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  1. Thread: unable to reinstall windows 10 by idgat
    Forum: Installation and Upgrade
    Replies 4 Views 203

    You won't need the key - it's now "registered"...

    You won't need the key - it's now "registered" with MS servers. Any installation will recognise the key and activate automatically.

    You don't give a very good detail of what's not happening, so at...
  2. Thread: Microsoft Keep Hijacking my PC by idgat
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 12 Views 670

    Check your update history and list the KBs that...

    Check your update history and list the KBs that have been installed recently. Which ones came through without your permission, as it were.
  3. Thread: Instanced Desktop shorcuts by idgat
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 7 Views 186

    Sounds like you might benefit by 3rd party...

    Sounds like you might benefit by 3rd party programs like Objectdock and/or Rocketdock icon taskbars. there are freeware versions to try.

    Payware versions give much greater options, if worth the...
  4. Thread: Instanced Desktop shorcuts by idgat
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 7 Views 186

    Probably need to explain a bit more exactly...

    Probably need to explain a bit more exactly what/why you want, perhaps a hypothetical example.
  5. Thread: Windows 10 Settings are missing by idgat
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 5 Views 274

    Yeh, I'm going for a simple mis-Personalise...

    Yeh, I'm going for a simple mis-Personalise setting (e.g. dark text on a dark background)

    Right click on an open area of the Desktop > Personalise > Themes > Change themes, pick one of the Windows...
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    Frequently. One of my first go-to's with any...

    Frequently. One of my first go-to's with any external USB presenting as problematic.

    Called troubleshooting > problem solving. One of many viable and legitimate options.

    In this case, could...
  7. Thread: keeps asking Me to reboot by idgat
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 13 Views 480

    Create a LInux boot USB (e.g. Mint) and boot from...

    Create a LInux boot USB (e.g. Mint) and boot from that. If successful, then it's likley a borked OS or failed/failing drive. Grab your personal files off there ASAP before mucking around with any...
  8. Replies 6 Views 454

    Tried a new/different mouse?

    Tried a new/different mouse?
  9. Thread: EDGE settings, the dummest question ... by idgat
    Forum: Browsers and Email
    Replies 6 Views 333

    Never logged into Edge for any reason. Settings...

    Never logged into Edge for any reason. Settings still changeable.
  10. Replies 6 Views 218

    Frequently happens with accidental narrowing drag...

    Frequently happens with accidental narrowing drag of Task bar. Mouse over top of Taskbar to show double-headed vertical cursor. Click and drag upwards to broaden Taskbar to all multi-line data/time.
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    Possibilities too numerous to mention/list...

    Possibilities too numerous to mention/list without more descriptive/diagnostic data.

    You could start by testing with these options ...

    Boot from a Linux distro USB. Can you access your computer...
  12. Thread: Upgrade win 8.1 to win 10 home? by idgat
    Forum: Installation and Upgrade
    Replies 4 Views 201

    Yes, you can. Image the existing installation (in...

    Yes, you can. Image the existing installation (in case you have to restore it), then just try it.

    (Your post is a little confusing ... installed what/which full retail version on second computer...
  13. Thread: How to configure Chrome similar to FireFox? by idgat
    Forum: Browsers and Email
    Replies 4 Views 181

    Detail/explain your steps to do this.

    Detail/explain your steps to do this.
  14. Replies 33 Views 881

    I prefer to use an option to remove, rather than...

    I prefer to use an option to remove, rather than just unplugging without knowing whether Windows is done with the USB device.

    But, I find the built-in Windows Safely Remove ... etc option a proper...
  15. Thread: How to configure Chrome similar to FireFox? by idgat
    Forum: Browsers and Email
    Replies 4 Views 181

    Blank page - set Home (opening) page to...

    Blank page - set Home (opening) page to about:blank (works on any/all browsers)

    Can't help with the 2nd part of your post, things G**gle are avoided on my computer(s).
  16. Replies 14 Views 367

    Yep, use it all the time - but as I say, ONLY...

    Yep, use it all the time - but as I say, ONLY EVER for missing or "broken" drivers. NEVER for an indiscriminate and/or arbitrary driver update, just for the sake of it. And don't let curiosity get...
  17. Replies 14 Views 367

    To install/update the driver FOR THIS COMPONENT...

    To install/update the driver FOR THIS COMPONENT ONLY

    Snappy Diver Installer Origin (SDI Origin - NOTE Use the Origin version ONLY)

    Absolutely IGNORE any other drivers listed/mentioned, it's...
  18. Thread: Two Computers Show Both Activated With Same Key by idgat
    Forum: Installation and Upgrade
    Replies 12 Views 419

    It seems to be that MS aren't really caring about...

    It seems to be that MS aren't really caring about this. Been in similar situation - old computer, deactivated and uninstalled Win 10 key, remove the HDD. Used the key to activate (successfully)...
  19. Replies 4 Views 260

    How was it uninstalled? Sometimes the default...

    How was it uninstalled? Sometimes the default program uninstaller doesn't do a very clean job (often deliberately intended by the software manufacturer/distributor !!).

    Best way : re-install the...
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    Just another classic in-your-face intrusion from...

    Just another classic in-your-face intrusion from Microsoft. They have a special "how-can-we-annoy-the-cr4p-out-of-users" department for creating these , going right back to the days of Rover or...
  21. Replies 8 Views 1,643

    Just do it. Call Microsoft's bluff. Get a...

    Just do it. Call Microsoft's bluff.

    Get a blank drive and swap out with the existing one
    Download the ISO and create a boot USB
    Install and test.


    You'll never know until you try
  22. Replies 5 Views 1,859

    Office Wouldn't it be wonderful if a user could put...

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if a user could put together their own package requirements and be priced accordingly, rather than have to pay for bloated (content and pricing) packages with software that...
  23. Thread: I see 5 partitions on a Dell is this normal? by idgat
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 12 Views 685

    Was given an old Toshy laptop with Win 8.1 - 4...

    Was given an old Toshy laptop with Win 8.1 - 4 partitions, including 2 "Recovery" partitions

    Did an upgrade to 10, deleted both the recovery partitions, nary a hiccup.
  24. Thread: I see 5 partitions on a Dell is this normal? by idgat
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 12 Views 685

    Recovery partitions are pretty much redundant -...

    Recovery partitions are pretty much redundant
    - proprietary recovery partitions are severely dated, and often contain the bloatware that comes with brand-name devices, that just gets re-install if...
  25. Replies 14 Views 701

    Absolutely worth the minimal/negligible cost of...

    Absolutely worth the minimal/negligible cost of an SSD. If 320GB is all you need, then a 256GB SSD, cost next to nothing.

    I'm running an old steam-driven Toshiba lappy with 2GB RAM. It had Vista,...
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