Articles in Category: Software
Transferring installed software to a new machine isn’t as easy as we might like. I’ll list the options.
32, like 16 before it and 64 to follow, is special simply because computers think in powers of 2, as does Windows itself.
“Unsupported software” can refer to different things. I’ll review variations on the theme and revisit the question of whether unsupported software can be used safely.
After releasing a new version of software manufacturers often make older versions difficult to find. What if you really do need an old version?
Open-source software is not necessarily free, though there is a high correlation.
You already know what it is. The trick is to remember to do it in the frustration of the moment.
ISO files are a common disk-image distribution format. We’ll look at the best ways to open and use ISO files.
You probably can boot from an SD card, but it’s likely to be more cumbersome than just using a USB thumb drive.
Microsoft has made these free tools easier to get and keep automatically updated.
Scanned documents can result in large graphics files that are too large to email. I’ll review options for more manageable results.
Most music, picture, and movie files are already compressed. Compressing them again won’t make much difference, and could even make them larger.
Sometimes the best solution is to give up trying to find a solution.
I had a serious problem with an app I rely on in Windows 10. I’ll walk you through my experience solving it, and show how the process relates to you.
You can safely delete setup files after you’ve set up the corresponding software, but only if you do something important first.
Finding support for software and services can be a challenge. I’ll breakdown the places to look and the steps to take.
Printing pictures displayed on screen so they look good turns out to be surprisingly difficult, if not downright impossible.
If you have OneNote, you already have basic OCR capability on your computer.
CCleaner, a popular Windows utility, accidentally included malware in its download for a time. Here’s my take on what to be concerned about and what to do.
DRM is digital copyright protection. Unfortunately, it’s both imperfect and annoying.
An Adobe Acrobat update is installing more than just an update.
PUPs, or Potentially Unwanted Programs, appear when least expected.
Torrent files are used by bitTorrent file sharing and downloading technology. Are they illegal? No. But something else might be.
Not all bugs will be fixed or be fixed quickly. Not all bugs are even actually bugs. I’ll look at why some bugs might never get fixed – even those you consider important.
It pays to prepare for, or at least think about, the day that the application on which you rely stops working or is no longer supported. In some cases preparations are simple. In other cases it may have you consider alternative applications.
Ebooks are commonly distributed as simple PDF files which you can download and then read on your computer or other devices using any of several free PDF readers.
Be careful where you download things, and know exactly what you’re downloading. Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) are becoming common.
We might call it the march of technological progress. Computers can do more and we expect software to do more. That does leave those of us with older machines in a difficult spot.
You may have a multi-core processor, but not all software can utilize more than one core.
Obviously, something has been left behind by the uninstall process. But do we even need to worry about it?
You can’t add data to an image to make it better, but there are some tricks that can make it visually more appealing.
http://www.imzers.com (formerly http://www.msn-problems.com) I get a lot of questions from people having problems with MSN Messenger. A lot of questions. MSN-Problems.com turns out to be a very helpful resource with recommendations for each of the various MSN Messenger versions and error codes that people are experiencing. There’s also a very active forum with even more … Read more
Boy… now there’s a blast from the past. QBasic has a long history dating back to the days of MS-DOS. QBasic was the free Basic programming language interpreter that was included with MS-DOS, and eventually Windows, though it appears to have vanished from Windows XP, if not from earlier versions. I feel a personal connection … Read more
Not a problem. Process Explorer is one of my favorite, can’t live without it, tools. I recommend it’s use frequently when diagnosing problems. But rather than describing how to download it, let me show you.
I talk about the software I use most often and that I make sure to take with me when diagnosing computer problems.
PDF, or Portable Document Format, is a common format for sharing documents. Turning your Word document into a PDF can be as simple as printing.