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    • in reply to: Easily back up all your PC’s current drivers #1983930

      BobbyB
      AskWoody Lounger

      I don’t know if this is much Help here but for none standard M$ Drivers i.e. Ones that don’t come bundled with the OS installation. I use a trial Version of Glary System utils on my running system.
      Navigate to the back up Drivers utility, then select “Show none Microsoft Drivers” and back them all up to a folder, inside of which resides about 30 sub folders by Driver category. Then save it some where.
      As I have a few machines here that where never intended to run Win7’s to 10 needless to say its a pain tracking down Drivers of the OEM variety although Driverscape is a good Web Site for doing so and its free as well as Virus free though. Compaq Presario of the Win2K + XP era, 2 x HP Machines of Win8 and 8.1 and Acer Win 8.1 all where never intended for Win 7, Acer’s poor after Technical Support and Compaq’s, never intended to survive that long, technical support makes it difficult to track down.
      When the time comes for a clean install, just mount the index number of your Choice from the install.wim then type dism /image:C:\mount /add-driver /driver:C:\Drivers /recurse takes about 5 mins, couple of odd failures generally out of 250 and normally Bluetooth (not important) unmount and commit and your image is good to go, especially handy for Win7 UEFI fresh installs, but the method can be used for tricky installs of Win’s 8 – 10 and on the Boot.wim for the infamous USB3 stalled Booting error on some machines. OBTW it goes with out saying if you can get applicable working OEM Drivers peculiar to you flavour of Windows and vintage of your machine, Download Guard them Jealously because you can extract them using 7Zip to a folder and the above command works as well, as time savers.
      Hope that works for you.


    • BobbyB
      AskWoody Lounger

      Not really much to add to @mn- ‘s excellent advice “Kari the Finn” has a take on something he calls the “Hybrid” Account:

      Microsoft Account vs. Local Account – Why not both?


      which pretty much mirrors my own usage of Win 10 over the years.
      Basically during the OOBE phase or set up after you turn it on for the first time make sure you aren’t connected to the net in any way and that way you’ll only get the Local Account option offered (just ignore any WiFi that your machine may detect) this way you don’t have to mess around with lusmgr.msc after you reach your first desktop.
      Afterwards if you want to get an M$ Account there’s a web page to set up one rather than go through Win 10: https://signup.live.com/signup?lcid=2057&wa=wsignin1.0&rpsnv=13&ct=1570842614&rver=7.0.6738.0&wp=MBI_SSL&wreply=https%3a%2f%2faccount.microsoft.com%2fauth%2fcomplete-signin%3fru%3dhttps%253A%252F%252Faccount.microsoft.com%252F%253Frefp%253Dsignedout-index%2526refd%253Dwww.google.ca&lc=2057&id=292666&lw=1&fl=easi2&mkt=en-GB&lic=1&uaid=a535075043d14bc5bb89be16bec9cec2
      you don’t have to divulge any of your real details, if anonymity is your thing.
      As for UWP Apps Mail and Calendar you don’t have to use an M$ Account to access and download (only paid apps) or even update.
      For OneDrive you can use your newly created M$ Account by using a mapped Network Drive via this Windows Club method: https://www.thewindowsclub.com/map-onedrive-network-drive-windows-10 .
      One drive even gives you the “Microsoft Apps only” sign in option if the Windows Club solution is not to your liking.
      One final Caveat at every stage of the whole process read very Carefully as M$ will try and Bamboozle you in to signing up for a Full Machine M$ Account (Small print or obscure location etc in dialogue box), rather than a per App basis, but its perfectly possible to have the benefits of an M$ account without surrendering your machine. πŸ™‚

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    • in reply to: used W7 home premium since 2011, not says not genuine #1978753

