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Giveaway of the day — MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro 2.0

Reliable data protection and disaster recovery solution.
$29.00 EXPIRED
User rating: 74 (82%) 16 (18%) 107 comments

MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro 2.0 was available as a giveaway on July 16, 2018!

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MiniTool ShadowMaker is a capable backup tool with a lot of features. It can back up your Windows Operating System, important files/folders, selected partitions, and even the whole disk. It is an all-in-one data protection and disaster recovery solution for PCs. With a copy of backup, you are able to restore data once a disaster occurs, like system crash, hard drive failure, and more. There are no settings or features that seemed difficult to work out. It also lets you create a bootable media to restore system to a normal state when a computer fails to boot. With its help, hard drive maintaining is not a difficult issue.

Essential Backup Features:
- File/Folder Backup
- System Backup
- Disk/Partition Backup
- Disk Clone

Quick Disaster Recovery:
Compared with the products of the same kind, MiniTool ShadowMaker takes less time for disaster recovery, allowing you to restore systems, disks, partitions or files to previous state immediately. With WinPE bootable media builder, MiniTool ShadowMaker is able to restore computer from backup image files in the following situations:
hard drive failure; blue screen error; ransomware attack; system crash; human error.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10/ Server; CPU: Processor Pentium 1GHz; 1.5GB free disk space; 1GB RAM for 32-bit OS, 2GB RAM for 64-bit OS.

Publisher:

MiniTool Solution

Homepage:

https://www.minitool.com/backup/shadowmaker-pro.html

File Size:

75.2 MB

Price:

$29.00

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#27

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Contrary to their claims, backup is not "data protection".

Your data can still be stolen and corrupted and lost.

All this program does is try to make a copy.

Which also can be stolen and corrupted and lost.

They claim "... With a copy of backup, you are able to restore data once a disaster occurs, like system crash, hard drive failure ..." ...

... no, if your hard drive or solid-state drive fails, you must repair or replace it first -- this software has no capability to repair or replace crashed and failed hard drives or solid-state drives.

This software claims "... With its help, hard drive maintaining is not a difficult issue ..." ...

... no, this software has no hard drive maintenance capability.

This software claims "... allowing you to restore systems, disks, partitions or files to previous state immediately ..." ...

... no, typical USB 2 external hard drive or flash drive connections managed under Win PE cannot perform "immediate" replacement of internal boot operating system hard drive functions, no, such data transfers take time, a long time.

What this software offers is for you to make copies of your system data, parts or whole, using your own storage and your own computer's data transfer capabilities, all without improvement or maintenance.

Actually, for me, it did nothing, just hanging on an endless ping-pong screen, grayed out, no choice available but to [ Cancel ].

I suggest the free alternative that we all have, free Microsoft RoboCopy, that comes free with Windows -- works for me.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

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... and apparently the backups are in a proprietary format that cannot be easily decoded and inspected and used, your backed-up files cannot be explored and copied out with Windows Explorer or other non-proprietary means.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#26

Very good software, full disk image is fast but Incremental image is very slow

Reply   |   Comment by Slavko Raspotnik  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

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[ Slavko Raspotnik ],

So, it's useful for, perhaps, making a master installation that can then be used to install and reinstall multiple computers on demand without having to individually configure each one, such as public kiosk computers, or a basic computer that people use for web access but they store no personal data, and when they infect their computer, we can reinstall the basic functions without having to troubleshoot and clean it up, like the "restore to factory new" features that many name-brand computers offer during boot.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#25

Very easy installation and registration on my win 10 x64 v1803 laptop,
as no request by email link or facebook approach.
i like this way.

s/w interface is simple & yet to try it out.
Hope this feedback helps ...

thanks GOTD & MiniTool Solution.

Reply   |   Comment by donald  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

donald, thank for your support. You may just feed MiniTool back anytime at support@minitool.com in case of any problem in the future. Thank you!

Best regards.

Reply   |   Comment by Minitool Peter  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#24

With all the negative comments on this software I can't understand why it had a high thumbs up rating unless those happy with the program don't want to write about this program.

Brian

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#23

At the link provided, I keep getting a 404 download error.

Would appreciate some help.

Reply   |   Comment by Rich Richie  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Rich Richie,

If your internet connect is OK?

Reply   |   Comment by Alex  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Alex, really? He posts a problem on the internet and you ask if his internet is working. LMAO

Reply   |   Comment by Glen  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Alex, My internet connection is peerless. 1gbps fibre optics broadband. I think the problem lies with GAOD. I have emailed them for some assistance but so far no reply, no response, zilch. Is this site operated out of a botnet? LMAO. In contrast, SharewareonSale is always responsive.

Reply   |   Comment by Rich Richie  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Rich Richie ,
You can contact the developer of MiniTool ShadowMaker., and they may reply to you soon. Their support email is support@minitool.com.

Reply   |   Comment by Lula  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Glen, you should be the right one he needed. He has been waiting for GOAD response. Plz just help him.

