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    First, that the blob on the left is a shortcut...

    First, that the blob on the left is a shortcut arrow, which can throw you off badly when you are guessing from appearances. Second, to my eye, there is a straight horizontal line at the bottom of the...
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    Have you tried looking HERE...

    Have you tried looking HERE?

    Give it time to load, and remember there are other sources too numerous to mention.
  3. There must already be free space on the partition...

    There must already be free space on the partition to do any shrinking.

    To shrink the partition on a running Windows 7, Start, right-click on Computer, left-click on Manage, and select Disk...
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    Congratulations on getting it, but wait'll you...

    Congratulations on getting it, but wait'll you get the bill for all those downloaded gigabytes. (That's what happened to me, but I have more than one computer and I have a monthly limit on download...
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    If you have an ISO and just want to fool around...

    If you have an ISO and just want to fool around with it, you might find a suitable drive and create a Windows To Go installation.
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    Then comes The Blimp, seemingly out of nowhere. I...

    Then comes The Blimp, seemingly out of nowhere. I have had it before, and recently had it again. You too may encounter it sooner or later.

    After a certain amount of fooling around with the system,...
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    EmEditor (https://www.emeditor.com/) is one...

    EmEditor is one example for which there is a free version without the 'thanks' nag that comes with EditPad Lite (which I previously used for years). EmEditor paid version has extremely high-end...
  8. If you can figure out how to get a viewing (or a...

    If you can figure out how to get a viewing (or a copy), Britain's Channel Four broadcast a full documentary on the Costa Concordia disaster by compiling videos taken by passengers and others, and...
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    Remove Empty Directories...

    Remove Empty Directories is a familiar and very useful utility for this sort of thing, but when the directories are in the root it strikes me as excessive - you would have to examine every directory...
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    Dual boot long-term effects

    Are there any long-term effects to creating a dual-boot Win 7 and Win 8 setup?

    I have a problem with a computer that had been given the dual-boot treatment as an experiment, and everything worked...
  11. You are giving yourself short shrift. It is...

    You are giving yourself short shrift. It is likely that you already have the necessary file, and have had the necessary file all along, to download Office 2010 in all its glory. All you need is a...
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    I get TechNet Flash newsletter in my mail all the time, which I largely ignore. I had been left with the impression that the old stuff was still around and could still be available, but it doesn’t...
  13. Don't give up yet, whatever you do. 1. The...

    Don't give up yet, whatever you do.

    1. The keys are valid. Download the trial of Copernic Desktop Search to hunt for it, if you must, but find that account number! It's probably a paper receipt,...
  14. THIS LINK...

    THIS LINK might be useful, but you must have your membership number for TechNet to log into it. If it is the site I have in mind, then so long as you can log into it you will have access to the full...
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    NET Framework nightmare

    I have had a long-running nightmare with NET Framework that somehow doesn’t want to get fixed. There are a million fixes and fixer-uppers on the internet, all, it seems I have tried and none of which...
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    Firefox, if that is your browser, may be the...

    Firefox, if that is your browser, may be the source of the message, depending on the version of Firefox. Check in the relevant forum for firestorms about Firefox, complete with the pros and cons....
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    There may be a false assumption (or false...

    There may be a false assumption (or false advertising) involved here.

    A slow device will not deliver the output any faster with a fast connection. USB# (plus contacts and cables etc., already...
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    I couldn’t resist USB 3.1, but I think I had...

    I couldn’t resist USB 3.1, but I think I had better do what I can for the OP first.

    ‘Time remaining’ forecasts hop around like grasshoppers for me too, so I just ignore them.

    TeraCopy (free) is...
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    ...continued An even better way of watching...

    ...continued

    An even better way of watching paint dry is to defragment a drive. I use UltraDefrag, which was updated just over a week ago, and that will give you a similar array of squares but...
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    This is frightfully dated. When will you people...

    This is frightfully dated. When will you people discover the glories of USB 3.1?
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    I recommend MiniTool Partition Wizard...

    I recommend MiniTool Partition Wizard, which is free. You will see an option to create a Bootable CD, which is also free. I recommend that you make one – whether it does you any good or not this time...
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    If you have the drive label exposed, you may need...

    If you have the drive label exposed, you may need a magnifying glass, but it will have the ‘manufactured’ date on it. (Deciphering the date is up to you.) Drives normally have a one-year warranty (on...
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    Does the partition have drive letter? If not,...

    Does the partition have drive letter? If not, give it one.

    Seriously, MiniTool Partition Wizard and corresponding tools from EaseUS and AOMEI can usually save the day if, as one post put it, it...
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    A five-year-old post without a 'solved' - what a...

    A five-year-old post without a 'solved' - what a challenge!

    All of the specifications suggest desktop users, but if any laptop users are among them, I may be able to help.

    Laptop users may have...
  25. Thread: Battery crud

    by dogberry
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    The litmus test is something I have not performed...

    The litmus test is something I have not performed in well over half a century, and I was delighted to read the opinions in all of the posts so far. I delved in the garbage for the answer, and I can...
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