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Archive for the ‘System Tune-Up Help’ Category



Setting Up Automatic Updates

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Ryan B. from Spokane, Washington asks:

I have a question about updates. I have an antivirus and firewall program installed and they always notify me when they have updated everything; I figure that’s good since they are the most important. I also have Windows Update. I am very busy and get tired of having Windows Update nagging me

Note: This article is only for Windows XP users. Other operating systems like Vista and Windows 7 do not share this problem.

Problems with Internet Explorer are a common sight. They range from simple errors to dangerous vulnerability exploits.

The first thing you should do when you have an Internet Explorer problem is to upgrade to the latest version as soon as possible. Not… Continue reading

Vista Updates and Windows 7 Upgrade

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Jan, from Milaca MN asks:

Should I download service pack 3 and Windows 7? I now have service pack 2. I have a Vista Home Premium, 32 bit operating system.

Jan,to your first question, it is always a good idea to have your operating system as up to date as it can be, but there is currently no service pack 3 for Vista. There… Continue reading

Removing McAfee

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Walt from OK asks: How do I remove McAfee from my computer completely so I can install a different anti-virus?

McAfee offers products for home and business users alike. Both can be removed from any computer, but sometimes it takes more than just a few steps. Products available

Solve Virtual Memory Problems

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Andrew from MI asks:

I keep getting the message \”need more virtual memory\”. I have tried a few different ways to increase it, with no success. Can I get a better graphic card and will that help? I have 4.00 GB RAM (3.25 usable) No problem with computer slow down. My operating system is 32 bits whatever that means. Is it possible to upgrade to 64?

How to Find Windows XP Service Pack 3

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Lois asks:

If I do not have SP3 on my XP machine, where can I get it?

Great question, Lois and yes we can check to see if you have Service Pack 3 on your computer in just a few steps. If you have Automatic Updates turned on, you will have Service Pack 3. Don’t worry if you don’t, because it’s very easy to… Continue reading

Understanding System Restore

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Note: While this tip is geared towards Windows 7 users, except for some minor differences, Vista users can proceed, using the same process.

Are you having computer problems that nothing seems to fix? Do you wish you could go back to an earlier time and undo something you’ve done? A time before you started having problems. A time before you installed that new software. A time when… Continue reading

Reinstalling Multiple Programs with Ninite

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Formatting the hard drive of a computer can be a pain, but sometimes it’s unavoidable and needs to be done. Although operating system installations don’t take hours to complete anymore, it is still cumbersome to re-install all of your favorite software all over again on a freshly formatted drive. Some applications, like the media players, messengers, and browsers, etc. are needed the moment one boots into

Access Lost System Tools in XP

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Anna asks:

I seem to have lost a program in Windows XP called Systems Tools. I can find my Disk Cleanup, but I can’t access the Defragment program. Where could the the Systems Tools (and Defragment program) have gone to? How can I get it back?

Well, to start with, let’s take a look at the Systems Tools folder and what it contains.… Continue reading

Clean Up Your PC Automatically

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Note: This will only work on Professional editions of Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.

Unwanted files and folders have been plaguing PC users since the first computers were made. And, it goes beyond operating systems.

Whether you’re using Windows, Linux or a have a Mac, excess files will always clutter your computer and consume precious hard drive space.

Every time… Continue reading

Special Note – This is the last of a 5 part series entitled, “What The Heck Is Inside My Computer?” This series is designed to give you an idea of exactly what the major parts of your computer are, what they do, and what they look like. Hey, we’ll even hook some of ‘em up for you so you can see how simple do-it-yourself upgrades… Continue reading

OK, I’m going to have to be careful here. I could write a book about all the intricacies of RAM (speed, types, size etc), but for our purposes, we need to first set our focus to what RAM actually is – and why gobs of it nestled inside your computer will make your life oh-so-much better. So, I’ll sum it up in one little sentence… Continue reading

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Special Note – This is the second of a 5 part series entitled, “What The Heck Is Inside My Computer?” This series is designed to give you an idea of exactly what the major parts of your computer are, what they do, and what they look like. Hey, we’ll even hook some of ‘em up for you so you can see

Special Note – This is the first of a 5 part series entitled, “What The Heck Is Inside My Computer?” This series is designed to give you an idea of exactly what the major parts of your computer are, what they do, and what they look like. Hey, we’ll even hook some of ‘em up for you so you can see how simple do-it-yourself upgrades can be.

