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How to recover from the Windows 10 drive-by upgrade

The Windows 10 automatic upgrade period will end on 29 July 2016. Before that, you may find that your computer has automatically upgraded to Windows 10, whether you wanted it to or not. If you find yourself in this situation, you can uninstall Windows 10, and revert back to your old operating system. Option 1: […]

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How to check antivirus status in Windows 7

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Control Panel
  3. a. Click: Review your computer’s status (if Control Panel is set to Category View)
    b. Click: Action Center (if Control Panel is set to Icon View)
  4. Click the down-arrow opposite Security.
  5. Verify that Virus protection shows status: On

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How to hide system icons in Windows 7

  1. Click the triangle in the lower right.
  2. Click: Customize
  3. Click: [Show icon and notification] opposite the icon you wish to hide.
  4. Click: Only show notifications
  5. Click: [OK]

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How to find a Windows 7 video tutorial

Update 28-Jul-2016: The link below no longer works. Here is a substitute: http://www.gcflearnfree.org/windows7 Open: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/help/videos Scroll down the page for a selection of tutorial videos. You may need to install Silverlight.

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How to fix unexpected foreign characters in Windows 7

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Control Panel
  3. a. Click: Change keyboards for other input methods (if Control Panel is set to Category view)
    b. Click: Region and Language (if Control Panel is set to Icon view)
  4. c. Click: Keyboards and Languages

  5. Click: [Change keyboards…]
  6. Select any keyboards other than: English (United States)
  7. Click: [Remove]
  8. After all keyboard except English (United States) are removed, click: [OK]
  9. Click: [OK]
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How to use WordPad for .DOCX documents in Windows 7

  1. Click: Windows Explorer
  2. Locate a Microsoft Word document.
  3. Right-click the document.
  4. Select: Open with
  5. Choose default program
  6. Click: WordPad
  7. Click: OK
  8. Open the WordPad File Menu.
  9. Select: Save as
  10. Click: Other formats
  11. Verify Save as type: Office Open XML Document
  12. Check: Save in this format by default
  13. Click: Save
  14. Click: Yes

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How to set default web browser in Windows 7

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Control Panel
  3. a. Click: Programs (if Control Panel is set to Category View)
    b. Click: Set your default programs (if Control Panel is set to Category View)
    c. Click: Default Programs (if Control Panel is set to Icon View)
    d. Click: Set your default programs (if Control Panel is set to Icon View)
  4. Select your web browser of choice.
  5. Click: Set this program as default
  6. Click: OK

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