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.

Free Up Megabytes of Disk Space

I’ve got almost a gig of "$NtUninstall…" files
in my Windows directory. They all appear to be related to various patches,
updates and service packs for Windows. I’ve got XP Pro SP2 installed. Some of
these folders are a couple of years old and they are all flagged as hidden and
read only. I’m getting low on disk space, can I safely delete all these folders
since I have no plans to uninstall any of the related patches, etc.? As updates
and patches accumulate in the future, will this these types of folders continue
to grow and take more unnecessary disk space? Aren’t even the old patches and
stuff dated before SP2, at the very least obsolete? —Dennis

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Three More Winners!

"Mohearn" "acutrona" and "tommyd111" each won a FREE full one-year
subscription to the LangaList Plus! edition by using the "Recommend To A Friend"
form at

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We’re Ba-a-a-a-a-ack…

(Tap tap tap) Is this thing on? Can you hear me down in back? <g>

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How Secure Is Windows Encryption?

Hi Fred. In your newsletter,
James spoke about a workaround he found while having problems dealing with a
restore and the use of the "make files private" function. As I use an NTFS
partition, I have chosen to encrypt the ‘My Documents’ folder for my standard
login on Win2K (Properties/Advanced/Encrypt contents to secure data). The plan
was that even if my PC ended up being stolen, no one would be able to read that
portion of my disk. I ‘double encrypt’ the more sensitive stuff using blowfish
encryption software and a blowfish encryption password safe. However, your
comments about the ability to work around most Windows system security tools has
me concerned. I know that even when I’m logged in as an administrator I can’t
read any of the contents of this folder. Just how secure is the encryption
offered by Windows users who are taking advantage of this option?

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