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Keep in mind that the biggest threat to your system is you. If you click OK and allow every request without scrutiny then your chances of infection increase drastically. I suggest everyone use a router even if you have only one computer. I wouldn’t be without one.
By Steve Hogan
You can access Windows System Restore right here from the same System Properties. Click on the System Protection tab/ System Restore /Restore Files and Settings/Next/Pick a Date and follow the prompts. This is also the same area to create a new restore point or to reduce the amount of space alloted to system restore or even turn off System Restore.
Take the time to familiarize yourself with this area and you will feel much more confident in your ability to use your computer.
By Steve Hogan
Carol Asks: I need to buy an external hard drive. I have a USB 2.0 on my Dell computer. All the external drives that I see have a” USB A” or” USB B”. I am unable to actuall go look at the connections and am wondering if they are compatable with my “USB 2.0
Your help would be greatly appreciated.
It’s all in the cord. Without the right cord, what have you got? Nothing, that’s what.
By Steve Hogan
What could be simpler than a double click? Take a look inside for the answer. The whole concept may boggle your mind.
A new school year can be stressful for the kiddies heading back with books, backpacks, and probably some new laptops here and there. This is a great time to make sure their computer is ready for a new year. Give them a system clear of Virus and spyware. Clear out old temp files. Defrag the hard drive. You never know how much space is needed for taking notes frorm the new teacher.
Can you believe we’re approaching the end of the summer, I can’t? It just doesn’t seem possible that we’re in August already and getting ready for my favorite holiday, National Catfish Month. Grab some chicken livers, some treble hooks, and give momma something to fry up for Ask The Pros Snacks.
Sometimes, it’s easy to upgrade to the latest and greatest version of a piece of software. Other times, you may have a lot of trouble. That’s the fun of working with software. Microsoft rolls up a whole bunch of patches and bug fixes, and throw them out there. Those are called service packs, of course. Windows XP is on service pack 3 currently. Louis from the PCPitStop community wrote in to ask about a compatibility issue with XP SP3.
Howdy and Happy Independence Day to everyone in the US. The past week has seen more questions on drives and boot problems so I decided to take a good look at Windows Disk Management. Disk Management has always been a good utility, but starting with Vista and continuing into Windows 7, it has become a powerful and simple way to format and partition drives. You can manage the drive your booting from, or you can format and partition new drives for later installations and use.
Let’s take a look at this weeks question and see where it takes us.
Our good friend Chris Pirillo has stepped in to help us answer one of the numerous Ask the Pros questions that have come in. This week, Chris tackles a question from Candace who is wondering “how (she) can speed up her computer without adding memory”.
1. Agnes S. asks: what is Bing?
(A). The begining of the end for Google.
(B). An old dead Crosby
(C). A powerful search engine.
(D). Another “gotcha” from Mircosoft.
(E). All of the above.
Things have picked up in Ask The Pros this month. It makes me think that many of us are upgrading our systems as opposed to passing them along and replacing. I know I’m using the same system I had two years ago and for me that’s a long time.
That brings us to a question from Mary. She’s beating all around the edges of a problem I ran into last year. All I wanted was to upgrade to a newer, faster laptop drive. As usual, it didin’t turn out to be that easy.
Another busy week for ASK THE PROS. Some interesting questions that cover a lot of ground so let’s get to it.
Q. K. Woods asks: How do I make a bootable disk with an ISO file?
A. Thanks K. Woods, You are correct, an ISO image or file is used to make a bootable disk. Itâ€™s a CD image file that instructs your system to give a prompt to boot to CD when installing operating systems or anything that needs a bootable disk. They are also commonly used for Games.
Every week ASK THE PROS receives questions about drivers. They are not always the same but between looking for specific drivers and wanting to know how to find drivers, the questions mount up. A few weeks back I referenced our Drivers 101 offering. It comes with every DriverAlert subscription. Itâ€™s an excellent guide but thereâ€™s something missing. How do I save the drivers that are installed on my PC now?
Thatâ€™s the question to start this monthâ€™s ASK THE PROS.
Lots of new questions in the Ask The Pros box this week. This first, answered by Doug Bender, will help not only Dave, but anyone who might have a compromised system. Taking advantage of the talent on our forums is an area of PC Pitstop that many people miss. Help from our fourms is a big part of our fight to keep your system clear of malware and running in top form.
Q. Dave Asks: â€œHi Pro’s, Hereâ€™s my problem. Sometime after my daughter’s last visit from college my computer stopped recognizing me as the “administrator” on my “network.” Since then I have lost my control panel and can’t make any changes to my system.
Have a problem that’s been bugging you for some time? Need a detailed account of RAID? Ask The Pros is the place for those questions you’ve had nagging you for a while. This is the place to send them in and see them in the next newsletter. Give it a go!
GMail, HotMail, WindowsMail, Whose got Mail?
We all do, so see what’s going to be the next big deal in the battle to control your e-mail. Microsoft in, all itâ€™s wisdom, is pushing to integrate e-mail, instant messaging, photo sharing, blog publishing, and a host of other applications into a neat and tidy package called Windows Live Services. Although not included as a part of the new Windows 7 operating system it is available for download from Windows Live Download and integrates seamlessly.
Getting tried of confusion over drivers? Drivers 101 is included in this edition and it’s going to be a big help to a lot of people. Simple, concise information to remove all those questions and get you on track to understanding drivers.
Ever have problems opening a link in Outlook Express?
Are the BIG BOYS giving you the run around? Let them know what you want and get help before your out of warranty.
Q. Becky asks: I have a HP Pavilion a1700n running Windows Vista Home Premium. After 9 months or so all of the USB ports stopped working. I’ve never even plugged anything into the one on the back of the tower. I’ve tried different flash drives but it doesn’t recognize them. Printers plugged into any USB port do not work. I tried to follow the steps given on
Thank you for the huge number of questions sent to:
We’ve had an overwhelming response and weâ€™re doing our best to read each and every one. I sincerely wish we could answer your questions directly but the numbers make that impossible. Iâ€™ll continue to select those that occur most often. Keep them coming, and donâ€™t be afraid to submit more than once.
Ready for a new and improved 2009? If so, let’s kick off the season with one that bothers everyone using Vista and IE7. It’s all about the icons and it droves us all crazy.
Q. Ron T asks: â€œI have Vista SP1 and IE7. The icons assigned by websites get switched to the generic box or to another icon. This is after I have the websites icon assigned to my shortcut. When I go to the website the old icon precedes the web address, but I can’t get it to my shortcut to that website. Thank s if you can help.â€
Hey Pitstoppers, hereâ€™s your chance to get an answer to all those questions you have about computing. Today PC Pitstop is starting a new feature called “Ask the Pros”. Can’t find the “How To article you need? Give us a try and see what we can come up with.