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Recycle Bin Missing from the Desktop by KenB

If you have somehow deleted the Recycle Bin and find the Recycle Bin missing and it is not showing on the desktop try the following:

Right Click on a blank section of the Desktop.
Then click on Personalize.

You will see this:

Recycle Bin Missing

Click on Change Desktop Icons

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Then, if there is no check mark in the box next to Recycle Bin, click the box > Apply > OK

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You could also try the following:

Edit the registry to restore the Recycle Bin

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
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How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
To edit the registry to make the Recycle Bin icon reappear on the desktop, follow these steps: 1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
3. Locate the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace

4. Right-click the registry key that you located in step 3, point to New, and then click Key.
5. Type {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}, and then press ENTER.
6. Click the new {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} key that you created in step 5.
7. In the right pane, double-click the (Default) entry.
8. In the Edit String dialog box, type Recycle Bin in the Value data box, and then click OK.
9. Close Registry Editor.

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Making a cloned hard drive using Macrium Reflect

by PlasticNev

As well as a system image which can be created and stored on an external hard drive for later or rescue use, a different approach is to clone your existing drive completely onto another different hard drive.
You would do this either as a fully exchangeable drive to be put to one side, so it can be swapped in at any time of major trouble such as a failed drive, or as could happen with the latest malware, and find all your files encrypted.
You can also make a clone from an existing small drive when it is getting too full, and put the clone on a larger hard drive for fitting in its place..

Please read through everything and please be sure you understand each stage of making a cloned hard drive before continuing.

You will need a spare hard drive either as big as the system one, or larger. and of the same type, either IDE or SATA.
One of these three, an adapter from IDE or SATA to USB, an enclosure for the spare drive to USB, or a hard drive docking station.
For now we will assume an enclosure with the spare drive fitted to it.
It is a good thing at this point to plug it in to the computer and allow Windows to see it and install drivers for it. Once that is done unless you are going to continue straight away, use the “Safe to remove” system to disconnect it from the computer.

OK, start up the computer and once fully booted up, (If it isn’t already) plug in the USB enclosure complete with the new drive in it. Autoplay may open a window for the new drive, if it does dismiss and close it as it isn’t needed. (Make sure no other device is plugged into any other USB ports or card slots, other than keyboard and mouse if they are USB.)

Next is to open the Macrium reflect program.
You should see this page open, if not click the “Disk Image” tab to open it.

Area “A” will be your existing drive, it may be slightly different from mine here as it depends on the number and sizes of partitions.

Area “B” should be your new drive in its enclosure, unlike mine it should show as empty. (Mine is a previous clone as I am showing my rescue drive)
It should also show the model number of the new drive, make a note of that in case you need to search for it.

Click on the Making a Cloned Hard Drive images to enlarge.

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Click anywhere in area “A” to make sure that is selected, underneath it you should then see as in my picture as ringed “C” and click on “clone this disk.”

You should then see this next page open. check that there is a tick in all the boxes as you can see here, to be sure all will be copied as the clone.
Click on the “Select a disk to clone to”

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Hopefully you should see something like this, if not you may get the system window open and you will need to search for the new drive, hence why I said to make a note of the new drive model number.
Otherwise Macrium normally knows which it is and shows this providing no other storage medium is plugged in to a USB port or memory card in a slot.

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As shown click anywhere to select it and the next should be as here.

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If there are any partitions, which in your case there should not be, click on the red crossed item “Delete existing partition” and in your case with no partitions it should then look like this.

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Make sure there is a tick in the box for “copy selected partitions when I click next”, it usually is by default, but no harm to make sure.
If all is as above at this point, click the next button on the bottom right, and you should then see a list similar to mine which is listing the existing partitions to be cloned to the new drive in its enclosure.

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Click the “Finish” button bottom right and it will then start to create the first stages of the clone, it may show a box asking to either format or over write the contents of the destination drive, accept it by clicking yes or whatever it says to mean yes, and it will carry on.
Depending on how much data is on your drive it will take some time, mine being fairly large does take a few hours, yours may be less than that.

