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  1. The farthest back that I can remember is December 25, 2012. I was really young and I remember when we got our first family PC. Custom parts on the table and a Rosewill case, with a fresh copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. We were upgrading from our old Sony Vaio desktop which had a Pentium 4, 2GB of RAM and a 250GB HDD, running Windows XP Home. The new PC was a AMD Phenom 1055T, 8GB of ram, and a 500GB WD Blue which is now in my NAS. My first laptop was a Dell Inspiron from 2007 which came with Vista, but eventually made its way onto Lubuntu 12.04 LTS. I then had a HP Pavilion G7. AMD A8-4500M and 6GB of ram running Windows 8. I didn't mind it, but it worked fine. in 2017 I upgraded my CPU to an FX 8350 and my laptop then moved to a Toshiba Satellite R945, i5 3210M and 8GB of ram, running Windows 7. At this time I was on 10 for the most part. 2019 my PC broke and then I upgraded to an i5 8400, 16GB of ram and Windows 10 1809, plus a 250GB NVME SSD. Later last year I upgraded to an i7 9700K. The dumbing down of computers, software and hardware is not JUST Microsoft. It's a trend that I don't understand. It removes unique parts of things and everything just looks the same. Back in the mid to late 2000s, you had console menu music like the PS2, Gamecube, Wii and even the original Xbox. You had the Wii shop music, the DS alarm feature. It got even better in the early 2010s with the 3DS eShop and the PS4 which had menu music. The Xbox One though was our first look at the decline of technology. Techology was at its peak in the late 2000s. Windows Vista and 7 made huge changes to Windows. But then in 2015 Windows 10 came around and that was our look at oversimplification. Logos started going flat, design started losing its transparency. macOS went flat, Ubuntu went flat. We lost startup sounds and in 2017, we lost the Nintendo charm. The switch had no eshop music, no menu music, no fun text or easter eggs. I wish technology was like how it was back then, when it had charm and everything was unique. Now everything just feels the same. W10 1803 vs W10 2004, no difference in the UI. Just some icons are different and some defaults have changed.
    3 points
  2. Hello, my name is VistaUser6002 (Known as Windows Vista Fan 2004 before), I'm a YouTuber which I upload Windows content, such as instalations, virtual machines, explorations, reviews, tutorials, and more. My favorite OS is Windows Vista and my least favorite is Windows 10. My computers: Acer Aspire ES1-433G Intel Core i5-7200U 2.50GHz 4GB RAM DDR4 Intel HD Graphics 620 and NVIDIA GeForce 920mx 500GB HDD Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (I no longer use Windows 10, thank god!) Compaq Presario CQ1-3007LA AMD E-450 1.65 GHz 2GB RAM DDR3 AMD Radeon HD 6320 500GB HDD Windows Vista Ultimate SP2 x64 (Thank god I have this old PC, so I can use my favorite OS) My real name: Nicolás Fuentes Age: 16 Country: Chile I hope I can get along with everyone, that's all for now, goodbye.
    2 points
  3. @Tripredacus As you can see in the detailed screenshot, the 4 cores show up in the device manager in both Professional and Home Edition, despite only two being usable on the latter. Each and every one is reported as "This device is working properly". Their device instance ID differs for each one: ACPI\AUTHENTICAMD_-_X86_FAMILY_23_MODEL_1\_0 ACPI\AUTHENTICAMD_-_X86_FAMILY_23_MODEL_1\_1 ACPI\AUTHENTICAMD_-_X86_FAMILY_23_MODEL_1\_2 ACPI\AUTHENTICAMD_-_X86_FAMILY_23_MODEL_1\_3 The exact same thing appears in Professional Edition and Home Edition in regard to the device manager. @Jaguarek62 Modern systems have an incompatible ACPI. For that reason, you will get something like 0x000000A5 BSOD. That can be fixed by installing a modified ACPI driver to the ISO image. Depending on your machine, you might have to add AHCI and USB3 drivers too. If you want to learn how to do that, i've made a guide you can check out here. There are many other guides you can follow as well, this is only my suggestion.
    2 points
  4. Welcome to this wonderful forum @VistaUser6002 and hello from India
    2 points
  5. Welcome to MSFN; Nicolás :)
    2 points
  6. I recently started a separate site with more details on the extended kernel. You can find it by searching "eclipse" and the TLD for Christmas Island. But yes, I am trying more invasive methods of version spoofing, which have worked for the .NET Core 5.0 installer, but make Steam think it's offline, while Office has yet to be tested.
