• AWRon



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    • in reply to: SPECIAL EDITION: OneDrive #2375728

      Hi Will:

      Thanks for the quick answer.  I can see that it is an easy choice to stay within the Microsoft family and adopt OneDrive (and even eventually Teams, etc).

      However there are several substantial other cloud storage providers, most notably Google which has a similar complete suite, as well as Sharefile and other enterprise products, even leaving aside the reportedly less secure alternatives of Box and DropBox.

      Comparative evaluation of these is probably out of the domain of AskWoody, but the widespread adoption of the Google infrastructure might eventually warrant a similar exploration of the “dark corners” of that ecosystem (which almost surely also exist!).

      — AWRon



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    • in reply to: SPECIAL EDITION: OneDrive #2375674

      Hi Will:

      Thanks for this great, comprehensive review! Turn a topic over to Fred Langa and the rest of the team, and you get a veritable feast in return!

      For those of us who are only passingly interested in OneDrive, supportive of (but deservedly cautious about) anything Microsoft, can you publish a couple of paragraphs that summarize the conclusions of this long and comprehensive discussion?

      As simple as highlighting the main pros and cons, and suggesting the types of users for whom it is a good fit, and those for whom it is something to avoid?

      Thanks again for the great work the whole team at AskWoody does for us all!

      — AWRon

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    • in reply to: Conexant Drivers in a Lenovo Z50-70 from 2014 #2366422

      What a mess!!!

      — AWRon

    • in reply to: Conexant Drivers in a Lenovo Z50-70 from 2014 #2366028

      Thank you, PK.

      However, I would not do this without first cloning my hard drive to an identical replacement drive, for fear the upgrade will brick the computer.  (Highly likely in my view, since I lost the drivers in the first place through some other recent update.)

      I don’t have time for that right now, so I will continue to block upgrades — unless anyone has seen any more specific information, e.g. that MS admits it was its fault that the drivers broke, and that it clearly states 2004 will fix it (or someone else has tested this).



      — AWRon

    • in reply to: Windows 10 and chkdsk issues? #2323383

      CHKDSK is the least well-documented tool in the entire Microsoft arsenal for fixing things that are broken.  It is also the most dangerous, and among the least effective.

      I have been using CHKDSK (as a last resort) since MS-DOS 3.0, and all it has ever done for me is kill my system permanently.

      My biggest problem with Microsoft systems has been broken system files — of course the Registry — when a system locks up and has to be force-powered off.  I know enough about files to know that if two files become cross-linked, the tail of one becomes part of the head of another, while the tail of the first becomes a loose fragment.

      All that CHKDSK can do is to truncate both files — resulting in two files that won’t run, and a system that still won’t boot.  What the @#!!* use is that?

      Does it really try to do anything else that’s even remotely useful?

      Has anyone found any real documentation on CHKDSK?

      — AWRon

    • in reply to: So why do you buy a Windows PC? #2317097

      How do I make Windows 10 have the Windows 7 look and Start menu?

      — AWRon

    • Hi Susan:

      Nice to hear from you personally, after our last exchange nearly 20 years ago on Windows Secrets!

      I’d love to tell you all the things I hate about Windows 10, but it would take this thread off topic, and detract from possible additional answers to Bratkinson’s wonderful post above.

      However, if you direct me to a more appropriate place (without closing this thread!), I’d be glad to give you an earful!


      — AWRon

    • Dear Bratkinson, thank you so much for this detailed post.

      This list and your attachments are an absolute goldmine!  What a wonderful place to start from upon receipt of a preinstalled Windows 10 laptop!

      I take under full advisement all  your disclaimers and warnings regarding backups and being on my own if anything breaks.  Not afraid of that.

      The machine I ordered comes with two SSD bays, and I too do only full drive image backups, using Acronis or similar, so we are on the same page.  Done this for years.

      I also noted the other programs you mentioned, RegMagik and TakeOwnershipPro, and will research those as well.

      I look forward to comments and / or additional suggestions from the community when they see this fabulous post of yours!

      — AWRon


    • 1.   I share your perspective generally, and think it would be incredibly helpful to like-minded folk here and elsewhere if you could make available a list of the services you have disabled in Windows 10, as well as the entries from the Registry you killed with Autoruns.

      I am familiar with the services snapin as well as with Autoruns, but the lists are so large as to glaze one’s eyes over.  So consolidated guidance as to which are “superfluous” from “our” viewpoint would be immensely valuable.

      2.  How did you disable telemetry?

      3.  You don’t mention it, but I assume you also disabled AutoUpdate?  How did you do that?

      4.  Finally, where I differ from you slightly is, I don’t object to programs storing “history” as long as it’s on my local machine ONLY.  If you tell me that Firefox or any other program ALSO phones that information home, that’s another story.  (But I find browser history very useful in re-finding previously visited useful sites)

      — AWRon


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    • Regarding the above Telemetry thread, first let me thank all those who took the trouble to reply and offer suggestions.

      The background for my interest is as follows: Windows is the most widely used platform, for which the widest variety of software applications is written.  I want to be able to choose to use any software available, the latest version of which is always written for the latest version of Windows.

