Obituary for Windows XP

April 15, 2014

Obituary – Windows XP Windows XP was born (released) in October of 2001. It was the first version of Windows for consumers that did not run on top of DOS. Windows XP wasn’t perfect, but it was very popular. So popular, in fact, that Microsoft didn’t follow its usual plan of releasing a new version […]


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 […]


Businesses Should Plan Ahead for XP’s End of Life

July 30, 2010

Microsoft released Windows XP in October of 2001. 6 years later, Vista was released in January of 2007. And due to problems with Vista and a bad reputation, two and a half years later, Windows 7 was released in July of 2009. As of June 2010, Windows is the operating system for about 91% of […]


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 […]


Don’t Switch Users

February 28, 2009

You may know that you can have multiple users set up in Windows. For example, if there are 4 people in your family and you all share one computer, you may each have your own windows user so that each person can customize Windows the way they want, and also to keep their data seperate. […]


Is Your Hard Drive Disorganized?

February 11, 2009

You may have heard that you can do a defrag on your computer’s hard drive. Or maybe you have actually defragged your hard drive.   When something is fragmented, it means it’s broken into pieces and disorganized. For example, let’s say you are cooking in the kitchen and you need to use the hand mixer to […]