Fred: I run Diskeeper 10 to defrag my hard
disks and upon completion get the following message: "Due to the high MFT usage,
it is recommended that you expand the MFT on this volume. Use the Frag Shield
option in the Diskeeper configuration properties to configure this volume to a
larger size." I’ve read a few items about changing the MFT and quite frankly it
scares me to make changes. Have you had any experience or reports about using
the Diskeeper option to modify the MFT? Thanks. —Bob
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Thank you for a great newsletter. I think I have subscribed ever since, I think
the closing of, was it "Windows" magazine?
Fred, Glad to have you back. Your column has
been sorely missed. I am not a novice, but darned if I understand how to work a
Virtual PC. I want to run a VPC to try Vista but I cannot figure out how to make
it work. Maybe there are other "dummies" who don’t get it. —Ed Clabaugh
Dear Fred, I was curious if you’ve heard
about nLite. if you haven’t, here’s a generic description: nLite lets you choose
which components to remove from Windows 2000, XP or 2003 before installation. By
removing unneeded components you gain on your system speed and security. It
supports removal of almost any component and few services. You can make a
bootable ISO and easily slipstream Service packs with a click of a button. Use
the easy cd-key implementation so you don’t need to enter it during setup. If
you have heard of it or even tried it, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.
I’ve been using it for several months now and I find it to be a interesting and
powerful utility. Installing Windows is much faster and I don’t have to spend
time entering my name, key or other info. My favorite feature is Component
Removal. I can trim Windows of its bloat and it will only use 40-50% of its
default installation size. Sincerely, Kevin
Fred: It might be useful to your subscribers to
mention desktop search programs. I have tried three (Google, Microsoft,
Copernic) and found all to be flawed. Is there a perfect one out there? Google
is cluttered and keeps pushing you to the Google search screen but it does
locate everything on the computer. It does not index it so well, though, I guess
because it does not have the underlying cross-references the Web search engine
uses. Microsoft was polite, fast and well organized, but it ignored
non-Microsoft files like WordPerfect and Thunderbird (the plug-ins they offer do
NOT work). Copernic was non-intrusive and organized things well, but it missed a
lot. Unpredictably it would find some E-mails from Thunderbird and not others;
some documents and not others. My two cents. A loyal subscriber, —Paul DeLeeuw
Our recent piece on setting up a Remote Desktop
connection via "virtual private networking" (VPN) sparked some very good reader
advice and information on alternatives to this approach.
An item in the Sept. 25 issue ("’Super-Hidden’
Folders Are Super Annoying"
prompted two readers to submit a tip and some good advice.