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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

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!

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

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

Clearing Out Unwanted Network Icons

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Q:
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!

A:
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

Do You Need Those IE Updates?

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Q:
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?

A:
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

Creating a Password Reset Disk

Friday, February 15th, 2008

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

Friday, February 8th, 2008

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

Vista’s Device Manager

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Q:
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!

A:
Excellent question! Open up the Device Manager. In Windows Vista, go… Continue reading

Vista Install Problems

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Q:
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!

A:
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

Resetting Your XP Password

Friday, February 1st, 2008

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

Don’t Highlight That!

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Have you ever noticed that Windows XP always highlights the new programs you install on your computer in the Start menu? I mean, it’s helpful if you’re new to computers and you’re not sure where to go after installing a new program, but sometimes Windows will also highlight multiple aspects of the installed programs that aren’t really necessary, such as the “Read Me” files and so on. Plus… Continue reading

An IP Address Upgrade

Friday, January 18th, 2008

An IP Address Upgrade

It’s about time for an IP address upgrade, don’t you think?! Well, before I go any further, if you’re not sure, an IP address is a unique address that is assigned to a network device by the network. Every computer that connects to a network or the Internet is assigned an IP address. It basically allows that computer to communicate with the network or the Internet.… Continue reading

Vista Quick Launch Hotkeys

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Q:
Last week, you told us how to add items to the Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows Vista. Since then, I saw something online that mentioned hotkeys for the Quick Launch area. Do you know anything about that? If so, please explain. Thanks for all your help!

A:
You’re absolutely right! Last week (on Friday, January 11, 2008 to be exact), I gave you instructions on how to… Continue reading

Stop That Clicking Sound

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Stop That Clicking Sound

Have you ever noticed that when you click a link in Internet Explorer, there is a distinct “clicking” sound that plays through your speakers? As if the actual click of the mouse button wasn’t realistic enough! If you’ve never heard that sound, you should consider yourself lucky, because by default, it is always activated. At first, it’s unnoticeable, but as you become more experienced with surfing… Continue reading

Quick Launch in Vista

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Q:
Help! How can I add items to my Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows Vista? I can’t quite figure it out!

A:
Ah, yes, the Quick Launch Toolbar. It’s one of my favorite things ever! And up until just a few days ago, I really missed it when working on some of the Windows Vista computers here in the office. Like the person who asked today’s question, I… Continue reading

January 2008 Updates

Friday, January 11th, 2008

January 2008 Updates

As you all know, the time has come yet again for the monthly Windows updates from Microsoft. Most of you have probably already installed the updates on your computer, but just in case you’re not sure what kinds of changes were made, allow me to give you a brief explanation. I must say, this month’s updates were very minimal compared to some of the ones… Continue reading

Unplugged: Plug and Play

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Unplugged: Plug and Play

Plug and play: I’m sure most of you have heard that term before, right? But, for those of you who don’t know exactly what it means, plug and play is a feature that allows a user to add a device to their computer, without having to reconfigure anything or install any manual drivers. A couple examples of plug and play devices are flash drives and MP3… Continue reading

Unnecessary Features in Vista

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Unnecessary Features in Vista

If you’ve been using Windows Vista for awhile now, you have probably noticed that it contains, by default, many new features you may not even need. Those extra and unnecessary features can slow your computer down and take up more storage space than is needed. So, if you would like to uninstall or turn off some of those extra features, this is the tip for you!… Continue reading

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