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My Dell Inspiron laptop with Windows 7 is really running poorly, it has even blue screened a few times. I have been told that I should reinstall Windows, but I'd rather not do that and lose a lot of my important documents. Is there a simple fix that that will prevent me from having to reinstall Windows and losing data?
– Steve C., Brooklyn, NY

TouchStoneSoftware recommends a great program that is very simple to use called Reimage. Reimage saves you the time and hassle of doing all this work manually and even saves you from having to back up and reinstall the entire operating system. Simply download and run Reimage and the app will scan and diagnose your PC, then quickly repair your damaged PC with technology that not only fixes your Windows Operating System, but also reverses the damage already done with a full database of replacement files. Reimage's patented technology actually reverses the damage done to your Windows operating system.

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When I try to shutdown my computer, Windows repeatedly attempts to install the same updates. When the system reboots, I check my update list and it indicates that the updates haven’t been installed yet. Is something wrong?
- Jenny M., Dayton OH
The Windows update process isn’t always perfect. This is especially true if the update is corrupted or if something interrupts an update while it’s installing. Luckily, Microsoft offers a Windows Update Fix It utility that scans the updates for problems. This way, you don’t have to worry about missing updates or waiting for the same updates to install each time you shut down your PC. You can download the utility by visiting here and clicking the RUN NOW button. Follow the onscreen prompts to fix the issue.
When I first connected to the internet on my new computer, it asked me to set up a HomeGroup. What is a HomeGroup?
– Danny G., Lansing, MI
HomeGroup was one of the new things added to Windows 7, and it will also be found in Windows 8. A HomeGroup is designed to simplify the process of sharing images, songs, movies, documents, and printers. When you first set up your network connection, you’ll create a HomeGroup, which is a single place from which other Win7 and Win8 computers on your local network can access your files and share their files. This way, you’ll no longer need to search the network or double click a PC to remotely access the files, and you can vie files from several Win7 computers at the same time. All of the shared content from all your PC’s can be found in the HomeGroup.

Driver Tip: Check Your Driver Versions

If you are having issues with your computer it’s often necessary to check the versions of drivers that you have installed on your system, especially when the problem is with display drivers, which always seem to have the most issues.

There’s a command line utility that comes bundled with Windows 7 that gives you similar output. It’s called driverquery.

Running the command with no parameters will give you the default output.

To get detailed output you can use the /v parameter: driverquery /v

Or to output in list or csv format instead of the default table format, you can use the /FO switch:
Driverquery /FO [list, table, csv]

So for instance, if you ran the following command to give you detailed information in list format:
driverquery /FO list /v

You can check out the full list of parameters to use with the command here.

BIOS Tip: Start Your PC at a Certain Time Every Day

In your BIOS setting you will find a section called POWER OPTIONS or POWER MANAGEMENT. In that section of some BIOS, you will find an option called POWER ON BY ALARM. This feature can be used to turn on your computer at a set time every day. For example, if you are someone who arrives in your office every day by 9:00 am, you can set your computer to turn on at 8:55 am using this feature. Just set that time in the POWER ON BY ALARM option. Once set, your computer will start up at that time every day. Your system will be ready and waiting for you when you get to your desk.

» Perform a BIOS scan now!

PC Performance Tip: Removing the Web Service Window

If you’ve used Windows for any length of time, you’ve likely tried to open a file with an unknown extension. Instead of getting a list of programs to open the file with, you get an annoying dialog asking you to use a web service to find a program. This can be changed.

You can use a registry tweak to force Windows to skip this dialog altogether, and give you a list of applications to use to open the file instead, just as if you had selected the second option.

Open regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box, and then browse down to the following key (create the key if it doesn’t exist)


Create a new 32-bit DWORD value on the right-hand side with the following values:
  • Name: NoInternetOpenWith

  • Value: 1
The change should be immediate, no need to restart anything. To reset back to default, set the value to 0 or delete the key.

» Perform a registry scan now!

Tech Tip
Did you accidentally delete a precious family photo or important document? Wondering how you'll get it back?
TouchStoneSoftware UndeletePlus can help you recover that file. TouchStoneSoftware UndeletePlus quickly and easily recovers accidently deleted files from PCs, external drives, flash drives and cameras.

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World Sales Volume Forecast Comparison between Nintendo's Wii and Wii U
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November 2012

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