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    The NES Emulator on Windows 93 (A joke operating system) is an actual working emulator! game is EarthBound Beginnings

    1 Comment
    2023/09/22
    01:38 UTC

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    Remote Hotspot on schedule

    Is there a way to have the remote schedule on a schedule; so turn on at a certain time and then turn off at a certain time too?

    0 Comments
    2023/09/22
    00:10 UTC

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    Is there a way to prevent auto creation of sub-folders in regedit ?

    I was wondering if there's a way to prevent windows from generating folders automatically in a certain regedit path.

    I recently fixed a problem where my right click menu took about 5+ seconds to open up by deleting every folder in "Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers" apart from "New" and "WorkFolders" but every now and then for some reason new folders show up causing my context menu problem to come back until i delete the new folders.

    I have found no other solution to this problem and after about 8 times of doing this in a few weeks im starting to get annoyed and so i was wondering if there's a way to prevent folders from being created in that specific path so i dont have to delete them every time...

    Thank you and sorry for my potato english :D

    3 Comments
    2023/09/21
    21:26 UTC

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    Is this error supposed to trigger when performing Home+Cntrl+Shift+Esc?

    I discovered the shortcut after installing Windows to a customer's laptop with a stuck Home key (after many reinstalls due to me being paranoiac). No actual low memory is happening. I cannot find anything else about the shortcut anywhere. Winver reports "Windows 10 build 19045.2311"

    The error is called "Your device is low on memory" in English.
    I successfully worked around the issue by disabling the key using SharpKeys.
    I just want confirmation if this can be replicated by someone else.

    0 Comments
    2023/09/21
    20:50 UTC

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    Windows Backup finally supports restoring your backups! 😮 Well, not really.

    Windows 10's September 2023 Update adds a new Windows Backup to Windows 10. This new backup app has one serious shortcoming: It backs up your data but cannot restore them.

    Today, Microsoft updated its Windows Backup support article to mitigate this issue.

    How Microsoft thinks you should restore your backup

    According to Microsoft, to restore your backup, you must follow these steps:

    1. Purchase a new Windows 11 device! (I suppose that's the whole point of this new "backup" app...)
    2. During the OOBE process, sign-in with your Microsoft account. (In other words, do not bypass and do not trick Windows into creating a local account! Why am I not surprised?)
    3. Again, during the OOBE process, opt to restore your data.

    Now, seriously, how do I restore my backups?

    1. If you've changed one of your "backed up" files, you can probably find an older version in your OneDrive's version history. Right-click on the desired file and select "Version history."
    2. If you've changed more than one of your backed up files, you can restore their older versions one by one, painstakingly, as explained above.
    3. If you've deleted a file by accident, you can probably recover it from the Recycle Bin section of OneDrive.com.
    4. If you've accidentally deleted a folder containing several subfolders and files, you can probably recover them from the Recycle Bin section of OneDrive.com, which doesn't preserve the folder hierarchy. If you have forgotten the old folder structure, you're in trouble.

    If you are serious about backing up...

    Then I advise using a real backup app, i.e., one that support block-level backup, incremental backup, and most importantly restoring your backup, such as Macrium Reflect, Veeam Agent, or Hasleo Backup Suite, in this order precedence.

    0 Comments
    2023/09/21
    20:15 UTC

    1

    Start menu customiseation for power users!

    I found a trick for customising the apps list on the windows start menu. What you have to do is open the apps list right click on a desktop app and press open file location. Now you are at the folder which defines how the apps list is organised, all you need to do is create, move, delete and rename the shortcuts to rearrange the list! It's good for taking apps out of folders to make it easier to find your apps. Be careful though you are in the system files here.

    1 Comment
    2023/09/21
    20:11 UTC

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    sticky notes don't stick

    I want to have sticky notes while I'm writing on word, but every time I click outside the sticky note window, they go back to the taskbar, like wtf? Is this some glitch or just how they are? If so why not just use the note app.

    8 Comments
    2023/09/21
    19:43 UTC

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    What's With So Many Unsuccessful Sign-In and Account Sync Attempts?

    I guess this is more of a Microsoft-related question than a pure Windows question but after routinely updating my password I checked my sign-in activity and saw so many unsuccessful attempts to sync or sign in

    the sync attempts were a lot less common, the only instances in the list were throughout yesterday, but the sign-ins were going back all the way to August 31st which was when the list cuts off

    sometimes they're from completely different countries, sometimes the location is Unknown, sometimes there's actual IP addresses linked to them, and sometimes it's a jumble of numbers

    I googled it and apparently it's fairly common? I did run my email address through "haveIbeenpwned" and yeah I have been victim of 4 data breaches between 2019 and now from accounts I completely forgot about.

    what's the deal with these sign in attempts? is it bots or actual people with a collection of emails trying to see if the account is accessible? and what even is an Account Sync attempt, cuz I guess I was spammed with those yesterday

    5 Comments
    2023/09/21
    11:43 UTC

    138

    is more bit and Hz better for sound quality ?

