Sometimes Windows will get itself all tied into a bunch and there is no choice but to cut the power to your computer and restart. Well, maybe not. Here are some other things to try… Continue reading
Deleting Setup Files
You’ve downloaded some software and ran its setup program. Now you want to delete the setup program, but should you?
Usually. If it was a .ZIP file, you’re normally safe. If it was an .EXE file, make sure it’s only a setup program and not the actual program itself (in most cases, it’s only a setup program).
The way most setup programs work is they… Continue reading
My Windows folder is full of these things called”$NtUninstallQ…etc”. There’s a whole bunch of them! Are they OK to delete?
This should only happen to you Win XP users out there. When you install a patch or update, Windows makes a directory for files you’ll need if you decide to uninstall the update/patch. In other words, it’s an escape hatch in case their update… Continue reading
In Windows XP when I go into Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) there are a lot of programs running under “Processes” that I have never seen before and don’t know what they are for. How can I find out what these “processes” are for and how to keep them from loading if I don’t really need them?
Think of those processes as the parts under the hood of… Continue reading
When you buy some new fonts or download them off the internet you may need to manually install them. Sounds difficult, but it really isn’t.
If you downloaded the font it may be in your downloads folder in a zipped format, so first you need to unzip the folder. If they are on a disk, then just have the disk in your drive.
Now, open the Fonts folder. You can… Continue reading
Check Available Disk Space
We get readers wanting to know how do do this all the time.
To see how much space you have left, open the My Computer icon on your desktop (or under the Start menu for XP users) and right-click the drive you are curious about (for most people, this would be their C: drive, but this trick works with any drive). Select Properties from the resulting… Continue reading
Every time I have a problem with this one program, a little window pops up and asks me to report the error to Microsoft. How do I stop this?
To get rid of that pesky request Windows XP likes to pop up, right-click the My Computer icon on your desktop and choose “Properties“.
In the System Properties window that… Continue reading
Upgrading to XP? Proceed Carefully
So, you finally decided to give in and upgrade to Windows XP. There are some issues you should know before making the switch.
Why does my monitor go black after about 15 minutes of not using the computer?
Windows has a Power Management setting that will shut your monitor off after a specified amount of time. If you don’t like when it’s shutting the monitor off, you can change it by doing the following:
In Windows XP:
1. Hit the Start>Control Panel , then go to Performance and Maintenance
System Password Protection
*This tip is for advanced users only. If you try it and mess your computer up, don’t come crying to me.
Password protecting Windows will keep most people out of your computer, it won’t stop ’em all. I can get into a password protected Windows computer in less than 2 minutes. For obvious liability reasons, I’m not going to tell you how, but rest assured I (and… Continue reading
Keep It Clean
When it comes to our computers, all we tend to think about is the stuff we see on the screen — the software. Most of us tend to neglect the computer itself.
What can you do with your computer to make it run longer? As I just mentioned above, keep it clean.
I can’t tell you the number of computers I’ve opened that have… Continue reading
Help! My computer just started making a strange sound when I turn it on. It sounds like rapid ticking or rattling (not hard drive sounds either) and goes away after a few minutes. Any ideas?
Sounds like a problem with one of your fans (no, not the people who love you, the ones that blow air).
Your computer probably has two internal fans – one that… Continue reading
If you’re running a newer version of Windows, you’ve probably noticed the Windows Update item when you press your Start button. What is that all about?
Windows update is actually a really cool little feature. You know how Windows tends to have a few bugs? Well, these updates take care of bugs, security holes, and lots of other problematic stuff. Who knows, if you’re having problems, this may… Continue reading
Why doesn’t my Windows XP have Control+Alt+Delete ?
This could be caused by a virus, b ut before you panic, it could also be missing if, for some unknown reason, Task Manager did not install or was deleted. So, first you should find out if it’s there:
Start / Search “all files & folders” for ” taskmgr.exe “. This file should be located on your C… Continue reading
How do I enable File Compression in Windows XP?
If you are using Windows XP, chances are your hard drive uses the NTFS filing system. If you are in NTFS, you can save space on your hard drive by using File Compression.
First, open My Computer and double-click a drive or folder.
Right-click the file or folder… Continue reading
I was trying to play an old game on Windows XP, but it won’t work. I hear sound, but the screen is blank. Why can’t I see the graphics?
I ran into this the other day with an old program that my kids love. It turns out that we had to change the screen resolution to 256 colors.
What you could do is look for the… Continue reading
If you’re planning on messing with your Windows Registry, it’s probably a good idea to back it up first!
Click Start /Run and type in “regedit” (no quotes). (If you’re in Windows Vista or 7, just type it into the search box.)
Next, click the File menu, then ” Export“.
Select a location from the resulting box and give your backup… Continue reading
I deleted a program but it still shows up on my Add/Remove Programs list. How can I get rid of it?
I get this ghost story all the time. The program is gone, but its entry is still there. Who you gonna call?
When that happens, most people click the program, hit the Add / Remove button and end up with an error. And… Continue reading
Do you find that it takes longer and longer for applications to open when you boot Windows XP? One common cause is the Win XP prefetch system.
“What’s Prefetch?” you ask. It’s a way for Windows to pre-load the data needed for running applications before you launch them. It’s supposed to make them launch quicker. What actually happens is that programs you hardly ever use take… Continue reading
Get Your Money’s Worth
We often mention various Windows tools only get emails from readers who say those tools are missing. Many times this happens because the feature is not installed (for instance Task Manager in XP—see 8/4/04 ). Especially if your system came with the OS already on it, you might not have all the tools and toys available.
What to do?
Go to Control Panel… Continue reading
My firewall keeps telling me that someone is trying to get into my computer, but all it shows are a bunch of numbers. Is there a way to find out who this is?
This digital trick is actually pretty easy to pull off:
For Windows Xp users:
1. Hit the Start Button / Run . Type… Continue reading
Win XP Time Travel
Have you ever made a change to your computer that messed everything up? A great feature of Windows XP is System Restore. You can go back to a previous setup without losing your documents, jpegs, emails, or other files. It keeps track of changes in your system and automatically creates what are called “restore points”. These points allow you to travel back in time to when… Continue reading
What does it mean to Partition your hard drive?
When you partition something in a computer, you divide it into isolated sections. For the most part, when you’re talking about partitions, you’re talking about hard drive partitions, so we’ll take a closer look at those.
First off, when you partition a drive, each partition will act as an… Continue reading
Windows XP can automatically update itself. That means any time you go online it will look for any new Hotfixes that you might need. But, what if you don’t want more control over the updating? Maybe you want to see what the hotfix does before you install it. Guess what? You can.
Right-click “My Computer” and choose “Properties“. Click on the “Automatic Updates” tab. There you’ll find… Continue reading
Help! I just installed Windows XP Service Pack 2 and now I don’t see any pictures in your newsletters—only a red X. Is there a way to fix this?
This security feature only affects Outlook Express users. All you need to do is click the bar under the subject line in the preview pane that says, “Some pictures have been blocked…Click here to download pictures.”
Keeping drivers up to date can help your computer run better, add features to your existing equipment, and/or make the device run faster. Of course, it can also make a piece of hardware compatible with a new operating system (like if you’ve gone from Win 98 to XP) or if you add a critical update to your OS like Service Pack 2 for… Continue reading