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Windows Notepad With Added Encryption Keeps Your Thoughts Safe 4 years 11 months ago nextexit

Oops. I encrypted one (1) file using Wordpad. Later, I tried to open a Windows Word file and discovered SE had encrypted every Word file on my computer - and it would not let me open any of them even though I was using the correct password. Thank goodness I had backed up "My Documents" a month ago.

I do NOT recommend this program.

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Windows File Name Restrictions – Why a File Name Can be too Long 4 years 7 months ago smweb2.0

Good read, only issue is the title. "Windows File Name Restrictions – Why a File Name Can be too Long" - the title should read "can't".

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Windows File Name Restrictions – Why a File Name Can be too Long 4 years 7 months ago meyecommander

Actually, "...Why a File Name Can be too Long" is the correct phrasing: v.laurie's article briefly explains the limits imposed by Windows and the results (rejection) when a file name exceeds these limits which occurs when a file name IS too long. If you want to get down to semantics, then obviously a file name CAN be too long for use by Windows, but it is not permitted (by Windows) to be too long for use by Windows.

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Windows File Name Restrictions – Why a File Name Can be too Long 4 years 6 months ago MrBrian

Some related programs that might be useful:
TLPD
Path Length Checker
 

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Windows File Name Restrictions – Why a File Name Can be too Long 4 months 15 hours ago Alina Valker

I have been using long-path-tool. It is easy to use and can delete, copy, move and bulk rename long path files or locked file.

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Windows File Name Restrictions – Why a File Name Can be too Long 4 months 15 hours ago Alina Valker

I have been using long-path-tool. it is been easy to use and can delete, copy, move and bulk rename long path files or locked file.

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 6 years 8 months ago blaszta

No review on AOMEI Backupper? I found it has very extensive feature for disk imaging software, plus it's free for personal and commercial use.

The product you posted has an overall poor WOT rating (Web Of Trust) and has been spammed here on numerous occasions therefore it will not be featured. MC - Site Manager.

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 6 years 8 months ago blaszta

My WOT icon still green when I visit the website. That's very unfortunate.. looks like a good program but I can't find any review of AOMEI Backupper from reputable website yet.

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 6 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy Two of the ratings are already at orange and the others are marginal. MC - Site Manager. http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/aomeitech.com?utm_source=addon&utm_con... view
Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 6 years 8 months ago blaszta

Oh I see.. I only see the WOT icon at the end of the link (I'm using WOT extension in Chrome), never actually roll over on it to see the details :)

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 6 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy Sometimes the WOT ratings can be manipulated maliciously by say rival vendors or fanboys of other products but this practice is not as widespread as the "knockers" of WOT would have you believe, and anyone so affected can have it rectified via dialogue with Web Of Trust. That said, we were inundated with Aomei spam here at one point which is no doubt where many of the adverse ratings stem from. MC - Site Manager. view
Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 6 years 2 months ago RandyDoqa

Can you please update this page and the pages "2 - 8" in a dynamic way, because i find differences in the best choices between those pages and the original page which have the review of the software, and in some reviews as "Best Free Antivirus for Windows" and "Best Free Firewall for Windows" i found that the best choices doesn't have the highest rate by the person who updated the reviews, so please i need a clear view to know what is the best choice in every category.

I rely on your website to get the best freewares for my PCs, and i am completely sure that other millions of users did too, so please keep all the reviews up to date and clear in the best choices.

By the way if you need a help in updating those pages i can do it for you, i noticed that the last update was in 8 of July and we are in 12 of September, it is a long distance, so if i can help i am ready for that.

And thank you so much for your reviews.

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 6 years 2 months ago joeguru Thank you again for pointing out the issues. As the new editor for this category I reviewed all the pages and Best Of entries finding a total of 6 issues. These will be resolved asap. Also thank you for offering to help. If you would like to be an editor, please see the link titled Become a Reviewer in the left hand sidebar menu. view
Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 6 years 1 month ago ejmfoley

S.I.W. isn't free any longer.