      Also, there is no point buying the latest hardware, such as a Dell XPS 17 with an i9 Processor with a GeForce RTX 2060 and 3840×2400 touch screen, and trying to go back to Windows 7, because there will be no drivers for it.  Linux is also a non-starter for me as I know nothing about it.  And so is any build-it-myself because I want a laptop, not a desktop.

      So like a lot of people, I’m stuck with Windows 10.

      And I don’t want Microsoft messing with it in ANY WAY WHATSOEVER, because whenever they do, they eventually break it.  Not interested in “feature updates.”  Not interested in the latest “vulnerability patches.”  Certainly not interested in ongoing Microsoft “Version updates.”  I just want to start off with a solid, stable machine that only I control thereafter.

      Sounds like Telemetry is of no direct value to me.  It only serves Microsoft’s purposes, and potentially slows down my machine, my network connection, and who knows what else.  So thank you all for the three telemetry blockers already mentioned, which I will look into.

      All further thoughts on how to keep total control over one’s machine will be most welcome!


      — AWRon

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    • Thank you to all who replied to this thread, as well as my other one at


      Since that one is for some reason closed, I will reply to it here, then proceed to respond to this thread itself.

      Regarding permanently shutting off Windowd Update, here is my source:


      It says that either via group policy or a registry edit, all windows updating can be shut off permanently.

      Anonymous raises an interesting question as to whether in fact there ARE other hidden mechanisms that update Windows 10 in some way beyond the user’s normal control, completely bypassing Windows Update — essentially a Microsoft back door.

      I would love to hear from experts here whether this is so, and if so what we can do about it.

      — AWRon


    • in reply to: Kernel Debugger to Fix Boot Completion Failure? #2304221

      Hi Paul:

      Thanks for taking a deeper interest in my problem.  To answer your questions, I’ll lay out the setup:  I have available multiple identical complete machines, multiple identical or compatible hard drives, a bootable CD system disc with the same service pack level, Acronis drive cloning software, and multiple external USB drive bays.

      I do not have a working clone backup of the failed disk, nor do I have an NT Backup of the recent pre-failure system state.

      After the drive failed — and maybe after CHKDSK broke it further — I made a clone backup, on which all subsequent activity has taken place.  The clone is completely accessible in a USB bay, and displays the earlier described boot failure, right at the very last step in the boot process — as I say, after Session Manager loads.

      I created the “identical working machine” referred to in the original post by using the manufacturer’s Restore disc on a bare metal drive to create an original XP 2002 installation, which I then upgraded to SP3 with a MS Service Pack 3 upgrade disc.  Automatic updates having been turned off from almost the beginning of the failed machine, the system files should be close.  I then ran boot logs on both machines, to establish that every file recorded in the “new,” good machine also booted in the machine that then goes  on to hang.

      I was drawn to the debugging solution because of something I read in Mark Russinovich’s book, Windows Internals, 4th Edition, on page 868, which suggests that a Firewire 1394 cable can be used to connect the two machines instead of Serial COM2 at 19,200 Baud.  My machines in question all have these ports, and I have the cable.

      But that’s the easy part — understanding debugging, and then going on to solve the problem might be a steep learning curve, especially compared to the kind of solutions I think you are proposing, which sound very simple and elegant, if I understand them correctly.

      What else can I tell you, before you lay out more detail?


      — Ron

    • in reply to: Kernel Debugger to Fix Boot Completion Failure? #2304021

      Hi Paul:

      Your reply went by a little too fast for me — but it is intriguing. Perhaps you could help walk me through your thinking.

      Meanwhile, here is what I am thinking:  the crippled drive is fully accessible.  It just won’t boot.  Looking at the NirSoft program, it looks like I could use it to pull the entire registry off the crippled machine, correct?

      Working with a clone of the original failed drive, are you suggesting I could then do an overwrite reinstall into the same Windows system directory, thus replacing all system files, and then delete the new Registry and put back the one pulled off with Nirsoft?

      That sounds like a terrific way of getting a full set of good system files onto the drive (presumably without disturbing any pre-existing program files), while saving everything related to configurations — unless there is some hitch I don’t understand.

      Am I on the right track?

      — Ron

    • in reply to: Making an old PC virtually immortal #2141938

      If I am able to continue using an old XP Pro machine  as a virtual PC inside a more modern Windows installation, how do I make its data equally accessible both from within the virtual machine and directly from the host operating system, while having only a single copy of the file?   Preferably saved on the host hard drive, outside of the VPC?

      For example, accessing new Excel 2003 files within the virtual PC, or opening them as Excel 2003 files using Excel 2016 or 2019 directly from the host?

      Also, how do I configure the VPC to make it hard to accidentally blow it away, since it is just one file somewhere on the host?

      Thanks for any help,

      — AWRon


    • in reply to: Fully Updating Win 7 Before EOL? #2022251

      Hi PKCano:

      Thank you for the two links.  They lead to  what is probably a gold mine of information for those with time enough to really digest them.

      However, perhaps I can ask my question a different way:  has Microsoft made ANY updates to Windows 7 since, say, 2014, that actually resolve application incompatibilities, or add functionality?

      Or are ALL updates since then security patches?

      Because, if the latter, then I’ll just skip the whole endeavor.  I’m really ONLY interested in ensuring that my version accommodates all current Win 7 compatible applications.

      I would guess that if one skipped all security patches, Win 7 could be competitive in all performance respects with Win 10.


      — AWRon

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