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Archive for the ‘File & Disk Management’ Category



Remove Winamp and Winamp Search

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

John W. asks:
How can I safely and completely remove Winamp and Winamp Search from my computer? I have tried program delete and system restore, but it did not work.

A:
Have you tried Winamp and don’t like it? Maybe you are getting a new computer and want to uninstall it. Whatever the reason, this article will show you how to uninstall it and remove Winamp… Continue reading

Do you use multiple computers at your workplace? Don’t you think it would be a good idea to create a Local area network connection (LAN) between them so that you can quickly copy files, folders and documents from one computer to another. Let’s learn how!

To create a Local area network connection between two computers, you will need the following things:

1.

Map a Network Drive

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

If you have more than one computer on the same switch or wireless network, then you don’t have to use flash drives or email attachments to move files around. One of the best – and least understood – ways to share files on small networks of computers is to use those networks to send and receive files.

One of the simplest… Continue reading

How to Zip Stuff

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Say you have many files that all need to be e-mailed, but A: You don’t want to add them one at a time, and B: You don’t think all of them will be within the recipient’s e-mail size limits.

What do you do?

Why zip ‘em up, of course!

Sure, we’ve all heard the term, but I couldn’t find… Continue reading

Firefox Profile Backup with FEBE

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Have you lost any bookmarks lately? Maybe you added some extensions and a nice theme to your Firefox browser, only to lose them all in a crash. If you’re a Firefox user, you know it’s the most customizable browser in the world. And, after hours spent adding extensions, bookmarking sites or finding just the right theme, you want to make sure Firefox remains the way you customized it.… Continue reading

Search by Date in Windows XP

Thursday, March 4th, 2010


Q:
Yesterday I was working on a video project that I have edited (renamed) a lot in the last few days and I can’t find them all. How can I look for these files?

A:
I know what you mean. I save every graphics project I am working on more than once, just in case of any mishaps. Sometimes I rename it, sometimes… Continue reading

Windows XP Backup

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

You probably already know that backing up your data is important – if not because it’s good practice, then because you’ve lost files of your own before. What’s less-known, however, is that Windows XP contains its own backup wizard which can schedule your backup times. What’s more, this wizard backs up your system settings as well as your files and packages them into one file container.… Continue reading

Optimize Folders

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

If you have a folder filled with many of the same kind of file (MP3s, pictures, etc.), then you probably notice that it can be a little…well, sluggish, sometimes when it comes to displaying everything.

That green status bar up top couldn’t be moving any slower, could it?

Did you know that you can optimize folders to make them load their contents… Continue reading

Remote Access Tools for PC

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Remote access applications are generally used to share files and hardware, as well as having one’s desktop easily available while away from their personal computer. Using these applications, one can access their computer through their mobile phone. These applications work over the system firewall keeping the computer secure at all times.
A personal computer cannot be carried around, and most people store their important business and personal… Continue reading

Shut-Down Restart Windows Explorer

Friday, February 5th, 2010

My computer gets really slow when I’m browsing around large folders, but I hear that shutting down and restarting Windows Explorer can help this. Can you explain?

You might already know how to find the Windows Task Manager: the phrase (Ctrl-Alt-Delete) is probably the first advice you hear if something crashes. However, to reach the Task Manager directly

Say No to All

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Learn a new trick today using your Shift Key! Continue reading

Find Recent Downloads

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Have you ever downloaded a file then couldn’t find it? I usually download to my desktop or my downloads folder, but I do occasionally change folders when the files go over a certain size.

If you can’t find a downloaded file in the usual place, try to download again and you’ll see the location under the “Save in” field. Most browsers remember where your most recent download… Continue reading

ADrive

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

We all have problems with data storage. No matter how big your hard drive is, eventually you’re going to run out of disk space.

You could buy more hard drives or store files on DVD or Blu-ray disks, but sometimes you just need a secure way to store your data and maybe share it with a few friends. The best option in this case is online data… Continue reading

Instant Subfolders

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Want an easy way to create subfolders? When you are in a folder hold down the Alt key and carefully type F, W, F and a new folder appears. Want more than one? Just keep the Alt key down and type F, W, F over and over again until all your new folders are created.

