Articles By Lincoln Spector

Uninstall a hard-to-remove piece of software

Before you try to manually remove a program, make sure there's no uninstaller. Check the Start menu. If the Start menu contains a submenu for the unwanted program, there's likely a link to

Published on: May 29th, 2012 Lincoln Spector

Can a laptop have both HDD and SSD drives?

Installing both an solid state drive (SSD) and a conventional internal hard drive into my test computer gave me nearly a 40-per cent performance gain. But it looked like a desktop-only solution.But maybe

Published on: September 15th, 2011 Lincoln Spector

Microsoft Outlook: 5 catastrophes and how to fix them

You use Microsoft Outlook to manage your email, yourappointments, your contacts, and your to-do lists. In other words, youuse it to manage your work life. So when this program doesn't behave the way

Published on: August 24th, 2011 Lincoln Spector

How to fix 5 pesky Excel nightmares

Have you ever wondered if Microsoft Excel was invented by a sadist?Trying to edit multiple files at one time becomes a game of "Find the worksheet." You know that the feature you need

Published on: June 8th, 2011 Lincoln Spector

How to use your smartphone as a portable video production studio

A few decades ago, even a short, amateur film cost hundreds--or thousands--of dollars to make. And your friends couldn't see it unless you invited them over and set up the 16mm projector.Today, the

Published on: May 9th, 2011 Lincoln Spector

How to increase your Windows system restore points

Lee asked the Answer Line forum how to increase the number of Windows System Restore points. Windows' built-in system backup program, System Restore, allows you to revert Windows and your applications back to

Published on: November 9th, 2010 Lincoln Spector

How to do a super-clean malware scan

No matter how good your security software, and how well you keep it up to date, there's always that nagging doubt: "What if some malicious program is interfering with my antivirus, protecting itself

Published on: April 6th, 2010 Lincoln Spector

How to keep your laptop battery running for years

Laptop batteries are like people--eventually and inevitably, they die. And like people, they don't obey Moore's Law--You can't expect next year's batteries to last twice as long as this year's. Battery technology may

Published on: March 26th, 2010 Lincoln Spector

7 Backup Strategies for Your Data, Multimedia, and System Files

Your hard drive might crash. Thieves might steal your laptop at a cafe. You might realize on Friday that you desperately need the now-departed Wednesday version of an important document that you significantly

Published on: September 15th, 2009 Lincoln Spector

7 ways to back up your data … and save your bacon

Your hard drive might crash. Thieves might steal your laptop at a café. You might realize on Friday that you desperately need the now-departed Wednesday version of an important document that you significantly

Published on: August 27th, 2009 Lincoln Spector

10 Fixes for Vista’s Worst Features

Just ask anyone who's seen Spiderman 3: Good ideas seldom survive bad execution. The developers at Microsoft had some great ideas while designing Vista, but poor implementation turned many of those great concepts

Published on: March 27th, 2009 Lincoln Spector

When Windows Update Won’t Update

Windows Update occasionally gets a bee under its bonnet and simply refuses to work. Really, should that surprise anyone?Unfortunately, unlike some other Windows problems, this one seldom goes away on its own. You

Published on: September 29th, 2008 Lincoln Spector

Why Can’t I Open Vista’s Cookies Folder?

If you click Start, type cookies, and press ENTER, Vista tries to do what XP did: Take you to your Cookies folder, located at C:\Users\your   logon\cookies. Except that the Cookies folder isn't there.

Published on: September 29th, 2008 Lincoln Spector

How Do I Back Up My Drivers?

First, you should know that there are no guarantees. I've yet to find a technique that always gets every file needed by every driver. But I can recommend two approaches, either of which

Published on: September 25th, 2008 Lincoln Spector

Twelve unnecessary Vista features to disable

Vista, thy name is bloat! The latest Windows packs a lot of code--more than any version of Windows ever--and some of it is just plain unnecessary. All of that excess code has a

Published on: September 8th, 2008 Lincoln Spector