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  1. I've not considered a Gmail account recently, although I actually have a Gmail address. Didn't particularly like it several years ago. May have changed since then, so might look into it later. But frankly everything I've tried over the last 5 years pales when compared to the flexibility and control one gets with Windows Live Mail.
  2. Glad it works for you. It works entirely different, and unacceptably, for me. Might have something to do with Comcast's email server.
  3. It's not "they" who have IMAP working that way. . . it's the way IMAP works by default. Here's a copy of how IMAP works from a website I found: The main advantage of IMAP over POP3 is the ability to keep the original e-mail stored on the mail server and the ability to access the same account from multiple locations. Unlike POP3 where e-mail is downloaded to the computer or device checking for mail and completely removed from the mail server, IMAP simply downloads a copy of the e-mail. This statement hides one aspect if IMAP and is COMPLETELY wrong about POP3. The fact that IMAP accounts allow access to ALL the emails on the server becomes a problem if your ISP does not provide a convenient way to quickly select and delete blocks of emails. Comcast's webmail is one that provides no way to do that, and also provides no option to delete emails older than X days. If you don't make any deletions there, you CANNOT delete them from your email client. If you do and are using an IMAP account, they will simply re-download. Contrary to what this article says, emails downloaded to my email client are not. . .NOT. . . removed from the mail server. The only way they get removed from the server is if I delete them from Windows Live Mail AND utilized the option in WLM to delete emails on the server when deleted from the WLM. If you don't use that option, ALL THE EMAILS DOWNLOADED TO THE EMAIL CLIENT REMAIN ON THE SERVER. I often see jokes on TV re "I saw it on the Internet, so it must be true." This is a perfect example of why what you read in the web ain't necessarily so.
  4. Although I wasn't sure what would happen to my emails if I went to IMAP, I set up an IMAP account anyhow. It immediately downloaded all the emails on the Comcast server. . . which was NOT nice! A major reason I don't use Comcast's web mail (i.e., doing email directly from their server) is that they provide no way to delete large blocks of emails. You have to check the checkbox on each email you want to delete (or check the "check-all" checkbox and UNdelete all the ones you want to keep). With an email client, you can mark a block of emails the same way you mark blocks of text in Windows: Shift/click, then hit the Delete key. Anyway, to my horror, the IMAP account downloaded ALL the emails in my account on Comcast's server. . . which went back to 2014! I tried to delete all but the last 3 months (which has been my habit for the last 25 years), and to my shagrin, the IMAP account DOWNLOADED THEM AGAIN. A search of Comcast's instructions on IMAP account clearly says that EMAILS DELETED FROM YOUR EMAIL CLIENT WILL NOT BE DELETED FROM THE SERVER and there is no setting to counter this property. This is TOTALLY different than POP3 which provides a setting that deletes emails on the server whenI deleted in the client. So. . . I removed the IMAP account, reinstalled my old POP3 account, and deleted all but the last 3 months of emails. As for T-Bird. I tried that off and on for a year. Never liked it, so finally uninstalled it about 5 months ago. Except for the occasional double email downloads, I'm really very happy with WLM.
  5. Not only does Comcast offer IMAP, they encourage you to use it vs. POP. They even give you step-by-step instructions for setting up an IMAP account for Windows Live Mail 2011 (I have WLM 2012, but assume there's little difference between 2011 and 2012). What they DON'T say is what impact this will have on the emails already downloaded or those on their server. I note that the incoming and outgoing ports are different than for POP, so will CHANGING AN EXISTING ACCOUNT FROM POP TO IMAP WIPE OUT EVERYTHING, or will it have no affect on emails/access to emails already received?
  6. Running Win 7 on my desktop, and that's the computer I use it on. Have a Win 10 laptop/don't use it there.
  7. POP3. I'm not tech savvy when it comes to email protocols, but I don't remember Comcast mail offering IMAP. I'll do some checking and comment back.
