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  1. Having run the tests, it said that my display adapter and my sound and game controller drivers were out of date and needed updating. But when I went to Device Manager and checked Update Drivers> search online, Windows informed me that the drivers were already up to date! So forgive me for saying so but that makes me wonder if PC Pitstop could be telling me they need updating just so that I buy a subscription to get the updated drivers?!!!


    I have posted the link to my test results on my profile

  2. When I try to sign into web-mail, e-bay, or online college site (Basically anything I have to sign into), I get this message:


    The page cannot be displayed

    The page you are looking for is currently unavailable. The Web site might be experiencing technical difficulties, or you may need to adjust your browser settings.


    Since it's so many site that give me this error I'm pretty sure it's my browser. How do I adjust it?


    Have you tried IE > Tools > Options and deleting your temporary internet files (inc offline files if you are using Windows XP or earlier) all your cookies and clearing your History?

  3. point taken :tup:



    Thanks flewpastu. I feel a lot better now, having got that off my chest! :)


    geewhiz - Essex - if you got that many years out of your old machine, I commend you - you got your money's worth and don't blame you at all for wanting to step forward

    Thanks for your vote of confidence too! :) I omitted to mention that my Packard Bell PB9750 was second-hand when I bought it too! And that despite never having owned a PC before that and never having any PC training, I managed to upgrade the RAM to its max, install a new sound card and a new DVD-writer drive, replacing the old CD-reader with the old DVD-writer drive. I also installed a new hard drive, a UBS2 card and a new PSU, after being able to establish that the old PSU was what had stopped the PC powering up! I don't think that was too bad for a self-taught geriatric, do you? :geezer::lol:

  4. I apologize for being misleading/misunderstood ....... no one thinks you were foolish to purchase a newer inexpensive PC that is obviously more up to date than the old one


    i was merely suggesting a decent CPU made in the last few years with enough system Ram could run Vista Fine

    my comments about OEM referred to purchasing an OEM version of Vista ( non retail packaging no fancy book )


    some may have referred to OEM as a prebuilt PC that is often loaded with TONs of demo , trial or other junk stuff that is more often than not .. just never used and it takes up a lot of resources and HD space for nothing


    enjoy the new PC :tup:


    Apology accepted! And yes, I was aware that OEM software can be purchased seperately and that it is the same as Retail (boxed) software except for the higher price tag, the fancy box and the manual, which can invariably be downloaded anyway.


    As for demo, trial or junk software that manufacturers usually load their computers with - that could be one of the main reasons why they are able to keep their prices so low nowadays! If so, it is a trade-off really, isn't it? Pay more for a machine with no junk software pre-installed - or pay less and have to uninstall all the software you don't want. Always having to watch the pennies very carefully, I know which I'd prefer! And it really isn't that much trouble to uninstall any software you don't want anyway, is it? Just a few clicks of the mouse, in fact! So why slate manufacturers if they pre-install a load of "junk" software in order to try and keep their prices as low and as competitive as possible?


    I sometimes think that highly knowledgable computer geeks tend to forget that not everyone is as computer savvy as they are - or indeed that they even need to be! Sure, if knowing all the ins and outs of PC's is what makes them tick, then fine. But some of us just want to be able to buy a PC and use it to the best of our very different abilities! Yes, we come across problems occasionally and have to ask for help. But isn't that mostly what forums such as these are for? So I really wish that the computer elite wouldn't keep knocking the rest of us poor saps for our miserable lack of knowledge at every opportunity! :boxing:


    Sorry, but that's the way that some of the comments on such forums make me feel sometimes - that I am a pain in the butt and should be taken out and shot for my stupidity! When really, I am just an average but fairly intelligent 59-year old PC user, trying to learn how to sort out the odd computer problem! :cr@sh:


    Please don't all lynch me now, will you? I am only letting you know how I feel sometimes. But I apologise most sincerely if I've over-stepped the mark. OK? :surrender:

  5. EssexBiker,


    You lost me here...


    You said you opted for an new PC, was your older XP pc giving you 'fits'?


