Category Archives: Windows Tutorials

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Learning How to Troubleshoot the Right Way

Playing around with a bunch of wires and fidgeting with the gadgets on the keyboard can not only be unproductive, but it can also be dangerous. When you want to know how to fix problems with your computer properly, what steps can you take?

Ask a Friend

Chances are, you know someone who graduated with a degree in Computer Science or who is working at a major computer store. Instead of fiddling around with the keyboard today, give that person a call. Find out when he or she is available, and ask this individual if a private tutoring session could be arranged. Let your friend know you want to learn how to deal with common troubleshooting issues when they arise, and, hopefully, this person will be happy to teach you.

Take a Course

Many people do receive their degrees in Computer Science and other related fields. As a result, most colleges, if not all, in your area will offer at least a handful of courses related to the subject matter. Over the summer or during a season when work is a little bit slow, enroll in one of these courses. You’re likely rather worried about the price. Fortunately, many community colleges also offer classes, and you can enroll in these for a fraction of the cost of what other universities would offer.

Read the Books

Whenever you purchase a new computer or a gadget for your computer, you are given a pamphlet. In this booklet, you’ll find an array of information about the device as well as details on how to deal with common troubleshooting issues when they arise. Generally, people tend to cram this booklet up into a drawer someone and completely forget where they put it in their times of needs. Make a nice little file of all of the booklets, and refer to them when your computer isn’t functioning properly. It’s quite likely you will find the answer for which you are looking in one of the chapters.

Using the Computer

Sometimes, the computer is not entirely beyond repair. For example, you might be able to turn it on, but, once you do, one of the programs you need for work will not function properly. Many computers have troubleshooting functions built right into them. As long as you are able to use the computer, look up steps on it to help you resolve the problem in a timely fashion. Sometimes, these tools can also check for problems on the system. Therefore, you will be able to find the root of the problem to address that as opposed to waffling around with issues that are not really problems at all.

The best way to learn how to troubleshoot on a computer is to have a professional or someone who works in the industry show you. If you have any questions, you can ask that person. However, when you cannot take a class or no one is available, other options exist to help you deal with the computer crisis.

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Walter O’Neal writes about technology, education and more. Most recently, he has written a series of pieces on the best computer degrees.


Best Free Windows Screen Recorder – Microsoft Expression

Microsoft Expression is my personal favorite screen capture program for Windows. It may have an extra step (encoding the recording) but the final product is perfect as you’ll see in the sample recording at the end of the video. The free version is almost as good as the Pro version. The main difference is that you can only record 10 minute segments with the free version whereas with Pro, you can record for an unlimited amount of time; absolutely not worth the $199 price tag.

Encode a wide array of video file formats, stream live from webcams and camcorders or screen capture your PC. Make simple edits to video files and enhance your media with overlays and advertising. Choose encoding settings, choose from a range of player templates and publish rich media experiences

Customize your video to guarantee viewers a rich, pixel-perfect media experience. Expression Encoder allows you to add simple cuts to any clip, titles, pre-roll and post-roll advertising, captions, metadata and more. Capture computer screen activity for training or support needs.

Delivering a web-ready Silverlight experience is easy. Import QuickTime, AVI, MPEG, and other formats into Expression Encoder, leverage the latest quality and speed improvements to the VC-1 codec, choose your favorite Silverlight template, and publish directly to your web server using Expression Encoder Publishing Plug-ins.

Microsoft Expression 4 overview:
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How many screen recording programs (free or paid) have you tried to use before?

revo uninstaller

Completely Uninstall Programs on Windows

Revo Uninstaller, developed by VS Revo Group, is a tool that allows you to completely uninstall a program from Windows. Often when uninstalling programs through the typical uninstaller, many registry files and directories are left behind. Over time these left over and useless files bog down your computer. By using a tool like Revo Uninstaller, it will uninstall the program like normal and then scan the computer for any additional files that were not removed. It allows you to select which files to keep and which to delete.

You can purchase the full version of Revo Uninstaller but I recommend just downloading the free version. It will still scan for leftovers after the standard uninstall, it includes eight additional cleaning tools, and free tech support is also included. There’s some nice features that come packed with the Pro version but nothing that I feel is worth the $20 – $40 price tag.

You can download Revo Uninstaller by clicking HERE.

Sony Vegas Render Error Low Memory

FIX Sony Vegas Low Memory Error on Render

The Sony Vegas rendering suite is incredibly popular among amateurs and professionals alike. However, it is notorious for providing the user with rendering errors. The most well-known being, “The system is low on memory. You may be able to reduce memory usage by closing other applications.”

On a 64-bit machine, this is due to the fact that all editions of Vegas below Professional do not support more than 2GB of memory (i.e., they are 32-bit applications, not 64-bit). To solve this issue, download a free program, 4GB Patch, developed by NTCore, and browse for the Sony Vegas executable file. Typically this file will be stored in:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Sony\Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10.0

The last folder will be named whatever version of Sony Vegas you have installed and the file that you will need to select will have the Sony Vegas icon.

Once you select the application, 4GB Patch will make the necessary changes and Vegas will then be capable of accessing up to 4GB of memory.

This program will also work with any other program you have that may be giving you similar errors. If you decide to try 4GB Patch be sure to leave a comment a let us know how it worked out on your end.

iphone to itunes

How to Transfer Music From iPod, iPhone, or iPad to iTunes

Transferring music, videos, photos, data, and more from an iPhone, iPod, or iPad to iTunes couldn’t be easier with DiskAid. DiskAid is a free program available for both Windows and Mac OS X but for a small price you can unlock some awesome features. Before we begin the tutorial, DiskAid has a regular price tag of $29.90USD, however, by going to the price will drop a cool 30% to $20.93USD; not too steep when all of DiskAid’s features are taken into consideration.

   Free Registered
Transfer Files to Apps yes yes
Access File System yes yes
Advanced Features yes yes
Transfer Camera Roll Photos yes yes
Copy Music & Videos no yes
Copy SMS, Contacts, Voicemail & other Data no yes

Once you have DiskAid downloaded and installed, follow the simple steps below to transfer your music over to your computer. Alternatively, feel free watch the above video tutorial.

  1. Plug your device into your computer and open DiskAid.
  2. In the left-hand navigation pane, under the “Music & Videos” tab select “Music” (or whichever media you wish to transfer).
  3. If you wish to transfer all of the media on the device to the computer, click the “Copy to Computer” button at the top of the window. Otherwise, if you only want to transfer a select number of items, select which items you want transferred by holding the “Ctrl” key (Windows) or “Command” key (Mac) and select each item. Once finished click the “Copy to Computer” button.
  4. When asked what you would like to copy, select your preferences. If you only chose to transfer a select number of songs (or other media), choose the “Only Selected Media” option. If you’d like the media to be copied directly into iTunes select “To iTunes” when asked “Where would you like to copy?” Alternatively, you can transfer the media to a folder on your computer or external drive by selecting “To a folder of my choice” and browse for which folder you would like the media to be transferred to.
  5. Finally you will be asked which library data you would like imported. It’s suggested to leave the default options selected and import all data (playlists, ratings, play counts, last played dates). Click “Next” and DiskAid will begin importing your media. Remember, this copies the media; it won’t remove it from your device.

It’s as simple as that! Remember that DiskAid can do so much than just copy media to a computer and don’t forget to use the 30% off discount by downloading DiskAid from