Articles in Category: Windows Programs

Windows Setup Install Now

How Do I Reformat and Reinstall Windows?

To reformat and reinstall is considered the “nuclear option” when it comes to dealing with Windows problems (or just cleaning up).

Windows 10 DVD

How To Reinstall Windows Without an Installation Disc

The best way to prepare for needing an installation disc is to create one before you need it. I’ll review some approaches.

CHKDSK: What Is It and How Do I Run It?

CHKDSK, short for Check Disk, is a utility that checks the integrity of the files and file structure of your hard disk. I’ll walk you through it.

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Why Do System Cleanup Utilities Report So Many Errors on a Supposedly Clean System?

System and registry cleaners often report wildly differing results. The reason? Sales tactics, and no clear consensus of what it means to be clean.

The Snipping Tool

What’s a Screen Shot and How Do I Make One?

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.

Deleting Data

Is it Safe to Delete This File?

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.

How Do I Remove My Personal Data from My Computer Running Windows 10?

It’s almost impossible to remove all personal information from a Windows installation, short of one extreme option.

Word to PDF

Why Does My Microsoft Word Document Display Differently on Different Computers?

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.

Ready to Reset

Reinstalling Windows 10 from Windows 10: “Reset This PC”

Windows 10 makes it relatively easy to reinstall Windows and keep most of your data while doing so.

SFC /scannow

What Is the System File Checker, and How Do I Run It?

The System File Checker is a little-known, simple-to-run command-line program. It validates that Window’s operating files are undamaged.

Windows Task Manager sorted by memory usage

How Do I Tell Which Program Is Using So Much Memory?

When Windows tells you it’s out of memory, what does it mean, and what can you do about it?

Local Account Switch: Done!

How Do I Switch Back to a Local Account Sign-in for Windows 10?

It’s not uncommon to set up Windows 10 only to find you’re required to log in with a Microsoft account. I’ll show you how to restore a local account sign-in.

CHKDSK in CMD

How Do I See the Results of a CHKDSK that Ran on Boot?

CHKDSK must sometimes be run at boot time. When done, its displayed messages disappear. I’ll show you where to find those CHKDSK results again.

Manage Your Devices

How Do I Get a .mobi Ebook onto My Kindle?

“.mobi” format is the native format for books used on Amazon Kindle reading devices. I’ll show you how to get that “.mobi” book you just downloaded from your PC to your Kindle.

System and System.sav

How do I Repair My System if the Registry Can’t Be Loaded?

We can certainly find a way to repair your system registry. But my concern is, why did this happen in the first place?

Folder with what?

Where Did these Oddly-named Folders Come From, and How Do I Get Rid of Them?

Windows programs often make these oddly named files as part of their setup process. You’ll have to make sure they are not being used to delete them.

The last edition of Microsoft Works

How do I get Office if I’m on dial-up?

Software packages, more and more, are coming as large download files – I wouldn’t even attempt to do it on dial-up! There may be a few options for you that will work.

Save Me!

How do I reinstall software if I don’t have the installation discs or download files?

If you bought it you can, and should, save it. Even if it is just a downloaded installation .exe file and activation code.

Office 2013

Why can’t I get software on CDs or DVDs?

Software vendors seem to think these days that everyone has high speed internet for downloading large files. What happens if you don’t?

Inserting a disc

I Don’t Have Installation Media for Windows. What If I Need It?

At some point, you’re going to need your Windows installation CD/DVD. If you don’t have it, you could be severely out of luck. I’ll review alternatives.

Win 98 on Win 8

I have an important MS DOS program that won’t run in Win 7 – what do I do?

Sometimes you need an old program that won’t run on your current operating system. No Problem! Virtual machines to the rescue.

sfc /scannow

Windows Explorer seems to have been removed, what do I do?

Is it really gone? Or just hidden? Either way we’ll work through the solution to get Windows Explorer back.

Why Did I Get this Additional Driver Utility?

More frequently, unwanted software is included in the download package of things you actually want. Preventing these programs from being installed is easy; getting rid of them may not be.

Office 2010

Can I move Office 2010 to another computer?

Moving Microsoft Office to a new computer is usually an easy process as long as you follow a few steps.

