Transfer Files Computer – to Computer Among Your Windows PCs

How to transfer files between two or more computers with Microsoft Windows operating systems you ask? Some computer users like to transfer files between two Microsoft Windows computers using “Files and Settings Transfer Wizard”. This often requires using a direct cable connection between the two computers with a serial cable.

Both computers must have a serial port and transfer times can be slow, especially when transferring larger amounts of data. Another option with quicker data transfer rates is using the universal serial bus ports on the computers and with the help of a special transfer cable. This might not be as straight forward as you think as you might have to use Microsoft Window’s easy transfer tool, which has since been deprecated and is NOT available in Microsoft Windows 10 operating system.

Other options would be to transfer your data via a universal serial bus flash drive, external universal serial bus hard drive, or setting up a simple home network with your source and destination computer(s) plugged into a hub, router, or switch. Looking into what hardware or software is needed before attempting to transfer your data is highly recommended. This could come with additional obstacles such as trying to transfer data from a desktop computer to a laptop computer.

If you have time, I think it would be more productive if you plan this project ahead of time. There are many factors to take into consideration. To me as a computer technician, using a small local network is the easiest and least time consuming actually.

However, now that Microsoft likes to create changing operating systems, this can at first seem daunting. If you are in a quick bind, then using a file transfer cable or other type of storage device might save you time. In cases of an emergency where your computer is having problems then a file transfer cable might be advantageous.

If you are facing an emergency like a failing hard drive, then mucking around with a file transfer cable might put your data at risk. This is the type of situation where a universal serial bus flash drive or external hard drive could be the quickest and safest option. If you are not facing a quagmire, then I would choose the home network route, pun intended, each and every time.

A small Microsoft Windows domain network is suitable for around twenty five to thirty computers. All you have to do is place them all on the same work group. You can use Microsoft’s default “WORKGROUP” name or choose your own.

For example you could name your work group “apple”. You would just change the work group to “apple” on each Microsoft Windows computer from the default “workgroup”. Now you just need to make sure that each computer receives an internet protocol address on the same sub net.

For example you have five computers with the following Internet protocol addresses:

Now they can all talk to each other on the same small network. You can designate one of them as a file server, if you choose. This next step requires more technical knowledge. Depending on what operating system you are using, you need to make certain that “File and Printer Sharing” is enabled.

I would advise against using the newer Microsoft Windows “HomeGroup” networking feature. My experiences with this newer way to create a home network have been nothing short of a disaster. I have setup successfully small Microsoft Windows networks with just file and printer sharing enabled.

I have had a network where I had Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7, and Microsoft Windows computers all networked and able to access files. I made the changes to each computer outlined earlier in this blog post and made certain that file and printer sharing were enabled. I could view every computer on this small network.

Finally, you may want to take security into consideration. You may not want read and write abilities on each and every computer. This is where a small file server to me becomes advantageous.

Even two computers with one dedicated to storing files to me is productive. You want to just share the hard drive or just one folder on your file server. Then you can allow read only access or write access to just this one file folder or hard drive.

The other remaining computers on your network would then have access to this file share. Also, you can share printers in this same manner. As a matter of fact I have a Dymo Label Writer 450 networked in this manner.

Another advantage to creating a home network is that you can even remotely connect to each computer using Microsoft Windows remote desktop connection software. You can even copy files over this remote desktop connection. Now that you have your own network configured you can possibly spend less time worrying about your personal files.

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iTunes Problems – Fix QuickTime Update Causing iTunes to Fail

Apple QuickTime updates may cause Apple iTunes software program to fail. You may receive the “Need to repair or reinstall QuickTime” message after installing Apple QuickTime update(s). Sometimes a complete removal and re installation is necessary to clear these software program errors and problems.

You may need to clean up your computer’s registry entries for Apple quick time and Apple iTunes, so that when reinstalling both programs you start out with a clean Microsoft Windows registry. Be sure to backup your Microsoft Windows registry with my preferred PC optimization tool that I am recommending you download and install. This PC optimization tool has been quite reliable in all the years I have used it.

