Use this tip to get rid of annoying toolbars that come bundled with other downloaded software. Continue reading
Learn how to fix a “security center service cannot be started” message in Windows. Continue reading
Christa from Lake Charles, La writes: I have a Dell Dimension 3100 running Windows XP. I have not been able to use my system restore for awhile. Even if I just try to go back to the day before it says that my computer cannot be restored to that date. Please help. Continue reading
Charlie from New Jersey writes: After removing a virus from my computer I’m unable to install anything. A message comes up saying: Windows Installer is missing….I’m using Vista, 32 Home Premium Version. Can you help? Thank you Answer:… Continue reading
Crys from West Indies writes: I have an HP a6700f Desktop and while using it, the computer freezes for a couple seconds with an irritating sound. Sometimes a popup says the graphics card recovered from a crash and this happens every 10 minutes or so. I’m guessing its the graphics card….but i opened it up an found none. Can you provide any suggestions? Continue reading
Shirley from FL writes: I have a Compaq laptop with Vista on it. It is about 4 years old, am I able to put Windows 7 on it? Since I can not afford at this time a new laptop I would like to get rid of Vista since I do not like it. Answer: Shirley, I’ve got some great news for you. If your PC is running Vista then it… Continue reading
Roy from Las Vegas, NV writes: Bought a used computer from a friend that wanted a new one. Now, I can’t get his name from showing up in the USERS etc. Have changed everything suggested by the Worldstart Forum. Still it comes up! Is there a simple way to change his to mine? I am listed as the owner etc now and in the registry but his name keeps showing up! Continue reading
Find out how to make a backup recovery disc for your eMachines computer if you’ve lost the original CD. Continue reading
Rahul from Rajasthan writes: I enjoy your daily newsletter and find them quite informative. I want to know if there’s some way I can install a USB 3.0 card on my Asus P5KPL-AM/PS motherboard running Windows XP Service Pack 3. Warm regards. Answer: A USB 3.0 card is an expansion card you place in your computer which will offer USB 3… Continue reading
James from Oklahoma writes: Yesterday I was doing a security scan of my wife’s computer and had noticed that after the scan finished it had 2,000,000 plus files, where are all these files coming from? How do I get files reduced? Answer: As you use your computer to browse the web, download e-mail, edit photos and all of the other daily tasks, many small files are created and stored in the process. These files… Continue reading
Gary from Australia writes: I have a Toshiba Satellite Laptop (Centrino) which was originally preloaded with Vista. A few years ago I upgraded to 7. I am now giving away the laptop and would like to wipe the hard drive clean. If I format the drive will I lose the operating system 7? Continue reading
Irene from Jacksonville FL writes: I am a premium member of WorldStart, I love this helpful newsletter! Esp the tips! I’m having a problem viewing any videos sent to me, I can’t see YouTube videos, I have Adobe Flash and even deleted it and downloaded it again! but it says please download Adobe Flash player?? And it’s already on my laptop!! PLEASE HELP! Continue reading
Harvey from Pensacola writes: How do you repair the “502 Bad Gateway” error? Answer: There is some good news and bad news when it comes to 502 Gateway errors. The good news is it’s probably not your computer’s fault. The bad news is there isn’t much you can do to fix it if it isn’t… Continue reading
George from Illinois writes: When I use “Startup” on the System Configuration Utility, it is cluttered with many programs that I no longer have or will never use. Is there some way to delete these? Answer: Startup programs can be a significant drain on system performance and increase the time it takes your computer to completely start up… Continue reading
Winston from Canada writes: I have a laptop with windows XP. I cannot figure out how to stop the tap on the touchpad. Every time I move the cursor I keep clicking on stuff I don’t want. How do I eliminate that so I can just use left & right click buttons? Thank you for your help. Answer: The good news is you should be able to disable the tapping feature in the touchpad settings. Continue reading
Robert from Raymond Maine writes: How do I get my Windows Paint program back? I tried to repair it from the program files, but it says it has a damaged file and won’t install. I am running XP Pro and IE. Answer: You can reinstall Paint or other Windows built-in programs you are missing fairly easily in Windows XP. Start by clicking… Continue reading
On April 8th 2014 Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP with critical security updates. This will make running XP quite dangerous due to security exploits and bugs that will be discovered but not patched. Many users are considering upgrading to Windows 7. To check if your computer and devices are compatible with upgrading to Windows 7 you can download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. Continue reading
John from Yuma, AZ writes: My grandson loaned his Acer laptop to a friend and he somehow changed the password in the BIOS. I am somewhat computer savvy and have tried everything that I know, all to no avail. Acer will fix the problem for a couple of hundred dollars and the place where it was purchased (Best Buy) will not touch it, even though it was still under warranty. How can I access the BIOS and change the password or even eliminate it all together? Continue reading
Mary from Tallahassee, FL writes:
A few months ago, my computer lost its ability to play sounds (yes, I have been mute for that long). Over that time I’ve checked everything I can find that appears to have anything to do with sound. Every device, driver, etc. states that they are functioning properly. Still I have no sound. Do you have any idea what could have caused me to lose sound or how to fix it? Any light you can shed on this problem will be most appreciated. Answer: Use this tip to troubleshoot audio problems when your computer’s sound goes out. Continue reading
Is there something wrong with your computer?
Does it seem slower than it used to be?
Are you worried about security holes?
Do you wonder if you have too much clutter on your hard drive?
Is your registry as fast as it should be?
Do unnecessary start-up programs slow your computer down?
Do you have performance robbing memory leaks?
Is your Internet as fast
On March 5th, Seagate announced its third-generation solid state hybrid drives, SSHD for short, in both traditional laptop size and, for the first time ever, a desktop-sized hard drive. Is the performance worth the upgrade? Continue reading