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Peer to Peer Networking in Windows

Friday, June 16th, 2006

Peer to Peer Networking in Windows

Today, we’re going to be talking about peer to peer networking in different versions of Windows. We’ll start with XP. Please keep in mind that this tip is only for people who have XP Professional, Windows 98 or 95. It is also for advanced users only who have some experience with networking.

To begin, Windows XP’s peer to peer networking capability is based on… Continue reading

Blue Screen of Death

Friday, June 16th, 2006

Blue Screen of Death

Has your computer ever been caught by the dreaded blue screen? It’s probably happened to all of us at one time or another. In fact, it has probably happened to you one too many times, am I right? I know I’ve run into the blue screen problem and it can be the most annoying thing to get rid of.

So, what is the blue screen I… Continue reading

MDATA.DAT Error

Friday, June 16th, 2006

Q:
I often get an error message of MDATA.DAT every time I restart my computer. What does this mean?

A:
That’s an interesting question! Maybe several of you get this message every time you turn your computer on and you’ve just been living with it, because it doesn’t really do anything to your system. Although it may not hurt your computer, it can be rather annoying, so it… Continue reading

Lunchtime Special

Friday, June 9th, 2006

When you use your computer (especially if you’re using it all day long), you probably open and close several applications through the course of time. Well, each time you open a new program and close it out, your Windows operating system retains tiny fragments of those applications and they are not removed completely off your system until you shut your computer down for the day.

For example, every time you… Continue reading

One More on the Defrag

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

One More on the Defrag

Thanks to a very helpful reader, we have yet another tip on running a smoother defrag on your computer. Last week, we talked about changing some of your startup settings so the defrag could run without interruption.

While it’s a good idea to do all of that, an even easier procedure would be to change your screen saver settings. Most of you probably… Continue reading

Smooth Out the Defrag

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Smooth Out the Defrag

Many people have problems running the Windows defragmentation program. The program seems to start perfectly fine, but after it reaches 10 percent or even 20 percent, it keeps restarting itself, telling you the “Drive contents have changed.”

This happens because there are all sorts of “invisible” programs running in the background that keep changing the information on your hard drive. This makes the defrag process think… Continue reading

Defragmentation

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Defragmentation

If your computer has been running slower than usual or if it’s just plain sluggish, it may be time for you to defrag your computer. The defragmentation feature is an important utility that comes along with Windows and it helps you to fine tune your Windows file system and it just ensures that everything is running properly. Defrag (short for disk defragmenter) organizes your file system to help Windows… Continue reading

Lost Connection

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Q:
I seem to lose my Internet connection quite often. What could be causing this?

A:
There are different reasons why an Internet connection fails and it also depends on the Internet connection type you have. If you have a dial-up connection, the cause could be extra noise running through the phone line, you let your computer sit in idle mode too long or maybe you have some… Continue reading

Beginnings of Virus Infections

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Q:
How does a virus begin to infest itself on a computer system? I would just like to know the beginning basics of it.

A:
If you are an avid WorldStart newsletter reader, you know that we have done several articles on viruses in the past. We’ve warned you about what they can do to your computer system, we’ve talked about antivirus and other protective software and we’ve… Continue reading

Don’t Restart

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Don’t Restart

When you go to shut down your computer, you may notice that there is an option there for you to restart your computer as well. This option is there for all the times you just want to restart your computer instead of completely shutting it down, but did you know that it also plays a part in system failures? Basically, Windows is set to automatically restart your computer… Continue reading

Crash Alert

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Q:
Some of the programs I use frequently on my computer seem to crash an awful lot. Why do they keep doing this and is there anything I can do to prevent it?

A:
If you have started to see an increase in your Windows or any programs crashing, there’s a few things you can do.

First, if the problem is regularly… Continue reading

SpeedFan

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Q:
I keep hearing a strange sound coming from my computer? I don’t think it’s coming from my hard drive. Where else could it be?

A:
If your computer is making some weird noises and you’ve already checked in different places (your hard drive, boot up system, hardware, etc.), your problem may lie within your fan. If you listen closer to the fan areas on your computer, a… Continue reading

LSASS.exe

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Q:
I often see an application of lsass.exe running in my task manager, but I have no idea what it is. Should it be running or should I get rid of it? Could it be a virus?

A:
The lsass.exe file is a pretty important part of your Windows operating system. LSASS stands for Local Security Authority Subsystem Service and it is mainly used to help… Continue reading

Hard Drive Noises

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Q:
Recently my hard drive has been making some weird noises and I’m getting pretty worried about it. Sometimes my computer even locks up when it happens. Does this mean my hard drive is going bad?

