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    I have a folder called ''Game_2018'' in this location, have no idea what it is and substance folder takes 478mb, anyone have any idea about what is this and safe to delete?

    15 Comments
    2024/06/25
    02:45 UTC

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    BitLocker locked me out of my data

    I'm typing this as a rant more than anything, already sad and tired more than angry, I changed my 256GB for a 1TB SSD on my laptop and reinstalled windows, everything was alright with that, but I had my backup in another 500GB SSD that was locked as soon as I started my laptop on the new SSD, I had nothing really important on this backup (as far as I remember) so it's not that big of a problem, what really made me angry for a moment was the fact that you need windows 11 pro to even set BitLocker up, but if you're using the home version, the locks will function anyway, even if it doesn't give you a key, I'm already giving up as I realize there really is nothing you can do to get your data back, I was hoping this was more of a new problem, but it seems that is an old problem that has no solution whatsoever, so your only option is to lose your data. Hope this gets fixed someday, can't imagine how frustrating it will be when I remember what I had in this laptop lol.

    3 Comments
    2024/06/25
    02:04 UTC

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    Why does windows refuse to delete a file when it's used in a process?

    I get that you can end the process first and then delete the file, but what's stopping windows from deleting it? Even with the highest permissions it still refuses to do anything. And no, it's not a critical system file, it's a third party app. If windows can delete it, why does it refuse to? The program might crash, sure, but it's not important. Why is windows so persistent?

    24 Comments
    2024/06/24
    23:59 UTC

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    Question regarding multiple monitors and how Windows opens a program

    I currently run Windows 10 and use two monitors.
    I have some shortcuts on the "main" monitor desktop and a few placed on the second monitor desktop.
    It seems like sometimes a program will open on their respective monitors, but sometimes one program will start on one with a loading bar/screen, and then open on the next one. Sometimes it's the previous monitor I used the program with, and sometimes it's not.

    Is there a rhyme or reason to what desktop the application is opened in? Is there a way to keep them consistent?

    I know this might seem like a nitpick post, but I'm just curious as to what happens from the operating system side, and if any of it has to do with how the program is coded? I don't know enough to even begin to dig in to the settings in Windows.

    Thank you for any response, and I apologize if this has been a duplicated question.

    3 Comments
    2024/06/24
    20:38 UTC

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    Question on how to enable TPM 2.0

    Hey! Guy with a genuine question here! I’m trying to enable TPM 2.0 on my computer to play valorant but I can’t font it anywhere in my BIOS is there anyone out there that can help me with this?

    24 Comments
    2024/06/24
    19:19 UTC

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    Boot old GPS direct to WinCe

    I have this old GPS Medion 465T which runs on Windows CE 6.0. There is a combination which let you boot into windows but no changes apply like charging the background and taskbar. So far I managed to copy files from a SD card of a "cracked" gps from my dad but still no changes apply now when I power the gps on I boot into windows but just with the file explorer. I tried a lot of things like flash different roms on it, change things in the regedit everything without success. Does somebody know a way to delete or skip the gross navigation system and use it as an "computer" with wince

    0 Comments
    2024/06/24
    17:55 UTC

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    I got that pop-up again, this time in fullscreen!

    0 Comments
    2024/06/24
    17:55 UTC

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    explorer.exe is in an unacceptable state on Windows 11

    Multiple times per week I have to deal with one of the following issues:

    • Clicking the Speaker icon in my task bar does not open the volume and other settings, I have to open Task Manager and restart explorer.exe for it to work just to change my damn volume.

    • My second monitor only has half of my task bar icons compared to my main monitor.

    • Taskbar auto hide stops working or only works on one of my two monitors. Sometimes my auto hide taskbar shows permanently. Sometimes my auto hide taskbar refuses to show up at all until I restart explorer.exe.

    • Open windows are freezing or unresponsive until I restart explorer.exe.

    I never had these problems on Windows 10, on Windows 11 I have them multiple times per week. Both at home and at work, so it's not just one faulty PC. This is not OK.

    14 Comments
    2024/06/24
    17:16 UTC

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    PC literally DIES meme

    41 Comments
    2024/06/24
    12:20 UTC

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    Microsoft windows XP Virtual machine running minesweeper!

