Removing Windows 7 Ultimate Demo 

by on April 23, 2010

Q: How do I uninstall Windows 7 Ultimate Demo version?

A: When it comes to operating systems like Windows 7 Ultimate Demo there really is no such thing as uninstalling. You can upgrade an operating system from Windows Vista to Windows 7 but you cannot uninstall Windows 7 to go back to Windows Vista. So the only real solution is to reinstall whatever operating system it is that you want to run. This will remove Windows 7 Ultimate Demo and all your data so make sure you backup everything you need before doing this.

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You need MSXML 4.0 SP2 

by on April 22, 2010

Q: I am running Windows Vista. I want to clean out my system of items I don’t need and when I go to add/remove programs I see some items I don’t know anything about. Do I need these programs?

*MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB927978) – Microsoft
*MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB936181) – Microsoft
*MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB941833) – Microsoft
*MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB954430) – Microsoft
*MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB973688) – Microsoft

A: Yes you need these. These are updates that Microsoft releases for their operating system and they are usually released to fix bugs or to fix security holes. The nice thing is anything released by Microsoft usually has a KB (knowledge base) number and that can be used to find out more information about the specific item. Read the rest of this entry »

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Select what program should open a specific file type 

by on April 19, 2010

Q: I am running Windows XP and when I click on JPEG files they open in Microsoft Word. How do I get my files to open in a different program?

A:To make a file open in a different program than it normally does all you have to do is right click on the program and then select Open with…. From here you will be able to select the program you want the file to open with. If you want the program to always open with this specified program moving forward then you will want to check the box always open with this program.

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Unlock the quad core in your CPU at your own risk 

by on April 18, 2010

Q: Is it safe to unlock the Quad core in an AMD Phenom II X2 550 Callisto 3.1GHz processor?

A: You need to know that attempting to unlock these cores will void the warranty on the CPU if you bought the CPU alone. If your CPU is part of a complete system that you bought then it could void the warranty on the entire system. The next important thing to know is that every CPU is different. This means that you could unlock it and never have any problems or you could unlock it and kill the CPU. So unlocking the quad core on your CPU could go very well or could go very bad and there is no way to guarantee which way it will go.

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Create a keyboard shortcut 

by on April 17, 2010

Q: How do I create a keyboard shortcut for accessing “My Downloads” folder in Windows XP?

A: There is a nice feature built into Windows XP that allows you to make a keyboard shortcut that will open any folder, run any program, or open any file. The process requires that you make a shortcut, in your desktop, to the folder, program, or file that you want to create a keyboard shortcut for. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ultra ATA/66 

by on April 16, 2010

Q: What is an Ultra ATA/66 and what does it do?

A: Ultra ATA/66 is a a type of connection/interface that is used to connect a storage device, like a hard drive or CD-ROM, to your computer. This is an older technology that you will not see much anymore but it uses a long wide ribbon (pictured below) that connects your motherboard to up to two separate devices. Read the rest of this entry »

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Add USB ports to your computer 

by on April 14, 2010

Q: I have an older computer that does not have USB ports and I am wondering if there is anyway to add or install USB ports to the computer.

A:If you have a PCI slot available inside your computer then you should be able to easily install a PCI to USB 2.0 card like the Syba SD-VIA-5U 5-port (4+1) USB 2.0 PCI Card, VIA Chip. There are many PCI to USB 2.0 cards avaiable and most will do exactly what you need for between $10 to $30 online or maybe as much as $50 at a local store. Read the rest of this entry »

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The dead laptop battery dilemma 

by on April 13, 2010

Q: What happens to a laptop when the battery dies? Will it still boot up?

A: Everyone that has ever owned a laptop has run into the dead battery dilemma where the battery will no longer hold a charge anymore. The typical laptop battery will last 2 to 4 years but a laptop, if taken care of, can last a lot longer so we get to a point where the battery will only run the computer for 30 minutes, then 10 minutes, and then maybe 10 seconds. Read the rest of this entry »

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Calculate what wattage power supply you need 

by on April 10, 2010

Q: I am building a computer and need to figure out what wattage power supply I need. Is there anyway to calculate how much wattage I need if I know the components I will be putting into the computer?

A: We suggest you use the eXtreme Power Supply Calculator to figure out what size power supply you will need for your computer. We also suggest that you make sure to spend money on a good power supply unit like a Corsair, Seasonic and Antec instead of trying to save a few dollars going with a no name unit because in the end it powers your entire computer and it failing could harm all the components in your computer.

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Using system recovery when you get a virus is safe 

by on April 9, 2010

Q: Can using system recovery every time you have a virus mess up your computer?

A: We would suggest that not getting a virus should be the first step so we suggest everyone read our answer on the Best free antivirus program. If you have protection in place and you still get a virus then using system recovery will not hurt your computer. You should always make sure to have clean backups of your data though just in case but hopefully installing protection on your computer will help you from having to do a system recovery.

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