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Which Companies Can Read Your Google Mail And Account? 1 year 11 months ago Goomer

Interesting. I had no idea you could see who/what/how many had access to my Google account. Turns out it was nine and I guess I'm OK with those. Always wonder why when installing an app it asks for permissions like this, but always click "yes". I discovered (not a difficult discovery) that if I click on the name of the app it gives an explanation of why it has access. That sort of makes sense from a marketing point of view. Ultimately I didn't change anything. Thank you for this information.

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Which Companies Can Read Your Google Mail And Account? 1 year 11 months ago jmaloney

I was curious and clicked the link in the article to go to my Gmail account. I clicked the "Apps with account access" link on the left. I saw that I have no apps with access to my account and no saved passwords, however, the option "Allow less secure apps" was turned on. I turned it off. I was using Firefox on a desktop PC.

My desktop Thunderbird client quickly received two copies of the same email, one to my backup non-Gmail address and one to my Gmail address. It alerted me to a blocked sign-in attempt "from an app that may put your account at risk." It did not name the app. At first I didn't know if the alert was triggered by Firefox or Thunderbird, but since I received the Gmail email in Thunderbird, the alert must have been triggered by Firefox. The email went on to say, "Are you the one who tried signing in? Google will continue to block sign-in attempts from the app you're using because it has known security problems or is out of date. You can continue to use this app by allowing access to less secure apps, but this may leave your account vulnerable." Apparently my 57.0 Firefox triggered the alert. I clicked a link in the email to let me continue using the app. It took me to a page in Firefox that only showed the option to change the Gmail setting to allow less secure apps. I turned it back on.

I quickly received two emails in Thunderbird, one to my backup address and one to my Gmail address, telling me that, "Access for less secure apps has been turned on." It tells me I am no longer protecting my Google account with "modern security standards." It says, "You can make your account safer again by undoing this change here, then switching to apps made by Google such as Gmail to access your account." That's confusing, apparently written for mobile users rather than desktop users.

I found this experience interesting and thought others might as well.

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Which Companies Can Read Your Google Mail And Account? 1 year 11 months ago Goomer

I hadn't seen that "Allow less secure apps" switch. Wonder why it is defaulted to on in the first place? And no clues as to what might be a less secure app. Seems a bit strange to my thinking. Anyhow, I turned it off and so far no alerts have been generated by Firefox 52.0 or Thunderbird, my default browser and email programs.

About an hour, maybe two later an error message showed up. It really tells me nothing, but it appears it was a "less secure app" that tried to sign in. Still doesn't tell me which one. I'm guessing the app will cease to work or let me know down the road. Must be an app on one of my android devices.

Don't you miss all the extensions that no longer work with Firefox 57? I upgraded and took a look at what was no longer working and not currently replaceable and went back to 52.

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Which Companies Can Read Your Google Mail And Account? 1 year 11 months ago jmaloney

Thanks for the info. That's interesting. I'm envious. :-)

I wonder why Google doesn't name the app it thinks is insecure in the alert email? That would be helpful, although in my case it seems like it has to be Firefox 57.0.

(Yes, I miss several Firefox extensions I used, mainly Self-destructing Cookies and FireFTP.)

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Which Companies Can Read Your Google Mail And Account? 1 year 11 months ago Goomer

A couple hours later an error message showed up from Google. It essentially tells me nothing, but I gather it was generated by an less than secure app. Must be something on one of the three android devices I have. I'm going to leave the switch off for now and see if something ceases to work or lets me know it's been traumatized.

Cookie Controller was the deal breaker for me. It would let me reset the views on things that I occasionally ended up at from Yahoo, like the LA Times that has a set count on how many views before subscribing. Never heard of FireFTP, did a search and discovered an open source Firefox clone(?) called Waterfox that says it supports Firefox extensions. Going to give it a test run.

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Which Companies Can Read Your Google Mail And Account? 1 year 11 months ago Goomer

Looks like it is Thunderbird. It became unable to access the gmail account. I switch less secure apps back on and all is good.

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When Fonts Meet Buildings 3 years 7 months ago crosseyedlemon

OK....I give up....which one is the Vegemite factory?

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When Fonts Meet Buildings 3 years 7 months ago crimezone

Another way of Freudian mistake for architects

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When Fonts Meet Buildings 3 years 7 months ago Sgluber

Hahahahaha... very cool! :-D

Tks, rob! :-)

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When Fonts Meet Buildings 3 years 7 months ago Jonrock

Cool typewriter?
HOW DOES ONE USE THIS NOW! i cannot find any "instructions' as how to SAVE and/or download any creation made on the "typewriter", if it is possible. I would like to be able to create and share a message with others somehow.
Do I need "Twitter"? There is a vaguely explained note on the Typewriter page to a "save link" page to use some credits / [/Document-ID] etc..
What is this and where do you get it?

