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    WIN 7 Pro PC and Homegroup. Failure.

    I have a newly refurbished WIN7 Pro x64 PC which can find the network and most (if not all) nodes but which cannot join an existing homegroup nor start a homegroup which other PCs can find.

    One...
  2. I used Acronis to make an image of a functioning...

    I used Acronis to make an image of a functioning newly minted PC to load the image on a second almost identical PC. It took some work with Customer Support but it did it! Saved me gobs of time and...
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    The basic answer is that any drive with my data...

    The basic answer is that any drive with my data on it has a copy or, better, a back up. And a copy of the backup is in a safe deposit box 20 miles inland from my house near the Gulf Coast in...
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    Back in the day, say mid to late 80's, I ran a...

    Back in the day, say mid to late 80's, I ran a customer support unit just at the dawn of PCs coming into the office space. Too often these newbies (which we all were really) would format or erase...
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    I've crossed Drake off my list of any potential...

    I've crossed Drake off my list of any potential purchase. My data is MY data; my computer is MY computer. Yes, three are generally accepted and necessary formats and procedures for applications...
  6. Believe it or not, check out this short piece...

    Believe it or not, check out this short piece from PCWORLD which I just got today. The last paragraph on page two sums up this reviewer's view on our topic: ...
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    Amen, Kevin. Couldn't say it better myself.

    Amen, Kevin. Couldn't say it better myself.
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    I certainly agree with a having robust backup...

    I certainly agree with a having robust backup scheme being up to the minute before tinkering with application (or the Registry for the matter). Images are great if you can make them and if you can...
  9. Sort of, Paul, but several SSD manufacturers...

    Sort of, Paul, but several SSD manufacturers specifically advise against going that route. What they do recommend is making sure that AHCD is selected in the BIOS and that TRIM is enabled in the OS....
  10. But not SSDs

    Plus: A reader's results after a year of automated PC maintenance; a missing Group Policies Editor

    But you might not want to set up automated defrags of SSDs!
  11. Amen, all. Been there. Done that. Mass WU is...

    Amen, all. Been there. Done that. Mass WU is fraught with hang-ups, Do everything possible before starting WU to ensure you have a workable Plan B.
    This year I built a new machine and got caught...
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    Just some experience talking. How you do it is...

    Just some experience talking. How you do it is up to you but...
    *OS should definitely be on the fastest drive you have and it has to be called C: drive to avoid hassles with some applications)
    *If...
  13. RE: CCleaner I too have used CCleaner for...

    RE: CCleaner
    I too have used CCleaner for years on WIN machines and without any deleterious effect --- until this Summer. After building a new PC using the ASUS Sabertooth X79 mobo and getting...
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    The WIN7 + SP1 or the WIN7 Refresh? Does it...

    The WIN7 + SP1 or the WIN7 Refresh? Does it matter?
    I'm being very linear at this point. Thanks for the lead.
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    Willing to try. But I'm going to be really,...

    Willing to try. But I'm going to be really, really linear. Please bear with me because this ain't no fun any more. Pity.
    I can download the ISO. And burning the ISO will leave me with executable...
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    Two of the Support.Microsoft.com URLs. But they...

    Two of the Support.Microsoft.com URLs. But they are now back up. These are stored URLs on my browser and so I'm certain there wasn't any fat fingered business here.
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    Cannot get Win 7 Pro x64 Updates to Update.

    New motherboard (ASUS Z79-A), new C: (SAMSUNG 250 GB EVO SSD). Other innards and case not changed.

    I've tried an embarrassing number of times to get through the WIN 7 Pro x64 updates, almost...
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    Is the Microsoft URL offline?

    I've tried to get to several Microsoft sites this morning and cannot. Is it down or do I have a problem?
  19. Net Neutrality is a major issue and you have...

    Net Neutrality is a major issue and you have brilliantly described the situation. I thought that testing the White House's own web site for aggregating citizen comments might be a place to go to add...
  20. Net Neutrality & Inviting the White House to Respond

    Net Neutrality is a major issue and has been brilliantly described by Woody. I thought that testing the White House's own web site for aggregating citizen comments might be a place to go to add my...
  21. Nothing is restricted --- but you can only use it...

    Nothing is restricted --- but you can only use it for a few, rather small, searches before it freezes with a pitch for cash.

    That said, yesterday I downloaded Easy Duplicate Finder, because it has...
  22. Some years ago I used a related product (same...

    Some years ago I used a related product (same group) but the new versions have not met the grade. Newest version, for instance, does not do NEFs nor CR2s, which are important. What it does, it does...
  23. Finding duplicate and near duplicate Photos

    With several terabytes of photos among which are thousands, at least, of near duplicate photos (different extensions, cropping, some other 'Photoshopping'), I am looking for a program, free or not,...
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    SSDs & Indexing

    It seems that SSDs' life span is deleteriously affected by handling lots of small files and so there are many recommendations about cutting down that risk of early failure. One of the items...
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    Oh yes. And I've found out a bunch of other...

    Oh yes. And I've found out a bunch of other things, too.
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