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    Trouble sourcing HDD (Vintage)

    Ver just returns the version of Windows. Even if you exit to DOS an try. But Windows 98 SE comes with DOS, I think it's 7.0 as far as I can remember.
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    Trouble sourcing HDD (Vintage)

    Hi. I found an old Compaq Armada laptop I had from back in the day and decided to try an restore it somewhat. Unfortunately the old HDD was dead so I bought a 40GB replacement (one of the lowest capacity 40 pin IDE's I could find at the time) with the plan of just partitioning it up. However...
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    Looking for new laptop

    So at the moment I'm thinking about upgrading since my laptop is pretty old; it's currently just an i3 with 8GB (upgraded) ram but I did also upgrade the painfully outdated mechanical HDD to 1TB SSD a while back - best upgrade I ever done. Anyway I have around a thousand bullets to spend. I'd...
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    Startup Wifi delay

    Hi there. I sometimes have a problem after my laptop starts up and I log in it takes at least 5 minutes to be able to use the internet. It's actually connected to the router but sits there 'No Internet, Secure' for at least 5 minutes. In which case it's actually quicker to do a 20 second...
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    VPN and "subscriptions"

    I've been looking into paying for a VPN but I'm finding them misleading. I looked at Nord and ExpressVPN. They advertise very clearly "$x.xx per month" in large font in various places but it's only when you scroll down you see that they ask for the whole amount up front. Putting "Billed $xx.xx...
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    Fast photo viewer for large picture files

    Hi there. I'm an amateur photographer and all my images are shot in RAW format which can be quite large files. Unfortunately this has recently become a slow process browsing through them. I often take hundreds of shots - a lot of the same thing with different settings/angles so I like to be...
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    Unable to access old laptop HDD

    Well I had the idea of firing Win98 up on VMWare thinking it may appear in that but amazingly when I plugged it in again it just worked this time, I must have tried it 20 times yesterday in different orders an everything.
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    Unable to access old laptop HDD

    Hi there. When I connect an old 2.5" laptop HDD to my Windows 10 laptop literally nothing happens. The HDD is a Seagate 1.5GB IDE drive with Windows 98 installed on it (Works fine in the laptop), I'm trying to transfer some files from it before I reinstall. At first I thought it may have...
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    System resource util

    Hiya. The days of simply adding a shortcut to task manager in the startup folder and it simply displaying CPU usage in the system tray are over. I'd like to find another app to do this. You could even find cool 'Widgets' in Windows 7 that displayed this (and more) on your desktop, but since...
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    Retro laptop HDD

    If i recall, last time i installed Windows 95 on it i copied the setup files from the cd directly onto the hard drive. But i also have a PCMCIA network card that works with it too, and i have windows 98 running on a VM i could use for the network. Id like to source a CDROM drive for it as it...
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    Retro laptop HDD

    Hello there. I recently picked up my first laptop I ever owned from my mothers house, it's a Compaq Armada 1510. It works fine, but it doesn't have a HDD, or an optical drive and the battery is long dead. I thought I'd try to source some parts for it but I'm finding it difficult. Most of...
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    Slipstreaming a Bootable WinXP Home Edition SP3 Question?. (help needed)

    Only experience I've had was slipstreaming SATA drivers onto XP once, and I also used nLite.
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    Best Virtualization Software

    Nevermind, check it out, lol:
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    P2p downloads

    No, switching users allows you (or another person) to log into multiple accounts at the same time, so effectively the account just becomes locked and any software (yes including P2P) would continue to run in the background. But to be honest I haven't seen this much since XP/Vista so I'm unsure...
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    P2p downloads

    Is that a question? If so it depends on your system configuration; most systems go to 'sleep' after a certain amount of time and locks your account once it wakes. While it's not impossible to configure a system to log off at a set given time of inactivity, it's not something I've really seen...
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    P2p downloads

    If you actually log off then no, your session ends and any open programs will close. If it's 'locked' or you switch user then yes.
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    Best Virtualization Software

    Hi there. What is the best virtualization software for older operating systems? I currently use VMWare to run all my older OS's, but it's really not great for the likes of Windows 3.11, I forever get General Protection Faults and unable to install most software, plus it's impossible to connect...
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    win 7 32 bit to win 7 64 bit

    Not sure if I misunderstood but moving from 32bit to 64bit is actually classed as upgrading, lol. Not the answer you were looking for but it would also have to be a clean install, regardless.
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    Windows 7: The AGONY of updates...

