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Retirement Of Windows XP, Many Security Companies Will Maintain Support

There is lots of talk about how the retirement of XP is going to affect the end user. We know that you will be cut off from new Microsoft Updates and some software venders will no XP-banner-supportlonger offer updates to their programs if you are still using XP. The truth is, there are millions of folks who are still using XP and are going to continue using it on certain machines. Most folks will not throw away a perfect computer just because Microsoft wants them to. If you are a multi-computer home and you have several computers running XP that run perfectly, you will not want to get a new computer with Windows 8 that almost everybody hates.

Tagged with: Maintain, retirement, Security, Support, Windows XP
Posted in Windows XP

Random Computer Crashes – What Should I Do?

In this article we are going to talk about random computer crashes. In today’s tough economy, many of us are keeping things like cars and computers a lot longer then we did in years past. Not only that, many of us are trying to hold onto the old reliable Windows XP operating system. For the latter, I cannot blame you one bit. It was and still is the very best of all the operating systems that Microsoft ever produced. So, if you have an older machine and the system randomly slows down or crashes, the first thing I would consider is heat. As a system ages, the fans begin the wear out and this in turn allows your computer to run hotter then it did when it was young. This is especially true if you are working with graphics, playing a game or running an intense program. The extra processing power will cause your processor to create more heat and this in turn will slow down your computer if the fan is not doing it’s job as intended. The extra heat can even cause a blue screen which will shutdown or reboot your computer. This is actually a protective mechanism that is designed to keep your hardware from heat damage.

Tagged with: random computer crashes, Windows XP
Posted in Maintaing Your Computer

Using A Registry Backup

Today we are going to talk about using a registry backup as a means of restoring your computer. All Microsoft operating systems use a complex compilation of entries located in a central location to control all the main functions of Windows and your programs. This complex mechanism is called the system registry. The registry is essentially the main “hive” of your system. The heart you might say. I have seen many people keep a backup of their registry just in case there is a huge problem with one of your programs. In theory, this is a good idea but restoring your computer with a registry backup will not always work.

Tagged with: registry backup, system registry, system restore, Windows XP
Posted in Back-up

What Are Windows Libraries?

Today we are going to talk about Windows Libraries and exactly what they are. If you are using a Windows 7 computer in all likelihood you have seen a category in your Windows Explorer called Libraries. Most people who look at it simply think that they are their main folders just like in Windows XP. I think Microsoft made these just to be confusing. The far truth is that they are not folders at all. A Library is actually a compilation of folders that are located on your computer. It is a collected view of several folders all put together. The Library allows you to organize your folders by date, type or last modified.

Tagged with: documents, music, pictures, Windows 7, windows libraries, Windows XP
Posted in Windows Libraries

Windows Sidebar Security Flaws and Performance Issues

Hi everybody today we are going to talk about the Windows Sidebar included with Vista and Windows 7.  When Vista was introduced one of the coolest things that was featured was the ability to add gadgets to your desktop. It is true that Windows XP users could do a similar thing but third party software was involved. When people were buying their brand new Vista machines, they were loading clocks, stock tickers, weather reports and a whole multitude of cool things on their desktops. Some of the gadgets kept time, some flashed reminders and others showed how much ram you had left or how much processing power your computer was using. This started to create problems with computer speed. You see, every one of those cool gadgets that you have displayed on your screen uses a certain percent of your ram and it can tax your video card, especially if you have the limited resources of a laptop.

Tagged with: gadgets, windows sidebar, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Posted in Security

How To Perform a Repair Install Of Windows 7

Hi everybody today we are going to talk about how to do a repair install of Windows 7. Sometime in the life of almost every operating system the need to refresh the original Windows files will become necessary. This is what a Repair Install will do. A program you installed might have caused the problem or you might of experienced a severe Malware infection. In any case, if you are having severe problems with your computer after a Malware removal, a repair install might be in order. To do this, you will need to meet certain criteria. The computer has to be at least bootable so you can run your current version of Windows. Ion addition, you will need your original Windows installation disk. The disk will have to match exactly including the service pack. If you cannot line up all of these items exactly, you will not be able to do the repair install. If you can say yes to the above, you are good to go.

Tagged with: repair install, Windows 7, Windows XP
Posted in Repairing Your Computer

Choosing The Best Desktop Weather Software

Hi everybody. With the summer storm season upon us, bad weather can wreck havoc on your day or night in an instant. It is more important then ever to know when storms are approaching your region. To complicate things even more, we are usually indoors working on our computers with no idea what is going on outside. Fortunately, there are easy ways to stay informed while you work. In this column, I will discuss a few of the best programs to use for keeping tabs on the weather and basic instructions on how to use them.

Tagged with: desktop weather, Windows 7, Windows XP
Posted in Desktop Weather Software

What is the Best Operating System?

Hi everybody! I am often asked questions about operating systems but by far the question asked most frequently is about what is the best operating system to use. Being a professional technician, I have used everything from Windows 95 to the present Windows 7. I will give you a brief synopsis or history, if you will, on each and then I will  note my favorite and explain why.

Tagged with: operating system, Windows 7, Windows ME, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Posted in Operating Systems

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