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Archive for the ‘System Tune-Up Help’ Category



Is it Safe to Delete Temp Files?

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

This article addresses the issue of the safety of deleting temporary files. Take a look and see for yourself if it’s safe to delete them! Continue reading

Temporary files can slow down your computer. It is important that you make sure to delete them so they do not pose a problem to your computer’s performance. Continue reading

Is Paid Virus Protection Worth the Money?

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Is paid anti-virus protection worth it? Or should you just settle for free, downloadable protection? Continue reading

Are you receiving a message about your CPU usage being too high? If your CPU usage is too high, it will slow down your computer considerably. Take a look at this important information about what you can do to fix this issue. Continue reading

Teamviewer is available for Windows, Mac, Linux and for mobile devices as well. This means, you can access a Windows PC from Linux or a Mac from any mobile device. Continue reading

Tired of the vague messages Windows Network Diagnostic gives you? Learn to troubleshoot the problems your network connection is having right from the Command Prompt. Continue reading

Switching Processors

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Installing a new processor (CPU) on your motherboard. Note: this tip is for professionals only! Continue reading

This tutorial shows you how to dual boot Windows 8 developer preview without disturbing your existing operating system e.g Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP. Take a look! Continue reading

Solving DRM Issue the Software Way

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

The quickest way to solve a DRM error on your video adapter. It’s a kind of obvious answer, but sometimes those are the best! Continue reading

The C drive hosts out entire operating system, but some other files are also created on the C drive, which eat up additional space. One of them is the pagefile. Here is how you can move the pagefile to a new location. Continue reading

Windows 7 Power Efficiency Report

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Do you have a laptop and want to maximize your battery life? Are you wondering if your battery is still good enough to last a few more months or whether it time to replace it? Make use of Windows 7’s built-in tool to examine the laptop’s energy usage and obtain recommendations to improve performance! Continue reading

Is your computer getting on in years and filled with a variety of drives, cards, connectors, and cables? If this sounds like your hardware, read this and consider looking around the inside of that cluttered computer. Continue reading

Can’t hear anything on your computer? You may be have a corrupt or missing p17.sys. Here’s how to fix it. Continue reading

Blinded by the Pop-up

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Here’s a possible ways to fix a pop-up blocking your computer monitor. Continue reading

If your computer cannot run Firefox 5 in hardware acceleration mode, try disabling hardware acceleration with this tip! Continue reading

Part 1 of our two part series on shut down screens in Windows 7. Learn what to do when you get a “Force Shutdown Screen”. Continue reading

Windows 7 Troubleshooters

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Whether it is making or changing settings, installing or removing software, or finding and then solving problems with our installation, Microsoft offers a variety of troubleshooting and diagnostic tools to accomplish these tasks in every operating system. Continue reading

Windows 7 Desktop Cleanup Wizard

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Robert in Long Island, NY asks:

In Windows XP there is the Desktop Icon Cleanup Wizard. Is there an equivalent in Windows 7?

The Desktop Cleanup wizard was last featured as a standalone utility in Windows XP. It does not appear in Windows 7, at least not in the same form. Continue reading

Turning Windows Features On and Off

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

“Always hidden.”  That’s what Microsoft’s motto about its operating systems should be. Something like this:

If you want it, if you need it, it’s always there. Always hidden.

Microsoft Windows. The world’s biggest treasure hunt.

So last night, I am fiddling around with things because I am just that daring (you

Would you like to know what’s happening in your Vista or Windows 7 computer right now? For a quick read on current activity and performance, follow the steps below.

First, open the Run dialog box, by holding the Windows key and typing R (Win+R).

In the Run box, type cmd and hit the Enter key.

Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Have you ever booted up your computer and not been able to reach the Windows desktop? It may be because of corrupted Windows system files, or perhaps you inadvertently downloaded a virus. Either way, a terrible sense of panic begins to set in – trust me, I know. “All my photos and files are gone! I have no backups!” Take a deep breath and relax. Today

Checking Internet Connection Speed

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Do you want to cross check whether you are getting the download and upload speed that your Internet Service Provider (ISP) promises?

Browsing the web, checking emails, or using Facebook does not consume a large amount of bandwidth. However downloading movies, large files or watching YouTube videos one after another, can consume a very large amount of bandwidth. If you aren’t on

Hiding Protected System Files

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Dave from New Albany, OR asks:

How can I keep the desktop ini icon from popping onto the desktop and other locations? I delete it and pretty soon it’s back.

Dave, thanks for the question. What you need to do is hide these icons (shown below).

Speed Up That Computer

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Adele, from Cleveland UK writes:

My computer is running really slow, it takes about 5 minutes or more to open a program. What could be the cause of this? I am running Windows XP SP2,Version 2002,With AMD Sempron2800,2.01GHz,448mb RAM.

The first thing that jumps out at me, Adele, is that you’re running

Kaleen writes:

I really try to take care of my computer and use defragment a lot. I don’t know if it’s possible, but can I add it to the right-click menu? I use Vista.

First let me say that I think it’s awesome that you defragment your computer a lot. One of

Is formatting a flash drive different than defragging the drive? I generally format the flash drive when I want to clean everything off after having transferred it, I also format my camera card after downloading the pictures. Am I causing too much wear on the cards?

Formats, Defrags, and Flash Drive Death!

Whatever you

Dealing with an SNMaster.idx Error Message

Monday, February 14th, 2011

I keep getting an error message when I start my computer. It says “The snmaster idx file database file is missing, please restore this file”. What’s this all about? Can I restore it? Error: Missing or Corrupt SNMaster.idx. What Do I do!?

Do you start your computer up every day, greeted by a message notifying you that your “SNMaster.idx”

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