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  1.    08 Aug 2016 #31
    Join Date : Mar 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    If you are having that many issues with software, it's time to start running diagnostics on your memory and hard drive.
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  2.    08 Aug 2016 #32
    Join Date : May 2015
    Posts : 1,289
    Win 10 14393.51

    Quote Originally Posted by gainzer View Post
    I didn't necessarily expect XP programs to run on Windows 10 but the point was that trying to install it should not permanently render those video files un-playable. I uninstalled the program completely so any changes should have been undone IMHO.
    This is not complaining or innuendo and I don't know why you'd think I want sympathy?

    I've just listed some of the problems I've had with my new machine and it would be helpful if someone could tell me if it is Windows 10 or some issue with my hardware? Perhaps these programs are not compatible with DDR4? They work fine on older machines with DDR3.

    "I'm unaware of any Microsoft people reading this particular forum."
    I actually thought Microsoft created these forums to help people out?
    Unfortunately, uninstalling a program doesn't necessarily remove all of the files it installed, or restore all of the Windows Registry changes that it made. I'm not a software developer, but I imagine that this is much worse with software that should have refused to install in the first place. In particular, playing video files often requires codecs (compressors/decompressors). Those are pretty easy to mess up.

    Innuendo? Your remarks about Chrome, for example. I'm not sure which browser is most popular with Win 10 users, but I expect that Chrome is it. I doubt very much that MS is sabotaging it under Windows. Nagging to make Edge the default browser is more their style. Sympathy? More in the line of the kind of agreement you'd get in an emotional support group, as found in politics.

    I'm also not a hardware engineer, but I would expect DDR4 vs. DDR3 to have no effect. (To my limited understanding, DDR4 isn't much different from the original DDR, which wasn't called DDR1. Lower voltages, higher clocks, somewhat worse latency.) Unless you're the first. The OS ought to be more important than the hardware.

    Two positive suggestions:

    1) Clean install Win 10. That can be painful, having to re-install all applications and settings, but it's likely to avoid many issues.

    2) Avoid being the guinea pig for installing old software.

    Best of luck.

    ps: I didn't notice this in the thread: there are at least two types of "OEM" license. The first is used by the major manufacturers. With that, the license is embedded in the BIOS. The only way you could transfer that is to transfer the PC. The second type is intended for small "white box" PC builders. You could buy such a license yourself, for a lower price than the retail version. It has a regular license key, unattached to any hardware. It's not supposed to be transferable, but it's a license restriction, not a hardware thing. You could sell the key to someone else, but MS's servers would not activate Windows on a new PC using that key. (The same thing would happen with a retail license, but the automated telephone activation method should work.)
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