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WhatsApp Messenger 3 years 2 months ago ErikJon

My wife and I use two Samsung Galaxy phones. After one year of use this program informed me that, to continue using it, I would have to pay, so I never used it again. My wife was told on her version, that hers was outdated, and could not upgrade without first un-installing it. Then she ended up having un-install hers three times, then to re-install it each time, before it would work again. We still don't know if this program is free or not, as mine will not allow me to continue using it without paying a mandatory upgrade fee. I cannot recommend confusing apps like this.

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WhatsApp Messenger 3 years 2 months ago Anupam

Earlier, Whatsapp was paid in some countries. It was free for the first year, and after that you had to pay. But, there is no such restriction now, and the app is free for all. So, you should try uninstalling, and re-installing it.

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WhatsApp Messenger 1 year 7 months ago David R

100% useless

It does NOT work on my PC ! I even followed their directions and scanned it on my phone. There is no way to SCAN it with my PC. The entire point in getting this was to connect. With OR without a phone.

From their web page :
" WhatsApp can only be installed on your computer if your operating system is Windows 8 (or newer) or Mac OSX 10.9 (or newer). Since WhatsApp desktop app runs natively on your desktop, you'll have support for native desktop notifications, better keyboard shortcuts and more. "

Windows 10 Pro operating system.

" To use WhatsApp Web on your desktop browser
Open https://web.whatsapp.com in your desktop Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari or Edge browser and scan the WhatsApp QR code inside the WhatsApp application on your phone. "

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WhatsApp Messenger 1 year 7 months ago Remah

WhatsApp normally requires an active phone number to activate the desktop app so the desktop app is unlikely to work without activation from a mobile app. You could search for help on how to "install whatsapp PC without phone" and maybe one of those options will suit you - I haven't read them or tested them so I don't know how good they are. But it is probable that none of those options will work for you if you don't have access to a phone.

The following is for others who read this and don't understand what has happened to you. Scanning the QR code with the WhatsApp app on your phone is done to authorise access to your account from the desktop app by gaining that authorisation from your install of the phone app. This sort of technique is used for authorising connections between different devices, for example pairing Bluetooth devices . See the WhatsApp help on this:

Pairing your phone with the WhatsApp on desktop

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What's New In Windows Anniversary Edition 3 years 3 months ago Fairportfan

I checked the page you linked; i saw two minor tweaks that might be useful to me - neither of which involve Edge or Cortana (which i WILL disable as soon as i find the right hacks).

The rest? Useless and not applicable at all.

As i first said about W8 - Windows 10 is ugly and its mama dresses it funny.

One can cure a lot of that (though not all) with Classic Shell forcing it to work in a rational manner.

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What's New In Windows Anniversary Edition 3 years 3 months ago crombierob

If I were sent to Mars, and was told it was a one way trip due to lack of fuel for the return flight, and was told that once launched, there is not the possibility of turning around mid flight, but was advised that I could change the direction slightly to say escape the solar system, etc.
And if I fired up the computer they gave me in (in mid flight), AND if I then discovered that I had to use the W10 Start Menu for the rest of my life, I would do the course change, to plummet into the Sun.

I don't like the computer making decisions when it wishes to do things (EG Updates). I wish to be able to prevent it doing them until I request it. I am Scottish, but I would even be prepared to pay for a Tool that allows me full control.
I would pay even more for a Tool that allows me full control over everything. I am a control freak, and W10 is the exact opposite.
I got rid of Windows Defender, as it was scanning in the background without my permission.
For those that discovered how to switch off ALL of the options during custom Install, the Anniversary Update turns them all back on again. You can once again turn them off, but you will be banned from using Cortana, unless you turn them on again.

Victoria (Australia) is known as the Nanny state, and now we have a Nanny operating system,
Rob Down Under
PS I know about Classic Shell, but unfortunately NASA did not.

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What's New In Windows Anniversary Edition 3 years 3 months ago redstick

Interesting that folks will read, carefully follow the links, go to the trouble of logging on, then write a lengthy comment on why they would never use whatever is being described. Why bother? Just find the proper way to do things your way, and go for it. I've used 10 for about a year now (running under Classic Shell) and like it just fine. Any apps I don't like or can't use, I either delete, disable, or ignore. But that's just me.

The rob.schifreen's of the world have already earned their heavenly crowns for plugging ahead with the research and reportage, despite the slings and arrows of the rest of us. Carry On!

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What's New In Windows Anniversary Edition 3 years 3 months ago Jorpho

By almost all accounts, the Anniversary Update is a trainwreck best delayed as long as possible.

