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Where are Windows 8’s photo editing tools?

Q: Windows 8 doesn’t seem to offer a way to edit images, as you could in Windows 7. In particular, I’d like to edit my photos for their exposure, color balance and fix otherwise wonky pictures. Do I have to buy another program, or am I missing something? A: Neither Windows 7 nor Windows 8 […]

Finding Freecell in Windows 8

Q: I’m an old dog trying to learn a lot of new tricks in order to use Windows 8. I’m having a terrible time trying to find games like Freecell, Hearts, Spades, and Pinball to play in order to relax as I break away from the awkwardness of learning this new way of doing things. […]

Uninstalling Windows Live Messenger

Q: I have had my computer for 14 months. All of a sudden when it boots up there is a prompt for me to sign into Windows Live Messenger. I can’t get it to stop. I do not nor have I ever used Windows Live Messenger. How do I get rid of it? A: Like […]

When your own name is misspelled in Windows Live Mail

Q: I am about to tear my hair out! I’ve nagged the techs who set up this computer until they duck and run. My email name is spelled wrong, and I can’t get it changed on my outgoing emails. HELP! A: When you’ve accidentally misspelled your own name in your e-mail program, how do you […]

Internet Explorer won’t let me send pages or links by e-mail!

Q: On Internet Explorer 8’s Page menu, the “Send Page by E-mail” and “Send Link by E-mail” options are both “grayed out,” and I can’t choose them. I normally log onto a Web site to send and receive my e-mail. A: Windows 7 lacks an e-mail program, which causes more than a few problems. Microsoft […]