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About Andromeda43

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  1. I'm forced to agree with the title of this thread (topic). However, it's the Soup of the Day, and it comes pre-installed on every NEW PC today. Personally I don't like the looks of it when first installed. So I do what I have done with every MS OS, for several Decades. I tweak and tune it to suit my own tastes and needs. That includes installing and customizing "The Classic Shell", which can make Windows 10 look and act pretty much like Windows XP or Win-7. It's a FREE program, and I never set up Windows 10 without it. Just a thought, and an option for those who don't like the looks and feel of the natural Windows 10. It's totally fixable! Andromeda
  2. To maintain some form of Continuity between the several OS's that I have installed on 20 different PC's..... I just use the same old Backup/Restore program that I've been using since the Windows 98 days. (1998) And that program is "Ghost 11.5" which I run from a CD or Flash Drive. It runs in DOS, and will backup any OS from '98 to Win-10 Pro/64. I've never trusted the MS backup, because it's pretty useless when your hard drive has totally crashed. Even back in the DOS days, the Microsoft Backup was pretty lame. Cheers Mates! Andromeda
  3. While I was still Beta Testing Win-10, I read a post that said to just DELETE Cortana from my PC. Well, that worked, but it also caused problems in Windows itself. So I went looking for a less harmful way of just 'Disabling' Cortana so it couldn't be used to Spy on me, run in the background, etc. The first thing I do on any Windows setup, is to install "Grant Admin Full Control", which allows me, from the Right Click drop-down menu, to take ownership of the file, "Cortana Core.dll" and rename it to "Cortana Core. ddd". If it can't load and run during boot up, then it's effectively disabled, but can be easily re-enabled by just reversing the above process and changing .ddd back to .dll and rebooting the PC. An even more critical thing in Win-10 is "WUDO". (Windows Update Optimization) How do I turn it off? I followed the trail listed in this web site. https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-windows-update-delivery-optimization Cheers Mates! Andromeda
  4. Just curious.... how does any of that, double the performance of Windows ???
  5. I and many of my clients use GMail. When GMail is sent to your computer, it can be deleted from your InBox at GMail, but is moved to the Deleted Items folder. I can always go back in there and retreve any mail that's been lost in my own PC. Get a 1TB drive and CLONE your old drive to the new one. With any decent cloning program, that won't take too long and then you're covered, if that old drive shoots craps. I make a clone of my main HD once a week, just in case my main drive takes a hike. It's only one year old, but ya jus never know when an HD will quit working. Stuff happens! Good Luck and Happy Holidays! B)
  6. Chicken Little says the sky is falling, but really.........I don't buy into that. I never have been an alarmist. Windows XP-Pro-SP3/32 bit, remains my OS of choice as it has for the past decade +. I run a lot of very different programs, including a long list of Security Programs and as of this date everyone of them is still running great and getting daily or weekly updates. If the day ever comes that I'm forced to change OS's, that new OS will have to be Windows 8.1, Pro, 32bit. I already know that it runs great on my old desktop PC and newer Laptops. The 32 bit version also has great backward compatibility, which I need to run some old 16 bit programs that I've used since 1990. Cheers Mates, and Happy Holidays! B)
  7. The day that MS stopped offering updates to IE, they still had not fixed all the security holes in I.E., and they never will. Most of us, who cared anything for our computer's security, gave up on I.E. years ago and went to alternate Browsers. For me it was Netscape and later Firefox. Today it's still Firefox with Netscape only a fond memory. Since I.E. is integrated into Windows, removing it is not a viable option, but that sure as heck don't mean we have to use it. So, Forgetaboutit !! You don't like Firefox? Then there's a half dozen alternatives. Good Luck and Happy Holidays! B)
  8. Ha Ha, I love that! All I hear are the differences between XP and 8.1. As an old Computer tech, of 34 years, what I see is not the differences, but the stark similarities. Since Windows 98 I've been tweaking and tuning Windows OS's for maximum efficiency. There were pretty substantial differences between 98 and XP, but not so much between XP-Pro-SP3 and 7, 8 or 8.1. I have a whole Tool Kit, of tweaks that can greatly enhance performance, and the ones I've used on XP still work admirably on every OS up to and including 8.1. I do have XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1 all neatly installed on separate hard drives, and all OS's run beautifully on my now nine year old, home made desktop PC. But out of all of them, I still prefer Windows XP-Pro-SP3. USB 3.0? It's simple with a little USB 3.0, PCI add-0n card. I've also added an up-to-date video card and Sound Blaster sound card. With 4 GB of ram installed, all the OS's I mentioned above, run GREAT on this PC. Each OS does have its Plusses, but then each one also has it's minuses. Taking in to account, all the many variables, plusses and minuses, it was my own decision to reinstall Windows XP-Pro-SP3 a few months ago and keep that as my everyday OS of choice. MS support? Forgetabout it. I turned off MS updates over two years ago, when the updates were corrupting PC's all over the place. I've enjoyed the various insights and opinions voiced on this thread. Enlightening! Cheers Mates!
