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  1. Waterfox 6.06 once again allows me to retrieve my email. Not sure what the problem was. Some time ago, I could not access one of my financial accounts with Waterfox. This problem was eventually corrected, but no indication in the release notes.
  2. For the first time in a number of days, I was able to update the Windows Defender definitions on both the desktop & laptop, and without error messages. It could be much worse; a recent Windows 11 update is causing a BSOD on some computers.
  3. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39667 It's just listed as Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2010 32-Bit Edition.
  4. That is unfortunate. I avoid software that is suspiciously low in price, but ultimately, it is a matter of faith. Sometimes you win, though. I purchased Visual Studio 6.0 Professional that was sold as the Academic version, because close examination of the packaging told me it was the Commercial version that had been purchased at a college bookstore. The Office 2010 Home and Student edition would have met my needs, but I bought the Home and Business version so that some future cantankerous member of Church Council would not be able to accuse me of using an Office version illegally, by stating incorrectly that the Home and Student version could not be used for Church Council minutes. The Window 8.1 Pro Pack tag says Made in Mexico. Most Microsoft software is made in Puerto Rico. Microsoft software that says Made in USA is suspicious.
  5. I received my Windows 8.1 Pro Pack yesterday. The installation took longer than expected, but was successful. I had to re-activate Windows afterward. Went into gpedit.msc and told it not to display the lock screen. The Pro Pack, Office 2010, and Windows 8.1 that I purchased from eBay all appear to be legitimate software, so I am pleased.
  6. Something has been going on with Windows Defender update. Today was the first time in 6 days that I have been able to update Definitions, and that required 2 attempts on the Desktop computer. I was able to update the Laptop computer on the first attempt through Windows Update.
  7. OK, my Office Home and Business 2010 arrived yesterday from Canada. Another quick deliver from Canada, but then Northeast Ohio is just on the other side of Lake Erie. Installed and Activated. Like Office Professional 2010, it has both 32 and 64 bit versions. I installed the 64 bit version on the Laptop, then spent a lot of time turning off the auto formatting features. I hope I got them all. I then installed Adobe Acrobat X Standard. This will allow me to merge the Church Council minutes into one .pdf file on either computer. In order to get the Laptop to boot directly to the login screen, I need access to the Local Group Policy Editor. However, this is only available on Windows 8.1 Pro. I bought a Windows 8.1 Pro Pack key off of eBay. Whether this is a good use of $35 is open to debate. The Pro Pack also includes Windows Media Center, but the Windows 8 version is crippled compared to the Windows 7 version. My 2 new Logitech B100 mice also showed up. It soon became apparent that I was not going to become proficient on the Touch Pad anytime soon, and the mouse I was using had a sticky wheel due to age.
  8. My definitions are now 4 days old. Manual update is not working. Also, I created a Microsoft account this weekend. Successful, but when I tried to enter my landline number, it tried to text me a security code. I do have a cell phone now, but it is for emergency use only. If I start handing out that number, I might start to get calls on it, which I do not want.
  9. I installed Windows 8.1 x64 on my Dell laptop yesterday. I had a spare 2TB SATA SSD card, so I swapped out the 2TB card in the laptop. This would allow me to reinstall the original card with Windows 7 x64 if the install did not work out. I also replaced the Bios battery while I was there. I write the date (7/2023) on the bios battery when I change it. The laptop would not turn on, but a careful re-installation of the battery pack fixed that. I went into the Bios and set it up for UEFI, Secure Boot, and selected the DVD as the first boot device. I had to correct the time & date, of course (Do this either before installing an operating system, or after successful Activation. If you install Windows, then correct the time & date before Activation, Windows throws a fit). Although I have no use for Virtualization, my laptop Bios says it has to be enabled when using Secure Boot, so that's what I did. The installation went smoothly. I had downloaded all of the drivers I would need from Dell beforehand. Office Pro 2010 would not activate. It appears the information on Wikipedia is incorrect; it can only be installed on one computer, not 2. I purchased Office 2010 Home and Business from eBay (I had previously purchased a second copy of Window 8.1 x64 for the laptop). I am cautiously optimistic it will show up before Church Council meeting on August 1. If it does not, I have a number of options. I just saved the .doc template as an .rtf file. This removed the heading, but I would be able to copy & paste my notes into the .doc template on my desktop computer. Both computers are joined to a private network, but I am still transferring files with USB sticks so far. The Dell memory card driver would not install (I don't think it installed on Windows 7 x64 either). It took a bit of searching, but I found a Dell driver that did install this morning. I did not install the Dell apps. The improvement in startup time is amazing. I just got a Cherry keyboard without number pad for my desktop computer. This has 2 advantages. The keyboard is now directly in front of me, instead of off to the left, and the keys are similar to the laptop. This should help my typing. I'm not a real Secretary, nor do I play one on TV, but I was asked to serve, so here I am. Having the same operating system and software on both computers makes life easier.
