Software

Apps, Operating Systems (Windows, MacOS, Linux), or pro level software.

How can I securely wipe a computer hard drive?

Hard drive

Episode 1490

Julie from Valencia, CA

Julie recently lost her job after 25 years, and now she has to return the laptop she used. She needs to wipe it first, though. Leo says that laptop is company property and everything on it belongs to them, even if she has personal things saved on it. There is no way they can prevent her from doing it, but Leo advises talking to an attorney before she does.

What happened to my Edge browser?

Microsoft Edge

Episode 1489

Jim from Alturas, CA

The Edge browser on Jim's Windows 10 computer has disappeared! What can he do? Leo says to hit the Windows key and type E-D-G-E. If it pops up, it's still on his computer and he probably accidentally deleted the shortcut. He can just right click on it and select "PIN to task bar" or "PIN to startup". Then he'll have it back. If it's really gone, he can always reinstall it from the Microsoft app store.

Can I run my phone apps on my computer?

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Episode 1489

Linda from Quincy, IL

Linda wants to know if she can run her Android apps on her Windows machine. Leo says that there is an emulator called BlueStacks which is supposed to give Windows users that functionality. But Leo's experience is that it isn't all that consistent. And Leo says this is something that people are starting to want, and why developers are being encouraged to create Progressive Web Apps that run in the cloud.

How can I repair my car operating system?

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Episode 1488

Paul from California

Paul is getting a Windows CE error in his car. Leo says that Windows used to have a car edition and it sounds like the firmware has become corrupted. Hyundai wants $3,000 to fix the radio. Leo recommends going to another dealer. The trend is to just replace things, rather than try and fix them. Paul should check out iFixIt.com. They may have a fix or a solution, and they are big supporters of the right-to-repair movement.

Why can't I update my Linux computer?

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Episode 1487

Tom from Hawaii

Tom uses Ubuntu, and lately, he's ran into issues updating his HP computer. Leo says that Linux only works on a computer that has drivers that are written for it. When people update, they may run into issues where their drivers have been "broken." It's often a video driver issue. Starting over and trying again will cause Linux to choose the right driver and continue. But if not, then it's a driver or hardware compatibility issue.

Why is my computer so slow?

RAM

Episode 1486

Kevin from Malibu

Kevin says his computer is running really slow using SuperFetch. Super Fetch is a memory manager that's supposed to improve performance, but in this case, it seems to not be doing the job. Leo suggests disabling it. It'll be in his services menu. If that works, then he'll know SuperFetch is the problem. More likely, because Kevin only has 4GB of RAM, running SuperFetch is slowing it down because it pre-caches.

Why can't I open my files?

Adobe Illustrator CS5

Episode 1485

Calvin from Carolina

Calvin uses Adobe Illustrator CS5, and his files won't open anymore. Leo says it sounds like the files have been corrupt or damaged. It may also be that CS5 can't read older CS2 formats without converting them. Backups don't work either. Leo says it sounds like the files got corrupted, and then synced to the backups, overwriting the healthy files.

Adobe has a tech note "Troubleshooting Damaged Illustrator Files". It's possible that reinstalling the software will help.