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 6 years 3 weeks ago joeguru The portable version our link provides is free. view
Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 5 years 11 months ago nicholasbbyrd

I was wondering if anyone has used any of the recent versions of Puran Utilities, especially Puran Defrag since they all became free for personal and non-commercial use? Now,it does bundle with an opt-out version of the Babylon Toolbar but then so do many free utilities these days, or at least some toolbar such as Bing or Google. The free version does include boot-time defragmentation of the MFT, Pagefile, and systems files. I'm testing it today, it seems like the site has a lot of useful utilities and I watched it carefully with a file monitoring program during install, didn't seem to bring anything unwanted in.

Edit: I also wanted to thank you and your team for this very useful website, it's allowed me to feel comfortable directing some of my less tech-savy, but curious to learn, friends and clients to a site that I know will give a thorough peer review before giving any piece of software the okay. I've found quite a few here myself, including ones I now own a small business license for, Teamviewer alone allowed me to expand my still small but growing tech service company.

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 5 years 7 months ago Babelbest

Great, wonderful feedback

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 5 years 6 months ago NondiPloom

Avast. The latest update requires you to allow Avast to gather any information it wants about you, including but not limited to the websites you visit and the games you play. It seems that if you don't update, you don't get the virus definition updates any more.

I declined and will look for an alternative.

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 5 years 5 months ago rickybobby

Page 4, 'Best Free File Encryption Utility for Windows' mentions Axcrypt as the pick, but it talks about Sophos Free Encryption. Is that right? or am I missing something?

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 5 years 5 months ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for pointing this out. The description for AxCrypt has now been corrected. MC - Site Manager. view
Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 5 years 5 months ago kjohnny76

What Is The Name Of The Site That Tells You How To CONfig Facebook Tweeter A bunch Of Sites It was On The Site But A Can Not Find it Plus It Has A Download To That will tell you why your on them sites tells you what you need to config please help?

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 5 years 3 months ago AussieExpat

This is not a comment on any other person's submissions, but a point of information -- even if one takes special care not to install any of the "free software" via the "obvious options" in custom installs, several antimalware programs - Malwarebytes, herdProtect, AdwCleaner, for example, will still identify many of these apps as having adware "in them" --- in particular, some of the "editor's choices" -- like Freemake converter, Pazera free audio extractor, not to mention the "huge" problem with Freecorder -- good program, but it comes with adware in the browser extensions, possibly even in the main program -- NOTHING is ever free, and software makers aren't interested in restricting their advertising revenues -- even if one purchases the Freecorder "ad-free" version, rather than just the free version. Clearly, we've reached the stage where such adware checkers are "compulsory" utilities.

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 4 years 9 months ago angleco

It would appear that WPS Office has changed from from to a subscription model as of December, 2014. The free version is still available at ksoft.com

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 4 years 6 months ago slooksterpsv

The malware included product is Free make video conversion. I found the other software but its misleading I will partially take that back. It says Review to see the others what??? It should say other products or something other than making the user think its a review of that software. It makes itsound like you are downloading or reviewing what is listed like WOT or Kasperaky TDS Killer.

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 4 years 6 months ago MidnightCowboy

Thank you for responding to my contact. There is no malware in Freemake Video Converter. It does however contain non-malicious adware. This is made clear in both the review text and product details. We even provide a link to a dedicated page for this.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/controversial-advertising-progra...

We have also published other related material.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download...

MC - Site Manager.

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 4 years 5 months ago Injeun

I just wanted to say many thanks for this website and for the invaluable information. I come here all the time for the advice. Again, thank you.

