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bizzybody

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  1. I know how to add leading zeros to a column. Select it, format cells, choose custom then enter 0# which puts a leading zero ahead of any single digit number in the column. The column contains only one or two digit numbers. BUT when I save to CSV then re-open the file, Excel 2003 has ignored the users desires and stripped the leading zeros while opening it. They are in the CSV as saved. Grrrr! OK, I try putting leading zeros on then change the column to text. Nope! It 'helpfully' removes the zeros. (mumbled expletives) If the user commands Excel to add leading zeros the user wants leading zeros! It is not the place of the software to determine what the user needs. I'm wanting to have the zeros in the number column, change it to text then merge with the text column to its right. I could type the numbers into the existing text column but doing that to 162 rows is not my idea of fun, and would Excel decide I still don't need those leading zeros? There are two columns of numbers, then the name. What I need this for is to have a file with a single column of numbered names to use as a source for renaming a large number of files which have names that start with numbers, with leading zeros, that sort identically to this list. 1 to 1 replacement, should be easy for a program that can use a CSV as a data source for renaming files.
  2. Where back-porting certain Windows 7 functions and features to Vista would be useful is for older computers, especially laptops, that came with Vista and have non-upgradeable parts for which there are no drivers for newer versions, or XP. There are many laptops which shipped with Vista that top out at 2 or 3 gigs RAM. Then there are peripherals like all those ViXS PureTV PCie x1 TV tuner cards that came in HP and Compaq desktops. they only work with Vista. You can find drivers that will install OK in 7, 8 and 10, but something's not quite right, TV programs cannot 'see' the tuner. HP and Compaq never shipped any 3rd party TV software with those systems, they relied on Media Center to use with the PureTV card. Might be that even on Vista, Media Center is the only software that works with those. I tried the hack to install the last version of Media Center onto 10. Still couldn't find the PureTV card. A Vista upgrade without upgrading would enable newer software to work on those computers while keeping the use of the digital TV card. There's quite a lot of computers such a project could keep from going for scrap, and enable them to get back on the net by enabling up to date browsers and security programs to run on Vista.
  3. That's intended to be a total replacement for Windows. It's not complete. Adding "missing" functions to Vista would enable computers unable to run Windows 7 to be able to run the latest web browsers and other software.
  4. We've seen things like the KernelEX project to allow using software for newer versions of Windows on older versions. How about doing something similar for XP, Vista, and pretty soon 7? The major application would be to use up to date web browsers since Chrome has abandoned XP and Vista and will soon drop 7 support. Firefox is going to kick Vista to the curb by the end of 2017. Even alternative browsers like Opera and Slimjet have sent Vista and previous adrift. If WINE supports the latest browsers, could WINE be ported to XP, Vista, and 7 when all the browsers drop 7 support? Proposed name for the Port Wine Project? Ripple. Or something else off this page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flavored_fortified_wines
  5. Has anyone ever found DOS audio drivers for the AMD Geode LX800 or CS5536? I've found some on various embedded device websites for Windows 9X through XP, download links say they're for the CS5536 but the readme.txt with them only mentions thr CS5535. Same driver for both? Then there's the readme for Realtek AC'97 Sound System Software ver:A4.03 listing support for the CS5536 since version A3.92. What I'm wanting to do is install some version of DOS on a WYSE S30 thin client, with the Panasonic universal USB mass storage drivers. Legacy keyboard support is apparently available and always on since that's how one gets around in the very limited BIOS setup screen. Old games like DOOM and Duke Nukem 3D should run quite well on a 366Mhz 5x86 class CPU. I have three of those thin clients, planning on replacing the Apacer IDE flash disk with a 2.5" SD card adapter and the 128 meg DDR SODIMM with a 512 meg then using much of that for a RAM disk. Getting sound, and perhaps the 10/100 Ethernet working with DOS will be mostly for having it fully functional. Those aren't necessary to my main interest in running DOS on these, I have a benchtop CNC milling machine from the 90's and the only software to run it runs only in a pure DOS system. The mill connects to a PC via a single RS232C cable and the S30's sole legacy I/O port is a DE9 serial. With the Panasonic USB drivers I should be able to run GCODE files from a USB drive.
