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    Correct to a point, but SATA cables are much...

    Correct to a point, but SATA cables are much narrower (<>7mm) than PATA cables (<>50mm) so having extra SATA cables attached (one or two) is less likely to present a cooling problem than the older...
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    Not quite. In Notepad save it as "Example.bat"...

    Not quite.

    In Notepad save it as "Example.bat" (with the quotes) in the "File name" field, and change the "Save as type" selection to "All files". If you just type "Example.bat" in the "File name"...
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    According to Windows Secrets Newsletter Issue 454...

    According to Windows Secrets Newsletter Issue 454 2014-10-23 Protecting yourself from POODLE attacks by Susan Bradley SSL is old technology that is vulnerable to exploits and so should be avoided....
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    See Microsoft Network Monitor 3.4 (archive)...

    See Microsoft Network Monitor 3.4 (archive). According to "System Requirements" it will work on XP, Vista, Win7, & Win8, but is no longer being developed.

    "...Microsoft Message Analyzer is the...
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    You might be able to transfer your pictures etc....

    You might be able to transfer your pictures etc. from your Dell desktop to the laptop via the tablet, but it would be easier (and safer) to simply copy your pictures etc. to a USB HDD.



    Sounds...
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    More than half. About two-of-three computers I...

    More than half.

    About two-of-three computers I clean up have these crapware "driver update" programs (along with their malware). Same with "registry cleaners", "system optimizers", etc. (with very...
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    ClassicShell (http://www.classicshell.net/) adds...

    ClassicShell adds a Start button and menus to the taskbar, and sets Win8/8.1 to go straight to the Desktop at startup.
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    Just tried w/ Firefox 33.0.2 [First Access:...

    Just tried w/ Firefox 33.0.2

    [First Access: 538ms] [Doc load:539ms] [DOM Loaded:567ms] [Doc+Image Load: 1527ms {speed=365kB/sec}]

    ADSL connection @ 6Mbps.
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    This strongly indicates a problem in your...

    This strongly indicates a problem in your Thunderbird "Outgoing Server (SMTP)" settings. Carefully compare your Thunderbird SMTP settings with the SMTP settings in your "eM" (whatever that is) client...
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    Since I read the Windows Secrets Newsletter,...

    Since I read the Windows Secrets Newsletter, Issue 454, 2014-10-23, Protecting yourself from POODLE attacks by Susan Bradley, I have worked on three customers' PCs on which IE11 was failing to open...
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    Since I added the warning about UEFI to my #6...

    Since I added the warning about UEFI to my #6 post at Blown Motherboard I have successfully used the "reset" procedure on a Win8.1 UEFI desktop motherboard. I have edited that #6 post accordingly.
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    If you go to Control Panel/Backup and Restore you...

    If you go to Control Panel/Backup and Restore you should see a "Manage space" link. If you click on the "Manage space" link a "Manage Windows Backup disk space" dialog will open (might take a few...
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    I have always had one or two extra SATA (and PATA...

    I have always had one or two extra SATA (and PATA w/ older PCs) cables connected to the motherboards in my desktop PCs (for working on customers' HDDs). Never had a problem.
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    "The HDD activity light only blinks once at...

    "The HDD activity light only blinks once at bootup..." means only that the HDD has been powered on.

    When the motherboard is powered on the BIOS loads. The BIOS then runs POST, during which the...
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    Provided the CPU was installed correctly when the...

    Provided the CPU was installed correctly when the system was built, the CPU is unlikely to be the problem (CPU failure is actually quite rare).

    According to the ASUS specs for the H87-Plus...
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    That's odd. I've used ProduKey many times...

    That's odd.

    I've used ProduKey many times since sometime in 2006; mostly on XP, but also several times on Win7.

    Maybe if you create a system image, then go to Control Panel/System, in the...
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    Sounds like they are desktops, not laptops?

    Some desktops have case cooling fans connected directly to the PSU, so such fans will continue spinning at full speed until the PC is powered off.

    A...
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    Try ProduKey...

    Try ProduKey.
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    Re: the "BackBlaze" webpages linked from this...

    Re: the "BackBlaze" webpages linked from this thread.

    Can this company's experience of HDD failures in their data centre really be taken as relevant to HDDs in our PCs? They have many thousands of...
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    The link in the OP works fine in my browsers...

    The link in the OP works fine in my browsers (IE11 & FF 32.0).
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    I often run into this problem when working on...

    I often run into this problem when working on restoring users' files after a clean-install or new PC after having backed up the files from their old system. Most often the problem files are saved...
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    In Windows a "filename" includes the "path" to...

    In Windows a "filename" includes the "path" to the file, e.g.: a file you have named "foo.foo" in your "Documents" folder is considered by Windows to have the "filename" of...
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    What is your network setup? I.e.: do you need...

    What is your network setup?

    I.e.: do you need more than 8 Ethernet ports?
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    A "quick" format on a 1TB HDD (even via USB)...

    A "quick" format on a 1TB HDD (even via USB) should take less than 2min.

    A "full" format on a 1TB HDD (even via USB) should not take more than about 2 hours.

    Seems there is something very wrong...
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    I haven't used a unit such as you have described,...

    I haven't used a unit such as you have described, however a couple of years ago I built a desktop system for a customer which had a "dock" built into the case's top. According to the documentation...
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