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    Bitlocker - Windows 10 - Admin Account - How to

    you need to enter the recover key after the -RecoveryPassword flag
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    Bitlocker - Windows 10 - Admin Account - How to

    Assuming you are doing this via cmd make sure you are using the -recoverypassword flag and not the -password flag
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    Bitlocker - Windows 10 - Admin Account - How to

    I don't think the bitlocker key can be accessed without admin privileges. You can pull the key from command prompt using the command "manage-bde -protectors C: -get" but I just tried it and it won't complete without admin privilege. I can think of one sneaky option in this case but can't bring...
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    "System battery cannot be identified" warning message on bootup

    Judging for your original error you likely won't even be able to do the install with the battery installed, since it won't be able to identify it. If that's the case your two real options are to replace the battery or try to remove the Dell BIOS update from Windows updates.
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    Trying to pin down a strange performance issue.

    I'll admit I haven't read your entire novel, but have you made sure you mobo BIOS is fully up to date? There was a known issue of AMD chipsets suffering from micro stutter when TPM2.0 was enabled. This have been solved in newer BIOS revisions. (Not sure if you are on Windows 10 or 11 but worth...
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    Is Windows 11 really bad?

    The problem with that logic is most users aren't even capable of knowing if they have been compromised. Your computer not shoving popups down your throat or running poorly doesn't mean it's uncompromised these days. Attacks have become much more sophisticated over the years and threat actors...
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    Getting a signal 200 yards away.

    Ubiquiti sells long range wireless bridges. We have used them several times for customers without any issues. I'm not hip on the current lineup but the older ones were easy to setup. Some of the units were rated for ~25km. I imagine even with trees in the way it would be OK given the short...
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    HURRY - Micro Center - 12700K + ASUS TUF Z690 Combo - $350

    That's odd. Shows 13 mobos in stock for me and lets me get to checkout with the combo. (I didn't follow through with it but assume it would have stopped me by this point.)
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    HURRY - Micro Center - 12700K + ASUS TUF Z690 Combo - $350

    Looks like this is still available in MI location. I almost pulled the trigger but my 9700k still plays everything fine 🤷‍♂️.
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    Trying To Help My Kid Build His First Machine

    Smart answers aside, the motherboard manual should show you how to connect everything up. If you could post the full build list, and what exactly the computer is or isn't doing, we can probably point you in the right direction. EDIT: NVM, didn't realize this was so old. Way to go Fresch :ROFLMAO:
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    Sins of a Solar Empire II

    I have no desire to manage my games through multiple different platforms, most of which inferior to Steam at this point. I think their "exclusive" model is generally shady and bad for consumers. The fact that Tencent owns %45 of Epic doesn't give me the warm fuzzies either. It is what it is...
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    Sins of a Solar Empire II

    I loved the first one, sad panada about Epic exclusive though. Hopefully it's just a delayed launch on Steam.
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    The crime against humanity that is the modern OS desktop, and how to kill it

    They aren't really ads, just stupid app store apps the MS downloads in the background after a fresh install. For a while Spotify was even set to launch on startup. I agree 100% they shouldn't be there, but calling them ads makes be think of legit billboards or banner style ads, which Windows...
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    Best games for Eyefinity or Surround gaming?

    I dumped it years ago for a larger single 1440p screen and have since moved to 4k. Seemed like fewer and fewer games were supporting it and I was sick of having to spend so much times getting games to work or having to disable it entirely to play other games. I do miss the emersion of...
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    Cheap no frills cell plan

    I need it mostly for bank and crypto 2FAs so unfortunately google voice is probably out. tingmobile and tmobile sound like the cheapest options so I will probably start there :D
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    Cheap no frills cell plan

    Thanks for the recommendations, I will check them out!
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    Cheap no frills cell plan

    I've been using a company phone for ~10 years now but would like to get all of my accounts linked to a phone number owned by myself. Are there any good \ cheap services left for just a basic phone number and Wi-Fi only calling \ data? I used to have a $5 per month Republic Wireless plan but it...
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    Best GPU for an old PC (ASRock X58 Extreme)?

    It's been a really long time but 1.2V on CPU voltage seems waaaay too low. I would expect more in the 1.3 to 1.4 range
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    Need help figuring out a cooling solution for an old graphics card with broken temp sensor.

