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What are Thumbs.db Files and Can I Delete Them? (Windows) 6 years 1 month ago JesterTheCat

Thank you for posting about .Thumbs.db . I have noticed this file for awhile and just haven't taken the time to look it up. Gladly I came across you website and found the answer with some other good guides for new people to OS. Excellent post. I can't wait to check out more on this site. Thank you agahin,
`Jester

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What are Thumbs.db Files and Can I Delete Them? (Windows) 6 years 1 month ago rhiannon @JesterTheCat, I'm glad you found the article helpful. :) The rest of the site has great content too. view
What are Thumbs.db Files and Can I Delete Them? (Windows) 5 years 11 months ago IanL

I am runing windows 8.1 and you did not offer any options for this only for XP and windows 7. Why?
FYI, I see them every now and again. I always delete them. (not sure if this is wise) please prvide suggestions for windows 8.1
I am not a techie :)

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What are Thumbs.db Files and Can I Delete Them? (Windows) 5 years 11 months ago rhiannon @IanL To the best of my knowledge, the process for Windows 8x is the same for previous Windows versions, but you access the Control Panel via the Charms bar. I had no problems running through the process on my Windows 8.1 system. Windows will re-create any thumbs.db as needed so deleting them isn't an issue. As to not updating the article...........well, I've written 500 or so articles for the site and it's very difficult to try and keep them all updated and provide new information as well. I truly wish I had the time to do both. :) view
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What Do the Function Keys on the Keyboard Do? 1 year 4 months ago Australia

Great article. It relates to the "top row of Function Keys" on the top row of most keyboards

However a lot of laptop keyboards also have a Function key "Fn" usually next to the Ctrl Key on the bottom row of the Keyboard
This additional Function (Fn) key, adjust laptop settings including volume, screen brightness, and so on, usually used in conjunction with a F1-F12 key

There is no mention of this laptop related Function (Fn) key in this article, so things are a little ambiguous

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What Do the Function Keys on the Keyboard Do? 1 year 4 months ago rhiannon

Thanks for your comment. :)

I didn't mention the function keys were on the top row of the keyboard, I'll amend that when I get to my desktop.

I think this line in the first paragraph addresses laptops: "They are often combined with the Alt and Ctrl keys to do certain tasks, and on laptops, can also have dual functions like turning the volume up or down when used with a designated key, usually the Fn key."

 

 

 

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What Do the Function Keys on the Keyboard Do? 1 year 3 months ago hpearce

I personally do not find the F keys anywhere near consistent from PC o PC - they seem mostly dependent on the manufacturer or model.
I avoid them unless I see real value to them.

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What Do the Function Keys on the Keyboard Do? 1 year 3 months ago rhiannon

That's interesting. Do you think it's the operating system, the keyboard itself, or something else?

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What Do the Function Keys on the Keyboard Do? 1 year 3 months ago Krunk

My problem is with a wireless keyboard that came with an HP desktop. The Function keys don't perform what you would expect to be the default---as you outlined above.
Instead, you have to use the Fn key along with the Function keys to rename, refresh. etc. Otherwise they act as "action" keys to change volume, display brightness, et al. There is no keyboard lock/unlock toggle for the Fn key. I learned that on some laptops, you can change the setting in the BIOS---System Configurations, but there is no such setting on my desktop (probably because the keyboards on desktops are interchangeable).
Any thoughts?

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What Do the Function Keys on the Keyboard Do? 1 year 3 months ago rhiannon

I'm not sure about changing keyboard settings the BIOS, I'm not familiar with the options that HP uses in whatever BIOS flavor they use.
I'm assuming your keyboard doesn't have any software that would allows you to make changes like Logitech or Razer keyboards do that let you customize the keyboard.
Outside of getting a new keyboard, I would give SharpKeys a try. There's an installable version (MSI) and a portable version (EXE). I'd go with the portable version.
There's a good how-to at How-To Geek on how to use SharpKeys, it's a few years old but it covers Windows from Vista to 10.
Map Any Key to Any Key on Windows 10, 8, 7, or Vista.

If that doesn't work, my last suggestion would be AutoHotkey, it's a great program but there's a learning curve if you're new to that type of software. It would allow more extensive keyboard modification. The link to the How to Remap Your Keyboard How To in the article above has some good AutoHotkey suggestions.

Someone else might have a suggestion and chime in as well.

