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Everything posted by Tripredacus

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    Error 0cx000007b On Game Launch

    If the game itself doesn't say which version to use in a text file in the game folder, then the typical way of knowing which version is needed should be kept in the manifest of the exe. In this case, it would be sottr.exe and you would need a program that can view the manifest on there. If the developers were smart, it should clearly indicate the version of specific runtimes that are required. It is possible to do this simply by opening the .exe in a text editor or hex editor and search for "manifestVersion" although there are other programs available that can show this information in a nicer format. I don't know of a program to recommend, perhaps others know of some.
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    Buying Windows 7

    Technet should be gone by now. I think there is only MSDN subscription service left.
  3. This process does exist with some situations even in previous versions of Windows. I can recall at least one RAID card that needed this unmount/remount process.. mostly because it used a dummy driver. Also any INFs that needed the KMDF/UMDF update would need that MSU added first, unmount/remount and then you could add the INF. The only page I know is on the Catalog site, but it does not show pre-requisites there. Only succeed/supercede KBs.
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    Window error

    Go into elevated Command prompt (cmd.exe) run: slmgr -dlv post result here
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    Error 0cx000007b On Game Launch

    I have some doubt that the program would be able to find the files in the Skype folder. A program usually has a very limited search path when trying to find files: its specified working directory, c:\windows, c:\windows\system32, and any other path/environment variable specifically set by the developer. If installing the 64bit version of that redist doesn't solve that issue, you can manually put the correct files into the program's working directory.
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    New donation from Radish

    Yay @Radish
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    We are wondering why blockchain is not in the list of stuff you don't like.
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    Official - Windows 10 Worst Crap Ever!

    I have doubts that people are flocking to Apple due to Windows 10. I currently do not know any people IRL that own Macs. Instead I think that people would either just give up on computing entirely and use a tablet or phone. In fact, given wage disparity in the world, it would make more sense from a financial perspective if more people ended up buying Chromebooks over Macs. And while Apple likes to toot their horn about how many iPhones they sell, everyone knows that they are outsold by Android and other phone manuacturers by huge numbers simply because Apple just happens to sell the most (overpriced) expensive stuff on the retail market.
  9. It looks like both like and upvote increase the reputation number in your info panel. I believe that the forum has an option to enable a "most popular post" type panel, similar to the Popular Contributors panel that appears on the forum index.
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    Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    I'm sure I'll have some deeper impressions soon. I finally have joined the realm of the living (dead) and got a new workstation that has Windows 10 Enteprise installed. As much as I'd like to remain in the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" category, seeing how my job requires some Windows 10 crap, I figured it was worth a shot. I still kept my old computer tho, so I'm not Windows 7 free... yet.
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    ThinkPad Can't Connect to School Interent

    It is not entirely this fact, more like saying N is backwards compatible (as a blanket statement) is more of pushing marketing speak. If Wireless N was backwards compatible, you wouldn't need mixed mode. Mixed mode is the function of the router/AP to use both N and previous types at the same time. When speaking in terms of this backwards compatibiltiy, you must be specific to the device and to the configuration. A, B, G and N are not compatible with each other. It is the interfaces that determine the compatibility.
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    ThinkPad Can't Connect to School Interent

    @sdfox7 if your wireless G clients can connect to your wireless N network, then you have it configured that way, or in mixed mode. I run pure G and pure N radios at home, and wireless G devices cannot even see the wireless N radio.
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    Weird "Item Not Found" Error

    You will get this type of message due to Windows either performing a series of actions synchronously and some lag exists that makes the next step in the process to occur before it should. Unfortunately this will result in Windows showing you a message like this and halt whatever it was doing. I see it most often when creating a new folder, and then rename it. Trying to enter it will open a message saying "Unable to locate 'New Folder'" even though the dir doesn't have that name anymore. My best recommendation for avoiding the message you get (and to avoid potential file corruption) is to not multitask when doing a file copy.
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    How to inject Drivers to Windows 10

    If you are wanting to add the drivers post-install (so that the drivers do not exist in the install image) there are multiple ways to do it. The first is the method that I use, where I am using DISM to apply the image to a partition. Then after the image is deployed, I can use DISM to add the driver to that offline installation. Like so: DISM /IMAGE:C:\ /ADD-DRIVER /DRIVER:z:\folder\driver.inf In that example, the driver is actually stored on a network share. Some drivers may be required to be copied to the ramdisk first before adding them this way, but so far I haven't run into any of those. The second example is to make Windows do this work for you. There are various ways to do it, there are multiple unattend settings where you can specific a Synchronous command, or you can use FirstLogonCommands to do it. In this case, the drivers need to be accessible to the OS, whether they exist as a folder inside the image or if they are copied in afterwards using DataImage (which I have not tried in many years) or some other method. Then you can use a DISM command like so: DISM /ONLINE /ADD-DRIVER /DRIVER:c:\folder\driver.inf You may need to use the DISM from the ADK to do this, and if so then you would need to use absolute pathing to DISM.exe so that Windows doesn't try to use the one that is built into the OS. There is also an unattend option you can find called DriverPaths in Microsoft-Windows-PnpCustomizationsNonWinPE, which lets you specify a network path for where the drivers are stored, and Windows will add them to the image IF you are installing to Audit Mode. There are various other ways to do it also, but an all-in-one option for installing different driver sets for different models of computer are outside of this general scope. If you are wanting a driver to be installed for a notebook, such as a touchpad software but do not want this software installed to a desktop, then you will need to use separate answer files for each or go down the path of creating (of finding) a system capable of detecting different hardware and using different deployment options.
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    Windows 95 as an "app" for Windows 10, Linux & Mac?