    3 Comments
    2024/06/24
    11:59 UTC

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    External HDD unplugged from VM while defragging - any risk?

    Yesterday I needed to defrag a external HDD which was working too lazily. Since I don't run Windows as main OS on my PC, I had to rely on a VM to perform the defrag using the native Windows tool (the drive is NTFS formatted).

    However, I accidentally unplugged the external HDD from the VM while at Pass 1: Defragging phase (not a physical unplug though).

    I rerun the defrag on the drive, being more careful about not unplugging it, and the process seemed to end successfully. However, I'm a bit afraid of having corrupted files. I have a lot of huge .zip and .iso files which aren't easy to check its consistency and the inner files' integrity.

    In a short glance, I haven't see any strange thing with my drive and the big files, and the filesystem hierarchy is OK, but my concerns are still considerable.

    So I want to ask: is there any real risk of data losing after unplugging the drive during a defrag with the Windows Defragging Tool?

    3 Comments
    2024/06/24
    11:18 UTC

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    Windows 11 play videos from desktop on smart tv

    Hi all, recently moved from Win10 to Win 11. On Win10, I could cast video from desktop to smart TV, or play videos sitting in desktop directly from smart TV by selecting the desktop as a source (it only discovered the automatic "Videos" folder, but I could move anything I wanted to play to that folder, so it worked). With Win11, casting still works but the desktop no longer shows up as a source on the TV. Is there a setting to make the desktop discoverable directly from the TV?

    Network is private, all sharing options (that I know about) are selected, Videos folder is shared. Perhaps I need to share the entire desktop? Desktop is ethernet, TV is wifi but I know all the network & firewall settings are working because casting works

    2 Comments
    2024/06/24
    06:46 UTC

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    TranslucentTB resets to default settings after shut down or restart?

    I have very specific settings in TTB that take up to 15 minutes of extreme focus to set up every time and doing restarts for updates etc just resets everything to the basic fully clear with border default settings 😭😭😭

    I avoid restarting for long periods of time but the updates happen overnight and are impossible to avoid. what do I do??

    Has anyone else faced this issue? Any fixes?

    0 Comments
    2024/06/24
    06:25 UTC

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    Dear Windows devs please fix these usability bugs : 1. Adopt a file system with hard links and implement A/B updates in Windows like Chrome OS does. Run everything in a copy version of the file system that does not copy content just creates hard links so its efficient, run all the update scripts

    on this new filesystem, then restart to just switch a version pointer. Like Chrome OS does. This will effectively benefit humankind by removing millions of lost man hours waiting for a Windows update across the billions of installed devices. 2. When you create a doc in word, make it autosave always so you save it on the cloud like Google docs does and require a free outlook.com account (Microsoft account). This will save alot of lost work because windows forces a lengthy update and you lose youw work because you never saved to the cloud. If you fix these two you will remove like 60% of the usability problems in Windows. Also make Windows only run digitally signed binaries like iOS and remove the need for a defender taking like 20% of the perf out of a Windows compared to macOS or Linux.

    5 Comments
    2024/06/24
    04:56 UTC

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    Upgrading Windows 10 to latest ver.

    Not Windows 11. Does reinstall necessarily mean better or can upgrade work just as fine as well?

    1 Comment
    2024/06/24
    00:42 UTC

    1

    I need help finding old windows application

    As the title says I'm having trouble finding an old windows app. It was free on school-issued laptops but there was a free-trial for regular users and it allowed you to create music (insert chords, record your voice to add to the song.) It has since been discontinued and I need help finding it.

    8 Comments
    2024/06/23
    23:17 UTC

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    Windows and the internet as a whole is suffering a huge issue that is not talked about enough.

    That would be Googles monopoly over the Internet.

    -Google has control of Chromium which mostly all Windows browsers use

    -Google controls Web DRM in Widevine making niche browsers incompatible with a lot of websites unless they pay Google for Widevine, there is no Netflix, Spotify and so on.

    -Windows has only 2 engines of choice for Web Browsers. Which is Chromium and Gecko(Firefox). There isn't any other choice really. Webkit was pretty much killed on Windows and only really lives on in Safari for Apple and some Linux browsers.

