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Glenn
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Monday, May 11, 2020 - 11:14 pm
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Finally pulled the pin and scrounged all new parts…. and wa-la!! The beast is assembled.

Somehow I don’t remember having this much trouble when I did same thing putting the parts together…. not counting realizing operating systems 8yrs newer pretty much require all new parts. Thankfully my favorite keyboard-mouse is still available.

Curious? Here’s the specs:

  • Intel i7-9700K 3.6Ghz
  • Gigabyte H370-HD3
  • Scythe Mugen-5 CPU Cooler (Rev.B)
  • Corsair LPX 32GB (2-sticks) 3200MHz
  • Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2 NVMe 1-Tb
  • EVGA Supernova 650w P2 Platinum
  • Windows-10 Home
  • Corsair Carbide 200R
  • Logitech MK120 Combo Keyboard-Mouse
  • Audio-Technica ATH-S200BT (headset)

Yep…. this should still be quick in 8yrs. I’ll add a graphics card at a later date, just wanted to get my new Win-10 beast up and running without putting too much on my credit card. All this is gonna take a year to pay off.

My annoyances is this…. I want to put a password on it but everything I see in the Control Panel (Win-10) seems to want a Microsoft Account started first. No way…. I’m annoyed with them enough as it is. Besides…. the guy I got these specs from is a guru in Arizona, and his YouTube channel showed how to bypass creating the MS Account.

So…. any suggestions?

Another annoyance…. finding a headset with a microphone built-in. The one I currently have seems not to want to work…. even after updating to Win-10 driver. *sigh* Sometimes I hate new machines.

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Glenn said
 

My annoyances is this…. I want to put a password on it but everything I see in the Control Panel (Win-10) seems to want a Microsoft Account started first. No way…. I’m annoyed with them enough as it is. Besides…. the guy I got these specs from is a guru in Arizona, and his YouTube channel showed how to bypass creating the MS Account.

So…. any suggestions?

 

  

If you want a password but no Microsoft account, use Linux. 

Try going into User Accounts and either set up another user account or change your account type.

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Hi, Glenn. My husband and I both replaced our PC/laptops back in January and ran into trouble trying to bypass setting up the MS Account. We tried all the online instructions and it was a royal PITA. We never got that to work.

What did work was setting up the MS account and then setting up a new Administrator account, logging into that and then deleting the MS account from the local PC. My husband went through his registry to remove all the traces, I didn’t bother with that. There are a lot of internet articles about how to do that.

Logitech has some decent headsets with microphones for a reasonable price. Ya, anytime you buy a new PC you end up having to replace a lot of your old hardware because the drivers available aren’t good enough to work with the new OS. I really didn’t want to replace my old Windows 7 PC, but if you can’t get any security patches from MS for it, its just not worth keeping. I also had to retire my old MS Office 2010. No more security patches for that either. If I need it, I’ll install the free Open Office suite.

Good luck setting up your new system! It looks like a good one.

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*DOH* Forgot to say I didn’t recall having as much problems when I was assembling my old Win-7 computer. Glad it was somehow understood.

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@JoFrance…. Hmmm…. I don’t trust myself with tinkering around inside the registry and things similar. I’m quite good at screwing things up. Matching parts is one thing, I’ll let the program’s *remove myself* feature (or the *remove / delete program* in the Control Panel) do the editing for me.

Yeah…. I’m not gonna pretend to know computer programing. Too many different ways to write code. I’m obsessive enough with certain things in real life NOT to add that on my wagon.

@PurpleStarGirl…. I seriously did consider Linux. But in the end decided to stay with what I knew. After certain bills are paid off next year, I’ll consider rebuilding my old computer to play around with Linux.

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I thought about purchasing MS Office 365…. but suspect it’s a *pay-per-year* to use. So like JoFrance, I’ll probably switch to Open Office. I just need to find a substitute for MS Paint (can’t find it in the Microsoft store…. just my luck). Something basic, nothing fancy.

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l’ll miss Paint when I finally become ready to let go of my Win7 laptop. Not ready yet. Hanging on to it. Hasn’t had an update in about 10 years and no prob. Touch wood. (Long story why) 

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The old Paint program is still included within Windows 10.  They replaced it with Paint 3D, but the original Paint program is still there too.  Just right click on the file you want to open in Paint and choose “open with”.  Paint is one of the options.

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Did a quick Google search…. found a step-by-step how to put the Paint icon on my desktop. Ya!! My old familiar buddy is available once again.

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How I admire people who know about computers!!!!!

Just the idea of putting one together is beyond my comptrehension.

I just got my new computer yesterday. My previous one (10+ years old) broke down 2 months ago, our technician came by to pick it up to check it out, then went on to catch Covid! So had to wait a while for him to fix it… 2 months without the computer was horrible!!!! I used a tablet in the mean time, but could only check some (not all) email.

The new one has all the updated systmens – it’s hell to me. Gotta learn how to work with the newest Illustrator, Photoshop etc. It feel like going from crayolas to a complete Hollywood superproduction, without the skills.

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Thanks JoFrance!! Worked like a charm. Now to decide if I want to *ahem* attempt to install old version of MS Word. Hmmm…. wonder if Microsoft would consider it necessary to update it to Word 365 and charge me a fee?

I have no idea what the charges for Office 365 are, and the Internet isn’t exactly helpful. Microsoft’s webpage isn’t helping matters. Maybe it’s my typing skills that’s deficient?

Perhaps time to switch to Open Office

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Just did a quick search online for MS Word ((was inspired by something JoFrance said)).

Although it isn’t sold as a *stand alone* product (referring to Ms Word), the 2019 Office Home and Student is available at Walmart. Now to see if available at my local store.

$149.99 and it seems like it stores everything *local* (aka: not on the cloud).

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I got my first Windows laptop not long ago and I recently bought the stand-alone Office 2019 online via digital download. I read that this is the last stand-alone version that Microsoft is going to make, before they stop updating those and move to subscription model only (Office 365). So it seemed wise to buy it now, and I’d suggest anyone else who is considering getting Office to do the same before they discontinue these versions. They may sell old versions for a while, but considering what happened to Adobe, where they eventually stopped selling the stand-alone versions of Creative Suite, I wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft eventually stopped.

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I’m glad you got the Paint working.  I wouldn’t install the old version of Word unless Microsoft still supports the version you have.  As long as you can get security patches from them it wouldn’t be a problem, but otherwise I wouldn’t do it.  Search on “Microsoft office or Word end of life” and it will tell you how long you’ve got until security patch support is discontinued.

If you can get Office for $149.00 and it stores documents locally, that’s a good deal.  I think you can get security updates, but not upgrades.  I worked with Office 365 a little.  It cost about $10 a month.  I didn’t care for it because it isn’t as full-featured as the desktop version.  It would be okay if you didn’t want to do fancy things.  When I used it, I had to work with a lot of legal documents and it didn’t have some of the features of the desktop version.

Don’t forget to have some kind of backup and of course, virus/malware protection.

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Decided to get a new headset. Apparently I’m a klutz when it comes to installing Bluetooth software. Either that or the Bluetooth Dongle is incompatible with the headset or other computer parts. $65 down the drain (for use with Discord…. the Internet talk program).

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Finally found a headset w/mic that had separate plugs for both. Works strange, probably should see if there’s a driver for the rear audio panel. So far only the front ones work.

Wish I knew Office 2019 had you create a Microsoft Account before I bought it. Now I’m searching for a work-around. Probably will check on Open Office (I think Apache Open Office might be better than LibreOffice)…. just want one that creates multiple headers and allows viewing / deleting items off Windows Clipboard. $150 down the drain.

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