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Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know 5 years 3 months ago v.laurie I appreciate that you want to be helpful and I don't want to drag this out but your reference to RT is puzzles me. Also. I have no problem starting from either the Desktop or the Start screen. Maybe you could send me an email? view
Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know 5 years 3 months ago v.laurie Yes, that is correct. That is why the first step in Tip 4 says explicitly, "Go to the Start screen". view
Give Your Gmail Messages a New Look with this HTML Formatting Tip 5 years 3 months ago v.laurie My face is red. I goofed big time and left out a crucial point. You can't enter HTML into a Gmail message directly but have to copy and paste from a browser or HTML editor. I will correct the tip. Thanks, Mike, for waking me up. Firefox should work then. view
Severe Problems with Windows August Updates 5 years 3 months ago v.laurie There are several ways to get to the settings. Here is one: Control Panel--System and Security--Windows Update--Change Settings Also see http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/turn-automatic-updating-on-of... view
Severe Problems with Windows August Updates 5 years 3 months ago v.laurie The only place I know of that routinely and systematically reports on the updates to avoid is in the paid version of a well-known newsletter. Maybe some of our members know of a free one. However, there are numerous forums and blogs where problems with updates are often reported. This is not done in a systematic way but here are some suggestions: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us http://www.infoworld.com/blogs/infoworld-tech-watch http://www.zdnet.com/blog/security/ There are many others and readers may have other suggestions. view
Severe Problems with Windows August Updates 4 years 9 months ago v.laurie Unfortunately, we can't provide individual support in the comments. Try describing your problem in our forum at http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/. view
Ten Top Windows Tips 5 years 3 months ago v.laurie Many thanks, Sgluber. view
Ten Top Windows Tips 5 years 2 months ago v.laurie The list was not specifically directed at Windows 7. It is based on popularity as measured by number of reads. Windows 7 is considerably more popular than Windows 8. If you are interested in Windows 8 tips, you can find plenty of them by looking at past Tech Tips or doing a site search. view
Use this Free Utility to Help Make Your Windows Files Easier to Organize and Find 5 years 2 months ago v.laurie File Meta enables a capability for certain metatags already built into Windows. You cannot create new ones with it. However, there are several useful editable fields that will be added to context menu. One is called "Comments" and gives you plenty of flexibility. Other useful ones are "Tags", "Subject", "Categories". Hope that answered your question. view
Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility 4 years 9 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
Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC 5 years 1 month ago v.laurie I have had no problems installing and using Belarc on several Windows 8.1 systems. view
Get a New Look on the Windows Desktop with More Interesting and Colorful Cursors 5 years 1 month ago v.laurie Malwarebytes on my system says the program is clean. Winaero is a well-known site. VirusTotal does raise one flag out of 54 scans but these false positives happen. Naturally, if you are uneasy about the program, you should skip it. view
Get a New Look on the Windows Desktop with More Interesting and Colorful Cursors 5 years 1 month ago v.laurie CursorFX is not compatible with Windows 8 according to the Stardock site. view
Easy Way to Open Safe Mode in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 5 years 1 month 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
Easy Way to Open Safe Mode in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 5 years 1 month ago v.laurie It's a useful trick and worth knowing about. view
Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger 5 years 2 weeks ago v.laurie It works for me. view
Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger 5 years 2 weeks 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
Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger 5 years 1 week 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 Installation Disk for Windows 8.1 5 years 1 week ago v.laurie Thanks, Anupam. view
12 of the Best Places on the Internet to Get Free Help with Computer Problems 4 years 10 months ago v.laurie A number of the sites given in the article's list have threads for Linux and Macs. Just as one example, Tom's Hardware has a forum, "Linux/Free BSD", with over 33 thousand posts. view
Easy Way to List the Details of All the Drivers on Your PC 4 years 10 months ago v.laurie Unless you are familiar with drivers, you should probably leave them alone. Drivers have many functions and should be uninstalled only by someone who is knowledgeable about its specific purposes. The yellow icon on a driver in the list created by this utility does not mean the driver should be uninstalled. Added: Here is a little discussion about "kernel mode" http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/ff554836%28v=vs... view
Easy Way to List the Details of All the Drivers on Your PC 4 years 10 months ago v.laurie For help with questions about individual systems and drivers, please post in our forum for general computer support: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ view
How to Disable the New User Profile Menu in the Chrome Browser 4 years 4 months ago v.laurie

This link has a variety of GMail tips.

