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Recent content by paul1149

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    Windows Update stuck at "Checking for Updates"

    Thank you very much. This was the missing link that solved my problem. A++++ Amazing that MS can't deal with things like this.
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    Flashing BIOS on a Toshiba C875D

    Ok, I got it. I found the routine here. After the flash program expands itself into a directory, there's a platform.ini file that has a BIOS_Version_Check section. Set flag=0, and then flash away.
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    Flashing BIOS on a Toshiba C875D

    Thanks, KYHI, that's a great idea. For some reason, though, both the executables in the bios download require windows. I tried them by booting to FreeDOS. That doesn't make sense, unless the CD burn of the BIOS is a WinPE, and I don't think it is; certainly not with graphics.
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    Flashing BIOS on a Toshiba C875D

    It seems that Toshiba is largely abandoning customer self-support for its laptops. I have a C875D-S7331 that is not registering any audio device. I suspect it was subject to a power surge, and would like to flash the bios. I've already tried driver updates. The Toshiba site shows version 6.10...
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    Please Read: Activation troubleshooting

    Thanks, Superfly. The first sounds like a manufacturing error? The second I can't attest to, as I just bought the machine (in as-is condition). The only thing I can add is that the machine was really wrecked, like I've seldom seen. One rear corner was entirely broken off, top and bottom, and the...
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    Please Read: Activation troubleshooting

    Hi guys. I have an HP 2000 laptop with native Win8 Core. On Factory Reset, it will not activate, saying the key is blocked. I called MS and they said it was an HP problem. I called HP and they want $200-300 to fix it. I installed Win8.1 fresh on a blank drive to make sure it isn't an image...
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    Solved Windows Modules Installer Worker - high CPU for hours

    Looks like I found the answer here: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/2f46738f-75fa-4e48-ba60-79f473aac6f6/windows-modules-installer-worker-is-making-my-computer-hang?forum=w8itproinstall
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    Solved Windows Modules Installer Worker - high CPU for hours

    I'm running a fresh install of 8.1 x64, on a C-60 processor and 4GB RAM. The system was fully updated, then today I did it again with about 175MB of updates. Since then WMIW has been consistently using a lot of CPU - 40 to 60%. I understand it should run for a while. I understand there are two...
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    WinRE cannot auto-repair Win 8.1 startup

    I bit the bullet and am going for a new fresh install. Hopefully that will tidy everything up. Will advise.
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    WinRE cannot auto-repair Win 8.1 startup

    Hi folks, I have a Toshiba C855 laptop, which came with Win8. I restored an image of a fresh install of Win 8.1, from another Toshiba C855 with similar hardware, to its hard drive. Very often with Aomei backupper I have to run Windows repair on the install to get everything in order before it...
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    Pictures are Blank

    Are they initially being saved as .jpg's? It could be a browser setting. Try the download in a different browser. One setting I think everyone should turn off is "hide extensions of known file types" in folder options.
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    Solved Can't find active Administrator account on log on screen

    Ok, I got it. The Ctrl-Alt-Del evidently is defunct. Instead it's simply the Back arrow near the displayed user name.
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    Solved Can't find active Administrator account on log on screen

    I activated the built-in Administrator account in Win8, but the account is nowhere to be found on the log in screen. Is not Ctrl-Alt-Del supposed to bring it up? Thanks, Paul
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    Refresh Windows 8 - Set a Custom Recovery Image as Active

    I think the problem was SmartScreen was set to its max position.
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    Finding my folders and files

    Not sure what you mean, but there are programs that return much of the classic functionality to Win8/8.1. I use Classic Shell, which takes me directly to the desktop, restores the Start Menu, and more.