    39 Comments
    2023/09/21
    09:24 UTC

    1

    Username Directory change?

    Hello all, I am wondering how to change the standart user directory name in windows. everytime i install windows on a pc and log in to my microsoft account i get the wrong username on the pc(for example jonath instead of jonathan). how do i make it it shows the full name every time i instal windows on a new pc?

    6 Comments
    2023/09/21
    07:09 UTC

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    Is anyone using photo/video viewing apps that allow you to open multiple files at once?

    I’ve been a Mac user for over a decade and as a photographer I often open multiple videos to compare and sort through, opening different files results in multiple windows for videos (using QuickTime).

    I just built my first pc and am getting used to windows and cannot do that, the only way to get around it to use multiple apps at once which isn’t ideal

    For example, if I’m comparing 4 images, I have to use the default app, then open another video with VLC, then another with windows media player, etc. it’s very complicated.

    The regular video app viewer keeps opening new files in the same exact window

    Is anyone using anything that allows multiple windows at once?

    8 Comments
    2023/09/21
    03:04 UTC

    1

    Force binding network interfaces for games and apps?

    Hello guys, gals and the ghosts.

    My main rig has two RJ45 Ethernet connections to two different SIM routers, and I am trying to bind apps to specific interfaces. Two of the methods are not working:

    • ForceBindIP doesn't work with Windows 10/11 apps at all, not even the 64-bit version.
    • Windows Defender Firewall fails to block apps from using "blocked" connections. Most apps will skip the blockade.

    Are there any other apps that can do this well? Not even NetworkAdapterSelector could do this.

    If no, then creating a Hyper-V VM would be my last resort. (I have 16-threaded CPU and 32GB RAM.)

    0 Comments
    2023/09/21
    01:57 UTC

    1

    View Process by CPU Core

    Hello Everyone,

    Is there a way to view what CPU Cores a single process is using in Windows 11?

    Looked at Task Manager and Process Explorer, but can't seem to find anything there.

    TIA

    3 Comments
    2023/09/21
    00:45 UTC

    0

    Shortcut Toggle to enable / disable a firewall rule

    How would I go about making a Windows shortcut to toggle the state of a firewall rule? Going into the advanced firewall settings, scrolling to the rule, right-clicking it and then clicking on enable/disable is not very time effective. Especially for something you do frequently.

    Edit: I've got these as a Shortcut to enable/disable Steam

    C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /c /k netsh advfirewall firewall set rule name="Steam" new enable=yes
    
    C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /c /k netsh advfirewall firewall set rule name="Steam" new enable=no

    But I'm really looking for a toggle if possible, rather than 2 distinct shortcuts.

    1 Comment
    2023/09/20
    23:45 UTC

    1

    Wifi wont connect after Insider Preview 10.0.25951.1010 - Fix

    I had a very odd issue after updating to Insider Preview 10.0.25951.1010. When my system came up, it had no internet, and every time I tried to connect to my wireless router (Verizon 5G Internet Gateway) it came back can't connect, but my computer had worked on it for almost 2 years straight. I checked my phone, it was connected and working fine. I turned the hotspot on my phone and my PC connected to it no problem, which was weird. I removed and readded the network, rebooted and etc, no luck. Eventually, I checked the Advanced Wi-fi Network Properties (right click on the wireless network, go to properties, then scroll down to Advanced Wi-fi Network Properties, in the window that opens, chose the security tab. Mine was set to WPA-3 Personal, but my router is on WPA-2, I never had it on WPA-3, so I changed it over to WPA-2 and it worked. So, if anyone has issues connecting to your wifi after the update, check the advanced wi-fi settings of your network and verify the WPA type.

    0 Comments
    2023/09/20
    20:10 UTC

    1

    How to boot into Windows installation media when an installation is already present? Reusing SSD in new computer build

    I'm reusing both of my SSDs from my current build in a new one, and one of them serves as the boot drive for Windows 10. If I insert installation media (a disc or USB) after completing the new build, will the installation media boot up automatically or will it just boot into the existing Windows 10 installation?

    A couple of other questions. Will I have to re-initialize the secondary SSD? and should I buy a Windows 11 disc, or install from my existing Windows 10 USB/transfer the license (not sure how to do this)/let Windows Update run the 11 upgrade?

    6 Comments
    2023/09/20
    19:35 UTC

    90

    My grandpa keeps almost anything and I recently found this windows 3.1 book from 1993

    5 Comments
    2023/09/20
    17:15 UTC

    1

    when I listen to audio with VLC and the screen goes to sleep, the sound is muted (desktop PC). Why ?

    Hello,

    I'm running Win 11, I have FXSound ... I think that's where it comes from. But I don't know how to prevent it from cutting my sound when the screen goes to sleep while listening...