    OK. To clarify, my old PC (a cerca 1999 Packard Bell PB9750) had a 750mhz processor and could only take a maximum of 512mb RAM! So obviously, it was VERY slow indeed compared to today's PC's! For example, it used to take 14-15 HOURS to burn a DVD with Nero! And editing photos with PSP took 100% of my resources, which meant I often had to wait for the program to catch up! :pullhair:


    ....And it definitely did NOT have specs high enough to run Vista! Furthermore, the entire system was so old and outdated that it was just not viable to even consider trying to rip everything out and install a new mobo, a new cpu, a new video card, another 2gb RAM etc. - because it was far cheaper to go out and buy a new PC with higher specs than to try and upgrade mine.


    So apart from wanting (rightly or wrongly) to get the latest OS (Vista) I also wanted a faster PC, which is why I opted to buy a new "inexpensive" PC with Vista pre-installed. I can now burn DVD's in 7-8 MINS with Nero! And it handles photo editing with ease...


    So forgive me if this sounds obtuse, but I don't understand why is it so hard for anyone to understand why I opted to buy a new PC with Vista installed? Or why anyone would think me foolish for doing so? :unsure:

  6. the min specs to run vista arent all that demanding .. although i highly recomend 2gb's of ram to run it efficiently


    its a fine line to be on but as most know technology and software have to advance in tandem or there is no real progress ..


    sometimes hardware has to advance to catch up with and take advantage of software and vice versa


    if your system runs XP with rather outdated hardware ( no offense intended ) then stay with XP .. as XP will still be the main OS for quite some time


    but a fairly new inexpensive PC with enough system ram can easily run vista ... IMHO


    again i dont mean to sound offensive and apologize if it came off that way


    Sorry flewpastu, but was this directed at me? If so, no effence taken regarding my old PC with rather outdated hardware! But I'm afraid I don't understand quite what point you were trying to make in your message?


    Were you suggesting that I should have stuck with my old PC and XP, even though the hardware it had was outdated and slow? And that I would have been better off upgrading all the hardware to improve its speed, rather than buying a new "inexpensive PC" with Vista together with a lot of unwanted software pre-installed? If so, then I can tell you that it would have cost more to buy a new mobo, a new CPU and a decent new video card etc than it did to buy a whole new PC with Vista installed! Which is why I opted for the new PC.


    If not, I'm sorry but I don't understand what point you were trying to make? Please explain?

  7. I ran RC2 on my XP pro laptop and knew right away that I wanted Vista Business... I went out and bought it.

    Ran a "clean" install and I haven't looked back :tup:


    Well, all I can say is that you're lucky that (a) the specs on your laptop were high enough to run Vista and (B) that you can afford to go out and buy the retail version of Vista Business!


    But some of us who want Vista, are not lucky enough to own a PC or laptop that would run Vista successfully. So the alternatives are

    1) to try and find a new PC wwhich still has XP installed and then go out and buy the retail version of Vista Home or Business and do a clean install of it on their new XP PC. Or

    2) to buy a new PC with Vista pre-installed but still go out and spend another £200 or so on buying the retail version and do a clean install, to avoid having all that unwanted software installed on it. Or

    3) to buy a new PC with Vista pre-installed and simply try to uninstall all the unwanted software that the manufacturers load onto it.


    Personally, my old Packard Bell PB9750 to which I had added the max RAM and a new sound card, was perfectly capable of running XP Pro, even though the PC was so old that it performed a lot slower than I'd have liked! But it certainly didn't have specs good enough to run Vista. So I shopped around for quite a while before deciding to buy a new PC with Vista Home Premium pre-installed - because I wanted Vista but couldn't afford to buy a new PC AND go out and spend another £200 (give or take) on the retail version.


    And no, this solution wasn't ideal, I have to admit. But by buying a new PC with fairly decent specs and Vista pre-installed, it has given me the chance to try out Vista and I do still have the opportunity to save up and buy a retail or OEM version, if I so wish and at such a time that I can afford to do so!


    So I don't think anyone should knock people who choose to go down the same route, as long as they realise that buying a PC with Vista pre-installed will not necessarily give them the same experience of Vista, that performing a clean install would give them.

  8. Steve Hogan wrote in his article 4. User Account Controls: For any product to be successful on a grand scale it must fill a need and be easy for the masses to use. Since it's beginning we've heard about increased security with Vista People have been screaming about Windows virus and spyware activity forever. Microsoft's answer, User Account Controls. While it may supply more security it just isn't easy for the "average" user to contend with or configure. You be the judge. Think of your five closest neighbors and imagine them configuring Vista UAC using this document from Microsoft as a guide. It's not going to happen. Most of the people reading this will be somewhat computer savvy. I wonder how many of us have actually configured the UAC and how many have just removed it. I removed it.

