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  1. In those days, computers had a maximum of 64 KILO bytes of RAM that you could possibly install in the entire computer, and you were lucky if you could manage to fit that on a single plug-in card the size of today's graphics cards, That is way less than the cache that is inside the CPU today. A HDD with 12MB back then was actually closer to 12TB today. How could you possibly fill up all of that space? Cheers and Regards
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    Windows XP - Deepest Impressions

    @sdfox7 and @Destro, @JodyT is not in any way "trolling". What you might not realize is that @dencorso created this thread, and placed it here, specifically for @JodyT, at my and several other member's request. Just like there are threads where folks can praise, or bash, other OS, such as Windows 10 and Windows 8.x, there should be a place where folks can freely do the same for XP. No offense JodyT, but JodyT had been known for making posts saying that folks should move on from XP in many threads that were made for praising, or at least acknowledging the continued use of XP, and his comments there were not appropriate or appreciated. But he deserved a place where he could safely express his views, and hopefully encourage an open and friendly discussion on both the merits and faults of XP. So this thread was born. [If you read the entire thread it might make more sense, since some of the initial posts were pulled from those other threads and moved here.] MSFN tries to be a forum that has a place for everyone to politely express their views about, and find help for, all of the various MS OS. It was decided, by the forum members as a whole, even before the staff begrudgingly agreed to allow them, that threads such as the Windows 8 and Windows 10 "Deeper Impressions", and the "Official - Windows 10 Worst Crap Ever!" threads had a place here. They are very popular and fun, and they give a place for folks to say what they dislike about the OSes and MS in general. So it is only fair that such a thread for XP exists, too. We hope you will continue to post your opinions about XP here, both positive and negative. Who knows? You might be able to enlighten JodyT to the error of his ways. But if you criticize him for expressing his views here, in this thread you two are the ones who are in the wrong, and you owe @JodyT an apology. If you have a better idea of a thread title, or location for this thread so that others will not make the same mistake you did, then by all means make an appropriate suggestion. I hope the friendly banter here will continue, but remember, the "enemy" or "friend" is the OS, not the person who chooses to use it, no matter how misguided they happen to be. ( j/k ) We're all supposed to be friends here. Cheers and Regards
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    Windows XP - Deepest Impressions

    Absolutely, @JodyT, and this is a perfect thread for you to comment in to your heart's content. Hopefully, there will be many, respectful, comments on both sides to keep the conversation interesting. Cheers and Regards
  4. @98SE and @rloew, Regarding rloew's EMBR: @98SE, you seem to be focused on the use of external drives, to either share data between machines, users, and/or locations. Thus your concerns about the abilities of being able to read the data by a machine that doesn't have the EMBR installed, the cost and inconvenience because a license is required for each machine, etc. But @rloew, if I understand correctly, your intent was more on the lines of being able to use modern drives on a user's existing machine with an older OS installed, and perhaps other more modern OS as well in a multi-boot arrangement, and so more focused on internal applications. Since the drive would be "permanently" installed and NOT shared, @98SE's concerns created by sharing the drives are irrelevant, and a license fee that is per machine, and not based on the number of OS or number of drives installed, seems reasonable. So have you two been trying to compare apples and oranges? I'm not trying to argue that external uses are not important or useful, they absolutely are. Not only for sharing data, but for use with laptops and ease of use in general. But, if I understand correctly, since external drives often/usually come with a translation bridge built in, aren't they often/usually already able to be used by older OS, eliminating the need for EMBR in that application? And @98SE, you keep bringing up things like asking why he didn't do such-and-such "20 years ago", or talking about the possibility of using @rloew's tools on HUGE drives that won't exist or be practical for the average user for many years. While I believe that @rloew is more concerned in addressing the existing needs today of his customers or himself. Apples and oranges again? Understanding the reasons a tool was developed is often enlightening, and discussing the possible future applications of a tool can be fun to talk about and sometimes helpful for the developer to give him ideas for possible enhancements to his tools, as long as they aren't continued to be pushed when the developer has stated he's not interested. That hasn't happened in this thread, yet, but it's gotten close. And isn't the discussion by both of you about GPT veering away from the topic of this thread, regarding MBR hard drives? Cheers and Regards
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    Windows 8.1 bluetooth bug

    Sorry, I don't use, and have never used, Win 8.x, so I can't help. Cheers and Regards
  6. Also, just for testing purposes, you could probably get away with CAREFULLY using the card without a bracket. At least that way you might get a better idea if a different card could possibly solve your problem. Cheers and Regards
  7. Those two look like they're going to either dance, or hug. Cheers and Regards
  8. What's wrong with sticking with New Moon? I like it! Cheers and Regards
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Remember them? I probably have at least half of them in a box in my garage. LOL Cheers and Regards
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    Official - Windows 10 Worst Crap Ever!

