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Hello and Welcome,

NOTE: Next Tuesday, August 20th is the last planned Daytime Main meeting for the year:

Meetings This Week:

Tuesday Forum - Tuesday Aug 20th - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon

It would be interesting to know whether any members have any "unused, but recent" laptops that they could try restoring our month-old Windows 10 backup onto. Most of us probably have the odd spare Desktop, but they are a bit awkward on the trains.

We could discuss the requirements: 1) Said laptop, 2) A 250+ GB disk, 3) A restore DVD (or thumb-drive), 4) USB to connect our portable backup drive.

Then it's just a matter of waiting and watching the restoration of the data during the two-hour meeting (10am - 12 pm).

Alternate plan: Take our external backup drive home (with permission) and do the restoration at leisure, reporting back at the next Tuesday Forum meeting.

And then the usual Q&A and other discussions.

Main Meeting - Tuesday Aug 20th - 12:30 pm (1:00 pm meeting start) - 3:30 pm - DAYTIME-MEETING

We have Acer coming on the 20th August to demonstrate their impressive computers.

Read all about their new Swift, Spin, Aspire, Nitro, and Chromebook models.


AMD A-Series processor, AMD Ryzen 3 processor, AMD Ryzen 5 processor, AMD Ryzen 7 processor, ARM, Intel® Celeron® processor, Intel® Core™ i3 processor, Intel® Core™ i5 processor, Intel® Core™ i7 processor, Intel® Pentium® Silver processor, Intel® Pentium® processor, MediaTek

Intel Optane Memory Capacity

16 GB

Features group

Touchscreen, Keyboard, Backlight, Long Battery Life

Optical Drive Type


Price ($)

<300, 300-700, 700-1000, ≥1000

Screen Size (")

<13, 13-14, 14-16, ≥16

Battery Life (h)

<5, 5-6, ≥6

Wireless LAN Standard

IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, IEEE 802.11ac


<4, 4-6, 6-8, ≥8

Digital Photography - Friday Aug 23rd - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon

Hear about all the newest digital photography topics.

And, of course, there will be the usual Q&A and other discussions.

Meetings Next Week:

No meetings

Current & Upcoming Meetings:

55 2019/08/03 - 14:00-17:00 - 03 Aug, Saturday - Penrith Group
56 2019/08/09 - 09:30-12:30 - 09 Aug, Friday - Friday Forum
57 2019/08/09 - 12:30-15:30 - 09 Aug, Friday - Communications
58 2019/08/13 - 17:30-20:30 - 13 Aug, Tuesday - Programming
59 2019/08/17 - 13:30-16:30 - 17 Aug, Saturday - Web Design - TENTATIVE
60 2019/08/20 - 09:30-12:30 - 20 Aug, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum
61 2019/08/20 - 12:30-15:30 - 20 Aug, Tuesday - Main Meeting - DAYTIME-MEETING
62 2019/08/23 - 09:30-12:30 - 23 Aug, Friday - Digital Photography

63 2019/09/07 - 14:00-17:00 - 07 Sep, Saturday - Penrith Group

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Tech News:

“How much RAM does your Windows PC really need? (August 2019 edition)”:

Referred by Jeff Garland: See the ZDNet article by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes for Hardware 2.0 | August 4, 2019 — 08:10 GMT (18:10 AEST).

Here is a definitive guide to how much RAM your PCs need.


This is the minimum system requirement for the 32-bit version of Windows 10, and while I've managed to get Windows 10 systems to run on this much RAM, I really don't recommend it.

1GB of RAM is just enough for basic operations like web browsing (although don't expect to run a browser with dozens of tabs open), email, word processing, and light image editing.

At this level even these basic tasks are going to be painful. Yes, I know, it wasn't that long ago that we were managing with a few megabytes of RAM, but times have changed. Life is too short to waste time on running systems with such limited RAM capacities.


This is the minimum system requirement for the 64-bit version of Windows 10. And while this will indeed work, chances are that there are going to be times when you yell a lot of bad words at your computer (it's amazing how many people blame "Windows" for their problems when in fact the problem is not enough RAM).

With 2GB you should be able to do pretty much everything with your computer that a computer is capable of doing, such as gaming, image, and video editing, running suites like Microsoft Office, and having a handful of browser tabs open all become possible. Sure, the shortage of RAM is going to be a bottleneck on your system, but 2GB is enough to get some real work done.

2GB is also just enough to run a hardcore suite of apps like Adobe Photoshop (or so says Adobe, I wouldn't want to try it), but to be honest, if you're paying that sort of money for software, you probably should invest in more RAM!

The bottom line is that if you've got a system with 2GB of RAM and it feels slow, add more RAM. If you can't add more RAM, then nothing else you do will speed it up.

The bottom line is that you probably need more RAM than you think you can get away with!


If you're running a 32-bit operating system then with 4GB of RAM installed you'll only be able to access around 3.2GB (this is because of memory addressing limitations). However, with a 64-bit operating system, you'll have full access to the whole 4GB.

The difference in performance between a system with 2GB of RAM and one with 4GB is like night and day. Even on a 32-bit system that limits the RAM to a little over 3GB, the performance boost is well worth the cost. Not only do applications run faster, but you can also run more applications simultaneously, which comes in handy if you run suites like Microsoft Office or Adobe Creative Cloud (say you want to run Microsoft Word and Excel, or Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom).