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What Do the Function Keys on the Keyboard Do? 1 year 3 months ago Krunk

Thanks for the response, rhiannon.
No the keyboard didn't come with any software and not even the flimsiest documentation.
But I will definitely check out your suggestions when I get some time. My immediate reaction, though, is to wonder whether it's possible to assign--let's say--"reload" to the F5 key when that's not a primary key function like SHIFT or ENTER or SPACE or a specific character.
Incidentally, one of my favorite Function key combinations is SHIFT+F3 which toggles selected text through CAPS, LOWER CASE & SENTENCE &/or TITLE CASE (though it doesn't work in all applications).

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What Do the Function Keys on the Keyboard Do? 1 year 3 months ago rhiannon

That should be possible with SharpKeys, but I haven't tested it on a laptop.

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What Every PC User Should Know about Windows File Extensions- FAQ 5 years 9 months ago David Roper

We have a computer. We have files to use on it. Different kinds of files.

It is the most stupid decision that Microsoft ever did to drop seeing the extensions in Windows transactions using filenames.

I cannot say any more about it. I feel so strong about it. I kept it clean.

Yes, I see my extensions now because I checked a little box "hidden somewhere".

How about the "box" coming from the factory with the Extensions showing?

(off soap box now... Blood returning to heart and lungs)

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What Every PC User Should Know about Windows File Extensions- FAQ 5 years 9 months ago bawldiggle

It's called dumbing down !
How do inexperienced PC users know what application/program to nominate when a strange file lacking an extension, does not open ?
They use the Windows default "Search the internet" dialog option, ensuring the commercial vultures get a good feed.

Unfortunately most ordinary users don't know much about files and what "drives" them.
M$ want users to be totally dependent on M$ -- rather than educate them.
Dummies are pliant people. They can be manipulated to believe anything.
Its a variation of .. the off shore scam of phone callers telling me they are from Microsoft and that my computer (Linux) has problems and for a fee they can fix it. ... BS!

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What Every PC User Should Know about Windows File Extensions- FAQ 5 years 9 months ago toonpig

Yet another good useful piece for us who are not so experienced at using PC. Love all these tips & helpful suggestions on this site please keep up the good work. Once again my thanks

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What Is A False Positive Antivirus Detection? 7 years 7 months ago George.J A great article MC. Lol, the last image made me laugh my heart out. Even I had moments like those, when I play multi-player games online and get killed by others. :D view
What Is A False Positive Antivirus Detection? 7 years 7 months ago MidnightCowboy Thanks. I produced this as much as anything to help out the likes of Robert who would be constantly replying to "this is not safe" comments under his Hot Find articles. Now we have something in detail to link to which is a lot more efficient. I've looked everywhere I can think of for a copyright on that last image and can't find anything. No doubt if it is covered somewhere we'll hear about it soon enough. :) view
What Is A False Positive Antivirus Detection? 7 years 7 months ago greycoat

I like VirusTotal, but still at times left with no more "clarity" than when I began with. Just recently downloaded software from a reputable site written by the site themselves only to have VirusTotal to have 3 out of the 35 or 45 claim viruses or trojans present. How am I suppose to feel about that? So I mentioned it on their forum and they assured me the program does not have a virus/trojan and recommended also trying Jotti's malware scan which they also pointed out gave a single false positive. My antivirus software BitDefender and Malwarebytes found no problem with their software, along with some other online scanners. I've had situations where VirusTotal found problems, including their BitDefender software, when my BitDefender antivirus didn't on the same sample. What if 3 of the 45 VirusTotal virus programs say there is a virus, trojan, and/or malware present? Does that mean "safe to install"? How much "charity" or "comfort" does that give us? Ten of the 45? Still "safe"? Where is that dividing line on to "trust" it and install it or not? Majority rules? If 23 of the 45 VirusTotal anti-virus programs say it's OK we can find "comfort" in that? We have "clarity"? It all seems to be pretty much a crap shoot these days and just last night I was on a reputable security forum. I didn't notice the post, i.e. "thread" was old, but the moderator recommended Old Timer download to run with a link. Without thinking I clicked it and downloaded. Further without thinking, because I was on a reputable security forum, I installed it. THEN I thought let's run this through VirusTotal, duh after the fact, and found over a half dozen alleged trojans. So far my 4 or five scans from various downloaded programs, along with my own programs, have detected nothing after VirusTotal having scared the daylights out of me and who knows they may be right and my programs are just not catching it. I've come to where I can't trust any of it with any degree of credibility. You don't know when the false positives are false positives or when they are for real. I think I'm going to change my entire strategy. I think I'm going to do more than tinker with VMware Player, VirtualBox, and/or Virtual PC. I think I'm going to reinstall my "virgin" image of Windows 7 Pro back on my computer, and besides security software, including firewall and anti-virus, and the virtual software that's about it. Then operate solely out of the virtual box for just about everything else. Live out of (or rather in) the box and pretty much immunize my Windows 7 from the outside world as much as I can.

