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Back up my Acer laptop? It has Vista on it?

Use My Pictures as a slide show screen saver?

Use msconfig?

Troubleshoot my internet connection?

Check to see what service pack I'm at?

Download a service pack?

Install World of Warcraft?

Put all my Favorites in one place?

See if my firewall is turned on?


Back up my Acer laptop? It has Vista on it.

Vista is quirky to say the least and we harbor no love for this product. That said, it appears that Microsoft left it to the manufacturers to come up with solutions for Joe or Jane Novice to create recovery disks for their computers. In the event of a real catastrophe you may need to recover your files, hence the term "recovery disks". Now we really like the Novices here at Jims Computers, so we looked up some helpful links related to this problem. For Acer owners, try looking up your model number here. As an alternate, try this. And or here. The last two can be complicated and aren't sanctioned by any manufacturer so keep this in mind. Good luck!

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Use My Pictures as a slide show screen saver?

Right click on an open space on your desktop> A box appears. Left click on properties> Left click on Screen Saver on the tab across the top > where it say's " screen saver" click and scroll down to "My Pictures Slideshow". After that, settings and everything else is all on you.

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Use msconfig? *

This question was originally asked by Rusty, who seems to have lost the ability to email. Poor guy. That article is here.

    With caution. Okay here's the deal. msconfig hurts my head sometimes so you've got to understand that a complete guide to using this part of windows is almost impossible. Why? Because everyone's computers are different and everyone's has different software installed. msconfig in a nutshell is a bunch of switches that allow you to turn off or on programs that start up when windows starts up. This can be very useful when troubleshooting and it's one of our principle tools that we employ to get rid of problem software. That said, you have to pay attention and be a good guesser when it comes to what to turn off and why. Also, some software that is on the Hit List will turn itself back on. Now, we have yet to see msconfig make a computer unbootable. But your AOL messenger software may not start up if you turn it off (DUH!). In fact if you turn off enough of the right stuff it could actually speed your computer up.

*Type Start>Run>msconfig

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Troubleshoot my internet connection?

If it's slow then run software from the . If it doesn't work at all then click here. Of course, if you see this web page then you are, indeed "on the web" and your connection works. Maybe it's PEBCAK.

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Check to see what service pack I'm at?

Click Start>Control Panel>System. On the first tab, marked general, look under System. Or, you could click Start> Run and type "winver" without the quotes in the box and look like a real pro. The box that appears will tell you available memory build and service pack numbers. Go ahead, fool your friends and family, make them think you're a real geek.

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Download a service pack?

The easiest way to get it is to click Start>All Programs>Windows Update which will open a new window. Then click the express button and just follow through.

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Install World of Warcraft?

If you are running Windows XP, you shouldn't be asking. If it's a Windows Vista problem, click here.

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Put all my Favorites in one place?

Favorites are really just shortcuts by another name (an Internet Explorer name). If you use Firefox then the word is "bookmarks". Whatev.

Favorites: (Internet Explorer)

Bookmarks: (Firefox)

Easiest method if you have both I.E. and Firefox:

See if my firewall is turned on? 

First off WindowsXP should let you know. If you find that it's turned off and Windows did not tell you, it's time to panic.

Click Start>Control Panel>Windows Firewall. There's a green shield with a check on it. Next to this there's a button and it say's "On (recommended)".

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