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 4 years 5 months ago Nibor

This is an amazing web-site. Thank you!
Have you been collecting freeware that facilitates the downloading of data from iPhones or iPads to Windows 7 PCs? There seem to be problems every time iOS is updated!
Comprehensible articles for connecting iOS and Windows would also be helpful: existing articles and instructions elsewhere on the 'net often state, for example, that "all photos will be deleted from all your devices" without making it at all clear whether or not a Windows PC is considered to be a "device" for these purposes. If so, we have a recipe for disaster; if not, what does the statement mean in the real world?
There is also confusion in such articles about iCloud and PhotoStream, with obscure references to the reduced quality of saved photos. Apple also says that in certain circumstances we have only 30 days within which to download and save photos to a Windows PC, without indicating exactly how those photos can be transferred and saved. (The difficulties are reserved mainly for PCs that do not use an Apple OS. Apple-orientated web-sites are generally unhelpful to users of Windows!)
Problems also arise because it is absolutely unclear whether files are going to be synchronised from an Apple device to a Windows PC - or from a Windows PC to the Apple device.
I, for one, want only to be able to manage my photos, music and data within Windows, and I am sure most of your readers will, like me, want to save all their iPhone and iPad data on their Windows PC... so a simple "recipe" for saving photos, music and other data on a Windows PC without having to purchase additional iCloud storage space would be welcome. A "backup" that cannot be accessed directly from within Windows simply doesn't cut the mustard!

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 4 years 2 months ago Panzer

FontForge is a free and open source font editor:

http://fontforge.github.io/en-US/

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 4 years 1 month ago Panzer

"... Project Spark is a powerful, yet simple way to build and play your own worlds, stories and games ... (now free):

http://www.projectspark.com

http://forums.projectspark.com/yaf_postsm251041_Project-Spark-Transition...

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 3 years 10 months ago magnogreato

This is a great site, PERIOD!
It has really helped me out at times and I look forward to investigating new and interesting software.

WITH THAT BEING SAID,
I'm looking for an antivirus program that does not require me to install it....! Windows defender is great BUT it does not allow me to scan a single downloaded file, etc. Malware Bytes is great but it isn't for virus'
or trojan's. ANYONE GOT ANY IDEAS?
THANKS

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 3 years 7 months ago Panzer "... LANTorrent is not a torrent application. It is actually a wrapper for you existing torrent application that adds a layer of protection to stop you corrupting your torrent setup, and recovering when it does ...": http://www.homedev.com.au/Free/LANTorrent view
Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 3 years 6 months ago Panzer "... DaVinci Resolve has a familiar, editor friendly interface with that features virtually every imaginable editing and trimming tool available ...": https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/ca/products/davinciresolve/edit "... Windscribe is a desktop application and browser extension that work together to block ads and trackers, restore access to blocked content and help you safeguard your privacy online ...": https://windscribe.com/ view
Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 3 years 3 months ago Panzer

"... Postleaf - first open source publishing platform to feature a true WYSIWYG editor ...":
https://www.postleaf.org/

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 2 years 11 months ago mhardye

Sadly the link to Lightbox editor takes you somewhere else and the program is not free anymore, it is inexpensive just the same.

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 2 years 9 months ago Australia

Another year almost gone ! I have learnt a lot from techsupportalert.com
Here are some new Windows freeware that I found useful this year, 2016
They can be found on reputable freeware sites. Many have portable versions
I currently use Windows 7
1. Restore Point Creator - an excellent System restore utility
2. SwiftSearch - extremely fast file search - faster and more reliable than the well known utility "Everything"
(alternative is MasterSeeker - another fast excellent instant file finder)
3. Photo on Desktop-7 - simple utility to have one photo on your screen as you work
4. ScreenHunter free portable - one of many screenshot programs, but lets you copy a screenshot just to the clipboard
5. Hot Corners - simple customizable launcher, which opens a program if you point your mouse of one of the corners of the screen
6. F.lux - modifies the screen colour to minimise eye fatigue
7. Antirun - simple USB drive utility - plug in a USB drive, and this program will block any autorun viruses, and also lets you eject the drive quickly
8. Clavier Plus - excellent hotkey utility, which acts globally, with low system resources. Launch a program, or insert autotext
9. Shutter Lite - customisable utility which can launch programs, or shutdown, depending on low battery status, or other parameters
10. Easy Pro Shutdown - the fastest way I have found to shut down Windows, or timed shutdown. Simple yet effective utility
11. DS Clock - free black and white digital clock for your screen
12. Volumouse - simple utility to quickly control system volume
13. BattStat - simple utility which shows you battery status in numerical format at all times
14. KeyFreeze - excellent portable utility, locks keyboard and mouse for those with children, also great as a screen lock
15. PangoBright ie excellent screen dimmer, portable utility - great for quickly adjusting screen brightness
16. PrivaZer ie portable utility, a file cleaner like CCleaner, but only for experienced users, as can create problems if not used wisely
Prior to cleaning/deleting files, this program lists exactly what information has been left on your system eg browsing history website addresses

