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  1. 16 points
    What is it? OldNewExplorer is the Windows 10 (and Windows 8.1, and 8) shell extension / tweaker which can undo "improvements" to file browsing made in newer Windows version. Everything is optional for your liking. - Restore devices / drives grouping Everything is 'Devices and drives'. That's stupid! O-N-E can restore grouping which made sense in Win7/8. - Restore libraries / remove folders Remove all those folders which were unoptionally added into Windows 8.1 This PC folder and put the libraries back to their place, without registry hacking / breaking apps. - Restore command bar / remove Ribbon Because some people consider it an abomination. - Restore details pane at bottom Same reason; reclaim useful horizontal space. - Improve styling Get rid of some Win7 stuff here and there; improve styling with some built-in visual styles. For themers / skinners, O-N-E can help to override a lot of hardcoded styling in Windows 8, maybe even Start screen! Download http://tihiy.net/files/OldNewExplorer.rar TEST VERSION READ BELOW 100% FREE Stupid FAQ - This is a TEST version, no installer. Potentially dangerous too! - This is for Windows 8.1. Also should work for Windows 8 as well, though 8.1 options do not apply there; - No changes are enabled by default. If something does not apply, try logging off / restarting explorer.exe; - Install is for all users, settings are per-user. For long thoughful posts use email.
  2. 10 points
  3. 6 points
    Blurred fonts problem in FF 52.x ESR can be easely solved: type about:config in address bar, press Enter, press "I'll be careful, I promise!" button, search for gfx.content.azure.backends variable and change it from direct2d1.1,skia,cairo to direct2d1.1,cairo (remove skia). Then restart Firefox.
  4. 5 points
    Your guess is as good as mine. It's been over six weeks since the Creators Update has been available and at least 3 weeks since Bigmuscle said 'very soon' in another thread to the availability of a version compatible with rs2. I know from Noel who has received an experimental version that BM has worked on this and more or less had a version that worked well. Why he has not distributed anything to his donors or the public is, again, anybody's guess. I hope all is well with him and that he's not in any predicament that prevents him from doing his work. I suppose we have no choice but to wait for a version or for some news regarding BM.
  5. 5 points
    Yes. I have successfully installed the following (post-Vista EOL) Server 2008 updates in Windows Vista (SP2, x64): KB4020535 KB4019206 KB4019204 KB4019149 KB4018927 KB4018556 KB4018885 KB4018821 KB4018466 KB4018271 Screenshot: http://prntscr.com/f602cl From my testing, the following updates did NOT work on Windows Vista: KB4018196 (Displays "Not applicable to your system" message) Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool for May 2017 (Not compatible with your OS error message) So it looks like Vista will be good to go until 2020, with the exception of a few updates here and there. I also must note that I didn't try any updates related to .NET Framework, as I couldn't figure out how to obtain them. Alright @greenhillmaniac, it's time to make that Server 2008-Vista repository
  6. 5 points
    A new name for the "Windows Store Only" strategy (that already failed) : and : a pure marketing attempt, seemingly, I don't believe that there is anything particularly "lite" (unless you want to be forced to the limited amount of - BTW largely crappy - Apps in the Store). jaclaz
  7. 5 points
    Well that didn't take too long to fix! I now have version 9.4.49 running quite happily on XP, and the only thing you have to do to make it communicate with the Dropbox servers is run the executable in compatibility mode for Windows 2000! So, it looks as if it looks specifically for XP and blocks it, but an even older OS is perfectly acceptable! Go figure! I found that with a bit of research of course, I didn't find the answer all by myself! It won't let you in with an old version of the client, so what I had to do was uninstall my version, and then find a copy of 3.18.1, which may well be the last that will install on XP from my researches. It installed fine, but still wouldn't let me in because it still said it was an old version, but then, lo and behold, it updated itself to 9.4.49 (the current version) and just carried on working. So, normal Dropbox service resumed, at least for the moment! As always, there's no way of knowing how long this will last for, but I'm very pleased that it's OK again for the moment!
