Category Archives: computer tips

Deleting system/protected/recovery partitions from SSD [SOLVED]

The various system vendors (Dell, Lenovo, HP, etc.) generally use a large number of partitions on their SSDs and HDD. Here is an example from a recent Windows 10 laptop with a 256GB m.2 SSD boot drive: Partition 1 Recovery Partition 2 System Partition 3 OEM Partition 4 Reserved Partition 5 Primary Partition 6 Recovery Wow, that is a ton of partitions! Normally that many partitions is not a big deal, but if you want to quickly re-purpose an old

ScanSnap internal error occurred 0x1001 (s300, ix500, etc.) [SOLVED]

Are you getting a ScanSnap internal error occurred 0x1001 error message? After months of trouble free usage when saving to folder, I had that error pop-up 🙁 Thankfully, I did the following steps and everything is back to normal: How to fix the error #1 Try to save to Google Drive or one of the other options and verify that you can complete the save (I was able to save to Google Drive) and this means the scanner is working properly #2

Q. Quicken register two lines [HOWTO] [SOLVED]

Q. I know you use Quicken from some of your other “tip” posts, can you help me with something? Specifically, I added a new checking account to Quicken Deluxe 2015 and the register seems to be stuck at one line height for the new account 🙁 How do I get it back to the old two lines?! Thx! -Tony M. A. Hi Tony, I think I can help! There are a couple ways to do it: Click the “gear” icon

Adobe Creative Cloud uninstalled with errors

Recently I uninstalled Adobe Creative Cloud and the process was rather interesting: First I had to uninstall any individual applications (like Adobe Photoshop, otherwise CC would not uninstall), next I had to uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud (and it said it encountered errors), lastly I had to reboot and uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud again (and this time it was successful). Normally a reboot isn’t a big deal, but in this instance I had a multi-TB file transfer that still had about 5 hours

MS Windows 10 Pro Upgrade refund [SOLVED]

Recently I purchased an Acer Aspire R14 from Best Buy. It shipped with Windows 10 Home and I purchased the Windows 10 Pro upgrade via the Microsoft/Windows Store for $99. Unfortunately, the laptop failed and I had to return it. That meant that I was out the $99 I spent for the Win 10 Pro upgrade 🙁 Thankfully, MS’s tech chat support was able to resolve the issue. The complete transcript, with details redacted, is posted below. Here are three

Cloning HDD OS to new SSD

Upgrading from a HDD to a SSD (or from slow SSD to fast SSD) is one of the most effective options for increasing PC/laptop/Mac performance. However, one of the most common questions I hear is how to preserve the existing OS and data from the old drive, or how to make sure a new OS install goes well. Here are some options: Windows cloning/restore options: Clone from the existing drive to the new drive I really like True Image 2016, but