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  1. I recently purchased Vuescan for an old and trusted HP scanner for which there were no Win7 drivers. I dual boot with XP. Vuescan worked fine but in my opinion the interface is a bit convoluted and for a copy you need to do 3 or 4 key strokes whereas the same scanner on XP is only one. I went for the Standard version.
  2. Agreed. I had to enable NoScript for that site otherwise every entry was blank including MarioNet
  3. Thanks for the tip. FF 51.0.1 has it enabled by default and I have just turned it off. Hopefully it will not disable any functionality on any of the sites that I visit. Cheers
  4. Not sure if your issue is resolved but you could give the Daniel K drivers a try. His driver supports Creative audio cards based on the Emu10kx DSP chipset. A brief search indicated that the Audigy FX card has that same chipset. I recently used these (v6.2) in Win7 with a Creative Audigy card (SB0090/2) and they worked fine. http://danielkawakami.blogspot.com/2017/01/sb-audigy-series-support-pack-62.html Good Luck PS just noted that you said the card had a realtek chipset, so perhaps may not work for you
  5. @VistaLover & UCyborg. Many thanks for the added info. Cheers
  6. Rather than continually fighting with wifi on XP (as I had been for the past few years), I decided to switch and use a nano router set in client bridge mode (which connects to the ethernet card) instead and am very happy with this set up as it avoids the need to upgrade my wifi pci card any more. Have two of these one for my desktop and one for my laptop which both dual boot with XP (& Win7). Also getting full speeds on my fibre connection (40/10) especially so as the laptop is a bit old and only has a 'g' wireless card. https://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-Link-Support-Extender-UK-TL-WR902AC/dp/B01NAYG15H/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1548923098&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=tp+link+wr902ac&psc=1 Good Luck
  7. Please try Folder Options X : http://free-sk.t-com.hr/T800soft/software/FolderOptionsX.html https://github.com/T800G/FolderOptionsX It was suggested to me by a fellow MSFN member here but, sadly, I can't recollect his username, nor is it possible to retrieve his post: it was lost due to the forum's database corruption in early June of this year... Like WinXP, Windows Vista retains free sorting of folders+files, a feature that was removed by M$ in Win7+'s Explorer ; my preferred folder view in Explorer is Tiles, and the inability to freely re-arrange files/folders inside a directory drived me crazy on my sister's Win7 64bit laptop; but, thankfully, Folder Options X came to the rescue !!! Unzip and run the installer (if you want to be extra cautious, you can create a system restore point prior to the installation, I did not have to, everything went along fine...); be sure to check "Enable icon reordering" in the app's settings: what is unfortunate is that the app was released 4 Feb 2017, too long after Win7's own release... Very late reply, but wanted to say many thanks for recommending FolderOptionsX. Installed it an it works a treat. I had tried the 'Disable Auto Arrange' patch (.bat file) available from another forum but that one doesn't have as many options available and was a bugger to remove (had to reimage the drive), whereas FolderOptionsX can be easily disabled from the GUI with no issues. The only drawback (which also exits on the .bat patch) is that the folders, etc blow up when they are dragged. Cheers
  8. In the first instance are you talking about a RAID array (mirror / Raid 1) for your data that would be internal or external ie USB? I am not hugely knowledgeable on RAID but I never raided internal HDDs simply because if one drive gets an error, virus, etc it will copy it to the other drive. For me, at least, the safest way to use RAID1 ie one drive mirroring the other, is to use it in an external USB RAID enclosure. Which is what I did. My pc has 3 internal HDDs. An SSD for dual boot and 2x 2TB HDD for data. The 2 internal data drives are standalone drives ie no raid of any sort. I save all my data to HDD1 and then periodically use Syncback to synchronise the data from HDD1 to HDD2. I very recently purchased an external USB3 Raid enclosure capable of holding two HDD and have set this up in Raid1 array ie mirroring. Every couple of weeks, I connect the External USB3 RAID enclosure to my pc and synchronise it with HDD1. I know that many users will say that this is a lot of trouble but I prefer it as it is the safest way, imo, to keep my data safe. The external enclosure I went for was an ICYBOX one (IB-RD3620SU3) is of type HW RAID 1 ie hardware. I found USB3 speeds to be good (limitation on small files) and get speeds with 7200 drives of 100-125MB/s. Copies a single large 5GB file in just over a min. If one of the drives in the external RAID goes bad, simply pull it out replace it with a good drive and the software to the ICYBOX will rebuilt the array ie it copies over the data from the good drive to the new drive. You can also just pull out any of the 2 drives in the RAID enclosure and just install it internally your data will be accessible. Good Luck with it.
  9. When I built a new system a few months back and wanted to dual boot with XP, I had to settle on an AM3+ board for reason that this was the only board that would support XP in that it had both XP chipset / AHCI driver and USB3 driver. Good Luck
  10. Yes. Many thanks. I will go an have a play with it. The user reviews on distrowatch are very encouraging. Yes. I do much prefer the classic UI rather than that of Win 8/10. I did have to download several third party progs in Win7 to replace the stuff that MS had removed which was a pain. Win7 also does not allow folders to be placed in non alphabetical order (don't know if that persists in Win8/10) which is a real pain a lot of the time, whereas in XP one could just Align to Grid (searched for days for a permanent fix but none exists). The folder sizes in Views is always an issue, whereas XP is faultless. These are very small points but are in the main day-to-day tasks that most users undertake are really important. Personally, these two issues irritate me to death in Win7. Thanks again for the tip on Q4OS Cheers
  11. @LoneCrusader. Don't mean to go off topic but just had a quick look at Q4OS and XPQ4 and have a quick question. Am I understanding this correctly. Q4OS is the Debian based Linux distribution and needs to be installed so that the XPQ4 addon can be installed to give it a Win XP/7/8/10 shell/desktop/feel. Is that correct? Good Luck Cheers
  12. Well, I never installed Vista, used it a couple of times and much like Windows ME, I skipped it due in most part by users reviews (perhaps they were wrong). However, having used Win7 for only a few months I feel that it is a worthwhile OS and in many respects, superficially of course since I am not that knowledgeable, I am warming to it. Win7 required an inordinate amount of time having to shut off Services, Tasks and many other MS progs that were unnecessary and reporting back to MS and that was a real paint to do. Having tried Win8 &10, I feel that my next move will most probably be Linux, I have played around a lot with Ubuntu (have it on a laptop) but everything is so very different. I will have a look at Q4OS and XPQ4 and test out a live cd (if they have one which I am sure they must). Good Luck Cheers
  13. I think that is very aptly put. I am going to hang to in with XP as long as I am able, much like 98SE which I liked, but eventually will have to move to Win7 for practical reasons. Luckily, all my XP progs seem to work on Win7. Figure this will be in the next year or two max. In the interim since I dual boot, it will give me time to get used to Win7. Good Luck
  14. @LoneCrusader +1 I recently built a new pc which dual boots XP & Win7. Just because something is old does not mean it should be discarded and replaced. This is the first time that I have installed Win7 on any machine, only for reason that I am fully aware that however much I like XP, it is regrettably inevitable that new hardware and software will no longer be able to function (eg sourcing HDD 512n and browsers). My car is 17 years old. Running perfectly well and has very low mileage. Should I also just get rid of that too because it does not have all the latest features? The users of this forum are not only incredibly knowledgeable but have been so very helpful to me; there is no need to criticise them. Good Luck

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