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Kathleen Atkins

When a Lounge member saw a deal on a desktop computer at a well-known supplier, he was happy. When he got his computer home, hewas a great deal less happy.

Thus began a discussion in the Hardware forum about what to expect of a new computer and its peripherals these days. Join the conversation.

The following links are this week’s most interesting Lounge threads, including several new questions for which you might have answers:

Office Applications    
General Productivity Free 20GB on SkyDrive might be taken away
Word Processing Restrict actions to section or bookmark
Spreadsheets Edit links manually only
Databases Upgrading from Access 2002 (XP) to Access 2013
Microsoft Outlook Outlook 2007 tries to connect to nonexistent MS Exchange server
Non-Outlook Email Is claim my email was spam credible?
General Windows Able to run Windows 7 or 8 on old machine?
Windows 8 Refresh didn’t correct problem with restore points
Windows 7 Windows 7 starts by itself when connected to Ethernet cable
  External hard drives and card reader not found
  How to set program to autostart?
Windows Vista Data Manager on vacation
Windows XP Reinstalling XP on another machine
Internet Explorer IE 10 constantly crashes
Third-Party Browsers Best ad-blocker add-on for Firefox?
Networking No Internet, no system restore
Software Development
Windows Programming Count number of files inside folder
Other Technologies
Security & Scams Unknown window appears during startup
Maintenance Backup problem
Hardware Crazy power supply for desktop PC
Graphics/Multimedia Choppy video playback using iTunes/QuickTime on MP4/H.264 videos

starred posts: particularly useful

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Kathleen Atkins

About Kathleen Atkins

Kathleen Atkins is the Windows Secrets associate editor. She's also a freelance writer, editor, and photographer. Prior to joining Windows Secrets, she worked at Microsoft Press.