Best Windows (Alternative) Shell Replacement Programs

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Looking for some good desktop/shell replacement programs for Windows? For those of you who feel the need, the need to customize, an alternative shell to the Windows shell is one possible solution. So what exactly is a shell replacement? It’s basically a program that will integrate with Windows and replace the default shell. The shell […]

Change Account Picture in Windows 8

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I’m not a big fan of my current account picture in Windows 8, which always shows up in the Start Screen and really annoys me. I’m not really even sure how that picture got chosen as my account picture, but for some reason I must have uploaded it when I first created a Microsoft Live […]

OTT Explains – UAC (User Account Control) in Windows 10

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User Account Control is one of those features in Windows that many people really don’t understand. Most people just find it annoying that you keep getting pop up dialogs asking for permission to do things like install apps, change settings, etc., etc. A lot of people even disable UAC just so they don’t have to […]

5 Ways to Speed up Windows 10

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Windows 10 is pretty darn fast compared to older versions of Windows like Windows Vista and Windows 7, especially on boot up. If you replace your hard drive with an SSD (solid state drive), it’s even more ridiculously fast! But I’m always about optimizing the system to make it even faster! I’ve been using Windows […]

The Online Tech Tips Guide to Chkdsk in Windows 10

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Chkdsk has been one of those great little tools built into just about every version of Windows that help fix NTFS file system errors, corruption in file system metadata, or hard disk errors. Before Windows Vista and Windows 7, chkdsk hadn’t changed much at all. In Windows Vista and 7, there were some significant speed […]

Fix Back Button Not Working in Internet Explorer

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I recently ran into a very odd problem on one of my Windows machines where the Back button in Internet Explorer stopped working! I would press back and nothing would happen! It was the oddest thing ever and this was on a fresh install of Windows 10 with IE 11. I had never experienced this […]

Do Surge Protectors Really Work?

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So you might have asked yourself if that $100 Monster surge protector you bought from Best Buy for your new HDTV and electronics really works or not? Luckily, most of us will never encounter a power surge to see if our equipment will survive or not, which is a good thing. However, if you’re someone […]

Change Desktop Icon Spacing in Windows 10

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In Windows 10, there is no easy way to adjust the desktop icon spacing as we used to be able to do in Windows 7. There you could go to Personalize, choose Window Color and then click on Change advanced appearance settings. Then the dialog Window Color and Appearance box above would pop up and […]

Want to Automatically Logout of Gmail or Google Account?

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I use a lot of Google products like Gmail, YouTube, Google Docs, Google Calendar, etc., etc., and so does everyone in my family. The one problem with this situation is that if you don’t log off your Gmail or Google account, then the next person that comes around can access your entire Google life! So […]

1080p or 4K HD Videos Lagging and Choppy?

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I recently bought a Sony mirrorless camera that records full HD (1080p) at 60p and 4K at 24p. The video quality is awesome…if I could ever watch it! I tried playing the videos on my MacBook Pro and there was a lot of lag and choppiness. Then I tried to play the videos on my […]