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Windows Help.  Tips and Tricks and support for Microsoft related stuff!

View hidden system files and folders in Windows

view hidden files windowsIn this quick tutorial, I'll show you how to set up Windows to display hidden system files and folders. The process for displaying these files is slightly different in newer versions compared to older versions like Windows XP.

Remove Recycle Bin from Desktop in Windows

Desktop Icon Settings Recycle BinLooking to remove recycle bin from desktop? One reason you may want to get rid of the recycle bin icon that is sitting on your Windows desktop is that you have bypassed the recycle bin and currently have your system set to automatically delete files from your computer.

Pin Computer to Taskbar in Windows

shortcut propertiesHow to Pin Computer to Taskbar in Windows 11/10/8/7. Newer versions of Windows offer a feature called Pin to Taskbar that allows you to drag and drop or right click items and Pin them to the Windows Taskbar.

How to Automatically Login to Windows

automatically login to windowsAutomatically login to Windows; The following covers the process of turning on the auto login function in Windows, eliminating the need to sign in during system bootup. An automatic login is accomplished by storing the logon information into the system registry.

Removing Items from the notification area

The notification area is used by Windows XP to let the user know about applications that are launched at startup or are running while Windows is in use. However, it's a good thing that not all applications are written to automatically create an icon in the notification area.

Removing those annoying Balloon Tips

Balloon tips are those little information pop ups you get when hovering the pointer over objects within Windows XP. These tips were originally designed to give the user additional information on the item in question.

RTHDCPL.EXE - Illegal System DLL Relocation Error

rthdcpl exe illegal system dll relocationIf you've received an Illegal System DLL Relocation Error and your system is using the Realtek HD Audio Control Panel, you might be scratching your head just as I was. After a bit of research, I found out that this error was most likely caused after installing Microsoft's security update 925902 (MS07-017) and security update 928843 (MS07-008).

Backup Internet Explorer Favorite Links

Whether your migrating to a new computer or reformatting your current computer, there are many things you might want to bring with you from your current Windows Operating environment. One of those simple necessities I can't seem to live without are my Internet Explorer favorite website links.

Slipstream Windows XP with service pack 2

This article covers the process of Slipstreaming service pack 2 into Windows XP and creating a new Slipstreamed Boot CD to be used for later installs. Slipstreaming eliminates the need to install service pack 2 after Windows installation because the updates are installed from the CD during installation.

Windows - Lost Recycle Bin Icon on Desktop

Enable Recycle Bin Desktop IconHelp, I've lost my Recycle Bin Icon on the Desktop: Within Windows, there is now a delete option when right-clicking the recycle bin. This option gives the Windows user the option of easily removing the shortcut from the desktop.

Accessing Windows Vista Documents and Setting Folder

windows vista hidden junctions foldersQ: Why do I get an Access Denied error when trying to open a folder? A: In Windows Vista, many folders that used to be used by earlier versions of Windows have been moved to a new location or given a new name in Windows Vista.

Remove OEM Branding on Windows

vista performance information and tools new oem logoEasily Remove OEM Branding of Windows: The following process covers how to add, remove, edit, change and modify the factory OEM branding that is sometimes installed alongside Microsoft Windows from system manufacturers. OEM's typically include their logo and other system builder information in the System information applet when the install Windows.

How To Change Microsoft Office Product Key

Are you looking to change Microsoft Office product key, serial number or CD key license? One common method used to change the product key for Microsoft Office programs or suites is to uninstall or remove Microsoft Office and then reinstall the program.

Lost Windows XP Administrator Password

The other day a buddy of mine had lost access to his Windows XP Administrator Account because he forgot his password. He turned to me for help and as usual I was willing to lend a hand.

Internet Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close

turn off system restoreIf your getting the error message: "Internet Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close" while visiting various Websites or Webpages your not alone. There is a good chance that something cached in your temporary internet files may be causing the problem.

How to install Windows XP on HP DV9500 series Laptop

create the custom windows xp isoIn the following tutorial, I outline the process of installing Windows XP on an HP dv9500 series Laptop. Most Hewlett Packard (HP) Laptops were shipped with Windows Vista, and there is minimal driver support on the HP website site for those who wish to downgrade to Windows XP.

How to hide a drive letter in Windows XP

In the following tutorial, I explain how to hide a drive or drive letter from being displayed in My Computer. This is useful if you don't want just any average user to be able to easily detect, access and navigate a hard disk that is attached to your system.

How to Remove Windows Desktop Search

remove windows desktop searchWindows Desktop Search is a search tool that can be optionally installed on a Windows based system. In most cases it is installed along with a Office 2007 or Outlook 2007 package.

WRT600N wireless dropouts on 5ghz band

linksys wrt600nGetting WRT600N wireless dropouts on 5ghz band? We recently upgraded from a WRT54GL router to a Linksys WRT600N Linksys Ultra RangePlus Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router to take advantage of the dual band 5ghz and 2.

