Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead… Almost.

March 28, 2017

Windows Vista, considered by many to be the most hated and berated version of Windows, will officially die on April 11th. In case you don’t remember, Microsoft hurried Vista to market in 2006 because it had been 5 years since they released Windows XP and they wanted to get a new version out ASAP. That […]


Windows Vista End of Support Six Months From Today

October 11, 2016

Microsoft will end support of Windows Vista six months from today. If you have a computer with Windows Vista on it, we urge you to replace it in the next few months. Many vendors have already discontinued support for Vista. For example, you can’t get the latest version of Adobe Reader on Vista. And since […]


Windows Vista – 1 Year and Counting…

April 20, 2016

Ah, Windows Vista. Many people consider it the worst version of Windows ever. Those people apparently never experienced Windows ME which came out in the year 2000. However, I would put the original version of Vista as the second worst version of Windows. To be fair, Microsoft did fix most of the problems with Vista […]


Should You Upgrade Windows?

June 15, 2012

Just because a new version of Windows comes out doesn’t mean you have to upgrade. If the new version has features you need or want, then that is certainly a compelling reason to upgrade. But most of us don’t have a compelling reason. And some of us have a compelling reason not to upgrade. When […]


Shutting Down or Restarting Windows

February 3, 2012

When you shut down your computer it closes all of your programs gracefully, exit Windows and turns off your computer. If you want to turn on your computer again, you have to press the power button to turn it on. A restart or reboot does all of the same things as a shutdown, except that […]


Gadgets in Vista and Windows 7

December 3, 2010

A Windows gadget is something you can place on your desktop that performs a special function. A gadget can give you weather information, show a clock, display the date, or show you information about your computer. The things that a gadget can be created to do are endless. You can get one that always shows […]


Shutting Down / Restarting Vista and Windows 7

September 24, 2010

Vista and Windows 7 are very different from XP in terms of shutting down and/or restart your computer. Not only did the shutdown and restart commands move on the start menu, but there is a new screen that appears showing you all of the programs that are still running. This new screen says to wait […]


New Computers Come Dirty

September 21, 2009

If you decide to purchase a new computer, there is something you should be aware of.  When you buy a new computer you assume that it’s all clean, tuned-up, and running as good as it can. Unfortunately, this usually isn’t the case. New computers often come with a lot of junk software installed on them. Free offers, […]


Screen Resolution

August 6, 2009

Screen, or display resolution is a term used to describe a setting in Windows that specifies how things will be displayed on  your computer screen. It specifies the size and quality of what is displayed on the screen. It is specified in two numbers. Height and width. These numbers are each in pixels. A common […]


Where’s My Desktop

May 22, 2009

The Windows desktop is the main screen in Windows that has all of your icons on it. At times, you may have several programs open on the screen, but you want to get to your desktop. You can minimize each program one at a time. But there is an easier way. Both Windows XP and […]