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SelfGeek Guru PreLaunch starts Monday!

May 13, 2011 By: Rich Pryor Category: Internet, Videos, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

I’m excited to annouce the first two modules of SelfGeek Guru, SelfGeek Tune-Up and SelfGeek Malware911 will be available exclusively in a PreLaunch starting on Monday!

I have worked on this for countless hours over the past four months.SelfGeek Guru has seven modules with over 500 pages, hours and hours of videos…I’ll post more on Sunday, click the video below for more!!

*Video:selfgeek guru - coming monday 5/16!

SelfGeek Guru PreLaunch Next Week!

May 06, 2011 By: Rich Pryor Category: Internet, Videos, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Hi everyone,

You may have noticed the website and blog haven’t been updated much lately…I’ve been laying low for the past couple months because I’ve been hard at work on my newest product – SelfGeek Guru!

Yes…this is the Windows 7 product! (Don’t worry XP and Vista users…you’re covered in there too…) I’m almost ready to release it in prelaunch to my existing customers, so get ready next week!

Whew – I’m exhausted…this product is MUCH larger and more extensive than anything else I’ve ever written. It covers EVERYTHING I could possibly think of. I took a canopener and opened up my brain and spilled everything I knew into this one. It is going to be at least THREE times more extensive that Computer Secrets Unleashed. I haven’t added up how many hours of videosyet, but…it’s big.

I’ll have more next week…but get ready! And of course there will be some fantastic savings for all of you since we’re in prelaunch! (The price will go WAY up when I release it to the general public…)

I hope everyone has a great Mother’s Day weekend…my wife told me I’m not allowed to touch a computer until Monday again. 🙂


Windows 7 – Service Pack 1 – Should You Install?

February 24, 2011 By: Rich Pryor Category: Windows 7

Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 is finally (officially) available as of yesterday. It’s been floating around the torrentsphere for several weeks, but the official version is now available at the Microsoft download site and through Windows Update. If you decide to download it, the files you need are:

  • windows6.1-KB976932-X86.exe (for Windows 7 32 bit)
  • windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe (for Windows 7 64 bit or Server 2008 R2)

But, should you install it?

I’m surprised I’m saying this but – not necessarily! There is no reason NOT to install it, however. Like Windows 7 itself, Service Pack 1 has been thoroughly vetted and should give you no problems if you do. (It appears the code has been final since last November, in fact.) The the flip side is – there really isn’t that much IN Service Pack 1 to compel you to upgrade! Check out this feature list:

  • Added support for AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions)…if you have some app that relies heavily on floating point instructions, you might care.
  • Fixed a problem with XPS printing. (Who uses XPS printing?)
  • Fixed a bug with HDMI Audio disabling after a reboot.
  • Fixed a bug on “Restore previous folders at login” where they were i the wrong spot.
  • This one is actually kinda cool: if you use Remote Desktop Connection between to Win7 machines, and install SP1 on both, you’ll get a much higher definition connection now … better graphics etc.

…But that’s it! So my advice is, wait for the bandwidth rush to die down. Wait a couple weeks to make sure no last-minute bugs pop up, and then either download it (above) or go to Windows Update and get it there.

Start -> All Programs -> Windows Update -> Important Updates -> Put a check next to “Windows 7 Service Pack 1” -> Click OK
(By the way, notice it is only a 44MB download if you do it this way!)

Kudos to Microsoft for putting out a great operating system in Windows 7 (and let’s face it, they owed us after the Vista debacle), such that the release of the first Service Pack, which is normally a BIG deal, is pretty much a yawner.

Windows 7 HomeGroup Can Slow Down Your Computer!

February 16, 2011 By: Rich Pryor Category: Windows 7

I finally got around to building the home RAID array I’ve been wanting for the past few years, so I’d have a safe place to store the pictures, music, and of course all the random data I’ve got. It’s a major undertaking to say the least, getting everything consolidated and organized. But in the process of copying all the data to the new computer that hosts it, I noticed some really odd behavior – SLOW file copies, weird, random pauses…not at all the fast network copies I was used to.

Long story short, I tried a bunch of stuff, even swapped out the Ethernet switch and cables, but I finally tried disabling Windows 7 HomeGroup, and the performance immediately improved. So naturally, I wrote a Windows7 HomeGroup FAQ showing you how to turn it off if you agree with me that the convenience isn’t worth the performance hit. (Just in case, there are also links to Microsoft tutorials if you DO want to use it…)