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.
A flood of reader mail (and comments in the Lounge) followed my report of a six-month, real-life test of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).
Many reader remarks questioned the uncontrolled nature of the test as well as MSE’s suitability for novices.
“Available RAM” statistics can be confusing and even lead to poor hardware decisions.
But once you know what the numbers really mean, you can make an informed judgment about your PC’s RAM requirements.
After half a year of real-life testing, Microsoft’s Security Essentials anti-malware application is batting 1.000.
All nine test computers — a mix of Windows 7, Vista and XP systems (including two portables with 20,000 miles of travel) — remain malware- and virus-free.
Losing Windows’ file names can be almost as bad as losing the files themselves.
Getting all your data back the way it was may be possible, but it’ll take some serious digging.
Most Windows and PC troubles fit into patterns, but every once in a while a truly weird, never-before-seen problem crops up.
In a novel and mysterious case, a reader’s hard drive suddenly fills up with hundreds of huge files.
Unwanted restarts can be more than an exercise in frustration and wasted time — they can easily result in lost data.
Fortunately, there are only three main causes of unintended reboots, so finding — and
controlling — them is usually not hard.
One of the never-ending, always-simmering debates between PC users is whether defragging modern hard drives provides any measurable benefits to PC performance.
Unfortunately, the answer is not an absolute yes or no but instead depends on how you defrag your system.