How-To

Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 7/8/10

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Although Microsoft is diligent in making sure Windows works well, not all hardware manufacturers and software publishers have the resources or motivation to provide products that operate flawlessly. If the hardware and software in your PC are not working correctly, you need a way to boot up Windows so you can find out which component […]

Use the Windows Snipping Tool to Capture Popup Menus

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While many people have begun to use the Windows Snipping tool instead of a third party product to grab screen images, not many realize that it can also be used to capture those elusive popup menus that are so critical when trying to describe how to do something in a document or web page. First […]

Manually Add a Contact to a Windows Live Mail Address Book

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Contacts in any e-mail program make it easy to keep track of recipients and easily send out e-mail messages to multiple people at the same time. Windows Live mail allows you to add contacts to a number of categories to keep them organized. Learn how to manually add a contact to your list of Windows […]

Perform a Zero Fill Using a Linux Live CD

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When you want to completely erase data from a hard drive, zero fill is one of the most thorough methods. Even after a drive has been formatted multiple times, it’s still possible to recover data from it. The easiest way to ensure that that data is not recoverable is to write data over it. This […]

Remove Windows Messenger from Windows 7, Vista, and XP

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Windows Messenger and Windows Live Messenger are useful programs for instant messaging. However, if you don’t use instant messaging, Messenger can quickly become a resource hogging annoyance that can pop up at the worst possible time. Fortunately, you can remove or uninstall Messenger in all versions of Windows XP, Vista and 7. Windows XP Since […]

Change the Registered Owner Name in Windows 7/8/10

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When Windows is first installed, Microsoft asks you a series of questions about the owner of the computer upon which the operating system is being loaded. Once you choose the name of the owner, Microsoft uses this information as the person to whom Windows is licensed. If you bought your computer with Windows pre-installed, the […]

Restart the Explorer.exe Process Correctly in Windows

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You may think that you need to restart your computer in order for registry changes to take place. Not necessarily. Restarting the explorer.exe process performs the same function. Explorer.exe is the program component in Windows that provides the Windows Shell. The Windows Shell or Explorer creates and presents the entire Windows user interface, such as […]

Troubleshoot RAM with Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool

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Failed or failing memory is one of the most common causes of the Windows Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). If you start getting an unexplained BSOD, your computer’s RAM may be the cause. If Windows encounters or suspects a memory error, the operating system sometimes kicks in the Memory Diagnostic Tool to systematically test your […]

Create Index Cards in MS Word

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Index cards are useful for many things, from making flashcards to study for tests to printing recipes to keep in a nice, neat recipe box. You can print index cards from MS Word easier than you think. All you need is a stack of blank index cards and a printer that will print on them […]

Re-enable Always Ask Before Opening this Type of File Check Box in Windows

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Sometimes, when you download a file from the internet, a File Download dialog box displays, asking whether you want to open the file or save the file to disk. There is a check box on this dialog box, called Always ask before opening this type of file, on the dialog box. If you don’t want […]