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I'm surprised nobody else said that.
And, being the age I am, I learned to type on a typewriter with blacked out keys.
We learned to shift with either hand... but I find myself always using my left hand... odd.
I'm originally a hunt-and-peck typist(*). While I use most of the fingers on both hands, I 'prefer' specific fingers for certain keys. Interestingly, my right hand is more flexible on the keyboard even though I write left-handed.
(*) My mother is a classically trained typist who could manage 90 words per minute on an IBM Selectric typewriter. She can't watch me type on a computer keyboard without turning a bit green .
Curious - are you left handed? I'm right-handed and use my left hand pinky for the shift key. I Just Tried Typing This With My Right-Hand Pinky and it was a painfully slow experience, not to mention that my left hand pinky kept twitching "I want to do it!"
Story - The First Part
My wifes, very old Celeron-based laptop became completely unusable a couple of days ago due to a Windows 10 Update. The laptop worked fairly well since I had installed an SSD. But after the recent update there were Microsoft processes using up 100% of CPU for days.
HDD /Win10 Woes
Processor much better i3 quadcore, but still the laptop was a bit slow and I recognized that the HDD was at 100%. Yes, brand new and already slow
Well, I knew it was a cheapy.
Replace HDD with Old SSD
I took the old 120GB SSD (far smaller) out of the celeron-based computer, cloned the new image onto it.
Took the new laptop apart. (Quite tricky with 4 screws under the rubber footpads.)
Replaced 1TB HDD with 120GB SSD. It still had 73GB free which is fine for my wife.
Put laptop back together and fired it up. Success!
Yes, Another Problem
However, the upon start up -- I've restarted numerous times -- I get:
a completely black screen with only an arrow cursor for about 5 minutes.
Here's a snapshot I took: win10 - black background, arrow cursor[^]
Once the machine gets a desktop, it is really fast now. Everything works great once the desktop shows up for work. Multiple Restarts
However, I've restarted 5 or 6 times and every time it takes about 5 minutes to get past the black background with arrow cursor.
It is scary as you wait for it to start.
Has anyone seen this behavior? Any clues about why it happens?
Possibly this is the HP utilities that are autoinstalled. I uninstalled tons of stuff but not all of the HP stuff. Ugh! Maybe that will help. I will try and report back when I can.
Here's a quote about a possible solution:
HP forum said
Chatted with HP support about the same issue. Turned out to be a windows issue. Use search to open msconfig and go to the services tab and disable App Readiness
Now is it bad enough that you let somebody else kick your butts without you trying to do it to each other? Now if we're all talking about the same man, and I think we are... it appears he's got a rather growing collection of our bikes.
Thanks for reading and replying. That can be a challenge, but thankfully Win10 provides for moving the OS from an HDD to an SSD.
The only reason I know this to be true is because I've done this same thing on my i7, 8GB laptop (originally ran 8.1). My wife's old celeron-based computer originally ran win7 from her original HDD and we upgraded hers to win10 and then moved it to the 120GB SSD.
And recently my son had this same problem with his ultra-fast desktop -- I/O bound on Win10 updates -- and so he moved his win10 OS to an SSD.
I'm writing this fast as a reply and explaining that this does indeed work. Not trying to blast you with facts and prove you wrong. Just a quick reply.
I always appreciate input when I ask a question. Thanks very much for your reply.
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