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5 Popular Mysteries of the PC Solved!

computer-mysteriesComputers have nearly become a home appliance that is needed almost as much as a refrigerator on some households in America. The common PC running some version of the Windows operating system remains to be the most popular configuration among homes and even offices. Most of the users of PCs have somewhere along the lines experienced some type of mysterious event such as a downloaded file not being found or should you allow Adobe Reader and Java update all the time. These mysterious things happen to all of us and you should not always wonder if that beep that your computer makes when starting up is something you should look into getting fix or is it completely normal.

Here are 5 popular mysteries of the PC explained in from my common knowledge and experience which could help you.

  1. Why can’t I find a file that I just downloaded?
  2. Many times we download files or multiple files using different web browsers. Most times we never know where each web browser is setup to save those downloaded files and this could be a time consuming endeavor to find downloads. Each web browser has a set folder for saving downloads and you can customize that setting by opening up the ‘options’ in your specific web browser. Once you find the options and where downloads are saved, you can change the set path to your desired folder such as selecting your ‘my documents’ folder.

  3. Why doesn’t my iPad, iPhone or iPod connect and/or charge when I plug it into the front USB port on my PC?
  4. This is a common issue that Apple failed to address in the past. What it comes down to is, most USB ports in located in the front of a PC desktop or tower are actually ‘bridged’ and do not provide ample power to sometimes load an iPad, iPhone or iPod properly. In many cases neither an iPhone nor iPod will charge using the front USB ports. To solve this issue, it is best to use a USB port in the back of your PC. Many of the rear USB ports provide enough power to successfully sync or charge your iPhone or iPod. The iPad is a similar case but please keep in mind, iPads will NOT charge when connected to most PCs regardless of the port used. You must also use the proper USB cord that came with your device. A regular iPod or iPhone cord may not be compatible with the iPad and vic versa.

  5. My PC beeps when I turn it on. What do those beeps mean?
  6. Most PCs are configured by default to send some type of audible alert upon boot process. Those beeps come from the BIOS (software built into the motherboard). Each series or beeps mean something from as simple as a power-on notification to the RAM not being accessible. If your PC boots normally and runs fine, then you should not be concerned about one beep during startup. If you hear a combination or series of beeps and your PC fails to boot correctly, then you must look up how to decipher the PC beep code dependent on your type of motherboard. This may be done by contacting the manufacturer of your PC or doing a Google search for ‘PC Beep Code Meanings’.

  7. Why am I getting popups and system scans from some security program that I did not install myself?
  8. When this occurs, 9 times out of 10 you have a malware parasite installed on your computer. Malware, or what is also commonly referred to as spyware, is known to slip onto computer systems without alerting the computer user. When this takes place, the user may later notice popup messages appearing out of nowhere in addition to system scans being conducted by some unknown application. If this is the case, then the computer user must take immediate action to detect and remove the threat. There are several viable solutions out there that computer users can use to scan and remove malware. These programs include Spyware Doctor, SpyHunter and Spy Sweeper.

  9. My Printer wont print and I am not able to delete or cancel print jobs.
  10. This is a common issue with Windows PCs. The issue lies with the PC not successfully communicating with the printer. In most of these cases it is a software related problem. Simply rebooting the PC may or may not resolve the issue. In the case that rebooting does not resolve the issue, the use of a repair app may be needed to restore printing capabilities. Even still, unplugging the printer and then reconnecting it could also be a way to restore communication with the PC and printer. There is a printer communication repair program called ‘Stalled Printer Repair‘ that can be used to purge the printing queue and get the PC and printer communicating again. Not only will it clear any pending printing jobs, but you will be able to resume printing new jobs that you start after the fact.

What computer mysteries have you encountered that you cannot seem to resolve? Share with us (below in the comments section) so you may help others.

Popularity: 10%

Top Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts That You May Not Know About

windows-7-keyboard-shortcuts-2My father use to be a fan of the old IBM workstations mainly because he worked at a factory for many years that used them back in the late 80′s and early 90′s. During that time they did not have a mouse and he was forced to use the keyboard sometimes creating his own keyboard shortcuts. Sure they later upgraded to Windows XP several years later and he found himself fondling around with the keyboard to get the system to do what he wanted it to do. Now we are all faced with the new Windows 7 operating system on most of our PCs at work, home and even in public locations. Have you ever tried using Windows 7 with just a keyboard and no mouse? It isn’t very fun unless you know a good portion of the top Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts, many of them you did not know existed.

