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How to Fix “USB Device Not Recognized” Error

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

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Are you trying to connect your USB device to your computer only to get an error saying “USB Device Not Recognized”? That’s one of the most frustrating USB-related errors you could possibly get. Luckily, it shouldn’t be too difficult to fix it. Just follow the steps from this article.

Why Does the “USB Device Not Recognized” Error Happen?

As with all Windows errors, there could be several reasons for its appearance. Most of the time the error occurs because of a faulty USB device (yes, that happens) or due to a missing or corrupted driver.

Fixing the error when the USB device is broken is pretty much impossible so we’ll concentrate on dealing with the driver problem. (more…)

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How to Save Images from Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

save images from ms office filesHave you ever tried to figure out how to save an image from a Word document someone sent to you? It’s easier than you think even if it doesn’t look that at first. All you need to do is right-click on the picture and select “Save as picture…”, then save the image whenever you want to. But what if you have a document with lots of images that you want to extract in bulk? This simple trick will help.

To extract images from a Microsoft Office document (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx), you need to have Windows built-in extractor for .zip files or any other app that extracts .zip. The do the following:

  1. Open Windows Explorer (or File Explorer on newer Windows version) and find the file you want to extract the images from
  2. Select the file and press F2 to change the file extension to .zip, then press Enter. You will get a warning from Windows where you should click on “Yes” to proceed
  3. Now your MS Office file is an ordinary .zip file. Right-click on it and select “Extract All” to extract the content
  4. Choose the destination folder for the extracted content, otherwise a new folder with the same name as the file name will be created in the folder where the original file is located.
  5. To view the extracted files, go to the destination folder and open the subfolder called either “word” for Word documents, “xl” for spreadsheets and “ppt” for PowerPoint documents
  6. Double-click on the “media” folder and you’ll find all the images from the file there

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How to Fix Corrupt Windows System Files

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

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Has your computer been behaving abnormally recently? If you feel that your PC has become buggy and has too many errors, you may have too many corrupt or missing Windows system files. Luckily, it’s often possible to fix these errors with the help of a command line utility called Windows Resource Protection. This utility will scan your PC for corrupted and missing system files and will try to fix the errors in your system files.

How to Run the Windows Resource Protection Tool

To use the Windows Resource Protection utility, follow these steps:

  1. Log in as the administrator
  2. Click on Start, go to Administrative Tools and select Command Prompt (Admin)
  3. Use the following commands:

    sfc /scannow to scan your system and attempt to repair corrupted files
    sfc /verifyonly to simply scan for errors without running any repairs

Hopefully, this will fix corrupt Windows system files and make your computer more stable. If it doesn’t, try running our recommended Windows repair tool to scan for system errors and repair them in one click.

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What Is Thumbs.db and How to Fix Thumbs.db Errors

Friday, January 29th, 2016


Most people have no idea about all the hidden files Windows creates. While a lot of them are needed by your system, quite a few are junk files that you can delete to make your computer faster. Thumbs.db are such files.

What Are Thumbs.db Files?

Thumbs.db files are thumbnail database files (you can tell that by their name) and Windows uses them to save any thumbnail images that appear in a Windows Explorer, so that it can cache the images and speed things up and load the thumbnail images instead of generating them every time you open a folder. (more…)

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How to Prevent Windows 7 and 8 from Downloading Windows 10 Files Automatically

Monday, September 28th, 2015

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Microsoft is notorious for thinking than they know better than you, the Windows user. In a lot of cases what they do is actually helpful, but way too often their actions resulted in privacy concerns and bad user experience. Now, when Windows 10 is out, Microsoft thinks that everybody would want to upgrade straight away. That’s why they are pushing the whole 3GB Windows 10 installer via automatic updates. Downloading this¬†huge file if you’re not on an unlimited connection will cost you a lot of money. So, if you don’t want your Windows 7 or Windows 8 to download Windows 10 automatically, follow the steps in this post. (more…)

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