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People don't generally think of the term "free" in conjunction with "Microsoft", but in truth, Microsoft actually has a huge list of useful free stuff. You just have to know where to look or how to dig for it. You don't even have to do that. Because I have done it for you Continue reading

Using BitLocker Drive Encryption

This article talks about Microsoft’s BitLocker Drive Encryption tool that comes with the Business or Professional versions of Microsoft Windows and Windows Server, and how to use BitLocker Drive Encryption to encrypt your hard drives and portable storage devices. Continue reading

Using Windows Search


Most people use only the most basic functions of the Windows Search tool and wind up spending considerable time scrolling through screens  of search results trying to find the specific file they are looking for.  But the Windows Search tool is actually more powerful than that, and if used properly, can help you quickly find exactly what you are looking for . This article is intended to introduce some of the many search tools built into the Windows operating system, and how to use them more effectively.

A Brief History Of Windows Search

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Using Event Viewer Logs To Troubleshoot Issues


When troubleshooting issues with Windows-based computers, the Event Viewer is a great place to start. The Event Viewer tracks information about applications, security, and system events. This information is stored in log files that can be accessed in the Event Viewer. The Event Viewer is built into current Windows Operating Systems.

Not only will the Event Viewer tell you is a process or any component of the computer is causing an error, it will provide you with a log of that error that can be used to resolve issues. The Event viewer will also track other… Continue reading

Using a Windows 7 System Repair Disk

windows7_logoIf your Windows 7 computer will not start, or crashes with fatal errors, you may need to run  a Windows 7 System Repair disk to restore Windows 7 back to normal operation.  The Windows 7 Repair Disk is designed to let you boot to Windows and provides diagnostics and repair options to help you get your computer back up and running.

Hopefully, you made a Repair Disk when you got your computer. If not, your options for repairing your installation of Windows 7 is going to be considerably limited and more complicated. If you don’t… Continue reading

Installing Windows Vista on a new or formatted hard drive


This guide is intended to provide an accurate and well-established procedure for installing Windows Vista on a new or freshly formatted hard drive. By following this procedure, any data on the hard drive you are installing Windows Vista on will be permanently erased. This guide does not cover hard drives configured in a RAID setup. For information on installing Windows Vista on a RAIDed hard drive configuration, Click Here.


This guide is intended for informational purposes only. By using this guide, you agree to accept full responsibility for any damage or loss of data… Continue reading

Adding the Run Command to the Windows Vista and Windows 7 Start Menu

Add the Run Command to the Windows Vista and Windows 7 Start Menu

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Checking a hard drive for errors in Windows Vista and Windows 7

Typical problems that affect hard drives, such as corrupt files, bad sectors, can be detected and often resolved by using a built-in windows utility called CHKDSK (for check Disk). CHKDSK scans a hard drive for errors and attempts to repair them, or move any data in a bad sector to a safer location, and then flags the bad sectors to prevent future data from being stored there.

To run CHKDSK, do the following:

  1. Go to Start>> Computer
  2. Right click the hard disk that you would like to test.
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select the Tools tab
  5. Click the Check… Continue reading

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