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  1. Have a look at PowerShell you can easily add your...

    Have a look at PowerShell you can easily add your own objects and collect lots of information about any PC to populate those objects. You might like to start with the first tutorial at...
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    Use symbolic links

    One way to get around the problem is to leave the DATA in the folder C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\application\DATA and create a symbolic link to it in C:\PROGRAM...
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    "Frontier is committed to protecting your...

    "Frontier is committed to protecting your personal data online. As part of that commitment, we strongly recommend that you upgrade your email security settings to protect your privacy and...
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    Password manager or system? Either is good...

    Password manager or system? Either is good provided you learn how to use it. I have spent the last ten years trying to educate our local seniors computer club to stop putting passwords on post-it...
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    I second that. It is a bit like very early...

    I second that. It is a bit like very early versions of Nero, 4 or 5, so is simple and just gets the job done. I have been using it on XP, W7, W8 & W8.1. Simple fast and no fuss.
  6. Many times I have found that files with the .dat...

    Many times I have found that files with the .dat extension are not really winmail documents. If you save the file then rename it to .doc then it can be opened with word. It is much easier to do this...
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    Have you looked at IrfanView. It can merge PDFs...

    Have you looked at IrfanView. It can merge PDFs and in command line mode can use file lists. I use V4.36 and if you look at the Help FAQ & Command Line Options I think you could easily work a...
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    As has been said before no anti malware program...

    As has been said before no anti malware program can guarantee complete protection without some intelligent help from the user. It often surprises me that people will usually carefully look both ways...
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    Horses for courses

    I use several different cloud storage providers.

    The most convenient is Dropbox, easy to set up, easy to share, easy to add more space by recommending others, you get 500MB free space for each...
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    I help many retired folk with their computing...

    I help many retired folk with their computing needs and have found the biggest problem with those on Office 2003 is handling .docx and .xlsx files. Most have the compatibility pack installed but that...
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    I have bought 3 SSDs over the last couple of...

    I have bought 3 SSDs over the last couple of years for use in my main PC. The first was a Crucial m4 64GB. I found it good for the first few months then I experienced the occasional lockup which it...
  12. I also find the bright white background harsh. My...

    I also find the bright white background harsh. My workaround is a little tedious and counter intuitive but worked for me.
    Right click on the desktop and select personalise. Then I selected High...
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    Thanks F.U.N. downtown. It work well and even...

    Thanks F.U.N. downtown. It work well and even allows me to mark drives as "not hot swappable" now I can switch the Write cache back on that drive.
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    Safe removal of CADDY hard drive

    I use a 1TB 3.5in hdd in a removable enclosure. As this is a SATA device Windows 8 sees it as an internal drive. I would like it to be treated as a removable drive and force "Safe Removal" the same...
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    Kala You have two distinct requirements for...

    Kala

    You have two distinct requirements for backup:

    1. Recovery from a crashed or unstable system
    2. Recover lost or damaged data

    For both you will need an external or network hard disk...
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    To Answer Auggie's original question, W8 is...

    To Answer Auggie's original question, W8 is better under the hood. Even without UEFI it has better memory management and is harder for malware to get a toehold. It is faster but I find that a...
  17. I have used the free Macrium Reflect...

    I have used the free Macrium Reflect 3 times in the last 3 weeks on different systems. Two laptops and one desktop. Each time the requirement was to clone the existing OS to a new larger drive.
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    Try looking in disk management. Right click on...

    Try looking in disk management. Right click on Computer select "Manage" select "Disk management" then look down the list in the lower part of the screen and see if there are drives without letters...
  19. Much as I like using batch files, The Doctor's...

    Much as I like using batch files, The Doctor's one I feel has a distinct disadvantage over more conventional backup strategies. It overwrites yesterday's files. I have always found that the most...
  20. It may be worth trying first to remove the 300Gb...

    It may be worth trying first to remove the 300Gb drive then logged in as an Administrator use Device Manager to 'Uninstall' the CD/DVD drives with the yellow triangles (right click on device and...
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    Thank you Ted, like some others I thought it...

    Thank you Ted, like some others I thought it worked fine on my 64bit W7 but often wondered why it was not showing some of the programs that Windows uninstaller showed. It just shows I should look...
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    Thanks for the article Susan. I do like...

    Thanks for the article Susan. I do like TreeSizeFree. I also like my data on a separate drive to make backup and restore easier. Particularly when I want to restore the OS. One useful thing apart...
  23. Many parts of OL stop me from changing

    I have used OL and its predecessor Scheduler Plus since 1994. I often look for a lighter weight alternative but I use too much of OL to find a suitable one.

    I like the 2010 UI better than previous...
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    Old Scanners under Windows 7

    Another possible alternative to using an old scanner under Windows 7 is to set-up a Virtual PC XPMode with the scanning applications installed and the drivers for the scanner. Perhaps not worth the...
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    Consider your International Readers

    I enjoy reading Windows Secrets especially when it covers general products, security or hardware. Even if the products are not currently available outside the USA, because they may well come. However...
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