A newsworthy story will be a report that it is finally ready for primetime.

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What's New In Windows Anniversary Edition 3 years 2 months ago Lugh

Thanks Rob, that's a good article.

I've had AU for about 4 weeks now, without much time to play with it. Which is good news--Win10 has kept plugging away just fine, with a couple of further updates in the meantime.

WIn10 is a nice OS, and I like the way MS has adopted a policy of continuous improvement in between major updates. It seems to be going well for the large majority of users.

My only disappointment is the multiple desktops--I was using a better MD app in the 90s than the Win10 implementation. Anyone know how the indie MD apps play with Win10 AU?

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What's Hiding In Your Windows Logs? 3 years 2 months ago boristhemoggy

Sometimes it's worth giving up all your data for something, and sometimes it's not. This one forces you into giving a large amount of data and also signing up for their emails.
I favour this event viewer which is also completely free but you don't need to give all your private info out to get it. Plus, it's portable.

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/my_event_viewer.html

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What's Hiding In Your Windows Logs? 3 years 2 months ago chisli

Not suitable for home use.
I also prefer nirsoft event viewer: Fast, easy and mainly no istallation.

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What's Hiding In Your Windows Logs? 3 years 2 months ago papavonschoen

If you worry about everything in your Event Log that's all you do. Most of them are insignificant and won't hurt a thing. If you find problems with your computer take a look. Nirsoft is very good like chisli said!

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What's Hiding In Your Windows Logs? 3 years 2 months ago Tingla

Just a thought regarding files too large for VirusTotal. Would it be possible to split such files in half and then upload each section?

Anyone tried this workaround?

Update - Out of curiosity I used 7-zip to split a 160M exe file and had VirusTotal test it. No problems. Don't know if the recombined file would still work though.

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What's Eating All My RAM? 4 years 2 weeks ago pvilan

Thanks again Rob.
This portable program from Sysinternals sounds very useful.
I am adding it to my tool box right now!
Regards, Peter

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What's Eating All My RAM? 4 years 2 weeks ago Realist

The worst memory hogs are Java programs.Each one I have used eat atleast 90 MB of RAM.
Avoid JAVA softwares.

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What's Eating All My RAM? 4 years 2 weeks ago Realist

It requires Admin account to run.

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What's Eating All My RAM? 4 years 2 weeks ago Wendra

Terrific! I was looking for something such as this program. I'll check it out today. Thanks so much.

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What's Eating All My RAM? 4 years 1 week ago crombierob

XP users need not apply

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What's Eating All My RAM? 4 years 1 week ago r0h1t

Ha ha - '*heaps* of information about your memory'. Nice one, @rob.schifreen! :)

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What's Connected To Your USB Ports? 3 years 2 weeks ago willrun4fun

This is very handy to have when you have unapproved USB devices turned on in group policy. I use it to get the ID of the device to add it to the allow list.

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What's Connected To Your USB Ports? 3 years 2 weeks ago terrawarra

Good one !..... thanks rob !

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What's Connected To Your USB Ports? 3 years 1 week ago FJL

What about the great Nirsoft product?
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 4 years 5 months ago oldbilbobaggins

Thanks, 'v.laurie'. I really must RTFM sometime soon.

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 4 years 5 months ago Bruce_Fraser

Ah yes, I see that, now that I read to the very end of the article.
You should know that graphics dominate, and the first thing one sees in that article is "Uh oh, my computer needs UEFI to run Windows 10."

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What to Do with a Hung or Unresponsive Windows 7 Program 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 years 7 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 6 years 3 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 6 years 3 months ago paul_walker

No Problem here.

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What to do when giving away an old computer 4 years 1 week 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 if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 4 years 2 months 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 4 years 2 months 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 4 years 2 months 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 4 years 2 months 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 4 years 2 months 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 4 years 2 months 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 4 years 2 months 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 4 years 2 months 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 4 years 2 months 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 4 years 2 months 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 4 years 2 months 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 4 years 2 months 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 4 years 2 months 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 4 years 2 months 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 4 years 2 months 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 ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 6 years 8 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 6 years 8 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 6 years 8 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 6 years 8 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 6 years 8 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 6 years 8 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 6 years 8 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 6 years 8 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 6 years 8 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 6 years 8 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 6 years 8 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 6 years 8 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 6 years 8 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 6 years 8 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 6 years 8 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 3 years 9 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 is “Freeware”? 5 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”? 5 years 10 months ago pauloz

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

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What is “Freeware”? 5 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”? 5 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”? 5 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”? 5 years 10 months ago Juxxize very good article , good information to save confusions I'm going to bookmark this :) view

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