Fix NT Kernel & System Process CPU Usage in Windows 7

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I recently ran into a strange problem where a process called System (NT Kernel & System) was using about 15 to 30 percent of the CPU on my Windows 7 machine all the time. In the above screenshot, System is using 0 percent CPU, which is how it normally should be. The system process basically […]

Troubleshoot and Fix Office 2013 Problems with Repair

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If you’re having problems with any Office 2013 program like Word 2013, Excel 2013 or Outlook 2013, you can always perform a repair, which will try to fix any issues that may be causing the program to not load properly or ┬ásome other type of problem. To repair Office 2013, you first have to open […]

Office 2013 – Replace Someone’s SkyDrive with Your Name

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In Office 2013, you can save your documents to the cloud using Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud service. You get a decent amount of free space and you can access your files via Mac, Windows, the Internet, or smartphone if you saves your files there. I have tested it out by using my SkyDrive account and it […]

What Happened to Disk Defragmenter in 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. ┬áNot really sure why the name changes were necessary, but if you’re looking for something in Windows 8 […]

Difference between Windows Media Center and Windows Media Player in Windows 8

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If you haven’t heard already, Windows 8 has one huge chunk of software missing that used to be included by default: Windows Media Center. Due to media decoding licensing costs that OEMs have to pay for DVD playback capabilities, Microsoft has removed Windows Media Center from Windows 8 completely. There are two ways to get […]

Create a Desktop Shortcut to All Apps in Windows 8

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Windows 8 removed the Start Menu and now if you want to see all the apps that you have installed on your system, you have to go to the Start Screen, right-click and then click on All apps. I personally find this very annoying since previously I could just click on Start and All Programs! […]

Fix Windows Explorer Window Opening on Startup

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I recently ran into a really annoying problem on my Windows 7 64-bit PC: every time I restarted it and booted into Windows, the Windows Explorer Libraries window would pop up. It never occurred before and I could not pinpoint any particular software or update that I had installed that would cause it to start […]

Copy Data Off a Laptop or Desktop Hard Drive

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I recently had a client who was running Windows 7 and got a horrific computer virus that prevented him from starting up his computer. Unfortunately, he had a ton of files on his hard drive that he needed and therefore could not simply format and start from scratch. If you are in a similar situation […]

7 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for 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 […]

Fix Missing Windows Metro Apps in Windows 8

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If you recently upgraded Windows 8 Release Preview or Windows 8 Consumer Preview to Windows 8 RTM, you may have run into a couple of strange problems like missing apps and tiles. Some users have reported that the Desktop tile was missing from their Start Screen and a bunch of other preinstalled apps like Windows […]