Reply   |   Comment by Alex  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Rich Richie , don't worry, Glen is helping you out. Plz just be patient. Thank you!

Reply   |   Comment by Alex  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

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[ Rich Richie ],

Try a different browser.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

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Installed in Win 7 64 Pro, and it just sits there and endlessly scrolls a bounding ping-pong back and forth on a shaded field where I cannot select anything but [ Cancel ].

Alternatively, why would anyone use any convoluted special proprietary expensive program such as this to backup?

All we need is a backup drive, and all brand-name backup drives come with their own backup software included.

But, more usefully, Windows comes with free Microsoft Robocopy, that can do full and incremental and timed iterative and comparative backup, plus we all can make a bootable Windows reinstall CD/Flash drive, and we can all keep reinstallation programs for our additional stuff if we ever need to rebuild our PC hard drive from scratch.

Properly prepared, an external drive can be a swappable-on-demand clone, just swap it for a failed system drive, and immediately start using your computer again -- waiting for a full restore and hoping it will work is a waste of time, especially if the failure was hardware-related, who would want to restore to a bad hard drive anyway?

And just use the failed OS drive and the new backup clone, repair it off-line, or replace it, drives are cheap.

Sorry, but I just cannot imagine the purpose and usefulness of today's GOTD offering, and since it just sits there and endlessly entertains itself without offering me any features or functions, then I guess today's GOTD has absolutely no idea what it's own features and functions are either.

Next.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

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[ Peter Blaise ],

I just read that after the year subscription, all this will do is restore, but make no further contemporaneous and new backups ...
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#21

With pervasive cloud backup of data, all I am looking for is backing up a copy of my local computer with its programs and mods.

I don't see anyone doing this alone which would be very efficient and supremely valuable. What do others think?

Reply   |   Comment by sj  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

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[ sj ],

The cloud is -s-l-o-w-.

And insecure.

And you'd need a working computer to restore to.

But if you have a working computer, why restore?
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#20

It even comes with a bootable media!

Reply   |   Comment by Ant  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#19

License looks a "no-expire" type, but it's ONLY for the very basic program, which isn't all that better than so many out there. It did take me three tries to get it installed and registered... and in the process of ALL three downloads, SpywareBlaster registered a trojan contained in it, but it got handled just fine.

My gripe is that all the specialized commands seem to be unavailable in the free version, but that's only noted in the HELP file.

Nice basic backup, but i spent a fair # of bucks on ACRONIS and it's still running just fine.

Just for fun, I DO back up TWICE, once to a 4TB Seagate external, and once to a 2 TB WD. So far, so good. May keep this one around for a "just-in-case", or maybe not.

Good luck to all!

Reply   |   Comment by vince brennan  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

vince brennan,

The license is valid for one year. After the trail ends, you can still use the Free Edition of the program to restore the backup. In case of any problem with the program, you may just feel free to contact the support team at support@minitool.com. They will be very glad to help. Thank you!

Best regards.

Reply   |   Comment by Minitool Peter  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#18

Thanks you Giveaway Of The Day & MiniTool!

Installed functions correctly on my Windows 10 64 Bit Build 1803 version.

I made an image backup of my whole hard drive as a test, it backed up about the same amount of time as my normal backup software, which is fast enough for me, roughly around 32 minutes and I have a lot on my hard drive. Although as a test I selected to restore the image to see how fast it would restore the image to my hard drive, once it started it showed 2 hours and 36 minutes, that is extremely slow by comparison to other backup solutions I have tried. I waited a few minutes to see if that might incrementally speedup as some software's do but didn't see any change so I cancelled the restore and installed my system from an Image backup with my regular backup software, that took 32 minutes to restore.

Thank you for the offer, but the restore time is just too slow for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

Bob, I wanted to expand on my previous comment about my usage of this software. Hopefully it will help the developer or those who use it, and that is why.

First, My comment on reporting the RESTORE time being extremely long, Initially what I did was install the "Boot" function of the software. So, that means that what I did was attempt to restore the Image Backup using the boot install function of the software.

So I got to thinking, perhaps because I clicked all the partitions on my hard drive that I made an Image backup of, then perhaps because I was using the boot install function that it was possibly causing extreme restore times trying to figure out how to overwrite the boot sector considering my saved backup image was all partitions of my hard drive.

So I restore my PC using my normal software I use for Image backup, which honestly I have ZERO complaints about it and have a lifetime license for. But I am always looking and actually enjoy testing out new technology when it comes to coding and such things.

That being said, to make a fair assessment of the software, it is great on the backup speeds! It has every function you could possibly want in all honesty, although I did not try them, the options are nice to have.

BUT : As I was saying, I restored my PC once again, then installed this software, but this time rather than adding the BOOT install function I created a USB STICK to restore and backup my hard drive with.

1st : I backed up my hard drive and all partitions, including the recovery and others. It was really no different than what I am using now. At the same time I must say "LOOK : I don't care what type of backup software you get, it will not exceed the type of hardware speeds that your system has when it comes to backing up or restoring".

