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    Restore factory W8?

    Microsoft specifically block upgrades beyond the Anniversary Update for these Clover Trail machines.... Running an unsupported OS would probably explain that. MS specifically state that Clover Trail should not use anything beyond 1607, and that they will provide 1607 updates exclusively for...
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    Restore factory W8?

    You probably know this already, but for others reading this thread: the Clover Trail Atoms cannot be upgraded beyond W10 version 1607. Microsoft have extended 1607 support to 2023 - but only for Clover Trail machines...
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    Can I recover permanently deleted files?

    Yes, when a file is deleted the data isn't wiped from the disk, just the sectors it is written to will be marked as free to be reused. Data can be recovered, but only if those sectors haven't been written to yet. The more the PC has been used after deletion, the less chance there is to recover...
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    Can you upgrade from Win 8 / 8.1 to Win 10 free?

    You need to be on Windows 8.1 for continuing support. Windows 8.0 support ended in January 2016. Mainstream support for 8.1 has ended, but Extended support will continue to deliver security fixes until January 2023. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/lifecycle/faq/windows#windows-81
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    windows device drivers

    Welcome to Eight Forums. Go to Lenovo Support and enter the name or serial number of your PC. That should take you to a page with the specific downloads for your machine. Home - PC Support - Lenovo Support
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    reset in windows 8?

    Welcome to Eight Forums. Yes, you can. See this tutorial. https://www.eightforums.com/threads/reset-windows-8.2302/
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    prefect/superfetch performance difference ?

    Apparently.... According to this manual on Manualslib.com Load Performance Defaults If you select this item and press Enter a dialog box will appear. If you select [OK], and then Enter, the Setup Utility loads a set of performance default values. These default settings are quite demanding...
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    prefect/superfetch performance difference ?

    The overheads of the operating system are going to be a factor. Windows 7 almost certainly has lower overheads than Windows 8.1. I can demonstrate that. I have a test machine with Macrium images I can restore, each with identical software installed but running under a different OS. As this is...
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    prefect/superfetch performance difference ?

    I use CrystalDiskInfo to read a drive's specs, including rotation speed and SMART data. For performance testing I use CrystalDiskMark. Both are available as portable apps. https://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/crystaldiskinfo_portable...
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    prefect/superfetch performance difference ?

    According to the specs for your Dell Dimension 4600 here on Cnet it has a 7200 rpm HDD. If your other machine has a normal 5400 rpm HDD then that could explain the difference. 15 seconds / 7200 x 5400 = 11.25 seconds, near enough the same as the 10 seconds you measured.
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    Need HELP with Windows 8.1!

    Actually I have some of those pieces of paper from MS, though my most recent ones do say 'Windows NT4'. Still, you now know where to come for some vintage support :rofl: Many of the same helpful people are also on the sister-site Ten Forums if you want help taming the Asus. There's one...
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    Solved Site's thumbnail in Firefox's Top Sites page

    Yes, seems the most likely explanation. FF is like a dog with an old bone as far as the thumbnails for these tiles are concerned. It can take a lot to convince it to let go sometimes - for any site, not just this one. Thread is 'Solved' in that the cause has been removed, now any...
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    Solved Site's thumbnail in Firefox's Top Sites page

    I'm still getting the music icon returning after a while. However, only when I use an https url FYI This works to retain the correct thumbnail: http://www.eightforums.com/whats-new/ ...and despite being http it takes me to the https site when I click on the tile in FF. But this will soon get...
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    Solved Site's thumbnail in Firefox's Top Sites page

    Apparently not. It's just happened again after another push notification.
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    Solved Site's thumbnail in Firefox's Top Sites page

    Hmmm, I keep getting the music icon reappearing at odd intervals. I can always get FF to forget it and go back to normal, but it doesn't stick for more than a day or so. It's just happened again, this time I noticed that it changed immediately after a push notification for one of my watched...
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