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Published: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:41:52 +0000

 



What to Do When Windows Update Gets Stuck

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Help on what to do when your computer gets stuck or freezes (locked-up) during the installation or configuration of a Windows update.



11 Free Programs That Will Help Update Drivers...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Free driver updater programs help you find and update the drivers on your computer. Here are the 11 best driver update tools, as of September 2016.



Free and Public DNS Servers

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

A list of public and completely free DNS servers, plus instructions on how to change them. This DNS server list was last updated in September 2016.



What's an XVO File and How Do You Open One?

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

An XVO file is a ratDVD Internal file. Learn how to open an .XVO file or convert an XVO file to another file format like AVI, MP4, etc.



Think Windows Updates Broke Your PC? Here's...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

A detailed tutorial on how to correct problems caused by Windows updates, including security updates pushed by Microsoft on Patch Tuesday.



21 Command Prompt Tricks & Hacks

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

21 Command Prompt tricks and other Command Prompt hacks to help you get the most out of the Command Prompt in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, or XP.



Here's What to Do When Your Computer Doesn't...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Here's what to do when your computer won't turn on. Fix a desktop, laptop, or tablet that won't boot all the way, or even one that won't start at all.



7 Free Windows Password Recovery Tools

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Windows password recovery tools are used to recover Windows log on passwords. Here are the 7 best free Windows password recovery and cracking tools.



Here's What to Do When Your Computer Starts but...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Does your computer turn on but show just a black screen? If some things seem to be working properly, but there's no display, give this a try...



Getting a 500 Internal Server Error? Here's...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

The 500 Internal Server Error (aka HTTP 500 error) is a generic error suggesting a problem with the website's server. Here's what you can do about it.



How To Update Internet Explorer

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

It's really simple to update Internet Explorer, which involves either downloading and installing the latest version, or using Windows Update. Here's how.



Getting a 504 Gateway Timeout Error? Here's...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

A 504 Gateway Timeout error means that one server involved in displaying the web page didn't communicate to another one quickly enough. Here's what to do.



How To Wipe a Computer Hard Drive

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Easy instructions on how to wipe a hard drive. A hard drive wipe will erase everything on the hard drive - something deleting and formatting can not do.



Getting a 404 Not Found Error? Here's What to Do

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

The 404 Not Found error, often called Error 404 or an HTTP 404 error, means that the webpage you were trying to load was not found. Here's what to do.



What is the Command Prompt in Windows?

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Command Prompt is a command line interpreter program available in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, & XP. Command Prompt is similar in appearance to MS-DOS.



16 Free Programs for Remotely Accessing Your PC

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

A list of the best free remote access programs, sometimes called free remote desktop or remote control software. Last updated September, 2016.



Getting a 502 Bad Gateway Error? Here's What to...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Have a 502 Bad Gateway error? Two different servers are having trouble communicating. Here's what to do.



How To Open the Windows Registry Editor

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Easy instructions on how to open Registry Editor, the program included in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP that's used to make changes to the registry.



A Full Review of Driver Booster, a Free Driver...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Driver Booster is a free driver updater program that's easy to use, automatically checks for outdated drivers, and lots more. Here's my full review.



Get the Latest Windows Updates Here

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

How to get the latest updates and downloads to Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. Last updated September 2016.



How to Download Windows 7... the Legal Way

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Most download Windows 7 to reinstall it, after losing a Win 7 DVD (or never receiving one). But from where? Is a Windows 7 download even possible? YES!



19 Free Data Recovery Software Tools

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Free data recovery software, aka free file recovery or undelete software, can help recover deleted files. Here are reviews of the best ones out there.



How To Open Disk Management

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Disk Management is used to format and make other drive changes in Windows. Here's how to open Disk Management in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP.



How to Download and Install DirectX

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Where and how to download and update DirectX. Updating DirectX 12, 11, 10, or 9 is easy and could improve game performance in Windows.



Windows 10: What You Need to Know

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Important information about Microsoft Windows 10 including release date, editions, hardware requirements, the free upgrade offer, and lots more.



What You Need to Know About Windows 8

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Basic information about Microsoft Windows 8 including release date, available editions, the Windows 8.1 update, minimum hardware requirements, and more.



