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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 1 year 1 month ago vandamme

Hasta la Vista, Microsoft! Gizmo has the answer right here:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/moving-windows-linux-right-choice-you.htm

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It Rhymes With Oink And Could Just Make You Famous 1 year 2 weeks ago vandamme

Well, on Earth we are special. We belong in Heaven. Whether we'll find other creatures there, we don't know.
"In my Father’s house are many dwelling-places” John 14:2.

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 1 year 6 months ago vandamme

I sent in a minor bug report to Gramps and they came right back replying that they fixed that bug in the latest version. So they are moving quick and actively developing and polishing.

And it runs natively on Linux for when you outgrow Windows... ;-)

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 1 year 6 months ago vandamme

I went to the Orba Design site and opened up their template with LibreOffice Calc, and it worked fine. But I didn't try their converter.

I found out that GEDCOM was started by the LDS and just kind of grew from there, with some companies making extensions to it for various things.GEDCOM is text based, but others like Excel and LO spreadsheets and Gramps's are XML. There's no standard, or official sanctioning entity to evaluate new formats or features and make them standard. Us engineers have the IEEE, which is why your wireless card works with your router.

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 2 years 7 months ago vandamme

Simple Screen Recorder works pretty well. http://www.maartenbaert.be/simplescreenrecorder/
You can record the whole screen, a window, or an openGL object, plus audio.
It's in most Linux distro repositories, so it's clean.

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Improve Clarity And Focus Of Your Digital Photos 1 week 4 days ago vandamme

Maybe one of G'Mic's eight sharpening filters can do this job. It has 300 filters and I haven't tried them all. Maybe you could do a review if you can find a category to put it in. There's a plugin for Gimp, a standalone program, and an online version.

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Five Things that Every Windows PC Owner Must Do 2 years 9 months ago vandamme

If you get hit with the CryptoLocker trojan, all your attached storage (network, extra HDD or flash drive) will be locked. But you can backup to an ext4 formatted drive which Windows can't see, and so it will be safe. Any Linux OS can read or write it it.

So why not just use Linux instead of Windows? You don't have to do any of the things in the list above, except backup your data. You keep your OS backup on the disk you loaded it from, and you can reinstall it in 15 minutes with no keys or licenses needed.

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Changing from Windows XP? Free Help with Migrating Files and Settings 2 years 6 months ago vandamme

Plan B (not mentioned by Microsoft):

Copy your data files onto a flash drive or portable hard drive (which you should do anyway).

Install Linux.

Copy files back to your /home directory.

Get back to work. Elapsed time: half an hour or so, plus backup time. Cost: whatever the backup cost you.

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 1 year 9 months ago vandamme

Gramps is up to version 4.1.1. I found some bugs in ver.3 and I see they've been fixed.It's in the repositories of openSUSE and Ubuntu so install is quick & EZ in Linux.

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Photo Stitching Software Is Completely Free 2 weeks 3 days ago vandamme

I've used Hugin and it's got a lot of tweaks and adjustments (corrects for lens distortion, color balance, vignetting, HDR mismatch). It's the only open source free-standing stitching app, and is cross-platform (Linux, FreeBSD, Mac, Windows).

I also used the Pandora plugin for Gimp. But it doesn't do vertical stitching, so for a vertical pan of a cathedral in France I turned the pictures 90 degrees then stitched them. I've had to do some manual matching as it's tough to see where lines match up on ornate architecture.

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 1 year 6 months ago vandamme

Every genealogy propgram will import and export to a GEDCOM file. I imported my dad's Roots Magic GEDCOM file into Gramps and it worked great.

You will run into trouble if you start saving data that isn't included in the GEDCOM scheme. Proprietary formats could include sources, images, recordings. Those are fine as long as the company stays in business and you want to pay what they ask, but if you share the data with someone else they probably won't have the same program. If you use Excel (or the open source LibreOffice Calc) you will have your own format to sort out.

Gramps seems to be the only real open source genealogy program. It is better than the old PAF from the Mormons, and has a ton of capabilities. I back it up in their format, but also back up occasionally in GEDCOM.

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 1 year 1 week ago vandamme

No. While every other machine in our house is running Linux, including the TV and the router, my wife persists in using Windows because she has one program that still uses it. So I need something to sync & backup both Linux and Windows. I'm going to try grsync and/or luckybackup, both highly rated by Linux Mint users in the repository. I don't like the idea of FreeFileSync's adware.

