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    • in reply to: Office updates fail … and fail, and fail #2041848

      Henwin
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      I was under the impression that CCleaner was no longer–since about 6 – 8 months ago–recommended as a good/trustworthy registry cleaner.  True or not true?  If true, surely you can recommend a product that is a good replacement for that software.

      Thanks!

    • in reply to: Chrome – Connection Not Secure #2004540

      Henwin
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      Don’t know.  I don’t have the computer.  Client has it.  I will send your suggestion to her.

      thanks! 😉

    • in reply to: Chrome – Connection Not Secure #2004015

      Henwin
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      This is a US based browser for US based customer.  Other languages–than American English– are not germane to this problem.

    • in reply to: Chrome – Connection Not Secure #2003955

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      Is there more than 1 URL for Gmail?  She has a shortcut on the homepage that says “Gmail” that gets the response.  Also if one types in “gmail.com” manually into the address bar, one gets the same result.  Either way, it doesn’t work.

    • in reply to: Patch Lady – for those keeping track #1912621

      Henwin
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      Hi Susan:

      I use a product called SyncBack SE.  It comes from 2brightsparks.com, and is the best backup software I’ve ever come across.  It has a free version, but you get no tech support if you go that way.

      SyncBack SE backs up in native file format, which i think is important because you need no extra software to view the backed up files…just File Explorer.  It can do what you want–send a message when the backup fails.  I do have that enabled.  It can also back up over almost any connection type.  I use it locally to back up my data to external drives, and I use it to back up my data off-site through the Win10 VPN.  Works great.  AND lets me know if it fails to run.  It runs from my Admin account, even though I’m logged into the Standard User Account.

      And no, I am not related to the company in any way.  But I do like to brag on great software, and this is a great product!

    • in reply to: Patch Lady – 11 days and counting #317841

      Henwin
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      My backup machine, a locally built clone, installed Win10 1809 either late the week of Jan. 13th or late the week of Jan. 20th.  Which is very interesting, since that machine is rarely even on.  After everything I’ve read about seeking updates, I did not do that.  I left my laptop (a MS Surface Book) on for several all-day sessions, and nothing happened.  That surprised me as I would have expected at least it to be updated.  My machine, also a locally built clone has not been updated so far–but I it may be on the delayed track.

      My wife’s machine–a locally built clone–updated very early on the morning of 1/20.  All of her data was wiped from the machine and the data partition was unformatted!!  Fortunately we had a full data backup–one onsite and one off–and I was able to reformat the D: partition and copy her data back, lickety-split, after I took the machine to the builder so they could check the drive–a Micron SSD–which was tested using Hard Drive Sentinel and found to be in excellent condition.  To my knowledge the machine has been fine ever since.


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      I do have a question about delayed feature updates.  If the date is set to wait 4 months before installing any “Feature Update”, when does the 4 month countdown start?  In other words, does the countdown start when the Feature update is released, or does it start, after the FU is re-released, after the issue MS had w/ v1809 this past fall, and the release, recall-and-repair, and then the re-release in late January?  (I’m currently set for SAC–not SAC-Targeted.)

      [Moderator comment: check content and edit after posting please, the forum software dislikes many formats.]

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    • in reply to: Getting ready (or not) for Windows 10 #1565377

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      Patch Watch

      Getting ready (or not) for Windows 10

      By Susan Bradley

      There’s strong evidence that some systems are being force-fed the Windows 10 upgrade — and it’s breaking customer trust.

      Plus, more on the issue of extremely slow Windows Update scanning on Win7 systems.


      The full text of this column is posted at windowssecrets.com/patch-watch/getting-ready-or-not-for-windows-10/ (opens in a new window/tab).

      Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.

      Just wondering a couple of things:

      1. is there any way to tell, by KB number (or something else) what the update is about? (I noticed that certain numbers, 311xxxx, I think, seemed to apply to MS Office updates…) and
      2. is there any way to list the KB numbers in numeric order, so that one can find the KB item more easily? Now one has to closely read the list, because the list is not in numeric order, and it’s a frustration, to say the least, and
      3. at some point in the near past you said to skip KB 3139923. I don’t see it in the list currently, so I don’t know what to do with it. This is not the first time that an item was held and then not followed-up on. I know it would help me (and I must assume, others) more if you made sure that any update you suggested as a HOLD was closely followed until it was safe to install and then take it off the list, altogether.

      Many thanks for all of your hard work, Susan……

    • in reply to: DBAN vs. ??? #1565060

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      Just freaking do a long format.

