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  1. Best Software Versions

    Jody, I was impressed with Windows 2000 stability, too. Could have been a contender had Microsoft not been so hasty about killing OS/2 and continued to work on it.
  2. Best Software Versions

    @jaclaz Point taken, although my post did indicate this was my experience and my opinion. Some of the strengths and drawbacks I list for all of the software product, for instance, may differ from other people's list of software factors they consider important and they would, therefore, come to a different conclusion. That's why we have board's like MSFN to debate the pros and cons.
  3. Best Software Versions

    @Tripredacus. My experience with regard to comparing the speed of Windows 7 vs Windows 8 has been similar to Noelc's. And I should correct my reference to refer to Windows desktop OSs. But clearly, your mileage may vary.
  4. Best Software Versions

    As most folks who flocked to Windows 10 as soon as it was released discovered, it isn't always better to upgrade to the latest software version. He's my list of the best versions of popular software products: 1ST Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate | PROS: Fastest file management of all Windows OS; mature and fairly stable product; small telemetry footprint. CONS: Lacks compatibility with some modern hardware. 2ND Windows 8.1 Pro | PROS: Greater hardware compatibility. CONS: Slower file management and larger telemetry footprint than Windows 7. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Acrobat 10 | PROS: Does almost everything else later versions do; includes LiveCycle Designer and Protected Mode. Light telemetry and hard drive footprint. CONS: No longer supported MS Word and Outlook 2003 | PROS: Undeprecated environment; can launch MS Word letter from Outlook pre-populated with contact's address. Plus, web integration, rss feeds, etc. No ribbon. CONS: Not supported. PowerPoint, Pub, & Visio 2010 | PROS: Cheaper than Office 365 if kept for more than 2 years; improved feature set over 2003 & 2007 products. CONS: Ribbon toolbar interface; complex unattended install procedure.
  5. 2018 Windows 8 Mega Tweaks

    Works for me. Please refresh your browser.
  6. 2018 Windows 8 Mega Tweaks

  7. 2018 Windows 8 Mega Tweaks

    2018 Windows 8 Mega Tweaks v 7.7 I've uploaded more than 200 tweaks in HTML format to make it easier to see helper files and folder and file paths that need editing; just unzip the files and click on tweaks.html file. All the helper scripts are perfectly safe text files that you must change to a suitable file extension to work. New tame your control panel tweak with comprehensive guide Streamlined and updated in the Windows Post Install config.js file Fixed some broken hyperlinks All registry files are discreet, and not combined, for easier reading. New 3rd party tweaks for Classic Shell and 7-zip Can reliably disable Microsoft system tasks that don't respond to the old "schtasks /change /disable" command Scripts to remove Windows 8 and & Windows 7 telemetry features, including those in Nvidia's latest video drivers. Expanded and improved section on adding "Shell New" items Adds several new clean install tweaks, including automated "F8" Windows 8 Legacy Boot Install Automate trim command on SSD drives with the correct commands syntax through scheduled tasks Script to automatically write the exact date of a Windows clean install on Windows System Property Page File: Tweaks_77.7z CRC-32: fbfadb63 MD4: a82e66a1ebf6f9a9b0e78129c0016ace MD5: cde2555e1bc62d16adf34b0bfbc02762 SHA-1: 9e65179c3308cac0a87fdef1b3fe23008580e228 More details , MD5 File and download here.
  8. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    I was just being facetious with the use of the word "impressive" because, as I recall, the screen shot uptimes I saw NoelC post were all less than a couple of months . @jaclazI have no experience with Windows 10 because I don't use it, but my own personal experience has been that Windows 8 slows noticeably to me after two to five months, depending on how much other software I have installed and how frequently I access the PC; I've never keep the same hardware/software combination on my Windows 7 installations to fairly measure any slowdown, but my sense is that it stays more responsive longer than Windows 8. Your mileage may vary.
  9. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    Don't mean to hijack this thread, but I wonder, since NoelC has been posting his impressive Windows "uptimes" from time to time, whether he has noticed any difference in the inevitable time it takes for software rot to set in on Windows 10 vs. Windows 8 or 7? In other words, how long before you wipe the slate clean and do a clean install again due to system sluggishness and performance issues?
  10. I too generally recommend installing no Windows 8 or 8.1 updates after January 2016. I also recommend running the remove-spyware-win batch file for cleaning up any telemetry updates that were subsequently installed inadvertently. In addition, Nvidia has started integrating telemetry updates into their video drivers. You can get rid of those by uncompressing the setup file and deleting the telemetry folder and the automatic update folder, which also phones in.
  11. Programs on another drive?

    If you change your OS, you are correct: you would have to reinstall Microsoft Office. But if you reinstall a previous drive image of your OS, you can put programs and data on any drive you want. That's why I use this procedure because when Windows 8 is on it's own partition, its image backup is only about 10GB or so and takes about 3 to 4 minutes to restore vs. a 100GB-sized backup or more if I had all my programs and data installed on the root drive as well.
  12. Programs on another drive?

    No need to get snarky @Tripredacus. Tengerecki indicated he had limited storage on his main drive (256GB), so it would be difficult if not impossible to cram all the data on his 1TB drive onto the smaller PCI-SSD. Although many people do put everything on their system drive, my point was that when trouble strikes, it usually strikes there on the system drive in the form of driver, virus and registry issues. And the easiest way to defend against those calamities is to separate the OS from the rest of your data.
  13. Programs on another drive?

    Clone your operating system with something like AOMEI or Image for Windows. This is a good backup practice for any system because the OS is more likely to fail due to some driver, registry or virus issue than your programs or game drive or folder. I never keep programs on the same drive as Windows. You're just asking for trouble.
  14. Anti-Malware Suggestions

    My company got hit with ransomware just a few months after a local hospital forked over several hundred thousand dollars to get their data back. I'm glad I paid attention. After our ransomware hit, I just deployed our server and PC backups and kept it moving.
  15. @Noel. Your're right. I got tasks & services confused.