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    It can happen here

    If you go online with XP to anywhere except Microsoft & Adobe etc., then you're be running a very insecure operating system. Microsoft stopped providing security updates to it a year and a half ago....
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    If you remove the Windows 10 (upgraded from...

    If you remove the Windows 10 (upgraded from Windows 7) installation, you'll thereby be deleting every document, every picture, every video, absolutely everything from your computer, never to come...
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    After a full backup, uninstall Windows Live Mail,...

    After a full backup, uninstall Windows Live Mail, then install Windows 10. Next, install the latest version of Windows Live Mail. Open Windows Live Mail, and create accounts for all your e-mail...
  4. Sonofarr, Microsoft ceased providing new critical...

    Sonofarr, Microsoft ceased providing new critical updates for XP in April 2014. Hence there is no protection against all new security holes discovered by hackers since then. An antivirus program and...
  5. Adobe has now posted a fix (there was also a prior workaround)

    Adobe has now posted a fix for this issue with Acrobat/Reader 11.0.10 and 10.1.13 update, it seems in response to our user complaints. :^_^: It is here:...
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    The most recent good version of EaseUS ToDo...

    The most recent good version of EaseUS ToDo Backup, before EaseUS started removing features and adding nags, is v.4.0.0.2

    You can download it here:...
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    Outlook 2013, Outlook Express & XP should not be used online. Windows Live Mail. ISP Port Blocking.

    Outlook 2013 has not received Critical Updates from Microsoft since April. Ditto Outlook Express 6 (the most recent version). And likewise Windows XP. Therefore using any of the above in an...
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    Don't be shy about contacting the manufacturer...

    Don't be shy about contacting the manufacturer for help. Many laptops have a 'free' initial support period. Could save you a heap of further head scratching.
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    Poll: Turn off your computer & peripherals at mains when not using-saves capacitor & hard drive wear

    Here's why.

    I fix all my own electronic/electrical equipment, as well as family and friends' desktop computers. My experience, as well as the widespread experience of professional service people....
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    Fans do fail after a few years. Replacement fans...

    Fans do fail after a few years. Replacement fans are cheap. So just keep an eye (or ear) on the situation.

    Desktop computers should be internally dusted every 6 months or so, or dust can...
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    There is no substitute for regular full partition...

    There is no substitute for regular full partition backups.
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    Download your original version printer drivers...

    Download your original version printer drivers (if you don't know what version they were try the last-version-before current drivers or use your printer installation disk). Then completely reinstall...
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    Definitely replace the BIOS battery ASAP even if it takes some work!!

    >>Is your computer old enough to need a board battery replacement (3-5 years)?
    > 6 yrs in Dec

    Definitely should be replaced, most probably the problem and if you leave it much longer it'll leak...
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    If you're reading the e-mail in Windows Live Mail...

    If you're reading the e-mail in Windows Live Mail (aka Windows Mail), be sure you've clicked the 'Click to display contents of e-mail' or similar messages when opening the e-mail. Also read one of...
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    Thinking one can keep using XP and remain secure...

    Thinking one can keep using XP and remain secure is living in a fool's paradise. There are no new critical updates being provided by Microsoft to individual users. No malware detector will prevent...
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    As of 8th April, Outlook Express no longer...

    As of 8th April, Outlook Express no longer receives critical updates from Microsoft. Ditto for XP. Both XP and OE should therefore now be considered sitting ducks for hackers. I would refuse to...
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    I recently noticed Microsoft Publisher as an...

    I recently noticed Microsoft Publisher as an installation option in my already installed Office on a Windows 7 system, and 'installed' it. When I ran Publisher, it asked for a registration key (not a...
  18. Be aware that the Fixit disables the opening of...

    Be aware that the Fixit disables the opening of .rtf files. Rtf is a very common document format, so consider carefully before 'fixing', and don't forget to uninstall the fixit after Microsoft...
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    If you're prepared to invest some time, try your...

    If you're prepared to invest some time, try your local Freecycle, maybe someone whose keyboard broke has a dongle to give away. If you e-mail a (free) ad, carefully read all rules first (there are a...
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    Compiler, filehippo programs are malware free,...

    Compiler, filehippo programs are malware free, I've been using the site for years.

    It's also a good place to get older versions of programs (don't install any older versions of internet-accessing...
  21. In no particular order... Your current...

    In no particular order...

    Your current computer has limitations, including a not-very-fast processor, no HD monitor output (according to the Dell specs, unless you added a graphics card with the...
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    Youtube demo of the Datavac / Other suck & blow options

    There's a youtube demo of the Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ2OA8NT2HE

    Looks pretty powerful, I'm coveting one as well, though in Australia it's looking pretty...
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    A couple of tips / Passwords in a document which is encrypted is one option

    I use a 'system' for making passwords most of the time, so have some similarity between passwords, making some easy to remember. For financial accounts and my main e-mail, I use complex ones, and...
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    Easeus ToDo Backup - rules! - Which version to download & where

    If you want to give Easeus ToDo Backup Free a try, download this installer [v4.0.0.2]:
    http://easeus-todo-backup-free.soft32.com/old-version/374375/4.0
    as a number of important features have been...
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    Users are not all innocent, make them pay when they deserve it

    The free computer work I do for n00B family members is conditional on an agreement with them. The agreement specifies never downloading installers without asking me, not running any external program...
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