You want to download and install this PC optimization tool. From within this program run a registry cleaner utility. Please backup your Microsoft Windows registry when prompted.

This should clean out any Microsoft Windows registry settings that is not being removed for Apple quick time and Apple iTunes. In this PC optimization tool, click the “Registry” button on the left hand side. On the left hand side you can select the items under “Registry Cleaner “that you want to scan.

All of them are checked by default. It is recommended that you leave all the items checked. Click the “Scan for Issues” button.

You will see a progress indicator bar and a list of potential problems. Once this Microsoft Windows registry scan is completed, you can then review the list of problems. You can save this list to a text file, by right clicking anywhere inside this list.

Now click on “Save to text file”. If you want this PC Optimization tool to skip any of these problems it has found, then right click the problem, and then click “Add to Exclude List” button.

You can review all of the current group of excluded files, folders, and Microsoft Windows registry entries in this “Exclude” area of the “Options” pane. Now you want to click “Fix selected issues” to fix these Microsoft windows registry problems. You will now be prompted to backup the Microsoft Windows registry first.

It is highly recommended that you click on “Yes”. Choose a location where to save this Microsoft Windows registry backup file. Click on “Save” to complete this process.

This PC optimization tool displays the very first Microsoft Windows registry problem with a possible solution. You can speed up this process by clicking on “Fix All Selected Issues”. After running that Microsoft Windows registry cleaner then you can reinstall Apple QuickTime and Apple iTunes.

Hopefully it will resolve your issue. This Microsoft Windows registry PC optimization tool also has a “Cleaner” tool. This will remove any Internet cache, Internet history, cookies, download history, temporary Internet files, temporary files, and thumbnail cache. This is an added bonus tip.

If you allow your Microsoft Windows computer to accumulate all of the a fore mentioned files, then this can cause potential problems with your computer. Click the “Cleaner” button on the left hand side. Click the “Run Cleaner” button.

Depending on how many of these files have accumulated on your Microsoft Windows operating system, this tool can take a few seconds to a few minutes to run this scan. This program will tell you how much disk space in megabytes of junk files have been removed. I encourage you to keep running this “Cleaner” scan until nothing to very little junk files are found.

This PC optimization tool is my preferred system cleanup tool of choice and I actually use this program as routine maintenance on the few computers that have Microsoft Windows operating system installed.

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Premiere Help – With Removing Adobe Premiere on MAC & Windows

Is Adobe Premiere software program giving you a problem? Some users report receiving the “System error occurred while trying to rename the captured clip” error message after completing a video capture and when prompted to save and name the file. The video clip then gets stored in the input folder as a temporary clip.

To clear this error message, you can delete your temporary files in C:\Windows\Temp and any temp files located in the Adobe Premiere programs folder. If this does not fix the problem then you can try reinstalling Adobe Premiere 6.5 by removing it via “Add/Remove Programs” in “Control Panel” then reinstalling it from your paid installation media. You can also try manually removing Adobe Premiere software via the tutorial at the following Adobe article in case after removing it via Control Panel and then reinstalling it, the problem is not corrected.

Adobe Premiere help

Following these steps removes the Adobe Premiere application from your computer. This will also remove the license from your computer.

Do not try to remove Adobe Premiere or Adobe Elements by just dragging folders to the Recycle Bin in Microsoft Windows operating system or Trash on Apple Macintosh operating system. This can cause problems when attempting to reinstall this software.

Make certain that you have administrative privileges for the account you are using. Disable any malware, spyware, virus, and firewall programs. Browse to the Control Panel in Microsoft Windows 7, 8, or 10 operating systems.

Once in Control Panel you want to select the program you are removing. For example Adobe Premiere or Adobe Elements. Click on this software to select it. Then you should see an “Uninstall” option.

Select Uninstall to begin removing this software. This is a very important next step. If you want to save your program preferences than make sure that Remove Preferences is NOT selected.

