Delete or Clear Jump List Recent Items in Windows 7, 8 & 10

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Back in the days, I wrote an article on how to clear the recent items list in Windows. If you added the Recent Items option to the Start Menu, you or anyone else could see all the files you recently opened! If you’re a privacy freak who doesn’t want someone else to see what kind of documents you’ve been opening, […]

Remove Stuck Entries from Programs and Features

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Sometimes even after you’ve uninstalled a program, its entry will remain listed in the Add or Remove Programs or Programs and Features list under currently installed programs in the Control Panel. This is usually caused by a badly written program that doesn’t properly uninstall itself. The entry is not removed from the registry and therefore remains […]

How to Replace Notepad in Windows with Alternatives

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I’ve previously written about some of the best alternatives to Notepad for Windows, but I didn’t mention anything about replacing Notepad altogether. Personally, I find Notepad to be really useful because you can paste heavily formatted text into it and copy out clean non-formatted text. However, if you never do that and only use Notepad […]

What is BD-R, BD-RE, BD-XL and Ultra HD Blu-ray?

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Even though most people still have CD and DVD burner drives in their computers, you’ve probably bought a movie that is in Blu-ray format. Due to the cost, you’ll only see Blu-ray drives installed on custom PCs or on higher-end machines from companies like Dell or HP. If you like watching movies on your computer and […]

How to use Sparklines in Excel

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Ever had a worksheet of data in Excel and quickly wanted to see the trend in the data? Maybe you have some test scores for your students or revenue from your company over the last 5 years and instead of creating a chart in Excel, which takes time and ends up eating up an entire […]

Lost or Forgot Administrator Password in Windows?

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It’s happened to all of us at some point or another: you go to log onto your computer and you type in the password and you get a Password Incorrect message. You try again and it doesn’t work. Then you type it in really slowly to make sure you didn’t mess up any character and […]

How to Upgrade to a Higher Edition of Windows

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So most likely, if you bought your computer from Amazon or Best Buy or some other online website/store, the version of Windows that is included with the computer is going to be the basic version: Starter or Home or Home Premium. In the case of Windows 10, it’s just Windows 10 and not the Professional version. […]

How Many Computers Can You Install Windows 7, 8, 10 On?

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One common question that I get all the time is How many computers can I install Windows on? If you read around, you’ll get all sorts of different answers. However, for legal purposes, it’s best to stick with what Microsoft states in their end-user license agreements. There are always ways you can get around the limits, but […]

Troubleshoot Cannot Connect to Internet in Windows

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Having problems connecting to the Internet on your Windows machine? Windows does a pretty good job of determining if there is a problem in Windows that is preventing the computer from accessing the Internet and then fixing it, however, not all Internet problems are related to the computer. Before your computer can access the Internet, it […]

How to Burn CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs in Windows

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Starting with Windows 7, Microsoft has included the ability to burn CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs directly from Windows Explorer. So if your PC comes with a CD, DVD or Blu-ray disc burner, you really don’t need any third-party disc-burning software. In this post, I’ll walk you through the steps for burning a disc and […]