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Increase Windows 7 Notifiction Display Time
By default a Windows 7 notification message appears for 5 seconds and then slowly fades away. It requires more than 5 seconds for me to fetch a cup of coffee and return to my PC. I may well have missed a notification message while I was gone. Fortunately it's very easy to increase the notification display time. More ...

Backup Your Windows XP Activation Files
Windows degrades over time and eventually you will be required to reinstall Windows XP. When you try to reactivate Windows XP, you will receive the message "Our records show that this product has already been activated" and you'll be required to call Microsoft. This article shows you how to backup your activation files to avoid this annoyance. More ...

VLC Free Open-Source Media Player
Microsoft did not include Windows Media Player in Windows 10. VLC media player is a portable, free open-source, cross-platform media player that has versions for Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, and many other operating systems. More ...

Synchronize Your Computer's Clock With an Internet Time Server
Your computer keeps it's internal clock updated with a clock circuit and crystal oscillator on its motherboard. Crystal oscillators, although incredibly accurate, do tend to drift over time. For this reason, you may want to occasionally synchronize your computer's clock With an Internet Time Server. More ...

Move an Off Screen Window Back into View
Have you ever had the problem where you inadvertently moved a window outside the boundaries of the screen? Or your display was stuck in a very low resolution because the Display Settings dialog box was bigger than the screen at that resolution? There's an easy way to regain control of the window. More ...

How to Remove Metadata From Files in Windows 7
Metadata is information attached to a file such as the author, the date it was created, the copyright notice etc. Why would yo want to remove the metadata? Maybe the information is something you want to keep private, or you might want to use a photograph to which someone has erroneously attached a copyright. More ...

How to Hide Files in Windows 7
If you have files on your Windows 7 PC that you don't want anyone to see, you can easily hide them. You simply set the files hidden attribute. But first make sure your PC's Folder Options is set to "Don't show hidden files, folders, or drives". More ...

Swap Mouse Buttons
It's important to let left-handed people be as productive as possible because, on average, left-handed people are more creative than right-handed people. Fortunately, Windows lets you swap the functions of the mouse buttons. More ...

Configuring Sound for Windows Events
To customize your Windows sound scheme you need to go to Control Panel and then double click the Sounds and Multimedia icon. Next make sure you are on the Sounds tab and it will display the Sounds and Multimedia Properties Dialog Box. More ...

Turn Off Windows 7 Taskbar Preview Thumbnails
Taskbar Preview Thumbnails are those annoying huge windows that popup over your document when your mouse pointer drifts over the taskbar while you're trying to work. If they annoy you as much as they annoy me, here's how to get rid of them. More ...

Add More Information to a Files List
Wouldn't be nice to get more information in a file listing than just the default information? With Windows XP, you can. In the file's Properties dialog box, select the Summary tab in the file's Properties dialog box. More ...

View Your Windows Update Log
Something stopped working? Could the problem have been caused by a Windows update? Every day thousands of Windows PC's stop working because of Windows updates. More ...

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