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General Windows Geek Tips

The following is a complete list of our Windows Geek Tips (all versions)

What is a Bit? What is a Byte?

You hear these all the time when you talk about computers: Megabyte, Gigabyte, Terabyte, 32-bit, 64-bit. For a novice computer user, these can be quite confusing. So, here's an ...

How to clean up an old joystick or game controller

Do you have an old PC joystick or game controller you haven't used in a long time? Did the buttons or the gamepad start to stick? Here's how to clean up old PC joysticks and ...

Download old software and play old video games at the Internet Archive

Have you ever wanted to play an old video game from your past? Maybe play Pitfall on the Atari 2600 or Super Donkey Kong on a Colecovision? You can all that and more at the ...

How to create ISO files from your software disks

So over the years you've been purchasing software on CD's / DVD's and now have quite the collection. So what do you do with all of the media you are no longer using? How about creating ...

How to use DOSBox to run old DOS games and programs

Sometimes it is fun to go back and play the DOS video games I grew up with. But it can be tough since Windows doesn't utilize DOS anymore. But you can still run your old DOS games ...

Manage your Windows computer with the Microsoft Management Console

The Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is a program that is used to create, save, and open collections of administrative tools, called Consoles. Consoles contain items such as snap-ins ...

Using special font characters in Windows with Character Map

Have you ever wanted to insert a letter or symbol into a Windows document that was not shown on your keyboard? Maybe a copyright, trademark or tolerance symbol? You can do just that ...

Create your own Windows font character with Private Character Editor

Do you have a company logo or a simple graphic that you would like to use often in a Windows program, like Microsoft Word or Excel? Maybe your line of work has special characters that you ...

Harden / Mitigate the security of your Windows programs with Microsoft EMET

Let's face it, some of the software we use on a daily basis has become subject to security vulnerabilities and exploits. Software manufacturers do their best to develop and test fixes / patches ...

Troubleshooting Windows Update problems

When it comes to repairing Windows based computers, there seems to be a couple of problems that I get allot of requests for help with. One of them is when a computer cannot get updates ...

How to clean up and reset Mozilla Firefox

When it comes to computer repair, the most common problem I find is browser corruption. Malicious web sites with infected flash ads are the most common way a browser can get corrupted.

How to clean up and reset Google Chrome

Internet browsers are prone to getting compromised. It can happen by opening an infected e-mail to viewing a malicious ad on a web page. But knowing how to get your browser back ...

How to clean up and reset the Internet Explorer

In repairing computers for a living, the one thing I find myself doing constantly is cleaning up and resetting web browsers. Removing adware, malware and viruses can really screw up ...

How to speed up the boot time of your computer

Does it seem like your computer takes forever to boot up? Waiting for your Windows based computer to boot can be quite frustrating. But there are a few things you can do. Here is how ...

Easily remove adware and malware with the Junkware Removal Tool

Doing virus removal I get allot of calls from people who believe their computer is infected. It's usually a program or browser toolbar that they don't know where it came from, it just showed up one day. And sometimes it turns out to be ...

Creating panoramic images with Image Composite Editor 2

One of the things I like to do when I go on vacation is taking panoramic photos. Since my camera doesn't actually take panoramic photos, I have to use software to stitch images together. One of the best image stitchers I have found yet is ...

Eliminate spam from your inbox with MailWasher Pro 7.5

When it comes to communication, e-mail is by far the fastest and easiest way to exchange thoughts and ideas. But it can also be one of the fastest ways to spread viruses / malware too. But you can protect yourself and your ...

My digital toolbox

Every computer repair technician has a digital toolbox, more than likely several. They are either on a CD / DVD or USB drive and contain programs that we use on a regular basis. Here are a few of the programs that I have in my digital ...

How to safely remove external drives

External storage devices like flash drives or hard drives are so convenient for carrying data between computers. Just plug and play, as they say. But did you know it's not the same for when you unplug your drives? Here's how to safely ...

Inside the Windows 10 Technical Preview

Coming on the heels of the Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft recently released the Windows 10 Technical Preview. With this new version of Windows, Microsoft is combining elements from Windows 7 and Windows 8 / 8.1 to ...

How to upgrade your computers hard disk drive to a solid state drive

Most computers (laptop & desktop) nowadays come with a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) as standard equipment with a Solid State Drive (SSD) as an option. Each drive type has its pros and cons: HDD's are cheaper and have more storage, ...

Clean up your Internet browser with AdwCleaner

I've been doing virus / malware removal for a while now and have seen allot of different types of infections. The latest trend is to target your Internet browser. Whether it is Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox, it can get ...

How to spot a piece of spam e-mail

E-mail has really changed the way we communicate over the last couple decades. The days of pen and paper letter writing are gone. But e-mail does have a negative side: the unwanted e-mail know as Spam. Billions of pieces ...

How to use layered security to protect your computer

It seems whenever I tell someone that I repair computers for a living, I almost always get asked the question "What do you recommend for anti-virus software?". I tell them that I use a layered approach to security, not relying on just one ...

