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About phaolo

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  1. Well, problems 1 and 2 seem solved: 1- I tried Safe Mode and also edited some registry \Run entries missing quotations. That fixed it, it seems. 2- I tried temporally changing resolution and updating the graphic drivers.. no change. Then I just used an option to tile the windows automatically and.. they somehow unfroze. XD Problem 3 still persists, instead. I also noticed that junctions kept their previous behaviour. Why MS even bothered to modify it for simlinks? If someone has Windows 7 (up to date): can you please test the Navigation Pane issue? If you can see hidden folders, the easiest way to do it is here: "C:\Users\All Users\" is a symlink. Nav Pane jumps to "C:\ProgramData" now. "C:\Users\All Users\Documents" is a junction. Nav Pane stays in the same tree.
  2. Hello, I've recently installed 1-year-worth of Win7 Security-Only patches (due to the new Spectre exploits, mostly). It all went well, except for these things: 1- various programs set to run at Window’s start in the registry.. don’t seem to do it anymore. I’ve already tried to reset the startup option inside their settings, but nothing changed. Their keys are correctly present in the registry inside the \Run sections, as before the update. I’ve also noticed this new error in Eventviewer (related?): EventID 1530 1 user registry handles leaked from \Registry\User\[code here]: Process 936 (\Device\HarddiskVolume5\Windows\System32\winlogon.exe) has opened key \REGISTRY\USER\[code here] Error 1530 can happen at shutdown and it's usually a semi-harmless event ("by design"), but.. it's weird that I'm getting it at logon now. 2- some programs’ windows positions and sizes aren’t saved when I close and reopen them. I wonder if this is also caused by the event mentioned above. 3- I noticed another minor but annoying change about symbolic links. When traversing folders in the Navigation pane, now Windows Explorer always jumps to their original path (like a normal link), instead of remaining in its current tree structure. -- Has anyone experienced these issues too? Or have a clue on how to fix these? I already tried running sfc /scannow, but it didn’t find any integrity violation.
  3. Hello, does anyone know what's a good antivirus+firewall suite for work? For home in the past I used AVG Free + Zonealarm Free, but they became bloated and less good since a while.. so I'm not too keen about trying the paid versions. I asked an estimate to Eset, but they never replied Any suggestion?
  4. In the end I used the Media Creation Tool. It worked surprisingly well. Problem solved
  5. Hello, I have a problem with Windows Update on an Asus laptop left unused for many months. The OS is Windows 10 Home, version 1607 (build 14393). When WU runs, it hangs at 27-28%. The culprit seems to be the patch KB4467691. I tried downloading & installing it manually, but it still fails: "We couldn’t complete the updates, Undoing changes, Don’t turn off your computer" Event Viewer reports the error code 0x800F0922. Can anyone help?
  6. Ah, I use Crystal Disk Info instead of that :P (+MSI Afterburner)
  7. Oh hi Jaclaz! Lol, you ninja'd me on LSE. :P
  8. Thanks for replying. I use Link Shell Extension, instead. It's quite cool because it integrates with Win Explorer. (even if sadly I can't customize its menu entries). I thought about some downsides for symlinks on C: - if I uninstall a program\game, it will leave its empty (or semi) folder on the other hdd. - I'll have to actually remember to use C, despite having folders elsewhere. Not a bit deal, overall. I can't come up with other scenarios for which symlink would be worse than real folders. ¯\_(O_o)_/¯
  9. I stopped updating at the end of the last year, despite all the Spectre & Meltdown issues. ¯\_(O_o)_/¯ I've read too many problems about the new Microsoft patches (various still not fixed). At this point I don't trust very much both MS's honesty (=not sabotaging Win7) and competence (they're constantly breaking Win10 too).
  10. Hello, I have to ask a general question about Windows. I use an SSD for my system+programs and a pair of HDDs for users subfolders (Downloads,Pictures,etc), appdata for some programs (Firefox,Thunderbird,Xnview,OBS,etc..) and games. I realized that it could be a problem if I wanted to change letter\hdd. Is it a good idea to avoid pointing directly to the hdd, but instead use symbolic links in C: ? For example: - not installing games to "D:\Games" but to "C:\Games" (with a symlink) - not changing Firefox folder to something like "D:\UsersMoved\..\ProgrUserdata\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles" but leave it on "C:\Users\..\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles" (with a symlink) - not changing OBS output folder to "G:\Recordings", but leave it on C (with a symlink) - etc.. Can there be any disadvantages?
  11. Thanks but.. 32bit In the past various KB numbers were different for x64. Oops lol, I confused Win7 SP number with XP. Fixed.
  12. Err.. could you please share such list?
  13. Hi, to update Win7 in the past I used a "post-SP1 patches" maintained list (without MS crap and obsolete files), but I can't find it anymore. Do you know where I could find one now? (up-to-date) What about this program: WSUS Offline Update 10.92 Do you know if it's good & safe? I'd like to use+save only the security patches, avoiding all the new telemetry spyware and such. Btw, is it possible to get\create a "cleaned up" version of the cumulative rollup somehow?
  14. It's a bad separator, because filenames contain spaces too. If I import the file in Excel, I have to replace it every time. Anyway, as I said, it's a minor issue.
  15. Ok, "Checksum Compare" is not very convenient if you have to check multiple backup copies. I'm trying the command line version of Exactfile and it seems good, even if.. it's still in Beta since years. Thank you jaclaz. --- Some minor annoyances are that: - it doesn't have an option to output a duration\end time or a % progress. - it uses a space as a separator between hash and path, instead of "tab".
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