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The Easy Way to Check If Your Computer Is Connected to the Internet 8 months 1 week ago v.laurie Ping is a standard old command used for testing networks. It has several uses and can tell you more than the icon you refer to. view
Learn How to Use the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) in One Easy Lesson 2 years 10 months ago v.laurie The Registry is too complex for specific questions like this to be answered here. Please, post your question in the General Computer Support forum view
Learn How to Use the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) in One Easy Lesson 1 year 7 months ago v.laurie Local machine (HKLM) edits generally require a reboot. Current user edits (HKCU) generally require log off and on. When in doubt, just reboot after an edit. But always back up before editing. view
Best Free Microsoft Downloads 2 years 8 months ago v.laurie You are right. I forgot about that. Thanks for pointing it out. view
Learn How to Use the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) in One Easy Lesson 1 year 6 months ago v.laurie "%1" is a placeholder for whatever file is the object of the executable. If you are unfamiliar with this type of notation, please be very, very careful with the Registry. view
Best Free Microsoft Downloads 2 years 8 months ago v.laurie "So is this adequate malware and virus protection?" That is a very good question but this is not the best place to discuss that important security issue. Post your question in the security area of our forum at http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/security/. A lot of security experts are available there. The short answer is "probably not". view
A Superb PC Troubleshooting Tool 1 year 5 months ago v.laurie Also see http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-find-out-which-windows-proce... and this previous article http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/powerful-free-windows-system-too.... view
Best Free Microsoft Downloads 2 years 8 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the correction. Microsoft does not list Windows 7 in the supported versions. view
How to Block Ads on Adblock Plus Paid Whitelist 1 year 5 months ago v.laurie I don't have a copy of IE9 to look at but the procedure is likely to be similar to that for IE11. Maybe someone with IE9 can verify. view
Security Attack Called Logjam makes Browsers Vulnerable 1 year 2 months ago v.laurie What happens if you run the test using FF in safe mode? view
Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now 2 years 3 months ago v.laurie What to do about sites that have not yet been patched is a dilemma. I do not personally see a clear-cut solution or easy answers. I think your suggestions are as good as any but it's a personal choice. view
Prevent Spam and Theft of Your Email Address with this Browser Extension 2 years 1 month ago v.laurie Thanks for letting us know about this. view
Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET Now in Version 4.1 Update 2 years 2 months ago v.laurie EMET can certainly cause conflicts with other programs. Do you have anti-malware programs that might be conflicting? Have you checked out the information in http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/windows-emet-v4.html or http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/jj653751 or http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2458544 If you continue to have problems, try posting the details at the forum http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ or you could try Wilder's Security Forum http://www.wilderssecurity.com/ view
Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed 2 years 3 months ago v.laurie I have added a sentence to the article about having to refresh. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 2 months ago v.laurie It has been announced that there is no Windows Media Center for Windows 10. I don't know exactly how an existing system with Windows Media Center will be upgraded. Anyone else know? view
Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 1 year 4 days ago v.laurie

As I understand it, you don't have to install the upgrade as soon as it is downloaded to your system but can install later. Others are asking similar questions and some answers are at this Microsoft site

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 2 months ago v.laurie

OK, guys, I am going to have to ask that further discussion of the relative merits of Linux be done at our Linux forum: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/linux/
As interesting as these discussions of Linux may be, this is not best done here where we need to keep the comments on the subject of Windows 10. Thanks.
Thanks Vic. These comments have now been moved to this thread where the discussion can continue: MC - Site Manager.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/15088-windows-or-l...

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Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET Now in Version 4.1 Update 1 year 10 months ago v.laurie I am certainly sorry to hear that you are having problems. From what you say I don't know what went wrong with your system. Removing it should be in Contriol Panel. Did you back up before installing EMET? Try posting your problem at the Microsoft EMET forum at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/security/en-US/home?forum=emet. You can also try our forum http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ I am not familiar with this tool http://www.shouldiremoveit.com/EMET-99230-program.aspx but you can take a look at it. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 2 months ago v.laurie A lot of things already changed with Windows 8/8.1. Features were added, features were dropped. Windows 10 has more changes and is still in development. If there is a particular feature you are interested in, try asking about it from someone who is running a trial copy or ask at our forum http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/14857-free-upgrade-to-windows-10-a.html view
Free Windows 10 for Mac and Linux Users? 1 year 1 month ago v.laurie

In this post, Greg Keizer comments:

Still, the lack of clarity about many questions related to Windows 10 at this late date is disturbing, although not rare for Microsoft. At times the company seems entirely unable to come clean about its policies.
 
