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Some ugliness installing an aftermarket SSD
What makes 'Restore Previous Versions' fail?
Win8 + Windows RT + WinRT = mass confusion
The good and the bad of solid-state drives
Secunia PSI v.3.0
Where we stand — and are going — with Windows 8
Ad flood slows webpages to a crawl
Three cardinal rules of mobile computing
MS sends out a silent update to Windows Update
Little-known browser commands and functions
The pros and cons of regular hard-drive upkeep
Getting reacquainted with PowerPoint
On the road: Working with Office docs on an iPad
Patch Watch - all those .NET updates
Exploring Windows' Administrative Tools: Part 2
Is Windows' pagefile a security risk?
Alternative music sites for eclectic tastes
Patch Tuesday features all the usual suspects
Different information in Outlook, OneNote and Chrome browser for Issue 341
How to transfer files from Windows to the iPad
A Windows system that never needs defragging?
Why MS is dropping DVD-video playback in Win8
Flame malware and security-certificate issues
Unusual photo and video effects from Microsoft
New Trojan/malware is spreading rapidly
New devices move data faster and more flexibly
A confusing mix of .NET Framework updates
Best practices for trouble-free Windows patching
Easily add Recent Places to your Start Menu
Patch Watch update: Duqu-patch install problems
Exploring Windows' Administrative Tools: Part 1
More on System Restore's disk-space needs
Windows Live is dead — get over it!
Beating back Duqu and a plethora of other threats
Patch Watch .net patches to xp machine
DNSChanger is not the end of the world
More on shrinking Windows' huge WinSxS folder
Free photo-editing tools do more than ever
Taking stock of the Windows 8 versions
When to reduce System Restore's disk space
Moving media from your PC to the big screen
Time to sweep out a few of the leftover patches
Office Q&A: Image wrangling in Word 2010
Readers write about serious troubles
Windows reports file sizes two different ways
Familiar computing products get new capabilities
Fred's Win7 No-reformat, OS-reinstall problem
House Call 2012: Fixing a sluggish PC
A vexing Web-browser security warning
Safely send sensitive information over the Net
Targeted, but limited, attacks on text docs
Windows Secrets Newsletter • Issue 333 • 2012-04-05
Web filtering keeps you a little safer
Shrink that gigantic WinSxS folder down to size
Protect your computer: sandbox apps and files
Parental controls for kids — and adults
It's springtime for Microsoft service packs
New "419" scam involves PayPal and Western Union
Sometimes the solution is to disable an AV app
Internet research for the careful citizen
Moving data between devices is as easy as U-S-B
Readers with ideas write to Windows Secrets
Step by step: How to safely test-drive Win8
What's causing these severe, recurrent crashes?
Controversial service puts Win7/Office on tablets
Remote access leads to remote attacks
A Windows veteran looks at Win8 Consumer Preview
Do hardware drivers need to be updated?
The Start menu super guide — Part III
Take control of Google's privacy policy settings
Office 365: Office in the Cloud still promising?
Readers react to antivirus 'resource pig' story
The Windows Start menu super guide — Part II
It's a Windows patching clean-up week
Windows 7 Start Menu
Win7 Start Menu-- Classic shell
Windows Start menu: putting on programs on remote volumes
The Windows Start menu super guide — Part I
When Win7's internal diagnostic utilities fail
Smart configuration tricks for Win7 Explorer
PC security Golden Rule: patch early, patch often
Susan Bradley v Woody's Defcon
Wacky Web Week Video can't be viewed
Is your free AV tool a 'resource pig?'
Readers talk back to Windows Secrets
'Blue Screen of Death' over and over again
A slew of Valentine's Day security updates
Windows 8 — streamlining the update process
What, exactly, does System Restore protect?
How to change Microsoft's %$#@! Ribbon
Getting to basics: straight and simple text
Your next computer could well be a tablet
Finding Windows Media Player's hidden controls
Take a note: OneNote versus Evernote
Turn that spare PC into a digital video recorder
Ready or not, you're getting IE 8 or 9
Vague error messages complicate troubleshooting
Hard-drive partitioning gives better protection
Waiting for more information on fallen updates
Say goodbye to BIOS — and hello to UEFI!
