Exclusive use of Internet Explorer is turning out to be a lesson. I can't tell you what lesson, but you do realize that Microsoft is NOT PATCHING any IE version other than the one on Windows XP.
What do I have to do to get you to use Firefox as much as possible?
About backup. Type ...
OLEXP BACKUP into google.com to find out how to save and retrieve your Outlook emails.
About CD Recording. I use http://www.cdburnerxp.se/ to save my stuff to CDR or CDRW all the time. Free too.
As long as you stay with IE, there isn't must for me to do other than watch the show.
PS. Please take this as me gently trying to help you save your stuff.
Where to begin? Okay, I have Dell 4400 PC. The OS is ME. I have ComCast cable & use AOL. From day 1, we have had trouble with this machine. After a few months, Dell sent us a new HD. After the fun of installing it & retrieving my files & programs off the old HD & CD's, I assumed that everything was back in working order.
We all know what assume stands for, and it was no exception this time either. I was having problems with viewing my stored pictures, the computer would freeze up whenever I tried to just view images. Okay, I was able to live with that for the time being, and was in the proccess of correcting that. Here's where the trouble begins.
We were using AOL 9.0 Optimized. They informed us of the new Security Edition Update. At this point in time, with the exception of the image thingy, everything was working well enough. I downloaded & installed AOL's Security Edition. I went to go back online, & BOOM! It crashed & died. After several times of trying, & the computer either crashing outright or just freezing up, I was finally able to get online. However, there were now things missing from my computer. Files, icons, emails, Quick Launch.
I called AOL's wonderful tech support, & was bumped over to McAfee, who in turn bumped me back to AOL. After several frustrating hours of feeling like a ping pong ball, I was finally informed by an AOL tech that there was an issue with the new Security Edition and that AOL was in the process of correcting it. HA! I got rid of the Security Edition & went back to Optimized.
With some fantastic help from here at C-Net, I was able to retrieve or reinstall most of what I lost, except for my saved emails. I've since spent several more frustrating hours either online or on the phone with the AOL techs trying to get things back to where they were before I installed Security Edition. Not only was I unsuccessful, I lost most of my saved emails, including the ones that I had re-tracked down the people for the info that I was saving. Yes, I had no backups.
That is my question now, as I want to dump AOL. I want to save all "My Favorites", & what emails I'll get again. I know AOL keeps them in the "Organize" folder, but that's as far as I know. I also know that if you do find it and try and print it out with going thru AOL, it's all giberish. I know there's a way to do this, but the techs at AOL won't tell me. It's not like I'm stealing anything, it's all MY info.
I'll be looking into Firefox & Thunderbird as soon as I calm down a few notches (Brain overload, to much info). I also have plain old IE 6. I also plan on trying to heal this nachine with all the help I've recieved here (from both contact & archive). BTW, after one of the crashes, I lost the folder (which was closed) with all my COMPUTER HELP info. It has since come back after another crash, & I want to get it saved before it dissappears again, maybe for good. Thanks In Advance.