Tutorials / How-tos

Installing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) As A Portable

Introduction

This guide will help you to install µTorrent (or BitTorrent) as a portable application, either on your Windows computer or for a USB key or other portable drive.  µTorrent and BitTorrent are owned by the same company and are identical bittorrent clients (other than name and color).  So this guide applies to both clients.

How to Create Recovery Discs or USB Keys in Windows 8

Anytime you have a new Windows system, one of the first things to do is create a bootable repair disc or flash drive. Windows 8 has two approaches to creating emergency recovery media, one new and one left over from Windows 7. They are not obvious but here is how to find and use them. First, I’ll show the new way.

Nifty Way to Automatically Run a Windows Script or Program Whenever You Turn Off the PC

Have you ever wanted a way to run a program or script automatically when the computer is shut down or when a user logs off? At the end of the day you may want to do some computer housekeeping or back up some regularly used files. Although automatically running a program at startup is easy, how to run something at shutdown is less obvious. It turns out that many Windows versions have a built-in way to do this and this is how it works.

How to Find Out Which Windows Process is Using a File

Ever try to delete, move, or rename a file only to get a Windows system warning with something like one of these messages?

Two New Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8

Sometimes, things just don’t work right and you need to boot into Safe Mode, where only a minimum of drivers and Windows components are loaded. A previous tip explained how to boot into safe mode for Windows XP/Vista/7 but Windows 8 has two new procedures. Here they are:

1. Use the Troubleshooting and Repair Feature to Boot into Safe Mode

You can access the boot menu with an option to open in Safe Mode this way:

How to Disable JavaScript in Popular Free PDF Readers

PDF files with malicious JavaScript embedded in them are a common way to spread malware. One way to defend against such malware is to disable JavaScript in the reader you use unless you need it for a trusted PDF. Here is how to disable JavaScript in the most commonly used free PDF readers. If JavaScript is ever needed, re-enabling it is straightforward in all cases.

How To Use Torrents

Introduction

This guide is to help users in getting started in bittorrent, the most popular protocol for the transfer of music, videos, ebooks, software and other content.  There is a great deal of content available through torrents and this guide will help you to find and download that content.

qBittorrent Help

Introduction

This a listing of the qBittorrent help pages here at Gizmo's Freeware.  There are also links to other help resources for qBittorrent.

If you want information on any features not listed here, then please post in the Comments below.

How to Repair a Windows 7 System with an Installation Disc

You can never have too many Windows repair discs. A previous tip showed how to obtain a full Windows 7 installation disc for use in repair. Here is how to use the installation disc to run System Recovery Options to fix problems.

Vuze Help

Vuze Help

Introduction

This a listing of the Vuze help pages here at Gizmo's Freeware.  There are also links to other help resources for Vuze.

If you want information on any features not listed here, then please post in the Comments below.

Vuze is one of the suggested clients in my Best Free Bittorrent Client Review.  here at Gizmo's Freeware.

If you do not have Vuze, you can get it from the

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