Always get irritated by touchpad while typing? Using TouchFreeze, Touchpad can be disabled while you are typing. Here is the step-by-step process to install TouchFreeze in Windows7. 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
How would you like a free, guided utility which allows you partition your hard drive, copy a drive and run surface tests all through an easy-to-use interface? Partion Wizard Home Edition from MiniTool is a utility to that does just that. Continue reading
Peter from Kerrville, Texas writes: My system runs Windows XP, Service Pack 3. In the “Windows” directory there is a sub-directory labeled “Installer”. This directory is very large (2 GB) and contains many .msp and .msi files. My question is can any of these files be deleted in order to regain some disk space? Thank you in advance for your help and answer. Answer: The good news is… Continue reading
Charles from Las Vegas, NV writes: OK, I buy a new machine, and it comes with Windows 8, and I want to go back to Windows 7. If I already own a full copy of Windows 7, why can’t I just reformat and install the copy I have and not have to worry [or pay] for any Pro copy of Windows 8? – Chuck B Answer:… Continue reading
Bill from LA. writes: Can you mix hard drives (SATA and IDE) one for the OS and the other for your backup if you have the proper connections? or is it better to have two of the same kind in your desktop computer? Answer: Yes and no. Here’s why the answer is complicated… Continue reading
Paul from NW Chicago Suburbs writes: What is the best way to copy all the information on one hard drive and put it on another when upgrading to a larger hard drive, including the Windows XP Pro operating system. I want to go from a mechanical hard drive to a SSD… Continue reading
Tom from Pennsylvania writes: I am running windows XP home edition service pack 3. I was running the CHKDSK and a warning come up that the F parameter was not specified. Can you elaborate on this? I have had the computer shut down and reboot while I was using it, is why I was running CHKDSK. I am using Microsoft Security essentials for virus protection. Continue reading
Microsoft Baseline Security Scanner, MBSA; what does it do? Is it worthwhile for an individual to have and use? I already have a virus scanner, Malwarebytes, Spybot, CCleaner, etc; is it worthwhile to have MBSA in addition? Thanks. Answer: Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) is a security tool designed for computer… Continue reading
Norman from Pennsylvania writes: Every time I start up my computer I get a notification from Windows Update that I have an important update for Microsoft Works 9 (KB2754670). I do not have Microsoft Works 9 installed in my computer. How can I stop this message from popping up constantly? Continue reading