Are tracking-prevention tools worthwhile?
Welcome to the 64-bit era of Windows
Lessons learned from the Stratfor files
Great Android helper apps for Windows
Secure your browser from homepage hijacking
Storage Spaces might be Win8's best feature yet
Starting 2012 with a typical Patch Tuesday
Windows Defender Offline — old name, new use
Easily edit Windows' right-click context menus
Staying in touch with voice and video
Five tricks for improving Windows Media Player
Some leftover patch business from 2011
Out of Cycle update MS11-100
The best of LangaList Plus — 2011
The best of LangaList Plus — 2011
Setting up a temporary 'ad hoc' network
Plenty of alternatives to Adobe Reader X
Give your Win XP system an end-of-year cleaning
One year and 99 security bulletins later
Carrier IQ: A privacy tempest of what size?
Correcting a dual-boot setup failure
Sysinternals: an underappreciated utility suite
VM: Running computers inside computers
Building your own XP Service Pack 4
Different ways to move user folders
Menu opens doors to little-known Windows tools
Should you apply the new Duqu workaround?
Everyone gets a small holiday — from patching
Junk e-mail: can I retaliate?
Missing "Microsoft Office 2010: Tips and Tricks"
What you can do about soaring hard-drive prices
Extending the reach of your Wi-Fi signal
Smart surge protectors can cut your power bill
The unequal offerings of photo-storage services
Patch Watch Summary Table of ALL PATCHES TO DATE
Putting Registry-/system-cleanup apps to the test
Can Windows 7's XP Mode be uninstalled?
Find out where that e-mail really came from
UDP networking ports threatened by TCP/IP flaw
When patches fall off Patch Watch list
The thousand-dollar penalty for reusing passwords
Yet more on Win7's XP Mode: printing and DOS
Polishing your (photo) image — for free!
Wireless data devices for home and the road
What you should know about Windows' Event Viewer
Taming aggressive freeware-download extras
Touching Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 8
Office 2007 gets its final service pack
Making the most of Really Simple Syndication
More information on Windows 7's XP Mode
Windows Phone 7.5: Evolution, Part 2
The myths and facts of zero-day threats
dot net updates
Take your PC's temperature — for free!
Putting Windows backups on your schedule
Windows Phone 7.5: Evolution, Part 1
Time for a .NET update we can't ignore
Getting the most from Windows Search — Part 2
Should you wipe old routers before disposal?
Three exceptional apps for every Windows version
Exploring legacy tools in Windows 8
Can you trust the SSL protocols anymore?
Using Windows 7's XP Mode — step by step
1.8TB external drive goes down hard
Getting the most from Windows Search — Part 1
Leaving long cookie trails throughout the Web
The sorry tale of the (un)Secure Sockets Layer
Upgrades end in erratic, partial hangs
Passwords — don't take them with you
Moving more DigiNotar certs to 'untrusted'
Interpreting the problem patch charts
Microsoft Prematurely Reveals Next Week's Security Patches
Certificate cleanup for most personal computers
Windows-like security for Android devices
Windows 8 preview: Easier file management
Revising printing habits saves money and trees
Top iPad apps for Windows users: Part II
Easily clean an XP PC for a new Win7 install
What to do about bad technical support
Multifunction printers' hidden element of risk
Tame a new system's hard-drive bloat
A simple fix for hangs when closing applications
How to tell Windows Live from Office 365
After 30 years, the PC is finally secure
Need to repair/reload "over the top" win7 home prem (64)
Unlocker
Top iPad apps for Windows users: Part I
Do reinstalls cause Windows-activation failures?
Recycling your PC — and your gadgets, too
When it's time to do a total Windows 7 reinstall
Recovery: the last step in total data security
When dial-up is the only way online
Word 2010 tricks for more polished documents
Vacation is over, it's big round of patches
Reply to Best Practices (Aug. 04, 2011)
Privacy smackdown: Facebook versus Google+
Undeletable 'ghost' e-mails in Windows Live Mail
Four (relatively) painless small-network upgrades
The performance price of Win7's visual effects
The advanced system-recover toolkit
What works for you: Hotmail versus Gmail
Pros and cons of a 'keyfile' password
Blink, and you'll miss the next Firefox
Take a short summer break from patching
How to download and save streaming videos
Digging deeper into Win7-XP networking
Can Google+ seriously challenge Facebook?
