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  1. I agree with this part of your statement, but the problem you will probably run into is the newest games will refuse to run on Win 7, whether they truly need the latest driver which doesn't install, or if the game company can't or won't support Win 7 any more. Older games, using older drivers, should still be able to run on Win 7 just fine. Not being a gamer, neither of these cases bother me, and I fully expect to be able to run Win 7 for many more years of "normal" usage. As to the purpose of this thread, it will be useful to others if you note which versions of which games or apps are the last ones to run on Win 7. If possible, try to determine if it is the installer which, possibly artificially, will no longer function on Win 7, or if it is the game or app itself. Cheers and Regards
  2. @wimb, would you please point me to a link where it explains in detail what exactly that Win_Reduce_Trusted does? In an early post you state that it is "suitable to Reduce Windows 7/8/10 x64", and I'm interested it in using it for install applications other than VHD installations, primarily for Windows 7 and 8. If it wouldn't be directly applicable for such use, I could at least use it as an example to model from. TIA. Cheers and Regards
  3. Thanks, @jaclaz! That works. Cheers and Regards
  4. Sorry @cannie, but when I just tried that link I got this as a response via email: Have you actually downloaded DisplaySet? If you have it, can you put it up somewhere like MediaFire? Cheers and Regards
  5. Yes, v1.1 of DisplaySet was first listed for download at PCMag on August 1, 2001. You can read the write up here - https://web.archive.org/web/20020602105227/http://www.pcmag.com/article/0,,s=1478&a=7388,00.asp, and the download page was here - https://web.archive.org/web/20020409051959/http://www.pcmag.com/article/0,2997,s=1478&a=7361,00.asp, but it doesn't work now. I couldn't find it available on the web, but someone else's Google-Fu is probably better than mine. Between 2001 and 2014 DisplaySet has been mentioned here at MSFN by several others including @jaclaz, @xpclient, and @cannie, so hopefully one of them might still have access to the file. Cheers and Regards
  6. According to https://www.pcworld.com/article/3623830/only-windows-11-pro-will-let-you-install-windows-11-with-a-local-account.html, I think that is only true for the "home" version, and not for "Pro." and even then, Cheers and Regards
  7. While I respect your frustration, I interpret your references differently, As I read the newspaper, I thought it meant that the "previously planned" part referred to them previously planning to allow tourists in as of August 1, but new data about the severity of continued infections has caused them to reconsider. Your interpretation could be a case of a misplaced coma in the newspaper text. As to the rest of your post, even Twitter itself has marked that tweet as misleading, so... Regarding the software/Green Pass mentioned in the OP, my state is one that has not planned such a thing and I doubt they will unless forced to. While I am vaccinated, I have never been asked to show such proof. I think such passes or software can be a good thing, but because of the worldwide nature of the problem, its use and enforcement needs to be consistent. While I respect states rights, the problem is too wide spread and people from various states and countries interact too frequently. It just doesn't make sense to use anything but a consistent unified approach. What approach is that? I have no idea what it is nor how we can get past the political nature of how this has evolved. All governments seem to be quick to blame anyone else for the problems and take credit for any small improvements. The public has become confused and distrustful. Very disheartening. With the current variants of the virus, and the likelihood of future variants, I can see this situation becoming like the flu vaccine, and maybe even combined with it? Each year a new one will come out, with varying degrees of effectiveness each year. I think that the virus and the flu are different than polio or other diseases. Those other diseases can be treated by a single shot that can immunize an entire population with an extremely high effectiveness. The virus and the flu, based on what I have seen, seem to have too many variants, morph too quickly, and affect folks too differently with their different physiology, ages, and medical histories. We're always going to be chasing a cure like playing whack-a-mole. But I hope I am wrong and an effective vaccine can be found. Cheers and Regards
  8. Site search does not work for me either. But then even when it did work, just using Google to search with a search string something like "site:msfn.org 'search string' " often worked better.
