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How to Ask a Question When You Want Technical Help 3 years 2 months ago v.laurie Thanks, Joe. Those are good additions. Your #3 is very important. view
Nifty Free Windows Application for Batch Conversion, Resizing, and Renaming of Image Files 3 years 1 month ago v.laurie The second line says "...here’s a powerful little free program called Tinuous". The word "Tinuous" has italics around it. view
Quick and Easy Way to Troubleshoot, Repair, or Restore Windows 8 3 years 1 month ago v.laurie Your keyboard layout could be the reason the shortcut doesn't work. view
Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 3 years 2 months ago v.laurie That was covered in a previous tip. It is referenced in the current tip as the related tip "How to open a complete list of Windows 8 settings" at http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/three-tricks-make-windows-8-much... view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 3 years 2 months ago v.laurie Yes, they have some interesting stuff. view
Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 3 years 2 months ago v.laurie Anupam, I had done the previous tip, "How to put commonly used folders and functions on the Desktop", and referenced it. I thought that would cover this method but I guess not. I'll take your advice and add it. view
How to Make Hibernation Work Better on Your PC 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie Being just logged in as administrator isn't sufficient. You have to also specifically run the command line as administrator. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 3 years 2 months ago v.laurie The developer does not say it works on Vista but I haven't tried it there. view
Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility 1 year 3 months ago v.laurie Since I don't know how you "lost" the program, I can't comment on what happened to your settings. As far as I can see, the program does not provide a way to export settings. Wish I could be more helpful but offhand I don't know where the program stores settings. A quick search of the Registry didn't reveal anything obvious. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 3 years 2 months ago v.laurie Right-click the EXE file and choose "Pin to Taskbar". view
How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 1 year 2 months ago v.laurie Unfortunately, we can't give this type of individual support in the comments. If you post your problem in the forum at http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/, there will be knowledgeable people to help you. view
How to Ask a Question When You Want Technical Help 3 years 1 month ago v.laurie Sorry, but we do not provide individual support in the comments. Please post your question in our forum. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 3 years 2 months ago v.laurie Disabling UAC removes a line of defense. That may be OK for experienced people but I think average PC users should keep UAC. view
How to Create Your Own Custom Windows 8 Start Menu 3 years 1 month ago v.laurie This and other mouse tricks are covered in this previous tip http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/secret-mouse-tricks-windows-8.htm view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 3 years 2 months ago v.laurie Disabling UAC removes a line of defense. That may be OK for experienced people but I think average PC users should keep UAC. If you want to debate the usefulness of UAC, try posting in the forum. You could start an interesting thread there. view
Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know 1 year 9 months ago v.laurie Rick, it is true that the Winkey+I opens a somewhat different Charms bar depending on whether you are on the Desktop or Start screen. However, the procedure described in Tips 1 and 2 works from either the Desktop or the Start screen. Tips 4 and 5 give explicit directions about where to begin. You mention RT. These tips were not tried on Windows RT. view
What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 3 years 1 month ago v.laurie Take a look at http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-cd-emulator.htm view
Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know 1 year 9 months ago v.laurie Did you click "Change PC settings" at the bottom of the Charms bar? view
How to Repair a Windows 7 System with an Installation Disc 3 years 2 months ago v.laurie Sometimes there are boot or other problems that require the use of an external medium. view
What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 3 years 1 month ago v.laurie Quote from the referenced review: "In addition to mounting images to virtual drives, Gizmo Drive allows you to create ISO images from a disk or folder" view
Use this Free Utility to Help Make Your Windows Files Easier to Organize and Find 1 year 8 months ago v.laurie File Meta enables a capability for certain metatags already built into Windows. You cannot create new ones with it. However, there are several useful editable fields that will be added to context menu. One is called "Comments" and gives you plenty of flexibility. Other useful ones are "Tags", "Subject", "Categories". Hope that answered your question. view
Severe Problems with Windows August Updates 1 year 8 months ago v.laurie There are several ways to get to the settings. Here is one: Control Panel--System and Security--Windows Update--Change Settings Also see http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/turn-automatic-updating-on-of... view
Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know 1 year 9 months ago v.laurie I appreciate that you want to be helpful and I don't want to drag this out but your reference to RT is puzzles me. Also. I have no problem starting from either the Desktop or the Start screen. Maybe you could send me an email? view
Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET is Upgraded to Version 5.0 1 year 9 months ago v.laurie Thanks for noting that. You are right that Microsoft does not include XP in the list of supported systems. However,EMET 4.1 is still available for download. view
Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC 1 year 7 months ago v.laurie I have had no problems installing and using Belarc on several Windows 8.1 systems. view
Ten Top Windows Tips 1 year 8 months ago v.laurie Many thanks, Sgluber. view
Best Free Web Form Filler and Password Manager 1 year 8 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the information. This category is currently without an active editor. view
Easy Way to Customize the System Folders “Computer” in Windows 7 and 8 and “This PC” in Windows 8.1 1 year 9 months ago v.laurie Will the person who gave this article a rating of "1" please tell us why such a poor rating? If a utility that is described is not good or the article is incorrect, it would be a courtesy to us all to have the details. Exchanging information is very important. view
How to Print from Your Android Tablet or Smartphone 2 years 10 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the research, bernardz. All I can say is that I got the Google app to work with my Canon MP210 printer. view
Three Ways to Find out Which Versions of the .NET Framework are Installed on a PC 1 year 10 months ago v.laurie Various different .NET Framework versions are used by many applications. Usage varies widely from system to system. Unless you have a specific problem with a particular version, it is probably best to just leave things alone. view
Use This Powerful System Tool to Check Windows Hardware 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie @JamesCA: You are right. I see that the links have stopped working. They worked last night and I do not know what has happened. Here is MajorGeeks link for Hwinfo64: http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/hwinfo64.html. If you want Hwinfo32: http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/hwinfo32.html Update 6 August - links working again view
How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware 1 year 10 months ago v.laurie As the article says, this is for one-time use to clean an infected system. If it finds ransomware, it removes it and decrypts any encrypted files. If it finds nothing wrong, then it gives a message to uninstall it. As the article says it isn't for preventing infection but for removing an infection and there is another app for prevention. Why you can't just leave it installed, I don't know. view
How to Disable JavaScript in Popular Free PDF Readers 2 years 11 months ago v.laurie Scripting will be controlled by your browser settings. If you want to disable the Chrome reader, enter "chrome://plugins" in the address bar, find the entry for Chrome PDF viewer, and click "Disable". There might also be an entry for an Adobe or Foxit plug-in. That can also be disabled if you choose. view
How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware 1 year 10 months ago v.laurie Depending on the nature of the infection, you may or may not be able to access the play store. For more information, try going to this Avast site where you can leave comments: https://blog.avast.com/2014/06/17/avast-kills-android-ransomware-with-ne... view
Use This Powerful System Tool to Check Windows Hardware 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie It would be nice if life were that simple. Hwinfo monitors a lot of different hardware and I don't think we have a category of software that can correct all hardware problems. view
How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive 2 years 8 months ago v.laurie I am very sorry that you have a problem. Step 9 does say "select a folder". I do hope you backed up as this is always essential in Windows. I assume you have tried the restore function that is mentioned in the tip. Many, many people have used this procedure without problems and this issue with moving to the root of a drive is one I have not seen before. I see no mention of it in Microsoft's instructions but that may be little consolation. I have added a note to the tip. Added later: Maybe this reference will help: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/18583-user-folders-restore-default-... view
How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware 1 year 10 months ago v.laurie I have seen a clarification of what Avast was referring to as remote log in and will add it to the article. view
Use This Powerful System Tool to Check Windows Hardware 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the update, irwanwr. view
New Free Suite of Windows System Utilities 3 years 3 weeks ago v.laurie Thank you for the useful information about your experience, GraveDigger. Your example with the 1-click function shows again why it is always necessary to go through all the settings first before using this type of program. Even CCleaner or Glary will remove things I don't want them to if I don't configure them first. view
How to Deal with the Ransomware Called CryptoLocker 1 year 11 months ago v.laurie Thanks for pointing out the omission. view