Need an ISO Image on a USB Drive? Here's How to...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Getting an ISO file onto a USB drive isn't as easy as copying the file. Here's a complete tutorial on how to burn an ISO to USB, like a flash drive.



Not Sure What Version of Windows is on Your PC?...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Do you know what version of Windows you have? It's important to know for lots of reasons. Here's how to tell what version of Windows is on your PC.



What is the Windows Registry?

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

The Windows Registry is where nearly all configuration settings are stored in Windows. The Windows Registry is accessed with the Registry Editor tool.



Here's What to Do When Your Computer Freezes...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

A really frustrating problem is when Windows hangs or gets stuck while starting. If Windows starts to load but freezes without an error, give this a try...



No DVD Drive? Install Windows 7 From a Flash...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Before you can install Windows 7 from a USB flash drive, you must properly format the drive and then copy the setup files to it. Here's how.



A Full Review of Free Driver Scout, a Free...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Free Driver Scout is a free driver updater tool that, unlike most of its competition, can update drivers completely automatically. Here's my review.



22 Free Product Key Finder Programs

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

22 totally free key finder software programs, ranked and reviewed. Keyfinders find lost software product keys or serial numbers. Updated Sept. 2016.



How to Boot From a USB Flash Drive

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Here's how to boot from a USB device, like a flash drive or USB external HDD. Changes to your PC's settings are usually required. Here's how to do it.



403 Forbidden Errors: What They Are and How to...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Have a 403 Forbidden error? The page you were trying to go to is forbidden from being accessed. Here are some things to try.



How To Open Command Prompt in All Versions of...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Here's how to open Command Prompt in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP. You have to open the Command Prompt in Windows before you can execute a command.



What You Should Do if You Forget Your Windows 7...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Try not to panic if you forgot your Windows 7 password. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to overcome a forgotten password.



3 Easy Steps to Access BIOS

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Enter BIOS with these steps. Access BIOS to make hardware configuration changes, set boot order, reset BIOS passwords, change BIOS settings, and more.



How to Fix a Blue Screen of Death

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

A BSOD might be caused by hardware or software so troubleshooting is important. Here's how to fix a Blue Screen of Death in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, or XP.



Getting a 503 Service Unavailable Error? Here's...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

The 503 Service Unavailable error means that the web site's server is not available, usually due to maintenance or server overloading. Here's what to do.



Here's What to Do When Your Computer Has No Power

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

There are lots of reasons why a computer might not be getting any power. If you turn on your computer and it doesn't power on at all, give this a try...



What is a Hard Drive?

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

A hard disk drive (HDD) is a hardware device that's used to store information like software and files. The primary hard disk in a PC is called the C drive.



Windows 7: What You Need to Know

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Basic information about Microsoft Windows 7 including editions, service packs, release date, minimum and maximum hardware, and more.



Use the SFC /Scannow Command to Repair Windows...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

The sfc scannow option is the most useful way to run System File Checker. Using sfc with the scannow option will scan and repair important Windows files.



Need to Start Windows 7 in Safe Mode? Here's How

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

A complete tutorial on how to start Windows 7 in Safe Mode. Starting Windows 7 in Safe Mode can help diagnose and solve many serious problems.



Think You Might Have a Hard Drive Problem? Test...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

A list of free hard drive testing software programs. These hard drive test programs will do just that - test your hard drive for problems.



How To Open Control Panel in All Versions of...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Here's how to open Control Panel in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP. You'll need to access Control Panel to change many of your computer's settings.



Control Panel: Everything You Need to Know

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

The Control Panel in Windows is an organized collection of Control Panel applets, each used to manage a specific aspect of Windows. Here's more...



How to Find Your Windows 7 Product Key

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Need to find your Windows 7 product key? Here's how to find it using a free key finder program which will extract the key from the registry.



Access the Advanced Startup Options in Windows...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Access Advanced Startup Options, the recovery and repair menu in Windows 10 & 8? For System Restore, Safe Mode, & more, see here.



Are You Seeing a Code 43 Error? Here's What You...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

How to fix a 'Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems. (Code 43)' error, usually due to an unspecified hardware issue.



