Very Interesting Day Yesterday


  1. Posts : 737
    windows 7
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    Very Interesting Day Yesterday


    I was downloading some free software when suddenly my Windows 10 locked up (I think it was Edge that was locked up). I spent maybe 30 minutes trying get the PC working again. Nothing I did helped so I got on another Win10 PC and went to Microsoft Chat (these people are really good).

    The tech rep suggest that I reinstall Windows. He talked me thru the process of reinstalling Win10 from the local source (disconnected from internet). While preparing for reinstall I told it keep my programs. I still lost about 50% of my installed programs. The total time it took to reinstall Win10 was about 30 minutes and another 10 minutes to update it. The rep sent to my personal email the procedures for reinstalling Windows.

    After Windows was working again I started reinstalling the programs I had lost. Sometime during this process, Windows locked up again. This time the procedures to reinstall Win10 the tech rep had sent me did NOT work (could not get into Settings). Once again I went to Microsoft Chat. This time he had me try several things to unlock my PC. While trying to get Settings to open he had me shut down the P:C then restart it, then hold down the Power Key for 10 seconds (that shut the PC down again). When I powered up the PC again, WOW, it started normally.

    Today I still have a few programs to install and hope this PC does NOT lockup again (I have had this PC for just over a year and this is the first time it ever locked up) I have no clue and neither did the tech rep have any idea why it would lockup It was amazing which programs I lost. One program was Notepad++ Portable and I am having trouble getting it to download again.

    Hope today is NOT like yesterday ha ha ha ha.

    Have a great day.
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  2. Posts : 18,034
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
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    Hello @huffman,

    Rather than keep performing a Clean Install, may I suggest that you create a System Image BEFORE reinstalling ANY further programs as it appears to be OK at the moment. Then reinstall the programs ONE at a time, making a new System Image after EACH. This way you can restore the previous image in a very short time and you will know which program, if ANY, is the culprit.

    You should create a System Image on a regular basis anyway for such problems as you are having.

    I hope this helps.
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  3. Posts : 17,049
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #3

    huffman said:
    One program was Notepad++ Portable and I am having trouble getting it to download again.
    Perhaps you mean you are having trouble finding a download source for it. There's a link to the portable version in Download Notepad++ v8.5.3 | Notepad++


    Denis
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  4. Posts : 737
    windows 7
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Try3 I see several downloads for Notepad++ Portable on that link. Which one is the download link for what I want for using on Windows 10.

    If I have the portable version on another pc can I copy it and use it on another PC?

    - - - Updated - - -

    Paul Black, I do have an image I recent made using Macrium reflect. The problem was I could not open Macrium reflect to get to the image I had made. Hope that makes sense.

    Thanks
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  5. Posts : 17,049
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
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    huffman said:
    Try3 I see several downloads for Notepad++ Portable on that link. Which one is the download link for what I want for using on Windows 10.
    Assuming your Windows is 64 bit as so many are these days, the top group. I suggest the zip.
    Very Interesting Day Yesterday-notepad-downloads.png
    You can check if your Windows is 64 bit or not by running the command msinfo32.exe then, in the dialog that appears, reading the eighth line down - System type.


    huffman said:
    If I have the portable version on another pc can I copy it and use it on another PC?
    Yes.

    huffman said:
    I do have an image I recent made using Macrium reflect. The problem was I could not open Macrium reflect to get to the image I had made.
    That makes me think you did not make a Macrium boot disk. You ought to.


    Denis
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  6. Posts : 18,034
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #6

    Hello @huffman,

    I downloaded and use this one if it helps > Notepad++ Portable
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  7. Posts : 737
    windows 7
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Try3, yes I used Macrium reflect to make a rescue disk. For some reason this PC will NOT boot from a CD/DVD and will not allow me to get into the bios to change the boot order. It really is a strange PC. Calling HP support just flustrates the hell out of me. They are of absolutely NO help.

    Also I downloaded the Notepad++ you suggested. It had the extensions .zip.sig. I had no idea what to do because of the .sig. I have seen that before.

    Paul Black that was exactly what I needed. Thanks much

    Actually Thanks EVERYONE. You guys are alway helpful.
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  8. Posts : 17,049
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #8

    huffman said:
    For some reason this PC will NOT boot from a CD/DVD and will not allow me to get into the bios to change the boot order.
    I suggest that this problem should be your highest priority chore.
    Since it's an HP, you should be able to get into the Bios at boot by pressing the F10 key while the HP logo is onscreen [before Windows starts loading].
    Since it's an HP, you should be able to get into the boot menu at boot by pressing the F9 key while the HP logo is onscreen [before Windows starts loading].
    If it is a UEFI computer then you should also be able to get into the Bios by telling Windows to boot into it.
    Check if Windows 10 is using UEFI or Legacy BIOS - TenForumsTutorials
    Boot to UEFI Firmware Settings from inside Windows 10 - TenForumsTutorials
    Many people continue to use the term Bios even on Uefi computers [as I did above].

    huffman said:
    Also I downloaded the Notepad++ you suggested. It had the extensions .zip.sig.
    I've just done it & it downloads as npp.8.5.3.portable.x64.zip
    Very Interesting Day Yesterday-npp.8.5.3.portable.x64-downloaded.png
    You downloaded the wrong thing [the GPG Signature item on the right of my diagram].



    Denis
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