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.

Creating customized recovery images for Win8

Windows 8’s easy-to-use and built-in backup, restore, and rebuild tools go far beyond those found in previous versions of Windows. When using Win8’s Refresh option, the advanced Recimg tool can preserve your current Win8 setup — including desktop apps that Refresh would, by default, remove.

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A clean-slate reinstall for Windows 8

Windows 8’s built-in, automated ‘Remove everything and reinstall’ option provides a fast way to give systems a totally fresh start. Used properly, it can clear up even the worst types of software trouble and malware infections — it can even help improve your privacy and data security.

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Ways to secure a router — and other helpful tips

In this special-edition LangaList Plus column, a half-dozen easily implemented settings can help make your Wi-Fi setup much harder to crack, snoop, or poach. Plus: Scheduling Windows Defender malware scans in Win8, mirroring a solid-state drive, a DIY CPU-cooler repair, and recommending a free taskbar-tweaking utility.

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A ‘no-reformat reinstall’ for Windows 8

Win8’s Refresh your PC without affecting your files feature lets you rebuild your operating system in minutes. A refresh returns Windows 8 to like-new condition while leaving users’ accounts, data, passwords, and personal files intact. But there are a few limitations to consider.

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