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How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 6 years 9 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 get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 6 years 7 months ago v.laurie For repair functions, you just use the disk and follow instructions. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 6 years 1 month 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 5 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 5 years 9 months ago v.laurie If you have an OEM license, it is only valid for the original equipment. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 5 years 9 months ago v.laurie No view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 5 years 8 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 5 years 7 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 5 years 1 month ago v.laurie Preparing a repair disk is described here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-prepare-boot-or-system-probl... view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 4 years 10 months ago v.laurie Only if you have a valid product key for Windows 7. view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 4 years 7 months ago v.laurie Your product key is probably an OEM license. Microsoft no longer lets you download Windows 7 unless you can provide a full retail key. view
Best Freeware Download Sites 6 years 2 weeks ago v.laurie Thanks for the suggestions. I'll take a look. view
Best Free Technical Support Sites 6 years 9 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
Best Free Technical Support Sites 5 years 8 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
Best Free Technical Support Sites 5 years 3 weeks 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 Ask a Question When You Want Technical Help 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie Sorry, but we do not provide individual support in the comments. Please post your question in our forum. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ view
How to Ask a Question When You Want Technical Help 5 years 4 months 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
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 10 months ago v.laurie Yes, they have some interesting stuff. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 9 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 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie Right-click the EXE file and choose "Pin to Taskbar". view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 9 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
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie Our links do not take you to anything called VisualBee. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 9 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
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 9 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
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie What is your operating system? It works fine for me on Windows 7 or 8. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie I've made several shortcuts on Windows 7 64-bit. Maybe your security software is blocking it. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 9 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 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie Thanks for telling us. I always appreciate it when people tell us how things resolved. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 9 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 6 years 9 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
Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 6 years 9 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
Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie That was covered in a previous tip. It is referenced in the current tip as the related tip "How to open a complete list of Windows 8 settings" at http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/three-tricks-make-windows-8-much... view
Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie Anupam, I had done the previous tip, "How to put commonly used folders and functions on the Desktop", and referenced it. I thought that would cover this method but I guess not. I'll take your advice and add it. view
Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie I have now added a new reference to the previous article about this method to make it more obvious. view
What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 6 years 9 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 6 years 9 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
What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 6 years 9 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
What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 6 years 9 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
How to Repair a Windows 7 System with an Installation Disc 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie Sometimes there are boot or other problems that require the use of an external medium. view
How to Repair a Windows 7 System with an Installation Disc 6 years 9 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 Repair a Windows 7 System with an Installation Disc 5 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
How to Repair a Windows 7 System with an Installation Disc 5 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
Quick and Easy Way to Troubleshoot, Repair, or Restore Windows 8 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie Your keyboard layout could be the reason the shortcut doesn't work. view
Improve the Looks of Your Windows Desktop with the Hidden Collection of Icons that You Didn’t Know You Had 6 years 9 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
How to Create Your Own Custom Windows 8 Start Menu 6 years 8 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
How to Create Your Own Custom Windows 8 Start Menu 6 years 8 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
Nifty Free Windows Application for Batch Conversion, Resizing, and Renaming of Image Files 6 years 8 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
What to Do with a Hung or Unresponsive Windows 7 Program 6 years 8 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
What to Do with a Hung or Unresponsive Windows 7 Program 6 years 8 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
Best Free Windows 8 Start Menu Replacement 6 years 7 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
New Free Suite of Windows System Utilities 6 years 8 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
New Free Suite of Windows System Utilities 6 years 8 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
New Free Suite of Windows System Utilities 6 years 8 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
How to Add Your Favorite Folder or Program to (My) Computer in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 7 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
Eight PDF Files You Don’t Want to Open 6 years 6 months ago v.laurie Any PDF reader with JavaScript enabled might be vulnerable, There are also other possibilities. Several years ago Foxit had a stack overflow problem. Only read PDFs from known sources and scan them with your anti-malware software first. view
Eight PDF Files You Don’t Want to Open 6 years 6 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
Eight PDF Files You Don’t Want to Open 6 years 6 months ago v.laurie Browser plug-ins and add-ons can have similar vulnerabilities. view
Eight PDF Files You Don’t Want to Open 6 years 6 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 Disable JavaScript in Popular Free PDF Readers 6 years 6 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the information. view
