Back to Newsletter Archive page

CNET Membership newsletter March 8, 2004 


The 5 that matter

Dear CNET members:
Wow, after reading all those great responses from last week's question, I even got my computer starting up in a jiffy--no more lawn mowing while waiting for my computer to boot up! Here's the answer to last week's question:

1 Lately my PC seems to take forever to boot up. I’m running Windows XP with plenty of RAM. Any ideas? --Submitted by Wendy T., from Randolph, NJ

1. Do a disk cleanup. This will remove some of the junk that is cluttering up your system.
2. If necessary, clear out your temp files manually.
3. Uninstall any software you will not ever use.
4. Clean up the Windows registry with a commercial grade software package such as Norton SystemWorks.
5. Remove any un-needed icons from the Windows desktop and Start menu tree.
6. Run MSCONFIG and remove any rarely used programs from the Windows task bar. the Windows task bar.
7. Defragment the hard drive.

--Submitted by member: Ben M. of Harvard, MA
Please click here to check out Ben’s full response.

For his efforts, we’re sending his choice of any Help.com Learning CD.

Check out next week's question:

I'm donating my old PC to charity. What should I do to make sure all of my information is completely gone?

--Submitted by member: Jack K. of Jacksonville, FL

We feature a new question every Monday. If you have the answer, e-mail us at messageboards@cnet.com. If we choose your response, you'll get a free Help.com CD. Click here for Q&A submission guidelines


Lee Koo
CNET Community
Got suggestions? E-mail me: messageboards@cnet.com


Have a question?
E-mail us a question on one of our upcoming topics:
Web design
Digital music
Home theater
Macromedia MX suite

Need help right away? Come and join our lively community forums for all the tech help and how-tos.


Is that a camera on your cell phone?

Yes - I like having sound *and* pictures.
Not yet - But I've got my eye on a cool camera phone.
Not soon - I'm stuck with my no-cam phone for a while.
No, it's a phone - why tack on a cheesy digicam?

How old is your primary home PC?
1 to 3 years 51%
Less than a year 25%
3 to 5 years 18%
5-plus years 6%
     
MCDST Certification

Proof positive for a more proficient help desk staff.

The Microsoft® Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST) certification concentrates on this critical role of the support professional and provides a measurement of skills that are required throughout the industry. It is proof positive that an individual has what it takes to keep desktops running efficiently.

Click on one of the appropriate links below and learn more about our special introductory offer for MCDST certification.

Click here if you are looking to begin a career in IT and need to prove your abilities.

Click here if you are an IT professional looking to set yourself apart from the crowd.

Click here if you are an IT or Human Resources Department and want a better way to measure the help desk talent you have and identify the talent you need.

 
1 Windows Disk Cleanup utility not responding
One good way to clean out clutter in your PC is to delete some of those temporary files in your system by using the Windows Disk Cleanup utility. But what if you initiate the utility only to find out that it's not responding after a reasonable period of time? Is it broken? Find out more in this discussion about what to expect and how to get it working again. More from the Computer Help forum

1 A great collection of antiparasite tools
While technology advances at a rapid pace, you can bet that computer parasites such as spyware, viruses, and hijackers are keeping up and becoming savvier. So what do you do? Become proactive instead of waiting around to see what happens next. Here in this thread are some great tools that our moderators and members put together so that you can go on the offensive in the fight against those nasty parasites. More from the Virus & Security forum
 

Personal Tech Radar
Join our vibrant online community -- browse hundreds of discussions, ranging from computer troubleshooting to technical product help and how-tos. It's your community, so get involved now!

1. Windows XP

2. Computer Help

3. Speakeasy

4. Windows 98/95

5. PC Hardware

6. Windows Me

7. Computer Newbies

8. Web Design

9. Cell Phones

10.Virus & Security

 

Personal Tech Radar
Your CNET membership always gives a discount on Help.com Learning CDs, which let you quickly build your skills in Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Linux, Office XP, Web development, and much more.
Home Theater SuperGuide
Get the inside scoop on all the tricks and terminology you need to know to master the secrets of Home Theater.
View sample content now
 
PC Maintenance 101
This comprehensive CD-ROM provides tutorials and software that let you precisely analyze and repair your computer.
View sample content now
 
Digital Camera SuperGuide
Get expert advice on buying and using digital cameras from Help.com's comprehensive new guide.
View sample content now

Copyright © 2004 CNET Networks, Inc. All rights reserved.

 Back to Newsletter Archive page