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  • Question

    how to setup a brand new samsung laptop?

    Posted April 10, 2014 - 3:39 am

    Hey, i am an IT ignorant and don't know much of the stuff about computers. i got a brand new samsung laptop which came with windows 8 preloaded, an antivirus, and few other utilities. it did not come with any manual or instructions or CD/DVD.
  • Question

    How to switch users in Windows 8?

    Posted April 9, 2014 - 7:11 pm

    I know that I will probably give myself a “dope slap” to the forehead when I learn how to do this, but I’m still new to Windows 8. How do I switch users?
  • Question

    upgrade to windows 8.1

    Posted April 8, 2014 - 5:52 pm

    I brought a sony vaio with pre-installed windows 8.I dont have product can I find the product key in my Lap,otherwise any other way to update to windows 8.1?
  • Question

    Can unmatched memory modules be used together in a laptop?

    Posted April 3, 2014 - 6:44 pm

    Would it cause any problems using unmatched RAM in a laptop (assuming both RAM modules are compatible with the laptop)? I currently have 4GB (2 x 4GB) in a HP Pavilion laptop running Windows 8, and also have a single, compatible 4GB module. So I could have 1x4GB and 1x 2GB for a total of 6GB of RAM, but it would obviously not be a matched pair.
  • Question

    What causes an increase in hard faults/sec in Windows?

    Posted March 31, 2014 - 6:51 pm

    When looking at the resource monitor on my Windows 7 PC, I see a lot of “hard faults/sec.” What is causing this and is it something to be concerned about? It certainly doesn’t sound like a good thing.
  • Question

    How to minimize low memory problems without adding more RAM?

    Posted March 26, 2014 - 8:02 am

    I have an old but reliable Compaq CQ60 laptop running Windows 7 with 2GB of RAM. It’s fine for what I use it for, but sometimes it gets really laggy and slow.
  • Question

    Need to assign a flash drive a constant drive letter?

    Posted March 21, 2014 - 10:37 am

    Is there a script or an auto run file that can be added to a flash drive so it will assign itself to drive "k" every time, on any PC?
  • Question

    Will software for 32-bit Windows run on 64-bit Windows?

    Posted March 19, 2014 - 4:39 pm

    With Windows 7, will programs that were made for 32-bit Windows 7 still work on the 64-bit version?
  • Question

    How long will Microsoft support Windows 8?

    Posted March 19, 2014 - 1:15 am

    When will Microsoft support for Windows 8 end? I’m wondering if we will see Windows 8 become the next Windows XP, used long after its “sell by date” simply because it is the version of Windows that many will replace XP with due to the end of XP support.
  • Question

    How to convert HDD on Windows 98 PC to FAT32 from FAT16?

    Posted March 14, 2014 - 11:24 pm

    I just ran across my old Windows 98 PC that I had in college, and just for fun I’m trying to see how usable I can make it after all these years. I know the OS isn’t secure any more, but I’m probably not going to go online with it, it is more out of nostalgia than anything else that I’m playing around with it.
  • Question

    Accidentally deleted my hard drive partition!

    Posted March 9, 2014 - 11:41 pm

    I was trying to install windows 7 on my windows 8 computer. It wouldn't work so I wiped my hard drive partition. After that my Gateway PC won't boot ! When I start my computer after the Gateway logo comes up, I get this Error: no boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed! Boot menu won't start up either!
  • Question

    computer won't start

    Posted March 9, 2014 - 8:39 pm

    manually shut computer screen w/acer and f12 will not start up...continuous loop with single
  • Question

    How to turn on “God Mode” in Windows 7?

    Posted March 7, 2014 - 11:04 pm

    Anyone know how to access “God Mode” in Windows 7? I’d like to see what it allows me to do, and since my laptop is due for a replacement soon, I’m not too worried about messing it up.
  • Question

    Configuring Windows Features

    Posted March 3, 2014 - 1:05 pm

    Computer saying 100% complete do not switch off computer for about and hour now, any ideas?
  • Question

    What is happening when Windows tells you that a program is not responding?

    Posted February 27, 2014 - 2:38 pm

    When a program “locks up” and after a while a Windows pop-up appears to tell you that it is not responding, what is actually happening? Is it just a matter of a time check, and if the process has not responded in a defined amount of time the OS delivers the notification?
  • Question

    What changes would you like to see in Windows 9?

    Posted February 26, 2014 - 12:21 am

    It’s not a secret at this point that many people don't particularly like Windows 8. Honestly, I don’t think it is THAT bad, but it certainly is different from the Windows we have gotten used to over the decades.
  • Question

    Why is there still reluctance to upgrade from Windows XP?

    Posted February 19, 2014 - 9:58 pm

    As we approach The End of Windows XP, I am amazed that it is still so widely used, especially by businesses. Why is there so much reluctance to move on to a more current OS?
  • Question

    What are the advantages/disadvantages of apps versus desktop programs in Windows 8?

    Posted February 19, 2014 - 6:23 am

    With Windows 8, there are sometimes two versions of software - an “app” version, and a “desktop program” version. What’s the difference between the two, and is one superior?
  • Question

    How to add Spanish to Windows 8 keyboard?

    Posted February 6, 2014 - 9:22 pm

    How can I add Spanish to the Windows 8 keyboard?
  • Question

    I can't view your sideshow.

    Posted February 4, 2014 - 12:57 pm

    What do I have to do?
  • Question

    What are the biggest changes expected in Windows 8.1 Update 1?

    Posted February 3, 2014 - 6:51 pm

    Microsoft keep making tweaks to Windows 8, after it received decidedly mixed reviews. What is Microsoft likely to change this time around? Is there a release date yet?
  • Question

    How to speed up an old Windows laptop?

    Posted January 30, 2014 - 5:25 pm

    I have an old Compaq Windows 7 laptop that everything works on, but it is so, so slow. I don’t remember it being that slow when I got it about 3 years ago, but it seems to have gotten progressively worse over time.
  • Question

    How to tell if I am running 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows?

    Posted January 29, 2014 - 4:01 am

    Where do I need to look to find out if the version of Windows 7 I am using is 32-bit or 64-bit?
  • Question

    What happens if you continue to use Windows XP after support ends in April?

    Posted December 23, 2013 - 12:43 pm

    I know that Microsoft will stop support for Windows XP in a couple of months, but are the risk really that great if you continue to use it after that point? It’s over 10 years old, wouldn’t all of the vulnerabilities have been found and patched by now?
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