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You need a higher edition of Windows, professional or above. Windows 7 Home Premium is limited to 16 GB. This is not a hardware limit but a limit enforced by the operating system. From Memory Limits for Windows and Windows Server Releases Version Limit on X86 Limit on X64 Windows 7 Ultimate 4 GB 192 GB Windows 7 Enterprise ...


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Why are operating systems (usually?) unable to access BIOS settings? The above question cannot be answered as the OS can access the BIOS. I will answer below the question that could have been asked. How are operating systems able to access BIOS settings? On Windows and Unix the OS is able to read the BIOS. Windows Example (using wmic): ...


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They can, but there isn't very much in the way of standardized interface to the settings in there, especially if you mean "BIOS" proper (i.e. pre-UEFI). Certain parts of the BIOS are governed by software contracts between the BIOS and the OS running on top of it. A long time ago, BIOS routines were used for all kinds of day-to-day tasks like reading and ...


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Coding an OS is out of the question, unless you have a team of pretty good developers a big budget and a lot of time. Using Linux distros, MS embedded or MS normal OS is the path to go. Here is a bit info : Here’s a list of some distros with kiosk mode support. Porteus kiosk The mini distro Porteus has a dedicated mod to support kiosk mode. Provides ...


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I would say no to 1. There is no need for you to develop a custom OS. I would go with option 2 or 3. Personally I would go with option 2 & setup the boot script to open the application and 'lock-in' the user on startup. You could also use option 3 if you prefer something pre-made and/or commercial.


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Your best bet would be Carbon Copy Cloner (probably number 1 on my absolutely-must-have list). You could also try CloneZilla, SuperDuper! or another rsync-based app (there are a few out there). I've tried most of them and keep coming back to CCC. If it ain't broke don't fix it! I've used CCC to restore to a freshly partitiined drive more times than I care to ...


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There are a few possibilities as to why a file can become corrupted. Hard disk corruption The most common cause would be that the harddisk has a bad sector. The more a system file is being read to, the more the state of a disk is read which simply causes wear. Now, it would take millions of reads before it could cause a bad sector, but it could happen. ...


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You can of course open every file in a plain text editor ;) The question is if you can get any useful from it. This relies on whether it is a plaintext file or a specific format and also on the encoding used. I think in this case it's illegible because of the format not the encoding. Generally there are some ways how tools like samdump2 work. One is to ...


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I recently helped a friend whose laptop internal drive completely crashed : as a temporary solution, I was able to install a Windows 10 Home on his 500Go external USB drive using WinToUsb software. This tool can setup a Windows To Go environment on a uncertified usb drive using a non-enterprise nor education Windows edition. You will have to : Download ...


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Why is the amount of RAM usable by a computer limited by the processor bits? It isn't. Historically it hasn't been with examples where address size was bigger or smaller than the "bitness" of the CPU. Look at 8 bit CPUs like the 6502 & Z80 that addressed 64KiB. The 16 bit 8086 addressed 20 bits and the 16 bit 80286 24 bits. On the flip side, the 32 bit ...



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