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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago Rev_Don

Enabling automatic update is not the ONLY answer. MS has screwed up an update way too often for that to be a legitimate option. Plus if you have multiple computers and a slow internet connection you can easily have no access to your computer for several hours on Patch Tuesday. I always set it to check but not download the updates. I wait until 2 days after an update notification pops up before downloading and installing updates. That way I can control when it happens (when I don't need to actually use the computer like at the end of the day) and the net will be blowing up with reports of the bad or botched patch. This is a MUCH better approach for anyone who is at least a little bit computer literate and has served me well since Windows Update first launched.

I will also manually check for updates anytime something like WannaCry rears it's ugly head just to make sure that sort of emerency patch isn't missed.

And for the record, legitimate and reliable sources have stated that between 90 and 98% of the affected computers were running Windows 7.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago Roderunner

I run Win7 32bit. Does this also apply to optional updates.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago Rev_Don

No. Optional are just that, optional. Just install the Recommended ones (those are the security updates) and you'll be fine. The majority of the optional ones are feature updates/addons or beta tests they try to trick you into installing.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago Roderunner

Thanks Rev_Don your definitely on the ball.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago bernardz

Australia: Thanks but it does not tell you if a machine is infected but yet yet activated which is where most infected machines are now at. Recently we have discovered a worm or virus that is so sophisicated we are stunned, the antivirus program is running and fully updated and unless you investigate it fully you would never know that the machine is infected.

 

We are wondering whether it is WannaCry?

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago hankJ

I have windows 7 32bit can I upgrade to 64bit?

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago Rev_Don

Not directly. You would either need a different drive to install it on or back up all of your data (documents, pictures, videos, etc.) to another drive, gather all of your product keys for Windows and other apps, download 64bit drivers, wipe the drive, perform a clean install of the 64bit version, install all of your apps/programs, configure Windows to your liking, and restore all of your data. Unless you have more than 4 gigs of ram (or intend to upgrade your ram) or have a specific program that requires 64bit Windows it probably isn't worth it. Your 32bit Product Key would work for 64bit as long as it's the same version (64bit Home for 32bit Home, etc).

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago i8spombots

If only MS would have updates that are related to the system only, that's why so many are no longer on auto update IMHO.............aside from that - fully agree with holding updates off for a couple of days, too many flaky updates that knock off random PC's (NB that doesn't imply MS is always at fault, there are so so many variants in PC hardware & software in the world, how could you cover every possibility every time?)

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago OhZone

I turned off auto updates because I'm afraid of that horrific virus called Windows 10.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago Rev_Don

Why? That ended a year ago. It won't even try to upgrade to Win 10 automatically any longer. You would have to manually initiate that now.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago OhZone

My Ex got it about that time and she never agreed to it. I'll have to look into that. I really don't want MS to spy on me.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago Rev_Don

Microsoft stopped the automatic upgrades from 7 and 8.1 on July 29, 2016. They used GWX (Get Windows X (Roman numeral for 10)) to do that and it was easily blocked and nuetrilized. MS removed GWX from computers on July 30, 2016 so it won;t be present on you system now. You can download and run GWX Control Panel to check to see if it's still there (I can assure you with 99.99999999% certainty that it won't be) and disable it if it is (it won't be). http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago OhZone

Well, thanks. Yeah, it says GWX isn't there.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago Rev_Don

See. You're Golden.

One other thought though. Unless you run something like Spybot Anti Beacon you still have a lot of the Windows 10 Spyware on 7 and 8.1. Not all of it, but a LOT more than most people think. Do some research on that.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago Australia

I think people have to recognise that Windows 10 was released in 2015.
The latest update, Creators Update, is actually a new operating system, unofficially called Windows 11.

I feel sorry for programmers, who try to keep legacy users happy (those that still use Windows 7, 8, 10), but realising that the operating system updates can completely disrupt existing installed hardware drivers and software

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago eikelein

Oh my, all those late comment about GWX and OSes spying om us; aren't these all old hats, old and stinky hays?
ALL operating systems for consumer electronics created after IOS spy at us. We, the consumers, don't want to pay fair prices, they'd be too high. So the software companies see to it that they can make revenue...