3 things you can do to restore network connectivity

One of the most frequent issues I get doing computer repair is loss of internet connectivity. Yes, a good portion of can be attributed to viruses / malware. But there are times when something, plain and simple, goes wrong. A couple of ...

Creating stunning documents, spreadsheets and slide-shows with OpenOffice 4

With the cost of Microsoft Office going up, not to mention the subscription / non-subscription thing, it's nice to know there are alternatives out there. One of the best office alternatives has to be OpenOffice. And it just so happens that ...

How to fix a computer that cannot wake up from sleep or standby mode

Doing computer repair, I fix a wide range of problems. One problem that I am seeing more and more often are systems that go into sleep / standby mode and cannot come out of it. The cause varies from computer to computer, but the ...

Remove malware, viruses and spyware with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Virus removal can be a tricky thing, so a good anti-virus program is a must. And remember that you can only have one anti-virus program installed at a time because they will conflict with each other and degrade system ...

Recover deleted files on your Windows computer with Recuva

As a computer repair technician, I do a fair share of data recovery. One of the most asked questions is "How can I recover a file that I accidentally deleted?". For simple recovery of deleted files on a Windows based computer, I always ...

How to securely erase all of the data from your Windows based computer

Do you have an old Windows based computer you would like to get rid of but want to make sure that all of your data is securely erased? Or maybe you would like to wipe all of the data from your hard drive and perform a clean ...

Perform advanced disk defragmentation with Defraggler from Piriform

Have you ever opened a filling cabinet just to find the folders just scattered around? The files are all over the place and you cannot find what you're looking for. The same thing can happen to the folders / files on your Windows based ...

Packt Publishing Technical & IT Book and eBook Store reaches 1000 titles

As a IT consultant, I'm always looking for great sources for the latest technical information. I need ebooks that are easy to use, focused on topic and have a practical application. And it just so happens that one of my favorite sources ...

Sync data between your PC and smartphone with CompanionLink

Like allot of people, I use Microsoft Outlook as a PIM (Personal Information Manager). And being in the computer repair industry, I need to keep all of my personal data (contacts, calendar, etc.) synchronized and up to date on both ...

Using the Microsoft Web Platform to create web apps and websites

When it comes to a complete set of website development tools, nobody does it better that Microsoft. From web server (IIS), database server (SQL), framework (.NET) and development tools (Visual Studio), Microsoft has quite ...

Convert your videos to different formats easily with WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

As some of you know, I like working with videos (especially the YouTube Geek Tips). But each video source (screen capture, smartphone, camcorder, etc.) has it's own format and converting them to other formats can be hard. But that ...

Store, access and share your files on the cloud for free with Google Drive

Being in the computer repair business, I find myself going between my workstation, netbook and smartphone quite often. I need to be able to view / edit files on all of my devices and have the changes synchronize back. I'm ...

Clean up and optimize your computer for free with CCleaner

Do you want to clean up and optimize your computer but just don't know where to start? Maybe you want clean out all of the temporary Internet files for security purposes. Or clean up all of the temporary files from other applications to free ...

Create stunning graphics and edit images for free with GIMP

Do you need to touch up some photos? Maybe create some cool looking graphics? Or convert some images to different formats? You can do all of this and more for free with GIMP.

Play movies, read a book or listen to music from the cloud with Google Play

Last year Google introduced the Android Market for Android apps and later Google Music for streaming music. Recently Google added a couple of more products to their catalog and combined them with the Android Market and ...

Try Windows 8 for free with Windows 8 Consumer Preview

You would think that doing computer repair for a living, the last thing I would want to do is try out a beta operating system. But I have to admit that I love playing around with new operating systems (been doing it since Windows ....

Optimize your website for free with the Search Engine Optimization Toolkit from Microsoft

If you have been following our blog, I have written about creating websites for free with the Microsoft Web Platform or Microsoft WebMatrix. And with creating a website, you need to think about search engine optimization ...

Troubleshoot your computer and more for free with Sysinternals Suite from Microsoft

Have you ever wanted to see what programs start up when your computer boots? Or maybe defrag your pagefile? Or how about finding out what files, registry keys, etc. are currently open? You can do all this and more for free ...

Streaming music from the cloud for free with Google Music

Google recently introduced a new music service into their catalog of products called Google Music. With Google Music you can store all of your music to your account on Google's servers and stream it back to your favorite ...

Run another OS on top of your existing OS for free with Oracle VirtualBox

Have ever wanted or needed to run a different operating system then what you currently have installed on your computer? Maybe you want to run an old Windows 95 game or maybe try out Linux and just don't have another ...

Try Windows 8 for free with Windows 8 Developer Preview

By now, you have probability started hearing the buzz about Windows 8. Maybe it's the new interface, Metro, which brings touch screen ease of use and the simple tile look of the Windows 7 phone to the desktop. Or maybe it's the ...

Run Android OS on your netbook, laptop or personal computer with Android-x86

With all of the talk nowadays about moving from personal computers to smartphones and tablets, I was wondering if I could have the best of both worlds. I wanted to know is if I could run a version of the Android OS on my ...

