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Comment by Peter on Here's How to Make Your Computer Indestructible (November 16, 2019 06:48 PM)
It reminds me of Shadow Defender which returns the computer to its previous state after a reboot. What I do is make regular (daily and intra-day) bac...
Comment by Steve on Is It Time to Replace Your Power Supply? (November 16, 2019 04:14 PM)
I recall a Dell desktop with a whine coming from the power supply fan. After discharging any power left in the supply, I opened the case, removed the...
Comment by BAW30s on Is It Time to Replace Your Power Supply? (November 16, 2019 01:15 PM)
The effects of PSU deterioration can be quite subtle compared to those Bob describes above. One I have come across more than once is that the compute...
Comment by BaliRob on Is It Time to Replace Your Power Supply? (November 16, 2019 08:39 AM)
The original complainant was talking about a 'noisy fan making an awful noise'. As Bob has reminded everyone that HEAT is the enemy of the computer. ...
Comment by RandiO on Is It Time to Replace Your Power Supply? (November 16, 2019 05:08 AM)
@DaveSmart >> The answer is yes and then some more. But the better answer should be either "maybe" or "sometimes"; after factoring in the 'you gets w...
Comment by Brad on Here's How to Sanitize Your PC With PrivaZer (November 16, 2019 05:04 AM)
I've been a happy camper using PriaZer for several years. Running two desktops and one laptop all have Windows 10 I'm wondering if the negative commen...
Comment by Dave Smart on Is It Time to Replace Your Power Supply? (November 16, 2019 12:43 AM)
The article refers to an overloaded power supply as one of the causes of a failure. While I was providing technical support (10 years back) I recall ...
Comment by Robert A. on Is It Time to Replace Your Power Supply? (November 15, 2019 11:32 PM)
Unfortunately, most big-name computers quite often use a proprietary designed power supply in their tower/desktop computers, which means that the owne...
Comment by Butch on Will VoIP Service Replace Your Landline? (November 15, 2019 11:15 PM)
I have severe hearing loss. Until such time as the CaptionCall people can use something other than a landline connection, I *have* to have landline....
Comment by GregC on Is It Time to Replace Your Power Supply? (November 15, 2019 09:27 PM)
Some power supplies have a fuse inside, but don't count on it. If nothing at all happens when you press the start button (ie no fan bump, no beeps etc...

Vista Articles

 

Cannot Connect to Wireless Router

I ran into a very odd problem with a public WiFi hotspot recently. I learned from it something I didn't know about Windows Vista and Windows 7: their default configuration settings don't work with older wireless networking equipment. Fortunately, there is a fix. Here are the symptoms I encountered and the solutions I found...

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Recovery Disc for Windows Vista or Windows 7

When you buy a new PC these days, it is rare to receive a bundled CD-ROM or DVD disc containing the Recovery Disc software that you can use to try to repair or reinstall your operating system in the event of a catastrophe. Here's how to create a Recovery disk that you can use when your computer won't boot up normally from the hard drive...

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Repair Vista or Windows 7

A hard drive glitch, virus, or other data catastrophe can delete or damage critical system files in any operating system. Windows Vista and Windows 7 offer new repair procedures not found in earlier versions of Windows. Here are a couple ways to attempt repairs of Vista and Windows 7 installations without having to reformat and reinstall Windows from scratch...

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Upgrading to Windows 7

Will I be able to upgrade my XP system to Windows 7? I'm hoping I don't have to upgrade to Vista in
order to install Windows 7. What's the scoop?

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Windows 7 is Coming

Windows 7 does not sleep... it waits. Will the eagerly awaited successor to Vista be a winner in the marketplace? Read on for a preview of what to expect in Windows 7...

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Make Vista Look Like XP

I just got Windows Vista, after using XP for many years. Frankly, I'm not crazy about the Vista look and feel... are there some tweaks I can use to make Vista look more like XP?

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Vista ReadyBoost

What exactly does ReadyBoost do? Is it the same as adding RAM, or is it more like a disk cache? I've read varying reports as to whether or not it really boosts performance on Vista or Windows 7. What do you know about ReadyBoost?

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Disable Vista UAC

I'm getting popups on Vista saying Windows needs your permission to continue. Is this spyware or something I need to deal with? If it's part of Vista, can I turn this annoying 'feature' off?

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Vista SP1 - Do You Need It?

I've heard that Microsoft just released Vista SP1, a package of updates that will make Vista run faster. Should I install it? If so, how do I get Vista SP1?

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Vista to XP Downgrade

Windows Vista was launched with much fanfare and was touted as the operating system for a new generation with a slick graphical interface and many new features. But the reaction to Vista has been mostly lukewarm, and many customers are looking for a way to downgrade from Vista to Windows XP.

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Upgrade to Vista?

I'm confused about upgrading to Windows Vista. There are so many options, prices, and new features. Which ones are really important, and is Vista ready for prime time?

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