MickeyD 15

What with limited formal education and an IQ score only moderately above average, I have no trouble discerning the manipulative tactics of Microsoft. Their kindergarten psychology used to keep you attached to, and dependent upon, their proprietary products is less than amusing. This tit for tat, childish approach Of MS at keeping you 100% 'in the fold' is becoming quite tiresome, to say the least.

My issue today is file type association. As far back as XP (and possibly before) file type associations were set in the Control Panel. Once set with your preferences, they had a tendency to stay at those desired settings.

Windows 10 uses Settings instead of Control Panel as a place to make changes to file type associations. While I see no benefit in this change, I have no problems with it. I don't care where I designate my preferences as long as I'm able to make them and keep them.

In the good old days, when I set my file type associations, they stayed the way I set them. Update after update, they stayed the way I set them.

Now, with Windows 10, things are different. Every time MS has the occasion to tinker with my machine, updates and such, I find I need to reset associations all over again.

MS, do know this. I chose VLC and MPC-HC as my media player for most formats simply because WMP would not play them, or at least not  without third party codecs.

I chose (free) VLC ...

MickeyD 15

I downloaded an app that was supposed to revert the file management to Window 7 version. It did not work. Nothing changed.

I searched the Internet. This is what I found. It works: When selecting 'Name' in the 'Sort By' options, hold down the Shift key while selecting 'Name'. It works beautifully and instantly.

Too bad MS didn't see the benefit of putting this shift/name option in the View options. Or maybe they just didn't have room after filling the menu banner with all sorts of junk.

rproffitt commented: Thank you. Will have to read up more about this feature. What else is there? +0

MickeyD 15

I appreciate all the replies though I guess I'll never know for sure. And keep in mind, this has happened several times before and on different machines which would probably rule out virus, damaged drivers, etc.

After I do a reinstall and after I cut and paste all my personal files from Windows.old to the new installation, Windows.old is 'empty'. There is nothing to be seen in the folder.

Yet, when I attempt to delete this 'empty' folder is when I see hundreds of files being deleted. If it were a matter of permissions, I doubt I would have been able to cut files from the folder.

There is really no problem here as I am able to retrieve all the files I need before deleting the folder. I was just curious as to what all the files shown in the progression bar during deletion were. I have never missed anything important after deleting the Windows.old folder with all its mysterious files, which makes sense as files stored in Windows .old would not be used by the new system anyway.

Thanks

MickeyD 15

I have several computers. This is one of the older ones. As there are to be no more new Windows, just new versions of 10, I plan to keep it until such a time the hardware can't handle the latest version of Windows 10. When that will be, for now, is anybodies guess.

MickeyD 15

OK, this helps a lot. As I said, I don't do gaming but I do keep a lot of windows open at one time drawing from all of them and several things are going on in the background. And too, I sometimes make videos with many effects lasting as little as one one hundredth of a second. One video may have a thousand of these effects and transitions.

Quite often my video editor stalls. Should I expect to see an improvement by upping my RAM to 16GB? Would I see even more improvement by upping it to 32?

Thanks

MickeyD 15

Perhaps I could have phrased my question a little differently. I don't want to buy more RAM that my computer can benefit from. How will I know when I've reached that point? Though this computer handles Windows 10 really well, it is quite old hardware wise.

MickeyD 15

I am running Windows 10 64 bit on an HP Compaq 8200 Elite Small Form Factor with 8 GB RAM. I just learned the max RAM for this computer is 32GB.

Though the computer runs fine as is, I've given some thought to upgrading the RAM. As I do not do any gaming and use the computer in just an 'ordinary' fashion, I'm wondering how much RAM would be overkill. For example, would I see more speed and general overall operating improvement at 16 GB? And even more at 32GB or no?

Thanks

MickeyD 15

Here's something I've wondered about for years and never got around to asking. A recent example:

I reinstalled Win 10. I transfered all data from Windows old to the new OS. When I highlight the Windows Old folder, it says it is empty. but when I start to delete the folder, the progression bar shows several hundred files being deleted. If the folder is empty, where do these figures come from?

Thanks

MickeyD 15

If you find an answer, do let us all know. I had a 4 gig SD card that locked up my entire system every time I inserted it into the slot.

rproffitt commented: I bet the Microsoft engineer's answer will be "don't do that." +15

MickeyD 15

Finding and reading the CD key, if it hasn't been rubbed away, can be a hassle. I didn't bother. I used Magic Jellybean to get the key. Win 10 showed to be activated under that number for a year and a half.

Since getting your reply. I checked the case to see if I could find and read the CD key. I found it and with much magnification was able to read it. It was totally different from what the keyfinder found. I entered this sticker number in the Change Product Key box. It was accepted and now Win10 is activated under a totally different number. Go figure.

Thanks much!