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Thanks, Doug - I've marked the topic as solved.

152 Support & Help / Re: Registry backup will not start
« on: April 16, 2016, 06:12:31 am »
Have you got RB set to make an only 1 auto backup once per day? If so, I don't think it'll make another backup the same day unless you temporarily turn off that option.

Thanks, Julian, I assumed it might be something like that but it goes way beyond my competence level. I was just concerned in case it contained some error codes or similar that I couldn't spot.

 Just run an auto Shadow Copy of my Windows 7 notebook via Registry Backup v3.4.1 from within WRAIO v3.8.5 and noticed a text file called sddl.txt in the created backup set which I haven't noticed in previous backups. Can anybody tell me what it is?


General Computer Support / Re: Large unexplained upload
« on: March 26, 2016, 11:48:46 pm »
Sorry then, I don't have any other suggestions at the moment but I hope someone more experienced will be able to help. I keep W10 at bay with the aid of the wonderful GWX Control Panel - so far, so good!

General Computer Support / Re: Large unexplained upload
« on: March 26, 2016, 11:24:48 pm »
Are you running Windows 10? One of the "benefits" of this  OS is that, presumably to lighten the load on Microsoft's servers, the default installation allows it to act as a file server to provide assistance in updating other computers around the world. Sneaky or what!

Thanks Shane, I'll look forward to the new version of WR.

Thanks again for all your hard work and have a relaxing weekend.

Thanks Samson, that's what I thought as well

And does that mean, as I'm currently running the current latest version of WR AIO v. 3.8.4, that I need to install this latest version of RB? Or should I wait for the next version of WR AIO? I seem to remember that the last time I tried to do a separate installation RB things got a bit out of sync and I lost my RB schedules............

General Computer Support / Re: Cannot Uninstall Skype
« on: March 12, 2016, 12:29:22 am »
You don't say which version of Windows you're running, but searching for "the installed product does not match the application source" in Google search led me to this Microsoft tool - hope it helps..........


There's certainly no reason for me to change from W7 until I  have to replace a computer. Regular computer backups and judicious use of Windows Repair AIO has kept me going nicely so far!


GWX Control Panel downloadable from the page below does an excellent job of keeping Windows 10 at bay. It's a constant battle for the developer to keep one step ahead of Microsoft and he is constantly updating the utility to do so.

I have two computers which I am pretty sure will not run Windows 10 but are running sweetly with Windows 7 with the aid of GWXCP and I take a pretty dim view of Microsoft's insistence on trying to download and install W10 on machines which are not supported for that OS. There are no W10 drivers available for the wifi on my Lenovo laptop, for instance, and I've found plenty of cries for help from users who've tried to upgrade.

General Computer Support / Re: Error 43
« on: March 01, 2016, 03:28:02 am »
Boggin - thanks for that link to - that looks very helpful. Never found that in my previous searches. I'll wait until after I've done my next backup and then give it a whirl.

as1953 - sorry I couldn't help.........

General Computer Support / Re: Error 43
« on: March 01, 2016, 12:25:50 am »
I've had a similar problem for some time that I've never been able to resolve completely. I've 2 drives in usb enclosures that I use to back up a Lenovo G560 laptop using Casper 8.0 under Windows 7. If I plug in a drive, Casper recognises it and  commences a backup procedure but the drive never sppears in My Computer with drive letters. Also, when the backup id completed I can't safely eject the drive but need to shut down and then disconnect the drives. However, if I enter Computer Management and look for attached drives, Windows can see the physical drives but assigns no letters to the individual sectors. If I right click on the sectors of the drive and assign drive letters, hey presto, they are visible in My Computer.

I also have to say that the backups work faultlessly if I swap the drives into the Lenovo and boot up. But I've spoken at length to Future Systems Developments who developed Casper and despite many helpful suggestions, they've never managed to solve my issue of not being able to easily eject the drives - although the problem developed suddenly after some years without the issue

So it would be interesting to know if your drives are visible in disk msnagement and if they csn be manually assigned letters and subsequently appear as drives in My Computer?

166 Support & Help / Re: Computer shuts down during repair stage
« on: February 20, 2016, 01:19:19 am »
Googling that error suggests that the Windows Update Readiness Tool might resolve it. Perhaps worth a try? No experience with WURT myself but somebody more skilled than me may advise further - good luck!

167 Support & Help / Re: Computer shuts down during repair stage
« on: February 20, 2016, 12:54:59 am »
Are you sure sbout the update number? I did a quick search for KB31222648 and Google didn't come up with any results. I was looking for the link to download and install the update manually, which would have been my suggestion to successfully install it. Sorry, but don't have any suggestion as to why the computer shut down - did you get any error messages?

