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    You may be thinking too hard. Press the Start...

    You may be thinking too hard.

    Press the Start button, then start gently tapping F12 about once a second or two, and see if the computer asks you what you want to boot from. If F12 doesn't work,...
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    I can think of two uses for Linux on a disk or a...

    I can think of two uses for Linux on a disk or a flash drive:


    A bootable trouble-shooter for any system.
    A ‘portable computer’ for use off-line (and online, as needed), to run on any PC....
  3. Thread: MSI problem

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    This LINK...

    This LINK to one Microsoft source is a doozy.
  4. With all that talk of IBM, was I the only one...

    With all that talk of IBM, was I the only one with clones?

    With all the debate over who said 640, there is no mistaking the source of the (Selectric) fonts.
  5. EmEditor (https://www.emeditor.com/) is widely...

    EmEditor is widely considered the top text editor at present.
  6. I had OS2/ Warp 3 but never installed it. ...

    I had OS2/ Warp 3 but never installed it.

    Remember the handy little programs from PC Magazine(?) like DIRMATCH?
  7. Thread: MSI problem

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    Solved

    I took the path of least resistance and restored to a state prior to the problem, and updated from there.

    The suggestions were welcome (and were tried, unsuccessfully), but nothing beats a backup...
  8. Thread: Acer RAM

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    'Building them like they used to' would mean...

    'Building them like they used to' would mean using Torx, just like Compaq.
  9. Thread: MSI problem

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    MSI problem

    I have a Windows problem that has been around since I think at least Vista, on an 8.1 system. There are extremely long threads at several sites discussing it in earlier days, and Google will provide...
  10. Extracting an ISO usually means right-clicking on...

    Extracting an ISO usually means right-clicking on it to get a list of programs that can do it, and either extracting it to a folder you have created for it or burning it to a DVD.

    In Windows 7, go...
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    Here is an update based on what I see on my own...

    Here is an update based on what I see on my own system.

    OneNote comes from the Windows Store in Windows 8 ‘free’, and it is subject to the conditions that are attached to all applications that...
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    As I understand (or misunderstand) it, there are...

    As I understand (or misunderstand) it, there are two versions of OneNote; one that is available free as an application with Windows 8, and another which comes as part of Office 2013. I am not an...
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    There is a familiar confusion in this thread...

    There is a familiar confusion in this thread between Acrobat and Acrobat Reader, and their replacements.

    Acrobat is costs a fortune ($30/mo. directly from Adobe was the highest I could find) and...
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    I suggest that Microsoft consider paying for...

    I suggest that Microsoft consider paying for ideas, a.k.a. ‘intellectual property’, that it selects for its financial gain. Without a cut of the take, I’ll keep my profit-making ideas to myself.
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    So you don't really need it? Have I got news for...

    So you don't really need it? Have I got news for you! I have what I presume is the same drive, and it is wildly successful as a Windows To Go drive, just in case you'd like to give that a try. It...
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    This is to cover more possibilities. This is a...

    This is to cover more possibilities.

    This is a desktop computer, ‘but no video’. The monitor could be dead or disconnected or unplugged. That will probably show itself with the first test I...
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    Yes. On a single computer, hard drive is dead...

    Yes.

    On a single computer, hard drive is dead or dying. Does it spin up?
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    Works was a software suite that varied by year...

    Works was a software suite that varied by year and that was supplied with every new Windows computer sold. These freebies weren’t exactly free, because you had to buy a new computer to get them.
    ...
  19. I'll risk angering the Microsoft gods by telling...

    I'll risk angering the Microsoft gods by telling you that I am writing this post using LibreOffice Writer under Ubuntu 14.04.

    Ubuntu is one of a number of versions of Linux, which is an operating...
  20. The free downloadable "Office Starter 2010" might...

    The free downloadable "Office Starter 2010" might be perfect for you on your 'old' machine, but I have been led to understand that it is not compatible with Windows 8. Office 2010 itself is entirely...
  21. all we need to do is type letters and edit them ...

    all we need to do is type letters and edit them
    nothing fancy

    WordPad is a primitive but usable word-processor that is already on your Windows computer. It doesn’t have a spellchecker, but it...
  22. This thread got me thinking (and enjoying the...

    This thread got me thinking (and enjoying the links), and my own post was clearly off the mark. (Boolean searches were chiefly associated with Alta Vista, which is ancient history as browsers go.)
    ...
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    I apologize for my inappropriate post of last...

    I apologize for my inappropriate post of last night.

    If you download Autoruns from TechNet, you will find that it has a tab for all of the drivers that load at startup, and that may be of some...
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    Worth a try?

    I suggest you image the present state of the computer, which may or may not be a mess and about which little is really known, but for which the registry is the chief worry.

    I suggest you create a...
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    Flip a coin. You have a printer and you have a...

    Flip a coin.

    You have a printer and you have a computer, and something isn’t working. Why on earth would anyone bet that the problem is with the computer, which by all accounts was working...
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