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  1. Windows 3.1 to Vista upgrade

    Yes, if you do a google search of "youtube installing windows 3.1 upgrading to windows 10" you get many results to watch as they go through all of the steps from Windows 1.0 all the way to Windows 10, and they all use a VM as far as I can tell. Here is one such link. For that link: [It actually starts with DOS 6.22.] The video lasts 7:34:05, so I seems it is a complete "real time" event. (No, I didn't watch it. ) One I have watched a year or two ago said that the person who posted that video had to choose between Win98-->ME-->XP and Win98-->Win2K-->XP, as they couldn't come up with a way to successfully do both ME and Win2K, so it might be interesting to watch at least part of the video I linked to above to see if they had to do anything special to do it. Cheers and Regards
  2. To be clear, I have nothing against any OS that meets someone's needs, and will fully support a person's right to use whichever OS they want to use for any reason whatsoever. If a person needs to use a certain OS because it's used in their work environment, or it is required by a piece of hardware or software that they want or need to use, or if they want to use an "ancient" OS for nostalgia's sake, or if they want to use the latest OS for "bragging rights", then we at MSFN should do our best to help with any issues they have, or try to put them in touch with someone else that can help them. We might ask questions so that we can understand why they are using a certain OS or piece of software if we think there are better alternatives, but we should respect their desires and needs and support them as best we can. In return we would only ask the same consideration regarding the OS or software that we choose to use. Back on the subject of Notepad3, the support, or not, of XP is not important to my personal use of the app, since I use Win7, it's just the principle of the decision. The author originally had the support of XP already implemented after all and there were no problems with the support that I'm aware of, I'm not aware of any feature that required dropping XP, and I don't see why the author wants to give up over 100 million potential users. If there was a "real" argument why XP was dropped I wouldn't mention XP again regarding Notepad3, but the response by the author to just "get over XP" is a bit off-putting and insulting. And I don't even use XP! I can imagine how that strikes XP users. They are bound to remember that response even if they ever use a later OS. The "better" icons and UI are not my taste, which is why I asked about other options, and that request was pushed aside as well. My friend's font issues, mentioned above, which I personally did not experience in my brief testing of Notepad3, make me wary, but i do appreciate that Notepad3's development is active, and that there are user's such as yourself that are staunch supporters. Those are very important considerations, but I see nothing at all that Notepad3 can do that Notepad2-mod cannot, without the potential font issue, and without the UI look that is not my preference. So, while I will continue to monitor Notepad3, I will not use it at this time. My best wishes to Notepad3's author and it's supporters. I hope it continues to evolve. Cheers and Regards
  3. I have nothing against moving on from XP to a more recent OS if value or capabilities are gained by doing so. I personally use Windows 7 and have done so for several years, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. I have no need for any MS store apps, I don't use or need the latest versions of the MS Office apps, and I don't game so I don't need DirectX 12, so I don't need any capabilities that the MS OS after Windows 7 provide. I believe that users should be able to continue to use XP, or any other OS, as long it continues to meet their needs. I feel the same way about apps. To me, dropping support for XP in an app such as Notepad3 makes no sense, proven by Notepad2-mod still being able to support XP. I admit that the number of folks using XP is low and getting lower, but they are still more than 8.0 and 8.1 combined at over 100 million users. If Notepad3 has any capabilities that required dropping support for XP in order to implement them, I'm not aware of them. I feel the same way about the UI. Having the OPTION of different icons etc is absolutely great and wonderful, but being REQUIRED to use them is not. Sort of like why I hate the move to the ribbon interface by MS. I guess I'm old fashioned, but I see no need for change for the sake of change with no other benefit. Just my opinion. Cheers and Regards
  4. Windows 3.1 to Vista upgrade