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What Is A False Positive Antivirus Detection? 7 years 7 months ago MidnightCowboy This is explained in the VT FAQ: "A given antivirus in VirusTotal detects a file and its equivalent commercial version does not" "VirusTotal antivirus solutions sometimes are not exactly the same as the public commercial versions. Very often, antivirus companies parametrize their engines specifically for VirusTotal (stronger heuristics, cloud interaction, inclusion of beta signatures, etc.). Therefore, sometimes the antivirus solution in VirusTotal will not behave exactly the same as the equivalent public commercial version of the given product". That said, none of these services are perfect and nothing for Windows can be regarded as 100% safe. IMO if there's any doubt, don't install it. I've been adopting this policy for years and I've never missed not having something that was flagged like this or came from a site with a poor WOT (Web Of Trust) rating. view
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What is RSS all about? 5 years 1 month ago crosseyedlemon

RSS feeds are a great way to collect information from a wide variety of sources and I have used FeedDemon for a few years now with no complaints. On occasion you may want to save a feed in a separate folder but be discouraged by the length of the address. By accident I discovered you can delete everything after the first = sign in the address bar and get a much shorter string which can be saved.

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What is RSS all about? 5 years 1 month ago Mighty

Obviously, this entry needs to be updated to remove the defunct Google Reader.

Like many former Google Reader users, I migrated to Feedly. I'm happy with it. While normally I'd prefer a native Windows application for this sort of thing, I do check my feeds when I'm away from home, often. So, using a web reader is more convenient, for me. And, with today's computers and browsers, it's plenty responsive. Among the new features I like in Feedly that weren't in Google Reader, it provides built-in links to save to destinations like Evernote and Pocket. I use those links regularly.

When I describe the value of RSS feeds to people, I point out that feed readers are really good for two extremes of sites: Those that have many updates each day, like news sites. And, those sites the update only rarely, like an author's blog.

With the news site, the many articles are consolidated into a compact list of headlines. It is far quicker and more convenient to skim this for the few articles you're actually interested in, versus scanning a cluttered webpage. I notice that some news sites are actually doing something like this themselves, lately. The current CNN front page has one big article dominating the page, and then a simple list of headlines on the left. Think of that, except all your news sites are gathered together, instead of having to go to each one individually.

Where RSS feeds shine on low-volume sites is that you don't have to remember to go check it occasionally, if it only updates once a week, or once a month, or even less often. The site will light up in your list, telling you that there's something new to see. If you put it in your Read Daily, or Before Coffee, or Must Read folders (whatever name you choose) then it will simply appear in the list, along with the other sites you're most interested in. They become a delightful surprise.

In Feedly, I tag my feeds two ways. First, I put them into a category that describes what kind of site it is. For example, Tech, Comics, News, etc. And then I have a Daily folder, which includes the sites I want to check every day. Additionally, I have a Frequent folder, for when I've finished my Daily sites, and just want to kill a few minutes. I usually put really high volume sites into this one. Stuff that would so clutter my Daily list that it would become unwieldy.

As mentioned briefly in the main article, there's also Googles News Search. With a Google account, you can set up a news search that is published as an RSS feed. I have searches on my name, names of family members, and a few of my friends. 99.9% of the hits are not the correct people. Occasionally, I'll go in an add an exclusion to the search, to weed out hits that I know are bogus, to cut down on the clutter. Usually in the form of "-somesite.com" when I know a particular site posts many articles about someone with the same name.

Feedly is a big part of how I consume the 'Net, these days.

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What is RSS all about? 5 years 1 month ago philip

Thanks for the reminder about Google Reader Mighty, and yes, Feedly is an excellent replacement.  I used it happily for a few months, but I now prefer Inoreader.

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What is RSS all about? 5 years 1 month ago Jojo Yee Inoreader is my current preference too Philip. view
What is RSS all about? 5 years 1 month ago greyman

I gett many notifications from google, but I have never used a reader. i appreciate the suggestions for readers, and am going to start using them.
Also, CrosseyedLemon, thank you for your suggestion for deleting all after the first= in the address. I will probably benefit from that, as will others, no doubt.

