vista and have decided to use it as my main OS once again, for the first time since 2015. There are no weird startup errors or failed services as I experienced with running the OS on Haswell-based hardware. As such, I'll be able to test software natively (instead of using VMware), so hopefully everyone's submissions to the list will be added more quickly from now on. If you ask me, those seeking to run Vista on semi-modern hardware (natively) should consider investing in Sandy or Ivy Bridge - they're simply less troublesome to deal with when running Vista, and (Vista) driver support is definitely superior. The symptoms experienced when running Vista on Haswell+ are just extremely annoying to deal with, and there's really no way to work around them unless you don't mind having to reboot several times to get a stable session of the OS going, or if you just don't reboot that often. I still am stumped as to what causes this bug, and why only Vista is affected, but I've pretty much accepted that it's never going to get fixed and that using older (not necessarily inferior) hardware is going to be the best way to go at this point. Anyway, getting back on topic: since the sum of changes for Aug. 8 is so small, I'll simply consolidate it with this post: SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO THE LIST FOR AUGUST 8, 2017: Added Microsoft Mathematics Add-In for Word and OneNote to "Additional Microsoft software" section. Added Logmein Hamachi to (ONG) "VPN Clients" section.
  36. 2 points
    Hello,I'd Like To Inform you people i managed to successfully run ie10 on vista http://imgur.com/a/Eb3ui You Need To Download Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview,Extract it and Run it in Vista its that simple.
  37. 2 points
    Great Stuff these guys doing good job in making windows 10 worth. Running Classic stuff without winclassic.exe with ros explorer old even modren apps work fine. That paint is mspaint98. Backup your system before doing anything. If anyone want to try it head over to their forum for goodies Link
  38. 2 points
    Extracted in Windows 7 and it didnt affect IE11,it created another directory"Internet Explorer Platform Preview" in Programs x86 and nothing was affected,i dont suggest using these anyways, IE 10 final wont work on Vista according to me,ive installed IE10 on 7 and bypassed the error you showed,it comes up with many errors following it,but i may try again to see if it works.
  39. 2 points
    Well, to be fair an OS IS supposed to be defensive against application software causing problems. It's nice to hear that there are engineers within Microsoft who actually still care about robustness. -Noel
  40. 2 points
    I mentioned this in the July 13, 2017 sum of changes. I decided to remove them because I found them irrelevant and unnecessary. Most people viewing this list more than likely want to see if their favorite software still supports Vista, or if it doesn't, they probably want to know the final version that does. Like I said before, I don't want this list to be a vehicle for Microsoft's OS lifecycle policy. Thanks for the information about Logitech Gaming Software, I will update the list to reflect that.
  41. 2 points
    @~♥Aiko♥Chan♥~ ArtistScope is detected as Safari on Windows XP (user agent web site)- no major or minor version detected I did not have preliminary success installing Pampa on XP: "The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135)" (.NET dependency) Chrome Hybrid (Chromium 51) does not run on XP: "The procedure entry point GetThreadId could not be located in the dynamic link library KERNEL32.DLL" (I tried the Portable version here, hoping there were no OS dependencies: https://xetbox.com/185/file, archive password 123) Sundance is detected as Internet Explorer 8 on Windows XP. Did not test WCGBrowser. @Dibya So far no version of PaleMoom >26 has been compiled; I tested the regular, zipped and portable versions of PaleMoon 27, all fail on XP. @monroe SeaMonkey 2.48 was officially released July 21, even though the home page still links to 2.46. US English is here: https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/seamonkey/releases/2.48/win32/en-US/SeaMonkey Setup 2.48.exe
  42. 2 points
    Can't speak for him, but I've never had to do a format and reinstall on any of my computers for that reason.
