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Solutions: Animated wallpaper eats up valuable computing space

I dutifully followed all your instructions from the Dec. 24 column to set my Windows wallpaper/background picture, but it still doesn't animate.

I'm sorry, I did not fully understand your question. The normal Windows background/wallpaper manager does not do animation. You were most likely using a third-party software program that was providing this feature on your previous system. There are many freeware (and I suppose some pay-for) programs available that will run alongside Windows and animate specially created backgrounds. A Google search of "animated wallpaper" should bring up a long list of options. As nice as they may look, they do eat up computing resources, and on low-powered systems it could be noticeable.

Is there a replacement for Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 that will run on Windows 7 (64-bit) that doesn't cost hundreds of dollars?

Version 5 is very old and I couldn't find any specific VB 5 work-arounds for Windows 7 installation. However, the following has been known to work when installing Visual Basic version 6 on Windows 7. It may be worth a try: Create a file named MSJAVA.DLL in your Windows directory. Now try the VB 5 install.

I have been unable to print labels using my Hewlett-Packard TouchSmart computer from the names in my Microsoft Outlook program, which is part of my MS Office 2007 Professional suite. After considerable effort to get the program to work, I finally concluded that there was some sort of error in the programming that prevented the labels from printing properly. Can I purchase only the Office Word program, which I understand does the printing of the labels? Can I upgrade only the Office Word 2010 without losing the remainder of my Office 2007 Professional?

Yes, you can purchase the stand-alone components of Microsoft Office 10 (, but the Word 2007 that is part of your existing 2007 Professional will also print labels, so no reason for you to spend more money. Use the help function from within Word and search on "labels"; that should get you started. Access 2007, which is also a part of the 2007 Professional suite, is also a very good tool for printing labels, although it does have a higher learning curve.

Solutions: Animated wallpaper eats up valuable computing space 01/09/11 [Last modified: Monday, January 10, 2011 7:09am]
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