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”

Windows 8.1 System Image Backup & Restore

The other week user bun asked how he could upgrade his HDD and keep everything as is in response to my post Opening Up The Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214. Today, I show you how you can do just that. Continue reading “Windows 8.1 System Image Backup & Restore”

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”

October 2015 Toshiba Laptop Update: Bluetooth and Trackpad

If you have been following along my Toshiba Satellite posts, you should be eager to hear these updates! Some bad news, and some great news about it’s hardware! Continue reading “October 2015 Toshiba Laptop Update: Bluetooth and Trackpad”

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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How To Clean Install Windows 8.1

Have you reinstalled Windows 8.1 only to find that the OEM pre-installed software stayed on the machine?  I recently found an article online that explains how to get a clean fresh install for you PC. Continue reading “How To Clean Install Windows 8.1”