Lounge Life

Quick and flawless upgrade or a different kind?

Lounge member Drew1903 began a jaunty new thread this week in the Windows 10 forum, reporting his good experience upgrading from Win8.1 to Windows 10. >And he was pretty certain he wasn’t alone in happy circumstances; he said that he’d heard “there were 63 million upgrades in 72 hours, averaging 250 installs per second — 14 million on the first day.”

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Detecting DISM-tool corruption takes patience

As anyone who uses tools for work knows, sometimes the tools themselves demand attention. Forum member bbearren reported such an interlude recently in the Maintenance forum.

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No shortage of morals to software stories

Lounge member petesmst uses the system management tool Belarc and was recently disturbed to see it displaying the wrong product keys for most of his software. The situation wasn’t catastrophic: he still possessed the original and correct product keys, so he wasn’t facing a tool failure or misinformation.

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Hardware trouble: Process of elimination

Lounge member Slorm’s PC is suddenly shutting down intermittently. He wasn’t seeing definitive clues in his Events reports, but a message from his motherboard mentioned something about power surges.

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Broken features need people to fix them

Lounge member sylviesinc tried to send a photo or two via Windows Live Mail and ended with the service stuck in a prolonged — in fact, an endless — effort to send those photos. So sylviesinc asked for help in the Non-Outlook Email forum.

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Data limit affects cost of cloud-storage uploads

Lounge member Frodough backs up his “My Documents” files to OneDrive. This practice seemed like a good idea until Comcast imposed a 300GB-per-month data limit.

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Must Comcast customer host public Wi-Fi hotspot?

Lounge member OneDave is perplexed by features of his new Comcast modem. He posts a list of questions about the modem and Comcast Internet services in the Networking forum.

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Protecting passwords on multiple devices

Lounge member Trev has used KeePass happily for years on his Windows PC. These days, he’s branched out into other devices, so he asks Loungers in the Non-Microsoft OSes forum to recommend a KeePass-compatible app for his Android tools.

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Lots of chatter about Win10 upgrade this week

A number of Lounge posts note the sudden appearance of Win10-upgrade invitations on Windows machines. Lounge member lylejk was the first to broach the topic in the Win10 forum, but other Loungers soon chimed in with upgrade worries, speculation, and some news about rollout date and eventual price.

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Learning to use Visual Basic for Applications

Lounge member ADAMESKI wants to streamline the repetitive process of filling out forms at work. He thinks a couple of VBA commands show potential, but he’s unable to make them work.

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