Windows

Can I reinstall Windows Vista on an old computer?

Windows 7

Episode 1418

Bruce from Carlsbad, CA

Bruce got an old computer and he is planning to do a reinstall of Windows Vista. He's wondering if he can wipe out all the partitions, but he's worried that he won't be able to restore it if he needs to. Leo says that Windows will save restore points, but Vista didn't have a restore partition with the Windows installer on it. So he'll have to keep the disc for restoring it if the need arises. Bruce should just understand that Vista doesn't have many updates anymore, so he should be careful using it online. If he can, he should try and get a copy of Windows 7.

Why won't my Lenovo Yoga connect to WiFi?

Lenovo Yoga 2

Episode 1411

Carrie from Hermosa Beach, CA

Carrie has a Lenovo Yoga 2 convertible and it won't connect to the internet. It's asking for an adapter. Leo says that the Yoga is wireless, so it shouldn't need an adapter. Leo advises going into the Device Manager by pressing Windows Key and typing "device," then pressing Return. This will show her a list of all her hardware. That will show her if there's a problem with the networking device. She can delete it and then restart the machine. Windows will then reinstall the device driver. There's also a WiFi on/off switch.

Can I fix my laptop's keyboard?

Laptop Keyboard

Episode 1411

Carrie from Hermosa Beach, CA

Carrie turned on her laptop and a few of her keys don't work anymore, so she can't log in. Leo says that may indicate that her keyboard is dead or that those keys have broken. The good news is that she can plug in a USB keyboard and use it that way. She could also pry up the key caps on her laptop keyboard and see if there's some dirt or lint in them. That can easily cause a lack of connection between the keys above and below. Canned air will get rid of all that.

Take Screenshots in Windows and Mac

Taking screenshots used to be something that would require a third party program. This was especially true if you wanted more sophisticated capabilities, like the ability to annotate screenshots. While there are still third party programs for doing this, many of these features have been integrated right into the Windows and Mac operating system. Here's how to make use of the screenshot features in Windows and Mac.

Why does my computer keep resetting?

Episode 1401

Carol from Dana Point, CA

Carol's computer monitor died, and she bought a new one. Now she has a screen that says "Welcome to your new computer" and her settings have vanished. After running a restore point, she got it back to normal, and the same thing happened the next day. Leo says that the her Windows profile may have gotten corrupted, which can happen. Carol can find instructions on how to fix a corrupted profile at support.microsoft.com. The best way to fix it is to reinstall Windows, though.

How do I make room on my hard drive?

WinDirStat

Episode 1401

David from Vacaville, CA

David's hard drive is filled and he used WinDirStat to see what's filling it up. He sees that there's 25GB of "installer" files. Can he get rid of those? Leo says he suspects that those files are hot fixes for Windows and he can't really delete them because it could make his system vulnerable. Leo suggests running Windows' Disk Cleanup Utility. It's not too aggressive and will clean out temp files, download files, etc. Just press the Windows key and type "Disk." Another thing to look for is previous Windows installations.

How can I sync Windows Calendar with my iPad?

Apple iPad

Episode 1398

Art from Yucca Valley, CA

Art can't get his calendar and contacts to sync from his Windows 7 machine to his iPad. Leo says that Microsoft wants him to use his Microsoft account and link it to all of his other accounts. It's not automatic, so he'll have to manually do it.

Leo says that the easiest way is to sync his address and calendar with Google, and then add the account into his iPad afterwards. That way it's all synced in the cloud and he can access it anywhere.