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Get rid of Unwanted “Preferred Networks” [Quick Tip]

Posted by Thomas On September - 4 - 2010

If you are on the move a lot, using your computer on many different networks, chances are that, after a while your computer has a pile of unused networks settings stored on your system.

Windows stores these settings so you don’t have to go around keeping track of each and every network you connect to–making it easier to connect to your preferred networks without typing in security keys and passwords every time.

Windows will remember each network you connect to and over time you might find a long list of networks that you no longer use or have the need for. How do you remove the unwanted ones ?

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Don’t you just hate it when your printer messes things up ?

I do, every once in a while a document gets stuck in the spooler system, resulting in total havoc. No documents will print. And if you don’t catch it right away you end up with a stack of documents piling up in your print dialogue.

Usually that is a lost cause. Especially if you are not able to delete the document that is causing the problems. Cutting power to the printer (and unplug the USB cable) might enable you to delete it. But the worst case scenario is to power off everything. Loosing every print job in the queue, and start all over. Ahh lovely days huh…

If you experience this regularly or every now and then – well, I might just have the very solution you need.

Stalled Printer Repair – portable freeware application to Detect and Repair Stalled Print Jobs

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Diagnose and Understand Windows Blue Screens (BSOD)

Posted by Rich On July - 29 - 2010

If you get a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD), your first inclincation may be to turn of your computer, turn it back on again and hope if never comes back. Sometimes, this is a good option because the blue screen may have been a freak accident and, because the stars aligned that one time, may not happen again. However, if you receive more than one blue screen, I suggest you take some time to diagnose the issue and try to come to a resolution. In this guide, I’ll show you what each part of the blue screen means, how to diagnose the problem, and where to go for help when you’re not sure what to do it.

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Speed up USB and Computer Performance

Posted by Thomas On July - 23 - 2010

Slow computers need lots of patience

USB has become a daily part of our computer life. Almost any gadget or external device use the USB port to connect to your computer. Some devices also rely on our USB ports to get power or charge their battery.

Problem is that the USB ports doesn’t support true high-speed data transfers (at least until version 3 becomes generally available). Granted, USB is an ingenious way of connecting devices to your computer. It really revolutionized the home computer when it became a system standard. However, too much of a good thing, often results in sluggish computers and slooow file copying. Why’s that ?

In this article I’m going to try answer that and give you a few tips and tricks on how to improve your USB (and computer) performance and to avoid those sluggish moments.

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10 Top Tips to Save Space on Your Hard Drive (HDD)

Posted by Rich On July - 22 - 2010

With multi-terabyte drives gaining prevalence in the bays of our PCs, a lack of hard drive space is less of an issue these days; however, it seems no matter how big the drives get, we still manage to eventually fill them. In this guide, you’ll learn ten top tips to save space on your hard drive.

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Best Methods For Troubleshooting High CPU Issues On Your PC

Posted by Guest Post On July - 15 - 2010

In this guest post, James Ricketts explores the best methods for troubleshotting high CPU issues on your PC. Learn more about James at the conclusion of this post.

Best Methods For Troubleshooting High CPU Issues On Your PC

Why does the issue of high CPU consumption occur?

Well, the reasons are aplenty, the common ones are:

  • Use of software or processes that by nature consume high system resources.
  • Unnecessary startup programs.
  • Malware infection.
  • Outdated Windows, software, and driver files.
  • Damaged registry.

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