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What happens to Windows 7 in January?

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I get questions regularly now from people asking, “What happens when Windows 7 expires?” They’re concerned that their computer will stop working, or that they will lose their important files. Fortunately those things won’t happen, but there is still reason for concern. Here’s the bottom line.   The main factor for consideration here is […] Read more »

Shut down your Windows computer WITHOUT waiting for updates to finish

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It’s one of the most frustrating things about Windows. You go to shut off your computer, and rather than just shut down, it decides it’s time to install a bunch of updates. So you wait and wait while this happens, all the while wondering why your computer is forcing you to stand there and watch […] Read more »

A little program that I now can’t live without

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I love little pieces of software that focus on a single problem and solve it efficiently. A while back I found something that does this, and now I use it every day. In fact, if it’s turned off for some reason, I notice the difference almost immediately. And it’s free.   Here’s the problem: […] Read more »

How to show folder sizes in Windows

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Some things seem so obvious. But, just about every week (if not every day) some new “research study” comes out with an end result that any reasonable person with half a brain could have come up with. And we the taxpayers are often paying for these ridiculous things! Some important “findings” include “students who do […] Read more »

How to save disk space, and reduce the size of your backup

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Last week I told you about how my backup process saved all of my critical data twice in the last couple of months. One of those backups is called a system image backup and it saves EVERYTHING on your hard drive. As a result, that backup can be pretty big. Today we’ll talk about an […] Read more »

What do the Function keys do?

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Every Windows keyboard has the same row of keys across the top – the Function keys. Those are the keys at the top of the keyboard labeled F1, F2, F3 and so on up to F12. One of the questions I get asked sometimes is, “What do the function keys actually do?” As with a […] Read more »

What to do about Windows 10

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On June 1, 2015 – about a week ago – you might have noticed something new on your computer. You would have seen this if you are using Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. It’s the Windows 10 notification, encouraging you to “reserve” your free upgrade to Windows 10.   That morning, I […] Read more »

Lost your volume icon? Here’s how to get it back

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Every once in a while I get a phone call from a frustrated computer user.  Their complaint?  The volume icon has disappeared!  Which means they can’t use the on-screen icon that normally allows them to raise or lower their speaker volume.  Where does it go?  And more importantly, how do you get it back? […] Read more »

How to change a drive letter in Windows

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Today’s tip is pretty specific.  You may never need to use it.  I personally went a long time without needing to know how to change a drive letter in my Windows computer.  But when the situation came up that required this to happen, it was very nice to know how to do it.  And it’s […] Read more »

Installing sketchy software? Create a restore point first

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No matter how careful you normally are with your computer, there are probably some times when you kind of push the limits of “safe” usage.  I do this sometimes too.  I’m talking specifically about installing software that you aren’t 100% sure is safe.  This could mean a program that you discovered on a Google search […] Read more »