Glenn9999

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  1. And another piece of news. I had to really work to jury-rig an Internet connection for this Windows 10 machine (don't have a solid ethernet connection now, just enough to do stuff like post here) because I couldn't find an activation avenue for it other than the Internet. Of course, the problems just multiplied when it came to everything wanting to connect out. This was especially true when I tried to load help or any other web page (nope!). Of course, trying to find out what drivers it needs was a trick too (though I figure it's okay since it is 10 on an old system). At least the reinstall cured the slow as molasses problem. All I can say is that I hate Windows 10 the more I have to work with it. If Microsoft wanted people to try Linux or whatever else, they couldn't do better than having to put up with Windows 10. Cripes!
  2. Some news. Got the 7 one wiped and reinstalled/activated correctly and ready to sell. But on the 10 one, got all the personal files copied off of it, found out it has this restore tool, complete with restore partition on the drive. Boot up into Recovery Mode and select the "Reset PC" task, thinking I'm going to get a virgin 10 install with all personal files and things wiped. Ran a little bit, said "could not wipe some personal files", and then borked the install so it wouldn't reboot into the OS anymore. Woops. Went ahead and wiped the drive, as I get a feeling Microsoft already effectively did that for me. Seems like Microsoft did end up invalidating the key when I presented it on the Windows 7 install site (likely what it is, the 7 one was a newer PC), so hopefully downloading a fresh Windows 10 install disc it will be, assuming I can, and assuming there's no alternative way of figuring out how to handle getting a valid OS onto the machine (is there a Microsoft support channel for this I'm not aware of?). Funny how this stuff always conspires to be a lot more of a headache than is reported on the tin.
  3. Good to know. The problem may be that I may not be able to get to it with the little loader it mentions, but if it'll let me have a regular ISO download, I should be fine. The only problem will be if this computer will end up in the same situation it is now, with boot up and use taking an eternity. I got things moving on the Windows 7 one (barring no problems), so hopefully it'll be ready to sell in short order and then I can concentrate on the 10 one a bit more. Nope. They're both off-brand home/computer shop builds. I figure since I have the other key I may see what Microsoft offers me in return for the key, but I'll probably have to put 10 back on it when I blow it up if Microsoft ended up invalidating the key when they did their auto-upgrade schenanigans.
  4. I ended up with 2 computers I need to fix up so they can be sold. The primary problem at hand for me is to find any of the personal files that might have been missed, copy them off and then wipe the drives and reinstall the OSes so any of the personalizations and all the other crud accumulated over use is gone. The main problem with doing that is that the current owner of these systems didn't keep the install media (or just doesn't know where it is), as most users seem to be, nor preserved the COA stickers (worn and torn up). Thankfully the computers have both been activated, have both been automatically updated several times (should prove they're legit enough), and I was able to get both CD Keys off the current installs, which I hope will activate again. One is Windows 7 Service Pack 1, which it looks like I should be able to download an ISO from Microsoft for replacement media. Unfortunately, the other one has (given its age) likely been auto-upgraded to Windows 10 from whatever its original OS was over the Internet (so no install media anyway). Any advice on how to handle this one? Ideally, it would be best to verify what the original OS was and back it off to there (especially since this computer is from 2012 and is slow as molasses on Windows 10). But I'm not sure how to find that out or if Microsoft locked the key out to Windows 10 only. Ideally, I'd like to back this one out to Windows 7 too, but if I'm stuck with reloading Windows 10 on this one, any tips on it? Of course, if I'm off-base on how to handle these best, please let me know too. The ideal thing is for both of these systems to be clean of whatever personal stuff or extraneous garbage, and if I can do that another way besides wiping them, that would work the same...
  5. I just had to go and play. It's pretty rough in general, but this seems to work okay on Windows 8.1 and induces quite a lot of squawking from the notification area. Don't know about 10 of course. Download Removed.
  6. All of which is wholly irrelevant to the point I was trying to make. Most all of what is suggested in here (disabling the WU service, changing settings, host files, etc) is very non-permanent and is on the par of someone setting read-only attributes to files thinking that it will stop them from being deleted, which is the point I was trying to make. In fact, with a significant portion of the technically inclined Windows 10 user base actively arguing that forced updates, telemetry, etc gains them trust from Microsoft (the whole virus inoculation argument basically), and would claim that the suggestions here are from people actively trying to erode the security of Windows, I wouldn't be surprised that Microsoft would force the issue at the behest of this "satisfied" portion of their user base and remove any options of these things altogether. Simply put, it depends on what you definition of "secure" is. Ultimately with all the "ink" spilled here, it's been an amusing read, but I'm surprised that so much trouble is being put out for things that are ultimately moot in the end if Microsoft so chooses. There's always Linux. If you can get it to work.
