Author Archives: Fred Langa

Fred Langa

About Fred Langa

Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.

Better data and boot security for Windows PCs

Fundamental changes in PCs, including UEFI and Secure Boot, can interfere with classic security techniques such as whole-disk encryption. But a simple, free, two-step process provides extremely reliable data and system-boot security for all Windows versions, on virtually all PC hardware.

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Emergency repair disks for Windows: Part 2

Part 1 of this two-part series told how to create a Windows repair disk that boots a failing PC and provides tools that might fix what’s ailing Windows. Part 2 tells how to use a repair disk on all PCs — including those locked down with Win8’s Secure Boot — and also gives some advanced tips and tricks.

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Emergency repair disks for Windows: Part 1

When your PC won’t boot from its hard drive, you might be dead in the water — unless you’ve created a bootable emergency repair disk or drive. Repair disks don’t simply get PCs started; they also include tools that might fix what’s wrong with the system. And creating a repair disk takes just minutes.

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