      BobbyB
      AskWoody Lounger

      This may or may not be of some use for you, check for and remove KB971033. Its an update that can and occasionally does play havoc with genuine installations with no other useful application than catch Pirate copies. Should it reappear, no worries just hide it again its not needed with genuine copies.
      You may or may not have an activation code for your install in your BIOS to check for the code/key use: http://neosmart.net/OemKey/ to retrieve your key, of its in there.
      OEM .ISO images can be obtained here: https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool with the down loader tool although apparently they have limited avail. i.e. only so many per month so it tells me for some reason but you dont need a key to get them. There’s other Win7 Images variants that may suit you there.
      As for Win7 repair disks, well pretty much any Win7 repair disk will work depending on x64 (amd64,64bit) or x86(32bit) “bitidness” the issue was OEM I believe they are supposed to be tied to the Machine built by a Manufacturer or Home Builder only so far as activation is required, but they’re intrinsically the same.
      I have had Win7 Machines before with OEM builds on them but only with major Manufacturers not small companies and they fix fine with the regular disks both Consumer and Business editions, Hopefully one of the other esteemed more knowledgeable members can cast further detailed light on the issue, but not really a betting guy here but i’ll wager KB971033 has sneaked in to the mix here and its the easiest and least worrisome to remove with no harm done.

    • in reply to: Magical Spells, PC's and Windows-Have Any Faves? #1978071

      BobbyB
      AskWoody Lounger

      Having a scotch with your PC, I mean REALLY emptying a tumbler into it

      Hmm emptying the Scotch in to the owner rather than the Machine has an amazing therapeutic effect accompanied by a few well chosen expletives, I find works wonders.
      Doesnt actually fix anything, but the repair process leaves you with the nice warm feeling inside and all becomes well with PC and owner.
      If all else fails Kirsty’s Window Scenario gets due consideration or it’ll wait til tomorrow πŸ˜‰

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    • in reply to: Stuck on W 10 Version 1607 #1978069

      BobbyB
      AskWoody Lounger

      Have you tried running the .ISO from the desktop, preferably with the network/Wifi etc disconnected? or Creating a Rufus Stick/DVD/CD and booting from it then selecting upgrade?
      https://miapple.me/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Windows-10-installation-for-upgrading.jpgUpgrade from USB
      You can find the images here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/software-download/windows10
      Currently available Win10 1903 May 18362.356 and good old Rufus can be found here: https://rufus.ie/
      Be sure to check if your machine can support “the Latest and Greatest” version here:

      Microsoft reveals Windows 10 hardware requirements and upgrade paths


      Hope that helps a bit.
      PS don’t forget as a Precaution to back up your files and all that you hold dear off your machine.

      • This reply was modified 1 week ago by  BobbyB.

    • BobbyB
      AskWoody Lounger

      “Batten Down the Hatches” sounds like its going to be another rough one, as for IE11, well its been relegated, for some time now, just to a Shortcuts creator on the Desktop as the other Browsers seem to want to put you through hoops to create a simple Desktop Shortcut, whereas IE11 does the same with a single click.
      Long since really abandoned IE11 in favour of FireFox Quantum and the occasional use of Edge, well there had to be at least one user out there; πŸ˜‰
      Hopefully “Credge” or “Edgium” may be better although no high hopes here, preferring to wait until “Credge” becomes more main stream and hopefully better integrated, although not holding my breath.

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    • BobbyB
      AskWoody Lounger

      Its been prudent for a few years now to install Win10 Ver’s ?? with any network disconnected.
      It gives you time to set up the preferred update deferral strategy of choice, remove unwanted UWP apps before they get the chance to install and update them selves, block unwanted Drivers and limit the level of Telemetry or Snooping.
      Not for every machine where leaving the net on is a positive time saver, but definitely efficacious for those that want to limit the Snooping, drivers and unwanted updates etc.
      Curious thing with Win 10 1909 soon to hit the street’s near you, is that once you resume the Net or Wireless there’s a blue screen that flashes up that attempts to encourage you to sign up for an M$ Account, but once dismissed it never reappears again. That could be the Aria Win10 1909 Version of the 1909 image that I downloaded over the weekend. No doubt we’ll hear if this is to become a another permanent annoyance all too soon.