  7. Ironically when I was writing that (main reason for it being never having the ULZ problem of certain other software and not having to fight Update Catalog by entering in KB numbers ad infinitum to get the updates), the question of the service itself being disabled (2nd page of the post, "Minimum Requirements" note #3 in the CHM). I debated disabling and enabling the service while the program was getting the update list, but ultimately decided against doing it for doing the same things that Microsoft is doing now with Windows 10 (fun huh?). Besides for those that are swearing by that, how do you know Microsoft's own stuff isn't doing that behind your back now? Of course the problem is going to come on whether Microsoft allows the service to be disabled into the future (this function is very much controlled by the service itself), or honors the "Never check for updates" setting into the future, especially if we start putting out things that will expose both on Windows 10. Ironically though, I was surprised BatchPatcher Downloader worked so well on Windows 8.1 when I ended up with it (conversely the rote offline patcher is what I really had to work on so I could use it in Windows 8.1 without issues). That said, the "Control Panel applet" thing was an idea to (more or less) put some of these suggestions into automated form for those that might not want to keep checking it constantly, and maybe put some of the settings back like they were.
  8. It appears this tool simply uses the WU API interface, and works similarly to mine , which was more designed to simply download updates to be used offline from WU. That said I wonder how well mine works in Windows 10, especially since I haven't upgraded. If it all works fine, I wonder how fruitful it would be to throw together a simple control panel style applet to expose these settings? Also since I haven't seen it mentioned: Microsoft wages war on 'crapware' with new Windows 10 tool Pretty hillarious that they'd cook up some functionality that would have been mildly useful long ago.
  9. ISO isn't really a very useful file format outside of optical disks. Maybe "preserve the files on the CDs in such a way that they can usefully accessed as boot devices under any and all circumstances" would be better. As for specific OSes, I'm well aware of the assorted requirements and limitations surrounding them. The main problem is getting these three specific disks to be useful outside of the presence of a DVD drive.
  10. I've run into a question that I can't really find any good answers on. It kind of runs across different topics 1. I'm looking for things on how to make a USB drive bootable for things like DOS/98/Me/XP, but I'm finding a lot more about rigging up install disks for Windows 7, 8.1, and nothing much more than automated "format" programs. One thing I need to pick up...but however... 2. I already have some custom boot discs in storage I made from when I transitioned things from floppy to CD that I'd like to pull out and preserve... then 3. There's this whole disk image format that I see in some of the VMs... So, how do I proceed on this in order to back up my boot CDs and then be able to use them in such a way that I can install things onto a VM or straight boot from them off of USB drive? Also, is there anything else that I haven't thought of?
  11. Has whoever done Pale Moon completely redone their code? It was rather horrible the last time I tried it, had to go back to Firefox.
  12. Okay, now that I know what you're talking about . . . this is indeed quite doable from code. Programs that work from the notification area do it habitually. The problem is, you take away the end-user's means to control the application when you just indiscriminately remove the taskbar entry, and the user minimizes the application. Once that is done, all you can do is go through task manager, either hope you can get the app back, or simply kill it. Now there are tweaks that will pull any application from the taskbar to the notification area, but the problem with any approach like this is that there always needs to be a "controlling application" of some kind to handle when the window of the application isn't visible. So, a lot of the answer to this is "it depends on what you want to do and how you're wanting to get there".
  13. You may want to clarify what you are talking about when you say "witness". Do you mean the regular taskbar entry for the application? Or something else?
  14. I got the problem knocked down, once I had the time to look at it. After verifying that the recent patches didn't do it, I found out that Mediafire Desktop added a faulty setting. I removed it and the menu works correctly now. For those that need a solution to this: 1. Download ShellExView . 2. Run it and then sort by date ("File Created Time" or "CLSID Modified Time"). The last settings will be the most recently added. Disable starting from newest and work your way up the list until the problem gets removed.
  15. I've noticed with my computer, recently, that the Context Menu of File Explorer will disappear within 1-2 seconds, making it unusable. How do I track down the cause of this (a recent patch, corrupted registry?) and fix it?