Use the Search Engine Called StartPage to Protect Your Privacy 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie Look, you can't go on the Internet without some sort of risk. Nor can you use your phone, your charge card, or drive a car totally risk-free. If you are really concerned, maybe you should try anonymizer services. (http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-anonymous-surfing-service.htm) But then you have to trust the service. view
New Free Suite of Windows System Utilities 3 years 2 weeks ago v.laurie Dangerous they are, but this type of program is very popular and we cannot ignore them. It seems better to try to inform people and point out all the problems. Comments like yours and others here may be just the thing to keep some less-experienced people from blindly using a cleaner. The site also mentions Registry cleaners, which is another category of very dangerous (and IMO almost useless) software. Just because a piece of software is mentioned here doesn't mean it is recommended. view
New Free Suite of Windows System Utilities 3 years 2 weeks ago v.laurie @MikeR: I appreciate and understand your points. Thanks for your interest in the integrity of TSA and your suggestions. What gets included here is an individual editorial decision and in borderline cases reasonable people can sometimes come down on different sides. This program is new, in a popular category, and has been mentioned in various places on the Internet and that is why it is in Hot Finds. Your concern about newbies is shared by us all and was one of the reasons I wrote about it. Several well-known sources have given this program good reviews and I thought it should be mentioned here so that people would get another point of view. This is not the venue for full reviews but I tried to indicate that it was not a top pick. view
Two New Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 2 years 7 months ago v.laurie I am sorry to hear of your problem and it is because of problems like this that I strongly urge making emergency repair discs as discussed here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-create-recovery-discs-or-usb.... The comments are not the place for discussing specific individual problems but you can get help in the General Computer Support forum: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ You should be able to get some good advice there. view
How to Allow the Uninstalling of Programs in Windows 7 Safe Mode 2 years 8 months ago v.laurie I don't have an enterprise system to check. Are you in an environment where there might be a policy setting? Or maybe you are using safe mode with network? If you are using the safe mode with network, there is another Registry key: HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Network\MSIServer view
How to Create Recovery Discs or USB Keys in Windows 8 2 years 4 months ago v.laurie Actually,there is still something called "System image backup" but it has been moved to a location different from Windows 8. What with travel and the holidays, I haven't gotten around to updating the article. view
How to Pin Anything to the Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8 the Easy Way 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie This sounds like a problem that involves more than can be discussed here. A better place to present your problem is in the forum at http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/. view
How to Stop Google from Keeping a Record of Every Search You Make 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie I turned off the Web History long ago and it never came back. Maybe you are deleting a cookie that indicates the setting. view
How to Allow the Uninstalling of Programs in Windows 7 Safe Mode 2 years 8 months ago v.laurie Great! I am glad we got that solved. view
How to Create Recovery Discs or USB Keys in Windows 8 2 years 4 months ago v.laurie A section on Windows 8.1 has now been added. view
How to Pin Anything to the Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8 the Easy Way 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie Thanks for pointing that out. view
How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive 2 years 1 month ago v.laurie I don't know why the tab is missing. Perhaps a group policy setting? This question is best asked in the forum http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ view
Eight PDF Files You Don’t Want to Open 2 years 11 months ago v.laurie Any PDF reader with JavaScript enabled might be vulnerable, There are also other possibilities. Several years ago Foxit had a stack overflow problem. Only read PDFs from known sources and scan them with your anti-malware software first. view
How to Stop Google from Keeping a Record of Every Search You Make 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie This turns off one particular tracking function. You are correct that there are other tracking methods that may be at work even when you are not logged in to Google. view
How to Stop Google from Keeping a Record of Every Search You Make 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie See the article http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-harden-your-browser-against-... view
How to Allow the Uninstalling of Programs in Windows 7 Safe Mode 2 years 8 months ago v.laurie I just ran sfc /scannow from safe mode in Windows 7 Professional view
Twelve Things You Need to Know About Internet Privacy 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie If you want to leave a comment or question for chiron, it would be better to place it at one of chiron's articles such as http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-protect-your-online-privacy.htm view
Identify Installed RAM In Amazing Detail 1 year 4 days ago v.laurie

