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    Failed update "Upgrade to Windows 10 Home"

    I just noticed that everytime I hit "check for new updates" a failed update is added to my update history called "Upgrade to Windows 10 Home" (3 so far). It has no KB number. The error number is 80240020. When I click on more info or help it goes to the microsoft "Windows 10 Insider Preview"...
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    Solved Invalid URL displaying malware window

    Check your DNS settings in your PCs and/or router. If that's been hijacked then you don't know where you'll wind up!
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    We all know what can slow down a computer but....

    You should leave it running idle for a few hours or overnight. Windows has periodic maintenance tasks that run when the computer is idle, and by shutting down the computer when you are done with it these tasks are probably all sitting there dying to run. Letting then all finish should allow them...
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    who and why is anyone going for the free Win10 upgrade ?

    For my laptop - Yes, because Win 10 will presumably be supported longer than Win 8.1. I will keep an image of my 8.1 installation for a while until 10 proves to be as reliable as 8. I have not had an OS crash or blue screen since 10/2013. I normally sleep my computer so it runs for weeks...
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    how to prevent use of computer by others

    If it is a desktop you could take the hard drive(s) out and ship the rest. A hard drive won't take up much room at all, cushion it with your socks. Google images of hard drives to see what it looks like.
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    HDD got frozen need help badly

    Under some conditions my bios will say that the Hard Drive password is "frozen", is that what you are seeing? If so then it may be waiting for a password. Are you seeing a small dialog in the middle of the screen? If so, (possibly hit enter first) enter the password. Here is some help from acer...
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    Solved Inspired

    It won't lose weight because the hard drive always carries the full complement of bits that it can store. It either contains random bits or the organized bits that you store there. Same for RAM. Now if you could find a way to fill it with helium...
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    Solved WI FI urgent question

    The leach could also do nefarious things and when traced they would come back to your friend's IP address.
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    Should I upgrade to Windows 8 or just stick with Windows 7

    I don't know about game play, but in a little over a month you will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. I would wait. Here is some info from MS: Windows 10 FAQ & Tips â
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    Optional updates listed under important updates

    They are "only" important, so they are optional. "Critical" updates are not optional. MS-speak at its finest.
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    Macrium Reflect Rescue Media Boot up Question

    You still need a separate bootable rescue disk in case your hard drive fails completely, right?
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    Samsung Smart TV wireless connection to router? Advice?

    They are watching you: Your Samsung SmartTV Is Spying on You, Basically - The Daily Beast
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    repair my 64GB SD card which can't be opened and formatted

    I bought a 64gb micro SD card for my phone. I tried to format it on my PC to FAT32 format and Windows could not do it. I put it in my Android phone and the phone asked if I wanted to format it. I said yes and it worked. So if you or a friend have an Android phone you may want to give it a try.
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    Installed TrueCrypt and password already exists...

    If it is going to encrypt something it needs you to enter the password you want to use first. You should carefully read the truecrypt documentation before you start encrypting stuff. It would be wise to have a complete image backup of your system stashed away before you start. Keep in mind that...
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    computer ultra SLOW. System Interrupts. how do i stop it

    You may have a hardware problem, maybe hard disk failing? Check this out: What is the â
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    "Your system administrator has blocked this program" help?

    Maybe it is your anti-virus blocking and the program contains a virus.
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    Windows 8.1 Not restoring from a restore point

    I had the same problem with SFC /Scannow and I ran the long "DISM" line in the 3rd entry of this thread - that fixed it. Took a while to run. sfc /scannow not repairing corruptions Regarding system restore not working: System restore points appear to be saved shadow copies. Twice I have had...
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    Solved Applications For Macrium Reflect Disc Imaging

    Another way to use macrium reflect is to mount the image and explore it for the particular files you need. To do this use "explore image" on the restore menu. This way you can restore files without reloading everything.
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    Office too old?

    I'm using Office 2000, works fine (I don't use the email program)!
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    Any idea on what is causing slowdowns?

    I have noticed this too, I also sleep the computer when not in use. My theory: Sleeping the system when you are not using it results in the system not having any idle time to run maintenance stuff like defrag, file search indexing, etc. I found that if I just leave it running and walk away once...