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Microsoft’s New Windows 10 21H1 Voice Typing Experience is Now in Preview


Microsoft is developing the Windows update that will eventually become Windows 10 version 21H1. It seems one of the core areas of interest for Microsoft during this phase will be on improving typing on the platform.

In the latest push towards this goal, the company is creating a feature that allows users to input text by voice. This new voice typing experience will allow users to dictate to Windows and type across apps.

Sure, Windows 10 already has a voice diction typing capability, but it is probably not the best solution. Indeed, most users who frequent this technology typically opt for a third-party. Microsoft wants to change that with the “most reliable voice typing experience ever on Windows”.

That’s how Microsoft describes its efforts around typing in Windows 10 version 21H1. According to the company, the new voice typing experience will cover emails, documents, and text across the platform.#

Improving Typing

Some of the features Microsoft is adding include:

  • A modern design – optimized for use with touch keyboards.
  • Auto-punctuation that allows you to effortlessly put your thoughts down without worrying about question marks and periods (turn it on in settings).
  • An updated back end for the most reliable voice typing experience ever on Windows.

Furthermore, there is a start/stop ability through voice controls. Users can also issue voice commands to edit documents, such as select text and delete. Out of the box, the new voice typing experience is in preview in Windows 10 Preview build 20206 on the Insider Dev Channel.

It is available in the following languages:

  • English (US, UK, Canada, Australia, and India)
  • French (French and Canada)
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Simplified Chinese (China)
  • Spanish (Mexico and Spain)
  • German, Italian and Japanese.

The new voice features are part of Microsoft effort to improve typing on Windows 10. When Windows 10 version 21H1 arrives, it will also have a new WonderBar virtual keyboard.

Currently in development are features including new sounds, emoji access, key press animations, and the ability to search for and input animated GIFs. The new keyboard experience is called the WonderBar and it was built for Windows 10X.

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Windows 10 Wireless Display is Now Optional and Not Available by Default


Back in May, Microsoft went through the process of removing some apps and features from Windows 10. This is standard practice whenever a new version of the platform arrives, in this case Windows 10 version 2004. However, it seems Microsoft has quietly put Windows Wireless Display on the removal list since that announcement.

Back then, Microsoft took off Cortana and services such as Windows To Go from the platform. At the time, there was no mention of Windows Wireless Display being removed. However, Thurrott has found the app has indeed being taken off Windows 10.

However, it is worth noting Microsoft has simply taken it from the selection of default apps on the OS. Users can still download and use Windows Wireless Display as an optional extra. It now appears on the list of removed apps through the release of Windows 10 version 2004:

“The Connect app for wireless projection using Miracast is no longer installed by default, but is available as an optional feature,” Microsoft says. “To install the app, click on Settings > Apps > Optional features > Add a feature and then install the Wireless Display app.”

Windows 10 Wireless Display

Wireless Display leverages Miracast to building the connection between console and PC. Microsoft has included distinct latency modes that users can switch between for videos and gaming. It is worth noting the functionality of the service is no different since the removal of the tool as a default feature.

A year ago, Microsoft announced Xbox One users can tap into Wireless Display to stream Windows 10 PC games to their console. As well as supporting PC games, the app also allows Steam titles to be played directly on Xbox One. Despite being a remote connection, users can still use the Xbox controller.

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Microsoft Extends Windows 10 Version 1803 Support Until May 2021


It is Microsoft’s way of nudging Windows 10 customers to the newest versions of the platform. While end of support and this extension affects regular consumer users, Microsoft’s decision is more oriented towards businesses.

COVID-19 Impact

During the COVID-19 pandemic, enterprise customers value continuity more than updating. Certainly, they don’t want to feel they are forced into updating at risk of losing security. IT teams are operating with reduced manpower, so mass upgrade cycles are not viable during this time.

Microsoft reflects on this in its blog post confirming the decision:

“We have heard your feedback and understand your need to focus on business continuity in the midst of the global pandemic. As a result, we have decided to delay the scheduled end-of-service date for the Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions of Windows 10, version 1803. This means that security updates will continue to be released monthly until May 11, 2021.”

