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update 2 - this is basically pointless with contemporary hardware and software. Just use the defaults for something like cgdisk or GParted:

https://gparted.org/display-doc.php?name=help-manual#gparted-specify-partition-alignment [ 1 ] was https://gparted.sourceforge.io/display-doc.php?name=help-manual#gparted-specify-partition-alignment

Use MiB alignment for modern operating systems.
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The Cylinder/Head/Sector values reported by modern disk devices no longer have a direct physical relationship to the data stored on the disk device. Hence it is no longer valid to use this alignment setting to achieve enhanced performance.

update: cgdisk, when beginning with a new partition table, when creating the first partition, automatically creates a small empty partition before it, and thus is said to align everything properly. I haven't double-checked this.

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This is the notion of "freezing" Windows in time, such that it can work as-expected but be "rolled back" to a previous state.

Software (Security) >

https://web.archive.org/*/social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?forum=windowssteadystate

I'm also lumping similar projects into this page, for reference.

See also:

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(on Wikipedia)

So I wanted to get City of Heroes - (2004 game) installed to try it out. I've been bored of World of Warcraft for the longest time, and a superhero-based game has been sounding like fun for some time now.

At this point neither Diablo 3 - (2012 game) nor Star Wars: The Old Republic were out. I just needed something to do.

But for some odd reason I could not get City of Heroes to work. It was definitely a DirectX issue, except DirectX refused to install! Hopefully someone out there can benefit from the hell I went through, and my notes would be useful..


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Operating Systems, Microsoft >

Windows 3.1x
Windows 3.1x
Windows 9x
Windows 9x
Windows XP
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 7
Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1
Windows 10
Windows 10

Note that you can also slipstream your own software, drivers and updates into a number of Windows installation sources.

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