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Old 28th October 2018, 20:07   #41  |  Link
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If you have pre ~2015 hardware I wouldn't install Win7 with Meltdown & Spectre fixes. It can slow down your PC up to ~20%.
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Thanks V, yes a little before 2015, an old Dell Optiplex 780 DT, Q9550 2.83GHz, 12MB Cache, 2nd Gen Core 2 Quad, 45nm.
12GB DDR3, 1TB boot drive, 2TB Data, both Sata III, but on Sata II machine.

EDIT: Its a bit limited for expansion cards, I happen to have a Low Profile (needs be this unless some kind of dell expansion
thing) nvidia GeForce GT 210, maybe I'll try it, maybe not, not decided yet.
Also need to get USB 3.0 expansion card, maybe need PCI express for that instead of video card.

If infected by Spectre etc, I would just reinstall a base image and so is no real problem, just a bit of a nuisance.

EDIT: Backup drives connected only on demand, (I also disconnect from internet when not in use).
I never auto update anything, dont like to be alarmed if I see some furious activity on the internet,
I also switch off System Restore (very first thing I do on a virgin setup), and will not tolerate any interference
of OS regarding 'MY DATA' drives, anything stored on my data drives by some software gets deleted immediately
that I see it, even if I have to reinstall the offending (usually M$) software [usually requires temp removal of all drive letters
excl OS drive C:].
Dont really know what 'TimeShift' (or whatever its called) is, but sounded a bit like System Restore to me, so that got
immediately disabled after update to W10 1809.
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Well deary me !, damn thing went all cock-eyed again, but we found the problem.

It was an install of Avisynth v2.60 standard that fixed the problem for me, and un-froze stuff.
Re-install of Avs+, brought back the problem, and after trying with "AvsMeter AvsInfo" (which was also Freezing its nadds off),
I narrowed it down to this plugin, "AvsFilterNet.dll" :- http://www.mediafire.com/file/4cf2fm...lemDLL.7z/file
Not sure which thread I got it from, maybe MysteryX thread, or the Avisynth_overlay [EDIT: AutoOverlay] thing (most likely I think, [in devs forum]).

Screws up only avs+, not avs standard. Strangely, I can load an avs in Vdub2, but not refresh (save and reload, freezes),
also slips AvsMeter a Micky Finn under avs+ (but not avs standard).

Here tis under avs standard:


EDIT: That was with otherwise empty plugins directory under avs+, the other plugs in image are installed via avs standard.
avs was just installed with avs+ plugins directory remaining in-situ.

EDIT: That is v2.60 avs standard which was ok (not 2.61 alpha, which I have not tried).

EDIT: With avs standard installer, got some kind of "did the program install correctly" type dialog box come up,
(I said yes), and no problems. Dont think same box came up with install of avs+, perhaps related.

EDIT: Just checked, same plugin dll installed on XP and is currently encoding a clip without issue (MeGUI/Avs+).
Perhaps there is some kind permissions problem contributing to the freeze on W7.
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As my yesterday post in News Forum seems to have been rejected by the all-knowing-moderators, I post this here as was previously mentioned in this thread.

ReactOS v4.10 released 6 Nov 2018:- https://www.reactos.org/project-news...-0410-released

Applications tested,:- https://reactos.org/wiki/Tests_for_0.4.10

I shall at some point install on M/c and try see if Vdub2, and Avs+, MeGUI et al works, or not.
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What a coincidence. My World of Warcraft game time expires, so I switch back to my XP x64 partition, come back here for the first time in weeks or months... and you're all talking about XP.

Back in August, I posted a similar thread to this one on the ReactOS forums. it got quite a bit of attention: www.reactos.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=17436

The short version is, XP was the last halfway decent version of Windows, Vista/7/8/10 are all trash, and stuff like Classic Shell can't even fix half of what's wrong with them.

