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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 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 events such as… Continue reading

Creating Restore Points in Windows 8

windodws8_logoAs with previous versions of the Windows operating system, Windows 8 includes a mechanism to create restore points.   Restore points are basically snapshots of the current state of the computer at the time a restore point was created. System Restore monitors the operating system for changes and creates restore points at regular daily intervals, usually when Windows 8 is loaded on any particular day. If your computer is not powered up when a restore point creation has been scheduled, Windows 8 will create the restore point when the computer is booted up. You can also create manual restore… Continue reading

Creating and Using Recovery Disks in Windows 7

windows7_logoComputer manufactures used to provide a set of CD’s or DVD’s when you bought a computer. These disks contained an image of the computer as it was when it left the manufacture, and other software and drivers specific to your computer.  About 5 years ago, Computer manufactures decided to save money by not to provide recovery and installation CD’s with their new computers. Instead, they provided images that end-users can burn to DVD’s and create their own recovery and installation disks.

While this saves money for the manufactures, it creates a problem for many end-users,  who for what-ever… Continue reading

Set up a Windows restore point in Windows 7

windows7_logoA system restore point is basically a snapshot of the Windows operating system and programs and configurations at the time the restore point was created. The purpose of System Restore is to provide a way recovering from an error or failure on a Windows-based computer. This is especially useful if you have just experienced file corruption or installed or uninstalled something and now your computer is unstable.  As a preventive measure, you can also create a System Restore Point before you make any modifications to your computer, just in case something goes wrong.

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Control up to four computers with Mouse without Borders

Have you ever wished you could control multiple computers with one keyboard and one mouse?  To do this, you could spend a lot of money and time installing a KVM switch, which also means that you have to run cables to each computer and connected them to the KVM switch. Or, you could use a free program from Microsoft Garage project called Mouse without Borders, and your existing wireless or wired network, and use your mouse and keyboard to seamlessly control and move files between up to four computers.

 

How Mouse without Borders Works:

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Using the Clear Type Tuner in Windows

If you notice that the font on your monitor isn't exactly smooth or clear and easy to read on your laptop or LCD monitor, you can adjust the clarity of the font by using the Windows Clear Type Tuner.

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Unfreeze programs in Windows 7

In previous versions of Microsoft Windows, when a program locked up, there was nothing you could do except the three-finger-salute (CTRL+ALT+DELETE), and hopefully terminate the offending program. That meant losing any unsaved data that you were working on. Worst case scenario was that you would have to restart Windows. With Windows 7, a new utility has been that added that may help users unfreeze a program or restart it without losing data. The utility is called the Resource Monitor. Continue reading

Creating a Windows 7 Password Recovery disk

windows7_logoIt is nearly impossible to recover a lost Windows 7 password. If, for whatever reason, you have forgotten your windows 7 password, you are going to be in pretty big trouble. Without that password, you are not going to be able to log into your profile and access your files or data.

Fortunately, Windows 7 provides a simple tool to help you recover your password by way of a password reset disk. The catch is that you must create the password recovery disk BEFORE you need it.

Creating the Password Recovery disk

You can use a floppy disk, if your… Continue reading

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