Earlier this year, Microsoft extended support for Windows versions that were due to expire with the launch of the May 2020 Update:

  • Windows 10 version 1709 (Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise): Support extended to October 13
  • Windows 10 version 1809 (Pro, Pro Education, Pro for Workstations, Home, IoT Core): Support extended to November 10

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Microsoft Edge Makes Browser Notifications Less Annoying


Browser notifications are very handy until they are not. At least that’s what a Microsoft customer survey found and now the company wants to improve notifications on Microsoft Edge.

According to Redmond’s survey, Edge users generally dislike notifications unless they happen to be important. Naturally, deciding which notification requests are valuable and which are not is difficult for a browser. However, Microsoft thinks it has the tool for the job.

Microsoft Edge is getting an option for “quiet notification requests”. The feature has dropped on version 84 of Microsoft’s new Chromium-based browser that dropped in preview this week.

Under the feature, users see notification requests hidden behind a bell icon in the address bar. Previously, Edge would display the full request.

“With quiet requests enabled, site notification requests made via the Notifications or Push APIs will appear as a bell labeled “Notifications blocked” in the address bar, as opposed to the typical full flyout prompt,” explain members of the Microsoft Edge team.

New Feature

With this new approach, users basically have the freedom to see the notification requests they want to and ignore those they have no interest in.

“We’ve opted to turn on this setting by default for users in Microsoft Edge 84 due to high volumes of user feedback around unwanted notification subscriptions; we hope quiet notification requests will help reduce unintentional subscriptions,” Microsoft says.

Yes, this is almost exactly the way Google Chrome and Firefox handle notifications. That said, Microsoft says there is a slight difference in Microsoft Edge. Specifically, the full flyout prompt for notifications appears when “data suggests users find a given site’s notification request valuable.”

That’s interesting, but the company does not say how it will determine when a user thinks the notification is valuable. It is worth noting the company says users can opt to keep full notification requests if they want.

Earlier today, we reported on Microsoft now roadmapping Edge features to help enterprise users stay stable through releases. Available at the Microsoft 365 Roadmap portal, customers can see what enterprise features are coming, and when they’ll arrive.

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Though many modern applications provide an in-built spell checker, many don’t. This even the case with some Microsoft applications such as WordPad and Notepad, to reduce their footprint. Thankfully, you can turn on the Windows 10 spell check feature, which will provide autocorrect and suggestions for not just Notepad, but your entire system.

Unfortunately, all the kinks haven’t been ironed out of the spell checker. Some may find it doesn’t work properly in certain applications or that its interface gets in the way. As a result, we’ll also be showing you how to turn on spell check in Windows 10, but also how to disable it.

To be clear, spell check shows dotted red lines under misspelled words and shows suggestions for changes. Autocorrect is a bit more aggressive, changing words itself where it thinks there’s little chance the user intended to spell them that way.

We’re going to be showing two methods to turn Windows autocorrect and spellcheck on or off: via the settings menu, and through the registry. The settings path is the simplest and easiest, but the registry has more chance to persist across updates. Just make sure you read our safe registry editing guide first.

How to Turn on/off Windows 10 Spell Check and Autocorrect via Settings

Though they’re usually turned off by default, you can enable these features quickly via Windows Settings.

  1. Open Windows Settings

    Press the “Start” button, then click the settings cog in the bottom left corner, above the power button.

    Windows 10 - Open Settings

  2. Click the “Devices” heading

    Windows 10 - Settings - Open Devices

  3. Open the “Typing” menu and turn on or off Windows 10 spell check and Windows autocorrect

    Windows autocorrect can be enabled/disabled via the “Autocorrect misspelled words” heading, under “Spelling”. There you can also find “Highlight misspelled words”, which is the Windows 10 spell checker option.

