Archive for ‘Windows Vista

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Important security fix, and Windows Update setup

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Today’s tip isn’t really a fun or amazing thing you can do with your computer.  However, it is important if you use Internet Explorer with Windows.   This past week Microsoft announced that there was a “security vulnerability” in Internet Explorer that could allow hackers to go in through the web browser and execute […] Read more »