Windows 8 Device Guide

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Windows 8’s touch friendly metro interface is a feature that has been heavily criticized for desktop and traditional PC use and applauded for tablet use. Microsoft is of course a tech leader, so could a simple, futuristic OS like Windows 8 help push PC innovation forward? When you create a hybrid, tablet/desktop OS like Windows […]

HDG Guide to Customizing and Organizing the Windows 8 Start Screen

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I’ve written a lot about Windows 8 and some of it’s advanced features, but I haven’t yet gone through a detailed explanation of the new Start Screen in Windows 8. It’s obviously a very different experience than the traditional Start Menu, but I’ve gotten the hang of it now. In this article, I wanted to […]

7 Ways to Backup a Computer

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Backing up your computer is mainly a safeguard that gives you reassurance that if your computer should fail, whether it be due to a virus, BSOD or even a faulty hard drive, you will still have all of your important files and data. There are quite a few options for backing up a computer. Depending […]

iPod Shuffle Bricked, Not Charging?

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I recently came across an issue with a Apple iPod Shuffle that wouldn’t power on. It was simply operating correctly one day, and the next day, it refused to power on. At first I figured the device was bricked and it was time to be thrown to the garbage. However, a unusual fix got the […]

Fix Base System Device Not Found in Device Manager

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I recently did a clean install of Windows 7 on my PC and downloaded all the drivers from the manufacture’s website and thought everything was good to go. I happened to go into Device Manager and noticed that there was a problem with Base System Device. Actually, there were several Base System Device driver errors, […]

Fix Detected DNS Cache Poisoning Attack Message

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I have ESET Smart Security installed on one of my PCs and I recently got an alert message saying the following: Detected DNS Cache Poisoning Attack is detected by the ESET personal firewall Whoops! That definitely didn’t sound too good. A DNS cache poisoning attack is basically the same thing as DNS spoofing, which basically […]

5 Ways to Make Sure No One is Monitoring Your Computer

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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

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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?

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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 […]

Unable to Boot Windows with External Hard Drive Attached?

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I recently purchased a 2TB Western Digital My Book and connected it up to my Windows 7 PC at home. Everything was working great until I decided to restart the computer. Instead of Windows booting up, I simply got a black screen and nothing else. I could not boot into Windows! At first, I thought […]