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Archive for the ‘System Tune-Up Help’ Category



Safe Startup Menu

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Q:
It seems like I have too many programs starting whenever I boot up my computer. Do you happen to have a list of programs that are safe to turn off in my startup menu?

A:
This is a very common question and I’ve actually gotten several e-mails from people in the past couple of weeks asking about this. I suppose it’s past time to do a rundown… Continue reading

User Profile in Windows XP

Friday, September 8th, 2006

User Profile in Windows XP

Today, let’s take a sneak peak through the user profile ability available with Windows XP. I’ll discuss with you the advantages of it and how you can set one up and maintain it with a step by step basis.

Windows XP gives you the ability to create user profiles, which allows each user on your computer to have a separate log in. There are also… Continue reading

Tweak UI

Friday, September 8th, 2006

Tweak UI

I like to turn my computer on in the morning, have a cup of coffee and then get to work. But I am always stopped by that annoying logon screen. I just wonder, is there any way I can put in my username and password automatically so I don’t have to bother with it? There must be a way.

Luckily, there is and better yet, it’s quite painless.… Continue reading

Dial-up For All Windows Versions

Friday, September 1st, 2006

Dial-up For All Windows Versions

Recently, I have been attending a lot of classes for Internet connection issues and luckily, I was able to learn quite a bit about correcting most of the issues by switching back to basic configuration details. Hence, here I am reiterating the basic configuration details of configuring a dial-up connection in all the versions of Windows (98 through XP). So, if you’re interested in knowing… Continue reading

Pulse vs. Tone

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Pulse vs. Tone

If you use a dial-up Internet connection, you may have come across the dialing choices of pulse and tone. Do you know what the difference is between them? If you don’t, you’re not the only one, because I’ve had a few people e-mail me about this very subject just recently. Let’s go over it a little bit and hopefully you’ll understand it better by the end.

Basically… Continue reading

Troubleshooting Shutdown Problems

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Troubleshooting Shutdown Problems

There is a widespread shutdown bug with many Windows versions and today I have some comprehensive troubleshooting steps that you can use to try and overcome this issue. This article will be especially useful in troubleshooting the possible causes.

Here is a list of measures that can be performed in your Windows version to resolve the issue:

  • Disable fast shutdown.
  • Shutdown Troubleshooting Wizard.
  • Damaged exit sound

Windows SP2 Uninstall Directory

Friday, August 18th, 2006

Windows SP2 Uninstall Directory

Do you use Window’s Service Pack 2 (SP2) on your computer? Maybe you’ve been enjoying its benefits for some time now or maybe if you haven’t gotten it yet, you will soon. Before I go any further, if you’re not sure if you have it or not, there’s an easy way you can check. Right click on the My Computer icon on your desktop… Continue reading

Speech Recognition in XP

Friday, August 18th, 2006

Speech Recognition in XP

This article will describe to you how to use speech recognition in Windows XP. If you installed speech recognition with Microsoft Office XP or if you purchased a new computer that has Office XP installed, you can use speech recognition in all Office programs.

Speech recognition enables the operating system to convert spoken words to written text. An internal driver, called a speech recognition engine, recognizes… Continue reading

Do I Have a CD Burner or Not?

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Q:
How can I tell if my computer has a CD burner or not? Please help!

A:
There are a couple things you can do. For starters, you can open up your CD/DVD ROM drive and look on the front of the tray. There should be some sort of logo written on the very front of the tray telling you if it’s a burner or not. If… Continue reading

Modem Troubleshooting for Windows 95/98

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Modem Troubleshooting for Windows 95/98

Here’s one specifically for all of you who use Windows 95 or 98. This article will present a good picture of how you can troubleshoot modem related issues in Windows 95 or Windows 98.

The common causes of modems not working in Windows 95 / 98 are several. Below is a listing of some of those.

  • IRQ or resource conflict.
  • Drivers or modem software

Whagent

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Q:
Lately, I’ve been getting some type of error called whagent.exe on my computer. What does it mean and how can I fix it?

A:
Whagent has been around since approximately 2001 and it’s enhanced ever since on millions of computers. Whagent is a product of a company called WebHancer and it is used to gather up information about computer users while they surf the Internet. In other… Continue reading

Scanner Types

Friday, August 4th, 2006

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

Getting Through Safe Mode

Friday, August 4th, 2006

Q:
You’ve explained what safe mode is before, but how exactly do you go about fixing things while in it? I’m just a little confused about the process.

