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  1. Although PC Pitstop.com and [email protected] is on my list of safe domains/safe senders in Windows Live Mail, I have not received any PC Pitstop Newsletters since 14 Oct 2011? I just checked my PC Pitstop settings but could not find anything relating to opting in or out of newsletters? Please help because I hate missing out on all the discussions and tips they contain!
  2. Every PC user should create and keep a system repair disk handy! Another tip for just this kind of situation is to set and leave your first boot option in the BIOS to CD rom. This way, whenever you need to boot from a system repair disk or spyware removal disk, Windows will boot from the inserted CD without any keyboard input. However, I must admit that I still don't know how you would select a repair option from the menu without a keyboard or mouse? Note to self: it might be a good idea to research this in case it happens to me one day OK. I have instantly researched this problem and the
  3. Thanks for the tips Firekracker! I might give AMdeadlink a try, just to whittle out and try to replace any dead links But I find that going through my links manually encourages me to delete any I no longer need And when you save as many urls to your favorites as I do, an occasional purge really is essential!
  4. Daemonyx, sorry but that isn't different at all! But I apologise if I did not make myself clear. However, the fact is that unless you do store favorites in different folders, there would be no need to do any dropping and dragging to organise them, would there? Because without folders, the only way you could organise them would be to right click anywhere in your favorites list and choose "Sort by name"!
  5. Rather than simply printing webpages to xps, preserve all the links in that webpage by choosing Saving as...in the file menu in IE and saving them as Web Archive, single file .mht instead! I found this invaluable when I wanted to transfer all my watched items from one eBay account to another It's also a good way to back up your watched items lists, in case My eBay ever plays up just when you were hoping to bid on an item
  6. I am fully aware thank you that some so-called stable, final versions of programs also come with "as is" and "use at your own risk" warnings written in their terms. I am equally aware that you should always take sensible precautions when installing any program on your computer - like only installing programs from sources you trust and always creating a restore point before installing any new program! I sometimes even backup (export) my entire registry before installing some programs just to be on the safe side! And as soon as I get a new computer, I always gather and keep a note of the sys
  7. Keeping your C drive lean and mean sounds like a good idea in principle. However, according to other articles I've read, installing programs on a partition other than the C drive is not recommended because programs installed on another partition will NOT show up in Control Panel > add/remove programs, so programs without their own uninstall or unwise.exe cannot be uninstalled correctly/completely! So if it is mostly the large data caches of programs like Google Earth and TomTomHome that you want to keep off your C drive, why not just use their built-in tools>options to change the d
  8. The easiest way to organise your bookmarks (IE favorites) is by opening the Favorites folder in the right-hand pane and cutting and pasting or simply dragging items to the folder you wish to move them to rather than using IE's long winded Organise Favorties facility! You can also open your Favorites folder in Windows Explorer and move them around in there. But I prefer the first method as that way you can quickly click on saved links to check that they are still valid before you move them
  9. Wow, if this works it could be absolutely FANTASTIC! For it to take effect after doing a clean install of your OS, I presume you would have to navigate to the HKLM / Software / Microsoft / Windows NT / CurrentVersion / ProfileList again and enter the path to the user profile in the folder you previously saved to your data partition? Would you then have to restart the computer to have it change all Windows default settings to your personalised settings stored in user profile in the alternative location? And would doing this also make Windows move the locations of your documents, contacts, favor
  10. Creating a boot drive separate to the system drive without it causing problems somewhere down the line sounds a bit too difficult to me! But I always keep all of my data on a separate partition, if only so that periodically I can do a clean install of my operating system on the system drive without it affecting my data files! As for backups, having lost some data once when a drive failed on me, I have been a bit of a belt and braces fiend ever since! Because I use Windows backup to backup all my data to a slave drive weekly, I synchronise all my data to an external drive daily and I backup all
  11. When I ran the C:\Windows\system32>defrag c: -b command fragmentation only seemed to be decreased by 1%: Invoking boot optimization on System (C:)... Pre-Defragmentation Report: Volume Information: Volume size = 52.60 GB Free space = 22.41 GB Total fragmented space = 2% Largest free space size = 19.45 GB Note: File fragments larger than 64MB are not included in the fragmentat ion statistics. The operation completed successfully. Post Defra
  12. Why would anyone want a Windows key finder unless they were trying to install an illegal copy of Windows? Because if they already had a legal copy of Windows, surely they would already have their Windows key on the documentation that came with their disk or on a label stuck to the side of their PC's? But even if there is a valid and legal reason for using it, Beta programs should always be used with caution because Beta programs are those that are still developed and tested for inconsistencies!