  9. @kasfruit, I respectfully disagree. The question was ''Can my 2006 Laptop use Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD?'' NOT ''Can my 2006 Laptop use Samsung Magician?'' To my knowledge, Magician is NOT required in order to use the 860 EVO SSD. Magician might offer some extra optimizations, but they are not required. Please explain, with appropriate references to Samsung documentation, if I am mistaken. While I have used the Samsung 850, 860, and 870 SSDs, it has always been with Win 7. I have not used any SSD with XP, so I could be wrong, but I don't think so. Cheers and Regards
  10. Since this is your first post, and since you don't want to reformat your disk, along with your other questions, I'm tempted to just give you the short answer that with those restrictions that you can't do it. At a minimum, you would need to either use a second disk or a second partition, and typically you install the older OS first. There are some patches for Win 7 available for NVME, but in general, a lot will depend on the EXACT hardware you are trying to use as to whether all the drivers you will need, not just for the drive, are available. As to Win 10 details, I don't know since I don't use it and I hope I will never have to. Cheers and Regards
  11. That was the identifier it gave me as well. Very Strange. (Win7x64, SRWare Iron [Chrome variant] as browser) Cheers and Regards
  12. And a 7th possibility could be a power supply that is just beginning to fail. An iffy power supply could cause the same kinds of flaky performance and random issues as bad RAM contacts or disk cable contacts. Cheers and Regards
  13. In addition to the recommendation to update the RAM, what helped my wife's laptop was to change the HD for an SSD. I was thinking I would have to also do a clean install to really see a difference, but merely cloning her drive to an SSD changed things from being intolerable to being as fast as my desktop system. The laptop is now as much of a joy to use as it was when it was brand new. Absolutely incomparable to the agony it had become. I'm sure a clean install would also help, but currently not necessary. Cheers and Regards
  14. Interesting internal design. I assume the blade is discolored from decades of use? And the plastic "surround" on either side of the blade is meant to protect little fingers? Or is the blade itself also plastic? From your first pic I thought it was rather flat, but it's actually kinda square. Just out of curiosity, it would be interesting to see a pic showing how it interacted with the envelope to be opened. You mentioning a screwdriver version triggered something in my memories. I might have had one like that myself back in the day, LOL Surprisingly, to me, when searching, most "letter openers" seemed to usually be more expensive ($15 -$25 or more) than "knives", all of which I know are WAY more expensive than your el-cheapo one was. But then prices from 1971 are LOONG gone. (gasoline is no longer 35 cents a gallon, but counting inflation I guess $15 today is equivalent to about $3 in 1971) The closest I could find (visually, though flat) was a Traditional Japanese craft knife - "joint" Yoshiharu Kiridashi for wood carving, with a carbon steel blade and brass handle/scabbard. They are relatively inexpensive, $5 - $12, or so, but shipping?? An example of the high end ($12) I found is this one - https://osakatools.com/products/wood-carving-marking-blade-cutter-kiridashi-chisel-craft-knife-yoshiharu-left-or-right-handed?currency=usd. I'm sure yours was probably also made in Japan, the el-cheapo ones usually were back in 1971, but I don't know if we'll be able to find a picture of it now on the web, and thus find out the brand.
  15. Sorry, Den, I don't remember that one. I assume it slides apart to expose the blade? Since my memory failed me, I tried both of Google's image search tools - https://www.google.com/advanced_image_search - and - https://www.google.com/searchbyimage/upload - and Yandex's - https://yandex.com/images/search? - which I've often had more success with, but no luck. The image you provided unfortunately looks too much like various nail files, car reflectors, wax spreaders, leather cutting tools, or Japanese carving blades with brass covers. You might have more success since you know more about the item, or by using different images. Occasionally, using JPG images instead of PNG ones sometimes gets different results. It's always trial and error. Out of curiosity, why are you looking for it? In any case, good luck! Cheers and Regards
  16. Thank you, @hpwamr, for this wonderful reference for sharing files! Might I ask for an additional, and parallel, set of recommendations? That would be specifically for shared images. Some of your above recommendations might be able to fill this request, but different sites might be required. Yes, all of the above would work if you treat the images just as a file, and that's fine, but if you want to share an image that will be displayed in a forum post like you used imgur.com above in the first post of this thread, for example, then different requirements come into play. I can think of a few "requirements" off hand, but there might be others: Direct links to the image must be provided. The image should be maintained as uploaded and not "optimized", degrading its quality. Downloading the image should result in a file with the same file hash as it had when uploaded. The larger the maximum image size allowed, the better, with at least "wallpaper size" as a minimum. Today's availability of 4K and larger screens means that is quite large. A reasonable limit by either dimension or file size is acceptable, but it should be specified. I prefer the image to be displayed as uploaded, others like to use thumbnails. The option for either would be best, with multiple possible thumbnail sizes being ideal. The images should be maintained for as long as possible, preferably indefinitely, and be able to be downloaded and viewed by as many people and as often as desired. The more image formats supported, the better. The site should not require registration, but at the minimum registration should be free. Registration should provide additional features such as file maintenance. Registered free users might have a limit to the number of images allowed, and that's expected as long as the limit is a reasonable one. Extending those limits with a subscription fee should provide additional features in addition to larger capacity. NO spamming, ads, download delays, bandwidth throttling, etc. Forums might impose their own limits to image display, so the image host should have as few of its own as possible so as not to create any bottlenecks. I think it would be great to include this info in this thread as a central reference point for shared files. Using these services helps out all forums regarding the bandwidth and storage space they would otherwise have to support. Many image hosting sites have died over the years, such as TinyPic, so a current set of recommendations would be appreciated. Cheers and Regards
  17. Actually, each post is numbered, (your last post above is comment #1184077), but they are not numbered consecutively. One way to find the post number is to simply hover over the post header, either on the far right where it says "report post" or on the left where it shows the time/date that the post occurred, and then look down in your browser's status bar, or wherever it shows the link address that you are hovering over, to see the post number as the last part of the address of the link. Cheers and Regards
  18. Since @submix8c: was referring to an individual (?), then POS must mean Person of Substance. What that substance is shall remain unsaid. EDIIT: By the way, reboot.pro is back up for me, at lease at this moment.
