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Entries from April 2008

Restore the Internet Explorer Desktop Icon in Windows XP SP3

April 30th, 2008 · 4 Comments

In addition to the few additions included with SP3 for Windows XP, Microsoft also removed a few features. Apparently in connection with its European anti-trust settlement, Microsoft’s latest service pack tries to “deintegrate” Internet Explorer from the operating system. As such, many users will notice their Internet Explorer icon is missing from the desktop after […]

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Recovering Data From a Non-bootable (dead) Computer

April 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

If you’re like me, your computer is a container for everything from your DVD and music collection, to family photos and financial documents. And, if you are one of the estimated 75% of users who don’t backup their data regularly, a computer crash can cost you time, sanity, and potentially lots of money. The good […]

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Fixing a Slow Computer

April 23rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Fixing a Slow Computer

If your computer is slower than the day you bought it, there is a problem. Unlike mechanical devices, a computer’s performance doesn’t degrade from wearing out. Any change in performance is due to software (the operating system, programs you have installed, etc.). The good news is, troubleshooting and fixing a slow computer is easy and […]

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Convert Word Documents (or Any Printable File) to a PDF

April 6th, 2008 · Comments Off on Convert Word Documents (or Any Printable File) to a PDF

Ever need to save a¬†file (such as a Word document, Excel spreadsheet, or picture) as a PDF? Adobe Acrobat (NOT the free “Acrobat Reader”, but “Acrobat”) includes tools to create a PDF from any file. However, if you don’t own Acrobat, you can still create PDF files for free.

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