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On any motherboard, there is a battery which powers the internal clock. When you shut down your computer, including when you unplug it, the clock is still going. If you let your machine unplugged for a few years, then the battery will drain and you'll be required to adjust the clock in BIOS during the next boot (as well as other options).


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You don’t need to reinstall your operating system when you change your CPU. If you want that space back and Windows refuses to work with it directly, just delete and re-create it. You should then be able to use it normally. If not, please provide a screenshot of Disk Management. Update So, now that I rewrote the question, a little more specifically: When ...


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First, understand that x86 hardware has an Interrupt Descriptor Table that lives in RAM. On the original 8086 CPU this was fixed at memory location 0, the first location of RAM, but it can be moved in later and modern CPUs. The BIOS initially sets this up at memory location 0. The IDT is a list of 32-bit pointers to routines elsewhere in memory (which ...


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If you're willing to play a little fast and loose with the definitions, NT_AUTHORITY essentially refers to the Windows operating system itself. Or perhaps as "things the OS authorizes on your behalf." (At first, NT meant New Technology, a version of the OS generally meant for businesses. It contrasted with the less strict, less secure Windows 9.x kernels ...


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Why not remove the original hard drive with Windows 8.1 on it, store it in an anti-static bag and plug in a new drive and install the new Linux operating system? That way, your original operating system is not disturbed in any way. If Zorin is not what you want, you can try another operating system on the new drive. Keep in mind, the new UEFI (replaces the ...


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Using Virtual Machines is a good solution. I used to have this kind of problem till I started using VMWare Workstation. You can try it out using VMWare Player free program. Make a virtual machine, install Windows on it, and then install all your programs in it. Once you do that, just moving the vmware machine to other PCs will work. In fact, any virtual ...


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It's a fairly subjective question, so you'll get fairly subjective answers. If you are looking for something light I would recommend XUbuntu which is Ubuntu with the Xfce shell. There's also elementaryOS which is a light new distro based on Ubuntu. I don't really believe there is a 'best' OS either, they all have individual strengths/weaknesses.



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