But back to the Windows world: Whether you are a Win 7 stalwart or use Win 8.1 or 10 and you don't want to be "spied at" just install Spybot Anti Beacon from
https://www.safer-networking.org/spybot-anti-beacon/

As usual it's NOT done with that, you have to run it after every update you receive or see being installed. Why? You'll see that MS turns eventually beacons back on via WU.

MS's communications about the "inner" workings of Windoze should be welcome since they help making it better. IMHO it's none of MS's business whether I use for example CCleaner and/or Libre Office
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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago OhZone

I have. That's why I bought a fresh WIN7 machine with NO updates a while back.. And I still haven't updated it.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago Rev_Don

Sorry, but that is about the dumbest thing a person can do. That is just as bad as running Windows XP. Update your system immediately and run something like Spybot Anti Beacon to mitigate the spying. The negative effects of the spyware is considerably less than the negative effects of an unpatched system. If you aren't willing to do that your only viable option is to run a Linux system. Sure you will be limited in what you can do on it compared to a Windows system, but at least no one but your ISP will be spying on you.

And to a large extent, a lot of the spying from MS isn't that bad as long as you use a local login. The e-mail based accounts allow them to do more and tie it to a specific individual, and that is mostly for targeting ads and maintenance.

Also, if you are so concerned with spying you need to make sure and not use ANY smart phones. They all do more spying on you than any desktop OS does. Stop using any e-mail services as well as ALL of them scan you e-mails. Don't use any social media at all as all of it is data mined. Only use Duck Duck Go as a search engine as it is the least data mined. Heck, your account on Gizmo is probably being data mined. And don't use any of the free Anti Virus programs as they data mine the crap out of you just as much as Windows 10 does. In fact, just disconnect from the internet altogether. That's the only really safe answer

All of the reports of spying is overblown to be quite honest. Win 10, along with Android and IOS go a little overboard, but quite a bit of it is actually essential. Not doing updates is essentially burying your head in the sand and hoping nothing happens when you see a Tornado coming right at you instead of taking shelter of some king. Taking shelter won't guarantee you will come out completely unscathed, but your chances are infinitely better than just standing there.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago Rev_Don

Spybot Anti Beacon has the option to re-immunize every time you boot the computer right in the setup procedure. Just reboot your computer regularly,

As far as MS not needing to know what software you have running isn't totally accurate. That information can help them a great deal to determine who specific programs, or groups of programs affect how the OS runs. It also helps them to make sure that an update won't bork the system or a specific program. Considering how often that happens with all of the telemetry (and remembering how it was even worse in the old days before said telemetry) I'll take the telemetry every time.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago eikelein

@Rev_Don:
Your words "the option to re-immunize every time you boot the computer right in the setup procedure" tell me that you have not used Spybot Anti-Beacon for any reasonable amount of time.

I have seen many times that immunizations got turned off and NOT turned on by a restart.

And for those who don't know SAB: An immunization turned off means that the corresponding beacon (communication to Microsoft) is turned ON.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago OhZone

It's not just the spying. It's the principle. And I'm pissed at what they did to Gabs. I have lost all trust in MS. I plan to get linux eventually. In fact, if this one blows up, I may just put it here. I have my essential data backed up in a couple of places, including a fire safe, and my brother's house. I can always reinstall Win7 here too.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago Rev_Don

Gabs?

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago Rev_Don

I started using Anti Beacon about a week after it was released and the only time I ran into an incident where immunizations have been turned off by a restart was just before a new version was released.. That only happened a couple of times that I ever noticed, and normally right after a major feature update like the Anniversary Update, I don't check every system every day (normally once a week or so) as I have it running on at least 30 computers that I regularly work with or administer. I do check my main system daily though and check for an updated version at least once a week. But I'm not that concerned if some of it gets turned back on for a few days. The telemetry isn't nearly as bad as some people try to make it out to be and no worse than Google, IOS, Android, or any number of other sites, services, and programs have that you have absolutely no way to turn off..