    Windows 10 - Settings - Devices - Typing -Spelling On

How to Enable Windows 10 Autocorrect via the Registry Editor

For a more permanent solution, or if you just aren’t a fan of the Windows 10 Settings interface, you can use the registry editor.

  1. Run regedit

    Press “Windows + R” to open the Run dialog, type “regedit”, and press “OK”.

    Windows 10 - Run - Open Registy Editor

  2. Navigate to the Windows typing settings registry key and create a new DWORD (32-bit)

    In the Registry Editor address bar, paste Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\TabletTip\1.7. In the main pane, right-click any empty space and select “New > DWORD (32-bit) Value”. If prompted, name it “EnableAutocorrection”.

    Windows 10 - Run - Registy Editor - Enter HKEY - New DWORD

  3. Turn Windows autocorrect on or off

    Double click the DWORD to open the properties window, then modify the “Value data” to your choosing:

    = Enable Windows autocorrect
    = Disable Windows autocorrect

    Removing the registry key will have your PC follow the system settings once more. Once you’re done modifying, click “OK”.

    Windows 10 - Run - Registy Editor - Enter HKEY - New DWORD - EnableAutocorrection - On

How to Turn on Spellcheck in Windows 10 via the Registry or Disable it

As you’d expect, the Windows 10 spellcheck feature requires its own registry key. Thankfully, it’s in the same location as the last, so you can skip straight to step 3 if you’re already there.

  1. Open Windows 10 Registry Editor

    Press “Windows + R” to open the Run box, typing “regedit” and pressing “Enter” or “OK”.

    Windows 10 - Run - Open Registry Editor

  2. Navigate to the TabletTip 1.7 registry key and create a new DWORD (32-bit)

    Paste the following into your address bar: Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\TabletTip\1.7. Right-click the white space in the main pane and select “New > DWORD (32-bit)”.

    Windows 10 - Run - Registy Editor - Enter HKEY - New DWORD

  3. Turn on spell check on Windows 10 or disable spell check

    When prompted, name the DWORD “Enable Spellchecking”. Double-click it open the properties interface and change the value data to one of the following:

    1 = Enable Windows spell checker
    = Disable Windows spell checker

    Deleting the registry key will have your computer follow the system settings.

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How to Change the Default Start Folder for File Explorer in Windows 10


Windows File Explorer is useful in many ways, but the lack of easy customization can make it a pain to use. By default, Microsoft’s document browser opens to the Quick Access overview, which is useful to some, but inconvenient to others. If you a folder you use more than everything else, such as your user or documents folder, it isn’t ideal. Thankfully, though, you can change File Explorer’s default startup folder in Windows 10 just by adjusting its taskbar shortcut.

If you tend to launch Explorer in Windows with its short, “Win + E”, this may not help you. However, many people have the File Explorer icon on the taskbar build into their muscle memory. If you’re one of those, you can open Windows 10 File Explorer to a specific folder of your choice.

We’re going to show you how to do this, and it’ll take just a few minutes out of your day. Even better, it’s as risk-free as it gets, requiring no registry edits or commands. Let’s get started:

How to Create a New File Explorer in Windows 10 Shortcut

Before we start, choose the folder you want available from the taskbar. If one doesn’t spring to mind immediately, you may just be better off leaving it as default for an overview of your recent and often accessed files. Navigate to the folder of your choice.

  1. Create a new shortcut and change File Explorer’s default folder view

    Right-click the empty space in your folder and choose “Create shortcut” or “New > Shortcut”. This will create a shortcut to the current folder, which we’ll be utilized later.

    file explorer custom startup folder create shortcut

  2. Rename the File Explorer in Windows 10 Shortcut

    Press F2 while clicked on the folder or right-click and choose “Rename” and change it to “File Explorer”.

    File Explorer custom start folder rename

  3. Open File Explorer shortcut properties

    Without any changes, your custom File Explorer in Windows 10 icon won’t look like File Explorer at all, instead just having the folder icon. Right-click the new shortcut and select “Properties”.

