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I'll give my recent IE history in case something else is causing this. I installed the latest SP about a month or two ago. I then found I could not connect to work, which I found was a problem with a server at work that needed a patch. I found I could uninstall the patch and did so (I think it also brought me back to version 5.0 or 5.5 as well), but I never chose to "Clean up my IE 6 settings" as I was always prompted to do when booting into Windows 2000 because I was afraid it would take favorites, proxy settings and other preferences. Later they patched the server at work and I reinstalled 6.0 and the service patch.

Previously I had checked the "Automatically detect settings" check box on the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog (Tools > Connection tab > LAN Settings) and checked the "Use automatic configuration script" and used a script provided by my work. It worked great. When I was connected to work through VPN it detected that and prompted me for my User ID and password, as it should have. When I was not connected to work, it would simply connect to whatever sight I chose.

Now before I connect to work I have to manual check "Use automatic configuration script" check box and uncheck it when I am done because if not I can't connect. What's messed up and what can I do about it?


For my job (Dell warranty PC repair) I log in to my company's secure portal in the morning to receive my assignments for the day. I pull them in, print them, etc., before leaving to pick up parts and make my service calls.
Starting this Monday, however, I found to my chagrin that I cannot see my new assignments - basically I have a list of calls left to make and if I have new ones to pull in, I get a red button at the top of the screen to click on and review them.
But Monday I did not see the red button, so I assumed I had no new work (it's been very slow lately, so it was no surprise). Later in the morning my boss called to find out why I hadn't pulled in my new work, and that's when I knew I had a problem.

I'm using IE 8 (8.0.6001.18702) - I've done all the available updates for both Windows and IE.

I can see other new content (they post memos on the main page that we have to read and acknowledge before we can get to the screen showing our work - I saw a new memo that was posted on Monday afternoon, but still no work, and I've been sent screenshots showing that the work was indeed there - at least IT can see it, even if I can't.

I had one outstanding call already assigned to me from last week where the customer asked to have the work done this week - I updated the ETA (twice) on Monday and then again today to 5/19, and it still shows the original ETA of 5/17 on my screen. I broke out an old laptop just now to see what I saw with THAT, and it shows me the correct ETA of 5/19 - and presumably would have shown me the new work as well (it was reassigned to someone else until I get this problem figured out).
I don't want to use this laptop, though, because the battery won't charge any more so it isn't portable and is rather quirky. But for now it shows me what I need to see, presumably. And it also proves that it isn't an issue with my internet connection.

But I need to figure out what is going on with my main PC - I ran scan after scan (AdAware, Malwarebytes, Spybot, Avast) and although Spybot and AdAware each found a couple of things - nothing out of the ordinary - nothing has changed.

Was there a recent update to Internet Explorer (8) that I should undo? I don't think that for XP, at least, there was anything last patch Tuesday except for the malware removal tool. A coworker suggested that I look into updating Adobe Flash, since he seemed to recall having a similar problem when Flash was out of date on his PC - I did that (first uninstalling it completely) and then recalled that I did a Flash update within the past few days, which would coincide with when the problem began (sometime between Friday evening 5/13 and Monday morning 5/16. But I don't know where I might be able to get a downgrade of Flash to see if the newest version did the damage or not.

I also recall that this weekend (I think) I finally got around to installing PerfectDisk (it's been used before, but this is a relatively new Windows XP installation) but it is an older version (10) and I don't know if that might have any bearing on the situation - it's never caused me any grief in the past, though. Other than that, I can't think of any changes I made to the PC within the timeframe during which the problem began.

Any ideas as to what I could, or should, look into as the culprit? Many thanks, and as usual my apologies for my wordiness.

I am running Windows Xp SP2.

Recently, I could not access the internet any more through IE6.

Windows Media Player, Outlook, Outlook Express & the Windows Update site via Control Panel DO work.

I tried various System Restores, but they all are unable to change anything.

I then tried to reinstall IE6, but it says I have a newer version installed.