2nd : That being said, to make a fair assumption on this software, as I was saying, I restored my PC using my previous Image backup and software I have been using, made the backup using this software which was about the same on the backup speeds. But this time I had a USB STICK rather than the BOOT built in option I tried previously.

The result? It was even worse on restoring the image that way, in fact, it went from 2 1/2 hours from the start to 3 hours and kept rising.

So, I must say, I checked to make sure SECTOR BY SECTOR options were not selected on backing up.

My whole point, it appears to me that the restore function while I did not make a SECTOR BY SECTOR backup, it is taking notes and trying to restore SECTOR BY SECTOR or something along those lines. I could be wrong, but if I am wrong then there is something seriously wrong with the restore process.

Either way, all that being said, this has the making of being a great Backup and restore and more software. And I want to stress that I am not complaining, I am taking the opportunity to let the developer know my experience and how it worked for me in the hopes it may help them and others.

As for my drives health, those were checked and before attempting any of this, and I know what I am doing.

A few suggestions for MiniTool on possible improvements since they were kind enough to allow me the opportunity here to try their software.

You seem to have covered most of the bases on what a backup software needs, I mean, with all the options it's really spectacular, and the backup seems great, it's just the restore part that either has a bug or is just that slow.

Thank you for your time and the opportunity. Best of luck!

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

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[ Bob ],

If you have a working drive to restore to, why restore?
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#17

How long is this licence for? One year? Six months? Also, what kind of file does the software save the backups to? Is it a proprietary file extension, or something I could use without the software if the trial had ended?
Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Larz  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Larz,
It's in the license,ini file in the C:\Program Files (x86)\MiniTool ShadowMaker\cfg folder
[Effective]
start_date=2017-10-30
expire_date=2018-03-29
md5_code=9d256b47cc4f2706ade2188408ee9e3b
product_website=http://www.minitool.com/backup/system-backup.html

Reply   |   Comment by reghakr  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Larz,
I've contacted MiniTool, and they said the license is valid for one year. The backup file is with the .mpi suffix. After the trail ends, you can still use the Free Edition of the program to restore the backup. Don't worry.

Reply   |   Comment by Lula  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

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[ Lula ],

Why would we want to restore something that no longer can contain our new data?
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#16

Easy install and registration but to be honest this backup software is very basic and not very reliable. My first test was to have it make a full back up of my C: drive (used sectors only) and create an image on an eternal drive. After having to confirm I wanted to back up my drive three or four times, it went through the motions for a couple of minutes then told me it was done. Checking my external drive I found it had created an obscure folder named something like _bf0&.... which contained absolutely nothing. Second attempt still created obscure folder which contained some date but it did not backup all the used sectors, it had somehow managed to skip some rendering the backup useless. Messed around with what few settings there are but failed to obtain any results that I would have any faith in. I'll just stick to my own backup software which works perfectly well and is proven to work.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Robert,
So what is your backup software.

To EVERYONE,
If you find something that works well, you should state what it is so that everyone can benefit.
Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Wonder  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

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[ Robert ],

FREE RoboCopy that comes with WIndows?

It can backup and leave the backup drive 100% standard and accessible just like the boot drive, and if the backup is formatted as a boot drive, the nit can be swaped in to replace a failed boot drive, no restore necessary, yet the aackup can be take anywhere and all the files are 100% accessible, via any Windows PC, Mac iOS computer, office rental at FexEx Office, and so on.

So, do you use FREE RoboCopy?
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Robert,
I've used shadowmaker since beta one and fell it reliable so far. Of course, I met some problems when testing, but their support help me solved. Contacting support is always a good idea.

Reply   |   Comment by Lula  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#15

Is this a one year license as most GOTD offerings?
If so, what happens? Am I still able to restore? Do backups stop?

Reply   |   Comment by SpacemanSpiff  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

SpacemanSpiff, No, it is a thirty-day trial. a comment to the effect by someone has been removed, but it said the same to me.

Reply   |   Comment by Laxative  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

Laxative, That was me, but I found the key in the readme and it upgraded to Pro 2.0...

Reply   |   Comment by cc  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

SpacemanSpiff,

This is a personal pro version valid for one year, you can restore the backups that you made before it expires. And you can still use the free features when it's out of date. Thank you!

For any other question, please feel free to contact the support team at support@minitool.com, thank you very much!

Kindly regards,
Peter

Reply   |   Comment by Minitool Peter  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#14

This is just a quick look, since it would take a fair amount of time [days rather than hours] to really get to know Minitool's ShadowMaker Pro's hits & misses... Before putting your trust in Any backup software you should actually try the features you plan on using at least a few times with all the hardware &/or devices you plan on using it with. You Don't want to find out something doesn't work when that means you've just lost your files, data etc.

ShadowMaker Pro's interface or GUI is non-resizable, though you can select minimize, windowed, & full screen -- windowed it was a tad too large for the 1024 x 768 display in my win7 32 bit VM. Style-wise it reminds me of the win8 store apps with the so-called modern design. You can find what you need easily enough, & there is a menu item for high dpi display, though I obviously could check that out in the VM.

