WorldStart Tech Tips 2013-12-10
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John from Pine Bluff, Arkansas writes:
I have Vista on my laptop. If I up grade to windows 7 will I lose my pictures and videos in my documents?
Good news, John. In many cases, if you upgrade to Windows 7, not only will your pictures, videos, documents, videos and programs stay intact, you will also retain your settings for Windows.
If you’re running Windows Vista Home Basic or Windows Vista Home Premium you can purchase the upgrade edition of Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Ultimate. If you are using Windows Vista Business, you can upgrade to Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate. If you use Windows Vista Ultimate, you can upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate.
If you are unable to use the upgrade version, you will need to back up all of your files and then transfer them to your computer once the installation of Windows 7 is complete.
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Vincent from Lakewood, NJ writes:
On several web sites, including Optimum Online (my ISP) and your site, I am asked if I want my user ID remembered. I almost always say yes, and I am almost always ignored! How can I get those sites to remember me?
Vincent, that issue is probably due to settings on your browser. Let’s fix it.
If you are using Internet Explorer click the gear symbol or Tools menu and choose Internet Options.
When the Internet Options window opens, select the Content tab. Then choose the settings button next to AutoComplete.
Check User names and passwords on forms and then hit OK.
For Google Chrome select the menu in the upper right corner and choose Settings from the drop-down menu.
Go to the very bottom of the page that opens and select Show advanced settings.
Another page will open. Scroll down that page to Passwords and forms. Make sure to tick the boxes that enable Autofill and give you the option to save passwords.
Finally, here’s how to do it in Firefox. Choose the Firefox men, then select Options and then Options again.
When the Options window opens, choose Security at the top and check the box that says Remember passwords for sites.
Hopefully that takes care of the issue for you.
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Janice from Alabama writes:
What about tablets running Windows XP? How do we go about upgrading those?
There are two versions of Windows XP Tablet Edition, Tablet PC Edition from 2002 and Tablet PC Edition 2005. The add-on gave additional functionality to Windows tablets, allowing them to better read hand writing on touch screens. The program didn’t just convert you handwriting to text like most programs, it actually understood your handwriting.
Microsoft’s Bill Gates correctly guessed that tablets would be the wave of the future, but consumers went for less expensive tablets like the iPad and Android tablets that don’t offer the full functionality of a PC. Microsoft is now aggressively back in the tablet game with a line of Windows 8 tablets.
Since Windows XP Tablets were often highly customized by the manufacturer, Microsoft suggests...Want more? Head on over to WorldStart!
Ray from SLC, UT writes:
I don’t know why, but my Windows Task Manager doesn’t have the normal Address Bar up top, not the Menu bar of File/Options/View/Help and none of the tabs of Processes/Services/Performance/Networking/Users either. I am running Windows 7, and no matter how I bring up the Task Manager, it just show the applications that I have running, under Task and Status, and I can End Task/Switch To/New Task, but that’s about it. I have the same problem with my Windows 7 laptop as well. I hope you can help me bring back the full functionality of the Task Manager.
It sounds to me like the task manager looks like the picture below. If so, the fix is a really simple one.
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Holiday Camera Guide: Do Megapixels Really Matter?
When it Comes to Cameras, Do Megapixels Really Matter? Digital cameras (are there any other kinds nowadays?) are hot-selling items, especially during the holiday season. But how do you pick the best model?
One way that advertisers try to sway buyers is by bragging about how many “megapixels” their cameras have. In simple terms, a megapixel is a tiny dot of color that
makes up a larger image. It’s essentially the same technology that TVs and computer screens have used for decades. But, when it comes to taking great pictures, do megapixels matter?
Well – yes and no; how’s that for a firm answer? The answer is “yes” in that, all other things being equal, a camera with more megapixels will, on average, deliver more detailed images. This means they look more real. It also means they won’t become grainy if you make large copies of them. On the other hand, megapixels take a back seat to what’s called sensor size. This refers to the size of the sensor in the camera, the one that takes the incoming light and turns it into a digital picture. The larger the sensor, the brighter and more life-like the final image will be.
