A community project called Android-x86 seeks to extend the useful lives of Windows XP computers, but the particulars remain unclear, writes Patrick Marshall. Other topics: getting Media Player on Windows 8.1 to play commercial DVDs, and security-certificate pop-up warnings.
Each night a computer seems to lose its ability to go online without restarting, and another reader needs a way to export old Outlook Express emails to a new Windows 7 computer. Patrick Marshall offers advice.
A user fears what will happen in April when Microsoft shuts down support for Windows XP.
Technology columnist Patrick Marshall offers tips for avoiding an encounter with the nasty malware.
A worker desperate for a full-screen view and a larger font size gets help from Patrick Marshall, who also writes about what may be an iTunes-related problem and a glitz in using HDMI ports to link two computers.
Use an extra hard drive as a substitute for additional RAM? It’s possible but could be inconveniently slow, Patrick Marshall advises a reader. Unless the drive would only infrequently come into play, better just to add RAM.
Most likely the documents were inadvertently encrypted — an issue that came to light only after hardware changes altered the Windows user profile, Patrick Marshall writes. He offers a step-by-step fix.
A damaged Outlook Express profile is probably to blame for the disappearance of hundreds of vacation photos and thousands of emails, Patrick Marshall advises a reader. The data files are almost certainly still intact.
Calls from someone in “Texas” offering help that they say Microsoft can’t provide sounds like a scam, says technology columnist Patrick Marshall.
Start by reporting it to the FTC and your Internet service provider, says technology columnist Patrick Marshall.
Patrick Marshall offers a solution to an annoying default issue with Windows 8.1, advises another reader with a file-access problem after changes to a home-built computer and tells where to find help fixing a refresh glitch.