ShadowMaker Pro is pretty light weight when it comes to installation -- a couple of services are added, but no drivers, like those used by Paragon for mounting backup archives. The program in fact limits itself to the program's folder, which holds all of its files. The only older files I see are from Microsoft, like the copy of dism.exe that's 4 generations or so old, though that may be for compatibility with older Windows versions.

The built-in Media Creation tool seems to work well enough... I didn't have to download all or part of the Windows ADK, which is cool, but there weren't any options, e.g. to add files, like with Macrium Reflect free. You can set up a bootable USB stick, or it lets you create an ISO file, which means you can use Rufus to set up a USB stick that'll work with most all devices. I set up my VM to boot from the ISO, and it actually looks impressive -- you get a menu with several options for things like the command prompt, restoring Windows from a DVD, start ShadowMaker etc.

All in all, & in IMHO, ShadowMaker is worth looking at... Paragon has its faults, like being very slow running from a bootable USB stick. Macrium Reflect free is feature limited -- I only use it with devices like my Windows 10 tablet, where I only want/need a disk image, & nothing further. EaseUS & AOMEI I'm sure make good enough backup apps, but neither will create a bootable USB stick that works on all of our devices, so they're out. I bought a copy of Acronis on sale, and never, ever used it once I found out what installing it does to Windows [thankfully I monitored installation in a VM 1st]. That said, I can't know yet how ShadowMaker compares, so I can only say that I think it's worth checking out further to find out.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

mike, Thanks for another good review. It's nice to see indepth reviews of the good and bad of software, unlike another "contributor", who lambasts and ridicules other users, and the software, because his machine acted inaccordinly, then mentions using a command line structure to backup their drives. Not all are computer savy enough to want to attempt command line.
So again, thanks. And yes, I have noticed quirks with Shadowmaker, but gonna give it a chance.

Reply   |   Comment by DJ  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

Minitool shadow maker is not perfect, but it's a good one, I must say.

Reply   |   Comment by Panny  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#12

How is it compare with EaseUS Todo Backup?

Reply   |   Comment by min chen  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

min chen,

For one, it's been some time [I think years] since EaseUS gave away copies of their paid version. And 2nd, the bootable USB sticks you create with Todo Backup have never worked for me. I don't know yet how well ShadowMaker will work, but IMHO it's worth a look.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#11

Can NOT activate with the given key ...
- Windows 10 Pro
- i3-3240

:-(

Anybody else having this problem?

Reply   |   Comment by wosa  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

wosa, mine activated fine under vista but only if the program is allowed to access the internet. Otherwise it offers an offline activation option using an activation_code tied to the given key and the harware signature the program builds from the current computers hardware configuration.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

wosa, you may just contact the support team at support@minitool.com, they will be very glad to help you. Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Piter  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

wosa, maybe a problem with copy/paste.
A blank/space to much at the beginning/end?

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Hi wosa,
If your computer has internet connection, you can directly register the program by entering the license key.
But if the computer does't have internet connection, you need to make offline registration: use your license and machine code to get the activation code, then activate the program with Activation code.
I suggest you refer to this post to make offline registration: https://www.minitool.com/help-sm/get-started.html#register
If you still have problem, post a screenshot here.

Reply   |   Comment by Yvette  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#10

According the the product home page the Pro license DOES NOT SUPPORT Windows Server operating systems like mentioned in the system requirements panel, only the Business license does for from $129

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#9

Backup is OK if your system is a static device, but it is not, after a month or two, after adding, deleting, updating, new software, data, e-mails, documents, your backup will be way outdated that will create more work to install, edit, recreate the present day update.
If there is no auto incremental or differential backup, this software will not serve the purpose. It is better to do a clone of your system every time you do major updates or install new software than a backup or even better, run a parallel mirror system updates to a second drive in your system.
This software fails in that regard.

Reply   |   Comment by Serrah  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Serrah,
The company webpage says "When backup scheme is enabled, MiniTool ShadowMaker will perform full/incremental/differential backup tasks as well as manage disk space by deleting the old backup image file versions. "

So are you saying that the program will NOT do what the software company says?

Reply   |   Comment by Patrick  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

Serrah,
Hi,

You wrote: "run a parallel mirror system updates to a second drive in your system".

How do you exactly do that? Just wanted to learn more, if possible.

Thank you in advance.

Regards,

consuella

Reply   |   Comment by consuella  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

consuella, if I'm not mistaken, a parallel mirror system is basically having 2 identical 'main' drives, one of which is backing up the primary drive in real-time. Everything being added, deleted and/or changed gets down on the backup mirror drive at the time it is done on the primary drive.

Reply   |   Comment by Michael Norman  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Michael Norman,

Thank you , Michael, for your very helpful comment.

I also wanted him to shed some light on what program he is using, internal or external hdd, etc.

Once again, thank you for your kind reply.

Best Regards,

consuella

Reply   |   Comment by consuella  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#8

How is this software compared to Norton ghost ?

