Computer Tips

3 Ways to Unlock a Protected Excel File

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Most people protect their Excel files before sharing them—especially if the file is a form. While protecting the file keeps other people from altering the spreadsheet’s calculations, if the calculations are wrong, the other person has no way to correct them without the file creator’s password. Plus, such passwords are easily forgotten by the file’s […]

Windows 7 RAM Requirements – How Much Memory Do I Need?

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Veteran computer users, or anyone that has owned PCs for several years now, may remember when 1GB of RAM was considered a lot. Not so long ago, a 1GB memory module could cost up to $100. Now, 1GB of RAM is considered low, and most desktop and laptop computers come stock with at least 2 […]

How to Stream Netflix to Your TV

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Everybody I know pretty much has a Netflix account. It’s pretty ridiculous if you don’t! For a small monthly fee, you get access to tons of streaming movies/TV Shows, plus you can get all the new movies via DVD or Blu-ray. Anyway, the point is not to praise Netflix, but to teach you how to […]

Setup Surround Sound in Windows

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Buying speakers and a good sound card is the first step to getting surround sound from your Windows PC. However, even after you place your speakers and install the drivers, you still need to setup your surround sound system. Learn how to set up a surround sound system in Windows. Surround Sound and Windows It […]

Fix Media is Write Protected in Windows 7

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Over the years, one annoying and hard to fix problem I’ve come across in Windows XP, Vista and 7 is the media write protected error. You’ll be going about your day just fine when all of a sudden you can’t write any files to your local hard drive, an external drive, a USB drive, or […]

Repair/Fix Corrupt JPG/JPEG Files

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Recently, I was working with a client that had accidentally deleted a bunch of photos from his computer. He asked me to recover them for him. I used some file recovery/un-erase software and was able to get all of the pictures back. However, once the JPEG files were recovered, they were corrupt! For whatever reason, […]

Transfer Bookmarks from Firefox to Chrome

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Have you switched to Google Chrome from Firefox? If so, you probably want to transfer all your valuable bookmarks and possibly your well-organized Bookmarks toolbar to Chrome. The process of transferring bookmarks between browsers is fairly straight-forward. You can pretty much follow the steps below for transferring bookmarks between any two browsers. First, you have […]

Turn Your Laptop, Netbook, or Desktop into an eBook Reader

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So maybe Amazon Kindles and iPads are not your thing? However, if you take your laptop with you to school, work, or when traveling and you’re looking to get some reading time in, you can easily turn your laptop, netbook, or desktop into a great eBook reader. The process is very easy and can add […]

Fix Windows Live Mail Error 0x800CCC0B

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Windows Live Mail is the e-mail client that is part of Microsoft’s Windows Live suite of applications. A common error encountered when using Live Mail has to do with authenticating a server for outgoing mail. Learn how to fix Windows Live Mail Error 0x800CCC0B. Authentication of Outgoing E-mail Servers When receiving mail in any e-mail […]

Fix The Printer Spooler Service Terminated Unexpectedly

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Last week, I went to print a Word doc from my computer and was a little surprised to see that there were no printers in the Print dialog box! So then I decided to go to Control Panel, Printers and Faxes and was even more surprised to see that it was completely empty! I clicked […]