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Archive for the ‘System Tune-Up Help’ Category



Over-Clocking

Monday, November 15th, 2004

What is Over-Clocking? Find out here! Continue reading

What of these?

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Q:
My Windows folder is full of these things called”$NtUninstallQ…etc”. There’s a whole bunch of them! Are they OK to delete?

A:
This should only happen to you Win XP users out there. When you install a patch or update, Windows makes a directory for files you’ll need if you decide to uninstall the update/patch. In other words, it’s an escape hatch in case their update… Continue reading

Automatic Processes

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Q:
In Windows XP when I go into Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) there are a lot of programs running under “Processes” that I have never seen before and don’t know what they are for. How can I find out what these “processes” are for and how to keep them from loading if I don’t really need them?

A:
Think of those processes as the parts under the hood of… Continue reading

Installing a New Font

Monday, November 15th, 2004

When you buy some new fonts or download them off the internet you may need to manually install them. Sounds difficult, but it really isn’t.

If you downloaded the font it may be in your downloads folder in a zipped format, so first you need to unzip the folder. If they are on a disk, then just have the disk in your drive.

Now, open the Fonts folder. You can… Continue reading

Check Available Disk Space

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Check Available Disk Space

We get readers wanting to know how do do this all the time.

To see how much space you have left, open the My Computer icon on your desktop (or under the Start menu for XP users) and right-click the drive you are curious about (for most people, this would be their C: drive, but this trick works with any drive). Select Properties from the resulting… Continue reading

Disable Error Reporting in Windows XP

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Q:
Every time I have a problem with this one program, a little window pops up and asks me to report the error to Microsoft. How do I stop this?

A:
To get rid of that pesky request Windows XP likes to pop up, right-click the My Computer icon on your desktop and choose “Properties“.

In the System Properties window that… Continue reading

Upgrading to XP? Proceed Carefully

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Upgrading to XP? Proceed Carefully

So, you finally decided to give in and upgrade to Windows XP. There are some issues you should know before making the switch.

Before you do anything, it might be a good idea to visit the Microsoft Windows XP website . You can compare XP to Win 98 , and get answers to compatibility issues . There is even… Continue reading

Power Management Setting

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Q:
Why does my monitor go black after about 15 minutes of not using the computer?

A:
Windows has a Power Management setting that will shut your monitor off after a specified amount of time. If you don’t like when it’s shutting the monitor off, you can change it by doing the following:

In Windows XP:

1. Hit the Start>Control Panel , then go to Performance and Maintenance

System Password Protection

Friday, November 12th, 2004

System Password Protection

*This tip is for advanced users only. If you try it and mess your computer up, don’t come crying to me.

Password protecting Windows will keep most people out of your computer, it won’t stop ‘em all. I can get into a password protected Windows computer in less than 2 minutes. For obvious liability reasons, I’m not going to tell you how, but rest assured I (and… Continue reading

Keep It Clean

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Keep It Clean

When it comes to our computers, all we tend to think about is the stuff we see on the screen — the software. Most of us tend to neglect the computer itself.

What can you do with your computer to make it run longer? As I just mentioned above, keep it clean.

I can’t tell you the number of computers I’ve opened that have… Continue reading

Strange sounds when computer is turned on

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Q:
Help! My computer just started making a strange sound when I turn it on. It sounds like rapid ticking or rattling (not hard drive sounds either) and goes away after a few minutes. Any ideas?

A:
Sounds like a problem with one of your fans (no, not the people who love you, the ones that blow air).

Your computer probably has two internal fans – one that… Continue reading

Updating Windows

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Updating Windows

If you’re running a newer version of Windows, you’ve probably noticed the Windows Update item when you press your Start button. What is that all about?

Windows update is actually a really cool little feature. You know how Windows tends to have a few bugs? Well, these updates take care of bugs, security holes, and lots of other problematic stuff. Who knows, if you’re having problems, this may… Continue reading

Where is my Control+Alt+Delete?

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Q:
Why doesn’t my Windows XP have Control+Alt+Delete ?

A:
This could be caused by a virus, b ut before you panic, it could also be missing if, for some unknown reason, Task Manager did not install or was deleted. So, first you should find out if it’s there:

Start / Search “all files & folders” for ” taskmgr.exe “. This file should be located on your C… Continue reading

Compress NTFS Files

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Q:
How do I enable File Compression in Windows XP?

A:
If you are using Windows XP, chances are your hard drive uses the NTFS filing system. If you are in NTFS, you can save space on your hard drive by using File Compression.

