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Find Out Where That Shortened Web Link Will Take You 17 hours 24 min ago eikelein

Cool!
Triple thanks Rob!

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Best Free Software for Linux 22 hours 32 min ago Panzer

"... Katastrophe - command line tool to download torrents from kat.ph ...":
https://github.com/alyakhtar/Katastrophe

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Increase Your Privacy by Turning off the Diagnostics Tracking Service in Windows 7 1 day 4 hours ago BuckSkin

Thanks so much; I would never have figured out how to disable without your instructions.
I just finished disabling it on three separate Windows 7 machines.
There is a ton of stuff on that list; I wonder just how much of it is junk that should be disabled.

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Scan All Apps on Your Android Mobile For Viruses and Malware 1 day 14 hours ago Gibbs.Slap

Commspro, where did you get your information on the last update? If you click on the VT link Jojo provided you will see the last update was done on 26th June, 2016. I will be downloading this to all three of my androids. VT is a very good link/URL tester [red-rated product reference removed as per site rules]

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A Really Handy Tool For Troubleshooting Wifi Connections 1 day 16 hours ago Jorpho

...So, what exactly did this utility tell you about your wireless connection that enabled you to fix the problem? Don't leave us in suspense.

(Some suggest that the only solution for a router that keeps dropping a connection is to get a new router.)

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Scan All Apps on Your Android Mobile For Viruses and Malware 1 day 16 hours ago lunchbeast

Why not? "I wouldn't use..." implies you think there's something unsatisfactory about the app, and I'm probably not the only one that feels if you're going to make a comment like that, it's worth explaining why not and why "...can suggest this one..." is a better option.

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Scan All Apps on Your Android Mobile For Viruses and Malware 1 day 17 hours ago Pushmataha

Commspro,

At a glance it looks like the funnycat app is a front end to the virustotal app, developed in conjunction with VT. Is there any real difference in the two as far as detection of problems? If FC is a front-end to VT, won't the last update of VT be more significant, since the update to an access point doesn't really add any detection value, maybe just a better (or not?) user interface?

Either way, I'm going to try the fc version based on your recommendation, with the assumption that the detection quality won't be any less than VT, and with benefit-of-the-doubt, maybe it's better. I'd try them both, but I'm worn out from writing this and only have the mental energy for one.

Best

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Scan All Apps on Your Android Mobile For Viruses and Malware 1 day 18 hours ago commspro

4 years since the last update?...Really??

No offense but I wouldn't use this app. Instead I can suggest this one, which is being developed in collaboration with VirusTotal : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.funnycat.virustotal

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Scan All Apps on Your Android Mobile For Viruses and Malware 1 day 19 hours ago eikelein

Thanks, Jojo Yee!
Finally a trusted second opinion to check my Android phone against!

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I Love This Free Set Of Integrated Techie Tools 1 day 22 hours ago terrawarra

...and a thank you from me too rob !
Have to agree with Peter...this is a nice little addition to my tool kit.

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Best Free Online Books For Kindle 2 days 16 hours ago petermark

These sites are really good but here is one of my best website you can also like this. If you can really like this you can easily enjoy your book.

http://pdfpocketlibrary.com/

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A Really Handy Tool For Troubleshooting Wifi Connections 2 days 19 hours ago Conure

I like these Nirsoft tools. I don't use them all the time and I often forget all the tools that are available. I found this excellent program that downloads and updates Nirsoft and Sysinternals tools:

http://www.kls-soft.com/wscc/index.php

WSCC is a free, portable program that manages all of these utilities in a nice customizable interface. With one click you can update all the programs and get any new ones.

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I Love This Free Set Of Integrated Techie Tools 3 days 6 hours ago pvilan

Thanks Rob.
As they say in the web site, this is really an Swiss Army knife!
Downloaded OK. Now, to try every tool!
Regards
Peter

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 days 8 hours ago ComodoSucks

You sir are an arrogant fool.
I have tried installing Comodo Firewall on the different windows 10 computers, all different vendors and the install fails!
FATAL ERROR. at 99% of the install, but hey according to you its every thing else , why don't you go tell Misrosoft its them, or is it also not their issue, its some kind of mysterious alien presence in the ether that is the problem.?

