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    • in reply to: Just smile & wave bye-bye… #1983599

      MrJimPhelps
      AskWoody_MVP

      Reading through this post was for me a walk down memory lane. Seeing all of the names of the people who posted, and reading again through the give and take, both for and against Windows 8.

      Just a mention of something that wasn’t long on the scene, but for me was an excellent product: Windows 8.0. I had installed Windows 8.0 32-bit on my old Vista-era eMachines computer with 2GB of RAM, and it ran really well. I upgraded to Windows 8.1, and it was a bumpy ride from that point forward, so I went back to 8.0. I wish Microsoft had not dropped support for 8.0 so soon, because 8.0, with StartIsBack, ran very well on my old lame eMachines computer.

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      with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
    • in reply to: Plus Membership and new content #1981733

      MrJimPhelps
      AskWoody_MVP

      I’m one of those who has provided lots of help to others. I don’t want any money; my reward is in knowing that I have helped someone deal successfully with what can be daunting computer issues. Also, if my contribution helps Woody to be successful with this blog, that is rewarding for me.

      A simple “thank you” is nice, and all that is ever desired.

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    • in reply to: Patch Lady – did Xfinity go too far? #1981415

      MrJimPhelps
      AskWoody_MVP

      We have an antenna – soon we will have an external antenna – and a computer which is permanently connected to our main TV – we stream videos via Youtube, Amazon Prime, and Netflix. We pay around $8.95 per month for Netflix; we already have Amazon Prime, so the videos are a freebee; and we pay around $60 per month for 5MB DSL with no throttling and no limits. We do not have cable or satellite TV.

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    • in reply to: Resetting Default Documents Folder #1976689

      MrJimPhelps
      AskWoody_MVP

      If you want to set the same default documents folder for all programs (not just for Word), then do the following:
      * Open File Explorer.
      * Right-click on your Documents folder, and choose Properties.
      * Click on the Shortcut tab, and put the desired folder into the Target window.
      * If you want to rename the Documents folder to something else (e.g. John-Documents), click on the General tab and give it a new name.
      * Click Apply when done.

      When I did this, it asked me if I wanted all of my documents to be moved to the new location; I told it no, and I then moved them manually; in this way I had total control over the move process – I moved only what I wanted moved, and left everything else alone.

      You can select a folder on a different drive for your default documents folder, if you want to. I have a 2nd hard drive which I use as my data drive, so I put my default documents folder on the data drive.

      Once you do the above procedure, most programs will treat the new documents folder as the default save location, unless you have set things different in that program.

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    • MrJimPhelps
      AskWoody_MVP

      as long as the device is still running Windows 7, Office 365 ProPlus won’t receive any new features updates.

      Maybe this isn’t such a bad deal – some people don’t want any new feature updates, they just want security patches. For those people, this is a great thing.

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    • MrJimPhelps
      AskWoody_MVP

      It seems everything is fake these days:

      • Fake news – it seems you can’t trust anything that news organizations say.
      • Planned obsolescence – you think you are buying quality, and then it falls apart shortly after the warranty expires.
      • Fake reviews of products on everybody’s website.

      And now this.  Whatever isn’t fake now soon will be, thanks to “DeepCom” and its AI-generated fake comments to news articles.  I can imagine DeepCom being used by literally everyone, everywhere, to create a contrived image of themselves online.  Next thing you know, you will be able to use DeepCom to create a Facebook persona, along with contrived posts and comments.

      The eyebrow-raising creation, known as DeepCom, was developed by a group of engineers at Beihang University and Microsoft, China.

      The Chinese government controls all information in China.  This seems like a dream come true for them.

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    • in reply to: Firefox Printing problem #1983911

      MrJimPhelps
      AskWoody_MVP

      I suggest that you download and install Cute PDF:

      https://www.cutepdf.com/index.htm

      Once you have installed it, you can then print to PDF, creating a PDF file from the print job. You can then print the PDF file.

      As Ascaris said above, you have better control over the print process when you first print to PDF, and then print the PDF file. That two-step procedure will save you in lots of situations where you can’t print the normal way.

      Also, you will find lots of situations where you would like to save something you find on the web, either for your own benefit or to send to someone else. Printing to PDF will give you that capability.

