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  • How-Tos: How to fix speech recognition in Windows 7

    Speech recognition will no longer load on my Windows 7 PC. Unless I first switch off User Account Control, I get the error message: ‘C:\Windows\Speech\Common\sapisvr.exe. A referral was returned from the server’. According to my online research this is a common problem, but I can’t find a solution. System Restore and a full restore from my backup temporarily fix the problem until the next reboot. Any ideas please?

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    My Windows 7 Home Premium laptop runs a 2.2GHz Intel Celeron processor and 2GB of RAM. It works well in general, but Windows has recently started reporting that the hard drive has no free space when I try to install programs.

  • How-Tos: How to customise a tablet's home page

    One of the great things about tablets is that they can be personalised to your own tastes and needs.

  • How-Tos: How to remove troublesome Internet Explorer add-ons

    QUESTION My Windows XP PC is experiencing problems with Internet Explorer 8.0 add-ons. Microsoft’s Mats Run program shows that the browser is running 36 add-ons. I don’t recognise most of these items and would like to remove them, but they aren’t listed in Manage add-ons. Can you help?

  • How-Tos: How to stop Windows Mail asking you to compress the database

    A message appears on startup and on closing down Windows Mail that reports: ‘Windows Mail can compress the message store. This may take up to a few minutes’. It’s becoming annoying. Could you help me get rid of it please?

  • How-Tos: How to stop Microsoft Office constantly reinstalling

    Microsoft Office Home & Student keeps trying to reinstall itself on my partner’s Vista laptop. If she cancels the installation, nothing works correctly and she has to wait until it configures and installs itself again before being able to use it. How can we fix this?

  • How-Tos: How to fix a slow booting PC

    When I turn on my PC it runs through the startup sequence until it reaches the Windows login screen. I enter my details and it then takes around half an hour for the desktop to load. The system is reasonably powerful, with an AMD Phenom II x4 965 processor and ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics.

  • How-Tos: How to change the date and time on your PC

    There are plenty of reasons you might want to change the time on your PC.

  • How-Tos: How to download and install apps on an Android device

    An Android tablet (or phone for that matter)is a wonderful thing. As soon as you get it out of its box you can do all manner of things with it from send email to browse the web, manage your diary to text your friends, take photos to play games.

  • How-Tos: How to download and install an app on an iPhone or iPad

    If you've got your hands on an iPhone, an iPad or an iPod Touch, then one of the first features you'll want to make use of is to download apps from the iTunes app store.

  • How-Tos: How to share your music and photos using Twonky

    Support for Twonky servers has been included in media-sharing drives for many years. However, until recently, only Windows devices could take advantage of its likeable features. Twonky for Google Android was launched in late 2010, while support for Apple’s iOS (iPhones and iPads) was announced in February. Here, we show you how to get started with Twonky on your smartphone.

  • How-Tos: How to set up parental controls in Windows Media Center

    Age ratings on films and games exist to prevent children viewing unsuitable content, but they don't prevent a child from watching the content on the family PC. Here, we guide you through how to set up parental controls in Windows Media Player.

  • How-Tos: How to use Windows Live Family Safety

    We demonstrate parental controls with Windows Live Family Safety, free software that helps keep your children safe from the dangers of the web.

  • How-Tos: How to set up a project plan using AceProject

    A great idea is only the start of a new business venture. We look at how to keep a project on track at all stages of its development using a free online planner.

  • How-Tos: How to stop Adobe Reader changing your Taskbar and Start menu logos

    Each time I download Adobe Reader to my Windows 7 computer, all the icons in my Taskbar and Start menu adopt the Adobe icon. The only way I can get the correct icons back is to uninstall Adobe Reader. Please point out where I’m going wrong, as I’d like to continue using the software.

  • How-Tos: How to install Adobe Contribute

    Can you help me get rid of the ‘Open’ box that has appeared in the centre of my monitor’s screen? It appeared immediately after I had tried to open Adobe Contribute 4.0.

  • How-Tos: How to avoid gaps when printing Avery labels

    I want to use the Avery label templates that came with my copy of Serif PagePlus to save time writing the address on envelopes. However, the program doesn’t skip ‘empty fields’, creating unsightly gaps in address labels.

  • How-Tos: How to remove files and folders from Program Files

    To free up some space on the main drive of my Windows XP SP3 PC, I copied the Program Files folder to the D drive, deleted 2.5GB of files from the C drive, and then copied the Programs File folder back to its original location. Everything works okay, but when I try to get online I get the message: ‘Windows Installer...Preparing to install’. This then changes to: ‘Windows Installer...Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003... Gathering required information’. Eventually, I’m told ‘Installation file SKU017.CAB could not be found. If FrontPage 2003 was installed from a CD please insert CD and continue’.

  • How-Tos: How to avoid POP3, IMAP email clashes

    When I boot up the XP PC, it downloads every email I’ve received since the last switch-on – even if I’ve already read and replied to them on the other machine. How do I arrange things so that Windows Live Mail becomes my primary email account, and messages aren’t stored up to be downloaded by Outlook Express?

  • How-Tos: How to view HTML emails in Windows Live Mail

    I’m running Live Mail 2011 on my Windows 7 computer. I receive email in plain text format by default, and open HTML messages only from senders I trust. In Live Mail I must click a large ‘E’ symbol to access the HTML version, but with some messages this appears only when I click the Reply button. How can I get around this?


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