Support Alert

Self repairing PCs

IBM has introduced the “Rapid Restore” utility for its line of
PCs that allows end-users to effectively re-image their PCs to
recover from data corruption, virus infections and other
software induced system failures. The utility works by restoring
a system image along with key application data from a hidden
disk partition that cannot be accessed by viruses or
applications.

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Look for Windows Secrets and Support Alert Newsletter

This Thursday, you’ll start receiving the combined publication. It will bear a new logo, Windows Secrets & Support Alert, as shown in the image at left. (This name will be shortened after a transitional period.)

The combined newsletter will have approximately 400,000 subscribers, far more than the 145,000 I’ve been publishing to in recent months. But I’ll have more time to focus on writing as the senior editor of the merged publication. The production help I’m receiving from the Windows Secrets staff is already making my life much easier.

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Hidden trap with USB keyboards

There is another completely reliable way of booting into Safe Mode and that’s by using the MSConfig Utility. This tip is not only useful getting problem USB keyboards into Safe Mode but also for folks who have trouble getting their timing right when pressing the F8 key during the boot sequence.

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How to continue getting Gizmo’s latest freeware finds

I hate to tell you this but you are missing out on some great freebies. That’s because I just don’t have the room in this newsletter to tell you about all the great new freeware finds being generated by our new Best-ever Freeware wiki website.

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A full commercial version of top malware detector for free

Here’s another gift From Gizmo. Following the popularity of last month’s offer of a commercial backup program for free, I’ve made an arrangement with EMSI Software to provide my subscribers with a full $40 version of the highly regarded A-Squared (A2) Anti-Malware for free.

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More free remote access options

ShowMyPC can be launched without user intervention but the free version is limited to one hour’s use. LogMeIn is not time limited but requires user intervention to be launched.

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Cheap USB flash drives: the final word

It is only appropriate that in this, the last issue of Support Alert newsletter in its normal format that I mention the latest crazy price on Kingston Data Traveler flash drives. I’ve been tracking this issue for months but this month prices have hit an all-time low: $14.95 for a 4GB Data Traveler including shipping or $4.95 if you buy using Google Checkout.

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Bill Gates savaged by Windows

This is priceless: an old email from Bill Gates complaining about his frustrating experiences with Windows. If you have ever wondered what the word “schadenfreude” means let me tell you that your reaction to Bill’s problems describes it exactly.

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Commercial defragger for free

This is nice: a full version of the $40 commercial disk defragger Ultimate Defrag for free.

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Free utility remove line breaks from text

Last month I mentioned StripMail, a free utility that removes unwanted formatting and line breaks from text. It’s a great product but it’s not the easiest to set up.

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