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General Discussion / Re: Really loving Linux today...
« Last post by Kalthrix on Today at 07:00:42 PM »
Interesting. I made some comments on building old XP installs for custom purpose in that other thread...I suppose that's impossible now? Can one install whatever current windows on an offline computer? I haven't bought a computer with anything preinstalled since 1992. Perhaps I should ask if regular people even use an offline computer?

It's still possible to install Windows 10 offline with a local account. OOBE just pesters you with creating a Microsoft account and then asks again confirming that you wanted to create a "limited account". After, you're good though... until it hits the internet the first time. OOBE will relaunch "Now that you're connected..." and bother you one final time about logging in with a Microsoft account. If you do, it will convert the local account to an online account tied to your Microsoft account. If not, the message is gone supposedly forever. At least haven't had it come back up.

Still kind of annoying how much they're pushing it though, and that was with 1909. Supposedly, per Crimson it's even worse now. 2004 is blocked in my work environment, so might have to see what's changed on one of my spare laptops.:(
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General Discussion / Re: Really loving Linux today...
« Last post by CwF on Today at 02:37:46 PM »
Interesting. I made some comments on building old XP installs for custom purpose in that other thread...I suppose that's impossible now? Can one install whatever current windows on an offline computer? I haven't bought a computer with anything preinstalled since 1992. Perhaps I should ask if regular people even use an offline computer?
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General Discussion / Re: Really loving Linux today...
« Last post by Kalthrix on Today at 01:30:33 PM »
Only way you can create a local account now without first setting up a Microsoft account. Drives me crazy. Now that you're online...smh

Also, forced PIN creation. Used to be optional to close out that of that prompt and just use your password. Hasn't been for some time. Just tick the checkbox to use an alphanumeric phrase and set it to literally the same thing as my password. Whomever thought that a PIN by itself (not used in combination with a password) was secure should seriously be fired as they have literally no clue about security. Also, why forced? Why can't that be optional? I don't want a PIN. The whole concept of forcing users to create a PIN is stupid!  >:(

Fortunately, only have to deal with Windows on my work computer. Have been through the process numerous times and it just supports my opinion that Linux is ultimately the better choice.
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General Discussion / Really loving Linux today...
« Last post by Crimson on Today at 01:08:57 AM »
...seriously. The new Windows 10 v2004 update is even more forceful with their MS Account garbage. Although I will admit, data backup is a major problem with 99% of people (not a made up figure, seriously, back up your #@$%& data and stop blaming the technician for your lack of responsibility!), and having an MS Account is a great practice for most of these cretins. I still have to say that MS is going WAY too far with their push for MS Accounts. If people don't want it the first time, STOP pushing them into a corner with your continued harassment and unsolicited "advertisements"! *Stop ranting Crimson, this is supposed to be why we love Linux.


I'm so proud and happy to be off the Microsoft bandwagon. Linux doesn't nag us about creating accounts we don't need. Linux doesn't force updates we don't want. Linux gives us control. Linux gives us freedom. Linux gives us choice. Linux doesn't even force us to pay for these liberties. If you've found your distro of choice, consider throwing some coin their way. Those boys work hard for what we sometimes take for granted and they deserve more than what MS TAKES away from people.



I was so furious today while loading up new Windows systems. Whenever you perform a fresh copy of Windows, there's a "Cortana Special" that greats you every time a PC boots Windows after install. "Hey there, I'm Cortana, and I'm here to help." has been pounded into my head so bad I hear that thing in my sleep. Since before the v2004 update, there have been ways to get around the "Would you like to setup a MS account" phase. Now they're all gone! The ONLY way left is to be sure you're not connected to the internet. Even after that, as soon as you connect your local account to the internet, that demon child pops back up from no where and harasses you to switch. Wow! Just.....WOW! Let me do my job please! Jeeze! *Dang it Crimson, you're ranting again!