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    • in reply to: Just smile & wave bye-bye… #1983594

      MrJimPhelps
      AskWoody_MVP

      …and it took the end of Windows 7 to make us realize that Windows 8.1 is literally the end of the road if you prefer the old Microsoft over the new.

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      with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
    • in reply to: Just smile & wave bye-bye… #1982667

      MrJimPhelps
      AskWoody_MVP

      The way everyone here talks, it’s as if we have no choice about it, we have to switch to Windows 8 and give up our start button, because Microsoft has spoken.

      It sounds like the pied piper has blown his horn and implanted this thought into everyone’s mind.

      There’s no need to switch to Windows 8. I for one am perfectly happy with Windows 7 on some of my computers, and XP on others.

      I’ll move to Windows 8 if and when I choose to, not when Microsoft tells me to.

      I found this old post of mine from a long long time ago, from my Windows Secrets days. I found it interesting to see my resistance to Windows 8 back then, whereas now my Windows version of choice is Windows 8.1.

      I and a lot of others, actually.

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    • in reply to: Patch Lady – did Xfinity go too far? #1982072

      MrJimPhelps
      AskWoody_MVP

      Have you tried Verizon Wireless? If you are in a 4G area, you could probably get TV and internet:

      https://www.verizonwireless.com/home-services/home-services/#lpTabsWrapper

      As I understand, they will put an antenna on your house to get the best internet service. You can connect wired or wireless devices to their router.

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      with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
    • in reply to: My solution to the demise of Windows 7 #1981747

      MrJimPhelps
      AskWoody_MVP

      I have kept FF and Linux up to date and have no problem using it myself, but my wife doesn’t like the idea of having to use Linux.

      Exact same situation with me. To address this situation, I increased my computer’s memory from 4GB to 12GB, then installed Windows 8.1 (with Classic Shell) in a virtual machine. The virtual machine stays open all the time, which allows my wife to operate in a completely Windows environment all the time. It works so well that you hardly notice that Windows is running in a VM rather than being the host OS.

      Not only for my wife, but also for me – sometimes there are things I simply don’t know how to do in Linux. Having Windows a click away is a lifesaver sometimes – this allows me to do everything I need while I am learning Linux.

      I went with Windows 8.1 because it won’t go out of support until January of 2023, unlike Windows 7 which goes out of support in a couple of months. And with Classic Shell installed, it looks and feels just like Windows 7.

      I run Linux Mint XFCE 18.2, and I use VMWare Workstation Player for my virtual machine.

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    • in reply to: Patching as a social responsibility #1979175

      MrJimPhelps
      AskWoody_MVP

      … also, XP, Vista, and Windows 8.0.

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    • in reply to: Patching as a social responsibility #1979172

      MrJimPhelps
      AskWoody_MVP

      Microsoft violated their social responsibility when they fired their testing dept. They have a social responsibility to do whatever they can to hire back all of the experienced people that were in their testing dept.

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    • in reply to: Run Win 7 on Win 10 using virtual machine? #1978203

      MrJimPhelps
      AskWoody_MVP

      The problem with transferring your current Windows 7 install to a virtual machine is that your current install of W7 almost certainly is with an OEM Windows license, not a retail Windows license. The OEM license will fail when you try to run it as a virtual machine – I know this, I tried doing this on my own computer.

      If you could obtain a retail Windows 7 license (not an easy task these days), then you could probably convert your current W7 install to a virtual machine, and then switch to the retail license in the vm. A retail Windows license will work in a vm – I also know this, because I am currently doing this on my own computer. What I haven’t tried is switching from an OEM license to a retail license in a Windows install. I believe you can do this, but perhaps there is someone reading this who has actually done this, who could tell you for sure if you can switch from an OEM to a retail license in a current Windows 7 install.

      If you want to keep Windows 7 on the internet, you really don’t need to do anything; just keep using your Windows 7 computer as is. The one thing I would suggest is that you do regular backups, not only of your data, but also image backups of the primary hard drive, so that you can recover in case your hard drive or computer fails.

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    • MrJimPhelps
      AskWoody_MVP

      I’ve participated almost since the beginning and it seems to have drifted away from a using/testing/engineering focus. While worthwhile, there has been a lot of time spent on developer evangelization throughout the world in the last couple of years.

      Sounds like all of those bugs and quirks you’ve been putting up with for the last couple of years have been for nothing.

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