  6. See https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/971286 This is supposed to be installed along with other support software for some USB devices. Well, unless you happen to have already plugged in some USB device where the manufacturer has included this for XP, you get problems like this from companies whose products are supposed to work on XP but have problems due to *their* failure to include WinUSB. http://community.silabs.com/t5/Interface/CP21xx-customization-utility-fails-to-find-SLAB-USB-SPI-dll/m-p/167014 MSDN has some info on installing WinUSB without a custom inf, but it still looks to me as though it needs some special extras to shove it into XP for generic support of devices that require it but don't include it. I did manage somehow to update the IDs on those crypto miners, but I forget now how I did... May have had to resort to software not from Silicon Labs. (Gave up after the mining pool I was using decided to copy MTGOX by taking the data and running.)
  7. I got the last non-paranoid version of JAVA jre-7u45-windows-x64.exe from http://uni-smr.ac.ru/archive/dev/java/JRE/7/JRE-7.45/ and have found sites showing how to install two versions of JAVA in order to run local JAVA apps that are on the same computer. I've also found and downloaded the x32 version. Nothing so far on how to make it use a different version of JAVA when the source of the app is either on the WWW or somewhere else on a local network.
  8. I have the latest JAVA version, the latest Firefox version. I've added a security exception for the IP address of my printer. I've clicked allow and remember and the run button and checked the box to not ask again - but it still refuses to allow the JAVA apps in my Hewlett Packard JetDirect print server to run. It is NOT a "security risk". It's a piece of hardware on my own local network that I NEED TO HAVE WORKING but due to some essentially mythical "security risk" that has no practical exploit, Oracle has taken the lazy way by hobbling their own product instead of actually fixing things. Now, how do I crack this nut open and force it to actually function like it did before Oracle went all nutzoid with an overabundance of over-caution?
  9. Not on this laptop without disabling fast shutdown. It blocks using F2 to get to bios setup on a restart or booting from shut down if fast shutdown is enabled. It would be nice to have some little shutdown app that when doubleclicked would bypass fast shutdown. Windows 10 does not at all like having the plug, or battery pulled. It takes a long time to start up while it checks for problems.
  10. Instead of going through all the rigamarole to disable fast shutdown, is there a utility that can be used to force Windows 10 into a true full shutdown? I ask this because it appears that somehow it is managing to ignore or bypass bootup keyboard commands to get into BIOS setup, despite the laptop being from 2008 and definitely NOT having a UEFI BIOS. The company never offered anything newer than Windows Vista, having gone out of business before the release of Windows 7. So it shouldn't have any built in support for any of Windows 10 or 8's fancy tricks.
  11. My question is Why doesn't Microsoft have an 8.0 to 8.1 update with zero prerequisites like the Windows 7 SP1? IIRC the only other version with something like that is the Vista SP2 which required SP1 to be installed first. At least with that one could install Vista RTM followed immediately by SP1 then SP2 without having to download a ton of other updates. IIRC on XP if you installed SP2 on RTM there was something you'd not get but it wasn't critical.
  12. I just updated an Acer laptop that had been restored to factory 8.0. Had to download and install 179 updates to 8.0, including two supposedly optional ones, before the 8.1 update would download and install. That took about 24 hours! Most of that time was spent installing the update and this is not a slow computer. Is there an 8.1 update download that includes 100% of everything it needs so it can be installed onto a clean 8.0 install?
  13. I don't have $300+ for a 1TB SSD
  14. You sure it was stuck? I only mention that because from what I recall it normally sticks at certain percentage points rather than counting up continuously. Granted, if the data is all on your drive it shouldn't stall waiting for the network. Having less than 50 GB of free space could be a problem. I'd suggest making as much as possible available. At this point why not do a fresh, clean install from a disk or ISO? Back up all your data and format the drive during install. -Noel Yes, most definitely stuck. I had been up at some point during the night and checked on it, and in the morning the screen display hadn't changed. It doesn't/shouldn't take that long for the upgrade to complete. Currently 71.8 gig free on C: I've downloaded and burned the x64 Win10 ISO. One thing I do wonder about being a potential problem is when I upgraded to 7.1 from XP on this PC I used PC Mover to transplant a lot of my installed software. Most of what I moved with it "just worked". A few had to be reinstalled to make them work on 7.1. Don't know if there may be something in the Registry or elsewhere leftover from XP to cause trouble. I have a 1TB drive I could use to do a clean Win10 install onto, which should work if MS has the info that this computer gets a freebie.