Reply   |   Comment by Eddie  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Eddie,

"End-of-Life announcement for Norton Ghost"

support[.]norton[.]com/sp/en/us/home/current/solutions/v86337130_EndUserProfile_en_us

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

mike, i backup my hard disk every month using external cd norton simantech successfully

Reply   |   Comment by Eddie  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

mike, and you do not need to install on your pc , it bypass your operating system.

Reply   |   Comment by Eddie  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#7

I don't think you will get this one confused with Acronis.

Reply   |   Comment by dadams  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

dadams,

Nope! It doesn't try to take over Windows with thousands of new registry entries etc., choosing instead to live happily in its own program folder. ;)

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)
#6

In the companies advertising write up they say "There are no settings or features that seemed difficult to work out." Just exactly what are they insinuating?

Reply   |   Comment by Inadequate  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Inadequate,

You can do all the backup things with simple 1,2,3 steps with MiniTool ShadowMaker, it's really easy to use. You may just give it a try, or if you have any question regard to technical or non-technical, please feel free to contact the support team at support@minitool.com. Thank you very much!

Best Regards,
MiniTool

Reply   |   Comment by Minitool Peter  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#5

Here it says XP Vista 7 8 10, but on their page, I just saw 7 8 10...

Reply   |   Comment by Kenny Miller  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Kenny Miller,

Why should a company waste their time and effort to keep supporting outdated versions of Windows.
And please don't go on about how many people still use XP and Vista and can't afford an upgrade.

Reply   |   Comment by Mothman  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-18)

Kenny Miller, For what it's worth the user manual states....

Supported Operating Systems
Windows 10 (all editions)
Windows 8 (all editions)
Windows 7 (all editions)
Windows XP (all editions)
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2012/2012 R2
Windows Server 2008/2008 R2
Windows Server 2003/2003 R2

Reply   |   Comment by Chuck  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Mothman,...... XP and Vista and can't afford an upgrade.....XP and Vista machines are less suitable for Windows 10. They are too slow. This ex-Windows 7 PC is also not the fastest with Windows 8.1.

Reply   |   Comment by Hadrianus  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Mothman, It isn't whether or not they can afford an upgrade, it's whether or not they want to upgrade. Millions of users, worldwide, are still very happily running their XP computers. And the why question, why then, should a company waste its time supporting outdated cars, appliances etc. Because they are still around.

Reply   |   Comment by DJ  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Hadrianus, don't know where you get your information from but the speed at which a PC running any version of Windows is more dependent on factors such as CPU (cores/threads), RAM and hard drive speeds, if these are are of low spec it won't matter which O/S you run your machine will still be slow. if your strapped for cash, like most of us maybe consider switching to Linux which is free, lighter on resources and in many ways better that Windows.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Hadrianus, you have often written that you have no hands-on experience with Windows 10.

Th problem with Windows 10 is not that older computers are too slow for Windows 10. In fact Windows 10 is easier on the CPU than Windows 8.1.

The main problem with Windows 10 with older hardware lies in the drivers. No one writes new W10 drivers for computers older than a few years. And not always the W7/W8.1 drivers function 100% under Windows 10. Since July 2015 I have updated more than 20 computers to Windows 10. My privately owned older PC's are back to running W7 or W8.1 again because of video driver problems, not because of performance issues. A number of them run Linux Minit. But some old ex-XP netbooks run W10 just fine. The others are now on Linux Mint and have virtual XP/W7 machines in case Wine fails to run my favorite Windows programs directly under Linux.

The second problem with Windows 10 is the six months upgrade sequence. Microsoft does not favour LTS =5 year Long Time Support releases of the OS, like Linux does. My January 2016 W10 desktop cannot update to version 1803, so I keep it at 1709 by blocking Windows updates with WinUpdateStop. My 2017 W10 laptop runs 1803 fine.

The third reason to stick to W7/W8.1 for older hardware has also to do with drivers. Many older printers simply do not function 100% under W10. That means you will have to buy a new printer if your old W7/8.1 hardware dies. Or try and print/scan via a virtual W7 on your new W10 computer. But that is too complicated for the average user.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)

DJ, Like you say I am happy with XP. But more than that, even if I upgrade Windows (which for many reasons I do not want to do) and have to learn to do everything differently, I would have to upgrade everything else and find many of my favourite programmes do not work, some of them are no longer available, others have changed. I want to be left alone to carry on my life, not keep buying and learning new and different things all the time. A computer is basically a tool, and no craftsman keeps changing his tools every minute. Yes, an occasional new programme, as in GAOTD, but not spend my life replacing. Further I gather from comments here that Windows 10 is a form of spyware (correct me if I am wrong).
Some people are very intolerant, and your analogy of cars is excellent.

Reply   |   Comment by Laxative  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

DJ, anyone "happily" running XP at this point is being extremely foolish, as it stopped officially receiving security updates four years ago, making them extremely vulnerable to malware attacks.

(Yes, there's a hack that tricks Windows Update into giving you the security updates intended for the Embedded edition, but that's trading potential instability for security since those updates may not be entirely compatible with the standard desktop edition . . . and even those updates end next year anyway.)

