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    I done it again!

    I had once a Compaq laptop with a first generation AMD 64 CPU. This could take Windows XP x64, Windows Vista and 7 64-bit, but not Windows 8 64-bit or higher due to lack of the required instructions in the CPU. The most modern you could install on it was Windows 10 32-bit. It worked with Windows...
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    I done it again!

    Yes, I have seen many users dumping an old computer because they think it is useless. Just add an SSD, install a Windows 10 or 11, make it lighter and you have a good computer. My test laptop is a 2006 era Acer Extensa with mobile Intel dual core CPU, 4GB RAM, SSD 250GB, Intel 945G graphics and...
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    Solved Help needed - locked out

    Don't worry about the drivers, you can use another computer to download all drivers from Dell support site, use the service tag to choose the appropriate model. It will much better to clean install Windows 7 or higher, install drivers and then your applications, than use an unknown old...
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    I done it again!

    As far as I know 32-bit only CPUs are either Intel Pentium 4 socket 478 (or earlier) or Intel Atom netbooks/tablets. The former lack the required NX/PAE feature to run Windows 8/8.1 or 10 32-bit, but you can hack the kernel to run Windows 8/8.1 32-bit. Only problem is that each major update that...
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    mouse cursor only moving when I left or right click.

    I just proposed a solution to help other posters, not the OP.
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    mouse cursor only moving when I left or right click.

    Bingo! I know what it is! Is your mouse wireless? If yes, then it is in sleep mode to preserve battery. To use it you must wake it up by clicking either button. I have one too. After some time being idle is goes into sleep again and you have to click again to use it. Not really convenient. but...
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    Screen Recording Software

    Depending on your system speed these applicatons may record video with a few only frames per second in HD. An alternative is get a cheap HDMI capture card or USB. It is a device that accepts a signal from an HDMI source and records it in your computer. See the picture below. You then connect...
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    Can i install windows 8.1 OVER ubuntu?

    To dual boot Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu you have to shrink the partition of one to make room. Then use the unallocated space to install the other. If you have Windows 8.1 right-click on My Computer and select Manage to open Computer Management. Then go at Disk Manager section. Right-click on the...
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    My cursor can only move if it right click

    Did you accidentally drop it? Also clean the base, especially the middle where the light is. If it gets dirty there, it cannot properly detect movement.
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    I done it again!

    Office 2019 and 2021 require Windows 10 or 11. Also some games require Windows 10 or 11. With a patched kernel we could fake Windows version and use them. In Windows 98 with kernelEX this is done from Properties, Compatibility tab. Instead of defining an earlier version you define a later...
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    I done it again!

    I have seen a third-party kernel for Windows 98 (kernelEx) that allows you to run some Windows 2000 and XP programs (such as Firefox 4.0 or newer) in Windows 98. It would be great if such as kernel for Windows 7 and 8.1 existed that would make it fully compatible with Windows 10/11 applications...
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    Can i install windows 8.1 OVER ubuntu?

    It probably was. I would wipe Ubuntu and clean install Windows. Then I would install Ubuntu on a virtual machine, just in case I want to play with it. Yes, "play" is the correct term, Ubuntu is not for replacing my desktop since I hate being restricted in both hardware and software. I hate the...
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    8.1 just for fun

    For McBuilder.exe see here: mcbuilder.exe Windows process - What is it? As for the CPU fan, in many BIOS the default setting is "smart Fan enabled" which means the CPU fan will either rotate slowly and speedup when CPU reaches a defined temperature, or it will be idle until that temperature. I...
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    8.1 just for fun

    Even if drivers were installed automatically, I would manually download and install the latest graphics drivers to make sure I get the best performance of the computer.
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    8.1 just for fun

    When installing any software I prefer the custom installation so I can change the default location if needed and also control what is getting installed. I make sure to uncheck any unwanted software.
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    8.1 just for fun

    Google Chrome often installs along with other software as an offer. I hate it when I have a couple of tabs open and Chrome has over ten instances loaded in Task Manager draining my computer resources. For a full recovery of Firefox from backup see my previous post.
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    8.1 just for fun

    For anyone interested, to save you time to backup all your data, either use a spare disk (and copy your data back from the original disk after the clean installation) or do a new Windows installation on the same disk WITHOUT formatting. Choose the largest partition (where Windows is) and...
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    8.1 just for fun

    Of course, a fresh installation with all drivers properly installed always has better performance than an old installation. That's why a clean installation is preferred when upgrading the hardware or replacing the whole computer. But if like me you have tons of data and hundreds of software to...
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    8.1 just for fun

    Windows Update might have installed the proper graphics drivers automatically but if you want maximum performance and access to the Graphics control panel I strongly recommend to manually download and install latest graphics drivers directly from manufacturer (Intel, Nvidia or AMD).
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    8.1 just for fun

    Next time we have to build a new Ryzen PC for a customer (and hopefully adequate time), I will try to install Windows 8.1 on a spare disk just for the experience. I will start a new thread "Let's install Windows 8.1 on a new computer" and report my experience in detail, including if I could...
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