CPU-Z was also reviewed in a previous TSA article here.

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How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 3 months ago v.laurie Unfortunately, using upgrade disks involves too many factors for this limited comment space. Please post your question in the forum {http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/} where there are a number of experts to help you. view
How to Make a Quick and Easy Online Antivirus Check of a File or App Before Downloading it 2 years 5 months ago v.laurie The VirusTotal site has an option "Go to downloaded file analysis". view
Security Attack Called Logjam makes Browsers Vulnerable 11 months 2 weeks ago v.laurie What happens if you run the test using FF in safe mode? view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 11 months 1 week ago v.laurie

I have seen no information on this. If anyone knows more, please let us know.

Update: According to this link, prices will be 119.99 for Windows 10 Home, $199.99 for Windows 10 Pro

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How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 3 months ago v.laurie If you mean a product key, no. You have to buy that from Microsoft or already have one for a previously installed valid copy. You can install and use this download for a trial period of up to 30 days. Then you must activate it with a valid product key or it stops working. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 11 months 3 weeks ago v.laurie As far as I understand it, Windows 8.1 with Bing is basically the same as other 8.1 systems. Microsoft says larger tablets (8" and up) will get the free Windows 10 upgrade. If you have an ARM processor I don't know where that leaves you.What OEMs will offer is unknown. At this time, much is still up in the air. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 2 months ago v.laurie I don't believe that it is possible for the general public to get a Windows XP disk from any Microsoft site. I don't think they will even sell you one. Businesses with support contracts might have access but not individuals. Microsoft very much wants to kill XP. If anybody knows otherwise, please let us know. view
Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET has Been Updated 2 years 5 months ago v.laurie Not that I know of. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 11 months 3 weeks ago v.laurie I assume more or less when the PC version is released (end of July?) view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 2 years 1 month ago v.laurie Microsoft seems to be playing games with the Digital River download links for Windows 7 SP1 ISO files.They are back up. This is the second time Microsoft has disabled the links and then restored them. How long the links will continue to work this time, I don't know. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 2 months ago v.laurie Many thanks. You made my day. view
How to Find Out How Fast Your USB Flash Drives Are 11 months 3 weeks ago v.laurie Offhand I don't know what the problem might be. The utility does read larger drives. view
Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET has Been Updated 2 years 5 months ago v.laurie If you are using Sandboxie, there could be a conflict. Try posting in the forum where one of our members who is a Sandboxie expert can help you. view
How to Keep Google from Putting Your Name and Picture in Their Ads 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie One way or the other, I think everyone with any Google account should check their account settings after Nov. 11 to make sure what it is they are agreeing to. view
How to Free Up More Space on Your Hard Drive with the Updated Windows 7 Disk Cleanup 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie Disk cleanup is not supposed to remove files you might need. As I understand it, only older update files that have been superseded by newer update files are removed. Updates from the most recent batch should still be there. If you go into Control Panel you can find a list of updates that have been installed together with an option to uninstall them. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 2 months ago v.laurie Microsoft's policies can be very murky. Although an OEM disk is certainly tied to a specific piece of hardware as far as installation is concerned, I have no idea if it is legitimate to try to extract individual files for use in repair elsewhere. view
How to Make a Quick and Easy Online Antivirus Check of a File or App Before Downloading it 2 years 5 months ago v.laurie I had no trouble installing the add-on in Windows 7. I was using IE 10. I also had no trouble in FF or Chrome. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 2 months ago v.laurie I certainly knew what West Swan was asking. Since it would be illegal for someone to try to install an OEM disk on another machine, I saw no purpose in his giving it away unless it was possibly to use for a system repair on another system with a valid XP license. Hence my remarks about extracting files. Microsoft's licensing rules are Byzantine and capricious. If we ever meet, I'll buy you a beer or a lassi or whatever and regale you with stories about weird Microsoft licensing I have run into. view
Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET has Been Updated 2 years 5 months ago v.laurie I guess you'll have to balance the possibility that .NET might have security problems unknown to Microsoft against the protection that EMET provides. There are, of course, a variety of approaches to security. For example, many alternatives are discussed at http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-stay-safe-while-online.htm-0 view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 2 years 2 weeks ago v.laurie There are a variety of things that could have gone wrong with a download this big. The ISO may be corrupted. The big download can be a pain but did you try downloading another copy of the ISO? As to alternate DVD burning software, many PCs with a DVD drive come with some third-party software and you could try that if you have if you have it. If you continue to have trouble, please post the details of your problem in our forum: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 2 months ago v.laurie As I have said in a another comment, Microsoft's licensing is murky and confusing. The object of this tip was to provide a way to get a Windows disk for use in repairing systems that already had a valid product key. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 11 months 3 weeks ago v.laurie I don't know if the Windows 10 upgrade will have Bing as the default search. It wouldn't surprise me if Microsoft made it the default in all upgrades but I don't know. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 2 months ago v.laurie There is nothing to keep you from using the download as a repair disk. As I have said, I intended the tip to be used for repair purposes. Repair functions do not require a product key. If your system is so badly damaged that it needs a full re-installation and activation, then this quote from the tip applies: "According to what I read at Microsoft sites, these disks are the same as those sold online by the Microsoft store and installations can be activated with a valid product key that you already have." There are apparently examples of people using an OEM product key that worked. Whether this will be the case for all OEM systems, I don't know. If you have a fully functioning system now, be sure to make a full disk image before trouble hits and you won't have to worry. See this link: http://windows7tips.com/windows-7-backup.html or this link http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-drive-imaging-program.htm view
Best Free Windows Apps 3 years 3 months ago v.laurie Stanford University has an app that allows you to watch video lectures. Go to the Windows store and look for Stanford University view
Free Windows 10 for Mac and Linux Users? 10 months 2 weeks ago v.laurie Thanks, Joe. I have made note of this in the article. view
How to Fix an Annoying Windows USB Problem 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie I have Windows 7 Pro 64-bit and it does have "Hardware and Sound" in Control Panel. view
An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie There are several points to make. First, before any upgrade, you should always make a backup of the whole system. So I would hope you already have a backup. However, if you have plenty of disk space, there is no particular need to delete the file. People with an SSD or a small C: partition are the ones most likely to need the space. As to copying the file to another location, it is a hidden system file and copying such files and then reading them, if necessary, can be tricky. I have not tried doing that. If anybody has experience with that, let us know. view
Best Freeware Download Sites 2 years 5 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the suggestions. I'll take a look. view
How to Get a Windows 7 Start Menu in Windows 10 10 months 2 days ago v.laurie Windows 10 will bring back some features of AeroGlass built in. view
An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie Have you actually tried to do that? The file is a protected system file. view
How to Free Up More Space on Your Hard Drive with the Updated Windows 7 Disk Cleanup 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie It's not a bad idea to run Disk Cleanup every few months. view
Best Free Windows Apps 2 years 11 months ago v.laurie Adobe Photoshop Express Free is now available at the Microsoft store. view
How to Fix Problems When Windows Installer or Uninstaller Doesn’t Work 3 years 1 month ago v.laurie Do you mean the link isn't working? I just tried it and it worked fine. view
All About the Windows 10 Upgrade App Including How to Get Rid of it 11 months 1 week ago v.laurie

A typical upgrade has the option for a clean install or for retaining personal files. I do not personally know what happens to a dual boot system but this link says Windows 10 upgrade keeps the Linux partition but removes grub.

BTW check this link for some old Windows features that get removed when you upgrade. 

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How to Get Help with Windows 8.1 Upgrade Problems 2 years 4 months ago v.laurie http://www.thewindowsclub.com/disable-windows-8-1-help-sticker-notificat... view
An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie Well, that is not what happened on my system. view
Best Free Windows Apps 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie Take a look at Microsoft Research Video Library app: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/microsoft-research-video-lib... view
Free Windows 10 for Mac and Linux Users? 10 months 2 weeks ago v.laurie Yes, I saw that and updated the article a little while ago. Thanks. view
How to Fix an Annoying Windows USB Problem 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie I have also had times when a non-responsive mouse or keyboard could be fixed by disconnecting and reconnecting but this has not always worked. Then I had to restart to get it to work. view
An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the information about a tablet, Jojo. I added a note to the tip. view
How to Make Managing your Installed Programs Easier in Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie Neither do most people. I only ran across this by accident. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie We are unable to respond to individual support requests here. Please post details of your query in our forum: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ view

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