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What is “Freeware”? 6 years 10 months ago Imanonov

A thank-you is really not sufficient to thank you for all the GREAT articles and advice you are providing us with nearly every day of the year.
May the New Year bring you loads of success, inspiration and happiness

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What is “Freeware”? 6 years 10 months ago pauloz

Thanks v.laurie. You guys do a great job!

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What is “Freeware”? 6 years 10 months ago David Roper

Excellent Article. I Was there with Jim Button and his PC-File, etc. My shareware never made a cent, DRMENU31 and CUTZIT10, so I made them Freeware.
Notice how they are 8 chrs long.

Remember Nelson Ford and his shareware catalogs sent out? Before the WWW the only way to learn of software was reading printed/mailed catalogs.

Some more "ware" types to discuss are Mine-Field-ware, Crapware, and Postcard-ware. Mine-field happens when you go to install them and every click you make installs an unwanted piece of software to your system. I throw Crapware and Mine-Field-ware into the same category.

Actually no discussion is necessary because anyone can figure out the meanings easily.

Let me end where I began. Excellent "5 star" Article.

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What is “Freeware”? 6 years 10 months ago v.laurie The PC users group I went to back in those days had a lending library of shareware on 360 KB 5 1/4" floppy disks. Those were the days when people really knew how to code and you could get a surprising number of programs even in such a small capacity. Of course, DOS itself only had 512 KB of memory to work with. view
What is “Freeware”? 6 years 10 months ago bernardz Good article, although your Freemium and Crippleware definitions are identical in practice. One thing for sure, stay away from downloading from CNET. It took me hours to get rid of the show-pass rubbish that they added to the software I wanted. view
What is “Freeware”? 6 years 10 months ago Juxxize very good article , good information to save confusions I'm going to bookmark this :) view
What is “Freeware”? 6 years 10 months ago v.laurie Although there is some overlap between the freemium and crippleware categories, they differ in how useful the free software is. The free software in the freemium model provides substantial value and is sometimes almost the same as the paid version. Crippleware is generally not all that useful and often has the best features missing. view
What is “Freeware”? 6 years 10 months ago macspite

David, thank you for taking me down memory lane! I was also there as shareware began to develop but as a consumer not a coder.

And Jim Button (and others) got some money from me :)

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What is “Freeware”? 6 years 10 months ago lmac

Would you please explain the advantage to a company of having us install their toolbar. How do they make money if we install it?

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What is “Freeware”? 6 years 10 months ago v.laurie From the ads that you will see. For example, if Ask becomes your search engine, search pages will have ads that bring revenue to Ask. view
What is “Freeware”? 6 years 10 months ago lmac

Thank you Laurie. Do you know how much they make off of each hit?

Larry

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What is “Freeware”? 6 years 10 months ago cyguyjg

Thank you for always being detailed and in particular for the clarification about Softpedia, MajorGeeks, and FileHippo.

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What is “Freeware”? 5 years 8 months ago v.laurie Unfortunately, FileHippo has also fallen into the practice of using wrappers on some of its offerings. view
What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 7 years 7 months ago patels

Is there any software which can create ISO from the files/folders in the HDD?

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What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 7 years 7 months ago v.laurie Take a look at http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-cd-emulator.htm view
What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 7 years 7 months ago patels

Thanks for the suggestion.

None of the program listed in the suggested link, can CREATE an ISO image FROM the folders/files in the HDD. I understand that these programs can create an image from the existing CD/DVD.

I am looking for a software can allows to pickup files/folders from the HDD and creates an ISO image file, without actually writing into a physical disk.

Thanks in advance.

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What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 7 years 7 months 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
What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 7 years 7 months ago tarzanxx

The page you need is this: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-cd-dvd-burning-software.htm (burning, not emulating)

Most cd/dvd burning software can create ISOs as well as burn directly to disk. Generally you'll have the option with burning software to burn to disk, or "burn" to hard drive.

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What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 7 years 7 months ago Anupam BurnAware free has the ability to create ISO image from local files and folders. You have to run the program, and select "Make ISO" feature. You can find BurnAware on this review: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-cd-dvd-burning-software.htm CD Emulators too can be used to create ISO images. Apart from the link which Vic shared, you can also take a look at TotalMounter: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/totalmounter-free-virtual-cddvd-... view
What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 7 years 7 months ago BGM

The title reads: "What ISO Files Are" - but it would be a good addition to the article if you mentioned what "ISO" stands for and why it was invented. Also, what is the difference between using a zip archive to contain the file structure as opposed to the ISO file (aside from the fact that you can mount the ISO).

