This week’s email newsletter article is:
- How To Do a Fresh Reinstall of Firefox
Remember the days of Windows 95, Windows 98 and even Windows XP — all of them benefitted from a fresh, clean reinstall occasionally.
Firetox does to. Sometimes, that seems to be the easiest, or only, way to solve a probem. So, when Firefox starts misbehaving, if you can’t solve it any other way, try a fresh, clean resinstallation.
There are a few steps, but most are aimed at being able to get back to the Firefox you had before. Although you could copy your Firefox profile and then use it, that’s probably where some of the issues are […]
- Wiping a Windows Hard Drive
Long-time subscriber Ed McDownell wrote recently that he was preparing an old computer for donation, and he wanted to wipe it clean:
I have an old XP machine that I plan to donate to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. It’s a good top end Lenovo ThinkPad and would run ok on the low end Windows 7 but I’m ready to dump it. I would like to format the hard drive and can’t seem find a way to do it. I know I could search the web but your advice has always been one that I could trust explicitly
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
One of the first things I do with any new Windows computer is to get the Desktop working the way that I wanted. This was one of the major reasons I stayed away from Windows 8 until Windows 8.1 was pre-installed. Fortunately, Windows 8.1 Update was promptly available after I bought my notebook, so I was able to get its additional enhancements for Desktop users.
As I previously wrote, I added a Windows Start Button program, which gave me the Start menu functions that were missing from the Desktop. It’s easy configuration options also let me set Windows 8.1 to boot to the Desktop (I know that 8.1 could already boot to the desktop, but you had to go looking for the way to make the change).
The things I set up on all the Windows computers, customizing things that are not solely Windows 8 issues, are Shutdown and Restart/Reboot icons on the Windows Desktop.
I don’t like to […]
We’ve always been able to click on PrntScrn to take a snapshot of the full screen. Unlike the old MS-DOS days, where PrntScrn actually sent the screen to the printer, as of the first version of Windows, it copied the screen to the Windows Clipboard.
From the Clipboard, you could paste it into a Word document, a WordPad document, a spreadsheet, into Paint (the Windows image editor in Accessories), or into many other programs. From those, you could actually print the image […]
New Subscriber Mike wrote with an interesting question about maxing out the drive connections in Windows 7:
I have a large computer with 5 resident hard drives and two CD/DVD drives. There is a mid sized zoo of remote ESATA, USB2/3 drives off hubs plus an assortment of backup USB sticks. Is Windows 7 limited to 25 drive letters? (B still seems to be reserved for the old 5.25? drives, even tho none of the current bios’ will mount one). The reason I ask is that I’ve had trouble lately with drives that sometimes will not mount when turned on/plugged in.
This is particularly true of an ESATA (external) drive that now insists that it be turned on and the compute rebooted to be recognized. This was not true in the past.
Thanks for any help you can render here […]
Windows 7 made a number of changes to the way that Windows worked. It also made some small ones — for example, the Windows Taskbar’s Status Area is now called the Notifications Area. No matter what we call it, it’s the area that is at the bottom right-hand corner of the monitor (in the default location of the Taskbar).
In the past, we could hide unused icons. We could also hide individual icons, if the individual program added that function to the icon it installed in the status area / notification area.
Windows 7 gives us more control, if we want to use it […]
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