Cannot Run Windows Update on a Windows 7 PC?

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Recently, I was working with a client and they had an issue updating their Windows 7 PC. Basically, whenever they tried to run a check for updates, they would get the following error message: Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer. Of […]

Redirect Output from the Windows Command Line to a Text File

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When you type a command on the Windows command line, the output from the command is displayed in the command prompt window. For some commands, the output can be several rows long and sometimes longer than the height of the command window, causing you to scroll to view all of the output. If you want […]

Convert Images Between Formats via the Command Line in Ubuntu

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If you need to convert an image from one format to another you can use GIMP to do so, but there is an easier way. You can use ImageMagick, which provides a way to convert images using the command line. Installing ImageMagick ImageMagick may already be installed. You can check in the Synaptic Package Manager. […]

Stop Windows 7 from Automatically Installing Device Drivers

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Although Windows 7 makes some things much easier than in previous versions of the operating system, sometimes it can be an aggressive bugger when it comes to detecting, downloading, and installing device drivers for newly discovered hardware. Many users of Windows 7 prefer to install drivers manually and don’t need the operating system helping out […]

Windows 7/10 Safe Mode – Boot Options

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In the first article in this series on Windows 7/10 Safe Mode, we looked at what to do when the F8 method of starting up Windows in Safe Mode just won’t work. However, we also uncovered a few boot option gems that can serve as powerful troubleshooting and diagnostic tools that the standard Safe Mode […]

Take Control of Windows 7 Administration

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Windows 7 represents a step forward in security for home PCs, but administration in the operating system can be a bit confusing. Everything from the secret administrator to User Account Control (UAC) puts a greater burden on the casual user. To take control of your computer’s administration, you have to understand how Windows 7 is […]

Quickly Add Date and Time Stamps to an Excel Worksheet

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You can easily change the format of any cell in an Excel worksheet to let the application know what type of data to expect. Two often used formats are the date and time. In fact, inserting the date and time into Excel is so common, Microsoft built in a few shortcuts and functions to help […]

2 Ways to Use Excel’s Transpose Function

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If you work extensively with Excel at home, at work, or in a home office, you have the luxury of setting up your worksheets exactly as you want them. However, each person has their own quirks and methods for working with Excel. Some prefer organizing data into columns and others into rows. If someone gives […]

How to Use Excel’s What-If Analysis

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One often overlooked feature of Excel is the What-If Analysis tool that allows you to explore different scenarios without changing the values in your spreadsheet. This function is particularly useful for economics and management majors as well as business owners because you can see how different values affect models, formulas, and projected profits. Excel’s What-If […]

Automatically Remove Duplicate Rows in Excel

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Excel is a versatile application having grown far beyond its early versions as simply a spreadsheet solution. Employed as a record keeper, address book, forecasting tool, and much more, many people even use Excel in ways it was never intended. If you use Excel a lot at home or in the office, you know that […]