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  1. Thread: Slow Login Troubleshooting by Steve C
    Forum: General Support
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    Open Shell login is about the same as Classic...

    Open Shell login is about the same as Classic Shell - 4 seconds with pre-cache icons disabled. Login is only 2 secs without Classic / Open Shell.
  2. Thread: No keyboard input for Cortana in 1903? by Steve C
    Forum: Windows Insider
    Replies 17 Views 5,205

    Solved In v1903, I don't see a microphone symbol in the...

    In v1903, I don't see a microphone symbol in the search box. is that by design?
  3. Thread: Open-Shell (Formerly Classic-Start) by Steve C
    Forum: Software and Apps
    Replies 21 Views 1,602

    I've been happy using Classic Start / Shell on...

    I've been happy using Classic Start / Shell on all my PCs. However, recently I noticed logins on my 5 year old Dell laptop were taking 10 secs - see Slow Login Troubleshooting.

    I've reduced the...
  4. Thread: Slow Login Troubleshooting by Steve C
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 10 Views 891

    No Explorer crashes, I've reduced the login delay...

    No Explorer crashes, I've reduced the login delay to an acceptable 4 secs by disabling the option "Pre-cache icons" in Classic Shell / General Behaviour.
  5. Thread: SpyBot by Steve C
    Forum: AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security
    Replies 6 Views 633

    I use AdWCleaner & MalwareBytes to augment...

    I use AdWCleaner & MalwareBytes to augment Defender. I only use them for offline scans.
  6. Thread: Latest Google Chrome Released for Windows by Steve C
    Forum: Browsers and Email
    Replies 871 Views 185,124

    Sticky: Useful!

    Useful!
  7. Thread: Slow Login Troubleshooting by Steve C
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 10 Views 891

    Autoruns is a great utility I've been using for a...

    Autoruns is a great utility I've been using for a while. I did find disabling Classic Shell improved login speed but I want to keep it. Is the newer Open Shell more efficient? I also noted disabling...
  8. Thread: Slow Login Troubleshooting by Steve C
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 10 Views 891

    run chkdsk /scan - no problems compare login...

    run chkdsk /scan - no problems
    compare login time after a clean boot - no change - about 10s
    create a new user, log in as that user and compare the login time - same login time as other users

    ...
  9. Thread: Slow Login Troubleshooting by Steve C
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 10 Views 891

    Slow Login Troubleshooting

    My Dell laptop is taking about 10 seconds to login whereas it use to be much faster. I found a tip about setting the Group Policy Option "Display highly detailed status messages" as shown below....
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    Solved When you get booting from the correct drive...

    When you get booting from the correct drive sorted out, I would use MiniTool Partition Wizard to delete the unneeded system partitions on the secondary drives, recover the unallocated space and make...
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    Solved Hopefully, someone will post the correct bcdedit...

    Hopefully, someone will post the correct bcdedit commands to fix that and correctly configure Windows 10 /7 dual boot if you want that.
  12. Thread: Clean install of a new SSD by Steve C
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 4 Views 5,502

    Use MiniTool Partition Wizard Free to delete the...

    Use MiniTool Partition Wizard Free to delete the unwanted partitions on the secondary drive and expand the main partition to use the allocated space. Check there are no active partitions on those...
  13. Replies 12 Views 822

    Solved What does bcdedit report? I suspect Windows is...

    What does bcdedit report?

    I suspect Windows is using a boot partition on the hard drive which you need to fix.
  14. Can I assume there will be an fix via Windows...

    Can I assume there will be an fix via Windows Update?
  15. Thread: Are these fake or problematic licenses? by Steve C
    Forum: Microsoft Office and 365
    Replies 24 Views 2,051

    In the UK you are covered by law for credit card...

    In the UK you are covered by law for credit card refunds for purchases exceeding 100. Between 10 to 100 you can use the chargeback process which depends on the goodwill of the credit card firm....
  16. Thread: How to send an email using Cortana? by Steve C
    Forum: Browsers and Email
    Replies 7 Views 288

    Solved OK - I've turned it off again. I'll try again in...

    OK - I've turned it off again. I'll try again in 5 years.
  17. Thread: How to send an email using Cortana? by Steve C
    Forum: Browsers and Email
    Replies 7 Views 288

    Solved I'm on 1809. It will open Outlook but any other...

    I'm on 1809. It will open Outlook but any other attempt to send an email just results in a web search. It should work as post 2 but it doesn't.
  18. Thread: How to send an email using Cortana? by Steve C
    Forum: Browsers and Email
    Replies 7 Views 288

    Solved How to send an email using Cortana?

    I haven't bothered using Cortana much. In theory, you can ask Cortana to compose and send an email. However, when I say write email / send email or something similar, Cortana just does a web search...
  19. Thread: Dell Inspiron GPU Driver Problem by Steve C
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 4 Views 252

    Windows Update doesn't show a better driver than...

    Windows Update doesn't show a better driver than the current Dell driver c. 2017. Dell have posted a newer driver but that doesn't install as noted above.
  20. Thread: C Drive losing free space by Steve C
    Forum: Performance & Maintenance
    Replies 12 Views 2,008

    Disk Clean will zap that folder if you select the...

    Disk Clean will zap that folder if you select the option
  21. Thread: Dell Inspiron GPU Driver Problem by Steve C
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 4 Views 252

    Thanks - I installed that BIOS a while ago

    Thanks - I installed that BIOS a while ago
  22. Thread: Dell Inspiron GPU Driver Problem by Steve C
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 4 Views 252

    Dell Inspiron GPU Driver Problem

    There is a problem with Dell's latest Intel HD graphics driver for the Inspiron 7537 - driver file Intel-HD-Graphics-Driver_8V48Y_WIN_20.19.15.4835_A07.EXE. The installation fails since the inf fie...
  23. Thread: C Drive losing free space by Steve C
    Forum: Performance & Maintenance
    Replies 12 Views 2,008

    I use Disk Clean, Wise Disk Cleaner and CCleaner...

    I use Disk Clean, Wise Disk Cleaner and CCleaner to prune unneeded files. Note you can use CCleaner to selectively delete restore points. Also run System Maintenance if it hasn't been done for a...
  24. Thread: Clean Install Partitions Query by Steve C
    Forum: Installation and Upgrade
    Replies 4 Views 241

    Solved After 3 years of installing / uninstalling...

    After 3 years of installing / uninstalling various programs, I want to start afresh. I did have a Reflect image of the laptop's clean install from 3 years ago but the USB portable drive containing...
  25. Thread: What's this error report? by Steve C
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 4 Views 1,260

    It's a 1 month old HP ProBook having common...

    It's a 1 month old HP ProBook having common software. I've had problems with the bug prone HP bloatware and have removed most of it.
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