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How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 1 month 2 days 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 1 month 2 days 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 1 month 2 days 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 1 month 2 days 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 1 month 2 days 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 1 month 2 days 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 1 month 2 days 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) 1 month 2 days 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 1 month 2 days 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 1 month 3 days 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 month 3 days 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 month 3 days 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 month 3 days 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 month 3 days 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 month 3 days 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 month 3 days 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 month 3 days 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 month 3 days 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 month 3 days 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 month 3 days 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 month 3 days 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 month 3 days 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 month 4 days 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 month 4 days 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 month 4 days 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 month 4 days 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 month 4 days 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 month 4 days 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 month 4 days 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 month 4 days 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 month 4 days 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 month 4 days 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 month 4 days 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 month 4 days 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 month 4 days 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 month 4 days 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 month 4 days 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 month 5 days 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 month 5 days 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 month 5 days 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 month 5 days 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 month 5 days 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 month 5 days 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 month 5 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 month 5 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 month 5 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 month 5 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 month 5 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 month 5 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 month 5 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 month 5 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 month 5 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 month 5 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 month 5 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 month 5 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 month 5 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 month 5 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 month 5 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 month 5 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 month 6 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 month 6 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 month 6 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 month 6 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 month 1 week 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 month 1 week 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 month 1 week ago vandamme

Proprietary, and Facebook. Two strikes.

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 month 1 week 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 month 1 week 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 month 1 week 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 month 1 week 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 month 1 week 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 month 1 week 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 month 1 week 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 month 1 week 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 month 1 week 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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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 month 1 week ago Fairportfan

Already did most of it.

The first time i saw Windows 8, i said "Windows 8 is ugly and its mama dresses it funny".

I see no reason to say the same about W10.

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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 1 month 1 week ago Stephen Jackson

Another excellent article from Gizmo, although this says a little about us stick-in-the mud, Luddite PC users - and an awful lot more about Windows 10 and Microsoft's superior attitude to its customers' righteous gripes. Or is Microsoft simply overwhelmed? Page after page of teeth-gnashing rage on its feedback pages might suggest the latter. What I love is Microsoft using thousands of people as unpaid testers before announcing, "Right, folks. We've heard what we need from you lot, so after July you'll have to pay to install our operating system." Ah, the ring of the cash-register!

I've bitten the bullet with Windows 10 and learnt to use it...sort of. It's not bad, once you'be handled the dozens of needless and futile changes that never needed to be; and it should get better, as more third parties are persuaded to contribute to its "Apps". Yet borrowing terms from Google is an invidious move. It drives home how backward Microsoft Edge and Hotmail (are we still allowed to call it that?) are even now, compared to Google Chrome. And you realise that, on so many levels, Microsoft still doesn't bother to listen.

Three cheers for quietly dumping the best features of Windows 7, including the invaluable Media Center and Windows Movie Maker. (Movie Maker is still available amongst Microsoft Essentials, so we grab it whilst we can.) Three cheers for updating our most expensive versions of Windows 7 and 8 with Windows 10 in its bare bones. Three cheers more making us pay to use the latest versions of Word and Office on a yearly basis. Three cheers, MS, for simply being YOU. ;)

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A must-have instant messaging app to everyone for its popularity and ease of use 1 month 1 week ago Jojo Yee Good point Av_Crazy, I have now replaced it with a new one :) view
A must-have instant messaging app to everyone for its popularity and ease of use 1 month 1 week ago Av_Crazy

This screenshot is 4-5 years old !! It's from froyo-gingerbread era !!

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 1 week ago Panzer

"... vitunes is a curses-based music player and playlist manager whose goals are: a minimalistic appearance, strong vi-like bindings, and quick playlist creation/management. vitunes does not strive to be a feature-rich media player, but rather a quick, vi-like media indexer and playlist manager, that just happens to be able to play the music it indexes ...":

http://vitunes.org/

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Problems With Chrome? Use Google's Free Cleanup Tool. 1 month 1 week ago Tomnov

I'm about to throw Chrome out on it's ear like I did IE so long ago.
Google is getting too big for it's britches. The original beauty of Chrome was that it was a stabler version of open architecture Chromium, supported user scripting and many other features. It improved upon IE by handling plugins differently, and worked with Sun Java & Adobe (Flash & Shockwave) to make those plugins airtight and more stable.
Now Google is becoming a bigger gorilla than MS in the browser business, and throwing it's weight around, and not being as cooperative sharing back to the OA community of the browser they co-opted. Limiting the outside plugins & scripts that it now uses. Practically forcing updates down ppl's throats. Refusing to support or allow upgrades to machines using XP, ala MS.
I currently prefer a couple of Chromium clones & OA Chromium to Google's hot mess.
I only keep it on my computer for compatability purposes for the masses I work with & troubleshoot.

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A Great Set Of Free Online PDF Tools 1 month 1 week ago howiem

I don't see a way to annotate a PDF, like with https://www.cutepdf-editor.com/edit.asp, or http://www.pdfonlinereader.com/WebPdf2/, or pdfescape, but very useful otherwise.

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 1 week ago Panzer

"... Packet sender - award-winning free utility to send/receive TCP and UDP packets ...":
https://packetsender.com/

 

"... Cloud Commander - orthodox web file manager with console and editor. Will help you manage the server and work with files, directories and programs in browser from any computer, mobile or tablet ...":
http://cloudcmd.io/

 

slap is a Sublime-like terminal-based text editor that strives to make editing from the terminal easier:

https://github.com/slap-editor/slap

 

Krill aggregates feed items from all sources you specify, filters out those that interest you, and displays them as a live stream of clean, legible command line output:

https://github.com/p-e-w/krill

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Best Free Electronic Book Reader 1 month 1 week ago AJNorth

Another overview of Windows eBook readers that some may find useful is at http://beebom.com/best-epub-reader-for-windows/ .

