Changing the default browser used to be simple — and then along came malware. It’s still easy to change the default browser; it’s just different.
There are a host of items that contribute to your computer’s (lack of) performance. I’ll review some of my top issues.
The end is coming for Windows 7. But what does that really mean?
Gray text is a problem for many people. Unfortunately, there’s no simple solution, though there are some (very) ugly ones.
Software rot can result in odd behavior, including a Windows update causing other software to fail. Here’s one approach to try to get things working again.
System and registry cleaners often report wildly differing results. The reason? Sales tactics, and no clear consensus of what it means to be clean.
Only Windows is Windows. There are alternatives, but whether they’re right for you depends on you.
There are several ways to adjust the size of text and items on your screen. I’ll discuss a commonly-used wrong way as well as the right way.
Occasionally, the Windows taskbar can end up on either side (or even the top of) your screen. I’ll show you how to move the taskbar bar back to the bottom.
Windows includes the tools needed to uncompress files that you (or prior versions of Windows) might have compressed using Windows File Compression.
Pagefile.sys is the “paging file”, or system file, that contains Windows’ virtual memory. You can remove it — if you understand the ramifications.
Copying, moving, and licensing Windows 10 isn’t nearly as simple as we might like.
Windows Update seems less than reliable. How can you prepare for what may or may not happen without tearing your hair out?
Staying up to date is an important part of staying safe. Sometimes that means disk space is slowly used for more and more updates — and sometimes not.
The “edition” of Windows you’re running — Home, Pro, or others — defines some of the features made available. It’s not difficult to find out which edition you have.
A simple setting I’d assume to be on by default, wasn’t. As a result, the text on my screen looked … ugly.
OneDrive can be used for many things, but one of the most valuable is ongoing online backup.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and a screenshot – an image of your computer screen, saved as a picture – can eliminate a lot of frustration when trying to describe to someone what you’re seeing on your computer.
The October 2018 Windows 10 Update is apparently deleting some people’s files. Here’s how to prepare and protect yourself.
Looking for large files when running out of disk space makes sense. I’ll look at the steps to determine whether a file, such as a .dat file, may be important.
If you have a 64-bit capable machine, you may want to upgrade from 32-bit Windows to 64. Unfortunately, the upgrade, while quite possible, isn’t easy.
In theory, pasting text is the same as typing it. Except when it’s not.
It’s almost impossible to remove all personal information from a Windows installation, short of one extreme option.
‘Fix All Your Windows Problems’ is a claim made by many products and utilities, and it’s best viewed with skepticism. We’ll look at how to evaluate some of those claims.
We hear of Windows Update messing up computers. I’ll look through one scenario and offer some advice and a reminder: it’s not your fault.
Sometimes the clipboard behaves mysteriously. Let’s look at why.
It’s not uncommon to run out of disk space. A free utility can show where your disk space is going so you can determine what steps to take.
Relying on a Recycle Bin can be a costly mistake, particularly when USB and other removable drives may or may not even have one.
What Windows Update leaves behind isn’t trash at all, but rather files with a specific purpose.
Assorted redistributables and shared libraries are often installed on your PC by programs that need them. Removing them, while tempting, is fairly risky.
Microsoft Word documents display differently on different systems because of differences between the systems. Getting Microsoft Word documents to display identically typically means processing them into something else.
Your Windows 7 Setup disc can help you repair many types of boot problems.
The Windows desktop was intended to hold shortcuts to files located elsewhere, but it’s not limited to that.
Hibernate and sleep are two optimizations to the boot/reboot process that can speed things up.
Occasionally, one program uses up all of your computer’s processing resources. Using Task Manager, it’s easy to figure out which program that is.
If your monitor suddenly goes black due to being out of RAM, it’s likely your computer has crashed.
I prefer Windows 10 Professional edition. Here’s what I consider the important differences between Windows 10 Home and Pro.
So-called “problems” with your Microsoft account may refer to Windows, or to other applications on your system.
Every Windows 10 update should just work. Unfortunately, for some, they just don’t.
Windows 10 Home edition gives you little control of Windows Update. I do have a fairly large hammer you can use.
Booting your machine can take time, but sometimes so does shutting it down. Various issues contribute to a slow shutdown.
The purpose of the System Idle Process is to get out of the way to let other processes run. So what does it mean if the SIP is using 100% CPU on your slow system?
If you meet a couple of criteria, you can still get Windows 10 for free, at least until the end of the year.
A peek into my priorities as I install apps and make changes after a Windows 10 reset.
A new icon has appeared on the Windows 10 taskbar. I’ll review what it is and how to make it go away.
Deciding how you want to open a file depends on knowing what the file contains and knowing what program will understand that.
We’ll look at why Windows asks you for administrator privileges even though you are the administrator, and what to do when it does.
Hiberfil.sys and pagefile.sys are two Windows system files that support two very important features: hibernation and virtual memory.
User Account Control, or UAC, pops up when programs need special permission to do something. I’ll look at when those are, and are not, appropriate.
A friend’s slow computer provided an opportunity to review the four primary characteristics of computer slowdowns.