Microsoft has been so kind and generous to still allow us to use the keyboard for not only typing letters and numbers but for shortcuts to navigate your way through programs, windows and even web pages. I have compiled a list below from various sources of the several Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts that you may not have known about. Now the next time you sit down at your Windows 7 PC you can literally give the mouse a rest.

Our list of Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts that you may not know about

  • Ctrl+N opens a new window
  • Ctrl+W closes the current window
  • Ctrl+Shift+N creates a new folder
  • End moves to the bottom of the active window
  • Home moves to the top of the active window
  • F11 maximizes/minimizes the active window
  • Ctrl+period (.) rotates an image clockwise
  • Ctrl+comma (,) rotates an image counter-clockwise
  • Num Lock+asterisk (*) on the numeric keypad shows all subfolders under the selected folder
  • Num Lock+plus sign (+) on the numeric keypad shows the contents of the selected folder
  • Num Lock+minus sign (-) on the numeric keypad collapses the selected folder
  • Left arrow collapses the current selection if it’s expanded, or selects the parent folder
  • Alt+Enter opens the Properties dialog for the selected item
  • Alt+P shows the preview pane
  • Alt+left arrow shows the previous folder (same as pressing the backspace key)
  • Right arrow shows the current selection if it’s collapsed, or selects the first subfolder
  • Alt+right arrow moves to the next folder
  • Alt+up arrow shows the parent folder
  • Ctrl+Shift+E shows all folders above the selected folder
  • Alt+D moves the focus to the address bar
  • Ctrl+E and Ctrl+F move the focus to the search box
  • Windows key and the left or right arrow keys docs and un-docs the live window to the left, right or center of the screen
  • Windows key and the up arrow key or down arrow key restores or minimizes a window
  • Windows key plus ‘D’ shows the desktop

Do you know of any Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts that some PC users may not know about? Please share them with us by posting it in the comment section below.

Popularity: 15%

Evolution Picture Gallery: 25 Years of Microsoft Windows

The guys at computerworld.com posted an interesting ‘visual tour’ showing the past 25 years of the most popular computer operating system ever, Microsoft Windows.

Can you believe November 20, 2010 marks 25 years since Microsoft introduced the first version of Windows to everyone? It is rather obvious that Windows has evolved into something we could never fathom 25 years ago. From a never-seen-before GUI (Graphical User Interface) in 1985 to what we know as Windows 7 today, Microsoft has taken the world’s most recognized and used PC operating system beyond our dreams.

Below are computerworld.com’s images of Windows throughout the 25 years showing a representation of each version starting with version 1 which most of us probably do not remember.

Windows 1.0

Windows 1.0

Windows 2.0

Windows 2.0

Windows 3.0

Windows 3.0

Windows 95

Windows 95

Windows 98

Windows 98

Windows ME

Windows ME

Windows 2000

Windows 2000

Windows XP

Windows XP

Windows Vista

Windows Vista

Windows 7

Windows 7

Can you imagine what the next 25 years will have in store for us?

Popularity: 12%

How To Create Your Own Fancy Slideshow Screen Saver for Free

If you are like me, then you don’t want to waste time when it comes to creating a decent slideshow screen saver for your PC. Sure there are some pricey applications out there that you can buy for displaying your favorite pictures in a slideshow as your screen saver. Did you know there are a few ways that you can do this for FREE?

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One application that I use for free is Google Photos Screensaver which is included in the Picasa program. If you install the free Picasa application, then you will have an option to setup a Google Photos Screensaver. After it is installed, you can either select your own photos from Picasa, an online Web Album, photos from public sits or your own personal photos located on your computer. The best part of this screen saver app is that it has dual monitor support meaning it will display a different image on each monitor simultaneously. Visual effects can also be changed including Pan, Zoom, Wipe, Collage, Push and others. This is by far one of the better screen saver options that you can find for free and customize to your likings.

google-photos-screensaver

Flickr also has a nice screen saver option for free. The tool is called Flickr.NET Screensaver. If you download the small application, then you will be able to configure it similar to Picasa’s Google Photos Screensaver.