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Best Free Project Manager 4 months 1 week ago vampeo

We have just published out fully 100% open-source project management & ticketing system in Kickstarter! Its called Zookeeper and its now on Kickstarter. I can't post a list but you can view the Kickstarter link for our website: Vampeo dot com
We believe it will make the top of your list!

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Best Free Remote Access Software 2 years 7 months ago VAM

Like many on here I used teh free version of LogMeIn for many years and now find myself looking for another provider. Can anyone make a suitable recommendation please? My requirements are:

1 Simple remote access of my home pc, from my laptop and/or ipad when I'm away from home
2 Unattended access of my home pc
3 Just need simple access to my documents etc on my home pc. Don't need options to print to local printer, file share etc
4 Speed and smooth operation is important. I don't want to wait several seconds for a responce after clicking mouse
5 Free
6 Easy set up

There seems to be so much on the market and as I'm not the most IT literate, any help would be appreciated.

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 4 months ago valcoff

Do they know what the W10 will cost after the year has come and gone?

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How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour 1 year 10 months ago v85michele

I Changed the color as indicated on both
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors.
But every time I hibernate the PC (Win 8.1) the windows go back to white background, only the log-off log-on actually works.
I tried changing the color even in all the HKEY_USERS but nothing changed.
Any idea?

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How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour 1 year 10 months ago v85michele

I did find a way to keep the colors, have no image at all as desktop background, pretty soon we'll go back to dos, sure pc would be faster.
Thanks Microsoft..

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How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour 1 year 10 months ago v85michele

No, again every windows goes back to white after a screen lock or PC hibernate, only the logon gets the wanted color.
Any idea how to make the system reconsider the colors in the registry without having to close every program and logoff?

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 4 months 2 weeks ago V12RR

Downloaded the Comodo software but the website is degenerate. You cannot create a User Account - just loops back to the Sign In Page... contacting Comodo is also difficult and when you do they just say there nothing we can do?

Does not deserve 5 stars!

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Optimizing Bittorrent Clients for Speed 3 years 5 months ago v.v

I changed internet service recently..Now I have 512 kbps connection.
My previous connection was 256 kbps. and in torrent it used to give down speed of 60 kbps.
However for new connection I am not even getting down speed of 60 kbps.. :(
Is it a problem of my connection or do I need to delete cookies or something. If that is the case does anyone know how to do that?
I always make sure that seeds to peer ratio is high..
on speedtest.net download speed is . 0.51 Mbps upload speed is 0.21 Mbps.

Can anyone help?

The last time upgraded my connection from 128kbps to 256kbps my torrent speed incresed from 30kbps to 60kbps.

