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  1. I did a factory restore on my ThinkPad Twist a...

    I did a factory restore on my ThinkPad Twist a couple of weeks ago. It used to be on Win 8.1, but the factory restopre reverted it back to Win 8.0 (pretty much as I expected), then I had to apply...
  2. I use Allway Sync http://allwaysync.com/?a=1 to...

    I use Allway Sync http://allwaysync.com/?a=1 to backup my data files on a daily basis (I run it manually). I use Acronis True Image 2014 for the odd disk image/clone so I can have a fully restorable...
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    Depends on what you want to store. I got 50 GB...

    Depends on what you want to store. I got 50 GB with Dropbox for free (forget how) and I'm using half that maybe. Also Flikr has 1 TB (terabyte = 1000 GB) available for free for photos and...
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    I'm running the 32 bit version of Office 2013...

    I'm running the 32 bit version of Office 2013 Home & Business quite happily under Win 7 Pro 64 bit edition.
    I'm also running 32 bit Office 2013 Professional on a Win 8 Pro 64 bit system and it's...
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    Copernic Desktop Search...

    Copernic Desktop Search now supports Windows 8. It's not free though. There's also X1 Desktop Search. However they do also search inside Outlook emails if that helps you (which I find useful too - I...
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    all you'd need to do would be to change the UEFI...

    all you'd need to do would be to change the UEFI Secure Boot settings to allow uncertified programs to boot at boot time. The Win 8 default on factory-installed systems is to tie down the UEFI so it...
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    For the menus capitalizations (I assume you're...

    For the menus capitalizations (I assume you're referring to the Ribbon Tab Labels), you can change this too.

    Right Mouse Button (RMB) click on a Ribbon TAB and select Customize the Ribbon...
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    For the format painter, have you tried...

    For the format painter, have you tried Ctrl+Shift+C keyboard shortcut method? Put your cursor inside the text you want to copy the formatting from (that is, click your left mouse button there) and...
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    A system image will restore whatever it was that...

    A system image will restore whatever it was that broke the system in the first place, won't it? It usually takes a while to recognise there's a problem and that allows time to make a system image of...
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    I've just tried the refresh myself (I decrypted...

    I've just tried the refresh myself (I decrypted the machine first just in case). It has meant almost a total reinstall and reconfiguration of all third party Windows desktop programs. Only the native...
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    Thanks for the interesting article. Can I do this...

    Thanks for the interesting article. Can I do this refresh process on an encrypted system (Bitlocker full disk encryption on my system). My PC's been slowing down lately and I don't know why but it's...
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    LastPass is good for the web, however I prefer to...

    LastPass is good for the web, however I prefer to use SplashID, which locally encrypts my PW vault.
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    can this process be used on systems encrypted...

    can this process be used on systems encrypted with BitLocker or does it have to be decrypted first?
  14. Why can't I post a new thread in Windows Secrets Columns?

    I read your article on Windows 8 Refresh and wanted to ask a question about it, but when I clicked on the link in the article and logged in, it said I wasn't authorised to do that. So I navigated to...
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    The only reason I got Office 2013 Pro in the...

    The only reason I got Office 2013 Pro in the first place was that it was a Free upgrade to Office 2010 Pro that came with a new PC. So I took them up on it and figured I'd regress to 2010 if I had to...
  16. Drilling through an SSD won't guarantee you hit...

    Drilling through an SSD won't guarantee you hit all the chips. Even on a spinning platter drive, a lot of the data is still "readable", but I doubt the platter would actually spin far without ripping...
  17. My SSD drives and hybrid are WDE encrypted. I...

    My SSD drives and hybrid are WDE encrypted. I found that if I tried to use Acronis True Image Home (ATIH) 2012 to clone the drive, it totally screwed the system and it became unbootable. Boy was that...
  18. it's not all that hard, really, even on an SSD...

    it's not all that hard, really, even on an SSD (of which I have two) - just use TruCrypt (which is free) and perform a Whole Disk Encryption (WDE) then forget about it. So long as you have a very...
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