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  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Took a while but this driver works. Thanks!
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. I don't have $300+ for a 1TB SSD
  10. 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.
  11. 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.)
  12. A Widows 10 system being used with an external USB audio digitizer is having problems with recording levels. Adjusting the gain control on the external box results in either undistorted sound that is almost too quiet to hear, or overdriven distortion. There is no happy medium. The same problem happened on Windows 8.1 - but NOT on XP - with the same hardware. The owner took the free upgrade from 8.1 to 10, hoping that the audio problem would be corrected. The PC's audio is onboard Realtek HD Audio with the latest driver downloaded from Realtek. The external box uses the default USB audio input drivers that come with Windows. (Which annoyingly will only play through while recording is happening, no monitoring capability.) How do I shut down all of Windows' fiddling about with recording processing so it will function correctly, like it did with Ye Olde XP? A Registry file that does the job would be very nice. I got fed up with Automatic Gain Control (AGC) that could not be shut off on tape recording hardware in the 80's. Had to spend a lot of money to NOT GET a useless feature. Now Microsoft appears to have decided that Windows "benefits" from ruining audio recording with badly done AGC.
  13. When I get my laptop back from getting the backlight fixed, I'll see if this works.
  14. I just did the free upgrade from Win 7 ultimate x64 to Win 10 Pro on a mpc TransPort T2500, same thing as a Samsung x65. Everything works except for the Memory Stick and MMC functions of the built in ricoh multi-card reader. Same issue I had with Windows 7. I downloaded a Ricoh driver from Lenovo that's supposed to support Win 10 x64 but 10 is rejecting it. The SD card function of the reader works, as it did in 7, without needing additional drivers.
  15. Nope. CMD immediately quits. So next I called the batch file to run ntregopt with the trusted installer token from the batch file that launches CMD with it. Still blocked.