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    A faulty two-week-old computer? I would have...

    A faulty two-week-old computer? I would have taken it back, as you did. But I would not have had it repaired. I would have taken a refund ... and bought something else.

    When you buy something new...
  2. Thread: Disappointments with Windows 10 by margrave55
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 19 Views 625

    If you've run a computer with Windows 7 for nine...

    If you've run a computer with Windows 7 for nine years, it's not time to install Windows 10.
    It's time for a new computer.
    And the list of problems would not have surfaced.
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    I use a program called HideTaskbar.exe I got it...

    I use a program called HideTaskbar.exe
    I got it online for free.

    Press Ctrl-Esc to hide the taskbar.
    Press Ctrl-Esc again to bring it back.

    It's available at Hide Taskbar - The Portable...
  4. Thread: desktop.ini by margrave55
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 9 Views 433

    Don't delete it. Just make it invisible. It...

    Don't delete it. Just make it invisible.

    It should have its hidden attribute set, and its system attribute set. I don't know why yours doesn't.

    Anyway, make those settings and it will become...
  5. Thread: Visual Studio Community by margrave55
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 2 Views 133

    Somebody here might know ... but it's not very...

    Somebody here might know ... but it's not very likely. Maybe try a VS forum instead?
  6. Thread: Windows Notification History by margrave55
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 6 Views 266

    I've often wondered the same thing. The...

    I've often wondered the same thing.

    The notification system behaves thusly:

    <Windows> Hey! Look here! I have a notification for you.
    <User> Do ANYTHING other than open that notification....
  7. Thread: refurbished laptop problems by margrave55
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 16 Views 565

    I'm thinking about "home" laptops that range from...

    I'm thinking about "home" laptops that range from $400 and up ... vs. business laptops that start at $1000.

    I've never had luck with any laptop in the former category.
    But with the high-priced...
  8. Thread: refurbished laptop problems by margrave55
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 16 Views 565

    My preference for Dell vs. HP has shifted back...

    My preference for Dell vs. HP has shifted back and forth over the years ...... but one thing never changes: I'll never again buy a home/consumer laptop. Pure junk.

    They say you get what you pay...
  9. Thread: refurbished laptop problems by margrave55
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 16 Views 565

    I had the same problem ... but I had only one...

    I had the same problem ... but I had only one laptop, not 120 of them! It was a Dell 1505.

    It was slower than molasses. And it could not go beyond 2 GB RAM, as was typical at the time.
    ...
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    I'm at a loss to understand why anyone would want...

    I'm at a loss to understand why anyone would want a Microsoft account.
    It offers nothing but trouble. What's wrong with a local account?
  11. Thread: refurbished laptop problems by margrave55
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 16 Views 565

    If it was running Vista then it's more than ten...

    If it was running Vista then it's more than ten years old. Nearly fifteen years. Pretty old. Too old to run Windows 10.

    If it's an old Toshiba that's even worse.

    If it only has 2 GB of RAM it...
  12. Thread: Microsoft Store by margrave55
    Forum: Software and Apps
    Replies 6 Views 297

    I had that problem, too. To get to Windows...

    I had that problem, too.

    To get to Windows Store I do this ...
    Press the Windows-key
    Type "store"
    Select "Windows Store"
    ... and a new window opens.

    In task manager that window...
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    New versions of Windows bring little to anyone...

    New versions of Windows bring little to anyone ... except cost. So lots of organizations don't bother.

    I was given Windows 10 1607 when I took a new job in 2018.
    It eventually got updated to 1709...
  14. Thread: New ODD Google Chrome Notifications by margrave55
    Forum: Browsers and Email
    Replies 9 Views 1,263

    Those popups look suspicious. The language is...

    Those popups look suspicious.

    The language is unprofessional.
    Your computer is infected with dangerous viruses.

    You've visited illegal infected website
    Web sites might be infected, but...
  15. Thread: Links won't open ... sometimes by margrave55
    Forum: Browsers and Email
    Replies 4 Views 385

    That is not related to my problem. This is about...

    That is not related to my problem.
    This is about internet shortcut files. Files with .url suffix.
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    So much fuss over bootup? wiganken got it...

    So much fuss over bootup?

    wiganken got it right: So, from switching it on to Login screen is only 15 to 20 seconds? That's very fast and as long as the laptop works OK after that I wouldn't worry....
  17. Thread: Links won't open ... sometimes by margrave55
    Forum: Browsers and Email
    Replies 4 Views 385

    Links won't open ... sometimes

    Sometimes when I double-click on an internet shortcut, it will not open in an already-opened web browser.
    But if I close the browser and then try the shortcut again, it works.

    The same is true...
  18. Thread: Should I Tweak My Page File Size? by margrave55
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 14 Views 687

    If there's a button to push, people will push it....

    If there's a button to push, people will push it.
    If there's a knob to turn, people will turn it.

    That goes for the page file settings, too.

    Resist the temptation.
    Don't push that button....
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    ztruker got it right: Acronis True Image would...

    ztruker got it right:
    Acronis True Image would back those file up just fine. You don't have to unhide anything.
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    Even setting aside compatibility of the computer...

    Even setting aside compatibility of the computer and potential poor quality of Win 11 ... I just don't see any reason to replace 10 with 11.

    The importance of the OS is in decline. It's just an...
  21. Thread: The despotic arrogance of Microsoft by margrave55
    Forum: Software and Apps
    Replies 55 Views 3,563

    I'd never before seen the acronym "PEBCAK". But...

    I'd never before seen the acronym "PEBCAK". But now I know. :)
  22. Thread: Links won't open in web browser by margrave55
    Forum: Browsers and Email
    Replies 2 Views 344

    I made those settings long ago. The settings are...

    I made those settings long ago. The settings are correct.

    As stated in my original post, the problem is intermittent.
    It works fine ... and then sometimes it doesn't.
  23. Thread: Links won't open in web browser by margrave55
    Forum: Browsers and Email
    Replies 2 Views 344

    Links won't open in web browser

    Sometimes when I double-click on an internet shortcut, it will not open in an already-opened web browser.
    But if I close the browser and then try the shortcut again, it works.

    The same is true...
  24. Thread: The despotic arrogance of Microsoft by margrave55
    Forum: Software and Apps
    Replies 55 Views 3,563

    To summarize: Quick Books updates (new paid-for...

    To summarize:
    Quick Books updates (new paid-for versions) offer nothing of value, so you don't want to update. I don't blame you.

    But Windows updates (new for-free versions) also offer nothing of...
  25. Thread: PDF file question by margrave55
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 30 Views 879

    I like the PDFill PDF tool set. A PDF editor, of...

    I like the PDFill PDF tool set.
    A PDF editor, of course.
    But also tools to ...
    - Extract one or more pages from a PDF.
    - Assemble multiple PDFs into one.
    - Rotate or crop pages.
    - Add...
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