The last time I built a computer, I chose older parts specifically because XP drivers existed for them. I don't regret that decision. I've also said on Facebook that as Windows keeps getting worse and worse, and Linux and WINE keep getting better, Linux will eventually be better at running Windows software than Windows itself will be... if it isn't already.

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I do agree with TheFluff

I was hate win 10 but after I use it I see it good, I was winxp user and I was like it and then switch to win7 for last years since winxp no longer support several new things but I never like win7, but now I kinda like win10, Especially features in Task Manager and how it get new gpu usage in recent updates
Most of those are definitely words.
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Manolito,

Further to your suggestions for file explorer on Win7/10, got me a few here that you may like to try.

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Q-Dir (Quad Explorer):- https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/Q-Dir
Tiny size.
Freeware, No source code.
Very Active Development (Dec 2018).
W98 -> Win 10, x86,x64. (install or portable)
Nice Quad window explorer (changeable number and layout at push of button).
Very Good I love it.
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Double Commander:- https://doublecmd.sourceforge.io/
Open Source, very active development (Object Pascal).
Cross Platform, Install and Portable, x86,x64.
Compatible to Total Commander plugins. Double Commander Plugins available(some with source):- https://github.com/doublecmd/doublecmd/wiki/Plugins
Dont like default fonts, but easily changeable.
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Multi Commander(updated Aug 2018):- http://multicommander.com/
Free Personal, Commercial, Government. Optional donation.
About 7MB,.
Duel panel.
Win XP -> W10, x86 & x64, Install & Portable.
Extensible via scripting/automation and plugins, SDK availble (no source code).
Active Forum.
Seems very good.
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Explorer++:- https://explorerplusplus.com/download
No longer supported (source code available, cpp).
Windows x86,x64 Portable only.
Pretty good single pane.
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Windows File Manager (WinFile)
The Windows File manager was originally released with Windows 3.0 in the early 1990s.
You can read more about the history at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Manager_(Windows).

WinFile on GitHub:- https://github.com/Microsoft/winfile
Binary:-  https://github.com/Microsoft/winfile/releases

Open Sourced by MicroSoft(April 2018) (Updated for Win10/10.1, June 2018).
Changed from original source to compile in recent Visual Studio and run on recent Windows.
Windows W98->W10, Portable, x86,x64.
Requires VS CPP 2017 Runtimes.
Basic and portable, familiar to many.
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6 Best Free File Managers Alternatives To File Explorer:- https://fossbytes.com/best-free-file-managers-windows-10-alternatives/

26 best file managers for Windows:- https://www.slant.co/topics/2404/~best-file-managers-for-windows
I love the Q-Dir one, and both Commander's could well be useful.

EDIT: Above the ones I liked out of about 10 of the best.
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Thanks!! Sounds like Q-Dir is your top pic. I'll give that a try.
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I used to be a big fan of sophisticated file managers in the old days. Under DOS this was of course Norton Commander, later XTree became my favorite. Then under Windows I used ZTree (XTree for Win), Speed Commander, TNT (The Next Tool) and of course Win Commander (M$ later forced them to change the name to Total Commander). I get a little nostalgic now. None of my friends is comfortable with file managers, they get scared immediately.

Today its just Total Commander and Explorer++ for me. I stopped upgrading Total Commander a few years ago, it is just perfect as it is. And Explorer++ is on all my WinPE (or WinRE) based disaster recovery CDs. But I will sure take the time and test some of the stuff in your compilation...


RE using a different search utility under Win7:

IMO M$ started to cripple searching even under XP. I still have Win98 on my machine, and I soon found out that the Win98 search would find files when I was searching for files containing a certain string while under XP I would not get any results. Turned out that under XP only files with certain known extensions would be searched for content.

Starting with Win7 searching from within Explorer became totally useless, and there are 2 replacements which I recommed:

The first one is FileSearchEX. Looks identical to the old Explorer search, nothing new to get used to. Only drawback that it is not free, and I found that searching for files containg a string is not always all that reliable.

