Hello Fuscia! How is New Orleans? I have family there, and so I like to keep up with things. I hope you are OK after the storm. It was a shameful disaster, but the good people of New Orleans really picked themselves up. Good for you!
I just came across a website showing two dangerous elements built into Win XP. Here's a quote from http://www.grc.com/unpnp/unpnp.htm
Consequently, the most troubling aspect of this issue is that the POTENTIAL for this insecurity was intentionally and needlessly designed into Windows XP from the start. ALMOST NO ONE uses or needs to have Universal Plug and Play
enabled today. Yet every copy of Windows XP sold has it enabled and running by default. ...The last time Microsoft did this, the server was called "File and Printer Sharing
". The insecurity of that decision has caused untold customer damage through the years and it still causes serious problems.
This is just a FYI, I have disconnected them and it's caused me no problems: my external drive is still there. It's possible that your youngster is visiting those kid websites that come with predators. So anything we can do to protect ourselves is needed.
Also, I had found a program to backup drivers from http://www.jermar.com/
, and I keep the files on my desktop. But I visited the site today and do not see it. (it was a freebie).
Losing your e-mail is going to be a drag. You might want to export your address book and favorites from Outlook Express. I'm telling you all these things because I have had to reload my O/S SIX TIMES in one year. I've lost lots of data. Files kept getting corrupted. I think I'm okay now, but one last recommendation: all the backup software I've used has turned out to be useless, because they put a "restore point" on the hard drive, and of course when you reinstall the O/S (and wipe the drive) you lose the restore point. So I have a book full of disks I cannot restore. I do think Nero might have worked, because one of my backups (I copied them all to the desktop; probably not good form) keeps restoring its files and I keep getting a slew of duplicate e-mails. I also bought a backup service from Verizon (my ISP) and the problem there is they lose the "date saved", overwriting it to the date saved on their server. Bottom line is to just make your own backup copies to a r/w disk, so you can save your important files.
I hope this helped. Jwinathome, great save on your recommendation.
Best wishes, "Where y'at?"