• Rick Corbett

    Rick Corbett

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    • in reply to: Changing from HDD to SDD #2531030

      Only you can answer whether a Vista-era device is worth upgrading to an SSD… but, if the device supports SATA, technically I can’t think of any reason why it wouldn’t work and Google shows loads of videos of it working.

      Just be aware that TRIM support wasn’t added until Windows 7.

      If it was me, I would be looking for a really cheap second-hand one being sold by someone upgrading to a larger capacity… but that’s just me. 🙂

    • in reply to: iPad in DFU recovery only mode #2530980

      I have to ask… whilst connected to iTunes via cable, have you tried force restarting it by holding down both the Home and Lock buttons together until the device reboots?

      Sometimes it takes more than one attempt for it to take effect.

      I’ve never tried it on an iPad Pro but I’ve used this on an ordinary iPad and on an iPhone to cancel my way out of DFU mode whilst connected to iTunes. I would be surprised if the Pro model was different.

      However, if it’s a recent Pro model without a Home button then you’ll probably need to use the Top and Volume Down buttons instead to force restart/reboot instead.

      Apologies if you’ve already tried this.

    • in reply to: power consumption #2529926

      My formula is ‘can I afford it = leave on… if not, switch off.

      I like easy questions and answers. 🙂

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    • Umm… still no means to mark this topic as ‘Resolved’?

    • in reply to: New Microsoft Edge shortcuts added to all desktop profiles #2529901

      What’s the advantage of editing the registry over a couple of clicks in Edge?

      Automation and ease of use. I can use a .REG file, PowerShell, CMD, AHK, whatever to make registry changes without once ever opening Edge.

      Where do you suppose the changed Edge settings get stored if not the registry?

      I have no idea as I don’t use Edge nor have any wish to.

      However, to answer your question I opened Edge and put myself through all its nonsense ‘first run’ pages that I had to ‘Confirm and continue’ and ‘Confirm and start browsing’. (What a truly awful experience.) Then I headed over to Settings… (well, what a mess… but that’s by the by and just an opinion so can be discounted).

      As an experiment I made *one* change… I toggled Share browsing data with other Windows features from ON to OFF.

      I was expecting Process Monitor to show a DWORD RegSetValue change from 0 to 1 (or vice versa)… or even a REG_SZ value change from Yes to No.

      Instead, ProcMon showed this:

      edge_change_in_registry

      I don’t believe you know what Edge does behind the scenes any more than I do… and I don’t.

       

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    • in reply to: New Microsoft Edge shortcuts added to all desktop profiles #2529689

      Update to 109.0.1518.70 and it didn’t create a Desktop icon but it did still create a shortcut in my %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu folder which I had to deleted just like before.

      I don’t know if you sign in to Windows with a local or Microsoft account, but I recently discovered that my Win 10 OS was configured by default to create a roaming profile that could be used to sync my language preferences and other Windows settings between computers, even though I don’t log in to different Windows devices. If your Windows settings at Settings | Account | Sync Your Settings | Sync Settings is turned ON then the MS support article About Windows Backup and Sync Settings has instructions on how to clear the stored data in your online Microsoft Account after syncing is turned OFF. For further info see my 01-Jan-2023 post # 2513543 in Deo’s Intel Driver & Support Assistant – Not Working After June Updates?, and kudos to Deo for alerting me about this sync setting.

      Win-10-Pro-v22H2-Settings-Account-Sync-Settings-Clear-Data-in-MS-Account-01-Jan-2023

      I would also check your MS Edge Profile settings (More | Settings | Profiles | Sync or enter edge://settings/profiles in the address bar and choose Sync) to see if  Edge is configured to sync data across devices (i.e., to see if you have a roaming profile stored on the Microsoft servers so your MS Edge settings are identical regardless of which device you sign in to from Edge).  See the Softpedia instructions at How to Remove Your Microsoft Edge Data Stored in the Cloud as well as the MS Edge support articles Sign In to Sync Microsoft Edge Across Devices and Reset Microsoft Edge Data in the Cloud.

      MS-Edge-v108-Settings-Profiles-Sync-Reset-Sync-Do-Not-Resume-Sync-After-Reset-07-Jan-2023
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      Years ago Microsoft exhorted engineers to forego storing app settings in INI files and, instead, use the registry. It was ‘the way to go’ in order to ‘standardise’.