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A Really Handy Tool For Troubleshooting Wifi Connections 3 days 14 hours ago KrankyMax

I installed this program on windows 10 pro, and all I see is a blank space. I did the F9 like instructed, and that too is a blank space with nothing in it. Nothing that tells me about any network connections.

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Best Free Desktop Search Utility 3 days 14 hours ago George.J

I think the "fastest" tag has to be given to UltraSearch now, and I love how it achieves its speed by using the MFT directly on the NTFS partitiions. Moreover the latest version has a load of changes, the major one being support for searching for file content. 

Switched to UltraSearch from Everything, and am really happy with it. It comes in 32 & 64 bit flavours, is crapware free and portable too. 

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 3 days 15 hours ago ribonucleic

My download of the offline installer of Freemake was blocked by Symantec as likely malicious. This article needs an urgent update.

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A Really Handy Tool For Troubleshooting Wifi Connections 3 days 16 hours ago jmjsquared

Yup, Nirsofer's Nirsoft has a tool for just about anything you might need or want for Windows.

@Rob, - After months of proper functioning, one of my laptops began having the same exact problem which (after much digging and troubleshooting) I only managed to fix by uninstalling my third-party Windows Firewall utility, (Binisoft's "Windows Firewall Control - WFC") and resetting Windows Firewall to defaults; uninstalling the WiFi adapter and *deleting* its driver; then, rebooting and reinstalling the adapter, followed by the firewall utility. So far, after about six hours, all remains well . ~;-)

My difficulties began while I was traveling and repeatedly switched back-and-forth between two ISP's (via tethering to my phone) without first shutting down the firewall; and perhaps, even rebooting for good measure. I know you know how to fix your problem but I hope sharing my experience is helpful.

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How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 days 19 hours ago agq456

Thanks for this info !! I am downloading the ISO file now.

The only 2 choices as far as language were French and Korean (no English) -- not sure why that is, but I chose French as I can at least muddle through that if need be.

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How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 days 19 hours ago BillK

Another site that appears to offer Windows iso downloads is
http://pcriver.com/category/operating-systems/

You will still need a Product Key of course.

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Best Free Game Sites 4 days 3 hours ago rdoroshenko

If you consider casino games (the ones) as well it worth mentioning site like http://www.slotsup.com with 2000+ free slot games on board.

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A Really Handy Tool For Troubleshooting Wifi Connections 4 days 7 hours ago pvilan

Thanks Rob!
Very useful portable program. As you say, another excellent NirSoft product.

Peter

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How to Make Firefox Load Faster 4 days 17 hours ago Elevator Man

I didn't understand what you meant when you said "then SHELL to a command prompt in the Firefox installation directory"

Thank you

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How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 4 days 23 hours ago i8spombots

I'd lost my disks so thanks for the headsup on this, there's a few comments earlier here saying an OEM is ineligible....unless something will go wrong at the end of my download which is a bit away yet, I am downloading a copy via my OEM key as I type this...the key was even recognised as an OEM key by the site but there was no trouble with commencing the download.......maybe it was blocked on the Digital River site and the updated link allows the download??.

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How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 5 days 14 hours ago artsiii

Why would you put this back up when the download site no longer offers it. Also I believe most people have a windows 7 version that came preloaded on their pc and therefore is a OEM version and not eligible for this download. Microsoft is very stingy in not giving Win 7 to anyone wanting it.

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How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 5 days 19 hours ago toktok

Regarding several of the posts below - there is a very good new article here:
http://windowssecrets.com/best-practices/using-windows-powerful-recovery-environment/
One thing I didn't know is how to access Windows Recovery Environment in Windows 7. It is described here:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/11028.how-to-access-windows-recovery-environment-in-windows-7.aspx
Quite useful!

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How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 5 days 19 hours ago Mr Elephant-Head

I updated my Windows 7 to Windows 10 several months ago but would prefer to revert to Windows 7. Can I use my old Windows 7 product key if I download this Windows 7 installations disk?

