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    Why are Recent shortcuts (automatic & customs destinations) still stored although options disabled?

    In Windows 10 v21H2 I disabled in Settings--->Personalization---->START - Show recently added apps=Off and - Show recently opened items in Jump List an Start=Off But when I go to folders - C:\Users\tob\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations\ and -...
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    How to detect from within Win10 if "Fast Boot" is enabled (in BIOS)?

    Users can disable "Fast" Boot" in BIOS. But is there a way to check from a running Windows 10 if "Fast Boot" is currently enabled or not? Assume the local Windows 10 Pro was previously installed WITH enabled "Fast Boot" in UEFI-BIOS. Later (after installation) I disabled "Fast Boot". Will this...
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    Win7 without running Firewall="Allow all" or "block all" as default (for file sharing)?

    Assume I have a Windows 7 system. The Firewall is completely disabled or corrupt. So when another computer in (Private Workgroup) LAN tries to connect to this Windows 7 system what should happen? Is the default (e.g. for File Sharing) ALLOW ALL or BLOCK ALL File Sharing requests from other...
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    check if "trim" is enabled for SSD not working?

    User can check if the "trim" function for the SSD is currently enabled by entering the following command: fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify If I enter this command in my Win10 then the following result is shown: C:\Users\pet>fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify NTFS...
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    How to repair Firewall (service) - Options in dialog partially missing

    On a computer with Windows 7 I started the built-in Firewall dialog. Much to my surprise the Firewall does NOT show the full, usual firewall setup dialog but only a part of it. It looks like as the left dialog in the attached snapshot. If I click on the button "Use recommended settings"...
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    How to change default "Download" & "My Documents" folders from commandline + Registry?

    How can I let Windows how the current default "Downloads" and "My Documents" folders from COMMAND LINE? How can I change from COMMAND LINE the default "Downloads" and "My Documents" folders to lets say "D:\myspecial\"? How can I change directly in Registry the default "Downloads" and "My...
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    Creating System Restore Point and Restoring with "vssadmin" possible?

    Yes, I know how to create a System Restore Point with built-in dialog or 'wmic' or Powershell. But I want to know if it is possible to create a System Restore Point with the core Volume Shadow Copy tool "vssadmin" as well? Can I similarly at least perform a Restore from a previously created...
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    Decision if 'public' or 'private' network only important for current, local LAN segment?

    When I setup a connection (LAN or WLAN) I have to define if this connection should be part of a "public" or "private" network. This network type is only important for accesses and issues INSIDE the current (LAN) network segment until the next router. It is NOT relevant for accesses from outside...
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    How to find out if a certain USB flash drive supports USB 3.0 or 3.1 or only 2.0?

    Assume I have an USB flash drive with unknown brand and model label. The only thing I can say it has not a new USB-C plugin and its capacity. But what I want to know is the highest support USB version. So if it is USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 or only USB 2.0 How can I find it out? I guess via right...
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    Prgm crashes because of missing *.ocx and *.ocx.mui files in WinPE - Manual assignment possible?

    I used a utility for years without problems on Win7 and Win10. Recently I wanted to add it now to an USB flash drive which boots into a Windows 10 WinPE environment. Unfortunately the tool crashes with the popup notification: "The code execution cannot proceed because hhctrl.ocx was not...
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    How to uninstall .NET v4.8? Disabling without uninstalling possible?

    How can I uninstall an existing .NET v4.8? Does uninstalling .NET v4.8 automatically install the previous version .NET v4.7 or .NET v4.5 or does it uninstall ALL v4.* versions? Is there a way to just disable but not completely uninstall all .NET v4.* versions? .NET v3.* should be the last...
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    How to install minimum WinPE onto USB-Flash drive PLUS portable program + auto-start?

    Assume I have a running portable program on my Windows 10 system. Its works. Now I want to run it from USB flash drive on various computers without leaving traces. At first the USB flash drive should boot a Windows 10 system from it. Then afterwards automatically start the target program (in...
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    Refresh File Explorer with F5?

    In former times in Windows 7 users can press F5 to refresh the current state of Windows Explorer. When I try to do the same now in Windows 10 File Explorer then from the right side a pane appears instead. How can I change the meaning of F5? I would like to keep the F5-refresh association. Tobias
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    Dramatic difference between hard disk transferrate "sequential" vs. "random" access?

    I have connected my computer through USB 3.0 cable with an external (backup) hard disk (Hitachi HDS724040ALE640, SATA III, 7200rpm, 4TB, NTFS formatted, empty). The USB controller in external case box and the USB port on mainboard are USB 3.0 compatible. When I benchmark now the transfer rate...
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    Disable auto-start Edge and Meet Now?

    When I look at the auto-start list then I found an entry for edge browser "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe" --type=service /prefetch8 Furthermore "Meet Now" icon appears in Systray. How can I disable auto-start of the two programs? Is it necessary to uninstall...
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    Feature Upgrade: NO + Quality/Security Updates YES not possible?

    Users cannot (at least in v2004) allow Quality=Security Updates but disable Feature updates (=to next major release). Is this correct?
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    Recommended cluster vs. sector size for 6TB hard disk? Diff? Optimize random access speed

    Whats the recommended cluster and sector size for 4TB or 6TB hard disk (formatted with NTFS)? It should be optimized for random access speed. Whats the difference between cluster and sector size at all? And which one has more impact on the random access speed? Toby
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    Check from cmdline (with MSASCui or MpCmdRun) if Defender is running?

    How can I check from command line if Defender is currently enabled? How can I check from command line if Defender is currently enabled AND RealTimeProtection enabled? I don't know if the tools MSASCui.exe and MpCmdRun.exe are suitable for this task. If Defender is disabled they probably don't...