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    This column brings into focus an issue that I...

    This column brings into focus an issue that I have been fascinated with for over a year now: should I update to new MS operating systems (even after 'support' has ended)?

    Accounts of user/owners...
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    Yup. Been there and done that also. In mid...

    Yup. Been there and done that also.
    In mid 2015 USB Flash drive drivers are still NOT reliable. They are more likely to fail than DVD's (or even floppy disks). I use flash drives a lot for...
  3. One of the more likely risks of using the cloud...

    One of the more likely risks of using the cloud is the increasingly recognized risk of EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) both natural and man-made. As solar activity builds this year, it looks more...
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    After reinstalling the two updates kicked back,...

    After reinstalling the two updates kicked back, did you then run Disk Cleanup followed by Windows Update and subsequently found no problems with reoffered updates?
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    Win 7 Disk Cleanup, IE11, and KB3021952

    Today (May 8, 2015) I concluded my research on this problem. My long term solution is to restore from an image that uses IE10 and to not update to IE11 again.

    I saw all of the crap on the net...
  6. A good example of a well written Windows Secrets...

    A good example of a well written Windows Secrets piece. I especially appreciated the detailed explanations of what to look out for when attempting to download anything today especially the bogus...
  7. You can install obsolete printers on Windows 7...

    You can install obsolete printers on Windows 7 machines. I found something like this on the net when I bought my first x64 machine. This is what worked for my HP Laser Jet 6p (1997 vintage):
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  8. [SOLVED] Win 7 does not burn discs any more (CD & DVD)

    All Commands.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

    This is a shortcut available on a number of websites that will produce a list of links to various win7 settings.
    Do NOT try to copy it or any...
  9. Win7 32 bit, IE10: I do not get a blank page --...

    Win7 32 bit, IE10: I do not get a blank page -- just the VMLMaker page.

    Win7 64 bit, IE11: I get the page with the "A VML capable ..." message but can not add VMLMaker.com to the compatibility...
  10. Disk Imaging with Win7

    I would like to try this but do not know how. Here is my problem:

    I currently use Acronis which has gotten more complicated and difficult to use with each new version. I would like a simple...
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    EMET not working for me

    When I got to the part about enabling internet explorer and clicked 'open' on the profile file I got a warning about Active X ( I guess I should not trust Microsoft, eh?) After electing to run the...
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    Restoring a system after massive failure

    A fascinating story but there is a need for another column how to get drivers.

    I have found that the principal challenge of reinstalling a boot drive is getting the drivers. I have had occasion...
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    Thank you

    dg 1261 answered my question nicely with the link (picture) he provided and scaisson provided new and good info on WHY one would prefer using a switch instead of a splitter. This is just what I...
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    Can two computers share one Ethernet cable?

    I have one long run of Cat 5e to the far side of my home that needs to be connected to two computers at the end. I understand there are devices that will merge two ports at the switch end and then...
  15. I have experienced this problem going back at...

    I have experienced this problem going back at least ten years to Windows 98 and, yes, it still occurs with Windows 7. In my case it involves a DOS batch file that I use to backup a number of files...
  16. I have been using MSE on two machines since last...

    I have been using MSE on two machines since last fall. The only quibble is that it will interrupt games to do its auto scan so the auto scan must be disabled. Also, with MSE installed I notice a...
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