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  1. A few days ago we lost power in the park. It turns out that a tree fell on a power line and caused a transformer to explode (heard widely throughout the park). This happened around 1 PM and the temp was 95 degrees. I simply pulled the cover off the generator in the back of my truck, fired it up, and plugged the RV into it. I then went back into the rig and enjoyed the air conditioning until the power was restored about 4 hours later. This is the second time this summer that we experienced power a outage while staying in a park. While we would have survived without the generator, we were certainly glad that we had one. Safe Travels...
  2. I am glad that everything worked out for you. Not sure why you started with Windows 8 though. I suggest hanging onto the old drive longer than a few days. Sometimes you don't realize something is missing right away. Safe Travels...
  3. As I understand the situation, the problem was never in VLC, rather an older library that was updated to patch the vulnerability years ago. Safe Travels...
  4. There is no need to restore the image before doing a clean install. Windows will create a hash based upon the hardware in your computer. When it connects to the activation server it will see that this machine was previously activated. For that reason installing the new hard drive in another computer will not activate with the image because the hardware is different. Spinrite is a wonderful program, however it will not revive a dying hard drive. It is designed to scan a hard drive and move data from bad sectors to good sectors and then map out the bad. Spinrite will sometimes allow you to recover corrupted data from questionable sectors. The problem is that the cost for Spinrite is more than the cost of a new hard drive. Safe Travels...
  5. According to the HP link, your computer was released in 2012, the same year the hard drive was manufactured. The specifications for it should be fine for Windows 10. I still have a computer that I built in 2012 and it is still performing very well. > I've made a USB to download W10 from that website you linked, or could I simply do a clean install if the old copy is corrupted? Yes, you sure can. As I said before, it is more work but I believe it is the better way. Just keep your old drive and the image backup in case you discover that you missed something important with your data backup. No, I am not tired of the drivel I have been doing computer support for decades both as a business and now for fun. I really enjoy helping others fix their computer problems (although it is more fun in person). Safe Travels...
  6. The advantage of an image backup is that it grabs everything, the operating system, applications, and data. This simplifies the restore. The downside is that any corrupted files from that failing drive will be restored onto the new drive. I know it is extra work, but I think a fresh install is the better way to go. Edit: If that computer was really from 2002, that is XP era. I really suspect it may be very under-powered for Win 10. Safe Travels...
  7. It really depends on how you made the backup. I prefer to boot the computer from a USB stick (or CD/DVD) containing the backup program to both make and restore image backups. There are a number of programs that make image backups. The one I use is Acronis. If you just copied the data files you will need a USB or DVD containing Windows to install on the new hard drive. You can then install application software and restore data files. Let us know how you made your backup and which program you used. That way we can provide better advice. Safe Travels...
  8. You replied while I was editing It is almost certainly time to retire that drive. Safe Travels...
  9. This is sounding more and more like you really do have a failing hard drive. The Reallocation Event Count means that 36 sectors have failed and have been replaced with spare sectors. Here is a link with more info: https://www.stellarinfo.com/blog/how-to-fix-reallocated-sector-count-warning/ Glad that you have been backing up your data. While re-reading this thread I see the drive is 7 years old. Three to five years is considered to be the usual life of a hard drive. If you do decide to replace the drive, seriously consider an SSD. They are much faster, more reliable, and while prices are still higher than a conventional drive, they have dropped considerably recently. Safe Travels...
  10. Microsoft does not store a key on the hard drive. Computers that come with Win 10 have a key stored in the bios. Computers that have been upgraded from Win 7 or Win 8.x have a digital entitlement that is stored on Microsoft servers. You can install a new hard drive and do a fresh install that will be activated the first time you go online and access Microsoft activation servers. If you ever need to re-install, you can download Windows 10 directly from Microsoft: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO/ Safe Travels...
  11. Evidently dental work can cause infections that affect the replacement joint. My doctor gave me a prescription for antibiotics and told me to take them prior to any dental procedures. Safe Travels...
  12. You could add another sound card if you want to continue using your existing speakers. I still believe one of the USB sound devices mentioned previously would be a better choice. They would be much easier to install and are natively supported by Windows. Windows 10 has a long history of driver issues and the USB devices avoid this pitfall. Safe Travels...
  13. I have never used the Beheringer but I believe it should work well. Another USB sound interface that is less expensive and I have had good luck with is from Syba: https://www.newegg.com/syba-sd-cm-uaud-usb-to-audio/p/N82E16812186035?Description=usb audio&cm_re=usb_audio-_-12-186-035-_-Product https://www.amazon.com/external-Adapter-Windows-Microphone-SD-CM-UAUD/dp/B001MSS6CS/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2NPCTT0EN79X1&keywords=syba+usb+sound+card&qid=1562438243&s=gateway&sprefix=syba+usb%2Caps%2C218&sr=8-3 Safe Travels...
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