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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Nothing working to get FUBAR PC to boot on: August 01, 2015, 06:45:04 PM
Thanks again, tomos, THAT worked! Course I still have to download and install drivers but there's a fresh copy of Win 7 Ultimate on the little box cheesy

great Thmbsup
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Nothing working to get FUBAR PC to boot on: August 01, 2015, 03:26:33 PM
have you tried a windows 7 recovery disc (on usb of course) ?
(FWIW, I made an ISO of the CD and used Rufus to 'burn' it to usb-stick)

EDIT// I guess it probably wont work if the installation disc wont work - but I did have some success in repairing a MBR (that could not find the OS install) lately with it
3  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AOMEI Backupper FREE + AOMEI Partition Assistant FREE - Mini-Review on: August 01, 2015, 03:22:59 PM
Hard-core tools, software that does not use the installed Windows, doesn't care. This type of software is probably not for the faint of heart...but imho is usually less messy that the kind that uses Windows.

I'm sometimes faint of heart, but always curious ;-)
so just wondering, can you give an example there ?
4  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AOMEI Backupper FREE + AOMEI Partition Assistant FREE - Mini-Review on: August 01, 2015, 09:03:54 AM
When you create an image, the whole concept is to take everything.  If you don't want that, you are making a plain file backup.

hiberfile.sys and the paging file are often excluded by default by this type of software when creating an image file


Depending on the format used for the generated image file, there might be software that allows you to peek inside those files, allowing you to read and copy stuff from that image file.
Yeah,
Aomei does allow to mount an image and copy files from that.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Question regarding Win10 upgrade on: July 31, 2015, 04:47:57 PM
I think it's a bit buggy at times...
I reserved (on windows 8.1). A couple of days ago it stopped showing me updates for 8.1 and had a big notice about 10 - but still wasnt offering it for download. It did correct itself - I cant remember was a reboot required - all of which is not much help, but gives me the chance to say:
!! hello !! smiley
6  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AOMEI Backupper FREE + AOMEI Partition Assistant FREE - Mini-Review on: July 31, 2015, 04:26:52 PM
Thmbsup Well, I successfully restored one system image via Aomei Backerupper free version (henceforth 'AB')

did (another) restore - just of the OS partition - worked fine again thumbs up
Previous restore was from a 'System backup' image which includes any hidden boot mumbo-jumbo :p smiley

Comparison chart:
http://www.backup-utility...m/edition-comparison.html

"Exclude Files from File Backup" is listed for all editions:
does anyone know if this is possible when creating an image? (I think it isn't possible to exclude files from an image, but hope I'm wrong)
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [SOLVED] Boot problem/s on: July 31, 2015, 03:41:56 PM
^ that not-knowing makes me wary of messing with the partitions.

I had been thinking of:
  • deleting the Recovery partition
  • adding that space to (C:)
  • shrinking (C:) at the end, and creating a new (D:) for data

but I'm not sure:
   a) will Aomei restore to a different size partition (in case a restore is necessary)
   b) will this boot partition cause problems
   c) if this all does *not* work, will I be able to restore the partitions to thier previous state. Note: I've done two image-restores of 'C' using Aomei - one was 'just' a partition restore, the other a restore from a 'System Backup' image - I'm not sure what exactly that involves (+MBR?) - but both worked well.
Aomei also does full disk image backup - but I'm not clear if this can be restored to a non partitioned or differently partitioned drive....
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [SOLVED] Boot problem/s on: July 31, 2015, 03:22:07 PM
I'm still unsure how many partitions are in it:

1) The first mini-partition has DELL tools - it is shown and has a label (V:)
2) Second partition is Recovery, and is labeled with an asterisk* - and is not shown in e.g. file manager
3) Third is the OS (C:)
4) is there also a mini boot partition?? - read on:

System restore shows "RECOVERY ()" and 'C' and a "Boot (X:)" partition.
And Aomei Backupper also shows a "Boot (X:)" (from it's winPE boot disc) when I go to save the image (see screenshot)
Oddly this Boot partition is *not* shown by:
# Windows disk management
# Aomei PArtition manager
# Eassos PArtition Guru
# GParted

Note: the labeling is different in this image/dialogue (due to it being from a boot usb-stick). Important is the precence of Boot patition not seen by Partition programmes :-/)

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9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uninstall games in Windows 8 on: July 31, 2015, 12:16:13 PM
You didnt answer this question:

There seems to be several tutorials on uninstalling games in Windows 8.  Have you tried any of them?
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uninstall games in Windows 8 on: July 31, 2015, 08:54:09 AM
I installed some games under the tablet mode in win8
I now want to uninstall them, but I can't find them in Add/Remove Programs!!!

