This tip describes how to hide, locate, and secure folders in Vista and Windows 7. Continue reading
Thomas from Santa Clara, California writes:
There is something I have to do by going into the registry and it makes me nervous. I have never done anything with the registry before and all I hear is to stay out of it. Plus, I don’t know how to “navigate to a key” and I don’t even know what a key is. Can you help me with
Imagine this – you have multiple users in your family sharing the same computer and operating system. You don’t want other users of the shared computer to run each and every program that’s installed in Windows 7. Some of the programs which you have installed require knowledge, and you don’t want your kids and other shared members to tinker with the application settings or change the configurations.… Continue reading
In windows 7, when I look at user folders, I see some folders have padlocks on them and others do not, what causes this and how do I remove the “padlock”. When I look at the properties of each folder, I cannot detect any difference.
How to Get Rid of the Mysterious Padlock Icon From Your File Folder
Windows 7, as in previous version of… Continue reading
Does your day begin with an hour or more commute to work sitting in a bus, train, or taxi? Perhaps you’re flying across country (or to another country) on a business trip, with many, many hours to be spent in flight en route to your destination. Or maybe you’re planning a multi-day road trip in your own car, for a meet up with friends and family back home. Then again… Continue reading
In Windows XP, changing file type icons was possible in a couple of ways; unfortunately it is not the same for Window 7. I have found comments using the registry but would rather not go down that path. If you can assist, I would appreciate the help.
David, the only solutions I found that didn’t involve registry hacks, required third party software. The… Continue reading
Elaine from San Diego, Calif. asks:
I am currently in a job where I have to do a lot of copying and pasting images and text. My clipboard gets really full and I would like a way to clear it quickly. Do you know of any way to do this?
Yes, I do, Elaine, and you will be one happy camper when you get… Continue reading
June from Maryland asks:
I am so tired of having some of my programs open with no problem and some of them requiring Administrator rights. Is there any way to make it so that I can open any program with Administrator Rights? I have Vista.
June, do you remember the “good ole days” when you could just open a program and use it without… Continue reading
Ellen, from Columbus Ohio asks:
How do you delete a corrupt or unrecognized file from a flash drive?
Every now and again, for any number of possible reasons, a file can become corrupt, unreadable and, occasionally, seemingly impossible to delete from your USB flash drive. When these types of files appear, it can be frustrating attempting to rid your drive of the corrupt file(s) with… Continue reading
If you’re having a computer problem, Windows 7 offers a quick route to a possible solution.
Just type the word Troubleshoot in the Start search box, and hit the Enter key, or select Troubleshooting from the list.
This will bring up the Windows 7 Troubleshooter. From there, you can choose from a list of potential problem… Continue reading
Organizing files in folders is easier when you utilize the Sort by and Group by options in Windows 7. You can sort and group files by name, type and date, but there are a whole slew of other ways to organize your files too. Here’s how to do it.
1. Open a folder with files you want to arrange. Then right-click on
How do you remove Google-Redirect? What program do you recommend for a novice?
Hello Dennis, and thanks for the question. The Google Redirect Virus is a Trojan that attacks computers that have Google set as their home page, or use Google as their search engine. As you probably already know that is a lot of people, as Google is a very popular… Continue reading
Mounting is an advanced disk management technique by which you can map an empty folder on any other hard disk partition. Let’s say you used to work on an important folder present inside the C drive, but now the drive has no space left. Now you are unable to create or copy any new file inside the folder of C drive. By using the mounting feature, you can create new… Continue reading
Vivien from Port Charlotte, FL asks:
Every time I receive an attachment in e-mail that requires Windows Media Player, I get a message that my computer is low on memory. I know for a fact that I have lots of memory! What could be wrong?
If I may, Vivien, I would like to start by clarifying… Continue reading
Serena, from North Carolina, asks:
I am looking to get rid of my computer, but I want to make sure that everything is off of my hard drive (banking info, etc.). How can I do this and be sure?
Serena, you are right to be cautious. Many people think that formatting a hard drive is the best thing to do in this situation. However, this still leaves behind… Continue reading
Virginia from Ozark, AR asks:
I use OpenOffice and a friend has sent a file that I cannot open. It is WPS. I don’t have any problem opening any other files. Can you help?
OpenOffice is supposed to be able to read many types of files, WPS included. Try following the steps below to open up a WPS file in OpenOffice, just to make sure you… Continue reading
Patrick from Olean, New York asks:
The USB MEMORY STICK is an amazing little thing, and so handy! My question? I have copied and pasted documents from My Documents without any problems. But from everything I read, you should download software in order to move this information from the computer to the USB Drive. So how am I
What would be the difference between the cut/paste command to that of the delete command in terms of data recovery. e.g. if I delete something from my C: drive, I could usually get it back using recovery software providing it has not been overwritten. But if I cut a file from my C: drive and paste
Dolores of Carson City, Nevada, writes:
The other day I went to install a program and it told me to make sure that I had Vista SP2, and that it wouldn’t run if it had Vista SP1. I don’t know where to look for that. In fact, I know nothing about my computer. Can you help show me where to go to find everything?
Duane from New Port Richey, FL asks:
I just bought an external hard drive and would like to copy my whole C-drive to it. How do I do this?
What you’re asking about here, Duane, is called a disc “image” or “mirror”. This is used to help you recover your Windows setup and all of your files in the case of catastrophic drive failure… Continue reading
Darla from Boston, Massachusetts asks:
I have a couple of programs that I use a lot. I also like using keyboard shortcuts. Is there any way that I can make my own shortcuts for the ones I use the most?
Yes, there most certainly is a way to make keyboard shortcuts for any application that you would like to… Continue reading
Anthony from Provo, Utah, asks:
When I had Windows XP, there was a Run line under the Start Menu. Now I have Vista, and there isn’t one! Why did they get rid of it? Where do I go to type commands in?
Hi, Anthony! Thanks for writing; this is an awesome question!
Here’s an awesome answer: Vista didn’t get rid of… Continue reading
Babs from Michigan asks:
How do I remove MusicMatch jukebox 9 from my computer? It does not show up on my Add/Remove Programs area of my control panel.
Thanks for the question Babs. It’s frustrating when you want to uninstall a program and it won’t uninstall.
If MusicMatch Jukebox
Shirley from Fairfield, CA asks:
I understand that the many programs listed on the control panel may be what slow my computer. The security updates listed are 4 in 2007, 31 in 2008, 49 in 2009 and 37 already in 2010. A few are listed as Hot fix. Must they stay there year after year or can they be removed without causing trouble?
Well… Continue reading
Wim, from California asks:
How do I save an e-mail from MSN to an external hard disk or CD?
E-mail. Can you imagine a world without it? Even for those of us who grew up in the dark ages of handwritten letters sent via regular mail, trying to remember a time without a cluttered inbox, ever increasing spam folder, and gobs of messages marked for… Continue reading