First, open My Computer and double-click a drive or folder.

Right-click the file or folder… Continue reading

Screen Resolution and Older Games

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Q:
I was trying to play an old game on Windows XP, but it won’t work. I hear sound, but the screen is blank. Why can’t I see the graphics?

A:
I ran into this the other day with an old program that my kids love. It turns out that we had to change the screen resolution to 256 colors.

What you could do is look for the… Continue reading

Backing Up the Registry

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

If you’re planning on messing with your Windows Registry, it’s probably a good idea to back it up first!

Here’s how:

Click Start /Run and type in “regedit” (no quotes). (If you’re in Windows Vista or 7, just type it into the search box.)

Next, click the File menu, then ” Export“.

Select a location from the resulting box and give your backup… Continue reading

Program Ghosts

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Q:
I deleted a program but it still shows up on my Add/Remove Programs list. How can I get rid of it?

A:
I get this ghost story all the time. The program is gone, but its entry is still there. Who you gonna call?

When that happens, most people click the program, hit the Add / Remove button and end up with an error. And… Continue reading

Prefetch Clutter

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Prefetch Clutter

Do you find that it takes longer and longer for applications to open when you boot Windows XP? One common cause is the Win XP prefetch system.

“What’s Prefetch?” you ask. It’s a way for Windows to pre-load the data needed for running applications before you launch them. It’s supposed to make them launch quicker. What actually happens is that programs you hardly ever use take… Continue reading

Get Your Money’s Worth

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Get Your Money’s Worth

We often mention various Windows tools only get emails from readers who say those tools are missing. Many times this happens because the feature is not installed (for instance Task Manager in XP—see 8/4/04 ). Especially if your system came with the OS already on it, you might not have all the tools and toys available.

What to do?

Go to Control Panel… Continue reading

Nslookup – what those numbers mean

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004


Q:
My firewall keeps telling me that someone is trying to get into my computer, but all it shows are a bunch of numbers. Is there a way to find out who this is?

A:
This digital trick is actually pretty easy to pull off:

For Windows Xp users:

1. Hit the Start Button / Run . Type… Continue reading

Win XP Time Travel

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Win XP Time Travel

Have you ever made a change to your computer that messed everything up? A great feature of Windows XP is System Restore. You can go back to a previous setup without losing your documents, jpegs, emails, or other files. It keeps track of changes in your system and automatically creates what are called “restore points”. These points allow you to travel back in time to when… Continue reading


Q:
What does it mean to Partition your hard drive?

A:
When you partition something in a computer, you divide it into isolated sections. For the most part, when you’re talking about partitions, you’re talking about hard drive partitions, so we’ll take a closer look at those.

First off, when you partition a drive, each partition will act as an… Continue reading

Control Your Updates

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Windows XP can automatically update itself. That means any time you go online it will look for any new Hotfixes that you might need. But, what if you don’t want more control over the updating? Maybe you want to see what the hotfix does before you install it. Guess what? You can.

Right-click “My Computer” and choose “Properties“. Click on the “Automatic Updates” tab. There you’ll find… Continue reading

Windows XP Service Pack 2 and blocked pictures

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Q:
Help! I just installed Windows XP Service Pack 2 and now I don’t see any pictures in your newsletters—only a red X. Is there a way to fix this?

A:
This security feature only affects Outlook Express users. All you need to do is click the bar under the subject line in the preview pane that says, “Some pictures have been blocked…Click here to download pictures.”

Updating Drivers

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Updating Drivers

Keeping drivers up to date can help your computer run better, add features to your existing equipment, and/or make the device run faster. Of course, it can also make a piece of hardware compatible with a new operating system (like if you’ve gone from Win 98 to XP) or if you add a critical update to your OS like Service Pack 2 for… Continue reading

How to find out if you have Service Pack 3?

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Burt from Montana asks:
How do I know if I have Service Pack 3 on my Windows XP computer?

A:
It’s easy, burt. Just right-click “My Computer” and choose “Properties“. In the System Properties box look under “System“.

If you see “Service Pack 3″ listed there, then it is installed

~David… Continue reading

SP2 Hardware & Software Conflicts

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

SP2 Hardware & Software Conflicts

So, you’re about to install Win XP Service Pack 2 . I suggest you find out if there are any measures you should take before installing. Head over to the web site for your computer’s manufacturer first.

Dell: Dude, if you got a Dell there are some hoops you need to jump through before installing SP2. Check out their page or get whacked…… Continue reading

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