Making Microsoft Word 2010 easier to use
How to print just a portion of the Newsletter?
Win7's no-reformat, nondestructive reinstall
ID those cryptic programs in Control Panel
Looking for green (energy) in cloud computing
Office File Validation patch leads to problems
Don't pay for software you don't need — Part 3
'Windows Installer Service cannot be accessed'
Put phantoms in check with energy meters
Social-networking update: Facebook and Google+
Keeping you up to date: say no to .NET — again
It's time to move up to Internet Explorer 9
Win7-to-XP Remote Desktop problems
Review: A screaming SSD hard drive
Trouble dispatching dangerous downloads
Crushing cookies for better personal privacy
RPV: Win7's least-known data-protection system
Remove a recurring malware infection
Evernote: Variety is the spice of life
Internet Explorer gets another round of patches
What you need to know now about Windows 8
Solving browser JavaScript problems
Windows Phone 7: It's just so darned pretty
Internet Explorer loses market share rapidly
Re-examining Dropbox and its alternatives
Holy …! My Win7 backup folders are empty!
WP7: Are flash and function too much to ask for?
The need for Windows 7 Service Pack 1
Mobile privacy: lots of Big Brothers, little clarity
Parental controls for online safety at home
Readers' best personal-privacy tips
Protect your finances from online threats
Re-examining Facebook personal privacy
Don't pay for software you don't need — Part 2
MSE delivers mixed results in antivirus tests
Four free hard-drive maintenance tools
The complicated world of antivirus testing
Patch Watch and missing patches
Build a complete Windows 7 safety net
Win7 network stuck in 'Public' mode
It's not ready for prime-time computing
It's PowerPoint déjà vu all over again
Roboform v. 7 now being charged for in breach of promise. Let's complain.
Don't pay for software you don't need — Part 1
Two different Windows 7 boot problems
OneNote 2010: share and share alike (securely)
Big-time Wi-Fi security for the small office
Office 365 offers value, but it's not Office
Readers comment on the LizaMoon infection story
Companies track Web use — and keystrokes
Cleaning up after massive Patch Tuesday
Outlook 2003 - Telephone Location Information
Where do I find the weekly Patch Watch chart?
Special report on small-business security
Keep your data safe while on the road
Keeping your business data under lock and key
Blocked files — Windows security excess
Workplace hazards in the Internet Age
A new way for Office docs to be gone in Flash
Looking for the latest Patch Watch Chart?
Get wired performance from your Wi-Fi network
Recover from an Adobe update failure
Tips for transferring sensitive information
April brings showers of browser patches
LizaMoon infection: a blow-by-blow account
How to troubleshoot a PC-memory problem
Rustock takedown: #1 spam botnet bites the dust
Fix that problem without reinstalling Windows
This week's Newsletter
As disasters spread, so do online scammers
The basics of installing a new hard drive
Internet Explorer 9's nagging 64-bit woes
Still not ready to give Win7 SP1 the green light
NET updates list
Caution: Bumps in the road to IPv6
Outbound blocking for Windows Firewall
Simple steps for backing up Web-based e-mail
IE 8 publicly hacked as IE9 is released
Make the most of Windows 7's Libraries
How secure is remote-control software?
ZeuS Trojan reinvents itself as bots rock on
Patch Watch adds problem-patch update chart
Windows Secrets personal security baseline
How to make Google Desktop index your e-mail
Cloud-based chore managers help organize life
Some installation woes with Windows 7 SP1
What you need to know about Windows 7 SP1
Free 'Process Explorer' helps end shutdown woes
What to do when Windows refuses to boot
Windows 7 SP1 comes to Windows Update
A complete guide to Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts
A new security threat arrives: Evercookies
Internet Explorer 9 — finally a competitor
Windows Secrets PC Security Baseline
Unlock the power of the Quick Access Toolbar
Cut-and-paste leaves recoverable data behind
Free online tax prep — benefits and risks
Don't send roses, send the gift of patches
Watch out for "Microsoft Tech Support" scams
Windows' Ease of Access settings can go awry
Your future is in the cloud -- but what's that?
