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  1. Yes, that seems to have worked. An independent contributor on the MS community site suggested it also. I have no understanding why a valid license of the app didn't update. The contributor did say my original version was "five years old"; which I find interesting because I bought it as a boxed full install product at a national big box store about a year and a half ago when MS stopped supporting Win7. Of interest was the contributor's directions to download the ISO and simply 2xclick on it to run it, as compared to having to burn the ISO to media and then installing from there; but
  2. Thanks. Far more product options to decipher this build. Taking input from everywhere I can think of and then vet it all. Good to see intel has funded $2B to build a chip factory in Arizona; though we won't see the benefits for a couple of years. Still better than depending so heavy on offshore.
  3. Are the affinity products for PC optimized for either Intel or AMD? Or, for any particular GPU??
  4. Just came across this article, which I believe slightly addresses this conversation. If you go to Section 3, Hardware Acceleration on Windows, there is some interesting info: https://affinityspotlight.com/article/5-things-you-should-know-about-affinity-photo-19/?utm_medium=App&utm_source=AffinityPhoto_1.9.1035_Windows&utm_campaign=Welcome The other video above that section is VERY interesting! Astrophotography Stacking. Also, it refers to this page: https://affinity.help/photo/English.lproj/index.html?page=pages/Extras/hardwareAcceleration.html?t
  5. Anyone had any experience with the Benq monitors? I see them mentioned quite often in articles on topics of graphics production of higher quality. (I'm having a difficult time justifying some of thier higher prices...) And, if you have experienced them, what graphics cards did you couple with them??
  6. I REALLY DO APPRECIATE all the aforementionments! So, to build a new workstation for graphic (and video) production from ground up, with priorities of color accuracy (on scale of 1 - 10, 10 being the best) rating of => 7 - 8, composition accuracy (=>8 rating), acceptable speed across the entire system; would like to hear your suggestions. CPU: (model, speed, whether any additional cooling is required) Memory: (model, amount, characteristics) Motherboard: (mfgr, model) Graphics card(s): (mfgr, model, how many needed with multiple monitors) Monitor(s): (m
  7. I did find this article interesting: https://www.cnet.com/news/best-graphics-card-for-gamers-and-creatives/ (I know. It includes gamers as well. But we all should admit, there are far more gamer butts in chairs than creatives....)
  8. If I might: (a) Can you share what monitor(s) you are using with it; and (b), What are you using for color correction, either in the system or at the monitor(s)? Thanks.
  9. It's the first time for myself also. Not an edu OS version. I build all my own workstations; this one running a Gigabytes GA-AX370 motherboard, AMD Ryzen 5 1600 6-core @ 3.2GHz, GeForce GTX 1050Ti and 32Gb RAM. It's starting to show its age, so if this roadblock in the OS is going to have legs, I might just start over in hdwr and OS. Hopefully, I can just solve this one (too much ego on my part). Yup, went through that page you mentioned, and all the links on it, and on and on and on. Rabbit hole. As for the OS enabling me to change status, that's where it all goes into the
  10. Time to start the planning for a new workstation. PC-based, Windows OS, probably 3 monitors, web development, graphics (Affinity Ph, Des, Pub; Elementor Pro, some video production). Looking for input from anyone who has experience with current graphics cards/accelerators. Good, bad, benefits, limitations, monitors partnered with, insights; anything you think relative. Thanks in advance.
  11. I've been reaching out to any and all who may be involved. Microsoft support for Windows10 is for all practical purposes, "Non-Existent"; and a circular path of nothingness. I've spent hours on just trying to reach them (not including more hours searching the Internet). I did get one response from their user community, but he referred me back to online support pages at MS that I had already tried without success. All that is left, is to try to "reset" the OS, which means there is a better than average chance it will render third-party apps inoperative. My own opinion is that MS is gradual
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