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.

In Search Of ‘Mystery’ Devices

I use another method to figure out the
"mystery" yellow-question mark hardware in Device Manager. You need to go into
the Registry and navigate to

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Of Blogs and Feeds

After launching the new Langa Blog ( ) and RSS feed
( ), we
received mail about using them, including this note:

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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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