Removing McAfee Security Center from Windows 7 PC

Our subscription expired for the  McAfee Security Center  internet security antivirus software.  So we wanted to delete it off of our Windows 7 computer.  Why?  Because of the many pop ups about time left on our subscription. The $49.99 renewal price, Plus, the many deals they offered to renew.  Well, in a few weeks, we … Continue reading Removing McAfee Security Center from Windows 7 PC





How to Change COM Port on USB Modem, Windows 10

One pesky problem with Windows 10, as well as the earlier versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system, is that the COM port assignments for devices that use them, often change.  In this post, we show how to change COM port number on USB modem back to what it was before. Or, you can do … Continue reading How to Change COM Port on USB Modem, Windows 10





Setting Windows 10 Voice, Text to Speech

Some Windows 10 programs, such as Apple’s iTunes app, rely on the Windows 10 default system voice when applying voice clips to older iPod Nanos.  You can change the text to speech voice that iTunes and apps like it use in Windows 10 by following the procedure below. As with prior Windows versions, text to … Continue reading Setting Windows 10 Voice, Text to Speech





Fixing Noisy Window Air Conditioners, How To

Anyone living in warmer climates and seeking to cool their bedrooms, living rooms, and other small to medium-sized living spaces, has probably grappled  with the problem of noisy window air conditioners. Indeed, we’ve installed units from five to twelve thousand BTUs in our windows at various apartments, homes, trailers, and even basements, and have been frustrated by … Continue reading Fixing Noisy Window Air Conditioners, How To





Disable Upgrade to Windows 10 Notification, How To

Be aware, should your Windows 7 computer offer you to upgrade to Windows 10, that its assurance that your PC is compatible may not always be true.  We found this out on a Dell Inspiron N5110 laptop machine. In these cases, you may choose not to upgrade your computer to Windows 10.  So, you’d rather … Continue reading Disable Upgrade to Windows 10 Notification, How To





How to Shut Down Windows Without Updating

When Windows updates are pending, as when some new ones have come down since the last time your computer started up, they often wait to install until the next time the computer shuts down.  During shutdown, the first stage of installation happens. This can take many minutes to complete before the computer reboots. Sometimes, you might … Continue reading How to Shut Down Windows Without Updating





How to Install Glass Block Windows, with Pictures

We replaced ten basement windows with these Redi2set pre assembled glass block window panels, pictured below.  You save the hardship of laying individual blocks when installing these eight block pre-formed units.  Major time saver.  In this post, we share our experience and hints we found on how to install glass block windows in our home … Continue reading How to Install Glass Block Windows, with Pictures





Setting Default Voice in Windows 8 Instructions

We often sync our iPod Nano, 4th generation with spoken menus enabled with iTunes on our computer.  But we found the Windows 8 default system voice (David in our case) not to our liking.  So, we wanted to change it before attempting another iPod sync.  The following procedure did this for us. Setting Default System … Continue reading Setting Default Voice in Windows 8 Instructions