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
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
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
Is there something wrong with your computer?
Does it seem slower than it used to be?
Are you worried about security holes?
Do you wonder if you have too much clutter on your hard drive?
Is your registry as fast as it should be?
Do unnecessary start-up programs slow your computer down?
Do you have performance robbing memory leaks?
Is your Internet as fast
On March 5th, Seagate announced its third-generation solid state hybrid drives, SSHD for short, in both traditional laptop size and, for the first time ever, a desktop-sized hard drive. Is the performance worth the upgrade? Continue reading
Annie from Willet, NY writes: How do you get items to go directly into the “Recycle Bin” instead of being “permanently deleted?” I accidentally deleted family photos thinking they were going into recycle bin, only to finally read the statement “do you want to go permanent delete?” I tried looking at the recycle bin properties, but there are no options to put in the bin. I have Windows 8 OS. Thanks! Continue reading
Tom from Pennsylvania writes: I am running windows XP home edition service pack 3. I was running the CHKDSK and a warning come up that the F parameter was not specified. Can you elaborate on this? I have had the computer shut down and reboot while I was using it, is why I was running CHKDSK. I am using Microsoft Security essentials for virus protection. Continue reading
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a simple utility you could use to synchronize and backup just a few folders? Would you like a utility that allows you to easily pick a folder and then select a destination? How about a program that will automatically figure out what’s missing, what’s new and whats changed and move the files it needs to over for you? You’re in luck. Continue reading
Don from New Mexico writes: How do I delete all the information off a flash drive, so that I can put new information on it? Answer: Formatting a flash drive will wipe all the information off of the drive. Start by inserting the flash drive into… Continue reading
RAW is a popular format for higher end digital cameras, but unlike JPG images, you can’t preview them in Windows Explorer. Microsoft’s free Camera Codec Pack will allow you to preview these images so you don’t need to open every file individually to see what is in the photo. Here’s how to get it… Continue reading
Tis the season to make new years resolutions and one of the most popular is to loose those extra pounds you’ve put on during the holidays. Have you considered making a resolution to put your computer on a diet? Get rid of all of those bloated files and space sucking programs that you never use? Continue reading
Have you ever wanted a simple utility to encrypt a file, ensuring that it’s password-protected? Not everyone needs national, high-strength encryption enabled by a complex piece of software. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a simple right-click option to encrypt and decrypt a file, simply by typing in the password? Continue reading
Old audio and video cassettes can contain many family treasures, but are extremely fragile. Here are some tips for transferring that valuable information to a more durable digital format while reducing the chances of damage to the tape. Continue reading