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Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Re: Video and Audio Codecs
« Last post by Corrine on Today at 11:54:33 AM »
Yes, they will open in WMP because that is set as the default player associated with that file type.  It will, however, use Quick Time.
WinPatrol Help & Information / Re: Video Demonstrating WinPatrol
« Last post by ky331 on Today at 11:43:07 AM »
Offhand, I wouldn't know (how many, and the names of) all of the programs/files that Windows uses to launch itself --- when you start-up in Safe Mode, you may actually see a list of these "flying by" quickly.

WinPatrol would NOT want to include all these, lest someone --- naïvely thinking they could "optimize"  their boot-up --- disable them all, only to find out that the system would not boot-up again.

In saying that most of these programs won't appear in Scotty's standard Start-Up listing, I was alluding to the fact that WinPatrol also offers an option on the Start-Up list to "Display Secret Startup Locations (Advanced Mode)".   Checking that box will reveal SOME of the Windows files, such as Explorer.exe and UserInit.Exe.   Windows Explorer (NOT to be confused with Internet Explorer) "manages the Windows Graphical Shell including the Start menu, taskbar, desktop, and File Manager" --- if you were to remove/disable it, you'd kill the Graphical Interface to Windows!

Do you need a Ph.D to use WinPatrol?   No.   But yes, when it comes to deciding which programs you can safely remove from StartUp, you either need to research each one on your own, or rely on competent helpers.

In fact, there are some websites that are dedicated just to the questions of:   What does this program do, and is it safe to remove from StartUp.   My favorite is (was?) "PacMan's Portal", but as I test it now, the link is not resolving.   I don't know if this is a temporary condition, or if something happened to it.   If still available, the link is

Another good reference list can be found at
Try scrolling through there, and you may be impressed by how long it is!   (Thus, my allusion to "book-length listings".  PacMan's list, if still available, is massively longer.)

I'm sure other members here can offer additional links to their own favorite online databases.

I've chosen to mention these external databases for the sake of those people who use [only] the FREE version of WinPatrol.   For those who have purchased the PLUS version, you can search WinPatrol's own database of common programs:   For example, from its StartUp tab,  move your cursor to select/highlight any program, RIGHT-click, and select PLUS Info.   That will give you a description of the program and its usage, from which YOU can decide what you want to do with it.   Many "common" programs are listed.   But less common ones --- and often those that are specifically OEM-Manufacturer related --- may not be listed.

Is it a simple task to sort through all of this information?   No.   But if you take the time, it should be worth your while.

Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Re: Video and Audio Codecs
« Last post by DR M on Today at 11:09:01 AM »
Hi, Corrine.

Although mov files are apple files, they open in Windows Media Player, without the use of Quick Time. I did not open the samples I found in the website, but saved them on my desktop. Then, I just opened them with WMP, and everything was ok. I don't know what exactly I did after that, and the sound is lost...
Testing / Re: Get error message when trying to post or reply to PM
« Last post by LilBambi on Today at 03:56:12 AM »
Another tough steak, well done?  :mitch:
Meet & Greet! / Re: jadinolf Welcome My Friend!!
« Last post by LilBambi on Today at 03:53:33 AM »
Welcome to LzD, jadinolf!


General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Re: Paint.NET News
« Last post by JDBush61 on Today at 01:59:22 AM »
Thanks, hayc59.

Just a quick side note for anyone (like myself) who currently has this program installed, if you open it running as administrator (maybe not necessary), a window will pop up informing you of the update and providing a "click to install" button. Just thought I'd throw that out for anyone interested.

Ahhh. The 'Dillo. It was a "rocking-good" hall, and fun drinking margaritas there in '79. Frank and Terry. I'm feeling kind of like a muffin today.
General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Re: Paint.NET News
« Last post by hayc59 on Today at 01:42:24 AM »
Paint.Net 4.0.3 Released
July 22 2014

This update fixes a few small bugs and improves performance. There are still some performance issues when working with lots of layers, particularly when using Layers –> Import From File, but I plan on fixing those in the near future as well. Optimization work is never complete, and is quite fun and rewarding

Whats New
• Further improved performance when working with images that have a lot of layers.
• Fixed some flickering in the Layers form.
• Fixed the Language selector in the Settings dialog.
• Fixed 2-finger touchpad and touch screen scrolling.
• Aero peek thumbnails now include the pixel grid if it’s enabled.
• Fixed a crash in the thumbnail renderer that sometimes happened when switching between images.
• Ctrl+W no longer exits the application if zero images are open.

System Requirements
Windows 7 SP1 or newer is now required.
.NET Framework 4.5 is now required, and will be installed if needed.
A dual-core (or more!) processor is highly recommended.
Hardware acceleration (GPU) via Direct2D is now supported.
Please disable this in the Settings dialog if you experience visual artifacts.

Download: Paint.NET v4.0.3
LandzDown Lounge / Re: Word Association
« Last post by JDBush61 on Today at 12:57:46 AM »
LandzDown Lounge / Re: 2 Word Game
« Last post by JDBush61 on Today at 12:55:53 AM »
fraud investigation
WinPatrol Help & Information / Re: Video Demonstrating WinPatrol
« Last post by JDBush61 on Today at 12:44:26 AM »
Thanks, ky331.

Your instructions are helpful, and I fundamentally understand. However, unlike most (many?) of the members here, I'm not too computer savvy. Not to belabor this point, but here is an example of how 'tech cripples' like myself approach this conundrum:

You wrote "What is needed are any Microsoft programs required by the operating system (most of which won't actually appear in Scotty's standard listing).

My first thoughts are: 1) And what might those be?, 2) Why don't they appear in Scotty's standard listing?, 3) If I don't know what they are, and Scotty "won't actually" list them, then how do I go about learning that info?, and 4) Is WinPatrol a program that necessitates a PhD in computer science before it can be used properly/safely/effectively?

I ask #4 somewhat tongue in cheek, but I feel quite "stupid" when I read comments from users stating what a great program WinPatrol is and how they wouldn't run their box without it, yet I can't seem to find a detailed "explanation for dummies", even on the WinPatrol website. Or, maybe I missed it somehow. I suppose that that is why I suggested in my reply to Corrine that a detailed company video would really be of assistance to people like me ... and (if I may be so bold to add), if WinPatrol, in fact, is a 'business', then a detailed video would not only help tech-impaired numbnuts like myself learn how to effectively use the product, but also possibly entice us to pay for a "Plus" version.

Seems fairly business 101, to me, anyway.

Statements like the ones shown below somewhat scare me away from using the software. I still have it installed, for now. I'll go back to their website and read some more. Thanks!

"Also necessary are any programs by the hardware manufacturer, such as drivers, that allow the PC to recognize and properly use that hardware.   Unfortunately, this varies tremendously ---- it's very much hardware dependent --- that it would be very difficult for BillP &etc. to create such an overall listing."

I believe these are good "rules of thumb".   But to be more specific --- and inclusive --- would necessitate a "book-length" listing.

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