    File Explorer Startup Folder Shortcut Properties

  4. Change the shortcut to a File Explorer icon

    In the properties window, ensure you’re in the “Shortcut” tab before clicking “Change icon…”.

    File Explorer custom startup folder Change icon
    In the new dialog box, click the “Browse…” button next to “Look for icons in this file:”. Type %windir%\explorer.exe, click the File Explorer icon, and then press “OK”.


How to Change the File Explorer Default Folder View in Windows 10

Now that our shortcut has been created, we can replace the current File Explorer icon on the taskbar with our changed default file explorer shortcut. First, navigate to %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar.

  1. Show your system files

    Make sure your system files are shown by navigating to Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Folder Options > View tab > Advanced settings > Show hidden files, folders, and drives.

  2. Change the default Windows 10 File Explorer folder view

    Copy your shortcut from the folder you saved it to the Taskbar folder, making sure you have a backup of the original somewhere in case something goes awry. When asked if you want to replace the current icon, click “Replace the file in the destination”. Your new taskbar icon will now link to the folder of your choice.


  3. Restore your default folder if you accidentally delete it

    If you try to click your File Explorer icon after deleting the folder it links to, you’ll get an error on click, saying the item the shortcut links to has been deleted. If it’s still in the recycle bin, you can click “Restore” to bring it back. Otherwise, press “Windows + E” to open File Explorer, replace the icon with the default one, and start the process again.


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How to Set CPU Affinity in Windows 10 with Task Manager or System Properties


For the most part, Microsoft’s latest OS manages its resources very well, but there are certain instances where users are left wondering why their Windows performance is bad. This issue comes up, especially when the computer has a weak processor and an app is particularly intensive. Thankfully, a Task Manager feature that lets you set CPU affinity so you can claw back some resources from other apps.

To be clear, when you set processor affinity in Windows 10, you won’t always notice a substantial difference. It all depends on if resources are being used by other apps on your system, whether your PC meets the recommended specs and various other factors. However, knowing how to use the feature to assign certain CPU cores to specific applications can be very useful in some scenarios.

Additionally, some have success in modifying their processor affinity for gaming. Some very old games, for example, try to spread a single-core workload across a multi-core processor, which can lead to a crash. Manually assigning the application to a single thread solves this. Conversely, those getting lag on Discord or other VoIP applications while playing an intensive game can assign only a portion of their cores to the game to ensure their system has enough resources to handle both at once.

In this tutorial, we’ll be covering how to set CPU/processor affinity for individual apps, as well as how to change the CPU priority to prefer foreground apps.


  • 1 How to Set CPU Affinity for a Specific App
  • 2 How to Change CPU priority to prefer Windows Background apps or Programs

How to Set CPU Affinity for a Specific App

In most cases, it will be enough to set processor affinity for a specific app that you’d like to have some more resources. When looking at the set affinity in Task Manager, bear in mind that the CPU numbers displayed are core/logical cores. This means you may see 6 on a 4 core processor, or 12 on a 6 core Ryzen 2600, for example. For the most part, all you need to consider is the ratio available of cores your program is getting, not which ones. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Task Manager

    Press the Windows key and type “Task Manager”, clicking the first result, or press “Ctrl + Shift + Esc”.

    Windows 10 - Search - Task Manager

  2. Click “More details”

    Depending on whether you’ve opened Task Manager before, you may not have to do this.

    Windows 10 - Task Manager

  3. Right-click the app you want to modify and click “Go to details”

  4. Right-click the app in the “Details” window and choose “Set affinity”

  5. Select the cores/logical cores you’d like to assign to the program

How to Change CPU priority to prefer Windows Background apps or Programs

As well as designating CPU cores for each application, you can change the way Windows 10 schedules CPU resources generally. This takes two forms: a focus on programs or a focus on background apps, with the former being the default.

  1. Open System Properties

    Press “Windows + R” to open Run and type “sysdm.cpl” and press “Enter”.

  2. Go to the “Advanced” tab of System Properties

    While there, look under the “Performance” tab for “Settings”.

