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    See if Speccy http://www.piriform.com/speccy...

    See if Speccy http://www.piriform.com/speccy shows the correct key. I never had good luck with Magic jellybean.
    Joe
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    I don't now about MS virtual machines but check...

    I don't now about MS virtual machines but check into the USB functions in it. It may need to be enabled in the settings.
    Joe
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    Does your windows 8 have Hyper V? There is also...

    Does your windows 8 have Hyper V? There is also VMware Player the free version but you would still need an install disk.
    Joe
  4. Personally I wouldn't do an upgrade anyway. They...

    Personally I wouldn't do an upgrade anyway. They frequently have problems and end up requiring a clean install to fix the mess.
    Joe
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    Well MS may have got them self in another...

    Well MS may have got them self in another situation like they did with XP and business.
    Business has avoided Windows 8 like the plague. A new hospital opened here last month with 250 beds. They...
  6. Running XP on a Virtual machine is also a way to...

    Running XP on a Virtual machine is also a way to run outdated software there. I would set it up without internet access just network access.
    Joe
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    I've used Avast free for a long time and had...

    I've used Avast free for a long time and had mostly good results.
    Joe
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    Checkout VMware Player it's free. I don't know...

    Checkout VMware Player it's free. I don't know about using with windows 95. They have a good forum for help.
    Joe
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    I've got an older version of Acronis. When I make...

    I've got an older version of Acronis. When I make a system image I boot from the rescue disk and do the image from there. That way Windows is not actually running. If you've got a paid version of...
  10. [SOLVED] What virtual machine are you using? I put VMware...

    What virtual machine are you using? I put VMware player on my sister's Windows 7 so she could use a scanner that wasn't supported in 64 bit windows. I found it worked best to boot the VM then connect...
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    This might help cleanup messed up USB data...

    This might help cleanup messed up USB data http://www.techspot.com/community/topics/usb-drive-or-flash-problems-how-to-cleanup-and-remove-old-usb-storage-drivers.145884/
    I used it when my sister's...
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    Sadly Windows Defender does very poorly in tests...

    Sadly Windows Defender does very poorly in tests against other AV software.
    Joe
  13. I've had the blue dot show a few times but the...

    I've had the blue dot show a few times but the network and internet both work. Nothing showing in the event log so I suspect some timeout thing.
    Joe
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    I don't know if this has any bearing on Windows 7...

    I don't know if this has any bearing on Windows 7 or not. In XP once your disk got very far behind the installed updates from MS it would not do the repair install. That's how I got involved in...
  15. Well no surprise MS ignored testers and early...

    Well no surprise MS ignored testers and early adopters and bulled ahead with their grand vision. If they had given users a simple option for traditional desktop things probably would have turned out...
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    Does the printer show the ink level? After I...

    Does the printer show the ink level? After I refilled my black cartridge I had to reset the level. Do a search for your cartridge and how to reset it after refilling. You simply put tape over certain...
  17. I never tried to restore the arrow I think you...

    I never tried to restore the arrow I think you would just select arrow and it would be back to default.
    Joe
  18. Yes I have pinned the shortcuts to the task bar....

    Yes I have pinned the shortcuts to the task bar. It only seems to remove the arrow and hasn't caused any other changes that I know of. I started using it in Vista.
    Joe
  19. I've used the Vista Overlay Manager and it works...

    I've used the Vista Overlay Manager and it works without problems for me and it's simple to use.
    Joe
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    Instead of the clean install you might check into...

    Instead of the clean install you might check into In Place Upgrade. That is a bit like the repair install in XP.
    Joe
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    It took a while to find this but if you do not...

    It took a while to find this but if you do not want the hassle of reactivation for XP there are 2 files you copy before the install. Go to the C:\Windows\System32 then copy "wpa.dbl" and "wpa.bak"...
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    This is what I did om my XP VM In XP go into the...

    This is what I did om my XP VM In XP go into the Network Adapter Properties and find the Internet Protocol you are using and go into Properties. Then give it a fixed IP address. Fill in the Subnet...
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    Something you may encounter is the install disk...

    Something you may encounter is the install disk you are using for repair needs to be fairly close with the MS updates or it it will fault. That's how I learned about slipstreaming years ago. You use...
  24. I gave up on the Windows settings and used the...

    I gave up on the Windows settings and used the NVIDIA control panel for the video card.
    Joe
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    I use a simple little .exe program Hosts Toggle...

    I use a simple little .exe program Hosts Toggle to load and edit Hosts file. It will also disable or enable the Hosts file.
    Joe
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