I then followed a KB article on changing registry settings to allow me to reinstall, but I still get the same "newer version installed" message.

I have installed another browser (Mozilla Firefox), but this doesn't connect either.

This all leads me to suspect this is really a Windows problem, rather than IE6.

Can anyone help?

Many thanks,

Kevin Duck

I followed the KB article on resetting the

Good morning,

Windows Millennium Edition (ME) computer running IE 5.5 SP2. Installed Reader Rabbit software that also installed DirectX software to support it. IE encryption went from 128-bit to 0-bit and I haven't been able to get it back.

Reinstalled IE 5.5 SP2 from MS site thinking it would force the encryption level back to 128-bit. It didn't, and I later found mention that it doesn't change the encryption level on Windows ME and Win 2K operating systems.

Found MS Article Q261328. Unfortunately the OEM, Hewelett Packard, did not include the files Rsabase.dll, Rsaenh.dll, and Schannel.dll in the < Windir >OptionsInstall folder. I searched all over and there were only the 3 files in the windir system folder. Those are the apparently damaged files that are supposed to be replaced. Are those 3 files generic enough that I could just copy them from another Windows ME computer? The only CDs included are 3 to do a complete reinstall of the OS.

I also tried the ie501dom.exe file several times but it would not work.

I went into "Safe" mode and renamed the 3 files mentioned above to .old and then reinstalled IE again from the MS Site but it still didn't work.

I don't know what version of DirectX was installed. I removed Reader Rabbit and one other software component it installed using the Add/Remove components but it didn't help. I didn't see how to remove DirectX. Can DirectX be deinstalled? Or should I upgrade to the uninstallable version 8 that is now available at MS? Should I go ahead and put Reader Rabbit back on since I have to deal with this anyway? (My 5 yr old niece better like that program )

I'd sure appreciate any help.

Thank you.

Hiya not sure if the correct forum is Word or Windows.

I've a hp printer 9050dn PS.

In Word a standard print works.

However, in my Word doc header, if I insert a Print fieldcode to access files stored on the printers harddisk, I get the Word warning message "It will not be possible to send PRINT field data to the printe with they currently installed printer driver. Do you want to continue printing? Yes/No"

This is the fieldcode...
{ PRINT p page"(MEL_LTR_PS)" run * MERGEFORMAT }

If I click Yes to the message, the Word doc continues to print out correctly, with the file I want to call from the printers hard disk ie no error messages etc.

I have the latest printer drivers for the HP printer for 9050dn PS (latest date stamp version year 2007 of the driver)
the printer driver is setup in PS - postscript.

Any ideas how why and how to clear this message?


I downloaded the security updates for the (Flaw in Word Fields and Excel External Updates Could
Lead to Information Disclosure (Q330008)) for both Office 2000 and Office XP.
I am running Office XP Service Pack 2.
I downloaded the administrative installs for both Word, Excel 2000 and Word, and Excel 2002(XP).

When I first attempted to install the Office XP admin update to a Novell 5.1 server running this from a XP workstation I received this error.
"The installation package could not be opened. Verify that the package exists and you can access it, or contact
the application vendor to verify that this is a valid Windows Installer package.".

I found out that Office XP comes with Windows Installer 1.10. Windows XP comes with Windows Installer 2.0. Ok version conflict right?
So I looked for the all the Installer exes that didn't have the same version number on both my hard drive and my network install.
I deleted and replaced them with the 2.0 version. Viola it least for Office XP.

Now I try to run this on another Novell server and get the same error. I did download the Installer patch from Install Shield (see post 188560) but this did not resolve the issue.

Any gems to help me in my goose chase would be helpful.


Berri A.

My new computer arrived a couple of days ago (hooray!). For the first time ever, I ordered a computer with nothing on it---no OS, no nuthin'---so I bought and installed a full version of Windows 98SE. Now I want to install Office. However, my MS Office CD is an upgrade, not a full version.
I suppose my best bet is to find a cheap copy of MS Works Suite, install it, and then upgrade from that. (Works is what I upgraded from last time.) I've done a little looking and the earliest Works Suite version I see is 2000, but I have Office 97. Can I upgrade to an old Office version from a newer Works version? In other words, is Works fully backward compatible?
Next question is what is the trick to upgrading from Works to Office? I remember that there's some little undocumented thing I had to do to get the upgrade to work, but i don't remember what.
Thanks for any advice you can offer.

