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.

Getting The Big Picture — Instantly

Fred – Welcome back. Love the newsletter. Missed
you during your move. Quick help needed. I have a picture (jpg file) that I
would like to use as a screen saver. How do I do that (convert jpg to scr).
Secondly, I would like to create shortcut to the screen saver and put it on the
desktop so I can close my PC in one click. — Padam

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System Restore and Microsoft’s Confusing Naming Practices

Fred, Thanks for all you do.  I look
forward to each issue. I have a question:
Every one of my partitions contains a folder "System Volume Information". Curious about what’s in it and how much of my resources it is using, I click on
it and receive the reply "System Volume Information in not accessible. Access
is denied". I can’t read it, and I can’t delete it. What’s this all about?
Don Haff

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Setting Up An Online Store, Pt 1

Dear Fred:
Thank you for a great newsletter.  I think I have subscribed ever since, I think
the closing of, was it "Windows" magazine?

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Setting Up An Online Store, Pt 2

(continued from above)

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Virtual PC Virtually Doesn’t Work With Vista

Fred, Glad to have you back. Your column has
been sorely missed. I am not a novice, but darned if I understand how to work a
Virtual PC. I want to run a VPC to try Vista but I cannot figure out how to make
it work. Maybe there are other "dummies" who don’t get it. —Ed Clabaugh

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Two Ways To Put Windows On A Diet

Dear Fred, I was curious if you’ve heard
about nLite. if you haven’t, here’s a generic description: nLite lets you choose
which components to remove from Windows 2000, XP or 2003 before installation. By
removing unneeded components you gain on your system speed and security. It
supports removal of almost any component and few services. You can make a
bootable ISO and easily slipstream Service packs with a click of a button. Use
the easy cd-key implementation so you don’t need to enter it during setup. If
you have heard of it or even tried it, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.
I’ve been using it for several months now and I find it to be a interesting and
powerful utility. Installing Windows is much faster and I don’t have to spend
time entering my name, key or other info. My favorite feature is Component
Removal. I can trim Windows of its bloat and it will only use 40-50% of its
default installation size. Sincerely, Kevin

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Can’t Find Perfect Search Utility

Fred: It might be useful to your subscribers to
mention desktop search programs. I have tried three (Google, Microsoft,
Copernic) and found all to be flawed. Is there a perfect one out there? Google
is cluttered and keeps pushing you to the Google search screen but it does
locate everything on the computer. It does not index it so well, though, I guess
because it does not have the underlying cross-references the Web search engine
uses. Microsoft was polite, fast and well organized, but it ignored
non-Microsoft files like WordPerfect and Thunderbird (the plug-ins they offer do
NOT work). Copernic was non-intrusive and organized things well, but it missed a
lot. Unpredictably it would find some E-mails from Thunderbird and not others;
some documents and not others. My two cents. A loyal subscriber, —Paul DeLeeuw

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VPN Not The Only Way To Connect

Our recent piece on setting up a Remote Desktop
connection via "virtual private networking" (VPN) sparked some very good reader
advice and information on alternatives to this approach.

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Super Advice On Those “Super Hidden” Folders

An item in the Sept. 25 issue ("’Super-Hidden’
Folders Are Super Annoying" )
prompted two readers to submit a tip and some good advice.

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Another Code Load Success Story

After his site was listed in the "Load The Code" section, Steve Henthorn,

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