Archive for ‘Windows XP

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 »

Is Windows XP support ending or not?

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Not long ago, I posted about how Windows XP was going to be dangerous to use after April 8, 2014 because Microsoft was ending support for it.  So any new security holes that were discovered would not be patched up after that date.  Recently Microsoft announced that, since 95% of the world’s ATM machines are […] Read more »

Why Windows XP will be dangerous to use

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“So Microsoft won’t send out XP updates any more, what’s the big deal?” “My XP computer works fine – I’m going to use it until it dies!” “They’re not going to force me to upgrade!”   Those are some of the reactions that computer users have had, when advised that they will need to […] 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 »

Still using Windows XP?

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If you are still using Windows XP on your primary computer, it’s time to start thinking about making a change. Don’t get me wrong – I was a big fan of Windows XP.  It was stable, reliable, and pretty easy to work with for even a novice computer user.  But times change, and Windows […] Read more »

How to create a keyboard shortcut

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I am a big fan of shortcuts, particularly when it comes to using the computer.  If I can accomplish the same task and do it with 2 clicks instead of 5, why not?  Might as well save the time and effort. A good friend of mine does things a little differently.  If there is […] Read more »

How to disable the Send Error report

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Microsoft wants all the information it can get in order to improve its products.  That’s why, whenever a MS program crashes or does something unexpectedly, you get a little window that pops up asking you to click a button to let Microsoft know what just happened.  It’s your option, but you have to choose. […] Read more »