The following story tells about my installs and uninstalls related to Office aps under Windows XP. After doing the upgrade from Office 2000 to Office XP, one of the symptoms is that some web links from Help & Support work all of the time, and other links work none of the time. In the later case, Help & Support says I must be connected to the internet (which I am) and when I click "connect," it gives me off-line options (and from some of these I CAN connect to the web).

To make a very long story short: I installed Windows XP on a clean (totally wiped and reformated) drive. I then installed Office 2000 Professional. Things seemed to be working. A day or so later the Office XP Standard that I had ordered arrived. I upgraded. I had difficulty getting Outlook XP to find the cable service mail -- finally had to set up Outlook Express and then bring that profile into Outlook. Still problems, then, with Windows XP Help & Support -- cannot get to some sites (XP tells me that I need to be connected to the internet, and I am already (and always) connected through a cable modem.

I used the system uninstall to remove Office 2000 and Office XP, and then reinstalled Office XP. There was no observable change in operation (and PowerPoint still does not seem to be registered, although I have been using it). I suspect that I need to do a complete removal of all traces of Office and then reinstall Office XP. The articles in the KB pertain to other situations, e.g., removal of Office 2000 from Windows 2000, and removal of trial versions of Office XP.

How do I completely remove Office, considering that I had installed two versions and had done the standard program uninstall on both? Will the Erase utility that is mentioned in the KB work with Windows XP? Any other clues as to what is happening? I ran the XP System File Checker, which did not find any errors. Is there any other restore or error-finding tool that might help?



There have been a few discussions about upgrade paths in the past, so I thought I would record a few experiences that I encountered while upgrading a machine from Windows XP.

The PC is a 5 year old machine with an activated Windows XP licence and all updates in place. It has 4GB ram installed and runs an Intel Core 2 E6700 CPU @2.66GHz. It's currently used by a 14 year old relative for typical teenage stuff and a little schoolwork.

I decided to run through the standard upgrade path partly because it costs only £24.99 and partly because I wanted to see exactly what the standard path would entail going from XP.

I went to the Windows 8 Upgrade assistant site, ran the tool which told me that a custom install would be needed and that my upgrade option was limited to Windows 8 Pro - not a problem because that's what I intended anyway. As per the recommendation, I disabled the antivirus and all startup application, though for non technical people that may prove a little challenging.

Proceeding to the "We are getting a few things ready" screen the machine hung for 3 hours. There was no CPU activity to speak of, but there was a reasonable amount of network traffic, so I left it for a while thinking that it may be downloading the installation files. But no, after 3 hours and still no progress, I dropped out of the Websetup application and tried again. This time the Upgrade Assistant ran smooth and after selecting Windows 8 Pro, I was taken to a screen where I needed to enter my personal details and payment options. That screen did not appear the first time. After payment was confirmed the Websetup displayed the new Windows 8 key and it was sent to me by email too.

The setup proceeded to download the installation file, gave me the option to install now or save to the desktop for later installation: I chose install now. Installation was a little slower than for a clean install, based on installations of the RP, CP and Technet RTM, but I guess that's because it was running an upgrade, even though I told it to keep nothing.

After about 40 minutes and several automatic reboots later, we were in Windows 8 first run setup screen. At no point did it ask for the licence key. Inspection shows that Windows is already activated with the key that was supplied.

