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  1. #21



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


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    I use RAPID mode on my Samsung 840pro and it rocks. It uses a new algorithm to improve caching that some university in the states wrote a couple of years ago and put out as Libre ware I believe(free and open anyhow). With fast boot and RAPID turned on my computer is at sign in screen before my TV can boot and connect via HDMI.

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  2. #22


    OK, now you guys are just messing with me!!!!!!!!

    I created a startup folder in the ProgramData tree inside the "Start Menu/Program" one, and stuck in a simple program. Rebooted and it worked fine....... So, just for giggles I opened the task manager and ALL THE MISSING STUFF WAS BACK........

    Is it just me, or does 8.1 appear to have a perverse sense of humor?

    In any case, I now have at least 20 things that want to start and I'm gonna get rid of at least 18 of 'em........

    As for RAPID mode, I just need to know which, if any, of the 3 Samsung Magician applications or services or whatever actually need to be running for RAPID to work...
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  3. #23



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Just leave them all on, Magician has Rapid mode, it also warns when/if the disk begins to fail using SMART, and it checks for new firmware/magician updates..
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  4. #24


    Yes I agree with Cliffs, leave the Samsung stuff if you have a SSD for you OS, Rapid mode works on only 1 SSD, I have 2 a Samsung 850 pro 256 OS and 1TB for data, Benchmark show that rapid mode smokes the 1 TB without it. on Benchmark designed for SSD's. on HD Tune the 1 TB actually is a little bit faster. IN Samsung's Magician it show 10 times faster with rapid mode activated.
    As to the rest I tried Win 8 for about 30 minutes and found ClassicShell haven't looked at the metro screen since. There's really no point to it unless you have a tablet or at least a touch screen. Windows 10 is just around the corner and will have a choice on installing for Desktop version or metro or what ever there calling it now. of all the Start programs ClassicShell is the most configurable for some people to many choices are a not good thing so Start8 and start back are a better choice for them

    As far as start up programs go the new Task Manager is great you can turn anything off or on from just one place. I actualy keep it running in the back ground. IE 11 is crap and needs to be killed every few minutes it real easy with task manager running on the desk top.

    The quick launch tool bar is still available and can be install as in Window 7 and XP can't remember if it went back to Window 2000 or not I favor it for my generally used program I don't like cluttered desktop with icons. I do still have my favorite Gadgets and they slow down my start up times but I like them so will keep them until something similar becomes an APP that will run on my desk top Gadget8 creates a window Vista like Gadget bar and contains my favorite gadget of all time Clipboarder.

    If you got on my notebook or workstation you wouldn't know you weren't on a window 7 machine except that is much faster

    I got a flash deal on Amazon for the 1 TB 850 pro at $450 I couldn't pass it up with a 10 year warranty these drives will move with me for 2 more notebooks and I'm sure they will be going grate still even once there obsolete
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  5. #25


    N. Calif
    Posts : 2,591
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    Here's a tutorial from Brink about adding Quick Launch to Taskbar in Win 8.x: Quick Launch - Add to Taskbar in Windows 8
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  6. #26


    Cool. I'll leave Magician alone and check the other bizarre apps and services that have shown up with 8.1!

    I got the new system installed and connected to the editing monitors and all's well...............

    EXCEPT that I'm going blind. I've got BOTH monitors turned down to 6 - 7 % brightness and the white window background is STILL blinding. I haven't done the calibration on the monitors with this video card, and that MAY help slightly, but is there some way to change the blinding white window background color? I've got a medium gray desktop background, and I can control the background and other colors in the image editing tools, but I've gotta find a way to tone down these white windows...
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  7. #27


    You probably, like me, never explored high-contrast themes in Win 7 personalization, because of Aero and enormous color control of windows elements. While they may pose problems with third-party programs' user interfaces, they do allow one to get rid of the blinding white window backgrounds, mostly.
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  8. #28

    ie11


    i actually turn of ie11 via programs>turn windows features on/off. using firefox.
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  9. #29


    Hm... I THOUGHT I put in a reply last night, but I don't see it so I may have just imagined it!

    Yes, I've looked at the high contrast themes, and they DO let me make the window backgrounds less glaring. Unfortunately, it appears from the ones I've checked that they also limit me to TWO desktop colors - GLARING white, and BLACK HOLE black! And changing the desktop color doesn't seem to change the them (presuming I did it right).

    I switched one on last night and when the BLINDING WHITE desktop lit up I thought I'd been pinned by a helicopter search light or had a STROKE!

    I did a bunch of searching and finally found a thing on the web that said all the control over the parts of the theme was REMOVED in 8.1. Has MS just decided we're too stupid to customize the size and color of things or do they just figure we've all lost our minds and spend our time tweeting and taking selfies?

    Anybody got a recommendation for a good, customizable 3rd party tool for controlling the UI them parameters?
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  10. #30


    Yes, I've looked at the high contrast themes, and they DO let me make the window backgrounds less glaring. Unfortunately, it appears from the ones I've checked that they also limit me to TWO desktop colors - GLARING white, and BLACK HOLE black! And changing the desktop color doesn't seem to change the them (presuming I did it right).
    ^^That didn't make sense. There's an entire color palette for you to work with for each of the restricted twelve elements of the desktop under high-contrast themes. Heck, you can themed it in low-contrast and still call it high-contrast.
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