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A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 3 years 6 months ago v.laurie The developer does not say it works on Vista but I haven't tried it there. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 3 years 6 months ago v.laurie Right-click the EXE file and choose "Pin to Taskbar". view
How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 1 year 11 months ago v.laurie Unfortunately, we can't give this type of individual support in the comments. If you post your problem in the forum at http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/, there will be knowledgeable people to help you. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 3 years 6 months ago v.laurie Disabling UAC removes a line of defense. That may be OK for experienced people but I think average PC users should keep UAC. view
Best Free Windows 8 Start Menu Replacement 3 years 4 months ago v.laurie I looked at this program but decided not to include it because it comes bundled with other programs that will be installed if you are not careful. view
How to Create Your Own Custom Windows 8 Start Menu 3 years 5 months ago v.laurie Winkey+X and some other keyboard shortcuts are covered in this previous tip http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/five-key-shortcuts-making-window... view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 3 years 6 months ago v.laurie Disabling UAC removes a line of defense. That may be OK for experienced people but I think average PC users should keep UAC. If you want to debate the usefulness of UAC, try posting in the forum. You could start an interesting thread there. view
How to Allow the Uninstalling of Programs in Windows 7 Safe Mode 2 years 11 months ago v.laurie You may have to start the uninstaller service. See what I have added to the tip. view
How to Repair a Windows 7 System with an Installation Disc 3 years 5 months ago v.laurie Sometimes there are boot or other problems that require the use of an external medium. view
How to Allow the Uninstalling of Programs in Windows 7 Safe Mode 2 years 11 months ago v.laurie I am puzzled. I have no trouble with this in Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. I just tried it again. Went into safe mode and uninstalled a program. The msiserver was already running. Here is the REG file exported from my Registry: ---------------------------------------------- Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Minimal\MSIServer] @="Service" ---------------------------------------------- view
How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 1 year 6 months ago v.laurie Unfortunately, we can't give this type of individual support in the comments. If you post your problem in the forum at http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/, there will be knowledgeable people to help you. view
Two New Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 2 years 11 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 Repair a Windows 7 System with an Installation Disc 3 years 5 months ago v.laurie As explained in a previous tip (http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-iso-files-are-how-open-and-...), you cannot just copy an ISO file to the USB drive. If you want a bootable USB drive see http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd... or http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/free-utility-creates-bootable-us... view
How to Pin Anything to the Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8 the Easy Way 3 years 2 weeks ago v.laurie This sounds like a problem that involves more than can be discussed here. A better place to present your problem is in the forum at http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 3 years 6 months ago v.laurie All I can say is that it worked for me on Windows 8 64-bit. I made two different shortcuts with no problem. The program itself has to go through a UAC challenge, of course. view
New Free Suite of Windows System Utilities 3 years 4 months ago v.laurie Thank you for the useful information about your experience, GraveDigger. Your example with the 1-click function shows again why it is always necessary to go through all the settings first before using this type of program. Even CCleaner or Glary will remove things I don't want them to if I don't configure them first. view
How to Pin Anything to the Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8 the Easy Way 3 years 2 weeks ago v.laurie Thanks for pointing that out. view
How to Find Out If You Are Secretly Connected to the Internet 3 years 1 month 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
How to Allow the Uninstalling of Programs in Windows 7 Safe Mode 2 years 11 months ago v.laurie Both keys can coexist in the Registry, Because there seems to be interest in safe mode with networking, I have added the registry edit to the tip. Can't you run SFC in safe mode? Just use the command prompt with elevated privileges. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 3 years 6 months ago v.laurie I've made several shortcuts on Windows 7 64-bit. Maybe your security software is blocking it. view
New Free Suite of Windows System Utilities 3 years 4 months ago v.laurie Dangerous they are, but this type of program is very popular and we cannot ignore them. It seems better to try to inform people and point out all the problems. Comments like yours and others here may be just the thing to keep some less-experienced people from blindly using a cleaner. The site also mentions Registry cleaners, which is another category of very dangerous (and IMO almost useless) software. Just because a piece of software is mentioned here doesn't mean it is recommended. view
Eight PDF Files You Don’t Want to Open 3 years 3 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 Add Your Favorite Folder or Program to (My) Computer in Windows 7 and 8 3 years 4 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
Twelve Things You Need to Know About Internet Privacy 3 years 3 weeks ago v.laurie If you have any money at all, you are important to those who steal credit card and other financial data. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 3 years 6 months ago v.laurie Are you running in a limited account? view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 3 years 6 months ago v.laurie Thanks for telling us. I always appreciate it when people tell us how things resolved. view