You can then go back and name the… Continue reading

Delete Setup Files

Friday, October 9th, 2009

After downloading software and running the setup program you might be able to delete the setup file.

If it was a ZIP file, you’re probably safe to just delete it. If it was an EXE file, make sure it’s only a setup program and not the actual program itself (in most cases, it’s only a setup program or has the word “Setup” somewhere in… Continue reading

Check Hard Drive Space

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Curious to see just how much hard drive space you have left on your computer?

In either Windows XP or Vista, click Start>Computer (My Computer for XP users). Right-click on the drive that you’d like to check and select “properties”. A window will pop up with a pie-chart that details how much space you have left to work with.

Alternatively… Continue reading

Cloud Computing

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Cloud Computing is a term you may have heard before, but do you know what it means? Moreover, do you know what it means for you specifically? No, it’s not some sort of steam-powered supercomputer, although it would be pretty cool if it was!

Imagine a future where just about everything you use on your computer (music, pictures files, etc.) could be accessed from anywhere… Continue reading

File Associations in Vista

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

How do I set my file type associations in Windows Vista? It was so easy in XP!

This is a great question with a nice, easy answer! A lot of people lament the alternate routes they need to take to accomplish something that was once so easy in Windows XP. The biggest one I get has to do with file type associations. So, without any… Continue reading

Windows XP users are familiar with Disk Cleanup. The handy utility does well to clean out your temporary files and free up some disk space, but have you ever noticed that sometimes it takes a ridiculous amount of time to finish?

Disk Cleanup tends to hang up on the screen where it says:
“Disk Cleanup is calculating how much space you will be able to free on

The Previous Versions feature is actually nothing new from Microsoft; it existed on servers with the name Shadow Copies, which was an application that periodically backed-up and versioned folders and files on disks. However, with Vista and Windows 7, it is very easy for users to gain the benefit from this “versioning” of files. This means that if a file is deleted or updated, you can

Paging Files and Drive Space

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Q: I recently upgraded the RAM in my Vista machine and I lost some drive space. What gives?

A:If you’ve upgraded your Windows Vista computer’s memory (RAM) after you installed the memory, you may be wondering why you suddenly lost some drive space. In Windows XP, when you added more memory to your computer, you had to manually go and increase the size of your paging file… Continue reading

How to Disable Autorun

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Autorun is a feature that’s been included with Windows since 1995, and what it does is looks for a file on an inserted CD called Autorun.inf. If it finds it, then it executes any program associated with it. This is fine for trusted software, but it can also execute malicious programs like viruses and spyware, too. The safe computer user disables Autorun altogether.

Steve’s Warning: Messing around in… Continue reading

End it all is a free program that allows the user to stop a program dead in its tracks without resorting to the task manager. Continue reading

Windows SteadyState Part 2

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Last week, I started telling you about a program called Windows SteadyState. If you missed part one, feel free to check it out here. Last weeks article talked about the Global Computer Setting of SteadyState. Today, I am going to talk about some of the user settings for this awesome program!

First, what you will need to do is launch Steadystate

WobZip

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

WobZip

I was browsing the Internet the other day and I noticed a couple of my favorite blogs were talking about a program called WobZip. I checked it out and was very impressed with it, so I thought I’d share it with you as well!

I sometimes download files in the .7z and .ISO formats. What are those, you ask? Well, they’re .zip files, of course! (If you’re not quite… Continue reading

Protecting Your File Encryption Key

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Protecting Your File Encryption Key

Did you know that Windows Vista includes a file encryption technology that’s very similar to the one in Windows XP? Well, it does and Vista even makes it easier to make a backup of your file encryption key. In XP, your encrypted files would be lost if you changed your password, but in Vista, an encryption key is used to sign your encrypted files, which… Continue reading

Deleting System Files in Vista

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Have you ever needed to delete or overwrite a system file in Windows Vista? If so, I’m sure you quickly realized you can’t do it, even as the Administrator. Why, you ask? Well, it’s basically because Vista’s system files are owned by the TrustedInstaller service by default and the Windows File Protection program keeps them from being overwritten.

Thankfully, there’s a way around it! You need to take ownership of… Continue reading

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