There were a few things that hadn't worked as expected:

The hangup during the Websetup waiting for the personal details and payment options screen to appear.The graphics driver was not loaded correctly. Despite the Upgrade Assistant telling me the slightly old ATI X300SE card was compatible, it defaulted to the Windows basic video driver, so I have to find the ATI driver separately.There was a Windows.old folder from the XP install left on the machine, plus a couple of pre-existing application folders in the root of the system volume, despite me asking for a custom install and to keep nothing. A quick cleanup fixed that.Perhaps most irksome, the system never asked me which version of Windows 8 Pro to install (32 or 64 bit). It downloaded and installed 32 bit. The CPU and system is capable of 64 bit, but I assume the upgrade from XP 32 bit is only available to Windows 8 Pro 32 bit. Not a big problem, 3GB usable will be ok, but it would have been nice to consider being able to drop additional ram into the machine.

Overall the upgrade needed a little thinking, possibly because based on previous WIndows 8 installs I was expecting to see slightly different screens at several stages). Perhaps for the general public, it may prove an easier route as it is very well guided. Having obtained the upgrade licence key, I guess I might have been able to use a separate ISO download and run a clean install wiping out XP completely, but I specifically wanted to see the upgrade warts and all.

Normally, I default to clean installs. However, this process, although needing a little attention, appears to have resulted in a pretty robust install. Video driver excepted, it appears cleaner than previous test upgrades that I have made going from XP to Vista or Vista to 7.

I'm currently leaving the machine without any customisation to see how my young relative gets on with it in its raw form. I suspect that her use will mainly be in Metro using IE10, Facebook, etc, and she would come to me for any heavy lifting on the desktop. That said, I'm without doubt going to be asked to sort out video playback in Media Centre or VLC equivalent if she doesn't discover how to do that herself. I'll probably be asked to install Office at some point for her schoolwork and that may lead her into uncharted territory regarding Windows 8 UI switching.

Has anyone succeeded in installing Windows Outlook 2010 in Windows 8 and getting it to Receive emails?
I have Outlook 2010 working fine on another Windows 7 computer.
After installing Windows 8 on a different computer, I installed Windows Office and Business that has Outlook 2010.
I chose the Outlook Connector and installed it using the 32bit version. Windows Office 2010 is a 32bit application

I added an Email account from my current email address successfully. The Windows Outlook connector made it very straightforward and presented the Congratulations! Success screen where I clicked Finish.

My Outlook 2010 will allow me to Send a new email addressed to myself.
It appears in my Live Mail accessed in my Mail Icon from the new Windows 8 start screen.

My Outlook 2010 will not show in its Inbox this test email that is visible in my Mail.

Any ideas about how I can fix my problem?

There is a thread on this forum about downgrading Win8 to Win 7 where everyone is venting about the pros and cons of each version. I am not interesting in debating, I am just interested in obtaining input on how to downgrade. I just purchased a new Samsung Series 9 notebook with Win8 and spent several days trying to get adjusted to it. I am sure with enough time and energy I would eventually figure it out but I have decided to downgrade to Win7 so I will not take the productivity hit at this time. The computer has Win8 Home Premium which cannot be legally downgraded but I have a full legal license to Win7 Pro that I purchased for the now deceased computer that this one is replacing so I have the legal right to install it here.

The new computer has UEFI and is set up with secure boot plus it has various recovery and tool partitions installed by the manufacturer. I created a recovery disk to reinstall Win8 in the future but I was unable to create a disk image. I was able to get to the BIOS but despite various changes I tried to make I was not able to get it to boot from the Win7 DVD. A search of the internet on downgrading Win8 revealed a lot of confusing and conflicting advice. Some say you have to disable UEFI but others say UEFI is compatible with Win7-64. Do I need to delete the secure boot variables or can I just disable it? If I changed OS mode from UEFI to CSM and set my CD to the top of the list on Boot Priority Order why will it not boot from the Win7 disc?

I have 30 days to return the computer but I would really like to get it working on Win7. I also want the ability to move to Win8 in the future if I find the time and need to do so.

I hope this is the right place to post this.

I recently received a pc that had Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit installed on it. It was in French. I changed the language to English but there was still a lot ot things still in
French that I could not read. I installed the English version from a dvd so that I would have a clean install. It did not work because there are still things that come up in French.