Reply   |   Comment by Jim Stone  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Jim Stone, There are AV and anti-malware programs that still happily support XP..it may have stopped receiving Microsoft updates, but even Microsoft updates have proven inept in the past year.
They are not extremely foolish at all as long as they maintain their aftermarket AV software upgrades..the foolish people are those believing that only Microsoft can provide security to their operating system.
Oh and just to add, Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool 5.62 still works with XP

Reply   |   Comment by DJ  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

krypteller, could you let me know what Linux software you use to set up virtual w7? Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Kucera  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

krypteller, that's all well and good what you say, but I do not have Windows 10.
That ex-Windows 7 PC with now Windows 8.1 with alternative start button and bar, with its Intel ® Core (TM) i5 2320 CPU @ 3.00 GHz, 3001 MHZ 4 core (s), Bios version American Megatrends Inc .... ... 22-12-11. Bios Mode, out of date, you can not compare what has been on the market for the past few years. The startup only of that PC is almost the same as Windows 7 earlier. Not so fast compared to the other Windows 8.1 PC with its 2 core CPU that has been started in less than half a minute.
An EPSON AcuLaser C1100 printer (even elderly) has no problems with Window 8.1 connected to the 2 PCs.
An already antique ACDSee Image Viewer plus Enhancer works perfectly well on those W 8.1 PCs. So bad will Windowd 8.1 not be, right?

Reply   |   Comment by Hadrianus  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Kucera, I use VirtualBox. That is available free of charge.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Jim Stone, Most vulnerabilities require either direct exposure to the internet/attacker or social engineering fooling the user to open an email attachment or visit a malicious website to collect a malicious payload.

It is unlikely the WEPOS hack security updates will break the XP core since it designed for minimal IT support team interaction. The WEPOS patches are likely to be better tested than those that used to be applied to desktop editions that by their nature would have been more rushed and less tested.

I would expect to be potentially more vulnerable under windows 10 than under XP simply because windows 10 exposes a greater attack surface to the networking devices on a machine than XP SP2 or above exposes.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

krypteller, krypteller, that's all well and good what you say, but I do not have Windows 10.
That ex-Windows 7 PC with now Windows 8.1 with alternative start button and bar, with its Intel ® Core (TM) i5 2320 CPU @ 3.00 GHz, 3001 MHZ 4 core (s), Bios version American Megatrends Inc .... ... 22-12-11. Bios Mode, out of date, you can not compare what has been on the market for the past few years. The startup only of that PC is almost the same as Windows 7 earlier. Not so fast compared to the other Windows 8.1 PC with its 2 core CPU that has been started in less than half a minute.

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Reply   |   Comment by Hadrianus  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

DJ,

You must be 12 years old...unless you are into antique cars and period piece appliances...good luck getting parts for those from the actual manufacturer. Try getting a 3/4 year old flat screen tv fixed...they will tell you the same thing I will tell you about XP and Vista...throw it away.

Reply   |   Comment by Mothman  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Kucera, Re " could you let me know what Linux software you use to set up virtual w7? "

U use VirtualBox, both on Linux and Windows machines to install and tune virtual machines. it is free,

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

krypteller, that's all well and good what you say, but I do not have Windows 10.
That ex-Windows 7 PC with now Windows 8.1 with alternative start button and bar, with its Intel ® Core (TM) i5 2320 CPU @ 3.00 GHz, 3001 MHZ 4 core (s), Bios version American Megatrends Inc .... ... 22-12-11. Bios Mode, out of date, you can not compare what has been on the market for the past few years. The startup only of that PC is almost the same as Windows 7 earlier. Not so fast compared to the other Windows 8.1 PC with its 2 core CPU that has been started in less than half a minute. 17 sec.
An EPSON AcuLaser C1100 printer (even elderly) has no problems with Window 8.1 connected to the 2 PCs.
An already antique ACDSee Image Viewer plus Enhancer works perfectly well on those W 8.1 PCs. So bad will Windowd 8.1 not be, right?

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Reply   |   Comment by Hadrianus  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

@Jim Stone;

I am looking forward to seeing how this MiniTool Shadow Maker software works, because it is the type of software I depend on for computers that run XP on up.

>anyone "happily" running XP at this point is being extremely foolish, ...

You sound like a lot of others that like to bash XP users without knowing the circumstances of each case. Would you also bash the developer because they support XP? Are they just as "foolish" as those XP users? I see no reason why you should leave one group out; after all, they both still believe in something you obviously do not.

It is not uncommon for many products to continue to support the XP operating system, and for good reason. Even though that market may be smaller, many of those same users that have XP systems also have later OSes as well. It is goodwill on the part of the developer to support their customer base as best they can if it is reasonably possible.

Are you familiar with PowerISO, a software solution that allows mounting ISO files as drives? You should really get offended by that product's users because not only does the product support XP, but they also list Windows 2000. They don't stop there, because their web site (as of 2015-07) states that the product also supports Windows 98, ... and Windows 95. You surely would have a heyday pointing out how foolish those users are, or maybe you would go so far as to make sure you think they are outright stupid.

If MiniTool Shadow Maker supports XP as it states in the list of OSes, it could become valuable to users like myself.

Back to your comment:

>anyone "happily" running XP at this point is being extremely foolish, as it stopped officially receiving security updates four years ago, making them extremely vulnerable to malware attacks.
1) XP has not stopped officially receiving security updates ever, merely there are not any being created (there is a difference). During the WannaCry Virus era, which was less than 4 years ago, Microsoft did create a security update for Windows XP, and it "received" it just fine. In fact, during the WannaCry era, it was pointed out that XP fared much better than any other Microsoft OS.

2) Regarding "making them extremely vulnerable to malware attacks..." The XP marketshare is a lot smaller than Windows 7, which just recently lost out to Windows 10 finally. So who exactly is taking the time to target that small of a marketshare with so little to gain? The fewer users XP has remaining actually makes it less vulnerable due to lack of interest of those malware writers. Also, XP systems are generally well protected with modern AntiVirus software, and as for the OS itself, it is probably the most stable of any of Microsoft's operating systems, due to having been the main OS for so long.

Without knowing the details of why a user is using an XP OS, you cannot say they are foolish or anything else, because you simply do not know the facts surrounding their circumstance.

I have 3 computers with Windows 10, but I really do not use them.
I no loner have any computers with Windows 8 or 8.1.
I have 5 computers with Windows 7, from Home to Ultimate, and have liked it since my day 1 beta testing Window 7 staring in 2008.
I have no computers with Vista (have one but never is even booted).
I have around 15 computers running XP OS. Most are running the 64 bit edition, and they range from having SP1 with several individual mods, to having SP4 (yes, it does exist, but not from Microsoft).
I have powered down computers with Windows Me, 98, 95, 2000, and even one with NT.
I have drives that have all Microsoft OS versions from 1.0 on up, including Windows 1.0, which at the time, seems like it was an attempt at creating "yet another" multi-task overlay on DOS, but it did not appear to have much appeal, partly due to the lack of 3rd Party software, which evolved later.

I also have several Linux system workstations. In spite of their greatness, even with WINE, they are not always a solution compared to using a native Microsoft OS. I hope in the future, Linux will come closer to or even beat out Windows, but currently, the world has chosen Microsoft Windows. There are more software choices for Windows than any other OS in history. I accept that and can work with it.

My XP computers are standard Windows workstation types but are essentially workhorse computers doing a variety of computer processing, many multiple step processes, that run in as close to a Fault-Tolerant manner as possible, with many redundant mods. They are using a lot of expensive custom written software that either the license does not permit running on a different OS, or there are peculiarities that could prevent the software from working on later OSes, at least without some time spent testing quite a bit, but the economics shows that they are fine the way there are. They are all running on very modern motherboards that we were able to get past any issues of booting XP on, plus fast Intel i5 and i7 processors, with plenty of RAM for processing. Most are using RAID hard drive systems, and attached RAID NAS systems. Individual drives are imaged with software that works a lot like MiniTool Shadow Maker, so should there be a problem, I can recover easily, even it were a virus, but that is never a worry. They are not connected to the Internet, so I could care less about Microsoft Security updates, the POS updates, or Malware attacks. My concern is the time lost should I ever have a drive in a RAID configuration go out, due to the time it requires to rebuild the data on the drive. I have backup processing capabilities all ready, but I like to stay at 100% operational without using any standby machines.

I have XP also running in a VM, and I use it a lot for doing many things from being online to playing videos, music, any many development projects. I never worry about being online with it at all.

I have been a software developer since the CP/M days, before DOS 1.0 came out. I have written many of my own drivers for all types of hardware, which is why a lot of the software I have on the XP systems work with modern hardware. I am not the only one to do so. I am not unique in that regard. I am just a knowledgeable person with a lot of experience, and I know better than to try to bash anyone for using whatever they chose. The people that I work with have never considered me or my thoughts "foolish" (as you put it) for using XP just because you think it is vulnerable to malware attacks.

Conclusion: XP users may not be as foolish as you think. Malware developers are targeting your choice of OS, not XP. GOTD is not the place for criticizing something you think you know a lot about.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

krypteller, Thanks, good to hear from someone with experience.

Reply   |   Comment by Kucera  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Mothman, EXCUSE ME? There is no need, at all, to come here and insult adults. I did not say antique cars, I said outdated. If you cannot fathom the difference, sorry.
I just fixed a 9 month old flat screen, under warranty..and if it wasn't under warranty, I would still have spent the $298 to fix it rather than going out and buying another $800+ set. If you have money to burn, by all means do so, but don't go lambasting others who wish to continue using, or driving, an older item.

Reply   |   Comment by DJ  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#4

After installing, the software displayed a "loading" screen, and then gave an error message: "Failed to init the sys info service".

