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  1. Posts : 222
    Windows 10 Home Premium-1803
    Thread Starter
       #31

    topgundcp said:
    @boweasel
    The "Reset This PC" option is only available if:
    1. Open Admin command prompt and type: reagentc /info. If disabled then you have to enable it: reagentc /enable
    2. Hold down SHIFT key+Right click on Start Menu->Shutdown or signout->Restart
      OR
      Settings->Update & Security->Recovery->Reset This PC.

    This option is not available if you boot from the Installation USB/DVD
    Thanks for that info, but I now realize that one of the major problems with this laptop is that non-lettered partition, full of recovery data from the original Windows 8. That's what is causing that mini Windows check every time it reboots. Resetting the laptop while keeping my friend's files won't do anything about that partition. It'll just replace the current Windows OS. So I think I'm going to do a clean install.
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  2. Posts : 2,790
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
       #32

    Clean install is fine if you have all other application software available to re-install. If not then you can also rebuild the first 3 partitions and keep C drive intact.
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  3. Posts : 3,985
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #33

    topgundcp said:
    Clean install is fine if you have all other application software available to re-install. If not then you can also rebuild the first 3 partitions and keep C drive intact.


    In fact, I think OP only needs to rebuild the first (EFI) and delete the last (Win 8.x - Factory recover) but a Clean install will delete all the trash that came from Win 8.x
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  4. Posts : 2,790
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
       #34

    Megahertz said:


    In fact, I think OP only needs to rebuild the first (EFI) and delete the last (Win 8.x - Factory recover) but a Clean install will delete all the trash that came from Win 8.x
    The partition layout was based on Windows 8. The Recovery partition also contains garbage from Windows 8.
    In Windows 10 1909, it should be: 529MB Recovery, 100MB EFI System, 16MB MSR then C drive.
    So, rebuild all 3's will conform with Windows 10 standard layout. In addition, delete the last partition then extend it into C.
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  5. Posts : 24,602
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #35

    Megahertz said:
    With a laptop that has no dedicated graphics memory, part of the main memory is used for graphics....
    ...On your computers I can see that Win 32 uses 1.1G (1.8G available) and Win 64 uses 2.3G (1.5G available)
    It's hard to compare as they have different hardware.

    OK, let's try again, this time with two clean installs of W10 Pro 2004 on the one physical machine, one x86 the other x64.

    The Samsung R519 laptop (my System Two) has an Intel Celeron T3100 cpu. The video does not share the installed 4GB RAM, rather it uses the Intel GM45 motherboard chipset with its own dedicated 1GB of video RAM.

    A 32 bit OS can only address a maximum of 4GB, so in order to use the 1GB of video RAM it has to be mapped to occupy part of that address space. This is done by marking 1GB of the installed RAM as 'Hardware Reserved' and therefore inaccessible to the OS or the user.

    A 64 bit OS can map the video RAM so it appears above the the 4GB of installed RAM, with only a few MB need be hardware reserved for communications.

    The result is that 32 bit W10 can only see and use 2.93GB of the installed 4GB, with 1.82GB physical RAM free for user applications. 64 bit W10 can use virtually all the installed RAM at 3.93GB. There is 2.49GB of physical RAM free.

    32 bit x86

    Windows Reset Not Visible-ram-useage-2004-x86.png

    64 bit x64

    Windows Reset Not Visible-ram-useage-2004-x64.png
    Last edited by Bree; 20 Jul 2020 at 13:53.
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  6. Posts : 3,985
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #36

    Congratulations Bree, but the main point here is that your computer does has a graphics card and the X551MA doesn't.
    We don't even know if it has 4G as the specs mention "DDR3 1333/1066 MHz SDRAM, up to 4 G"
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  7. Posts : 222
    Windows 10 Home Premium-1803
    Thread Starter
       #37

    Megahertz said:
    Congratulations Bree, but the main point here is that your computer does has a graphics card and the X551MA doesn't.
    We don't even know if it has 4G as the specs mention "DDR3 1333/1066 MHz SDRAM, up to 4 G"
    According to the System screen, this does have 4GB of RAM.

    Look it already was running a 64 bit version, so that's what he's gonna get. He's in his upper 70's, looks at Facebook, his email and plays Solitaire. He's doesn't play any graphics intensive games. Getting rid of the 10 minute wait lag time from power on until the laptop is useable will thrill him no end.
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  8. Posts : 3,985
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #38

    So 32 or 64 bits won't make much difference
    boweasel, what you've decided to do?

    If you decided to do a Clean install, my suggestion is to install win 10 Ver 1909 as ver 2004 still has some glitches.
    Links are valid for 24 hours
    Win10_1909_English_x32.iso
    Win10_1909_English_x64.iso

    If \sources\install.wim is bigger than 4G, to make a USB drive EFI boot able you must split install.wim.
    On a Win 10 computer, mount the iso file. Copy all files and folders from the mounted iso to a folder.
    Attached is a small CMD file to split install.wim
    Copy Split.cmd to \souces folder and then run the Split.cmd. It will generate install.swm and install1.swm files.
    When done, delete the install.wim file and copy all files and folders to a Fat32 USB drive. If Win 10 64 bits It will be UEFI boot able. To make it Legacy boot able (if win 10 32 bits) you must set the partition as Active.

    Boot from the USB drive and delete all partitions on the target drive.
    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10
    Clean Install Windows 10
    Windows Reset Not Visible Attached Files
    Last edited by Megahertz; 20 Jul 2020 at 17:17.
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  9. Posts : 24,602
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #39

    Yes, use 1909. It's in support until May 2021. TBH I've had 2004 on some of my machines since 27th May and I'm hard pressed to find anything significantly new in it (apart from the defrag/trim bug).
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