Essential Download: Delete Locked Files that are Stuck on Your System

When a file is being used by an application or Windows service, it is locked to that it can't be deleted or overwritten. Unfortunately, corruptions in Windows can mean that a file stays locked even after the application or service using it has closed. When this happens, it b...

Escape Unwanted Disk Checks at Windows Startup

If your Windows 7 system shuts down incorrectly, you’ll probably see a prompt to check your hard drives for errors the next time you restart Windows. This is a useful feature that will fix problems caused by a faulty shutdown before they get out of hand. But, sometimes Wi...

Track Down Mysterious Windows Crashes

I heard from a Windows Secrets reader the other day who was having horrendous problems with his new Windows 7 PC, which he thinks are caused by his ISP switching his broadband package. It seems that...

Swap the Mouse Buttons for Left Handed Operation

If you’re left handed, you may find it more convenient to configure your mouse for left handed operation. You can do this by switching the function of the two mouse buttons, so that the right button performs the normal click operation and the left button brings up a contex...

Windows 8: Where Has My App Gone

Windows 8 allows you to use two kinds of applications: normal desktop apps, similar to those in Windows 7, and Modern UI apps, which run on the Modern UI (tiled screen) interface. Unfortunately, switching between the two kinds of apps isn’t that intuitive. If you’ve bee...

Usability Problems Leave Tablet PCs Open to Attack

As we've seen many times before, Microsoft are pinning their hopes for the future on the touch screen optimised Windows 8 interface. They’ve swallowed the hype that we're living in a 'post PC' era, where everyone will access the web via touch screen interfaces like Smartph...

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