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  1. Posts : 390
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    OK that current state of play is that "wushowhide.diagcab" says that I have got nothing hidden (even though I definitely did use it to hide that update) and if you select "Hide updates" it also says that there are "no updates to hide".
    [i.e. "wushowhide.diagcab" can't see any updates?!]

    But if I type Updates into the start button and select View Update History I can see tht KB4100347 did successfully install but "KB3362919 (2)" failed.

    Bizarrely, even though I still can't allocate TextPad to open .TXT files, if I reset it to open with NotePad, it in fact now uses TextPad, even though the icon is for NotePad. OK so somehow TextPad is pretending to be NotePad and I can't get NotePad back even if I wanted to... but I can live with that.

    Meanwhile against all the odds Excel has suddenly started opening fast within my original profile.

    None of this makes much logical sense to me but at least I no longer have any need to move to my new windows profile.

    Either way I need to move on.

    But one final question: Is there any possible way to copy a Windows User Profile?
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  2. Posts : 43,235
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Assoiciations have become a problem, esp. txt-like file types in 1803. Needs MS to fix I think- so it's a matter of making do.
    (I've stayed with 1709...!!!)

    Seems some useful improvement, so that's progress. Could be the in-place upgrade repair gave you the Excel fix.

    Watch out for that update- seems a tricky one for whatever reason.
    You could try hiding it with Windows Update Minitool (free).

    User profiles are non-trivial.
    Just for example see:
    Change Name of User Profile Folder in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
    - a trivial-sounding requirement, but the difficulty is significant.

    A user profile includes registry keys, parts of installed programs, start menu, library folders and desktop.... more...

    The nearest thing to doing that is using programs like Laplink PCMover to transport all/selected installed programs and users to a new PC or new OS installation.
    pcmover vs wet us Laplink
    Note User Profile shown on the right.

    Windows used to have 'Easy Transfer' - long gone.
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  3. Posts : 390
    Window 10
    Thread Starter

    > Windows used to have 'Easy Transfer' - long gone.

    It really is quite depressing how lost and far, far away from normal mainstream users Microsoft have become. We probably wouldn't need things like copy this User Profile, if their software worked better.

    But they need to watch out. More and more people I know are abandoning all things Microsoft and making with free alternatives like google docs. I know a guy who runs 8 schools using Google docs.
    He laughs like a drain when I start talking about patches uninstalling patches special tools to hide patches and even those going wrong. "Yes Google Docs is a bit limited but... It just works." he says.
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  4. Posts : 4,830
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 22H2

    Google Docs is a great suite of programs, however it just replaces Microsoft Office, it doesn't replace the Windows OS, which still needs to be patched and updated periodically.
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  5. Posts : 43,235
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    So I guess that makes the OS not a patch on Google Docs from a user perspective.

    Actually I'm quite content with 1709- and better still pre some patch that moved handling file associations from the CP.
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