The other one is EffectiveFileSearch, and this is my real favorite. It is free, it is fast (much faster than RaffRiff's tool) and totally reliable. Check it out...


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I get a little nostalgic now. None of my friends is comfortable with file managers, they get scared immediately.
Same here. I'm not young anymore, and when my younger colleagues (even ones in their 30's, in IT!) say that they don't have the slightest clue what I'm talking about, then I'm freaking out!
Probably it's also the influence of Mac OS.
I also always used it on every OS: NC, FAR Manager, TC, MC, Gnome Commander, muCommander, etc

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Today its just Total Commander
I also only use Total Commander at home, actually never used anything else on Windows at home.

At work I can't use it (obviously), so I found Double Commander 2 years ago as a free/opensource replacement for it (it's meant to have the same functionality as TC).

I only search via these commander apps (ALT+F7).

Honestly, I never understood how other people can live without a commander type file manager
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I never understood how other people can live without a commander type file manager
I suppose that they simply don't know anything else than Windows Explorer. They are used to using copy/paste and drag 'n drop and most of them would find it difficult to adapt to a 'proper' file manager.

In my job I have to move/copy files all the time and I'd be lost without my beloved Far Manager. I've been using it since the mid 90's and am now on FAR3 which I compile myself with some code customisations.

Before FAR it was Norton Commander for Windows/DOS and before that a MS-DOS 3.3 command prompt.
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Far Manager, looks a lot like MC [EDIT: mc in linux] (Midnight Commander) on Linux (one of the first progs I D/L on linux install since the 90's).
Have down'ed it and will give a try.
I gave up on Xplorer2, find the [Pro Only] thing all over the menus somewhat irritating.

FreeManager, may have gotten a mention if it were not "x64 version for donators only", many others to try so that was its death knell.

Explorer++ is very good, but dropped down in my rank only because of 'no longer supported', although people seem to keep trying to fork it with
some kind of failed fork/compilation status. (I took copy of cpp source in case I ever wanna play with it).

What Q-DIR looks like:

EDIT: The many little boxes above top right pane are the "Panel count /Layout" rapid selection buttons, one of its best features I think,
no messing about resizing and that.

Search Progs,
FileSearchEX, ignored, simply because Win7+ only.

EffectiveFileSearch, down'ed and will give a try. (Watch out, I downloaded it about 20 times before I realized that it had completed successfully every time,
I thought I was having connection problems, but it was downing just so quick-and I was expecting jump to another web page).

SearchMyFiles (From NirSoft, one of their massive collection of utils):- https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html
Looks like this

Is fast and good, all of his stuff is.

EDIT: I tried out ReactOs latest version, very disappointing, think less stable than previous version.
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<snip>Turned out that under XP only files with certain known extensions would be searched for content.

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You can get WinXP to search for ALL files. There is a tweak to the registry that will do this. If you are interested, I'll go to my lab notes and post it. It will only take you five seconds to fix it.

Thanks for all the useful ideas for other alternatives to the horrible Win7 (and beyond) Explorer.
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Yes, please...
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To fix XP so it searches through ALL files, change
FilterFilesWithUnknownExtensions in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ContentIndex. Set it to 1.
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Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ContentIndex]
"FilterFilesWithUnknownExtensions"=dword:1
To Switch off, copy and rename to eg
DoNot_SearchUnknownExtensions.reg
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Thanks so much, works beautifully...

And of course StainlessS beat me with the REG file...