    Fueled by my frustration and stubbornness (and after many hours) I was able to resolve this with an amazingly simple fix. I simply disabled the IPv6 protocol. I'm not sure if it was just in my case but it certainly worked; pretty much straight away in fact. I was able to successfully search...
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    P2p virus antinny

    I remember a Kazaa virus a long time ago that did this. It was actually pretty simple, it would create its own folder, copy itself to that folder under various names (wincrack.exe, setup.exe etc...) and simply add the folder to the other file sharing folders (which at the time were basically...
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    MicroSpy not Microsoft

    I really do think Microsoft should change their name to MicroSpy; it would be more fitting. Here's some of my experiences and thoughts about reaching this conclusion: Yesterday, I was called to help a friend of a friend with an issue with Windows 10, basically he wanted to reinstall W10 Home so...
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    Anyone use Skype?

    Hello there. I haven't installed Skype on my laptop for almost two years now, last time I used it wasn't a great memory. It was horrendous, so slow, bloated, consumed RAM for no reason, and they constantly flooded you with "new" versions trying to fix the sheer volume of problems it had back...
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    Windows 7: The AGONY of updates...

    Hi there, beware it's probably a rant. Anybody else have to wait a lifetime to install updates in Windows 7? I currently have it installed on VMWare and last night I searched for updates, and each time I do this the same thing happens; it searches.. an searches.. an searches.. forever. I get...
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    help required please

    Like strollin said it's a kind of unwanted program that often comes bundled with something else. They're sneaky because often you agree to have it installed in the setup without even realising it. When you're clicking Next always read what's in front of you; I've seen a few times Terms &...
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    The Edge Browser:Why Bother?

    However small the usage percentage looks remember that in the grand scheme of things that's still a lot of people who use it. I don't particularly class their browser to be bad, it works well and you could argue over small technicalities like other browsers. I actually think they've done well...
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    Classic Windows XP theme

    Yeah, it IS outdated. The only way I'll get it is if someone has a copy. It actually came with a few early versions of a theme editing software called "StyleXP", so if anyone has that it would be just as good. The only version I can get hold of now is 3.19 which is no good because they later...
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    Classic Windows XP theme

    Hi all. I was feeling nostalgic and installed Windows XP on VMWare, I set it up like I did 10 years ago and it all brings back memories, there's just one thing I can't find to finish it off and that was a theme called "Toothpaste". Does anyone know where I can get this from? Or does anybody...
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    Decent Backup Software...

    I decided to just use SyncBack freeware, it's fine for me. I just want to mirror my data partition on request. In the highly unlikely event of a fire I'm one of those people who would grab their laptop as well as my phone. I also do not yet trust those cloud services.
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    Upgrading processors myself?

    It's not difficult really, as long as you match the socket to your motherboard. Generally the CPU is held in by a small leaver, and can only 'go in' one way, often indicated with a small arrow on the corner. It's necessary (It really doesn't need to be a lot) to put a small amount of thermal...
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    4 Gig of Ram 2.99Gig useable?

    Ok now it sounds like mismatched memory (different brands), so it's likely you have more than one memory module, Windows SEES all the memory but renders a certain amount as 'Hardware Reserved'. You could try changing them around in their slots, or having a look around in msconfig boot options...
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    My PC Restart automatically

    Just to note (If you have Windows installed) Windows is set to automatically restart once it encounters an error it cannot resolve - You'll find this option in System>Advanced System Settings>Startup & Recovery, also details may be in the event log to help you troubleshoot it, though this...
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    I Smashed Laptop Keyboard Area with Fist...Okay to Use?

    No offense but I found the title hilarious to this post. Well I wouldn't worry about radiation since it's not powered by Uranium 235, and I wouldn't imagine there's a fire danger as long as there's no damaged hardware that can cause any short circuits, but generally laptops are much lower...
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    Decent Backup Software...

    I'm slightly confused about the batch file idea; it's surprising a batch file can be as advanced to copy/replace files that have been amended, or is that not what this is doing here? It's a good idea to keep a scheduled task for backing up your data, but really I'd prefer to do it manually -...
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    4 Gig of Ram 2.99Gig useable?

    I have known things like this being down to hardware; M/B or the RAM. You could try and restore settings in your BIOS, or have some app to test your RAM, but if that doesn't solve it then your next course of action would be hardware troubleshooting, if you can't do it then a shop can simply take...
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    Is Antivirus Necessary? (For Me?)

    I feel very similar to you; I consider most AV software these days bloated, full of things nobody really uses, or, they have other, better, software that already covers it. Another thing I hate is the highly graphical (and slow) UI that they have, AVG was the last AV I used and it took what...
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    Decent Backup Software...

    Hello. I'm looking for suggestions for some good software to backup my data partition to a network drive. I have tried Seagate backup (That comes with the NAS drive) but for some reason it stores everything in ridiculous folders, for example...
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