Computer and mobile technology can be tricky at the best of times, and you’ll often run into issues. We offer basic tutorials for installing and using various programs, as well as some possible fixes to problems. There’s also tips for various apps.

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How To Flush The DNS Cache In Windows

The Microsoft Windows operating system stores all DNS look-ups in a cache to speed up the connection for future visits to previously visited websites or servers. DNS for simplifications sake turns domain […]

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How to delete a service in Windows

Removing a service in Windows 10 or lower takes a bit of effort if you have never tweaked the registry or used the command line before. It’s not as easy as disabling […]

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How To Fill Out PDF Forms On Your Computer

Some PDF documents contain forms that you may need to fill out. Many computer users print the pdf document to fill out the form manually on the printout. This means more work […]

How to Create an Integrated x86/x64 Windows 7 Install DVD

One of the biggest problems with Windows, every version in fact is that there is a different installation DVD for each version. Whether that's Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate […]

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How To Edit, Reset The Windows Hosts File

The question came just up again and I realized that I have never posted a tutorial about editing and reseting the Windows Hosts file. I'd like to take a look at the […]

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How To Uninstall Windows 7 Service Pack 1

There have not been many complaints yet from users who have installed the service pack update on their Windows PCs. Still, there are always some cases where users want to uninstall the […]

Remove Windows 7 SP1 Backups To Free Up Disk Space

The first service pack for the Windows 7 operating system has been released yesterday (see Windows 7 Service Pack Update Downloads Live) and it seems as if most Windows 7 users did […]

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How To Enable IPv6 On Windows XP

Most ISPs are in the process of enabling the IPv6 protocol which is then available for usage in addition to the currently used IPv4 protocol. Windows Vista and Windows 7 users do […]

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Configure Windows 7 Services To Start Delayed

If you are looking to speed up the startup of your Windows operating system then the following tip may be for your. You probably have already removed unnecessary startup items and tweaked […]

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Switch To High Contrast Themes In Windows

The visual conditions can sometimes be that bad that you can barely read anything on the monitor. That's for instance the case if you are working with your laptop in broad sunlight […]

Incredibly simple MySQL administration with SQL Buddy

If you have a need to manage MySQL databases, you know that learning the syntax for the various MySQL tools can be a real nightmare. Fortunately there are tools out there that […]

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Find Out How Much Power USB Devices Need

Each USB port can provide power to connected devices. This is not always necessary, especially if the connected devices have their own external power supply. But some devices need the power provided […]

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How To Uninstall Gadgets In Windows 7

Gadgets, which is just another word for small applications that run on the desktop, have been improved in Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 7. Introduced in Windows Vista and restricted to a […]

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How To Configure Windows Update

I have covered all the basics and then some in our Windows Update overview which I published a few days ago here at Ghacks. What I did not mention in the article […]

Working with bezier curves and nodes in Inkscape

If you do any graphics you know that, at some point, your work is going to have to turn to much higher quality tools. Although I find The GIMP great for day […]

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Configure Godaddy Email Accounts In Desktop Email Clients

I have been trying to move a Godaddy email account to the desktop email client Thunderbird for the last 30 minutes. The main problem that I have with Godaddy's website in general […]

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How to Autostart Programs During Windows Log On

I have written my fair share of articles about how to speed up the start up of the Windows operating system. One of the best tips is to remove programs from autostart […]

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Fix Allow Third-Party Flash Content To Store Data On Your Computer

Strange thing just happened. If you are a regular you may recall that I do not use the Adobe Flash plugin in my web browsers except in Google Chrome where it is […]

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Automatically save my Conversation History In Windows Live Messenger

Depending on how you use Windows Live Messenger, it may be beneficial to save the chat conversation history automatically as a backup in order to access it whenever information from the chat […]

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Quick Launch Control Panel Items From The Windows 7 Taskbar

Maybe it is just me but I really do not like the nested structure of the Windows Control Panel. You often have to click multiple times to reach configuration items. While this […]

