12 Feb 2019

And Then Another Creepy Problem...

And that would be? Well, it seems some jolly cleaver folk have done a study, which in a sane world only they would have read {red}, suggesting that insects will be extinct in about a hundred years.

Does that mean the snow leopard, the polar bear and the elephant have lost their lucrative TV contracts? Probably not and I doubt they will leave the begging adverts any time soon as I honestly can’t see, ‘Save the Mosquito by adopting one for just two pounds a month’ catching on, can you? Even with a free cuddly one. Unless, of course, they dress one up as a many coloured flutterby...

Anyhoo, we will all probably be ‘taken care of’ by a meteor strike long before the demise of insects. Hell, it worked for dinosaurs and I’ve postulated on that a long time ago thus. Imagine that meteor had missed and the big beasts thrived. Then along came man. Man being a hungry hunter soon discovered that one big beast kill was a hell of a lot of meat. Then along came charities with their only a hundred dinosaurs left in the wild.  Where would we be now?
”Dad!! A Taradactile’s crapped on the car again!”

ADDENDUM: Tomorrow there will be three parts from Ripper, in one posting, with the instructions relating to the last post.

Quote;  ??

“Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?”

           Bill Vaughan.

“We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.”


Ripper said...

Part 3. Now that you have removed all unwanted apps, you will need to add some keys to the registry, which will tell Windows updates not to re-install them. The registry is a complex heirarchy of folders and though there is a registry editor in Windows (regedit), it is much easier to create the keys in a .reg file, which is just a text file with the '.reg' file extension. However, this file must be formatted properly.

For this you will again be using the fullname section of your Apps_List.txt file. You will also need to create a new text file and there is a lot of copying and pasting so a text editor with a tabbed interface is really useful with this, both files can be open in the same editor and copying/pasting is so much easier than using Windows Notepad.

To create the new text file, right-click on an empty area of the desktop and scroll down to 'New' in the menu. A sub menu will open and from this choose 'Text Document'. The icon will now appear on your desktop. The name does not matter so you can just use the default name for now. So with both files open in the text editor, the first line in the new file has to be:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

Follow this with a couple of blank lines. Fortunately all the keys are in the same registry folder, which allows me to just use the first example. All the keys are on ONE LINE (Mac's blog will word wrap). The first thing to do is create the main folder for the keys, so the first line is:


Having typed this out, copy it and paste it on as many lines as there are fullnames in the Apps_List.txt file. So if there are 30 removed apps, you should have 31 instances, each on its own line. Separate these lines with a blank line between each. Note that the line is enclosed in square brackets. Starting with the SECOND instance, place a backslash '\' before the closing square bracket on each line. There are no spaces in any line. The file is now prepared to begin copying/pasting the fullnames from the Apps_List file.

Switch over to the Apps_List file and select/copy the first fullname. In my case this would be Bing News:


Switch back to the new file and again starting with the SECOND instance, paste the fullname in between the backslash you added earlier and the closing square bracket. This would give you (all on one line);


Do this for all fullnames in the Apps_List.txt file. When you have finished, save the new file then rename it, changing the filetype from '.txt' to '.reg' and double click it to automatically add the registry keys.

Mac said...

Thanks again for your time given to presenting these instructions.
How about I put them all together, print to PDF, stick it on Google Drive and make a link to it on the left?
If you agree, give me an eye catching title and I'll go ahead.
Thanks again for all your trouble.

Ripper said...

I've freely given the instructions Mac, they are yours to do with as you like, though I must say the idea of a single PDF is a good one, keeps it all in one place and easier for you to get out there. I hope people will find it useful.

I have a couple of links for you later on, I've been looking at running as much portable software as possible and dropped on a few good items. There are thousands of programs out there.