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  1. Where back-porting certain Windows 7 functions and features to Vista would be useful is for older computers, especially laptops, that came with Vista and have non-upgradeable parts for which there are no drivers for newer versions, or XP. There are many laptops which shipped with Vista that top out at 2 or 3 gigs RAM. Then there are peripherals like all those ViXS PureTV PCie x1 TV tuner cards that came in HP and Compaq desktops. they only work with Vista. You can find drivers that will install OK in 7, 8 and 10, but something's not quite right, TV programs cannot 'see' the tuner. HP and Compaq never shipped any 3rd party TV software with those systems, they relied on Media Center to use with the PureTV card. Might be that even on Vista, Media Center is the only software that works with those. I tried the hack to install the last version of Media Center onto 10. Still couldn't find the PureTV card. A Vista upgrade without upgrading would enable newer software to work on those computers while keeping the use of the digital TV card. There's quite a lot of computers such a project could keep from going for scrap, and enable them to get back on the net by enabling up to date browsers and security programs to run on Vista.
  2. That's intended to be a total replacement for Windows. It's not complete. Adding "missing" functions to Vista would enable computers unable to run Windows 7 to be able to run the latest web browsers and other software.
  3. We've seen things like the KernelEX project to allow using software for newer versions of Windows on older versions. How about doing something similar for XP, Vista, and pretty soon 7? The major application would be to use up to date web browsers since Chrome has abandoned XP and Vista and will soon drop 7 support. Firefox is going to kick Vista to the curb by the end of 2017. Even alternative browsers like Opera and Slimjet have sent Vista and previous adrift. If WINE supports the latest browsers, could WINE be ported to XP, Vista, and 7 when all the browsers drop 7 support? Proposed name for the Port Wine Project? Ripple. Or something else off this page
  4. Has anyone ever found DOS audio drivers for the AMD Geode LX800 or CS5536? I've found some on various embedded device websites for Windows 9X through XP, download links say they're for the CS5536 but the readme.txt with them only mentions thr CS5535. Same driver for both? Then there's the readme for Realtek AC'97 Sound System Software ver:A4.03 listing support for the CS5536 since version A3.92. What I'm wanting to do is install some version of DOS on a WYSE S30 thin client, with the Panasonic universal USB mass storage drivers. Legacy keyboard support is apparently available and always on since that's how one gets around in the very limited BIOS setup screen. Old games like DOOM and Duke Nukem 3D should run quite well on a 366Mhz 5x86 class CPU. I have three of those thin clients, planning on replacing the Apacer IDE flash disk with a 2.5" SD card adapter and the 128 meg DDR SODIMM with a 512 meg then using much of that for a RAM disk. Getting sound, and perhaps the 10/100 Ethernet working with DOS will be mostly for having it fully functional. Those aren't necessary to my main interest in running DOS on these, I have a benchtop CNC milling machine from the 90's and the only software to run it runs only in a pure DOS system. The mill connects to a PC via a single RS232C cable and the S30's sole legacy I/O port is a DE9 serial. With the Panasonic USB drivers I should be able to run GCODE files from a USB drive.
  5. See This is supposed to be installed along with other support software for some USB devices. Well, unless you happen to have already plugged in some USB device where the manufacturer has included this for XP, you get problems like this from companies whose products are supposed to work on XP but have problems due to *their* failure to include WinUSB. MSDN has some info on installing WinUSB without a custom inf, but it still looks to me as though it needs some special extras to shove it into XP for generic support of devices that require it but don't include it. I did manage somehow to update the IDs on those crypto miners, but I forget now how I did... May have had to resort to software not from Silicon Labs. (Gave up after the mining pool I was using decided to copy MTGOX by taking the data and running.)
  6. I got the last non-paranoid version of JAVA jre-7u45-windows-x64.exe from and have found sites showing how to install two versions of JAVA in order to run local JAVA apps that are on the same computer. I've also found and downloaded the x32 version. Nothing so far on how to make it use a different version of JAVA when the source of the app is either on the WWW or somewhere else on a local network.
  7. I have the latest JAVA version, the latest Firefox version. I've added a security exception for the IP address of my printer. I've clicked allow and remember and the run button and checked the box to not ask again - but it still refuses to allow the JAVA apps in my Hewlett Packard JetDirect print server to run. It is NOT a "security risk". It's a piece of hardware on my own local network that I NEED TO HAVE WORKING but due to some essentially mythical "security risk" that has no practical exploit, Oracle has taken the lazy way by hobbling their own product instead of actually fixing things. Now, how do I crack this nut open and force it to actually function like it did before Oracle went all nutzoid with an overabundance of over-caution?