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How To Remove Windows Live Messenger From Startup

Windows Live Messenger can be installed as a separate application or as part of Microsoft's Windows Live Essentials software suite. The popular instant messenger has a lot going for it, from high […]

The Definition Of Idle In Windows

When is a computer idle? A friend of mine asked me that question the other day after playing around with the Windows Task Scheduler for a while. One of the conditions that […]

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How To Troubleshoot .NET Framework Issues

Microsoft's .NET Framework has become an integral part of the Windows operating system. Windows 7 for instance ships with the .NET Framework 3.5, which means that users can run applications that require […]

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How To Hide Hard Drives And Partitions In Windows

Hiding a hard drive or partition in Windows can be an effective way of preventing access to a drive's content. The method is not foolproof though, and users with enough time on […]

How To Install Flash Player Without Admin Rights

Lets say you are currently working on a computer where you have standard user rights. This means that you cannot install software that requires elevated privileges, nor that you can perform operations […]

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Enable Quick Edit Mode To Copy Command Prompt Items More Efficiently

The default way of copying items from the Windows command prompt is not the most effective option available. To copy items from the command line users need to right-click and select mark […]

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What's The AMD Catalyst Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) Technology Edition?

I regularly check the AMD Catalyst driver download page to see if a new driver version has been released by AMD. When I went there today I saw a second AMD Catalyst […]

Change perspective of images in The GIMP

The GIMP is one of the most powerful of the free, open source image manipulation tools you will ever use. It seems the possibilities are nearly limitless. But for some users, the […]

How To Center Windows 7 Taskbar Items

Many of you are aware that Microsoft changed the taskbar in Windows 7 quite a bit in comparison to Vista and Windows XP. The taskbar is by no means a perfect solution, […]

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How To Download Camtasia Videos

The video recording software Camtasia is often used to record instructional or promotional videos. The online videos offer limited controls only, and do often lack options to download the videos to a […]

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Find Out Which Sites Users Have Accessed In Private Browsing Modes

Private browsing is a relative new feature that allows users to hide their web activities. The mode blocks that browsing session data os stored in the browser or on the computer's hard […]

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Ways To Block Pornographic Websites

The free nature of the Internet makes it more or less uncontrollable, which can be a problem for parents, teachers, businesses and the government. Parents for instance usually want to make sure […]

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Essential True Crypt Tips

I have been working with True-Crypt for several years now, and like the open source program a lot. That much, that I'm still using it and not Microsoft's Bitlocker which is an […]

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How To Check Delicious Bookmarks For Broken Links

The popular bookmarking service Delicious has been in business for several years. In that time, features have changed and the service even moved from its old domain del.icio.us to delicious.com. At least […]

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Two Windows 7 Speed Up Tips

When you perform an operation over and over again, you may be inclined eventually to find a way to optimize that process to save time and speed up the work flow. The […]

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Own Your Space, Safe Computing Guide Aimed At Teens By Microsoft

If you are tech savvy, you usually notice things related to technology that friends, family and work colleagues may not. This includes a very broad realization that most computer users have difficulties […]

How To Move The Steam Folder To Another Drive

Valve's Steam platform offers a very comfortable gaming platform. It is probably one of the best examples how an online distribution system can be successful. Not everyone likes Steam on the other […]

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How To Backup And Restore The MBR In Windows

A question came up recently in the comments on how to backup the master boot record MBR (see How To Detect A 64-bit Alureon Rootkit Infection for that). This article is going […]

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Compress Folders, Files In Windows To Save Storage Space

File compression support is one of the features of the NTFS file system that often gets overlooked by Windows users. Its main purpose is to reduce the storage requirements of files on […]

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How to Create Desktop Notifications For Windows Events

The Windows event log records all kinds of events automatically in the operating system, from application installs to hardware failures and user permission changes. Many Windows users on the other hand ignore […]



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