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  1. This "Windows Support" (or "Windows Technical...

    This "Windows Support" (or "Windows Technical Department") scam has been around for a few years now.

    Not long after it started I was called in to help several customers who had been "sucked in".
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  2. I have tried the Cleanup! link above several...

    I have tried the Cleanup! link above several times during the past day-or-two in IE11 and Firefox but a webserver error is returned. I have emailed Steven in case he is unaware of the problem.
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  3. I explained the "temporary files" issue briefly...

    I explained the "temporary files" issue briefly in my #22 post above.




    About mid-2003 until about end 2005 I worked as a Visual Basic 6.0 programmer and web developer. Several of the VB6...
  4. Sorry, but from long experience as a computer...

    Sorry, but from long experience as a computer technician I absolutely contradict your claim "...the number of files on the drive makes virtually no difference to the performance of the PC...".
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    Tip on installing Windows (especially if you...

    Tip on installing Windows (especially if you intend to use a boot-manager e.g.: "BootItBM" as mentioned in my #1 post):

    If you install Windows to an new unpartitioned HDD, or to "unallocated...
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    It seems this is no longer necessarily true...

    It seems this is no longer necessarily true concerning dual-booting between Win10/Win8-8.1 & Win7/Vista.

    See thread Win7/Win10 TP NTFS woes
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    Assuming you now have it working, you now know...

    Assuming you now have it working, you now know how to control and test your mic?

    Note that the button with the "speaker" icon it to the right of the "levels" slider at "Control...
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    From what I have read the "fast startup" problem...

    From what I have read the "fast startup" problem does not happen with Win8 or 8.1, only Win7/Vista which don't understand "fast startup". So if you are dual-booting Win8/8.1 & Win10 there shouldn't...
  9. Seconded. But "OP" usually means "original...

    Seconded.

    But "OP" usually means "original poster".

    The later posts do seem to have wandered rather far away from "Windows Technical Preview (Win 10) - VirtualBox, or dual-boot?"
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    Obviously for your purposes keeping a separate...

    Obviously for your purposes keeping a separate notebook would be somewhat superfluous. But most of my customers lack the degree of comfort with these newer technologies you obviously possess.
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  11. Problem is that when I look at the "Double...

    Problem is that when I look at the "Double Driver" website I see that the latest release dates to August 2010.

    I tend to be careful about running programs that old.
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    Maybe instead of just "not terribly hard to...

    Maybe instead of just "not terribly hard to discover" I should have stated "not terribly hard to discover for a competent computer programmer/technician/hacker/other who has advanced skills and...
  13. If you decide to go for dual-boot be aware there...

    If you decide to go for dual-boot be aware there is an issue which I encountered if you have other OS partitions on the same physical drive, whether HDD or SSD.

    See Win7/Win10 TP NTFS woes
  14. From what you say it seems you have encountered...

    From what you say it seems you have encountered the same issue I did (see Win7/Win10 TP NTFS woes).

    One difference is that I didn't attempt to install Win10 directly; i.e.: I disconnected the...
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    Start/All Programs/Accessories/Sound Recorder. ...

    Start/All Programs/Accessories/Sound Recorder.

    Use "Sound Recorder" to create an audio file. When you hit "Stop recording" it will ask you to save the file (by default in Documents). Then go to...
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    Sorry, I didn't explain properly. What I meant...

    Sorry, I didn't explain properly.

    What I meant was that it is not terribly hard to discover passwords stored on a Windows computer. Once the "master password" is discovered by an intruder, then...
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    I can only guess at how many times I have run...

    I can only guess at how many times I have run Cleanup! (i.e.: v4.5.2), and how many computers I have run it on (thousands). Have not had a single failure, and I have found it more effective than any...
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    Could go into some detail but don't wan't to...

    Could go into some detail but don't wan't to confuse you.

    Seems to me you need to seek help from a competent source, such as http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/ as from what you describe it seems...
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    Actually I regularly have to help customers who...

    Actually I regularly have to help customers who have forgotten passwords.

    There are ways of discovering passwords previously used on a PC.

    Am not going into detail (don't want to make it any...
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    Not really. More likely to do with what Sudo15...

    Not really.

    More likely to do with what Sudo15 says in his #2 post.



    A very common cause of the slow-downs you describe is large numbers of old temporary files in Windows' various "temp"...
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    Shame on you Sudo15! What is "choca block"? ...

    Shame on you Sudo15!

    What is "choca block"?

    Surely you must have meant "chock-a-block"? (see http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-cho3.htm).

    (I am joking of course - I think we all know what...
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    Windows startup times (from hitting "boot" in the...

    Windows startup times (from hitting "boot" in the BootItBM boot manager OS selection screen to display of Taskbar & Desktop with shortcuts).

    Win7 Pro 32bit: 27 seconds

    Win7 Pro 64bit: 25...
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    Problem fixed

    I turned off Win10's "fast startup", and the problem has not happened since.

    Have since copied the Win10 partition back to the SSD, and all is well.

    So far Win10 feels noticeably more...
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    It seems the issue is caused by a Win10 (and...

    It seems the issue is caused by a Win10 (and Win8) "fast startup" feature.

    See post by Lead3 at...
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    The affected PC does not have a UEFI "BIOS". The...

    The affected PC does not have a UEFI "BIOS". The motherboard is Gigabyte GA-990FXA-D3 which has a "traditional" Award BIOS circa. not long before UEFI appeared on the scene.
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