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Best Free Remote Access Software 6 years 5 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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5 Best Free Video Streaming Sites 1 year 7 months ago Valentin Nedev

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

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 5 years 2 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 5 years 8 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 5 years 8 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 5 years 8 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 years 1 month 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 7 years 2 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 Digital Photo Organizer 5 years 11 months ago v.laurie Misty27, thanks for the information. This category has no editor at the moment and I am just a caretaker. However, I will change the statement about no portable version. view
Best Free Web Form Filler and Password Manager 5 years 10 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the information. This category is currently without an active editor. view
Best Free Hex Editor 4 years 10 months ago v.laurie

I am only a caretaker and this review is in need of an editor. Perhaps you could help us out and bring the article up to date? You can help us by clicking here.

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Best Free Search and Replace Utility 5 years 10 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the information. This category is currently without an editor. view
Best Free Office Suite 5 years 7 months ago v.laurie I can't say what is really going on but it sounds to me like there may be a file association problem.Anyone else have ideas? view
Best Free Disk Space Analyzer 6 years 3 months ago v.laurie There is a Trojanized version of WinDirStat out on the Internet. http://blog.windirstat.info/20130717/windirstat-detected-as-trojan-right... Be very careful which download site you use and check with VirusTotal. view
How to Find Out Which Windows Process is Using a File 6 years 12 months ago v.laurie The download link is in the article about Process Explorer that is referred to in the beginning of the tip. However, for convenience, I have now added a link to the Microsoft download page. view
Best Free Online Backup 4 years 12 months ago v.laurie Thank you for pointing this out. The article is currently in need of an editor. view
How to Insert an Image into a Gmail Message 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie Google has completely revamped the email interface since I wrote this tip. All I do now is drag an image file and drop it on an email I am composing, view
How to Repair Corrupt or Damaged Windows System Files with System File Checker 7 years 2 months ago v.laurie Unfortunately, SFC fails for many reasons. This type of question is beyond what can be answered here. Please log in to the Freeware Forum and post your questions in General Computer Support. Please provide more information about your system when you post there. Knowledgeable people there will gladly try to help you. view
How to Repair Corrupt or Damaged Windows System Files with System File Checker 6 years 10 months ago v.laurie Unfortunately, we cannot answer individual support questions like this in the comments. Please post your question in the forum: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ view
How to Quickly Shut Down a Hung or Unresponsive Application 4 years 7 months ago v.laurie Using Task Manager is certainly one of the standard ways of dealing with hung programs. Personally, I don't find it any quicker but I do use Task Manager sometimes. One advantage of the command line is that a batch file can be created, reducing the procedure to one step of clicking the file. In Windows, there are often multiple ways to do the same thing. view
How to Create a Custom Hotkey for Your Favorite Application or Folder 4 years 7 months ago v.laurie Off the top of my head, I don't know a quick way. Maybe someone else has a suggestion. view
The Easy Way to Check If Your Computer Is Connected to the Internet 4 years 7 months 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
Learn How to Use the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) in One Easy Lesson 6 years 10 months ago v.laurie The Registry is too complex for specific questions like this to be answered here. Please, post your question in the General Computer Support forum view
Learn How to Use the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) in One Easy Lesson 5 years 6 months ago v.laurie Local machine (HKLM) edits generally require a reboot. Current user edits (HKCU) generally require log off and on. When in doubt, just reboot after an edit. But always back up before editing. view
Learn How to Use the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) in One Easy Lesson 5 years 6 months ago v.laurie "%1" is a placeholder for whatever file is the object of the executable. If you are unfamiliar with this type of notation, please be very, very careful with the Registry. view
How to Reveal Your Windows Product Key in All Current Versions of Windows 6 years 6 months ago v.laurie I am adding ProduKey. Thanks. view
How to Reveal Your Windows Product Key in All Current Versions of Windows 5 years 5 months ago v.laurie Thanks for telling us about this. It is becoming all too common for developers to bundle utilities with unwanted stuff. A note has been added to the article. view
Best Free Microsoft Downloads 7 years 3 months ago v.laurie I have just become the editor of this article but almost all the material is due to the previous editor. I will be gradually updating and adding as time goes on. Any suggestions you have are welcome. view
Best Free Microsoft Downloads 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie You are right. I forgot about that. Thanks for pointing it out. view
Best Free Microsoft Downloads 6 years 8 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
Best Free Microsoft Downloads 6 years 7 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the correction. Microsoft does not list Windows 7 in the supported versions. view
What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 5 years 3 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
Use the Command Line for a Quick Cleanup of Windows Temp Files 6 years 7 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 Make Hibernation Work Better on Your PC 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie Being just logged in as administrator isn't sufficient. You have to also specifically run the command line as administrator. view
How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 5 years 10 months 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
How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 5 years 9 months ago v.laurie Unfortunately, we can't give this type of individual support in the comments. If you post your problem in the forum at http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/, there will be knowledgeable people to help you. view
How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 5 years 7 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
How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 5 years 5 months ago v.laurie Unfortunately, we can't give this type of individual support in the comments. If you post your problem in the forum at http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/, there will be knowledgeable people to help you. view