      What hollow words. Now we have to actually open Microsoft Edge in order to change settings instead of using the registry?

      What is going on in Redmond? It’s like the plot has been lost once again.

    • Just to resolve this, 24 hours later Microsoft deigned to unfreeze my account… and, predictably, sent me a sales pitch exhorting me to purchase stuff.

      As per usual, I ignored it.

      (Hmm… the option to ‘Resolve’ this topic has disappeared? What’s going on?)

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    • in reply to: New Microsoft Edge shortcuts added to all desktop profiles #2529677

      Update to 109.0.1518.70 and it didn’t create a Desktop icon but it did still create a shortcut in my %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu folder which I had to deleted just like before.

      BTW, this only started happening with this month’s Edge updates, previous versions did not create a new Desktop nor Start Menu icon!

      As I’ve mentioned before, I suspect that, somewhere, a Microsoft Edge ‘engineer’ is just laughing his/her socks off at us… ‘cos he/she can.

      It’s just malicious… but apparently amusing to someone in Redmond.

    • in reply to: Alexa and Smart Plugs #2529675

      My 5ghz connection is much faster than the 2.4

      Fractionally… and it doesn’t mean a tin of beans to a binary flip-flop like a ‘smart switch’ that is either on or off.

    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 4: Patching weather is clearing #2529628

      I thought KB4023057 was Microsoft Update Health Tools? Did I get that wrong?

      From the KB article:

      “This update includes reliability improvements to Windows Update Service components in all editions of Windows 10, version 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903, 1909, 2004, 20H2, 21H1, 21H2, and Windows 11, version 21H2, 22H2. It may take steps to free up disk space on your device if you do not have enough disk space to install Windows updates.

      This update includes files and resources that address issues that affect the update processes in Windows that may prevent important Windows updates from being installed. These improvements help make sure that updates are installed seamlessly on your device, and they help improve the reliability and security of devices that are running Windows.”

      That was the only update I received, and Edge had reappeared when I signed on that morning.  Edge had been uninstalled a couple of weeks prior.

       

      OK, I see the relevance to Windows 10 but… there’s no mention of Microsoft Edge at all.

      Sounds like Microsoft playing fast and loose yet again. Shocker.

      Another pillar of Microsoft’s ‘Trustworthy Computing’?

      The initiative was intended to put customer security, and ultimately customer trust, at the forefront for all Microsoft employees.

      Do I trust Microsoft to put me as a customer at the forefront if it dissembles what its updates are doing? Have a guess. 🙂

    • in reply to: New Microsoft Edge shortcuts added to all desktop profiles #2529625

      Edge Version 109.0.1518.70 (Official build) (64-bit).
      Manually updated.
      No desktop shortcut

      OK, I’ve reverted my clean build to the stage when Device Manager has no issues. Let’s see what Windows Update delivers AFTER I uninstall Microsoft Edge with Revo Uninstaller once again.

    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 4: Patching weather is clearing #2529617

      My only complaint is that Edge Chromium keeps getting re-installed. This morning during off hours I got KB4023057 Update for Windows 11 Version 22H2 for x64-based Systems, which installed Edge once more.

      I thought KB4023057 was Microsoft Update Health Tools? Did I get that wrong?

      What’s the link with Microsoft Edge?

      Or is that only on Windows 11, not Windows 10?

      I’m confused. It doesn’t take a lot these days. 🙂

       

    • in reply to: Some interesting links #2529615

      Right now, I am tied to Windows as there are several programs in use that were built to run under Microsoft’s operating system.

      Thinking about it, I don’t have any fundamental reason to stick with Windows other than laziness, complacency and perhaps old age. 🙂

    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 4: Patching weather is clearing #2529606

      Microsoft Edge is a tenacious and pernicious virus for those of us who don’t want it… ever.

      IMO it most definitely meets the criterion of malware.

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    • in reply to: Some interesting links #2529603

      This one neatly expresses my own reasons for the switch

      I like Dedoimedo’s writing style enormously and follow his blog. Thank you for the links… I’d read them a while ago but it was a good reminder.

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