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  1. Two superior alternatives to Avanquest PowerDesk...

    Two superior alternatives to Avanquest PowerDesk Pro, one paid, one free:

    AB Commander (paid)

    Free Commander (free, obviously)

    Either runs circles around the Avanquest product.
  2. @Paul T -- I wrote a detailed review of Powerdesk...

    @Paul T -- I wrote a detailed review of Powerdesk Pro on Avanquest's user support forum about a year ago after I dumped the program in favor of Free Commander. Now both the forum and the review have...
  3. Words fail me when describing everything that is...

    Words fail me when describing everything that is wrong with Avanquest Powerdesk Pro. Free Commander XE should be on the list. Powerdesk Pro should not.
  4. Poll: How many subscribers to WS? [I don't know.] ...

    How many subscribers to WS? [I don't know.]

    How many angry customers have posted in this thread or emailed the editors? [I don't know either, but I recall a market research study that said only...
  5. Poll: Since Penton is going to renege on their...

    Since Penton is going to renege on their obligations to lifetime subscribers, I'm going to renege on Penton (and Windows Secrets). I followed Fred Langa here. If Penton is as high-handed with staff...
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    Although the article is based on Win7, this...

    Although the article is based on Win7, this article contains the most Dell-specific configurations settings for switching to UEFI that I have been able to find. It is based on a Dell E6410 laptop....
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    @ tannin I've got five Dell laptops that have...

    @ tannin

    I've got five Dell laptops that have been stripped to bare metal and rebuilt with a variety of Windows flavors several times. The only new twist is switching from MBR to GPT. I have Win10...
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    @ wavy Thanks for your offer to help. Here's a...

    @ wavy

    Thanks for your offer to help. Here's a cellphone snap of my BIOS screen showing the option to switch between "legacy" and UEFI boot. I've got a Dell Latitude E5430 notebook. The BIOS...
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    Hi Fred, what a timely and useful column! As we...

    Hi Fred, what a timely and useful column! As we say in West Texas, I'm rasslin' with a clean install of Win10 right now. I am converting from Win7x32 to Win10x64 and want to upgrade from using...
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    The link from the Win7 article directs you to the...

    The link from the Win7 article directs you to the updated SCM3 that includes Win8.1 etc.
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    Hi Susan, A topic I'd like to see discussed in...

    Hi Susan,

    A topic I'd like to see discussed in Part 2 of this article is the use of Microsoft's Security Compliance Manager (although it seems limited to Win7, which is fine by me).

    How do you...
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    [SOLVED] I think we're talking about apples and oranges...

    I think we're talking about apples and oranges here ...

    Credit to Fred Langa for pointing out where to acquire a 90-day evaluation .ISO of Win8.1 enterprise (if you are willing to create a...
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    [SOLVED] She has an OEM product key, not a "generic"...

    She has an OEM product key, not a "generic" product key. I have yet to find a generic product key posted on the interwebitubes that worked for downloading an .ISO at Microsoft's website. You cannot...
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    [SOLVED] Booyah! It worked! Why would I keep a...

    Booyah! It worked!



    Why would I keep a system image of an untrustworthy system? This was a last-ditch effort. If it didn't work, I would have been forced to install from a new retail copy of...
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    [SOLVED] Here are the steps I'm going to follow this...

    Here are the steps I'm going to follow this evening using INSTALL.WIM recovered from the old installation:

    1. WinPE: Create a Boot CD, DVD, ISO, or VHD
    ...
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    [SOLVED] As my understanding of the issues evolves, I may...

    As my understanding of the issues evolves, I may have to go back and edit previous posts to reflect correct terminology and improved problem description.

    (BTW, out of impatience, I had a phone...
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    [SOLVED] Checking-in with updated information. 1. The...

    Checking-in with updated information.

    1. The issue I am trying to fix is a known problem, fairly common, and has been around since November 2013 or perhaps earlier. Windows 8.1 Update Leaves OEM...
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    [SOLVED] I was not able to obtain a Win8 .ISO image using...

    I was not able to obtain a Win8 .ISO image using any of the techniques linked in my earlier post. The supposedly valid "generic" Win8 license keys would not permit download of an .ISO. I suspect...
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    [SOLVED] Unable to Reset Win8.1 on Asus Laptop

    Attempting to recover an Asus D550CA laptop that has been overrun with malware. Laptop came with Win8 x64 installed and was upgraded at some point to Win8.1 x64. This is my first experience with Win8...
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    Two more issues worthy of discussion: 1. Using...

    Two more issues worthy of discussion:

    1. Using VPNs to prevent websites from tracking my browsing habits, monitoring my searches, and discovering my geographic location. I've had good luck with...
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    You guys read your mail! (At least I hope my...

    You guys read your mail! (At least I hope my letter asking for an update of the WS Security Baseline was the inspiration for this column.) Excellent stuff. I am looking forward to discussion of...
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    Concerning Bitlocker, I do not travel...

    Concerning Bitlocker, I do not travel internationally with electronic devices. Although I'm confident Microsoft and Intel have built backdoors into both Bitlocker and TPM, government intrusion is...
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    I am astonished by this unsubstantiated comment...

    I am astonished by this unsubstantiated comment in the article: "TrueCrypt, like many other public encryption applications, can be cracked with some effort and the right tools." According to Steve...
  24. I consider myself properly spanked. Nonetheless,...

    I consider myself properly spanked. Nonetheless, my opinions concerning cloud storage and the declining state of user interfaces remain the same.
  25. Only if people are dumb enough to use it. See The...

    Only if people are dumb enough to use it. See The Cloud: Risky, Unreliable, and Dumb.


    Amen brother. I've got five Win7 machines that will ultimately become Linux machines unless MS fixes the...
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