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How to move your Windows taskbar to any edge of the screen

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Sometimes I’ll be at the home or business of a client, checking out a problem on their Windows computer, and I’ll notice that their taskbar is positioned on the top edge of the screen, or on the left or right side.  Since the taskbar is normally on the bottom edge of the screen, I have […] Read more »

Computer problem? Record your Windows screen and send it to me

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When trying to diagnose a computer problem, there’s an old saying that is still true: a picture is worth a thousand words.  If that’s the value of a picture, then a series of pictures must be worth a million words.  In many cases where a verbal description just doesn’t quite cut it, seeing a sequential […] Read more »

Microsoft Security Essentials 2013 upgrade is legitimate

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Microsoft has just released an upgrade to their antivirus program, Security Essentials.  This is one of several updates that have been released today (the second Tuesday of each month is known as Patch Tuesday, and is the regular day for Microsoft to put out updates such as this).  I am posting this to let you […] Read more »

How to move lots of data easily and smoothly on your PC

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Something I used to dread: copying a large amount of data from one location to another.  For example, a 1500-song music collection from a computer’s hard drive to an external drive.  Or 100 folders with 50 gb of high-resolution photos from a portable drive to a new computer.  When you have to move a big […] Read more »

How to turn off annoying User Account Control

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I turned off UAC (User Account Control) on my computer long ago, but I still see it pop up on client computers pretty regularly.  It’s only still there because people have gotten used to being forced to click on it, and they don’t know how to turn it off. Take a look at the […] Read more »

How to REALLY get just the software you need

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Last Monday in my blog/podcast I recommended that you set Windows Updates to download and install ALL Windows Updates automatically – both the updates labeled “Important” and the updates labeled “Optional”.  I need to revise that advice. First, I want to thank my friend Larry for bringing this to my attention.  Larry sent me […] Read more »

Make sure you are getting ALL Windows updates

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Update: Please read this blog post before following any instructions below. I recently had a client who brought me a computer that had a few different issues.  They all seemed to be unrelated – odd error messages popping up, the screen not displaying content the way it should all the time, etc.  In cases like […] Read more »

Make Windows 8 look like Windows 7 or XP

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If you just bought a new computer and it has Windows 8, I’ll bet you miss Windows 7.  Maybe you even miss good ol’ Windows XP.  If so, you’re going to really like this – it’s a way to make your brand new Windows 8 computer look and feel like Windows 7 or XP.   […] Read more »

Internet Explorer 10 now available for Windows 7 users

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In the near future, you might hear about the newest version of Microsoft’s web browser – Internet Explorer.  They have released version 10.  Up until a few days ago, you could only get Internet Explorer 10 as part of the newest version of Windows (Windows 8).  Now, you can get a “Pre-Release” version that will […] Read more »

Shortcut tip for the Windows taskbar icons

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Today’s tip is quick and easy, and I’ll bet it’s something that most Windows 7 users are not aware of.  I love telling people about stuff like this. You probably already have some shortcut icons on your desktop.  Let’s say, for example, you have these shortcuts displayed: Outlook MS Word Firefox iTunes Skype […] Read more »