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Apologies for the recent downtime; the server spazzed out for some reason and I am basically forced to rebuild it. Fortunately all of the files were extracted and all accounted for prior to the rebuild.
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Also, I've just launched this site for a family friend of ours who runs an import business:
https://www.kuniedu.com/
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Nothing to see here, just a mod showcase video.
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Look who's back! ?

I have some days of preparation for a lengthy catch up post, but I'm checking back in just to say I'm still alive. I've just focused on other platforms right now, and I'm in the process of committing to a daily drawing routine.

Stay tuned.
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So in the past day or two, I decided to take my now ancient Gateway laptop (Pentium B960, 4GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce 610m/Intel HD Graphics, 250GB SSD) and restore it to Windows 7 Ultimate. I found an original DVD copy at a thrift store for $5, which is some "Get Genuine Online Kit". Based on what little info I could find, MS offered these DVD sets to people who had a copy of Win7 or 8 that did not pass their "genuine advantage" test, so they could have an easier way of getting a non-pirated copy. The set has two discs, a 64bit and 32bit version.

Based on my quick observations, I noticed some interesting things. The first is with the product key. Normally you enter this during setup, but the window to enter it was automatically skipped. I then used ProduKey to retrieve it after installation, and noticed the key was already entered somehow, and is completely different from either the one on my laptop, or on the handwritten sheet that was inside the DVD case. I installed the 64bit version, so I wonder if that handwritten note was in reference to the 32bit version. Then again, I have a retail copy of Windows 8 that has a similar two disc setup, and I don't think there were two product keys for each specific disc.

Who knows at this stage? Either way, Win7 installed fine and I had a recovery disc I made a decade ago and I used that to install the hardware drivers.

As for what I'll use the Gateway for, I'm thinking either installing my old Magix Movie Edit software to make YTP again, or just using it for old games, possibly emulation. The B960 should be good enough for 8-bit and 16-bit stuff. And the current version of RetroArch does still run on Win7. I also need a frontend like EmulationStation DE. Unsure if that will work on Win7 or not, but I'll give it a go anyway.

Oh yeah: I remembered to turn off disk defragmentation. Win7 is supposed to detect SSDs, but not this time I guess.
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(05-20-2024, 03:05 PM)cpd2009 Wrote: So in the past day or two, I decided to take my now ancient Gateway laptop (Pentium B960, 4GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce 610m/Intel HD Graphics, 250GB SSD) and restore it to Windows 7 Ultimate. I found an original DVD copy at a thrift store for $5, which is some "Get Genuine Online Kit". Based on what little info I could find, MS offered these DVD sets to people who had a copy of Win7 or 8 that did not pass their "genuine advantage" test, so they could have an easier way of getting a non-pirated copy. The set has two discs, a 64bit and 32bit version.

Based on my quick observations, I noticed some interesting things. The first is with the product key. Normally you enter this during setup, but the window to enter it was automatically skipped. I then used ProduKey to retrieve it after installation, and noticed the key was already entered somehow, and is completely different from either the one on my laptop, or on the handwritten sheet that was inside the DVD case. I installed the 64bit version, so I wonder if that handwritten note was in reference to the 32bit version. Then again, I have a retail copy of Windows 8 that has a similar two disc setup, and I don't think there were two product keys for each specific disc.

Who knows at this stage? Either way, Win7 installed fine and I had a recovery disc I made a decade ago and I used that to install the hardware drivers.

As for what I'll use the Gateway for, I'm thinking either installing my old Magix Movie Edit software to make YTP again, or just using it for old games, possibly emulation. The B960 should be good enough for 8-bit and 16-bit stuff. And the current version of RetroArch does still run on Win7. I also need a frontend like EmulationStation DE. Unsure if that will work on Win7 or not, but I'll give it a go anyway.

Oh yeah: I remembered to turn off disk defragmentation. Win7 is supposed to detect SSDs, but not this time I guess.

Do you have a daily driver besides that tho? I do know for a fact that you've since sold your Dell gaming rig as you had lingering problems with it besides it being too overkill for your needs.
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