    But having read the document he cited at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetma...es/2007/06/UAC/ UAC sounds like a great feature (even without configuring it) the way it is supposed to help protect the OS from unauthorised and undesirable changes that are frequently made by unidentified publishers, unsigned drivers or malaware etc. So I do not understand why anyone would want to remove it?


    Sure, there are still ways for malaware etc to circumvent the UAC system. But Microsoft has given very clear instructions on how to configure the OTS elevations "to require a Secure Attention Sequence (SAS) that malware cannot intercept or simulate" for any users who are particularly security-conscious. So once again, I do not understand Mr Hogan's problem with it?


    In my opinion, any improvement that helps protect the OS from undesirable changes should be welcomed - and used!

  9. Try this:


    Click on My Controls in the upper right, then from the left menu bar, under Subscriptions, click on View Topics and unsubscribe from the topic that is sending the emails, then do the same for View Forums.


    So what are you saying? That changing the email notifications to Daily Digest in My Controls does not work and that the only way to stop receiving a notification every time a new post is posted is to unsubscribe from that topic completely? :pullhair:

  10. :h3lp: I think PC Pitstop is a great site. But I am getting quite exasperated by the number of email notifications I am getting every day! I have my email notifications set to daily digest - but I still seem to be getting an email notification for every new post posted on my watched topic! And this is driving me absolutely NUTS :pullhair:


    And ironically (and very annoyingly too) considering the amount of notifications I am getting, this message is displayed on each notification: There may be more replies to this topic, but only 1 email is sent per board visit for each subscribed topic. This is to limit the amount of mail that is sent to your inbox. :pullhair:


    So I would be most grateful if somebody would PLEASE tell me how to resolve this issue? Thanks.

  11. Glad you all found my suggestion - and the fact that I happen to live in Essex, so funny! :clap: I'm sorry but I didn't realise you all had access to so much inside information that you would dismiss me as a fool for thinking such things about good old Billy G! But I bow to your superior knowledge, Oh Mighty Ones :worship: and promise not to show my ESSEX ignorance on this forum again! :blushing:

  12. I have been thinking about buying a new PC and thought I'd go for one with Vista installed. But after reading this very illuminating article on Vista's "big brother type" shadow copy facility, which does not allow home users to even access the stored copies let alone delete them, I think I'll just stick with XP Pro after all! The trouble is, how long will it be before Microsoft uses its immense power to make XP as obsolete as Win 95 or 98 and stop supporting it or producing updates for it? And how long will we have to wait before they bring out a new version? And even when that new version is finally released, will it be more or less big brother-ish than Vista?


    Oh, don't get me wrong: I know there are hundreds if not thousands of perverts and terrorists using the web for their own evil ends and anything that can be done to assist governments in collecting the evidence to convict these evil people, is a good thing. And perhaps Microsoft thought it would be seen to be trying to "do its bit" by introducing a system that automatically makes a shadow copy of every little thing and prevent users from accessing or deleting it? But Vista's shadow copy will do very little if anything to stop these people or make them accountable - if all they have to do is purchase a genuine or pirate copy of the Ultimate version to gain the ability to delete any incriminating evidence, will it? So basically, the only people this big brother type facility will hurt is the innocent home user, who will find huge chunks of their hard drives taken up with data they don't even want backed up and which they cannot even access let alone delete to free up precious storage space! Sorry, but in my opinion BG that just sucks .... and I for one won't be buying into it!

  13. pail is a bucket, where indicated too should be used in lieu of to, go back to your basic English and lookup to, too and two. pail vs pale...

    Firefox does not work on some programs, IE has to be used.


    In case you hadn't realised it davidkhays, this is meant to be User Forum, where users discuss the topic in question, which in this case is Firefox v Internet Explorer. It is not an English Language test to be corrected by members of the SGB (spelling and grammar brigade)!!! But if you have a genuine desire to help others improve their literacy rather than just a desire to feel superior, I suggest that you look out for a Literacy or English Language Forum and post your spelling and grammar lessons on there!

  14. B)

    I have used firefox for several years, before it was firefox even. I like the browser, I like using something other than half baked Blotware. Microsoft has all the money all the big brains yet they can't get a single program to function properly kinda makes you go Hmmm, doesn't it? Maybe they don't want it right then there would be no room for improvement or any way to get more money out of you for another piece of junk. Vista is another good example of pure garbage. Yet people still buy it thinking they are upgrading when in fact they are just paying too much for another headach.


