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Best Software To Upgrade Hard Drive?

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Paul from NW Chicago Suburbs writes: What is the best way to copy all the information on one hard drive and put it on another when upgrading to a larger hard drive, including the Windows XP Pro operating system. I want to go from a mechanical hard drive to a SSD… Continue reading

I’ve Always Wanted To Know: What’s the difference between an address and a search box? Why can’t I get to a website by typing the address? Continue reading

CHKDSK Warning: F Parameter?

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Tom from Pennsylvania writes: I am running windows XP home edition service pack 3. I was running the CHKDSK and a warning come up that the F parameter was not specified. Can you elaborate on this? I have had the computer shut down and reboot while I was using it, is why I was running CHKDSK. I am using Microsoft Security essentials for virus protection. Continue reading

Remove E-Mail Address On Live.Com

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Laurie from United States writes: I have some unwanted/incorrect e-mail addresses in my contact list in my Live.com account. I have looked for ways to delete entries, but I can’t seem to find anything except “edit”. How do you remove an e-mail address from the contact list in this case? Answer… Continue reading

FreeFileSync – Great File Sync/Backup Tool

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a simple utility you could use to synchronize and backup just a few folders? Would you like a utility that allows you to easily pick a folder and then select a destination? How about a program that will automatically figure out what’s missing, what’s new and whats changed and move the files it needs to over for you? You’re in luck. Continue reading

Flash Drive: How To Format/Erase Everything

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Don from New Mexico writes: How do I delete all the information off a flash drive, so that I can put new information on it? Answer: Formatting a flash drive will wipe all the information off of the drive. Start by inserting the flash drive into… Continue reading

Microsoft Baseline Security Scanner, MBSA; what does it do? Is it worthwhile for an individual to have and use? I already have a virus scanner, Malwarebytes, Spybot, CCleaner, etc; is it worthwhile to have MBSA in addition? Thanks. Answer: Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) is a security tool designed for computer… Continue reading

Unlocking Your Phone Is Now Illegal

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Did you know that unlocking your phone is now illegal in the United States? What is unlocking? Why would you want to unlock a phone? Why is it illegal if you own the phone? Continue reading

The United States Postal Service (USPS) will stop home delivery of first class mail on Saturdays later this year. This news has left many people confused about what will happen to online orders that are delivered by the USPS. We’ve got all the facts you need to know ahead. Continue reading

What’s So Great About 3D Microchips?

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

I’ve Always Wanted To Know: What’s so great about 3D microchips? Why is it any better then the current 2D production method? Answer: Microchips currently are made using a two dimensional (2D) process which means that circuits are all laid out on a single level of the chip. If microchips could be designed in three dimensions instead of just two, then you could build levels on top of each other. Continue reading

Windows Update Stuck on MS Works

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Norman from Pennsylvania writes: Every time I start up my computer I get a notification from Windows Update that I have an important update for Microsoft Works 9 (KB2754670). I do not have Microsoft Works 9 installed in my computer. How can I stop this message from popping up constantly? Continue reading

Is It The Website Or My Connection?

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

What do you do when a website won’t connect? Do you pull your hair out? Reset your router? Call your internet company? Reboot your PC? You can’t figure out what it could be because you don’t know if the problem is on your end or the website’s end. Continue reading

Do you have Windows 8? Are you frustrated with the new interface and how they moved and changed pretty much everything? In early testing Microsoft allowed (via a registry hack) users to re-enable the start menu but before the release of Windows 8 removed this feature. Thankfully some very creative people over at Classic Shell have released a freeware utility which can… Continue reading

Cel Mengata from St Paul, Minnesota writes: What is the difference between bandwidth and Broadband, and how do they work? Answer: There is a term called technobabble which is when industries use language and words that are common knowledge in that industry but to the rest of the world make little or no sense. I’ve… Continue reading

One of the hardest parts of dieting or just eating healthy is figuring out the nutritional information for food when you are eating out. But there’s an easy way to find out the calorie count for your meals. Continue reading

How Does Noise Cancellation Work?