    As long as we're limited to these 2 choices and Googles chokehold on the internet. Windows will never have a good solid browser.

    FireFox themselves aren't even the prettiest tool in the shed, they're actually pretty filthy themselves.

    As long as there is so few choices and engines to choose from on the browser front, makes it that much easier for the likes of Google to consolidate and control the entire market.

    In my honest opinion, you can't call Edge a competitor to Chrome for example because at the end of the day, they both have the same underlining foundation that its built upon, except Google can still dictate their 'competitors' browsers, since Chrome controls the Chromium project and can make decisions regardless of what anyone else believes or thinks, such as Manifest V3.

    TLDR: We need more engine choices for web browsers as Gecko and Chromium only is bad for everyone.

    59 Comments
    2024/06/23
    22:30 UTC

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    Not my computers login

    I have a few external drives connected to my laptop and just after waking it up, i have a different login, which belongs to one of the external drives. I didnt boot from this external drive. I have been logged in with the e correct login on the laptop. It hasn't rebooted, just woken from sleep and i have this. Idea to how its changed like it booted to this other drive?

    4 Comments
    2024/06/23
    22:01 UTC

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    I created a Google Search Suggestion plugin for PowerToys Run

    Hey everyone!

    I just wanted to show off a plugin I made for PowerToys Run. I was surprised to see that no one had thought of this before. I created a plugin that displays Google suggestions when you type in the search field, similar to typing in the Google search bar or your browser's address bar. You can complete your search by selecting the most relevant suggestion and continue typing. When you find a suitable result, clicking it will open the search directly in Google using your default browser. This feature allows you to find what you want faster thanks to the suggestions and the seamless redirection to Google search in your default browser.

    If you want to test it, you can download it here. Have fun with it, and don't hesitate to give feedback and suggestions!

    My plugin in action

    15 Comments
    2024/06/23
    18:01 UTC

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    Should i downgrade to Windows 7?

    I Recently Upgraded to 10 and i Have some annoying problems so annoying that it makes me rage and it slows me down in my daily tasks.

    My pc works better With 7 with games and drivers running better, and just faster boot times in general.

    So should i downgrade to Windows 7?

    32 Comments
    2024/06/23
    17:42 UTC

    4

    Extremely high memory usage?

    Hey, my memory usage under usual load is usually 60%, but recently, it's been going to 99+ and task manager doesn't show whatever the hell is using that 6 Gb of memory. If I reset my computer, it typically for away for a few hours before picking right back up again... what's causing this?

    11 Comments
    2024/06/23
    17:18 UTC

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    Creating an ISO from my Currently Running Windows installation?

    Is it possible to create an ISO file from my currently installed and running Windows 10 on my SSD? If yes, how difficult would this be for a non-Windows expert?

    I want to use the ISO in Virtual Box.

    6 Comments
    2024/06/23
    15:06 UTC

    16

    Windows 10 GMUNK ODESZA But it’s Daft Punk

    Windows 10 GMUNK ODESZA But it’s Get Lucky by Daft Punk

    1 Comment
    2024/06/23
    13:54 UTC

    251

    wtf??? what happen to my screen saver

    71 Comments
    2024/06/23
    12:38 UTC

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    What security benefit, if any, to naming your user account "Admin" and vice versa?

    I've heard for a long time that you should always log into your user account and use it as your main account, instead of always using your admin account. I believe this is sound advice and it's not really my question. But I've also heard people recommend naming your Admin account "User" and your user account "Admin". Is this security theatre?

    26 Comments
    2024/06/23
    12:05 UTC

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    Macbook Pro M1 audio drivers for Windows 11

    Recently, I went to a friends house, who had a macbook pro m1. I used the same headphones on his macbook as the ones I use on my computer, to listen to some music, and the difference was night and day. Like I could hear the instruments being farther/closer away from me and coming from different directions, it was crazy. Problem is, now I'm back home, and don't have that. I'm willing to buy a new audio card (if its like 30 bucks or less), if you've got any to recommend. Also, we plugged the headphones to his macbook, not his audio interface. I tried installing the drivers from his audio interface, but they didn't do nothing, since I don't have said interface

    2 Comments
    2024/06/23
    11:31 UTC

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