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  1. "Years ago, you could buy a HD with a five year...

    "Years ago, you could buy a HD with a five year warranty. In the consumer products category, I doubt that any have that long a warranty today. "

    Just want to point out that HGST Ultrastar 2TB hard...
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    Anyone with an Outlook.com account (or Hotmail or...

    Anyone with an Outlook.com account (or Hotmail or MSN Mail or, well, you get the picture ...) will find that Skype is now a feature of their Outlook/Hotmail email inbox webpage. It's the little...
  3. Well, Jim, georgelee's questions and your answers...

    Well, Jim, georgelee's questions and your answers posted after my SSD recommendation suggest that perhaps setting up a traditional hard drive may be a little complicated to those unfamiliar with the...
  4. LOL. Using an SSD is easy, but who can overcome...

    LOL. Using an SSD is easy, but who can overcome "notoriously mean"?
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    As Paul T mentioned you may have some serious...

    As Paul T mentioned you may have some serious dust accumulation that's causing things to run hotter than they should. This happens when a computer is several years old or if it runs constantly. Even...
  6. Well, no one has yet mentioned it so i will....

    Well, no one has yet mentioned it so i will. Replace your old hard drive with an SSD.
  7. A small piece of electrical tape over that...

    A small piece of electrical tape over that portion of the screen should do the trick nicely ...... :D
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    I keep getting the [Not responding] temporary...

    I keep getting the [Not responding] temporary hang. Resource Monitor shows that my RAM is maxing out so I suspect upping it to 8GB may have more effect than anything else. But 2x 4GB of RAM is...
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    Assuming you already have an SSD, plenty of RAM...

    Assuming you already have an SSD, plenty of RAM and no malware slowing down the system then upgrading to a faster processor will mainly benefit you in tasks that require more than several seconds to...
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    Windows 7 includes .iso burning capability. We've...

    Windows 7 includes .iso burning capability. We've used it many times at home with complete success (no coasters!).
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    Mmm, guess i could always install my full retail...

    Mmm, guess i could always install my full retail copy of Win 98 to qualify .... :)
  12. Aw, c'mon Paul, you could equally well say an...

    Aw, c'mon Paul, you could equally well say an automobile is only of value if you have fewer than 6 people or less than 1000 lbs. of cargo to to transport and a big V8 engine. And, when the car runs...
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    Thanks for the tip. If i ever decide to go...

    Thanks for the tip. If i ever decide to go through the whole process again i will surely try the method you have suggested!

    Was there any difficulty regarding the need for an existing Windows OS...
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    Rechargeable AAA and AA size batteries have saved...

    Rechargeable AAA and AA size batteries have saved us a lot of money over the last 8 or 10 years. We have 4 pairs of AAA size. 2 pair are in use and 2 pair charged and ready for when they are needed.
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    Will dare to give one more mention to a small,...

    Will dare to give one more mention to a small, simple and malware-free program called Slim PDF Reader. This program is a very small download (about 1.5MB) and contains no bundled bloatware or other...
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    Yes i went through "Add features to Windows" and...

    Yes i went through "Add features to Windows" and it didn't work.

    The explanation of why it failed lies in the exact software and sequence of installation.

    Microsoft customer service explained...
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    "At his house, I set up another Yagi antenna,...

    "At his house, I set up another Yagi antenna, pointed at my house. With the two antennas pointed at each other, he gets a solid three bars of signal strength."

    Or, you could use ultra high-gain...
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    As grandma used to say, "the proof is in the...

    As grandma used to say, "the proof is in the pudding". Dell's customised version of XP included all sorts of little touches to make it Dell-centric.

    However, if you have a standard...
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    Dr. Who, You missed a trick there. A couple of...

    Dr. Who,

    You missed a trick there. A couple of Campbell's soup cans, good quality string and a chunk of rosin is all you need. And, the larger Progresso soup cans may offer up to 3dB more signal...
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    Yes, your product key on the label on the...

    Yes, your product key on the label on the computer case only works with the Dell customized version of XP Home.

    If you obtain a retail copy of XP with a legitimate, usable product key then you...
  21. You don't need to sign onto to your computer with...

    You don't need to sign onto to your computer with a Microsoft account. There's another way. Once you've created a Microsoft account you have a free email account. So, on the internet go to ...
  22. Outstanding suggestions, guys! A combination of...

    Outstanding suggestions, guys! A combination of two or more would probably handle everything well. Will give them a try while waiting to see if MSFT decides to integrate Hotmail/Outlook.com into the...
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    Also consider the shape and size of the mouse....

    Also consider the shape and size of the mouse. Large hands can be awkward with a small mouse and vice versa. Products described as a "travel mouse" or maybe "mobile mouse" are usually smaller in size...
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    Why haven't you contacted the company who...

    Why haven't you contacted the company who supplied your refurbished computer? Surely they are in the best position to assist you?
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    Had a similar problem about a year ago when...

    Had a similar problem about a year ago when updating Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. The Windows Store showed the 8.1 update/upgrade as available (meaning i had done all required updates to 8 to "qualify"...
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