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    Quote Originally Posted by J Tiers View Post
    All this encryption is fine, I suppose, but it apparently can bite you rather badly in case of failures...
    Some encryption tools like BitLocker can store the encryption key on the motherboard in the TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chip. If the motherboard dies you will lose the key, but you should have a recovery key. You are prompted for the recovery key before Windows boots if the one in the TPM is invalid. The recovery key can be printed or stored on a USB key. It has worked well for me, even when moving disks from one system to another. If you lose the recovery key, then the data may as well be lost.

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    Several times now I have found the clock on my Win10 machine is displaying GMT time. When I go into system settings it shows automatic date/time and location settings, correctly showing GMT-5:00. So I turn the feature off and on again, and it displays correctly. I seem to recall a recent update that might have caused this. But, also, today I booted up Ubuntu in order to transfer some files to a USB stick so I could import them into Win10, which I am now using almost exclusively. I only noticed the time being off after I had rebooted into Win10.

    I guess my next step will be transferring most of the files from my Win8 machine, and installing many of the programs and utilities that I have become used to. The file transfers should be easy via the WiFi network, but applications will take some time and effort. And then maybe I'll try installing a virtual machine to run some legacy programs I use, particularly TurboCAD.

    Also, I might get rid of the OneDrive system, especially since my free 5 GB storage is 90% full and M$ has been nagging me to buy more storage, like 1 TB for $20/month or something. I just don't fully understand it, and I don't really trust "cloud" storage. I have a new 2 TB USB drive, as well as a 1 TB drive that came out of this machine when I replaced it with the 480 GB SSD. I have another 2 TB drive that I had on my Win8 machine for backup, but it's almost full and it's probably about ten years old, so maybe time for retirement. Computer years are like dog years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PStechPaul View Post
    Several times now I have found the clock on my Win10 machine is displaying GMT time.
    As it should. British Summer Time doesn't come in until the 31st of March.

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    I use chrome books, pffft. no worries, no data.

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    Paul - point your PC to an NTP or Nist server, or two... Then no matter what is wrong, it will "fix" itself every day. Relying on the PC's internal clock was great in the 1980's

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    https://tf.nist.gov/tf-cgi/servers.cgi

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinstripe View Post
    Some encryption tools like BitLocker can store the encryption key on the motherboard in the TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chip. If the motherboard dies you will lose the key, but you should have a recovery key. You are prompted for the recovery key before Windows boots if the one in the TPM is invalid. The recovery key can be printed or stored on a USB key. It has worked well for me, even when moving disks from one system to another. If you lose the recovery key, then the data may as well be lost.
    It is entirely possible that they did not have the recovery key. A choice way to lose it is to store it on the same HDD that is being encrypted (yes, people WILL do that). As I said, I do not know what the issue was, I just know that the encrypted disk was never recovered. I PRESUME but do not KNOW, that they didn't screw up and lose the key, my impression is that the key did not work for reasons unknown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PStechPaul View Post
    Several times now I have found the clock on my Win10 machine is displaying GMT time. When I go into system settings it shows automatic date/time and location settings, correctly showing GMT-5:00. So I turn the feature off and on again, and it displays correctly. I seem to recall a recent update that might have caused this. But, also, today I booted up Ubuntu in order to transfer some files to a USB stick so I could import them into Win10, which I am now using almost exclusively. I only noticed the time being off after I had rebooted into Win10.
    Google "windows vs linux time"

    There used to be a registry hack to fix windows, no Idea if it exists in 10. Probably does, because their code base hasn't really changed since 1998.

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    This seems to show a few ways to fix this problem:

    https://superuser.com/questions/8842...nux-local-time

    The odd thing was that when I went into the settings to change the time, it was set to adjust automatically, and I could not manually set it. But when I turned the auto off and back on, it made it correct.

    Apparently windows can get its time from time.windows.com or time.nist.gov. But I could not access either directly with my browser.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/windows/com..._get_its_time/

    Other possibilities:

    https://www.pool.ntp.org/en/use.html

    https://www.guidingtech.com/3119/windows-clock-sync/

    https://www.thewindowsclub.com/windo...time-wrong-fix

    I probably will not be using Ubuntu very much, so I don't think I'll bother at this time. Thanks.

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