Thursday, November 11th, 2004
The executable is basically the part of the program that “runs” when you click it (or its shortcut). In fact, the executable basically is the program, minus any support files. 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
Ever need a printout of your system info? It could be handy to keep, in case you ever have questions on your system settings – especially if the system is down for one reason or another. Here’s how to do it.
In Vista or Windows 7, type or copy msinfo32 into Start search and click the msinfo32 link in the results
When my printer prints, I get black streaks across the words. What’s causing this?
Sounds like your printer’s ink jet heads need cleaning. Now the procedure for this varies from printer to printer. Some printers (HP) have the ink jet nozzles built into the ink cartridge. Remove the cartridges and wipe their little bottoms with a soft, lint-free cloth. Make sure you clean both the color… 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
I installed a pop-up blocker, but now I can’t get my web-based email. Do I need to uninstall the program?
If you would like to see more web page and less web browser toolbars, here’s a little trick you’ll like. Hit the F11 key. It will put you into “full screen” mode. Hit F11 again to go back to normal mode. This works in both Internet Explorer and Firefox.
OK, many of you are sitting there thinking, yeah, I know all about that one. Well, here’s a… 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