  8. 4 points
    The only thing Windows - and Microsoft - can possibly respond to from this point forward is complete contempt. Not just no, but HELL NO, I will not allow them to control MY system. Period. FYI, I think Mr. Burnett hasn't worked quite hard enough. He's not going to be able to get there with just settings. Microsoft doesn't care to honor those settings. They're not smart enough to think through how to make their cloud-integrated toy apps even begin to work without a full-time mothership tether. I've let my Win 10 v1703 system just sit quietly for days. It doesn't make any unsolicited contacts except to an NIST time server on a schedule I've set. Not sure if this image will show here, I posted it on another forum: This is WireShark showing no outside-the-LAN communications for half a day. And the only error my system logs all day is right after bootup. Apparently it thinks it’s an error that I’ve disallowed it from starting UAC, because UAC was, is, and always will be an abomination... The trick is to completely shun the toy Apps, cloud integration (OneDrive/Settings), and half-baked personal digital assistant. Then of course that leaves Windows 10 no better than any prior version. -Noel
  9. 4 points
    NOTE: I originally posted this in the 2000 forum, but it would also be useful duplicated here since XP has such a large user base. As we know, most websites have artificial browser requirements for using their website. Firefox can be spoofed easily on Windows 2000 and XP. I don't recommend Chrome for spoofing, because 1) Chrome does not really work well on 2000, and 2) Chrome can only store user agent changes temporarily, while the Developer Console is open. By visiting Citibank's website with Firefox 48 (last working on Windows 2000), it says the browser is out of date and not supported. So, we go into about:config , create a string value called general.useragent.override , and make the value Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:53.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/53.0 This tells the browser to report Windows XP, and Firefox 53.0. Again, we know that XP cannot really support Firefox 53. After saving, reopen Firefox and go back to Citibank's website. The outdated browser warning is gone. This proves an artificial browser warning. Also, if you visit a website to check the browser, it reports that it is Firefox 53 on XP, even though we know we are running Firefox 48 on Windows 2000. This trick will also be useful on XP, since Firefox will not be updated past version 51 going forward.
  10. 4 points
    Sad! But currently XP support still exists. And SeaMonkey can be used as a base from others. K-Meleon can use almost any Mozilla type GRE. So there are a number of forks to chose from. The problem is that Dorian is the only active dev. And the only who has experience to adept K-M to a new GRE major version. After that any who knows to recompile can jump from say 38.1 to 38.2. It used to be like that since Mozilla 1.7 times. Since the people that create support for K-Meleon: translators, forum help etc. use old systems like Win98, Win2000 and XP I'd expect that K-Meleon will stay usable with XP for some future. At least while we have compilers that can make a new Mozilla GRE for XP. p.s. MS has the habit to drop legacy OS from its compiler list. So the move away from XP is not purely from Mozilla.org
  11. 4 points
    Windows 8 and Windows 10 have a new "feature" called "Fast Startup", "Fast Boot", or "Hybrid Boot". This is a form of mini-Hibernate Mode. Unlike full Hibernate, this is not documented in the Shutdown User Interface and is enabled by default. If you Shutdown, not Restart, Windows 8 or 10, this Mode will save the File Cache in the Hibernation File. If you then modify any of these Cached Drives using a different OS Instance, then access it again from the original OS Instance, the Cache will not match what is on the Drive. If you then make changes, the Cache will be written to the Drive possibly corrupting it. Windows often writes to Drives in the background, so you can corrupt a Drive even if you do not intentionally write to it. There are numerous reports of this problem along with instructions on turning off Fast Startup on Google. I strongly recommend that anyone using Multi-Boot or swappable Drives, including Virtual ones, disable Fast Startup if using Windows 8 or 10. In a pinch, always select Restart, not Shutdown, when closing Windows 8 or 10 if Fast Startup has not been disabled. For those of you not born yesterday, never put a writable Floppy Disk into a Windows 10 system. It will be corrupted even if you don't intentionally write to it.
