I want to clean up my start menu on Dell Inspiron E1705 with Windows XP Pro. Computer beginning to run slowly. I use computer almost exclusively for internet, word-processing and Quicken. I have trouble identifying which entries on start menu to delete.
posted by psc1860
on Jun 23, 2009 -
Tomorrow I'll list my ACER Aspire 3680 for sale on eBay. I want to be as sure as I can that there the lucky buyer has as little chance as possible of seeing passwords/pics/personal info. Normally, I would just format and do a clean install of XP. But I've moved house and my install disk is one of 19 packing cases stored 2500km away, so that option is out. I've listed what I've already done after the jump, but I'm hoping a more tech-savvy mefite might spot a hole in my erasure efforts. [more inside]
posted by t0astie
on May 6, 2009 -
Who cleans the US national memorials? How often is it done and how long does it take? What is the cleaning process like?
posted by easy_being_green
on Mar 31, 2009 -
I have recently quit smoking and am on the road to recovery.
I am looking into options into cleansing programs. I know the years of smoking has
probably mucked up my system with many poisons and has reeked havoc on my lungs n such.
I want to hear from Me-Fis regarding any programs or treatments they know regarding any de-toxing I could be doing.
posted by citybuddha
on Mar 2, 2009 -
Cat fanciers: is there a convenient way to keep dried bits of food from getting on the wall next to the cat food dishes? [more inside]
posted by kosmonaut
on Jan 22, 2009 -
After 4 months in storage, my red microsuede couch is now a gray velvet couch. Can I clean mildew from microsuede? How? [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells
on Nov 29, 2008 -
With some products, the off-brand is as good as any other brand, sometimes even coming off the same production lines in the same factories. With other products, there is a quality difference between brands. How about for replacement HEPA filters for a Kenmore air cleaner? (And, as a bonus, should I believe the warning against washing and reusing the charcoal pre-filters?) [more inside]
posted by daisyace
on Oct 30, 2008 -
How can I get CVS-brand liquid "high efficiency" detergent out of a nylon duffel bag? (asking for a friend)
posted by prefpara
on Oct 26, 2008 -
Electrical engineering / voltage regulatorfilter: I'm searching for manufacturer or vendor sources on high quality, 220V to 240V automatic voltage regulators. This is for use with telecommunications/GSM/ISP equipment in the third world. Any other advice related to the subject will also be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus
on Oct 10, 2008 -
I've plenty in touch with my inner child. How can I get in touch with my inner adult? I just want to be more disciplined and do the things a grownup needs to get done. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious
on Sep 23, 2008 -
My toilet is flushing slowly. Sometimes it takes 3+ flushes to completely remove waste.
I have completely replaced all of the internals, and tried the CLR method. I have even manually cleared out the return / fill holes. It has helped some, but not enough.
I think I need to use something stronger than CLR, like muriatic acid.
The problem is I am on a septic tank and everything I read says do not use the muriatic acid method if you are on septic as it will kill all of the beneficial bacteria in the septic tank.
So, my thoughts are to use the muriatic acid to clean out the bowl, but before the first flush, use baking soda to neutralize the acid as much as possible. Then flush. After about a week, add some RidX to help restore some of the lost bacteria and after another week or so, add another box of RidX.
Is this a sound plan or should I abandon the muriatic acid idea completely?
posted by twistedmetal
on Sep 15, 2008 -
I need to swab my old laptop as completely as possible before I sell it... the only problem is, I don't have a restore or new operating system disc. Please help! [more inside]
posted by bjork24
on Aug 4, 2008 -
If I steam clean a carpet that has been installed on top of a painted hardwood floor, will I ruin the hardwood? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll
on Aug 1, 2008 -
My truck is starting to get ugly cloudy headlights. What's a cheap inexpensive way to make them look new again?
posted by kowboy
on May 16, 2008 -
I have about a week or so to find some of this carpet.
Yep, it is that stuff that's everywhere. You probably even have 3 rolls of it under your house as we speak. It's almost safe to say, at some point, you really did have like 3 rolls of it - what did you do with them?!! Where should I inquire about getting a scrap of it?? (30cm/12inch -sq.) Demolition.. people? The dump? Is there like an Elephants Graveyard but for carpet??
Also.. I need a hand with repairing melamine/laminex?? ( Bathroom vanity
and a cupboard
). And (omg!) this blind
( /s)... [more inside]
posted by mu~ha~ha~ha~har
on Apr 2, 2008 -
I broke a compact fluorescent light bulb in my bedroom. Rudimentary cleanup, but I'm must
go to bed, and my husband's already asleep in there. I saw the scary "leave the room for 15 minutes" mercury warnings on the government cleanup page. Anybody know the science? How bad is this? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten
on Feb 27, 2008 -
Please tell me about the coffee I'm often served in restaurants after dinner (especially in hotels) and at event receptions (especially in hotels). [more inside]
posted by Mapes
on Feb 16, 2008 -
I'm looking for clean, upbeat songs that are NOT about love. I just need one business-appropriate one to edit a "Candids" video of business people at a sales meeting to. The client is super picky and wants pop music with exactly the right lyrics and a "high-energy" tempo. They liked the lyrics to "Oh Yeah" by Macy Gray but didn't think it was upbeat enough. Any ideas?
posted by nicholm
on Jan 16, 2008 -
I don't normally wash my clothes after each wearing. I'm lazy/cheap and I hate wastefulness. But I also don't like to fold them up and put them back in the drawer, because even a little smell or dust will negatively effect the surrounding clean clothes. Both my boyfriend and I do this, and we do not have a good place to put these limbo clothes in our apartment. Where/how do we store our not clean, not dirty clothes?
posted by bookish
on Dec 17, 2007 -
My cat has some sort of sore that's discharging a clear pus, and the vet can't see us until Wednesday. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Saint
on Dec 3, 2007 -
I got a little residue UNDER the mousepad button of my black MacBook! Now there is an annoying resistance and slight scraping sound whenever I click on anything. Is there a way to clean under the button? Maybe a way to remove it, then replace it? [more inside]
posted by crapples
on Nov 6, 2007 -
You thought "Official Use Only" included porn? For real?
I was entrusted with a laptop owned by the public sector (recent employer). I let a friend use the laptop to do writing work while his computer was broken. I deemed this acceptable because at no time did he have access to employer's VPN-protected data. However, it would appear that he downloaded pornography. [more inside]
posted by colgate
on Oct 7, 2007 -