Properly Installing a SoundBlaster Sound Card in Windows

If you bought yourself a sound card for better audio and are not getting what you expected you may be the victim of poor defaults from the driver installation. I own a SoundBlaster Audigy SE and found that for a few years now the Creative Audio Control Panel has some strange settings by default leaving you clueless as to why only some of your speakers work and why it’s all echo’y. Continue reading “Properly Installing a SoundBlaster Sound Card in Windows”

What happens if you don’t upgrade to Windows 10?

Last year Microsoft announced that (almost)anyone with Windows 7 or 8 device could upgrade for free to Windows 10 within a year from the July launch date. In just a short time, this window for free Windows will expire. So what happens if you don’t upgrade? Continue reading “What happens if you don’t upgrade to Windows 10?”

How much RAM do you need? – A Practical Guide

When building or upgrading your PC/laptop how much RAM do you really need? A topic that changes with time and varies by opinion. I hope this article can clear up some confusion to help you understand how much you will need based on how things are now. (Yes I do plan on keeping this article up to date in the future). Continue reading “How much RAM do you need? – A Practical Guide”

Creating Dynamic Disks(RAID) in Windows

Ever have the problem of a few too many old small hard drives and not sure what to do with them? I have, and Windows is able to manage them and even create a large contiguous file system out of multiple drives. The tool? It’s called “Disk Management”. Continue reading “Creating Dynamic Disks(RAID) in Windows”

Back To School: Technology Prep Checklist

It’s that time of year again, back to school. With class starting soon or already underway there is a lot to think about. Is your technology ready for the new school year? Read on to see how you can prep your tech to take on the new year! Continue reading “Back To School: Technology Prep Checklist”

Laptop/PC – Windows Recovery Information/Guide

“Help! My laptop/PC has run into problems and needs Windows reinstalled! Where is my Windows license key and how can I recover my PC?” Fear not, this post shall be your guide to get your PC back. Continue reading “Laptop/PC – Windows Recovery Information/Guide”

Windows 10: Don’t Upgrade Just Yet!

Update 2015/12/27: Time has passed and this article is now out of date. Read my new opinion on upgrading here: Windows 10: Feel Free To Upgrade

Windows 10 is here and many tech websites are urging people to bite the bullet and upgrade all of their machines to the latest and greatest OS. You’d be a technophob or person who hates progress to not upgrade after all, right? It’ll be great for older machines too because of the improvements(only true technically speaking). I am one who thinks you should NOT upgrade your PC, at least your current one. Read on to find out why you shouldn’t and why I can’t upgrade the laptop I purchased brand new last fall without shelling out at least $120 dollars for a new license key.

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Product Review: Edimax AC1200 USB 3.0 Wireless AC Adapter (EW-7822UAC)

Looking for a wireless AC adapter for your new AC router? Chances are you may have stumbled upon the Edimax AC 1200 Dual-Band USB Wireless Adapter(EW-7822UAC). But is it worth your money or should you look elsewhere? Continue reading “Product Review: Edimax AC1200 USB 3.0 Wireless AC Adapter (EW-7822UAC)”

Manual Override: Installing Windows Drivers Manually

Have you ever needed a driver installed on your PC but did not enjoy the software that was bundled as part of the installation files?  Did you know you can manually install drivers that have the potential to skip the unwanted items?  This can be possible, with minimal technical skill and some luck with how the device manufacturer packaged their driver. Continue reading “Manual Override: Installing Windows Drivers Manually”

7 Useful Windows Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts.  There are dozens of them available in Windows and they can be extremely useful if you can memorize them.  I use a handful on a daily basis and this list contains the 7 I use the most.
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