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Pre-installation Cleanup

Posted By On January 16, 2006 @ 4:13 PM In System Tune-Up Help | No Comments

Pre-installation cleanup

Yesterday (Catch up). Read yesterday’s Tip of the Day to learn how to check if your system can handle that new program or download you want to install. Just use the scrolldown box to view the newsletter for 11/1/2005.
ScanDisk [1] for older Windows versions) and follow it up with startup menu [2] (ME and 2000 directions [3]) and your screensaver. Before removing items from the Startup menu, I’d recommend taking a notepad and writing down the file names of what had been running. This lets you put 1 or 2 of them right back in the starting lineup if you notice problems with other programs after your new installation. (There’s a tool that promises to make this a bit easier coming up in next week’s Download!)

To shut down your screensaver, right-click on your desktop and choose Properties. Under the Screen Saver tab, Choose None. Click Apply, then OK.


Finally, while you’re installing your new program, take the time to read each window of text carefully before clicking OK or making choices. I don’t want to tell you how many calls we get each week about easily-prevented installation problems. Usually, it’s someone who installed the extra demo or trial-period software rather than the official program they bought. Sometimes, they installed both but the intended program won’t open without the installation code for the demo software. So if you’re offered demo software along with a program, I’d suggest you only install the program you bought.

The other big cause for down-the-road problems is not writing down serial numbers or registration info exactly (case-sensitive, dashes or spaces, etc.) as you go. You may need them to re-install that program onto a new PC later, for example.

~ Chris Fisher

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[1] ScanDisk: http://www.worldstart.com/tips/tips.php/254

[2] startup menu: http://www.worldstart.com/tips/tips.php/1011

[3] ME and 2000 directions: http://www.worldstart.com/tips/tips.php/294