windows

Mon
22
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

Missing Windows DVD? How to Download and Reinstall

Infopackets Reader 'Bob T.' writes: " Dear Dennis, I am trying to reinstall Windows on my computer but I can't seem to find my Windows DVD anywhere. In fact, I'm not even sure if my computer came with an install disc. Should I download Windows from ... a torrent website? Can I use a DVD or USB drive to reinstall Windows? What do you suggest? " My Response: You can download a copy of MS Windows 7, 8, or 10 for free from Microsoft and install it from DVD or USB, though the steps for installing from USB are a little more involved for Windows 7. At the time of writing this ... (view more)

Wed
17
Dec
Brandon Dimmel's picture

'WinLogOnView 1.10', and 'Pixelitor 2.2.1'

WinLogOnView 1.10 This simple tool for Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 shows you important information about your system's log on / off activity. Every time a user logs on or off this utility tracks the activity and makes it viewable to the ... system administrator. http://www.nirsoft.net/ Pixelitor 2.2.1 This free and open source image editing program allows you to add unique visual effects to all of your favorite digital images. Pixelitor currently features more than eighty image filters and color adjustments, some of which you won't be able to find anywhere else. http:// ... (view more)

Fri
12
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

How can I find the Cursor Position on my Screen?

Infopackets Reader 'lewfrazier' writes: " Dear Dennis, Sometimes I when I'm viewing a page on my web browser (or MS Word, for that matter), I can't find the cursor on the screen. Is there a freeware program I can download that will help me locate ... the cursor on my screen? " My Response: That's a great question -- thanks for asking. You can locate your cursor by tapping the CTRL key on your keyboard, but you first need to enable this feature in Windows (no download is required). The 'cursor location' feature works with Windows XP, 7, and 8; here are the ... (view more)

Wed
10
Dec
John Lister's picture

Windows 10 Update May Require MS Office Uninstall

Microsoft has warned that a recently released security update may be incompatible with test editions of Windows 10 and MS Office . The advice came from Gabe Aul, who is general manager of engineering for Windows. He posted a series of four messages ... on his Twitter account, rather than posting it onto Microsoft's official news blog. The messages read: "We just made a tough call after working through the night that I thought I should share with you. We have a security update going out today, and the installer fails on [Windows 10 build 9879 if Microsoft Office] is installed. Rather than ... (view more)

Mon
08
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

Recovery Disk is Full; Can I Delete Files?

Infopackets Reader 'pthamilton' writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a Dell XPS M1330 laptop computer. I get frequently recurring messages that my D drive (recovery drive) is full. Can I delete files on my recovery drive? Also, if I upgrade to Windows 7 or ... Windows 8, will it stop the 'disk is full' error messages? Thank You. " My Response: In general, it is not recommended that you delete any files from the recovery drive, as it contains disk image files used to restore your system to default configuration when you first purchased the computer. If you downloaded or copied files onto the D drive, you ... (view more)

Thu
04
Dec
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Windows 10 Could Bolster 600 Million PC Upgrades

Dell President Renee James says Windows 10's impact on the struggling PC market will be huge, with the release of Microsoft's next operating system (OS) leading to an estimated 600 million PC upgrades. James, who recently spoke at the Credit Suisse ... Technology Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, says there are hundreds of millions of PCs out there that are four years old or older. James says that many of the owners of these aging PCs have been putting off an upgrade because they simply weren't wowed by Microsoft's last operating system, Windows 8. Microsoft Being " ... (view more)

Mon
01
Dec
Brandon Dimmel's picture

'CyberGhost VPN 5.0.14.17', and 'AquaSnap 1.9.1'

CyberGhost VPN 5.0.14.17 CyberGhost VPN offers a simple and effective way towards protecting your online privacy. It masks your location, making it easier to surf the web anonymously and access content not regularly available in your home region. ... Note that the free version of CyberGhost VPN reportedly contains advertisements, including 17 seconds of advertisements when first connected, plus more ads every 2 hours. http://www.cyberghostvpn.com/ AquaSnap 1.9.1 AquaSnap is designed to help you move (and resize) windows around your desktop quickly and efficient. It's intended to replace Aero ... (view more)

Mon
01
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

Difference between 32 bit and 64 bit Windows?

Infopackets Reader Gord S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have Windows 8.1 64 bit installed on my PC. When downloading programs I see there are options for 32 bit or 64 bit. My question is: should I download both 32 bit and 64 bit programs? [Also, what is ... the difference between 32 bit and 64 bit Windows?] Thank you for your comments. " My response: That's a great question; thanks for asking. If you are running 64 bit Windows, you should download and install 64 bit versions of programs -- but only if they are available. If there is no 64 bit version available, then running the 32 bit version will ... (view more)

Fri
21
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

New, Used PC: How Do I Change User Name in C:\Users?

Infopackets Reader 'miannone' writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently purchased a new [Windows 8.1] desktop computer (or so I thought) from a big box electronic store. It should be noted that I did not utilize the 'pay-for-setup' process that the sales ... people attempted to convince me was the only way to go. I took the machine home ... [and booted it up] first time. It went through all the necessary updates; ... [once complete, I started] the customization. It was then I noticed that [my hard drive already had a user named 'Sam' defined on it. For example, even though I am the only user on this ... (view more)

Thu
20
Nov
Brandon Dimmel's picture

MS Kills OneDrive 'Placeholders' for 'Selective Sync'

Microsoft is facing a storm of protest over its decision to remove a popular feature from its OneDrive cloud storage service. The change is set to take shape when the company's next operating system, Windows 10 , is released next year. In Windows ... 8.1, OneDrive shows ' smart files ', otherwise known as ' placeholders ' stored on the cloud, but not available on a local device. If a user decides they want to view or edit that file and double click on it, OneDrive begins to download the file to local storage. The advantage of smart files is simple: they let users view the entire contents of ... (view more)

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