I run it on Windows 7 and 8.1 as well as on 10.

You did remember to install using the Run As Administrator option didn't you? I've noticed that not doing that can cause erratic operation.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago OhZone

My ex. gf.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 10 months ago Rev_Don

Okay.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 2 months ago OhZone

I'm sure no one cares, but I decided to clone my Win7 OS to another drive. I checked that it boots up under the second emergency drive. I removed it, and NOW I WILL UPDATE WINDOWS. Ha. So if I have to, I can go back to the other drive without the potentially bad updates. :P I also backed up my data to a different external drive before that. So lets see what happens. Updating momentarily. :P

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Using Windows Defender? An Easy Way To Get A Second Opinion. 4 years 3 months ago crosseyedlemon

If Microsoft consciously decided to try to beat the major players at their own game it would be an embarrassment of epic proportions. Windows defender is something I would only use as a temporary fallback if my anti-virus and spyware software stopped working.

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Using Windows Defender? An Easy Way To Get A Second Opinion. 4 years 3 months ago wg1995

Is it portable? Can I install it on a flash drive for use when I need it?

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Using Windows Defender? Update It Now. Right Now. 2 years 11 months ago ektorbarajas

Excellent advise!

I have Windows 10 and have been using Windows Defender for a while, since I was tired of the bloated antivirures, so far Windows Defender has been working outstanding!

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Using Windows Defender? Update It Now. Right Now. 2 years 11 months ago Gil Mensch

Rob, thanks for this heads-up. I'm on Win 8.1. In my version of Defender, the info on the Engine version is seen when you click the little down arrow next to the word "Help" in the upper right corner of the Windows Defender window. The down arrow is visible no matter which tab ("Home", "Update", "History", "Settings") you have open.

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Using Windows Defender? Update It Now. Right Now. 2 years 11 months ago suruha

I use Windows 7 on a PC. I have Defender turned off because I use Essentials. Would I need to activate Defender and update it? I would appreciate any help, please?
Su

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Using Windows Defender? Update It Now. Right Now. 2 years 10 months ago mur_phy

Su -- with the W7 O/S Defender is not the same thing as Windows Defender which is the default AV scanner for W10. I have forgotten whether W8 uses the W10 Windows Defender. It is another problem with MS using the same of similar names for programs such as this or things such as Explorer and Internet Explorer. If still using Essentials, it is likely a good idea to do any updates but having Defender in W7 turned off is just fine as is.

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Using Windows Defender? Update It Now. Right Now. 2 years 10 months ago Krunk

The latest version is 1.1.13704.

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Using Windows Defender? Update It Now. Right Now. 2 years 10 months ago arieshifman

Thanks.

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Using Windows Defender? Update It Now. Right Now. 2 years 10 months ago AJNorth

The same is true for Microsoft Security Essentials in Win 7. The current engine number is 1.1.13704.0. It should certainly have updated by now; to check the engine version: open MSE, click on small arrow head (triangle) immediately to the right of Help in the upper-right corner —> About.

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Using Windows Defender? Update It Now. Right Now. 2 years 10 months ago smcapps47

So, doesn't Windows Defender update itself with every "Full" scan? And why would you have Defender and NOT schedule a Full scan every night?

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Using Windows Defender? Update It Now. Right Now. 2 years 10 months ago suruha

Thank you very much!

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Very Realistic Oil And Watercolour Paint App. Free From Microsoft. 2 years 1 month ago zep321

I haven't tried this yet but I've been using an app called "FotoSketcher" This app is very versatile and produces dozens of special effects applied to photos,
Also is only an 8mb download vs 124mb for "Fresh Paint".

