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Archive for the ‘File & Disk Management’ Category



Imagine this – you have multiple users in your family sharing the same computer and operating system. You don’t want other users of the shared computer to run each and every program that’s installed in Windows 7. Some of the programs which you have installed require knowledge, and you don’t want your kids and other shared members to tinker with the application settings or change the configurations.… Continue reading

The File Folders Padlock Icon Explained

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

In windows 7, when I look at user folders, I see some folders have padlocks on them and others do not, what causes this and how do I remove the “padlock”. When I look at the properties of each folder, I cannot detect any difference.

How to Get Rid of the Mysterious Padlock Icon From Your File Folder

Windows 7, as in previous version of… Continue reading

Copying Files Using DOS

Monday, December 27th, 2010

It’s great to know there are some people still hooked on DOS. I too use it for tasks that would otherwise be a nightmare to accomplish using the Windows GUI. Continue reading

Saving Windows Live Emails

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Does your day begin with an hour or more commute to work sitting in a bus, train, or taxi? Perhaps you’re flying across country (or to another country) on a business trip, with many, many hours to be spent in flight en route to your destination. Or maybe you’re planning a multi-day road trip in your own car, for a meet up with friends and family back home. Then again… Continue reading

Changing File Type Icons in Windows 7

Monday, December 20th, 2010

David asks:

In Windows XP, changing file type icons was possible in a couple of ways; unfortunately it is not the same for Window 7. I have found comments using the registry but would rather not go down that path. If you can assist, I would appreciate the help.

David, the only solutions I found that didn’t involve registry hacks, required third party software. The… Continue reading

Clearing Out the Clipboard

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Elaine from San Diego, Calif. asks:

I am currently in a job where I have to do a lot of copying and pasting images and text. My clipboard gets really full and I would like a way to clear it quickly. Do you know of any way to do this?

Yes, I do, Elaine, and you will be one happy camper when you get… Continue reading

Create a Virtual Hard Drive in Windows 7

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Windows 7, Microsoft’s latest Windows release is the smoothest operating system I have come across in my entire life in terms of user experience. It has an easy to learn user interface that looks marvelous and does the job equally well. It is extremely snappy and has been done in great detail so that there are no loose ends. This has made Windows 7 a huge success over any earlier… Continue reading

June from Maryland asks:

I am so tired of having some of my programs open with no problem and some of them requiring Administrator rights. Is there any way to make it so that I can open any program with Administrator Rights? I have Vista.

June, do you remember the “good ole days” when you could just open a program and use it without… Continue reading

Ellen, from Columbus Ohio asks:

How do you delete a corrupt or unrecognized file from a flash drive?

Every now and again, for any number of possible reasons, a file can become corrupt, unreadable and, occasionally, seemingly impossible to delete from your USB flash drive. When these types of files appear, it can be frustrating attempting to rid your drive of the corrupt file(s) with… Continue reading

Windows 7 Troubleshooter

Monday, November 29th, 2010

If you’re having a computer problem, Windows 7 offers a quick route to a possible solution.

Just type the word Troubleshoot in the Start search box, and hit the Enter key, or select Troubleshooting from the list.

This will bring up the Windows 7 Troubleshooter. From there, you can choose from a list of potential problem… Continue reading

Sort By and Group By in Windows 7

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Organizing files in folders is easier when you utilize the Sort by and Group by options in Windows 7. You can sort and group files by name, type and date, but there are a whole slew of other ways to organize your files too. Here’s how to do it.

1. Open a folder with files you want to arrange. Then right-click on

Removing Google Redirect

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Dennis asks:

How do you remove Google-Redirect? What program do you recommend for a novice?

Hello Dennis, and thanks for the question. The Google Redirect Virus is a Trojan that attacks computers that have Google set as their home page, or use Google as their search engine. As you probably already know that is a lot of people, as Google is a very popular… Continue reading

How to Mount a Drive in Windows 7

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Mounting is an advanced disk management technique by which you can map an empty folder on any other hard disk partition. Let’s say you used to work on an important folder present inside the C drive, but now the drive has no space left. Now you are unable to create or copy any new file inside the folder of C drive. By using the mounting feature, you can create new… Continue reading

Low Memory Error

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Vivien from Port Charlotte, FL asks:

Every time I receive an attachment in e-mail that requires Windows Media Player, I get a message that my computer is low on memory. I know for a fact that I have lots of memory! What could be wrong?

