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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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Changing the updating rules for Windows 7

Microsoft’s move to roll-up updates for Win7 has generated much confusion and angst.

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Updating application not getting updates

Everyone who uses a personal computer has their own list of favorite utilities. But a post noting that a popular application — Personal Software Inspector — has gone many months without an update generates a long discussion about its continuing value.

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Why you should always test your recovery plan

A hard system crash can really ruin your day — or days, or even weeks. Often, getting the PC back up and running on a basic level is the easy part; then comes restoring your applications, data, and settings.

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Ransomware: Still armed and dangerous

Windows 10 Anniverary Update might be still giving users fits, but security is also an ongoing topic. A discussion about protecting yourself from ransomware, started in August, is still going strong.

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