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Everything posted by dougdeep

  1. The cumulative update for August 2017 installed over the weekend and the latest backup ran today and finished with no error messages. That's a bit odd since the MS description of the update doesn't show anything to do with backups. Likely, Microsoft updated something else that the backup program is accessing. Problem solved, um, for now.
  2. Whenever I try to run the Backup program on Windows 10, it always ends with an error about some files not being backed up. Getting details about the error shows the Backup program complaining about some of the mapped drives not being on the local machine. There are three mapped drives that point to directories on a NAS machine, but I specifically checked the Backup options to only backup the C drive. Is part of the problem that the Windows 10 Backup and the compatible Windows 7 Backup not one in the same program even though the “advanced” settings for 10 lead to the 7 control panel?
  3. Thank you for those suggestions. I went into Services and changed the Recovery tab for BFE to “Subsequent failures -> Restart the Service” and “Restart Service after: 1 minute”. One minute seems to be the lowest it can go in this window (using “0.5” got me an error message). If someone had the documentation on how Microsoft coded the binary value for this in the registry, I’m sure it could be less. Still, one minute is better than the default 5 minutes (300000 milliseconds) and since it takes a bit of time after resume from sleep to display the lock screen and type in the password, that
  4. Thank you for that link. I tried all the suggestions in the article although some settings were already in use. Another day of troubleshooting produced an observation that if, after sleep, no network connection is attempted for 5-10 minutes then the internet connections will be present and work solidly. To find out why, I started looking in the Event Viewer and found these events present whenever the computer returned from sleep: • Information - Change Reason: System time synchronized with the hardware clock. • Information - The \Device\NDMP6 service entered the Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
  5. Thank you for your suggestions. I tinkered with the computer for hours this weekend to try out your ideas and a few others. Among the things tried: Ran Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware and had them check every file. Only a few tracking cookies showed up. After laptop sleep, tried using HTTP://[numeric address] for several sites including local network but IE and Firefox still said “waiting for [site]”. Found that mapped drives to local NAS devices also do not work after sleep when the browsers are hung up. Windows file explorer at least throws a timeout error and the mapped drives are marked
  6. I have Windows 8 installed on a Dell Inspiron 1318 notebook which has worked well for a year with the exception of internet browsing (using IE or Firefox) not working following sleep. The browsers seem to hang saying “Waiting for [site name]” and eventually time out. Bringing up Networks from the charms bar shows the wireless LAN is connected. There is no problem when the computer is connected to the LAN by ethernet cable. I poked around the internet and see there are others having this problem as well and I tried all the suggestions given. Such as: Make sure the wireless card's driver i
  7. Thank you for those comments. I always thought of POP3 and IMAP as just different ways to view and transfer email. I would have expected to see comments like "I found IMAP easier to use than POP3" rather than "POP3 is useless and you are stoopid for using it". I know that even email web clients have dozens of options and settings (including Outlook.com) that the average user probably never sees. This subject strikes me as another example of users just mouthing off rather than RTFM.
  8. I was poking around the internet looking for settings to get Thunderbird to work with Outlook.com and kept finding a lot of sites with comments that ragged on POP3 as 'dead' and 'useless'. A lot of the discussion seemed to indicate they could not get their email folder structures to sync correctly across their mobile devices when using POP3. That's fair enough, but I never liked the idea of leaving my email on any ISP's servers for too long anyway lest it evaporate after one of their unplanned outages. I've used both IMAP and POP3 and, on my main ISP at least, the POP3 server seems to respo
  9. Thank you for that link. It's strange that Microsoft doesn't have a web page like this especially when clicking on an app's details takes you to a Microsoft web page.
  10. Does Microsoft have an alternate way to browse their App store besides the Store app on Windows 8? I'd like to show other people what sort of apps are available for Windows 8 from non-8 computers but their doesn't appear to be any sort of web page for the store aside from Microsoft's app store overview page. I've been searching Google but only finding third party reviews of some existing apps. I'd like to be able to show other people what's available when they ask about apps and I don't have a Windows 8 computer available (or even when I do – I find the App Store presentation to be a bit cl
  11. I recently ran into this error message (The system could not find the environment option that was entered) while trying to fix a friend’s computer and thought I’d share my fix. The computer was a slim laptop running Vista Home Premium that I think may have been the victim of some fake anti-malware program. While some things like the control panel would open, any attempts to open things such as system restore or administrative tools would generate the error message. Windows firewall and the anti-virus program were both disabled. It looked like someone had installed and run MalwareBytes Anti
  12. It sounds like a variation of the MS Antivirus Security Center malware that's been around for a while. A friend got that one earlier this month (it was calling itself MS Security Essentials) and I thought it looked very slick. It had all the right styles and logo for Windows Vista/Seven and would have been really convincing except it was on an old XP machine. On startup it would go into its routine before the desktop appeared which makes it a real pain to try and stop (CTRL-ALT-DEL will not bring up the task manager). The worst thing this one did was to set the HIDDEN file attribute on eve
  13. Thanks. That's a good idea. To run Wireshark I'm going to need a working real network hub (fresh out) or an old computer with two ethernet cards (probably got). Might have to park this as a project for a rainy day.
  14. Several months ago, I copied the household mp3 collection to a Buffalo Terra Station NAS (Raid 5 and plays nice with Windows, Macs, and Linux). On my Windows Me machine I can access individual networked files through most programs but a few throw fits unless I map the NAS drive (give it a logical letter) in windows explorer. If the drive is mapped I can examine any folder on the NAS with windows explorer and there's no problem. If, instead, I get to the NAS in windows explorer through “My Network Places” it seems to set off a flurry of network activity that bogs down explorer and, eventual
  15. I just picked up an Asus laptop running Windows 7 home premium 64bit for a friend's daughter who is heading off to college. There doesn't seem to be much chance of connecting to the internet behind the university's secured gateway. Since she is not staying in the college dorms, the computer won't be tied to the university's network. There is WiFi available in all the libraries and student centers but it seems they contracted this service out so I doubt this directly ties to the university's network either. She will have high-speed internet available where she's staying – Roadrunner with a
  16. For a very small business office (4 machines) I don't much care that Vista Home Basic lacks eye candy such as aero glass or unneeded applications like media center. Most software that says it works on Vista works on any version. What concerns me is that I'm starting to notice that some software claims not to work on Basic. For instance, Adobe Photoshop CS4 system requirements list Vista Home Premium or higher or any version of XP with SP2. What could be missing from Basic (but found in Home Premium) that would keep this software from running provided the computer also met the requirements
  17. I like Window Me also. It's been as stable as anything else around here and I'm too cheap to buy new software. I'll continue to use it for my email and web nonsense until my anti-virus software is no longer supported (end of April 09 according to AVG). After that, it'll become a virtual machine on a larger computer so I can still get at my files and the programs that made them. That said, I don't think I ever saw an OEM installed version of Me that was worth squat. Computers that could run 98 could run Me just as well with similar hardware but manufacturers loaded them up and bogged them
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