September 7, 2007
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Happy Friday! Before I start on to this week's topic, I'd like to thank everyone for all the kind words and congrats about my son going to kindergarten. I shared your e-mails with my wife, and she was very happy to see what a wonderful community of members we have here.
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Clare's question is one of those tricky ones where there could be many possible factors causing the Windows XP automatic updater to suddenly go amok and stop performing its task. While we did receive lot great recommendations and advice from our members, they were all over map--ranging from possible security utility blocking the updates, incorrect date and time-zone settings, to having a possibly corrupt Windows Update Temporary folder. All in all, there are many possible solutions presented, so I encourage you to read all the answers given.
To get you started, I gathered up a few selected answers from our members in hopes that it will clue you in to what solution may help you solve your issues. I would recommend starting with simple tasks and working your way up to the more intricate ones. And at any point, if the information provided from our members gets a bit too technical or beyond your level of skills, I would highly recommend asking for help from others who may be better versed at it or going directly to the Microsoft support site.
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Member Question of the Week
I have my Windows XP computer set to update automatically and
thought all was fine until I checked at the end of June. I
found that I had no updates installed since May 10 and
nothing I have done so far has helped. When I go to the site
to check for critical updates I either get no progress with
the scan or else if I get as far as seeing the 11 I need to
download I get no further once I click on the INSTALL button.
Even trying it singly has not helped. Please help!
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How would one go about encrypting and password-protecting
specific data files or folders on my PC so that in the event
my machine is either accessed physically or through
cyberspace intruders, those people will not be able to access
or open those particular files? Any details or recommendations would be appreciated. Thank you for your time.
Multiple facets; you didn't mention your operating system, but if you are using Windows XP (Professional and Media Center editions) or Windows Vista (Business or Ultimate), the first option is EFS (Encrypting File System). It is a security feature built into the OS, enabling you to encrypt files such that only you can access the files by logging into your account. The benefits are that there is no third-party software to purchase/install, no additional passwords to remember, and no need to launch a program just to access or encrypt a particular file. Just right-click the file(s) or folder(s) in question, select Properties, click the Advanced button, and check the box labeled "Encrypt contents to secure data." The initial application of encryption can take some time, but if you encrypt the entire folder any file saved or copied to there from then on will automatically be encrypted "on the fly" with little to no reduction in...
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