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  • Taking the plunge with a new PC

    Posted on June 3rd, 2019 at 02:20 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Buying a new PC was once a fairly simple shop-and-buy process. There wasn’t much to consider beyond memory and drive capacity — and maybe an upgraded video card.

    But recent innovations have made choosing a new machine more complicated. Intel’s Optane technology, for example, claims to make a hard drive as responsive as an SSD!

    See the full story in the June 3, 2019, AskWoody Plus Newsletter (Issue 16.20.0)

  • Windows 1903 gets its first update

    Posted on June 3rd, 2019 at 02:19 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft’s most recent “feature release,” better known as Version 1903, received its very first patch — and it’s optional!

    What’s apparently fixed is the very thing that blocked my initial install of Version 1903. If an external USB device or SD memory card is plugged in, the device is reassigned to an incorrect drive letter during the installation process.

    See the full story in the June 3, 2019, AskWoody Plus Newsletter (Issue 16.20.0)

  • Delete the updates?

    Posted on April 26th, 2009 at 06:36 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Reader RM writes:

    Woody,

    What happens to all the Vista Updates after they have been installed. Are these files still on my computer, and, can I delete them or just leave them alone?

    Many updates leave dregs on your hard drive, primarily because many updates can be “uninstalled” and the snippets are necessary to return your PC to its original state.

    Some people advise that you can delete the dregs, and give instructions for doing so manually. I say, “Why bother?” If you’re running out of room, follow the instructions in any of my books to run Windows Disk Cleanup. Better, go out and splurge $50 and get a second, big, hard drive. If you aren’t running out of room, fuhgeddaboutit.