    @NoelC, have you tried to install Win10 on bare metal to see if the behavior is the same? Yes, I know you are vastly more experienced than I am, and are very well versed in Windows networking, not to mention with your typical setup of VMs and of course your hardware and LAN setup, and I'm not at all defending Win10, nor am I implying that the crap is not indeed intensifying, but as a way to eliminate a variable I just thought I'd throw that out there. Cheers and Regards
  11. Links work for me. Cheers and Regards
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    Unofficial SP 5.2 for Microsoft Windows 2000 (WIP)

    Have you released these improvements to HFSLIP yet? The last version I see on your site is 1.0.2. By the way, I don't know if I'll ever need them, since I've been exclusively using Win7 for the last few years, but I just finished downloading the complete Archive and Archive2. All 12,154 files and 25,490,107,948 bytes. Consider it another off-site backup in case you need it. Cheers and Regards
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    Disable your adblocking for MSFN

    And yet, when I went to bild.de with all of my adblockers activated, in Chrome (SRWare Iron), I got no complaints at all. Very strange. Cheers and Regards
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    Simple XP 32BIT 64Gb RAM (true Pae) Guide

    I'm probably not the best guy to instruct a beginner how to install XP x86 in a non-standard location using a patch to access more than the standard amount of memory - it's been too many years. But I can ask some basic questions about how and why you find yourself in this situation. @jaclaz and @dencorso both tried to get you to provide more information, which you declined to do, so I'll spell out some specific questions. You need to answer ALL questions asked so that whoever does help you has the information they need. It seems that XP is not your only OS, (apparently Win 7 x64 as well?), and you said earlier that you installed XP on D: so: 1) Mainly out of curiosity, but it might help - Why do you want to use XP x86, and why don't you want to use XP x64? Nothing wrong with either OS, but if we understood your motivations we might be able to better explain your options. 2) Are you trying to end up with XP x86 as the only OS on this computer, or are you wanting to dual boot between XP x86 and another OS, and if so, which OS? 3) Explain your overall system setup, ie Is this a laptop or desktop? Are C:, D:, etc separate drives or partitions or what? 4) Explain what is currently on C:, D:, and any other drive in your system. 5) Explain what you want to end up with on C:, D:, and any other drive in your system. 6) Explain how, EXACTLY, you attempted to install XP x86. Once we have the answers to the above, then we should have enough information to begin to help you. Good luck! Cheers and Regards PS - in a normal installation where XP x86 is the only OS installed on a system with only a single drive, boot.ini is a hidden system file on the root of the drive, ie C:\boot.ini. The answers to the above questions might help clarify whether it should still be there or in a different location.
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    Simple XP 32BIT 64Gb RAM (true Pae) Guide

    Offhand, I'd suggest getting a command prompt using your XP installation disc and accessing boot.ini from there. You could also either plug the disk drive into another computer so you could access it, or boot into another OS off a DVD or USB drive, (either a version of Linux or one of the various "rescue" OS that are available), which is the same idea as using the XP installation disc. Or, you might be able to repair your boot.ini file -- this might help -- which also uses the XP installation disc. Cheers and Regards
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    Simple XP 32BIT 64Gb RAM (true Pae) Guide

    Either 1) copy the contents of the boot.ini file using a text editor and paste them here, or 2) upload a copy of the boot.ini file to one of the free file servers and post the link to the file here. Anytime the file is larger than a few lines, then (2) is preferable. But boot.ini is usually quite small. No offense intended, but if you are confused about how to do either option, then you probably should not try to implement large RAM for XP, since it is not a simple, foolproof exercise for a beginner. Cheers and Regards
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    Windows XP - Deepest Impressions

