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More on Vista’s Snipping Tool

Monday, April 7th, 2008

More on Vista’s Snipping Tool

As you may recall, last week, I wrote an article about the Snipping Tool found in the operating system of Windows Vista. After it was featured in the newsletter, I received several e-mails with complaints of it not working. I didn’t understand why that would be happening, because when I tried it out, it worked just fine. Well, I got to… Continue reading

Windows XP: Going Off the Market?

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Windows XP: Going Off the Market?

With Windows Vista’s popularity still on the low side, Microsoft is trying anything they can think of to boost their new operating system’s sales. Unfortunately, they have found one method that most of us will have a hard time accepting. On June 30, 2008, Microsoft will basically “kill off” their famous operating system of Windows XP, taking it off the market all together.

This… Continue reading

Windows Vista Battery Saver

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Windows Vista Battery Saver

You may not be aware, but it is widely believed that the Windows Vista Aero interface drains the battery completely from your system. But, along with many others, I dispute this claim! Several users have asked me if turning off the Aero interface will help save a few precious minutes of battery life. Well, let’s go and find out!

It just so happens that there is… Continue reading

MacBook Air

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Q:
Can you tell me a little about the MacBook Air? I’ve been seeing the commercials on TV for it, but I’d like to know a little more about it before I consider getting one. Thanks for all your help!

A:
Oh, I’m so excited that you asked this question! I, too, have seen the commercials on TV for the new MacBook Air laptop and it’s pretty much… Continue reading

Copying Error Messages

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Copying Your Error Messages

What do you do when you receive a cryptic error message? Most computer users search for the error on the Web with their favorite search engine. However, that means you have to copy down the entire error message and then go off and search for it. Well, not anymore! Today, I’m going to show you a little trick that makes this procedure so much easier. Let’s… Continue reading

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

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