  43. 2 points
    Source: Description of Software Update Services and Windows Server Update Services changes in content for 2017 Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Non-security Updates 1. July, 2017 Preview of Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 2.0 SP2, 4.5.2 and 4.6[.1] on Windows Server 2008 SP2 (KB4032116); MS Catalog link: KB4032116 This is a .NET Framework bundle update, that breaks down to the following individual ones: 1a: May 2017 (Yes, May) Preview of Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 on Windows Server 2008 SP2 (KB4014592); I haven't been able to find concrete info on why this was re-released; FWIW, if you have been following this thread, you should've already installed this as part of the May 2017 .NET FW updates, as outlined here ; no need to re-install if already inside your list of installed .NET FW updates. 1b: July, 2017 Preview of Quality Rollup for the .NET Framework 4.5.2 on Windows Server 2008 SP2 (KB4024845); if (by choice) you're still on .NET Framework 4.5.2, then this one's for you... 1c: July, 2017 Preview of Quality Rollup for the .NET Framework 4.6 (and 4.6.1) for Windows Server 2008 SP2 (KB4024848); if on .NET Framework 4.6[.1], that's the one for you (i.e omit the previous one). But be careful: It has another one as a prerequisite: D3D Compiler Update for Windows Server 2008 SP2 (KB4019478) You must first install (manually) KB4019478 (I wasn't asked for a reboot afterwards) and then proceed to install KB4024848; the latter took some time, but did install successfully (reboot required): PS: While file NDP46-KB4024848-x86.exe obviously pertains to .NET Framework 4.6, when actually running it one sees references to .NET Framework 4.7 (also, file version is stated as 4.7.2102.5); this has me believe it actually adds 4.7 features to the 4.6.1 installed version of .NET Framework (whereas, as you know, 4.7 itself won't install on Vista SP2). 2. Update for Windows Server 2008 SP2 (KB4019276); MS Catalog link: KB4019276 This is a most important update, as it implements TLS 1.1/1.2 support systemwide (to the whole OS); you can read more at MS's KB article. TLS 1.2 is the recommended standard for server-client authentication via the HTTPS protocol, recent Firefox and several other browsers already offer support for the next iteration, TLS 1.3. One can't help but wonder why this wasn't offered earlier for the Vista OS (NT6.0), while it was still under Extended Support ; as said, it's a significant security and performance enhancement to the NT6.0 platform, making it overall more secure and robust, in tune with current tightened internet security implementations. I will post a separate topic on how to enable TLS 1.1/1.2 support on Internet Explorer 9, Vista SP2 version - I don't have WS 2008 SP2 to check, but on my Vista SP2 Home Premium (x86) OS, just installing KB4019276 (and rebooting) wasn't enough . KB4019276 requires a reboot afterwards, other than that it installed fine:
  44. 2 points
    Right, hence my mention of validation. That's an extra implied dimension thrown in just to make things more complex. And as if the problem doesn't have enough dimensions already, their capabilities and qualifications are changing over time. We poor humans just want to oversimplify things, and things are most certainly not simple when it comes to integrating technology into our lives. I feel sorry for the poor folks who just give up and put their lives in the hands of those who claim to be qualified, but in reality have butterfingers. -Noel
  45. 2 points
    Trying to get this over to my customers is not easy...."I can tweak your version of Windows and make it more easy to manage...but can't guarantee anything because Microsoft in its infinite wisdom likes releasing updates that **** up all your hard work and you're back to where you started"... Not exactly something that will inspire confidence in customers bookie32
  46. 2 points
    I confirm your findings. My now decommissioned A7V600-X with an Athlon XP 3000+ run XP SP3 great... but the lack of SSE2 annoyed me to the point of eventually decommissioning it. The worse part of it is that planned obsolescence, enforced by MS, not actual need, is actually the main problem, for most cases: MS VC++ 2012 (released 10/31/2012), was the 1st MS VS that enabled SSE2 by default (and all its successors do so, too). For MS VC++ 2012, it was possible to compile for non-SSE, by using the /arch:SSE and /Oi- compiler directives, but I don't know whether later MS VS versions still offer such compiler directives or not. In any case, since the default became to compile for SSE2 from MS VC++ 2012 on, almost no author ever bothered to disable that, even if SSE2 instructions weren't actually needed or helpful for the software being compiled. That's why I reckon that, nowadays, non-SSE2 machines are already a lost game.
