Enable virtualization on Gigabyte Z77X-UDH3 motherboard BIOS

To enable virtualization on a machine with a Z77X-UDH3 motherboard run the BIOS by hitting Del while booting the computer. Once inside click on the BIOS Features tab and look for the Intel Virtualization Technology entry. If it's set on Disabled, set it on Enabled. Afterwards save the changes made to your settings and quit the ... Read more

Virtualbox: VT-X is not available

In some cases when you try to get a virtual machine running with Virtualbox or similar virtualization software you will get an error stating that 'VT-X is not available'. This relates to BIOS settings which, depending on your processor, determine whether your computer is able to virtualize stuff. These settings are not set automatically however, ... Read more

Use the SkyDrive desktop app to access your SkyDrive from Win 7, 8 and Mac OS X

While SkyDrive needed complex folder mapping to be accessed from your computer's file system in the past it is now possible to download a desktop app from the Microsoft website: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/skydrive/download Scroll down and click the Download the desktop app button to start downlowding. Install it afterwards by double-clicking the executable: After the installation your SkyDrive ... Read more

Reveal hidden files and folders in Windows

Windows hides certain files and folders by default to prevent the unexperienced users from messing with them.  In some situations however it is necessary to view them, e.g. to backup some data from the hidden App Data folder. So to make hidden files visible, open the Control Center and head to Appearance and Personalization > Folder Options. Open ... Read more

Resolve Java issues in Opera

From time to time you may experience problems with the execution of the Java plugin in the Opera browser. This happens because its path is not correctly configured in the options. To resolve the issue, open an Opera browser window and enter opera:config#UserPrefs|PluginPath into the URL bar. There should already be one path in the Plugin ... Read more

A device that should be recognized is not on Windows

Even Windows' wonderful plug-and-play feature lets us down sometimes. It might happen that a device you connected to your machine, be it by port or wireless, is not recognized by Windows and thus cannot be installed. A common reason for that to happen with wireless devices is that Windows already tried to install the device ... Read more