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A Better Vista Defrag

Friday, November 16th, 2007

A Better Vista Defrag

Microsoft’s Windows Vista looks fairly nice and it has some useful new features, but a change in the user interface just doesn’t cut it for me. How about you?! I’m talking about the Disk Defragmenter feature. It is one that I use on a regular basis (and one you should too!) I mean, it makes me feel good about the neatness of my hard disks and… Continue reading

Power Supply Gone Bad

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Q:
Last week, you wrote a tip about a computer’s power supply going bad, but you didn’t really discuss what we should do if that actually happens to us. Can you please go into that a little more? Thanks!

A:
I surely can! The response I got from that tip was simply amazing. The power supply article ran in last Friday’s newsletter and let me tell… Continue reading

Disk Cleanup in Vista

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

I’ve been using Windows Vista since it first came out and I think I’m close to using up all my disk space. Can you please tell me how I can clear up some of that space? I haven’t quite figured out how to do it in Vista yet. Thanks so much for your help!

Deleting IE 7 Cookies

Friday, November 9th, 2007

Deleting IE 7 Cookies

Lately, several of you have been asking about deleting cookies in Windows Vista and while that’s a valid question, I think we all may be a little confused about this whole thing. For starters, cookies don’t really lie within your operating system, rather they come from your Web browser. So, even if you’re using the new operating system of Vista, your cookies are still… Continue reading

Now Available: Firefox 2.0.0.9

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Now Available: Firefox 2.0.0.9

If you recall, in last Wednesday’s issue of the newsletter, I informed you that Firefox version 2.0.0.9 would soon be released. At that time, it wasn’t finished yet, but I told you it would be on its way very soon and well, it has arrived! The new Firefox 2.0.0.9 was released this past Friday (November 2, 2007) and it is now available for download… Continue reading

A Vista Defrag

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

A Vista Defrag

Are you a Windows Vista user? If so, have you run a defrag on your new system yet? I know Vista hasn’t been around for very long, but like we always say here at WorldStart, it’s never too soon for a defrag! If you’re a new Vista user, you probably haven’t had your computer for too long, so I understand if you haven’t run a… Continue reading

Analyze It First

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Analyze It First

If you’re a regular WorldStart newsletter reader, you know that we have preached and preached time and time again about how you should defrag your computer on a regular basis. You may be sick and tired of hearing us talk about it, but we promise, we’re only trying to help! Well, if you’re one who dreads the whole defrag process, I’ve got something for you… Continue reading

Windows ReadyBoost

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

The Windows Vista operating system introduced a new feature that is designed to give users a quick, simple and cheap way to boost the performance of their Vista or 7 powered PC. It is called ReadyBoost and trust me, it does just that! So, what is ReadyBoost? How does it work and how effective is it? Well, let’s take a look!

Basically, ReadyBoost allows… Continue reading

The Leopard is Loose

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

The Leopard is Loose

Are you a Mac user? If so, I’m sure you’ve heard many different stories about the brand new operating system, called the Leopard, right? You have probably heard varying views and maybe even some different release dates for it, but after you finish reading this tip, you will know exactly what’s going on. If you recall, I mentioned a few things about the Leopard… Continue reading

Vista Event Viewer

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Vista Event Viewer

One of the first places you probably turn to when troubleshooting problems in Windows XP is the Event Viewer, right? As you may know, the Event Viewer maintains logs that record information about program, security and system events that occur on your computer system. While XP’s Event Viewer is an effective tool you can use to view and manage your event logs, gather information about hardware and… Continue reading

Mysterious Restarts

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Q:
For awhile now, my computer has been restarting itself. It does it without warning and for no apparent reason. When it happens, all of my work is lost and I’m getting really frustrated with it. Do you have any suggestions as to why this might be happening? I’m using Windows XP. Please help!

A:
For starters, if your computer is running at too high… Continue reading

Two New Updates

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Two New Updates

Yes, that’s right! Today, I have two new updates to tell you about and trust me, you’re not going to want to miss out on these. So, what are they? Well, one is for the popular Foxit Reader PDF program and the other is for the computer utility of CCleaner. Now, as you may recall, it has only been a few weeks since I last… Continue reading

Timely Defrags

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Timely Defrags

First of all, if you’re not sure what defragmentation means, please read here before you continue on with this tip. Then once you have the basics down, please read on! Alright, so it seems like I’ve had a lot of people ask me lately how often they should defrag their computer. That’s a legit question and since so many of you want to know… Continue reading

Troubleshooting Active Content

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Q:
Every once in awhile, I have trouble loading certain Web sites. I use Internet Explorer and it only happens with a couple Web sites I like to visit on a daily basis. What could be causing this and more importantly, how can I fix it? Please help me!

