Lounge Life

Coping with Windows 7 and Windows 10 issues

With the deadline for the free Windows 10 upgrade rapidly approaching (July 29), there are numerous new posts about upgrade failures — and driver problems with Win10 after a “successful” upgrade.

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The ongoing problem with Win7 updating

A problem bedeviling some Windows 7 users is Windows Update’s refusal to scan for new patches. In a continuing discussion, forum members offer a bunch of tips for this annoying issue, including third-party update helpers and resetting the Windows Update service.

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Keeping track of devices on the network

A Lounge member uses Net Watcher to track who or what is on the local net. But a device listed as “private” keeps showing up, despite being blocked at the router.

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Endless searches for new Win7 updates

An ongoing issue with Windows 7 updating is generating a lot of heat from users. Microsoft has released numerous patches to end excessively long Windows Update scans for new patches — and, in some cases, WU sucking up nearly all CPU cycles.

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Cookies not fit for consumption

My Monday (June 7) Field Notes article about sites requesting permission to download cookies generated a lively discussion in the Lounge. If you’re interested in adding your point of view on online ads and whether we should pay for online content, head over to the Lounge discussion.

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Questions about new Win7 cumulative update

Microsoft has just released a major Windows 7 roll-up update, designed to make clean installs of SP1 go faster. A Lounge member asks whether others have tried the patch.

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Where is the best place to store passwords?

A Lounge member wants to transfer collected passwords from FireFox to Chrome, but the general consensus is to use a more portable, third-party password manager.

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Win10 might be free, but it’s not always easy

There is a belief that upgrading to a newer OS will clear up problems with the old one. That was one Lounge member’s thinking — until things went wrong.

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Why is Skype flagged as a malicious website?

Lounger macko1944 asks for help with a frequent message from Malwarebytes that the app has blocked a malicious website — Skype.

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Rated download speed versus actual speed

Lounger cornfield set up a new router; now he wonders why he’s not getting better download speeds. That sets off a discussion about how to measure the download performance you’re actually getting.

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