Every issue, the LangaList Plus technical Q&A tackles difficult — and sometimes esoteric — problems sent in by paid Windows Secrets subscribers.
For this last LangaList Plus of the year, we’ve assembled a half-dozen of the most popular Langa stories, covering topics as diverse as notebook batteries and self-healing PCs.
It’s been a constant, low-level frustration for years. You get your desktop icons just right, and then Windows moves them on you.
Fortunately, a couple of easy tweaks can give you permanent control over exactly where your icons go!
Sometimes you have to rip out a bad driver by its roots in order to install a new and better driver.
A skillful reader tracks down and solves a driver problem before Fred can even reply!
What’s a sure sign of success? If you’re a Microsoft product, you become the favorite target of hackers — and the newest mark is Security Essentials.
Hackers are offering fake copies of the popular security app to snare the unwary — but a few simple steps easily thwart this ploy.
Like bad pennies and Nigerian money scams, those bogus offers to speed up your online connection keep coming back.
Most of these speedup come-ons give bad advice — disable Windows’ networking Quality of Service feature.
Sometimes, what seems to be a networking problem is actually caused by the actions of a totally different PC subsystem.
By making simple adjustments to that second system, you can often resolve the networking problem.
It’s always tempting to buy the fastest-possible hardware, but sometimes it’s just a waste of money.
Fortunately, some free tests can help you ensure that your networking gear is the right speed for the tasks you actually perform.
Normally, applying software patches to applications such as Microsoft Office goes smoothly — but sometimes, things just go horribly awry!
To make matters worse, Microsoft has discontinued its classic Windows Installer CleanUp Utility, which used to be the go-to tool for correcting this kind of trouble.
The next standard for Internet addressing — Internet Protocol Version 6 or “IPv6″ — is almost here.
Here’s a quick update on IPv6, its status, and what you need to know for the rollout.
Data-wiping — securely overwriting deleted files with random ones and zeros — makes deleted data much harder to recover. But is it worth the hassle?
In most cases, the answer is no. There are much simpler methods for making sure deleted files are truly gone.