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Mark from Hurricane WV writes: I just brought a new HP laptop with Windows 8 on. Is there away to have an app that I’ve been using on a regular basis show up in the start menu like it does in Windows 7? Answer: Your recently used applications should automatically show up in the third set of application tiles. If they are not… Continue reading

Donna from Indiana writes: I am wanting an iPad or iPad mini but can’t find out what are the differences other than size? Answer: Apple’s iPad Mini is a huge hit with consumers, with some websites estimating sales exceeding that of the traditional iPad. To the casual observer the two units would appear to be the same since they… Continue reading

What Is An Achievement?

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

I’ve Always Wanted To Know: If you have a Facebook profile, you may have seen posts from friends talking about an achievement they earned playing a game. If you play games yourself on your phone, computer or gaming system, you are probably receiving these achievements, too. What is an achievement, though? Continue reading

Restore Windows Paint

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Robert from Raymond Maine writes: How do I get my Windows Paint program back? I tried to repair it from the program files, but it says it has a damaged file and won’t install. I am running XP Pro and IE. Answer: You can reinstall Paint or other Windows built-in programs you are missing fairly easily in Windows XP. Start by clicking… Continue reading

On April 8th 2014 Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP with critical security updates. This will make running XP quite dangerous due to security exploits and bugs that will be discovered but not patched. Many users are considering upgrading to Windows 7. To check if your computer and devices are compatible with upgrading to Windows 7 you can download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. Continue reading

Clone External Hard Drive

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

George from Ohio writes: I read how to clone a hard drive(mechanical toSSD). If I want to clone an external hard drive, is the process the same, or do I have to do something different (and if so what)? Continue reading

Need A New Printer: Which To Buy?

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Kay from Dallas, Texas writes: I have a Dell desktop computer. I recently, like a fool, had Windows 7 installed on this computer. I originally had Windows XP. To make a long story short, my printer, a Dell, is not compatible with Windows 7 and I have been told that I need to get a new one. What do you recommend? I have been advised NOT to purchase a Dell. Your help will certainly be appreciated. I do so enjoy reading all of your advice on helping those of us who are a little behind on today’s technology. Continue reading

John from Yuma, AZ writes: My grandson loaned his Acer laptop to a friend and he somehow changed the password in the BIOS. I am somewhat computer savvy and have tried everything that I know, all to no avail. Acer will fix the problem for a couple of hundred dollars and the place where it was purchased (Best Buy) will not touch it, even though it was still under warranty. How can I access the BIOS and change the password or even eliminate it all together? Continue reading

Printers come in two basic varieties, inkjet and laser but print paper can fill aisles at your local office supply store. What’s the major difference and which type is best? Is there a reason to go with the same manufacturer of printer paper as your printer or is it all the same? Let’s dig through the differences between printer papers page by page and find out. Continue reading

How To Get Rid Of About:Blank

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

John from Kilmucklin, Ireland writes: Hi guys, when I try to open a new tab on windows 7 all I get is “about:blank. When I try to change the settings on internet options, it works the way i want it to but my problem is when i power off my PC and turn it back on again I’m greeted with this “about:blank” again. I have tried scanning my PC but this nightmare continues, any assistance would be greatly welcome. Continue reading

On March 5th, Seagate announced its third-generation solid state hybrid drives, SSHD for short, in both traditional laptop size and, for the first time ever, a desktop-sized hard drive. Is the performance worth the upgrade? Continue reading

I’ve Always Wanted To Know: Why Is Software Being Sold As A Subscription? Answer: The early days of software were simple times: you purchased a floppy disk with a piece of software on it and you could use it wherever you wanted for an unlimited amount of time. Fast forward 40 years and we’re being offered many popular software packages as subscriptions or limited time versions, but why? What is the advantage for software developers and what does it mean for consumers? Continue reading

Beware copyright infringers and file sharers! A new copyright alert system is being implemented by a wide range of national and local Internet service providers. The effects of being flagged in this system can be as minor as a pop-up or as extreme as termination of your service, so read on to find out what it is, why it’s being implemented and what you can do if you’re falsely accused… Continue reading

