Resolve 'Scan and Fix' Errors When You Attach a USB Drive

When you connect a USB drive up to your PC, Windows may throw up a warning message claiming that there is a problem with the drive, and that you need to repair the drive. This can happen even if the drive functions without problems on other PCs. The issue is that the drive h...

Windows Secrets: Your Special Edition Guide to Windows 8

So have you got your hands on Windows 8 yet? That's the question on many PC users' lips this morning, since Microsoft's latest operating system was released at midnight on the 26th October. I’ve told you a lot about Windows 8 over the past few weeks and while the new oper...

Microsoft’s Plan to Take Over Your Home

It seems like the hardware is taking over.

Every device you buy these days is Wi-Fi enabled, from your mobile phone to your DVD player or TV. It means that they can all connect to the Internet via your broadband router, and, more importantly, they can all talk t...

Facebook Ignores the Wishes of 87% of Users Over Privacy

It seems that democracy counts for nothing over at Facebook. They recently ran a poll asking their users to vote on proposed changes to the sites privacy terms and conditions. Despite 87% of the 300,000 users who were polled voting against the changes, Facebook are going ah...

Essential Download: Eliminate Empty Folders from Your System

In addition to all of the folders that you create, many applications will create folders on your system. Over time, the files contained in these folders can be deleted, but usually the empty folders will remain, either through oversight, or because the applications that crea...

Set a USB Drive Letter

Another reader wrote to me with the following question: I use a number of different items of external storage, is there a way of locking the identity of each one so that the appropriate label appears when inserted, if I have more than one shown as icons I’ll never kno...

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