  13. If you save OE and/or Windows Mail emails to folders on your computer in the default .eml type, Outlook Express or Windows Mail fires up every time you want to read one of them. But if you save them as type .html from the save as drop-down box, they will then open much faster in Internet Explorer! However when saving and viewing them as type .html, neither the sender/recipients address nor the date will be saved or displayed - all you will see is the body of the email. This could be a good or a bad thing, depending on your reasons for keeping the email..... If you wish to retain the date a
  14. The above link no longer leads to the article on Facebook Privacy! The link that opens says Nothing Found and just invites you to click on a link to the Top 50 Makeuseof articles, which opens on a page entitled the Top 100 commented posts!
  15. Great Site! Thanks for the link
  16. You're right! I had forgotten the difference between the Taskbar and the Quick Launch bar! I have now followed the instructions and created a Quick Launch bar. Thank you so much for the tip!
  17. If you mean auto-hide the taskbar itself, yes I can do that. But if you mean push any of the icons up into a vertical column to "hide" them, then no I can't do that in Windows 7. That is precisely the problem! And when I was running XP and Vista, I always use to leave the Show Desktop, IE and OE/Windows Mail icons visible on the taskbar and push all the rest up into the vertical column. So I don't know whether or not it would have been possible to push the slider any closer to the start button.
  18. Thanx. It's very informative. But I haven't lost my quick launch bar and I already know how to unlock the taskbar and change its properties etc in Windows 7. But even so, I read through all the tips and maybe I'm blind but I'm afraid I couldn't see ANYTHING about pushing the slider over so that all your shortcuts appeared in a vertical column from the taskbar, like you used to be able to do in XP and Vista? It doesn't sound as if anyone even understands what I mean when I say that? So let me explain: Instead of having each shortcut displayed side by side and visible on the taskbar, you
  19. Er...thanx but I know how to unlock the taskbar! What I don't know is how to push the slider along towards the start button, to make the shortcuts appear in a vertical colum in Windows 7. If anyone knows how to do this please let me know. Thanx
  20. Well, nearly but not quite! Yes, choosing "Never combine" in Windows 7 will display a single icon on the taskbar for each shortcut you add to it. And if you open 2 Word documents or 2 new windows in IE, they will then appear separately, side by side on the taskbar. But IE tabs will still be displayed in a line above the IE icon. AND I have not yet found a way to Unlock the taskbar and push the slider towards the start button to make your shortcuts appear in a vertical column, as you could in XP or Vista and that is something I really miss! So if anyone knows a way to do this, I hope they w
  21. Many thanks! I have downloaded the GeForce driver and will install it. But Realtek advise that audio drivers available for download from the Realtek website are general drivers for our audio ICs, and may not offer the customizations made by your system/motherboard manufacturer. So to be sure you obtain the full features/customizations provided in your original audio product, you should download the latest drivers from your system/motherboard manufacturer's website. However as HP did not offer any new drivers for my computer and as my audio drivers seem to be working fine, I think I may leave t
  22. Sorry but I just followed the instructions I found on the site! And since I ran the Overdrive test the other day and NOT the old techexpress test, I don't know how any techexpress results for my current computer even came to be listed in the first place? But I have successfully navigated to the results of my recent Overdrive test and here is the correct link to them: http://www.pcpitstop.com/betapit/sec.asp?c...;report=Summary
  23. Hi, I followed the instructions on how to add a link to the results of the tests I ran yesterday and copied it in to the space provided on my profile. I did not post it to this forum as I thought that only PC Pitstop moderators would need them and that they would have access to my profile. However I didn't realise that checks for new drivers through Device Manager were so far behind! But I fully accept that this is in fact the case and therefore apologise most sincerely for doubting the reliability and/or integrity of the test.
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