When to leave well enough alone in computerland

Lounge member rstew has been busy upgrading his system — so successfully, he’s developed the ambition to do likewise on another machine. He wants to replace his Vista 32-bit operating system with Windows 7 64-bit OS on a Gateway rig.

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Everyone’s here (more or less) for the meeting

Meetings are always hazardous — sometimes in a funny way. No matter how mannerly a group of people might be, personalities are on display and mishaps occur.

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How to make standard Windows apps portable

What to do when your PC refuses to boot

Microsoft tackles three zero-day exploits

How to safely test-drive Win10 — step by step

As with any product that’s still in development, running Windows 10 Technical Preview has risks. The safest and easiest way to install and work with the preview of the next Windows is within a virtual machine — here’s how.

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Microsoft’s EMET 5 has some teething pains

Following a recent story on EMET 5, some Windows Secrets readers ran into trouble trying Microsoft’s anti-zero-day security application. Their reported problems with EMET might be due to software incompatibilities. Here’s an update.

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What the mouse did and why it did it

But before consigning an errant mouse to a decent burial, Lounge member cmptrgy wanted to be sure it was dead, and not merely answering to careless, unintended reconfiguring inflicted by its owner.

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Extreme testing of a well-made machine

When fireworks go up in the air and explode, they’re supposed to do that spectacularly. When a washing machine runs, it’s supposed to do so quietly and competently for 30 or so years. No messes.

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Customize File History’s backups with ease