What You Need to Know About Windows 8.1

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Details on the Windows 8.1 update, including information on the Windows 8.1 release date, download availability, upgrade steps, new features, and more.



How to Reinstall Windows 7 From Scratch

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

A full tutorial on how to clean install Windows 7. A Windows 7 clean install is usually the best way to install, or reinstall, Windows 7 on a computer.



Forgot Your Windows Password? Try Ophcrack!

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Ophcrack is simply the best free Windows password recovery software program available. See my full review of Ophcrack LiveCD v3.6.0.



How to Find the Administrator Password in...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

A list of ways to find the Windows 7 administrator password. An admin password in Windows 7 is the one needed to access some advanced areas in Windows.



Trying to Rebuild Windows Boot Configuration...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

A complete tutorial on rebuilding the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store in Windows 10, 8, 7, or Vista. The bootrec command is used to rebuild the BCD.



Need to Remove Your Windows 7 Password? Here's...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

If security isn't a concern, you can remove (delete) your Windows 7 password, allowing unrestricted access to your Windows 7 computer. Here's how.



Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Codes... Decoded!

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

A complete list of Windows STOP codes, often called Blue Screen error codes. STOP codes display on STOP error screens - the Blue Screens of Death (BSOD).



400 Bad Request Errors: What They Are and How...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

The 400 Bad Request error means that the request you sent to the website server to view the page was incorrect somehow. Here are some things to try.



Did You Forget Your Windows 7 Password? Here's...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Need to reset your Windows 7 password? Learn how to reset the password to your Windows 7 account for free and without extra software.



How to Use the Ping Command in Windows

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

The ping command is used to verify that a device can communicate with another on a network. Here's more about ping and several ping command examples.



How to Format Your Computer's C Drive from a...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

One way to format C is by using the format command from the Command Prompt, accessible from outside of Windows via a System Repair Disc.



Here's What to Do When Your Computer Shuts Off...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

A hardware issue or short is a likely cause of these types of issues. If you turn on your computer and it promptly turns itself off, give this a try...



Here's Where to Download Windows 8 or 8.1

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Want to download Windows 8 or 8.1 instead of buying it on disc? Need to download Windows 8.1 or 8 to replace a DVD or ISO? What about for free? I have answers!



How To Force Windows To Restart in Safe Mode

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Here's how to force Windows to start in Safe Mode on the next reboot, assuming you can't do so in other ways like from Startup Settings or the F8 menu.



Locked Out of Your PC? Try the Kon-Boot...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Kon-Boot works differently than other free Windows password recovery and reset programs, making it a good alternative if another hasn't worked out.



5 Free & Easy Ways to Format Your 'C' Drive

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Here are 5 ways to format C drive. To format C means to format the drive that the operating system is on, which is usually the C drive.



The Complete List of Windows Commands

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

A complete list of the over 280 Command Prompt commands across Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP, including full descriptions of each CMD command.



Are You Seeing a Code 10 Error? Here's What You...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

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How To Install Windows 8 or 8.1 From a USB Device

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Here's how to install Windows 8 or 8.1 from a USB device like a flash drive. You'll need to properly format the USB drive and then copy the Windows 8 files.



How To Find Your Windows Vista Product Key Code

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

You need your Windows Vista product key to reinstall the operating system. If you've lost your key code, but Vista is still installed, here's what to do.



What Are the Advanced Startup Menu Options and...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

The Advanced Startup Options menu has diagnostic & repair tools for Windows 10 & 8 - Command Prompt, System Restore, Startup Repair, and more.



How To Update Drivers in Windows

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Detailed tutorial on how to update drivers in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista/XP. Driver updates can fix problems, enable features, etc.



How To Open Device Manager in Windows 10, 8, 7,...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Here's how to open Device Manager in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, or XP. You'll need to start Device Manager to manage hardware, fix driver issues, etc.



How to Tell if Your Version of Windows 8 is...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Not sure if you have a 64-bit or 32-bit version of Windows 8? You need to know so you install the right drivers and software. Here's how to find out.



