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Keep Your New PC In Top Shape....For Free!!!

The following tip is for everyone who is currently paying too much for their basic computer software!

Most PC users tell me how they just hate to spend their money each year on subscriptions to firewalls, anti-virus, and anti-spyware programs. Throw in a little more money up front for an office suit or photo editing software and you are looking at around $500 for the first year of ownership and around $100 in upgrades/update fees each year after!

Most folks don't know that with a little time and effort they can keep have their new system in good running order for zero dollars! Below are my list of must haves for your new shiny life hub!

1. AVG Free - Sleek and up to date anti virus program allows users most of the same features the expensive subscription based programs for free!

2. Ad-Aware Free - Great tool for anything AVG Free won't find. Specifically searches out for Spyware and other undesirables in your system for the cost of a breath of air.

3. CCleaner - Removes all the old junk on your system such as: trash, internet history, deleted files, and even has a handy start up manager, registry cleaner and add/remove programs application. Regular updates and also free.

4. Defraggler - I feel a sleeker, faster fragmenting tool for all of your attached drives, which is updated every month or so. Free from the makers of CCleaner.

5. Open Office - A free, MS Office like software suite that includes a Word Processor, Spread Sheet, and Presentation program. Updated regularly and has most of the same features the paid for suites have. For those of us who simply create documents this is a must have! Why spend $100's just to write a letter!

6. Gimp - Free image editor that is both powerful and easy to use.

Each of the above programs aside from being free are updated constantly and come with a ton of online based documentation and instructions for use. So delete all that bloatware that comes installed on your machine and simply run the Anti Virus, Anti Spyware, CClaner, and Defraggler once a month and your system will keep purring along for years to come!


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i would like to request to have my computer to be cleaned up because it runs very slow since i have a high speed internet but im not sure if i still have my warranty,thanks


We here can't tell you if you still have a warranty. You would need to check your sales receipt for the purchase date, then check the manufacturer's warranty information either online or in the materials that came with the computer. It's unlikely the manufacturer would pay for a warranty repair, though, unless a hardware problem causing your computer to run slowly.

The simplest solution is to back up your personal data, then restore the original factory software from the CD set (if one was supplied) or from the restore partition on the hard drive (if present). Consult the user's guide for your computer for the applicable procedure. Then make sure you install antivirus and antispyware applications and keep them updated.

If you don't want to restore the computer, try the basic housekeeping steps (cleaning up temporary files, defragmenting the hard drive, etc.) and do scans with current antivirus and antispyware programs. This may help. Most computer repair shops offer this kind of service at reasonable rates if you aren't sure how to proceed.

Dec 02, 2009 | HP Hewlett Packard Pavilion A6200N PC...

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I can't install software. I get the following message: "Could not open key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE 32\Software\Acronis\TrueImage. Verify that you have sufficiengt access to that key, or contact your support personnel." I can't find a solution to this problem. What to do?


ok here is the tip:

download and install this file: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e8ba3e56-d8fe-4a91-93cf-ed6985e3927b&displaylang=en
after that start notepad and paste this:

cd /d "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Resource Kits\Tools"
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE /grant=administrators=f /grant=system=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CURRENT_USER /grant=administrators=f /grant=system=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT /grant=administrators=f /grant=system=f
subinacl /subdirectories %SystemDrive% /grant=administrators=f /grant=system=f
subinacl /subdirectories %windir%\*.* /grant=administrators=f /grant=system=f
secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\inf\defltbase.inf /db defltbase.sdb /verbose



save the file as reset.cmd
double click on newly saved file

Jul 17, 2009 | Acronis Disk Director Suite 9.0 (ADDS9U)...

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