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  1. That's an interesting problem. As you mentioned that ‘Reset to default values and continue.’ and ‘Load last known good values.’ seem to at least solve the POST problem you could try taking a look at your BIOS to see whether any settings seem off limits (even though you did a CMOS clear). Just in case. As far as crashes are concerned: Do you have a Windows recovery medium you can boot into to check for OS errors? Alternatively, if you have a spare drive you could try to install a fresh copy of Windows to see whether it runs stable.
  2. Whether your machine is connected to your Network via WIFI or PowerLAN does not make a difference.
  3. Glad we could help :) I hope you can your Office key back
  4. Your personal files (i.e. documents, photos) have nothing to do with the core functionality of Windows. If you have them backed up you can copy them to wherever you want (on a newly installed system for instance). I don't know what you exactly mean by "UEFI backup". Should you be referring to your recovery partition: Recovery means either fixing a broken installation of Windows (e.g. by replacing system relevant files) or re-installing Windows from scratch. It does explicitly not mean that you can simply restore Windows to the current state (with your programs installed and your personal settings) from a new installation. For that you need a restore point of Windows (don't quote me on the restore point, though. I've never been in a situation where something like that would have been necessary to do for me.). This restoration point however is independent of your recovery partition.
  5. I learned programming by writing a lot of code. There are great books for beginners out there that show you how to get into programming step by step and often tell you something about algorithms on the way. Depending what you want to use Python for (natural sciences, maths, technology, fun ) it might a good idea to look at books specifically tailored towards that field.
  6. Not in the way that you could then boot into recovery mode from your external HDD. The medium you copy the recovery partition on to must be bootable which requires more to it than just doing a simple copy-paste. I'd get a 32 GB USB drive and clone the partition in question onto it. Then try to boot of the USB stick you just created. If that works you're good to go and can delete the partition on your drive.
  7. Google is your friend here I quickly dug out these two links to give you a starting point. The take home message is that the processes you mentioned are known for being able to cause high CPU usage https://appuals.com/fix-dcom-sever-process-launcher-high-usage/ https://windowsreport.com/ctf-loader-windows-10/
  8. Anyway, as long as it works for you just keep it running
  9. Fair enough. But the levels of CPU usage you are reporting don't seem reasonable at all. Before you go out and buy a completely new laptop you could save some money by just getting this back to it's full potential
  10. Which OS do you run (presumeably Windows 10)? I have an old laptop from 2011 with an i5 2520M and it still runs like a charm (also with a SSD). Your CPU shouldn't be overwhelmed by running a modern OS anyway. It might be worth checking whether you have a lot of programs starting at boot and which kind of background processes are running during normal operation. Edit: 100% CPU utilisation is what lead me to my thoughts above. Maybe it's time to do a fresh install of your OS. It can do wonders
  11. As I've mentioned: That's my guess. Since some time has passed: Did you check whether, after re-plugging your drive, the capacity is shown correctly now?
  12. I partly agree. Before you remove the recovery partition, however, I would make sure that you have another recovery medium for your laptop (USB stick for instance). The purpose of the recovery partition is to help you solve problems that occur due to a defect in your main installation (on the C partition). So while you don't need the recovery partition for day to day use I would be careful to remove it unless you have, as mentioned, another recovery medium.
  13. You are seldomly going to get the advertised capacity out of a drive, for instance due to formatting overhead and spare sectors (this applies to both HDDs and SSDs). This would explain why it says 500 GB total and 493 GB free when it is empty. As to why it doesn't show the reduced space after copying a file to it I'm not sure. My guess would be that maybe macOS only updates the free drive space information every couple of minutes or so. Just try waiting some time or re plug your drive to see whether this solves the free capacity problem.
  14. As @RojiK said: There is no reason not to use it as long as it mechanically fits. The mounting points have not electrical functionality whatsoever.
  15. DDR4 RAM won't work in a system designed to run DDR3. Frequency wise you have two options: Either buy two more sticks with 4 GB each at the same frequency you are already running at (saving you the money for 8 GB as you can continue using your current memory; you won't run quad channel, though). Or you buy two new sticks of DDR3 RAM with the highest frequency your mainboard supports.
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