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What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 7 years 7 months ago v.laurie Tech Tips are intended to be fairly short and not encyclopedic. However, it would be very interesting to have a full article of the type you suggest. We would be very happy to look at it if you would like to submit one. Go to this link http://www.techsupportalert.com/write-for-gizmos.htm and maybe you will become an author of articles for Gizmo's. view
What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 7 years 7 months ago Jorpho

Are there any useful suggestions for a freeware program that can add files to an existing ISO image? Last time I checked, the only thing I could find was ISO Master, which is presently only available for Linux. (It is, fortunately, included in some versions of Knoppix, so when needed it is at least fairly easy to get running.)

Some programs distributed in ISO format only take up a tiny fraction of a CD or DVD, and it seems wasteful to leave so much empty space.

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What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 7 years 7 months ago v.laurie I do not personally know of one but I suppose you can always unpack an ISO, add the files, and then reform the ISO. Maybe someone else knows of a program. view
What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 7 years 7 months ago Chaturanger

Use 7-zip to unpack, add files, and use folder2iso to repack. So simple.

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What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 7 years 7 months ago godel

In order to modify an existing ISO you must first extract the all the files to a folder, add or subtract your files as desired, then make a new ISO file.

The simplest, smallest program that I've found that can do all that is ISO Toolkit 5.0 from:

http://www.softpedia.com/get/CD-DVD-Tools/CD-DVD-Images-Utils/ISO-Toolki...
It's only a couple of MB and can even burn the resulting ISO if required.

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What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 7 years 7 months ago brunetu

Another useful article! I think more like these are in order.

I hope this clears more of the mystery surrounding ISOs.
Forgive me if I'm over-repeating information, it's probably a teacher's professional flaw.

CDs needed a format (file system) for storing files, and so a specialized file system was made into an ISO standard: ISO 9660. So basically, ISOs are images (backup archives or exact replicas) of the content on the disc, on which the files are stored in the exact same order (or layout) as on the disc (byte by byte). So just as with ZIP archives, think of them as single files which in fact are a package, they contain the aggregate data of the files on the CD.

Revisions were later added to the ISO 9660 file system standard, such as what is known as the "Joliet extensions" in order to accommodate lengthier file path names in newer operating systems, and other benefits.

A modern file system also meant for use specifically on optical discs is UDF, which was also revised several times and has several advantages over ISO. It is more largely supported on newer operating systems and less on DVD-players, but for the sake of compatibility, either or both of the file systems can be recorded to an optical disc (CD/DVD/Blu-ray) using a burning unit and software.

The term "burner" is generally more often used colloquially than "recorder" and it derives from the fact that the technology involves a laser that operates on the surface of the disc.

As such, an ISO archive, being a backup image (replica into a file) of a disc, could contain both UDF and ISO (+ Joliet optionally) too. That way, if you accessed such a disc from within an older operating system which only supports ISO 9660, some files (with lengthy names) may appear as shorter names for example.

Unfortunately, unlike with other types of archives (such as ZIP), I haven't come across any piece of software that can update/delete specific files within an archive, without recreating the entire archive (edit it in-place). There are however several alternatives to ISOs which have the advantage of compressing the contents (generally resulting in smaller disc images but more processing, just as with ZIP compression), but they are generally proprietary formats. I'm not going to name the software, because they are commercial ones (so not allowed here), but I'm assuming it's safe to mention the file formats as examples: ISO-ZIP (file names with the ISZ extension, probably using similar compression to ZIP) and Direct Access Archive (file names with the DAA extension, using the open-source 7-Zip engine for compressing data). They don't support updating specific files within the archive either though.

Maybe not a well-enough-known feature of optical disc file systems is that they can also be optimized (although not all burning software supports it) to only store duplicate file data once (this applies to both a physical disc and to disc images). Another thing specific to optical discs is that they can contain multiple sessions (most software have an option to leave the disc "open" when burning it, which means to allow adding files later).

This was what I have to add about ISOs and differences between them and common archive formats after having been using them for years, but I'm in no way an authority nor do I have any formal knowledge regarding this subject specifically (that's why I haven't specified numbers when talking about file system limitations).

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What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 7 years 7 months ago Jorpho

The problem is that unpacking an ISO does not necessarily preserve all the content of the ISO, such as the boot sector for "live" CDs. After all, there would otherwise be little reason not to just distribute the ISO as a collection of zipped files, would there?

