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Archive for the ‘System Tune-Up Help’ Category

Windows Uptime

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Is there any way to find out how long my computer has been on?

If you leave your computer running 24/7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), you might be interested in determining the amount of uptime that has accumulated since your last reboot. Luckily, it’s very easy to find that information in Windows XP

Keeping Your Passwords

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Keeping Your Passwords

Did you know that Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate all have a built-in feature that allows user accounts to have password expiration dates? And the real problem comes in when your local user account has been set to expire a password, because there’s not an obvious place to change the setting. Luckily though, it’s very easy to do and if you’d like… Continue reading

Preventing Your Games From Crashing

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Preventing Your Games From Crashing

It’s a fairly common scenario: you’ve been looking forward to the release of a new game for months. You run to the store to buy it as soon as it’s released, you bring it home and you’re anxious to play it, but for some reason or another, you’re simply unable to play the game. That’s right, it crashes. Time and time again. Even more, in… Continue reading

Giving It a Clean Boot

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Have you ever tried to install a program and it just wouldn’t go? You know, you try it several times, but no matter what you do, it just doesn’t install properly. I bet almost everyone out there has run into this at least once and today, I’m going to share a tip with you that I use daily when helping

Vista Firewall: Allowing Programs Through

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Vista Firewall: Allowing Programs Through

With some of the new programs you install on your computer from the Internet or through other media types, you may experience some difficulty or permission issues because of the Windows Vista firewall. Luckily though, there’s a workaround for it and you can start using it today. Let’s see what we’ve got!

To be able to allow programs through the Vista firewall, follow these directions:… Continue reading

Atomic Cleaner

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Atomic Cleaner

A problem most Windows users face is unnecessary files residing in cryptic folders on their hard drive. You know, files like your Internet browsing cache, files left behind by games you play and so on. Those not only slow down your system’s performance, but they also occupy valuable disk space. You wouldn’t let rats and rodents infest your house, would you? Then why let those files corrupt your… Continue reading

GoogleUpdate: Removing It From Vista

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

GoogleUpdate: Removing It From Vista

GoogleUpdate.exe is a small program that’s automatically installed with any Google product you download and use. GoogleUpdate comes bundled with Google Picasa, the Google desktop search and as of late, Google Chrome.

GoogleUpdate seems to be a hidden process, because it doesn’t always show up when you install a new Google application. GoogleUpdate.exe is a software component that acts as a meta-installer and an auto-updater… Continue reading

A New Way to Restart

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

A New Way to Restart

Did you know that a modern PC with Windows Vista Home Edition takes about one and a half minutes to boot up? An older machine with Windows XP is about the same. That’s 30 seconds for the PC itself (the BIOS) to start up, plus one minute for the Windows operating system to begin. Of course, there are times when you need to reboot Windows… Continue reading

September 2008 Updates

Monday, September 15th, 2008

September 2008 Updates

I’m sure you all know this by now, but the Windows Updates for September 2008 came out last Tuesday (September 9, 2008) and if you haven’t already installed them, you should definitely do so soon. The updates were limited this month, but they are still very important. So, if you’d like to know what all changed on your computer for the month of September, keep… Continue reading

Hibernating in Vista

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Marsha from Las Vegas asks:
Help, my Windows Vista computer has lost its ability to hibernate! Is there anything I can do?

I’m sure many of you are aware of the hibernation option on Windows computers. I have always been a fan of that

Startup and Shutdown Jingles

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Startup and Shutdown Jingles

Do you ever get tired of the startup and shutdown jingle that plays on your Windows XP or Vista computer? If you said yes, here’s a better solution! Now, you can use your favorite song or dialogue for your PC’s shutdown and startup music. It can be done with four simple steps, so let’s get right to it!

Step 1

Choose the track you want to… Continue reading

Waking Up Vista or Windows 7

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Did you know you can use the Windows Task Scheduler to make your computer wake up automatically from the sleep mode with a pre-set time? Well, now you do and here’s how to do it:

Go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Task Scheduler. Or, you can also type task scheduler into the Start Search and click on the Task

Your Computer’s Temperature

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Your Computer’s Temperature

There are two groups of users worried about the temperature of their computer: overclockers and pretty much anyone who uses a powerful laptop. So, have you ever wondered exactly what temperature your CPU is running on? There are a couple of applications you can use to monitor the temperature, but the one I prefer is Core Temp. I like it because it’s incredibly lightweight, but if you… Continue reading

Cap Your Own Speed

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Cap Your Own Speed

Do you have an Internet Service Provider (ISP) that caps your Internet speed at something really slow (like 64kbps) if you happen to exceed your download limit for the month? I mean, some ISPs charge ridiculous amounts like $1/MB you go over. Then it’s likely that your ISP will take their good ol’ time before lifting the limit or they might even make you wait a… Continue reading

