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      I think it’s there at https://www.computerworld.com/article/3542709/.

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      in reply to: Will TurboTax 2019 work on Windows 7 machines? #2154035
      Matthew
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      For what it’s worth, a few weeks ago I bought the H&R Block 2019 tax software that I’ve used for a few years and failed to notice on the box that it said Windows 8.1 and 10 only.  However, I have successfully installed it on Windows 7, and it imported 2018’s tax return.  I did an online update yesterday successfully as well.  I haven’t gone through the whole thing to enter the 2019 data yet, nor have I checked to see that my state installed properly, so I can’t verify if it will truly truly work, but it seems promising.

      My guess is that they’re being “patient” this year toward Windows 7 users like Turbo Tax seems to be, but that patience may end after this year.

       

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      in reply to: Waterfox has been sold to an AD company, System1 #2141168
      Matthew
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      This is Alex’s response to the news leaks:  https://www.waterfox.net/blog/waterfox-has-joined-system1/.

       

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      in reply to: Windows 10 1903 Elves #2047168
      Matthew
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      I noticed when upgrading from 1803 to 1809 a few months back that MS tried pushing its own programs as defaults instead of the non-MS ones that I had specified when I used 1803.  I then found the SetUserFTA application that I now include in a batch file at system start-up so that I can re-specify the programs I want to associate with given file types.  It seems to work for me, but it may not be what more novice users would want to do.

       

      in reply to: No fireworks, closing out 2019 updating #2041318
      Matthew
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      Anonymous, please let us know how your upgrade goes, and how you get everything on the new 8.1 SSD — programs and setting, etc. — basically back to the way they were on the 7 HDD.  (I’ve got a 7 Pro laptop with 8.1 license as well.)  Thanks.

       

      in reply to: Can one start Excel 2019 from the command line (cmd.exe)? #2018625
      Matthew
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      RG, thanks for the info.  For a long time I’ve been calling the desired template — located on my hard drive (not a network drive) — from the command line, but I’ve not explicitly used the /t switch.  When doing so just now, I don’t see any difference in what’s happening.

      What is happening now is that I’ve got things working again, but I have to intervene.  With old PC, I manually launched the batch file, because over time there were instances when launching it via scheduled task ran into some type of error, either in the Excel process or in concatenating pages together.  So I just decided that I’d manually launch it and watch it for any problems, but nearly always I just had to do that first double-click on the batch file and things would run through to completion.

      With new PC, Win 10 and/or Office 2019 seem to be much pickier about security, so after doing the double-click, when it gets to the Excel part, I get a message about “protected view” and have to click the [Enable Editing] box, then I get a message about “security warning” and have to click the [Enable Content] box before the macros will run.  I can fiddle with the Trust Center settings to get rid of one of those, but then the macros won’t run.  I tried a bunch of things earlier in the week and didn’t get anything better, so I’m leaving well enough alone.

      So, since I was previously willing to live with double-click and watching the batch file run, I can tolerate clicking 2 boxes along the way to get through the process.  It’s certainly easier than doing part of the work in batch, then opening Excel the normal “Windows” way to execute the macros (without encountering the 2 boxes), then doing the rest of the work in more batch.

      I certainly have a love/hate relationship with MicroSquish as they change things over time.

       

      in reply to: Can one start Excel 2019 from the command line (cmd.exe)? #2017403
      Matthew
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      That’s a fair question.  I guess when I originally built the process a long time ago, I tested things command by command within a cmd.exe window, so it was nicer to have a short representation of the path, especially given that earlier versions of Windows did not allow you to paste via Ctrl-V into the cmd.exe window.

       

      in reply to: Can one start Excel 2019 from the command line (cmd.exe)? #2015550
      Matthew
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      Thanks for the repair reminder, zero2dash.  (I often forget about that feature.)  Office 2019 has 2 repair options, so I did the Quick Repair.  (The Online Repair would take longer and be more thorough.)  I was then able to launch excel.exe from the command line when in the directory on the C: drive.

      In my batch file, I normally do a SUBST command to create a drive (N:) that points to that C: directory, so that the batch line command will be shorter.  In doing that, I still get the same error.  Even when trying simply to start excel.exe from the N: prompt, I get the same error.

      So it appears at this point that there’s something goofy with the SUBST.  I don’t know what, but I can work around that by using the full C: directory in the batch line command.  I don’t need perfection; I just need the process to work.

      Thanks again.

      in reply to: Our RSS feed isn’t working properly #2005061
      Matthew
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      Any ETA on the fix of the RSS feed?  I use Mozilla-related browsers — mainly PaleMoon but sometimes Waterfox and Firefox — and none of them can handle it.  It’s been 5 days, so I’m wondering how soon is “soon” in this case.  Thanks.

       

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      So many issues with 1903 noted in just the past few weeks, and it sounds like they’ll all carry over into 1909 as well.  Doesn’t sound appealing.  Woody, what all OS’s do you currently have on your bevy of machines?

       

      in reply to: Any suggestions for our new FAQ? #1946965
      Matthew
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      On the one hand, I know Woody likes using “slang” words.  On the other hand, he wants these FAQs to be “relatively easy for non-English-speakers” to use.  So perhaps these FAQs should skip terms like “salty” and “hokey” and “gigabucks.”  Once the visitor decides they’re willing to come back again and again, then they can get used to Woody’s terminology.

      P.S. What’s up with everything turning to a bold font?

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      in reply to: August 2019 Security patches: It’s a biiiiiiiiig month #1907499
      Matthew
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      From my simplistic understanding, most Windows users are on x64 (64-bit) or x86 (32-bit) architecture.  The IA64 architecture is different, mainly meant for servers, and usually cannot run 32-bit applications (unlike x64 which usually can).  Most of us running a desktop or laptop don’t have IA64.

       

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      in reply to: August 2019 Security patches: It’s a biiiiiiiiig month #1907312
      Matthew
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      So if we already installed the March version of the SHA-2 update on Windows 7, do we need to install this August version of it?

       

      in reply to: Win10 usage share surges #1900247
      Matthew
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      The graph and the table seem to be inconsistent.  If one goes to the site and re-creates this graph, then hovers over a July data point in the graph, the following percentages show up:

      Win 10 … 48.86%

      Win 7 … 31.83%

      Win 8.1 … 5.29%

      Mac OS X 10.14 … 5.38%

      So which is correct?  Is it the graph (and the numbers I’ve just shown) or the table?  Confusing at best.  But, realistically, Win 10 is growing and Win 7 is shrinking.

       

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      in reply to: Third Tuesday patches are out, but not for Win10 1903 #1848621
      Matthew
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      Don’t you mean the third Tuesday in June?

       

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