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Archive for the ‘File & Disk Management’ Category



Use this tip to clear a hard drive of personal data before donating or selling a computer. Continue reading

Ralph hopes third-party security apps will protect his XP computer after the end of MS support. Will they? We check it out. Continue reading

Repairing Real Player

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

When your Real player stops working properly, you have two options… reinstall Real player, or go with an alternate video player, such as Gom. Continue reading

Windows SP 1 Won’t Finish Installing

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Barry’s Windows SP1 update won’t finish installing. The problem’s been going on for two years and he’d like a solution. Continue reading

How To Speed Up Windows: Part 3

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Part three of our series on Windows up to speed. Continue reading

Getting Info Off of Your Kindle Fire

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Jacob has files stuck on a Kindle with a smashed connector. Is there any way he can get them off? We look at the options. Continue reading

Script Error In Internet Explorer

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Ever get this message: “A script on this page is causing IE to run slowly. If it continues to run, your computer might become unresponsive.” Learn how to fix it. Continue reading

What Is System Time?

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Betty wants to know what system time is. We explain how it works and why its important. Continue reading

Duplicate files clogging up your folders? Learn how to take care of them. Continue reading

How To Speed Up Windows

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Windows running way too slow? Check out these tips to speed it up. Continue reading

Use this tip to find out how to associate your PDF files with Adobe Reader. Continue reading

Ben has a watermark in Windows 7 after installing SP1, but wants get rid of it. We look at the cause and the solution. Continue reading

Learn how the Windows 7 notification area works, and how you can prevent icons from appearing there. Continue reading

Is an external hard drive the best place to store pictures? We look at why it’s a good idea and other storage options for backing up your images. Continue reading

Kimbonita wants to know how to copy folders she’s created to a flash drive or CD. We walk her through it step-by-step and tell her what to look out for. Continue reading

Find out why you have so many Visual C++ entries in your add/remove programs list and whether or not you should delete them. Continue reading

Christa from Lake Charles, La writes: I have a Dell Dimension 3100 running Windows XP. I have not been able to use my system restore for awhile. Even if I just try to go back to the day before it says that my computer cannot be restored to that date. Please help. Continue reading

Carl from Henderson, NV writes: Under COMPUTER I have a Removable Disk F. There is nothing plugged in to generate this drive info. I have no idea where it came from. How can I remove this in Windows 7? This tip shows how to remove a phantom drive letter appearing in the “Computer” menu. Continue reading

Evict User Data from Used Computer

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Roy from Las Vegas, NV writes: Bought a used computer from a friend that wanted a new one. Now, I can’t get his name from showing up in the USERS etc. Have changed everything suggested by the Worldstart Forum. Still it comes up! Is there a simple way to change his to mine? I am listed as the owner etc now and in the registry but his name keeps showing up! Continue reading

Continuing Your Backup

Monday, May 27th, 2013

When you do a backup, what information is backed up? Does it pick up where it left off, or does it simply back everything up? And how do you know when your destination drive is full? Continue reading

Is your “new folder” option missing? Learn how to restore it so you can create folders by right-clicking again. Continue reading

Find out how to make a backup recovery disc for your eMachines computer if you’ve lost the original CD. Continue reading

Windows Credential Manager is a handy feature that allows you to store passwords, certificates and other credential for automatic logon in Windows. Continue reading

Queston: I have a Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet and I can’t figure out how to take a screenshot. Do I need to attach the keyboard? There’s no PrtScn key, would I use another key combination? Answer: You won’t need to attach the keyboard to your tablet to grab a screen shot. It’s a fairly simply process, but it does require the right touch. Continue reading

What Is A Product Key?

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Question: My friend gave me a CD of a computer program to make cards and posters. It was a brand new CD still wrapped in plastic. When I put it in my computer, it asked for a product key and gave me a box to type a code in. What is a product key and how do I find it? Continue reading

Question: Hi! I would like your help on how I can set a timer like they do at the Public Library with their computers so that when my kids turn on the PC it will shut off or prevent them from using it after a certain time. Can you help me? If you’re using Windows, you can control a variety of settings for the kids. Continue reading

Ezzie Bromwich from Rapid City, SD writes: I recently bought USB port Diskette Drive and tried to do my disks that I started with in 2004 Is there something I should do to play them? It does not seem to recognize the items on the disks. As a genealogist I have several items on them I would like to get at. Can you advise me on what to do? I have Windows 7 on my puter. Thank you. Continue reading

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