A:
Well, to answer your first question, it sounds like you’re dealing with some active… Continue reading

Will That Work?

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Will That Work?

The other day, one of our readers asked me an interesting question and I thought it was something everyone could benefit from, so I figured I should put a blurb about it in the newsletter for all to see. Here’s the question: “I think I have a virus on my computer and I can’t seem to get rid of it. If I were to format or even… Continue reading

New Release: CCleaner 2.0

Friday, September 14th, 2007

New Release: CCleaner 2.0

How many of you use CCleaner? I know there’s a few of you out there, because every once in awhile, I get e-mails from you asking me questions about it. Well, either way, I think you’ll enjoy the news I have for you today! I’m sure you’ve already figured it out from the title of this tip, but yes, CCleaner has come out with a new… Continue reading

Resize Your Vista Partitions

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Resize Your Vista Partitions

Prior to Windows Vista, the ability to shrink and extend disk volumes has only been available through third party tools, such as Partition Magic. Although it’s not as full-featured as some third party partition management applications, the Windows Disk Management console allows you to shrink, extend, create and format your hard drive partitions. The new resizing features also enable you to shrink a single partition with… Continue reading

No Need for That in Vista

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Q:
I just recently started using Windows Vista and I’ve noticed that there are some programs running that don’t really need to be, but I can’t figure out how to turn them off. I know you’ve discussed this topic for Windows XP before, but how do we do it in Vista? Please help!

A:
To begin, all computers have what are called services and those… Continue reading

Using Vista’s Cursors

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Using Vista’s Cursors

Have you tried Windows Vista yet? If you have, you’ll probably agree that the cursors it offers are pretty darn cool! They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. So, to add on to that a little more, I have something special for you today! With this tip, I’m going to show you how you can use the Vista cursors right on your own computer, no matter… Continue reading

Windows SteadyState

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Q:
What is Windows SteadyState?

A:
You know, I was wondering the same thing! I came across Windows SteadyState last week when I was writing a tip for the Windows Vista parental controls, but at that time, I didn’t have a chance to look into it more. So, when I received this question in my e-mail Inbox yesterday morning, I knew I had to write about it right… Continue reading

Explorer.exe

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Explorer.exe

Recently, there have been several people saying they have had their “explorer.exe” file hacked. What does that mean? Well, the explorer.exe file is what makes your entire desktop, including your icons and the Start menu, appear. So, if your desktop isn’t loading up right, listen to me when I tell you not to panic too much. You may think that all of your data has been lost, but it’s… Continue reading

Vista Sound and Volume Controls

Friday, August 31st, 2007

As you probably already know, Microsoft has added a number of new features and enhancements to its Windows Vista operating system, with one of those being the new sound controls. They really are a welcome addition in terms of features and ease of use. New to the Vista sound controls is the ability to individually control the volume of software applications that use sound, including

Vista Parental Controls

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Q:
What can you tell me about the parental controls in Windows Vista? I need to set them up so my kids will be safer on the computer, but I’m not sure where to start. Please help!

A:
Well, as a matter of fact, I can tell you quite a bit about them! And with kids being back in school now (or if they’re not yet, they will… Continue reading

Working with Windows Defender

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Working with Windows Defender

Before we get into the bulk of today’s tip, I’d like to go over some Windows Defender basics with you first. So, let’s check it out!

Basically, Windows Defender (found in Windows Vista) automatically blocks all startup items that require administrator privileges to run. (That is usually considered bad behavior for a startup item). There is no known easy way to automatically unblock these items though… Continue reading

A Vista Uninstall

Friday, August 24th, 2007

A Vista Uninstall

Are you among the many who are using Windows Vista now? If so, I have a question for you: When you want to uninstall something from your Vista computer, how do you do it? If you’re going off the same rules you used in Windows XP, I can probably guess what your answer is (Add/Remove Programs, right?) Well, Vista actually has a new way of doing things… Continue reading

Dual Boot to Vista

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Q:
I’m running a dual boot system with both Windows Vista and Windows XP. I would like the default setting to be Vista, but I can’t figure out how to do that. Can you please help me?

A:
Well, as a matter of fact, I can! This question is perfect for anyone out there who is running a dual boot setup on their computer. Now, I’m… Continue reading

Keep Your Drivers Updated

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Keep Your Drivers Updated

“Make sure you keep your drivers up to date” is probably something you’ve all heard before when it comes to dealing with computer problems. Am I right?

Well, it makes sense (you can check out WorldStart’s article on it here for some further verification), especially if you’re having performance problems. In that case, at least getting the latest drivers will eliminate that aspect of… Continue reading

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