About Miguel Leiva-Gomez

Miguel is an eccentric techie who loves to open up any subject to do with computers in the appropriate conversation. With more than a decade of experience, Miguel still doesn't grow tired of computers and their components. Think of a subject, and he'll have the know-how on it, even when you're talking about whether to declare a "char" pointer or "string" in C++. He now runs his own blog called The Tech Guy where he just blurts about computers in his own free time.

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New Shortcut Keys Found in Windows 8 Consumer Preview

New Shortcut Keys Found in Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Being the monkey that I am, I toyed around with Windows 8 Consumer Preview again and just started pressing a bunch of random key combinations that previously did nothing much in Windows 7 and other versions of the operating system. To my surprise, there are actually certain new shortcut key combinations you can use to […]

Review of Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Review of Windows 8 Consumer Preview

You’ve already gotten a nice sneak-peek at Windows 8’s features from us, but nothing gives you the scoop on Windows 8 better than a review of its consumer preview! I have good news for you: We got our hands on Windows 8’s Consumer Preview and we’ll walk you through everything from the installation to the […]

Ask a Windows Expert – Week 4

Ask a Windows Expert – Week 4

Hello everyone! This week, we’ve been in short supply of questions, but they were good nonetheless. In “Ask a Windows Expert,” you get the opportunity to have a question of yours analyzed by a resident Windows expert and answered here every Wednesday. Today, we’re going to make an attempt to answer a couple of complex […]

Windows 8 to Remove Zune Support

Windows 8 to Remove Zune Support

There’s been a lot of hype regarding Microsoft’s new Metro interface in Windows 8, but many people might be disappointed as the applications they know and love in previous versions of Windows might just go *poof* in Windows 8. While most Windows software that worked in previous versions will work in Windows 8, Microsoft has […]

Using Kirjaudu to Change Windows 7’s Logon Screen

Using Kirjaudu to Change Windows 7’s Logon Screen

There’s a ton of talk out there about changing your logon screen manually, but many people – particularly those who are more tech-illiterate – would like a program that can magically do this with the click of a mouse. If you’re one of the latter group of people, someone from Finland appears to have been […]

Ask a Windows Expert – Week 3

Ask a Windows Expert – Week 3

It’s that time again! We’re going to pick questions from our inbox and get a resident expert to look at them and give you the most comprehensive answer to your question. Today, even if computers have become easier to use, there’s still a lot of people confused about certain aspects of their home systems. There are […]

How Windows 8 Phone Compares to Android OS

How Windows 8 Phone Compares to Android OS

Windows Phone users have been anticipating the release of Windows 8 for their mobile systems, but don’t really know what to expect. Is Windows 8 going to be the same old Windows Phone operating system we’ve seen since its inception? Or, are we going to see something completely different, as far as carrier and desktop […]

4 Things We Expect From Microsoft in 2012

4 Things We Expect From Microsoft in 2012

Many people could say that Microsoft had a bit of a difficult year in 2011, but its profits were particularly high regardless, especially with its sales figures for entertainment devices like the XBox. The entertainment side of the business grew by a whopping 45 percent in the last year, but other departments in the company […]

Ask a Windows Expert – Week 2

Ask a Windows Expert – Week 2

It’s that time again – the time to answer the questions you’ve submitted for Windows. We receive questions all the time via email and answer them in the most comprehensible way possible, with the help of a resident expert at MTE. If you would like to submit your own question, send an email to windows-help […]

Windows 8 Might Remove The Start Button

Windows 8 Might Remove The Start Button

It probably might not be far from reality to imagine the day that you’d have to say goodbye to the Start button that’s been with us since Windows 95. In fact, you might want to meditate a bit on whether you really want to use Microsoft’s Windows 8, because the company has decided to remove […]

Microsoft Includes Ribbons in Windows 8’s Explorer App

Microsoft Includes Ribbons in Windows 8’s Explorer App

If you’ve been hoping for a large overhaul of the Windows GUI by the time Microsoft releases Windows 8, you might have been disappointed by the fact that the company has decided to keep things similar rather than delve into any major changes. However, Microsoft does plan to incorporate the same ribbons you’ve been seeing […]

Ask a Windows Expert – Week 1

Ask a Windows Expert – Week 1

It’s time to answer all those questions that have been popping up on MTE’s inbox. Today, there are a lot of questions and, unfortunately, we don’t have the time to answer them all. All the Windows questions were excellent, and we’ve done our best to answer them in the most concise manner possible. Let’s go […]

Five Top-Secret Windows 7 Features

Five Top-Secret Windows 7 Features

With Microsoft’s new interface adjustments in the Windows franchise, the company put a lot of features into Windows 7 that it might have forgotten to mention. After having a really close look at the infrastructure of the operating system, I’ve noticed a couple of things that might startle you a bit about the operating system, […]

How to Recover Your Windows Product Key

How to Recover Your Windows Product Key

Losing your product key is something that happens to the best of us, especially when you’re as accident-prone as I am and misplace the box your Windows CD came in. Many people think about calling Microsoft tech support to resolve this issue, only to realize that they’re hitting a brick wall and wasting time. Instead […]

Adding Spell Check to Windows Applications Using TinySpell

Adding Spell Check to Windows Applications Using TinySpell

It turns out that a large amount of people don’t even know how to spell the word “philosophy“. Perhaps you recognize you’re one of those people and think you could use a spell checker in every Windows application you use. Even if you are a strong speller, you can’t discount the fact that you might […]

What Happens to Windows 7 After Changing Your Motherboard

What Happens to Windows 7 After Changing Your Motherboard

I’ve been hearing the same question again and again lately from people who are going to replace their motherboards: What’s going to happen to my Windows 7 installation? And why not worry? Microsoft certainly didn’t do a good job of preventing Windows XP from getting screwed up when you replaced the motherboard of a system […]

Things About Windows 7’s Calculator You Probably Didn’t Know

Things About Windows 7’s Calculator You Probably Didn’t Know

I love Windows 7’s calculator. In fact, there’s even a calculator button on my keyboard for quick access. Still, it wasn’t until today that I just discovered that there are more functions in this nifty little program than were present in previous versions of Windows. If you explore the program a little, you’ll easily discover […]

Windows 8 Might Block Linux From Loading

Windows 8 Might Block Linux From Loading

Back in October 2011, the Free Software Foundation speculated on the possibility that Microsoft might be trying to block out other operating systems from loading within a computer, using a new concept known as the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). Microsoft showed it off a couple of months back, booting up Windows 8 in eight […]

10 Juicy Applications For Windows 7

10 Juicy Applications For Windows 7

2011 is gone, and this means it’s time to turn that old bucket of bolts near your desk into a new, pleasant computer. But how do you do this without installing new hardware and spending a ton of money? That’s easy! Install some new, juicy applications that give your computer a change of pace. I […]