D-BUST Your Computer Part 3 (for Microsoft users)

Written by Janet L. Hall

D-BUST Your Computer Part 3 (for Microsoft users) By: Janet L. Hall

U stands for Uninstall

Does it seem like your computer is starting to slow down or get sluggish? Do you have programs, shareware, executable files, e-books, or games that you no longer need or use? Are they taking up much needed space and memory on your computer? Well,repparttar good news is that its very easy and painless to get them off your computer! All you need to do is uninstall or remove (different from delete *) them.

The example we are going to do is for Microsoft Office (YOU MUST HAVE THE CD OR DISK TO DO THIS ) which has many components, for example EXCEL, that you might not use and you can uninstall them.

Click on START Move Pointer to SETTINGS Move Pointer to CONTROL PANEL and Click Move Pointer to Add/Remove Programs Double Click Underrepparttar 117650 TAB INSTALL/UNINSTALL you will see a list of software programs that are currently installed on your computer. Scroll down to Microsoft Office Click on Microsoft Office


Click on ADD/REMOVE You will get a prompt telling you to insertrepparttar 117651 CD or Disk (You can put this in before hand). Insertrepparttar 117652 CD or Disk. Click OK Your screen will go through a setup and search process and then prompt you, Click on ADD/REMOVE


Now you will seerepparttar 117653 Microsoft Office Maintenance Box appear. Seerepparttar 117654 check marks under options? (If something is not checked, it is NOT installed). Click onrepparttar 117655 box next to EXCEL to removerepparttar 117656 check mark. Click CONTINUE You will get a Confirm Component Removal. Continue answeringrepparttar 117657 prompts to complete your uninstall.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY EXCEL has been uninstalled and you can re-install it anytime you have a need for itYOU MUST HAVE THE CD OR DISK TO DO THIS.

D-BUST Your Computer-Part 2 (for Microsoft users)

Written by Janet L. Hall

D-BUST Your Computer-Part 2 (for Microsoft users) by: Janet L. Hall ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ B stands for Backup.

Wouldn't it be nice if our computers would give us a warning before our computers * crashed *? * Warning, Warning, your computer will crash in three hours, stop what you are doing and perform a backup now!*

I truly believe that never has once critical instruction on a piece of equipment been so widely ignored then this, * make a backup of your information! *

Is it ignored because people don't haverepparttar time, they forget, or they don't know how to perform this easy task?

Whateverrepparttar 117649 reason, here are my 10 top reasons for performing a backup:

1. Your computer is giving you 'fatal' error warnings.

2. You've created and typed a lot of new documents.

3. You've changed a large file/report that contains a lot of graphic art.

4. You've been doing design work.

5. You've installed new software.

6. Your computer is noticeably slower.

7. You've completed a project.

8. It would be extremely time consuming to re-create your materials.

9. It would be a disaster if you * lost * your information.

10. Your livelihood depends on your computer andrepparttar 117650 information stored on it.

When wasrepparttar 117651 last time you performed a backup of your computer files, folders, or (C:) Drive?

When wasrepparttar 117652 last time you backed-up your software? Things that can cause your hard drive to * CRASH *:

1. Viruses

2. Wear and Tear

3. Power Surges

4. Improper Ventilation

5. Dust

6. Heat

7. Human Error

According to Elisa Williams, in her article *Sooner or later, you're gonna crash *:

...all hard drives eventually will fail because they are made up of mechanical parts that at some point-though it may be years and years-will wear out and malfunction. Most drives built for home use have a lifespan of about 10,000 to 50,000 hours. If you never turn your computer off-which many people don't-that time passes quickly. One year equals 8,448 hours on your [hard] drive. (http://www.newstimes.com/archive96/sep0496/cpe.htm)

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