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Solutions: Best touchpad to buy

Would you please tell me what the best touchpad would be theses days? Also would I put Windows 8 on it? I was wondering because of the problems I have heard about Outlook and Windows 8.

All tablets come with the operating system already installed, so there is no choice involved. I've got more than a few tablets hanging around the house, covering just about every type except the Windows tablets. So I cannot comment on the Windows Surface tablet directly, although the Windows 8 interface was made for and works much better on touchscreens. The most important consideration when buying a tablet is the availability of applications. Apple iPads are the standard and always a safe choice. They are also the most expensive — an important consideration. The few inexpensive "browser only" tablets that I've used I found hard to work with. The same way laptops have overtaken desktops, tablets will eventually be the device of choice for home users. I love Microsoft products and I wouldn't be adverse to using a Microsoft Surface tablet, but if I had to buy a new tablet tomorrow, it would be an iPad.

I have Windows 7 and have always used Word without this problem. Suddenly, a former list that I was updating showed changes and deletions in red. I saw in the upper left corner a list of editing choices including Final. I clicked on Final and it all straightened out. But toward the end of the list, all of the red changes reappeared, both in the main copy and the line of pages shown on the left side. I fiddled with "view" hoping to find a clue, but now they all are cluttered with red notations. Have I unwittingly set up something unfixable?

Try this: First, make a copy of the document, so you can revert back if needed. In Word, click the Review menu bar/ribbon item. Click the bottom part of the Accept icon with the downward arrow, then click Accept All Changes. This should remove all the markups. Why did this happen? Maybe you inadvertently hit the Track Changes icon or you merged a document that had this turned on with your document. Clicking the Track Changes icon toggles this feature on and off.

Process library says svchost.exe is registered as a trojan. I have one that shows user as "system," I have another that shows user as "local service," and yet another that shows user as "network service." The one showing "system" as user most times lately is rolling over to 94-99 percent CPU usage and naturally my system bogs down. I have Windows XP on a Dell desktop. Is there any way to resolve this problem?

Be careful what you read on any "process library" Google searches. The svchost.exe is a valid generic Windows process that runs various services for other programs, so it could be almost anything. Start with clean scans with updated antivirus to make sure you have a healthy system. Then use MSCONFIG.EXE Selective Startup to disable all startup programs. Reboot and then enable each program until you find the issue's cause.

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Solutions: Best touchpad to buy 03/21/14 [Last modified: Friday, March 21, 2014 6:50pm]
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