General Computer Support / Re: System Mechanic 15 - issue / bugs
« on: January 30, 2016, 12:25:23 am »
I understand that a "rregistry cleaner" is only one of the constituents of the product but I wouldn't trust any third party program with unfettered access to my registry and don't therefore trust any company thar sells this kind of tool. Their "Swiss cheese" analogy to justify the effectiveness of their cleaner is so much marketing tosh in my view - but that's just the opinion of an amateur computer tinkerer.

I trust WR AIO because it allows me to easily run checks on some basic elements of a Windows installation in a controlled fashion and repair and/or reset some key settings if necessary, with the addition of a reliable registry backup and restore element. And also with facility of a helpful support forum!

General Computer Support / Re: System Mechanic 15 - issue / bugs
« on: January 28, 2016, 05:11:35 am »
I've used registry, system cleaners/mechanics in the past and, while I used to think they had some value under Windows XP and earlier, I think I was mistaken and now wouldn't now touch them with a bargepole. Seen too many systems crippled by them.

For some reason or other, checking for updates in Win 7 has been taking some time - on another forum - up to three weeks!

I had that error 80244019 when checking for updates in Win 7 and found that by running Step #2 Pre-Scan, it found problems with Environment Variables and Reparse Points.

Using the program to fix those fixed the Check for updates without the need to run any other of the repairs in WR.

Are you now able to get all of the updates ?

Installing just a few at a time can also prevent further errors such as a Failed for some and just installing a few at a time will give you the opportunity to vet those as you select them should any be related to Telemetry or ease of upgrade or Windows Update Agent, which should help to avoid an auto upgrade to Win 10 if you don't want it.

Clicking on each update and then on More info in the right pane will tell you what each is for.

Changing your Windows Update settings to Check for but let me choose... will afford you that option rather than allowing them to auto update en-masse.

Should you find yourself with the actual Win 10 update or the Windows icon in the system tray and you don't want Win 10 just yet or ever, then download the GWX Control Panel which has preventative steps for whichever stage you find yourself at and which are reversible should you decide to go ahead with the upgrade before the 28th July 2016 cut off point for the free upgrade.

I would agree with Boggin's recommendation of GWX Control Panel. Works well for me and those I help with computer problems - neither of my computers are supported by the manufacturers for W10 and forums provide little help, so installation is a hassle I don't need.......

Windows Update takes ages for me too and often returns an error indicating connection failure. I've put this down to my slow, flaky but unavoidable satellite broadband connection. However, did a factory reinstallation of Windows 7 for a friend the other day and had the same problems on her machine - waited an hour with no response from Windows Update over a conventional, albeit not very fast, connection.

I've seen quite a few similar cases when Googling for information and one theory, which I subscribe to, is that Microsoft's servers are overloaded with Windows 10 downloads.

I've usually managed to complete my downloads eventually by leaving the computer on overnight.... ...

General Computer Support / Re: Shape Collage - bug
« on: January 22, 2016, 11:06:20 am »
I do not want me to talk to you, little Jimmy! :blank:

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.Proverbs 15:1  :omg:

Have you been able to access this router before or have you recently changed broadband provider? I've had modem/routers or separate modem router setups in the past supplied by ISPs where you couldn't get into the router to change settings. Sometimes, generally after a lot of hassle, the ISP has provided me with login and password - more often, if the modem has been separate, I've replaced it with my own router.......

Odd, I loaded up the tray icon on my windows 7 system and right clicked and told t to back up now and it worked fine.

Oh I bet I know what it is, open the registry backup and go to the settings and advanced settings, take off the check on do only 1 backup a day. That check is followed when the silent command is ran, normally from the task scheduler, and that is the way it is ran from the tray icon.

So if it is checked and you already did a backup for that day the program would open, see it shouldnt make one and then close. :wink:


I wondered whether that was it! And I was beginning to think I was going gagga......... As I've got the progrsm set to auto backup the registry and not to create more than one backup per day, I'll run RB from witbin WR AIO should I need to create an extra manual registry backup.

Happy New Year, Shane - thanks once again for a very useful program.

Feedback & Suggestions / Re: Technical Writing
« on: January 04, 2016, 09:42:40 am »
Strange you should be so upset by by this suggestion. I'm sure I'm not the only person who has always discharged any residual power in the system before working on a computer or trying to resolve performance issues. And the same holds good for any issues with routers and such.

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