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.

“NTLDR is missing”

Dear Fred, I thoroughly enjoy your letter. Now I’m not
particularly geeky. I run a small architectural firm which means I do the
computer fixes for the most part.

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Too Many “KB” Files Cluttering Disk

Fred, I have been getting updates for xp for quite a while now.
So, in windows explorer I have a very long list of files named KB… . Would
it be safe to make a folder and put them all in it and archive it. OR perhaps
just delete them. Some way my AV program doesn’t look at them every time it
runs. Plus subscriber for some time now. Thank you. —David nelson

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Hoist By Their Own Petard

Fred, When I checked my spam folder I found a marketing
message from BellSouth to its customers. I thought it was very ironic that
its own spam filters caught a company message and placed it in the spam
filter, probably never to be seen by many.

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More Mothballs

The item "Mothballing A PC" (
), which covered how to store a PC for long periods of disuse, brought this
additional suggestion from a reader:

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Drowning In Dead Drivers

Hi Fred. A thousand thank yous for the
news letter.

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Defrag Just Won’t Finish

Hello Mr. Langa.
I hope you can help me with this problem. My computer will not defrag. This is
the first time I’ve had a problem with it. When I run defrag it gets to about
12 percent and stops  with a message saying some files cannot be defragmented.

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