Follow the rest of the onscreen instructions to remove this application. If you receive any error messages or the Adobe Premiere or Adobe Elements software is still listed as installed, then reinstall that software and then attempt to remove it again. For whatever reason this allows you to finally remove this stubborn program.

The following installation instructions pertain to the Apple Macintosh operating system. First you want to open Finder and then browse to “Applications”. Now you want to choose “Utilities”.

Next you want to select “Adobe Installers”. Begin the Uninstaller for Adobe Photoshop Elements or Adobe Premiere Elements. If you want to keep your program preferences make certain that “Remove Preferences” is NOT selected.

If selected you will lose all your Adobe Premiere or Adobe Elements personal preferences. Select “Uninstall” and follow the on screen instructions to remove this software program. If you receive any error messages or this application is still listed as installed, then you can reinstall Adobe Premiere or Adobe Elements and then try to remove this program.

If you are still having problems trying to remove Adobe Premiere or Adobe Elements, then you can download and install Adobe Application Manager. There is a version for both Microsoft Windows operating systems and Apple Macintosh operating systems.

If you do NOT see Adobe Premiere or Adobe Elements after installing the Adobe Application Manager then try to install that software program again and see if it is now indeed listed. Now that Adobe Premiere or Adobe Elements is listed you can proceed to removing this stubborn software. These instructions were written for both Microsoft Windows operating systems and Apple Macintosh operating systems.

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Personal Antivirus Removal – PC or Laptop Running Strange?

Is your PC or Laptop running strange? Adware or advertising supported software is any software package which automatically plays, displays, or downloads advertisements to a computer after the software is installed on it or while the application is being used. Some types of adware are also spyware and can be classified as privacy invasive software.

Malware, short for malicious software, is software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system without the owner’s informed consent. The expression is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software or program code. The term “computer virus” is sometimes used as a catch all phrase to include all types of malware, including true viruses.

Spyware is a type of malware that is installed on computers and collects information about users without their knowledge. The presence of spyware is typically hidden from the user. Typically, spyware is secretly installed on the user’s personal computer. Sometimes, however, spyware such as keyloggers are installed by the owner of a shared, corporate, or public computer on purpose in order to secretly monitor other users.

A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer. The term “virus” is also commonly but erroneously used to refer to other types of malware, adware, and spyware programs that do not have the reproductive ability. A true virus can only spread from one computer to another (in some form of executable code) when its host is taken to that target computer; for instance because a user sent it over a network or the Internet, or carried it on a removable medium such as a floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB drive. Viruses can increase their chances of spreading to other computers by infecting files on a network file system or a file system that is accessed by another computer.

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Outlook Error 0X80042108 – Fix Microsoft Error 0x80042108

Are you receiving Microsoft Outlook Error 0x80042108? When trying to access your Microsoft Outlook email account you may receive this “error 0x80042108. Microsoft Outlook is unable to connect to your POP3 server”.

If you receive this error it may be occurring for the following reasons:

* You are not connected to the Internet, a network, or your Microsoft e-mail server is temporarily unavailable
* Your Microsoft Outlook account settings are not correc
* Your user profile in Microsoft Outlook is damaged
* An e-mail item on your Microsoft POP3 server is damaged
* The configuration of your anti virus software is incorrect
* Microsoft Outlook Express was removed from your computer or the installation is damaged
* The configuration of your personal firewall software is incorrect

You can try to narrow down and fix this error by:

* Making sure your network connection has not dropped
* Double checking to make certain that your Microsoft Outlook email account settings are correct
* Recreating your Microsoft Outlook email profile in case it is damaged
* Logging into your Microsoft Outlook email account through web based interface and looking for damaged emails
* Checking to see if your anti virus software is blocking email access
* Looking to see if Microsoft Outlook Express was removed or possibly corrupted
* Checking your firewall settings, making sure your firewall is not blocking Microsoft Outlook email access

Simply rebooting your computer may clear that error message. Starting Microsoft Outlook in safe mode by the outlook.exe /safe command should allow you to get into your email. You can either enter this command into a run box or open a command prompt and type it in.