    Windows - Control Panel - System Properties

  3. In Performance Options, change your CPU affinity scheduling to “Programs” or “Background services”

    Once you’re done, press “OK”.

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Unknown Surface Pro Shows Up in Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Plus Benchmark


While all the conversation has been about Apple making a switch to ARM with its own processors, it is worth remembering Microsoft has been working with ARM-based CPUs for some time. The company’s Windows 10 on ARM movement has been gathering pace in recent years. Now, an unknown Surface Pro has showed up running an ARM-based Qualcomm chip.

And that’s the difference between Microsoft’s Windows 10 on ARM push and Apple’s embrace of ARM. Specifically, as is the Apple way, Cupertino has taken its own path by developing a proprietary ARM chipset. In contrast, and as is the Microsoft way, the company is working with partners.

Qualcomm has helped to drive Windows 10 on ARM during its early life. Through the Always Connected PC concept, Qualcomm has been Microsoft’s go-to for early ARM-based Windows 10 devices.

However, that has not come without some problems. Underpowered silicon and generally hazy PC performance slowed the early expansion of Windows 10 on ARM machines. Still, Microsoft pressed full steam ahead with the Surface Pro X, it’s first ARM-powered device.

New Surface Pro X?

The Surface Pro X comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx under the hood. However, the chipset is aging since it was launched back in 2018. Qualcomm is known to be working on a successor, known as the Snapdragon 8cx Plus (SC8180XP).

Now an unknown Surface Pro has been listed on Geekbench running this new CPU. It is unclear what exactly this device is, but there are two possibilities:

  • Qualcomm is using an internal Pro X simply for testing its new processor.
  • This is the second-generation Surface Pro X that Microsoft could launch later this year.

Frankly, both of those scenarios are just as likely as the others, so we’ll have to wait and see. As for the Snapdragon 8cx Plus, it has some interesting specs. For example, it has four Kryo 495 cores and will clock at 3.15 GHz. The specific benchmarked device has 16GB or RAM and was running Windows 10 Enterprise 64-bit.

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Windows Spotlight Not Working? Fix It with a Reset or Re-Register


Windows spotlight provides some much-needed variety to the Windows 10 lock screen, downloading daily images from Bing as its background. Unfortunately, though, it’s not without its issues, and many users find that their Windows spotlight is not working or gets stuck.

In the latter scenario, users will notice that their Windows 10 spotlight images are not changing. You can be stuck with the same lock screen image for eternity unless you take action. Others run into more serious issues like a Windows spotlight blue screen or a “Windows spotlight is not available” error.

Thankfully, most of these can fixed by a simple reset or re-register of the feature. There are also a couple of troubleshooting steps that will ensure it’s getting all the data it needs. Let’s get started:

How to Fix Windows Spotlight When It’s Stuck

There are multiple factors that can lead to Windows spotlight not working properly, from incorrect settings permissions to issues with its cache or feature itself. We’ll start with the simplest.

  1. Open Windows 10 Settings

    It’s a good idea to check that it has the permissions it needs, as incorrect configuration can often lead to Windows spotlight images not changing.

    Windows 10 - Open Settings

  2. Open Windows 10 Privacy”

    Windows 10 - Settings

  3. Click “Background apps”

    Here you should ensure that both Microsoft Edge and the Microsoft Store are set to “On”. If they aren’t, the feature will be unable to download the images it needs for the lock screen.

    Windows 10 - Settings - Privacy - Background apps - activate Edge and Store

  4. Enable Settings background activity

    In the same window, make sure Settings is toggled “On”.

    Windows 10 - Settings - Privacy - Background apps - activate Settings

  5. Go to Lock screen settings

    Use the search bar in the Settings app to look for “Lock screen settings”. Click the first result.

    Windows 10 - Settings - open Lock screen settings

  6. Set “Background” to “Picture” or “Slideshow” instead of “Windows spotlight”

    To Reset and Re-Register Windows Spotlight, you first need to deactivate the feature in Windows 10 settings.

