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    PSTs Vs "cloud"????

    Just got my latest email from W.S. In it was an article with a comment saying how Woody Leonhard doesnt want PSTs "Because I don't want the overhead or expense of running Exchange Server, all my mail is stored in a collection of huge .pst files."

    HUH? Heard of IMAP? Host your own email for relatively nothing and be in complete charge of it. You can choose to keep all the hosted email online which is a pain when you dont have connection to the net but it works. Cost = cost of Outlook if you dont have it or nix if you already do then the cost of setting up a hosted email account plus monthly cost. Relatively nothing.

    He goes on to say "Outlook itself can be a snarly program. It freezes on me from time to time — and I'm talking about Outlook 2013, not one of the older versions that are even more prone to freezes. Sometimes it crashes and swallows whatever I've been typing. But I've continued to use Outlook, convinced it was the only email program capable of handling the huge volume of mail I manage every day."

    Well, I have run Outlook 2007 since it came out and apart from the fact that I do a regular Acronis True Image backup of C drive and thus have copies if needed (in case of disk death happening suddenly with no warning), I have had no times where I have had to dive for that backup as you have said and yet I run approximately 35 email accounts on a dual core 1.8ghz 4 gig using 64 bit Windows 7 laptop. As you can see, it isnt today's vintage and is slow even compared to an I3. However, it works fast enough because I regularly do things to make sure it is OK - eg, "tune it". One of the things I do when Outlook appears slower than I have been used to it being is to run SCANPST over my Outlook installation to find and fix errors. It does wonders for my Outlook making the whole Outlook install appear to run much faster.

    Apart from that I choose AVG free for my antivirus and choose to run Malwareybytes now and then as well (after update of course). I have Defraggler run automatically, weekly, to defrag the disk and use Ccleaner now and then.

    So, until something more odd happens and I need to check the disk for inconsistencies, that's about it. I also have a bad habit of shutting the lid of a night after shutting down Outlook and browser windows (Firefox) etc and then opening it the next morning to start using again rather than reboot. I often dont reboot between Windows updates. So, you would think my computer would play up more.

    My question is why does WOODY'S Outlook play up so much when I run mine VERY hard, run the laptop VERY hard and because I rarely ever reboot it, treat it a little badly?

    Suggestion, Woody - list what you do to look after your computer and list what you do when using it, especially when Outlook's PST stuffs it and let us diagnose your problem for you! My bet - you never or rarely ever AUTOARCHIVE or your archive settings are too darned far out that it is much like never archiving. You have to archive if you dont do it! Never met an Outlook that liked a close to 2gig PST for too long which is why my autoarchive is set at 3 months. I may not be immediately able to see that thing I ma looking for but a search finds it easily or just open the archives and check in there.

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    Just as a little point, in one thing you said......

    For many years, I've encouraged all my hundreds of PC customers to SHUT OFF their PC's, both desktops and Laptops, when they are done with it for the day.

    That gives it some time to REST, but even more importantly, it causes the OS to write any Registry Changes that have been made, back to the permanent copy of the Registry that's on the hard drive. Otherwise, those changes, are in ram and will be lost if the computer looses power.

    I've never understood, (in my 30+ years working on PC's) why the PC is the only appliance in one's house that would ever be left on 24x7.
    Only the most expensive PC's, designed for use as Servers, were ever built with 100% duty cycle in mind.
    Our home computers, are built with the cheapest, hobby grade, components available. They were never designed for continuous use.

    So, help your PC to live a little longer, by turning it OFF when you're done with it. If the boot up time bothers you, you might want to apply this little tip:

    Shorten the Boot Time in XP, Vista & Windows 7 & 8

    Go to the start button, choose run, then type msconfig and press Ok.
    On the system configuration window, choose the "Boot.INI" tab.

    Check “No Gui Boot”, then lower the timeout to a more manageable time.
    I choose 3 seconds in stead of 30. (windows won’t accept a lower number than 3)

    Next choose advanced options.
    This is where you can choose how many processors you have.
    Most modern PC's are duo core (2 processors) with some quad core (4 processors)
    then choose OK. The Windows default is only 1 core.

    Now choose apply and OK, reboot and you should see a marked decrease in boot time,
    And Run-Time efficiency.

    Good luck!
    The Doctor
    Experience is truly the best teacher.

    Backup! Backup! Backup! GHOST Rocks!

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