Disable Windows hibernation and free up disk space

If you're a hard core computer user like me, you have your system running 24/7. No screen saver or power saver options (I just turn off the monitors when not in use). I need to be able to walk into my office and have it ready ...

Easily create, customize and publish web apps / websites for free with Microsoft WebMatrix

In a recent article, I wrote about the Microsoft Web Platform and the apps and websites you can create for free. Microsoft recently introduced WebMatrix, which combines all of the programs needed to create, customize and publish ...

Creating web apps and websites for free with Microsoft Web Platform

Have you ever wondered how to create a blog, content management system (CMS) or e-commerce website? You can do just that and more with Microsoft Web Platform. You can create your own web app using ...

Take your office to the cloud with Microsoft Office Web Apps

Microsoft recently introduced Office Web Apps, a cloud based version of their popular productivity suite. Office Web Apps is part of Windows Live and includes versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. You can ...

My favorite left hand Windows keyboard shortcuts

One of the most useful items I use on a daily basis are keyboard shortcuts. Especially shortcuts that I can perform with just my left hand, allowing me to keep my right hand on the mouse. You can use keyboard shortcuts to ...

Stitching panoramic images for the web with Microsoft Research HD View

A while back. I wrote an article about creating panoramic images with Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE) and Photosynth. With ICE and Photosynth, you can create panoramic images and then upload them to the ...

Be more productive in your office for free with OpenOffice 3

A client recently asked me if I knew of any alternative to Microsoft Office. As a firm believer in open source software, I told him about OpenOffice.org 3 from Oracle. It is a complete office software suite with a word processor, ...

My five favorite Windows tips for maintaining your computer

In this article, I share my five favorite tips for maintaining your Windows based computer.

Create and track short URL's with Google URL Shortener

In this article, I am going to talk about a new service from Google called Google URL Shortener. Actually, it's been around since December of 2009 as a feature of Feedburner and the Google Toolbar. Recently, Google has ...

Simple security with Microsoft Security Essentials

In this article, I am going to spotlight Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). This is not Microsoft's first venture into the ant-virus market, but it is probably the best. Having used the some of the more well know anti-virus software ...

Stitching panoramic images with Microsoft's Image Composite Editor and Photosynth

I recently had the opportunity to go out and shoot some landscape photos in Vermont. I had wanted to try out Microsoft's Image Composite Editor. ICE (that's the acronym) is an advanced panoramic image stitcher that uses Photosynth technology ...

Edit digital images and photos with Paint.NET

I have recently been looking for a digital photo editor that is comparable to Adobe Photoshop and can read RAW format photos from my Nikon D40. But it also needs to able be to run on the Intel Atom processor in my Acer ...

CodePlex - Open Source Project Community hosted by Microsoft

In this article, I would like to tell you about CodePlex, an Open Source Project Community hosted by Microsoft. Open-source software is computer software that is available in source code form for which the source code and ...

Edit more types of text files with Textpad

In this article, I would like to share with you a handy application for text editing called TextPad. If you have ever used Notepad, you will love TextPad.

Image Resizer Powertoy Clone for Windows

One of applications you can integrate into Windows Explorer is Image Resizer. With a right click on a picture, you can quickly resize a photo without ...

RAW Image Viewers for Windows

I am into digital photography and like to organize and work with digital RAW image files in Windows Explorer (much as you can with JPEG images). But Windows does not have support for this format built-in. Well, I am glad to say I have found ...

Use Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome/Safari all in one browser with Lunascape

I recently came across one of the best web browsers I have ever seen, Lunascape. What sets this browser apart from the rest is that is can use any of the three browser engines available, Trident (Internet Explorer), Gecko ...

Using Remote Desktop Connection on a Netbook (Video)

In this article, I would like to show you how to use Remote Desktop Connection. With Remote Desktop Connection, you can have access to a ...

Monitor your computer's performance, programs and processes with Task Manager in Windows (Video)

Task Manager provides information about programs and processes running on your computer. It also displays the most commonly used performance measures ...

Free Internet Security Software

Here is a list of free Internet Security programs I recommend for those who are on a budget. Keep in mind that free software often comes with ...

Virus removal: guidelines for Windows

The following is a general guideline to detecting and removing a virus from your computer. As always, have a good working backup before attempting any of these procedures.

Track free space on your computer with SpaceMonger

One of the software tools I use quite often client systems is SpaceMonger. SpaceMonger is a tool for keeping track of the free space on your computer.

Windows logo key keyboard shortcuts

Windows logo key keyboard shortcuts (based on Windows 7)

General keyboard shortcuts

Windows General keyboard shortcuts

Natural keyboard shortcuts

Windows Natural (Windows logo key) keyboard shortcuts

Dialog box keyboard shortcuts

Windows Dialog box keyboard shortcuts

Accessibility keyboard shortcuts

Windows Accessibility keyboard shortcuts

Windows explorer keyboard shortcuts

Windows explorer keyboard shortcuts

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