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    You can use almost any third-party defragmenter...

    You can use almost any third-party defragmenter (Defraggler, Auslogics Disk Defrag, and so on) which doesn't have the 15% free space requirement, but all defrag programs are likely to take a Long...
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    Are you able to format the hard drive using a...

    Are you able to format the hard drive using a different laptop (or PC)?
    Can you say anything about the history of the hard drive?
    And the laptop, for that matter!
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    With typical British understatement, I would...

    With typical British understatement, I would suggest that McAfee might not necessarily be at the very top of my list when considering which security suite to buy...

    For your current redirection...
  4. I think you will need to go the AUTOIT route for...

    I think you will need to go the AUTOIT route for problem 1, if the other option does not work for you.

    Yes, the Start folder is a useful place to have tasks run at Logon time. I personally prefer...
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    Another program which will show how much space is...

    Another program which will show how much space is used in total by files in folders is TreeSize Free. You can drill down to see how much space individual files use.
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    You mean you now think Windows 10 is even better...

    You mean you now think Windows 10 is even better than you thought Windows 8 was, when it came out?! :)
  7. Just to check: you did run the RUNDLL32 command...

    Just to check: you did run the RUNDLL32 command following the REG ADD command? If not, nothing would happen until the next logoff/logon (or perhaps even reboot). That's even if it happens at all!
    ...
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    Those are both entities which I have never used!...

    Those are both entities which I have never used!
    To be fair, I did say that "some other programs" needed Java...
  9. I hope you are successful, with minimal effort! ...

    I hope you are successful, with minimal effort!

    My problem was so long ago that I can't remember how I solved it. I don't think that I did a complete reinstallation of Windows 7, though, but...
  10. I don't think I explained my answer to problem 1...

    I don't think I explained my answer to problem 1 sufficiently! I was wanting you to try a specific instance of a wallpaper / background file on your own machine. If it doesn't work (and you can try...
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    In which case I apologise humbly - I wasn't aware...

    In which case I apologise humbly - I wasn't aware that browsers made any use of Java [Runtime Environment] at all! I have banished JRE from all my machines, and never had any complaint from a...
  12. A further possibility is to use a NAS device,...

    A further possibility is to use a NAS device, which are specifically designed to implement RAIDed disks. They aren't cheap, but are designed to be reliable.

    However 'reliable' does not mean...
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    RetiredGeek - could it be that you are confusing...

    RetiredGeek - could it be that you are confusing the Java Runtime Environment needed by LibreOffice/Openoffice's Database function, and by some other programs, with Javascript, used by browsers?
  14. This is a well-known (to me!) bug caused by using...

    This is a well-known (to me!) bug caused by using Robocopy without eXcluding Junctions, possibly exacerbated by messing around with file permissions, in the early days of using Windows 7 and not...
  15. A couple of interesting questions! 1) it...

    A couple of interesting questions!

    1) it should be possible to change the background / wallpaper from a BATch file only if the image files are .BMP - not .JPG/.JPEG. Another comment I read is...
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    Maudibe, are you familiar with the Lewis Carroll...

    Maudibe, are you familiar with the Lewis Carroll riddle "Why is a raven like a writing desk?"

    I think your skills would be well employed in providing THE definitive answer! :)
  17. Thread: Bus service

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    Neat - but I detect 'special pleading'!

    Neat - but I detect 'special pleading'!
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    A further condition is that the Windows defrag...

    A further condition is that the Windows defrag runs only while the computer is idle.

    I detect that it has run because the next Macrium Reflect incremental backup produces a much larger file than...
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    Why don't you try Insert -> Symbol? The infinity...

    Why don't you try Insert -> Symbol? The infinity symbol is near the bottom of the list in "Mathematical Symbols", in all of the fonts I tried: "normal text", Arial and Consolas.
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    There was a comparison of Internet Security...

    There was a comparison of Internet Security Suites / AntiVirus progs in the most recent edition of the UK monthly magazine PC Pro, and for what it's worth Norton Internet Security came out pretty...
  21. Thread: Defragmenting

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    Sounds very much like those people who use the...

    Sounds very much like those people who use the Deleted Items folder in Outlook to store messages!

    By the way, the "Empty the Recycle Bin" option at Defraggler startup has been in there for ages.
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    Veracrypt...

    Veracrypt has been suggested as a Truecrypt successor, but I still use Truecrypt!
    Steve Gibson had some typically forthright things to say about it. It depends if you agree with what he says...
  23. Thread: Bus service

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    I was contrasting the humdrum tedium of the bus...

    I was contrasting the humdrum tedium of the bus drivers' existence with the frenetic activity required of the computer professional, always in problem-solving and installation mode.

    It was what we...
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    Ah! Aussie irony failure... :cool: Sorry about...

    Ah! Aussie irony failure... :cool:
    Sorry about that!
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    At last! Some humour in this thread...!

    At last! Some humour in this thread...!
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