    2 points
  7. So I saw a post here about "What are you listening to?" which was about music. I decided to make one of the similar topic, but about TV shows / movies. So, what have you been watching lately? I'm currently watching through Rick and Morty for the first time. Funniest thing I have seen. I know there is a topic of this from 2012, but considering how old it is, better off to start off a new one I guess.
    1 point
  8. I remember back when iOS jailbreaking allowed people to do cool swiping animations. I remember when android also had the futuristic tron style UI too. Same with cool animations on Windows 7. But, companies now say that oversimplifying makes it "better for the eyes" which is actually them just making the logos remember simpler so people remember them faster. It isn't for protecting eyes or reducing resources. Its so they can yell over every other company.
    1 point
  9. When hardware allowed they did all type of cool things with it like 3d, animations etc. Later they dumped it all out to flat design. I remember my phone having animated menu items when highlighted.
    1 point
  10. Hey, I've followed MSFN for a while now as a lurker but I've finally made an account as I have a deep interest in using Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.1 as daily driver operating systems and just those operating systems in general. So I look forward to my time here
    1 point
  11. Hi to all. I am a programmer but I am currently studying literature. I am interested in active recreation and cooking. I like to communicate.
    1 point
  12. MSFN was awesome (it still is) but more active then probably because Windows was less dumbed down and Windows 2000/XP were such a huge step up from 9x (although 9x itself was pretty amazing for its time). Update/service pack slipstreaming was fun, automating various pre and post-install things, tweaking things was exciting. And given Microsoft's commitment to backward compatibility of Windows features, people (I feel) were a lot more interested in investing their time and effort in finetuning and automating Windows because they were sure that feature would be there for years to come. There were no advanced smartphones like of today's era so PCs is where all the magic was. I started with Pentium with MMX (Pentium I) on Windows 95 RTM, a motherboard that supported USB 1.0 expansion for future upgrade, Cirrus Logic 2 MB PCI Graphics, ISA ESS 1868 AudioDrive sound card with amazing FM synthesizer, 16 MB EDO RAM, 1 GB Quantum Fireball HDD, Samsung Samtron CRT monitor, Packard Bell keyboard with a 5-pin DIN connector, and a Logitech mouse. A 56 Kbps modem and Realtek Ethernet/LAN card was added later to it. Future upgrades came to my PC with Pentium III, SiS 6326, then NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 200, 32/64 MB RAM, Samsung SyncMaster monitor, Creative SoundBlaster, Seagate 8GB and Samsung 40 GB drives (UltraDMA and all that goodness), Microsoft IntelliMouse etc. Microsoft was at their best in that era - in the sense that decisions taken to improve Windows were always in the best interest of USERS, they weren't evil corporate decisions by evil management to maximize their business growth. I didn't even know Windows could be upgraded back then but once I became aware, I gradually moved up with time to Windows 95a, OSR2 (b), then c with IE4/Windows Desktop Update and then Windows 98, 98 SE, Windows 2000 Professional and Windows Me. IE4/WDU really made my first Windows 95 PC hardware crawl. In my opinion, all the releases of Windows up to XP were simply outstanding for their time, even Windows Me although the trouble with it was it came out after people had had a taste of what Windows 2000 Professional was. When XP came out, I remember I had the ISO after RTM but before it was officially launched in October 2001. It was the most amazing OS for its time and blew me away with the visuals and sounds, besides all the extra options and the superb user eXPerience. Yes even RTM, pre the "Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies". If you really want to know in detail about each OS's features, go and read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_3.0 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_3.1x http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_95 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_NT_4.0 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_98 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_2000 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Me http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Features_new_to_Windows_XP http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Features_new_to_Windows_Vista http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Features_new_to_Windows_7 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Features_new_to_Windows_8 Vista was a nasty upsetting shock but much more tolerable with SP1, SP2 especially on my laptop. Windows 7 - I liked but not as much as XP. Then Ivo Beltchev developed Classic Shell to fix the 7 menu+7 Explorer (I tested it with Ivo and gave lots of feedback on resurrecting how old features should be reinstated etc). Vista was the last OS I ran on desktop PC, after which I moved to mobile workstations and gaming laptops and ultrabooks. Windows 8 was the most mean-spirited and depressive release for me, (even though I got a detachable tablet with Windows 8 to really give it a try with an open mind and not be biased or dismissive). But it was fixable with Classic Shell or StartIsBack and I quickly moved to it from Windows 7 realizing as a platform, it was improved in some nice ways over 7. Windows 