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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 accou
  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
  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
  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
  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. Befor
  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?
  16. Helping a friend try to make an Acer Aspire M1610 desktop (ca. late 2007) work. OS is 32-bit Vista. The computer belonged to an older gentleman who rarely used it and never updated it, so I started by cleaning out the garbage with CCleaner, then updating Vista thru SP2. During the update processes, it crashed 3-4 time (BSOD). Last thing I installed on it was Google Earth, which crashed it if you attempted to drag the border of the GE window out to make it larger, and sometimes just when GE loaded. The computer came with the minimum 1GB RAM required to run Vista, and it was VERY slow doing e
  17. I can donate it to anybody, but cannot take a deduction. It was for my home business, so was written off 4 years ago.
  18. Well, except that if I could get it running again, I could (a) sell it to offset the price of the new one, (b) give it to the many non-profits in my area who want things like that, or © have a backup in the event the MG6120 has problems.
  19. May have been, but I doubt the printer would have done anything if I had tried. It was not accepting any commands to print or scan, so why would it accept commands from the printer software? In any case, to try that now would be a royal pain. I gave up on the MX600, bought a new MG6120 for about the same as it would cost me to get the 600 fixed, and it's a better printer (6 cartridges instead of 5, so photos look perfect, and it's wireless). I have removed the MX600 software. I could, of course, download and reinstall it, but I think the outcome would be no different. Remember, the origi
  20. I tried compressed air (have a compressor in the garage for filling tires). Did nothing. As far as running maintenance tasks. . . can't, because nothing works; after you turn it on, it screws around longer than normal with "Canon" on the LCD, then the error message appears and nothing none of the buttons does anything. In addition, the Canon support tech had me go thru several procedures and concluded at the end that the printer would have to be serviced.
  21. I've had a Canon Pixma MP600 for slightly more than 4 years. It worked perfectly every day until yesterday. Turned it on and it presented me with an error message saying that something "incompatible" was plugged into one of it's camera ports. Nothing was plugged into any port. I searched the Web for the message and found several forms saying that it was really a paper jam error, and that the error occurred probably because a tiny lever inside the back of the printer was stuck on. The way to unstick it was to use a piece of heavy paper, fold over ~1cm. of top of the sheet, insert the sheet
  22. I also use CCleaner and probably average running it every other day on my XP desktop. Also have it on my Win 7 laptop. Always run both the file and registry cleaners. Took the time to register cookies to keep so it removes only the ones not on that list. Also use it to enable/disable Startup items. I find this program extremely useful and well designed. The registry cleaner (which many techies say never to use) has never caused a problem -- because it doesn't do what registry cleaners that cause problems do: It does not reassign a key to a file in a different place when it can't find the file
  23. I have always had trouble getting mail-merge (MM) letters created on my desktop at home to work when copied to another computer. It just happened again. The scenario goes like this: * Write query in MS Access (2000). * Create the form letter. * Use the MM toolbar to select the data source. * Insert fields When I run the MM letters, they work perfectly. I then take the letters to a client where the path to both the query and the letters is identical to what it is on my computer. However, the version of Office is 2003, not 2000. I get error messages that it can't find the DDE someth
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