Resource Monitor Overview Tab

Monitoring Your System with Resource Monitor

Resource Monitor is a helpful little system resource examination tool that doesn’t get nearly the press it deserves. I’ll review what it can do.

USB Thumb Drive

Can I put everything but the operating system on an external drive?

Using an external drive is not going to work like you think in the long run. In the end, a backup image is the most convenient tool to use when reinstalling Windows.

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How Do I Prevent this Folder from Opening on Startup?

The symptom described is usually a leftover startup entry. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to remove this.

A run of the Strings utility

Why is my partially recovered document still not readable?

Writing over a file is a good way to lose data, but if you are willing to dive into some command line programs, you may be able to recover some of it.

CCleaner Cleaning Options

Scheduling CCleaner

CCleaner is a useful and powerful system-cleaning tool that can help recover disk space as well as clear general clutter. It can be run manually, but in this article, I’ll show you how to set it up to run once a week automatically.

Explosion

Why Did I Lose Applications After My Machine was Formatted?

By definition, reformatting a hard drive erases everything. The big question is, why didn’t the technician tell you that?!

Question Mark

What is wssetup.exe?

This file could be anything. I’ll show you how to track this file down and do a cleanup – just to be sure that it’s not malware.

Custom installation (revealed)

Installing Software Safely and with Minimal Impact

Installing software safely is something that I suspect many don’t really think about, even though installing software is something we do often. I’ll review some recommendations to minimize both impact and danger.

What’s the easiest way to restore my machine to original factory settings if I didn’t get discs?

If you don’t have installation or recovery media then you’ll need to take additional steps to prepare for the day you might need to reset to factory settings. Additional steps using software that I hope you already have.

Download

How Do I Reinstall Downloaded Programs?

When it’s important that you save several things for the day disaster strikes and you need to reinstall downloaded programs. I’ll look at what you need to save to prepare for the worst.

Do I need Windows Live Essentials?

Windows 7 often comes with several pre-installed components that were part of the Windows Live Essentials package. They’re not required to run Windows, and can be uninstalled or replaced with more recent components.

How Do I Change the Default Installation Drive?

In this scenario, the real issue is that your C: drive is full. What I recommend you do is clean it up.

Does installing lots of programs destabilize my computer?

Skip the apps. Install the software that you’re going to use and use your
computer the way you want to use it!

What’s a .DAT File?

DAT files are used by many different applications. To know what to do with a DAT file, you need to know which application created it.

One Change You Should Make to Windows File Explorer Right Now to Stay Safer

Windows Explorer tries to help by hiding some information. Unfortunately, that opens a hole that hackers can use to fool you.

How Do I Reformat and Reinstall Windows? (XP & Vista)

Sometimes the best approach to resolving an issue, be it a virus or simply software rot, is reformat and reinstall. We’ll review the steps.

Process Explorer – A Powerful Free Replacement for Task Manager

Process Explorer is Task Manager on steroids. A free utility that completely replaces Task Manager, there’s no reason not to have and use procexp.

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SnagIt – Quick and Easy Screen Capture and Annotation

Windows includes screen capture by default, but if you use it often and rely on it alone, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Why Is My Task Manager Disabled, and How Do I Fix It?

Task manager can be disabled manually, but more commonly it’s disabled by a virus. It’s easy to re-enable once you’re virus-free.

Inserting a disc

How Do I Reformat My Machine If I Don’t Have a Windows CD?

Reformatting a machine is a major step that erases everything. Unless you really know what you’re doing, you’re going to want that Windows Setup CD.

How Do I Find Out Who’s Using All My Memory?

When your system starts to slow down, programs using excessive memory are frequent culprits. It’s fairly easy to find out which programs they are.

How Do I Get a Windows Program to Always Open Maximized?

Some folks like to run programs maximized; taking up the entire screen. If a program doesn’t do that automatically, here are some steps that may help.

Folder with what?

Where is Windows Explorer?

Windows Explorer is everywhere – yet finding Windows Explorer on the Start Menu is actually fairly difficult. We look at where Windows Explorer is, and some of the many other ways you can get to it.

Why does Word tell me a document has changed when it hasn’t?

It’s sometimes hard to tell why Word thinks a document has changed even though you haven’t done anything. We’ll provide a few clues.