I wanted to tell you, for possible benefit to readers, about a problem I had
today and how I solved it. I think I had some problem with the Windows
Installer service because a .exe installation program complained about the
Windows Installer not working.
Dear Fred, Many thanks for the regular advice. I work with
computers every day on large expensive IT projects with lots of clever
people, and yet something as simple as fixing people’s PCs seems hard for
some people, and is consequently my most often requested task!
One question I have is, can you do a piece on motherboard repairs. I have a
board I would like to have repaired, but have not been able to locate a
reputable repair place or person. There is this story going around about
"Capacitor failures plague motherboard vendors", the whole story can be read at
I’m a 2 year Plus subscriber and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten
help, hints and tips from your newsletter. I’ve used most of your security
recommendations for my Windows XP Home machine such as: ZoneAlarm, AVG
Antivirus, Spybot, all the latest updates etc. but don’t have a hardware
Microsoft Antispyware is slowly evolving. At long last,
beta 1 is finally ending for real, and some users already are being phased over
to beta 2 via the autoupdate process. But you don’t have to wait; you can grab
the newer version right now.
Hi Fred, It’s hard to believe I’m in my 7th
year as a "Langalist Plus" subscriber. "Cool beans!" as my friends are
often fond of saying.
Fred, Well: I was surprised. ;-)
Admittedly this UPS is larger than usual for a home PC – when I bought it I
regularly had 3 PCs running, and the UPS can look after all three.
Hi Fred, I’m one of those people that isn’t interested in gaming,
but I do enjoy video editing. I use a P4 3.2 CPU with 2.5 Gb of RAM on a
Windows XP Pro system. I’d like to buy a new video card and am wondering how to
choose one for video editing when all the reviews seem to only discuss gaming.
Thanks for any pointers you can offer. —Tom
Dear Fred, Thanks for a most helpful newsletter. I’ve learned much from you. Recently
while trying to back up my hard drive with nero 7 ultimate suite I got an error
message saying that it could not lock C: and if I chose to continue it might
not back up all data. What’s this locking C: and how can I get the drive locked
for a complete back up. I’m running win xp pro service pack II.
Re the Plus! Edition Extra: Hard Drive Physical Security item in your plus
edition 5 Feb, I also use external hard drives. In considering their security
(in terms of Confidentiality, Integrity and Assurance), this is my list of aims
that I use for planning how to manage external hard drive deployment: