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    • in reply to: How to format a 'cleaned' USB stick #1842710

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      AskWoody Lounger

      If you can see the unformatted USB stick in your Disk Management console, you should be able to right-click on its listing there and create the new volume.

      In Windows 7, the fastest way to reach this console is to click on the Start menu, then type “Disk Management” (without the quotation marks) in the search window.

       

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    • in reply to: How do you select updates to download/install #1840706

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      AskWoody Lounger

      There’s no built-in way in Windows 10 to pick and choose the updates you’ll take.

      There are ways to accomplish what you want, but they involve using special applications made for that purpose. The best-known one is the Windows Update MiniTool, but I believe there is at least one other program like it, whose name I can’t remember.

      To get an idea of how it works, you might want to read the WUMT page linked to above, and you can also do a search here at Woody’s to see what people are saying about it.

      Good luck!

       

    • in reply to: Firefox Gets Wider Scope #1839455

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      AskWoody Lounger

      Looks like Mozilla has caught the Microsoft disease of issuing forth content-free buzzwords like so much male bovine manure.

      Me, I’d be happy if they simply slowed down the every-three-minutes updating pace and let my old favorite extensions work again.

       

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    • in reply to: Is AskWoody back to normal? #1836230

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      AskWoody Lounger

      I noticed a new glitch: the newest posts (at least, the ones posted by me) are not getting listed in the “Recent Replies” section over in the right-hand panel.

      As I write this post, the most recent reply listed there is by @wavy in the Intel Optane thread, 58 minutes ago. However, I posted in that thread about a half-hour ago: it’s not showing up in Recent Replies.

       

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    • in reply to: Test-driving Intel’s Optane in a new PC #1836223

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      AskWoody Lounger

      When “building” my newest computer on HP’s website, this Optane thing was offered. However, it was available only for Windows PCs and the plan was to put Linux on the new computer, so instead of Optane I selected a bigger SSD for the build.

      Honestly, I didn’t understand the point of Optane back then and I still don’t understand it: just get more RAM or a bigger/faster SSD, make it NVMe if the hardware allows it.

       

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    • Cybertooth
      AskWoody Lounger

      I would like to thank you very much for the assistance you have offered. I would not reject any suggestions on the XP either.

      You are welcome, and I do have a suggestion for XP.

      On my Vista systems, I use an anti-exploit program by the name of HitmanPro.Alert. IMHO it makes an excellent complement to standard anti-virus software. They still support Windows XP and you can find the latest download here. (Make sure to select HitmanPro.Alert which is the resident application, rather than HitmanPro which–while still very good–is an on-demand scanner.)

      There is a very good (although by now impossibly long) thread about it at Wilders Security Forums; you could sample the first few pages to get an idea of what it’s about, and then read the last 10 pages or so to see how things stand currently.

       


    • Cybertooth
      AskWoody Lounger

      instead of expecting us to install a Windows Server 2008 rollup that changes the build number of our OS and includes other security updates (e.g., Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Microsoft Graphics Component

      @lmacri, that last one you listed (the Microsoft Graphics Component) caught my eye as a possible cause of the black screens on my Vista tower. Vista appears to start booting, but then when the gold progress bar stops running, instead of the splash screen with the Windows logo I get the black screen at that point.

      I wonder if that’s the point in the process where the graphics card inside the PC kicks into gear, and for whatever reason the Vista/2008 hybrid can’t handle it. Whereas the Vista laptop, which has nothing fancier than the integrated Intel graphics, has no problem with it.

       

    • in reply to: Peter Bright (ex-Ars Technica) #1812725

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      AskWoody Lounger

      I’ve heard him as a guest on tech podcasts–Windows Weekly IIRC.

      Back in the day, he was a big Windows 8 Metro/Modern UI booster.

       


    • Cybertooth
      AskWoody Lounger

      Yes. Well, not a BSOD, exactly. My Vista laptop took KB4499149 just fine, but my Vista tower rebooted to a black screen and I had to use System Restore from the recovery partition to bring the PC back to a usable state.

      The exact same thing happened with KB4499180 on the Vista tower: black screen, needed System Restore.

      FWIW, both machines use Norton 360, not Avast.

       

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    • in reply to: Alternatives to Outlook #1843956

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      AskWoody Lounger

      In my own transition from Windows and Office products  to Linux and alternative software, I made a decision to leave the Outlook 2007 .PST file “as is” on the Windows system and then start fresh with Thunderbird on the Linux system.

      The transition will be made simpler by the adoption of a new email address that will be used exclusively for Thunderbird. The email associated with Outlook will stay there and I’ll tell most everyone on the contacts list to use the new address. If I ever need to reference something in an old email, it will still be there and if necessary I can forward it to my new address.

      In any case, I’m not sure that Thunderbird could handle a .PST file containing 24K emails, and that was another factor in the decision to simply start with a clean slate on the new computer.

      Just some things for the OP to ponder as he considers his switch away from Outlook.

       

    • in reply to: Test-driving Intel’s Optane in a new PC #1838456

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      AskWoody Lounger

      That article is from 2000. With that in mind, check out the following excerpt:

      Dubbed the Excellerator 100, 800 and 1000 Ultra SCSI, these drives use solid state disk technology to speed access to data.

      Wow, SSDs in the year 2000? That’s amazing, I had no idea they’d been around that long.

      And now for the other quote:

      The Model 100 is a 1 7/8-inch high Ultra SSCI rack-mountable drive that holds from .5G byte to more than 2G bytes of data.

      2GB capacity. How things have changed since then!

       


    • Cybertooth
      AskWoody Lounger

      Hi @lmacri, this info is indeed thought-provoking!

      The first idea that comes to mind, of course, is to try removing the graphics card from the Vista tower and then install one of the alternative problem patches (KB4499149 or KB4499180) to see what happens. I’ll have to weigh this step carefully, though, as the Vista tower remains my main work PC pending the ongoing transition to Linux. And then afterward we would have to see if the PC burps again when the graphics card goes back in.

       


    • Cybertooth
      AskWoody Lounger

      OK, as soon as you have the new topic set up (hopefully the posts in this discussion will get transferred over), let us know how you made out with HD Tune.

       


    • Cybertooth
      AskWoody Lounger

      All right @morty, as @mn- suggested, the backup drive itself is a logical suspect.

      Please download HD Tune from here, making sure that you choose the second offering on the page, named simply “HD Tune”, and not the first one named “HD Tune Pro”, which is a trial version of the fuller program.

      Install HD Tune by clicking on the downloaded .EXE file, then launch it and when the program window pops onto the screen, find your backup drive in the dropdown menu that’s just below the File and Help menus at top left. Select the backup drive there and then click on the “Error Scan” tab. Hit the “Scan” button (don’t check the “Quick Scan” box) and do something else while you wait for the scan results. (You can work normally on your PC in the meantime.)

      Let us know the result of the Error Scan, whether or not it finds any damaged blocks (marked in red).

      Then, select the Benchmark tab and click on the “Start” button there. It’ll take not more than a couple of minutes. Once it’s done, take a screenshot of the graph (to do this, you can click on the icon above that Start button that looks like a blue floppy disk), save it, and attach the screenshot to your reply.

      If everything checks out with the backup drive, the next suspect is the computer drive from which you are making the backups (the “source” drive). Have you noticed any slowness lately as you’re trying to open, save, or close files or programs?

       

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    • Cybertooth
      AskWoody Lounger

      That’s definitely possible. The disk itself could be failing. Just in case, I was starting with the potential cause for Morty’s issue that has the simplest solution.  🙂

       

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