If I may, Vivien, I would like to start by clarifying… Continue reading

Darik’s Boot and Nuke

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Serena, from North Carolina, asks:

I am looking to get rid of my computer, but I want to make sure that everything is off of my hard drive (banking info, etc.). How can I do this and be sure?

Serena, you are right to be cautious. Many people think that formatting a hard drive is the best thing to do in this situation. However, this still leaves behind… Continue reading

Opening .wps Files

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Virginia from Ozark, AR asks:

I use OpenOffice and a friend has sent a file that I cannot open. It is WPS. I don’t have any problem opening any other files. Can you help?

OpenOffice is supposed to be able to read many types of files, WPS included. Try following the steps below to open up a WPS file in OpenOffice, just to make sure you… Continue reading

Memory Sticks and Flash Drives

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Patrick from Olean, New York asks:

The USB MEMORY STICK is an amazing little thing, and so handy! My question? I have copied and pasted documents from My Documents without any problems. But from everything I read, you should download software in order to move this information from the computer to the USB Drive. So how am I

Cut, Paste, and Recover Files

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Greg asks:

What would be the difference between the cut/paste command to that of the delete command in terms of data recovery. e.g. if I delete something from my C: drive, I could usually get it back using recovery software providing it has not been overwritten. But if I cut a file from my C: drive and paste

Finding System Information in Vista

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Dolores of Carson City, Nevada, writes:

The other day I went to install a program and it told me to make sure that I had Vista SP2, and that it wouldn’t run if it had Vista SP1. I don’t know where to look for that. In fact, I know nothing about my computer. Can you help show me where to go to find everything?

Backing Up to an External Drive

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Duane from New Port Richey, FL asks:

I just bought an external hard drive and would like to copy my whole C-drive to it. How do I do this?

What you’re asking about here, Duane, is called a disc “image” or “mirror”. This is used to help you recover your Windows setup and all of your files in the case of catastrophic drive failure… Continue reading

Keyboard Shortcuts for Applications

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Darla from Boston, Massachusetts asks:

I have a couple of programs that I use a lot. I also like using keyboard shortcuts. Is there any way that I can make my own shortcuts for the ones I use the most?

Hi, Darla.

Yes, there most certainly is a way to make keyboard shortcuts for any application that you would like to… Continue reading

Finding the Run Command in Vista

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Anthony from Provo, Utah, asks:

When I had Windows XP, there was a Run line under the Start Menu. Now I have Vista, and there isn’t one! Why did they get rid of it? Where do I go to type commands in?

Hi, Anthony! Thanks for writing; this is an awesome question!

Here’s an awesome answer: Vista didn’t get rid of… Continue reading

Uninstalling a Stuck Program

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Babs from Michigan asks:

How do I remove MusicMatch jukebox 9 from my computer? It does not show up on my Add/Remove Programs area of my control panel.

Thanks for the question Babs. It’s frustrating when you want to uninstall a program and it won’t uninstall.

If MusicMatch Jukebox

Shirley from Fairfield, CA asks:

I understand that the many programs listed on the control panel may be what slow my computer. The security updates listed are 4 in 2007, 31 in 2008, 49 in 2009 and 37 already in 2010. A few are listed as Hot fix. Must they stay there year after year or can they be removed without causing trouble?

Well… Continue reading

Saving Emails to Disk

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Wim, from California asks:

How do I save an e-mail from MSN to an external hard disk or CD?

E-mail. Can you imagine a world without it? Even for those of us who grew up in the dark ages of handwritten letters sent via regular mail, trying to remember a time without a cluttered inbox, ever increasing spam folder, and gobs of messages marked for… Continue reading

WinUtilities Free Edition

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

I’m always looking for new products that will clean junk from my computer. As a result, after repeatedly installing new junk removing software, more junk accumulates. While I have kept, and still use, several other utilities, none seem to clean as thoroughly as WinUtilities. Most maintenance software misses or ignores certain items, including WinUtilities, but this one seems to find and correct more problems than any of the others. It… Continue reading

Speed Up Your Sluggish Computer

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Jeremy from Washington asks:

When I close certain programs, mainly Internet Explorer and Incredimail, the program is still running in the background and eating memory. What’s causing this?

First of all, you’ll want to make sure your computer isn’t affected with some sort of virus. A computer virus is capable of causing programs to run incessantly or to completely ignore any commands you try… Continue reading

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