My problem is that it still has 2 partitions on it. I want to get rid of partition 1 and all that came on the pc in French or at least wipe that partition clean. I did not know Reserve au systeme was even on the pc until I found something that said to show all drives. System restore did not even show it

It says that my install is on partition 2.

Reserve au systeme
72.1 MB free of 101MB is on partition 1.

It says partition 1 is the selected partition and will not let me change it.

I have tried unhiding all files and folders but still the only files that are visible to me are in a temp folder that is only 24.0 KB and has 6 files in it:


I have tried to change the selected partition to my install on partition 2 but it will not boot when I do. I tried to reformat partition to get rid of Reserve au systeme, but it would not reformat that partition.

Can someone tell me how to wipe the hard drive totally clean and get rid of Reserve au systeme forever so that I can do a clean install.


At the end of the approximately last three updates of Windows Defender (WD) I have got a pop up (program alert) from ZoneAlarm (ZA) telling me that Windows Installer (WI) wants to connect to Internet.

Normally, since this is all trusted applications, I would have allowed access for WI, but I have not done that so far. The WD update seems to work correct.

So my questions are: has anyone seen this (maybe not if you have given WI access before)? I think this started, for me, with signature update from 1.14.1288.5 to 1.14.1315.1. Search engine has been the same through the last updates. Does anyone know why this is changed and if WI needs this access?

Actually I am sure it started with signature 1.14.1315.1, as I did check against Event Viewer and ZA log files. In my case I updated to version 1.14.1315.1 2006-03-14 and have done two updates since.

- Windows Installer 3.1 v2, nothing odd here, installed ver. 3.1 via 893803v2 some 8-9 months ago.
- Manual updates of WD.

I am developing with VB .NET on a Windows XP SP1 platform.

One of my programs attempts to send data to Excel. After installation on a Windows XP system it works just dandy but on Windows NT and Windows 98 I get the above error.

The Knowledge Base (Oxymoron that it is), ID Number Q320108, tells me that the Oleaut32.dll file that comes with XP cannot be used with earlier versions of the Windows operating system. Thanks for that Microsoft, why doesn't a warning come up when I build my solution?

There appears, or at least I can't find it, to be no posted solution for .NET but in the above KB article it tells you how to work around it for VB 6.0 SP5.

Unfortunately I have looked in my dependencies for a reference to this file but it just is not there. If it were I could exclude it and include the correct file version.

Any help on this will incur my perpetual gratitude.


Kevin Bell

Hi. I've been having trouble with my CDRW not working when I load new software, so I thought I had a solution that would work. I bought a new 32 GB hard drive (40, but had to do it as 32), split it into 10 gig and 22 gig partitions, and tried to install win98 to the 10 gig partition. My thought was that I could occasionally boot into the new partition where nothing at all besides Windows was loaded to get the cd burner to work consistently and I could then back up my digital pics and other vital files in that manner.

I got the software installed alright and booted to the E drive and my new copy of Windows came up and everything was just peachy-keen. Then I changed my BIOS to boot to the C: drive first to test that I would still be able to get to my original Windows configuration, and, as you all probably know, it didn't work. I was still in my newly installed windows environment. I watched as the computer rebooted, and some of the files are loading off the C: drive and some are loading off the E: drive. Any ideas on how I can fix this to get everything back to loading from the C: drive, and is there anyway I can dual boot to Win98? Everything I read mentions using two different OS's, not two versions of the same OS. Am I trying to do something that's impossible?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions/comments.

This past summer I attempted to install Windows XP on 3 separate older computers and each gave unusual problems like the wireless couldn't be made to work or simple features within Windows function. The installation were attempted using different, but same key, corporate disks so its not just a bad disk. In each case it was a clean reformatted disk and the format was done by the installation.
In September I tried in another computer but reset the Bios to an earlier date like something in 2004 and the installation went perfectly. I have used this corporate version at work on well over a hundred computers since 2002 and never experienced problems like this. Has anyone else observed this behavior?

