Change Default Web Browser in Windows 8

by File in: Windows 8

Windows 8 comes with two flavors of Internet Explorer 10, one for the Metro UI and one for the desktop. If you don’t care to deal with either version, then you can go ahead and install a different browser like Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari. However, choosing to set the browser as the default browser […]

How to Determine Where a Picture was Taken

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A friend recently saw a picture posted on Facebook by a friend and wanted to find out where that picture was taken. The picture was of someone on a lake and she could not pinpoint exactly which lake it was, but had a general idea. She asked me if there was a way for her […]

Check the Age of a Website

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So someone asked me the other day how old a website was that he had seen the other day and I immediately asked what he meant by “age”. If you want to know the age of a website, you could be talking about how long the domain name has been around. On the other hand, […]

How to Clean Install Windows 8

by File in: Windows 8

In Windows 8, performing a clean install is a very simple and easy process, unlike previous versions of Windows. In Windows 7, you had to go through about 10 steps in order to do a clean install. In Windows 8, the process has been simplified and can be done from within Windows 8 itself! In […]

Boot Windows 8/10 into Safe Mode

by File in: Windows 10

We all have gotten accustomed to pressing either F2 or F8 to get the advanced boot options since Windows 2000, probably even before that. In every version of Windows, you always could count on the slower boot process to actually press the key when the text message appeared. Well, those days are gone! In Windows […]

Should You Shutdown Your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad at Night?

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Should you shutdown your electronic devices at night? I get this question asked all the time and the answer varies depending on the device and the person. There are times when you would not want to shutdown your computer or smartphone because there is something running in the background. On the other hand, shutting down […]

Show File Extensions and Hidden Files in Windows 10

by File in: Windows 10

Microsoft has learned a few things in the last couple of years and one of those is that it was always a pain to view file extensions and hidden files in previous versions of Windows. You had to go to Folder and search options and check off a few boxes there. Then when you were […]

Create Bootable USB Recovery Drive in Windows 8/10

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Yesterday, I wrote about how you could boot into the system recovery options in Windows using various methods. Two methods involved loading Windows and the other method is when Windows will automatically load the recovery options if it finds that Windows is unable to load properly. This is great, but there will be cases when […]

How to Boot to Windows 8 System Recovery Options

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Windows 8 has drastically redesigned the boot menu to not only look more modern, but also to be a lot easier to use. I have to say they have done a good job. All older versions of Windows used the basic DOS text interface to choose options like Safe Mode or Advanced Boot Options. Most people […]

Run a Program in Compatibility Mode in Windows 8

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As with other versions of Windows prior to Windows 8, you can run a program in compatibility mode in order to run older programs that were written for older versions of Windows in Windows 8. In Windows 8, there is also a new tool called the Compatibility Troubleshooter, which walks you through getting an older […]