MiniTool Partition Wizard

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

How would you like a free, guided utility which allows you partition your hard drive, copy a drive and run surface tests all through an easy-to-use interface? Partion Wizard Home Edition from MiniTool is a utility to that does just that. Continue reading

They say only two things in life are certain: Death and Taxes. I’d like to add another to that list: batteries will always cost a fortune. Sanyo, the makers of the Eneloop brand of rechargeable batteries, promises to change that. I put these batteries to the test for a year. Here’s what I found… Continue reading

How To Add To Send To Menu

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Laverne from Omak WA writes: I had my Jigsaw program so I could right click on a picture and use the open with and open it in the Jigsaw, all of a sudden that is not in my “send to” right-click. I have the program but don’t know how to get it back in there Any suggestions? Thank you for your help. Continue reading

I’ve Always Wanted To Know: What’s the advantage to building your own computer? Is it better than customizing one from a manufacturer like Dell or Apple? Answer: There are two ways to buy a computer: pre-built from a large manufacturer or building your own. I have been building my own computers for over 15 years and was asked recently… Continue reading

Task Manager File Menu & Tabs Missing

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Ray from SLC, UT writes: I don’t know why, but my Windows Task Manager doesn’t have the normal Address Bar up topm not the Menu bar of File/Options/View/Help and none of the tabs Processes or Services or Networking etc either. I hope you can help me bring back the full functionality of the Task Manager. Answer: If it’s what I think, the fix is really simple… Continue reading

Peter from Kerrville, Texas writes: My system runs Windows XP, Service Pack 3. In the “Windows” directory there is a sub-directory labeled “Installer”. This directory is very large (2 GB) and contains many .msp and .msi files. My question is can any of these files be deleted in order to regain some disk space? Thank you in advance for your help and answer. Answer: The good news is… Continue reading

Saving E-Mail From Outlook

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Bill from Chattanooga, TN writes: We receive our emails on Microsoft Outlook. Is there a way to copy emails form M. S. to a flash drive/USB Port? Thanks. Answer: There are two main ways to save an e-mail onto a flash drive. The first method saves just the single e-mail, the second method saves your entire e-mail box. I recommend Continue reading

I’ve Always Wanted To Know: Why aren’t return policies on tech products all the same? Depending on the product and the store you purchased an item from, returns can be easy, difficult, frustrating or refused completely. So why are there so many different policies? I’ll try to shed some light into the “why” behind the return policies. Continue reading

Windows 8: E-Mail Send To Options Broken

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

AJM from Illinois writes: Under the File Menu, the send To Options for-Page by email & Link by email are greyed out on my Windows 8 PC. I have this feature on my old Vista PC. How can this be corrected? Thanks Continue reading

Charles from Las Vegas, NV writes: OK, I buy a new machine, and it comes with Windows 8, and I want to go back to Windows 7. If I already own a full copy of Windows 7, why can’t I just reformat and install the copy I have and not have to worry [or pay] for any Pro copy of Windows 8? – Chuck B Answer:… Continue reading

LibreOffice 4.0 Released – Free Office Suite

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

LibreOffice has released version 4.0 of their popular free office suite with some exciting improvements. Is it worth a download? Is it as good as Microsoft Office 2013? I’ll give you just the facts below. LibreOffice is a Open Source project spun off of the popular Open Office suite. The suite of application includes… Continue reading

Digital Coupons From Your Supermarket

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Did you know that food costs make up on average 6% of a typical middle class household budget? Would you like to save a whole lot of cash at supermarket with as little effort as possible? Here’s how to do it… Continue reading

SATA & IDE At The Same Time?

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Bill from LA. writes: Can you mix hard drives (SATA and IDE) one for the OS and the other for your backup if you have the proper connections? or is it better to have two of the same kind in your desktop computer? Answer: Yes and no. Here’s why the answer is complicated… Continue reading

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