  12. 4 points
    Hi Guys! When I mean official I mean I am making it official that I think it is the worst ever... While I can understand that Microsoft want a OS that works on all platforms - they fail to recognise the genuine complaints of long term users! Computers are getting more powerful every day, screens are getting larger and more advanced. and yet we are given a OS that is basically designed for a telephone screen. What happened to nice gradient colours etc? It is so **** boring? Your general users do not care what improvements are made to the engine...they want it to look and feel good as well! A telephone is a telephone in my opinion and I want an OS that looks good on the ever increasing sizes of desktop screens! The start menu is a mess! Once again nothing is logical about the setup of things.... If this is the best they can come up with I will keep one computer as Windows for my customers and then the others as Linux.
  13. 4 points
    I confirm that this works on my Windows Vista Ultimate X64 SP2. thanks
  14. 4 points
    Hi all, I just got a reply over at Adobe, and we are back in business with the Google Chrome PepperFlash PPAPI on Windows XP. The latest stable is version, and the latest beta is Both work on XP. Sometimes you just have to ask nicely, and people will be willing to help you out. https://forums.adobe.com/message/9507336#9507336
  15. 4 points
    I have been using linux since last year, and it not bad. Slackware Linux in case someone asks. Its nice for the most part. Win 7 is the end of the line for me. I still use Win98/WinXP but not as much.
  16. 3 points
    First off, why is it so hard to find the tiny little "Sign In" thing to Log In here? The design of this website used to be nicer too, but I digress.... actually no I don't digress. Why does everything related to computers seem to be getting worse? Well, I'm at the Library using god knows what version of Windows crap this is (probably 7), but I"m usingWord 2016, and it's the biggest, ugliest, stupidest pile of worthless crap I've ever seen in my entire life. Windows 3.1 and Word 6 were superior looking and working compared to this dreck. How does Microsoft get away with re-packaging the same absolute crap year after year, when it only gets more stupid and worse looking, and more clunky? I've had it with computers. They suck!!!!! Windows ME (I know 2000 is similar, but it's not 100% the same as ME) was the zenith of a nice looking user interface and having intuitive and elegantly designed menus and screens. Why does everything on the computer now have the plain, barren, sterile, crappy, broken-looking, half-finished design of a cheap tablet or Iphone? And why is every stupid button so dang small too? I hate new computers. I'm going to keep using my Windows ME computer forever. Ta Ta.
  17. 3 points
    I think the only option now is to forget about any IE8 embedded Windows Update links, as they no longer work. They re-direct to the Windows Update FAQ page on the Microsoft support site, which no longer works at all in IE8. The address which now redirects doesn't seem to be stored in the registry, it's almost certainly hard coded. Just make a favourite or internet shortcut pointing to one of the addresses that heinoganda gave earlier.
  18. 3 points
    To unzip an update for Windows XP, run the patch with the -x parameter. WindowsXP-KB4012598-x86-ENU.exe -x The binary delta compression does not work with conventional packers. The only difference I could find When comparing the srv.sys and xpsp4res.dll files in the SP3QFE folder of both updates, there was no difference! Current in May KB4012598 was replaced by KB4018466 (still additional security gap in SMB)! (Current Version from srv.sys 5.1.2600.7238 and xpsp4res.dll 5.1.2600.7238)
  19. 3 points
    https://github.com/RiskSense-Ops/MS17-010 Here is MS17-010 PoC. How about your Windows 2000 ? My Windows 2000 blocked it STATUS_INVALID_SMB and STATUS_SMB_BAD_TID. (it from Policy on Extendede Kernel DVD creation Kit )
  20. 3 points
    Currently which modern browser working on my ExtendedXP v 1.4 System ::- Supported Browsers ::- Firefox 53 CyberFox Palemoon Unsupported browser :- Chrome 50 (I cannot get newer work due to missing sand boxing component in XP) Beta Browser Working Firefox 55 Beta ( Require ExtendedXP v 1.40 + ole32.dll mod ) I am working on few more function . Soon gonna release . I have fixed Avast & Malware byte crash issue . ( Service cannot start )( Thanks to heinoganda for informing ) Fixed some misbehaving bugs (Thanks to FranceBB for informing ) Fixed Bugs which can slow down certain hardware ( Thanks to ~♥Aiko♥Chan♥~ for informing ) Fixed bugs which is caused by export table ( Thanks to Rloew ) Fixed bug with Winrar ( thanks to piotrhn for informing ) One equation Adobe Acrobat DC plugin not working properly with palemoon . is it normal ?