Have a BOOTMGR Error? Here's How to Fix It

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

How to fix the BOOTMGR is Missing and Couldn't Find BOOTMGR errors that sometimes appear during startup on a Windows 10, 8, 7, or Vista computer.



Operating Systems: Everything You Need to Know

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

An operating system is computer software that manages hardware and other software. Some operating system examples include Windows, macOS, & Linux.



How To Format a Hard Drive in Windows

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

A detailed tutorial on how to format a hard drive in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, & Windows XP. Windows requires drives to be formatted.



What's a DAT File and How Do You Open One?

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

A DAT file might be a video, email, or generic data file. Learn how to open a .DAT file or convert a DAT file to another file format.



Lost Your Windows 8 Product Key? Here's How to...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Lost your Windows 8 product key? You may be able to extract it from the registry. Get help here with our troubleshooting guide.



Are Windows Updates Installing Automatically?...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Windows Update settings control things like automatic update installations, when updates should be applied, and much more. Here's how to change them.



August's Patch Tuesday: 9 Updates (All Versions...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Details on the updates included in the Patch Tuesday August 2016 release by Microsoft (August 9, 2016), plus what to do when they cause problems.



What's an ISO File?

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

An ISO file is a single file containing all the data from a CD, DVD, or BD. The ISO file (or ISO image) is a perfect representation of the whole disc.



What to Know about KillDisk (Free Data...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

KillDisk is a free data destruction tool, perfect for wiping the data from an entire hard drive. Here's my complete review of KillDisk.



How To Use System Restore in Windows

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

How to use System Restore in Windows 10, 8/8.1, 7, Vista, or XP. System Restore will 'undo' changes to important areas of the operating system.



Forget Your Windows 8 Password? Here Are Your...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Forgot your Windows 8 password? Here are several things to try that should help you get back in.



How to Use the Tracert Command in Windows

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

The tracert command is used to show details about the path that a packet takes to a specified destination.



How to Use the Net Use Command in Windows

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

The net use command is used to manage shared resources. Learn more about the net use command and see several net use command examples.



Need to Get an ISO File on a DVD? Here's How

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

In most cases you'll need to burn an ISO file to a DVD before you can use it. Here are easy instructions for burning an ISO image to a DVD (or CD/BD) disc.



Windows Vista: Everything You Need to Know

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Basic information about Microsoft Windows Vista including available service packs, editions, release dates, minimum (and maximum) hardware, and more.



How To Boot From a CD, DVD, or BD Disc

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Detailed instructions on how to make your computer boot from a CD, DVD, or BD disc. You may need to boot from a disc to install Windows, run live CDs, etc.



34 Free Backup Software Tools: Ranked and...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Reviews of the best free backup software programs, updated September 2016. Use free backup software to automatically back up your files for safe keeping.



BIOS: Everything You Need to Know

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

BIOS, an acronym for Basic Input Output System, is software that controls basic computer hardware functions. BIOS is stored on a motherboard chip.



Have a Shell32.dll Error? Here's How to Fix It

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

A troubleshooting guide for shell32.dll is missing and similar errors. Don't download shell32.dll, fix the problem the right way. Learn how.



15 Free Bootable Antivirus Programs

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

A list of free bootable antivirus programs. A free bootable virus scanner is what you need to use to remove viruses from your PC when Windows won't start.



Recuva File Recovery: A Full Review

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Recuva is the very best free file recovery program available. I highly recommend you try Recuva before any other undelete program.



How to Change DNS Server Settings

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Need to change DNS servers on your router or individual computer? Your ISP usually assigns DNS servers but you can learn how to change them here.



A Complete Tutorial on Changing the Boot Order...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Detailed tutorial on how to change the boot order in BIOS. A change to the boot sequence will change the order in which devices are booted from.



Lost Your Adobe Acrobat Serial Number? Here's...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

Lost your Adobe Acrobat DC serial number? Learn how to find your serial number legally, without cracks or keygens. Works for Acrobat DC, X, 9, etc.



Forgot Your Microsoft Account Password? Here's...

2016-09-29T11:41:52Z

How to reset your Microsoft account password. This procedure may reset the password you use to login to Windows 10, Windows 8, Outlook.com, and more.