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Solutions: Resurrect Live Mail's junk mail safety option

I have a Dell laptop that runs on Windows 7 with Windows Live Mail. My PC is configured to automatically download Microsoft recommended updates. Several weeks ago, after a Microsoft recommended Live Mail update was loaded, the Live Mail junk mail safety option stopped working. Coincidence? It was configured to block all mail not on my safe list and delete all junk mail. Now all junk mail is delivered to my mailbox, and I must manually delete each e-mail. I have tried reconfiguring the safety options and rebooting the PC, but nothing has helped. What can I do to get the junk mail safety feature to work?

Coincidence? No. The Windows Live Essentials 11 update (not to be confused with the Windows Live Security Essentials) seems to have introduced the very problem you're describing. Try this fix: Close out of Live Mail. Go to Control Panel, Programs and Features, right-click Windows Live Essentials 2011 and click Uninstall/Change. Select "Repair all Windows Live programs" in the dialog box. After the repair is done, reboot when asked.

In 2005, I downloaded Filename Pro on my Windows 98 machine. I used it to manage large folders and files. Now I want to return to my project using my current Windows XP machine, and I have tried to reacquire the program. There are dozens of sites that offer downloads of the current FileName Pro, but all instances are "evaluation" versions. There is a buy option, but all followed threads are broken. Is the program still available?

A simple Google search turns up thousands of links for Filename Pro. A lot of them also try confusing you into downloading other "PC cleaner" software. My recommendation: Forget it. From what I can see, this software's main feature is to allow you to rename many files at once. You can already do that in Windows. Here's how: Open a File Explorer window (one of many ways is to click Start, All Programs, Accessories and then click Windows Explorer — or click the Windows key plus E). Navigate to the files to be renamed. Select them — Ctrl-A selects all, holding Ctrl while clicking individual files allows you to select multiple files. After all are selected, press F2. Type in the base file name desired and press Enter.

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Solutions: Resurrect Live Mail's junk mail safety option 12/05/10 [Last modified: Sunday, December 5, 2010 4:56pm]
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