Windows Tips For Computer Users...
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Here is yet another round of Tips for Windows users. These are a little more technical in nature but it is a good idea to look through these areas of your machine in case you need to contact us about something.

Learn More with System Information

Learn What's Running on Your Computer

Remove Unused Programs

Identify Cryptic Processes

You can see what's currently running on your system by launching the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del. In Windows 98 and Me, you will see a simple list of active applications. Windows XP and 2000 will also list all active processes along with their memory usage and CPU time. Don't worry if the System Idle process seems to be hogging the CPU; all unused CPU cycles are assigned to this process.

To identify cryptic processes with names like Ctfmon.exe, you can get help on the Internet. There are a number of Web sites that list and identify those names, such as Pacman's Portal: Startup Tips and Task List Programs

Final Words

Again, these tips are more on the technical side and some might want to just forget about this and call me when there is a problem. By exploring the various parts of the computer once or twice it won't be completely foreign to you if we have to investigate anything over the telephone.

As always, should you have any other questions about your computer, do not hesitate in picking up the phone... better to contact me and be sure.

Tom @ Tata Computers