  9. Older XP machines are starting to exhibit all sorts of aging problems. Mine is no exception. I built my own XP machine in 2005. First it's the ram that's old, dirty and basically shorting out. It's been blasted by dirt off of the CPU cooler, for how many years? I fix that by washing the ram with soap and water, then rinsing it thoroughly in Alcohol and after a thorough drying, polish up the edge connector and reinstall it. Over 90% of the time, that fixes bad ram. Next problem, is the Chinese capacitors on the motherboard and in the PSU, that short out, bulge and leak. When I looked at my 9 yr old MOBO, under a good light, I found several capacitors that were bulging. I have new caps on order. I removed the bad ones just today. That's not for the faint of heart or beginners, but it can be done, so save an ailing mobo. Just seeing my trusty old PC all scattered out on the work bench is enough to make a grown man cry. Almost. Good Luck, B)
  10. If you bought your Windows 7 PC in a big-box store, instead of building it yourself, I'd almost guarantee that it has Malware on it, starting with whatever lame AV software was installed and then there's the Wild Tangent Games (known spyware). Takes me about an hour, to totally DE-Bug a new PC these days. It's a crime!
  11. On XP I could pin an internet shortcut to my taskbar,(Quick Launch Toolbar) so I could quickly and easily open up a web page without going back to my desktop to find the shortcut. But, on windows 7, it won't allow me to pin a shortcut to my taskbar (Quick Launch Tool Bar). Is there a way to circumvent this annoyance? Befuddled in Florida
  12. Lets see.....51 years.....that would take us back to about 1963. Things were certainly different then. No computers (PC's) and cars certainly didn't have an ECC or any of the electronics we have today. It was certainly a much simpler time. I'd go back there in a second, if I could. B)
  13. I've not installed a cpu chipset driver in ...... oh.....more years than I can remember. Normally, when you install an OS that's compatible with a motherboard, the OS itself has and installs the correct chipset drivers. It blows my mind, how many compatible drivers that now come with Windows 8.1. It installs on many 9 yr old PC's with never a whimper. I just installed 8.1/32/Pro on a nine year old eMachine, with an Intel X2 cpu and only 1 gig of DDR2 ram. Everything came up working..... sound graphics and LAN, all working AOK! Win 8.1 is a breath of new life for many older PC's. I question whether MS designed it to work like that, or not, but that's the way it turned out. Kind of neat....Eh? Cheers Mates! B)
  14. Sounds like you ran afoul of an old Seagate drive. I never did like all that rubber myself, but I never removed it from any drive either. They didn't do that for very long. It soon dissappeared. You've really got an oldie there! It's amazing how many of those old drives are still running. I recently found a really old, 4 gig drive. And yes, it's still running, although not much use anymore. Besides being very small, it's slower than molasses too. lol Good topic! B)
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