    I believe for the most part GPU fans use the same pinout as case fans as witnessed by Zarathustra[H] here That said you should check it with a multimeter first as mentioned by another user, just to be safe. Once...
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    Geforce rtx 2080 ti xc

    Pulling the fan to get the model is your best bet. I suspect these are the fans you need from the listing title EBAY Searching the fan model # in that link pulls up more options. Just keep in mind it looks like most cards use 1 fan with a long cable and 1 fan with a shorter cable.
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    LAN Gaming - Good memories

    Nothing like a LAN with friends! Counter Strike, BF 1942 with Desert Combat Mod, Call of Duty 1&2, and Day of Defeat were some of our regulars. Lots of amazing memories, moving around those full tower cases and large CRTs did suck though!
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    Overwatch 2 - Official Thread

    No graphics update is pretty brutal. It's not like it was even that good looking ~6 years ago. Although I guess it's not really all that necessary to make cartoony look more cartoony.
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    Will I notice a difference in speed?

    With all the trouble you are having I would just ask them to send you one of their gateways and pay the extra $10 or so a month. Then you never have to worry about it being your problem again and you get a modem \ router that support your speeds.
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    Memory Upgrade Causes PC/CPU Slowdown/Higher Usage

    Regarding the slow SSD results you may want to check that your SATA mode in BIOS is set to AHCI. If it's set to IDE that could explain your lower than expected performance. (Changing this setting without some OS work will result in BSOD on boot so just check it for now to rule it out.) It looks...
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    What's your favorite GPU comparison website?

    I just lookup reviews and real benchmarks. Even if they are a few gens apart you can typically find a modern card with ~equivalent performance to compare.
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    It's really damning that none of the internet's talking heads are bringing up how AWFUL Nvidia's drivers have become

    Speaking for the 99.9% of us not running HDMI 2.1 + Atmos, it's not. Nvidia (and all companies for that matter) has a finite number of resources. Most of us benefit from them not wasting them on squashing such obscure bugs. I'm sure they will get to it when they don't have better things to do or...
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    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    The thing is that it never links the pc to the account. There is no MS account to remove. It detects the account is locked and prompts you to setup a local account instead. It's functionally the exact same as using the old domain join or create local account instead options. If you are really...
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    Tiny Tina's Wonderlands (Borderlands spinoff)

    This is me. I was interested but not enough to pick it up from EGS. Now I'm over it. I might pick it up when it goes on sale for $10.
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    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    The account never gets added to the PC as you can see from the screen shots. It fails and prompts to create a local account instead. If you really want to analyze it, it looks like it works because the account is locked. So if you do a lot of installs you could make a fake MS account and get...
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    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    PW doesn't matter, you don't want it to succeed. I use "fake", big shock. IIRC this thread is about Windows 11. 10 is less of an issue as you can just not connect the PC to a network to create a local account. 11 on the other hand forces you to connect. 10 Pro should have an option to domain...
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    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    I do it several times a week without any trouble and just did it again before posting..... I suppose could exist, but I doubt it.
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    Xfinity Wifi - Can't turn it off anymore?

    True! I'm sure it's different in different areas but their most recent scam in mine is a 1.2TB data cap that is lifted if you use their gateway or pay an extra $30 for unlimited data. Something for OP to keep in mind.
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    Xfinity Wifi - Can't turn it off anymore?

    I haven't tried it recently but I suspect putting their gateway into bridge mode still disables their Xfinity wireless network. May be worth a shot if you already have your own router.
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    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    Entering a fake MS account and fake password fails and bounces you to local account creation, or at least gives you the option to create a local account. I verified this still works on the most recent build of Windows 11 on a laptop that was just handed to me. No need to jump through hoops...
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    I think it's fine as long as it's relevant to the forum and you aren't spamming. erek posts vintage hardware auctions there all the time that aren't his.
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    Dual monitor setup, taskbar issues (Win 10)

    I ran into this recently on a customers PC and remember the fix was really stupid. IIRC I just had to unlock the task bar and drag the main taskbar to the main screen. No amount of fussing with the "Make this my main display" helped.
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    Darktide: Vermintide (same team) but in 40K IG vs Chaos Cultists

    I'm still going to pick this up, but I'm sad about how much more "Vermantidey" this ended up than the original teaser trailer. I was really hoping for Imperial Guard tacticool squad shooter, instead we got Vermintide in space.
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    Are games starting to out-pace GPU development?

    Fair point but I do believe this thread is focused on PC gaming \ hardware. Granted I'm sure much of the stagnation is related to most AAA PC games being console ports these days.
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    Are games starting to out-pace GPU development?

    I feel like it's still the other way around to be honest. It seems like the only things actually pushing requirements forward are RT and high res \ refresh displays. Otherwise requirements seems like they have been pretty stagnate. I know plenty of 1080p gamers still playing everything fine on...
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    Man time flies. When the release date was announced my memory just recorded it as "a really long time from now". The new delay date is way closer than I thought the target date was lol.