Looking for and stopping any duplicate Outlook.exe processes is another possibility. Finally, booting your computer into safe mode and disabling any third party software ie. anti virus or firewall and then opening Microsoft Outlook to narrow down the culprit. You can read more information about this error and full solution descriptions at the following Microsoft page.


Rule out the possibility that your Internet connection is down and the cause of this error. Double check to make certain that your Microsoft Outlook email settings are correct. If in doubt, create another account to rule out the possibility this error is caused by a corrupt Microsoft Outlook email profile.

Remove any suspicious emails from your Microsoft Outlook inbox, that may be causing this error message. You can access your email via web based interface. Double check to make certain that your anti virus software is NOT blocking Microsoft Outlook email access.

If you are using a third party firewall software program, then rule out the possibility that this firewall software is causing this error. Also, you can try to repair Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Outlook Express. This error can be caused by a corrupt .pst file.

You would want to run a repair on this file. Also, this error may be caused by stuck out going email(s) messages(s) in your outbox. Verify if any emails are still in your outbox, and delete any that might be causing this error.

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Sound Card Not Working – Is Your PCs Sound Card Not Working?

Is your computer’s sound card not working in Microsoft Windows operating system? You can attempt going into Microsoft Windows device manager, then right clicking and deleting this audio device. While you are still in device manager, there is a refresh icon, in the towards the top, that will make Microsoft Windows XP scan for hardware changes.

Microsoft Windows operating system will then see your computer audio device again and try to install drivers for it. You might be prompted for your Microsoft Windows installation media. You can use the CD-ROM that came with that computer or an audio device.

Depending how you purchased your computer, you may have received a drivers CD-ROM for your computer. If you purchased this sound card separately, you may have been given a drivers CD-ROM. You would be surprised how many sound cards Microsoft does NOT have drivers for with just the operating system.

You can also have that computer connected to the Internet and if you have Microsoft Windows updates configured, you can select to download those drivers via Microsoft Windows updates. This fix originally was successful on a Toshiba Tecra M2. This fix can be tried on all versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems.

* Microsoft Windows 95
* Microsoft Windows 98
* Microsoft Windows 98 second edition
* Microsoft Windows 2000
* Microsoft Windows millennium edition
* Microsoft Windows XP
* Microsoft Windows Vista
* Microsoft Windows 7
* Microsoft Windows 8
* Microsoft Windows 10

You can try this fix on desktop computers as well as laptop computers. Modern Microsoft operating systems like Microsoft Windows 7 and newer have two ways to remove a device driver. Uninstall or permanently delete the driver.

If you do NOT have your sound card driver disc, then be cautious when choosing to permanently deleting the driver. Your sound card will NOT work without a driver in most cases. You are better off trying to uninstall then reinstall.

Also, you can try to upgrade the sound driver. If there is a new version of your sound card driver, then this maybe be away to fix your sound not working problem. Believe it or NOT, malware, spyware, and viruses can wreak havoc with Microsoft Windows operating system drivers.

You can run malware, spyware, and virus scans on your computer. Also, you can try to boot your computer into “Last known good configuration” from an advanced boot options menu. Perhaps your sound card has become loose or needs to get seated again.

Open up your computer case and remove your sound card. Place your sound card back in the slot you had it installed before. Now boot up your computer and see if your sound card not working problem has disappeared.

Obviously, if you have a laptop computer you will not need to bother with the hardware. If all else fails, I hate to say it but you might need to install the Microsoft Windows operating system again. In severe cases trying to get your sound card not working problem resolved requires installing the operating system again.

Finally, it could be that your computer sound card has stopped working. In that case you can purchase a replacement. That is if it is a desktop computer.

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PCI e Cards – How to Add PCI-E Card to Your Lenovo Thinkcenter PC

Trying to add a PCI-Express card to your Lenovo Thinkcentre computer? The Thinkcentre S51 part numbers 8098, 8171, 8172, and 8173 will beep with code 4 2 3 3 if you try to install any PCI-Express card, besides a PCI-Express x1 card. This type of Lenovo ThinkCentre computer system only supports PCI-Express x1 cards.