Once the clone has been completed, and it does tell you, close everything concerned with Macrium, then have an explore of everything that is on the new drive to check it out.

If happy all is as it should be, use the safe to remove system to disconnect the external USB enclosure.

The next is a good thing to do to make sure the clone was fully successful.

Shut down and then remove the power plug and battery from the laptop or if a desktop disconnect the mains power at the wall.

Remove the now cloned drive from the enclosure, adapter, or docking station. If a laptop, you will have to remove the drive from it first and then install the clone drive.
If a desktop, you only need to remove the cover, then the plugs from the existing drive and temporarily connect the clone drive.
Replace the battery and power plug if a laptop, or reconnect mains power if a desktop.

If everything went correctly, the laptop or desktop should now boot up from the new drive.

If all is correct, it is maybe a good idea to check the full system at this point by running the System File Checker, or sfc /scannow as it is called, to verify the integrity of the operating system.
It may also correct any slight corruption if any has occurred during the cloning process.

This concludes the tutorial on making a cloned hard drive.

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Control Panel – Change how it is Viewed ………. written by KenB

 

Do you get a little frustrated when you are searching for something like “Mouse Settings” for instance.
It can, sometimes, be difficult to find what you are looking for.

Control Panel normally looks like this:

Control Panel change appearance

 

Not very helpful in many cases.
If you click on the down arrow next to “View by” ( red arrow ) and select “Large Icons” it will look like this:

Control Panel appearance

 

I find this much easier to find what I am looking for.

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Reset Windows Password

Tutorial written by KenB

In this article I am going to show how to create a Password Reset Disk for Windows 7 and Windows Vista. If you are using a login password to access your computer how disastrous would it be if you forgot it ?
No access to your files, folders or data.

The simple “solution” to this is to be prepared for the unlikely event.
Do this now – and don’t wait until you get locked out.

It is possible to create a Password Reset Disk by doing the following:

[size=15][color=blue]Start …. Control Panel …. User Accounts[/color][/size]

Top right of the panel you will see [b][color=blue]”Create a Password Reset Disk[/color][/b]”
Click on this.

You will be prompted to insert a USB Flash Drive ( Memory Stick )

[b][color=red]You need to be aware that if anybody gets hold of your memory stick they will be able to reset the password too.[/color][/b]

Password Reset Windows 7

There are no decisions to make – simply click “[size=15][color=blue]Next[/color][/size]”

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You will need to type in your present password.

If you change this at a later date it doesn’t matter – you will still be able to use this [b][color=blue]Reset “Disk”[/color][/b]

Forgotten Password Wizard

 

Now just click on “[b][color=blue]Next[/color][/b]” again and the[b][color=blue] Password Reset Disk [/color][/b]will be created.

Create Password Reset Disk

 

Completing the Forgotten Password Wizard

Don’t forget to [b][color=blue]label the Memory Stick [/color][/b]and keep it in a safe place – and hope you never need it. 🙂 In the future we will be covering more articles about Creating a Password Reset Disk for Windows 8.

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Making Selections – a Photoshop tutorial by PseFrank

 

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There are many ways of making selections in Photoshop. What we’ll look at here is the most common ways of selecting parts of an image and also how we can change the properties of our selections to suit different situations.

 