  10. Yes. In fact, I installed Windows 8 x64 on my laptop yesterday, and am running a full scan this morning. Windows Defender is working normally on both computers.
  11. I ran Chkdsk. On the D: (data) drive, the results were too fast for me to read, and I am a fast reader. Had to scroll to see what had happened. On the C: (system) drive, there is just a progress bar. I had to go to Event Viewer to see what had happened. Window made some corrections, which is typical on a new installation.
  12. My GeForce GT Silent is an Asus model. It does have 2GB GDDR5 memory. I don't want to overclock it and risk it overheating. I found out how to add a Show Desktop icon to my task bar. I have it on the far left, where it was in Windows XP. Easier than moving the mouse to the far right corner.
  13. Yes, I have the "Allow memory remap" option. I did not log all of the settings in my many attempts to get Windows 7 to install. Someone on the MSFN Windows 7 forum stated they were able to get Windows 7 to install with more than 4 GB memory installed. Perhaps they used a Bios setting that I did not try. Although there was the "Thrill of Victory" once I got it to work, the Q170 motherboard with 6-series 65 watt CPU and DDR4 memory was only slightly faster than the previous motherboard with 3-series 65 watt CPU and DDR3 memory. I installed the ChrisPC Win Experience Index on Windows 8.1. I did not write down the Windows 7 numbers, but I'm pretty sure the Primary hard disk Subscore of 9.3 is higher than I had with Windows 7 and the SSD hard drives. My Graphics Subscores are 7.8 because I just use a 30 watt GeForce GT Silent 1030 graphics card. Combined with my SilverStoneTJ08-E case, which uses a 180mm front fan and a 120 mm back fan, this really cuts down on fan noise. Motherboards with 4 pin fan connectors are quieter too, once you set the Bios to PWM.
  14. No difference in normal usage. The 3DMark11 score is about the same, while the PCMark7 score is a bit faster, probably due to going from SSD drives to NVMe drives. The change from mechanical to SSD was much more noticeable than the change from SSD to NVMe. I meant to say that I did not install the Edge browser. The Bing search engine is the one I normally use. There was a time when I had to use the Edge browser to log into certain accounts. Then Waterfox made an update that allowed it to work. The change log did not address the issue.
  15. I reluctantly moved from Windows XP x64 to Windows 7 x64 a few years ago. There was a major change in operating system design, which meant that XP x64 no longer worked for some tasks that I needed to perform. Last week, I decided to go to Windows 8.1 x64 Pro. I replaced my Asus Q170M-CM-B motherboard with an Asus Prime Q270M-C. The Q270M-C board has 2 M.2 sockets, both of which support NVMe drives, while still allowing me to use my Skylake 65W CPU and DDR4 memory. It also has PS/2 keyboard & mouse connectors, which I still use. I enabled UEFI Secure Boot in the Bios. Over the decades, I have come up with an upgrade plan that minimizes the risk. I keep a WordPad document that lists all of my software and settings. I also keep the operating system & data on separate drives. I have a complete set of adapters so that I can use USB to connect mechanical hard drives, SSDs, and both M.2 SSDs & NVMe drives. This allows for easy data transfer without having to reopen the computer case. I also use a new drive when I change motherboards or operating systems, so that if things don't work out, I can go back without reinstalling. However, this was not necessary, as the 8.1 installation was flawless. That was not the case with putting Windows 7.1 x64 on the Asus Q170 motherboard, which was not successful until I dropped memory down to 4 GB. The recommendation of this website (UEFI Secure Boot in Windows 8.1): https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/uefi-secure-boot-in-windows-81/65d74e19-9572-4a91-85aa-57fa783f0759, was to not enable Secure Boot in the Bios until after successful installation. I decided to go ahead with Secure Boot and see what happened. All of my old hardware was accepted. The initial installation of LIghtScribe software failed, but Windows 8.1 suggested a reinstall in Compatibility Mode, which worked without me having to set up Compatibility Mode manually. I was impressed. I was also impressed when the Action Center popped up with a list of programs that startup automatically, along with their effect on boot speed. I decided to install Microsoft Office 2010 x64, so that I can work with the .***x format files. I installed Open Shell & UBitMenu so that Windows 8.1 would work like Windows 7, and Office 2010 would work like Office 2003 (pre-ribbon). I also installed the Vista version of WordPad, as it is also pre-ribbon. I did not allow Windows Update to install the Bing Browser. I don't know about Office 2010, but Office XP & Office 2003 require Internet Explorer to be the default browser in order to activate. Windows 8.1 and Office 2010 activated online. Even better, when I went to install Adobe Acrobat XI Pro, it asked me to log into my Adobe account, and then activated. When I had attempted to install it on Windows 7, it wanted to send a text to my landline. That did not work, of course. Windows 8.1 x64 with the NVMe drive starts up and shuts down much faster than Windows 7 x64 did with the SSD drive. I have it booting directly into the login screen, and then into the desktop. All in all, I am pleased.

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