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Archive for the ‘System Tune-Up Help’ Category



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

Boost Your Wireless Connection

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Q:
On my laptop, I use a wireless router for my high-speed Internet connection and I connect it through a WiFi signal. Most of the time, the signal is rather strong, but other times, there’s hardly anything there at all. Do you have any tips on how I can boost my WiFi signal? Please help!

A:
That’s an excellent question! Plus, I’m willing to bet that you’re not… Continue reading

The Uninstallers

Friday, August 17th, 2007

The Uninstallers

Usually, when most people want to uninstall a program for some reason or another, they usually go to Windows’ own Add or Remove Programs utility right within the Control Panel. (If you’re not sure how to use that, here is an article you can read that will help you).

But, oh boy! Isn’t it a pain?! I mean, it takes forever to load up, it doesn’t… Continue reading

Vista Startup Sounds

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Vista Startup Sounds

So, tell me, are you a new Windows Vista user? Or maybe you’ve been using it for awhile now. Either way, do you like the way the Vista operating system sounds when you boot up your computer. You know, it plays that little song for you. All the Windows operating systems do it, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we have to like it, right? Well, if you’re… Continue reading

Temporary Vista Files

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Temporary Vista Files

Are you one of the many users now using a Windows Vista computer? If you said yes, then answer me this: do you use Internet Explorer 7 as your main Web browser? If so, are you having a little trouble figuring out how to delete all your temporary Internet files? We have preached on this topic before for Windows XP and it’s just as important with Vista… Continue reading

Reliability Monitor

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Do you have any information on the Reliability Monitor? I think it’s something I would be interested in using, but I don’t know a lot about it yet. Anything you can tell me would be a big help. Thanks!

The Reliability Monitor is designed to track down any malfunctions that may be occurring within your Vista or Windows 7 computer system. It pinpoints any problems you may be… Continue reading

The PC Decrapifier

Friday, July 27th, 2007

The PC Decrapifier

I know that name sounds a little funny, but make sure you keep reading, because I think you’re really going to like this one. Trust me!

Why, oh why do computer manufactures load their new machines with so much garbage?

You know what I mean. Thirty day trials of this, cut down versions of that, advertisements to buy other programs, a whole host of utilities, nameless toolbars… Continue reading

Adjusting Font Size

Friday, July 27th, 2007

If you want to increase the size of your font in Vista or Windows 7, it’s just a couple clicks away. To do so in Vista, right click your desktop and choose Personalize. Then in the left pane, click on the Adjust font size (DPI) link.

After you do that, a User Account Control warning might pop up asking for your permission to… Continue reading

CCleaner

Friday, July 13th, 2007

CCleaner

We all have junk on our computers, whether we like it or not. Maybe they’re Internet files or files that have been left behind from uninstalled programs, but either way, I have a program that will clear all of them away! I can almost guarantee that you’ll love this program. It’s called CCleaner and I think it’s a must

More on .DLL Files

Friday, July 6th, 2007

More on .DLL Files

Often times, the different programs you install on the Windows system share one or more .dll files between them. Now, in case you’re not sure, .dll files contain code and data, which are used by multiple programs on any computer. This is a very smart way of doing things, however, at times when you uninstall one particular program, a .dll file that it shares with another… Continue reading

Undo the Dual Boot

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Undo the Dual Boot

Have you ever tried to put two different operating systems on your computer, but you either A.) changed your mind or B.) failed for some reason or another? If you have, I bet you have run into something new and possibly confusing when you start your computer up the next time. Am I right?

It will probably go to a new screen. This screen can say… Continue reading

Adding Memory – Part 3

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Q:
Now that you’ve told us some basics on adding memory to our computers, how do we actually get it in there? You promised you would tell us!

A:
You’re right, I did promise you that and if you know anything about me, you know that I always keep my promises! So, that’s exactly what I’m going to do for you today. If you read yesterday’s newsletter, you… Continue reading

Adding Memory – Parts 1 & 2

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Q:
I think I need to add some memory to my computer, but I have no idea where to start. Can you give me some basic information on where to get it and how to install it? It would be greatly appreciated!

A:
Well, I sure can! That’s no problem at all. We’ve all run into this predicament before and believe me, if you haven’t yet, you will… Continue reading

Run With Vista

Friday, June 8th, 2007

Run With Vista

Have you made the switch to the new operating system of Windows Vista yet? If you have, are you getting a little frustrated with being away from everything you knew in XP? I mean, going from XP to Vista is an extreme change and it can be very difficult getting used to all the new features. I know I felt that way when I first started working… Continue reading

Recycle Bin Storage

Friday, June 8th, 2007

Recycle Bin Storage

Are you aware that your Recycle Bin could be eating up a large portion of your hard drive space? Well, believe it or not, but by default, the Recycle Bin is set to have a total storage capacity of 10 percent of each of your local drives.

For example, if you have a hard drive that has been formatted into two logical drives (the term “logical” is… Continue reading

Improve Your Wireless Network

Friday, June 1st, 2007

As cool and handy as the concept of a wireless network is, it can very rapidly get frustrating. This happens primarily because of signal strength issues, which in turn, affects your browsing and downloading speeds. And before you know it, you just simply aren’t getting as fast of a speed in the bedroom as you are in the living room. Well, today I will take you through an informative and… Continue reading

The Mac Leopard

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Q:
You’re always talking about the new Windows Vista, but can you tell us anything about Apple’s new operating system for Macs? I believe it’s called the Leopard and I would love to learn some more about it!

A:
Excellent question! You’re right, we here at WorldStart are always talking about the new operating system of Windows Vista and I guess, with getting all caught up in that… Continue reading

Start Menu Programs

Friday, May 18th, 2007

Start Menu Programs

How often do you look at the items under your Start menu? What’s all there? Is everything that’s listed there really necessary? Well, either way you answer that last question, you may notice that in the very first column of your Start menu, there is a list of programs. You may also notice that those are programs you’ve recently used. Continue reading as I explain what exactly… Continue reading

Program Access and Defaults

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Q:
I was looking around in my Add/Remove Programs area in the Control Panel and I found something on the side that said “Set Program Access and Defaults.” What does this mean and should I even mess with it?

A:
You can use this feature to change the default programs you use for certain activities you do while on your computer. For example, such activities as… Continue reading

Admin: Yes or No?

Friday, May 4th, 2007

Q:
Is there an easy way to tell if I have Administrator rights or not?

A:
Have you ever run into a situation where you had to sign in to your computer under the Administrator account? I mean, sometimes certain software programs, etc. require you to have Administrator rights before you can actually install anything on your PC. (You can read this article

Vista System Restore

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Vista System Restore

Are you one of the many computer users who went from using Windows XP to Windows Vista? It seems to be “the thing to do” these days, but let’s be honest here. Are you having trouble finding some of the things you absolutely loved using in XP? How about the system restore feature, for example? I know that’s one of my favorites, but it’s so… Continue reading

Tweak VI

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Q:
Do you know anything about Tweak VI?

A:
As a matter of fact, I do! I actually saw this being discussed on our message board and as soon as I saw the name, I had to check it out. So, without any further ado, what is Tweak VI? Well, it just so happens to be the first software designed to “both tweak and optimize” the new operating… Continue reading

Cannot Delete File

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Sometimes when I try to delete a file from my computer, it comes up with a “Cannot Delete File” error. Why does this happen and is there any way I can get around it? Please help!

Worry no more! I can help, I can help! And believe me, I feel your pain. I often get that same error message and let me tell you, it ranks… Continue reading

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