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Stop That Clicking Sound

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Stop That Clicking Sound

Have you ever noticed that when you click a link in Internet Explorer, there is a distinct “clicking” sound that plays through your speakers? As if the actual click of the mouse button wasn’t realistic enough! If you’ve never heard that sound, you should consider yourself lucky, because by default, it is always activated. At first, it’s unnoticeable, but as you become more experienced with surfing… Continue reading

Quick Launch in Vista

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Q:
Help! How can I add items to my Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows Vista? I can’t quite figure it out!

A:
Ah, yes, the Quick Launch Toolbar. It’s one of my favorite things ever! And up until just a few days ago, I really missed it when working on some of the Windows Vista computers here in the office. Like the person who asked today’s question, I… Continue reading

January 2008 Updates

Friday, January 11th, 2008

January 2008 Updates

As you all know, the time has come yet again for the monthly Windows updates from Microsoft. Most of you have probably already installed the updates on your computer, but just in case you’re not sure what kinds of changes were made, allow me to give you a brief explanation. I must say, this month’s updates were very minimal compared to some of the ones… Continue reading

Unplugged: Plug and Play

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Unplugged: Plug and Play

Plug and play: I’m sure most of you have heard that term before, right? But, for those of you who don’t know exactly what it means, plug and play is a feature that allows a user to add a device to their computer, without having to reconfigure anything or install any manual drivers. A couple examples of plug and play devices are flash drives and MP3… Continue reading

Unnecessary Features in Vista

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Unnecessary Features in Vista

If you’ve been using Windows Vista for awhile now, you have probably noticed that it contains, by default, many new features you may not even need. Those extra and unnecessary features can slow your computer down and take up more storage space than is needed. So, if you would like to uninstall or turn off some of those extra features, this is the tip for you!… Continue reading

User Switching in XP

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Have you ever needed to quickly switch users in Windows XP, but couldn’t quite figure out how to do it? If so, I can show you a quick way to do just that, along with a step-by-step guide on how to make the switch without losing any of the files you may be working on. Keep reading for all the details!

Windows XP offers you the option… Continue reading

Stop Working So Hard

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

If you’re a Vista user, every once in awhile, you may notice that your hard drive is working extra hard for what seems like no reason. When that happens, it’s likely that a background process has taken your hard drive hostage, forcing it to thrash loudly as it struggles to keep up with the high rate of reads and writes. Therefore, your computer responds slowly as the process overloads the… Continue reading

Speed Up Those Drives

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Speed Up Those Drives

If you didn’t know, Windows Vista operates external hard drives that are connected via USB differently than internal drives. Write caching is disabled so that you can safely remove the drive at almost any time. This is a great feature for USB flash drives that are frequently inserted and removed from your computer. But, if you have a large hard drive in an external enclosure that… Continue reading

Troubleshooting Session: Video Cards

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Q:
I’ve been having some trouble with my monitor and I think my video card may be going bad. I’m not 100 percent sure though. Do you have any troubleshooting tips for video cards? Please help!

A:
No problem at all, but before you get started, keep in mind that all of the below techniques require you to work inside your computer. If you don’t… Continue reading

Vista Auto-Defrag

Friday, December 21st, 2007

By default, the disk defrag feature in Windows Vista is set up to defrag your system approximately every four times you restart your computer. It just starts on its own, no matter what you’re working on or what you’re doing on your computer at the time. As you can imagine, that slows your computer down quite a bit. So, if you’d like to speed your system back up by turning… Continue reading

Keeping Your Wireless Network Safe

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Q:
I just set up a wireless network in my home and while I love it, I’m still a little concerned about others being able to use my signal or even hack into my computer. I was told that hiding my SSID will take care of the problem, but I’m not sold on that idea. I’m not even sure what an SSID is or how to hide it. Can

Speed Up Your Vista Searches

Friday, December 21st, 2007

The Search Box in Windows Vista searches for files, Windows contacts, Windows Mail, history and favorites by default. That seems like an awful lot to go through, doesnt it?

Thank goodness, you can customize the search results from the Start menu search box to only return the results you really want. I’m the kind of guy that uses the Search Box to pull up applications, and rarely anything aside from… Continue reading

Removing Adware From Your PC

Friday, November 30th, 2007

We have all dealt with adware before, but that doesn’t mean we have to! Adware can clog up your computer and even cause irreparable damage if it’s not properly taken care of. Of course, with adware, prevention is better than a cure, but first, it’s important to remove whatever adware is already present on your system. Below are a few simple guidelines that should help you

All New Cleaner

Friday, November 30th, 2007

All New CCleaner

Have you heard the news?! I’ve seen it posted on various Web sites and even on WorldStart’s message board, so if you’re an avid CCleaner user, I’m sure you already know, but just in case you don’t, allow me to fill you in. On November 26, 2007 (just this past Monday), a new version of the ever so popular CCleaner program was released. Yep, CCleaner

Stop Those Permission Pop Ups

Friday, November 30th, 2007

I’m using Windows Vista and every time I go to make a change on my computer, a little box pops up asking me for my permission. It’s getting to be very annoying. I mean, if I didn’t want to make the change, I wouldn’t have tried to in the first place! Is there any way I can turn that feature off, but still stay safe? Please help me before I

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

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