IIRC you can right-click on a tile in Metro-mode and uninstall then
(I'm on Windows 7 atm)
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 30, 2015, 05:56:32 PM
Next will be my 24/7 TV recorder/downloader/fax computer, also x86, where they're still "validating" the upgrade.  If that goes OK, I might bite the bullet and do the wife's machine  Evil

I think I'll write my will while I still have arms and legs.

keep us informed ...
and let us know if we inherit anything ;-)
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TouchPad for PC w/Windows 7 vs. carpal tunnel ? on: July 30, 2015, 05:51:56 PM
My experience is that you have to stop using the injured hand in the manner that caused the problem - i.e. if mouse, change hands completely, and let your other hand rest completely - or as completely as possibly. Since I had problems, I use a symmetrical mouse - I never bothered with reversing mouse-buttons either, and have little problems when changing. Try and keep your wrist as vertical as possible, as much as possible. If you have to work with the wrist rotated e.g. typing, rotate the wrist as often as possible in the opposite direction.

This sort of thing can kick in very quickly - e.g. if you rest your wrist on the sharp edge of a table, or I find with laptops on your lap where you work a lot with the wrists bent.
Or if you have to use crutches for a while :-(


Here's some exercises for tendonitis - disclaimer: I dont know will these help you if your tendons are seriously damaged:

Lifehacker ... have this video embedded
Video podcast - exercises for tendonitis and carpal tunnel which they better describe as "Use exercises to ward off RSI" - they're very good exercises if you spend a lot of time at the keyboard and/or using the mouse -
it feels really good to stretch those tendons Wink
13  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Permission for a portable version on: July 30, 2015, 05:22:21 PM
Anybody else notice that thread it 3 years old?

that one (portableapps) or this one? or both of em? smiley
14  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Program Proposal: "File Master" Cataloging Software on: July 30, 2015, 04:49:24 PM
Also, the developer is arrogant, banning hard-working contributors from his board because their political beliefs are incompatible with his ones.

I know nothing about this - but I do know this: whether true or not, it is completely off-topic and irrelevant in this thread
15  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CHS is unusable on High DPI Screens on: July 30, 2015, 03:39:34 PM
mouser I've even been having problems with a FHD 15.6" screen (1920 x 1080).
I have the text @ 125%

Screenshot Captor:
in options, it look like the text is not enlarged.
In the main window, the menu text is correct, but the icons look miniscule, and the text at the top of the viewer pane is cropped (Autofit, etc.)

In FARR's options, the text looks enlarged but there are multiple places where text is cut off or overlapping.
I havent added my lisence yet on this machine, and the popups (on windows start) also have overlapping text (yet the text looks too small to read - will try remember to get a snap when I reboot).

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16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 29, 2015, 02:34:58 PM
The first serious problem was that Windows wouldn't accept my bi-language Win 7 installation, so to speak. First it was English, then I installed a Danish version on top. It used to work fine, but Win 10 said that now I had chosen (rubbish; I was never given any choice!) to install a Danish Win 10 version and I would therefore loose all my third party programs. ALL of them!!!

that does not sound good Sad
FWIW it was very easy to change in Windows 8...
17  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Runtoclose for Win7 on: July 29, 2015, 02:25:37 PM
close folders
There was actually two scripts made - does the other one work?
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 28, 2015, 04:56:20 PM
I don't think it's weird they began upgrading several hours before midnight; they are serving quite a lot of machines.

Okay, so you are in a part of the world where it's tomorrow already then ... Yes?

How many hours before midnight are we talking here??? cheesy

I'm pretty sure Curt's in the same timezone as me - it's five minutes to midnight as I write
19  DonationCoder.com Software / System Path Commander / Re: Suggestion for Help File / _README on: July 28, 2015, 05:58:34 AM
Presumably the download page is easy enough to modify?  A notice there would enhance the usage: currently it states Win2K, WinXP, but the program in fact works fine on Win7 and Win8.1 -- provided it is given administrator privileges.

I'd be happy to modify the page text myself (to put action behind the suggestion)  Wink

that would be nice to be able to do, but unfortunately we cant.**
The site is being upgraded at the moment, so may be better this way in the future, (but I'm not sure).

** message for any moderators &/or mouser:
dont know can moderators do that? (modify an abandoned dc software page?)
This forum board does not name any particular moderator, but I presume it was originally the author (chr15).
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 28, 2015, 04:25:39 AM
http://dellwindowsreinsta...sed-for-windows-insiders/
This may all be completely dated by now (?)
He works for Dell, so there is a Dell bias here - not sure how much difference that makes.

Quote
Update 16/07/2015 windows 10 10240 rtm is released for windows insiders
by philipyip    

You cannot clean install initially otherwise you pass up your free upgrade

Upgrade to windows 10 via windows update or beginning the windows 10 setup within the windows 10 desktop. This will register your device as a windows 10 device and you may then create a recovery drive and clean install.

