Windows 7

Why do I have to pay for Parallels again after updating to Windows 10?

Episode 1499

Terry from Amarillo, TX
Parallels for Mac

Terry has a MacBook Air, running Parallels so he can dual boot into Windows. After he upgraded to Windows 10, however, he had to upgrade Parallels and it trashed the drive. So he rebooted and reinstalled everything, and now Parallels wants him to pay for it again. Leo says that somewhere on the drive was a hidden file, perhaps in the application support folder, that has his registration data. So if he formatted the hard drive, Terry lost that data. Leo also says he'll have to reinstall Windows 7 again after installing Parallels.

Why does my computer slow down so much?

Episode 1488

John from Las Vegas, NV
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John built a Windows 10 machine, upgrading from Windows 7. But now it's slowing down while playing videos and he has to do a hard reboot to restart it. Leo says there's a setting in the video driver that is for "hardware acceleration." If it's on, he should turn it off. If it's off, he should turn it on. That may fix it. He can right click on the desktop, then click through the following: personalize, display, change display settings, advanced settings, graphics property box, troubleshooting, change settings, display adapter troubleshooter for hardware acceleration.

Why can't I play DVDs on my Windows 7 computer?

Episode 1470

David from Los Angeles, CA
DVDs

David has high end 17" Windows 7 laptop, but he's having issues with his optical drive after being reinstalled. Leo says there's a bunch of things it could be, like a damaged player or a broken cable. Since it happened after a reinstall, it may have missed the DVD player driver. David should check his device manager to see if Windows sees it. If it's not in there, then he'll need to install the drivers in order to use that player.

Why can't I sync my iPad to my computer?

Episode 1468

Dave from Lake Tahoe, CA
Apple iPad

Dave's Windows 10 upgrade failed and he had to revert back to Windows 7. It's ten years old and he can't sync his data from his tablet. Leo says it may not be modern enough to recognize the iPad. He'll need iTunes and it probably wants a more recent OS to run that. Windows 7 should be modern enough, though. Dave should back up his data, wipe the drive and reinstall Windows. Then update it, and try again. When he gets iTunes installed again, it should be able to sync. The benefit of reinstalling Windows is that it'll run faster.

Why won't Windows 7 activate?

Episode 1465

Mike from Kentucky
Microsoft Windows 7

Mike reinstalled Windows 7, but it won't authenticate. He contacted Microsoft and they want him to buy Windows 10. Leo says that can happen when modifying a computer significantly to the point that Windows doesn't recognize it as the same computer. But Microsoft still supports Windows 7, and they can reassign his serial number to the new configuration, so that's odd. It may be that using reinstall disks that didn't come with his computer could be causing it.

Why can't I recover Windows?

Episode 1464

Melita from California
Windows 10

Melita tried installing the Spectre Meltdown patches and now she's having issues with Windows. Leo says that the problem may be due to the antivirus companies not updating so that she can install it. Microsoft has to update Windows Defender with a patch to her registry that says it's ready. She tried doing a system recovery to reinstall Windows and now she can't do anything. Leo suspects that Melita may be having issues with her hard drive. Or her optical CD install discs have gone bad. It could also be a larger motherboard failure, like a dead motherboard battery.

Why does my computer freeze up?

Episode 1463

Jim from Laytonsville, MD
PC

Jim has a Windows 7 computer and about two months ago it started messing up his mouse, which freezes up anywhere from a few seconds up to 5 minutes. It usually happens after checking his email and then going online for a while. Then he exits out and the mouse freezes and he has to reboot. Leo says that there's probably something running in the background that's slowing down his computer and causing processes to back up. Leo suggests trying another browser, like Google Chrome.

Is a used Windows 7 laptop a good deal?

Episode 1462

Lionel from Los Angeles, CA
Windows 10

Lionel is looking for a used laptop, but all the ones he finds are using Windows 10. He wants to go back to Windows 7. Leo says that buying someone's used laptop is buying someone's problems. There's a reason someone is selling it. Leo recommends a refurbished computer from the original manufacturer like a Dell refurbished laptop. If he does that, there's a good chance he'll get a Windows 7 machine.

Will he find one with a CD drive? Leo says that will be a challenge. HP also sells end of lease laptops will a full warranty. That's a good way to save money too.