10 was another bad shock due to the forced updates and forced version upgrades and massive bandwidth the OS takes and downloads huge amounts of data without even telling you how big the size is. Today I run a Lenovo Legion Y740 17 inch laptop and a 15-inch 11th gen Tiger Lake ThinkPad, and on it Windows 10 is tolerable, not likeable, but liveable with tons of third party apps of course to "fix" it - StartIsBack++, OldNewExplorer, StExBar, Everything, 7+Taskbar Tweaker, MPC-BE, Open Shell, VistaSwitcher, Winaero Tweaker and so on. As for the processor platforms that I owned, these are the ones marked with a red underline which I owned (not that many, I was "poor" back then and upgraded very less often). For me, the real golden era of Windows ended with XP. XP was the last time Microsoft did changes that were mostly ALL FAVORABLE. Starting with Vista/7, it was a mixed bag of really nasty changes that couldn't be fixed or circumvented easily vs some many welcome changes. Although with massive effort from third party apps, it is possible to fix these OSes. The same is true of Windows 8/8.1/10. And yes I know how much of a big change Vista/NT6 was and the Longhorn fiasco, nor would I run XP only today given some must-have and fundamental improvements in modern Windows. I contributed to some of these massive Windows feature articles myself on Wikipedia so I know just how major or minor a release is, how much and what was added or removed but still given the user experience out-of-the-box without third party apps required in a big way to fix and patch things up, I can't give any system after Vista, the XP level of approval (that's why I am xpclient)
    1 point
  13. I cannot say from this forum experience but reaction/experience on boards plus personal experience. Windows 3.1 when came out had mixed feeling. Biggest issue many was mix of real mode dos drivers and windows drivers and out of memory for that reason Windows 95 when came out corrected driver issues. Many peoples here had 486 and 8mb ram which supposed to be plenty for it (minium requiments were 386sx and 4mb of ram). Many run out to buy 16mb or 24mb of memory which made user experience way better. I have used windows 95 on 8mb ram and it is slow as snail. Also windows 95 original RTM was very unstable. 95a corrected many of issues also microsoft released update to windows 95 rtm to fix issue. And 95b got stuff like usb support, fat32 and made it more stable but it was OEM only Then Windows 98 came out. It was very buggy and slow mostly for one reason. Internet explorer 4 and web integration which meant windows explorer (file manager) was internet explorer window. To have usable windows 98 experience you need atleast 32mb or ram and Pentium 133 and many still had pentium 90 with 16 or 24mb ram and experience was quite bad. Most of windows 98 issues were either ie4 or new driver architecture. Most even I did remove ie4 from it using one utility Year later Windows 98 Second edition came out. That fixed lot of issues from windows 98 and got way better reception. Some did not like it since still had web integration and you had to pay to upgrade it from windows 98. But overall 98SE was faster and way more stable than windows 98 and many used it for quite long and still do. Then windows 2000 and ME came out. It caused confusion and annyoance since Microsoft had promised Windows 98 is last windows 9x based os. Windows ME was very unstable on my experience. I had lot of issues with it compared windows 98. One magazine here advised skip it and wait for Windows Whistler. Windows 2000 in the other hand was very good os and reliable. More of it after sp3 was installed. It had nt4 stability with windows 9x features like usb, plug and play, direct x. Mostly peoples avoided windows 2000 since had no dos support and many older games did not work out of box and needed appcompat tool to run proper. Next Windows Whistler aka XP came out. It had very mixed repection. Before SP2 Windows XP was buggy and had lot of security holes. Also many did not want use XP since needed online activation. When sp2 came out it had merged many good features from server 2003. It was near perfect and I started properly use xp with sp2 and still do. SP3 had nothing so special. Then was Windows Vista turn. When it came out it was rushed. It introduced new WDDM (Windows Display driver model) to gpu and vendors were not ready for it. Nvidia and ATI drivers caused many display driver failed recover bluescreens. Second was windows vista required lot beefier hw than XP to run and Microsoft underestimated requiments in windows vista capacable badge. Any pc with 800mhz cpu, 512mb ram and any type of display adapter got that badge. I have seen one vista pc capacable OEM pc that had s3 trio64 pci. That video card was used back in windows 3.1 and 95 era. Second critic was overtightened DRM that broke many bought music temporary due experied certificate. Then there was Windows Genuine advantage that caused many vista users who had legal licence get "Your windows is not genuine" error due Microsoft server crash. After sp2 though and when drivers matured Windows vista was very stable but those two came out too late for new Boxed windows/New system buyers since Windows 7 was just around corner When Windows 7 was coming out many were speaking from windows 7e version that supposed to remove internet explorer (like windows N edition removed media player) due opera lawsuit. Ie would have been standalone browser like firefox or chrome not OS component. It would have had rolled out in europe. Many peoples were waiting for it since could mean end to MS monopoly with IE but on last moment ms cancelled plans and made