Windows Defender vs. Security Essentials vs Safety Scanner

by File in: Windows 8

Microsoft loves to confuse their users as most people have found out using Windows 8. Not only was Windows 8 confusing, but Microsoft keeps changing how the new operating system works with every update. One of the most confusing aspects to Windows 7 and Windows 8 is the anti-virus solutions provided by Microsoft. Should you […]

5 Utilities for Changing DNS Servers in Windows Reviewed

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Even though most people don’t care, there are the few geeks out there who like to change the DNS servers on their system for reasons like speed, privacy and security. I’ve previously written about how you can use OpenDNS, which has a free versions that include parental controls and built-in phishing protection. Also, depending on […]

5 Windows Alternatives to the Linux sudo Command

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If you’ve ever used Linux or know someone who uses Linux, then you’ve probably heard of the sudo command. The command is a critical component to just about every Linux distribution and what it does is let you run a command as a different user, most notably the root user. On certain Linux distributions, you […]

Fix Windows 8 App Opens Then Closes

by File in: Windows 8

Are some or all of your Windows 8 apps not working properly? I recently had a client who bought a Windows 8.1 machine to me where the Windows apps would appear to open, but then would close and return back to the Start Screen. If you are having this issue where an app fails to […]

Ultimate Guide to Troubleshooting PS4

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Unfortunately, if you’re reading this page, you’re probably having some trouble with your Playstation 4 system. As with any new hardware, there are always kinks to be worked out. Luckily, the PS4 has a built-in safe mode option that lets you try and fix your system. What’s funny is the fact that Sony put a […]

Create RAID-Like Data Backup using Storage Spaces on Windows 8

by File in: Windows 8

Along with the all the new stuff in Windows 8 that you either hate or love like the Start screen and missing start button, there are a lot of background features that are really good and useful. One of those features is Storage Spaces. So what are storage spaces and how can you use them […]

Fix End Tag Start Tag Mismatch Error When Opening DOCX Files

by File in: Office Tips

If you’re using Word 2007, 2010 or 2013, you might run into a strange error when opening a DOCX file. Recently, I tried to open a DOCX file I had created on Windows 8 using Office 2013 and got the following error message: The name in the end tag of the element must match the […]

Use HP Print and Scan Doctor to Fix Common Printer Problems

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I’m a huge fan of HP printers and I think overall they are the best printers for businesses as well as consumers. However, they come bundled with the worst possible software that not only bloats and slows down your system, but doesn’t really help all that much in connecting your computer to your printer, which […]

Force Close/Restart an App Instead of Suspending in Windows 8.1

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In Windows 8, there is a new feature by which you can drag an app window from the top and drag it down to the bottom to “close” it. Instead of closing the app and killing the process, Windows simply suspends the app. The system is optimized very well so that these suspended apps don’t […]

Avoid Installing Browser Extensions with Adware or Malware

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Up till now, I used to install browser extensions and add-ons like a child picking candies from a candy store. I really didn’t think twice about it even though I am extremely careful downloading and installing programs off the Internet. So why in the world I never thought browser extensions could be malicious is beyond […]