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VideoPad Video Editor 2 years 8 months ago Davidxx

Hi. I used this and liked it! BUT.. after a short time, a matter of days, it reverted to the "trial ended". You can use it, but you can't export video. So, it wasn't worth $69 for the paid version. I gotta uninstall it. Too bad.

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VideoPad Video Editor 2 years 3 months ago ctwist

You probably installed the trial version instead of the free version.
Each time you start the free version you are prompted with "Certify that VideoPad is being used for non-commercial, home use only". If this is not shown, you are using the wrong version.

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VideoPad Video Editor 2 years 3 months ago ctwist

The correct download link for the free version is https://www.nchsoftware.com/videopad/download-now.html

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VideoPad Video Editor 2 years 3 months ago ctwist

I have been using VideoPad 5.32 for 6 days. It works very well, but it is unstable.

However, VideoPad automatically saves the project settings regularly. When you restart after a crash, Videopad offers to restore the autosaved project. You can usually recover the project to immediately before the crash.

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VideoPad Video Editor 2 years 2 months ago ichabod

On 11/4/17, I installed VideoPad 5.11 and thought that it was the free version. I got the "Certify" prompt each time I opened it. I used it then to learn its features, but don't recall if I saved any video files at that time. Today I tried to save a video file and it said that that was a paid feature.

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VideoPad Video Editor 2 years 2 months ago ichabod

Thank you for that info. On that page, the "Free Version for Home Use" box has a "VideoPad Free for Windows" link to the "vpsetup.exe" file. However, above that on the page is a bold graphic with a "download now" button that gives the "vppsetup.exe" file; that's what I had previously and is the trial/demo version. Today, after uninstalling the "vppsetup.exe" version, I installed the "vpsetup.exe" version--but with a huge catch: The program opened with a dialog saying that since I'd already used an expired trial version, I'd have to either buy a license or make this the "lite" version; when I chose the latter, it behaved like the expired trial version and would not save any new changes to a video file.

Mesh or another Gizmo editor needs to update their download links for desktop installations, because they currently link to the paid version. And, unless my experience was abnormal, the product review should caution people about using the trial version if they are likely to switch to the free version on the same device.

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VideoPad Video Editor 2 years 2 months ago Mesh

Thanks for the clarity, if you use trial version at first its very difficult to move to free version. you'd probaly have to unistall and remove it from the registry but it doesn't always work. in the meantime I'll update the download links and the disclaimers

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VideoPad Video Editor 2 years 3 weeks ago Jutka

Általában az Editoros video szerkesztők nagyon jók szoktak lenni,
merem ajánlani bárkinek,szép szerkesztő és könnyen kezelhető.

Vigyázni kell a korlátozás használatra, mert lehet pénzes ia, vagy próba verzio,
arra is figyelni kell letöltéskor, hogy más program ne töltödjék le vele.

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View 85,000 Historical Newsreel Videos For Free 5 years 11 months ago bernardz I listened to few of them, I do not think they are news reports, I think they are short documentaries after the event. view
View 85,000 Historical Newsreel Videos For Free 5 years 11 months ago bwoods

Hmnn, my post is gone. I'll try again.

This is a great find, thank you!

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View 85,000 Historical Newsreel Videos For Free 5 years 11 months ago dollyp

For those not from the UK, and also those too young to remember, Pathe newsreels were a part of every visit to the cinema in those days when TV ownership was low; indeed for many they were the only way to see events and people they had heard about on the radio. They were edited as mini documentaries as they were intended to be seen at least 2 days after the event (they were produced and distributed around the country using physical media) and anything up to a week after. As such the newsreels didn't cover things in the way we now expect rolling news in an electronic age.

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View All Your Social Networking From One Place 3 years 10 months ago lotsamosi

Can you track 3 Facebook accounts on the same page?

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View All Your Social Networking From One Place 3 years 10 months ago crosseyedlemon

An aggregator that allows only 3 Twitter feeds is basically useless as most people with Twitter accounts (including myself) follow hundreds of other accounts. I don't imagine it would satisfy those who use LinkedIn for networking either. Maybe Hootsuite could be convinced to offer 10 free premium licenses to readers at Gizmo.

