Lounge Life

When it’s smart to lose a little money

As a Lounge member was wrapping up the upgrade of his wife’s PC from Windows Vista to Windows 8, his wife wondered whether he could restore her pre-upgrade voice-over-Internet-protocol (VoIP) apps. She wanted to keep the small credit associated with the service. He doubted he could pick out the apps from the Macrium backup image he’d made but prudently brought the question to the Other Applications forum.

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How to manage the contents of your hard drive

When a Lounge member asked for guidance about when to expand/increase his hard drive, his fellow Loungers in the General Windows forum approached the question differently than he had.

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When a hacker might look like a helper

Lounge member rgrosz was troubled by an email notifying him that his new gmail.com address had been created. He reported the event in the Security & Scams forum.

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Considering free online backup options

A Lounge member has used up all the capacity of her current free online backup system. What to do now?

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‘Local’ important concept in formatting

When Lounge member moon1130 tried to apply a theme to his Word 2010 document, nothing happened. He asked for help in the Word Processing forum — and soon enlarged his understanding of local font and paragraph formatting.

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When ad-blocking tool blocks good popups

Lounge member ldb discovered recently that not all popups are vehicles for ads and viruses.

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The increasing importance of backups

Lounge member cmptrgy is so impressed by the current crop of seriously damaging malware, including ransomware such as CryptoLocker, he proposed a master plan against them. Other forum members weighed in; drive imaging is much approved.

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Websites don’t like old browsers or old settings

A Lounge member’s Win7 machine came with IE 9 installed. Why then, do several websites accuse Saki23′s browser of being outdated — and refuse to display their pages?

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In Windows 8.1, you don’t sign out of Skype

A Lounge member used Skype before he upgraded to Windows 8.1. After the upgrade, he was locked out of Skype.

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SkyDrive delivers old news after Win8.1 upgrade

A Windows Secrets Lounge member thought his upgrade to Windows 8.1 had gone well. But then he noticed old data in a spreadsheet he kept in SkyDrive.

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