Thursday, November 11th, 2004 by Andrew
The executable is basically the part of the program that “runs” when you click it (or its shortcut). In fact, the executable basically is the program, minus any support files. Continue reading
If you’re planning on messing with your Windows Registry, it’s probably a good idea to back it up first!
Click Start /Run and type in “regedit” (no quotes). (If you’re in Windows Vista or 7, just type it into the search box.)
Next, click the File menu, then ” Export“.
Select a location from the resulting box and give your backup… Continue reading
I deleted a program but it still shows up on my Add/Remove Programs list. How can I get rid of it?
I get this ghost story all the time. The program is gone, but its entry is still there. Who you gonna call?
When that happens, most people click the program, hit the Add / Remove button and end up with an error. And… Continue reading
Do you find that it takes longer and longer for applications to open when you boot Windows XP? One common cause is the Win XP prefetch system.
“What’s Prefetch?” you ask. It’s a way for Windows to pre-load the data needed for running applications before you launch them. It’s supposed to make them launch quicker. What actually happens is that programs you hardly ever use take… Continue reading
Ever need a printout of your system info? It could be handy to keep, in case you ever have questions on your system settings – especially if the system is down for one reason or another. Here’s how to do it.
In Vista or Windows 7, type or copy msinfo32 into Start search and click the msinfo32 link in the results
When my printer prints, I get black streaks across the words. What’s causing this?
Sounds like your printer’s ink jet heads need cleaning. Now the procedure for this varies from printer to printer. Some printers (HP) have the ink jet nozzles built into the ink cartridge. Remove the cartridges and wipe their little bottoms with a soft, lint-free cloth. Make sure you clean both the color… Continue reading
Get Your Money’s Worth
We often mention various Windows tools only get emails from readers who say those tools are missing. Many times this happens because the feature is not installed (for instance Task Manager in XP—see 8/4/04 ). Especially if your system came with the OS already on it, you might not have all the tools and toys available.
What to do?
Go to Control Panel… Continue reading
I installed a pop-up blocker, but now I can’t get my web-based email. Do I need to uninstall the program?
If you would like to see more web page and less web browser toolbars, here’s a little trick you’ll like. Hit the F11 key. It will put you into “full screen” mode. Hit F11 again to go back to normal mode. This works in both Internet Explorer and Firefox.
OK, many of you are sitting there thinking, yeah, I know all about that one. Well, here’s a… Continue reading
My firewall keeps telling me that someone is trying to get into my computer, but all it shows are a bunch of numbers. Is there a way to find out who this is?
This digital trick is actually pretty easy to pull off:
For Windows Xp users:
1. Hit the Start Button / Run . Type… Continue reading
So, you have a photo and want to scan it. Well, what resolution should you scan it at?
If the photo is just for your computer, e-mail, or the web, then 72 DPI (Dots Per Inch) would be just fine. (72 DPI is kind of the “standard” resolution for computer images). If you scan it too high (say 600 DPI), you’ll end up having an image that’s… Continue reading
How do I add a picture to an email (not as an attachment)?
First, you should make your picture a manageable size. More info on this can be found at our website…
Here’s how to insert pictures with Outlook Express (Thunderbird & Netscape Mail info is below)
1. First, Create a new message and make sure that you have Format set to… Continue reading
Win XP Time Travel
Have you ever made a change to your computer that messed everything up? A great feature of Windows XP is System Restore. You can go back to a previous setup without losing your documents, jpegs, emails, or other files. It keeps track of changes in your system and automatically creates what are called “restore points”. These points allow you to travel back in time to when… Continue reading
What does it mean to Partition your hard drive?
When you partition something in a computer, you divide it into isolated sections. For the most part, when you’re talking about partitions, you’re talking about hard drive partitions, so we’ll take a closer look at those.
First off, when you partition a drive, each partition will act as an… Continue reading
Windows XP can automatically update itself. That means any time you go online it will look for any new Hotfixes that you might need. But, what if you don’t want more control over the updating? Maybe you want to see what the hotfix does before you install it. Guess what? You can.
