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Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 7 years 5 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 7 years 5 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 7 years 5 months ago v.laurie I have now added a new reference to the previous article about this method to make it more obvious. view
What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 7 years 5 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 7 years 5 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 7 years 5 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 7 years 5 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 7 years 5 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 7 years 5 months ago v.laurie As explained in a previous tip (http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-iso-files-are-how-open-and-...), you cannot just copy an ISO file to the USB drive. If you want a bootable USB drive see http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd... or http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/free-utility-creates-bootable-us... view
How to Repair a Windows 7 System with an Installation Disc 6 years 5 months ago v.laurie We are unable to respond to individual support requests here. Please post details of your query in our forum: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ view
How to Repair a Windows 7 System with an Installation Disc 6 years 3 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 7 years 5 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 7 years 5 months ago v.laurie Creating a new toolbar was mentioned in this previous tip - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/three-more-ways-make-your-favori... view
How to Create Your Own Custom Windows 8 Start Menu 7 years 4 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 7 years 4 months ago v.laurie This and other mouse tricks are covered in this previous tip http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/secret-mouse-tricks-windows-8.htm view
Nifty Free Windows Application for Batch Conversion, Resizing, and Renaming of Image Files 7 years 4 months ago v.laurie The second line says "...here’s a powerful little free program called Tinuous". The word "Tinuous" has italics around it. view
What to Do with a Hung or Unresponsive Windows 7 Program 7 years 4 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 7 years 4 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 7 years 3 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 7 years 4 months ago v.laurie Thank you for the useful information about your experience, GraveDigger. Your example with the 1-click function shows again why it is always necessary to go through all the settings first before using this type of program. Even CCleaner or Glary will remove things I don't want them to if I don't configure them first. view
New Free Suite of Windows System Utilities 7 years 3 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 7 years 3 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 7 years 3 months ago v.laurie I'm not quite sure what you did. Are you saying that there is no folder "\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts". You say "Network was not there" but the folder you want is "Network Shortcuts". view
Eight PDF Files You Don’t Want to Open 7 years 2 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 7 years 2 months ago v.laurie Because its software is very widely used, Adobe is a particular target for hackers but any reader can have a security flaw. Alternate readers (http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-non-adobe-pdf-reader.htm) are probably attacked less often but I would disable JavaScript on any reader unless I specifically needed it. As one commenter suggests, taking precautions before opening any PDF is always called for. view
Eight PDF Files You Don’t Want to Open 7 years 2 months ago v.laurie Browser plug-ins and add-ons can have similar vulnerabilities. view
Eight PDF Files You Don’t Want to Open 7 years 2 months ago v.laurie Because of interest, I am now writing a tip on how to disable JavaScript in all the popular free PDF readers. view
How to Disable JavaScript in Popular Free PDF Readers 7 years 2 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the information. view
How to Disable JavaScript in Popular Free PDF Readers 7 years 2 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 7 years 1 month ago v.laurie If you click the download link at the reference given in the tip (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39273) you have a choice of both the EMET installation file and a PDF user guide. view
How to Print from Your Android Tablet or Smartphone 7 years 1 month ago v.laurie I haven't tried it but thanks for the information, bernardz. view
How to Print from Your Android Tablet or Smartphone 7 years 1 month ago v.laurie Thanks for the research, bernardz. All I can say is that I got the Google app to work with my Canon MP210 printer. view
Two New Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 7 years 1 month 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 10 months ago v.laurie I am sorry to hear of your problem and it is because of problems like this that I strongly urge making emergency repair discs as discussed here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-create-recovery-discs-or-usb.... The comments are not the place for discussing specific individual problems but you can get help in the General Computer Support forum: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ You should be able to get some good advice there. view