Malware targets USB and Windows Update drivers
Seven simple steps for setting up Windows 7
Desktop, screen, and video capture made easy
Get creative with simple, free music editors
Getting your system ready for Windows 7 SP1
CES report: Far more than tablets and 3-D TV
Internet Explorer goes one-on-one with Firefox
The best-kept hardware secrets of CES 2011
Using the cloud to guess wireless passphrases
Two great security tools get free updates
Brute-force cure for excessively long shutdowns
Twenty-six ways to work faster in Windows 7
More unpatched vulnerabilities than patched ones
Four free programs to help control Windows 7
Return IE to its just-installed state with ease
New Year resolution: banish automatic updates
Protecting your browsing with EMET
Check whether you've been Gawkered — now!
The best of LangaList Plus — 2010
10 great 'Do these first' tweaks for Windows 7
How to sort desktop icons — for keeps
Give your PC a multimedia makeover for 2011
PC patches end this year with a bang
Set-top boxes match up: Apple TV vs. Google TV
Forcefully rooting out a bad hardware driver
Making do without Windows Home Server
Adobe Reader gets sandboxing security -- sort of
Your next PC: thinking beyond the desktop
Beware bogus 'Security Essentials' downloads!
Security certificate updates cause headaches
Avoid the security risk of shortened URLs
Patch Watch leftovers include Outlook fixes
Microsoft TechNet for the rest of us
An old PC speed-up hoax reappears
Make your e-mail more professional and portable
Hotmail finally gets secure — sorta
Windows XP: Looking back, looking forward
Finding a cure may mean looking elsewhere
Java brews up a large pot of malware
Security fixes for applications highlighted
Cloak your connection to foil Firesheep snoopers
What speed LAN hardware do you really need?
A triplicate of duplicate-file finders
Dropbox: File synching and sharing made easy
What to do when a patch won't install
Firefox add-on makes a statement about HTTP
When it comes to patching, .NET is .ANNOYING
Hybrid hard drives finally come of age
Preparing for the switch to the IPv6 standard
WS Security Baseline update — browsers
Wiped hard drives pose little data-theft risk
Simple change in settings pumps up Win7 networks
Is data-wiping deleted files worthwhile?
Three free, easy-to-use PC backup apps
Brace yourself for a big round of patches
Microsoft bags blogs, eviscerates Live Spaces
Readers weigh in on MS Security Essentials
USB 3.0 makes its way into the mainstream
Doing your part to secure cyber security
Patch Watch update
IE 9 puts Microsoft back into the browser game
Making sense of Windows' confusing RAM stats
Share with Buzz (but hopefully not too much)
Home-router vulnerability revealed at Black Hat
Coping with Windows Live Hotmail Wave 4
Security Essentials test drive — month 6
Managing multiple e-mail accounts in Outlook
New path for zero-day attacks: old printers
A threat to common ".dll" files hits many apps
Recover from a disastrous hard-drive crash
Spectrum-analysis tools cure Wi-Fi headaches
Bug-counting is a false measure of security
New analysis of stolen data brings surprises
Lost: 300 gigabytes of valuable drive space!
Five tips for Windows 7's Media Center
Patch Watch update: Critical Adobe Reader patch
Preparing Windows XP for the long haul
Tracking down and preventing unwanted reboots
Software organizes your photo collection
Record number of Windows patches released
It's been 20 years of investigative journalism
Eliminate Flash-spawned 'zombie' cookies
Are the benefits of defragmentation overblown?
