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  1. If you have memory problems, a PC may be an...

    If you have memory problems, a PC may be an enormous help.
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    If you do get it to boot, make a backup of your...

    If you do get it to boot, make a backup of your HDD your first priority as it may well be the culprit.
  3. I see that steady progress is being made, and a...

    I see that steady progress is being made, and a stable system suitable for ordinary folk should be available after the next dozen or so builds, maybe more.
    That's about par for MS OS's - leave it a...
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    We may be drifting off-topic but: "The saying...

    We may be drifting off-topic but:

    "The saying is sometimes attributed to Groucho Marx, but according to The Yale Book of Quotations there is no reason to believe Groucho actually said this....
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    I suspect you might have some difficulty...

    I suspect you might have some difficulty restoring a disk image from OneDrive - at least directly.

    Think this through, and try it, before relying on this way of using a backup.

    The time when...
  6. It will make no perceptible difference to...

    It will make no perceptible difference to anything even if it is far more fragmented than at present.

    Some things are best left completely alone, and this is one of them. Don't even worry about...
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    I understand. Probably less expensive to give...

    I understand.

    Probably less expensive to give them typing and/or English lessons than developing something specific - correcting grammar (or suggesting corrections) by machine has never really...
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    I'm not answering your question directly, but...

    I'm not answering your question directly, but aiming at the same goal.

    Why not put the common mis-spellings of words from your "exclusion dictionary" into the AutoCorrect list so they are...
  9. Well articulated piece I thought. Uncertainty...

    Well articulated piece I thought.

    Uncertainty is always fearful - I'm staying with Windows 7 for now. I'm not worried about lack of "support" for a mature and well-protected OS. I suppose I am...
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    I'm assuming that the various functional glitches...

    I'm assuming that the various functional glitches in W10 will be fixed in due course, particularly the networking with other PCs which is complex, strange, unintuitive and frustrating.

    I will no...
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    I can't answer your last question, but think...

    I can't answer your last question, but think about this:

    Imagine having this kind of problem when you are relying on being able to restore a backup. It happens.

    That is why others - and me -...
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    As ever, there seem to be a few reasons why...

    As ever, there seem to be a few reasons why technicians might like W10 but precious little motivation for someone who simply uses a PC to do stuff . . . apart, that is, from the negative of Microsoft...
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    Use the GWX Control Panel - that will stuff a rag...

    Use the GWX Control Panel - that will stuff a rag into the nagging mouth, for now at least.
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    [SOLVED] Fateful words, as any programmer knows !

    Fateful words, as any programmer knows !
  15. In their desperation, I expect all those who...

    In their desperation, I expect all those who tried W10, took an image then went back are counted as W10 installations :rolleyes:
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    Thank you Rick. Apparently this "service" came...

    Thank you Rick.

    Apparently this "service" came with KB3022345 in 2015:



    I am deeply suspicious of the words "Helping the overall application experience" (sounds like the build-up to W10 to...
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    I'd start by re-creating the Recycle Bin -...

    I'd start by re-creating the Recycle Bin - obviously anything currently "in it", visible or not, will be lost . . .

    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/recycle-bin-is-corrupted-windows
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    Rick (post #26), Thanks for the helpful and...

    Rick (post #26),

    Thanks for the helpful and worryingly long list !

    Would I be correct in assuming that the diagnostics and telemetry stuff (I no longer trust MS after their misleading...
  19. Thread: Disk failure

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    True, thanks - I'll do this in due course,...

    True, thanks - I'll do this in due course, definitely worth a try as it's a 2TB drive :rolleyes:
  20. Thread: Disk failure

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    Good thought but I only have laptops - its too...

    Good thought but I only have laptops - its too big. No matter - I was just curious how a failed peripheral could nuke my (any) system, Guess I'll never know.
  21. Thread: Disk failure

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    Yes - I had also doubted that a bad USB HDD could...

    Yes - I had also doubted that a bad USB HDD could crash a system but it does, repeatedly and with two different W7 laptops. The Blue Screen error comes up as a memory fault and proceeds to make a...
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    Ah - one of the few penalties of using Excel 2003...

    Ah - one of the few penalties of using Excel 2003 !

    However my naming scheme is as logical as you could wish.
  23. Soon there may be as many Windows 10 users as...

    Soon there may be as many Windows 10 users as there are on Windows XP
  24. Thread: Disk failure

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    I'll try the freezer and PS ideas. Clint -...

    I'll try the freezer and PS ideas.

    Clint - it's an external USB drive: when I plug it in the PC crashes !
  25. Thread: Disk failure

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    Disk failure

    I know my USB HDD has failed, but the symptoms are odd and I wondered if anyone has seen this before:

    When I plug in the drive it spins up (I can hear it) then the PC crashes, making a crash dump...
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