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  1. I've run 10 x64 on a 2.5 Ghz Core 2 Duo with 4 gig. Runs better than 7. 10 is the first version of Windows to have lower minimum system requirements than the previous version, and from all the computers I've put it on, it looks like they really mean it. Still, I wouldn't want to try 10 on something like a Toshiba Satellite L35 with a max of 2 gig and a 1.6 Ghz Celeron M 420. "Vista Capable" my backside, especially with the 1 gig it currently has, especially when its ATi GPU doesn't have dedicated RAM. XP with less than a gig was bad enough. Some lighter weight Linux Distro and OpenOffice are likely in its near future.
  2. If you're running a Kaby Lake or AMD's just released Ryzen, Microsoft has announced "No updates for you!" if you're running Windows 7 through 8.1. Whatever happened to supported through 2020 for 7? There are a lot of fairly decent computers out there, especially laptops, that shipped with Vista. Many of them only have 2 gigs RAM and (especially the laptops) many of those have Celerons, a lot of Core Solo Celerons. They can run Windows 10 surprisingly well, especially 32bit. But 7? Noooo. They choke on 7. A software package to make software that "requires" 7 or later run on Vista would get a bit more life out of older yet still serviceable computers.
  3. Ctrl+Shift+8 shows the paragraph marks, a centered dot in every space and right pointing arrows for the tabs. Nothing else. Today I edited the copy I had finally been able to get to print properly Yesterday. The O's were back, along with some U's. I finally resorted to just having the text at the bottom bold instead of bold and italic. Other text on the page is bold and italic without the problem, it's all the same font and all the same size.
  4. I have some documents in RTF, created in Word 2003. Recently, in parts of the document that have not been changed since the original was created, Word 2003 has decided all the spaces should be printed as capital O, but with the same width as a space so the O's overlap the characters to either side. I tried printing the document from WordPad in Windows 10. It printed the O's *and* added in some lowercase l's and in a couple of lines a larger number of overlapping 6's. In WordPad I deleted all those spaces and re-typed them. Printed again and the l's and 6's were gone but the block with the O's still had them. Back to Word 2003. I deleted the bad section and retyped it completely, then applied the bold and italic. When printed the O's were still there instead of spaces. HOW?! I copied and pasted the text to Notepad then back. Re-applied bold and italic and print, still the O's are there. Last thing I did was copy to notepad then did Paste Special *without unicode*. Printed and... O's are gone BUT now the document prints two pages, though only one is visible, and the second page has the O's. I printed it, happy to see it *correct*, then two seconds later "WTH is the printer doing?" and out comes the second, wrong copy. It's not the printer, a LaserJet 4100DTN. I've used it for years, with XP, 7 and now 10. Once in a while since upgrading to 10 it would print those O's but immediately printing a second time they'd be gone. But today Word has put them in there *every time*. How can I clean up this document, and the hundreds of earlier ones that are edited versions of the same document going back to 2011? Is there a program that can strip out everything that's not required to have the text print exactly as it shows?
  5. I have a Dell XPS-M140 laptop which originally shipped with XP Media Center Pro SP2. Some prior owner deleted the MediaDirect 2.0 partition and seriously boogered the Windows install - which had the bug of reporting itself as 2002 among others. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center The ident value is 3.0 for 2005 but properties says 2002. So I'm attempting to do a clean install of MCE 2005 off a 2005 SP2 CD - properties shows 2002. WTH? Trying to install the WindowsXPMediaCenter2005-KB900325-usa.exe fails. Fail here, there, everywhere. Faugh! I'd like to make a slipstreamed MCE 2005 SP3 disc, even if it has to bloat up to be a DVD, so that it'll be a one and done all up to date, reporting its proper version. I'd also love to be able to restore MediaDirect 2 but I can only find 3 or later. Making the MediaDirect button do something like launching Media Center or PotPlayer would be a useful substitute. Or how about an unofficial updater that takes the MCE updates and SP3 plus whatever other updates (found and downloaded like how Autopatcher does so it's not redistributing MS software) are needed then forcibly installs it all, replacing the files and registry information with the latest, working ones. Don't try to be 'nice' to the installed XP, just hammer it in like a 10lb sledge on a railroad spike and make it work.
  6. When I put text between the code tags then go to edit after posting. I cannot, highlight, edit or change it in any way. It's inside a box with a little widget at the upper left corner and I can drag that, which moves that text as though it's an image.
  7. It is an image when I go to edit the post. Having to disable scripting to make it work properly, to allow keeping text posted below a code block, is a bug not a feature, especially when there are web sites that depend on scripting and use it properly.
  8. A quick google search shows there should be some programs that can read from a CSV to rename files. Don't know if they can use XLS. When I doubleclick the CSV, which does have the leading zeros, Excel just open it - and removes the leading zeros. I could try changing it to TXT and see if I can have Excel import those number columns as text.
  9. Is there a way on this forum to type a list of lines without having a blank line inserted when hitting Enter? Like the blank space between these two lines, is there a way to not have that? What if for some reason I want to type out a poem in iambic pentameter, in four line stanzas? Having an extra blank line between every line would not look right. Hit Enter twice between? Aside from poetry, there's quite a number of things for which having minimal space between lines of text is useful. If there's not a bigger blank space above this line, then the forum strips 'excess' carriage returns. (Yes, I do go back to the ages past of WordStar and CP/M.)
  10. I just attempted to make a post with a code block in the middle of it. I was taken aback to see that the forum software had removed all the text after the code block. It also converted the code block to an un-editable image when the post is edited. I assume those are "features" someone thought would be some kind of an improvement over other forum software that does neither of these things? this should not be an image
  11. I know how to add leading zeros to a column. Select it, format cells, choose custom then enter 0# which puts a leading zero ahead of any single digit number in the column. The column contains only one or two digit numbers. BUT when I save to CSV then re-open the file, Excel 2003 has ignored the users desires and stripped the leading zeros while opening it. They are in the CSV as saved. Grrrr! OK, I try putting leading zeros on then change the column to text. Nope! It 'helpfully' removes the zeros. (mumbled expletives) If the user commands Excel to add leading zeros the user wants leading zeros! It is not the place of the software to determine what the user needs. I'm wanting to have the zeros in the number column, change it to text then merge with the text column to its right. I could type the numbers into the existing text column but doing that to 162 rows is not my idea of fun, and would Excel decide I still don't need those leading zeros? There are two columns of numbers, then the name. What I need this for is to have a file with a single column of numbered names to use as a source for renaming a large number of files which have names that start with numbers, with leading zeros, that sort identically to this list. 1 to 1 replacement, should be easy for a program that can use a CSV as a data source for renaming files.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.