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Archive for the ‘File & Disk Management’ Category



Ben has a watermark in Windows 7 after installing SP1, but wants get rid of it. We look at the cause and the solution. Continue reading

Learn how the Windows 7 notification area works, and how you can prevent icons from appearing there. Continue reading

Is an external hard drive the best place to store pictures? We look at why it’s a good idea and other storage options for backing up your images. Continue reading

Kimbonita wants to know how to copy folders she’s created to a flash drive or CD. We walk her through it step-by-step and tell her what to look out for. Continue reading

Find out why you have so many Visual C++ entries in your add/remove programs list and whether or not you should delete them. Continue reading

Christa from Lake Charles, La writes: I have a Dell Dimension 3100 running Windows XP. I have not been able to use my system restore for awhile. Even if I just try to go back to the day before it says that my computer cannot be restored to that date. Please help. Continue reading

Carl from Henderson, NV writes: Under COMPUTER I have a Removable Disk F. There is nothing plugged in to generate this drive info. I have no idea where it came from. How can I remove this in Windows 7? This tip shows how to remove a phantom drive letter appearing in the “Computer” menu. Continue reading

Evict User Data from Used Computer

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Roy from Las Vegas, NV writes: Bought a used computer from a friend that wanted a new one. Now, I can’t get his name from showing up in the USERS etc. Have changed everything suggested by the Worldstart Forum. Still it comes up! Is there a simple way to change his to mine? I am listed as the owner etc now and in the registry but his name keeps showing up! Continue reading

Continuing Your Backup

Monday, May 27th, 2013

When you do a backup, what information is backed up? Does it pick up where it left off, or does it simply back everything up? And how do you know when your destination drive is full? Continue reading

Is your “new folder” option missing? Learn how to restore it so you can create folders by right-clicking again. Continue reading

Find out how to make a backup recovery disc for your eMachines computer if you’ve lost the original CD. Continue reading

Windows Credential Manager is a handy feature that allows you to store passwords, certificates and other credential for automatic logon in Windows. Continue reading

Queston: I have a Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet and I can’t figure out how to take a screenshot. Do I need to attach the keyboard? There’s no PrtScn key, would I use another key combination? Answer: You won’t need to attach the keyboard to your tablet to grab a screen shot. It’s a fairly simply process, but it does require the right touch. Continue reading

What Is A Product Key?

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Question: My friend gave me a CD of a computer program to make cards and posters. It was a brand new CD still wrapped in plastic. When I put it in my computer, it asked for a product key and gave me a box to type a code in. What is a product key and how do I find it? Continue reading

Question: Hi! I would like your help on how I can set a timer like they do at the Public Library with their computers so that when my kids turn on the PC it will shut off or prevent them from using it after a certain time. Can you help me? If you’re using Windows, you can control a variety of settings for the kids. Continue reading

Ezzie Bromwich from Rapid City, SD writes: I recently bought USB port Diskette Drive and tried to do my disks that I started with in 2004 Is there something I should do to play them? It does not seem to recognize the items on the disks. As a genealogist I have several items on them I would like to get at. Can you advise me on what to do? I have Windows 7 on my puter. Thank you. Continue reading

JXR Files? Safe To Open?

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Jan from Ohio writes: I have Windows 7. I open Windows Live Photo Gallery and I get a pop-up saying “Would you like to use Windows Live Photo Gallery to open these types of files? JXR” What are these files and is it safe to open? Thanks. Answer: The JXR extension is a file developed… Continue reading

The Overdrive Media Console allows you to download E-books and audiobooks from your local library to read or listen to on your computer or your personal devices. It is free to download and easy to use. Continue reading

Patricia from Buffalo, NY writes: An e-mail was sent to me with an attachment containing a photo. I would like to use the photo(of my grandson) as the Desktop background on my PC. How do I do that? I am somewhat computer illiterate. Thanks in advance for your help. Answer: To set a photo as your background, you want to start by saving the photo to your local computer. Right click on… Continue reading

If you’re getting a pop-up from Adobe saying that Flash needs to store information on your hard drive, this article will explain why and how to stop it. Continue reading

Bonnie from Arkansas writes: I have two internal hard drives I would like to use for storage, but I’m not sure I should take the chance. My Vista had a corrupt hard drive put in it. My Win 7 was knocked out by lightning. Should I just chunk them? Answer: An old hard drive can make a good backup device, but you’re right to be concerned about the reliability of the drive. The best thing you can do to test them is perform a detailed scan to verify the disk is operating… Continue reading

One thing that has bothered users of Windows 8 is the seeming disappearance of the Snipping Tool, the handy little program that lets you grab screenshots. This was particularly bothersome to me, since I recently purchased a Surface Pro and the tiny little keyboard doesn’t have a PrtScn key. The good news is that the Snipping Tool is still there, it just seems like Microsoft is trying to hide it from you. It’s now buried within the Windows System32 file, but there’s a really simple way to find it. Continue reading

Wanting to use an external hard drive to store stuff on from various computers? Great idea! Here are some pointers. Continue reading

How Do I Turn Off Microsoft Narrator?

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Question: Help! My boyfriend did something to my laptop and it won’t stop talking to me. It says everything I type and every move I make. He keeps laughing about it and won’t fix it, so I have to use it with the sound muted. How do I fix it in Windows 7? Continue reading

Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 RTM (the original version released to manufacturers without a service pack update) on April 9, 2013. The service pack for Windows 7 was released nearly two years ago and many, if not most, users will have already updated. To ensure as many people as possible get the service pack update before support ends, Microsoft has added Service Pack 1 to Windows Auto Update. Continue reading

Navigating 8

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Windows 8 is out, up and running. Here are some tips for navigating the first major overhaul to the interface in Windows’ history. Continue reading

Move Those Photos!

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Ever wonder how you can get your pictures from your computer onto a memory card? Here’s the answer! Continue reading

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