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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


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

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!

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


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

Changing the Details

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Changing the Details

Have you ever needed specific information for one of your files or folders? Or, have you ever needed to change the details that are displayed in a folder? If you answered yes to either of those questions, this tip is for you! Today, I’m going to show you how to change the list views for your files and folders in Windows XP. Let’s go!

You can display… Continue reading

Document Lock Ups

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Document Lock Ups

Have you ever been almost completely done with an MS Office project when it suddenly froze up on you? Perhaps it disappeared or you just couldn’t do anything with it. That experience is a real downer, but there are some reasons why it might be happening. When a document keeps locking up, that’s usually a sign that something is corrupt within your document or that another program… Continue reading

New Release: Foxit Reader 2.3

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

New Release: Foxit Reader 2.3

Are you one of the many who use Foxit Reader? You know, the great little program that handles all of your PDF needs! If so, I have great news for you. On April 25, 2008 (just this past Friday), the people over at Foxit released a brand new version of the popular PDF file viewer. That’s right, Foxit Reader 2.3 was released and… Continue reading

Universal Document Converter

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

You’ve heard of PDF files, right? You may have even tried PrimoPDF, which converts your MS Word documents into PDFs. Well, there’s now an easier way to convert your files into any format you’d like. Let’s take a look!

What I have for you today is a nifty little plug-in called the Universal Document Converter (you can download it right here). So, what’s it do? Well, it… Continue reading

Creating a Shared Document

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Most of you Windows XP users have probably heard about shared documents, but do you know how to set one up? If that process has always confused you, have no fear, because that’s exactly what I’m going to show you how to do today! Now, just to make sure we’re all on the same page, allow me to give you a brief explanation of what a shared document is. A… Continue reading

Vista Shortcuts

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Vista Shortcuts

So, tell me, have you been using Windows Vista for awhile now? And are you still trying to master it? If you are, that’s perfectly normal. It’s not easy learning a whole new operating system and it will take some time. Luckily, there are some things you can work on to make the process go a little faster. I’ve already covered a few in past articles… Continue reading

Sharing Folders in Vista: The XP Way

Friday, March 7th, 2008

As you may know, Windows Vista includes a Share button on its Explorer toolbar, but it doesn’t work the same way it did in Windows XP. Instead, it pops up a wizard that tries to make things easier.

By default, the Share button in Vista will not let you choose the name of the shared folder. Even more so, if you want to… Continue reading

Don’t Defrag Your Flash Drive!

Friday, February 29th, 2008

I have accumulated several flash drives over the years and I was just wondering if I should ever defragment them. I know we have to do it for our hard drives, but are flash drives the same? Please explain!

The simple answer to today’s question is: you should never defrag a flash drive. Does that surprise some of you? Well, let me explain! Let’s first talk… Continue reading

Quicker File Transfers

Friday, February 29th, 2008

How would you like to boost the speed of file transfers in your Vista or Windows 7 computer? Luckily, there’s a fix that will allow you to increase the speed every time you need to transfer large files from one partition to another. So, how does it work? Well, let’s check it out!

Since one cause of slow file transfers in Vista and Windows 7 is the… Continue reading

Hidden Tricks in Vista’s Explorer

Friday, February 1st, 2008

When Microsoft redesigned Windows Vista’s Windows Explorer interface, a lot more functionality was included, compared to previous versions of Windows. While some of the new functionalities are noticeable, a lot of the built in hidden features are not easily found or recognized. So, that’s what we’re going to talk about today! One in particular is featured below.

Address Bar

If you’re not used to viewing the Explorer path as a… Continue reading

Google Gdrive Update

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Awhile back, you ran a tip about something called the Gdrive from Google. I remember reading about it and finding it very interesting, but I never heard anything else about it. Do you have any updated details on it? Any information you have would be a great help. Thanks!

Ah, yes, Google’s Gdrive. That’s a name I haven’t heard in quite some time, but I definitely… Continue reading

Floppy Disk Maintenance

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Floppy Disk Maintenance

Here’s one for those of you who still use floppy disks! As you probably know, after awhile, floppies can become damaged or corrupted. That’s especially true if you don’t have a case or something to protect them with. The shutter on the disk, along with the ribbon and some of the other components, may become damaged, which can cause the disk to stop working properly. It can… Continue reading

Selecting Multiple Files

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Have you ever needed to open, move or delete several files all at one time? Well, if you have, I can show you a few techniques on how to select those files much faster and easier than what you may have done in the past. Let’s get to it, shall we?!

First off, I will show you how to open a couple files at the… Continue reading

RAID Hard Drives

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

What is a RAID hard drive? I’ve been hearing about them quite a bit lately, but I have no clue what they are or if I should really consider using one. Please explain!

Basically, in a RAID system, two or more inexpensive hard drives are put together to create one single large capacity storage device that also offers an enhanced performance. When the RAID system… Continue reading

The Unlocker

Friday, November 9th, 2007

The Unlocker

Has your Windows operating system ever bugged you with this error message:

And oh no, not just that one! I’m talking about any one of these pesky messages:

  • Cannot delete file: Access is denied.


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