Computerworld, for example, installed the 10130 build from a disk image onto a new VM on a Mac -- not as an upgrade from one equipped with Windows 7 or 8.1 -- and although it was marked as "Windows is activated," that may not last.
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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 2 months ago v.laurie

This article has more news about phone updates- http://www.pcworld.com/article/2923085/microsoft-will-bypass-carriers-pu...

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Free Windows 10 for Mac and Linux Users? 1 year 1 month ago v.laurie Personally, I would not upgrade immediately. There is no rush. When Windows RTM comes out at the end of July, I suspect it will still have bugs. Let the dust settle for a couple of months and see what people are experiencing. If you are happy enough with Windows 7, you might even want to wait until it is time for you to buy a new computer. Then you can get Windows 10 already installed. Upgrades can be a hassle. view
Six Quick and Simple Tricks for Fixing Windows Problems 1 year 1 month ago v.laurie

Yes, Microsoft added a low-power state to the shut down options in Windows 8.1. See this discussion: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/12944-method-of-sh...

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If You Don't Want to Appear in Google Ads, Read This 2 years 2 months ago v.laurie MikeR amd mjt328, you ask a good question. Personally, I think Google has not made it completely clear what the difference is between a plain Gmail account and a Google account. On this page (https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/76194?hl=en&ref_topic=2373943) Google says, "Here's how Gmail and Google Accounts are related. If you use Gmail, you already have a Google Account, and you can access: Free Google products, including Calendar, Google Groups, Picasa, Web History, and more." On the other hand, if you don't set up a public profile, there seems to be no privacy setting available. It appears that you need a Google+ account to get the privacy setting. Presumably, the type of endorsement that Google may use in ads comes from Google+ members actively clicking the G+ button on items or leaving comments. One reason it is hard to get a handle on what information Google collects and uses is that there are different types of tracking that Google uses. Gmail users have ads that are tailored to them and using Google search may let Google use your search history to tailor ads (discussed in this tip - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-stop-google-keeping-record-e...). But ad-tracking is one thing and quoting you in an ad together with your picture is another. FWIW, here is the Google privacy policy - http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/ I stand ready to be corrected but I think users of Gmail alone will not find themselves quoted in Google ads. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 2 months ago v.laurie Remah, I do not have access to a "Windows with Bing" system. If you are familiar with it, then maybe you can help caktus. view
How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 1 year 1 week ago v.laurie The article is clear that removing or keeping Flash is up to the individual user. It says, "It is time to assess whether you should keep it." If you need it, that's your choice. It's clear that systems without Flash are more secure and the article gives ways to uninstall Flash for those PC owners who decide that they do not need Flash. If you want to keep Flash, that's your decision. view
Six Quick and Simple Tricks for Fixing Windows Problems 1 year 1 month ago v.laurie A typical PC user is unfamiliar with things like services and will find rebooting to be easier. view
Six Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8.1 Update 2 years 2 months ago v.laurie Yes, "Home" takes you to the first icon in the top row. My icons are not always arranged all that orderly and I can get "End" to take me to different icons with slightly different arrangements. People who are tidier than I am probably don't have this problem. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 1 month ago v.laurie This link(http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-windows_install/regarding-windows-8-sl-64-bit-os/6a7c460a-1031-43b9-b0b0-36417495b8e9) has some information about Windows 8 SL. You will need Windows 8.1 to upgrade to Windows 10. view
Six Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8.1 Update 2 years 2 months ago v.laurie Crombierob, you aren't the only one confused by the way Microsoft has decided to name things. There are two versions of Windows 8.1 - the original Windows 8.1 and the newer Windows 8.1 Update. It would certainly have been clearer if Windows 8.1 Update had been called Windows 8.2 or 8.1.1 or something like that. In any event, Windows 8.1 Update is different from Windows 8.1. Another unusual thing Microsoft is doing is to give only a limited time for Windows 8.1 to be upgraded to Windows 8.1 Update. For example, see this link: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247520/Microsoft_requires_migrat... view
How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 1 year 1 week ago v.laurie