THE MAGIC WAND TOOL
The magic wand tool has got to be one of the easiest ways of making selections in Photoshop. You’ll find it in the tool bar bundled with the QUICK SELECTION TOOL. The magic wand works very well when there is plenty of contrast between the subject you want to select and its background. In the example below I’m going to use the wand to select me and my aeroplane.
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At first glance it looks like we have a plain white background. But on closer inspection you will see that there are traces of a bluey/greeny colour on the background. When there is an inconsistency in a background that stops you from making a clean selection with the wand, it can often be overcome by altering the wands Tolerance. Have a close look at the image below.
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As you can see from the blown up sections of our example image, when the tolerance was set at the photoshop default of 32, it didn’t quite select all of the background. By changing the wands tolerance to 50, everything was selected as desired.Raising the tolerance selects More, and lowering the tolerance will mean that Less is selected. Experiment with this setting on an image of your own. Often, clicking in a different place will alter the result as well.Adding or Subtracting selections
If you look at the image above you will see a set of 4 rectangular icons in the options bar. Each of the icons when selected does something different.
Here’s a blow up:
1) New selection
2) Add to selection (Already selected in the image)
3) Subtract from selection
4) Intersect with selectionExplanation of settings one to four
1) Brand new selection2) Click on this icon when you want to select another area of your image and not lose the first selection.
This is handy when you want for example… to select a persons eyes.3) If you’ve selected too much or you want to subtract from the inside of an existing selection, this is the tool to use.
Example: If you had selected a persons eyes, but wanted to alter just the whites of the eyes. You could select the inner coloured parts, and these areas would not be affected by the alterations made to the whites.4) When you make a selection over the top of part of an already selected area. The only selection you will be left with is the section where the two selections overlap each other.What does Anti-alias do?
When the Anti-alias box is checked/ticked your selection edges will be smoothed/softened. This is usually a good thing. Examples of when not to check this box would be when selecting text or small graphics.What does Contiguous mean?
In its simplest form contiguous means touching or joined. For example, if two people were holding hands, then they would be contiguous. But if they were standing apart, they would not be contiguous.If you look at the plane image you will see that the background is divided into 4 areas. 3 are between the wings of the plane, while the fourth is the outer area surrounding the plane. If Contiguous was left unchecked when using the wand tool…All 4 areas would be selected in one click of the wand. (Everything that is white or nearly white).The down side to this is that if there is any white (Or nearly white) areas on the plane its self, these would be selected as well. So by checking/ticking Contiguous and then making 4 separate selections we can be sure that only the background is selected, and not any areas of the plane its self.Remember…to make multiple selections the second (Add to selection) icon must be checked/selected.
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PhotoShop – Working with Multiple Images in CS5 –  ( by PseFrank )

Although these instructions are written for Photoshop CS5, they will work for most other versions of CS as well. If you have problems with your version. Please don’t hesitate to ask.

 

Description: When working in Photoshop there are many times when we need to open two or more images in the editing area. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions along with some helpful tips.

 

Image 1

 

 

How do I…?

Q: I want to be able to have two images in the PhotoShop editing area at the same time?

A: Near the top of your screen click Edit > Preferences > Interface and under Panels and Documents uncheck (No tick) Open Documents as Tabs. Click Ok.

Q: Sometimes when I have more than one image open in the Photoshop editing area at the same time. The one on top covers the others so I can’t see them. How do I work on the ones underneath?

A: There are two ways of getting over this problem. The first is to simply left click on the information bar at the top of your image (Where it shows the file name) and then drag the image to one side.

The second is to change the size that the image is showing on your screen (i.e..from maybe 100% to 50%). To do this press and hold down the Ctrl & Alt keys on your keyboard and then Tap either the Plus or Minus (“+” or “-“) keys to go bigger or smaller.

Note: Clicking anywhere on an image in the editing area, will make that image the Live Image and the one that shows in the layers palette. (And on top in the editing area)

Q: Can I use my mouse to zoom in and out of an image in the Photoshop editing area? And if the image is really blown up big. How do I get to the parts I cannot see?

A: You can use the scroll wheel on your mouse to zoom in and out of an image. You may need to alter your preferences to achieve this. Go Edit > Preferences > General and under Options check mark (Tick) Zoom with Scroll Wheel. Click Ok.

If your image is blown up so large that you cannot see all of it (Sometimes necessary for fine work) you can move to another part of the image by pressing down and holding the space bar on your keyboard and clicking and dragging the image. 

Holding down the space bar will also temporarily disengage whatever tool or brush you are using at the time. The cursor will change into a small hand.

Note: When you release the space bar whichever tool you are using will re-engage in the place where you have your cursor. So when doing this, move your cursor back to where you want it before releasing the space bar.

