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STICKY NOTES

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Sticky Notes is one of the gadgets seen with Windows Vista. The gadget is designed to replicate the old style paper sticky notes that surfaced back in the 1970s. Sticky Notes uses Microsoft’s SQL Server Lite which is the actual store for the notes. Unfortunately the database is not easily found to back it up. …

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MALWARE AND SECURITY

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Malware became apparent early on with the personal computer. Over time security tools became available to combat the problem. Windows Vista and above come with Windows Defender which provides some modicum of security. Other security programs were expected to complement or replace it. In practice many used Windows with no additional security programs in place. …

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TIMEOUT DETECTION & RECOVERY

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Introduced with Windows Vista, the timeout detection and recovery (TDR) feature is intended to deal with driver problems or hardware errors without requiring the user to reboot the system. In Windows XP the machine would simply freeze or show a BSOD. One of the most frequent causes for the TDR error is the lack of …

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DESKTOP WINDOW MANAGER

The Desktop Window Manager is a compositing window manager. This means that each program has a buffer that it writes data to; DWM then composites each program’s buffer into a final image. By comparison, the stacking window manager in Windows XP and earlier (and also Windows Vista and Windows 7 with Windows Aero disabled) comprises …

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WINDOWS DISPLAY DRIVER MODEL

Video cards all have to fulfill some basic functionality to be able to boot DOS etc. Worse they also have to have a small BIOS to contain the bit mask for the characters on the DOS VGA display. Over time the CPU has evolved considerably as engineers have figured out how to ramp up the …

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SYSTEM PROTECTION

System protection is a new feature with Windows Vista and above. It works with NTFS disks which support shadow copies. Generally it works like system restore with files so that if a problem like a bad driver or bad windows update will not cause problems. Everyone knows how bad video card drivers can be, In …

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BITLOCKER

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Bitlocker is an encrypting file system that was designed in part to protect the boot process in Windows. Bitlocker also protects personal files. If a machine is reset, personal files are not recoverable but the machine can be put to use as a new machine. Bitlocker shipped with Windows Vista Business and ultimate. More recent …

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64-BIT PC GAMES

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The move to 64-bit Windows has make the PC the top choice for gaming today. Here at Hardcore Games we have used Windows XP x64, Vista x64, Windows 7x 64, Windows 8 x64 and now Windows 10 x64. We immediately adopted 64-bit Windows XP for computer chess which is incredibly demanding on CPU performance in addition to demanding …

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64-BIT WINDOWS: VRAM

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Video cards have long had more than 512MB VRAM so again x64 is needed to be fully exploit the card. VRAM is shadowed in main memory. The DMA controller copies the assembled frame while the CPU works on the next one. With the GTX Titan X 12GB, at least 32GB of memory is needed to …

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64-BIT WINDOWS: CRAM IT WITH RAM

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32-bit Windows games are limited to 2048MB of main memory and 512MB video memory. 64-bit Windows is backwards compatible with existing games while providing many more resources for the new generation of games. Most gaming rigs have 4 memory slots, we strongly suggest using 4 identical sticks for best results. Some Intel motherboards may have …

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RACKS OF MACHINES

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In the old days people used shelves and tables with computers on them all wired up to the internet. This was common for web servers before machines became powerful enough to be consolidated. As network moved from 10 megabit to 100 megabit it was now possible to run games with remote desktop as easily as …

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REMOTE DESKTOP

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Remote Desktop as it is know today first was provided to Window XP and Windows Server 2003. Previously Terminal Services was used with earlier versions of Windows NT. See racks of machines. Remote Desktop connections are available with the professional versions of Windows. This is not available with the home versions which only have client …

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ERROR CODE 0x00000005

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Error code 0x00000005 can arise in several situations.  Generally it is seen with a corrupt system. This is one of the more generic errors used by the kernel32 level components. SYSTEM FILE CHECKER Open an elevated command prompt and run: sfc /scannow This tool will take several minutes to complete, it will make sure all of …

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ERROR CODE 0X80070005

Error code 0x80070005 is seen with Windows XP and above. This error crops up rarely but it has broad symptoms. We have seen this with Windows 7 restore point. It has also been seen with the Windows store in Windows 8 and above. It has also been seen with Windows updates in XP and up. …

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WINDOWS ACTIVATION

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Windows now requires activation to prevent unlicensed use. Windows XP and higher now use Internet activation. A mechanized phone option is available for those who do not have Internet access. To check your activation status you can press win+r and then slmgr /xpr Windows will then show a dialog that indicates that Windows is permanently …

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