    @JodyT, First off, the way I see it, your comments and views are very appropriate and appreciated here at MSFN, and we're not trying to say that you shouldn't make them at all. We're just criticizing where you make them. They are appropriate in a thread talking about the OS of your choice, Windows 8 for you, where you can extol on why you are glad you made the switch. They're good in a thread about OS in general where comments about all OS are welcome. They are fine in a thread about XP that is about both the positives and negatives, or negatives only for that matter since that matches your views. They're appropriate when there is a question directly posed about whether someone should, or should not, switch from XP or to Windows 8.x. But in a thread specifically about the positives, or in this case the public continued use, of XP, they are not appreciated. Instead they come across, as @mixit explained, preachy at best. And it comes across that you are especially against XP since your posts about moving to Windows 8 seem to be almost always in threads about XP, and rarely, if ever, in threads about Windows 9.x, Win2K, Vista, Windows 7, or even Windows 10. And in a case of the pot calling the kettle black, in ends up that you are also using an OS that is no longer fully supported. According to Redmond Magazine on 2016-01-13, Windows 8 No Longer Supported and Potentially Insecure: On 2016-01-13, the table for Window 8 referred to above lists the Mainstream Support End Date as 2018-01-09 and the Extended Support End Date as 2023-01-10, but if you look at that table today, both dates are listed as Not Applicable. The article's point, though, that you have to move to Windows 8.1 within two years of its availability, is still the same. There are no exceptions made if your hardware does not fully support Windows 8.1, which is your situation I believe? But you'll probably say that that's OK since you apply the updates from Server 2012 so you're still covered. Isn't that the same thing that POSReady accomplishes for XP users? And even if you absolutely insist on stating your views where they are not appreciated, they might be better tolerated if you didn't seem to always insist on having the last word on the matter. You could have let the matter drop after your first post and @dencorso chastized you, but you had to respond to dencorso, jaclaz, and heinoganda even though you kept saying "I will leave it at that" and "no more on this from me, I promise." You are in a definite minority in preferring Windows 8. According to NetMarketShare.com's Desktop Operating Market Share, Windows 8 only has a market share of 1.35%, Windows 8.1 and XP each have 6.07 %, Windows 10 has 27.99% and Windows 7 has 48.43%. But yet I can't remember a specific case where anyone criticized you for your choice. That is one of the great things about MSFN. There are support threads here for users of almost all of the various MS OS. So I hope you will agree that dencorso should split these posts into a different thread. It might end up being an interesting one. It might even encourage folks that agree with your position to post, since so far they haven't. Like you said, we are all more likely to learn something if we have a thorough discussion on the matter, instead of the current situation where you are trying to make your point and we are mostly telling you to not make your point here. Cheers and Regards
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    Robocopy anomaly

    Maybe he thought you couldn't afford the Vanquish, and he was just being polite, while he thought the Bentley was much more affordable. Cheers and Regards
  19. Does your existing, and recently updated, browser identify itself as Firefox, or as PirateBrowser? Cheers and Regards
  20. ss64.com says: and that's all I've found with an extremely short search. Maybe the rule is that you MUST include a blank line, (or at least a carriage return?), so that the REG file is handled correctly no matter how it is evoked, and it ignores multiple blank lines, so it's safer to put too many rather than not enough? But you're right. jaclaz will set us straight. Cheers and Regards
  21. Hey den, please remind me why this is true, and if it's necessary any time you use a reg file. I'm afraid I've forgotten. Curse of old age and all. I know you don't suffer from that. LOL TIA Cheers and Regards
  22. bphlpt