    First off, I am NOT very knowledgeable about VM's at all, so take all comments I have with a HUGE grain of salt. I'm curious why you are doing this at all. I would think you could just install Vista directly. If there is a reason that you need to go through the upgrade process, then I would think there would be less chance of a screw-up by either you or the program if you minimized the number of steps involved, ie do you really have to go through all of the intermediate OS (3.1 -> 95 -> 98 -> ME -> XP -> Vista)? Can't you skip some of those steps? Maybe at least 95 and ME, and more if possible? Cheers and Regards
  5. Just a thought. I would probably be more likely to use and promote this if there was an option to have the "standard" look that Notepad2-mod has. And, I don't know if it would be possible, but if the latest releases were still able to be used by XP users, again as Notepad2-mod still is, then Notepad3 could more legitimately be promoted as a complete upgrade from and replacement to Notepad2 and Notepad2-mod; ie extra features, and an enhanced look for those that want it, with absolutely no missing features or abilities. Besides speed, stability, and smaller size if possible, those are the kinds of things that I personally look for when evaluating whether to change from a piece of software that I have become comfortable with and used for a number of years. EDIT: A friend of mine had tried Notepad3, but had the following comments and issue ( I don't know if this issue has been reported ) Cheers and Regards
  6. Thanks. That is what i had missed. I don't know if there are enough "real" enhancements, many of them seem to be regarding icons and the general look of the app, to make me want to change from using Notepad2-mod, but I do appreciate that your are very actively working on the app and making frequent updates. It is very important to have an active developer. As to the look of the app, to each their own. That is the beauty of independent software development. Thanks for all of your continued hard work. Cheers and Regards
  7. Good catch. I missed that. And the original is better formatted, with some bold typeface etc. Cheers and Regards
  8. I can't find any place where changes/improvements compared to Notepad2-mod are listed. When I look at both the Notepad2-mod and Notepad3 sites, and compare the "Changes compared to Notepad2", which they both list, the only differences I see are that Notepad3 adds syntax highlighting support for CoffeeScript and VHDL scripts. Notepad3 also has "prettier toolbar icons" and fixed some "bugs" (unspecified, and I'm not aware of any in the current Notepad2-mod release). [These differences are from the initial release announcement on 2016-07-20, but I have not been able to find anything more current.] Are those the only differences? Is there any other reason that anyone would want to use one over the other? By the way, for XP users, Notepad3 dropped support for XP after build 450, while Notepad2-mod still supports XP with the latest release, and even supports Win2K using builds r856 and earlier. Cheers and Regards
  9. I find it interesting that the original MS proxy servers did not pick up the breach, but it was only when they were switched to WebSense proxy servers that the situation was discovered. But likewise, I'm a bit impressed. Cheers and Regards
  10. IE 8 in 2018?

    At this point, I'd suggest starting over with a new, clean install. Using what you've learned from this thread, you should be able to make an install fairly quickly and it should be less problematic and more stable than trying to figure out what changed by using System Restore and your efforts to recover from it. Cheers and Regards
  11. IE 8 in 2018?

    After you installed all of that I assume the your system showed that it was up to date? If so, then be happy and don't bother to check MU until the next month. At that time, repeat the process: First, these days I would suggest waiting until a week or two after the updates are released to make sure there are no problems with them - let somebody else be the guinea pig instead of you. Then manually install the current IE8 cumulative update and any appropriate Office related updates. After restarting, MU should act appropriately to get the rest of any necessary updates. Once it shows you're up to date then leave it alone until the next month. It used to work fine to check MU/WU daily or weekly if you wanted to, just to be sure you weren't missing out on anything. These days, leave well enough alone and only use it as infrequently as possible. There are just too many problems with the system to do otherwise. Why drive yourself crazy for no benefits? Just my opinion. Cheers and Regards
  12. IE 8 in 2018?

    What, EXACTLY, and I mean EVERYTHING, have you done to your system since it was working a few days ago? What has changed? Why were you even trying to run MU now anyway? There shouldn't have been any new updates available in the last few days. Without this information we have no idea how to help you. The procedures you have been provided (in this thread, and here and here) work, and solve the endless searching problem, AFAIK, so I'm assuming the problem is on your end. Remember, read the instructions carefully and follow them completely. If it doesn't work, try it again and do it even more carefully and slowly, double checking yourself at each step. If it still doesn't work, come back, tell us exactly what you did, what you expected to happen and exactly what happened instead. Then maybe someone can help you. [This is good general advice on how to get the best results when you ask for help on any technical forum. The members on such forums are usually willing to help you, but most are not willing to do it for you.] Cheers and Regards
  13. IE 8 in 2018?

    @apreese16, Well, in @dencorso's post here, originally posted by @VistaLover here: That might, or might not, make them show up in "advanced", possibly after another restart. No offense, but from reading this entire thread, it seems that you need to read and follow instructions more carefully. Cheers and Regards
  14. Windows 10 Claimed to Have Overtaken Windows 7

    Actually, No. Recheck the more recent info posted at your link and also look at netmarketshare directly. Windows 7 -- 44.81 % Windows 10 -- 28.19% Windows XP -- 7.27% Windows 8.1 -- 6.41% Even the original poster couldn't seem to duplicate his original claim. So you might want to re-title this thread. Cheers and Regards
  15. Windows XP License

    AFAIK, @rloew and @Destro are correct. The license has to match the version. The SP level is totally immaterial. And as Destro also said, it is possible to change the version of the source you have in order to match the license you have access to. But again, the SP level has nothing to do with that. You might be thinking of the Upgrade discs that were sold, for XP SP2 for example, but the license that went along with that was only required if you were "upgrading" from a non-XP OS such as Win2K. If you already had a licensed version of XP, then SP2 was available for download for free, and would install with the original XP license you already had, as rloew explained. Cheers and Regards