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  1. My passwords are relatively complex -...

    My passwords are relatively complex - alpha-numeric-special char. combinations that have a special meaning and follow a pattern, but I'm the only one who knows what the pattern is.
    I use an...
  2. Sigh, good old IE. I wouldn't even be using it...

    Sigh, good old IE. I wouldn't even be using it if it weren't for work - as usual, they require IE for logging in.

    Thanks for the suggestion, Joe - I'll give it a try and hopefully it will be an...
  3. Yikes! How did I forget about this thread? The...

    Yikes! How did I forget about this thread? The problem became a non-issue somehow - I forget how, which worries me - but now it is back again. And then I remembered I had created a thread here to...
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    Thanks, Clint - I forwarded the link to my...

    Thanks, Clint - I forwarded the link to my daughter to give to her roommate.
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    Trial versions of older versions of Office

    My daughter, now in college, uses a Mac; but her roommate uses a Dell Windows 7 machine, and they called me tonight with a problem:
    Her roommate took her PC to the campus IT helpdesk because it was...
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    Did Windows change my settings?

    Tonight I was getting ready to log off of my PC (XP Pro, still) when I got thrown out of the app I was working on thanks to a popup that told me that Windows wanted to reboot due to "Automatic...
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    The simple things always seem to elude me - like...

    The simple things always seem to elude me - like when I wanted to re-use my old avatar (Cookie Monster) when this new site was brought up, and for the life of me couldn't find how to do it.
    But the...
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    Fred, Safe mode wasn't working either - I...

    Fred,

    Safe mode wasn't working either - I could hit F8 until my finger fell off but it would go straight to the update message regardless.

    Unlocker, however, did the trick very nicely. I...
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    I'll give that Unlocker tool a try and hopefully...

    I'll give that Unlocker tool a try and hopefully that will do the trick. At any rate, I don't know if more details fo the scenario will change the ability to image as you indicated, but his computer...
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    1. I'm unable to actually access anything while...

    1. I'm unable to actually access anything while on my son's computer. It goes from Updates 0% complete, to Updates 100% complete, to reboot, and back to Updates 0% complete ... and will repeat...
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    It's not the actual task of changing ownership...

    It's not the actual task of changing ownership that worries me - I've done it a number of times in the past, when I had to get data off of old drives - what concerns me is that I would be changing...
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    Vista Business 32-bit Update loop

    When my son went away to college in 2009, if we wanted the IT department to support his PC in any way we had to buy one through them; having waited until the last minute, for various reasons, we got...
  13. Autocomplete is forgetting some of my login IDs

    I've always left Autocomplete on with IE, since I use different login IDs for different sites (on some my usual ID was already taken) but not to remember the password - some security is better than...
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    I was thinking specifically of this little trip...

    I was thinking specifically of this little trip down memory lane:


    http://pic80.picturetrail.com/VOL845/2885168/8915214/401460046.jpg


    The original bitmap file was less than 20kb in size; I...
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    That's excellent news, Jerry - thanks for that! ...

    That's excellent news, Jerry - thanks for that!

    Now if I could only find a high-resolution of the chessboard wallpaper I pulled off of a Windows 3.0 floppy disk years ago, I'd be all set!
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    Thanks for the suggestions - I was actually...

    Thanks for the suggestions - I was actually hoping to find out about some arcane setting that would just make everything work the way it used to, but with Microsoft's initiative to dumb down the user...
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    Well, this problem is still happening -...

    Well, this problem is still happening - intermittently. As far as I can tell, everything looks fine when I first turn on the computer in the morning, but toward the end of the day, when the...
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    IE9 - Cannot open multiple IE windows

    I had a client today who was using Windows 7 HP 64-bit and Internet Explorer 9.
    She wants to be able to have multiple IE windows open so she can open them side by side on her screen at the same...
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    I've uninstalled the software that came with the...

    I've uninstalled the software that came with the monitor, and downloaded/installed the latest driver from the Viewsonic website.

    I've made sure I installed the latest drivers for my video card...
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    Windows extending past bottom of screen

    Ok - I'm not sure where to put this, but since the only thing in common is Windows, here it goes - please, as always, bear with me.

    I got a new monitor for Christmas - a Viewsonic 23", VP2365wb. I...
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    The data's not identical. While the drives are...

    The data's not identical. While the drives are all relatively new, I've been "copying it forward" since the 90's. In fact, a decent amount of the data goes back as far as Windows 3.1 or Windows 95. I...
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    Every time I add a new drive I remind myself that...

    Every time I add a new drive I remind myself that I need to consolidate all my data - and I never get around to it (of course). This time, however, I have no choice - my case only has room for 6...
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    Thank you!

    Thank you!
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    Windows 7 64-bit and older file systems

    I'm finally going to take the plunge and get Windows 7 to replace Windows XP Pro.
    I've run the adviser and I have pretty new hardware, so that shouldn't be a problem; my real concern is that I don't...
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    I know, optimizers are for the weak. Just...

    I know, optimizers are for the weak. Just kidding, but I am a gadget guy. I bought a $16k car in 1982 because I had never seen amazing things like power windows and locks before. I'm extremely wary...
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