Author Archives: Fred Langa

Fred Langa

About Fred Langa

Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.

Ways to secure a router — and other helpful tips

In this special-edition LangaList Plus column, a half-dozen easily implemented settings can help make your Wi-Fi setup much harder to crack, snoop, or poach. Plus: Scheduling Windows Defender malware scans in Win8, mirroring a solid-state drive, a DIY CPU-cooler repair, and recommending a free taskbar-tweaking utility.

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A ‘no-reformat reinstall’ for Windows 8

Win8’s Refresh your PC without affecting your files feature lets you rebuild your operating system in minutes. A refresh returns Windows 8 to like-new condition while leaving users’ accounts, data, passwords, and personal files intact. But there are a few limitations to consider.

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Understanding Windows 8’s File History

File History is a radical departure from all previous Windows backup systems. Here’s what you need to know about File History: why it’s so different, its requirements, its advanced settings — and some useful tweaks!

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