    Thanks in advance

    5 Comments
    2023/09/20
    15:30 UTC

    1

    Help... How do I change my windows and download stuff

    I don't know if this is the appropriate sub for this but please help me . So here is the situation.. I found a laptop that nobody used at home but I can't seem to understand how to use it (it is older than me) Note.... I don't know shit about laptops So why I posted this here is because whenever I try to install something or open some link it just says ( please update to windows 10 ) Oh btw it's a Windows 7. ( how to upgrade windows) Laptop is called HP pavilion entertainment pc So yeah I don't know what to do and how to install things + I'll probably get scammed if I don't have information about windows.

    I'm very sorry about this.. if this isn't the appropriate sub please tell me where to post this or where to go. Please excuse my English as it is my third language. Thank you in advance.

    0 Comments
    2023/09/20
    13:33 UTC

    3

    What happens to WFC (Windows Failover Cluster)?

    We have Windows Server 2016 Standard 3 node cluster. If node A is serving as WFC host server, what happens node to B, and C happens if you reboot node A? Is it best to move WFC host server to node B or C before rebooting node A?

    0 Comments
    2023/09/20
    11:56 UTC

    14

    Is it possible to copy/load a system image on a new laptop?

    Hey folks, short question: is it possible to copy/load a system image from an old laptop (Acer/Win 11) to a new one (Lenovo/Win 11)? If yes, could i just be done via the boot manager? Or do i need other tools? Tyvm for your anwsers

    16 Comments
    2023/09/20
    11:29 UTC

    3

    About UAC/User Account Control

    Hi there,

    I'm on Windows 11 Home and TIL that even when using an admin account, I can be prompted to enter credentials when wishing to complete certain admin tasks (with the Prompt for credentials on the secure desktop option either via Local Security Policy or Registry Editor). I would like to use this setting going forward.

    I know that the best practice is to use a standard account all the time, but does using the Prompt for credentials on the secure desktop option offer the same security as using a standard account?

    Thank you.

    3 Comments
    2023/09/20
    05:09 UTC

    0

    Since when did Beats Audio take over Realtek for headphone audio?

    I just updated my Realtek headphone version from 9088 to 9506 and the Beats icon appears in the taskbar instead of the usual Realtek Audio Manager. When did this happen? A corporate merger?

    5 Comments
    2023/09/19
    22:48 UTC

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    Is there something like SBC XQ On windows 10/11 ?

    I have some pretty expensive marshall major 4 headphones, but weirdly enough their Bluetooth quality seems to be slightly worse than their AUX wired audio. And later on I realized that they used the SBC codec, which by default only allows up to 320kbs on audio bitrate, and not always. And apparently there's a work around for android root users, and especially lineage os 16's, which is a thing called SBC XQ/SBC dual channel, which apparently allows up to 550Kbs or even more in audio bitrate. And considering that windows is a very modifiable system, why isn't there anything like SBC XQ made for windows? It believe shouldn't be hard to make a driver capable of doing that ?

    0 Comments
    2023/09/19
    18:46 UTC

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    Help for a senior with a new windows version

    Hoping to get some advice on this. My moms neighbour (also a senior) had a very very old laptop with an old old windows version. The laptop finally died and I gave him one of my laptops with factory installed windows 10 that i no longer use. Unfortunately the interface is so so different that he is really struggling. He doesn’t use it for much, but a couple of times he has accidentally moved or deleted icons or opened 50 email windows.

    Any suggestions how to :

    1. Put an old windows Interface on? Like just a skin?

    Or 2. Lock everything down so he does his standard email and surfing and printing but can’t accidentally move or change stuff?

    He’s not one for change….understandably at his age.

    10 Comments
    2023/09/19
    15:10 UTC

    37

    Windows 95 Windows 98

    A fine day to you all! Found this while I was moving my uncle’s disks. Is it worth anything? Can I use it? Thanks in advance!

    7 Comments
    2023/09/19
    16:38 UTC

    8

    Performance and boot time of Windows 11 on a USB stick?

    Hi guys, my laptop's SSD just died and I need this as an interim solution.

    My laptop has a single USB 3.0 port.

    I am thinking of something like the Amazon.com: SanDisk 256GB Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive - SDCZ430-256G-G46, Black : Electronics

    What is your experience with this usb-based Windows-to-go solution?

    17 Comments
    2023/09/19
    15:05 UTC

    6

    Super fast windows 11 update

    Unusual question here new windows update showed up it said about 3 minutes so I choose option to restart pc and update and for some reason it did just a normal reboot and it showed windows update again ( I couldn’t miss click because I had only sleep , update and turn off and update and restart ) so I did the same thing again it was like normal reboot again but this time there is no more updates to make and everything seems fine anyone know what could happend?

    3 Comments
    2023/09/19
    14:41 UTC

    1

    Help! An old game with Apple logo.

    Hi! I can't remember that game's name, I think I played in Windows 98 or Me. A Galaga type of game, you are a blue ship that fights Apple rainbow logo enemies.

    Any idea? Thank you!

    2 Comments
    2023/09/19
    14:03 UTC

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