    Did you know that in the rare event that Firefox crashes if you restart firefox it asks if you would like to restore your location. If you decide to do so it will take you right back where you left off. If you were writing a letter for instance, it would probably be there waiting for you to finish it. Try that in IE.


    Oh, yes, I know only too well what happens when IE decides to tell you that it has "encountered a problem and needs to close"!!! LOL. For instance, I spent about 2 hours searching through 3 or 4 sites the other day, comparing products and adding my final choices to my basket on each site. Then to my absolute horror, IE decided to crash - and I lost the whole lot and had to start all over again! :pullhair: Fortunately, I have learnt through bitter experience to keep saving the urls for each item or printing the contents of my baskets to PDF at the very least, to minimise the time lost when this happens and allow me to re-locate my final choices without having to trawl through each website to find them again. B) If I didn't take these precautions and IE crashed, I think I could easily have thrown my PC through the window in sheer frustration and anger! :pullhair: LOL

  15. Tabbed browsers are nice in that you can minimize and maximize all at once, rather than 20 browsers separately. Tabs take some getting used to for some people, including myself, but after using them for a couple of years, I now prefer tabs. You can also open a browser for each topic that you're surfing and keep all related topics together, which is convenient.


    Thanks dark41. I found your entire post very interesting and informative. And your explanation of tabbed browsers has convinced me that I would enjoy the benefits of one after all! But as you say you are in the IE camp and not really a big fan of Firefox, I'd be very interested to know which tabbed browser you have been using for the past two years and what advantages you feel it has over FF?

  16. Also, the only difference I can see between using a "tabbed" browser and just opening links in a new window in IE, is that with a tabbed browser, the tabs run along the top of the window and with multiple windows open in IE the "tabs" run along the bottom - in the task bar! So I really don't understand what all the fuss is about "tabbed browsers"??? Perhaps someone can enlighten me?

  17. Having read through all the hype and some of the user comments, Firefox's improved security over IE sounds very desirable. But if you still have to have IE installed because some web sites that you wish to visit are still not (and indeed may never be) compatible with Firefox, then I would rather stick to IE despite it's faults! At least that way I don't have to bother about opening one browser for some sites and another for other sites!


    And surely if you have a decent Firewall and Antivirus program that is automatically updated at least once a day, you are reasonably well protected against hackers and viruses etc, aren't you? Unless I have just been extremely lucky that I do not seem to have been bothered by any such attacks in the past 10 years?!!

  18. :clap: Wow! Thanks Champ! That's just what I wanted! I tried the


    @echo off

    taskkill /im notepad.exe /f

    taskkill /im iexplore.exe /f



    - and it worked a treat! I might try adding some other program exe names to the list, so it will close everything at once! Truly excellent!

  19. Cheers Tom! I've tried it and it works on the websites I tried it on. If it also works on websites that insist on using tiny, weeny little thumbnails (eg: for knitting patterns etc) which I can't make out at all without having to open each one separately, it would be an absolute Godsend!!


    I've saved your instructions in case I forget how to do it or edit it in future. Thanks very much!

  20. You could probably create a batch file to close all open windows, shove it on the desktop/quicklaunch, and then assign a shortcut to it (as explained by psionic11 above). :)




    with regards



    :unsure: That sounds great! I'd certainly give it a try - if I knew how to create a batch file and what commands I'd have to type in to it, to make it close all open windows? :help:

  21. Just a rather handy tip...

    If you have multiple windows,

    holding down alt, and then tapping down tab, will bring up a list of all the windows you currently have open. in a small box in the center of your screen. Holding onto alt, and tapping tab, will select a window. Releasing the alt button will quickly change to the highlighted screen.

    Quickly holding alt, and tapping tab, and then releasing alt quickly, will instantly change to the next current window.

    This is very handy if you have problems with your mouse, or you just want to quickly change between windows.

    Also handy if your playing games, when you should be working, and your boss comes in. :shifty:

    Easy as alt tab alt!


    :mrsgreen: Seems pointless to me because all your windows are still showing in the Task Bar anyway! And I find that it 's quicker and easier just to click on the window you want to open from the Task Bar than to use this alt + tab method, which I think is quite fiddly.

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