Lounge Life

Happy holidays from the Windows Secrets Lounge

If you need a break from holiday celebrations, use the links below to check out interesting discussions in the Windows Secrets Lounge. Some threads have long lives. Look for the “Ongoing” tag in thread title for some of the more popular.

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How best to keep Windows running lean and clean

One of the most common topics of debate on the Windows operating system is the effectiveness of “cleaning” applications.

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The never ending dilemmas over Win7 updating

One topic continues to be a hot discussion in the forum: Windows 7 updating. Now that most of us are past the problem of slow updates, the in monthly rollup patches are the new concern, as discussed in an ongoing post.

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Help for coping with stalling Windows Update

As Microsoft turns more and more of its attention to Windows 10, keeping earlier versions of Windows updated seems to be getting short shrift. Windows 7 users have been dealing with slow and stalled updating for a long time — with various levels of success solving the problem.

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Hanging up on when Windows phones home

An ongoing and daunting topic continues to be managing the information our PCs send back to Microsoft.

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Questions and concerns about routers and SSDs

Plenty of forum members were interested in the thread, “Which is best way to connect router.” And while you’re in the Hardware section, you might check out the discussion about giving up on a solid-state drive.

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How much memory does your system support?

Increasing system RAM is one of the most cost-effective ways to boost system performance (right after upgrading the main drive from HHD to SSD). But the maximum memory capacity of Windows systems is puzzling for many PC users.

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Two computing problems seemingly never go away

For many Word users, creating and running a mail-merge session must be one of the most baffling tasks, as evidenced by the recent posts in the Word Processing forum. Equally puzzling for many Win7 users is the ongoing issue with Windows Update — or, more precisely, lack of updates.

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