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Best Free Reminder and To-do List for Android 6 days 1 hour ago Hengist_Ludd

Some might like EssentialPIM, not least because it can sync with the Windows version, and also with Google. It doesn't (that I know of) have the ability to link contacts or photos, though.

I'd like a wider review of checklist and shopping apps. The best I've seen is Handy Shopper for the Palm. You have a master list of everything you ever want to buy (or pack for travel, or put in your camera bag for a specific project); go through it to select the items you want right now, mark them; when complete, change view from "All" to "Need"; the marked ones then appear with checkboxes and everything else (i.e. not currently needed) disappears. Go shopping, check off each item as you put it in your basket. When all done, or as many as you could get, hit "Checkout" which resets everything, leaving those you wanted but couldn't get still with empty checkboxes. Superb app. A few in the Play Store claim to emulate it.

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Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 6 days 2 hours ago astral_cyborg

ImgBurn v2.5.8.0 has no more open candy :]

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Best Free Reminder and To-do List for Android 6 days 4 hours ago Jojo Yee

Maybe it's here http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/do-calendar-planner-isotimer.htm...

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Finds of the Week: Paste Text on Sites that Block It, NoSquint Plus for Firefox and Chrome, Instant Logo Search, Windows 95 in a Browser 6 days 5 hours ago Fairportfan

I've looked at Vivaldi.

I'm still using Real Opera - from prior to the current Chrome-based abortion - and Vivaldi resembles it fairly well - except that its bookmark handling and implementation of Speed Dial are like the new Opera - which is to say, virtually useless.

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Best Free Reminder and To-do List for Android 6 days 8 hours ago movrshakr

Wow...this is weird. Comment I posted earlier today is...........gone.
And it wasn't even a slam; part was that I installed
To-Do Calendar Planner
and ended up with
isoTimer (having a completely different icon....
and could not get it to sync nohow/noway to my Google calendar.

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To-Do Calendar Planner (isoTimer) 6 days 18 hours ago movrshakr

I installed it and really like the GUI interface and ease of use--EXCEPT...

I was very interested in what you said, "I really was impressed at ... how the app synchronized with Google calendar by itself without me having to anything." Except nothing I do will get mine to sync with my Google calendar. I checked to be sure both are associated with the same account, but I cannot find a 'sync now' command in it, and it sure isn't doing it on its own. wifi is connected, cell data is on, ????

ADDED further observations...while installing, everything refers to To-Do Calendar Planner, and that is what I commanded to install. It does not appear in installed items...what shows up is isoTimer, with a completely different icon. I also found a screen that shows calendars to display
-My Calendar [checked]
-one named with "my gmail address (Google)" [not checked and not checkable]
-one named with "my gmail address" (no parens) [checked]
-US Holidays [checked]

This is very confusing.

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Best Free Reminder and To-do List for Android 6 days 18 hours ago bcook75

Might want to take a look at a relatively new entry in the genre: TickTick. Checks pretty much all the boxes I want in a simple to-do list.

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Best Free Media Player 6 days 20 hours ago palmtree

How about Elmedia Player:

http://mac.eltima.com/media-player.html

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 1 hour ago ron525

eikelein,
Thanks.

I found Winaero being mentioned a bit on W10, W7 threads on Whirlpool Forum AU, recommended for some tweaks, It has been around for a few years and members have used it for a fair amount of time with no issues being raised.

I don't have it installed on my daily l/top at present so will run it on 2nd l/top to see if it has problems, nothing untoward happened after latest W10 update last night.

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Best Free Video Downloader [Stub] 1 week 4 hours ago MidnightCowboy

As you can see from the page title, this is a stub and not a review. It is therefore a work in progress and the reason why there are no product ratings or a working link to a Quick Selection Guide.

If you would like to help our volunteer editors with this page or any other please apply using the form here. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/we-need-you.htm

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Use These Tricks to Recover Lost Files In Windows 7 1 week 4 hours ago NocturnalSupremacy

Gents, you may use friendly windows recovering - may be someone find his lost files on hidden places in hard-drive. But, it was not me - I tried to recover my data by several times though all life, the last time was for years ago, but useless. So, I figured out that I need the Unerase program to deal with it - cause I didn't saw any other way out of my issue. And software from Hetman (https://hetmanrecovery.com/file_uneraser/hetman_uneraser.htm) solved my problem - I've found my lost photos 6 years ago. But, you must be sure, that you didn't record any other files on mentioned drive.