Microsoft releases critical out-of-cycle patch
Forecast for cloud-based servers is hazy
Windows Live shares your Messenger contacts
A step-by-step guide for improving boot times
Clean up your Windows notification area
Novel antivirus product works in the cloud
Run Windows on iPad using remote-computing apps
Troubleshooting broken apps and shortcuts
How to pick and optimize your home router
Support ends for Windows 2000 and Windows XP SP2
iTunes account theft strikes close to home
Chkdsk runs but never repairs disk error
Rescue Windows with a bootable flash drive
New iPhone OS is not always an easy update
Office 2010's Web tools raise security questions
Graphics card stuck in nonworking mode
Good reasons not to install 64-bit Office 2010
The ultimate software deal has strings attached
SkyDrive takes on the online-storage arena
Using Task Manager to troubleshoot startup woes
Gizmo rounds up top free imaging apps
The .NET updates get worse, not better
Now you can vote for your favorite Lounge posts
Is 'Sleep' the same as 'Suspend' or 'Standby'?
Act NOW to save money on Microsoft Office 2010
Anti-malware apps flag legitimate utilities
Little-known beta apps enhance Gmail's usability
Sometimes, changing software is the only option
What you should know about anti-malware testing
Microsoft fixes threats to video and ActiveX
Five small and essential apps to armor your PC
Tame Windows' unruly Taskbar with ease
Indispensable utilities for every PC user
For some applications, free is not good enough
Going green with Win7 is harder than it looks
Use Windows System Restore with caution
How much security software do you really need?
Have your Windows Mail and Windows 7, too
Tighten your Facebook privacy settings
Take charge of Windows' User Account Control
Use Microsoft Office 2010 free for 180 days
Free utility suite bundles over 100 tools
New findings update WS Security Baseline
Hard-drive defragmentation is still worthwhile
Reassessing and retuning Google's Chrome
A patch for Microsoft's e-mail clients
The 120-day Microsoft security suite test drive
Tuning Windows power settings boosts performance
The absolutely safest way to upgrade to Win7
Give your flagging WiFi signal a boost
Hotmail's social networking busts your privacy
Two ways to make 'self-healing' Windows setups
Custom boot CDs help fix Windows disasters
Oracle releases Java patch earlier than expected
Run your PC from afar — securely and easily
Run multiple antivirus applications on one PC
Living without Adobe Flash Player or Sun's Java
Microsoft releases a taxing week of patches
Microsoft decision puts public libraries at risk
When streaming video stutters and stops
Three useful but litte-known Web applications
Build a community bulletin board in 15 minutes
Over 60,000 Lounge pages are now in Google
Security competition reveals new browser flaws
Tools for managing Win7 and Vista system bootup
Classic Shell puts XP Retro back into Win7
Microsoft releases an emergency patch for IE
Many browser patches prior to hacking event
Tips on working within Windows 7's Libraries
Tools for removing blur from digital photos
Support clock ticking on XP and Vista versions
New security tools help protect your PC
Windows 7 won't eliminate XP coverage
New names, new threats from fake security apps
Tools for safely removing rogue anti-malware
Should your personal computer be quarantined?
Let's put your firewall to the test
Choose the right backup medium for your data
New threats to Internet Explorer 6 and 7
Get help from the Windows Reliability Monitor
More on where Windows 7 puts important files
What — or who — is using your connection?
Tailor Windows to work the way you do
Windows shortcuts can boost your efficiency
Solving Windows 7 networking problems
Free software sheds light on PC activity
MS patch causes BSOD if PC has Alureon malware
Quick cures for the worst Windows 7 annoyances
Wanted: easy desktop-shutdown options
Win7 upgrade restrictions make no sense
Minimize your chances of being a malware victim
Freeware outdoes Windows' built-in system tools
Fine-tune your Registry for faster startups
Malware may lurk in your browser's cache
Malicious media files could deliver exploits
The EULA you click may not be the one in effect
Even well-guarded PCs may get infected
MS Security Essentials: right-sized protection?
Two free photo editors anyone can use
The long wait for 64-bit PC software continues
Many free alternatives to Microsoft Office
Security updates for Internet Explorer, Firefox
Easy ways to resize digital photos for e-mail
Test of images
Patch arrives for IE hole targeted by Chinese
Extend the life of your laptop's battery
Five productivity-enhancing Registry tweaks
Browser forensic tools find malware entry points
Why the need to reboot after starting Windows?