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    I was not able to obtain a Win8 .ISO image using...

    I was not able to obtain a Win8 .ISO image using any of the techniques linked in my earlier post. The supposedly valid "generic" Win8 license keys would not work for download. Regardless of the...
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    Yes, but I'll still have a clean image that can...

    Yes, but I'll still have a clean image that can be restored in minutes (instead of days) and I will have learned how to manage Win8!
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    Thanks, Sudo. The problem description in that...

    Thanks, Sudo. The problem description in that thread is exactly what happened. The computer has an OEM license key from Asus and was electronically upgraded to 8.1. I'm confident the user...
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    Kaspersky Rescue Disk was one of the first steps...

    Kaspersky Rescue Disk was one of the first steps I took. I've got the computer sufficiently dis-infected to boot, run, and connect to the interwebitubes. However, I never trust an infected computer...
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    Unable to Reset Win8.1 on Asus Laptop

    Attempting to recover an Asus D550CA laptop that has been overrun with malware. Laptop came with Win8 x64 installed and was upgraded at some point to Win8.1 x64. This is my first experience with Win8...
  6. Two more issues worthy of discussion: 1. Using...

    Two more issues worthy of discussion:

    1. Using VPNs to prevent websites from tracking my browsing habits, monitoring my searches, and discovering my geographic location. I've had good luck with...
  7. You guys read your mail! (At least I hope my...

    You guys read your mail! (At least I hope my letter asking for an update of the WS Security Baseline was the inspiration for this column.) Excellent stuff. I am looking forward to discussion of...
  8. Concerning Bitlocker, I do not travel...

    Concerning Bitlocker, I do not travel internationally with electronic devices. Although I'm confident Microsoft and Intel have built backdoors into both Bitlocker and TPM, government intrusion is...
  9. I am astonished by this unsubstantiated comment...

    I am astonished by this unsubstantiated comment in the article: "TrueCrypt, like many other public encryption applications, can be cracked with some effort and the right tools." According to Steve...
  10. I consider myself properly spanked. Nonetheless,...

    I consider myself properly spanked. Nonetheless, my opinions concerning cloud storage and the declining state of user interfaces remain the same.
  11. Only if people are dumb enough to use it. See The...

    Only if people are dumb enough to use it. See The Cloud: Risky, Unreliable, and Dumb.


    Amen brother. I've got five Win7 machines that will ultimately become Linux machines unless MS fixes the...
  12. In addition to ruining the UI, now MS wants to...

    In addition to ruining the UI, now MS wants to force users to create an MS "account" so their online activities can be tracked more efficiently. Unless MS does a radical turnaround with Win9, I'm...
  13. Found the Answer

    There is no need to bother with virtual floppy disks. The contents of all the WP installation floppies can be copied to a single directory and installed from there. Create a new directory in DOSBox...
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    Charles, I phrased my response poorly in my first...

    Charles, I phrased my response poorly in my first post. The problem I faced with Greg was how to extract the autotext content from a Word 2003 template and insert that autotext into new Word 2007 and...
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    Wow! We've really hijacked this thread and put it...

    Wow! We've really hijacked this thread and put it on a different course. Given that support for Word 2003 ends April 8, 2014, my main concern was to warn Lindsay Graham that Autotext in 2003 is a...
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    Greg Maxey (http://gregmaxey.mvps.org/) is a...

    Greg Maxey is a great guy (even if he was in the Navy) and worth every nickel I paid him. I would recommend his services to anyone with complex issues with MS Word. My project involved document...
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    Well, Charles, I worked extensively with Greg on...

    Well, Charles, I worked extensively with Greg on trying to port a significant amount of autotext over from 2003 to 2007 and we were never successful due to the inability to move the autotext out of...
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    Watch out if you upgrade to 2007 or above....

    Watch out if you upgrade to 2007 or above. Microsoft gutted the Autotext feature in favor of "Quick Parts" and "Building Blocks," neither of which works as well as Autotext. The worst part is that if...
  19. Yes, and it's just not up-to-par with the...

    Yes, and it's just not up-to-par with the original DOS versions. It peaked (IMHO) at v5.1+ . Later DOS versions 6.0 and 6.2 did not impress and it fell to pieces when ported to Windows. More recent...
  20. @ mrjimphelps : I don't have the physical...

    @ mrjimphelps :

    I don't have the physical floppies, only the files copied from the floppies.

    @ dg1261 :


    Now that's what I'm talkin' about. Can I create a floppy image from files saved on...
  21. Installing WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS Using Virtual Floppy Drive

    I had a long and happy relationship with WP51 for DOS and am suffering from a nostalgic desire to install it inside DOSBox on Win7. Many years ago, I burned the contents of each installation floppy...
  22. Problem solved

    Happy to report I have a solution. Apparently MS does not want people to use browsers other than IE. I use Firefox as my default. The downloadable validation tool is what returns the "unsupported"...
  23. I am trying to download XP Mode, too. Same...

    I am trying to download XP Mode, too. Same problem. Here's the error message I received:

    36450

    I passed the WGA validation diagnostic with flying colors.

    Bottom line is Catch-22: You cannot...
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    Tried creating my first image with Acronis today....

    Tried creating my first image with Acronis today. Worked 2-3x faster than MS system image backup, created a single file about 1/3 smaller than the equivalent .vhd, and restored perfectly with the...
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    I discovered one "gotcha" with Acronis that bears...

    I discovered one "gotcha" with Acronis that bears mentioning. By ignoring all of Microsoft's .xml code, it also ignores the size of the partition being restored. I partition my hard drive into a 75...
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