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Blank DVD needs formatting error when trying to burn data

Find out why some blank DVDs need formatting apparently when you are trying to burn data on them even though they are not rewritable or recordable discs. I bought a new batch […]

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How to use PhotoRec GUI to recover lost digital photos and files

The popular data recovery software TestDisk and its photo recovery pendant PhotoRec have both been released as version 7 yesterday. TestDisk, available for Windows, Linux and Mac systems, is a powerful tool […]

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How to remove Windows 10 upgrade updates in Windows 7 and 8

Microsoft will ship Windows 10 later this year and with it comes an offer to upgrade existing versions of Windows to the operating system for free. Since the majority of Windows users […]


How to block wisptis.exe from running on Windows PCs

Wisptis.exe, the Microsoft Pen and Touch input component, is a process that may be running on your system even if it is not connected to a touch screen or has no pen […]

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How to verify that system drivers are digitally signed

Device drivers are important files as they allow you and the operating system to interact with hardware connected to the system. Drivers, just like executable files, can be digitally signed to improve […]

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Use Audacity to generate and save white noise audio files

White noise can be quite useful at times, for instance as a sleep or relaxation aid to mask other noises that may keep you awake or on edge. Solutions vary a lot […]

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Find out which RAM your computer supports

Depending on how much RAM is installed in your computer, it may benefit greatly from increasing it. This is especially true if less than 4 Gigabyte of RAM is installed in the […]

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Terminate multiple programs from the command line with Taskkill

Not all program termination options work all the time. If a program is not responding, you may not be able to use the window close button to terminate it. The same may […]


Detect and Remove EpicScale from your Windows PC

EpicScale is a Bitcoin mining application for Windows. It can be installed as a separate application but comes bundled with programs as third-party offers as well. The program has come to some […]

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How to turn off birthday notifications on Google and Facebook

If you are on Facebook or on Google+ and have at least one friend or contact on the site, chance is that you receive birthday notifications. Birthday notifications are enabled on both […]

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Create custom bookmarks for individual videos in VLC

One of the few things that is still lacking in the popular media player VLC is support for playback resume. While there are some extensions available that add it to the player, […]

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Interesting information about Audio CD .cda files

Have you ever opened a music CD on your computer to play it using the computer's optical disc drive? This may be an automatic process depending on how you have configured your […]

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How to fix video playback errors on Kindle devices

I don't own a Kindle but my mother does. She uses it mainly to read some books, listen to audiobooks and watch movies when she is traveling. I'm the one who is […]

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Enable new clock experience in Windows 10

Whenever a new Windows 10 build gets released, new tricks and tweaks come to light shortly thereafter that reveal additional features that are not available by default. The most recent build of […]

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Prevent your PC from waking up automatically

I have configured my desktop PC to go turn off the monitor after 5 minutes and to go sleep after 10 minutes of inactivity. While I don't have to worry about battery […]

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Save data on Instagram by changing preload settings

I have to admit that I never quite got the world's fascination with services like Instagram. While I do have an account, I only use it when I write about the service. […]

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Transfer files directly between servers with FTP Rush

If you need to copy files between two servers, you have a couple of options on how to do so. Many users may download the files from the originating server to the […]

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How to measure actual hard drive usage on Windows

If you are using a computer with a Solid State Drive you may have wondered how long it will last. Solid State Drives, unlike regular platter-based hard drives, have limited write capabilities. […]