Create Custom Environment Variables in Windows 7

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By default, Windows uses certain environment variables to allow users to quickly access certain paths and directories within the operating system. This helps to make Windows easier to navigate. By defining and setting up your own custom environment variables, you can create direct paths and shortcuts to apps, directories, URLs and more. Environment variables in […]

Super Charge CCleaner with Hundreds of Extensions

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I’m a big fan of CCleaner because it does a great job of finding all the crap on my computer and getting rid of it. I run it once a month and it usually frees up a couple of hundred MBs. Plus, the registry cleaner does a good job without ever messing up my system. […]

HDG Explains – What is the System Reserved Partition?

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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

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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 […]

What to Look for When Buying PC Speakers

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Computer speakers are one of those PC accessories that are almost essential; and you can spend anywhere from $10.00 to $1,000.00 for quality PC speakers, depending on your budget. In today’s post, we will review some things to look for when choosing a sound system for your computer. I enjoy listening to music a lot, […]

System Restore Points Missing in Windows 7?

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I recently ran into a problem where all my restore points in Windows 7 were disappearing. If I created a system restore point and then restarted the PC, the restore point would be gone! I could not figure out why this was happening, but after doing some research I managed to get the problem fixed. […]

Lost Windows 7 Install Disc? Create a New One From Scratch

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If you’ve misplaced your Windows 7 install disc, which may be the actual discs that came with your PC or a retail Windows 7 install disc that you bought separately, then reinstalling Windows can be a bit frustrating. However, there is a very simple way to create your own Windows 7 install disc for Home […]

Best Clipboard Manager for Windows 7 & Windows 8

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I have been looking for a good clipboard manager program for years and had gotten so sick of trying them out and not being satisfied, that I finally gave up and haven’t used on in years. Until today! While browsing some freeware site, I ran across a clipboard manager called Shapeshifter that works on Windows […]

Find and Fix Damaged MP3 Files

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Do you have a huge collection of MP3 files? If so, you probably have run into all kinds of issues with your music files from missing track data to unplayable songs to poor sound quality, etc, etc. There are literally hundreds of issues that can occur with MP3 files. There are lots of programs out […]

Fix “Setup is Preparing Your Computer for First Use” on Every Reboot

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Have you ever run into the problem where every time you start up Windows, you get the following message: Setup is preparing your computer for first use This happened to me on a Windows 7 machine. Actually, I had created an image of Windows 7 and then restored that image to a different machine. When […]