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Need To Browse The Characters In A Font? Here's How. 4 years 9 months ago v.laurie Also see http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-easily-insert-special-symbol... view
How to Block Ads on Adblock Plus Paid Whitelist 4 years 9 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
Free Browser Extension that Efficiently Blocks Ads Using Less Memory 4 years 9 months ago v.laurie You can add additional filters or rules. view
Free Browser Extension that Efficiently Blocks Ads Using Less Memory 4 years 9 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
Free Browser Extension that Efficiently Blocks Ads Using Less Memory 4 years 9 months ago v.laurie The extension is now available at Mozilla: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ublock/ view
A Superb PC Troubleshooting Tool 4 years 9 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
Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update 4 years 8 months ago v.laurie There is a link to a 64-bit 2.2.0 version on this page: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html view
Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update 4 years 8 months ago v.laurie Download the vlc-2.2.0-win64.exe file and run it. It should install as an update to your existing version of VLC. However, some people prefer in general to first uninstall older versions before installing a new one and that is another option. In any event, back up your system first before installing any new software. view
Another Easy Way to Make Dozens of Tweaks to Windows 4 years 8 months ago v.laurie The tip says explicitly that.NET Framework 4.5 is required. view
How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 4 years 8 months ago v.laurie Whoops! I am becoming dyslexic in my old age. Thanks, Joe. view
How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 4 years 8 months ago v.laurie Thanks for your interesting comments, johnvk. I am a molecular spectroscopist, not a computer professional, so my computer science friends may need to correct me but here is my understanding of hard links. Hard links are just addresses in the underlying file structure system so mentioning which folder actually contains a file is probably not what I should have referred to. Both folders C:\Windows\system32 and WinSxS can have a reference to the same file. There may be only one collection on the disk of bits called the file but it will be listed by File Explorer as being present in both folders. view
How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 4 years 8 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 Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 4 years 8 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 Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 4 years 8 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
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 4 years 7 months ago v.laurie VirusTotal and WOT both give the site a clean grade. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 5 months ago v.laurie

I have seen no information on this. If anyone knows more, please let us know.

Update: According to this link, prices will be 119.99 for Windows 10 Home, $199.99 for Windows 10 Pro

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 6 months ago v.laurie It has been announced that there is no Windows Media Center for Windows 10. I don't know exactly how an existing system with Windows Media Center will be upgraded. Anyone else know? view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 6 months ago v.laurie As far as I understand it, Windows 8.1 with Bing is basically the same as other 8.1 systems. Microsoft says larger tablets (8" and up) will get the free Windows 10 upgrade. If you have an ARM processor I don't know where that leaves you.What OEMs will offer is unknown. At this time, much is still up in the air. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 6 months ago v.laurie I assume more or less when the PC version is released (end of July?) view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 6 months ago v.laurie A lot of things already changed with Windows 8/8.1. Features were added, features were dropped. Windows 10 has more changes and is still in development. If there is a particular feature you are interested in, try asking about it from someone who is running a trial copy or ask at our forum http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/14857-free-upgrade-to-windows-10-a.html view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 6 months ago v.laurie I don't know if the Windows 10 upgrade will have Bing as the default search. It wouldn't surprise me if Microsoft made it the default in all upgrades but I don't know. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 6 months ago v.laurie