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What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 7 years 7 months ago richtea (not verified)

This, in response to patels query below - ISO creation:

Folder2ISO, as mentioned by another commenter. So simple - ditto.

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What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 4 years 8 months ago ch120508

I have a directory which contains both Windows & Linux, is there a S/W available to create an iso image that works on both Linux & Windows system?
Thank you!

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 5 years 1 month ago crosseyedlemon

This article has me confused. My understanding was that the free upgrade to Windows 10 was optional and that the offer was going to expire next May. This article seems to be saying that we are all going to be force fed Windows 10 at a time of Microsoft's choosing whether we want it or not. If that was their intention all along then you have to wonder why they created the free upgrade offer in the first place. I have accepted that Windows 7 will not be supported for much longer but I believe I have the right to decided when it's time to upgrade. I wonder how many will move to a Linux setup or Apple if Microsoft continues to act in this manner.

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 5 years 1 month ago v.laurie The upgrade is certainly optional. As the title says, this article applies only to those who reserved a copy of Windows 10 back in earlier days. If you reserved a copy, Microsoft assumes you want it. If you didn't specifically reserve a copy, you may be nagged to upgrade but nothing will be downloaded unless you agree to it. view
What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 5 years 1 month ago Joe A.TT

You have to understand one thing and one thing alone - Microsoft has announce a goal of 1 billion devices in 2-3 years. IMHO, that was a very stupid thing to do. Microsoft cannot take it back because it has been widely reported, so you should understand they are pretty desperate. They will force users to upgrade rather than be humiliated.

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 5 years 1 month ago crosseyedlemon

Thank you for clearing that up Vic. Your doing a fantastic job here at Gizmos keeping us informed on important tech developments.

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 5 years 1 month ago crosseyedlemon

All the major tech players make market projections for stockholders Joe so this is no big deal. When stock analysts later point out that the target goal is unlikely to be met the company always has an explanation ready for why they will miss along with an adjusted target goal. I remember when Blackberry was in a freefall back in 2008 and they were resetting their projected sales goal almost weekly. It was rather humorous but I guess less so if you actually owned shares in the the company.

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 5 years 1 month ago HenWin

The upgrade offer runs through JULY 28th, 2016. 1 year from July 29th, 2015, the day Win10 was first made available to the general public.

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 5 years 1 month ago LeeW777

I have already installed Linux Ubuntu on two of my machines because Micro$oft no longer supports XP. My laptop came with 7 on it, so we'll see how far that gets me.

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 5 years 1 month ago johnvk

@crosseyedlemon Windows 7 EOL is 2020. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?p1=14481
5 years left. I will use every last drop.
And that is assuming that Windows 10 actually is successful, which may not happen. A lot of people are unhappy with the privacy invasions and forced updates. That might kill it, which might extend Windows 7's life. As XP's life was extended by Vista's failure.

And Vic thanks for the great tip...again!

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 5 years 1 month ago lowndesw

Dr. Leonhard is a GENIUS!!

I'm giddy as a schoolgirl; just completed this. ANYONE that can untie the Gordian knot of MS Win is a certifiable GENIUS.

One thing these type exercises do for me, is to make me pay attention and follow directions, something the wife says I can't do very well at all.

My system may be a little different, Win 8.1, with Shell, and a SSD. I got a little tangled up on #3 and #7, but believe it is complete and done.

THANK YOU, Vic, for bringing this to our attention. AND all the other stuff, too!!

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 5 years 1 month ago gruff

Everyone is walled off from receiving email from readers -- especially when there are serious errors -- Gizmo, TechSupportAlert, Vic Laurie, and the author of the above recommended author, Woody Leonhard. Once I found out that Windows 10 was so intrusive and kept users under constant surveillance by sending data back to Microsft, I ruined my laptop by installing Windows 10 when I found that after 30 days, there was NO WAY to go back to my old Windows 7. MS deleted the necessary files to return to Win 7. So if I want Win 7 back, I have to go out and buy a new copy and install it.

But in Leonhard's article, I was hungry to remove the Windows 10 Reservation from my desktop which is my primary machine with a lot of important information on it. I had already activated the Reservation, not knowing how sneaky MS was going to be by forcing me to install Win 10 whether I wanted it or not. So I was very relieved to find Leonhard's detailed article which led me through ridding my machine of the Reservation and ending my worry about MS installing it without my consent. It worked and as he noted, it took about an hour and 3 reboots.