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Noise cancellation headphones have become increasingly popular over the last decade but how do they work? What is the difference between noise reduction and noise cancellation? Which is better for what situation? Continue reading

How would you like a utility that allows you to capture anything you see on the screen? Not only capture but save, print or paste into other programs? How would you like it to have an easy interface where you simply drag a box over what you want to capture and press enter? Continue reading

Laptop Battery Needs Replacing: Help!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

What if your computer keeps telling you that your battery is no longer useful and needs to be replaced? Mine does that every day, but I can’t afford a new one. Answer: Contacting the manufacturer for a replacement can cost hundreds of dollars. I’ve got some good news: you can probably find one for a lot cheaper. Continue reading

Which Windows Updates To Install?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

I have replaced the hard drive on an older XP machine and have re-installed XP Pro and SP1, SP2 and SP3. After the installation there was still about 150 updates that MS auto updater says need to be installed. Are all of these necessary? How can I determine which ones to download and install? Continue reading

Windows 8 Fax & Scan – Multiple Pages

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Ron from MD writes: I’m using Windows 8 Fax & Scan. I can’t figure out how to scan a multi-page document into a single computer file. Every page scans into a separate file. I didn’t have this problem when I was using Microsoft Office 2003 scanning software. However, I’m now using Microsoft Office 2007, which doesn’t seem to contain the scanning software. I can’t imagine scanning software that won’t do what I want to do. Can you explain what’s going on? Continue reading

Old PC & New PC: Can I Use Both?

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Sandy from Sparks, Nevada writes: I have a new laptop that came loaded with Windows 7. My desktop, which I love and adore, is loaded with the original (and updates, of course) of XP. I have no plans of changing the desktop, its still working great, but the laptop is new and I’m wondering if I will have an compatibility problems between the two since they are both hooked up to the same router and wireless printer. The laptop is still in the box, not set up yet…. Answer:The good news is if your older computer is… Continue reading

The most popular office productivity software is Microsoft Office with millions of users in schools, businesses and at home. The major complaint of almost everyone who uses office isn’t about the quality of the software, but the price. The full version of Office 2013 Plus runs close to $500. How would you like to get a completely legal official copy from Microsoft for only $10? Continue reading

How To Get The Most Out Of Tech Support

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

The irony among buyers of anything electronic or technical is they want a company with good support, but most people fear calling for help. If you ask a tech support agent, they will tell you horror stories, and if you ask customers, they will counter with just as many horror stories. What can you do to get the most out of the technical support department of a company when you call or e-mail? Continue reading

Desktop Shortcut To Put Computer To Sleep

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Ken from Greer,SC writes: Is there any way to create a desktop shortcut to put my computer to sleep? I use Windows 7 Home Premium. Answer: A shortcut to put your computer to sleep is a fantastic idea and it’s pretty simple to do… Continue reading

CES 2013 saw the first hands-on with the Surface Pro from Microsoft. This tablet is not the Surface released months ago running a limited Windows 8 RT edition, but the full desktop version of Windows 8 with support for all of the hardware & software of a traditional laptop. Dell however released a far more interesting… Continue reading

Microsoft Messenger Going Away, Welcome Skype

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Scott from Souza writes: Yesterday Microsoft Messenger sent me an email telling me I had to “update to Skype” or lose my account. I assume, therefore, that I will also lose my Hotmail account and everything in it. I’m concerned that Skype is a social networking service (none of which I trust for security reasons). I have not been able to find answers to these concerns by searching online, and I was wondering what you and your readers know about all of this. Thanks much. Answer: Microsoft… Continue reading

Jack from Worthington, OH writes: My laptop has a built-in wireless LAN adapter that I currently use. Can I plug in and use an external adapter (the USB kind) without interfering with my built-in adapter? Will it upset the future use of my internal adapter? What about my encryption and security settings? Answer: The most common complaint in regards to Wi-Fi is related to losing or having unreliable connections. Each… Continue reading

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