Ugh that all sounds like such a pain. Win XP was so nice, but none of these new Win versions since then tempt me at all..
I guess I’m not surprised MS tries to get you to make an account with them.. more loss of personal privacy...sheesh
If the Corel problems get too be much hassle , there are free open source programs that are nearly the same..You would have to look at the sites and see screen shots probably , to find the one that matches the best , if you decide to try that route.
found this one-
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