 

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Written by maynardvdm

Here on Free PC Help we occasionaly use terms that may be unfamiliar to you, here is a description of acronyms and what they mean

BIOS – Basic Input Output System
BSOD – Blue Screen of Death
CD-ROM – Compact Disk – Read Only Memory
CMOS – Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor
CPU – Central Processing Unit
DDR SDRAM – Double Data Rate Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory
DIMM – Dual In-line Memory Module
DOS – Disk Operating System
DRAM – Dynamic Random Access Memory
DVD – Digital Video Disk or Digital Versatile Disk
EMI – Electro-Magnetic Interference
EMP – Electro-Magnetic Pulse
ERD – Emergency Recovery Disk
EULA – End User License Agreement
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
FAT – File Allocation Table
FTP – File Transfer Protocol
FF – FireFox
GUI – Graphical User Interface
GPU – Graphics Processor Unit
HDD – Hard Disk Drive
LAN – Local Area Network
LCD – Liquid Crystal Display
LED – Light Emitting Diode
Mbps – Megabytes per second
MS – Microsoft
Mobo – Motherboard
MSN – Microsoft Network
NIC – Network Interface Card
NOS – Network Operating System
NTFS – New Technology File System
OS – Operating System
OE – Outlook Express
P2P – Peer To Peer
POST – Power On Self Test
POTS – Plain Old Telephone System
RAM – Random Access Memory
ROM – Read Only Memory
SVGA – Super VGA
USB – Universal Serial Bus
VGA – Video Graphics Adapter

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Run as Another User in Win 7 ……. written by KenB

 

How do I Run As another user in Win 7 ?

XP used to have this facility. Vista doesn’t for some reason.

If you need to use another User’s permissions / privileges on your computer to run an application it is possible with Windows 7.
You may wish to test out your child’s privileges for instance.

To Run as Another User ………..

Hold down the SHIFT key and right click on the Icon of the application.
You will see this:

Run as another user 1

 

If you don’t hold down the SHIFT key you see this:
(Run as a Different User” is not an Option.)

run as another user 2

Click on “Run as a Different User”

You will then see this box that asks for your User Name and Password.

Run as another user 3

 

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Find Windows Product Key – by KenB

The Product Key is a series of 25 letters and numbers that identify your specific Operating System.
They are usually written in 5 blocks of 5.
12345-ABCDE-54321-FGHIJ-98765

If your system is running OK the Product Code is seldom needed.
If, however, you need to do a re-install for instance, then you will need the Product Code during the process.
You cannot use somebody else’s Product Code.

The obvious place to look is on the sticker that is on the side of the tower ( if a desktop )
or on the underneath on the base if you have a laptop.

They look like this: ( these are for XP – but Vista and Win7 are similar )

I cannot find windows product key

Sometimes, especially with laptops, the Product Key becomes illegible due to constant wear.
On a home build there may not be a Sticker.

The Home Build installation disk should have come with a Product Key sticker ( not always used )

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There are a number of ways of finding the Product Key.

PLEASE NOTE – your system must be operational.

Method 1

Download Speccy from here:
click here

After installing it – it will give you a comprehensive diagnostic of your system.
Under Operating System you will see something like this:

I cannot find windows product key 3

The Serial Number indicates the Product Key

Method 2

Download Magic Jelly Bean from here:
click here

You only need the free version.

When installing if you do not want to install the AVG products as well check the custom install ( see below )

I cannot find windows product key 4

After the installation the software will produce a window with your Product Key information ( see below )

I cannot find windows product key 5

There are other methods but one of the above should locate it for you

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The security certificate has expired -( by KenB )

This tutorial explains how to cope with the error message shown below:

the security certificate has expired or is not yet valid

If you are getting this error message when you try to connect to the internet or a specific website there could well be a simple solution.

It could be that your system is showing an incorrect Date or Time – or both.

You need to check the date and time that your machine is set to.

The time is shown in the bottom right corner.
If you need to adjust it right click on the icon > Adjust Date and Time

If you find that the date and time change again you probably need to change the CMOS battery on the motherboard.

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