For that I'm appreciative, but for what happened next, I'm angry. Turns out that using Leonhard's method, the Reservation is only removed till the next cycle of Windows update, which happened yesterday and to my dismay, on booting up this morning, to find that the Reservation Icon was back in full force. So much for Leonhard.

I then went to MS and searched for cancelling my reservation for Windows 10. Turns out it was simple. See http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-win_upgrade/windows-10-reservation/0bb03e34-9d23-4484-bf1f-f1f51bdc3e7d?auth=1 for full and simple instructions. I cancelled it and am now going to reboot and see if it's still there. If it is, I'll apply Leonhard's procedure again and see what happens. I hope the simplicity of the Microsoft cancellation technique works. The last thing I want on my machine is Windows 10. It's a piece of garbage that offers nothing new in functionality and steals my information.

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 5 years 1 month ago Anupam

About Windows 10 on your laptop, if you had performed an upgrade, then you can always go back to the previous OS, in your case, Windows 7.

In case of an upgrade, Windows 10 creates a backup copy of the previous OS, and keeps it. You can revert back to the previous OS until one month. You can find this option under Settings --> Updates and Security --> Recovery.

You have to be logged in as administrator in order to see that option in the settings.

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 5 years 1 month ago gruff

That was what I said in the last half of my first paragraph.

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 5 years 1 month ago Anupam

oh OK, sorry, I missed that part about 30 days. I should concentrate more :D.

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 5 years 1 month ago gruff

But in the last paragraph of my comment, there is a link to Microsoft where you can cancel the Reservation. Too late for my laptop, but at least it seems to work for my desktop machine.

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 5 years 1 month ago v.laurie

Well. it seems I was wrong to assume that Microsoft would not download Windows 10 unless you indicated you want it. It has been reported that anyone who gets Windows updates automatically may get Windows 10 downloaded to their system whether they asked for it or not. It doesn't get installed but it takes up a lot of space.

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What to do when giving away an old computer 4 years 11 months ago Thored

Just for reference, users haven't been able to LLF a disk since the late 80's/early 90's.

Tracks, and sectors in modern disk drives are laid down on the platters using a servowriter and then the platters are installed on the spindle in a hard disk.

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What to Do with a Hung or Unresponsive Windows 7 Program 7 years 7 months ago paul_walker

Sir or Ma'am,
The email does not come with a clickable link?

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What to Do with a Hung or Unresponsive Windows 7 Program 7 years 7 months ago v.laurie I assume you mean the email that goes out to Gizmo subscribers. I don't see the email but all the links pertinent to tips are in the body of the article. view
What to Do with a Hung or Unresponsive Windows 7 Program 7 years 7 months ago paul_walker

YES. I can't prove it: my email program is Thunderbird; & a valid link is colored blue:
need.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-do-hung-or-unresponsive-win... was black! Only by copy & paste was I able to do anything. The other alternative was on the web, where it was fine.

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What to Do with a Hung or Unresponsive Windows 7 Program 7 years 7 months ago v.laurie You can always go to the website if there are email problems. Have you by any chance tuned off HTML in your email client and are reading things in plain text? view
What to Do with a Hung or Unresponsive Windows 7 Program 7 years 6 months ago Chigwells

Thanks a lot for this article, v.laurie. I'm a reasonably competent pc user, but was never too sure what to do with Resource Monitor, or indeed a hung program.

I'll experiment with your suggestions in future. I'll also check out your Windows Seven Forums link.

Rgds, chig

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What to Do with a Hung or Unresponsive Windows 7 Program 7 years 2 months ago rc00

I have never been able to get this to work. "Analyze Wait Chain" says " is running normally" It isn't! "End process" and "End process tree" are ignored!

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What to Do with a Hung or Unresponsive Windows 7 Program 7 years 2 months ago paul_walker

No Problem here.

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 5 years 5 months ago vandamme

Looks like when Windows 7 reaches end of life, I won't dual boot Windows any more, and my switch to Linux will be permanent.

Hasta la Vista, Microsoft.

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 5 years 5 months ago pdmagnet

To be truthful I don't like Win10 (yes I tried the preview and already delete it) and the idea of going similar to the Android model with the Windows Store does not convince me enough to change from my win7 ultimate or my win8.1 machines to Win10.
I haven't got any malware or a virus in long years and I don't expect it to change anytime soon.

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 5 years 5 months ago Joe A.TT

What? Free lifetime updates. I'll be among the first to upgrade.