To get the

Windows 7 Problem Steps Recorder

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Say you’re having a problem with your PC and no matter what you do you can’t seem to get the point across to tech support as to what exactly is happening. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an all-encompassing screen capture/problem recorder you could use?

Wait. There is! It’s called the Problem Steps Recorder and it comes with Windows 7!

The Problem Steps Recorder was… Continue reading

Disable User Logon In Windows XP

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Tired of logging into your Windows XP computer? Wish there was an easy way to turn this off? Don’t do anything rash until you’ve read this super-helpful article. It’s far easier than you think! Continue reading

Here’s a quick tip on how to create a system repair disk in Windows 7. It’s handy! Continue reading

Reactivate a Disabled Task Manager

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

The Task Manager is an application included in Windows operating systems since Windows NT. Its job is to allow you to easily troubleshoot your PC and receive detailed information about the programs and services running in the background.

Opening the Task Manager in Windows is much like popping the hood of your car, it allows you access to the inner workings of your computer while its running… Continue reading

Expanded Windows 7 Defrag Options

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Windows 7′s defrag utility has a lot more going for it than previous versions, but you have to know where to look to find the good stuff. To access some of the more interesting options like parallel defragging (defrag two separate hard drives at once) and progress reports, you need to use the command line version.

Don’t be scared, just click Start, and in the… Continue reading

The Windows Experience Index has been around since Windows Vista came out and, naturally, most computer users are looking for methods to obtain as high a WEI score as possible. Further, ever since Windows 7 came out, there have been some changes in the WEI. Most users’ WEI scores changed from Windows Vista to Windows 7, which has led many users to question the veracity of the WEI… Continue reading

The main reason to switch to a 64-bit operating system is to use a greater amount of RAM in your PC. Because 32-bit operating systems can only address a maximum of 4GB of RAM, any amount of memory that exceeds the 4GB limit, will be rendered useless.

While 32-bit operating systems can theoretically address 4GB of RAM, Windows operating systems such as Vista and 7… Continue reading

Windows 7 Resource Monitor

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

You know how when you’re in the Windows Task Manager and you can check under the performance tab to see what kind of load your computer is under? You know, the screen that looks like this?

Well what about a few more details, huh? What if you want to monitor every available resource your computer is using right now and you won’t take “no” for… Continue reading

Puran Defrag

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Disk defragmentation has been an important part of our computer maintenance from a long time. Just to refresh things a bit, without going into the technical details, disk defragmentation is an important process that we should run regularly to keep our computer in a healthy condition.

That being said, many of us know that disk defragmenter comes with every installation of Windows, but the time… Continue reading

Windows 7 Performance Tweaks

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Everyone seems to be in love with Windows 7, so this article’s intent is to share cool tips with people who are interested in getting the most out of the OS -especially those who are running Windows 7 on older, under-powered systems.

Go easy on the effects

Everybody loves glitter, but all those cool effects come at a price -particularly on very old Computers… Continue reading

Color Calibration in Windows 7

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Note: Video may contain content not found in written tip

Are you a graphic artist or do you work with print media or another color-sensitive documents? You want to make sure you have the exact color you need on the screen, and since every monitor is a little different it’s always a good idea to calibrate!

Do this:

Which Service Pack?

Monday, December 21st, 2009

I’ve received a bunch of e-mails concerning the impending end of support for Windows XP Service Pack 2. The main question I get, though, is just a matter of identification.

“How do I find out if I have Windows XP Service Pack 3?”

It’s easy, actually! Just follow these steps.

Just right-click on My Computer and select “Properties”. The the System… Continue reading

MS Config Information

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Does your PC take a long time to boot? Do you always have to wait and stare at the screen while all the start-up applications load? Does the long wait bother you and do u wish you could make it faster? MSConfig is a nifty Windows tool which allows you to do exactly this as described below.

MSConfig stands for Microsoft System… Continue reading

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