In his July 14 Top Story, “Win7’s no-reformat, nondestructive reinstall,” Fred Langa explained how you can quickly and easily restore Windows 7 without losing your programs, drivers, and data.
That was great advice! (I could kick myself for not including it in my April 7 article, “Fix that problem without reinstalling Windows.”) But there are times when a complete, “destructive” reinstall is necessary — you just have to know when.
Last month, I told you about improvements in Microsoft Word 2010 that make the program a more organized and configurable writing environment.
This week, I tell you about improvements in Word that give you better, more centralized control of the appearance of your text and inserted images.
I liked Microsoft Office 2010 when I first tried it out last year, but it didn’t seem like a huge improvement over the previous version.
I was wrong — especially about Word, the Office application I use the most.
Keeping your personal financial information safe from cyber thieves doesn’t require a ban on online shopping and banking — it just requires care.
Follow these tips and you should be okay — even if you take the riskier path of banking by cell phone.
Your hard drive contains your digital life: music, photos, and personal documents, among other things. So you better take care of it!
Here are four key — and free — programs that let you partition hard drives, check their internal health, and find oversized folders.
It’s that tech-support nightmare. You’ve barely described your computer’s troubles when your “support” advises formatting the hard drive and reinstalling Windows.
Hold on, don’t do that! If Windows at least boots before your problems begin, I’ve got six tricks you can try before reinstalling the operating system.
Most users of Web-based e-mail services assume that as long as they’re connected to the Internet, they’ll have 24/7 access to their accounts.
But a recent Gmail failure proved otherwise. Here’s how to create backups of all your mail residing in the cloud.
In a typically busy life, keeping track of everything you need to get done is a daunting task — especially when priorities seem to change hour by hour.
Personal computers, smartphones — and now cloud-based services — make the job of organizing life easier. You just have to pick the right app.
When Windows won’t boot and you get on the phone for tech support, one of the most common solutions is to reinstall Windows.
But that should be your court of absolutely last resort. There are many less destructive and less time-consuming techniques for getting Windows up and running again.
Applications such as Windows Media Player and iTunes are great for playing music, but not for changing it to suit your needs.
Fortunately, there are free applications that can let you convert, trim, and otherwise modify audio files.