browser ballot update which was basically ad for other browsers and was annyoing. Windows 7 was way more stable than Windows vista at beginning mostly due matured driving architecture and it had many useful management/other features to power users. Windows 8 hype started almost right after Windows 7. When Windows 8 came out it was mostly advertised to tablets not desktop pc. UI was meant to touchscreen and having mix of classic windows app, metro apps, ribbon apps, web apps made quite mess. For me Metro felt like Windows 1.0 or 2.0. Also almost all features needed microsoft account. Want add note to calendar? Need ms account. Also it had no visible start button, it Open with dialog pushed Microsoft store and did hide other apps. Windows 8.1 fixed some things bug only was get update was create account to microsoft store and download from there. Also windows 8.1 broke many windows 8 apps since Kernel version number change When Windows 10 came out it caused confusion first since was offered free. It had bad features of Windows 8 and more. What really annyoyed me was Microsoft forced update that automatically forced Windows 10 even if you dismissed update. I had to deal many systems that did that and broke lot of stuff including my own even after I reverted it windows 7 again. Any of windows versions before forced itself to my pc without me inserting install media and installing it manually. Second issue was mix of control panels and browsers. Windows 10 had and still do have two web browsers, two control panels. Also windows 10 got ads and many unremovable features. Windows 10 keep changing all the time breaking many apps and drivers on new versions. If you bought windows 10 pc in 2015 you may lose driver support to it someday. Some Atom based systems did. I have been able use every older version of windows with same drivers trough every service pack/updates. And for Admin on corporate environment constant feature updates will cause headache. I do not want beta test product on my main pc or on production network. What I found over time is many peoples defend latest windows no matter what bad features it got and says no excuse keep older version. It goes like "Windows <latest version here> is way better than <older version here> and got there is no excuse not to use <latest version here>. You are just scared of new things and not thinking with common sense" That same sectence been used as argument to every new Windows version since windows 98 came out
    1 point
  14. Updated to v13.0.2212.0 https://lrepacks.net/repaki-programm-dlya-interneta/182-360-extreme-explorer-amp-portable.html
    1 point
  15. Fix 80072EFF by installing the March 2016 Windows Update Client. Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: March 2016
    1 point
  16. It's hard to choose between Windows and Linux. Both have their perks and downsides, and Linux in particular is great for reviving old systems. I used to frequent Linux a few years ago, but now most of my systems have only Windows installed. I am planning to start using Linux pretty soon though, not as a main, but as a side OS.
    1 point
  17. From Belgium, hello @TylerTT and welcome to MSFN! I hope you enjoy the forums! Have a nice day. hpwamr
    1 point
  18. So this may or may not be a niche topic, and I'm only just now learning about this even though I had just done a quick run to a nearby Fry's to get some tech accessories and anti-static bags; but as of February 24th, the electronics store franchise up and went out of business. In many ways, the writing has been on the wall for a two or so years, and there was a lot of speculation about the franchise's pending death. I remember things seeming some of the aisles bereft of goods in mid 2019 and being told by employees there were issues with the supply chain, as inventory slowly dwindled further and further. BitWit had done a video about this just before the pandemic locked everything down. In recent months I had noticed the stores here had set up barricades cordoning off over half of the available space. And yet, in spite of the worst months of the pandemic killing off many other stores, up until the last business day last month the franchise was still going. Welp, in spite of a lot of warning signs, the end came suddenly. Unlike, say, Toys R' Us which gave lot of warning about the pending permanent closing and went through a whole liquidation process, apparently Fry's employees were suddenly told that the whole company practically ceased to exist on the 26th. It's a damn shame, because Fry's Electronics stores are very whimsical and tend to have unique themes. The one in San Jose had a Mayan temple theme, the one in Campbell was like an Egyptian pyramid, the one in Fremont had a very 19th-century "World's Fair" Victorian theme. I've seen photos of other stores, such as one in Dallas that was (of course) very cowboy-themed while another one in the Southwest had a very Area 51 feel, complete with a giant flying saucer crashing through a wall. These stores often had their own in-house cafes, long before Starbucks dominated that scene. They apparently tried to do the Costco and IKEA thing of selling food on the cheap as a way of enticing people to stay and shop. It's a damned shame. Especially for the Bay Area, where you could find a lot of these stores. It seems like a lot of the appeal and quirky side of Silicon Valley is quickly vanishing. I found out too late, for example, about Weirdstuff Warehouse. Google bought the building where it was located, and so the store went out of business for good. A similar store, Excess Electronics, recently had the same happen thanks to Amazon but is trying to find a new site.
