readers are talented ghostbusters!
proven time and time again in the Windows Secrets reader mail, and
was shown once more in the discussion on preventing and removing
Microsoft is busy working on Vista Service Pack 1, and while the company
would prefer you not know about it right now, there is some advance insight
This week, I show you where to get a sneak peak into what Vista SP1
is likely to contain.
A little ghostbusting is all it takes to free your system of nonexistent
Windows sometimes displays USB drives and other removable devices that are no
longer connected to your system. Here’s how to cure the problem and prevent it
from happening again.
Mark Joseph Edwards
Encryption isn’t any good if it can be easily cracked.
You need to use the best encryption available, which currently means using
WPA2. This week, I explain WPA2 and why you should take a layered approach
Having hard-drive trouble? Don’t panic! Odds are, there’s a fix.
If the CPU is your PC’s brain, then the hard drive is its heart,
pumping necessary data throughout your system. Hard drive troubles
are the PC equivalent of a heart attack, but the tips
below will ensure that your data has a long life!
Haste makes waste, and that includes rushing into new software.
New software is very enticing. Sometimes, you might
even find it irresistible. But when you don’t practice
patience, you can cause yourself and your system considerable grief.
The Internet is useful, and fun, as long as you keep it safe.
Kids are bound to be attracted to the Internet, and many of them like
to chat with and e-mail friends, as well as make new friends. This week,
I’ll tell you how to monitor their instant-messaging use to ensure
your children aren’t falling into a predator’s trap.
Free online tools can help speed your downloads and Web browsing.
First, use a free connection analyzer to find out exactly what your optimum settings
should be. Then, use a free tweaking tool to actually make the changes.
Vista’s User Account Control (UAC) helps defend your system
against all sorts of malware.
This week, I discuss whether or not it’s a good idea to disable
UAC and explain how to disable it, if you want to. (Note: Fred Langa is taking the
week off and will return in the next newsletter.)
Having Vista is surely a thrill for many of you, but you may find that the
thrill is gone when your applications don’t work correctly.
Mixing the new with the old isn’t always easy. This week I’ll explain how to make
your legacy application’s help files work with Vista.