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Best Free Digital Photo Organizer 1 week 4 hours ago GriswaldMagus

I started using Mylio as my primary photo organizer in late 2015. It lets me manage one library across all my devices, and I can make non-destructive edits to my pictures like I used to be able to do in Aperture. They have been adding new features monthly like face recognition and using events group pictures. I use this on my 19,000 picture library and have access to organize my photos on my iPhone, laptop and desktop. They just added the free version in March 2016.

Check it out at http://mylio.com

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Finds of the Week: Paste Text on Sites that Block It, NoSquint Plus for Firefox and Chrome, Instant Logo Search, Windows 95 in a Browser 1 week 5 hours ago rhiannon

I experienced slow page loads with Vivaldi in early versions, but with the latest versions (1.1 and 1.2) pages load as fast as the 4 different browsers I use on a daily basis. Otherwise I wouldn't have mentioned or linked to it. YMMV. :)

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 7 hours ago eikelein

Ron525,
I guess it's about time to wish you a Happy B-Day.

To answer your question: I have no clue. Quite some time ago I found Classic Shell's description, I believe on Sourceforge.
I liked what I read and tried it; have never looked back and just don't have enough time and energy to make any kind of comparison. Sorry.

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Finds of the Week: Paste Text on Sites that Block It, NoSquint Plus for Firefox and Chrome, Instant Logo Search, Windows 95 in a Browser 1 week 8 hours ago ixan

Every tech website I visit seems to have something to say about Vivaldi. Much hype. Extremely sluggish loading of pages.

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IZArc 1 week 9 hours ago EldonW

I have downloaded and installed IZArc 4.2 and it's no longer bundled with any adware.
http://www.izarc.org/news

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Get Info About Your Computer's Graphics Capability 1 week 9 hours ago Sgluber

eikelein,

my system is 64-bit Windows 7 as well and GPU Caps Viewer works perfectly, including the newest version. And I already ran it on other 64-bit machines without problems.

I don't know why you had problems, but if you liked it, try to report the error to the developers. By the way, nowadays my GPU is an AMD Radeon R7 260X and I am using the newest drivers.

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Best Free Video Downloader [Stub] 1 week 10 hours ago Stephen Jackson

I can't see a top recommendation here (or even a top three) - and my attempts to find one using "Quick Selection Guide" merely recycle this page. Also, the reason that most of us turn to Gizmo is to identify software which is free of viruses, bloatware, malware, PUP's, adware, ransomware and the rest of that swelling poison caboodle. It we want to spend a couple of hours having to scour our computer after every download, we can simply turn to CNET, Filehippo, Softonic and a dozen other sites.

What shame, then, to find software highlighted on this page, time and again, which is known to be riddled with hidden nasties. Please, fellow readers, carry out further checks before you choose any of these.

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 18 hours ago ron525

eikelein, how different is Classic Shell from Winaero on how it instigates changes and in your opinion do you think Winaero would have problems with updates?

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 18 hours ago ron525

How true Jojo Yee, I see that issue on my Xiaomi phone adding a lot of fancy mods(many could be called bloat) far out weighs true enhancements, simplifications and fixing bugs.

But I think some of the W10 changes create more actions to get to things as well, or I still have to adjust to a different OS.
Maybe change is not liked but when one is used to a product and it it works so easily and smooth you start to question why it has been altered.

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 week 21 hours ago Panzer

"... quicksafe is a tiny Python script that provides a GUI text editor to edit notes that are then encrypted and stored within the script file itself. Thus notes encrypted with the system bring their own decryption and editing environment, capable of running anywhere Python/Tk can run, perfect for being archived, sent by mail or posted on the web ...":
https://github.com/p-e-w/quicksafe

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Get Info About Your Computer's Graphics Capability 1 week 22 hours ago eikelein

@Sgluber:
GPU_Caps_Viewer seems to be 32-bit only. Two of it's three tests blew up under my 64-bit Windows 7 system.
YMMV.

