Recent Update Royally Screwed Up Context Menu Transparency


gremlinkurst

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There was an update yesterday, but that's not the offending update; the culprit is the update before that one. The problem is that whenever I summon the context menu by right-clicking a desktop or folder item, the context menu is clear, blending its entries and options with items in the background, making it virtually impossible to see and select the desired context menu component. I went into system settings and turned off all transparency effects, but that didn't help; the problem is still very much "alive."

Microsoft has a history spanning forty years of arbitrarily making changes to its operating systems while removing expert users' ability to fix the screw-ups that they make. How goddamned difficult is it to code a context menu that all users can actually see and use? There was no such problem with all the platforms between Windows 3.1 and Windows 10...and at first, with Windows 11. But then they just had to screw it up with the update before last, and failed to fix it with the update that followed.

Does anyone know how to remove Windows 11's ability to make the context menu transparent? I need the context menu to be completely opaque, so I can read and use it. There's an old saying: If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

I don't need an OS that sings and dances. I need an OS that works.
 
Windows Build/Version
Windows 11 x64 Home 22H2 (10.0.22621.2506)

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    MSI Z490-A Pro (MS-7C75) w/Intel Z490 chipset
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    Windows 11 Home x64 21H2
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    HP/Victus 16t-d000
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    i7-1100H @ 2.30 GHz (8-core, 16-thread)
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    ?
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    32 GB
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    RealTek Audio
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    1920 x 1080 (but screenshot size is 1563 x 879), refresh 144 Hz
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    Silver Mica
Are you using any customization apps at all? StartAllBack, Explorer Patcher, etc.?

I'm not and I do not have this issue. And, since I don't recall anyone else mentioning this, it's not a widespread problem / issue.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 Current build
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * 32 GB - Corsair Vengeance 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING (12G-P5-3955-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x Eve Spectrum ES07D03 4K Gaming Monitor (Matte) | Eve Spectrum ES07DC9 4K Gaming Monitor (Glossy)
    Screen Resolution
    3x 3840 x 2160
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    3x Samsung 980 Pro NVMe PCIe 4 M.2 2 TB SSD (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM) } 3x Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 1 TB SSD (USB)
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    Nightly (default) + Firefox (stable), Chrome, Edge
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    Defender + MB 5 Beta
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    ChromeOS Flex Dev Channel (current)
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    Dell Latitude E5470
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
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    Dell
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    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryville 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
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    Dell
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    Dell
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    Dell
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    Logitech MX Master 3S (shared w. Sys 1) | Dell TouchPad
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    Dell
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    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
... I don't recall anyone else mentioning this
I know what the OP is talkin about, I've witnessed it, but, that was probably 8 or 9 Builds ago! 🤷‍♂️
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10/11
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS ROG Strix
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS VivoBook
There was an update yesterday, but that's not the offending update; the culprit is the update before that one. The problem is that whenever I summon the context menu by right-clicking a desktop or folder item, the context menu is clear, blending its entries and options with items in the background, making it virtually impossible to see and select the desired context menu component. I went into system settings and turned off all transparency effects, but that didn't help; the problem is still very much "alive."

Microsoft has a history spanning forty years of arbitrarily making changes to its operating systems while removing expert users' ability to fix the screw-ups that they make. How goddamned difficult is it to code a context menu that all users can actually see and use? There was no such problem with all the platforms between Windows 3.1 and Windows 10...and at first, with Windows 11. But then they just had to screw it up with the update before last, and failed to fix it with the update that followed.

Does anyone know how to remove Windows 11's ability to make the context menu transparent? I need the context menu to be completely opaque, so I can read and use it. There's an old saying: If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

I don't need an OS that sings and dances. I need an OS that works.
Anytime an update maybe the culprit, I suggest uninstalling the update; if, as you state, it was the update prior to the most recent remove both. If the issue is resolved, then wait for the next update release and see if the issue has been resolved in that release. Of course, you can endeavor to attempt solving the issue another way.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Professional
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    Microcenter B677
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    Intel Core i5-9400
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    ASRock H310CM-HDV/M.2
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    32GB
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    Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630
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    Intel Kaby Lake - High Definition Audio / cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech) [A0]
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    LG Model: GSM59F1
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1080
    Case
    Lian Li 205M
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky AV
I wish my context menu was more transparent XD
 