Please read the official hardware maintenance manual from Lenovo, for your Lenovo Thinkcentre S51. The bezel is removable but must be replaced with a PCI-Express x1 card only. If you feel your Lenovo Thinkcentre computer is having this problem then make sure to check with Lenovo support to see if this affects your particular model.

You can find PCI-Express x1 cards from many popular online retailers like the ones listed in a google search. You might also want to contact a local retail computer store to see if they have any if you do not want to purchase one online. Just ask them if they have any PCI-Express x1 cards.

Installing a PCI Express card is pretty straight forward. Now that you have verified if your International Business Machines has an empty PCI Express x1 card slot or not, you can begin the installation process.

You will need to remove the computer case cover. This will depend on which IBM ThinkCentre you are installing this add on card. Power off your computer then disconnect any cables attached including the power cable.

There should be two release buttons one each on both sides. Press in on these buttons and it should release the case cover. Now pull up away from the computer to partially remove the case cover.

Now you can access the inside of the computer. Look for the PCI Express card type 1 slot. There may only be one of these slots.

Also, the PCI Express x1 type card is very short in comparison to other PCI Express types. There may or may not be a factory default blank that you have to take out in order to slide in the PCI Express x1 card. Also, there may be a screw holding this blank in place that you would need to remove.

Also, there could be a blank that if you twist it correctly, will break out. Some blanks are designed to become temporary until you physically remove them by twisting them. Once the blank is removed, then you want to slide the PCI Express x1 card tight in this slot.

You want to make sure to tighten the screw if one was supplied, in order to make certain that this add in card will not come lose. Now that you have the PCI Express x1 card installed, you will need to replace the cover by sliding it back down towards the motherboard. It should lock itself in place.

Once this is accomplished then you can plug in all necessary cables including the power cable. Power on the cable and see if your computer will successfully boot the operating system. If your computer starts beeping or will not boot the operating system, make sure that you installed that card tight and flush.

You need to apply some pressure downwards as you insert the PCI Express x 1 card. However, you do NOT need to apply so much pressure that the card breaks.

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iTunes Print – Are You Unable to Print Out of Apple iTunes?

Sometimes for strange reasons, you may be unable to print out of Apple iTunes. All of the sudden you are unable to print your playlists or other iTunes information. This requires a complete removal of Apple iTunes, Apple QuickTime, and other Apple components.

The following instructions give you a tutorial on the complete removal process for Microsoft Windows XP. Once all necessary software is removed then proceed with the installation of all appropriate Apple software so that you may print from within iTunes once again. You must remove Apple iTunes and other pieces of software, in the order stipulated below.

Remove Apple iTunes

iTunes Store purchases or songs imported from CD-ROM(s) are saved in your “My Music” folder by default and are not deleted by removing Apple iTunes. Quit Apple iTunes if that application is open. From the Microsoft Windows “Start” menu select “Control Panel”.

In Control Panel open “Add or Remove Programs”. Choose Apple iTunes from that list of installed programs, then click “Remove”. Select “Yes” when asked to remove that software.

Do NOT restart your computer if you are prompted to. Remove any other Apple iTunes software in “Add or Remove Programs”. Remove any Apple iPod updater applications.

Remove Apple QuickTime

Quit Apple QuickTime player if that application is open. Click the Microsoft Windows “Start” menu then choose “Control Panel”. In Control Panel select “Add or Remove Programs”.

Choose Apple QuickTime from the list of programs, then click on “Uninstall”. Select “Yes” to uninstall Apple QuickTime. Do NOT restart your computer if prompted.

Remove any other Apple QuickTime software applications. Remove Apple Software Update. Quit Apple Software Update if that application is still open.

Click the Microsoft Windows “Start” menu then choose “Control Panel”. In Control Panel select “Add or Remove Programs”. Click on “Apple Software Update” from installed programs then click on “Uninstall”.