How to Disable JavaScript in Popular Free PDF Readers 6 years 6 months ago v.laurie Scripting will be controlled by your browser settings. If you want to disable the Chrome reader, enter "chrome://plugins" in the address bar, find the entry for Chrome PDF viewer, and click "Disable". There might also be an entry for an Adobe or Foxit plug-in. That can also be disabled if you choose. view
Use This Powerful Microsoft Tool to Provide Better Security for Windows Programs 6 years 5 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
How to Print from Your Android Tablet or Smartphone 6 years 5 months ago v.laurie I haven't tried it but thanks for the information, bernardz. view
How to Print from Your Android Tablet or Smartphone 6 years 5 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
Two New Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 6 years 5 months ago v.laurie That's a good suggestion. I will add it to the tip. Thanks, Anupam. view
Two New Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 6 years 2 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 Stop Google from Keeping a Record of Every Search You Make 6 years 5 months ago v.laurie I turned off the Web History long ago and it never came back. Maybe you are deleting a cookie that indicates the setting. view
How to Stop Google from Keeping a Record of Every Search You Make 6 years 5 months ago v.laurie This turns off one particular tracking function. You are correct that there are other tracking methods that may be at work even when you are not logged in to Google. view
How to Stop Google from Keeping a Record of Every Search You Make 6 years 5 months ago v.laurie See the article http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-harden-your-browser-against-... view
Use the Search Engine Called StartPage to Protect Your Privacy 6 years 5 months ago v.laurie Look, you can't go on the Internet without some sort of risk. Nor can you use your phone, your charge card, or drive a car totally risk-free. If you are really concerned, maybe you should try anonymizer services. (http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-anonymous-surfing-service.htm) But then you have to trust the service. view
How to Find Out If You Are Secretly Connected to the Internet 6 years 4 months 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
Twelve Things You Need to Know About Internet Privacy 6 years 4 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
Twelve Things You Need to Know About Internet Privacy 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie If you want to leave a comment or question for chiron, it would be better to place it at one of chiron's articles such as http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-protect-your-online-privacy.htm view
Use This Powerful System Tool to Check Windows Hardware 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie @JamesCA: You are right. I see that the links have stopped working. They worked last night and I do not know what has happened. Here is MajorGeeks link for Hwinfo64: http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/hwinfo64.html. If you want Hwinfo32: http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/hwinfo32.html Update 6 August - links working again view
Use This Powerful System Tool to Check Windows Hardware 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie It would be nice if life were that simple. Hwinfo monitors a lot of different hardware and I don't think we have a category of software that can correct all hardware problems. view
Use This Powerful System Tool to Check Windows Hardware 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the update, irwanwr. view
How to Pin Anything to the Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8 the Easy Way 6 years 4 months 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
How to Pin Anything to the Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8 the Easy Way 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie Thanks for pointing that out. view
Five of the Best Computer Tips of the Last Three Years 6 years 3 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the suggestion, toktok. It's something to think about. view
How to Create Recovery Discs or USB Keys in Windows 8 5 years 11 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
How to Create Recovery Discs or USB Keys in Windows 8 5 years 11 months ago v.laurie A section on Windows 8.1 has now been added. view
How to Cancel Online Accounts the Easy Way 6 years 3 months ago v.laurie Anupam, I apologize for not mentioning your article. I am afraid I overlooked it. view
How to Allow the Uninstalling of Programs in Windows 7 Safe Mode 6 years 3 months ago v.laurie You may have to start the uninstaller service. See what I have added to the tip. view
How to Allow the Uninstalling of Programs in Windows 7 Safe Mode 6 years 3 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 Allow the Uninstalling of Programs in Windows 7 Safe Mode 6 years 3 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 Allow the Uninstalling of Programs in Windows 7 Safe Mode 6 years 3 months ago v.laurie Great! I am glad we got that solved. view
How to Allow the Uninstalling of Programs in Windows 7 Safe Mode 6 years 3 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
How to Allow the Uninstalling of Programs in Windows 7 Safe Mode 6 years 3 months ago v.laurie I just ran sfc /scannow from safe mode in Windows 7 Professional view
How to Restore the Google Chrome Browser New Tab Page to the Previous Appearance 6 years 2 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 Restore the Google Chrome Browser New Tab Page to the Previous Appearance 6 years 2 months ago v.laurie Thanks for letting us know. view
How to Make Managing your Installed Programs Easier in Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 6 years 2 months ago v.laurie Neither do most people. I only ran across this by accident. view
How to Make Managing your Installed Programs Easier in Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 6 years 2 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 Free Up More Space on Your Hard Drive with the Updated Windows 7 Disk Cleanup 6 years 2 months ago v.laurie Thanks, Joe. I have added that a restart may be required. view
How to Free Up More Space on Your Hard Drive with the Updated Windows 7 Disk Cleanup 6 years 2 months ago v.laurie This is part of Windows Update. Are you not able to get the updates? view
How to Free Up More Space on Your Hard Drive with the Updated Windows 7 Disk Cleanup 6 years 2 months ago v.laurie If you have an SSD or one of the common setups on laptops with a rather small C: partition, this is a worthwhile gain in space. view
How to Free Up More Space on Your Hard Drive with the Updated Windows 7 Disk Cleanup 6 years 2 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 6 years 2 months ago v.laurie This isn't new in Windows 8. view
How to Free Up More Space on Your Hard Drive with the Updated Windows 7 Disk Cleanup 6 years 1 month ago v.laurie It's not a bad idea to run Disk Cleanup every few months. view
How to Keep Google from Putting Your Name and Picture in Their Ads 6 years 2 months ago v.laurie Leave it unchecked. You should take another look after Nov 11. view
How to Keep Google from Putting Your Name and Picture in Their Ads 6 years 2 months ago v.laurie One way or the other, I think everyone with any Google account should check their account settings after Nov. 11 to make sure what it is they are agreeing to. view
How to Keep Google from Putting Your Name and Picture in Their Ads 6 years 1 month ago v.laurie It looks like anytime you are logged in to any Google account, Gmail or otherwise, your +1 endorsements can be used unless you follow the opt-out procedure given in the tip. Be sure to check the settings in your account on November 11. view

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