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Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now 2 years 5 months ago v.laurie You can check if sites are updated as described in links given in the preceding tip -http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-check-if-website-has-been-af.... view
Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now 2 years 5 months ago v.laurie I am sorry but there has been a misunderstanding. I have not "advocated" changing passwords at infected sites. Let that be plain. With that made clear, let us call an end to this thread. view
Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now 2 years 5 months ago v.laurie I did not miss your point. The problem with unpatched sites is discussed in references given in my first reply above. Also, if you read the referenced Mashable article that is the basis for the present article, you would see that the sites that are listed as needing a password change are sites that have patches for the bug already in place. view
Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed 2 years 5 months ago v.laurie You can go to https://gist.github.com/dberkholz/10169691 and find sites that test as vulnerable in the list given there. However, I do not know what else is on these sites so you are on your own if you want to try them. I tried one in Firefox and the extension duly turned red. view
Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed 2 years 5 months ago v.laurie Thanks for telling us your experience. Others have also found that you have to reload. I haven't seen this problem in my own tests and I don't know what particular browser configuration or combination of add-ons causes what you experience. view
Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now 2 years 5 months ago v.laurie Tony, there are people here who will be glad to help you. We have a forum for just that purpose. Go to http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/, log in and describe your problem there. Also, check your bank account right away by phone to make sure nothing is going on there. These articles can help you: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-know-if-your-computer-infect... and http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-clean-infected-computer.htm Don't use your computer for banking or other sensitive business until you have made sure it is secure. You are right to be concerned about getting messages about the Group Policy Editor. view
Metadata in Your Files May Reveal Hidden Personal Information You Didn’t Know About 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie Metadata in photographs is mentioned in the second paragraph of the article. view
Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed 2 years 5 months ago v.laurie You are right that there is considerable confusion about http vs. https sites. As to the Akamai patch, I am no expert in this area, but I believe they have said that the original bug has been rectified and they have reissued SSL certificates. Whether the update has been applied by everybody I don't know. Also, while Akamai is a major service in this area, there are others. Whether the various tests for the Heartbleed bug are 100% effective, I don't know. This whole situation continues to be a big mess. view
Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET Now in Version 4.1 Update 2 years 5 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
Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET Now in Version 4.1 Update 2 years 5 months ago v.laurie Thanks for pointing out this link. view
Easy Way to Customize the System Folders “Computer” in Windows 7 and 8 and “This PC” in Windows 8.1 2 years 2 months ago v.laurie Will the person who gave this article a rating of "1" please tell us why such a poor rating? If a utility that is described is not good or the article is incorrect, it would be a courtesy to us all to have the details. Exchanging information is very important. view
Three Ways to Find out Which Versions of the .NET Framework are Installed on a PC 2 years 3 months ago v.laurie Various different .NET Framework versions are used by many applications. Usage varies widely from system to system. Unless you have a specific problem with a particular version, it is probably best to just leave things alone. view
How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware 2 years 3 months ago v.laurie As the article says, this is for one-time use to clean an infected system. If it finds ransomware, it removes it and decrypts any encrypted files. If it finds nothing wrong, then it gives a message to uninstall it. As the article says it isn't for preventing infection but for removing an infection and there is another app for prevention. Why you can't just leave it installed, I don't know. view
How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware 2 years 3 months ago v.laurie Depending on the nature of the infection, you may or may not be able to access the play store. For more information, try going to this Avast site where you can leave comments: https://blog.avast.com/2014/06/17/avast-kills-android-ransomware-with-ne... view
How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware 2 years 3 months ago v.laurie I have seen a clarification of what Avast was referring to as remote log in and will add it to the article. view
How to Deal with the Ransomware Called CryptoLocker 2 years 3 months ago v.laurie Thanks for pointing out the omission. view
Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft 2 years 3 months ago v.laurie This app was also the subject of this tip: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/use-single-mouse-copy-paste-drag... view
Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility 1 year 8 months ago v.laurie Since I don't know how you "lost" the program, I can't comment on what happened to your settings. As far as I can see, the program does not provide a way to export settings. Wish I could be more helpful but offhand I don't know where the program stores settings. A quick search of the Registry didn't reveal anything obvious. view
How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 2 years 2 weeks ago v.laurie Is it only when you move the mouse that the PC wakes up? I am not sure why that would be a problem unless the PC wakes up when you are not there. Did you check the settings in the Logitech software? Otherwise, I don't have an answer to your problem but maybe another member can help. view
Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET is Upgraded to Version 5.0 2 years 2 months ago v.laurie There are some people who might feel EMET is a sufficient defense but the general answer to your question is that it does not replace antivirus programs. view
How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 1 year 10 months ago v.laurie Is the laptop going to sleep or just turning the screen off? Have you tried running Defender while the laptop is plugged in to a power source? view
Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know 2 years 1 month ago v.laurie Yes, that is correct. That is why the first step in Tip 4 says explicitly, "Go to the Start screen". view
Best Free Microsoft Downloads 2 years 10 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the correction. Microsoft does not list Windows 7 in the supported versions. view
Use These Tricks to Recover Lost Files In Windows 7 3 years 8 months ago v.laurie If you are willing to pay up, there are professional services to recover lost files but they are not cheap. You may have to go to a local PC repair shop and seek advice. We can't make commercial recommendations here. view
How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive 2 years 6 months ago v.laurie I don't know why the tab is missing. Perhaps a group policy setting? This question is best asked in the forum http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ view
Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC 1 year 12 months ago v.laurie I have had no problems installing and using Belarc on several Windows 8.1 systems. view
Easy Way to Open Safe Mode in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 1 year 11 months ago v.laurie Doesn't work in Windows 7 and does not boot directly to Safe Mode in 8.1 but opens a screen where you can choose some troubleshooting options. view
How to Reveal Your Windows Product Key in All Current Versions of Windows 2 years 9 months ago v.laurie I am adding ProduKey. Thanks. view
Best Free Search and Replace Utility 2 years 4 weeks ago v.laurie Thanks for the information. This category is currently without an editor. view
The Easy Way to Check If Your Computer Is Connected to the Internet 10 months 2 weeks 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
How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive 3 years 1 month ago v.laurie I am very sorry that you have a problem. Step 9 does say "select a folder". I do hope you backed up as this is always essential in Windows. I assume you have tried the restore function that is mentioned in the tip. Many, many people have used this procedure without problems and this issue with moving to the root of a drive is one I have not seen before. I see no mention of it in Microsoft's instructions but that may be little consolation. I have added a note to the tip. Added later: Maybe this reference will help: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/18583-user-folders-restore-default-... view
Best Free Microsoft Downloads 2 years 10 months ago v.laurie You are right. I forgot about that. Thanks for pointing it out. view
Best Free Microsoft Downloads 2 years 10 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 Disable the New User Profile Menu in the Chrome Browser 1 year 3 months ago v.laurie

This link has a variety of GMail tips.