  47. 2 points
    SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO THE LIST FOR JULY 20, 2017: Added Universal Theme Patcher & Vista Visual Master to "Desktop Enhancement software" section. Added link to a new video tutorial on how to resolve Windows Update's slow 'Check for updates' speed in Windows Vista (created by myself). Rearranged some misalphabetized items in various sections.
  48. 2 points
    Dooble browser version 1.56d came out on July 18th 1st, anyone care to test? Oh and thank you dencorso <3
  49. 2 points
    I am glad I archived it when I did. Since I am the only source on the web, effective immediately I have archived my own link, in case something happens to my server: https://web.archive.org/web/20170718145441/http://sdfox7.com/xp/sp3/EOL/primetime_gmp_win_x86_gmc_40673.zip I find it odd that I am the only source on the web that is serving the package. Usually there is more than one source to download something!
  50. 2 points
    I guess you mean the "releases", such as 1607 and 1703 ("Creator's"). Ostensibly they bring enhancements to the App realm. I don't know much about that because for every new release I've given up on the Apps. This, after giving the packaged Apps a try and finding over and over that I could get all the information just as well on my desktop from a web page or older application (weather.com in a browser, calc.exe, maps.google.com in a browser, IE or a Firefox derivative vs. Edge, etc.) And whenever I've looked in the Microsoft Store I've not seen any "must have" stuff. I can tell you this: There are virtually NO changes to the non-App parts. I guess that could be considered both good and bad... It's not really less COMPATIBLE with "legacy" applications, which is good, and I don't have to write really ANY different code to run software on Win 10 than on older systems back to 7, but... Explorer bugs that have been in the system virtually forever are still there. We know the UI isn't really themed any more (a lack of a consistent theme is not a theme itself). The Start Menu gets some changes, but it is essentially inconsequential since Classic Shell implemented a better one a decade ago, and yes, I DO test it. I just find no merit to it at all. It's like the kids at Microsoft are trying to discover new ways to run a desktop without actually designing anything. Windows 8.1 introduced ReFS, and yes, Windows 10 continues that support - but it HASN'T BEEN ADVANCED at all. I can't yet make a system volume with ReFS. As far as I know, I can't even FORMAT a data volume with ReFS in Windows 10 yet (i.e., it's the same as Windows 8.1, without any advancement). Fully tweaked - which takes quite a bit of effort - Windows 10 (without Apps) CAN be made private and about as efficient as Windows 8.1, which in a number of ways wasn't as efficient as 7. When I test doing the things I normally do with the desktop (basically creating software and running a business) I find Windows 10 on that fully tweaked setup to be slightly SLOWER than Windows 8.1, which in turn was slightly SLOWER than Windows 7. Mostly I think it's because they've tacked on more junk to support the multiple personalities of "mobile" and "desktop". I've not been able to completely carve out "mobile", so more things just sit there and soak up resources, like ShellExperienceHost and ApplicationFrameHost and SearchUI and two fontdrvhosts. I've noticed that networking a Windows 10 v1703 system in with a mixed set of Win 10 and 8.1 systems on a LAN isn't as reliable. I presume it must be because they have made Windows 10 "more secure". In my mind, "less likely to be able to access files on a server" isn't really so much "more secure" as "less functional". Speaking of security... Windows 10 is touted as "the most secure Windows yet". Funny thing, between the OS itself and Edge, there are certainly a lot more security problems being uncovered with Windows 10 each month (based on vulnerability lists and the number of security patches released by Microsoft) than with the older systems. So... They say it's faster - it's not. They say it's more secure - yet here I am with Windows 7 and 8.1 systems that have never been compromised, and I have to do back flips to make Win 10 private. They say it's better - yet it fails more often. They say it's modern - yet it's ugly as ****. -- Conclusion: I'm not seeing them bring much of anything I want. Your mileage may vary. -Noel
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