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View All Your Social Networking From One Place 3 years 10 months ago Geekomatic

Being skeptical, what's in it for them? Am I going to be even more intruded upon/spied on? Yet another company with permission to track my online leanings?

Idk...after a while, it all feels "shifty".

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View All Your Social Networking From One Place 3 years 10 months ago bernardz

twitterdeck its a brilliant free twitter aggregator

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View All Your Social Networking From One Place 3 years 10 months ago bernardz

Well they want you to go on a plan!

I used it for a while, what happens if you have a poor RSS feed, so your internet connect is not good say like me you are in an area where people switch the cable TV on in the evening or you use wifi a lot on the road, or your ISP has trouble with a social media site, after a few attempts (I think 3)  it cuts off the feed with no warning. So often I did not know I was cut off. The support they had was good but the problem just kept happening and in the end I gave up on this program.

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View All Your Social Networking From One Place 3 years 10 months ago crosseyedlemon

I don't think this aggregator would use the normal RSS format because if that were the case then you could use a regular free newsreader such as Feed Demon to connect to social accounts. Thanks for the heads-up about Twitterdeck....will check that out.

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View All Your Social Networking From One Place 3 years 10 months ago Lugh

You probably mean TweetDeck.
http://www.tweetdeck.com/

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View All Your Social Networking From One Place 3 years 10 months ago bernardz

Yep you are right.

Its a brilliant free piece of software for anyone that uses twitter, at work I use it everyday.

 

For a list of its features click here.

https://support.twitter.com/articles/20169620#

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View Almost All Image File Formats in Windows File Explorer With This Free Program 5 months 2 weeks ago howiem

Just tried it in Win 7 Ultimate and it works fine. Thanks for the tip. If a user is in a country that does not use his native language and he has the language settings for the local country, he can change the program to English in Sage Thumbs Options, the bottom item in the Sage Thumbs menu as rhiannon shows in the image near the top of this thread.

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View Almost All Image File Formats in Windows File Explorer With This Free Program 5 months 2 weeks ago Rick Grunwald

This is a great add on
Thanks for posting it

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View Almost All Image File Formats in Windows File Explorer With This Free Program 5 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

I'm glad to hear it's working in Windows 7. It does have language support options, thanks for mentioning it.

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View Almost All Image File Formats in Windows File Explorer With This Free Program 5 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

You're quite welcome. I'm happy you like it. :)

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 10 months ago pvilan

Thanks rhiannon.
I'am going to try it!
Peter.

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 10 months ago rhiannon

You're welcome. :)

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 10 months ago abrandt

Thank you. Will test over the next week.

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 10 months ago sgodlovitch

But where's the ever-elusive ePub?
Stan

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 10 months ago DrBongo

Just installed it on all 3 browsers. A Thunderbird version would be nice.

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 10 months ago rhiannon

I'm glad you like it. I'm not sure how it would integrate into an email client.

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 10 months ago rhiannon

I'm guessing that since Docs Online uses third party online tools to open files and documents that there isn't a tool or API available for that format.
You might try EPUBReader - it's available for Chrome and Firefox.
https://www.epubread.com/en/

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 10 months ago rhiannon

You're quite welcome. :)

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 10 months ago abrandt

Howdy, rhiannon:

For clarification... is this extension cable of reading HDD resident files... or only ONLINE?

THX. ~ Alan

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 10 months ago rhiannon

It reads supported file formats on web pages using third party tools to view the files. Not, as far as I can tell, any files on a HDD. 
 

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 10 months ago abrandt

Thank you. I wanted 100% certainty that reading HDD located files is *not* an option. ~ AB

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 10 months ago rhiannon

Not to my knowledge. It uses online tools like Google Docs and Zoho viewer to view files embedded in web pages. It's been around a few years that I know of and has been written up at various reputable tech sites. I would think if there was an issue it would surface in several places, in particular the reviews on the browser add-on/extension download page.