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Free Browser Extension that Efficiently Blocks Ads Using Less Memory 1 year 7 months ago v.laurie You can add additional filters or rules. view
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 6 months ago v.laurie VirusTotal and WOT both give the site a clean grade. view
How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 1 year 6 months ago v.laurie Whoops! I am becoming dyslexic in my old age. Thanks, Joe. view
Free Browser Extension that Efficiently Blocks Ads Using Less Memory 1 year 7 months ago v.laurie The extension was originally written for Chrome and only later offered for Firefox. The FF version is still labeled beta and is not yet offered at the Mozilla repository. I have the impression that the FF version may not yet be as good at blocking as the Chrome version. I am using the extension mostly on Chrome so don't have much experience with it on FF. Thanks for relating your experience using it on FF. Anyone else have experience on FF where ads get through? view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 2 years 10 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
Need To Browse The Characters In A Font? Here's How. 1 year 8 months ago v.laurie Also see http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-easily-insert-special-symbol... view
What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 1 year 6 months ago v.laurie There is an interesting article on the problem of bundled software by the security firm Emisoft at http://blog.emsisoft.com/2015/03/11/mind-the-pup-top-download-portals-to.... view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 7 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
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 7 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 4 months ago v.laurie Offhand I don't know what the problem might be. The utility does read larger drives. view
How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 1 year 6 months ago v.laurie This article (as it says) is for Windows 8.1. If you want something for Windows 7, the article points to http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-free-more-space-your-hard-dr.... view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 7 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
How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 1 year 6 months ago v.laurie I understood you to be trying the Dism method. Sorry, if I misunderstood. The method for Windows 7 uses Disk Cleanup and if that is not working for you, more information about what is happening might help. Please post your problem in the forum where help with individual problems can be given. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 7 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
Best Free Technical Support Sites 3 years 7 months ago v.laurie Glad the article was helpful. Thanks for pointing out the typo. The good writing comes from Gizmo's original article. view
How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 1 year 6 months ago v.laurie Yes, dism.exe is in Windows 7 but they added new switches in Windows 8.1. These commands are not available in Windows 7. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 7 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
Best Free Windows Apps 3 years 8 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
How to Fix Problems When Windows Installer or Uninstaller Doesn’t Work 3 years 6 months ago v.laurie Do you mean the link isn't working? I just tried it and it worked fine. view
Fast and Easy Way to Combine Multiple Microsoft Word Documents 1 year 2 months 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 3 years 7 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
How to Use Disposable Email Addresses and Avoid Spam 3 years 7 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the information. view
Best Free Technical Support Sites 2 years 11 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 2 years 6 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
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 7 months ago v.laurie Many thanks. You made my day. view
How to Use Disposable Email Addresses and Avoid Spam 3 years 7 months ago v.laurie In view of the comments here and a check elsewhere, I am removing Gishpuppy. I apologize for putting up a bum recommendation. Thanks to the commenters for the heads-up. view
Best Free Windows Apps 3 years 4 months ago v.laurie Adobe Photoshop Express Free is now available at the Microsoft store. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 7 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 2 months 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
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 7 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
How to Fix a Very Slow Windows 7 Downloads Folder 1 year 9 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
A Superb PC Troubleshooting Tool 1 year 7 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 Windows Apps 2 years 10 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
How to Block Ads on Adblock Plus Paid Whitelist 1 year 7 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
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 2 years 5 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 7 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
Use the Command Line for a Quick Cleanup of Windows Temp Files 2 years 10 months ago v.laurie The files are probably in use or locked by some program. Unless they are taking up a lot of space, they can be probably be left alone. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 7 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
How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 1 year 2 months 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 3 months ago v.laurie A typical PC user is unfamiliar with things like services and will find rebooting to be easier. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 4 months 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
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 3 years 7 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
How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 1 year 2 months 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 Repair a Windows 7 System with an Installation Disc 2 years 7 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 Repair a Windows 7 System with an Installation Disc 2 years 4 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
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 3 years 7 months ago v.laurie I've made several shortcuts on Windows 7 64-bit. Maybe your security software is blocking it. view

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