  15. After updating two other desktops and a laptop to Windows 10, the laptop and one desktop from 7 and the other desktop from 8.1, without a problem, and the 7 desktop with only a very non-techy person present - I figured it was time to go for it on *my* primary PC. Ehhh, that didn't go too well. I'd waited for *months* for it to tell me my upgrade was ready, so I found out how to force it to start. After seeing it going along well I went to bed. Got up this morning to find it stuck fast at 76%. So I poked the reset button and got the message that it was restoring my previous Windows. Uh, huh. Sure it was. What it had actually done was frag the BCD. So I got Easy Recovery Essentials for Win 7. That only made it *worse* by wrecking the boot sector, MBR or both. Fortunately for me, I had the Win 7 x64 ISO available and used another computer with ImgBurn (after the burner included on the Easy RE Linux boot disc failed to burn it properly). The automated recovery on that DVD failed too. I finally got it fixed by following the manual process under Step 3 here https://neosmart.net/wiki/recovering-windows-bootloaderOne thing that does not mention is that by highlighting the loooong string between the {brackets} you can enter it for each step with a right click. Upon booting back to Windows 7, Windows update said the 10 upgrade failed with C1900101-4000D Unknown Error. Oh, soooo helpful, not. Telling me what sort of brick wall it crashed into at 76% would have been nice, so would not trashing/properly restoring the Win 7 critical boot information. I'm now moving a bunch of gigs of stuff off C: to another drive so I'll have 50~60 gig free space, and will also make a recovery disk and other things to make fixing it easier, should the upgrade blow it up again. (This was so much easier to fix in XP when all that was needed was a boot disk with ATTRIB, FDISK and a text editor to edit boot.ini.)
  16. A Widows 10 system being used with an external USB audio digitizer is having problems with recording levels. Adjusting the gain control on the external box results in either undistorted sound that is almost too quiet to hear, or overdriven distortion. There is no happy medium. The same problem happened on Windows 8.1 - but NOT on XP - with the same hardware. The owner took the free upgrade from 8.1 to 10, hoping that the audio problem would be corrected. The PC's audio is onboard Realtek HD Audio with the latest driver downloaded from Realtek. The external box uses the default USB audio input drivers that come with Windows. (Which annoyingly will only play through while recording is happening, no monitoring capability.) How do I shut down all of Windows' fiddling about with recording processing so it will function correctly, like it did with Ye Olde XP? A Registry file that does the job would be very nice. I got fed up with Automatic Gain Control (AGC) that could not be shut off on tape recording hardware in the 80's. Had to spend a lot of money to NOT GET a useless feature. Now Microsoft appears to have decided that Windows "benefits" from ruining audio recording with badly done AGC.
  17. When I get my laptop back from getting the backlight fixed, I'll see if this works.
  18. I just did the free upgrade from Win 7 ultimate x64 to Win 10 Pro on a mpc TransPort T2500, same thing as a Samsung x65. Everything works except for the Memory Stick and MMC functions of the built in ricoh multi-card reader. Same issue I had with Windows 7. I downloaded a Ricoh driver from Lenovo that's supposed to support Win 10 x64 but 10 is rejecting it. The SD card function of the reader works, as it did in 7, without needing additional drivers.
  19. Nope. CMD immediately quits. So next I called the batch file to run ntregopt with the trusted installer token from the batch file that launches CMD with it. Still blocked.
  20. net stop trustedinstaller net start trustedinstaller runassystem64.exe "runfromtoken64.exe trustedinstaller.exe 1 ntregopt.exe" No difference, except with the 1 there it doesn't run ntregopt if the batch file is run as administrator. Still denied access to all hives.