How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive 7 years 1 month ago v.laurie We are unable to respond to individual support requests here. Please post your question in our forum. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ view
How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive 6 years 11 months ago v.laurie I am certainly sorry to hear that something went wrong with the move. This procedure is very well established. It has worked for many people. Did you accidentally choose the root of H:\ instead of H:\My Documents for the new location? I do hope you made a backup. The procedure creates a symlink (http://windows7tips.com/symlinks-definition.html) pointing to the new location. The symlink means that all old references to My Documents should continue to work. The whole point of the procedure is to maintain all the old references while actually moving the files. Again, I am sorry that the tip blew up on you. I guess I fell into the water this time. view
How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive 6 years 10 months 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
How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive 6 years 10 months ago v.laurie jimjsquared and mannaoz, I feel very bad when people put their trust in me and I fail them. All I can say is that Microsoft didn't make this problem with using the root of a drive clear either. But that isn't much of an excuse since Microsoft is no model of clarity. view
How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive 6 years 10 months ago v.laurie Don't call the new folder "Desktop". Why not maintain the old folder structure? It will keep things clearer. If you are moving "Documents" why not stick with that? view
How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive 6 years 10 months ago v.laurie Have you checked the space on your C: drive before and after the move? The point of this move is to maintain the references to the old location even when folders have been moved elsewhere by creating symbolic links. Otherwise, you would just move the files the conventional way. Symbolic links are explained in this article: http://windows7tips.com/symlinks-definition.html view
How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive 6 years 10 months ago v.laurie The point of this move is to maintain the references to the old location even when folders have been moved elsewhere by creating symbolic links. Otherwise, you would just move the files the conventional way. view
How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive 6 years 3 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
How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive 5 years 8 months ago v.laurie Cerainly sorry to hear you are having problems. Did you do a system backup before making changes? I don't use Outlook so I don't know the tool in this reference (http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/microsoft-office/fix-your-broken-outlook-...) but you might look into it. view
Fast and Easy Way to Combine Multiple Microsoft Word Documents 5 years 1 week ago v.laurie The only thing I can think of is that your cursor has been placed in the wrong place. view
How to Fix Problems When Windows Installer or Uninstaller Doesn’t Work 7 years 4 months ago v.laurie Do you mean the link isn't working? I just tried it and it worked fine. view
Best Free Windows Apps 7 years 1 month ago v.laurie Adobe Photoshop Express Free is now available at the Microsoft store. view
Best Free Windows Apps 6 years 11 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
Best Free Windows Apps 6 years 8 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 Find Out How Fast Your USB Flash Drives Are 5 years 2 months ago v.laurie Offhand I don't know what the problem might be. The utility does read larger drives. view
How to Fix a Very Slow Windows 7 Downloads Folder 5 years 7 months ago v.laurie You can apply settings to all folders of a given type but I don't know of an easy way to apply global folder settings. If anybody knows how, please let us know. view
How to Fix a Very Slow Windows 7 Downloads Folder 5 years 7 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
How to Fix a Very Slow Windows 7 Downloads Folder 5 years 7 months ago v.laurie I imagine a Registry script could be written that would do some global configuring. view
How to Fix a Very Slow Windows 7 Downloads Folder 5 years 7 months ago v.laurie I am traveling and do not have access to a computer with Windows 7 Home Premium but your User-Downloads folder properties sheet should have a Customize tab. Are you using a different downloads folder from the Users\UserName\Downloads folder? Are you in a restricted account? view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 7 years 4 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
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 7 years 4 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 7 years 2 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 8 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 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 get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 6 years 4 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 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie No view
How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 6 years 3 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 6 years 2 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 8 months 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 5 years 5 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 5 years 1 month 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 7 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the suggestions. I'll take a look. view
Best Free Technical Support Sites 7 years 4 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 6 years 3 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 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 Ask a Question When You Want Technical Help 7 years 3 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 11 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 7 years 4 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 7 years 4 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 7 years 4 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 7 years 4 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 7 years 4 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 7 years 4 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 7 years 4 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 7 years 4 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 7 years 4 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 7 years 4 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 7 years 4 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 7 years 4 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 7 years 4 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 7 years 4 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 7 years 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 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
How to Repair a Windows 7 System with an Installation Disc 6 years 2 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

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