  21. 3 points
    I was doing some of the things I normally do during software development yesterday on my Win 10 "Creator's" test system. I opened a File Explorer window to a network drive then clicked a column to re-sort the files by date. The drive was spun down in a power-saving mode on the server (and thus didn't respond right away)... File Explorer just went blank, and didn't ultimately display the files in re-sorted order. It just stayed blank! Only navigating to a different folder and back again caused it to display the files again. THAT is precisely the kind of crap I don't need from an OS that's expected to support my work! And it is a problem I have never seen in prior versions. But even worse, it's precisely the kind of problem that any number of home users won't see during the public "beta test", and thus businesses will struggle with it when it's rolled-out to them, even if they're on the Current Branch for Business. Microsoft has failed to remember that making an OS that businesses use is why people chose to use it at home. They wanted the same thing they were used to using at work. It just isn't valid to try to turn it around and have Windows focus on being a "home system". -Noel
  22. 3 points
    Just an update, I decided to post the issue in the Adobe forums, because I'd like to see the issue fixed before the final release is shipped. Once the final release is shipped, it could be much more difficult to get Adobe to fix it! "Couldn't Load Plugin": New Beta PPAPI does not work in Chrome, Windows XP
  23. 3 points
    Hey, my hat is custom machined titanium with gold leaf! Hey, if they don't have any of my data, they can't abuse it. I logged what sites the v1703 Creator's Update system tried to contact just after updating my fully private v1607 Anniversary setup and choosing the most private settings in the "privacy configuration" provided by Microsoft... Some of these are legitimate security certificate servers, but the rest... You decide whether all these comms are necessary or wanted. crl.thawte.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as crl.usertrust.com A resolved from Cache to crl.usertrust.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as ctldl.windowsupdate.com A resolved from Cache to ctldl.windowsupdate.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as dev.virtualearth.net A resolved from Forwarding Server as dns.msftncsi.com A resolved Locally to download.windowsupdate.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as download.windowsupdate.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as ecn.dev.virtualearth.net A resolved from Forwarding Server as fe2.update.microsoft.com A resolved from Cache to fe2.update.microsoft.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as fe2.update.microsoft.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as fe2.update.microsoft.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as fe2.update.microsoft.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as fs.microsoft.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as g.live.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as g2.symcb.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as gn.symcd.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as insiderppe.cloudapp.net A resolved from Forwarding Server as login.live.com A resolved from Cache to login.live.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as ocsp.comodoca.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as ocsp.digicert.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as ocsp.msocsp.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as ocsp.thawte.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as ocsp.usertrust.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as ocsp.verisign.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as oneclient.sfx.ms A resolved from Forwarding Server as settings-win.data.microsoft.com A --- blacklisted by DNS server --- sls.update.microsoft.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as sls.update.microsoft.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as sls.update.microsoft.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as t0.ssl.ak.dynamic.tiles.virtualearth.net A resolved from Forwarding Server as t0.ssl.ak.tiles.virtualearth.net A resolved from Forwarding Server as th.symcb.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as th.symcd.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as time.nist.gov A resolved from Forwarding Server as time.nist.gov A resolved from Forwarding Server as v10.vortex-win.data.microsoft.com A --- blacklisted by DNS server --- www.microsoft.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as www.msftconnecttest.com A resolved from Forwarding Server as Since booting up my re-tweaked system and letting it run this morning, it contacted these sites: dns.msftncsi.com A resolved Locally to Thanks dhjohns. We butt heads from time to time, but I think the same of you. -Noel
  24. 3 points
    Yes, MSFN only hosts a support section for bigmuscle and Aeroglass. Although, some people have accidently donated to the forum to get an Aeroglass license...
  25. 3 points
    Ya think? But he's still a good guy.
