Transfer Files and Settings from XP to Windows 7

by File in: Windows 7

Migrating a user account from one computer to another used to be a pain.  If you have programs with settings stored in your Windows user profile, you can’t just copy the user folder from one computer to another – sure you can copy the pictures and videos, but what about the program settings, Internet favorites […]

Windows 7/8/10 – How to Delete Files Protected by TrustedInstaller

by File in: Windows 7

Did you know that a lot of files in Windows are not owned by you, even if you are the Administrator? They are instead owned by an entity called the “Trusted Installer”. Such a wonderful sounding name eh! So that’s not a problem most of the time, unless you need to delete certain system files […]

Fix “Windows is unable to install to the selected location” in Windows 7 or Vista

by File in: Windows 7

So while playing around with Windows 7 and installing it on various computers, I ran across an interesting error message that you might also see: Windows is unable to install to the selected location Or you may also see this associated message when trying to select a disk to install Windows 7 to: Setup was […]

Windows 7 Will Not Sleep or Not Sleeping

by File in: Windows 7

So playing around with Windows 7 has been fun, but there are a few quirks. For example, on one of my laptops, Windows 7 does not go to Sleep mode. It looks like it is about to go to sleep, but instead wakes up immediately. Other times it sleeps, but wakes up randomly even though […]

Windows 7 – Edit the Hosts File

by File in: Windows 7

Need to figure out how to edit the HOSTS file in Windows 7? For the most part, it’s pretty much the same as Windows XP and Vista, but with a few extra hiccups! Just in case you don’t know, the HOSTS file is where you can manually enter a hostname and an IP address pair, […]

Windows Features On or Off Dialog is Empty in Windows 7 or Vista

by File in: Windows 7

If you’ve recently upgraded to Windows 7 or did a clean install of Windows 7, the first thing you’ll want to do is run Windows Update to download the latest security patches and fixes. However, you may also get an error message with the following error code below: 0x80073712 Or if you go into the […]

How to Enable System Restore in Windows 7

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Before you install more programs and drivers on your newly installed Windows 7 PC, make sure you have System Protection enabled. System protection is a feature that regularly creates and saves information about your computer’s system files and registry. System protection also saves previous versions of files that you’ve modified. It saves these files in […]

Fix “Inaccessible Boot Device” in Windows 7 and Vista

by File in: Windows 7

If you like tinkering with computers a lot, you might just end up causing your computer not to load! I recently was playing around in the BIOS on my Windows 7 test box and ended up getting the following error message after restarting my computer: STOP 0x0000007B INACCESSABLE_BOOT_DEVICE Luckily, I knew it was something that […]

How to Uninstall Windows 7

by File in: Windows 7

With the release of Windows 7, there will be those people who still will want to revert back to Vista or XP for some reason or another. If you want to uninstall Windows 7 and go back to the previous OS, you may or may not be able to do so. In this post, I […]

Prevent Windows from Turning Off USB Devices

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To save power, Windows automatically shuts down the power to USB ports.  It surely saves power, but what if it is causing you problems with your auxiliary devices or if you simply need a USB device that is always powered? Power management is also a common cause of USB-connected device issues; if Windows is able […]