Happy New Year 2017 !

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 2 years 10 months ago MidnightCowboy Many thanks for sharing your finds. :) MC - Site Manager. view
Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 1 year 6 months ago Panzer

"... Our goal with Umbrella Note has been to build a beautiful and extremely simple application for taking notes and keeping journals ...":

https://umbrellanote.com/

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 1 year 6 months ago Panzer

"... Tiat is a simple and powerful image organizer, build for designers, photographers and magpies. Tiat can handle millions of images with high performance and smooth user experence ..."
http://www.chthollystudio.com/tiat/

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 1 year 5 months ago NotSoSure

Your link to Comodo Backup, at the top of this page, seems to have been hijacked. Both times I clicked that link, it took me to a browser warning about app.cloud.XXX instead of to a Comodo website.

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 1 year 5 months ago MidnightCowboy Thanks for letting us know. This was due to an internal change on the Comodo website. The link has now been changed. MC - Site Manager. view
Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 1 year 1 month ago larasmith

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 11 months 1 hour ago james9785

Wow, this is such a great place for.....everything really! Thank you for it. I'm going to tell my PC friend's all about it. Keep up the good work. Have a great and successful New Year.

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Windows Built in Firewall 2 years 6 months ago Paxmilitaris

What about the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security?
How does it work?
How to activate it?
How to activate stealth?
Does Windows 10 Firewall control use the WFAS?

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Windows Built in Firewall 2 years 6 months ago MidnightCowboy

Please see here:MC - Site Manager.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/access-protection/windows-firew...

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Windows Built in Firewall 2 years 6 months ago Remah

Windows Firewall with Advanced Security (WFAS) is discussed in the article:

Subsequent versions of Windows have seen an improved version of the firewall. Starting with Windows Vista, new features such as the ability to filter outgoing traffic, though in a more advanced view, are now available. The advanced version allows you to create advanced firewall rules, such as blocking certain programs from connecting to the internet. This advanced view can also be access via the control panel; however, it is not the most user friendly interface. As an alternative, you may want to consider using a third party tool such as Windows 10 Firewall control (discussed below) to complement the built in firewall.

Windows Firewall is accessed from the Control Panel and has few options because is is designed for home users with an unmanaged network. WFAS is accessed from the Advanced Settings of Windows Firewall and has many different rules because it is designed for a managed network with administration by technical administrators.

Since Windows Vista, WFAS is enabled by default as is stealth mode. If you don't like the WFAS interface then you can, as the article says, replace it with a third-party front-end.

See the difference in this How-to-Geek article between the first screenshots of Windows Firewall and the remaining screenshots of WFAS.

 

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Windows 7 Startup Components 5 years 2 months ago ektorbarajas

Congratulations for such a detailed and very well explained article.
Very useful

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Windows 7 Startup Components 5 years 2 months ago eikelein

@Remah:
Wow!
And THANK YOU!

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Windows 7 Startup Components 3 years 9 months ago FlyingHawk

Thank you for such a detailed (or simplified by your standard) article. Haven't read through everything yet. Bookmarked and will study more.

