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.

More ways to prevent phantom devices

Windows Secrets
readers are talented ghostbusters!


That’s been
proven time and time again in the Windows Secrets reader mail, and
was shown once more in the discussion on preventing and removing
phantom devices.

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How to prevent and remove ‘phantom’ devices

A little ghostbusting is all it takes to free your system of nonexistent
devices.

Windows sometimes displays USB drives and other removable devices that are no
longer connected to your system. Here’s how to cure the problem and prevent it
from happening again.

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Hundreds of hard-drive repair tips!

Having hard-drive trouble? Don’t panic! Odds are, there’s a fix.

If the CPU is your PC’s brain, then the hard drive is its heart,
pumping necessary data throughout your system. Hard drive troubles
are the PC equivalent of a heart attack, but the tips
below will ensure that your data has a long life!

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Improving your Windows networking defaults

Free online tools can help speed your downloads and Web browsing.

First, use a free connection analyzer to find out exactly what your optimum settings
should be. Then, use a free tweaking tool to actually make the changes.

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Are Registry cleaners worthwhile?

For some, Windows Registry cleaning is a waste of time. For others, it’s
essential!

Here’s how to tell if your PC might benefit from a thorough cleaning of its
Registry.

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Make more space by deleting log files

Log files can be useful, but they mainly just take up space.

Trim away your useless log files to gain space and make your backups and
restores smaller and faster!

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New hardware doesn’t have to cause problems

Usually a major hardware change causes endless software hassles. It doesn’t
have to be this way.

If your current PC doesn’t have "PCI Express" technology, your next one most
likely will. Here’s the scoop on PCI Express and what it means for Windows
users.

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What’s the value of a .name domain?

There are currently 265 different "top level domains" (.com, .edu, .org,
etc.) to choose from when registering your domain. What’s best?

First, let’s help a reader who’s wondering if he got ripped off in buying a
.name domain name.

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When your antimalware tools disagree

One tool says your PC is infected. Another says you’re clean. Which do you
believe?

No need to flip a coin! With a little sleuthing, you can get to the bottom of
just about any malware confusion.

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Should you choose Intel or AMD?

The CPU wars won’t be over any time soon. In the meantime, which CPU chip —
Intel or AMD — is best for Windows?

Benchmarks can help, but the full answer lies elsewhere. I’ll cover that, plus
crash sleuthing and lots more in today’s issue!

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