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    I've gotten elbow deep in the registry A LOT, but...

    I've gotten elbow deep in the registry A LOT, but that's because I don't run a Microsoft-sanctioned installation of Windows. I move Program Files, ProgramData and Users off the HDD that the OS is...
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    How about post #8? The only registry issues I've...

    How about post #8? The only registry issues I've ever had to deal with were those I created myself, tinkerin' around in the registry.
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    A merge would revert hardware settings to the...

    A merge would revert hardware settings to the bare metal registry settings and leave most of the rest intact, but if by chance you've updated a driver in between, that would be lost, as well as any...
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    Do you by any chance use a "registry cleaner"...

    Do you by any chance use a "registry cleaner" from time to time?
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    That won't work. It will indeed disturb whatever...

    That won't work. It will indeed disturb whatever you've installed (that writes keys/values to the registry) after that registry export.

    Regular drive/partition imaging cures those kinds of ills.
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    By "startup programs", what do you mean exactly?

    By "startup programs", what do you mean exactly?
  7. Thread: Backup

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    "The" backup is better than no backup, but as you...

    "The" backup is better than no backup, but as you have discovered, limitations can set in. "Backups" is better than "backup". I use drive imaging for backup, and have several iterations of stored...
  8. Thread: Passwords

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    To use The Store and/or synch across devices. ...

    To use The Store and/or synch across devices.


    The OP isn't about your box. Some folks do use The Store (Store Apps can only be downloaded through The Store - not directly off the web), and some...
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    The Microsoft Account Password is necessarily...

    The Microsoft Account Password is necessarily only for App Store purchases/downloads and synching across devices. Windows 8 can be installed using a local account, and the OS is fully functional...
  10. Thread: Clone?

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    How's your activation? When I've gotten that it...

    How's your activation? When I've gotten that it was because Windows was not activated due to the change in hardware. Once Windows is activated, it goes away after a reboot.
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    The registry key is...

    The registry key is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList. The logon is handled by system accounts in ProfileList. The user accounts are listed after the...
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    That "very good job" is relative. I have 16GB...

    That "very good job" is relative. I have 16GB RAM, and no page file in Windows 7. The page file size recommended by Windows is 22977MB. I've been running without a page file in Windows 7 since...
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    Windows Cleanmgr.exe has been sufficient for me. ...

    Windows Cleanmgr.exe has been sufficient for me. I've tested a few apps, but nothing really improves on Cleanmgr.exe. I have a current copy of CCleaner, and I run it on occasion for comparison. ...
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    I've had older updates interfere with new...

    I've had older updates interfere with new updates, and been able to get that sorted out with a little web research, but I haven't had any system-related problem with any update, and I install them...
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    Click on my web site link in my signature.

    Click on my web site link in my signature.
  16. Windows does not "need" a page file if one has...

    Windows does not "need" a page file if one has sufficient RAM installed. I've been running Windows 7 Ultimate with 16GB RAM and no page file since 2010. Windows 8 will run just fine without one as...
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    I suggested an additional HDD for the page file...

    I suggested an additional HDD for the page file because you said your son wanted a page file. And I've run at least two HDD's in my desktops since the mid '90's.
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    Neither physics nor logic will uphold the benefit...

    Neither physics nor logic will uphold the benefit of reducing the size of available RAM so that one may set aside RAM to be used as a RAM disk for paging. If it has enough room in RAM, it won't be...
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    Sometimes I have to make a mistake two or three...

    Sometimes I have to make a mistake two or three times in order to realize that I'm making a mistake. Once I get past that, I can start making progress again. I finally got the right keys and values...
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    I fail to see any point or gain in paging...

    I fail to see any point or gain in paging something out of RAM into RAM. Leave all 32GB of RAM available to the system. Once the system boots, there will be no more paging going on (for a gamer)...
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    When I was running 32bit Windows (prior to 2010)...

    When I was running 32bit Windows (prior to 2010) the RAM was limited to 4GB - that's the total addressable space with 32 bits. In those days, I did quite a bit of research and personal testing on...
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    On the positive side, I have all my partitions...

    On the positive side, I have all my partitions restored, and everything on the Windows 8.1 side is working very smoothly. Random checks on my data partitions have all been good. I added a fourth...
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    The most important point to remember regardless...

    The most important point to remember regardless of drive type: drive failure is a matter of when, not if. For truly critical data such as financial/investment data, etc. one needs backup in addition...
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    The real fun is going to be getting my sliced and...

    The real fun is going to be getting my sliced and diced Windows 7 dual boot going. I remember the snags I hit with that on my laptop.
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    Converting a re-build from MBR to GPT

    One of my 1TB drives had outdated image files and some odds and ends on it. I deleted all the unnecessary stuff and moved the rest to another drive/partition. I then used Diskpart to clean the...
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