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Windows 7 Startup 5 years 3 months ago Remah This article will have further detail added including trace details and an overview diagram. Leave a comment and let me know what works or not for you. Remah - Editor view
Windows 7 Startup 5 years 3 months ago George.J Thanks for a great article. Worth 5 stars :) view
Windows 7 Startup 5 years 3 months ago MikeR

Ye Gods: the amount of effort, time, care and thoughtfulness that went into this particular article is. . . astonishing. Very, very VERY well done, Remah. As George J has already said, definitely a 5-star contribution -- and one that sets a whole new standard in this kind of comprehensive and informative reportage. MANY THANKS!!

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Windows 7 Startup 5 years 3 months ago jmjsquared

Thanks for a great, clearly written and nicely illustrated primer. Can't wait to digest it... slowly. :)

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Windows 7 Startup 5 years 3 months ago Remah Thanks. There's more work to come as there's more startup detail to go into the tables, an example of startup timings for a default user, a diagram to make the startup flow easier to visualize, and further optimization of the layout and content. view
Windows 7 Startup 5 years 3 months ago Cuffy

Beautiful piece of work!
I'm looking forward to the charts so I can follow along with my finger and talk to myself while tracing the whole process from start to finish!
Great work!

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Windows 7 Startup 5 years 3 months ago fandango

You have a remarkable facility for explaining things with a clarity and in a manner that even someone like me who is not an advanced user, can understand. That is quite a gift. Thanks for sharing it.

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Windows 7 Startup 5 years 3 months ago Stephen A Meigs

Excellent article, but the text explaining UserInit, which prefixes table 13, is a repeat of the text that explains LSM--an incorrect copy and paste, I guess.

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Windows 7 Startup 5 years 3 months ago Remah Oops! Thanks for picking that up for me. It is now fixed plus I've added Diagram 1 as an overview on the main startup sequence. view
Windows 7 Startup 5 years 3 months ago AndyR An awesome article Remah that filled in the blanks on a few things I was not certain of, nice one mate. view
Windows 7 Startup 5 years 3 months ago George.J Yup, am pretty slow reading stuff. :D I'm gonna read one sub-section every day. view
Windows 7 Startup 5 years 3 months ago walkingdead

I applaud the time, effort and dedication it took to write this article in such detailed depth. If it were possible I would rate it at 10 stars!
Excellent**********
Walkingdead

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Windows 7 Startup 5 years 3 months ago Remah Added two diagrams, 4 & 5, which discuss the components of Windows kernel-mode and user-mode respectively. Remah - category editor view
Windows 7 Startup 5 years 2 months ago Remah I had to remove those diagrams to a separate article because this article has got too big: Windows 7 Components for Startup view
Windows 7 Startup 5 years 2 months ago Yunga

Excellent!

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Windows 7 Startup 5 years 2 months ago johnvk

Wow!
You deserve the rave reviews you're getting.
I have browsed and will return. Probably frequently. More eyeballs for Gizmo Ad revenue ;)

I'm sure you dont mind if i point out some minor typos:

in "Services Autostart" you say 49,9 using a comma as the decimal point; you use . all other places.

In the note 2 for diagram 3, you say "12 shorter longer". I'm guessing that's supposed to be 12 seconds shorter.

Not only am i impressed at your windows knowledge, and communication skills, i'm impressed with your html table diagrams. I browsed the html source--they're an engineering accomplishment in themselves ;)

I even like your &inf; (&inf;) symbol.

One trivial suggestion: i think making a background for the inf char would highlight that. I feel like i'd like that to stand out when i view diagram 1.

I like your html icons, too. That's just cool to me. 90% of the time those would be little .jpgs or .pngs or .gifs.

Speaking of those, i did not see any of these 2 (unless i missed them)
"§ provides information on diagnostic tools and their output."
"![yellow] indicates a known troubleshooting issue."

I was looking forward to those.

Thanks for all the time and detail!