A:
Obviously, if your hard drive is making an odd sound that you’ve never heard from it before (it may be some sort of a clicking sound), it could be a warning… Continue reading

Get on the Right Level

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Get on the Right Level

Have you been having trouble with your hard drive lately? Maybe you’ve been having so many problems that you’re almost ready to just give up on it and go get a new one. Before you do that, you might find this little tip a tad bit interesting.

Some hard drives are very sensitive to surfaces that are not level. Who knew?! Most have trouble functioning… Continue reading

A New Way to Open

Friday, April 21st, 2006

A New Way to Open

We all know that when we want to open a file, it is done by an application or a software program, right? Well, this is true when working with our Windows system as well. For example, when you want to listen to a music file, you click on it and your computer automatically picks a program that is designed to run music and audio files… Continue reading

USB 2.0 vs. USB 1.0 and 1.1

Friday, April 21st, 2006

John from Florida asks:

What is the difference between USB 1.0 & 2.0?

A:
As we all may know, USB ports are on your computer so you are able to connect external devices to work with your system. Most computers today come with one or more USB ports and they’re so fast and easy to use. It’s easy just to plug something… Continue reading

Daylight Saving Time

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Daylight Saving Time

Are you still manually changing the time on your computer clock each time daylight saving time rolls around? If you are, there’s no more need to do that (unless you want to, of course).

In order to catch the next time change, double click on the clock (located in the bottom right hand corner of your desktop) and select the Time Zone tab. Under the map that… Continue reading

USB Limits

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Q:
Is there a limit on the amount of power my USB ports can handle? How can I check to see if mine are being used appropriately?

A:
The general amount of power that most USB ports can handle is 500mA (milliamps). It is a good idea to check the status of your ports every once in awhile to make sure that you’re not over exceeding the power… Continue reading

XP Logo

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Q:
How can I get rid of that XP logo that comes up when I start my computer?

A:
Some may like the “pretty” XP logo that shows up, but some may not. So, if you would like to make your boot up just a little bit faster and not have to see that logo every time you boot up your computer, you can use this quick little… Continue reading

Try It Before You Buy It – Linux

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Try It Before You Buy It – Linux

If you’re one of our readers who is interested in Linux, we have another great article for you today about trying Linux out before you actually buy it. Read on!

Switching operating systems isn’t a trivial matter. Doing so generally involves the arduous tasks of backing up all of your important data and, in the case of Linux, repartitioning your hard disk… Continue reading

Get More Cache

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Q:
Is there any way I can change the size of my cache?

A:
Yes, there is. If you have a good amount of available space on your hard drive and you surf the Internet all the time, you may want to consider increasing the size of your cache. By making your cache bigger, you will be able to access recently visited Web sites quicker.

If… Continue reading

Accessibility Options

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Accessibility Options

Did you know that you can configure your Windows options to meet your needs for vision, hearing and mobility? If you need to permanently make your text bigger for your vision or if you need to hear things better, just a few clicks through the Accessibility Wizard will get the job done.

For XP, go to Start, Control Panel, Accessibility Options. Click on “Configure Windows to work for… Continue reading

Can I Disable That?

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Q:
Which services can I disable in Windows?

A:
First, you will want to have a restore point already created, so I will wait here while you do that, in case you haven’t already done so.

Done? Okay, great, let’s get going on disabling some of the services on your computer so you can save some disk space and allow… Continue reading

Hibernation – The Positive Effects

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Hibernation – The Positive Effects

Some of you may know about hibernation techniques in Windows, but let’s take a look at the positive effects of using hibernation in your computer’s life. You might know that each hard drive has an optimal life of some thousands of hours and each time we restart our computers, the hard drive gets exhausted. The hard drive dies down a bit each time, because although… Continue reading

Hibernation – The Positive Effects

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Hibernation – The Positive Effects

Some of you may know about hibernation techniques in Windows, but let’s take a look at the positive effects of using hibernation in your computer’s life. You might know that each hard drive has an optimal life of some thousands of hours and each time we restart our computers, the hard drive gets exhausted. The hard drive dies down a bit each time, because although… Continue reading

You Might Be Low On Resources: The ZoneAlarm Firewall Factor

The topic I am going to talk about relates to all of us, because we simply just want our computers to run applications and software as fast as possible, right? As you might know, ZoneAlarm is a powerful security software package that is recommended to everyone to protect his/her computer from threats like viruses. ZoneAlarm protects our PCs from people… Continue reading

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