how do I hide the 100MB system partition?

The Problem: so you’ve installed windows and all went well until you notice for some reason the 100MB system partition thats usually invisible in “my computer” is now visible and annoying you..

The Solution: in your start menu, right click on “computer”, in the submenu that appears click on “manage” the will open the “computer management” window. once there you’ll notice theres lots to look at.. but look to the left of the window and click on “disk management” this will list all the drives your computer has. a drive called “system reserved” should appear here. right click on it and click on “change drive letter and paths…” simply remove the drive letter using the window that opens.

start menu

computer management


Stop automatic updates from updating microsoft office

this ones more of a quick reference for those that have had some trouble finding the solution. a couple notes, this only applies to windows 7 and be aware of the pitfalls of out-dated software. That is all. enjoy.

The Problem: Microsoft Update wants to update Microsoft Office and I dont want to see the option for this come up again.

The Solution: using Windows 7 go to Windows Update and click on Change settings, there you will see options one of which is: Give me updates for Microsoft products and check for new optional Microsoft software when I update Windows, uncheck this box.

Optional Microsoft Software

Disable updates for other Microsoft products.

Dell backup and restore

If you’ve bought a new Dell recently you may have noticed one of the few software packages Dell has pre-installed for you. Dell Data Protection, Dell Client System Update and, today’s focus, Dell Backup and Recovery Manager. while useful, it is a bit redundant on windows 7 PCs that already have a backup solution built into the OS. but whats worse is a back up utility that continuously prompts you via taskbar notifications even after uninstalling said software.

The Problem: Dell Backup And Recovery Manager taskbar notification wont go away!

Dell Backup and Recovery Manager

The Details: you’ve uninstalled the software and disabled the icon in the notification area icons section of the control panel¬† but the icon in the taskbar remains

The Solution: right click on the taskbar icon and close the application and then
Delete this folder: “C:\dell” and restart.

Dell Backup and Recovery Manager file location