Sick of entering a password to log into Windows Vista and 7? Check this tip out for a quick and easy answer! Continue reading
We here at WorldStart like to share many different Firefox extensions and Greasemonkey scripts with you so that you can try them out and see what’s useful. Sometimes you may like what we recommend and other times, you may not. And that’s okay! Well, today, I’m going to show you how to uninstall any of those Firefox extensions and Greasemonkey scripts you just don’t really care for. Let’s get started!… Continue reading
Preventing AutoRun Attacks From Malicious CDs
How many times have you innocently inserted a CD or flash drive into your computer, only to find out it has infected your PC with a virus? How did that happen? Why did that happen? Well, one of the causes could be the AutoRun feature in Windows. If you have your computer set up to run the AutoRun, it can launch installers and other… Continue reading
News Alert: Vista SP 1 is Here!
Yes, you read that right! After months and months of waiting, Microsoft has finally released the final version of the Windows Vista Service Pack 1. According to Microsoft and several online news articles, as of today (March 18, 2008), the Vista SP 1 is now available to the public. The announcement has been buzzing around the Internet for the past few… Continue reading
It seems like I have a lot of unused network icons sitting down in my system tray. Is there any way I can get rid of some of those? I’d really like to clean that area up. Thanks for your help!
Oooh, good question! I definitely know what you’re talking about when you ask this question, because I have the same problem. Every time I look… Continue reading
I no longer use Internet Explorer or Outlook Express, but of course, updates from Microsoft still come through for them each month. Do I really need those updates or can I disable them completely?
As you all know, Microsoft sends out their Windows Updates at the beginning of each month, which help to keep our computers safe and secure. Often times, those updates include material for… Continue reading
Today we will be creating a password reset disk you can use whenever you forget your password. All you have to do is put the disk into your computer and when you see the Welcome screen, simply choose your new password. Sounds pretty helpful and timesaving, don’t you think? Then let’s get to it!
Note: This will only work if you have a floppy drive or a USB flash drive.… Continue reading
Resetting Your Vista Password
I recently showed you how to reset your Windows XP password (you can read that tip here) and ever since, many of you have been asking how to do the same with your Windows Vista password. Well, have no fear, because that’s exactly what I’m going to show you right now!
1.) To begin, Vista has added an extra security layer for when a… Continue reading
I just recently started using Windows Vista and I’ve been having trouble with some of the drivers associated with my hardware. I know I should be able to use the Device Manager to fix those things, but I’m not quite sure where to start. Can you please help? Thank you so much!
Excellent question! Open up the Device Manager. In Windows Vista, go… Continue reading
I just made the switch over to Windows Vista and ever since, it seems like I have trouble using it every time I install a new piece of software. What could be causing that to happen and how can I fix it? Please help!
Oh, I’m so glad you asked and believe me, you’re not the only one having this kind of trouble! This is something… Continue reading
We are all pretty lucky when we forget our password on an online Web service, wouldn’t you agree? I mean, if you ever forget your password, almost all Web sites can e-mail it to you or they allow you to reset it by answering a security question. But what if you forget your password for Windows XP? It’s happened to the best of us and when it does, you may… Continue reading
Have you ever noticed that Windows XP always highlights the new programs you install on your computer in the Start menu? I mean, it’s helpful if you’re new to computers and you’re not sure where to go after installing a new program, but sometimes Windows will also highlight multiple aspects of the installed programs that aren’t really necessary, such as the “Read Me” files and so on. Plus… Continue reading
An IP Address Upgrade
It’s about time for an IP address upgrade, don’t you think?! Well, before I go any further, if you’re not sure, an IP address is a unique address that is assigned to a network device by the network. Every computer that connects to a network or the Internet is assigned an IP address. It basically allows that computer to communicate with the network or the Internet.… Continue reading
Last week, you told us how to add items to the Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows Vista. Since then, I saw something online that mentioned hotkeys for the Quick Launch area. Do you know anything about that? If so, please explain. Thanks for all your help!
You’re absolutely right! Last week (on Friday, January 11, 2008 to be exact), I gave you instructions on how to… Continue reading
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
Help! How can I add items to my Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows Vista? I can’t quite figure it out!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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