This is a fact that many camera manufacturers don’t talk about..
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This holiday season we’re attending several holiday parties and hosting one of our own, so I thought it would be cool to have a nifty cocktail at our party. So I went in search of recipes and landed on this site, which has recipes but also offers so much more!
Here you can learn all about different brands of liquor, get recipes to make drinks, check out featured articles, and even learn some history! So are you ready to dive in? I am!
When you get to the site there is a scrolling features section, where you can click into cool topics like the 10 Booziest Chefs, beneath that you’ll find featured slideshows, articles, recipes, and brands.
If you want to get right to the recipes you can check out the grey navigation strip across the top of the page with the following categories: Cocktails (this is where you’ll find the recipes, Videos, Spirits, Travel, Entertaining, People, Drinkware, and more.
A cool thing I wanted to mention about the recipe section is that you can do a recipe search by ingredients. So if you have a certain set of ingredients you can try and find a drink based off those so you don’t have to buy anything!
I’m still sorting through recipes to find the one I want. There are so many good ones it is hard to just pick one!
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What do you keep on YOUR computer? Software? Music? Videos? Photos?
You can't replace a family photo!
Rebuying your music would require a second mortgage!
All that software you learned and configured... it's even MORE expensive to replace!
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Scheduling your backups takes only a few minutes at MOST (depending on how much you wanna backup) and it lets you set them to constantly backup automatically!
Look at the screenshot below - there's TONS of options to get the automatic backups that you NEED!
And that's just the tip of the iceberg!
There may be a lot of backup solutions out there, but nothing comes close to how thorough and flexible this one is!
Everything can be done with The Wizard! If you've used any of the default Windows programs, you're probably familiar with "wizards." They walk you through each step with simple selections and easy to understand language. It gives you full control without requiring a computer science degree!
TurboBackup 9.1 gives you the best of both worlds: It's easy as pie for the average user, but it has a great amount of depth for those special backup needs!
For instance, it allows you to backup to pretty much whatever media you want!
Trust me, this is SO useful!
The interface is just a simple selection one too! My kids are using this for their backups now! There's no tech jargon here, just simple point and click selections!
Most people will probably stick to the top three, but it never hurts to have options!
And really, this selection is great! Backups are nice to have on an external hard drive, but stuff like family photos and music are so much nicer on a flash drive! That way you can move 'em around in addition to making sure they stay safe from crashes!
Increment Your Backups!
A lot of backup software out there, particularly the automatic ones, limit you to just ONE backup file that keeps getting overwritten every time you do it! Sure, in most cases that might not effect you much, but what if your automatic backups happened a few times after you deleted something important?
Now you can't get it back - what's the POINT of the backup then?!
TurboBackup lets you catalog your history of backups! So now if you accidentally delete something, THEN back up your computer... you didn't lose it! Don't fret!
You can just go back to the incremental backup that took place BEFORE you deleted it and TA-DA! The file is back again!
Talk about saving your hide!
I could go on and on and on all day about why I love TurboBackup 9.1! Just look at this list of features and you'll see just how extensive it can be!
WOW - that's quite a list!
Security Matters Too!
If your backups aren't protected, your files are SO much easier to steal! An unsecured backup on a vulnerable computer is basically a gift-wrapped treasure chest of data for theives!
TurboBackup lets you encrypt & password your backups so that ONLY you can get access to them!
But don't be fooled - this is STILL the easiest software out there! Nobody has ever combined power and simplicity quite like this before!
And I'm not the only one going crazy over TurboBackup 9.1!
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Plus there's at least two dozen more awards from the over the years on top of this!
THAT'S a glowing recommendation!
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December Wallpaper Is Ready!
This is it - end of the year already! This time around I'm going all in for Winter, so enjoy! Also, note that I'm going to start putting in more vertical images since they tend to work better with mobile devices. As always, make sure you check put the 100+ images at the link below.
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