    Quality of OSes

    Was my interpretation at least close to what you were trying to say? If so, then we're making progress. You're right. At this point, I don't think anyone here is under any delusion that MS will listen to us, or anyone else, and make any of our suggested changes unless possibly if it benefits MS in some major way. Any benefit to the user is completely inconsequential and besides the point. Some folks thought that maybe with Windows 8 MS was putting out a really bad OS so that the next one would look better and MS could tout all kinds of "improvements", like bringing back the Start Menu, in order to boost sales. But, in many of our opinions, the bloat, the loss of privacy, and the decline in effectiveness and efficiency continued with Windows 8.1 and again with Windows 10. (See *NOTE below.) The "Deeper Impressions" threads began with Windows 8 in January 2012. If MS hasn't listened to us in over five-and-a-half years, what makes us believe they will listen now? And it's not just those threads, there are several others on this board, and many other boards as well. Those threads give us a chance to vent and point out MS's poor decisions to each other. They are also useful for these reasons, among others: It gives us something to laugh at when those decisions are especially dumb (in our opinion). We're able to warn each other of things to avoid, and share methods we use to get around them. It gives us a sense of community, belonging, and that we're not alone when things work, or don't work, a certain way and so don't meet our needs. Thus they are useful, even if in a very tiny way. Besides, it gives us a safe place to complain and generally disparage what we see as mistakes that MS is currently making. If that sounds like what you wanted to talk about, then join one of those conversations and have fun. I see no reason to continue the conversation here besides a quick note from you saying which thread you have chosen (just out of curiosity). If you were under the (IMHO mistaken) opinion there was some place you could post that MS would listen to, and so therefore effect any change in the OS that would be beneficial to the user, I know of no such place where it has been proven that MS listened and responded in any positive way. If anyone else knows of such a place I would love to hear about it. If you really want to make those kinds of posts, in this thread or any other, you are welcome to do so, but I will not participate. I view it as hopeless and a complete waste of time that is not worth any effort at all from me. Others might disagree, and they are welcome to their opinion. If I have, again, misunderstood you, then try again and we'll keep going. Cheers and Regards *NOTE As I have mentioned in previous threads, I do realize there have been some very small improvements in certain areas of the newer versions of Windows and a very, very few useful new features added. But were they worth launching an entire new OS? That's one specific aspect that Windows 10 might have finally gotten right. Apparently there might not be any more "new" versions of Windows, just updates to the current one. But the way they went about it with frequent, MASSIVE updates that don't seem to have been thoroughly tested, take a long time to download and install, and are forced upon the user whether they like it or not? Yes, I understand the arguments that that's "safer" for the "average" user so they don't have to deal with all of the intricacies of which updates apply to them and which ones don't, etc, but I think that many of the members of this board are "above average", and in some cases "way above average", don't you?
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    Windows XP - Deepest Impressions

    @Dibya, my friend, I hope nobody else responds to your post, and I wish you hadn't made it. dencorso already addressed jody's post, so your's was not necessary. Your comment was an example of what dencorso was trying to avoid. And before jaclaz mentions it, I will - Please stop using the phrase "my dear." You might think that it is the same as "my friend" as I used above, but in the US, (and other English speaking cultures?), it is not. I think it is often interpreted as condescending, at least in this day and age, so it is not appreciated. I know you meant well, but .. [I suppose that "my friend" could also be considered condescending by some, but I only use it for those I truly consider to be a friend, at least a casual one. However, if you view it as condescending then I will stop using the phrase.] Cheers and Regards
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    Quality of OSes

    @kdg, Thank you very much for editing your post and addressing my questions. Both are very, very much appreciated. Your English is also a bit better, so thank you for making an effort to express yourself clearly. If I can paraphrase what I think you are saying above, it might be something like this: ------------------- This is totally my interpretation of what kdg said above - It might be completely wrong ------------------ I don't mean that a new OS should be forced to look exactly like an older one, but the new OS should at least work as well as the older one and not cause any damage or inconvenience to the user. I use Windows XP and I don't understand why newer OS use far more resources to do the same functions. The newer OS, such as Windows 10, also seem to have many problems, need constant updates, and sometimes even damage the user's data or system so that the computer won't even boot! It also seems to force me to do some tasks in a different way than I want to do them, and prevents me from doing other things that I have successfully done in the past while using older OS. Why would anyone want to pay for such an OS? Why would MS produce such an OS, unless they were just trying to get more money for themselves. If I'm going to get a new OS, or anything else, I want it to be better than what I already have. To think that I would willingly put up with less is an insult to my intelligence. And why should I be forced to learn an entirely new UI (User Interface)? If I'm going to do that, I might as well get a completely different OS such as Linux or MacOS. I wish that there was some way that enough people could get together and convince MS of the error of their ways. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Did I get the general idea of what you were trying to say? If so, there are many, many people here that believe the same way you do, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with you expressing your beliefs. The only problem is that there are already many, many threads that have discussed, and are continuing to discuss, this point of view so that it is not necessary to start another thread about it. It just clutters up the board and makes it more difficult for other to search and find information. Instead, please join one of the existing threads, such as or one of the other threads that jaclaz mentioned on the first page of this thread. Your comments will be welcome there. If I have once again misunderstood, I sincerely apologize. Please try again to explain your comments. Cheers and Regards
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    Unofficial SP 5.2 for Microsoft Windows 2000 (WIP)

    You need to check the links on your site itself. Instead of windowsarchives com / changelog / etc, the links on the site are still listed as tomasz86 com / changelog / etc. The info is in the correct place, it's just the links on the main (root) page of the site that are wrong. Cheers and Regards