Category Archives: Vista

Another problem solved, but I don’t know why

When trying to visit Microsoft’s connect.microsoft.com site earlier today, I was consistently getting the error message: Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage This was using IE8. Firefox and Opera both worked fine, so I was a bit perplexed. My impetus … Continue reading

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Windows Security Center Lies

Periodically, Windows Security Center lies to me, saying that AVG Anti-Virus Free reports that it is turned off. This is never true. Telling Security Center to turn AVG on—despite its not being off—never clears the bogus message. For a while, … Continue reading

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Windows Sidebar Clock Can Steal CPU Cycles!

Last night, I noticed that programs were taking a while to start, and my computer was being sluggish in general. I right-clicked Windows Vista’s Taskbar and started the Task Manager to see if I could figure out why. In the … Continue reading

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Icons changed in Windows Explorer, Desktop, and Taskbar… in Vista

All of a sudden, a number of my icons changed from their specific normal Vista icons to a generic Windows 2000 icon. This happened to icons on the Desktop, in Windows Explorer, and in Windows’ Taskbar (including Quick Launch and … Continue reading

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Windows Mail main window font too small in Vista?

Do you find the default font in Windows Mail’s main window (see below — shown after resizing to 12 points) too tiny to read? What? You say the default 9 points isn’t big enough? It’s not big enough for me, … Continue reading

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Outlook 2007, Vista, Firefox, and General Failure

Should we salute General Failure? For some reason, over the past few days, many Firefox users have encountered the General Failure error message when clicking links in Outlook. I haven’t yet tracked down the why in each case (one why … Continue reading

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Very Nasty Vista Bug

A reader reports that this no longer occurs in Vista–it was probably fixed by a service pack or another windows update. The problem does not occur in the 64-bit version of Windows 7 (I presume it doesn’t happen in the … Continue reading

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Language bar context menu problem

When I right-click the language bar, the context menu is mostly obscured by the Taskbar. When I right-click other parts of the Taskbar, this does not happen.

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Creating New Word 12 Files from Windows Explorer

A few days ago, in one of the public newsgroups, someone posted about a problem when creating new Word files in Windows Explorer. First, set your default font in Word to something other than Calibri 11 point. To do this, … Continue reading

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Repost from 3/8/2007

March 8, 2007 Dian Chapman, my technical editor for the Word 2007 Bible, tells me that her two copies of the book arrived yesterday. I still haven’t seen any yet. I emailed Jim Minatel (my AE) to find out why … Continue reading

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