Then, there’s the kind of OEM software that legitimately
comes bundled with a PC. It’s sometimes pre-activated; and is licensed *for the
PC it comes on.* It’s not a generic copy of the OS you can do with as you
please; Microsoft sold the license to the OEM at a discount, in part because the
OS is not supposed to live
forever, migrating from machine to machine. Again, it’s a discount-priced
version of the OS, licensed *for the PC it comes on.*
The full retail Windows is the
most expensive version to obtain, but the least restrictive. If you replace a part and run into an Activation issue, a
call to Microsoft probably will get it sorted out without too much trouble.
Confused? Don’t feel bad— even the folks
at Microsoft, as well as the people who build and buy systems, sometimes get confused:
Often, we consumers are the losers when companies merge or
buy each others’ product lines. But here’s a happier outcome:
Love the newsletter. I came across a problem this past week when I finally
decided to remove Norton and all its programs from my computer. I replaced with
Zone Alarm pro and AVG antivirus program. Saved space and sped up my computer.
Another great issue of The LangaList Plus ! Your summary and
step-by-step article on " XP On Your USB Thumb/Flash Drive " (
http://www.informationweek.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=177102101 ) was superb. Your
readers may be interested in the following interesting OS platforms for the USB
Well-known Sysinternals computer security expert Mark Russinovich
http://www.google.com/search?q=Mark+Russinovich ) had some comments on a
You’ve mentioned the TCPOptimizer before, available free at
and I recently used it to seriously speed up my
old Windows 98 system when installing a new DSL modem. The tip? Run the
Optimizer *before* you do anything else! I had a rough time getting the
modem set up because even though everything was connected properly, the
default settings in my system were preventing the configuration website from
loading all the way. I hope this is useful to others – maybe only a few
others! – who are about to move up from dialup.
Thanks for a terrific newsletter,
First of all, thanks for a fabulous newsletter. Your knowledge and perspective
are very much appreciated. I’ve been a plus subscriber almost from the
beginning, and never miss an opportunity to recommend (or gift) the Langa list.
Your Plus newsletter is great and very informative. Recently I downloaded and
installed Quicktime 7 which is bundled with ITunes 5. When I booted up again I
was unable to find my icons for my DVD drive and my CD-RW drive. I contacted
Dell support who after checking advised me to delete two registry entries which
they said were corrupted and were the reason that my icons vanished. When I
booted up again after deleting the entries the icons appeared. I believe that
ITunes was the cause of the problem. Now when I double click on the ITunes icon
I get an error message stating that the registry settings used by the ITunes for
importing and burning CDs and DVDs are missing and asking me to reinstall ITunes.
Based on my prior experience I hesitate to reinstall ITunes. Have you heard of
this problem caused by installing ITunes? Also, I contacted Quicktime Support
who advised me that there is no free support for ITunes only $50 per incident
support. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.