  26. 3 points
    Since Microsoft decided to include the CPU blocking patch on all Security Only and Monthly Rollups for Windows 7 and 8.1, once again Windows 8.0 is verified as a great choice, free of meddling, as Microsoft proves it just doesn't care about its failed OS (in this day and age, that's a good thing).
  27. 3 points
  28. 3 points
    When did capitalism need a reason to sell anything? If the trend will keep, not for better. Major systems will be more like smartphones, if I can take a guess. According to netmarketshare, not really. I has grown 1/3 of its current state within 2 years, but consumed Mac users instead of Windows share. Actual 2,05% Is pretty close to the third sigma. See above, It's actually getting better ^^.
  29. 3 points
    The sad thing is, wayyy back during the Win 8 previews I reported this to Microsoft, going to great effort to point it out to them. I even complained to the Internet Explorer people, as they abandoned the ClearType Tuner early on and began rendering without any color with no way to configure it. I guess they knew something about the newer Windows failing to properly support ClearType even back then. It's like Microsoft just screws things up (on purpose?) and moves on. And frankly, most folks DON'T notice things like this - but for those who do - those who care - this is a big deal. It reduces your pleasure in using the OS every single day. I guess that's the intent. Microsoft thinks you should throw away your computer and just get a Surface. Yeah, that'll fix everything. -Noel
  30. 2 points
    Look what this IT security analyst found about Windows 10. It does not honor many privacy related settings: https://twitter.com/m8urnett/status/866353982217699328
  31. 2 points
    It's not the case for the this patch, but, for the records, if, let's say, the NSA wants to collect your data and access to your PC, you are not gonna be safe with XP, or any other Microsoft OS, nor Apple OS. Besides, I'm pretty sure they would find a way to get into a custom Arch Linux configuration as well, eventually. Anyway, that's on a completely different level, as average users - as we are - are concerned about being safe against normal viruses, spyware etc and we are still safe with XP + POSReady updates + antivirus + firewall.
  32. 2 points
    It means Home XP was provided with patch that blocks WannaCry spread via SMBv1 and not a bit more. Home XP got update from march. POSReady got new update in may, fixing another flaw.
  33. 2 points
    Today (May 15th 2017) I hunted down and installed all non-security and security Windows Updates destined for Windows Server 2008 SP2 32bit (that were published after April 11th 2017) onto my Windows Vista SP2 32bit laptop; together with security updates for .NET Framework 2.0 SP2, this is how it looks in the "Installed Updates" section of my WU: Further updates for installed .NET Framework 4.6.1 (not officially supported on either Vista SP2 nor WS 2008 SP2, but still installable on both these OSes, see here) were also hunted down and installed: So far, everything seems to be working as expected... @2008WindowsVista wrote: > I didn't try any updates related to .NET Framework, as I couldn't figure out how to obtain them. Well, my starting point for locating all Windows Updates is the following MS page: Description of Software Update Services and Windows Server Update Services changes in content for 2017 This gets updated in chronological order, whenever new updates are published... You can isolate WS 2008 SP2 updates and via the KB links you can hopefully arrive to individual WUC links (and pray that the catalog site isn't crawling like a worm...). Hence, for updates issued after April 11th 2017 (Vista's EOL), I have written down the following list of updates: April 18th (nonsecurity) Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB4015193) May 2nd Update for .NFW 2.0 SP2 on Windows Server 2008 (KB4020511) Update for .NFW 4.6[.1] on Windows Server 2008 (KB4020503) May 9th Cumulative Security Update for IE9 (KB4018271) Security Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB4018466) Security Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB4018556) Security Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB4018821) Security Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB4018885) Security Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB4018927) Security Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB4019149) Security Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB4019204) Security Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB4019206) (nonsecurity) Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB4020535) "Security Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB4018196)" does