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Archive for the ‘System Tune-Up Help’ Category



Restart Shortcut

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Restart Shortcut

Okay, get this! How would you like to have a shortcut right on your desktop that allows you to instantly restart your computer? That’s right, with just a double click, you could do a quick reboot, without all the extra hassle. Awhile back, I ran a tip for a shutdown shortcut and ever since, you all have been begging for the restart instructions. Well, wait no… Continue reading

Which OS Do You Have?

Friday, February 16th, 2007

I just bought a computer from a friend of mine and they didn’t know a whole lot about it. Therefore, I don’t even know which operating system it has. How can I determine that?

Don’t feel bad! This sort of thing happens to a lot of people. Whenever you make a deal on a computer from a friend or family member, chances are, you’re not going to know… Continue reading

Make a Point

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Make a Point

What do I mean by the word point? Well, in this case, I am referring to a system restore point. And yes, you should make one! I know we have covered this before in our newsletter, but I’ve been getting several e-mails about it lately and besides that, it’s just a very important topic. I figured now would be a good time to go over it again… Continue reading

Be Punctual

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Be Punctual

Does your computer contain an alarm clock?

Can you set your computer to remind you about something?

Does your computer tell you what time it is after a certain amount of time has gone by?

If you answered no to any of those questions, you should definitely take a look at this tip!

Today, I am going to explain to you how you can get an alarm clock… Continue reading

MS Office 2007

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Q:
Please tell us all about the new Office 2007. I’ve been anxiously waiting!

A:
Yes, I know I promised a couple days ago that I would tell you about Office 2007 (also called Office Online) and well, I plum forgot to do it yesterday. I do apologize, but hopefully today’s explanation will make up for the wait you’ve had to endure.

Okay, so for those of you… Continue reading

Change Your XP Sounds

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Change Your XP Sounds

Are you are getting tired of hearing the same old sounds that Windows XP makes when it’s going through its routine tasks (or non-routine tasks, for that matter?!) If you are, did you know that you can easily change the sounds to something more pleasing to you and your ears?

Now, I’m talking about sounds that accompany events and tasks, such as when Windows XP starts… Continue reading

Vista Features

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Q:
You promised in yesterday’s newsletter that you would go over some more of the new features in Vista and I wanted to make sure you were going to hold true to that. I’m very interested in learning as much as I can about the new operating system, so any information you can provide would be great.

A:
You are absolutely correct! I did promise that and even… Continue reading

Vista is Here!

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Vista is Here!

Can I have a drum roll, please?! The wait is over! Microsoft’s new operating system of Windows Vista has been released and it is ready for anyone who wants to take advantage. I don’t know about you, but I know that a lot of people have been very excited about this for a long time. It’s the biggest release Microsoft has had since they introduced Windows XP… Continue reading

Vista FAQs

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Vista FAQs

The purpose of these FAQs is to give you some answers to the questions that have been lingering around about the new operating system. They will provide you with some general information about Windows® Vista™. So, wonder no more, here come the answers!

Q: What is Windows Vista?

A: Windows Vista is Microsoft’s next generation operating system, formerly known by its code name of “Longhorn.” Originally announced in… Continue reading

Vista’s Aero

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Vista’s Aero

Well, the time has come. Microsoft’s new Windows Vista operating system is here. And whether you’re going to go through the upgrade or not, you’re probably interested in learning about some of the features that go along with it, am I right? So, I thought I would start going over some of those with you this week and I’m going to start right now with the new Aero… Continue reading

Vista Advisor Run Through

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Q:
So, you told us all about Vista last week, along with mentioning something about the Upgrade Advisor. I know Vista comes out tomorrow, but I’m still a little leery of trying this thing out. Have you done it? If so, can you tell me exactly how it will go?

A:
You know, that is an excellent question. It’s not bad at all to be a little skeptical… Continue reading

Invalid Driver Error: 1327

Friday, December 29th, 2006

Invalid Drive Error: 1327

Ever receive an error for a drive that you don’t even have on your computer? That would be a little strange, wouldn’t it? Well, we actually received a phone call about this yesterday and we thought it was beyond important enough to include in the newsletter. This is actually a common error that seems to be popping up more and more lately, so if you haven’t… Continue reading

My Computer

Friday, December 15th, 2006

My Computer

Well, I’m really going to be talking about your computer, but that’s besides the point! So, you know about the My Computer folder that we all use quite often, right? It’s the main folder that holds all of the different hard disk drives that we use for different things on our computer. For example, the C: drive, the A: drive (if you have a floppy disk drive) and… Continue reading

Time It

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Time It

Today, when I was leaving work to go home, I had to wait an extra 15 minutes before I could leave. Why, you ask? Well, my computer was doing some data copying and I had to wait for it to finish before I could shut down my computer and leave.

