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  1. Welcome 2017

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  2. Has anyone used OE Classic?

    http://oe-classic.findmysoft.com/ http://windowsreport.com/thunderbird-vs-oe-classic/
  3. Optional Update KB 2852386 (A Must Have)

    - Used the "Disk Clean Up" tool today and it shrank the infamous "Winsxs" (sub-)folder by over 800 Mb. - After using "MRU Blaster" (https://www.brightfort.com/mrudownload.html) and then "Eusing's Registry Defrag" (http://www.eusing.com/free_registry_defrag/registry_defrag.htm) the total size of all registry hives shrank by some 20 Mb (from about 143 Mb down to about 122 Mb). Not too bad. - The size of the "Winsxs" (sub-)folders is still a staggering 9,3 GB. Ouch.
  4. Hardware Problem Developing In An Old Computer

    - I agree with MTA: "Needle in a haystack".
  5. Hardware Problem Developing In An Old Computer

    - Install PcWinTech's CLEANMEM. And switch off everything (!!!). But let the program show the system tray icon that shows the % of used memory. I could imagine that when the PC locks up the % goes "through the roof" (for a short while). - Some folks re-install their OS system every one or two years. Excellent way to remove A LOT OF clutter. But I am not sure whether or not MS still offers all the updates for XP.
  6. Hardware Problem Developing In An Old Computer

    - If your HD had any (serious) problems then GSmartControl would have shown one of those (SMART attribute) lines in pink/red. Then there's no need to dig up info on what safe values are. Hence my recommendation to use the program. See this info: http://gsmartcontrol.sourceforge.net/home/index.php/Screenshots @The developers of Defraggler: Nice suggestion for what can be added in a/the next version of Defraggler.
  7. Happy Holidays !

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New year !!! Want to share 2 nice Christmas "gadgets". See weblink below: https://1drv.ms/u/s!AluvxwylJSzygQ7HF8Xcqok8N4T6 (Click on the deers & Santa Claus. Hope it works on Win 8 & Win 10) (Requires the installation of the GlobFX SWF player.) http://www.globfx.com/downloads/swfplayer/
  8. Hdd Warning

    @MTA: Oooops. Must eat some crow. There're 3 HDDs. Well, I took another look at the data and I saw the following: - The Toshiba ATA (SATA ???) drive generates the "Warning" message. SMART attributes &05 (a nasty one) & &C4 are no longer at zero. Hence the warning. - The WD has some minor issues. &C5 & &C6 are at 1 currently. Not enough to generate a "Warning". - The Seagate has also some minor issues. There &C5, &C6 & &BC are no longer at zero. Also not enough to generate a "Warning" (yet ??). - Another suggestion: Install PcWinTech's CLEANMEM. It will keep memory usage (much) lower.
  9. Hdd Warning

    - I thought Defraggler would show which of those SMART attributes have a too high a value (and like GSmartControl) show those lines in a different color (developers ???). - The word "Reallocated" means that there was one or more weak spots and that those spots won't be used anymore in the future. But then the read/write head needs to move to a different spot on the HD to read/write those newly allocated disk-blocks. - Run "HD Tune". That program can scan the surface of your HD and tell where the damaged spots are. If those bad spots are at the beginning of the HD then I wouldn't wait too long. I haven't got the fainstest clue how much time it will take before the HD finally "dies". But I personally wouldn't take any chances. http://www.hdtune.com/
  10. Hdd Warning

    - I also think the programs should provide more SMART info.
  11. Hdd Warning

    - Ooops. My reply was a little late. I noticed that you already made screenshot - Indeed, I also expected, that tab to have some coloring of the "out of bounds" SMART value(s). - Well, now the developers have some more work "on their plate". Developers ???
  12. Hdd Warning

    - Windows 7 contains a "Snipping Tool". Not perfect but good enough to make a screenshot. I have pinned it to the Task Bar. - Select "Start", type "SnippingTool" in the search box and hit "Enter" - My system provides the following picture of the Defraggler's "Health" tab (but I have no HDD problems). See the picture attached. https://1drv.ms/i/s!AluvxwylJSzygQwEWs9zD5oQuwpt @Piriform's developers: In SPECCY the SMART values are displayed in HEX(-adecimal) but in Defraggler those same SMART values are displayed in decimal only. Very confusing. I think the developers should be consistent. For a next version of both programs, change the way those SMART values are being displayed and select one of the following 3 options for BOTH programs: - Show the SMART values in both HEX and Decimal numbers. (My personal favourite) - Show the SMART values in HEX only in both programs. - Show the SMART values in Decimal only in both programs.
  13. Hdd Warning

    - Sometimes there's a "bad apple" in a production serie. I had a drive with some weak spots in the middle of the drive and when the HD got filled at some point errors showed up. But SPECCY didn't show any errors. Odd, very odd. I have my current HDD for a few years, with no problems at all. Sometimes one has to be "lucky". - I run Piriform's Defraggler every day to keep files as much as possible defragmented and to move non-system files towards the end of the drive. I - at least - assume that this will reduce the strain on the HDD and increase the life span.
  14. Hdd Warning

