Computer Repair Technician Tips – How to Stop All the Annoying Things Your Computer DoesOn January 26, 2017 by abah guru
While computers have enhanced our lives in a variety of ways, there are often hassles and annoyances that every PC user has to deal with. This guide will talk about some of these annoyances and how to avoid them, so you do not end up taking a baseball bat to your computer, bashing it beyond repair.
Microsoft Office's EULA. Many users of Microsoft Office are plagued by the annoying problem of a pop-up that requests the user to accept the End User License Agreement (EULA) every time a program is run. However, this does not seem like something you should only have to accept once? It is, and here's how to stop it:
Run Windows Explorer and go to the folder containing the Office programs (not the shortcuts). It might look something like this – C: Program Files, Microsoft Office, Office12. Choose the icon for this program and then right-click. Choose "Run as administrator." When the program loads, the EULA will pop up. Just accept it, and this is the last time you will have to do so. This can be done for all Microsoft Office programs.
Watching TV Recordings on Windows Media Center. In the Windows 7 version of Windows Media Center, recorded TV shows are in WTV format, instead of DVR-MS, which are not compatible with Windows XP and Vista. However, Windows 7 has a WTV-to-DVR-MS converter. Here's how to use it:
Open your public recorder TV folder, the right-click on the video you want to convert. Choose " Convert to DVR-MS format," and wait for it to convert, which can take up to 30 minutes. Now you can share this file with your Vista-using friends, and it will work.
Unlike and Hide on Facebook. It's easy for Facebook news feed to get clogged with all sorts of information and status updates users did not really want. For instance, does it really matter when a friend levels up in Mafia Wars or receive updates from every fan page you "Like"?
Luckily, there is a way to hide the status updates you do not care to see. On every status update, there is a "Hide" button, but it does not appear until you move your mouse over it. This is located on the right-hand side. Click on it, then confirm. Also, if eliminating the status updates from your news feed is not enough, and you find that you no longer wish to Like a page, you can find the Unlike button on the left-hand side of that fan page, towards the bottom. It might be hard to see, as it is not exactly a button, but a link in small, blue text.
Stop iTunes From Launching Automatically. When on Apple's App Store, clicking on an app link will automatically launch iTunes, which can be very annoying if you just wanted to read about an app, and not actually use iTunes. The instructions on how to stop it are different depending on what internet browser you use.
Firefox – open a blank tab, type "about: config" in the address bar, and hit Enter. Accept the warning that appears. In "Preferences," right-click and choose "New, Boolean," and type the following into the field – "network.protocol-handler.warn-external.itms." Click "OK," and then choose "true." When you restart Firefox, no more iTunes launching.
Safari – This one is a bit more complicated, since any fix you do yourself (without the help of software) can be reset. You may want to install GlimmerBlocker, which is an ad-blocker software, or you can install RCDefaultApp and disable the "itms" URL type. These are both effective methods.
While these are only a fraction of annoyances you may have to deal with on your computer, doing these easy fixes will save you some headache and frustration, and best of all, they are things you can do yourself. If PC users want additional information, it is recommended to consult a local computer repair technician.