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EactFile 1 month 1 week ago Mellow Yellow

Your article states that if you know any other programs with similar abilities, be sure to let us know in the comments below.

I can think of two programs. Hashmyfiles, which is portable and works in a similar fashion. FreeCommander, another portable program, which is like Windows Explorer on steroids. It also has an MD5 hashing option, as well as many other features.

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 1 week ago Panzer

"... Cyph secures your conversations against any threat, from lone hackers, to agencies armed with theoretical quantum attacks — no signup or downloads required ...":
https://cyph.im/

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The Ultimate Scientific Calculator. From Microsoft. And It's Free. 1 month 1 week ago teokrastev

Sicyon is all-in-one scientific calculator. The core of Sicyon is an expression (VBScript/JScript) calculator with features as: estimate a function using variables, user-defined functions and Sicyon objects; plot/tabulate a function; solve an equation, minimums, maximums and definite integral of a function; fit a function over data set; sophisticated units converter; database reader with various physical and chemical constants; matrix operations; set of plugin tools.

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 1 week ago Panzer

"... 4Pane is a multi-pane, detailed-list file manager for Linux. It is designed to be fully-featured without bloat, and aims for speed rather than visual effects ...":
http://www.4pane.co.uk/index.html

 

"... Curlew - easy to use, Free and Open-Source Multimedia converter for Linux ...":

http://gtk-apps.org/content/show.php/Curlew?content=155664

 

"... Canto is an Atom/RSS feed reader for the console that is meant to be quick, concise, and colorful ...":

http://codezen.org/canto-ng/

 

"... Butterfly is an open source in-browser nix terminal written in coffeescript and backed up by a python tornado server ...:"

http://paradoxxxzero.github.io/2015/10/30/butterfly_2.0.html

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Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 1 month 1 week ago Sid in Extremis

I'm not sure bumping this is a good idea, Ako's advice seems to be seems to be for Vista and Malwarebytes no longer offers lifetime licences for instance.

I am not certain, but I think some of the listed software will tread on the toes of others and cause problems.

It is quite easy to install too much security software and slow the system down significantly.

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Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 1 month 1 week ago ako

You will indeed easily mess up your PC by installing randomly several applications from this list. 

I was lucky to buy MBAM early enough to have lifetime licence. I personally don't want to pay much on security, so I probably would not pay a yearly licence. MBAM is not obligatory. I trust Avira much more, but even more  Sandboxie and LUA.

I'm using Windows 7

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Best Free Music Creation Software 1 month 1 week ago up2scratch

looks kind of good i like making my own music

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Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 1 month 1 week ago ako

I guess all major products already support win 10. 

I am not personally using win10 and will not in near future.

The problem is time indeed. Would you like to join us to become co-author?

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Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 1 month 1 week ago ako

I personally have separate account for financial.

And I NEVER use admin account.

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 1 month 1 week ago George.J

Having used a variety of music players, I will suggest Black Player as it's just what I was looking for. It features an equalizer, bassboost & 3D surround virtualizer with widgets, scrobbling, an ID3 tag editor, no ads, themes, and support for most commonly used music files. Additionally working with tabs and drawers is amazing with this music player, and supports changeable themes, fonts, colors, and has gapless playback, HD album cover management and a lot of customization options. 

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Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 1 month 1 week ago raymond4500332

My system's setup:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium with Lifetime license
Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit
Avast Free Antivirus
Privatewall 7.0.30.3
Bitdefender Anti-Ransomware 1.0.12.1
CryptoPrevent 7.4.21
Spybot AntiBeacon 1.5.0.35 everything blocked
Qhostpress antikeylogger

Cyberfox web browser with latest versions of:
Adblocker Plus
Better Privacy
Blur
BugMeNot
Calomen SSL Validation
ClearCache and Data
Clickjacking Reveal
Cobra Online Security ATD
Decentraleyes
Disable DHE
Disable WebRTC
Fat-Free Fox
Ghostery
HTTPS Everywhere
Netcraft Anti-Phishing
Privacy Badger
Protect-Access Free
Random Agent Spoofer
Search Engine Security
Security Plus
SSleuth
TrafficLight
urlcheck
WOT

Portable KeePass 2.xx
with Serpent encryption plugin for database

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Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 1 month 1 week ago howiem

I've been using separate sandboxes (www.sandboxie.com) for each site where I do financial transactions or conduct other sensitive functions and delete the contents of the sandbox after use.

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Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 1 month 1 week ago footpatrol

Nice security list. it would be helpful if there were links to go to those sites too.
Since some are out-dated the years of operation might be listed along the side.

A major concern is what security etc. programs that work on a WIN7 system will still work on WIN 10 OS. It would be nice to see a tabulated list that shows this someplace. If you are aware of any please post and/or share in email newsletter. Thanks. [I realize time is limited]

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 1 week ago Panzer

"... Habitat is a new approach to automation that focuses on the application instead of the infrastructure it runs on. With Habitat, the apps you build, deploy, and manage behave consistently in any runtime — metal, VMs, containers, and PaaS ...":

https://www.habitat.sh/

 

Rainbowstream - a Twitter client in terminal:

http://www.rainbowstream.org/

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Best Free File Manager 1 month 1 week ago Anupam

FreeCommanderXE works fine on my Windows 10 since the start.

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Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility 1 month 1 week ago Sasha_oo1

Thank you a lot for sharing these apps. I accidentally deleted photos from my wedding. I used PC INSPECTOR File Recovery and it found all my files pretty quickly and all the files were undamaged . And I think this article would be helpful for you too :))) It has a good utility https://hetmanrecovery.com/digital_photo_recovery/hetman_photo_recovery.htm

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