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Thanks Arvel, you are quite right. I made a followup recommendation for a
software called Partition Magic which partitions in FAT 32 (I stated 32 bit)
formatting. I understand that there are some compatibility issues here so be
One additional note. Software updates typically have the same name - i.e.
SETUP.EXE. It is difficult at times to determine which is which. I started
renaming my setup files to more descriptive long file names so I will
remember which to install. I also created folders on my Zip disks for each
upgrade so that I can get to them.
One advantage to IE4.0 was their online upgrade and updater. Once installed,
you need only get online, choose Update for the Help menu and you are taken
to Microsofts Update center where the web site checks each of your installed
MS software and informs you which is current, which needs updating and which
is not installed. You pick and choose and Microsoft does the rest. A real
clean installation, but time consuming unless you have a 56K modem and ISP.
Even with 56K modem, it took me days to get all of the patches and updates
back into the computer.


-----Original Message-----
From: Arvel L. Williams, P.E. <arvelw(--nospam--at)>
To: seaoc(--nospam--at) <seaoc(--nospam--at)>
Date: Monday, December 15, 1997 10:32 AM
Subject: Re: Computer Utility recommendation

>Sorry to hear about your problems.  You are quite right, if you make good
>backups and have the right software installed, you can really save yourself
>hours of grief in rebuilding your software.  To your previous post I'd like
>add my two cents.
>The early versions of Norton worked great on 16 bit formatted drive,
>with FAT 32 formatting I have not been able to get it to function properly,
>may not be the case with the most recent releases.  For crash protection
>anti virus I'm currently using MacAfee.  So far no real problems.
>Always make sure that you have available the latest patches for your
>To date there are about sixteen (16) patches for the various versions of
>These are available for download at:
>Most of the software released in the past year assumes that you have these
>patches on your machine.  If your software isn't working right, it may be
>Operating system.  Or that you haven't gotten the patch for your favorite
>software from the Web site.  Most of these web sites also have some
>such as macros, or templates, etc. which can be useful to have.
>Never store these patches only on your hard disk.  If your disk crashes,
>these are not backed up  you will need to download the patches all over
>Which can take hours of online time.
>You may also want to make sure that you have the latest drivers for your
>hardware.  This is a favorite source of conflict.  But be careful.
Sometime the
>latest driver can cause a conflict with older software.  Especially the new
>direct-x 5.0 video drivers.
>I can remember when the hardware could wear out before the software was
>updated.  Now the software is shipped with bugs and updated on the fly with
>versions every year, all of  which require patches, and the hardware is
>before you get home from the computer shop.
>Hmm, where did I put my stockbrokers phone number.
>Arvel Williams, P.E.
>I'm blowing the dust off my backup tapes now!"