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

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 6 months ago v.laurie Remah, I do not have access to a "Windows with Bing" system. If you are familiar with it, then maybe you can help caktus. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 5 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
Security Attack Called Logjam makes Browsers Vulnerable 4 years 6 months ago v.laurie Joe, I tried the test in both Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 8.1 64-bit. Both said my FF 38.0.1 was unsafe. I also have add-ons and had to disable NoScript since the test uses JavaScript. view
Security Attack Called Logjam makes Browsers Vulnerable 4 years 6 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the link, budchekov. One of the posts there gives an alternate test site that I am adding to the article. view
Security Attack Called Logjam makes Browsers Vulnerable 4 years 6 months ago v.laurie What happens if you run the test using FF in safe mode? view
Security Attack Called Logjam makes Browsers Vulnerable 4 years 6 months ago v.laurie Joe, I don't know if if an add-on is interfering with the test or may actually be protecting you. Maybe somebody who knows more can tell us. As for the settings in about:config, I am not sure exactly what they do but it seems reasonable to change them. If the change causes trouble, they can be reset. view
What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 4 years 5 months ago v.laurie You have to either enter the command with the full path for the file Coreinfo.exe or run it in a command window referenced to the same folder that contains Coreinfo.exe. See this article - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-open-windows-command-prompt-any-folder.htm. view
What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 4 years 5 months ago v.laurie As the article says, the UEFI and secure boot requirement is applicable only to new systems and upgrades can be applied to existing systems that use the older BIOS instead of UEFI view
All About the Windows 10 Upgrade App Including How to Get Rid of it 4 years 5 months ago v.laurie

A typical upgrade has the option for a clean install or for retaining personal files. I do not personally know what happens to a dual boot system but this link says Windows 10 upgrade keeps the Linux partition but removes grub.

BTW check this link for some old Windows features that get removed when you upgrade. 

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All About the Windows 10 Upgrade App Including How to Get Rid of it 4 years 5 months ago v.laurie

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

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Produce A System Health Report For Your PC 4 years 5 months ago v.laurie

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

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Six Quick and Simple Tricks for Fixing Windows Problems 4 years 5 months ago v.laurie

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

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Six Quick and Simple Tricks for Fixing Windows Problems 4 years 5 months ago v.laurie A typical PC user is unfamiliar with things like services and will find rebooting to be easier. view
Free Windows 10 for Mac and Linux Users? 4 years 5 months ago v.laurie Thanks, Joe. I have made note of this in the article. view
Free Windows 10 for Mac and Linux Users? 4 years 5 months ago v.laurie

In this post, Greg Keizer comments:

Still, the lack of clarity about many questions related to Windows 10 at this late date is disturbing, although not rare for Microsoft. At times the company seems entirely unable to come clean about its policies.
 
Computerworld, for example, installed the 10130 build from a disk image onto a new VM on a Mac -- not as an upgrade from one equipped with Windows 7 or 8.1 -- and although it was marked as "Windows is activated," that may not last.
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Free Windows 10 for Mac and Linux Users? 4 years 5 months ago v.laurie Personally, I would not upgrade immediately. There is no rush. When Windows RTM comes out at the end of July, I suspect it will still have bugs. Let the dust settle for a couple of months and see what people are experiencing. If you are happy enough with Windows 7, you might even want to wait until it is time for you to buy a new computer. Then you can get Windows 10 already installed. Upgrades can be a hassle. view
Free Windows 10 for Mac and Linux Users? 4 years 5 months ago v.laurie Yes, I saw that and updated the article a little while ago. Thanks. view
Free Windows 10 for Mac and Linux Users? 4 years 5 months ago v.laurie You are right, of course. Thanks once more. view
Free Windows 10 for Mac and Linux Users? 4 years 4 months ago v.laurie Microsoft has recently stopped new enrollments in the insider program. Whether they will re-open the program is unknown at this time. view
How to Get a Windows 7 Start Menu in Windows 10 4 years 4 months ago v.laurie Windows 10 will bring back some features of AeroGlass built in. view
This Gem Of A Freebie From Microsoft Creates Panoramas From Video Or Stills 4 years 4 months ago v.laurie

