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Blue Screen of Death Precautions

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Have you ever been rolling along, playing a game, writing an email or just surfing the web when your PC suddenly freezes and you are confronted with the Blue Screen of Death? If this has never happened to you, immediately STOP READING THIS ARTICLE and give thanks to the computer Gods.

If, however, you are like the other PC users I know out there and would like to learn how… Continue reading

Windows 7 System Requirements

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Microsoft has bestowed upon us the system requirements for Windows 7! Here they for both 32 and 64 bit flavors:

– 1GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
– 1 GB of RAM (32-bit)/2 GB of RAM (64-bit)
– 16 GB of available disk space (32-bit)/20 GB (64-bit)
– DirectX 9 graphics device with Windows Display Driver Model 1.0… Continue reading

Laptop Battery Conservation

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

In recent times, laptops have become an essential part of day-to-day life. Mobile technology has progressed so much that laptops outsell desktops. Though mobile technology has advanced, the average laptop battery life is still a bit on the low side, between two to four hours if the laptop is used continuously. It isn’t all that much, especially if you are regularly on the move.… Continue reading

Paging Files and Drive Space

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Q: I recently upgraded the RAM in my Vista machine and I lost some drive space. What gives?

A:If you’ve upgraded your Windows Vista computer’s memory (RAM) after you installed the memory, you may be wondering why you suddenly lost some drive space. In Windows XP, when you added more memory to your computer, you had to manually go and increase the size of your paging file… Continue reading

Clean Your LCD Screen

Friday, March 27th, 2009

I’ve gotten a couple of questions recently concerning the upkeep of LCD screens. Those flat-panel beauties are a joy to look at, for sure, but once the power is turned off all sorts of streaks, smudges and other detritus appear. How is one to keep their super-cool, modern monitor looking it’s best without permanently damaging it with harsh chemicals?

Well, let me tell you.

There are cleaning… Continue reading

Inside, Outside, Upside down!

Friday, March 13th, 2009

How well do you know the insides of your PC? I mean, it’s all enclosed in a shiny case for the most part, and barring anyone out there who has a window cut into the side (and there are those out there that do), looking into the abyss of the home computer is just not something the average user is apt to do! So, say you want to upgrade the… Continue reading

Vista Service Pack 2 on the Horizon

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Vista Service Pack 2 on the Horizon

A few tidbits surrounding Microsoft’s second service pack for Windows Vista have trickled out on the web. Nothing major has been announced just yet, but here’s what we know so far.

First off, SP2 will have the updated Windows Search 4.0, which makes finding files, e-mail and network items quicker and easier. There’s also the inclusion of Microsoft’s new exFAT… Continue reading

Hard drives are one of the most important components of the computer system. A general unmonitored hard drive has a life term of about three to five years. A hard drive may fail without any prior warning, leading to the loss of all the data on the disk. And that’s exactly why it’s so important to keep your hard drive in good condition. This tutorial will guide you through all… Continue reading

Vista: No More Sleeping Passwords

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Vista: No More Sleeping Passwords

Do you have a Windows Vista computer you usually put into sleep mode when you’re not using it? If so, you might be a little irritated by the fact that you have to enter in your password every time you wake it up. In most cases, you could just remove or not use a password at all, but if you’re using the file sharing feature… Continue reading

Vista: Hibernation Sound Issue

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Vista: Hibernation Sound Issue

Here’s a quick one for you!

Have you been having trouble with your sound being disabled in Windows Vista after you wake your computer up from hibernation? If so, you’re in luck, because Microsoft has an easy hotfix for that issue. Let’s check it out!

If you’re experiencing this problem, you’ve probably noticed a red X on the volume icon in your system tray. Plus, when… Continue reading

Vista Sleep Mode Issue: Fixed

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Vista Sleep Mode Issue: Fixed

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been dealing with a very frustrating issue with Windows Vista on my notebook computer lately. Here’s what happened: I put the computer into sleep mode, closed the lid and then unplugged the network cable. But just a few moments later, the computer woke back up! It happened several times and typically, it did it when my computer was… Continue reading

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

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