  21. Have you got it working, after all? No. If I want to ensure the Registry is neat and tidy I'll do the WinPE disc thing.
  22. Things I find especially useful about CCleaner, which I began using back when it was still called Crap Cleaner. Browser database compaction. Browser cache cleaning - because when something crashes a browser its own cache empty function often fails to delete everything (I'm looking at *you*, IE). Removing entries in Programs and Features to clean up after programs with nonexistent or badly done/broken uninstall. It does a better job at that than Microsoft's cleanup tool. Removing orphan registry data left behind by 99.9% of all software when uninstalled - thanks to Microsoft failing for decades to have Windows rigidly enforce a proper garbage collection policy. Completely emptying Temp folders, same thing there, when Windows or a program crashes and leavse junk in a temp folder, it will usually get left there because the program or Windows has lost track of it. Other than the browser database compaction, everything CCleaner does can be done using Regedit and Explorer, but it will take you many hours and you have to know what to look for and how/where to find it. For programs I want to remove but the author(s) failed to include a working uninstall, I can simply delete the files and folders then have CCleaner find all Registry data connected to those now missing files and folders and remove them. I've NEVER had CCleaner cause any damage to Windows. I like to keep it clean and tidy and using as little storage and RAM as possible - that goes back to the first hard drive I owned. It was a massive (physically) full height 5.25" Tandon with a stepper motor actuated head. Capacity was five megabytes. Not gig, meg. There was a 10 meg version of the drive that had four platters instead of the two in the 5 meg, but I didn't have that kind of $$$$. I installed DOS and all the software I had at the time - which filled up half of the drive. Now I routinely work with single document files that wouldn't fit on that hard drive. Is this progress or data bloat? Programmers ought to have to learn the basics on hardware with very limited storage and memory so they'll get the concept ingrained that to produce the best performance they should eliminate all unnecessary code and data. Then when they get to work with systems that have gigabytes of RAM, terabytes of storage and gigahertz of speed, they'll know how to get amazing performance instead of dumping a load of crap onto it just because there's "so much" space and speed that "it really doesn't matter". When you've used computers that specified 100 nanosecond DRAM but had so much slack in RAM timing they could take advantage of 80 nanosecond DRAM - and the hardware was slow enough you could easily see the speed difference (especially during POST memory check, tick - tick - tick VS tickticktick) - that's when you come to appreciate the difference very well crafted software makes.
  23. I've seen registry size reduction of up to 25% with NTREGOPT on PCs that had gone a few years without any maintenance at all, not even keeping up with windows update. What NTREGOPT does is what using the /E then the /C commands with command line REGEDIT did in Windows 9x. Write all the valid data out to a new copy of the registry then import that clean copy back, completely replacing the old. If you set up a PC then never change anything, never uninstall software, never do anything that will leave orphan data in the registry, then there is no need to do anything to compact or clear out the junk. Microsoft long ago should have had a rigidly enforced policy in Windows that uninstall of software would be required to remove %100 of everything the install put in. There was a 3rd party program for Windows 95 called Rosenthal Uninstall which did that. It monitored every software install and made notes of all files, folders, registry, ini file changes and everything else the install did. Then after uninstalling the software Rosenthal could be used to remove everything the uninstall didn't delete. But since it relied on a DOS mode TSR loading before Windows it didn't work with Windows 98 and later. Microsoft should have bought that and incorporated the method into Windows. It would make it a much more stable OS, especially for people who are always changing the programs on their computer. System Restore does NOT compare to that because you can't use it to just remove one program completely and it often deletes files and software you do not want gone. Last week something partially screwed up audio on one of my Win7 boxes. Some games and programs would play their audio, some would not. WMP12 would play nothing, nor would any other media player yet all the Windows GUI sounds worked, so did any audio and video on YouTube, Yahoo Screen and other websites. Turned out to be DirextX 11 had become corrupted and reinstalling that fixed it. Before I figured that out I tried to System Restore back to the last automatic checkpoint - it failed. Had it worked I would've lost some software installs and bunch of other things that had nothing at all to do with the audio problem. Microsoft's way is not always the best way.
