1999-06-26 / Columnists

Got Computer Questions?

Ask Randy from MagicHost

Q: I was trying to install a program and got an error message telling me there was not enough space on my hard drive. Is there any way to increase the space without buying a new hard drive? --Thank You, Shaun

A: Well Shaun, there are few things you can do to free up some space. One thing is to delete Temporary Internet Files. When you’re browsing the web, files from every web site you visit are saved onto your hard drive. This can take up a lot of space especially if you spend a good amount of time online. If you never deleted these files before, you can possibly save yourself from 20 to 60 megabytes by doing so. Here is how to do it… In Internet Explorer, click the file menu View, then Internet Options, then find the section called Temporary Internet Files and click the Delete button. In America Online, go to preferences (usually in My AOL), click the WWW button, and then find the section marked Temporary Internet Files, and click Delete. Another way of freeing up space is to compress your hard drive. I don’t recommend this method, as it will slow your system down greatly.

Q: Hi Randy, My friend sent me a picture online and I was trying to copy it to a disk. Someone told me I need to use windows explorer but I have no clue what anything means. Oh, and do you think I should upgrade to Windows 98? --Robert

A: Robert, this method will work with any type of file in Windows 95/98. Put the disk you want the file to go to in your computer. Click Start, point to Find, then click Files and Folders. Type in the name of your file, if your not sure of the whole thing try the first three letters. When the file you want to copy to disk shows up in the search results box below, use the right mouse button to click on it, point to Send To, and left mouse click on 3 ½ floppy. As for upgrading to Windows 98, I only suggest doing so if you have the recommended requirements noted on its box. I have seen computers run slower on Windows 98 then they had on Windows 95. If you have the requirements go for it. It is much better with the Internet, and has a few new features.

Please send any questions you may have relating to computers to: Randy Sofia care of the wave (8808 Rockaway Beach boulevard, Rockaway, NY 11693) or send e-mail to thewave@poboxes.com.

(This weekly Q&A column is written by Randy Sofia, a computer programmer, and president of Magichost Internet Services. Magichost is a web hosting service with Rockaway in mind. Visit the web site at http://www.magichost-.com or e-mail him at Rockaway@magichost.com).



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