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Archive for the ‘File & Disk Management’ Category



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

Restoring Previously Opened Folders

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Are there folders you open up habitually every time you start up your computer? If so, did you know that you can set up your computer to open those folders automatically each time you boot up? Windows 7 and Vista users need only apply for this one!

Here’s what you need to do to make it happen:

1.) First, open Windows Explorer or browse

Windows Live SkyDrive

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Windows Live SkyDrive

I’m always moving my files from one computer to another using my flash drive, but sometimes it’s just not practical to use it. One of my computers only has a USB port in the back, which makes it hard to access and even more, sometimes my drive gets so full, I can’t fit anything else on it. Well, that’s when Windows Live SkyDrive comes in handy. Let’s… Continue reading

Windows Vista and 7: Copy as Path

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Everyone knows that right-clicking on a file or a folder usually brings up a menu with basic choices, like “Open” or “Copy”. For those that crave a little more out of their right-clicks, however, might I suggest holding the Shift key when you right click? Continue reading

Shared Files and Folders

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Shared Files and Folders

You may not have thought of this, but it’s a good idea to periodically check your shared folders, their permission settings and their contents to make sure you don’t unintentionally share something that’s private or sensitive.

If you share a lot of files and folders with other network computers and devices and you suddenly want to check on which files and folders you have made accessible… Continue reading

Disabling the Vista Delete Confirmation

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

You occasionally have the need to delete a bunch of files and folders off your computer, right? You know, just to free up some space.

Well, every time you delete a file, Windows asks you this: “Are you sure you want to move this file to the Recycle Bin?” That’s typically a good thing, because it prevents you from deleting files by mistake, but if you’re trying… Continue reading

AxCrypt

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

For the longest time, I’ve been looking for a free program that would allow me to safely encrypt certain files on my computer. I have tried many different freeware options, but none were as secure or as easy to use as the program I’m going to show you today. It’s called AxCrypt and it’s bursting with magnificent features. Let’s check it out, shall we?!

1.) If you want to begin… Continue reading

Removing Updates

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Q:
I was looking through my Add/Remove Programs list the other day and I noticed most of the items were updates. There were Windows Updates and others I’ve run for other programs in the past. Is it safe to remove them or do I need to hang on to them? Please explain!

A:
What a great question! I’m almost positive you’re not the only one who has wondered… Continue reading

Defraggler

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Defraggler is a free defrag program you can download that allows you to defrag just the files you want. That’s right, you no longer have to process your whole hard drive if you don’t want to. Check it out here! Continue reading

Scrub Up Your Files

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Did you know that metadata within your files can tell a lot about you? For example, your digital camera records data about when a picture was taken and what camera was used. Your documents and spreadsheets contain details about who created them and your music files are tagged with artist and album information. And the list can go on and on. So, with all of that

Arranging Your Files and Folders

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

If you’re one who likes to organize your computer files, I have the perfect tip for you today! I will show you a very easy way to arrange your files and folders in Windows XP. By following the steps below, you can change the way your individual files and folders are sorted by using the Arrange Icons option under your My Documents folder. With that, you can sort your files… Continue reading

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