A:
That’s a fair question and it’s probably something we should have already covered. Basically, working in safe mode is a troubleshooting type of situation. Depending on your problem, you just have to do some trial and errors to figure… Continue reading

Popup Blocker Techniques

Friday, August 4th, 2006

Popup Blocker Techniques

Advertisers are constantly trying to draw attention to their products. Popups are now used to thrust an ad in your face that you have no choice, but to at least acknowledge. Regardless of the nature of the ad, popups are a nuisance and there are now many options available for keeping them off of your computer screen all the way around. Listed below are five ways to… Continue reading

Slow Computer

Friday, August 4th, 2006

Q:
Lately, I’ve noticed that my computer has started to run a lot slower than usual. I didn’t really do anything different, so I’m not sure what could be going on. Do you have any suggestions for me?

A:
I’m glad you asked this question, because we haven’t run a tip on this in awhile and this is always the perfect refresher for everyone. If your system seems… Continue reading

CPU Usage

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Do you consistently monitor your CPU usage? If you don’t, it’s not the end of the world, but it is a good idea to keep an eye on that every once in awhile. What do I mean by CPU usage? Well, it’s basically the percentage of your computer system (programs, other applications, etc.) being used at a particular time.

If you’re

Monitor Mayhem

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Monitor Mayhem

As promised from yesterday, here is a tip on how to troubleshoot any problems you may be having with your monitor. Yesterday, we discussed troubleshooting a “dead” PC and how to bring it back to life. Well, today we’re going to hopefully revive your monitor and breathe some life back into it. Are you ready? Let’s get started!

If your computer seems to be working just… Continue reading

Revive Your PC

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Are you having computer problems? I mean, serious computer problems. Is your computer refusing to turn on or does it look completely dead? If this happens to be the case, you just need to do some troubleshooting techniques to try and bring it back to life. Follow the steps below to hopefully bring your computer back to “workingland.”

1.) The first thing you should check is the power supply just… Continue reading

Working With Firewalls

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Working With Firewalls

A firewall, in simple words, is a system or a group of systems that enforces an access control policy between two networks. Further, in even simpler terms, you can express that there is a two-way system present in all firewalls. Out of these, one exists to block traffic, while the role of the other is to permit traffic.

In order to avoid any interference and to prevent… Continue reading

Wireless Networking

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Wireless Networking

Do you know what wireless computer networking really is? If not, follow along with me through this tip as I talk a little about wireless networking. You may learn something new, you never know!

Wireless networks utilize radio waves and/or microwaves to maintain communication channels between computers. Wireless networking is a more modern alternative to wired networking that relies on copper and/or fiber optic cabling between network devices.… Continue reading

Master Boot Record

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Q:
I must have done something to my computer somewhere along the line, because every time I restart my computer (with Windows XP), I get a “MBR Corrupt” or an “Error loading operating system” error message. What do you think I did and how can I fix it?

A:
Very good question! These errors could have started from a number of things. If you were trying to remove… Continue reading

Partition Your Hard Drive

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Partition Your Hard Drive

Maybe you’ve been thinking about dividing up your hard drive for awhile, but you’re just not sure how to go about doing it. It is somewhat of a lengthy process and it could get complicated, so if you’re going to attempt to do this, make sure you understand what you’re doing and be confident in your work. If you are, things should go fine. Also, make… Continue reading

Mystery Computer User

Friday, July 14th, 2006

Q:
I think someone has been using my computer when I’m away. Is there any way I can find out for sure and see what they’ve been doing while on it?

A:
This is a pretty common problem that occurs. Maybe it happens at the office when you’re home for the evening or maybe when you’re on vacation. An overnight worker could take the initiative to access your… Continue reading

Eliminate Some Mouse Usage

Friday, July 14th, 2006

Eliminate Some Mouse Usage

If you read yesterday’s newsletter, you found out how you can change the appearance of your computer screen to help with any eye problems you may have. By the end of the article yesterday, your computer was completely “eye friendly.” Well, today we’re going go over eliminating some mouse usage for a “mouse friendly” environment!

Along with my eye trouble, the palm of my right hand… Continue reading

How To Configure a Dial-Up Connection

Are you still one of the several people who use dial-up? Maybe you live out in an area where you can’t get anything other than dial-up (like in the boonies) or maybe you just choose to use dial-up because it is sometimes cheaper, etc. Well, either way, you need to know how to configure a dial-up connection, right? Right!

Well, if you are reading… Continue reading

CD AutoRun in XP

Friday, July 7th, 2006

Q:
How do you turn off the CD AutoRun for Windows XP? I see that you show how to do it for 98 and ME, but how about XP?

A:
You’re right, we do have a tip that tells you how to turn off the AutoRun feature for Windows 98 and ME. If you’re interested in that, read here. If you happen to be an XP… Continue reading

Unknown Device

Friday, July 7th, 2006

If you have several external devices that run through your USB ports, you may have come across an “Unknown Device” error before. This error will show up in your Device Manager (right click on the My Computer icon, choose Properties, Hardware tab, Device Manager button). If you’ve ever wondered what could be causing this error, you may want to check out these troubleshooting techniques.

One problem could be that the… Continue reading

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