If you have a 64-bit operating system, then bumping the RAM up to 4GB is a no-brainer.

All but the cheapest and most basic of Windows 10 systems will come with 4GB of RAM.


Now we're into performance territory. If you're serious about your PC, then I consider this to be the new default. If you're buying or building a machine dedicated to photo or HD video editing and rendering, or just want a fast system, then 8GB of RAM is the minimum you should consider to avoid frustration.

This is the amount of RAM recommended by Adobe for users running Creative Cloud applications.

8GB of RAM is not expensive. Sure, get the OEM to fit it into a new system and you're likely paying a premium (especially if that OEM is Apple), but from an aftermarket supplier, this can be had for under $40.

8GB is the minimum amount of RAM new Macs ship with.

Note: You will need a 64-bit operating system to make use of this amount of RAM.


Is there a case for more than 8GB of RAM? Sure there is, but the bang for the buck trails off.

The time when more than 8GB of RAM becomes useful and starts paying for itself is when you're running several resource-heavy applications simultaneously — especially image or video processing (even 4K video), CAD, or 3D modeling. Try running Premiere Pro, Photoshop, and After Effects side-by-side on a system with 8GB of RAM, then bump that up and feel the difference.

Having more than 8GB also comes in handy if you make extensive use of virtualization tools such as Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware Workstation, especially if you run multiple virtual machines simultaneously.

Note: You will need a 64-bit operating system to make use of this amount of RAM.


You're now deep in the realm of heavy lifting. A workstation with more than 16GB of RAM will be a do-anything system. This is the sort of system that will be able to run multiple resource-heavy applications or virtual machines simultaneously.

Remember that 64-bit Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education will support up to 2TB of RAM, while the 64-bit version of Windows 10 Home is limited to only 128GB.

Note: You will need a 64-bit operating system to make use of this amount of RAM.

Bear in mind that how much RAM your system supports, along with the type and speed, will depend on your motherboard. Consult your PC/motherboard manual, or, if your PC was manufactured by an OEM, use a system checker such as the one found on Crucial.com to find out what RAM is compatible with your system.

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“HARD METHOD — Disable Blurred Lock Screen on Windows 10 1903”:

See the Endurtech article by Manny Rodrigues on JUNE 5, 2019.

Microsoft has done it again; automatically and incorrectly assumed that its users want to implement a new feature without notice. In this case a blurred background image upon login from your lock screen. Starting with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 1903) the login screen adds a blurred background effect to your image (assuming you have one). Microsoft claims that they are helping you focus your attention to the login task. If this isn't condescending I don't know what is.

If you, like us, prefer a clear background this article will show you how to disable the acrylic material effect from the login and lock screens using the Registry Editor application.


This is a friendly reminder that editing the Windows 10 Registry is risky, and it may prevent you from using your computer. We recommend making a full system backup of your PC and data if you are to attempt the following suggestion.

Disable Login Screen Blurred Background with Registry Editor

Click the Start windows icon at the bottom left of your screen and type "regedit". Copy and paste the path below into the registry's address bar:


Within the Windows (folder) key, search for a folder key labeled "System". If you do not see it, create it.

Under the existing or new "System" folder key create a new DWORD (32-Bit) Value labeled "Disable­Acrylic­Background­On­Logon" and set the value from 0 to 1.

Once completed, you should be able to lock your PC or device and reveal the clear background image as before the update. Note that reversing this process or even deleting the new Disable key did not restore the blurred background setting. At least for us, but some users are reporting begin able to restore it.



Andy K. says: July 1, 2019 at 1:33 pm

Thank you for your helpful information regarding this blurred background image. I like to bring to your attention that when I set the DWORD Disable­Acrylic­Background­On­Logon to 0 and locked the desktop the background image was blurred again. Despite your note it could not be undone I can switch between blurred and clear as I like by setting it to 0 or 1. Windows 10 Home 64bit, version 1903, German.

Manny Rodrigues says: July 1, 2019 at 1:39 pm

Happy to have been of assistance Andy! Thank you for letting me know it worked and that you were able to restore the blurred background by switching the value. The English version (at least my machine) still does not permit re-enabling the blurred screen. But I never wanted it in the first place!

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“EASY METHOD — Disable Blur on Sign-in Screen in Windows 10”:

See the Winaero article by Sergey Tkachenko | December 13, 2018.

Starting in Windows 10 "19H1", the sign-in screen shows its background image with the blur effect applied. Many users are not happy with this change. Finally, Microsoft has provided a way to get rid of it.

According to the company, the login screen now has a touch of the Fluent Design. The background image on the sign-in screen is now blurred, making the user focused on his credentials. The official announcement says the following:

With today's flight we're adding acrylic, a type of brush from the Fluent Design System, to the sign-in screen background. The translucent texture of this transient surface helps you focus on the sign-in task by moving the actionable controls up in the visual hierarchy while maintaining their accessibility.

Many users find this blur effect too excessive. Finally, the most recent build of Windows 10 "19H1", which is 18298 as of this writing, allows disabling the effect. Unfortunately, it is connected with the global "transparency" effect of the taskbar that you can enable or disable for your user account. Once you make your taskbar and the Start menu opaque, the blur effect will be disabled for the sign-in screen.

To disable Blur on the Sign-in screen in Windows 10, do the following:

• Open the Settings app.
• Navigate to Personalization -> Colors.
• Turn off the option "Transparency effects".

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Bob Backstrom
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