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Tracey Capen

About Tracey Capen

Editor in chief Tracey Capen was the executive editor of reviews at PC World magazine for 10 years, from 1995 to 2005. He was InfoWorld's managing editor of reviews from 1993 to 1995 and worked in the magazine's test center and as networking editor from 1989 to 1992. Between his stints at InfoWorld, he was senior labs editor at Corporate Computing magazine.

Partitioning’s ongoing role in Windows security

The strategies and opinions about dividing a hard drive into multiple partitions are almost as old as the PC itself.

PC technology has changed radically in the past few years, but there are still good reasons to divide up drives into separate compartments — as the following post makes clear.

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Formatting in Word results in major headaches

We’ve all been there — everything looks great in Word Print Preview, but when the final document comes out, it’s wasted paper.

When you’re ready to chuck Microsoft’s ubiquitous document app for something else, the many Word jockeys on the Windows Secrets Lounge are an excellent resource.

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Moving to Windows 7 can be a rough transition

File management in Win7 is just different enough from XP’s that even simple tasks can seem non-intuitive.

Using posts in the Lounge and how-to stories in Windows Secrets should make the switch less painful.

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Security competition reveals new browser flaws

CanSecWest 2010’s hacker competition results in public defeat for Apple’s iPhone and three of the leading Internet browsers.

Apple, Microsoft, and other vendors are certain to release patches in the next few months for these holes, but what’s a user to do in the meantime?

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Winning the battle against obscure malware

Sometimes the most difficult part of keeping your PC clean is knowing what’s malware — and what’s not.

When you need help identifying suspicious files, expert users on the Lounge make an excellent resource.

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Running a virtual XP machine in Windows 7

The Windows Secrets Lounge goes well beyond just solving problems.

In the first post listed below, JoeP reports that Win7’s Windows Virtual PC mode no longer requires hardware virtualization, and he provides the links for applying this useful tip.

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The wisdom of running under Windows admin mode

Windows users are looking for every trick to prevent malware attacks on their PCs.

One question that frequently arises is when, and when not, to run with user administrator rights enabled. The tradeoff is convenience versus security.

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Loungers help move old data to a new disk

Technology can be great, but when you’re trying to upgrade a PC, incompatible hardware can be a pain.

Moving data from an older drive to a newer one gave members of the Windows Secrets Lounge an opportunity to provide helpful information, as shown in the first of the following most-active threads this week:

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Windows 7 generates many and varied questions

Upgrading to any new operating system is a time of uncertainty for most PC users, and the rollout of Windows 7 is no exception.

For those burning questions regarding Win7, tap into the collective expertise of the Windows Secrets Lounge for answers.

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Loungers thinking about upgrades and apps

This week’s sampling of intereting Lounge posts include everything from organizers to nitty-gritty Web programming.

Thanks to the collective mind of Windows Secrets Lounge members, many of these problems find solutions. In some cases, just getting pointed in the right direction is enough.

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