Reply   |   Comment by Aryeh  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

Aryeh, No problem here with Win10-64 Pro.
Maybe kill the program with taskmanager and try it again:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/57qu0ntl2kctwbd/TaakStopppen.png
What OS do you use?

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Ootje,
Win10-64. Tried your suggestion, but it didn't help.

Reply   |   Comment by Aryeh  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Aryeh, did you try to install it with admin-rights?

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Hi Aryeh,
How about deleting the registry information and try again?

Reply   |   Comment by Yvette  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

If this method doesn't work, i suggest you generate a report and send it to minitool support for further assistance.

Reply   |   Comment by Yvette  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

What file systems are supported?

Reply   |   Comment by Jack  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)

Jack, good point, windows supports installable file systems so can consist of ext2 and 3 or HPFS or HFS+ or even zeta file system as well as the default FAT* exFAT NTFS. Does this have the ability to image drives in a filesystem agnostic manner or enumerate files regardless of filesystem...

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Hi Jack,

It's really nice to hear from you.

MiniTool supports many file systems, including but not limited as shown below

FAT 16
FAT32
NTFS
Ext2/3
exFAT

For any future problem, please feel free to contact MiniTool support team at support@minitool.com, thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Minitool Peter  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#2

MiniTool ShadowMaker is a capable backup tool with a lot of features. It can back up your Windows Operating System, important files/folders, selected partitions, and even the whole disk. If you want to know more information ,please visit :https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/minitool-shadowmaker-pro-2-0/ 。It is an all-in-one data protection and disaster recovery solution for PCs. With a copy of backup, you are able to restore data once a disaster occurs, like system crash, hard drive failure, and more. There are no settings or features that seemed difficult to work out. It also lets you create a bootable media to restore system to a normal state when a computer fails to boot. With its help, hard drive maintaining is not a difficult issue.

Reply   |   Comment by allen  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-36)

allen, thank you so much for you support, for any problem in the future, you may just feel free to contact MiniTool support team at support@minitool.com.

Have a nice day!

Best regards,
MiniTool

Reply   |   Comment by Minitool Peter  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

.
[ allen ],

Backup is NOT maintenance.
.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Peter Blaise,

Backing up your computer means you are taking a proactive approach to your data. Consider it your way of taking an insurance policy out on your computer that will protect you from the internal and external forces that threaten its safety.

Reply   |   Comment by Minitool Peter  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

.
[ Minitool Peter ],

You are soft of correct -- like car insurance is not car maintenance, where having insurance does not keep you out of accidents or the hospital, nor does it keep your car from breaking down or being stolen.

So why do you write that this software is maintenance when it is not maintenance?

Do you mean "data" maintenance, like rebuilding a database index or checking PDF, JPG, DOC and XLS file integrity ... when your software does not do that kind of data maintenance either?

Nor do you maintain or repair drive data integrity should sectors become unreadable or file clusters become disconnected or corrupted ( like ChkDsk /F /R and SpinRite do ).

And no, a copy does not protect us from internal or external forces that threaten data safety ... because copies are similarly susceptible to malware, media failure, electrical failure, theft, corruption, flood, fire, and so on -- copying to different media ( gold DVDs for example ) and a different location ( the cloud for example ) change susceptibility, but you do not offer that.

You offer a
-- limited function,
-- proprietary encoded,
-- non-browsable,
-- backup-restore,
-- subscription scheme.

That's it.

All the other claims you make are wrong.
.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

After I installed the software, I found it's a simplified Chinese version!!!
I couldn't find a way to change the language back to English. Please help!

Reply   |   Comment by Ah Ye Lee  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)

Ah Ye Lee,
See C:\Program Files\MiniTool ShadowMaker\builder_config.ini in

Country=44
Language=2052

Perhaps in your version you have a different Country and Language

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Ah Ye Lee, I did see a file "lang.ini" in the map of the program.
And here the program works in English. Maybe check the file and altered the number to 30:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/2svpsuqynq1obiw/Taal.png

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Ah Ye Lee, so glad to hear from you, may I know that your system language is in simplified Chinese? You may just delete a file titled langin.ini in the installation directory and then restart the program.

If there's any other problem, you may just contact MiniTool support team at support@minitool.com, they will be very glad to help you. Thank you so much!

Reply   |   Comment by Minitool Peter  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Peter, thank you for your help. I'm using Windows 7 Traditional Chinese. I fixed the problem already. I located a file named lang.ini and there are only two sentences inside:

[General]
language=25

I changed '25' to 'English' and saved the file. It works! :)

Reply   |   Comment by Ah Ye Lee  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Ootje, thank you so much! I already found this file and the language number shown was 25. I think this represents Simplified Chinese. As I didn't know 30 represents English at the time I found this file, I changed '25' directly to 'English' and then problem fixed luckily! :p

Reply   |   Comment by Ah Ye Lee  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

krypteller, thank you for your help, I corrected the language setting from inside a file named lang.ini. It works fine now. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Ah Ye Lee  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Ah Ye Lee, it's automatic language recognition. I'm so glad that it works, thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Minitool Peter  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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