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Windows 7 Startup 4 years 6 months ago Remah

Thanks very much for picking up on my errors which are easy for me to miss. :)

I've started using HTML text diagrams to speed-up page load times by having a smaller overall size and fewer http calls with fewer images. I need to do this because my articles are much longer and more complex than most on this site. This article needs to be reduced in size, or split in two, before I can add more detail. HTML text diagrams do take much longer to plan and create but mean that I can amend them very quickly rather than having to modify a vector-graphic diagram, export it to a PNG file, and upload it to this site.

I would prefer to use vector-graphic diagrams but there is inconsistent support for this in web browsers particularly on mobile platforms.

Two web pages that are useful for HTML text are:

  • The World Wide Web (W3) Consortium HTML character entity reference which shows characters that all web browsers should display correctly.
  • HTML color references such as ComputerHope.Com's color reference list. I am considering changing the background for the infinity character.

It might be useful to indicate which processes run as long as Windows does but most of them are critical processes anyway. ... OK, I'll do it.

The diagnostic and troubleshooting icons are not visible unless you click on the "show more..." buttons to display the more detailed startup steps:

 §  (white on purple) is used fourteen time mainly where I've included many of the boot trace variable names.

 !  (black on yellow) is used seven times.

 Δ  (white on blue) which indicates differences between Windows editions is used once in Table 8 - Local Security Authority SubSystem: LSASS.exe.

P.S. I haven't forgotten about your comment on the Deeper into the Registry article. I've been busy on these startup articles.

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Windows 7 Startup 5 years 2 months ago ironleg1963

I loved the articles. I have a question though. Is there a program you can install or run from CD/DVD/usb to tell you each step and file, dll, everything that is going on from the mbr to the final boot up sequence of logging in to a network after logon. Then run wireshark to test the network connection. Possibly airsnort /nmap/wirecat, etc..
Any information is greatly appreciated.
Thanks!

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Windows 7 Startup 4 years 6 months ago Remah

I'm no expert on boot debugging for Windows but here's what I do know:

Third-party hardware debugging products for x86 and x64 computers install a separate board. These give you the earliest debugging control in the boot process.

See Microsoft's article on Windows debugging tools for an overview of debugging software. You can debug using software running on the same computer or on a different computer.

To start debugging from the boot loader you change the boot parameters as described in Tools for Changing Boot Options for Driver Testing and Debugging particularly changing the boot parameters and BCDEdit options You need to enable kernel-mode debugging if you want to see what is happening in the kernel-mode startup phase. I have been using Windows startup traces which do not provide sufficient kernel-mode detail.

You should have no problems starting wireshark and many other diagnostics while Windows debugging is operating.

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Windows 7 Startup 4 years 7 months ago eddt

Good article - any plans to hash one out for 8.1/10 as well?

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Windows 7 Startup 4 years 7 months ago Remah I want to but I haven't had a large enough block of free time. I haven't even had the time to finish adding detail to this article. With the imminent release of Windows 10 and the free upgrade offer, I might skip Windows 8 anyway. view
Windows 7 Startup 2 years 5 months ago Remah

This was one of the largest articles at Gizmo's Freeware and it has long needed to be divided into two smaller articles. Now that task is complete, I should be able to complete some additions and improvements which couldn't be applied last time I tried.

Remah,
Editor

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Windows 7 Startup 2 years 5 months ago crombierob

Anyone noticed that win 7 (Pro 32bit) is getting painfully slow to start up in the last month or two ?
I wouldn't be surprised if MS updates are slightly crippling/handicapping W7 to encourage us to upgrade to W10
Rob
PS I don't run Reg Cleaners, optimizers, etc, and I avoid having software auto start with windows

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Windows 7 Startup 1 year 3 months ago Remah

That scenario is extremely unlikely particularly when there are many far more likely reasons for slow startup. Bugs during startup are a common cause: a bug in an update particularly if it affects system restore point; a bug in a device driver; a bug in a service; etc. Many problems cause time-outs which mean that your system can be sitting around waiting for a response until a threshold is passed and the system records an error/warning.

