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5 Ways to Make Sure No One is Monitoring Your Computer

October 10th, 2012 by Aseem Kishore File in: Featured Posts, How-To

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A friend recently was over and asked me if there was a way to tell if someone was monitoring their computer or not. She had a feeling that her computer-savvy boyfriend installed something on her computer to monitor what she was doing. Several years ago, I wrote an article about detecting computer and email monitoring […]

HDG Explains – Swapfile.sys, Hiberfil.sys and Pagefile.sys in Windows 8

October 9th, 2012 by Aseem Kishore File in: Featured Posts, Windows 8

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In previous versions of Windows, you probably remember the good ol paging file. It’s used to when physical memory becomes overcommitted and it hold objects that usually have not been accessed in a long time. That is pagefile.sys. Next, we had the hibernate option in Windows that let you save the kernel and all applications […]

Should You Upgrade to Windows 8?

October 8th, 2012 by Aseem Kishore File in: Featured Posts, Windows 8

Over the past few months, we’ve covered a significant amount of tips and hints regarding Microsoft’s upcoming operating system, Windows 8. However, we’ve yet to mention any tips regarding whether or not we would recommend Windows 8 to our site visitors and subscribers. The fact is, many people will be updating their operating systems to […]

Help Desk Geek Ultimate Guide to Taking Screenshots in Windows 8

September 28th, 2012 by Aseem Kishore File in: Featured Posts, Windows 8

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Taking screenshots has always been fun in Windows, especially with Windows Vista and 7, which included the new Snipping Tool. Basically, since Vista, there have been two ways to take screenshots in Windows without third-party software: using keyboard shortcuts or using the Snipping Tool. Before Windows 8, it was very complicated to take screenshots of […]

Remove Windows.old Folder in Windows 8

September 24th, 2012 by Aseem Kishore File in: Featured Posts, Windows 8

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If you have upgraded Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 to Windows 8, you may find that you have a large Windows.old folder on your system. You can also get a Windows.old folder if you end up doing a refresh of your Windows 8 PC. Lastly, if you do a custom install of Windows […]

HDG Explains – What is the System Reserved Partition?

September 21st, 2012 by Aseem Kishore File in: Featured Posts, Help Desk

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If you have ever installed Windows by yourself, you may have run into the situation where Windows setup tells you it’s going to create a System Reserved partition for system files. The size of this partition is 100 MB. The exact prompt is To ensure that all Windows features work correctly, Windows might create additional […]

Block Websites from your Router or using DNS

September 20th, 2012 by Aseem Kishore File in: Featured Posts, How-To

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Looking for a way to block websites in your home so that anyone connected to your network cannot access them? There are lots of programs out there that you can install on a PC or Mac to block or filter websites, but I don’t like these solutions because you have to manually install it on […]

Get Windows 8 Explorer in Windows 7

August 27th, 2012 by Aseem Kishore File in: Featured Posts, Windows 8

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in Windows 8, one thing I really like is the new ribbon interface in Explorer. I know there are a lot of people that probably hate it, but for some reason I do like the ribbon look in Office and now in Explorer on Windows 8. It’s just easier to click on those buttons than […]

What Happened to Disk Defragmenter in Windows 8?

August 23rd, 2012 by Aseem Kishore File in: Featured Posts, Windows 8

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In Windows 8, the name for a lot of features in Windows 7 has changed. For example, Windows Anytime Upgrade is now called Add Features to Windows 8. Disk Defragmenter has now been changed to Optimize Drives.  Not really sure why the name changes were necessary, but if you’re looking for something in Windows 8 […]

7 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8

August 18th, 2012 by Aseem Kishore File in: Featured Posts, Windows 8

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Previously, I had written about 12 keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8 on Online Tech Tips and today I’m here to write about a few more! With the new Metro UI in Windows 8, keyboard shortcuts make a lot more sense to use now. Previously, I had never used keyboard shortcuts with any prior version of […]