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Speeding Up Windows 7

If you go into a retail location and pick out an entry-level computer system, often you will find that it comes with the bare minimum performance components. The hardware that is most often at a minimum is the memory or RAM (Random Access Memory). RAM is the part of a computer that determines how many resources your computer has to run programs. The more programs you have opened, the more RAM is used. If you use up your entire RAM with open applications, your computer then has to use virtual memory which is basically a file on your hard drive. Because hard drives are typically slower than RAM, this means that any programs using this virtual memory, will be sluggish.

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Windows 7 Won't Start

If you’ve used a computer for any length of time, most likely you’ve experienced the frustration of powering up your system and finding it will not reach Windows. Blue screens, lock-ups, and automatic reboots all are tasks that can make getting into Windows a bit more challenging.

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Home Internet

When choosing Internet connectivity, there are many, many choices initially. Availability and cost are two of the main factors to consider when narrowing down your options. Some types of Internet connections are not available in your area. Some connections may be too expensive to merit the monthly charges.

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Keyboard Shortcuts

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Upgrading to Windows 7

One of the items I loved about Windows Vista was the ability to have various Gadgets on a sidebar within Windows. Reviewing my calendar, checking my computer’s resources, and seeing updated news didn’t require opening my browser at all. When you upgrade to Windows 7, you might notice that this sidebar has disappeared.

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Software Differences

Over the past week, I’ve had a couple people ask me this question. They’re often unsure if they should purchase software on a computer when they buy a system new, or if they should purchase the software and install it after they receive a new computer. There is often a price difference between the two options, but there are also stipulations. So, let’s explain them.

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Getting Organized

How many email items do you have in your inbox in Outlook? Zero? Ten? Ten Thousand? Does it feel that you’ll never catch up? Perhaps getting organized will help you sort through the clutter.

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Privacy

At times, our computers decide to go absent-minded and hang up on us. Here are some steps you can take when this happens.

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Privacy

Having worked in technical support for a number of years and also needing to get support with computer issues at times, I know that there are challenges when trying to communicate about computer components. It’s often frustrating for a user to explain what part is making what noise on their system. It’s equally frustrating for the support person to try to decipher what the customer is saying..

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Privacy

Many times we find ourselves using shared workstations. These may be computers at a friend’s house, systems at a library, or checking our email at an Internet café.

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How

If you get a lot of email during your workday then you know how annoying some of Outlook's notifications can be. Let's look at a couple of quick fixes.  But unlike 

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