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Ask How-To Geek: Fixing the Windows Boot Record, Sharing Mac Folders with Windows, as well as Reviving the Outlook Reminder Bell

You’ve obtained inquiries as well as we’ve got answers. Today we look at just how to boot into Windows after uninstalling Linux, sharing folders between a Mac as well as a Windows computer system, and just how to renew the missing Outlook suggestion bell.

Once a week we dip into our mailbag and help viewers address their troubles, sharing the useful services with you I the process. Read on to see our repairs for this week’s viewers problems.

Recovering the Windows Boot Record after a GRUB Loader Meltdown

Dear How-To Geek,

I have a problem with my computer. I had Windows 7 and also Ubuntu mounted (on separate drives) as well as would choose which one I wanted to boot into by means of the GRUB loader. The Linux disk passed away as well as now the GRUB loader doesn’t identify Windows or boot into it. Now I do not also really require the GRUB loader; I just want to boot into Windows once more! Aid!

All the best,

Can’t Boot It

Beloved Can’t Boot It,

It sounds like the fastest solution for your issue is to bring back the Master Boot Record as well as start booting, sans GRUB, as you did before you installed Linux and also transformed your system into a dual-boot computer. Right here’s what you require to do. Place a Windows setup disc in your disc drive as well as reboot. Press any type of vital when triggered, do the basic setup (choosing your language, time area, and so on) and also click following. After that click Repair your computer. Click the os you intend to repair and click next. At this point you’ll be at the System Recover Options food selection, click on Command Prompt.

Now it’s time to carry out a basic repair on your device. At the command prompt key in bootrec.exe/ FixMbr and also hit enter. When the command is done executing your Master Boot Record will be fixed and also GRUB cost-free. Restart the computer system and also things must appear, throughout the boot process, as they were before you mounted Ubuntu.

Sharing Folders From a Mac to a Windows PC

Dear How-To Geek,

I need to share a folder on a Mac laptop computer with a PC on my network. I’m totally unfamiliar with Macs and my rudimentary attempt to obtain points working came a cropper. I just require easy data sharing, nothing fancy. I ‘d like to not have to install anything or mess around with the Mac laptop computer way too much (I’m assisting a buddy and also intend to run the risk of damaging as low as feasible). Thanks!



Beloved computer,

We can help you as well as you don’t have to install a thing. The likely factor you were having difficulty setting up the folder sharing is because Windows uses SMB sharing. Macs support this yet it’s not the default setting. You’ll need to define that the folder share is SMB-based when you established the folder sharing arrangement. Take a look at our detailed guide to establishing a Mac folder show SMB here.

Reinstating the Outlook Reminder Bell

Precious How-To Geek,

We simply updated from Outlook 2003 to Outlook 2010 at the office and I’m puzzled as to where the little bell remains in my schedule? Outlook made use of to have this little bell symbol on any type of entrance that had actually a reminder connected to it. I recognize it’s an extremely tiny point however I actually got utilized to that little bell belonging to my work circulation! Please inform me I can obtain it back!


Longing for the Bell

Beloved Bell,

You’ll be thrilled to figure out that it benefited you to have your company skip Outlook 2007. For one reason or another Microsoft eliminated the little Reminder Bell of which you are so warm. The general public protest was audible that they renewed it in the 2010 edition. All you require to do is browse to File– > Options– > Calendar and after that inspect package next to Show bell icon on the calendar […] to allow the reminder bell again. Want some display shots to assist you with? Have a look at our previous article on the subject here.

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