      I’ve never heard of a “long format”. How about some more info? How does one do it (under Win7, I assume?).
      I was able to find some info about “long format” in an article that is nearly 10 years old. The “long format” seems to be the normal non-quick format offered by Windows. However, it only makes 1 pass. DBAN makes 3 passes and supposedly wipes to a Mil spec, used by the DoD. From what I read, a “long format” only writes 00s in one pass, which depending on what’s on the drive may not be adequate. Since I don’t know what was on this drive, ti’s getting the “full treatment”.

    • in reply to: DBAN vs. ??? #1564988

      Henwin
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      Well, that’s probably accurate. How many passes do you intend for it to make?
      Four terabytes is a lot of reading/writing, you know?

      Regardless of the program, the time depends upon the hardware’s throughput.
      USB 3 is potentially faster than USB 2, of course.

      RockE

      By default, DBAN uses 3 passes. I don’t know if it is adjustable. If I remember, I’ll check–in about a week! 🙂

    • in reply to: Outlook 2010 — “Click here to view in browser” #1563331

      Henwin
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      Outlook is blocking potentially unsafe content from being downloaded to your computer. If you know that the sender is a “safe” sender, then you can choose “Add the domain …. to safe senders list”, and you will from now on see pictures with all emails from UPS.com.

      The option to “view it in a web browser” is merely an alternate way to view the content of the email — in a web browser rather than in Outlook.

      I personally would fully trust emails from UPS.com, so I would add that domain to my safe senders list.

      thanks (and I too trust UPS)! 🙂

    • in reply to: Change save to location #1554494

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      Who said anything about Win7 32 bit??? Not me. I have 64 bit. But it’s not germane in my view. And it’s not about where the save/save as default goes to. You can set it to anything you want in Office (File/Options/Save), which I did. I’ve set it both within the Office options and Windows itself.

    • in reply to: Change save to location #1554483

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      Henry,

      What application are you talking about here. File save locations are usually set via the application’s options/settings/preferences menu.

      HTH :cheers:

      In this particular instance it was Word, but it’s a global setting for all of Office (2010). I just checked my Word Default file location and it is set to “D:” (which is what I set it to when I installed my software–and applies to all of Office). I also changed the locations of all the default data folders (documents, pictures, music, video, etc.) to the D: drive when I set up the computer. But that’s not what comes up when I click Save/Save As. It comes up using the “Libraries” listing, not the particular actual location on the drive I selected.

      Maybe I need to set File Explorer so it doesn’t list Libraries as a possible location?

    • in reply to: Converting PST from ANSI to Unicode #1553234

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      Why do you believe it is ANSI and not Unicode?
      Here is some information I posted about the whole ANSI vs Unicode issue, and how I dealt with it. Basically, I thought I had ANSI, because I kept maxing out at 2GB. I actually had Unicode, but I needed to put a couple of registry settings to allow the PST file to have a higher capacity than 2GB. Worked like a champ.
      Good luck.

      Same reason as you, Jim. The data file maxed out at around 2GB in size, and she was getting warnings that the data file had run out of space. Thanks for posting. I’ll take a look and let you know. Turns out my PST was Unicode, but not hers. I added the DWORDs you suggested (I assume 32 bit was the correct option–since Office is 32 bit.) Now I just have to fix up her file…ugh! 🙁

    • in reply to: All browsers say I’m in Canada on shopping websites #1552601

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      Can log in, but if I navigate around to shop, I’m not always kept logged in and the location again defaults to K2H, Ottawa, Ontario. Haven’t contacted Customer Service yet. Don’t have a lot of hope for that as they are probably not the people responsible for designing and maintaining their website. It’s probably another company altogether.

      I do shop interest rates on savings accounts and I have been told by several banks that they are set by location. For example, if you live in Ohio, you may get a different interest rate than if you live in Florida. You don’t get to tell them where you are when you are not logged in; their cookie system, for lack of a better term, does that. I asked why I was seeing a higher rate on a bank’s rate page than I was offered, and that is what I was told.

      I’ve learned a lot about browser geolocation researching this problem. Read a good article here:
      https://cms.scs.carleton.ca/sites/default/files/tr/TR-06-05.pdf

      Being a retired geek, I am frustrated when I can’t fix it and keep trying to figure out a way to make it work. I will report back after I try a few things; i.e., contacting the companies (Walmart, Newegg, Wayfair, etc.), contacting Suddenlink to see if I can get assigned to a different ip block, and looking into using a proxy server.

      This all started a couple months ago when I rearranged the furniture in the living room and the modem was unplugged. As I said, the only time I get a different ip address is when I don’t want one.

      Why don’t you change your DNS server (instead of going through your ISP’s DNS servers) to something like OpenDNS (https://www.opendns.com/)? I’m not expert on this kind of thing, but I think it’s worth a try. You have to change the info in the router, but once that’s done, it seems to me, that you’re now going through a US based system, and of course it will effect the entire household, not just one individual. Let us know what happens.

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