New Free Suite of Windows System Utilities 3 years 4 months ago v.laurie @MikeR: I appreciate and understand your points. Thanks for your interest in the integrity of TSA and your suggestions. What gets included here is an individual editorial decision and in borderline cases reasonable people can sometimes come down on different sides. This program is new, in a popular category, and has been mentioned in various places on the Internet and that is why it is in Hot Finds. Your concern about newbies is shared by us all and was one of the reasons I wrote about it. Several well-known sources have given this program good reviews and I thought it should be mentioned here so that people would get another point of view. This is not the venue for full reviews but I tried to indicate that it was not a top pick. view
Use This Powerful Microsoft Tool to Provide Better Security for Windows Programs 3 years 2 months 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 3 months ago v.laurie Browser plug-ins and add-ons can have similar vulnerabilities. view
Improve the Looks of Your Windows Desktop with the Hidden Collection of Icons that You Didn’t Know You Had 3 years 5 months ago v.laurie Creating a new toolbar was mentioned in this previous tip - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/three-more-ways-make-your-favori... view
Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 3 years 6 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
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 3 years 6 months ago v.laurie The developer's site does not say so but maybe the program uses some .NET framework. Have you removed .NET framework components? Otherwise, the only other thing I can think of is that your security software may be blocking it. view
Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 3 years 6 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
Eight PDF Files You Don’t Want to Open 3 years 3 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 Cancel Online Accounts the Easy Way 2 years 11 months ago v.laurie Anupam, I apologize for not mentioning your article. I am afraid I overlooked it. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 3 years 6 months ago v.laurie Yes, they have some interesting stuff. view
How to Print from Your Android Tablet or Smartphone 3 years 2 months 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
Get a New Look on the Windows Desktop with More Interesting and Colorful Cursors 1 year 10 months ago v.laurie CursorFX is not compatible with Windows 8 according to the Stardock site. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 6 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the useful question. Non-English language links are given at the page below. (I haven't checked them out personally. however.): http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/28517-Windows-7-w-o-SP1-and-SP1... Added 02/07/13: The link given above no longer seems to work. Here's another: http://www.w7forums.com/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-image-downloads-t1232... view
Best Freeware Download Sites 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the suggestions. I'll take a look. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 6 months ago v.laurie It has Service Pack 1 but there will be recent updates that it is missing. view
How to Find Out How Fast Your USB Flash Drives Are 1 year 3 months ago v.laurie Offhand I don't know what the problem might be. The utility does read larger drives. view
Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger 1 year 9 months ago v.laurie It works for me. view
If You Don't Want to Appear in Google Ads, Read This 2 years 3 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
A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie I am afraid I am not sure exactly what you are describing. Do you mean that you scanned three different exe files from other programs with this utility and it indicated they were trojans? Or do you mean you sent the files to VirusTotal using PeStudio and got a trojan report? PeStudio itself does not report trojans per se. view
How to Find Out if a Program or Executable File is 64-bit or 32-bit 2 years 7 months ago v.laurie Just make sure it has the right permissions and all the paths are complete. view
Changing from Windows XP? Free Help with Migrating Files and Settings 2 years 5 months ago v.laurie If you mean doing a clean install of Windows 7 on an existing Windows XP setup, that is not what this tool is for. It is for transferring settings and files from an XP machine to a separate Windows 7 machine. view
Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger 1 year 9 months ago v.laurie Privacy Badger is different. Which of the various add-ons to use is a matter of personal choice. Personally, I still use Adblock Plus. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 6 months ago v.laurie As long as you are using it on the same machine you got from Dell, it is supposed to work. But be aware that there may be proprietary Dell drivers that the disk won't have. You should make a backup of your drivers as part of regular maintenance. See this link http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-windows-driver-backup.htm view
A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the update. I have corrected the version. view
Six Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8.1 Update 2 years 3 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
How to Reveal Your Windows Product Key in All Current Versions of Windows 1 year 7 months ago v.laurie Thanks for telling us about this. It is becoming all too common for developers to bundle utilities with unwanted stuff. A note has been added to the article. view
The Easy Way to Check If Your Computer Is Connected to the Internet 9 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
Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger 1 year 9 months ago v.laurie Offhand, I don't know of conflicts with other add-ons but it is always possible. I have tried it on FF with Ghostery, ABP, and No Script all running without noticing any conflicts. On Chrome, I have it and ABP running together. On another subject, there are comments at Mozilla that say Privacy Badger breaks Reddit. I haven't personally looked into this. Privacy Badger is labeled "beta" so problems are always possible. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 6 months ago v.laurie Unfortunately, using upgrade disks involves too many factors for this limited comment space. Please post your question in the forum {http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/} where there are a number of experts to help you. view
A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie OK, "never run" is perhaps better if you consider reading the contents of an executable file to be opening it. view
Nifty Free Application Lets You Control Hundreds of Windows System Utilities in One Convenient Place 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie Several of the Nirsoft utilities are known to trigger false positives from antimalware programs. However, these programs are perfectly safe. The ones you mention are password revealers and some antivirus programs see password activity as malware. Just skip the flagged utilities if you prefer. view
Why You Have Less Space on Your Hard Drive Than You Thought 2 years 5 months ago v.laurie What hard links are you referring to? As far as I know, none of the items in the article involves hard links. Windows uses "junctions" for some things but these are not hard links and anyway are not involved in this article's discussion. See http://windows7tips.com/symlinks-definition.html view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 6 months ago v.laurie If you mean a product key, no. You have to buy that from Microsoft or already have one for a previously installed valid copy. You can install and use this download for a trial period of up to 30 days. Then you must activate it with a valid product key or it stops working. view
A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie As indicated in the article, PeStudio has an option to send files to VirusTotal that can be turned on or off. If a file is flagged by VirusTotal, you have to look further to see if it is a false indication by a few of the many programs that VirusTotal uses or a real indication. See this article for more information: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-tell-if-file-malicious.htm view
Six Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8.1 Update 2 years 3 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
Best Free Windows Apps 3 years 7 months ago v.laurie Stanford University has an app that allows you to watch video lectures. Go to the Windows store and look for Stanford University view
Changing from Windows XP? Free Help with Migrating Files and Settings 2 years 5 months ago v.laurie Try posting your Linux questions in our very active forum: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/linux/ view
Three Little-Known Windows Accessories that Will Surprise You 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie According to Microsoft, Math Input Panel is in Windows 7 Home Premium,Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/use-math-input-panel-to-writ... view
Why You Have Less Space on Your Hard Drive Than You Thought 2 years 5 months ago v.laurie You are right that Windows does not always report hard links correctly. Perhaps you are thinking about the WinSxS directory, which does use hard links. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 6 months ago v.laurie I don't believe that it is possible for the general public to get a Windows XP disk from any Microsoft site. I don't think they will even sell you one. Businesses with support contracts might have access but not individuals. Microsoft very much wants to kill XP. If anybody knows otherwise, please let us know. view
A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie You have hit on one of the problems with any malware detection method. All detection schemes have grey areas. This software provides warnings but not decisions. There will always be times when additional information, judgment, and experience is required. This program is only one security tool and has to be used in conjunction with others. I wish there were a black and white procedure but security isn't that simple. Maybe this reference will help: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-tell-if-file-malicious.htm You could also go to one of the security forums like Wilder's and ask for help in interpreting the kind of warnings you got: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/index.php view
Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed 2 years 4 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
How to Fix Problems When Windows Installer or Uninstaller Doesn’t Work 3 years 5 months ago v.laurie Do you mean the link isn't working? I just tried it and it worked fine. view
Learn How to Use the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) in One Easy Lesson 2 years 11 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
Fast and Easy Way to Combine Multiple Microsoft Word Documents 1 year 1 month ago v.laurie The only thing I can think of is that your cursor has been placed in the wrong place. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 2 years 4 months ago v.laurie Microsoft seems to be playing games with the Digital River download links for Windows 7 SP1 ISO files.They are back up. This is the second time Microsoft has disabled the links and then restored them. How long the links will continue to work this time, I don't know. view
Easy Way to Open Safe Mode in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 1 year 10 months ago v.laurie It's a useful trick and worth knowing about. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 6 months ago v.laurie Many thanks. You made my day. view
Best Free Windows Apps 3 years 2 months ago v.laurie Adobe Photoshop Express Free is now available at the Microsoft store. view
Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now 2 years 4 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 4 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