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 week 23 hours ago Panzer

"... Linuxbrew is a fork of Homebrew, the Mac OS package manager, for Linux ...":

http://linuxbrew.sh/

 

"... Glances is a cross-platform curses-based system monitoring tool written in Python ...":

http://nicolargo.github.io/glances/

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Best Free iPad Apps 1 week 1 day ago mikeabc

See list best free iPhone and iPad apps under http://www.bestfreeiapps.com. Select list different countries and categories.

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 1 day ago MidnightCowboy There is another issue related to this in that many folks still insist on using so called registry cleaners for reasons beyond my comprehension. These things are coded to see a system in a certain state and chuck out anything that doesn't match. In so doing they are quite capable of trashing Windows and often do. A tweaked system is even more likely to be "corrected" to produce a nice blank screen at next boot . :) MC - Site Manager. view
A must-have instant messaging app to everyone for its popularity and ease of use 1 week 1 day ago MiriG

I only use whatsApp because some of my adult children live half way around the world, I refuse to use Messenger which was the one prior to that that they preferred to use- phew!
However from the time I knew FB acquired WA Ive been using it less and less and wanting something totally unconnected with Google, FB et al.
The trouble isnt finding one so much as trying to get family who are quite happy with the convenience and so-called encription of WhatsApp that they show little to no interest in movinng on:/
People just get lazy about actively pursuing 'safer' ( hopefully!), alternatives even though they often complain about the obvious intrusiveness etc of most of the stock IM apps.
I myself admit it becomes tedious sometimes when you finally find something that delivers on the requirements you're looking for but sooner or later gets picked up by the big multi billion $ companies and becomes just another like the rest of your blacklisted ones.
My want of my legal rights to privacy is still more important to me so I soldier on no matter what.
I just wish my family/friends werent mostly the 'bury the head in the sand' types who say that 'it's too late now anyway'. They do have a point however that doesn't take into account other very serious privacy invasion issues that we will be dealing with in the very near future!
I seriously don't see how WhatsApp can be seriously offered on techsupportalert as an alternative IM in this day and age, but that's just my opinion!

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 1 day ago eikelein

Jojo,
You are correct again.

And exactly that is why I don't like to tweak at all.

I use Classic Shell; there is at least a chance that things will eventually get fixed should an update "break" it.
Worst case I just uninstall Classic Shell and live with W10 as it is meant to be.

If I really hate it I can still switch to Linux and/or run Linux in Virtual Box... ;-)

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Finds of the Week: Paste Text on Sites that Block It, NoSquint Plus for Firefox and Chrome, Instant Logo Search, Windows 95 in a Browser 1 week 1 day ago rhiannon

I copy the passwords in the password manager, and then paste them into the fields. It's extra steps but it's better than typing.

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Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility 1 week 1 day ago RoyMcNair

i read the description of the progs, their functional ... lolwut? A programs is used to restore files, but the description says : "Lacking some features available ..." .wtf?) as far as I know , there is NO good free soft to recover photos / video and other data.I buy Hetman Photo Recovery 4.4 for 19$ and happy
look here and see for yourself https://goo.gl/ZTmyVS

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 1 day ago Jojo Yee

Yes eikelein I think it's true that chances are higher for broken parts when we have more tweaks.

The problem is that we do not know if some tweaks are interlinked in the system settings contained in the registry or hidden files and how they work together.

Micro$oft might update some of them, leaving some remaining tweaked parts untouched since they were considered or supposed to be original without needing an update. It would be perfect if the tweaked parts and the updated parts can work together :) but a nightmare if not :(

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 1 day ago eikelein

Jojo,
The more you "tweak" the higher the chance of the tweak being "broken" by an update; that update does nothing but "reset" the tweak to a known good default like MIcro$oft wants it.

