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  1. I understand it is illegal to make a call to 911 unless you have a real emergency... and also that all cellphones should be capable of making a 911 call, even if they don't have a sim card installed. I have a new one that came with a manual (as bad as it is...!!) that makes that promise. Is there any legal way to test a cellphone to ensure it will actually work if needed...? Seem there should be a test number or something for that purpose...!!!! Thanks...!
  2. Awhile ago I downloaded and installed the AOMEI Backupper program on my Win 7 desktop "backup" machine, just to check it out before installing it on my workhorse Win 10 machine. It worked just fine. I made a clone of the Win 7 system HDD, swapped it in, and it booted up just like the original. Then I did the same on the Win 10 machine. NO LUCK...! Then some time later I found a more recent version of the same program, so I tried again, using the Win 7 machine for first test. But it would not complete the installation. Then I realized I had not uninstalled the older program...... DUMB...! So I tried to uninstall it, but got an error message saying the program was corrupted and could not be uninstalled (presumably by the vendor's uninstall program). Does Windows have a way of uninstalling such a corrupted program....? Thanks...!
  3. I know email is generally not encrypted. I needed another email address so went looking for one that provided encryption. I found this one: https://protonmail.com/ Also seems to be free... Almost too good to be true... It has a real impressive website...! Anyone here have any experience with it....? Thanks...!
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    Windows 10 Recovery

    Hi CW, I just ran across this thread and find it maybe describes a solution to my problem, which is backup and restore ability for my Acer Win 10 desktop machine which came loaded and ready to run, so I got no source DVD with it. I see those 2 links you give above now provide update to an April 2018 version. Does MS keep the latest version on those links, and will they update all previous versions to the latest...? Will those two links provide a solution to the problem of a failed HDD...? I find I am able to create a system image backup drive, but I've never been able to restore it into another HDD. I have successfully created a Boot-Up Flash drive, which will boot up the machine, but it never will jump thru all the hoops MS has set in the path of loading the system image into the new HDD -- i.e. restoring the system. Thanks much for any comments.....!!
  5. I am desperate to back up my Win 10 desktop...! MS tools will NOT work (can create system backup image BUT restore always hangs...!) I have downloaded and attempted cloning with AMEIO Backupper, but the clone it creates will never boot up. My machine now has not been backed up in 3 years...! So I just downloaded a Win 10 version (2.08.0) of XXCLONE, which was the last version since creator Pixielabs folded up. In the past I have successfully used XXCLONE on previous computers from Win2000 thru WinXP. So I was hopeful this would work. But noooo... now Win 10 will not even allow me to install it, giving error message that it is obsolete and giving me advice to visit the Pixielab website... which of course no longer exists....!! Does anyone here know of a work-around to get past this MS foolishness....? Pixielabs did have 4 releases of XXCLONE prior to folding up in 2017, so there's a good chance it would work on mine dating from 2015.... Thanks....!
  6. I have an Acer desktkop. I have successfully created a backup "system image" hard disk and a boot flash drive, as described in Lambert's "Windows 10 Step by Step". But when I attempt to use these to re-create my system on a new hard drive, I get this error message: "No disk that can be used for recovering the system can be found." As usual (since Windows 2000), I cannot get Microsoft's backup and restore tools to work....! Prior to Win 75 I was able to use XXclone to back up my systems. Now that appears to be gone. Recently I ran across a cloning program called AOMEI Backupper. Is anybody here familiar with this... have any opinions.....? Thanks...!
  7. That is the only way I could find my questions and answers on the forums...!
  8. Finally managed to get the Boot Flash working. Actually boots up the machine and dares me to try system recovery. But as usual for me, it's hopeless with MS tools. Since Win 2000 I have NEVER managed to backup and restore a system using the MS tools that came with it. I've managed to survive up thru WinXP using XXclone. This bombed on Win 7. Would create the clone OK, but never could get one to boot up...! Fortunately, Win 10 came along before I needed to...... So now 3 years into Win 10 on this machine I find MS still pumping from the same well... Backup and Restore don't work. Here is the error message I get... pretty much unintelligible to this retired hardware guy: ========================================= 1) No disk that can be used for recovering the system disk can be found. Try the following: A probable system disk may have been excluded by mistake. a. Review the list of disks that you have excluded from the recovery for a likely disk. b. Type LIST DISK command in the DISKPART comand interpreter (what's that?). The probable system disk is usually the first disk listed in the results. c. If possible, remove the disk from the exclusion list and then retry the recovery. 2) A USB disk may have been assigned as a system disk. a. Detach all USB disks from the computer. b. Reboot into Windows Recovery Environment (Win RE) [what's that?], then reattach USB disks and retry the recovery. 3) An invalid disk may have been assigned as a system disk. a. Physically detach the disk from your computer. Then boot into Win RE to retry the recovery. =========================================== But hey, maybe the xxclone guys have now got a Win10 solution and so I go looking. But I find xxclone is no more as the founder of the company apparently has passed on. But googling xxclone brings up a product called "AOMEI Backupper", a cloning product supposedley even better than xxclone. Anybody here familiar with it...? Is it safe to download......? Thanks much for any suggestions.....!
  9. A couple years ago I bought a new Acer desktop computer with Win 10 preloaded on it. Best computer I've ever owned...! Hasn't skipped a beat yet. So I thought it's time to do a system backup, as I did not get a Win 10 source disk with it, and have NO WAY to reinstall Windows if it crashes. With help from a copy of "Windows 10 Step by Step" I apparently succeeded in creating a system image backup on a new hard disk, then proceeded to attempt to create a Boot Flashdrive. There are 6 simple numbered steps in the book. I whipped thru the first 5 with no problem. Step number 6 says "click the CREATE button to start the process". The result is "Windows cannot create........" and gives NO indication of what to do next.... and not a word about it in the book either....!! Anybody know.....? Thanks...!
  10. For years I've been storing my passwords on a couple of secure flash drives which require the correct password to be entered within 5 tries to allow entry. If an incorrect password is entered 5 times, the chip is automatically erased. These chips are a Sandisk product that is no longer available. I'm beginning to think I'd better replace them, as I'm aware there is a limit to how many times flash chips can be erased and reprogrammed without losing data. But I have not found a suitable product. I have tried a couple of newer alternatives (UltrLock and Kingston DTLocker), but both are far too difficult to set up and use than the old Sandisk. Seems almost like learning a new operating system...! Does anyone here know of a currently available security flash drive that works similar to the old Sandisk…? Thanks....!
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