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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Articles by Miguel Leiva-Gomez

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 […]

Why a 64-Bit Version of Windows 7 Might Be a Better Choice

Why a 64-Bit Version of Windows 7 Might Be a Better Choice

For those of you that installed a 32-bit version of Windows, you have my condolences. Otherwise, you really made the right choice based on a number of reasons. I think it’s important in this day and age to run any operating system on the highest possible bit width offered, but there’s a few reasons particular […]

How to Change Your Windows 7 Start Button

How to Change Your Windows 7 Start Button

Today, I’m going to show you how to do something that you might not thought possible on Windows 7. You’re going to learn, right now, how to get rid of your boring Start menu button and implement another one. While I usually don’t like to direct users to third-party software, you are going to need […]

How to Check and Fix Your Problematic Hard Drive [Windows 7]

How to Check and Fix Your Problematic Hard Drive [Windows 7]

There are many things that your computer depends on to function normally. For the computer to function at all, you need the big five: power supply, motherboard, RAM, hard drive, and CPU. Of the five, the hard drive contains the most important stuff required for you to use the computer – the operating system. When […]

4 Things Computer-illiterate Users Should Know When Running Windows

4 Things Computer-illiterate Users Should Know When Running Windows

Microsoft Windows is a very easy operating system to use, and the latest versions certainly have taken security seriously. However there are still many people who don’t know enough about their computers to use them properly. Words like “CPU,” “hard drive,” and “RAM” are commonplace for tech-savvy people, but the average person isn’t as familiar […]

Myths About Windows 7

Myths About Windows 7

Even before Microsoft released its flagship version of Windows, there was a lot of talk about Windows 7’s shortcomings. Some people don’t know whether their decision to upgrade from Vista was well-made, but even more people who currently own Vista refuse to upgrade to Windows 7 because of all the myths going around about it. […]

Windows 8: Policing Your Apps Under One Banner

Windows 8: Policing Your Apps Under One Banner

I don’t know if you’ve heard about Microsoft’s plan on a kill switch, but this is the news: Microsoft will be able to kill apps bought from the Windows 8 app store. Even if you did, you should listen up about the new kill switch Microsoft is offering for Windows 8 and a couple of […]

Windows 8 Now “Charms” Your User Experience

Windows 8 Now “Charms” Your User Experience

Since many of you haven’t tried Windows 8 yet, you’re probably wondering eagerly what you should expect. The new Windows user interface will include something known as “charms,” which appear when you hover the mouse over the “Start” menu. Once you get used to them, they might come in handy when you’re trying to get […]

Windows 8 Promises USB 3.0 Support

Windows 8 Promises USB 3.0 Support

While your computer might run fine with a Windows 7 installation and USB 3.0 slots, you currently cannot exploit the full potential of USB 3.0’s speed without installing compatible drivers from a website or disc. Microsoft promises that Windows 8 will support USB 3.0 natively, meaning that you’ll be able to enjoy the qualities of […]

Saving Power on Windows

Saving Power on Windows

Tough times call for tough decisions, and you’ve probably been looking for ways to cut down on electric consumption around the house. Have you ever looked at your desktop PC? With the right configuration, you can cut down the power usage of your computer by as much as 60%. Considering that the average computer can […]

4 Reasons Why Windows UAC Is Useless

4 Reasons Why Windows UAC Is Useless

If you use Windows Vista or 7, you know how annoying it is to have to approve everything every application does on your computer. This feature, known as User Account Control (UAC), gives you all those dialogs that spring up whenever you open something. Microsoft created UAC with the intention of making computing safer for […]