  8. The email client on my laptop is Windows Live 2012. My ISP is Comcast. Quite often, emails download from the Comcast server TWICE. I.e., I get a long litany of duplicate emails. Why?
  9. I've used Auslogics Disk Defrag (ADD) for several years. I was initially attracted to it because of its speed vs. Windows Pass 1, Pass 2, Pass 3, . . . ad infinitum. . . takes forever. However, ADD's behavior concerns me/makes me think it might be at least partially a scam. Here are the reasons I think it might be: First run: ADD finds and deletes (example) 13,000 temp files and finds 300 fragmented files, which it defrags. IMMEDIATELY after that run, I run it again. It finds and deletes 400 temp files and defrags 37 fragmented files. Mind you, this is after I HAVE DONE NOTHING ON THE COMPUTER following the ADD run!!! I can repeat this multiple times, and it always finds a few temp files and some fragmented files. If I select "Defrag & Optimize", same scenario. Go back IMMEDIATELY AFTER RUNNING IT and it finds fragmented and non-optimized files. If I then use the computer to visit a few websites and look at my emails, then run ADD, it again finds 12,000+ temp files and a huge number of fragmented files. Doesn't make sense. Can anyone explain this?
  10. My laptop OS is Win 10. When I run Auslogics Disk Defrag, it spends the vast majority of its run time scanning files in subfolders under C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download\. . . A check of the files blows ones mind. I didn't count the files, but my guess is that there are easily 10,000, maybe more. A lot of them are listed as "manifest" files. And they're apparently compressed (right-clicking does NOT give you the usual "Properties" or "Delete", only "Extract" or "Copy"). I have never seen anything like this in earlier versions of Windows. What are they? Can I delete them (the newest of them are at least a month old)? The reason I'm asking is because the laptop, which originally came with Win 7, is EXTREMELY slow with Win 10. . . so I'm looking for ways to enhance its performance.
  11. Tarun: Sorry about the long delay in replying, but I did not get an email notification that my post had been responded to. I assume they would be automatic, but now see that you have to check "Notify me of replies". . . which I've now done. I eventually solved the problem by (a) uninstalling the AC97 driver in Device Mgr., then doing a "backup" thru Windows to the previous driver. After doing that, sound works again. Thanks for the quick reponse.
  12. Wife has a VERY old (2003) Compaq Presario laptop running Win XP! Today the sound stopped working and the default volume icon in the notifications area disappeared, despite being set to "Always display". Device Manager shows the dreaded '!' in a round yellow sign indicating that it's not working. It uses the Realtek AC97 driver, so I tried (a) downloading/installing the AC97 driver; (b) uninstalling the Device Manager entry and downloading and installing the driver again. Neither worked; Device Mgr. still shows it as not working. My reaction to this is that the sound card is dead. Before I declare it as such, does anyone have any suggestions for things to try to revive it?
  13. I feel like an idiot! I apologize for adding a junk thread to this forum. There is NOTHING wrong with my touchpad. I rarely use the touchpad/have a small mouse that I use 99% of the time. I was accustomed to older touchpads where you ran your finger from top to bottom of the touchpad to get what was on screen to do the same (i.e., scroll down). Since the advent of touch screens, Synaptics has reversed the direction; i.e., you move your finger from bottom to top to move the material on screen up (which is actually scrolling DOWN). Sorry!
  14. Have a Toshiba Satellite (P755). OS is Win 10. Synaptics touchpad works for moving pointer around, and left and right buttons work, but scrolling doesn't. Settings have multi-finger scrolling enabled. Have tried unchecking multi-finger AND single-finger (in the border areas) scrolling, then re-enabling both. Does not fix the problem. Any suggestions?
  15. Have a friend who uses MSN Explorer. He wants to delete the Hotmail account that shows in the left pane when he opens his e-mail. I have found nothing that allows me to do that. How do you delete it?
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