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 1 day ago Jojo Yee My only concern is that after all these tweaks, will any of them break or don't work after another update of Windows 10? view
How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 1 day ago Jojo Yee True, ron525, but it appears to me that technology is one thing, trend or fashion is another. view
Finds of the Week: Paste Text on Sites that Block It, NoSquint Plus for Firefox and Chrome, Instant Logo Search, Windows 95 in a Browser 1 week 1 day ago crosseyedlemon

I use a password manager too but the websites I was referring to (MSN may have been one) don't allow copy & paste of passwords from that source or apparently any other (eg. Stickies). I will try that configuration tweak you mentioned to see if that can solve the problem.

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Get Info About Your Computer's Graphics Capability 1 week 1 day ago Sgluber

GPU-Z is a great tool that I have been used for years.

Another great tool in the same category, that offers still more functionalities is GPU Caps Viewer:
http://www.ozone3d.net/gpu_caps_viewer/

Thank you, rob! :-)

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Finds of the Week: Paste Text on Sites that Block It, NoSquint Plus for Firefox and Chrome, Instant Logo Search, Windows 95 in a Browser 1 week 1 day ago rhiannon

I agree, I have some 20 character passwords that combine upper and lower case letters, numerals and the keyboard characters. I copy and paste them from a password manager..........thus the search for a work around. :)

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 1 day ago ron525

It appears to me as computers were evolving it was a race for the best bling i.e. good colour outstanding icon graphics.

So what happened now we have to put up with faint characters that are hard to see and often small pale colours and flat grade school quality graphics.

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 1 day ago MidnightCowboy

It'as a lot easier than you might think. There are tons of tutorials on Youtube and the web in general, many for specific distros. This is just one example. https://www.pcsteps.com/207-windows-virtual-machine-linux-windows/. The only real issue you might encounter is getting USB recognition for the virtual system but this and anything else are bound to be documented with an appropriate fix in one of the Linux forums. MC - Site Manager.

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 1 day ago ron525

I will do that I did try google with specific for the LiDE 110 but found nothing, tried Canon but they don't support Linux for it.

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 1 day ago ron525

I have never looked at running a virtual machine thought it might be complicated,
I am running dual boot W7 and Mint 17.3.

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Finds of the Week: Paste Text on Sites that Block It, NoSquint Plus for Firefox and Chrome, Instant Logo Search, Windows 95 in a Browser 1 week 1 day ago crosseyedlemon

Excellent finds Rhi. I've come across a couple of websites that don't allow copy & paste of passwords which is very frustrating when they expect you to remember a 16 character sequence off the top of your head. I've been searching for a way to get around that. No Squint is a must have add-on for me. One of it's best features is the ability to change backgrounds of sites such as Gizmo's which are primarily white. This results in much less eye strain particularly when using these sites at night.

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Best Free PC Games 1 week 2 days ago Panzer

Viridi is a meditative potted plant app:

http://www.icewatergames.com/viridi/

http://store.steampowered.com/app/375950/

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 2 days ago abrandt

Thank you, eikelein and MidnightCowboy !

Truthfully, I have neither the time or inclination to experiment with Linux.

My Linux interest does not stem from a hobby... but business application... user-friendliness and efficiency... keeping in mind I am tethered to Windows due to specialized applications needed for business.

Much appreciate. ~ Alan

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 2 days ago MidnightCowboy

There are many issues that determine how slow or fast a particular Linux might run on different hardware. This is a good list to experiment with although not all of these are particularly user friendly. My vote goes to MX Linux. MC - Site Manager. http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/10-of-the-most-...

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 2 days ago eikelein

Alan,
Even for your "oldie" laptop I recommend you at least look at Linux Lite (https://www.linuxliteos.com/).
I have found it to be much more efficient with computer resources than Linux Mint which for me slowed a computer (with much more Ooomph than your laptop) down to a virtual crawl.

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 2 days ago rhiannon This is all I could come up, hopefully things will improve. http://www.groovypost.com/howto/using-Windows-10-improved-color-personal... view
How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 2 days ago These Old Eyes

Will someone at MS please notice that the population is aging, in many cases (like mine) with diminishing ability for eyes to adjust to radically different light levels? I'd like to see a third party develop an appropriately intrusive "app" (shudder) to restore user control over background colors in Window 10, preferably within the next month!