After that, I couldn’t help but wonder if there was an automated software program that I could use… Continue reading

The Role of Visual Effects

Friday, December 8th, 2006

The Role of Visual Effects

Have you ever thought about the visual status of your Windows XP components? You may spend hours each day with your good old friend (your computer) and you’re probably more acquainted with the preset visual details of your Windows elements (like icons, folder details, previews, thumbnails and so on) than you think.

Windows XP offers a lot of options and possibilities for its users, including… Continue reading

AutoRun Tweak

Friday, December 8th, 2006

AutoRun Tweak

Today’s tip is great for those of you who like to share CDs with your family and friends. Whenever I share a CD with a friend, I like it to look as professional as possible. I stumbled across a program called 1st AutoRun Express and I was amazed at the professionalism it added to my CDs. I will show you what it does right now!

The program, 1st… Continue reading

Defrag vs. Frag

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Q:
Sometimes when my computer finishes a defrag, there are still some files left that didn’t go through the process. It says they’re still fragmented. How can I get them to defrag properly or is this something that can be left alone?

A:
Great question! It’s the defragment versus the fragment and I know just what to tell you! Now, I know all of you are good listeners… Continue reading

Default Operating System

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Default Operating System

Are you using just one operating system or do you use more than one? There are millions of people who use the new Windows XP on their personal computers, but still love their previous, older versions of Windows, such as Windows 98 or ME.

Technically speaking, there is nothing wrong with having more than one default operating system on your computer. In fact, it’s in some ways… Continue reading

Clear It From the Run

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Clear It From the Run

Is the computer in your home a sort of “common ground” for everyone in your family? Do you all use it at one point or another throughout the day? Including your children? Well, chances are, that’s how your home is set up and unfortunately, there may be times when you use certain programs that you don’t want your children to have access to. Take for… Continue reading

Restart/Shutdown Problems

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Q:
I use Windows 98SE and I’ve been having a lot of trouble recently with my computer restarting instead of shutting down. I go through the process of the shutdown, but it always restarts itself. What could be the problem and how can I fix it? Any help would be great!

A:
Hmm, what an interesting problem. Fortunately, you’re probably not the only one having this kind of… Continue reading

Java Security

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

Q:
Is there ever a time when I should turn off Java when visiting certain Web sites? I’ve been hearing about some script errors lately and I want to make sure I’m not putting myself at risk when using Java.

A:
This is an excellent question and it’s definitely a topic we haven’t covered in awhile, so I’m so glad you asked! We have explained the basics of… Continue reading

Multiple Languages

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Multiple Languages

Did you know that Windows XP supports more than 100 languages and dialects? Typically, you use one primary language on your computer. However, with Windows XP, you can set up multiple languages and then switch between them with just two mouse clicks. Sound cool?!

A multiple language setup is useful if you often send and receive documents in different languages. If your computer is used in a multilingual… Continue reading

A True Delete

Friday, October 13th, 2006

When you go to delete a file from your computer, what do you do? Do you send it to the Recycle Bin and then empty that? Do you then leave your computer thinking that took care of it for you? Don’t feel bad if you do, because you’re certainly not the only one. Depending on the Recycle Bin to remove the data from your

Windows Vitsa Update

Friday, October 6th, 2006

Q:
Is there anything else you can tell me about Windows Vista? I’m anxiously awaiting its arrival, but I’m still not sure if I should upgrade to it or not? Please help!

A:
This is a very good question. Windows’ new operating system, Windows Vista, is on the rise with its release date getting closer and closer. Without being able to actually view and experiment with this… Continue reading

Reformatting Basics

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Q:
I’ve been told that I need to reformat my hard drive, but I’m not sure where to start. What are the basic steps for reformatting a computer?

A:
What a great question! Anyone who uses a computer on a regular basis will come across this at one point or another, so it’s good to know the basic details about getting the job done. When we use our… Continue reading

Remote Assistance

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Remote Assistance

Do you ever run into a computer problem that you know a family member or a friend could fix? Even after they explain it, you still can’t get it right. Well, all I can tell you is have no fear, remote assistance is here!

Remote Assistance is a feature that was built into Windows XP. It is designed so that if you have a problem, you can contact… Continue reading

Changing Drive Letters

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Changing Drive Letters

This article will describe the Disk Management snap-in that Microsoft Windows XP offers. Ready to begin?! Good, let’s go!

The Disk Management snap-in is an administrative tool for managing hard disks and the volumes or partitions that they contain. Use the Disk Management feature when you want to add, change or remove drive letters on drives, partitions or volumes on your computer’s hard disks, CD ROM drives… Continue reading

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