How to Stop Google from Keeping a Record of Every Search You Make 7 years 4 weeks 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 7 years 4 weeks 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 7 years 4 weeks 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 7 years 3 weeks 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 7 years 2 weeks 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 7 years 2 weeks ago v.laurie If you have any money at all, you are important to those who steal credit card and other financial data. view
Twelve Things You Need to Know About Internet Privacy 7 years 1 week 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 7 years 1 week 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 7 years 6 days 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 7 years 6 days ago v.laurie Thanks for the update, irwanwr. view
How to Pin Anything to the Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8 the Easy Way 7 years 4 days 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 7 years 4 days ago v.laurie Thanks for pointing that out. view
Five of the Best Computer Tips of the Last Three Years 6 years 11 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 6 years 7 months ago v.laurie Actually,there is still something called "System image backup" but it has been moved to a location different from Windows 8. What with travel and the holidays, I haven't gotten around to updating the article. view
How to Create Recovery Discs or USB Keys in Windows 8 6 years 7 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 11 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 11 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 11 months ago v.laurie I am puzzled. I have no trouble with this in Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. I just tried it again. Went into safe mode and uninstalled a program. The msiserver was already running. Here is the REG file exported from my Registry: ---------------------------------------------- Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Minimal\MSIServer] @="Service" ---------------------------------------------- view
How to Allow the Uninstalling of Programs in Windows 7 Safe Mode 6 years 11 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 11 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 11 months ago v.laurie Both keys can coexist in the Registry, Because there seems to be interest in safe mode with networking, I have added the registry edit to the tip. Can't you run SFC in safe mode? Just use the command prompt with elevated privileges. view
How to Allow the Uninstalling of Programs in Windows 7 Safe Mode 6 years 11 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 9 months 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 10 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 10 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 10 months 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
An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie There are several points to make. First, before any upgrade, you should always make a backup of the whole system. So I would hope you already have a backup. However, if you have plenty of disk space, there is no particular need to delete the file. People with an SSD or a small C: partition are the ones most likely to need the space. As to copying the file to another location, it is a hidden system file and copying such files and then reading them, if necessary, can be tricky. I have not tried doing that. If anybody has experience with that, let us know. view
An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie Have you actually tried to do that? The file is a protected system file. view
An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie Well, that is not what happened on my system. view
An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the information about a tablet, Jojo. I added a note to the tip. view
Help Guard Your Online Privacy with this Nifty Firefox Add-On 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie In effect, Lightbeam is an upgrade of Collusion. view
Help Guard Your Online Privacy with this Nifty Firefox Add-On 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie The link https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/lightbeam/ given in the tip has a discussion of the evolution of Lightbeam from Collusion. view
How to Fix an Annoying Windows USB Problem 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie I have Windows 7 Pro 64-bit and it does have "Hardware and Sound" in Control Panel. view
How to Fix an Annoying Windows USB Problem 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie Or restart. The type of problem described in the tip is annoying but not permanent. view
How to Fix an Annoying Windows USB Problem 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie I have also had times when a non-responsive mouse or keyboard could be fixed by disconnecting and reconnecting but this has not always worked. Then I had to restart to get it to work. view
How to Get Help with Windows 8.1 Upgrade Problems 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie I will be curious to hear about your experience. view
How to Get Help with Windows 8.1 Upgrade Problems 6 years 7 months ago v.laurie http://www.thewindowsclub.com/disable-windows-8-1-help-sticker-notificat... view
How to Get Help with Windows 8.1 Upgrade Problems 5 years 8 months ago v.laurie This type of problem requires more detailed discussion than can be given in the comments here. Please post the details of your problem in our forum http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/. Our expert members will be glad to try to help you. view
Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET has Been Updated 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie Not that I know of. view
Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET has Been Updated 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie If you are using Sandboxie, there could be a conflict. Try posting in the forum where one of our members who is a Sandboxie expert can help you. view
Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET has Been Updated 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie I guess you'll have to balance the possibility that .NET might have security problems unknown to Microsoft against the protection that EMET provides. There are, of course, a variety of approaches to security. For example, many alternatives are discussed at http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-stay-safe-while-online.htm-0 view
Make Your Windows 8/8.1 Computer Act Like New with the Refresh Feature 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie The system has a record of the path to the refresh image. If you put the image on a removable external drive, be sure that the drive assignment is the same if you plug the drive back in to use the image. Or you can use the command line to reset the default refresh image to a new location. Personally, I maintain a variety of backups with several on external removable drives but I have kept this particular refresh image on a second internal drive with a copy of the image file CustomRefresh.wim on an external drive. view
Make Your Windows 8/8.1 Computer Act Like New with the Refresh Feature 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie I would add that some malware infections will seek out any connected external drives and could possibly infect your backups. That is why I keep a backup drive that I disconnect except when backing up. Some people even keep a backup in a distinct geographical location in case of fire or other disaster. I even have a friend who takes a backup drive to his bank vault. view
Make Your Windows 8/8.1 Computer Act Like New with the Refresh Feature 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie What text is it exactly that you are entering? Are you using the elevated command prompt with administrator privileges? view
Make Your Windows 8/8.1 Computer Act Like New with the Refresh Feature 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie You have to also include the complete pathname of the folder where the image is to be created. view
Make Your Windows 8/8.1 Computer Act Like New with the Refresh Feature 6 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
Make Your Windows 8/8.1 Computer Act Like New with the Refresh Feature 6 years 5 months ago v.laurie The image can be pretty big, depending on what you have on your computer. I do not recommend placing the new image on your main hard drive. Put it on an external drive. As the tip says, create a folder to hold it. Also, as the tip says, make sure you have room on the drive where you are putting it. The recovery partition on most PCs is really only big enough to hold the original image. Once you start adding your own programs and files it is going to be too small. The command is "recimg" whch I presume comes from "recovery image". view
How to Make a Quick and Easy Online Antivirus Check of a File or App Before Downloading it 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie The VirusTotal site has an option "Go to downloaded file analysis". view
How to Make a Quick and Easy Online Antivirus Check of a File or App Before Downloading it 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie I had no trouble installing the add-on in Windows 7. I was using IE 10. I also had no trouble in FF or Chrome. view
Five Things that Every Windows PC Owner Must Do 6 years 7 months ago v.laurie The same reference contains information about preparing two different kinds of disk. view
What is “Freeware”? 6 years 7 months ago v.laurie The PC users group I went to back in those days had a lending library of shareware on 360 KB 5 1/4" floppy disks. Those were the days when people really knew how to code and you could get a surprising number of programs even in such a small capacity. Of course, DOS itself only had 512 KB of memory to work with. view
What is “Freeware”? 6 years 7 months ago v.laurie Although there is some overlap between the freemium and crippleware categories, they differ in how useful the free software is. The free software in the freemium model provides substantial value and is sometimes almost the same as the paid version. Crippleware is generally not all that useful and often has the best features missing. view
What is “Freeware”? 6 years 7 months ago v.laurie From the ads that you will see. For example, if Ask becomes your search engine, search pages will have ads that bring revenue to Ask. view
What is “Freeware”? 5 years 5 months ago v.laurie Unfortunately, FileHippo has also fallen into the practice of using wrappers on some of its offerings. view
How to Extract Files from Almost Any Kind of Archive 6 years 7 months ago v.laurie The developer's download link says, "Current Version: 1.6.1, Released: 05/12/2010". That is over three and a half years ago. The date you give seems to refer to when the web page was updated. Note that the phrase "Universal Extractor" is all the way on the left side of the page and "Last Modified: Fri, 10/25/2013 - 08:57" is all the way on the right side of the page. The two phrases are not written together as you indicate. view
How to Check for Hacker Activity in Your Microsoft Account 6 years 7 months ago v.laurie Hackers do not always lock the legitimate owner out of a compromised account. That warns the owner that something is wrong. The hacker may prefer to quietly use the account and keep the legitimate owner unaware. view
Free Offer of a Normally Very Expensive Full-Featured Screen Reader for a PC 6 years 6 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the useful information. It is interesting to hear that Windows 2003 is sufficient. view

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