There are other ways of customizing a slideshow screen saver but have proven to be much more difficult. One of those ways is using Flash via the app InstantStorm. Picasa and Flickr provide modern options that are fully compatible with all versions of Windows including Windows 7.

Popularity: 17%

How To Speed Up Windows 7 Taskbar Navigation

windows-7-taskbar-1Do you love Windows 7 so far but you wish there was a way to speed up the taskbar navigation? Usually when you have more than one application open displayed in the Windows 7 taskbar it tends to slow down your navigation by requiring you to click twice or wait when you hover to navigate to an open window. You can fix this by performing a registry hack.

This registry hack may not be for everyone as it does require editing of the registry and adding new entries. Editing your registry can seriously damage your system. Please perform at your own risk.

The registry hack to speed up the Windows 7 Taskbar Navigation steps are below

  1. Open up the registry editor by either typing “regedit” in the start menu “search programs and files” or press the Windows Key and “R” simultaneously and then type in “regedit” and press enter.
  2. Navigate to the following path within the registry editor: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  3. Go to the EDIT menu, select New, select DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  4. Name the new value “LastActiveClick”.
  5. Press enter for assigning the value and change it to “1″.
  6. Close the registry editor and restart your computer.

source: SevenForum

You will notice that you can now Ctrl-Click to bring back a certain Window/open application. The default settings only allow you to do the opposite which is Ctrl-Click through the last active windows of a certain application.

Have you found ways for faster navigation of open applications in Windows 7? Share your experience.

Popularity: 11%

How to Completely Disable UAC Popup Notifications In Windows 7

Do you ever get sick of those annoying User Account Control (UAC) popup alerts that display on your screen every time you attempt to install an application or make setting change on your computer? I know when I “upgraded” from Windows XP on one of my PCs it annoyed the heck out of me. There is a simple hack that you can perform to disable these UAC notifications in Windows 7. I call it hack because this is not something that is suggested or recommended by Microsoft due to potential security issues on your system.

In order to completely disable the UAC feature in Windows 7 to prevent the popup notifications when installing a program or making changes to Windows settings, simply follow the steps below.

  1. Go to the Start Menu and select Control Panel and then double click the User Accounts icon.
    Windows 7 control panel user accounts settings
  2. Find the text “Change User Account Control settings” and click on it.
    change windows 7 uac settings
  3. A new window will popup up for adjusting the UAC or User Account Control Settings.
  4. Adjust the slider all the way to the bottom in the “Never notify” position.
    adjust uac settings slider to never notify
  5. Click OK.
  6. You will get a notification in your task bar stating that you must restart for the changes to take place.
  7. Restart your computer.

This will have completely disabled the User Account Control notifications. Once again, this hack is not recommended to perform as it can be a security risk. Perform at your own risk.

Popularity: 38%

How to Activate Windows 7 GodMode

So you have upgraded to Windows 7 or purchased a new PC with Windows 7 pre-installed and you want to know what “GodMode” is.

GodMode is a setting that allows you to act as God and cause mass destruction or world peace at the sound of your voice. Well, not really. GodMode is a hidden trick that was actually discovered in Windows Vista and works in Windows 7 as a folder that combines all control panel and system control options all in one location in listed group of icons. I am not sure if you will actually think you are playing God but you sure will have the access to change virtually any setting that is modifiable on your Windows 7 PC through just one folder.

Windows 7 GodMode Icon

To access GodMode on Windows 7, create a new folder, rename the folder with the following string (without the quotes):

“GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}”

After you have done the step above you will then notice that the icon of the folder has changed and the contents are full of all types of settings options.


Windows 7 GodMode Window

Please Note: This is only for entertainment purposes and we will not be held liable for any damages that occur from using GodMode. GodMode in some versions of Windows Vista have been reported to have crashed the system. Perform at your own risk.

Popularity: 20%