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MikeyV

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  1. Cortanalippy (Yes, Clippy is woke, married Cortana, and had a love child) told me that windows 10 is the final windows, and the latest windows is the most secure and stable windows in the history of the universe. Windows 11 is fake news.
  2. Images. I format, install windows, tweak windows (create a simple image here), make sure all drivers working properly, install all software that has a small chance of being updated, and create an image (second image) from bootable media (personal preference is older acronis). Takes like 2-6 hours the first time but after that it takes me about 5 minutes to load up 3 OS's and dozens of programs. If the installed programs get long in the tooth i revert back to my simple image without software and start a new image version. I have one image that contains 3 systems. If one OS has a problem its easy enough to replace only that one and the other two have no downtime. Fairly random when i load images. I do it when i start to notice performance issues. I keep a list of software in the images next to them. I also like to keep a text file where i write down everything wrong with the current image. Wrong windows setting for folder view? Need to swap some program to a different version? Write it down and correct it the next time i have to load that image, make my corrections and resave a new image after.
  3. Microsoft - "Windows 10 is the final last windows" Also Microsoft - "Oops, our Windows 11 got leaked"
  4. I have an old xp x86 8gb. 2gb system limit and 6gb ram disk. Sometimes i used it for windows temp folders (auto clears on shutdown), other times i used it as my pagefile for a performance boost to large VST instrument libraries, and if i was working with a large video file i would use the ramdrive as storage to copy the video over to before editing. Iirc i was using a program called RamDisk by SuperSpeed back then. Worked great but maybe 1 out of 10 bootups the ramdrive would get created too slowly (usually fixed with a reboot) causing errors with PF and temp folders. Maybe i will try out VSuite Ramdisk free and see how it acts on reboots.
  5. When i ran MediaInfoLite2103.exe i received a message: The program does not support the version of Windows your computer is running. I was able to run MediaInfo_GUI_21.03_Windows_i386_WithoutInstaller.7z just fine.
  6. I use Dtaskmanager. Trim ram to all processes feature is great for when im switching tasks on my box without a reboot.
  7. I rarely touch Java, but what i have laying around is Jportable (from 2014). Portable Java environment that can run .jar files. I checked my old backups and its PackageVersion=7.0.55.0 This runs on xp x86 SP2 with SP3 reg hack. Did some snooping and found this info that may be helpful. Here is an official link to the installer and a link where you can download the jPortable_7_Update_55_online.paf.exe that i've tested in the past. It links to the official file that they still host so i believe that running it would create a portable version even today. http://javadl.sun.com/webapps/download/AutoDL?BundleId=86895 DisplayVersion=7 Update 55 DownloadMD5=8793ef637ab0ea07973e81bf9515bd09 https://sourceforge.net/projects/portableapps/files/Java Portable/ If you try the portable route make a zip backup of your CommonFiles and JportLauncher folders for when they remove old versions from the web in the future. Good luck!
  8. I use SumatraPDF v1.5.1. No installer, exe is about 3mb. I haven't tried their newer versions. Edit: They appear to have dropped XP support @ v3.2
  9. That sounds like a great idea until the System Requirements for software looks like a chinese restaurant menu. You need updates #1, 2, 17, 87, 23471 You need features #1-87, 98, 101, 117-500 Screw it, you just need to be up to date as of Today.
  10. Is the stick usb2 or 3? If its usb3.x, i would try with a 2. Good luck!
  11. Is this a multi-OS system? I would check the permissions to see if there are any strange (sometimes unnamed) accounts with permissions. Im a hardcore XP user who recently added a win7 to my multiboot, i had lots of problems that sound similar to your experience. It occured when i was trying to access files from xp to 7, or 7 to xp, needing to take ownership, and then things started to bork themselves. XP program files had a damaged "account" as having permissions, i couldnt even install software properly, other software was crashing, until i deleted the "unknown" accounts. Good luck!
  12. Just right-click the "+ Add to Firefox" button on the addons website, and save target as... Then you get the save dialogue. Maybe i will edit/delete this post in a few days, i dont want MozFox to read it and change things... quick, go right-click right-click right-click
  13. The simplest answer is supply and demand. If enough people are using a 10 or 20 year old os, then keep supporting it. New Coke https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Coke They should have just told everyone that they need to move on, even if it tastes bad? The old recipe should go away? The tech companies are in cokes shoes now, but they are telling the customers to keep drinking the bad stuff.

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