If you need to use sites with Flash, then you might want to use a browser that has a plug-in or extension that lets you selectively enable and disable Flash. For example, NoScript for Firefox will let you block Flash except for the specific sites you want to use. There are also a number of general security suggestions in this article that are worth looking at. Also, be sure to update your Flash player every time Adobe releases another security patch.

Added later: Flashblock is another Firefox add-on. 

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How to Get Your Previous System Back After You Have Upgraded to Windows 10 11 months 4 weeks ago v.laurie I haven't actually done it but I think you should be able to go back to Windows 7 with your system image. You probably have to do it with a bootable USB key or DVD since I suspect the image won't work directly from Windows 10 but I could be wrong. Be sure your PC will recognize whatever medium you are using. Another thing I don't know is how activation will work when you try to downgrade after the 30-day period. Your Windows 7 license is converted to a Windows 10 license when you upgrade. Microsoft licensing is always murky so it is conceivable that you might have to do a telephone activation. view
Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed 2 years 3 months ago v.laurie I looked at some sites with the Firefox extension and got no red. I don't know why you are seeing all these red ones. Anybody else have this result? At this time, I do not have a link for a test site. Anybody have one to suggest? view
Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now 2 years 3 months ago v.laurie True discussion is always welcome. Incorrect statements, however, are a different issue. My way of responding to your original point about unpatched sites was to provide information by means of some references. To my way of thinking, that answered your comment. However, if you feel an explicit acknowledgement of your point is necessary, I am happy to say that you had a valid point about those sites that are still unfixed. However, the article's focus was specifically about changing passwords for sites that had patched the problem, as a reading of the Mashable article that was cited would have made clear. You responded with the unfair statement, "Your article advocates updating passwords at infected sites". This is simply not true. view
Three Ways to Easily Access Your Most Recent Documents and Files in Windows 8.x 2 years 3 months ago v.laurie Windows 7 has "Recent Items" in the Start Menu. Also, the first two methods given for Windows 8 work for Windows 7. view
All About the Windows 10 Upgrade App Including How to Get Rid of it 1 year 1 month ago v.laurie

Nobody knows. Microsoft has not been clear. See this post

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Produce A System Health Report For Your PC 1 year 1 month ago v.laurie

Perfmon reports for Windows 7 systems were described in a previous TSA article.