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 10 months ago Yankiwi

Hi, Rhiannon,

Thanks for the tip. It might be handy in an emergency if I'm using a VPN (e.g., in Opera), but if the extension is using Google Docs to open documents, I'm afraid I'll have to pass. Google has demonstrated an insatiable appetite for gathering every conceivable scrap of information from those who use any of its services and I value my privacy way too much. It's hard to avoid using absolutely everything Google, given the tentacles it has spread into the online world, but I'm sure as heck not going to surrender any info to Google knowingly if I have any alternative, and in the case of opening these documents, I do.

That issue aside, many thanks for all your hard work and the many finds you share on this site. I really appreciate everything that you and the other Gizmo contributors do to make this site so excellent.

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 10 months ago rhiannon

I understand what you mean about privacy and the lack thereof with Google, Facebook and others.

The add-on doesn't use Google Docs itself, or Zoho services itself, or other third party services, rather, it leverages the API's for those services to make files viewable in a browser window (Zoho viewer API, Google viewer API etc.).
API's (application program interface) are software to software interfaces, not a UI's (user interfaces).

From what I understand, files are opened independently of the Google Docs UI (User Interface) itself - that is, nothing is opened using Google Docs or any of Zoho's services. 
You need a Google account to use Google Docs and an account with Zoho to view files in their services.
The file viewer opens embedded files whether you have an account or not in any browser I've tried it on.

I don't know enough about coding or API's to say definitively one way another whether those API's can track what document or file embedded in a web page is being viewed or the content of that document or file.
Maybe someone else here knows?



 

 

 


 

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 10 months ago crosseyedlemon

I think it's absurd that this many document formats exist and although browser addons can be useful, they affect your browser effectiveness so you have to restrict yourself to just the most essential ones.

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 10 months ago rhiannon

LOL define essential. :)
I do so much of my work in a browser that my list of "essential" Firefox add-ons is 17.
Less in other browsers because they don't have equivalent extensions with the same functionality.
There are some add-ons I don't use in Firefox because they interfere with performance, and have consistently done so over a period of years.

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 10 months ago crosseyedlemon

I relied on Firefox for over a decade because of the excellent versatility that it's add-ons provided. Had to abandon that browser about 2 years ago because many started to hang on my system (Windows 7). If your running 17 without issues I assume you have a more recent OS. I currently limit myself to 4 on Chrome.

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 10 months ago rhiannon

I can see why you would need to switch browsers. Compatibility with older OS versions often isn't a priority.

I'm running Windows 8.1 on the desktop and Windows 10 on the laptop.

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 9 months ago Yankiwi

Hi, Rhiannon,

You said that "There are some add-ons I don't use in Firefox because they interfere with performance, and have consistently done so over a period of years." For those of us who find the function of Firefox to be degenerating and problematic at times, it would be great if you could provide the names of the FF add-ons on your "blacklist," as such a list might help us to troubleshoot our own FF issues. Perhaps an idea for another post? ;-)

Cheers

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 9 months ago rhiannon

Two I've had consistent issues with over the years that are still in the Firefox add-on site are Ghostery and WOT. Most people don't have any issues with either of them so I'm not sure how useful a list would be because much depends on what add-ons you have installed and browser configuration. I normally make changes to the Firefox "about:config" settings too. They are both good add-ons and both work fine in in Chrome based browsers for me.

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 9 months ago rhiannon

The other thing I do that keeps Firefox zippy is a clean install when there's a version upgrade. :)

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 9 months ago Yankiwi

Wow! I certainly understand the value of a fresh installation, but given Firefox's breakneck pace of updates, you must be reinstalling FF about once every week or so! Do you likewise reinstall all your add-ons? If so, I probably wouldn't get all of my add-ons reinstalled before the next FF update came along and I'd have to start all over again. :)

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 9 months ago Anupam

That's what I do too :D.

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 9 months ago rhiannon

I only do a clean install when there's a significant or security update.
I usually copy my profile over to a new installation. :)

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