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 2 days ago abrandt

rhiannon: Appreciate and reviewed this 2nd vitualization reference article. THX! ~ Alan

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 2 days ago rhiannon

If you're inclined to using Virtual Box, you might find this article helpful:
VirtualBox 5.0 Released – Install on RHEL/CentOS/Fedora and Debian/Ubuntu/Linux Mint

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 2 days ago abrandt

rhiannon: Appreciate the reference article. Have read and will implement with new laptop. Thx. ~ Alan

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 2 days ago rhiannon

There are several virtual machine programs around, you can check out our article here:
Best Free Virtualization Solutions

I think Midnight Cowboy runs Windows 7 in a virtual machine using Linux. Maybe he'll chime in with his preferences.

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Keep A Journal With This Dedicated Windows Tool 1 week 2 days ago Papakid

Yep, I've been using IDD for several years now. Not as modern as this new app, but I'm used to it.

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How To Make Your Programs Open Maximized 1 week 2 days ago rhiannon

I'm delighted you found it to be useful!

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 2 days ago abrandt

Howdy, rhiannon:

Appreciate your response.

I personally am fed up with Microsoft's ANTICS... however I am dependent on Win 7 now due to software Internet Marketing software that runs on Windows only.

I have been watching Linux for years... but now able to bring myself across the threshold for business purposes... so I have to plead IGNORANCE on my part in regards to the Linux world.

Sounds to me like virtual machine or virtual box would be the way to go vs. dual boot option.

My current laptop is a:

Gateway EC5801u laptop

- Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 1.2GHz, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, DVDRW, 15.6" LED, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I am starting to look for a KILLER DEAL on a :

- 15.6 **business** laptop, Quad Core i5 (at most), 16GB DDR4, 256 SSD, 1TB...

which will inevitably come with Win 10... then I will Virtual Machine UP with Linux Mint.

Open to any brilliant comments!

Thx much... ~ Alan

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How To Make Your Programs Open Maximized 1 week 2 days ago Kenneth Compton

Thanks for this tip/trick, it worked great!

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 2 days ago rhiannon

You can run Windows "inside" Linux, as our very own Midnight Cowboy does, as a virtual machine or virtual box. Another option is to dual boot Windows and Linux.

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A Great Set Of Free Online PDF Tools 1 week 2 days ago vvsvin

Adobe Reader now provides to Fill&Sign, Annotate for free, no other tool required.
For free merge i found a free tool called PDFsam. This can be downloaded as a zip file and the free features can be used. No internet required. No need to uoload sensitive PDFs.

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Keep A Journal With This Dedicated Windows Tool 1 week 2 days ago howiem

A friend of mine has been using idaily diary for years and really likes it. There is a free and pro version at
http://www.splinterware.com/products/idailydiary.html
System Scheduler is another very useful program on the same site, which I've been using for years.

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Keep A Journal With This Dedicated Windows Tool 1 week 2 days ago crosseyedlemon

Good find Rob. Not all that interested in Red Notebook but there is a directory of 300 other apps to choose from and I'm already familiar with some of those such as Irfanview, Audacity, Foxit Reader & Spybot. Excellent selection of games for those that enjoy that activity.

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Best Free FTP Client 1 week 3 days ago SamSmith2045

A good list of FTP clients. However, I think FTP clients are definitely losing ground to other options such as web rtc. This is likely due to issues of security and speed. Businesses and confidential doc related transfers also tend to seek out other solutions.


Sam Smith
Technology Evangelist and Aspiring Chef.
www.innorix.com/en/DS

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 3 days ago abrandt

Thank you to Stephen Jackson and Bob Peterson for their clean, clear and intelligent comments.
Bob... based on your post... I am going take a more serious look at Linux Mint... even though much of my Internet Marketing software is all Win-concentric.
Thank you, ~ Alan

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 3 days ago MidnightCowboy Just enter your scanner details into the Mint forum search and someone has bound to have encountered the same issue before and obtained a fix. I use a HP Deskjet for instance and it's just a matter of installing the appropriate driver using Synaptic. MC - Site Manager. view
A must-have instant messaging app to everyone for its popularity and ease of use 1 week 3 days ago Fairportfan

Instant messaging app?

No thanks.