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Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now 2 years 3 months ago v.laurie Yes, it would be good if everybody had some idea what OpenSSL was and what the bug entails but I wonder if it might not be rather too technical for many people. In any event, I hoped that the FAQ http://heartbleed.com/ given in the previous tip http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-check-if-website-has-been-af... might be helpful to those wishing to know more about the problem. If you would like to write an article about what you think people should know, we always welcome new material. view
Five Small Free Utilities to Help with Windows Tasks 2 years 2 months ago v.laurie You are welcome BearPup. It's always nice to hear about a good use of a tip. view
How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware 2 years 1 month ago v.laurie I have added to the article to clarify what to do when the mobile device can't be used to access Google Play. view
Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know 1 year 11 months ago v.laurie Rick, it is true that the Winkey+I opens a somewhat different Charms bar depending on whether you are on the Desktop or Start screen. However, the procedure described in Tips 1 and 2 works from either the Desktop or the Start screen. Tips 4 and 5 give explicit directions about where to begin. You mention RT. These tips were not tried on Windows RT. view
Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 3 years 5 months ago v.laurie Control Panel is not a "default" shortcut since it has to be enabled. The "Personalize" method was covered in the previous tip "How to put commonly used folders and functions on the Desktop" at http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/three-tricks-make-windows-8-much... and listed in the current tip under "Related tips". Maybe you missed that. view
Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know 1 year 11 months ago v.laurie Did you click "Change PC settings" at the bottom of the Charms bar? view
Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 10 months 4 weeks ago v.laurie What is the source of your "understanding"? Do you work for Microsoft? Could you please document the exact purpose of the updates? Can you tell us what the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) actually does? How does the "experience' of a customer get "improved"? Wouldn't monitoring what the customer does be necessary in order to "improve" their experience? Labeling concerns as FUD without explanation is not helpful. Instead you could do the PC community a service by making it clear for average users what these updates are for. And no - vague terms like CEIP are not an explanation. view
Nifty Free Windows Application for Batch Conversion, Resizing, and Renaming of Image Files 3 years 4 months ago v.laurie The second line says "...here’s a powerful little free program called Tinuous". The word "Tinuous" has italics around it. view
Quick and Easy Way to Troubleshoot, Repair, or Restore Windows 8 3 years 4 months ago v.laurie Your keyboard layout could be the reason the shortcut doesn't work. view
Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 3 years 5 months ago v.laurie I understand your point. I was trying to illustrate a general method of creating shortcuts, one that I will be using in other tips. But, in the current context, I can see that it might seem unnecessary. On the other hand, Windows always seems to have multiple ways to do the same thing and I like to show a variety. view
How to Add Your Favorite Folder or Program to (My) Computer in Windows 7 and 8 3 years 3 months ago v.laurie I'm not quite sure what you did. Are you saying that there is no folder "\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts". You say "Network was not there" but the folder you want is "Network Shortcuts". view
Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know 1 year 11 months ago v.laurie I appreciate that you want to be helpful and I don't want to drag this out but your reference to RT is puzzles me. Also. I have no problem starting from either the Desktop or the Start screen. Maybe you could send me an email? view
Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET is Upgraded to Version 5.0 1 year 11 months ago v.laurie Thanks for noting that. You are right that Microsoft does not include XP in the list of supported systems. However,EMET 4.1 is still available for download. view
Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET is Upgraded to Version 5.0 1 year 11 months ago v.laurie The article referred to is about an earlier preview version of EMET 5 that was released months ago, not the latest version. view
How to Defer Installing Updates in Windows 10 11 months 3 weeks ago v.laurie

You are right, Joe. This tool is of limited use but I thought it should be pointed out. Microsoft needs to come up with something better. Although (as you pointed out in the forum) those who have the Pro version of Windows 10 can use the Group Policy Editor to block updates, owners of the home version are up the creek if Microsoft botches an update.

