Can’t hear anything on your computer? You may be have a corrupt or missing p17.sys. Here’s how to fix it. Continue reading
If your computer cannot run Firefox 5 in hardware acceleration mode, try disabling hardware acceleration with this tip! Continue reading
Part 1 of our two part series on shut down screens in Windows 7. Learn what to do when you get a “Force Shutdown Screen”. Continue reading
Whether it is making or changing settings, installing or removing software, or finding and then solving problems with our installation, Microsoft offers a variety of troubleshooting and diagnostic tools to accomplish these tasks in every operating system. Continue reading
“Always hidden.” That’s what Microsoft’s motto about its operating systems should be. Something like this:
If you want it, if you need it, it’s always there. Always hidden.
Microsoft Windows. The world’s biggest treasure hunt.
So last night, I am fiddling around with things because I am just that daring (you
Would you like to know what’s happening in your Vista or Windows 7 computer right now? For a quick read on current activity and performance, follow the steps below.
First, open the Run dialog box, by holding the Windows key and typing R (Win+R).
In the Run box, type cmd and hit the Enter key.
Have you ever booted up your computer and not been able to reach the Windows desktop? It may be because of corrupted Windows system files, or perhaps you inadvertently downloaded a virus. Either way, a terrible sense of panic begins to set in – trust me, I know. “All my photos and files are gone! I have no backups!” Take a deep breath and relax. Today
Do you want to cross check whether you are getting the download and upload speed that your Internet Service Provider (ISP) promises?
Browsing the web, checking emails, or using Facebook does not consume a large amount of bandwidth. However downloading movies, large files or watching YouTube videos one after another, can consume a very large amount of bandwidth. If you aren’t on
Dave from New Albany, OR asks:
How can I keep the desktop ini icon from popping onto the desktop and other locations? I delete it and pretty soon it’s back.
Dave, thanks for the question. What you need to do is hide these icons (shown below).
Adele, from Cleveland UK writes:
My computer is running really slow, it takes about 5 minutes or more to open a program. What could be the cause of this? I am running Windows XP SP2,Version 2002,With AMD Sempron2800,2.01GHz,448mb RAM.
The first thing that jumps out at me, Adele, is that you’re running
Is formatting a flash drive different than defragging the drive? I generally format the flash drive when I want to clean everything off after having transferred it, I also format my camera card after downloading the pictures. Am I causing too much wear on the cards?
Formats, Defrags, and Flash Drive Death!
Richard from Hudson, Florida asks:
I am using Microsoft Outlook 2003. Sometimes in checking my mail, a red flag would come up on the right side of a message and the page would shake. I tried to shut down Outlook and restart it, no help. I would even reboot and the red flags are still there. I
Andrew from South Africa asks:
I need to update my PC processor. I have an old Dell Dimension 4600 Pentium 4 2.66GHz-1.5GB RAM-AGP card slot. Can I just buy a better/faster processor like a Duo or quad core or something for my PC?
First, you’ll need to find out how many pins
Receiving a buffer overflow (also known as a buffer overrun) error may not seem that dangerous, but it’s a serious security risk. A direct result of bad programming, buffer overflow errors occur when too much data is stored in a space designed for less.
Think of it this way. If you pour a large jug of water into a small glass, the excess water will spill… Continue reading
SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition is a great program for locating and quarantining spyware in your computer, and it is also really simple to use. As we all know, Spyware can become a major pain, causing many issues within your computer.
Some of the many great features of this program include a Quick Scan, Complete Scan, or even a Custom Scan, which will check for malicious files in areas that you… Continue reading
Juan, from Albuquerque NM asks:
I like to perform monthly maintenance on my PCs and I’d like some advice from you regarding getting this task done? I’m using windows Vista and 7. I already clear temp files, cookies, and other basic items.
Juan, maintaining your computer is like maintaining a car. The more you look after it, the better it will run… Continue reading
Auslogics Duplicate File Finder is a nice way to further clean up your computer. It is designed to find duplicate files on your computer that are taking up valuable space. It has the ability to search for many different types of files such as: image, audio, video, archived, and application files.
Not only is this program really useful, but it is really easy… Continue reading
If you suspect that your computer has a memory issue, but it’s not being detected automatically, it’s best to make use of the Windows Memory Diagnostics utility that’s built-in to Windows 7.
Here’s how to access it:
Click Start, and in the Search Box type mdsched.exe. You can then either hit the Enter key or click the mdsched icon that appears… Continue reading
Royal V. from CT asks:
My computer seized up, and now it just shows a black page with white lettering. My problem: I had some very important papers (material for a future e-book) written in WordPad. Is there some way I can retrieve them?
Well, Royal, if you brought your computer to me for repair and asked this question, the first thing that I would… Continue reading
Ellen, from Columbus Ohio asks:
How do you delete a corrupt or unrecognized file from a flash drive?
Every now and again, for any number of possible reasons, a file can become corrupt, unreadable and, occasionally, seemingly impossible to delete from your USB flash drive. When these types of files appear, it can be frustrating attempting to rid your drive of the corrupt file(s) with… Continue reading
If you’re having a computer problem, Windows 7 offers a quick route to a possible solution.
Just type the word Troubleshoot in the Start search box, and hit the Enter key, or select Troubleshooting from the list.
This will bring up the Windows 7 Troubleshooter. From there, you can choose from a list of potential problem… Continue reading
Vivien from Port Charlotte, FL asks:
Every time I receive an attachment in e-mail that requires Windows Media Player, I get a message that my computer is low on memory. I know for a fact that I have lots of memory! What could be wrong?
If I may, Vivien, I would like to start by clarifying… Continue reading