This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- USB Problems with Windows XP
Long-time subscriber Dave Volente wrote with a question about USB and Windows XP issues he was experiencing:
I’m still running good old XP Home on my two desktops and Pro on my laptop, all "networked" and everything shared in front of me on the same desk. Have numerous USB items (back-up drives, card readers, webcam, etc), so many, in fact that I also have loads of powered hubs to run them all. However, I’ve never had much luck with reliability as far as USB is concerned on ANY of the machines.
External drives regularly vanish […]
- A Look at EaseUS Partition Master
I’ve been experimenting with EaseUS Partition Master 9.1.1 Home Edition for a while and am impressed with it.
First, it enables easy resizing and moving of hard drive partitions, copying a partition, merging partitions, defragmenting, changing hard drive labels, and, by the way, without destroying your data (you should always back up your system first, anyway).
Second, the Home Edition is free for home, non-business use! […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
- Upgrading to Windows 8
I’ve decided that it’s time to upgrade my main desktop to Windows 8. I’ve been running Windows 7 Professional on it since I upgraded the internals of the computer during the summer.
I’ve read a lot of articles on Windows 8, some very positive, some saying it takes a lot of adjustment (in the user’s habits) to use it on the desktop, and some absolutely hating it.
I’ve also read some articles discussing modifications to Windows 8 that are available from third party software vendors. The one that seems most impressive is Start8, from Stardock Software, which is less than five dollars. The price includes a year of updates.
I’m familiar with Stardock utilities and interface modifications from my use of OS/2 in the early 1990’s, so I have no hesitation in getting their Windows Start8 start menu program for Windows 8. It will probably be my first purchase after the upgrade.
If you’re already running […]
- Restoring Your Computer with Windows System Restore<
One of the features that was introduced into Windows as of Windows XP is an invaluable resource called System Restore.
We’ve all seen the program installations that flash a message that they’re creating a Restore Point. Windows makes a Restore Point whenever you install a new driver. It also makes a restore point periodically based on elapsed time.
While System Restore and its Restore Points do not protect data files, it protects Windows’ system files and the Windows Registry. That way, if you install something that totally messes […]
- Using Older Software With 64-bit Windows 7
Subscriber Ed McDowell wrote to ask how 64-bit Windows 7
worked with software from earlier versions of Windows:
It’s about time to buy a new laptop and a question has been eating away at me — buy one with 32 bit or 64 bit Windows 7 Pro. I have many software programs especially for editing and storing images. Is 64 bit Windows compatible with older software? I couldn’t find an article on this in your library. Your recommendations please.
I wrote back to Ed to tell him that he’d have to […]
- Windows 7 — Choosing and Changing the Desktop Icons
In earlier versions of Windows, we had little choice on which of the standard Windows icons would be shown on the Windows Desktop. That started to change with Windows XP, but you had to know where to find the options
Windows 7 makes it easy […]
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