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Q:I loaded a program, and now it starts every time I reboot my computer. How do you get it to stop loading automatically?
A: There are several places a program can put a link to start automatically.  The Startup group is the most common place. To see what's in your Startup group, click START, PROGRAMS, STARTUP. To remove something from the Startup group, right-click on the item, and choose delete. This should delete the shortcut of the program, but not the program itself.
If the item is not in the Startup group, check:
Win.ini: Click Start, Run and type sysedit to get to win.ini. The [Windows] section should have two lines that start with run= and load=, respectively. Anything in either of these two lines will load automatically when Windows starts. To get rid of these lines loading, put a semicolon (;) in front of the line, then save it.
Registry: Programs made for Windows 98 can load themselves into the RunServices area of the Registry. To see what's there, click Start, Run and type regedit. Click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, SOFTWARE, MICROSOFT, CURRENTVERSION. Look for folders that say Run, RunOnce, RunServices, or RunServicesOnce. Anything in any of these folders will load when Windows loads. WARNING! Messing with the Registry can cause your whole system to fail. Before changing anything, click Regisrty, Export Registry File. Make sure the Export range is set to All, type a name for the backup, and click Save.

Q: We run Windows ,autocad & Office 97 on a 586pc with 32 MB ram. The pc is
crashing or locks up  at least 3 times a day in completely random spots. What course of action do you recommend?

A: I hate to tell people to throw money at computers without troubleshooting, but the first thing you've got to look at is what you're running. Autocad is a big program, and so is Office 97! Running Windows and Office 97 alone can easily eat up 32MB RAM. If you are running some large programs, add RAM. It's cheap these days, so it shouldn't hurt your pocketbook too much, and it will help. Regardless of the "minimum" system requirements, 64MB RAM and 2GIG HD on a Pentium 133 is the minimum I would recommend for windows 98.

Q: How do I fax ? I don't have a printer yet but can't I fax from my computer to another fax machine? I have Windows 98, never had 95. I recently purchased a Hayes modem and there was nothing about faxing from Windows98.
A:
The first step in faxing from a computer is purchasing a fax/modem. Most modems these days will say 33.6 or 56k modem. You want to look for one that also says 14.4 fax. The fax software will be inlcuded with the modem if it's a fax/modem. It sounds like your modem may not be a fax/modem. If your instructions say nothing about faxing, then it probably isn't.

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