Learn How to Use the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) in One Easy Lesson 1 year 8 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 Technical Support Sites 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
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 6 months ago v.laurie Microsoft's policies can be very murky. Although an OEM disk is certainly tied to a specific piece of hardware as far as installation is concerned, I have no idea if it is legitimate to try to extract individual files for use in repair elsewhere. view
Best Free Windows Apps 3 years 1 month ago v.laurie Take a look at Microsoft Research Video Library app: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/microsoft-research-video-lib... view
Metadata in Your Files May Reveal Hidden Personal Information You Didn’t Know About 2 years 5 months ago v.laurie Thanks, Jojo. That is a useful utility to know about. view
How to Zoom the Entire Screen on Your Smartphone or Tablet 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie Take a look at this great collection of free iPhone apps: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-iphone-apps.htm view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 6 months ago v.laurie I certainly knew what West Swan was asking. Since it would be illegal for someone to try to install an OEM disk on another machine, I saw no purpose in his giving it away unless it was possibly to use for a system repair on another system with a valid XP license. Hence my remarks about extracting files. Microsoft's licensing rules are Byzantine and capricious. If we ever meet, I'll buy you a beer or a lassi or whatever and regale you with stories about weird Microsoft licensing I have run into. view
Best Free Microsoft Downloads 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie You are right. I forgot about that. Thanks for pointing it out. view
How to Fix a Very Slow Windows 7 Downloads Folder 1 year 8 months ago v.laurie I have Windows 7 Pro and it works the way I have described. I don't know why it is different for you but thanks for pointing out an alternate way to get to the folder. In Windows, there are always several ways to do anything. view
Best Free Windows Apps 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie If you happen to have a 3-D printer, Windows 8.1 now has an app for that: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/3d-builder/75f3f766-13b3-45e... view
Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now 2 years 4 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
Learn How to Use the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) in One Easy Lesson 1 year 7 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
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 2 years 4 months ago v.laurie There are a variety of things that could have gone wrong with a download this big. The ISO may be corrupted. The big download can be a pain but did you try downloading another copy of the ISO? As to alternate DVD burning software, many PCs with a DVD drive come with some third-party software and you could try that if you have if you have it. If you continue to have trouble, please post the details of your problem in our forum: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 6 months ago v.laurie As I have said in a another comment, Microsoft's licensing is murky and confusing. The object of this tip was to provide a way to get a Windows disk for use in repairing systems that already had a valid product key. view
Five Small Free Utilities to Help with Windows Tasks 2 years 3 months ago v.laurie You are welcome BearPup. It's always nice to hear about a good use of a tip. view
Best Free Microsoft Downloads 2 years 9 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
How to Ask a Question When You Want Technical Help 2 years 1 week ago v.laurie Welcome back. Unfortunately we do not provide individual support in the comments. Please post your question in our forum. There is a lot of help there. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ view
Best Free Technical Support Sites 2 years 4 months ago v.laurie Tom's Hardware is a well known site but, as you indicate, it is hardware oriented so not really in the same category as those reviewed here. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 6 months ago v.laurie There is nothing to keep you from using the download as a repair disk. As I have said, I intended the tip to be used for repair purposes. Repair functions do not require a product key. If your system is so badly damaged that it needs a full re-installation and activation, then this quote from the tip applies: "According to what I read at Microsoft sites, these disks are the same as those sold online by the Microsoft store and installations can be activated with a valid product key that you already have." There are apparently examples of people using an OEM product key that worked. Whether this will be the case for all OEM systems, I don't know. If you have a fully functioning system now, be sure to make a full disk image before trouble hits and you won't have to worry. See this link: http://windows7tips.com/windows-7-backup.html or this link http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-drive-imaging-program.htm view
Best Free Microsoft Downloads 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the correction. Microsoft does not list Windows 7 in the supported versions. view
Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now 2 years 4 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 2 months ago v.laurie Thanks for letting us know about this. view
Automatically Make Continuous Backups of Personal Files with Windows 8/8.1 File History 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie There are several ways to make use of File History. On all my laptops I have a slot for an SD flash card. There are 32 GB SD flash cards for sale for less than $20. If you aren't backing up videos or thousands of pictures, an inexpensive SD card or USB flash drive can be used. Also, you don't have to always have the backup device connected. The File History function detects when you attach a drive. view

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