Windows 8 is out, up and running. Here are some tips for navigating the first major overhaul to the interface in Windows’ history. 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
What do you do when a website won’t connect? Do you pull your hair out? Reset your router? Call your internet company? Reboot your PC? You can’t figure out what it could be because you don’t know if the problem is on your end or the website’s end. Continue reading
What if your computer keeps telling you that your battery is no longer useful and needs to be replaced? Mine does that every day, but I can’t afford a new one. Answer: Contacting the manufacturer for a replacement can cost hundreds of dollars. I’ve got some good news: you can probably find one for a lot cheaper. Continue reading
I have replaced the hard drive on an older XP machine and have re-installed XP Pro and SP1, SP2 and SP3. After the installation there was still about 150 updates that MS auto updater says need to be installed. Are all of these necessary? How can I determine which ones to download and install? Continue reading
Jack from Worthington, OH writes: My laptop has a built-in wireless LAN adapter that I currently use. Can I plug in and use an external adapter (the USB kind) without interfering with my built-in adapter? Will it upset the future use of my internal adapter? What about my encryption and security settings? Answer: The most common complaint in regards to Wi-Fi is related to losing or having unreliable connections. Each… Continue reading
Shreekanta from Bangalore writes: I have a WindowsXP OS. The Windows Task Manager shows 5 to 6 svchost.exe would be running.Why is it so ? And could I safely cancel any of them ? Answer: Many people when they open task manager see the same thing you saw… Continue reading
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
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