Tag: Micosoft

Removing Items from Add/Remove Programs, But they still Show in the list! – Windows XP

Have you removed or uninstalled a program and still have it show up in Add/Remove Programs? Let’s get those out of there. Click on Start, then click on Run and type regedit and hit enter. Other Windows version have a search box that you can type regedit into instead of having to click on Run. Look…


How to re-enable laptop disabled MIC Windows 8.1

I had reason to disable the built-in MIC on my Windows 8.1 Dell Latitude E5550 laptop.  I did the usual thing and went to the control panel and selected SOUND clicked the recording tab, found the MIC and chose properties and select to disable this device (Do not use). Voila the MIC disappeared. This was…


Enable hidden Administrator account in Windows 7

Microsoft disabled the Administrator account in Windows 7 by default for security reasons. It is nice to have this enabled as a backup if your main user profile becomes corrupted or infected. Here is ow to turn on the hidden Administrator account. There are a few ways to enable this account but the fastest seems…


Disable UAC (User Access Controls) in Windows Vista

  Those annoying “are you sure you want to do this?” popup windows on Windows Vista can be disabled. However, not as easily as other version of Windows. Here is how to turn off the UAC popup warning box. Access the Control Panel and type USER ACCOUNT into the search box. There will be a…


Toshiba Laptop with Windows 8.1 loses keyboard and mouse – FIX

This weekend I worked on a Toshiba laptop with Windows 8.1 that had received some updates then rebooted. The keyboard and mouse both failed to work after the reboot. An external USB mouse worked but the USB keyboard did not. I used the on-screen board to do everything with mouse clicks detailed below.  I used…