Disabling the Vista Welcome

Monday, July 14th, 2008

As you’ve probably figured out, the Windows Vista default setting is set to show the Welcome Center screen every time you start up your computer. While the Welcome Center is mildly interesting the first time you see it, you’ll more than likely get tired of it rather quickly. You can easily change the setting though by unchecking the Run option under the Startup button, located at the bottom of the… Continue reading

Windows Updates vs. ZoneAlarm Fixed

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Is there a fix yet for the ZoneAlarm problem you talked about in Friday’s newsletter? If so, please tell us what we can do. Thanks for all your help!

I knew this question would be popping up all over the place throughout the weekend and I was right! My e-mail Inbox is just filled with queries about the ZoneAlarm issue. First, just to get everyone up… Continue reading

Windows Updates: July 2008

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Windows Updates: July 2008

It’s that time again! Yep, the Windows Updates for July 2008 came through to most computers on Tuesday, July 8, 2008, so if you haven’t installed them yet, you better get to it. They’re probably sitting down there in your system tray just waiting for you to download them! Whether you’ve updated your computer yet or not, I’m sure you’re all curious to know… Continue reading

Viewing Your Network Properties

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Viewing Your Network Properties

Have you ever had the need to view your computer’s properties to either change your computer description, PC name or workgroup? Not quite sure how to do it? Well, that’s what I’m here to show you today! But before we begin, let me talk a little about the properties we’ll be working with. As you probably know, names and locations are used to identify computers on… Continue reading

XP Sizes

Friday, June 27th, 2008

If you want to increase (or even decrease) the size of the objects on your computer, in Windows XP, go to Start, Control Panel (make sure you’re in the classic view) and double click on the Display icon. Next, click on the Settings tab and then hit the Advanced button. Under the General tab, you can select which DPI setting you prefer. You can choose from Normal size

XP SP3 Now on CD

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

XP SP3 Now on CD

Have you been putting off installing the new Windows XP Service Pack 3 until it becomes available on CD? Well, the day you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived! As many of you probably know, the XP SP3 install isn’t exactly a walk in the park. It’s a little difficult to accomplish and I know it caused a lot of problems for a… Continue reading

Alternative Virus Removal

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Alternative Virus Removal

So, tell me, has your computer ever been infected with a virus that completely took over your whole system? I mean, was it so bad that you couldn’t even get your antivirus program to open? Yeah, I’d say that’s pretty bad! So, what did you do about it? How are you supposed to fix your computer if you can’t even scan your system to see what’s wrong?… Continue reading

Monitor Your Performance

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Monitor Your Performance

As you may know, the new sidebar in Windows Vista provides its users with plenty of information. For example, if you’re one who likes to monitor your system’s performance, the sidebar is the perfect place to run various performance monitoring gadgets. Windows Vista comes with a simple CPU and memory usage gadget, but there are several others that are much more useful and can help you monitor… Continue reading

XP SP3 Nightmare: Endless Reboot Loops

As you probably remember, we here at WorldStart told you all about the new Windows XP Service Pack 3 being released last week. Well, as it turns out, the new and improved SP3 is still causing some problems, especially if you own an HP computer with an AMD processor. (Now, even if you don’t, please continue reading, because it’s not just HP computers; several… Continue reading

XP SP3 is Available!

Monday, May 12th, 2008

XP SP3 is Available!

Wow, last week was a really confusing time for me. As you may recall, I wrote a tip letting you all know that Microsoft had delayed the release of the new Windows XP Service Pack 3, which was supposed to be available on April 29, 2008. Well, the very next day, I received the SP3 update in my Windows Updates and several of you… Continue reading

So, tell me, has your Safely Remove Hardware icon ever disappeared from your system tray? You know, the icon you use to safely disconnect your USB devices. Even though your device is still plugged in, the icon is gone and you’re left stranded without a safe way to remove it. So, what do you do? Well, most people go ahead and pull the device out on their own, but that’s… Continue reading

Sick of entering a password to log into Windows Vista and 7? Check this tip out for a quick and easy answer! Continue reading

Uninstall That, Please

Friday, April 11th, 2008

We here at WorldStart like to share many different Firefox extensions and Greasemonkey scripts with you so that you can try them out and see what’s useful. Sometimes you may like what we recommend and other times, you may not. And that’s okay! Well, today, I’m going to show you how to uninstall any of those Firefox extensions and Greasemonkey scripts you just don’t really care for. Let’s get started!… Continue reading

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