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12 Windows Users FAQs

Group: Windows Users

Topic: Microsoft Office

-Collapse +Expand Q1. How do you turn off Markup comments in Microsoft Word so the next time I open a document, I do not see the markup comments by default?

In Word 2002, Word remembered your last Markup setting. In Word 2003 Microsoft changed the default behavior so all readers will see the comments if they exist. To change this default behavior, select Tools | Options, select the Security tab, then uncheck Make hidden markup visible when opening or saving. This per document setting is saved with the document.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #102212, KB Topic: Microsoft Office

Topic: Windows 7

-Collapse +Expand Q2. How much memory do I need with Windows XP?

With the size of applications and data, my belief is the more the better. For 32BIT Windows, a minimum of 2 GB of RAM is good, but 4 GBs is better. With 64BIT Windows, most users will benefit from at least 6GB of RAM.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #100821, KB Topic: Windows 7

Topic: Windows Users

-Collapse +Expand Q3. Can I install software in Windows safe mode?

Depends on the software. If a software installation relies on something that is disabled in Safe Mode, then it will not install correctly. In addition, some software will not let you. For example, Norton Anti-Virus will not allow you.

If you boot up in Safe Mode with Networking, you can also browse the internet. For example, you can frequently browse to http://www.trendmicro.com and use their free online virus scanning software to remove viruses that have disabled your computer.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #101248, KB Topic: Windows Users
-Collapse +Expand Q4. What is the relationship between ReadyBoost and virtual paging?

All files cached to ReadyBoost are still backed up on disk in virtual memory. This is why you can disconnect a ReadyBoost device anytime you wish. ReadyBoost increases overall speed because random I/Os are faster with flash RAM than with disk. It's interesting to note that some hard drives are much faster at sequential I/O than flash RAM so ReadyBoost focuses on caching virtual memory which is random I/O intensive. Many industry experts expect flash RAM to outperform disks in the near future especially now that Microsoft has created a market for super fast flash RAM devices.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #100847, KB Topic: Windows Users
-Collapse +Expand Q5. How do I uninstall Internet Explorer 9?

You can uninstall IE9 and revert to your previous version of IE. On Vista/Windows 7, go to the Programs and Features control panel applet, select View Installed Updates, scroll down to the Microsoft Windows section, select Windows Internet Explorer, finally click the Uninstall button.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #102307, KB Topic: Windows Users
-Collapse +Expand Q6. What is the maximum file + path name allowed in Windows?

BEST ANSWER: The maximum for both FAT32 and NTFS is a combined 255 characters. This is true for all 32bit and 64bit Windows operating systems as of May 2016 including Windows 10.

MAX_PATH CONSTANT: FAT32 technically has no full-path limit and the NTFS limit is 32,767. However, Microsoft limits the allowable size of a full-path ([drive][:][path][each separating\][null]) to 260 characters with the MAX_PATH constanst. This means that most programs can handle and are limited to a path + filename length of 255 characters plus drive letter, colon, separating \'s, and a null.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #102743, KB Topic: Windows Users
-Collapse +Expand Q7. What is the difference between Windows Update and Microsoft Update?

Windows Update installs new operating system features and fixes. Microsoft Update does that too but also updates some Microsoft products such as Office updates. Depending on which operating system you are using, you may already be using Microsoft Update. To check, go to Windows Update and check the settings for a Use Microsoft Update option or a checkbox that asks you if you wish to stop using Microsoft Update in favor of just using Windows Update.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #101164, KB Topic: Windows Users

Topic: Windows Vista

-Collapse +Expand Q8. How do I enable Offline Files in Windows Vista?

In Vista Professional and above, Offline Files is now a Control Panel applet. Go to your control panel, open the Offline Files applet and click the Enable Offline Files button. Offline Files is NOT available in Vista Home Edition nor is it availble in Windows XP Home Edition.

In Windows XP, Offline Files is part of the Folder Options. To enable Offline Files in XP:

  1. Click Start, and thin click My Computer.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options
  3. Click the Offline Files tab.
  4. Select the Enable Offline Files check box, and then clock OK.
Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #100894, KB Topic: Windows Vista
-Collapse +Expand Q9. How do I turn on Vista Aero?

The short answer is you shouldn't have to if your computer is running Vista and it has the proper hardware. Assuming you do and you've turned off Aero, you turn it back on in the classic Appearance Settings properties dialog.

  1. Right click your desktop and select Personalize.
  2. Select Windows Color and Appearance.
  3. Select the Open classic appearance properties for more color options.
  4. Select Windows Aero from the Color Scheme list.

If Windows Aero isn't listed, then you need to check your hardware. For example, when I plug in my third monitor using a USB VGA card, Aero automatically turns off until I unplug my third USB monitor.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #100829, KB Topic: Windows Vista
-Collapse +Expand Q10. What size ReadyBoost compatible USB 2 Flashdrive should I buy?

If you intend to use it ONLY for ReadyBoost, the current limit ReadyBoost will use as of early 2008 is 4 GB. Another guideline you could use is that Microsoft is currently recommending a ReadyBoost cache size of 1 to 3 times your RAM. So, if you have 1 GB or RAM, they recommend a 1 to 3 GB ReadyBoost cache.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #100827, KB Topic: Windows Vista
-Collapse +Expand Q11. How many processors can Windows Vista use?

Vista targets consumers so it does have limits. Vista Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate OS support 2 physical CPUs; others support one only. There is no limit on the cores. So, for example, you could have 2 physical CPUs with 2 cores each and Vista Business will fully utilize all four processors. If you need more, use the Windows server OSes.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #100828, KB Topic: Windows Vista
-Collapse +Expand Q12. How much memory do I need with Windows Vista?

With the size of applications and data, my belief is that you need a minimum of 2 GB of RAM not because it's required, but because Vista will use it. In Windows Vista, the caching scheme changed. Vista's SuperFetch built on and replaced Prefetch. Unlike Prefetch, SuperFetch will use up ALL memory you give it so you want as much memory on Vista as you can afford. My current Vista system has 3 GB of RAM with an additional 4 GB ReadyBoost compliant USB flash drive.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #100822, KB Topic: Windows Vista

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