Select “Yes” to uninstall Apple Software Update. Do NOT restart your computer if you are prompted to. Remove any other Apple Software Update applications.

Remove Apple Mobile Device Support

Click on the Microsoft Windows “Start” menu and then choose “Control Panel”. In Control Panel select “Add or Remove Programs”. Choose Apple Mobile Device Services from the installed programs then click on “Uninstall”.

Select “Yes” to remove Apple Mobile Device Support. Do NOT restart your computer if prompted to do so. Do NOT manually delete the Mobile Device Support C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple folder.

Remove that folder with “Add or Remove Programs” as described above instead. Remove Apple Application Support With iTunes 9 or newer. Click the Microsoft Windows “Start” menu then choose “Control Panel”.

In Control Panel select “Add or Remove Programs”. Choose Apple Application Support from the installed programs then click on “Uninstall”. Select “Yes” to remove Apple Application Support for iTunes 9 or newer.

Do NOT restart your computer if prompted to do so. Verify that Apple iTunes and any related components are now completely removed. These instructions were written for Microsoft Windows XP operating system, but can certainly be used as a basis point for other Microsoft operating systems.

Looking for iTunes audiobooks? Here is a list of top audiobooks from iTunes. Download iTunes, if you don’t have it installed.

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HP Recovery Disc – Need HP And Compaq System Recovery Discs?

You can order system restore compact discs directly from Hewlett Packard online. Hewlett Packard keeps a supply of recovery disks for a limited time only. You will need either your product number or model number of your Hewlett Packard computer.

You can skip to the section called ordering recovery disks from Hewlett Packard. If your Hewlett Packard computer boots into Microsoft Windows then you can use HP recovery media creator software, to create your own recovery media. This could potentially save you money and time.

UPDATE: 6/16/2018

You can now order recovery universal serial bus flash drives instead of optical discs.

You can also obtain instructions showing you how to create your own recovery disks. Also, Hewlett Packard recommends obtaining recovery disks for computers they no longer provide recovery disks for, from online auction sites and computer suppliers. The following page includes information for Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, and Microsoft Windows 7 operating systems.

HP Recovery Disc are available for order online from Hewlett Packard. If you cannot find disks for your computer, it may be because recovery disks are no longer available. The older your computer gets the less likely that recovery disks will be available.

At the bottom of this page you can contact Hewlett Packard if you are NOT able to find recovery disks and or burn recovery media. Believe it or not, you may be able to find recovery disks on,, and even Make sure that you order or purchase recovery disks manufactured for your computer.

This is where knowing your exact model of computer is important. The computer model number should be printed on a sticker attached to your desktop or laptop computer. Hewlett Packard has pointed out that your model number might be listed on a sticker under the battery on laptop computers manufactured in two thousand ten or later.

If all else fails it might be worth contacting Hewlett Packard directly. You will need to know your HP computer serial number. Also, you want to try to find out the exact model computer that you have.

Browse to the official Hewlett Packard website. Click on the “Support” link at the top of the page. Now you want to click on “Software and Drivers”.

You can either click on “Identify Now” which will attempt to identify your Hewlett Packard computer or type in your HP model under “Enter my HP Model Number”. Select “Find my product”.

Choose your exact HP computer if more than one is listed. Choose driver language and operating system. Choose your operating system from a drop down menu.

From a list of downloads, select “Order Recovery Media CD/DVD/USB” and then click “Order Media” to begin the order process. If you cannot find a “Recovery Media” section for your computer model, then Hewlett Packard does not have a recovery kit available for your computer. Type the computer serial number, and then click “Next”.

Type your 5 digit zip code and then click “Next”. Choose a shipping method from the options available, and then click “Next”. Enter in your shipping address, and then click “Next”.

This information should match the address on your credit card. You will need to enter in your credit card number and credit card verification number, then click on “Submit”. If Hewlett Packard does NOT have any recovery media then you might be able to find some on and or

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