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Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 3 years 5 months ago v.laurie I have now added a new reference to the previous article about this method to make it more obvious. view
Give Your Gmail Messages a New Look with this HTML Formatting Tip 1 year 11 months ago v.laurie My face is red. I goofed big time and left out a crucial point. You can't enter HTML into a Gmail message directly but have to copy and paste from a browser or HTML editor. I will correct the tip. Thanks, Mike, for waking me up. Firefox should work then. view
How to Create Your Own Custom Windows 8 Start Menu 3 years 4 months ago v.laurie This and other mouse tricks are covered in this previous tip http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/secret-mouse-tricks-windows-8.htm view
What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 3 years 4 months ago v.laurie Take a look at http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-cd-emulator.htm view
What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 3 years 4 months ago v.laurie Quote from the referenced review: "In addition to mounting images to virtual drives, Gizmo Drive allows you to create ISO images from a disk or folder" view
Four Ways to Make Windows XP Systems More Secure 2 years 2 days ago v.laurie In the short format used for Tech Tips, it isn't possible to go into all the details. That is why the link to the tutorial is given. If you read that, you can get the kind of information you are asking about. Here again is the tutorial http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/windows-emet-v4.html. Added: There is also a forum at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/security/en-US/home?forum=emet view
What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 3 years 4 months ago v.laurie Tech Tips are intended to be fairly short and not encyclopedic. However, it would be very interesting to have a full article of the type you suggest. We would be very happy to look at it if you would like to submit one. Go to this link http://www.techsupportalert.com/write-for-gizmos.htm and maybe you will become an author of articles for Gizmo's. view
Increase Your Privacy by Turning off the Diagnostics Tracking Service in Windows 7 9 months 3 weeks ago v.laurie This sort of thing always requires administrative privileges but I have added a note to the article as you suggest. view
What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 3 years 4 months ago v.laurie I do not personally know of one but I suppose you can always unpack an ISO, add the files, and then reform the ISO. Maybe someone else knows of a program. view
What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 10 months 3 weeks ago v.laurie The upgrade is certainly optional. As the title says, this article applies only to those who reserved a copy of Windows 10 back in earlier days. If you reserved a copy, Microsoft assumes you want it. If you didn't specifically reserve a copy, you may be nagged to upgrade but nothing will be downloaded unless you agree to it. view
What to Do with a Hung or Unresponsive Windows 7 Program 3 years 3 months ago v.laurie I assume you mean the email that goes out to Gizmo subscribers. I don't see the email but all the links pertinent to tips are in the body of the article. view
How to Repair a Windows 7 System with an Installation Disc 2 years 5 months ago v.laurie We are unable to respond to individual support requests here. Please post details of your query in our forum: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ view
What to Do with a Hung or Unresponsive Windows 7 Program 3 years 3 months ago v.laurie You can always go to the website if there are email problems. Have you by any chance tuned off HTML in your email client and are reading things in plain text? view
How to Repair a Windows 7 System with an Installation Disc 2 years 2 months ago v.laurie We are unable to respond to individual support requests here. Please post details of your query in our forum: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ view
Three Ways to Find out Which Versions of the .NET Framework are Installed on a PC 2 years 1 month ago v.laurie The listing in Add/Remove Programs is often incomplete. view
Two New Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 2 years 10 months ago v.laurie I am sorry to hear of your problem and it is because of problems like this that I strongly urge making emergency repair discs as discussed here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-create-recovery-discs-or-usb.... The comments are not the place for discussing specific individual problems but you can get help in the General Computer Support forum: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ You should be able to get some good advice there. view
How to Allow the Uninstalling of Programs in Windows 7 Safe Mode 2 years 10 months ago v.laurie Great! I am glad we got that solved. view
How to Create Recovery Discs or USB Keys in Windows 8 2 years 7 months ago v.laurie A section on Windows 8.1 has now been added. view
How to Make Managing your Installed Programs Easier in Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie Please post your question in the forum (http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/) which is a better place for this type of inquiry. view
How to Restore the Google Chrome Browser New Tab Page to the Previous Appearance 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie There is the obvious suggestion that maybe you accidentally clicked the wrong thing.Take a look at your flags again. If anybody has any other possible ideas, let us know. view
How to Find Out If You Are Secretly Connected to the Internet 3 years 3 days ago v.laurie There was a previous tip about Netstat - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-check-which-programs-are-pho... A GUI for Netstat was mentioned. view
Eight PDF Files You Don’t Want to Open 3 years 2 months ago v.laurie Because its software is very widely used, Adobe is a particular target for hackers but any reader can have a security flaw. Alternate readers (http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-non-adobe-pdf-reader.htm) are probably attacked less often but I would disable JavaScript on any reader unless I specifically needed it. As one commenter suggests, taking precautions before opening any PDF is always called for. view