*SIGH. Anyway, I'm so happy that Linux exists. It's a literal breath of fresh air from the constant bombardment MS calls an operating system. Live Long Linux!
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Gaming and Steam / Re: Chex Quest HD - free remake of old dos game
« Last post by Spatry on May 29, 2020, 03:16:19 PM »
LOL sort of reminds me of the old cereal box video games which came out in the 90's LOL. Cool stuff indeed.
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Gaming and Steam / Chex Quest HD - free remake of old dos game
« Last post by aDewil on May 29, 2020, 07:31:13 AM »
this game stays always free as possible.

steam page where get game:
https://store.steampowered.com/app/804270/Chex_Quest_HD/
can be found screenshots and trailers too.

how to get other characters:
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2101529303

frame limiter setting change:
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2101988425

game FAQ is here:
https://www.chexmix.com/faq/
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General Discussion / Re: Wine, Playonlinux, and RealFlight G2
« Last post by Spatry on May 25, 2020, 06:43:01 AM »
There is another option you could try... ReactOS Maybe your game will run on that?
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General Discussion / Re: Wine, Playonlinux, and RealFlight G2
« Last post by CwF on May 23, 2020, 07:41:38 PM »
Well, now that I think about it, it's a lot to build an install, and maybe harder if starting from now. Search and read about nlite, nlaom, makecab, OnePiece, RVM, and a little blackwingcat for study. M$ has utilities to manually do the same thing, cdimage.exe might be hard to find. I've made many legit disk. The last I registered was last Nov I think, I committed a retail MediaEdition to it, my last ever, a dual xeon 5672 with 4GB AMD GPU and 24GB that runs ~almost~ passive cooling.. Very close to the top of what's possible with XP 32, yes it uses all the ram and vram. I retired the Q35/6600 months prior, the third on that license. Frankly, a whole bunch of knowledge that's not that useful anymore.

A note on the 30 days, as stated you can reset that, google rundll32.exe sysetup something.

If you reset right before you shut it down, then image it, it will boot up whenever with 30 days left.

You close enough to just polish what you have and make the reset image.

And YES, you are allowed to remaster a RETAIL CD. Some computers came with OEM copies tagged to the bios, some came with RETAIL licenses. Actually, the license allows you to migrate/upgrade just not install on multiple computers, which kinda includes using the disk for endless grace periods. An image for diagnostics? That's fair I think. Make a qemu-kvm based image and you might as well give it a retail registration, I think you still can. Since I took the pill to make me forget all this at the EOL in 2014 or whenever that was...I've (re)built a few dozen special purpose XP's, they all have registered fine. Actually one did fail, not my issue, they had another box to work with. Forcing obsolete things to a value of ZERO, not fair...The 2 VM images I made years ago are registered and still work fine.
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General Discussion / Re: Wine, Playonlinux, and RealFlight G2
« Last post by gregorylock on May 23, 2020, 04:50:14 PM »
If you ever want to make a tailored install iso with all drivers, updates, and programs pre-installed let me know...

I would like to learn how to do that. :)

WTH? Is this a DEMO? OR is the software so deprecated that it will not accept registration? This is WHY I love playonlinux and the debugger, with persistence, I am able to get most old games working in wine.


Windows XP will only run 30 days.  You know that is the sad thing about Windows.  You pay for it, but you don't get to keep and use it on anything you want.  I'm not running it on the computer that I bought it for.  That is why it will only run for 30 days.  I don't even know if Microsoft would allow anyone to activate Windows XP or not.

The Flight Simulator is out of date, and I'm no longer allowed to download the updates for it.  However the Flight Simulator has no time limit like Windows XP does.

1)  Many years ago I lost my email and password.   I emailed the company about this, and they told me that they couldn't reset it for me.

2)  Recently I learned that if I still had my email and password, I could download the last update to it.

3)  Recently I learned that they also took down the servers so you can't get the updates that way anyways.

Edit: Varing versions of the software have been reported to work on WineHQ which tells me persistence is key. Try some of the suggestions in each case to see if you get profit.

From my understanding the Demo version of the software works on Wine but not any of the full versions like mine.
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General Discussion / Re: Wine, Playonlinux, and RealFlight G2
« Last post by Spatry on May 23, 2020, 02:22:12 PM »
But the Flight Simulator will run for 30 days, and then whole system will need wiped again, and everything re installed.
WTH? Is this a DEMO? OR is the software so deprecated that it will not accept registration? This is WHY I love playonlinux and the debugger, with persistence, I am able to get most old games working in wine.

Edit: Varing versions of the software have been reported to work on WineHQ which tells me persistence is key. Try some of the suggestions in each case to see if you get profit.
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