(I originally posted this question in Crucial’s SSD forum. I think any SSD owner might benefit from it so I’m posting it here.)

My goal is to restore a full Windows 7 installation (complete with Office 2010, etc.) to an SSD from an image file. That means the imaging program is going to write a bunch of data all at once to the SSD. I don’t think any currently available imaging programs reset the SSD’s NAND before doing this, so it would seem that an MLC SSD needs some prepping to receive this data blast.

(I’ve read that an MLC SSD is like a DVD re-writeable disk: it needs a special erasing step before it can be overwritten. True? Heck I don’t know. But the manufacturers leave it to us to weed through all the contradictory advice in forums so that’s what I’m trying to do.)

The Weed Patch
OCZ officially recommends you use their Secure Erase tool that’s designed to reset the NAND to factory state. I assume OCZ’s Secure Erase tool resets the NAND with a single magical command to the “charge pump”.

Crucial says this isn’t necessary, that instead you can use several different approaches to delete all the partitions – or delete the entire volume – from the SSD. Then, with the SSD still connected to a Windows 7 system let GC and TRIM clean it up.

Read this post at for an authoritative-sounding explanation of what garbage collection (GC) and TRIM do. It (and other articles) left me with the impression that TRIM imposes wear on the SSD. Plus, you need a working W7 PC to do what Crucial recommends. And there remains the question of how long it takes for GC and TRIM to do their work.

Anand wrote in an article about SSDs: "Formatting/deleting everything on the drive won’t work because those pages on the drive will remain full of data." He then proceeded to recommend using HDDERASE, but that was in the context of returning an SSD to optimal performance. I have to assume that since he wrote that in 2009 TRIM and GC weren’t available or as developed to the extent they are now. Still, his article adds credibility to using HDDERASE or a similar secure erasing program.

But what tool? It’s easy to know with OCZ because they offer their own "secure erase tool" but how about other SSDs?

I have the impression that not all secure erasing programs are appropriate for SSDs. For one thing, using the term “Secure Erase” causes confusion. “Secure erasing” has long been used to describe programs that write various patterns to HDDs – sometimes multiple times -- to erase every last vestige of user data on a magnetic medium. As one person replied in Crucial’s forum, some write 0’s and some write 11, which he believes is the native state of every cell in an SSD. Regardless of the pattern, it all still involves “writing” to the SSD’s cells, doesn't it? Sounds to me like more wear on the SSD, and time wasted.

So maybe the Center for Magnetic Recording Research’s HDDERASE is the best tool to use when one isn’t available from the SSD manufacturer, though there’s that word “magnetic” again and SSDs are far from magnetic technology. Moreover, SSDs are never mentioned in the HDDERASE section at CMRR's site or in HDDERASE’s docs.

Feeling a little hesitant about using HDDERASE I searched for “HDDERASE” and “SSD”, which lead me to the following recipe by an individual in OCZ’s forum, of all places. It’s just detailed enough to sound official, plus, I found basically the same steps at several other sites):

(3) Enter BIOS
(a) Set Storage to IDE + Compatible
(b) Set USB Legacy to Enabled
(c) Disconnect ALL SATA drives + Externals

(4) Reboot and F8 to boot USB (i.e., to boot the HDDERASE media)
(a) Re-connect boot drive ONLY (drive to be imaged) to SATA port # 1 when at DOS prompt

(5) Load HDDERASE.EXE and execute

This post was followed by a reply that said: "Your guide has work 100%. thanks man, How long does HHDerase take? It was over in less then 2 seconds. (sic) "

The recipe sounds conclusive, yet I found other forum posts saying that HDDERASE doesn't support SSDs, or "version HDDerase 3.3 works with SSDs but not version 4." (Why must I weed through all this!?)

The recipe also isn’t as simple as “just run HDDERASE (no command line options or other actions needed).”

