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Windows 7 Startup Detail

Want to follow a detailed example of what happens when Windows starts?

In this article you will find the following detail about Windows startup:

  • Descriptions of the major components.
  • Detailed sequences of activities for each process.
  • Example registry keys and values.

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Selecting an Encryption Method for Cloud Storage

It's likely that there is no one "perfect" method to encrypt data for transit and storage in the cloud. Not unless you fully trust SSL and the cloud storage service you are going to use. But you probably wouldn't be here if you trusted both of them. And all but one the methods I know of has a salient flaw. So the first step is to pick your poison.

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What is RSS all about?

What is RSS?

RSS is an Internet protocol — a standardized way to publish frequently updated content to the Web. RSS makes it easy for originators to make their content quickly and broadly available. Many devices, including tablets, smartphones and PCs can easily access this content. RSS is short for "Really Simple Syndication", but don't worry about that phrase. It's just a dumb name for a beautiful idea.

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The Windows 10 Start Menu Explained- How to Customize and Use it

When Microsoft dropped the Start Menu from Windows 8, the chorus of protests was so loud that the company had to backtrack. In Windows 8.1 a very small beginning was made on reinstating the old favorite and now in Window 10 the Start Menu is back. However, it is still not the Start Menu we all were accustomed to. Since this feature is one that will be important to many people in deciding whether to upgrade, here are some details about what the new version of the Start Menu does and how to customize and use it.

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Windows File Name Restrictions – Why a File Name Can be too Long

Did you ever run into a Windows error message saying that the name of one of your files was too long and you wondered what caused this to happen? (Example below.) Here is an explanation of the limits on the length of a Windows file name.

Long file name warning

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What Every PC User Should Know about Windows File Extensions- FAQ

File extensions are a very basic concept in understanding how Windows manages files. Experienced PC users may assume that it is something that everybody understands. Nonetheless, many PC users do not even know that file extensions exist and many others are confused by their function. The unfortunate decision by Microsoft to hide file extensions in the default settings for Windows has helped obscure the very important role that file extensions play in the way the Windows operating system deals with files.

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Do we really need Windows registry cleaners?

In early 2012 I wrote this short article describing the impact of registry cleaning on Windows XP performance. I never published it because I was primarily settling the question for my own satisfaction. Secondly, I shelved it when I started working on a longer article that provides more detail on the scenarios. I never finished that other article so now I'm publishing this shorter article because it will still be useful to the many Windows XP users.

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Windows 7 Startup Components

Introduction

This article supports the Windows 7 Startup article.

I have documented the Windows components that are important to the Windows 7 Startup article. This article contains three diagrams to describe the Windows environment created at startup:

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Windows 7 Startup

Want to know what happens when Windows starts?

This article is an overview of Windows startup with a flowchart and a couple of examples of the startup phases for immediate user logon and delayed user logon.

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