not install on (client) Vista SP2, because it strictly affects a Server function (Windows DNS Server Denial of Service Vulnerability in Microsoft Windows Server 2008: May 9, 2017); as for "Malicious Software Removal Tool - May 2017 (KB890830)", it has already been discussed in this thread... .NET Framework: May, 2017 Security Only Update for .NFW 2.0 SP2, 4.6[.1] on WS 2008 SP2 (KB4019109) => [Security Only Update for the .NFW 2.0 SP2 for WS 2008 SP2 (KB4014575) & Security Only Update for the .NFW 4.6[.1] for WS 2008 SP2 (KB4014591)] May, 2017 Security and Quality Rollup for .NFW 2.0 SP2, 4.6[.1] on WS 2008 SP2 (KB4019115) => [Security and Quality Rollup for the .NFW 2.0 SP2 for WS 2008 SP2 (KB4014502) & Security and Quality Rollup for the .NFW 4.6[.1] for WS2008 SP2 (KB4014511)] NB: If you install the "Security and Quality Rollup" bundle, you need not also install the standalone "Security Only Update"; if you have not yet moved to 4.6[.1] and are still on 4.5.2, you should locate the corresponding updates for that version of .NFW ! For future reference, I will conclude by posting some helpful (to me at least) links (with the hope the mods do not mind...) :
  34. 2 points
    First HI, my first post on this forum! I hope we can see update for Creators Update soon, atm, solid color on frames burn my eyes
  35. 2 points
    Too bad they didn't offer it to 2000 Well, I'm sure some enterprising person can find a way to backport the patch, since 2000 and XP share a common codebase (NT 5.x), and are relatively compatible with one another (case in point: the latest HFSLIP packages for 2000 incorporate many XP-specific updates which appear to slipstream successfully into 2000's install media, and said media seems to install a properly working 2000). c p.s. Is 9x, NT 3.xx or 4 affected by this?
  36. 2 points
    Official patches have also been released for XP and XP64 (i.e. "plain" versions without POSReady updates). Details at
  37. 2 points
    Thanks to both @segaklon and @dencorso for their replies Yep, it's nice to know MSE can still be used on Vista!
  38. 2 points
    Not only 4.4.304.0 is the same version that still Works on XP but, in view of @segaklon's screenshot, it's updating by itself (as it should) and is getting the Engine Version 1.1.13704.0, which is safe and good (we get that on XP, too). So, I'd say it's as safe as it can be, nowadays, and a way to keep using MSE nag-free. Great news!
  39. 2 points
    Hi @VistaLover , the version does not work, this deactivates the MSE completely, the version I posted that if it works is the same that still works in XP. I installed it and it was updated as I said without any problem, what is not updated is the version of the program or it does not happen to
  40. 2 points
    Seems to me nobody did the test: in any case, here is bona-fide MSE v. 4.4.304.0 x64. The x86 can be found at FileHippo, in case anyone wants it. I'm sure curious, too. Then again, I don't even have Vista, so I cannot test it personally. In case it runs without nag, @heinoganda can probably figure out how to get it to update.
  41. 2 points
    Was it the topic (...worst-crap-ever) that give it away?
  42. 2 points
    Hey whatever the OS wants to contact is OK. I keep the viruses out, but I want my OS to operate as intended. I do realize that some people do not like communication, but I am fine with it. All is good. I am running build 16184 with Aeroglass 1.4.6. No transparency, but my 3rd party themes are right. No message boxes at startup from aeroglass stating incompatibility. No water marks. I do not expect any build I am using to have any transparency on the borders again since BM does not support Insider Previews, but I am alright with that. Just so long as there are no errors or anything. Aeroglass is a royal pain anyway. The colors seem to change when I switch themes, and since I like the borders of windows in the foreground to be the same color as the ones in the background, it can be a real headache. But, like I said, I have a very nice setup with the newest Insider Preview. I think it works much better than the Creators Update. My themes work very well, and all is good.
  43. 2 points
    It doesn't matter where they are from. You are not allowed to say such things to people here.
