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July 2005 Reader Challenge

June 2005 Reader Challenge Winners

We had a great many correct responses for our June Reader Challenge, and all but one were missing names and address. So, congratulations to Todd Siemesko of Minnesota, who solved the challenge and followed instructions. Todd requested a copy of "Running QuickBooks for Nonprofits" (CPA911 Publishing). If we don’t have your name and address, we can’t send you a prize, so your answer is eliminated from the pool of correct answers. (What’s that acronym for reading the manual? Guess I better not print it here.)

July 2005 Reader Challenge

Solve this month's Windows Client challenge, and you might win a prize! Email your solution (don't use an attachment) to [email protected] by July 20, 2005. You MUST include your full name, and street mailing address (without that information, we can't send you a prize if you win, so your answer is eliminated, even if it’s correct). I choose winners at random from the pool of correct entries. I’m a sucker for humor and originality, and a cleverly written correct answer gets an extra chance. Because I receive so many entries each month, I can't reply to respondents, and I never respond to a request for a receipt. Look for the solutions to this month's problem on July 21, 2005.

The Challenge

An acquaintance who just started a new job at a large multinational corporation called me twice in one week. See if you can answer her questions.

Question 1:

“Help, I received an email message to join a manager’s meeting through Windows NetMeeting. The meeting is scheduled to start in 5 minutes. Where's the NetMeeting program? I’ve looked in every submenu on the Start menu.” She’s running Windows XP. Why can’t she find a program shortcut to Net Meeting?

Question 2:

I just noticed that there are some duplicates of subfolders in my user folder (under Documents and Settings). For example, an Application Data folder, with Microsoft subfolders, exists directly under my LoginName folder, and a duplicate set of these folders exists under a subfolder named Local Settings. Which set of folders do I use to copy some Microsoft Word templates I created?” I told her to use the Application Data folder that’s under her LoginName folder, not the one under Local Settings. Do you know why there are two Application Data subfolders, and what the difference in behavior is between them?

The Answers

Question 1:

NetMeeting is installed with XP, but it doesn’t show up on the Start menu. To run NetMeeting, click Start, Run, and enter conf. This launches the NetMeeting Setup Wizard. During the setup process, you can create shortcut icons on the Desktop and the Quick Launch toolbar.

Question 2:

The settings in the subfolders under Application Data are used for roaming profiles. You can't use the settings in Local Settings for roaming profiles because they’re not copied to and from a server when a roaming user logs on or off. The Local Settings data subfolders contain information that’s not critical for roaming users

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