    1 point
  19. Welcome to this wonderful forum @TylerTT and hello from India
    1 point
  20. Welcome and hello from North East US
    1 point
  21. The thing with Optimus is it will ONLY work with Win7 and above, unless the dGPU drives the external display (or if it's even possible, get the dGPU to drive the internal display).
    1 point
  22. WinNTSetup 4.5.1 - VHD GUI will be saved to ini - ini option BootMountExclude supports DiskID - fixes listview font on non darkmode
    1 point
  23. @VistaEX https://www.dell.com/support/home/en-bg/drivers/driversdetails?driverid=1t00y&oscode=ww1&productcode=latitude-e6430 If you have Optimus (Intel+nVidia), you need to install this too: https://www.dell.com/support/home/en-bg/drivers/driversdetails?driverid=cf9wt&oscode=ww1&productcode=latitude-e6430
    1 point
  24. You should try providing the names of the drivers required (chipset name, sound driver model, ethernet or wireless card, etc.). Try providing hardware IDs of unknown devices as well. Google is your friend with those. Because Intel HD Graphics 4000 are Ivy Bridge, you might be able to install Windows XP completely in theory. But this varies with computer brands, I think. A I would recommend is snappy driver installer (SDI). It's a bit of a gamble, but it's helped me a lot when I experimented with Windows XP on a Haswell.
    1 point
  25. Well, I shall say in order to have a better understanding of where to possibly begin to being able assist you; I shall need more information pertaining to what your exact laptop model is etc. So, what is your laptop model?
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  26. You were probably lucky to find even one driver that worked on XP! What's the problem with the driver you're using?
    1 point
  27. I didn't know it was the case either until I had requested a custom firmware. One in particular was when I was dealing with a particular board that only supported 32bit EFI, but our imaging platform runs on 64bit EFI. In the initial request, the ODM had provided a BIOS that disabled 32bit EFI and enabled 64bit. This wasn't correct for our uses, and they corrected it by providing a BIOS that has 32bit EFI enabled for Hard Disk and 64-bit enabled for USB/LAN. However, this ability may vary based on the hardware. I only have these two situations from personal experience (the other being the NUC that could do dual 32/64bit EFI) to go on. Physical hypervisors may be different, I haven't bothered to play around with them, nor with bothing to boot EFI on VMWare. Only that in Hyper-V, the hypervisor doesn't seem to care and it is only the VMs that are set to being EFI or not. Also then again, I don't know if you can do 32bit and 64bit on Hyper-V at the same time.
    1 point
  28. [had to correct this, the "listdevices.txt" was misleading, only exactly ONE driver supports GTX 970 and GTX 980. Other GTX 9x0 / Titans were mentioned in later drivers, but were not in the inf files.] Interesting find while explicitely searching for drivers older than those on the NVidia-Site, but after the launch, on www.forum-3dcenter.org http://uk.download.nvidia.com/Windows/344.11/344.11-desktop-winxp-32bit-international.exe More infos: https://www.forum-3dcenter.org/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=556959 I tried it, and my GTX 970 was detected and runs fine (no SLI, though, even though it is active, and detected on W10 64bit). Excerpt from ListDevices.txt: NVidia mostly lists drivers AFTER this one on their site (there may be one or two more inbetween containing the 970+, but i did not detect any more. Jaclaz?). Oh, and one further insight: There exist inf-files for OEM cards (i.e. nvmii.inf for MSI) that indicate later drivers (347.25, 347.88) support these cards as well, as long as they are from said OEM. (look i.e. here: https://forums.laptopvideo2go.com/topic/30969-modding-nvidia-oem-inf-files/ ) Using these may be possible, but as these may have other settings (assuming OC, requiring better cooler, etc.), it is always a bit risky. If they can be used for your card without inf-modding, you just pinpointed a driver tailor-made for your card, congrats... Starting with version 350.xx, 970+ are neither mentioned in the listdevices.txt, nor in inf-files. I suspect, this has something to do with XP 32bit dropping out of support with Microsoft on April the 8th 2014, so NVidia possibly joined the bandwaggon here... or was "encouraged" to do so by Microsoft, and only OEMs that were complied to deliver drivers for a certain time got some support. But thats just guesswork... For modding inf-files to have 970+ GPUs use the GTX 960 drivers, which seems to be working well, search on MSFN (maybe later i'll link to those threads - give me some time...). According to an analysis of the later drivers, of which the 368.91 (iCafe) seems to be the latest, while 368.81 is the latest generic, remember, that there exists more than one GTX 960, so choose well: NVIDIA_DEV.1401 = "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960" NVIDIA_DEV.1406 = "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960"
    1 point

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