Come on, Crucial et al. Stop the need to weed. What you and all other SSD manufactures should do, IMHO, is publish a definitive explanation of what to do before writing an image to a used SSD. This is a very common operation with HDDs so it's not an obscure question. And you all gotta agree on it. Preclude debate and continued speculation in forums by addressing why other methods aren’t as good. Surely there’s one best answer that all SSD makers can agree upon.

I am helping a friend who has an HP Pavilion dv9700t laptop, with Windows 7 Pro x64 installed. The laptop has been running fine until recently, when the Synaptic touchpad's scrolling ability stopped working. The touchpad has not been exposed to excessive heat or subjected to liquid damage, and no changes have been made to the Synaptic Preferences or the Mouse options in Control Panel. A different driver hasn't been installed over the existing one. He asked me to help him determine why it has stopped working, but I can't figure it out. The only thing I can think of that may have caused both the horizontal and the vertical scrolling to stop working could possibly be a Windows update, but trying to determine which one is the culprit (if any) is almost impossible. I've tried disabling and re-enabling the scrolling options, and I've deleted and reinstalled the driver, but no luck. Should I roll back to a previous version, or try something else?

The driver version is and the Synaptics Touchpad version is V6.3, if that helps at all.

This is a follow up to a post under the Windows 7 category about active windows losing focus.

I have done some more testing and the problem appears to be centered around Firefox 13.0.1 - I am also using Flash 11.3.300.262 and Java

The Problem:
Whenever I have the web site for the Wall Street Journal [] open in a tab, I will randomly see Firefox (or other windows) lose focus, even while I am typing into a text field. I can sometimes cause it to happen by clicking the refresh button in Firefox. This webpage does not seem to play well with the latest Firefox running under Windows 7 Pro x64 with the Flash and Java versions above.

The webpage has a lot of information that is updated continuously over time (stock prices, Dow market average, etc.). This information is even updated in the background, when other windows apps are in use. I suspect that the loss of focus occurs when the page data is updated by some timer.

1. The problem started about the time I installed version 13.0.1 and Flash 11.3. I have not tried an earlier version of Firefox.

2. After I closed the Firefox tab for that website, my system has not lost focus on any window for the past 3 hours.

3. When using IE the webpage works fine and does not lose focus on the same system.

4. A Laptop running Windows XP and Firefox 12.0, Flash 11.3.300.257, Java does NOT lose focus on any windows when displaying that webpage.

There are too many variables for me to try in order to pinpoint exactly what is causing the loss of focus, but this is very annoying and could happen with other websites. I hope this information helps others who may experience similar behavior.

Came across this recently. It is an e-mail client that allows e-mails to be viewed without being downloaded, thus avoiding malicious script, attachments and the like. I have only tried it out briefly, as it also has other uses as a portable reader. If the board would be interested, perhaps others would like to check it out and report back. It's freeware.

Title : Popcorn
Platform : Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000
Download Size : 90Kb (zip); 150Kb (self extracting)
Rating :
Cost: Free for personal use
Release date : 10.Jan.2001
Version : Popcorn release 1.04
Author : Ultrafunk
Web :
Product page :
User forum :
Feedback email :

Writer's Synopsis :

What is Popcorn?
Popcorn is a freeware ultra-lightweight POP3/SMTP e-mail client, free from unwanted and useless bloatware features. Being a true client/server application, it does not work in the same way as a typical mail program.
This means that you're reading mail from a POP3 server directly, without downloading it to a local mailbox on your PC (although you can save mail messages locally if you want to). This makes it ideally suited for "on the road" mail access, and for scanning, reading and sending mail over
slow internet connections.

Popcorn supports multiple user profiles, enabling you to read and send mail from any number of different POP3 accounts. It is a small, portable e-mail client, the kind you can carry with you on a floppy disk or download quickly from the web without having to go through any installation procedures.
The user profiles and account information is NOT saved in the local registry, but in a small, portable .INI-file that accompanies the application, enabling you to easily move between locations.

Using Popcorn you can check and send mail from anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection. You can also delete spam, old messages or see if a message has attachments without downloading the messages from the server first. It is perfect for cleaning up and administering multiple POP3 accounts.

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