Hi Fred, Here’s an issue that has caused me much puzzlement over the years. Do you
know of a way to monitor Automatic Updates while it’s doing its business? I’ve
been unable to find anything via Google or the ms knowledge base. I’m running
Windows 2000 SP4 with Automatic Updates set to "Notify me but don’t automatically download or install them." Since I’m on a dial-up connection that
can, at times, be unreliable, I like having the option to review and select the
updates for downloading at optimum times (i.e., when the connection is good and
I plan to be online a while). But once I give it permission, Automatic Updates
goes into "stealth" mode, and the systray icon disappears. Other
than a bit of subtle hard drive noise suggesting that a download MIGHT be in
progress, I have no idea what’s going on, and whether it’s safe to
disconnect, etc. No information at all is presented until the "New
updates are ready to install on your computer" box pops up, but this
sometimes takes days! Odd behavior for a service dealing in critical
security updates, don’t you think? Even a basic status bar would be
helpful. Any suggestions for snooping on this process, perhaps a
As a fellow New Englander and long-time reader (and less long-time Plus
subscriber), I really appreciate the fact that you write for all levels of
Dear Fred, I have friends all over the world who want to send me DVDs. My LG GSA4120B drive
allows only 5 region changes. Is there a safe and effective way to overcome this
I really enjoy the newsletter. Regards,
Hi Fred: Thought this might be useful.
Hi Fred. I’ve been a subscriber to the Langa-List since its
inception, and a long-time Plus member. I used to enjoy the articles you
wrote for Windows Magazine all those years ago!
The custom process described in #1, above, is sometimes
needed because many of the free and commercial file-deletion tools shy away from
working in the root directory, where a mis-deletion might whack a whole chunk of
the hard drive’s contents.
Dear Fred; I have been a Plus subscriber for
several years, and I always find the Langa List Plus very interesting and
http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-03-30.htm#4 , you said and I quote,
"Nothing’s interactively written to the flash drive. This makes things much
faster, and also increases the life of the flash device by not needlessly
consuming the device’s finite number of write cycles."
In "How To Tell USB 1 from 2" (#10 in
http://langalist.com/plus/newsletters/2006/2006-03-27plus.asp ) we
discussed several free ways to tell USB 1.x from USB 2.0 devices and sockets,
when they have no exterior labels.
Concluding our recent discussion of Outlook’s PST files,
here’s a free tool from Microsoft: