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A Little Ease of Access: The Keyboard Way

Have you ever wondered if everything on your computer could be done with just your keyboard and no mouse use at all? Well, I’m happy to report that yes, it is indeed possible with a cool little feature in Windows Vista called Ease of Access. So, come along with me as I take you through the steps needed to configure this new… Continue reading

A Cheaper Vista

Friday, March 7th, 2008

A Cheaper Vista

Are you among the many who still haven’t made the switch over to Windows Vista? Well, you’re definitely not alone. Thousands of individual users and businesses alike are still using older operating systems like Windows XP. Some say they just don’t want to have to learn a whole new operating system, while others say they’re just waiting until the Vista SP 1 is released. Some… Continue reading

Handling Your Laptop with Care

Friday, March 7th, 2008

There are some things people do to their laptops that can put them in great danger. One major example is letting their laptop charge for longer than it needs to. Most laptop owners are under the impression that if they leave their laptop on the charger for as long as possible, they’ll be able to get more “juice” (power) out of it. And that’s just simply not true. In reality… Continue reading

Vista SP 1: Pushed Back?

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Q:
I just heard that the release of the Vista SP 1 has been pushed back even further. Do you know anything about that? What’s going on? Please explain!

A:
Ah, yes, the infamous Windows Vista SP 1 question! It’s no surprise that you asked this question, because it’s been one of the most popular for the past couple of days. And since so many of you want… Continue reading

Quicker File Transfers

Friday, February 29th, 2008

How would you like to boost the speed of file transfers in your Vista or Windows 7 computer? Luckily, there’s a fix that will allow you to increase the speed every time you need to transfer large files from one partition to another. So, how does it work? Well, let’s check it out!

Since one cause of slow file transfers in Vista and Windows 7 is the… Continue reading

Vista Energy Saving Features

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Vista contains many changes and new features over the earlier version of Windows XP. But, most importantly, it comes with a whole slew of new energy saving features. So, what do you say we take a look and see what we’ve got? Let’s go!

What it Means in Plain English

With Windows Vista, Microsoft planned to put their machines to “sleep” after an hour of… 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

HD View

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Q:
Do you know anything about the new program from Microsoft called HD View? If so, I’d really love to learn more about it. Thanks for all your help!

A:
Ah, yes, I know exactly what you’re talking about! This was actually mentioned on WorldStart’s message board last month (thanks “pesach!”), but I didn’t pay much attention to it until just recently. After I saw today’s question in… Continue reading

Microsoft Bids on Yahoo!

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Microsoft Bids on Yahoo!

If you read or listened to the news since last Friday (February 1, 2008) and through this past weekend, you have probably already heard about today’s topic, but just in case some of you are still in the dark, I’m here to fill you in! Toward the end of the day on Friday, a new story was plastered all over the Internet and on… Continue reading

Vista SP1: What’s New?

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Vista SP1: What’s New?

Yes, you read that right! Today is the day you’ve all been waiting for. According to all the e-mails and phone calls I’ve gotten in the last couple of weeks about the new Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista, you all are getting a little anxious about its release. I won’t lie, I’m excited about it too, but even though I’ve been checking up… Continue reading

Computers and Carpal Tunnel

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of stories about people getting carpal tunnel from typing too much with their computer keyboard. Is there any truth in that? Can you please clear this up for me?

Oh, that’s a wonderful question! I’ve been asked this in the past, but I never really got around to discussing it, so I’m glad you brought it up again. This is something… Continue reading

Name Your Taskbar

Friday, January 25th, 2008

A while back, I heard someone talking about how they added their name to their taskbar. Since then, I’ve been trying to figure out how to do it, but I can’t quite get it. Do you know how?

As a matter of fact, I do! This question doesn’t really fall into our normal

WGA for Vista

Friday, January 18th, 2008

WGA for Vista

Chances are, you’ve seen ads on TV and at the movies about piracy. Am I right? Well, software counterfeiting is the same thing and it can be very dangerous. Counterfeit (or non-genuine software) could contain all kinds of spyware and you could get into legal trouble as well. Today’s tip will show you how to identify bootleg Windows Vista software and Microsoft Office 2007 software. Let’s get… Continue reading

Sound Distortions

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Q:
Every once in awhile, some unusual sounds come out of my computer speakers. The exact noise is kind of hard to explain, but it’s definitely a distortion. Do you have any idea what could be causing it? If so, please help. Thank you!

A:
I’m glad you asked! I’m sure we’ve all gone through this at one time or another. You know, you’re sitting at your computer… Continue reading

Vista Times Two

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Vista Times Two

Here are two brand new Windows Vista tips for you!

Tip #1: Keep It Open

If you ever want to open more than one application in Windows Vista, without having to navigate through the whole Start menu, you can use a little known trick to keep the Start menu open after you click on an item. Keep reading to learn how!

To do so, just hold down… Continue reading

The Vista Click

Friday, January 18th, 2008

The Vista Click

As you may recall, last week, we ran an article on how to turn off the clicking sound you sometimes hear when you’re working in Internet Explorer. As you learned from the tip, that dreadful clicking noise can be heard any time you click on a link to a Web site, when you’re logging in to a Web site, etc. After awhile, that… Continue reading

CCleaner + Vista

Friday, January 18th, 2008

CCleaner + Vista

Over the past couple of weeks, several of you have been sending me e-mails, asking whether or not the program CCleaner works with the new operating system of Windows Vista. I’ve also seen some posts about it on WorldStart’s message board, so it’s obviously a popular topic. I mean, many of you use CCleaner and a lot of you have recently started using Vista, so… Continue reading

PDF XChange Viewer

Friday, January 18th, 2008

PDF XChange Viewer

Do you do a lot of work with PDF files? If so, you know how important it is to have a program that will allow you to get the most out of your documents. There’s no use wasting your time with a program that won’t give you what you need. Now, I know several of you probably use Adobe’s Acrobat Reader and there may even… Continue reading

Too Much Security?

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Everyone knows that securing your computer is important these days. Without securing your system and network, you can run into all kinds of problems. On the other hand, there is such a thing as too much security. If your computer is overly secure, you will lose functionality and your computer will become more of a pain than anything else. Here are a few things that can cause you computer trouble… Continue reading

Buying Refurbished Products

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Q:
Is there anything you can tell me about refurbished computers? Should I stay away from them completely or are there just certain things I should look out for? Please explain!

A:
Ah, very good question! When people think about refurbished items, they often write them off right away, because they think they’re poor quality, etc. And that’s just not always the case! Refurbished products are sometimes the… Continue reading

Find the Hidden Vista Screen

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Find the Hidden Vista Screen

As you may have figured out, the Windows Vista boot screen is a little pointless. And why Microsoft decided to hide a more visually appealing boot screen is beyond me, but luckily, it can easily be enabled with very little trouble. So, if you’re not happy with your Vista boot screen, check this one out instead!

Here’s what the default boot screen looks like:

New Update: XP SP3

Friday, December 14th, 2007

New Update: XP SP3

Today, I come bearing good news for all you Windows XP users out there! If you recall, it wasn’t too long ago that I gave you a little update on the new Service Pack 3 for XP. I wasn’t able to give you an exact release date for it, but I told you it should arrive in the first half of 2008. Well, I… Continue reading

Vista Navigation Pane

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Q:
What exactly is the navigation pane in Windows Vista? What am I supposed to be using it for? Any information you can give me would be great. Thanks!

A:
Sure thing! I’m sure you’re not the only Windows Vista user out there who has wondered that very same thing. The navigation pane is a little something new Microsoft threw into Vista and I think once you figure… Continue reading

New Update: Vista SP1

Friday, December 14th, 2007

New Update: Vista SP1

I told you I would keep you updated on this and that’s exactly what I’m going to do today. Some new information has just been released about the Service Pack for Windows Vista, so if you’re a Vista user, it’s time to get excited! I know you all have been waiting a long time for this, but the wait is almost over and I… Continue reading

Stop That Flicker

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Stop That Flicker

On your computer’s monitor, that is! If your job involves sitting in front of a computer for hours on end, you may develop a pain in your eyes. Then again, it might not entirely be the long hours that’s causing it. For all you know, it could be your CRT monitor’s constant flickering that is tiring down your eye muscles. Besides taking frequent breaks from constantly viewing… Continue reading

Update on XP SP3

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Q:
What’s going on with the new Windows XP SP3? I thought it was supposed to be released already, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere. Do you know anything about it? If so, please share!

A:
Well, I do know a little about it and I’d be more than happy to share it with all of you! Lately, I’ve been getting several e-mails and even phone… Continue reading

XP vs. Vista

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Q:
What’s the deal between Windows XP and Vista? Where do they stand in comparison to each other these days? Is one really better than the other? Any information you have would be great!

A:
It’s interesting that you ask this, because just last week, I came across an article online that talked all about this. I figured a lot of you would be interested in hearing about… Continue reading

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