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  1. Well done! Larry Osterman is well-known for...

    Well done!

    Larry Osterman is well-known for many reasons, including his opinion that "outbound firewalls are 100% security theater."
  2. Task Manager Reports Data from a Dog

    Task Manager reports data from my dog. Problem: I do not have a dog.

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  3. Aha! Now I (think I) understand: Windows is...

    Aha! Now I (think I) understand:

    Windows is reading the MAC address of the wireless adapter attached to my computer, which is the same whether that adapter is receiving a 2.4 GHz signal or a 5 GHz...
  4. Different MAC Addresses for the Same Network?

    Here's a basic question about MAC addresses.

    My (Asus) router supports 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless networks. According to my router, each network has a unique MAC address.

    In Windows 8.1, I can...
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    In addition, keep in mind that Cortana shares...

    In addition, keep in mind that Cortana shares everything she knows about us with her friends at Microsoft (and their advertising partners.) Do we really want Cortana - or Siri or Google Now - to know...
  6. Remove Your Microsoft Account After Installing Windows 10

    Loungers installing the Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview (build 9926) will discover that when setting up Windows, Microsoft requires that you sign in with a Microsoft account. There is no option to...
  7. Windows 8.1 October Rollup KB2995388 Affects VMware

    To my fellow lounge lizards who use VMware Workstation or Player: The Windows 8.1 October Rollup KB2995388 can cause VMware Workstation/Player to fail to open virtual machines with the message: "Not...
  8. Patrick did a great job of explaining how to...

    Patrick did a great job of explaining how to share specific files and folders with users of the local computer. But how do I share specific files and folders with users on other PCs in the network?...
  9. That's two assumptions. Ken is referring to a...

    That's two assumptions.

    Ken is referring to a practice - reinstalling Windows every 6 months or year - that was not uncommon among knowledgeable computer users in the early days of Windows,...
  10. It's great to see that Ken Blake has made the...

    It's great to see that Ken Blake has made the jump from the Microsoft newsgroups to Windows Secrets. Ken's logical and down-to-earth advice will be a great benefit to Windows Secrets readers (and a...
  11. "If malware is the culprit, this is when they...

    "If malware is the culprit, this is when they would reimage the disk. Otherwise, simpler repairs are often possible and take less time."

    Not in my experience, although YMMV. If a PC in a network...
  12. Not if you store your data on a separate physical...

    Not if you store your data on a separate physical drive, as I (and many others) do. And certainly not if your data is backed up elsewhere.
  13. If you're familiar with disc imaging programs you...

    If you're familiar with disc imaging programs you know that an integral part of the software is the boot disc or USB flash drive that you need to create in order to re-image a system partition. The...
  14. Not to sound cavalier, but I'm not going to allow...

    Not to sound cavalier, but I'm not going to allow any one-click 'find it and fix it' program to make changes to my PC. These 'solutions' are often worse than the original problem.

    Instead, I have...
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    Thanks for everyone's replies. Glad to know my...

    Thanks for everyone's replies. Glad to know my computer is not infected. (Scans with Norton and Malwarebytes both came up blank.)

    This is THE most audacious, annoying intrusion I have ever...
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    I'm dismayed that no one else has reported this -...

    I'm dismayed that no one else has reported this - dismayed for two reasons:
    1- It may mean that my computer has been hacked for the first time...ever.
    2- It may mean that hackers have discovered a...
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    Smart Screen Reminder for Windows 8.1

    This morning when I signed in (to Windows 8 Pro) I saw a Smart Screen-like message telling me to go to the Windows Store to download Windows 8.1. I couldn't do anything with my computer - nothing at...
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    You make a very good point. I guess it didn't...

    You make a very good point. I guess it didn't occur to me that business users would ordinarily follow Windows Secrets, which seems to me better suited for individual users. If I was to run a business...
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    Patches I'm Depending on You, Son

    I'll start with a tip of the hat to Susan Bradley, whose knowledge and experience have been helping Windows users for many years. :clapping:

    Still, I have to wonder about her advice on Windows...
  20. Friends: Not being able to wake the computer with...

    Friends: Not being able to wake the computer with the lid down is definitely a problem; I've read about it in several user forums of different OEMs.

    But in my particular case, I'm embarrassed to...
  21. Thank you. I have not yet had a chance to...

    Thank you.

    I have not yet had a chance to check Task Scheduler for error messages. If there are errors in connection with my scheduled task, I'll report back.
  22. Scheduled Backup Doesn't Run With the Lid Closed

    So glad I found this conversation; I hope it's not too late to continue it...

    I want my laptop to do a backup overnight. Can't do it with the lid closed. Very simply: Nothing happens.

    This is a...
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    Totally agree with you about the licensing....

    Totally agree with you about the licensing. Unfortunately, Microsoft wants us all to subscribe for Office and pay an annual fee. Office 2013 is our last chance to pay once and own the license, only...
  24. Windows 8 actually doesn't have a built-in image...

    Windows 8 actually doesn't have a built-in image backup utility. The image backup utility in Windows 7 was deprecated in Windows 8, although you can still restore an image made in Windows 7. I don't...
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    Office 2013 Home Use Program

    I can purchase a license for Office 2013 (Professional Plus) under the Home Use Program for only $9.95, so cost is not a factor for me. It's more a question of: Do I want to 'upgrade' to Office 2013...
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