Archive for ‘Windows 8

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 »

How to make sure your Windows search includes your Outlook emails

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Recently I was dealing with a client of mine that owns a small business (actually it’s not all that small, as he does several million dollars in business each year).  Charles was getting frustrated with his computer because it wouldn’t do what he wanted it to do.  What made the situation even more maddening for […] 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 »

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 image above.  […] 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 this email:
I’d […] 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 this, […] 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.
 
 
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Should you upgrade to Windows 8?

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On October 26, 2012, just a few days ago, Microsoft released its newest Windows operating system – Windows 8.  They REALLY want you to use it.  In fact, the price for upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8 is only $40.  And if you buy a new Windows 7 computer now, you can get the […] Read more »