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Microsoft office replacement?
Q: Which free office suite do you recommend for at home and studying?
Scheduled program does not run
Q: The defrag schedule was set for 1st day of each month at 6 pm (schedule was set in November and the process is enabled). But when I looked at the defrag schedule last week the dialogue box as shown in the attached file appears it states “Next schedule run: never”. Could you please explain why “never”?
A: In Windows when you set a scheduled task, the account that the task runs under must have a password otherwise it may not run. I am guessing that in your logon you do not have a password. Probably the easiest way is to make that task run as Administrator and enter the Administrator password when setting the task. If you don’t remember the Administrator’s password, assuming that you have Administrator rights under your account, you can reset that password to something that you remember.
Q: I have problem with Flash Player whenever I access to a website display with Flash Player, I only see a little "x" at the corner and nothing is displayed. I do not see any error message or warming. I still cannot see the Flash Player display. I compare and set ActiveX setting as the same with my desktop which is working ok with Flash Player. I emailed Adobe support help, but no reply. I wonder if you can help me and/or have any trick to overcome this problem.
A: I also use a MP3 player as a backup for my data so this can certainly be done. There is no need to partition the had disk but only to create a new folder called, say, Backup and copy your important files to that folder. This will not interfere with playing music and only means that you can store less music. 80 GB will store an enormous number of MP3 music files. Even if you converted them using a high sampling rate to obtain very good quality sound, this will still allow you to play music for over one month, playing music 24 hours per day.
VCR to CD software
Q: I wish to convert VCR tapes to digital CD’s. Can you advise suitable software to allow this? I am operating on an XP operating system.
A: You should convert from VCR to DVD as CDs are very limited in regard to video players. The actual software will depend on the capturing hardware and software combination that you use. Having captured the large file it must be converted to a suitable format for a DVD and then burnt.
Microsoft’s free Movie Maker can import a variety of formats but it cannot burn directly to the DVD and requires some additional plugins. If you have a relatively late version of Nero then Nero can burn the DVD.
Some other editing and burning software is Ulead DVD Movie Factory which has many more features than Movie Maker and is very easy to use. Prices start from $120. If you intend to do this in a more serious way and wish to do more complex editing, create chapters etc then you should consider Adobe Premier Elements which can be purchased for $130.