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 5 years 5 months ago David Roper

I feel the same way. As soon as the end of life happens for Win7 (remember all the updates we have had?) it helps me decide to move over to Linux Distros like Robocopy which will run Win 7 apps reportedly. If i am wrong then I will be entering LINIX land where the upgrades are Free and Software works. I fear it is the END of LIFE for Microsoft WINDOWS for many of us. Yep, I started with DOS 2.1 so LINIX will not be that bad.

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 5 years 5 months ago bawldiggle

Win-8 (on a new Dell laptop) was the final straw.
I started with Win3.x ... all of my 4 rigs are Win7. I recently dusted off an old paper weight (Acer 2003 laptop -- WinXP) maxed out to 2GB RAM and massive (¿) 150GB HDD ... to play with Linux (Mint) ... first OS install in my life. First baby steps into Linux. Anything has to be better than the MS fiasco.
» Progress is mans ability to complicate simplicity (Thor Heyerdahl) «

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 5 years 5 months ago MidnightCowboy

Robolinux, as opposed to Robocopy, only runs Windows apps by allowing a virtual copy of Windows to be installed within it, but this is a paid option. Many Windows programs can be run using Wine however for free across a wide range of Linux distros. Many people however when encouraged to look a little deeper into Linux will realize they can accomplish all of their daily tasks without using Windows related software at all. I only dual boot to research Windows queries posted by members and to maintain the Windows pages here I have a responsibility for, otherwise everything I do is done using (currently) Makulu Linux KDE.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/linux/12682-makulu-3.html...

We need to avoid a Linux discussion hijacking these comments however, so please move any further discussion along these lines into this forum thread. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/15088-windows-or-l...

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 5 years 5 months ago oldbilbobaggins

Pleez sur, I followed the procedure given in 'What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10' to download and use 'Coreinfo' to investigate whether I had the 'Requirements for Win 10' in my not-at-all-new Dell with Win 7. For this 'bear of little brain' it took a bit of effort, but clicking on/initiating the 'coreinfo.exe' folder entry showed a Command Box and say 30++ lines scrolling fast then disappearing in about half a second..... too fast to read and/or extract information.

Stumped.

Sure, there must be a way.... but my education doesn't stretch that far. And there must be many millions more like me who won't know/cannot find out if Win 10 will install/run on their kit, and won't know what to do about it.

Perhaps you can help?

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 5 years 5 months ago djay49

Because coreinfo is a command-line utility, you'll need to execute it in a Command Prompt window. There are various ways to open one (e.g., Win+R / cmd / Enter). Then navigate using the "cd" cmd to the directory where you've saved coreinfo. (If you're running Win7 or later, the easiest thing to do is Shift-Right-click in the folder window where you've saved coreinfo and choose "Open Command Window here...".) Finally, execute the program by typing "coreinfo" at the prompt.

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 5 years 5 months ago rcoombs

Hi,
I have the same comment as the other writer, I have downloaded 'coreinfo' but cannot get it to run. I get my elevated command prompt and enter 'coreinfo' and I get a message - unrecognized command. What am I doing wrong. Thanks for any help. rcoombs

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 5 years 5 months ago v.laurie You have to either enter the command with the full path for the file Coreinfo.exe or run it in a command window referenced to the same folder that contains Coreinfo.exe. See this article - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-open-windows-command-prompt-any-folder.htm. view
What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 5 years 5 months ago CyberWolf64

I certainly hope that the statement as it were that SecureBoot MUST be enabled is NOT accurate. As in my new system it will NEVER be activated, as it is Microsofts way to enforce ONLY their OS on your machine. UEFI is fine as a lot of newer releases of Linux support that, but not SecureBoot.
Therefore, it is NEVER going to be active on MY machine. I will stick with the Win 7 Ultimate that will be on it only along with my Linux distro of choice, which is Manjaro.
Why not have SecureBoot named more accurately? Something like:
"Microsoft OS's ONLY".

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 5 years 5 months ago v.laurie As the article says, the UEFI and secure boot requirement is applicable only to new systems and upgrades can be applied to existing systems that use the older BIOS instead of UEFI view
What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 5 years 5 months ago oldbilbobaggins

That worked for me, 'djay49', in that your tip of 'Shift-RightClick in the folder window' > select 'Open Command Window Here' > type 'coreinfo' ....finally listed the wanted info dump.

Thanks.

It seems I DO have the required 'PAE supports > 32-bit physical addresses' and 'NX supports no-execute page protection' and 'SSE2 supports streaming SIMD extensions 2' ( and others to SSE 4.2 ). Now I must find a way to print that info screen to a note, saved for later reference.

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