From my extensive testing of the new Microsoft Product Testing introduced into Microsoft Windows 10 RTM I can tell you the following:

◾Direct clean installation from Windows 10 Installation Media, skipping product key twice or using the generic key leads to an unactivated product.
◾Using the .iso to upgrade from the Windows Desktop will only allow activated versions of Windows to release the license agreement screen. This only allows Activated versions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 Insider 10130.
◾For Windows Insiders Windows 10130 is then updated to Windows 10162 via Windows Update and this is updated via Windows Update to Windows 10240 (RTM) .
◾Once the initial upgrade to Windows 10240 is complete the device is registered to Microsoft as a Windows 10 Device.
◾Once a device is registered, you may create a Recovery Drive and Clean Install.
◾The Recovery Drive may be used on other devices but you will encounter Microsoft Product Activation issues if the device isn’t initially upgraded via Windows Update and Registered as a Windows 10 10240 RTM device.
◾The product activation is tied to the device. You can reinstall using a different Microsoft Account or Local Account and the device will activate.
◾You may change minor hardware such as a SSD/HDD and clean install. I changed from a SSD to HDD for a quick test and Microsoft Product Activation was applied.
◾It seems Windows Insiders with Build 10130 will be passed as eligible to reach Windows 10 RTM even those who lacked a Windows 7/8.1 Base license. Those who look to join the Windows 10 Insider program after the Windows 10130 .isos have been removed will not be able to install and activate Windows 10 Insider 10240 RTM.

http://dellwindowsreinsta...sed-for-windows-insiders/
21  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AOMEI Backupper FREE + AOMEI Partition Assistant FREE - Mini-Review on: July 27, 2015, 04:18:28 PM
 Thmbsup Well, I successfully restored one system image via Aomei Backerupper free version (henceforth 'AB')

# AB offers to do a full disc backup (imaging). In my case there's three partitions.
=> Partitions can be individually restored.
? does anyone know -
if the partitions are destroyed - or changed, can Aomei still restore the complete drive?
Or would the partitions have to be recreated before it could restore?

If AB doesnt do that, is there any other software that will make a backup of the partition structure (not their contents) ?
EDIT// I will have also have a go with their Partition software
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's living in your taskbar notification area right now? on: July 26, 2015, 11:27:10 PM
can I ask what those using the Dropbox client show it's memory usage as?

...Task Manager shows it using 140+MB at idle

120MB on my desktop (idle)
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [SOLVED] Boot problem/s on: July 26, 2015, 11:02:14 PM
All of my Dell machines have been business grade and came with real OS installation and driver disks. (no restore partitions or restore disks that wipe away all your data) An added benefit of that is no crapware bundle, or restoration of any of the original crapware the machine came with, pre-installed.

this is a business grade machine :-(
Came with Windows 7 on it, and a Windows 8 CD (and no optical drive lol).
There is an option to make a factory recovery disc/usb - I'd be curious how that one installs...

No crapware is fairly true - although McAfee was included without choice in the offer, it was not actually installed.  (There's an installer wizard to install the junk and/or any software purchased with the machine.) I have read though, that this Dell backup & recovery is supposed to break Windows image restore - unless you upgrade to the paid version (cnet - that is from a year ago, so dont know if still the case).
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [solved] Boot problem/s on: July 26, 2015, 04:58:02 AM
UPDATE:
I *am* able to boot using the System Recovery boot USB

turns out this should have been my first line of recovery cheesy
I used the first option: "Startup Repair" and it recognised the problem as 'Boot manager missing or corrupt" and IT FIXED IT!!!
 Kiss Kiss Kiss

Note I tried this before - but not using the repair disc - the machine did already start to the Startup Repair window, which was unable to fix the boot manager - it didnt occur to me that the Startup Repair on the boot usb-stick would have any more success.
Or maybe it was now successful because I had changed the OS partition to boot flag.

The boot is definitely different to before, there was a lot of updating on restart:
"Applying update operation xxxx of 105,389 ([filename here])"

As to what exactly happened to cause the problem in the first place, I can only imagine it was a clash between Dell's weird boot & partition management, and Partition Guru not being able to restore it to previous version.

Considering my options now  Cool
a) leave well enough alone
b) rip it all out and install a 'normal' Windows 7 (or 8) without a recovery partition
c) try to move the partitions around to a more logical setup (recovery to end)

a) wins for today, but I will seriously consider (b)
I might make a list of lessons learned - but that's another post too


EDITED the OP:
As I'm not sure exactly what went wrong, I cant be 100% sure what fixed it.
All I can say is be afraid of DELL's boot and partition management - be very afraid...
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: *Email privacy and security survey* on: July 26, 2015, 03:32:39 AM
^ I think you got the wrong end of the stick there app -
I was the one who was saying he should check out WOT to see if their problems as per end 2013 (where it continued tracking after uninstall) were resolved or not (see post #28 above).
Miles didnt seem too bothered by it all ;-)
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