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Archive for the ‘System Tune-Up Help’ Category



Older PC: Upgrade to Windows 7 or 8?

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

For many people, using Windows XP or Windows Vista this is an important decision to make. Do you choose Windows 7 knowing that it’s not the latest and greatest, or do you choose Windows 8 and force yourself to use the new interface? Continue reading

Back Up That Hard Drive

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

How to back up to that new external hard drive. Continue reading

Lost Windows 7 Disc – What To Do?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Charles from MA. writes: My HD crashed and I lost win 7 replacement discs. Is there any generic version of Win7 I can use? Continue reading

The Dual Core Duel

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Which is better for Kamal? Single core? Dual core? Quad core? Here are some guidelines to help him decide. Continue reading

If you’re in the market for a new computer this year and decide to take advantage of some of the holiday specials, you’ll quickly find they come preloaded with a lot of junk. Everything from trials and limited time software to plug-ins, pop-ups, and quick launch programs you either don’t need or won’t want. PC Decrapifier is the… Continue reading

Boot Failure: Flashing Cursor – Help!

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Dave from North Pole AK writes:

Every time I need to reboot I have to hit ESC to get to the boot menu, then click on the default location and again on the operating system. If I don’t do this I get a flashing cursor in the upper left hand corner and a black screen. I am running Windows 7 Professional as the only operating system on the computer. Continue reading

I have an HP p6210f Quad Core (Win 7) with 6 GB of memory installed, however, in looking at the System Info it says I have “Installed Memory 6GB (2 GB Usable). The memory checks good, I swapped slots – no change. I do not think there is a setting to correct this, is there? Maybe it’s the MB and/or CPU? Continue reading

Finding Missing Windows Programs

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Has your Windows Disk Defragmenter, Microsoft Paint, or other Windows installed program gone missing from your computer? Get them back using these methods: Continue reading

Turning on the ability to view protected operating system files is sometimes required for certain fixes to your operating system or virus removal/spyware removal, however it also shows you files not intended to be seen by the user. Continue reading

Low Virtual Memory In XP

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

A reader named Carol writes us this week with a low virtual memory message in Windows XP. She wants to keep her computer, but she’s having difficulty with this error. How do you fix it? How do you increase your virtual memory? What other things can she do to improve her PC? Continue reading

Upgrading your desktop computer can be problematic, as some of the software or hardware may not be supported. The real question you should ask yourself before deciding to upgrade is: Do I need it? Continue reading

Does My Computer Have WiFi?

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

To see if your computer has a wireless adapter the easiest thing to do is to check the Device Manager in Control Panel. Continue reading

Do I Need To Upgrade To Windows 8?

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

The good news is that Windows 7 isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Microsoft has traditionally offered long support cycles – for businesses especially, due to corporate customers needing guaranteed support for 3-5 years at a time. In other words, Windows 7 will continue to be supported by Microsoft with software patches, security updates and software. Continue reading

How To Password Protect A Flash Drive

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Do you want to password protect your USB flash drive? Read this article to find out how. Continue reading

Reinstalling From Restore Partition

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Why NOT just reinstall from “D” drive? Here’s an explanation of what the restore partition is and how to use it. Continue reading

New PC – D: Drive Nearly Full?

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Did you buy a new PC and your D drive is nearly full? Read this article to find out why it’s happening and what you need to do to handle the situation. Continue reading

Getting an error on start-up because of a program? Here are some steps to fix it. Continue reading

Windows XP: The End of an Era

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

As of April 2014, Windows will discontinue support for XP. To ensure a safer technological environment, it may be time to prepare for the inevitable and upgrade. Continue reading

The Anti-Virus Story

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Should I have several anti-virus programs installed on my machine? Can I run an anti-virus program from a removable drive? Which anti-malware program has the coolest name? If you’ve ever found yourself asking any of these questions, you’ll find the answers here. Continue reading

Do you need to reformat your PC but don’t have a Windows installation disk? Read this articles for some help. Continue reading

The clock battery (otherwise known as the CMOS battery) is a battery that is used to keep the system clock counting and the user settings saved in your motherboard’s circuitry. Over time, the battery can run out of energy and require replacing. These batteries are style CR2032 and are very easy to replace. Continue reading

Backing up your Windows folder, (usually in c:\windows) is not enough to restore your computer should the PC’s hard drive have mechanical problems. The best way to restore a computer back to a previous state is to use backup software that supports disk imaging. Continue reading

The Case of the Checked Disk

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Checking your hard drive for errors is a good, although time-consuming way to extend the life of your hard drive. Here’s how to do it in Vista and 7. Continue reading

The blue screen of death is the most dreaded error screen on Windows, caused by a sudden failure of any hardware or system level software. Here’s some advice for troubleshooting the BSoD. Continue reading

Cheryl from OH writes:

A friend of mine told me she turns her monitor off, but leaves her tower run at night. Is there an advantage to this?

The practice of leaving a computer on, but turning the monitor off is mostly used in the office/corporate environment, because many updates/system upgrades are done by

Paul from MN writes:

I was surfing the web and came across a free computer operating system called Ubuntu. It says it is as good or better then the standard ones –  claiming it cannot be infected by spyware, viruses, or be hacked.

Have you heard of it and what are

Flash Drive Freezes Boot

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Does your computer freeze on boot with a flash drive plugged in? Once you remove the flash drive does it load normally? Find out why in this article. Continue reading

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