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    Windows 11 Pro
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    Custom
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    Intel Core i9 9900K
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    MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
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    Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB [ 4 x 8GB ] DDR4 3600MHz CL18
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    Samsung Odyssey G7 , 32" , 2560x1440 , VA , 240Hz , 1ms
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    QHD 2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    SSD: Samsung 980 Pro 250GB
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    Cooler Master MWE 550W White
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    Cooler Master MasterCase H500P Mesh ARGB
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    DeepCool Gammaxx L360 v2
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    Corsair K95 RGB Platinum ( MX Speed ) [ SteelSeries PrismCaps ]
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    Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE
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    16 Mb/s ‌ ‌ | ‌ ‌ 1 Mb/s
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    Microsoft Edge
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    Windows Security
I'm done with all the transparency bull-:poop:!
I wanna read menus, not look through them! 🤷‍♂️
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10/11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS ROG Strix
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS VivoBook
MS doesn't give a carp about us, they can screw us and makes no difference to their fortunes
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Win11
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    PC/Desktop
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    Asus Home built
    CPU
    i9-13900
    Motherboard
    ASUS Strix Z90-H
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 2080-ti
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    Sony 55"
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    SSD
    PSU
    850 watt EVGA
    Case
    Cooler Master Haf 932
    Keyboard
    MS
    Mouse
    MS
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Antivirus
    Norton 360
MS doesn't give a carp about us, they can screw us and makes no difference to their fortunes
I seriously doubt that Microsoft is out to screw anyone. They just can’t seem to please everyone. Don’t ask me why, software settings can be as extensive as they want them to be. Microsoft seems to be on a path of minimalism, just the wrong minimals for a lot of us.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build 22631.3155
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Full Tower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Logitech G402 / Logitech MX Air Cordless
    Mouse
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Internet Speed
    100/40
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
I seriously doubt that Microsoft is out to screw anyone. They just can’t seem to please everyone. Don’t ask me why, software settings can be as extensive as they want them to be. Microsoft seems to be on a path of minimalism, just the wrong minimals for a lot of us.
they are out of touch with us.. they only answer to some left leaning (yes, can't go there)... and add things we don't need and don't fix other things... they don't listen.. is it on purpose? and the Win10 forever thing is bust too
 

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    Win11
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    PC/Desktop
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    Asus Home built
    CPU
    i9-13900
    Motherboard
    ASUS Strix Z90-H
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 2080-ti
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony 55"
    Hard Drives
    SSD
    PSU
    850 watt EVGA
    Case
    Cooler Master Haf 932
    Keyboard
    MS
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    MS
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Antivirus
    Norton 360
I don’t see a satisfying alternative, not for me at least. So I press on and on the way, enjoy this forum and learning how to adapt.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build 22631.3155
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Full Tower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Logitech G402 / Logitech MX Air Cordless
    Mouse
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Internet Speed
    100/40
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
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Are you using any customization apps at all? StartAllBack, Explorer Patcher, etc.?

I'm not and I do not have this issue. And, since I don't recall anyone else mentioning this, it's not a widespread problem / issue.
No. The only app I use that customizes Windows behavior is Default Programs Editor, a very small footprint program that determines what icons are used to represent specific filetypes. That program has nothing to do with this issue.
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 x64 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    custom OEM
    CPU
    i9-10900F
    Motherboard
    MSI Z490-A Pro (MS-7C75) w/Intel Z490 chipset
    Memory
    16 GB Crucial Ballistix UDIMM Gaming Memory, DDR4/3600 1.3V
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVIDIA (Gigabyte) GeForce GTX-1660 Super Windforce / 6 GB GDDR6
    Sound Card
    WHAT? That's a NINETIES question! Integrated RealTekHD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic 144 Hz Refresh Rate 2560x1440
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    OS Drive: Crucial NVMe M.2 2 TB SSD (2400 MB/s)
    (the data drives are immaterial)
    PSU
    750 W EVGA 80+ Gold
    Case
    Corsair
    Cooling
    Liquid
    Keyboard
    Razer Cynosa
    Mouse
    Adder
    Internet Speed
    400 Gbps
    Browser
    Chrome, Edge, IE (I fired Firefox)
    Antivirus
    Webroot SecureAnywhere 5-device license
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home x64 21H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP/Victus 16t-d000
    CPU
    i7-1100H @ 2.30 GHz (8-core, 16-thread)
    Motherboard
    ?
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    nVIDIA GeForce RTX-3060 Laptop
    Sound Card
    RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    16.25" LCD @ 1920 x 1080 (but screenshot size is 1563 x 879), refresh 144 Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 (but screenshot size is 1563 x 879), refresh 144 Hz
    Hard Drives
    1 TB NVMe SSD
    PSU
    ?
    Case
    Silver Mica
A lot of us users who also run Insiders Preview builds have started putting together commands to run after Windows Update does some major updating to ensure garbage is not left over after updates.

Take a look at this thread: Windows 10 / 11 post WU installation cleanup script

The batch file is self running, and self elevating, meaning you can run it from anywhere, and it will automatically ask for admin privileges to run the commands in there via UAC.

Contrary to what you might think, these are helpful commands that I think everyone should be running after Windows Updates brings about any major update. My thread there is to help spread the word about it, get more community involvement to further improve it, but most of all - get everyone to start performing these cleanup functions regularly to reduce the chance of a Windows Update breaking things.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 Current build
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * 32 GB - Corsair Vengeance 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING (12G-P5-3955-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x Eve Spectrum ES07D03 4K Gaming Monitor (Matte) | Eve Spectrum ES07DC9 4K Gaming Monitor (Glossy)
    Screen Resolution
    3x 3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    3x Samsung 980 Pro NVMe PCIe 4 M.2 2 TB SSD (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM) } 3x Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 1 TB SSD (USB)
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
    Cooling
    NZXT KRAKEN Z73 73.11 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (3x 120 mm push top) + Air 3x 140mm case fans (pull front) + 1x 120 mm (push back) and 1 x 120 mm (pull bottom)
    Keyboard
    SteelSeries Apex Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S | MX Master 3 for Business
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
    Browser
    Nightly (default) + Firefox (stable), Chrome, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender + MB 5 Beta
  • Operating System
    ChromeOS Flex Dev Channel (current)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude E5470
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryville 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S (shared w. Sys 1) | Dell TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth

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