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Some Copier type stuff,

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6 Best TeraCopy Alternatives:- https://beebom.com/teracopy-alternatives/
15 Free File Copy Tools Tested for the Fastest Transfer Speeds:- https://www.raymond.cc/blog/12-file-copy-software-tested-for-fastest-transfer-speed/2/
EDIT: above is page 2 of 2.
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TeraCopy:- https://www.codesector.com/teracopy
Wikipedia:- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TeraCopy
v3.26 (Oct 2017, x86 x64)
v2.3 (Last for XP)
# According to some, is bugged on Win10 (June 2018).
Replaces system copier.
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ExtremeCopy Free v2.1.0 (pro $20.00)
x86, x64. (portable available)
Replaces system copier.
Pretty good, Pause and Verify (verify on copy only, not move. Slow over network).
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Fast Copy (one of the fastest available - Installer is also Uninstaller).
https://fastcopy.jp/en/
Nov 2018
Deep Paths
Source available (cpp).
XP->W10, x86 x64
DOES NOT Replace system copier. (Special 'Paste' in context menu, system copy still available, eg TeraCopy, ExtremeCopy or Windows Sys Copy)
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Copy Handler (Nov 2016 - Beta 2017 with mem leak fixed(seems better), development stalled)
https://www.copyhandler.com/
https://sourceforge.net/projects/copyhandler/
Forum:- https://forum.copyhandler.com/
Open Source cpp.
XP->W10
DOES NOT Replace system copier. (Special 'Paste' in context menu, system copy still available)
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UltraCopy (Dec 2018)
https://ultracopier.first-world.info/
Cross Platform
XP->W10, x32, x64.
Install in Win Explorer Only (Not Q-Dir)
Forum, seems not to work or maybe have to login.
Crashed on first time use Win7, give it a miss (at least at the moment, in active development).
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OTHER COPIER STUFF
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RichCopy (Discontinued, Microsoft, In-house copy utility with command line support)
Wikipedia:- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RichCopy
Guide:- http://www.etcwiki.org/wiki/RichCopy_Guide
2009, v4.0.217.0
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/keithcombs/2009/03/22/richcopy-bulk-file-copy-tool-released-get-it-here/
Weird name download "HoffmanUtilitySpotlight2009_04.exe", is just a self extracting zip.

Command option update:- https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/ken/2009/05/20/command-option-update/
There are some errors in helpfile installed by RichCopy setup program, such as no description of file and directory filtering.
    >RichCopy.exe <source path> <destination> <flags>
    <n> numbers
    <s> string
    <t> date/time
    RichCopy has a feature to help you generating necessary command parameters.
        Switch Basic to Advanced mode from View menu
        Change copy setting in property dialog
        Change tab to "Other'
    You will find command parameters equivalent to what you have configured.
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RoboCopy (Command line) for Windows XP, (Server 2003 Resource Kit)
https://www.microsoft.com/en-za/download/confirmation.aspx?id=17657
Wikipedia:- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robocopy
Builtin for Vista+
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RoboCopy GUI (Microsoft, req Microsoft .NET Framework v2.0[works ok on W7])
XP+, TechRepublic:- https://www.techrepublic.com/article/get-a-gui-for-robocopy-in-windows-xp/
Weird name download:- UtilitySpotlight2006_11.exe, self extracting zip.
Even if you stick with system copier or TeraCopy, FastCopy is a good addition (with pause, verify, shutdown on completion).

I'm guessin' that the RichCopy/RoboCopy stuff could completely replace your backup software.
EDIT: There is Also WinRoboCopy, but I skipped that in favour of the M$ one (latest 2016, Last XP one I found from 2012[cnet]).
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Thanks StainlessS for this compilation,,,

Personally I was only concerned about getting corrupted files without any error message, so I pretty much switched to Teracopy or the Total Commander internal copy routine.

For Teracopy I should mention that I still use the older version 2.3. Newer versions caused some problems for me, and they do not work under XP. Even version 2.3 has an issue with 7-zip under XP (but not under Win7 64bit using the same 7-zip version).


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Win7 Update Disaster Jan. 2019

After the recent catastrophic Win10 update experiences Microsoft now turns its attention to Win7 users...

The current Jan 2019 update contains two bad errors:
1. Network shares can no longer be accessed under certain conditions.
2. For users in corporate environments the KMS activation was killed, workstation computers now report that their Win7 installation is no longer genuine.

So Win7 users beware...


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