  19. No disrespect, @dencorso, but like @Wunderbar98, I also agree that it seems that @siriaMIGHT have a point. It is always nice when the developer does what he can to make things easier for the user, especially when that includes adding things that were not included in the original release, or improving things that were. However, also like @Wunderbar98, and you, I agree that "Developers can do what they want" and I also very much appreciate @roytam1's work. So I guess a question might be whether there is any reason NOT to implement the suggestions of @siriaand @Wunderbar98, is it practical to do so, and does @roytam1have the time and resources necessary to do so? ( I realize that there are very valid reasons a developer should not, or might not want to, modify a release beyond a certain point. ) If there is a technical or other practical reason not to implement a requested feature, then that should be that, or if it is just the developer's choice, then we all have to accept that decision as well. But if @roytam1 just hadn't thought about an issue, or hadn't realized how many users might use a particular feature, or lack of one, then he might want to consider implementing it. Now that the requests have been made, we should wait to hear @roytam1's thoughts on the matter. Whatever @roytam1decides, it is definitely up to him and we all MUST accept that, and, hopefully, not complain, at least too much.
  20. Yep. I was also impressed with vcopy: ------------------------------------ Why vcopy? The primary benefit to using vcopy is that it preserves all timestamps and NTFS compression and encryption attributes, when possible. Normally, copy operations will fail to preserve any of the timestamps on directories and the creation and access timestamps on files. Especially in the case of directory timestamps, this default copy behavior wreaks havoc on people who depend on their files and directory trees having meaningful timestamps. You can also suppress and strip out certain file attributes from being copied; for example, the read-only attribute when copying files from a CD-ROM. Additionally, vcopy can compute hashes for files as they are being copied, eliminating the need for a wasteful second read pass. Windows XP (or newer) is required for version 1.4.0 and newer; earlier versions are compatible with Windows 2000. ------------------------------------ Cheers and Regards
  21. I had found a very small and fast program to generate md5 files for files or folders a long time ago, discussed here - https://msfn.org/board/topic/162476-looking-for-a-vbs-script-to-generate-md5-of-a-file/page/2/?tab=comments#comment-1034865 - and mentioned here - https://msfn.org/board/topic/180747-possible-to-do-this-batch-without-using-a-temporary-file/page/2/?tab=comments#comment-1175225, but I couldn't remember where I got it. @jaclazhad found an extremely similar one, but its author was also unknown. Well, I finally figured out where it came from. It is part of a distribution of hashutils - https://code.kliu.org/misc/hashutils/ - made and distributed by Kai Kliu -aka- code65536, so it can definitely be trusted. The version I was using was from hashutils-1.2.3-redist.7z, which is no longer posted on his site, while I assume the one that@jaclazfound was either from hashutils-1.2.4-redist.7z or hashutils-1.3.0-redist.7z, both of which ARE available and readily downloadable. The components of the hashutils package are: crc32sum.exe md4sum.exe md5sum.exe sha1sum.exe edksum.exe All are available in both x86 and x64 versions (all included in the distribution), all of the utilities support recursive directory traversals with the -r switch, and all work on XP and above. @jaclazdetermined that md5sum.exe was as fast as any other method that was found at the time, and I believe the other utilities should have the same level of performance. Where this came from has been bugging me for over six years, so I figured I would pass this info along since I finally found it again. There are several other useful utilities available on his site, such as elevate, hidecon, vcopy, fontreg, the shell extensions ContextConsole -aka- Open Command Prompt, and HashCheck, among others, so look around and have fun! The two shell extensions mentioned are even open source, with source code available for download. Cheers and Regards
  22. For what its worth, I've been a member at MDL for many years, since 2010, so long I no longer remember if there was a hassle back when I signed up. I just wanted to say that I have NEVER gotten a single email from them for any reason whatsoever. With that experience, I wouldn't worry about getting spammed by them. also, AFAIK, there are many members from here that are also members there, so overall I trust them and their website.
  23. I thought it was just me. Yeah, I'm getting the same behavior that started today. I'm on a Chrome variant. Cheers and Regards
  24. @Snear, you say that those disks "work" on the one "magical" XP system, but don't on the other XP systems or on Win7. When you try them on those other systems, do you move the sharkoon drive bay to those other systems, or do you connect the drives to those other systems in some other manner? Cheers and Regards

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