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  1. The ‘Recover Partition’ option on the free...

    The ‘Recover Partition’ option on the free version of Partition Wizard is excellent and usually works perfectly provided you have not messed about with the drive after the re-format. You may also...
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    Most likely your problems have been caused by...

    Most likely your problems have been caused by System Mechanic – as others have said, such automated registry tools cause far more problems than they solve.

    Before you uninstall System Mechanic...
  3. Most Linux distros have effectively had a 'Store'...

    Most Linux distros have effectively had a 'Store' for years – a version based ‘software centre’ or ‘software manager’ where available Linux software known to work on that version is listed for...
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    Couldn’t agree more about Google’s arrogance and...

    Couldn’t agree more about Google’s arrogance and pathetic ‘support’ forums.

    I was called out yesterday to a customer who said his BT Sport (subscription live sports) had stopped working. When I...
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    Yes toktok, since I made my post I saw another...

    Yes toktok, since I made my post I saw another online item about Gmail security and you are quite right that hyphen and underscore are no longer ignored as is the dot.

    When I signed up for my...
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    Unlike other email companies, Google does not...

    Unlike other email companies, Google does not give any significance to the dot, hyphen, underscore or capitals in Gmail email IDs (everything to the left of the @). It’s a security thing.
    You can...
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    Personally, I prefer a laptop for my mobile needs...

    Personally, I prefer a laptop for my mobile needs but if you want to try a pad my vote would be with an Android based one – there's a wide choice of makes, models and sizes at prices from £50 to £500...
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    Hi jun2015, The most likely thing to corrupt a...

    Hi jun2015,

    The most likely thing to corrupt a flash drive is not using the 'Safe to remove' process. At the very least this often corrupts the data but sometimes it kills the drive completely....
  9. I agree with Coochin, RAM would be first suspect...

    I agree with Coochin, RAM would be first suspect with this sort of problem.

    If you have more than one stick of RAM then pull one of them out and see if it starts. If it does start then the pulled...
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    [SOLVED] I turn my router off every night when I shutdown...

    I turn my router off every night when I shutdown and back on in the morning when I fire up.

    Despite all the guff about confusing the ISP/Exchange monitoring, I always have the fastest speed in...
  11. As we say on our side of the water: in for a...

    As we say on our side of the water: in for a penny, in for a pound!

    Like ‘feduchin’, I’ve been a Windows user since way back when - I love the plethora of software and still use it for virtually...
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    I’ve tried innumerable sticky note programs and...

    I’ve tried innumerable sticky note programs and always seem to return to the one I’ve used for yonks – Stickies from Zhorn Software.

    It’s a tiny but elegant piece of programming that, in its basic...
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    Ah - IObit enter the picture! Although simply...

    Ah - IObit enter the picture!

    Although simply updating the Ethernet driver is almost certainly what changed the device's 'wake on LAN' settings - I'd now give some thought to thoroughly...
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    I’ve seen this a few times in the past and from...

    I’ve seen this a few times in the past and from my notes it is almost certainly a 'Wake on LAN' problem:

    Open ‘Device Manager
    Expand ‘Network Adapters’
    Right click your Ethernet Controller...
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    Thanks for the heads-up, Drew. I’ve always been...

    Thanks for the heads-up, Drew. I’ve always been a big Windows fan and supporter and have been saddened to see them get so mired down by Windows8.

    I guess the penny has finally dropped that even...
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    Hi Jean, Sorry for the delay in responding but...

    Hi Jean,

    Sorry for the delay in responding but I’ve been away from home for a few days.

    As to some of your urls being broken, I can’t see any mechanism for that to have been caused by the Mint...
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    Hi, Although this does sound like a hardware...

    Hi,

    Although this does sound like a hardware problem, have you considered that it could be an OS boot fault?

    At the start of the thread you said that it pauses ‘after the five dots go around...
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    Original post deleted following email discussion...

    Original post deleted following email discussion with moderator.

    Modified post:

    Hi,

    I doubt you will get either MS or Dell to help you with a key for WinXP, which is now unsupported.

    As...
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    Hi, Really easy to check your Tosh drive’s...

    Hi,

    Really easy to check your Tosh drive’s health for yourself - just download Defraggler from this link
    (Wait for the Save box):...
  20. Over the years I've used many PDF readers and...

    Over the years I've used many PDF readers and creators, good, bad and indifferent. The only program I now need for my own personal use is the free version of Foxit Reader, which I feel, for normal...
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    I don’t want to help wander this thread even...

    I don’t want to help wander this thread even further off-topic, but when I commented: ‘Since when was Yahoo safe?’, I was simply referring to Avast’s disregard of Yahoo’s abysmal security record. As...
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    I see a lot of badly infected systems, most of...

    I see a lot of badly infected systems, most of them supposedly protected by paid for proprietary AV such as Norton or McAfee installed:

    As these are mostly home computers, I usually recommend...
  23. Hi JanCee and TheRedBaron, Ah well, someone...

    Hi JanCee and TheRedBaron,

    Ah well, someone else agrees with me at least. Got to be a first in our house!

    I think everyone has got hooked up on the scare stories of the media pundits, who...
  24. Hi JanCee, It sounds to me that the most...

    Hi JanCee,

    It sounds to me that the most obvious suspect is a dinged Windows Update. Just lately I seem to find myself having to unwind more Windows Updates on customers systems than I can ever...
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    Many thanks to all for your very comprehensive...

    Many thanks to all for your very comprehensive advice on DNS. It sounds as if v13 has a lot going for it, particularly for someone with limited computer skills.

    I’m probably making a stick for my...
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