    There is no rule breaking here. Abandonware certainly exists. The definitions on those websites are correct, but their uses of the term in sentences are misleading.
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    Windows 95 as an "app" for Windows 10, Linux & Mac?

    I had to look it up also. But the page I read was quite general about it. It does not talk specifically about software, but works. The reason being that Windows 95 and Windows 10 being really the same software... it is possible to go even longer for earlier versions but it didn't cover this at all. I'm sure it is buried in the law someplace.
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    Desktop computer is only turning on for a few seconds

    Do a visual inspection of barrel capacitors on the motherboard. These are the ones that look like there is a + (or three pronged "mercedes benz") shape in the top and the tops are silver. They should all be flat. If any are raised or have discoloration on the tops, then this may be a problem. If you are not certain about it, you can post a picture. Another situation where I have seen this has been with the RAM. You can try having just one stick inserted and rotate them. Also you can try turning the computer on without any RAM installed. Of course, the computer will not boot with this type of setup, but it should still turn on. Some computers may have an audible beep code when no memory is installed. There are various other things that can cause this situation, but when it comes down to it, one of the main components is failed or failing. The only time I have seen this issue where there wasn't a component failure, was due to a grounding issue. However, on a previously known working computer, this is usually not the cause. BUT, while you're in your case, good a time as any to get any dust out of there! And you know, if you do end up posting a picture of the insides and there is dust in that picture, I'm sure someone will point it out!
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    Windows 95 as an "app" for Windows 10, Linux & Mac?

    As the rights holder, it is up to Microsoft to decide whether to enforce their copyright. Just because a company does not appear to do anything about people pirating software doesn't mean they can't. At any time that they feel like, they can come down on people who are distributing or hosting software (in part or in full) that they are not allowed to do so, including who disk images (as in this instance) or ISOs, updates, hotfixes, individual programs or files, etc and when they end up doing this, the person who is caught cannot claim that it was OK because nothing was done about it in the past. I'm sure most people would agree that the idea that you'd have to wait 95 years for Windows 95 to enter into the public domain is ridiculous.
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    Official - Windows 10 Worst Crap Ever!

    I have seen a stock Windows 10 do an upgrade in 18 hours. Stock meaning that the system was setup just to test the upgrade process. The software was not "used" as a person normally would and nothing additional was installed besides drivers to make flags go away in Device Manager. The fact that the average time it takes a stock system to do a version upgrade is 4 hours out to say something. But we all realise that the OS is much larger these days than in Win98 days, and the OS is doing way more and there is a lot of overhead. People do not compare current technology to old technology, or properly efficient old technology because they have no experience with it. We know examples of how a new install of Windows 95 installed onto a 5400RPM hard disk could take 5 seconds to boot to desktop, and this speed can only be matched these days by having an immensly faster boot disk and a tuned OS, be it Windows 7 or newer. The cheats that the industry use to speed up "boot" time by making the computer enter hybernation at shutdown do not count! Hardware has certainly gotten better, but a lot of software really hasn't.
  20. You speak as if Windows 2000 is just one SKU. I gather you are speaking about Windows 2000 Professional only?
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    i need an old school pocket pc

    Did @dencorso reply to someone after 7 years of looking for an iPaq for his job, or is something missing here?
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    Official - Windows 10 Worst Crap Ever!

    If using Server 2016 with desktop (as opposed to Core), the default UI is still Server Manager, and everything can be done through there. Or you can use the context on the Start button to go to other places. It has a Start Screen like Windows 8/10 does but I've never used it and have only opened it by accident.
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    Windows 95 as an "app" for Windows 10, Linux & Mac?

    Orphaned products are what most people consider to be abandonware. Programs or games created by companies that no longer exist, therefore there is no entity to enforce copyright. The only way a Windows OS can be freely redistributed is if Microsoft puts the product into the public domain. OR, they go out of business and no one purchases/claims the rights to Windows, then it would be considered orphaned. Until then, the License is still enforceable on Windows 95, even if the product is no longer sold or supported.
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    Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    As far as OS is concerned.... their focus is not going to be on desktop or on mobile but mobile we can say they just are not interested in creating a competing operating system. Now they are all about servers and online services that mobile devices can access.
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    Windows 95 as an "app" for Windows 10, Linux & Mac?

    As far as I am aware, Microsoft has not yet released Windows 95 into the public domain. As such, this software is warez as it contains a "disk image" of an installed Windows 95 OS. Congrats to Techrepublic, Neowin and Zdnet for supporting software piracy.