Right-click “My Computer” and choose “Properties“. Click on the “Automatic Updates” tab. There you’ll find… Continue reading
We at Worldstart get calls from time-to-time about a specific type of software—journal software to be specific—something you can use to record your life. The calls or emails usually sound something like this, “Hey, do you guys have anything like that software Dougie Houser used to use on that TV show, you know for writing journals.” In the past I would just describe to them that they could… Continue reading
Help! I just installed Windows XP Service Pack 2 and now I don’t see any pictures in your newsletters—only a red X. Is there a way to fix this?
This security feature only affects Outlook Express users. All you need to do is click the bar under the subject line in the preview pane that says, “Some pictures have been blocked…Click here to download pictures.”
“Dad, what are these cardboard squares with the plastic circles inside?” my son asked while we cleaned out the basement.
“Those are called records. That’s how people listened to music before CDs.”
Puzzled, he inquired, “But how do you play them? They won’t fit into a CD player.”
“See that thing over there? That’s called a record player. It uses a needle to get the sounds off the records… Continue reading
Weekly Download: Personalize Your Icons @ Leo’s
The Windows Icon selection leaves a lot to be desired, not to mention it seems like most of them are very similar to other icon choices you have. You can make Icons but you usually need some third party program and unless you know what you’re doing it’s going to look like a bunch of little Picasso’s, or digital amoebas all over your… Continue reading
Weekly Download: Bugnosis
If you remember I talked about Web Bugs n yesterday’s security tip. To get everyone up-to-speed, web bugs are small gifs (usually) that are hidden in certain websites (in banners and other graphics) or HTML emails. Like cookies, web bugs are placed in your browser and track you, but web bugs also share your information with other web bugs you may run across while surfing the web… Continue reading
Download of the Week: Startup Monitor
Don’t you just hate when programs find their way into your Taskbar and you have no idea how they got there. I use my msconfig command every so often and under the startup tab I’m always surprised to see a couple of entries in here that I didn’t know about . How did they get there? I… Continue reading
Weekly Download: DrvClonerXP
This week’s download was actually sent to us by a thoughtful reader, and he must have been reading my mind because I’ve been looking for a free program like this for a while. I’ve always said that with a regular backup strategy and a good drive image you don’t have to worry about losing your hard drive. Backup software isn’t that hard to find and varies in… Continue reading
Keeping drivers up to date can help your computer run better, add features to your existing equipment, and/or make the device run faster. Of course, it can also make a piece of hardware compatible with a new operating system (like if you’ve gone from Win 98 to XP) or if you add a critical update to your OS like Service Pack 2 for… Continue reading
Weekly Download: Timeleft
I have been so busy around the office lately it’s ridiculous. I feel like the poster child for multi-tasking. Sometimes it’s so hard to keep up with all my appointments and deadlines that I’m either late or seriously late. Throughout the day, week, and even year there are dates and events that you don’t want sneaking up on you—Did I back up the database, or… Continue reading
Weekly Download: Desktop Sidebar
Why Wait for Microsoft’s Longhorn?
If you’re not familiar with the term “Longhorn” it’s the name of the next version of Microsoft’s Operating System. It promises many noticeable changes to the GUI (Graphical User Interface) we’ve come to love (or loathe), and one of the most anticipated is the Desktop Sidebar. This Sidebar is basically a robust toolbar that is extremely flexible and you… Continue reading
Well it’s finally here—Windows Media Player 10. I know, I know, it may not be the favorite player for a lot of you, but you might change your tune. The new version brings some pretty exciting features to the table, and I for one am glad to see it. In order to get the updated player all you have to do is a simple… Continue reading
This download goes nicely with this security tip…
In the article I was throwing out some tips that can stop other users from installing Peer-2-Peer (P2P) applications on your PC. P2P allows many users to share any number of computer programs, movies, music, etc over the Internet via some application without the consent of the companies that create the media. An example of some P2P powerhouses… Continue reading