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Old 05-23-2020, 06:06 AM   #1
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Fed up of all the doom and gloom surrounding this covid thing so thought I'd tell you about something positive.


Since all the pubs shut down I find that I have quite a bit more money than usual. for 12 years all I ever had computer wise was hand me downs, old pc's and laptops I've had given and the wife, technophobe that she is, would never agree to computers and the like being anywhere near the top of our priority list.


Anyway, I managed to scrape together the money for this, https://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/refu...0p/version.asp


Probably madness to continue with online banking on this old Windows 7 lappy so will feel much safer with Windows 10 Pro.


Obviously the first thing I install will be Classic Shell people still using that, yeah?


As soon as I have a bit more cash, planning to upgrade the ram to 16GB. Crucial quoting £95 for the upgrade but I'm sure some of you know other reliable sources which would be cheaper?


Should be here between Tuesday and Friday next week and I'm like a small child waiting for Santa to visit.


Take care everyone and stay safe.
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Old 05-23-2020, 07:23 AM   #2
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Congrats! I need a new PC.
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Dave: Looks like you'll have a fairly up to date goodie. Hope you enjoy. Now a sneaky suggestion. Start building a long lasting, modern one yourself. As parts come in, you can explain they're replacements. Might not be easy with the case, but if the rest of your build is ready and you've been storing the parts, then you've won.
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Excellent idea! A bit like the old Johnny Cash number;




Except paid for, of course.

I know my way around a pc tower but never realised you can build a laptop too.
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Classic Shell is now called Open Shell and yes, it's still very much in use. Word of caution, though, make sure Windows 10 is upgraded to version 1909 before installing Open Shell. If you first install Open Shell, then upgrade Windows 10, you may end up with a black screen and cursor in place of the sign in screen after the upgrade finishes.
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Thanks for that, Stan.
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I know my way around a pc tower but never realised you can build a laptop too.
You virtually can, by customising the configuration (specs), mostly cpu, gpu, memory, storage and display before making the purchase, then the builder assembles your choice of components and ships the full build to you. There are very few custom laptop builders though, and the options are not as diverse as they are for desktops. You can't easily buy the parts and put them together like you would a desktop. That is still a far fetched idea and I'm not hopeful it will get easier anytime soon or even ever.
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Well, it turned up this afternoon and all I can say is, WOW! Its fast and I guess you could say, its new so, it would be, but this is me being completely new to Windows 10, yes, I finally got here! and everything looks so clear and crisp.

Also, first time I had a machine with 8Gb of ram and thought that might be why it seemed so fast but then I saw this in system info,

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Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 7.77 GB
Available Physical Memory 4.16 GB
I remember this from Windows 7 but I read somewhere that it was 32 bit o/s related and an uprade to 64 bit would have made more memory available. If that's true, it doesn't look like the improvement would have been massive.

So, whats the story with W10, can the 'lost' memory be regained?

Maybe just me being a bit dim but I was amazed that this google search didn't turn up a whole lot of people asking the same questions.
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Congrats man! Happy for you!
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I just got the best look at how fast it is, one of my guilty pleasures is candy crush soda as a flash game in the browser.


Its like lightning!
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32 bit limit is 4GB.
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Yes but I have 64 bit now so how come I'm effectively losing half of my ram?
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Lets' be absolutely sure by running Speccy.
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Well, there is a small amount of the 8GB reserved for Windows 10.

There's a part of it in use by everything that's running, and there's a bit over 4GB still available for use.

A system that's running is always going to have a chunk of its memory being reported as in use.

Your Speccy Snapshot shows you have 8GB installed.
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Some of it's being shared with the onboard video.
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Of course both replies are what I should have expected. Not sure what I was thinking.


Anyway, I got FF installed now and it goes like a rocket.


Lets see how it fares when I fill up the cookie jar.
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