The first thing to do is to find out what the actual boot time is, then compare it with earlier boot times and see where the slow down occurs.

The article How to Use Event Viewer to Find Your PC’s Boot Time is for Windows 7 but it works almost exactly the same for Windows 8 and 10. Just note that when you double-click an event to view its properties then you can select the Details tab to see many of the startup times discussed in this article.

P.S. Now that this article has been split, I have space to extend the article with some details about this sort of issue.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months ago CyberWolf64

I'm with you rhiannon. I too decided after all the negatives of Win 10 started surfacing to just get rid of all updates that would even try to install it. I like my Windows 7 ltimate just the way I have it thank you. Microsoft needs to learn perhaps the MOST important tidbit from all the negative press:
IT IS THE USERS MACHINE, NOT MICROSOFT'S.
I judge which updates I really need, and as to hardware drivers, I trust ONLY those that come from the hardware manufacturer. Definitely NOT Microsoft.
I have had people warn me about not upgrading to 10, all I say to them is this:
IF Microsoft EVER gets it through there extremely thick skulls that people DO NOT want spyware posing as an OS, they do NOT want to be told they HAVE TO update, and that the machine belongs TO THE USER and not Microsoft, then I MIGHT upgrade (even if by then I have to pay for the bloody thing). Besides as I also tell them...MS is supporting Win 7 til like 2020, so I am good for a bit, thank you

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months ago gruff

I've NEVER trusted Microsoft and I've been using it since DOS 3.1, so I've always been leery of anything they do and check it closely. When Windows 10 came out I bought an inexpensive refurbished HP Elitebook laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium preinstalled. I then updated to Windows 10 about 2-3 months ago. I didn't like it at all and when I reverted back to Windows 7 it had updates blocked so I've not been able to get any updates for it. I'm not sure if I want to buy another new copy of Windows 7 or just toss the laptop. I'm still running Win 7 Pro on my desktop and I'll stay with it as long as I can.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months ago johnvk

So, all previous (suspicious) claims of "for the user's good" or "best experience for the user" are now exposed for the pretense that they are, and likely have always been. Windows 10 is really about giving Microsoft complete control over YOUR PC. My prediction of a 2016 article: Users of windows 10 logged on today to see that their gmail account has been replaced with windows live mail, and all their email imported. Unfortunately, online forums are clogged with users for whom the import failed, and who've lost decades of email and all their contacts. A Microsoft spokesman replied that "this upgrade provides the best experience for our users. Our user research suggests that most users dont want to bother which who their email provider is, they just want it to work."

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months ago rhiannon

I like to grab my drivers from the manufacturer as well. :)

 

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months ago rhiannon

On some laptops there's a hidden partition that will restore the system to the point when it was manufactured.........that might be an option. If you've got the disk, you could try re-installing Windows 7. :)

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months ago gruff

Using Disk Management I've found a 450MB partition on my laptop C: drive called "Healthy (Recovery Partition)" Can you send me to someplace that can show me how to access it to restore my laptop to a functioning Win 7 Home Premium? Thanks.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months ago Hopalong

@CyberWolf64

+1

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months ago Realist

I am happy with my dual boot - WinXP/Win7 - machine and I am not upgrading before 2022.
:)

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months ago shnbwmn

Just another reason to use portable apps. Obviously not everything can be portabilised, particularly large commercial programs required for work, but when possible it makes things so much easier, safer and faster.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months ago crosseyedlemon

There are certainly advantages to using the portable apps. The following website might be of interest to those looking for apps of this kind.
http://www.portablefreeware.com/all.php

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months ago crosseyedlemon

I think you could probably form a nation with all the computer users that now have contempt for Microsoft. I too am using Windows 7 and I definitely don't expect Microsoft to keep their promise and support that OS until 2020. I'll be moving on to Linux shortly because I'm convinced upgrading to Windows 10 is no different than booking passage on the Titanic.

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