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LitusSaxonicum



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

(Continued) My own particular history has left me with rather a lot of hard drives that I have simply replaced. Had I been smarter, and indeed had I had a quickport dock in the past, then I might have been able to reuse them. I rather dislike waste, as in the past I have assembled discarded parts to give away or sell on. A lot of hard disks makes one think immediately of backup. There are numerous lines of approach to backing up that have nothing to do with this thread and so I will put them in another post in the ‘General’ part of the forum.

But, for the issue initially described by Bill, the answer is simply a clean install of Windows. An FTN95 workaround is a great idea, but once windows has any kind of glitch, you are simply waiting for worse to happen in the future.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks for the detailed explanations, Eddie, and the benefit of your experience. I think you have correctly identified the problem as something in Windows - and in particular, glitches that might have been introduced by failed updates: on this computer (the one which had the problem) a Windows update certainly did fail a few weeks ago. Although subsequent updates worked fine, it's possible that they didn't fix the glitch.

Courage is another matter. This is an off-the-shelf HP Pavilion laptop, and I doubt that I would find space in it to fit another disk or even SSD, and would have no confidence in getting the cabling right. I could partition the existing hard disk, but would need to reorganise the storage. The other computer is a top-of-range Dell which already has a separate SSD C:/drive, but as it works fine I wouldn't need to do anything to it anyway.

The big problem is when I am supplying my software to other team members to use. I just create a standard installation script for them to use. I have no idea in advance what machine they are going to install it on, and am very reluctant to tell them they have to reinstall Windows it it doesn't work properly! Before I set up the MKDIR@ fix in my last post, I told them the workaround was to create any new folders they need in advance, using Windows Explorer. The fix at least avoids that inconvenience, and it seems to avoid whatever Windows problem is giving trouble.

Perhaps another solution less drastic than a clean install might be to run the next cumulative update from Microsoft. Not sure if it's possible to make this go back and fix any problems in previously installed updates. Do you know the answer to this?
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LitusSaxonicum



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, that was quick!

Laptops are a big issue, as they don't normally have space for spare disks, and the solution there is to partition the single hard drive so that you have a boot partition and a data partition. This is functionally the same as separate disks. I was making the assumption that desktop machines were being considered. I rarely have the back off a laptop! If you have someone who is unafraid, the same procedures can be done: take out the hdd, install a new one, reinstall Windows into a partitioned hdd/ssd, bung the old drive into a quickport dock and reload all the data, reinstall any necessary other software, and Robert is the sibling of one of your parents.

I don't think cumulative updates ever really solve some of the occasional problems, that a minority of users have, in the way that clean installs do. There is another approach that lies beyond my expertise, and that is editing the Registry to discover the root cause of the problem. That, I'm afraid, is well beyond my knowledge and ability, and also contains the necessary elements to make a complete screw-up possible.

Indeed, doing a clean install on a new storage device leaves you with the ability to go back if you screwed up!

For what it's worth, my biggest experience of the interrupted or failed update glitch was that it made my accounts program fail to go full screen. It would launch itself into the taskbar and refuse to come out. Solved by a clean re-install. That machine had a Win 7 to 10 upgrade originally.

y 'installation script' I assume you mean a batch file. Have you considered using a proper installer like Jordan Russell Software InnoSetup? (Apologies if that's what you mean). It has the benefit of putting everything in one file, and automating the process.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Eddie - It's Innosetup that I am using. And very happy with it! It not only installs my own software but also a couple of public domain VRML viewers that allow 3D visualisation of models (of the geological rather than glamour variety, I hasten to add).
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