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
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!
Choose the track you want to… Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
Preventing AutoRun Attacks From Malicious CDs
How many times have you innocently inserted a CD or flash drive into your computer, only to find out it has infected your PC with a virus? How did that happen? Why did that happen? Well, one of the causes could be the AutoRun feature in Windows. If you have your computer set up to run the AutoRun, it can launch installers and other… Continue reading
News Alert: Vista SP 1 is Here!
Yes, you read that right! After months and months of waiting, Microsoft has finally released the final version of the Windows Vista Service Pack 1. According to Microsoft and several online news articles, as of today (March 18, 2008), the Vista SP 1 is now available to the public. The announcement has been buzzing around the Internet for the past few… Continue reading
It seems like I have a lot of unused network icons sitting down in my system tray. Is there any way I can get rid of some of those? I’d really like to clean that area up. Thanks for your help!
Oooh, good question! I definitely know what you’re talking about when you ask this question, because I have the same problem. Every time I look… Continue reading
I no longer use Internet Explorer or Outlook Express, but of course, updates from Microsoft still come through for them each month. Do I really need those updates or can I disable them completely?
As you all know, Microsoft sends out their Windows Updates at the beginning of each month, which help to keep our computers safe and secure. Often times, those updates include material for… Continue reading
Today we will be creating a password reset disk you can use whenever you forget your password. All you have to do is put the disk into your computer and when you see the Welcome screen, simply choose your new password. Sounds pretty helpful and timesaving, don’t you think? Then let’s get to it!
Note: This will only work if you have a floppy drive or a USB flash drive.… Continue reading
Resetting Your Vista Password
I recently showed you how to reset your Windows XP password (you can read that tip here) and ever since, many of you have been asking how to do the same with your Windows Vista password. Well, have no fear, because that’s exactly what I’m going to show you right now!
1.) To begin, Vista has added an extra security layer for when a… Continue reading
I just recently started using Windows Vista and I’ve been having trouble with some of the drivers associated with my hardware. I know I should be able to use the Device Manager to fix those things, but I’m not quite sure where to start. Can you please help? Thank you so much!
Excellent question! Open up the Device Manager. In Windows Vista, go… Continue reading
I just made the switch over to Windows Vista and ever since, it seems like I have trouble using it every time I install a new piece of software. What could be causing that to happen and how can I fix it? Please help!
Oh, I’m so glad you asked and believe me, you’re not the only one having this kind of trouble! This is something… Continue reading
We are all pretty lucky when we forget our password on an online Web service, wouldn’t you agree? I mean, if you ever forget your password, almost all Web sites can e-mail it to you or they allow you to reset it by answering a security question. But what if you forget your password for Windows XP? It’s happened to the best of us and when it does, you may… Continue reading