I disable the stock IM apps on my devices immediately i get them.

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A must-have instant messaging app to everyone for its popularity and ease of use 1 week 3 days ago vandamme

Proprietary, and Facebook. Two strikes.

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 3 days ago ron525

I have W7 and 10 on partitions on a Compaq l/top to see what 10 was like have found it hard to adjust but have done a lot of retro fitting with Winaero tweaker to make it feel more usable.

My daily is a Toshiba l/top partitioned with W7 and Linux Mint, Really want to move over to Mint but I don't seem to find the time at present as I am trying to keep up on the W10"s evolution.

I could kiss all the heart ache good bye If I could convince myself to only log onto Mint but I really don't understand linux at all and had zero success getting my scanner to function which I need continuously and installing other items not knowing if they are enabled or installed even at all.

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Reverse Image Search Has 15 Billion Pictures On File 1 week 4 days ago J_L

NoScript can be more than replaced with uMatrix and/or uBlock Origin. And how on Earth do you browse without menus?

In the meantime, Chrome does not need an extension for Google Search by Image. And of course TinEye has an extension for Chrome.

Sure if you want UI modification, customization to an extent far greater than what even an average techie needs, and/or open-source; Firefox is the browser. But I chose Chrome years ago for convenience, performance, and security.

Granted nowadays there is little real reason to switch, especially with everything nice and synced up to your tastes, but I simply find your arguments on Chrome losing its shine questionable at best.

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 4 days ago rhiannon

I haven't run across anything that mentions that. If anyone else knows, maybe they'll comment. :)

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 4 days ago lunchbeast

Speaking of Luddites, how far back can we go with this 'make it look like the old version that looked and worked better'? I have always preferred the look and feel of Win2K/WinXP, and I was able to get Win7 to look very similar. If Win10 can be made to look like Win7, can Win10 be made to look like Win7 looking like Win2K/WinXP?

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Get Microsoft Visual Studio For Free Instead Of $1000 1 week 4 days ago rhiannon

One of our Facebook readers shared a link to download the ISO in Spanish:
(Thanks Yamil!)

https://www.microsoft.com/es-co/download/confirmation.aspx?id=48146&6B49...

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 4 days ago rhiannon

Here's an article from Lifehacker:
Get Windows Media Center Running on Windows 10 in a Few Easy Steps

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 4 days ago rhiannon

Bob, I recently sent this link to people I know who've had recent problems updating Windows 7, you might find it useful as well:
Here's how to significantly speed up Windows 7 scans for updates

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 4 days ago eikelein

+1 to Stephen J; you are perfectly correct and spot on with your observations.

It gets even worse when you start to really think about the driving factors behind all that.

I can not post a link to my blog here but if you go to pcejh.com and there you open October 2012 you'll find my article "What does Microsoft want to do with Windows 8?" and in January 2014 you will find another rant of mine. By following the links supplied in these articles you should get a fairly decent picture of what all is behind Windows 8 and 10.

In a few words: IMHO Microsoft wants a bigger slice of the billions of advertising money that is out there for grabs. That's all that is behind Windows 8/10.

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 week 4 days ago repeters57

I fully agree with Stephen Jackson's analysis of Microsoft. So much so that I have begun the process of moving away from Microsoft products in favor of Linux. I am one of those unpaid "MS software evaluators" BUT I did receive a "FREE" copy of Windows 10 - WHOOPEE!. For all the hours I've responded to MS inquires I could buy my own copy of Win 10 ten times over. I have a small computer repair business so I must retain working samples of various MS Windows versions. Recently, most of my customer repairs are repairing Windows 7 failing updates. It seems MS could not care less about legacy OS's or are, indeed, as Stephen says, overwhelmed.

However, for my "everyday drivers" I have migrated to Linux Mint, (Ubuntu is too bloated for me). I am amazed how Linux just plain works - always. There is no need for any MS phone home "pirated copy" checks, any extra cost adders, or any of the MS controls, lockouts, various $$$ versions, and my pet peeve, EULA: "MS retains the right to control your computer and what is added as content". The more I use Linux the more I like it, AND IT"S FREE!

Bob Peterson

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