How to Free Up More Space on Your Hard Drive with the Updated Windows 7 Disk Cleanup 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie Thanks, Joe. I have added that a restart may be required. view
How to Allow the Uninstalling of Programs in Windows 7 Safe Mode 2 years 10 months ago v.laurie I just ran sfc /scannow from safe mode in Windows 7 Professional view
Five of the Best Computer Tips of the Last Three Years 2 years 11 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the suggestion, toktok. It's something to think about. view
Twelve Things You Need to Know About Internet Privacy 2 years 12 months ago v.laurie If you have any money at all, you are important to those who steal credit card and other financial data. view
How to Free Up More Space on Your Hard Drive with the Updated Windows 7 Disk Cleanup 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie This is part of Windows Update. Are you not able to get the updates? view
Use This Powerful Microsoft Tool to Provide Better Security for Windows Programs 3 years 1 month ago v.laurie If you click the download link at the reference given in the tip (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39273) you have a choice of both the EMET installation file and a PDF user guide. view
Eight PDF Files You Don’t Want to Open 3 years 2 months ago v.laurie Browser plug-ins and add-ons can have similar vulnerabilities. view
Eight PDF Files You Don’t Want to Open 3 years 2 months ago v.laurie Because of interest, I am now writing a tip on how to disable JavaScript in all the popular free PDF readers. view
How to Print from Your Android Tablet or Smartphone 3 years 1 month ago v.laurie Thanks for the research, bernardz. All I can say is that I got the Google app to work with my Canon MP210 printer. view
How to Disable JavaScript in Popular Free PDF Readers 3 years 2 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the information. view
How to Free Up More Space on Your Hard Drive with the Updated Windows 7 Disk Cleanup 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie Disk cleanup is not supposed to remove files you might need. As I understand it, only older update files that have been superseded by newer update files are removed. Updates from the most recent batch should still be there. If you go into Control Panel you can find a list of updates that have been installed together with an option to uninstall them. view
How to Free Up More Space on Your Hard Drive with the Updated Windows 7 Disk Cleanup 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie It's not a bad idea to run Disk Cleanup every few months. view
How to Make Managing your Installed Programs Easier in Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie Neither do most people. I only ran across this by accident. view
How to Allow the Uninstalling of Programs in Windows 7 Safe Mode 2 years 10 months ago v.laurie I don't have an enterprise system to check. Are you in an environment where there might be a policy setting? Or maybe you are using safe mode with network? If you are using the safe mode with network, there is another Registry key: HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Network\MSIServer view
How to Create Recovery Discs or USB Keys in Windows 8 2 years 7 months ago v.laurie Actually,there is still something called "System image backup" but it has been moved to a location different from Windows 8. What with travel and the holidays, I haven't gotten around to updating the article. view
An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie There are several points to make. First, before any upgrade, you should always make a backup of the whole system. So I would hope you already have a backup. However, if you have plenty of disk space, there is no particular need to delete the file. People with an SSD or a small C: partition are the ones most likely to need the space. As to copying the file to another location, it is a hidden system file and copying such files and then reading them, if necessary, can be tricky. I have not tried doing that. If anybody has experience with that, let us know. view
How to Fix an Annoying Windows USB Problem 2 years 8 months ago v.laurie I have Windows 7 Pro 64-bit and it does have "Hardware and Sound" in Control Panel. view
An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie Have you actually tried to do that? The file is a protected system file. view
Best Free Office Suite 1 year 7 months ago v.laurie I can't say what is really going on but it sounds to me like there may be a file association problem.Anyone else have ideas? view
How to Get Help with Windows 8.1 Upgrade Problems 2 years 7 months ago v.laurie http://www.thewindowsclub.com/disable-windows-8-1-help-sticker-notificat... view
An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie Well, that is not what happened on my system. view
An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the information about a tablet, Jojo. I added a note to the tip. view
What is “Freeware”? 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie Although there is some overlap between the freemium and crippleware categories, they differ in how useful the free software is. The free software in the freemium model provides substantial value and is sometimes almost the same as the paid version. Crippleware is generally not all that useful and often has the best features missing. view
How to Get Help with Windows 8.1 Upgrade Problems 1 year 8 months ago v.laurie This type of problem requires more detailed discussion than can be given in the comments here. Please post the details of your problem in our forum http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/. Our expert members will be glad to try to help you. view
How to Fix an Annoying Windows USB Problem 2 years 8 months ago v.laurie I have also had times when a non-responsive mouse or keyboard could be fixed by disconnecting and reconnecting but this has not always worked. Then I had to restart to get it to work. view
Best Free Online Backup 1 year 6 days ago v.laurie Thank you for pointing this out. The article is currently in need of an editor. view

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