  8. Not on this laptop without disabling fast shutdown. It blocks using F2 to get to bios setup on a restart or booting from shut down if fast shutdown is enabled. It would be nice to have some little shutdown app that when doubleclicked would bypass fast shutdown. Windows 10 does not at all like having the plug, or battery pulled. It takes a long time to start up while it checks for problems.
  9. Instead of going through all the rigamarole to disable fast shutdown, is there a utility that can be used to force Windows 10 into a true full shutdown? I ask this because it appears that somehow it is managing to ignore or bypass bootup keyboard commands to get into BIOS setup, despite the laptop being from 2008 and definitely NOT having a UEFI BIOS. The company never offered anything newer than Windows Vista, having gone out of business before the release of Windows 7. So it shouldn't have any built in support for any of Windows 10 or 8's fancy tricks.
  10. Took a while but this driver works. Thanks!
  11. My question is Why doesn't Microsoft have an 8.0 to 8.1 update with zero prerequisites like the Windows 7 SP1? IIRC the only other version with something like that is the Vista SP2 which required SP1 to be installed first. At least with that one could install Vista RTM followed immediately by SP1 then SP2 without having to download a ton of other updates. IIRC on XP if you installed SP2 on RTM there was something you'd not get but it wasn't critical.
  12. I just updated an Acer laptop that had been restored to factory 8.0. Had to download and install 179 updates to 8.0, including two supposedly optional ones, before the 8.1 update would download and install. That took about 24 hours! Most of that time was spent installing the update and this is not a slow computer. Is there an 8.1 update download that includes 100% of everything it needs so it can be installed onto a clean 8.0 install?
  13. I don't have $300+ for a 1TB SSD
  14. You sure it was stuck? I only mention that because from what I recall it normally sticks at certain percentage points rather than counting up continuously. Granted, if the data is all on your drive it shouldn't stall waiting for the network. Having less than 50 GB of free space could be a problem. I'd suggest making as much as possible available. At this point why not do a fresh, clean install from a disk or ISO? Back up all your data and format the drive during install. -Noel Yes, most definitely stuck. I had been up at some point during the night and checked on it, and in the morning the screen display hadn't changed. It doesn't/shouldn't take that long for the upgrade to complete. Currently 71.8 gig free on C: I've downloaded and burned the x64 Win10 ISO. One thing I do wonder about being a potential problem is when I upgraded to 7.1 from XP on this PC I used PC Mover to transplant a lot of my installed software. Most of what I moved with it "just worked". A few had to be reinstalled to make them work on 7.1. Don't know if there may be something in the Registry or elsewhere leftover from XP to cause trouble. I have a 1TB drive I could use to do a clean Win10 install onto, which should work if MS has the info that this computer gets a freebie.
  15. After updating two other desktops and a laptop to Windows 10, the laptop and one desktop from 7 and the other desktop from 8.1, without a problem, and the 7 desktop with only a very non-techy person present - I figured it was time to go for it on *my* primary PC. Ehhh, that didn't go too well. I'd waited for *months* for it to tell me my upgrade was ready, so I found out how to force it to start. After seeing it going along well I went to bed. Got up this morning to find it stuck fast at 76%. So I poked the reset button and got the message that it was restoring my previous Windows. Uh, huh. Sure it was. What it had actually done was frag the BCD. So I got Easy Recovery Essentials for Win 7. That only made it *worse* by wrecking the boot sector, MBR or both. Fortunately for me, I had the Win 7 x64 ISO available and used another computer with ImgBurn (after the burner included on the Easy RE Linux boot disc failed to burn it properly). The automated recovery on that DVD failed too. I finally got it fixed by following the manual process under Step 3 here thing that does not mention is that by highlighting the loooong string between the {brackets} you can enter it for each step with a right click. Upon booting back to Windows 7, Windows update said the 10 upgrade failed with C1900101-4000D Unknown Error. Oh, soooo helpful, not. Telling me what sort of brick wall it crashed into at 76% would have been nice, so would not trashing/properly restoring the Win 7 critical boot information. I'm now moving a bunch of gigs of stuff off C: to another drive so I'll have 50~60 gig free space, and will also make a recovery disk and other things to make fixing it easier, should the upgrade blow it up again. (This was so much easier to fix in XP when all that was needed was a boot disk with ATTRIB, FDISK and a text editor to edit boot.ini.)