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    Windows 8.1 support will end on January 10, 2023

    Probably not. None of the Windows 7 ESU update are available there, not publicly anyway. Apparently the procedure for Windows 7 was that you had to install the E.xtended Security Updates (ESU) Licensing Preparation Package, then enter your purchased ESU MAK key. Only then would you have access...
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    Using DOS in Windows 8.1

    Not quite - DOS was an entire operating system, with a command line interpreter named COMMAND.COM. From Windows XP onwards the underlying OS is Windows NT, with a CMD.EXE interpreter that supports the same command set as DOS.
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    Using DOS in Windows 8.1

    And I had just prepared a screenshot for you, won't need it now. ;) Yes, the root of C:\ is protected in W8 and above. Another useful command line tool is the Pipe command | which pipes the result of one command to another. For example, piping to the Find command.
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    Windows 8.1 support will end on January 10, 2023

    From the full article in the link above: As far as I am aware using an ISO to perform an in-place upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 still gets activated with a digital licence for Windows 10. It certainly did for a Windows 7 machine I upgraded last week, I don't see why Windows 8.1...
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    8.1 just for fun

    Given enough determination on the part of the user Windows 11 can be made to run on almost anything, no matter how far below the official requirements ;) The one above is so far below spec it's practically a submarine :D Let's install Windows 11 on a incompatible hardware - post #37
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    SSD Technical ?

    Wear levelling and TRIM are not the same thing. But they do work together. Wear Levelling spreads the writes around the SSD to even out the wear on the cells. By preference it will write to pages that are known not to contain any valid data. But deleting a file does not necessarily let the SSD's...
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    Is GPT UEFI not compatible with W8?

    Not quite. Microsoft now require OEMs to provide a minimum of 64GB storage before they will licence a device to be supplied with Windows 10 pre-installed. This is why you no longer see Windows PCs with 32GB eMMC drives on the market. While 32GB is sufficient to install and run Windows 10, it is...
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    Is GPT UEFI not compatible with W8?

    The free version of MiniTool Partition Wizard should work too. There's a tutorial for this on Ten Forums. https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/85750-convert-mbr-disk-gpt-disk-windows-10-a.html
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    8.1 just for fun

    The MBDA supports 1024x600 on my netbook (Acer Aspire One D270, Intel Atom N2600)
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    password reset fail

    Glad to see you got the files off successfully. If the upgrade to W10 fails, then you could capture the activation status of the curent W8 and use it to activate a clean install of W10. https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/23354-clean-install-windows-10-directly-without-having-upgrade-first.html
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    password reset fail

    If you are just concerned with retrieving the files, then there's no need to remove the hard drive. Use Option Two to enable the Administrator account then sign in and use that to get the files. https://www.eightforums.com/threads/built-in-administrator-account-enable-or-disable-in-windows-8.9650/
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    8.1 Pro - volume license key. NO updated drivers?

    That sounds about right. You won't find anything newer for Windows 8 64 bit on ASRock's own site. ASRock seem to have stopped supporting this motherboard at Windows 8. For Windows 8.1 and above they just provide the audio driver. https://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/960GC-GS%20FX/#Download By the...
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    What is the difference between window 8.1 and windows 10?

    That sounds about right for a system that has an HDD. A more powerful processor and an SSD would be quicker, but still be in the tens of minutes. 90 seconds for a full upgrade would be a miracle, even a recent clean install I did on a system with a 10th gen i7 and an m2 NVMe SSD took 10 minutes.
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    8.1 pro Unable to open as administrator

    Yes. Restoring a system image made before the changes would resolve the issue, putting the PC back to exactly how it was at the time the image was made. It is always a sensible precaution to make regular system images with something like Macrium Reflect Free. Going back to a Restore Point could...
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    8.1 pro Unable to open as administrator

    Welcome to Eight Forums dane5547 No, it's far worse than that. The 'Yes' button in the UAC screenshot is greyed out and you are not offered the choice of any other administrator account to use. That means that there are NO administrator accounts available on this PC. If there were any other...
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    8.1 just for fun

    It's fun testing the limits of old hardware. I have an Acer netbook too, but a little newer than yours. It came with Win7 Starter, boasts a whole 2GB RAM and a 1024x600 10" screen. Currently it's running Win10 x86 and gets regular use as my 'take-away' device for some light web browsing while...
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    Lost my BIOS key

    From the OP's initial post, they couldn't get into the bios using the F2 key at start up... I have a similar Toshiba model, the L750, and I can assure you that turning on Fast Startup in Windows will bypass the bios screen where you could have pressed those keys at start up. This is because...
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    Lost my BIOS key

    The topic was posted in 2013, and no, it just meant that the OP had lost the ability to get into the bios by pressing the F2 key at start up. And as others have pointed out, this was due to having Fast Start up enabled in Windows.
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    New VLC update issues?

    You could try increasing the cache. Disabling hardware acceleration may help too. More here..... https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows/fix-for-vlc-skipping-and-lagging-playing-high-def-video-files/
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    What is the difference between window 8.1 and windows 10?

    That's anything up to 35 days in the Advanced options. In both Home and Pro the update to the next version of W10 remains optional until shortly before your current version reaches end of support. And there is as lot more control in Pro than in Home through Group policies. Then there are also...
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