  24. Not working. I got the runassystem and runastoken and the SetACL and the batch file to change the CLSIDs just sits there doing nothing after displaying its first line. http://vorck.com/windows/ntauth.html Edit: removed the -silent options and now it's visibly doing things... Edit2: Still going, repeatedly saying setacl finished successfully Edit3: Oh F this. Been running that batch file for about 45 minutes. I put the runas and set acl exes in the same folder as ntregopt. When I run this batch file from an elevated command prompt, it stops and starts trusted installer then flashes another window and quits. net stop trustedinstallernet start trustedinstallerrunassystem64.exe "runfromtoken64.exe trustedinstaller.exe ntregopt.exe"@ECHO OFFECHO Processing CLSID permissionsREM SET SETACLX64=C:\windows\system32\setaclx64.exeFOR /F "tokens=1,2,3,4,5 delims=\" %%A IN ('REG.EXE query HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\') DO ( SETACLX64 -on "%%A\%%B\%%C\%%D\%%E" -ot reg -actn setowner -ownr "n:S-1-5-32-544;s:y" -rec yes -silent SETACLX64 -on "%%A\%%B\%%C\%%D\%%E" -ot reg -actn ace -ace "n:S-1-5-32-544;p:full;s:y;i:so,sc;m:set;w:dacl" -rec yes -silent SETACLX64 -on "%%A\%%B\%%C\%%D\%%E" -ot reg -actn ace -ace "n:S-1-5-80-956008885-3418522649-1831038044-1853292631-2271478464;p:full;s:y;i:so,sc;m:revoke;w:dacl" -rec yes -silent)FOR /F "tokens=1,2,3,4,5 delims=\" %%A IN ('REG.EXE query HKCR\CLSID\') DO ( SETACLX64 -on "%%A\%%B\%%C\%%D\%%E" -ot reg -actn setowner -ownr "n:S-1-5-32-544;s:y" -rec yes -silent SETACLX64 -on "%%A\%%B\%%C\%%D\%%E" -ot reg -actn ace -ace "n:S-1-5-32-544;p:full;s:y;i:so,sc;m:set;w:dacl" -rec yes -silent SETACLX64 -on "%%A\%%B\%%C\%%D\%%E" -ot reg -actn ace -ace "n:S-1-5-80-956008885-3418522649-1831038044-1853292631-2271478464;p:full;s:y;i:so,sc;m:revoke;w:dacl" -rec yes -silent)FOR /F "tokens=1,2,3,4,5,6 delims=\" %%A IN ('REG.EXE query HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\') DO ( SETACLX64 -on "%%A\%%B\%%C\%%D\%%E\%%F" -ot reg -actn setowner -ownr "n:S-1-5-32-544;s:y" -rec yes -silent SETACLX64 -on "%%A\%%B\%%C\%%D\%%E\%%F" -ot reg -actn ace -ace "n:S-1-5-32-544;p:full;s:y;i:so,sc;m:set;w:dacl" -rec yes -silent SETACLX64 -on "%%A\%%B\%%C\%%D\%%E\%%F" -ot reg -actn ace -ace "n:S-1-5-80-956008885-3418522649-1831038044-1853292631-2271478464;p:full;s:y;i:so,sc;m:revoke;w:dacl" -rec yes -silent)FOR /F "tokens=1,2,3,4,5,6 delims=\" %%A IN ('REG.EXE query HKCR\Wow6432Node\CLSID\') DO ( SETACLX64 -on "%%A\%%B\%%C\%%D\%%E\%%F" -ot reg -actn setowner -ownr "n:S-1-5-32-544;s:y" -rec yes -silent SETACLX64 -on "%%A\%%B\%%C\%%D\%%E\%%F" -ot reg -actn ace -ace "n:S-1-5-32-544;p:full;s:y;i:so,sc;m:set;w:dacl" -rec yes -silent SETACLX64 -on "%%A\%%B\%%C\%%D\%%E\%%F" -ot reg -actn ace -ace "n:S-1-5-80-956008885-3418522649-1831038044-1853292631-2271478464;p:full;s:y;i:so,sc;m:revoke;w:dacl" -rec yes -silent)ECHO Complete
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