  44. 2 points
    That's definitely the right way to do, no chopping i use similar approch i can actually "prevent" installing most of "unneeded" system apps with deleteing one registry key for each prior installation (or during setup pass specialize) set key=HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\InboxApplications FOR %%i IN ( holocamera holoitemplayerapp HoloShell PPIProjection AppRep.ChxApp ContentDeliveryManager CortanaListenUIApp Cortana Holograms HolographicFirstRun ParentalControls SecHealthUI SecureAssessmentBrowser XboxGameCallableUI ) DO ( FOR /F %%a IN ('reg query %key% /s /f %%i /k 2^>nul ^| find /i "InboxApplications"') DO IF NOT ERRORLEVEL 1 (reg delete %%a /f 2>nul) ) note: in ver 1703, preventing Cortana will make Start Menu greyed (functional but not clickable)
  45. 2 points
    Generally speaking: By removing AppX packages, removing other features (e.g., OneDrive), disabling many services, disabling many scheduled tasks - all on the online system that's running. I wrote a re-tweaker script that does a lot of it. One thing I'm NOT concerned with is making the system footprint on disk smaller; even SSD space is far too cheap to try to delete things that the OS wants to see remain there. Notably I'm very careful to ensure the system thinks it's still serviceable (e.g., SFC and DISM /Online report no problems). I have been doing it this way for many years. So far I've never had any failure to update. -Noel
  46. 2 points
    @perfecthog05 A good, simple, lightweight browser that works just fine in XP is QTweb (JFYI): http://www.qtweb.net/ jaclaz
  47. 2 points
    I still use Windows 2000 and Windows 98 on a daily basis. I'm in full agreement that new interfaces just plain suck. I hate the new interfaces where things have to be flat and boxy. Even the Google logo had to go from a nice looking depth to just a plain old flat color. BORING! I still use Office 2000 on both my computers, in the exception for Outlook 2003 on my Windows 2000 machine. We have Office 2013 via Citrix at work and I hate it. Not only does Citrix make Office sluggish, but Office itself is just so much harder to use. Word does have some cool new features to it for designers but there's no reason for the new interface. It's terrible and I have a hard time figuring out how to do familiar tasks. I was a whiz in Office, now I almost have to relearn everything. Another thing I hate that it seems everyone loves using is what they call the "hamburger" button for your menu options. Why? Why does three stupid lines represent your menu? Don't get me wrong, I'm not necessarily against change, but I want to see improvements, not back tracking. Not only has Windows gone backwards, but so has web design as a whole. I used to pride myself in webpage designs and layouts and now all you get are generic colors, flat of course, with bulky looking boxes, and I hate tablet optimized websites, those are just plain stupid. I'm looking to start using Linux and learning it. I've used it before but never truly engaged in the learning curve of it. If Microsoft can't get their act together, which I'm sure it never will, and when my computers stop doing what I need them to do, I'm off to Linux land. I really can't believe with all the outrage in these new OSes that they really take feedback seriously. They collect what we think, and then build what they want.
  48. 2 points
    No, I liked interface of Vista/7. In fact, when I saw Vista, I understood that this is BEAUTIFUL!! And they had the best Start Menu ever. How could MS drop Aero and Start menu in 8 and 10?! That's when I was angry. Still using 7 at home. "2. RAM Patches still won't be free." :))) "5. Microsoft is going to care even less." Doubt it. Competition from Linux is growing, I think.
  49. 2 points
    What's going to change in 2020? 1. You will probably need a 2160p monitor. 2. RAM Patches still won't be free. 3. Browsers will perform even worse. 4. UEFI will be even more pervasive. 5. Microsoft is going to care even less. USB 3 has proven difficult to debug so no guarantees there. I have no opinion on NVMe as I have no hardware, so it is a maybe.
  50. 2 points
    I have no words to describe the mess Microsoft created in the font rendering in Windows 10. Just look at this explorer window. Some elements like title bar and address bar have a grayscale antialiasing, the rest has cleartype enabled. Ok, let's open ClearType Tuner and select a third option on a third page which is a grayscale cleartype. And guess what, it's still the same! This tool has no effect at all on the cleartype's color settings. Disabling cleartype is no option, as the text becomes a total mess. So the question is: How can I force Windows to use that grayscale cleartype smoothing method on all of the GUI elements? If this is some kind of a new font used on the titlebars, can I use it on the other elements by editing aero.msstyle or shellstyle.dll? p.s. The reason of my post is that I use one display with RGB matrix and the other with BGR, So I have to constantly switch the cleartype's sub pixel matrix to get rid of blurred fonts.