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  1. I do not have any of the registry entries...

    I do not have any of the registry entries mentioned in the article. Is that because I uninstalled and then blocked KB 3035583, the one that installs GWX? I am running Win7 Pro on a Dell laptop.
  2. Thanks for the tip about KB 3035583! Sure...

    Thanks for the tip about KB 3035583! Sure enough, it was in the list of updates. I deselected it and hid it. Glad I caught it before it installed.
  3. If I upgrade a machine from Win7 or Win8.1 to...

    If I upgrade a machine from Win7 or Win8.1 to Win10 and later do a Refresh, what operating system will I end up with? I upgraded a Win8 machine to Win8.1 and later did a Refresh. It put the machine...
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    Can I upgrade to W10 from W8 (not 8.1)? I never...

    Can I upgrade to W10 from W8 (not 8.1)? I never could get 8.1 to install properly, so I am still on 8.
  5. I had such a call just the other day. I did not...

    I had such a call just the other day. I did not have time to string him along, so I just said "That's interesting, because I'm running Linux." He hung up immediately.
  6. I'm running Win 7 Pro. I have the Pro version. I...

    I'm running Win 7 Pro. I have the Pro version. I paid for earlier versions of ASC and accepted its offer to update to 8. I did not install Driver Booster 2 to the best of my knowledge. I hope not,...
  7. It's not slowing things down, just a nuisance. I...

    It's not slowing things down, just a nuisance. I can't figure out what process creates it.
  8. %appdata%g\ProductData\update.spt - What is it?

    This file, C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\ProductData\update.spt, appears to have been installed with Advanced System Care v. 8 from IOBit. It gets updated periodically, but I can't figure out...
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    Thanks to all for your replies. I'll delve...

    Thanks to all for your replies. I'll delve deeper into RoboForm's setup.:)
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    Concern about password manager

    I just installed Roboform Everywhere and have a concern. If someone gets access to my computer, they can just log into all the sites for which I have saved a password! That seems awfully insecure. ...
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    You don't have to have an @yahoo.com address to...

    You don't have to have an @yahoo.com address to be in a Yahoo group, although if you do you get additional functionality. Yahoo groups can store files, such as photos and documents.
  12. Do I really need to update from Win 8 to 8.1?

    Seeing all the problems with Windows 8.1 updates, I think maybe it would be better if I just stayed with Windows 8. I have installed Cassic Shell so it boots to the desktop and I have a Win7-like...
  13. Try FTP Server by Olive Tree, available for free...

    Try FTP Server by Olive Tree, available for free on the Google Play store at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.theolivetree.ftpserver. It is way better. You start it on your Android...
  14. Microsoft sends me notifications in Spanish, I...

    Microsoft sends me notifications in Spanish, I suppose because I was in Mexico when I set up my Outlook.com account. How can I change my language preference in Outlook.com?
  15. Yes, backup C:\Users\. Also back up...

    Yes, backup C:\Users\<yourname>. Also back up anyplace else on C: that you store data files in.

    If your backup software allows you to exclude folders from C:\Users\<yourname>, you can exclude...
  16. I like Backer from Cordes Development -...

    I like Backer from Cordes Development - http://www.cordes-dev.com/english/overview.html . It is a file replicator and you can set up filters to copy forward, backward or both based on file size,...
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    Same thing happened to me just yesterday: phone...

    Same thing happened to me just yesterday: phone call from somebody with a hard-to-understand accent claiming to be from Microsoft. My wife took the call and then put her "IT department head" on the...
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    Dropbox's "Dropbox" folder works just like Magic...

    Dropbox's "Dropbox" folder works just like Magic Briefcase. Put a file in it, and that file replicates to the cloud and to all your machines with Dropbox installed on them.

    For backup, use both...
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    Defrag hybrid drive?

    My new machine has a hybrid drive: 500 gig platter with 32-gig solid state. It puts frequently-used files, such as those used at startup on the solid state part. (It boots up very quickly!) Do I...
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    Word 2K vs later versions

    One feature that Word 2000 lacks is a good document comparison. Later versions, from 2003 on, do a far better job of showing you the differences between two documents.
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    If you must move to Office 2007, 2010 or 2013,...

    If you must move to Office 2007, 2010 or 2013, immediately download and install UBitMenu. It is free for personal use. It adds the classic menu to the ribbon. I could not get along without it. ...
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    Why in the world would you want to go from Office...

    Why in the world would you want to go from Office 2003 to 2013? Does Office 2003 no longer work? Is there something you want it to do that it won't? You will be miserable for several weeks to...
  23. I use a free program called Protect My Disk,...

    I use a free program called Protect My Disk, available at http://secusimple.com/protectmydisk.html. It creates a hidden directory named Autorun.inf on a USB drive, which prevents any malicious...
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    Two points: 1) It was HP, not Dell, that you...

    Two points:
    1) It was HP, not Dell, that you bought. Dell has a similar product for $299.99, and it includes a 200-watt power supply. See http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/inspiron-660s/pd. Scroll...
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    Dell is now selling preconfigured units. If you...

    Dell is now selling preconfigured units. If you click on Select you'll see that the low-end unit has the lowest price, and for more money you can get more memory and a bigger hard drive. I expect...
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