Is there a Classic View in Windows 7?

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Yes Windows 7 has some fancy eye-candy graphics and display options with the new Aero interface, but maybe you don’t want that? Maybe you’ve gotten accustomed to the classic Windows look which has been around since Windows 95? If so, well there is an answer! Luckily, Microsoft is not crazy enough to completely cut out […]

Fix “Cannot Start Microsoft Office Outlook” Error

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I recently ran into a problem when using Microsoft Outlook on my laptop. It’s got Windows 7 and I am using Office 2010 at the moment. I went to open Outlook and I got the following error: Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window. I hadn’t run into any problems with Office […]

Fix “There was a problem sending a command to the program” Error

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Windows is full of strange error messages that I’ve written many posts on previously, so in this post I will cover another odd one. I recently ran into this message: There was a problem sending a command to the program I ran into this error while trying to open web links from my email program. […]

Retrieve Your Wireless Network Security Key in Windows

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Have you experienced a situation where you have to add a computer to your wireless network and you can’t find the network security key? Windows 7, like previous versions of Windows, remembers (with your permission) the network security key when you first connect to a secured wireless (Wi-Fi) network protected by WEP, WPA, or WPA2. […]

Show the Classic Navigation Tree in Windows 7 Explorer

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Windows Explorer in Windows 7 has undergone some major changes, one of which is the new Navigation pane. The classic tree view of folders and directories from Windows Vista and XP has been replaced by a list of groups like Favorites, Libraries, Homegroup, Computer, and Network. The Computer group does not display unused drives like […]

Terminal Tricks: Use the Terminal as an alarm clock

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If you keep your computer on all the time, and are looking for a nice way to wake up in the morning, it’s simple.  All you need is your regular music player and the ‘sleep’ command.  The ‘sleep’ command is a built-in tool (at least in Ubuntu), that allows you to set a timer for […]

How to Add a Program to Startup in Windows XP

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Want a specific program to run every time Windows starts? Maybe you created your own program or downloaded something off the Internet. Either way, it’s relatively simple to add a program to the startup in Windows XP. There are mainly two ways to go about doing this. One is to add a shortcut to the […]

Should You Use ReadyBoost on Your PC?

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With the introduction of Windows 7 came a cool sounding new feature called ReadyBoost. It was the talk for a while about how you could instantly speed up your computer by just plugging in a USB drive and BAM, you have additional RAM to work with! This feature is also available in Windows 8 and […]

CD/DVD Drive Missing in Windows?

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I recently ran into a problem where my DVD drive on Windows was missing from the list of devices in My Computer. It was there earlier, but simply disappeared! After doing some research, I found a couple of solutions that worked. Unfortunately, the solutions are different depending on which OS you are running: XP, Vista […]

Optimize Windows 7 Startup and Boot Time

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I have found that Windows 7 runs fairly faster than Windows XP and Windows Vista right out of the box. The footprint has definitely been lessened and it doesn’t feel as bloated as Vista did. However, as with any operating system, you can tweak or change the software and hardware to truly maximize performance. With […]