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Sydney Harbour
WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 31 JULY - 5 AUGUST 2017

Hello and Welcome,

Club News:

The Club's Windows 10 computer has finally been updated to the Creators Version, 1703, after many attempts over the past few months.

The updates always hit a barrier with the message: Please uninstall PC Tools. Revo Uninstaller could not find this program and searching through the Registry, we found nothing. At that point, the only option was to click Cancel.

The breakthrough came when John Lucke downloaded an exe file from Microsoft which took the Version from 1511 to 1703.

Unfortunately, we had to select Keep personal data but allow all installed programs to be removed.

This will take some time for SIG Leaders to rectify by re-installing their previous programs. Some Windows settings may also have to be reset.

Please be frugal with your selections. The machine had quite a few programs installed before this update — Desktop Icons everywhere!

John Lucke, Roger Foulds & Bob Backstrom

Microsoft calls it the Creators, not Creator's or Creators' Version.

PC Tools information:

The PC Tools website shows the message: We're sorry, PC Tools is no longer available.

Another line says: The PC Tools utility portfolio was retired on December 4, 2013. For information, please click here.

For even more information on this remarkable set of programs (including the famous Undelete— a utility that attempts to recover a deleted file), go to the PC Tools Wikipedia page.

Meeting This Week:

Penrith Group - Saturday 5th Aug - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The meeting normally starts with a Q&A session around the table to enable members to share problems, advice and tips.

Afterwards, the group may consider further topics of interest.

Meetings Next Week:

Programming - Tuesday 8th Aug - 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday Forum - Friday 11th Aug - 9:30 am - 12 noon
Communications - Friday 11th Aug - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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ASCCA News:

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Tech Tip:

"Escape" characters in Batch Files

Here is a typical Windows batch file using the greater-than sign and not meaning file re-direction:

@echo off

echo Using the caret character (^^) to "escape" the greater-than sign:
echo.
echo Processing data numbered ^> 100
...

The output is:

Using the caret character (^) to "escape" the greater-than sign:

Processing data numbered > 100
...

For a much fuller explanation of the many special characters allowable in batch files, see Batch Files — Escape Characters.

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Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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