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    • in reply to: @ and " change places after restart #1956365

      BobbyB
      AskWoody Lounger

      @b is right on this one, as I hit the same problem here with Win10 (never on Win’s 7 and 8.1) on occasion my Language settings are en-gb but I have a US keyboard, the old UK one died many, many moons ago.
      Sometimes Win10 will transpose the language settings to give the same or similar sounding fault you seem to have, the way I have found to get round this occasional annoyance that comes unannounced is go to:
      Settings->Time & Language->Language->English (United Kingdom)->Options-> and delete the offending key board so only the Keyboard (setup) you require is remaining. Works here and never a bother afterwards.

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      b
    • in reply to: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 #1956329

      BobbyB
      AskWoody Lounger

      Did you try DISM? from an ADMIN CMD Prompt:
      Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /All /Source:D:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess
      Locate your SXS folder from Win10 .ISO, USB stick or DVD (could even try mounting the .ISO although never tried it) or you can even extract it to your desktop from the .ISO with 7Zip (copy to) and amend the CMD above to point to it.
      NOTE Should be, preferably, the same version of Win10 as the Target i.e. Win10 Ver 1607 should be from a Win10 1607 Version .ISO not “written in Stone” but makes for an easier life. πŸ˜‰

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    • BobbyB
      AskWoody Lounger

      When I perform the WIN 10 PRO upgrade, will MS force me to version 1903 or not?

      Nope shouldn’t do if your using a metered connection and or other blocking measures.
      Yep for me at least upgrading to Pro fix’s a myriad of Problems with networking after upgrading just use the Network Wizards below (both of them) works here for a mixed bag of Machines, Compaq, HP, Acer, For me Win10 Home is generally the problem (you’ll find the Domain Join “Greyed Out” on Home, seeing as your running Home Server might be the issue?? never it ran my self ), never Win10 Pro and above.
      Net Wiz

      Occasionally adjusting the SMB1.0/CIFS settings does the trick although I am loathe to turn it on. Generally the default Settings with “Auto Removal” does the trick on Win10 Home Machines. Although it wont do any harm to “play” around with the settings.
      SMB
      Should those not bring any Joy then I use another little workaround ADMIN CMD netcfg -d and reboot (this uninstalls the networking Components) don’t worry they all come back after reboot.

      Settings->Network & Internet->Network Status, at the bottom of the page Network ResetΒ that occasionally works but at a 5 Mins wait and a reboot you’ll probably get old and Grey waiting for that one πŸ˜‰

      There’s a few things to try there relatively quick and easy before going to upgrade to Pro. It has been my long term assertion that on certain Machines since 1709 and the removal of Home Groups that M$ broke networking for Home machines or the Drivers aren’t keeping up with the versions they keep churning out. Might be an idea as well to check other Network variables before taking the upgrade route but never had an issue with Networking with Windows Pro since Win2k Pro, actually thinking about it Win10 Home 1709 was probably the first that didn’t work right “out of the box” first time. Hope that works for ya.

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    • BobbyB
      AskWoody Lounger

      Well good grief never thought I would see Hawkwind discussed on Askwoody.com Caught them in the 70’s in errm Wigan or Westhoughton, some where in Lancashire? and the last time “Henge” aka Stone Henge in 84. Are they still going? I suspect not. Never did the Reading “free fest” but Glastonbury on a few occasions. Age and “Mud Bath” fatigue along with a few little Career trivialities put paid to being a “merry festival goer.” You have a good taste in music hearkens back to the days….. Well enough said about that lol πŸ˜‰
      Nice diversion from the day to day battle with Patches and all things M$.
      Cheers
      Bob