    Windows 10 - Settings - Personalization - Background - set to Picture or Slideshow

  7. Open Command Prompt

    Press Start and type “cmd”, clicking the first result. We’ll use this to perform the reset.

    Windows 10 - Run Command Line

  8. Run command to clear Windows Spotlight assets and settings:
    DEL /F /S /Q /A “%USERPROFILE%/AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets”
    DEL /F /S /Q /A & “%USERPROFILE%/AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\Settings”

    Windows 10 - Command Line - Delete Windows Spotlight Assets & Settings

  9. Re-register Windows Spotlight

    Enter this command to launch PowerShell and re-register the feature:

    PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Command “& {$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage *ContentDeliveryManager*).InstallLocation + ‘\AppxManifest.xml’ ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest}”

    Restart your PC to apply the changes.

    Windows 10 - Command Line - Re-Register Windows Spotlight

  10. Re-activate Windows Spotlight for Windows 10 Lock Screen

    Due to the reset, your lock screen is likely to set a custom background once more. Open Lock screen settings and change the background to “Windows spotlight” and check to see if the issue is resolved.

    Windows 10 - Settings - Personalization - Background - Activate Spotlight

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How to Disable or Enable F8 Safe Mode (Legacy Advanced Boot Options) in Windows 10


If you used older versions of Windows for a significant period of time, the F8 key will be burned into your muscle memory as soon as you run into issues. Unfortunately, Microsoft has done away with the hotkey in recent times, leaving many confused. Thankfully, there’s a way to enable F8 Safe Mode in Windows 10, which is officially referred to as Legacy Advanced Boot Options.

As well as invoking nostalgia, the simple black screen displayed when you open the Windows 10 boot menu with F8 is easier to navigate. Instead of large icons that can each have sub-options, everything you need is displayed in a simple list. As a result, many feel that, though less modern, the legacy advanced boot options are actually the better choice.

We’ve covered several ways to access advanced startup options in the past. This one takes a little pre-planning but works out much faster in the long run. After all, spamming F8 for safe mode at boot is much easier than manually clicking through interfaces or running PowerShell commands. That said, there are instances where you may want the modern menu, so we’re going to show you how to disable F8 safe mode, too. Let’s get into the tutorial:

How to Disable or Enable F8 in Windows 10 with the displaybootmenu Command

  1. Open Command Prompt as an administrator

    Press the Windows key and type “Command Prompt”. Select the first option under ‘Best match’ and choose “Run as administrator”.

    Windows 10 - Search - Command Prompt as administrator

  2. Enable the Windows 10 F8 boot menu

    In command prompt, type or paste:

    bcdedit/set {bootmgr} Displaybootmenu Yes

    Windows 10 - Command Prompt - bcdedit displaybootmenu yes

  3. Disable the Windows 10 F8 boot menu

    Enter the following command and press “Enter”:

    bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu no

    Windows 10 - Command Prompt - bcdedit displaybootmenu no

How to Disable or Enable F8 Advanced Boot Options with bootmenupolicy

Alternatively, you can use bcdedit to change your boot options if the above doesn’t work.

  1. Open Command Prompt as Admin

    Press the Windows key and type “Command Prompt”. Select the first option under ‘Best match’ and choose “Run as administrator”.

    Windows 10 - Search - Command Prompt as administrator

  2. Type bcdedit

    Find the Windows Boot Manager heading and look for the “default” heading. Note its identifier, in this case, {current}.

    Windows 10 - Command Prompt - bcdedit

  3. Enable F8 Safe Mode in Windows 10

    In Command Prompt, enter the command:

    bcdedit /set {current} bootmenupolicy Legacy

    Windows 10 - Command Prompt - bcdedit bootmenupolicy legacy

  4. Disable F8 Safe Mode in Windows 10

    To turn legacy advanced boot options off again, enter the command:

    bcdedit /set {current} bootmenupolicy Standard

    Windows 10 - Command Prompt - bcdedit bootmenupolicy standard

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