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How to make a computer faster: 6 ways to speed up your PC

Solution and mouseBy following a few simple guidelines, you can maintain your computer, help increase its speed, and help keep it running smoothly. This article discusses how to use the tools available in Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP Service Pack 3 to help make your computer faster, maintain your computer efficiently, and help safeguard your privacy when you’re using the Internet. Continue reading



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Windows XP: 1 Year Left

Microsoft Windows XP wordmark official.

Microsoft Windows XP wordmark official. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


If you are a Windows XP user, you need to know that there is only one year of support remaining for that computer operating system. I know, everyone hates to move to a newer OS, and XP seems to be a darling of OSs. It hardly has any problems, it runs like the Energizer Bunny…keeps going, and going.


I know that many of you who are still using XP may be thinking; so what if they stop sending fixes and updates, it runs just fine for my needs and I’m going to keep on using it even after the support runs out.


If you are thinking this way, you may be in for trouble by doing so. Continue reading

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Windows XP Performance Tips

Laptop gold on blueMany of us are Windows XP holdouts; still running XP on at least one of our computers until there is no longer support. I’ve recently come across a great article that identifies tips to increase the performance of computers running XP. This is good news, because XP tends to become very sluggish if left to its own devices…no pun intended. And improving its performance will extend its life…for us holdouts.

Big Geek Daddy has published the article, named Windows XP Tips – Speed Up Your Computer. Check it out. Continue reading

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In the News: Windows XP Excluded From Running Internet Explorer 9

WebMicrosoft’s newest web browser was developed to be competitive, in terms of ease of use and speed, with Apple, Mozilla Firefox and Google’s Chrome. It’s now being beta tested by anyone who wants to download it…anyone who runs Windows 7 on their computer, that is. And that’s going to be a problem for Microsoft who’s trying to stem the growth of the above browsers in terms of worldwide share of computers using them.

Microsoft has been known to make some rather unusual decisions, but this one may keep them from attaining the very objective they set out to achieve. Continue reading


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Windows XP – Are You Secure?

Laptop and StethoscopeWindows XP users by now should have upgraded to at least Service Pack 3 (SP3) in order to receive continued support from Microsoft. In my  Windows XP Users: End of Support Reminder post on June 14, 2010, I explained that Microsoft was terminating support for Windows XP SP2 on July 1, 2010 and anyone who is using Windows XP SP2 should upgrade at least to XP SP3, if not to Windows 7, as soon as possible.

Have you upgraded from XP SP2 yet? If not, you’re not receiving the Microsoft security updates necessary to keep your computer secure from Windows vulnerabilities. So what, you might say. Well, the “so what” is that your computer, running Windows XP SP2, is wide open to be hacked by way of several security “holes” in Windows. Continue reading


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Windows XP Users: End of Support Reminder

Desktop PC ComputerThis is a friendly reminder for those of us (I’m running XP on my netbook) who are running the Windows XP operating system on our computers.  Remember that Microsoft will no longer support XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and prior releases after July 13, 2010.  What does this mean you say?  Basically, it means that Microsoft will no longer update your operating system with enhancements, or more importantly, security-related fixes.

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Changing Your Desktop Background

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Courtesy MS Clip Art

Have you wanted to change the background (wallpaper) of your Windows computer to a more colorful or interesting graphic, or something more personal like a family photograph? Its really not difficult to do. We’ll explain how to make those changes and how to obtain free photos, clip art, and other graphics to use. Continue reading

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