    • in reply to: Triple Boot Disaster #1932611

      BobbyB
      AskWoody Lounger

      Yeah my thoughts exactly @Paul_T, well if memory serves me right the “Ticking” Drive is on the 2nd Drive with the Win10 install, Wipe the C:\ (Shift-F10 at setup) X:\ DISKPART, LIST DISK, SEL DISK 0, CLEAN should do the trick then any data my be accessible after adding the 2nd Drive after install by adding the 2nd Drive via BCD. BCDBOOT D:\WINDOWS normally does the trick where D:\ is the 2nd Drive.
      This may well be a quicker solution than typing “hours” of BOOTREC Cmds to no avail. As the machine is fired up and assuming its connected then if the Drive’s on the way out as I suspect the longer its running the closer to failure it may well be and the data unrecoverable.

    • in reply to: Replace old HHD with SSD Dell XPS 8930 Basic #1925269

      BobbyB
      AskWoody Lounger

      Errm change the Boot Order in the Bios? or Change the default OS assuming both are visible
      Boot select
      For example in the above image If Win7 is the desired default image and its on D:\ Drive and the Win10 image is on the C:\ Drive. then just type BCDBOOT D:\WINDOWS and that will change Win7 on the D:\ drive not only to the Top of the Pile but make it default on Start up. MSCONFIG in Admin Tools you can add and Subtract OS’s and time outs if you so wish to Suit.
      (Please note in that example above Selecting Win7 in the above example has the effect of turning the OS Boot Menu to the Sombre black look)
      Conversely if you wish to change back to Win10 on the C:\ Drive then BCDBOOT C:\WINDOWS
      For more info on the Boot record of your attached Drives type BCDEDIT normally reveals all as well as MSCONFIG (all above CMD’s should be run from an Admin CMD prompt)

    • in reply to: Triple Boot Disaster #1922693

      BobbyB
      AskWoody Lounger

      @anonymous yeah you should be able to access the Recovery Console and or CMD prompt with a recovery disk or as per (half way down the page linked first) https://neosmart.net/wiki/bootrec/#If_you_don8217t_have_the_installation_disc-2
      https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/32523/how-to-manually-repair-windows-7-boot-loader-problems/
      https://www.groovypost.com/howto/fix-windows-10-wont-boot-startup-repair-bootrec/
      Here’s a few other links of interest including sources of Win”s 7-10 Install media all from Microsoft Tech Bench, no key Req. to download:
      https://tb.rg-adguard.net/public.php
      https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool
      As suggested above, if the BOOTREC cmd’s don’t work, you might consider Installing Win7 “over the top of” via Clean Install your existing Win 7 Installation via the Media links above, this has or should have the advantage of renewing the Boot Partitions data.
      Hope that works for you.

    • in reply to: Triple Boot Disaster #1921676

      BobbyB
      AskWoody Lounger

      PS I did find this web page from HTG’s this may explain it better than I can:
      https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/17903/remove-ubuntu-or-xp-from-the-windows-7-boot-menu/ (note the same CMD’s work either from a CMD prompt inside Windows as well as booting from USB/ISO recovery environment “RE” ) and as Zorin is allegedly a descendant of Ubuntu, from what I read it may help.
      There’s another thought which maybe simpler than all that WINRE, WINPE cmd prompt work, and that is to clean reinstall over the Top of your Win10 install and or Win7. Install the OS as you want to choose on the drive of your choice, maybe skipping the “Ticking Drive” in the meantime and then pluck your files from WINDOWS OLD folder on the applicable drive, again risky but simpler. If you have easy access to the drives i.e. Desktop box disconnect the Cable or remove from Slot of the drive you don’t want to work with and do whichever course of action to whatever drive you choose. Note if its a laptop they do not take kindly to constant Assembly/disassembly or running in such a state for any length of time owing to their portable nature and cramped enclosure, come to think of it Desktops aren’t much better in that respect but they are more forgiving and an easier work around with a loose bad connections.
      Hope this helps a little bit. πŸ™‚

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