    - Thank you. Your HDD is (in the 1st stages of) failing. Hence the "Warning". Is your system slower than usual ? Do errors regularly show up in Windows ? - A very good guide to provide guidance for the SMART values is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R.T. - SMART attributes &C6, &C5, &BB and as a result of those three "Command Time Out" (&BC) is also no longer at zero. That means that GSmartcontrol should also show a few pink/red(-ish) lines. (The numbers from GSmartcontrol are a bit confusing). - Please run Piriform's Defraggler and make a screenshot of the entire "Health" tab as well. My HDD is OK, so I am not sure how these disk-faults would show up in Defraggler. - The usual recipe: Backup your HD, replace it & re-install Windows. (You should be backing up every now & then anyway) - Keep us posted.
  15. Has anyone used OE Classic?

    - Made a screenshot of the main OE Classic GUI. It gives a clue of how the GUI looks like. https://1drv.ms/i/s!AluvxwylJSzygQvhJ2Z6ikh42tCP (removed any personal data/info from the picture) (I assume version v2.7 will be released soon)
  16. Hdd Warning

    - When SPECCY shows the message "Warning" then something is definitely WRONG !!!!!!!!!! Run SPECCY again. Select "File", "Publish snapshot" and post the weblink that pops up in your next reply. There're 2 programs that can tell us more. - Run GSmartcontrol ans tell us how many red(-ish)/pink(-ish) lines (except for "Temperature") show up in the "Attributes" tab. (post a screenshot ??). That will tell us more. http://gsmartcontrol.sourceforge.net/home/index.php/ - Piriform's DEFRAGGLER also has a "Health" tab that shows similar info. Post a screenshot as well. (My HDD never had any problems. So, I don't if this program if & how this program would flag any SMART problems) - Keep us posted.
  17. - I would avoid defragmenting any USB drive as much as possible.
  18. - USB backup drive: I would avoid a defragment process as much as possible. I defragment my USB backup drive only every say 3 months. And then I only touch the fragmented files. (Backing up occurs about every 2 weeks.)
  19. Ccleaner: Willy2's bug reports

    - The program code for CCleaner PRO (from the PRO Plus suite) can be improved. To be able to use the programs the user must enter the license key. The annoying thing is that for say 2 or 3 days (can't remember the precise amount) the license key window kept popping up for say 10 seconds before disappearing again. This exposes a flaw in the program code: - The checking for the (existence of the) license key should be done BEFORE the program code actually lets that window show up. The Piriform developers should also check the following: - Is the license key window popping up at the right moment ? As far as I remembered, the main CC GUI showed up before the license key window popped up. (The story above also applies to the other parts of the Professional PLUS suite).
  20. Has anyone used OE Classic?

    Several thoughts regarding OE Classic: - Buyers of the PRO version are allowed to preview & test the new Beta versions. - When the new Beta version is considered to be stable (enough) then a new free version will be released. - OE Classic stores - like Thunderbird - the emails in a separate part of the "c:\users" folders, making it comparatively easy to back up the emails. (Zip them up & copy) In that regard Windows Live Email was a nightmare. - I still like OEC's GUI better than Thunderbird's one. - Although the program still has some small to minor GUI problems the program runs well and the GUI is good. - For the time being I can live without IMAP support. - Users can subscribe to the free OE Classic newsletter. - OE Classic uses parts of Internet Explorer ( and Edge ??) Conclusion: I am not going back to Thunderbird. I think OE Classic can become a serious competitor for Thunderbird.
  21. Has anyone used OE Classic?

    - For those who want to follow the development of Outlook Classic: https://www.oeclassic.com/news - The weblog post of October 2016 mentions that the developers are already busy testing & tweaking OEC's support for IMAP. - Have been "torturing" the program now for a while. And, of course, I already did find a bunch of things that can & will be improved in one of the next versions. But these bugs were predoninantly issues with how the GUI "behaves".
  22. Has anyone used OE Classic?

    - Version v2.6 has been released. - OE Classic also has - like the good old OE - socalled "Rules". These "Rules" allow the user to automate the sorting of incoming emails.
  23. Netgear Routers

    - Since when has Homeland Security an interest in protecting people from using unsafe computer equipment ? I have heard stories where the US "Security Services" has knowledge of vulnerabilities in computer equipment and in spite of that they didn't report it to anyone but used those weak spots to their own advantage. (Think: Snooping, to use a relatively friendly term.)
  24. Defraggler: Willy2's bug reports

    - Another odd thing in DF. Assuming that I have 2 fragmented files (File001 & File002). Let's assume that DF defragments File001 first and then File002. When DF is busy processing File002 then DF will report that it's still busy defragmenting File001. To be fixed in the next version !!! (I DO hope there'll be a new version of DF issued in the (near ??) future. I have given enough reasons why a new version of DF is justified)
  25. CCleaner Memory Leak on Windows 10?

    - Did you disable the pagefile ? Or did you have a fixed size for the pagefile(s) ?