There was an article about this program a few months ago: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/microsoft-image-composite-editor.html

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How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 4 years 4 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
How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 4 years 4 months ago v.laurie

Several of the comments ask questions about HTML5. HTML5 is the current standard markup language for web sites. Among other improvements, it contains support for multimedia. All modern browsers support it although Internet Explorer is not fully compliant. That means, for example, that video can be displayed seamlessly on web pages without any need for plug-ins or special APIs. The browser does the work of display. The PC user does not have to install anything extra. Many sites, including YouTube, are using HTML5. For more information, there is a Wikipedia article here:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML5

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How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 4 years 4 months ago v.laurie Usage patterns vary. I know many people who almost never need Flash. Your figure of 60% Flash reflects your particular interests. Also, anyone who uses mobile platforms will see far less Flash. Almost any web site that is designed these days is using HTML5. It is the current standard. view
How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 4 years 4 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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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 4 months ago v.laurie

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

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How to Get Your Previous System Back After You Have Upgraded to Windows 10 4 years 3 months ago v.laurie I haven't actually done it but I think you should be able to go back to Windows 7 with your system image. You probably have to do it with a bootable USB key or DVD since I suspect the image won't work directly from Windows 10 but I could be wrong. Be sure your PC will recognize whatever medium you are using. Another thing I don't know is how activation will work when you try to downgrade after the 30-day period. Your Windows 7 license is converted to a Windows 10 license when you upgrade. Microsoft licensing is always murky so it is conceivable that you might have to do a telephone activation. view
How to Defer Installing Updates in Windows 10 4 years 3 months ago v.laurie

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

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Free Windows 10 Training Videos 4 years 3 months ago v.laurie

Rob, I confess I am puzzled by your request. I have recently written a number of tips about Windows 10. They cover a variety of topics and also include a list of articles to get more information.

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 4 years 2 months ago v.laurie What is the source of your "understanding"? Do you work for Microsoft? Could you please document the exact purpose of the updates? Can you tell us what the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) actually does? How does the "experience' of a customer get "improved"? Wouldn't monitoring what the customer does be necessary in order to "improve" their experience? Labeling concerns as FUD without explanation is not helpful. Instead you could do the PC community a service by making it clear for average users what these updates are for. And no - vague terms like CEIP are not an explanation. view
What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 4 years 2 months ago v.laurie The upgrade is certainly optional. As the title says, this article applies only to those who reserved a copy of Windows 10 back in earlier days. If you reserved a copy, Microsoft assumes you want it. If you didn't specifically reserve a copy, you may be nagged to upgrade but nothing will be downloaded unless you agree to it. view
What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 4 years 2 months ago v.laurie

Well. it seems I was wrong to assume that Microsoft would not download Windows 10 unless you indicated you want it. It has been reported that anyone who gets Windows updates automatically may get Windows 10 downloaded to their system whether they asked for it or not. It doesn't get installed but it takes up a lot of space.

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Increase Your Privacy by Turning off the Diagnostics Tracking Service in Windows 7 4 years 1 month ago v.laurie I should have mentioned that not everybody installed the Windows updates that created the service. They seem to have been KB 3075249, KB 3080149, and KB 3068708. You may have avoided them. Thanks for reminding me that not everybody will have the service. view
Increase Your Privacy by Turning off the Diagnostics Tracking Service in Windows 7 4 years 1 month ago v.laurie This sort of thing always requires administrative privileges but I have added a note to the article as you suggest. view
Five Useful Tips and Tweaks to Make Windows 10 Run Better 4 years 1 month ago v.laurie The build shown here is the stable build that everyone on the regular track has. If you are an insider you got build 10565 today. It does have a somewhat different start menu. view
Use This Free Spybot Utility to Block Microsoft Monitoring in Windows 4 years 2 weeks ago v.laurie

The home page for the program says, "Spybot Anti-Beacon comes in two flavours; as a standard installation or as a Portable Edition compatible with PortableApps." Can you give us a link to the stand-alone version 1.5?

Added later: OK, someone has pointed out the section on the home page called "Safer-Networking Download Section", which I overlooked.

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Use This Free Spybot Utility to Block Microsoft Monitoring in Windows 4 years 2 weeks ago v.laurie Yes, it's done. view
Optimizing Bittorrent Clients for Speed 6 years 7 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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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 3 years 6 months 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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How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour 5 years 1 week 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 5 years 1 week 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 5 years 1 week 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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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 6 months ago valcoff

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

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5 Best Free Video Streaming Sites 11 months 1 week ago Valentin Nedev

http://onevidtube.com/ is great one that support maximum size of 2 GB

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Best Free Remote Access Software 5 years 9 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 7 months ago vandamme

Your "download" button for Comodo is actually the link to Avira.
Also, there's a separate page for Linux antivirus. https://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/antivirus-for-linux.php
I'm not so sure there's really any point because Linux is so virus-resistant anyhow. But it's good to see Tux getting some love.

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Best Free Income Tax Filing Software and Service 4 years 10 months ago vandamme

If you need to file a state tax e.g., New York, TaxAct's "free" suddenly jumps to $18 because you need the "Ultimate" bundle, fees, addons, yadda yadda.

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Best Free HTML Editor 4 years 11 months ago vandamme

I tried Quanta Plus; I'm sure it's very powerful but it sure isn't user friendly.

So I've gone back to SeaMonkey. It doesn't look like it's changed in ten years. Whether that's good or bad you decide. It makes better code than LibreOffice.

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Best Free Audio Editing Software 5 years 11 months ago vandamme

I still think OcenAudio beats Audacity, most of the time. Better set of tools, and smaller download. I just installed the latest version on LinuxMint, piece of cake.

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Best Free Audio Editing Software 5 years 5 months ago vandamme

I just did this with a cassette tape of our choir. I connected my cassette player into the line in of my pc, and recorded it to one file (didn't need to babysit it, just let it run). I opened the file and by zooming in I can see where songs begin and end. I highlight what looks to be one song with the mouse and copy and paste that one song (and a little extra) to a new file. I trim it to just the right length, apply any filters etc. then save as a mp3 and wav file (for CD).

I used OcenAudio on LinuxMint, but Audacity should work the same way.

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Best Free Audio Editing Software 2 years 5 months ago vandamme

I have a bunch of old PZM mics, and they pick up everything. Their main claim is they don't pick up reflections from nearby floors or table tops, so there is no strange comb-filtering effect that puts nulls in your frequency response. (That Media College blurb misstates this effect as "reverberation", which is way different.)

What you want to reduce extraneous sound is a directional mic. Cardioid is usually the best you can get in a cheap mic, but unidirectional ones have tighter patterns. A paraboloid reflector is better yet, for faraway sounds (think bird calls). But usually you will get the best sound by putting your mic as close to the source as possible. Use a clip-on mic or headset-mounted.

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Best Free Video Editing Program 2 years 10 months ago vandamme

The free version of DaVinci doesn't run on Linux.

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Best Free Disk Space Analyzer 4 years 11 months ago vandamme

You forgot the Linux versions!

KDirStat is the program that WinDirStat was cloned from. And, naturally, you don't have to worry about trojans in that.

Baobab is a Gnome app that comes with some distros, like Mint. It's also called "Disk Usage Analyzer". After searching around Gismo's in vain, I discovered I already had it.

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 4 years 11 months ago vandamme

You have to watch where you get software when you run Windows. Get it right from the Gramps Project, not a "freeware site". And antivirus programs have a lot of false positives.
I run Linux, and usually get apps right from the distro repositories so I know they're clean.

Gramps is probably the only open source genealogy program, so deserves support. It runs great in openSUSE (KDE based) and Mint (Debian/Ubuntu/Gnome3 based). No fooling around with Wine or VM.

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 4 years 11 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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