How to remove the Safely Remove Hardware Icon

change the dword value to 1 and click okThe following simple solution explains how to remove the Safely Remove Hardware Icon. This tutorial is specifically tailored to those who have installed SATA drives on a board that utilizes the nVidia nForce chipset and SATA drivers.

Vista Score Not Updating

vista score updated or refreshedWindows Vista Score Not Updating: It appears that many people are having issues with their Windows experience index scores or Vista performance scores not updating or refreshing. In many cases, this occurs after a fresh install of Windows Vista, after updating video card drivers or after changing video cards.

How to Make Windows Faster

deleting vista prefetchHow to make Windows faster: In the following simple solution, I'll show you how to make your Windows Operating System Startup and Shutdown faster. There are many options available to make Windows quicker, however, many of these options require reducing functionality.

Shell Commands Windows 7

The following are the Shell Commands available in Windows 7. These can be used for many things like launching paths from a command window or to create shortcuts to specific Windows 7 applications (enabling you to

Enable Quick Launch Windows 7

Windows 7 Quick Launch ShortcutsEnabling Quick Launch in Windows 7: In the following simple solution, I'll show you how I quickly enabled quick launch in Windows 7. By default Microsoft's Windows 7 doesn't include the quick launch toolbar option, however, some people may wish to continue to use the quick launch toolbar feature that was previously available in Windows XP, Vista, etc.

Make God Mode Windows 7 Control Panel Pin to Taskbar

Type God Mode for Shortcut NameMake Windows 7 God Mode Pinnable to Taskbar: In the following simple solution, I'll show you how one way to make God Mode pinnable to the Windows 7 taskbar. God Mode is just a common name for a feature found in Windows 7 that essentially provides an Advanced Control Panel.

Windows Live Mail Has Stopped Working

Windows Live RepairWindows Live Mail has stopped working: Recently I was experiencing a sporadic problem when opening Windows Live Mail on my Windows Laptop. After a couple of attempts, Windows Live Mail would work again.

Tweak to Optimize SSD Performance

In the following simple solution, I cover the process I use to Tweak an SSD "Solid State Drive" for Optimal Performance and Longevity. There are a few tools out there that can manage a lot of the following settings automatically.

Extract Attachments From Email

Extracting Email Attachments   UUDWINExtract Attachments from Email Messages; In this simple solution, I cover one way to easily extract all attachments from your Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail messages. For this process, we will be using a Free Email Attachment Extractor called UUDWIN, created by Mark Spankus.

Install Windows 11 on VirtualBox

Windows 11 running from a Virtual Hard DiskIn this tutorial, I will show you how to install Windows 11 on VirtualBox without TPM chipset. This can be useful for those who want to test Windows 11 in a virtual environment or on a computer that doesn't have hardware that meets the minimum requirements.

Windows Setup could not configure Windows to run

Windows Setup Could Not Configure Windows to run on this computers hardwareIf you receive a Windows Setup Error stating "Windows Setup could not configure Windows to run on this computer's hardware" during your Windows Install or upgrade, just know you're not alone. This is actually a pretty common Microsoft error, and though the cause can vary, the fix is quite simple.

Restoring Thunderbird after PC Reset

Restore Thunderbird After ResetIf you've been forced to reset your PC, you might be wondering how to restore your thunderbird profile, email addresses, and all sent and received emails after a Windows reset. In the following simple solution, I cover exactly this process.

Linux folder on Windows in File Explorer

Linux Folder in File ExplorerAn unknown Linux folder with a penguin icon appears on Windows 10 or 11 in file explorer navigation pane. This is a common issue if you had Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) installed and later removed it.

Turn Num Lock On or Off on a Laptop

Numlock Enabler   Disabler ScriptHow to turn num lock on or off on a Laptop. Many smaller laptops and notebooks use keyboards that do not have a numlock key or even a numpad.

How to find Windows Product Keys

Get Windows Product Key from RegistryFind Windows Product Keys; You are probably wondering where to find your Windows product key so that you can reinstall. Or perhaps you might want or need the key to install Windows elsewhere.

Install Windows XP from USB

YUMIIn the following simple solution, I cover one way to Install Windows XP from USB. Running a Windows XP USB Install might be useful for example if you wish to perform an Install on an older Netbook or Laptop that does not have a CD or DVD Drive.

Easily Make Windows Bootable USB using YUMI

Install Windows from USBThis segment covers a simple method to make a bootable USB flash drive, enabling you to install Windows 10 or 11 from USB. Running a Windows install from a flash drive is useful when you need to perform an installation on a PC without a CD or DVD ROM drive.

How to Disable Chrome Cache

Enable Chrome Cache KillerHow to Disable Chrome Cache for good on the Google Chrome web browser. By default, the Chrome browser caches site content including images, scripts, downloads, cookies and other website data, as you browse the internet.

Auto Login to Windows

set your password to automatically log onWant to auto login to Windows 11 or 10 instead of having to click a user and enter your Windows login password during boot? The following simple solution will enable you to login to Windows automatically and send you straight to your desktop (bypassing the welcome screen) without user interaction.

Disable Telemetry on Windows 11

Disable Telemetry Windows 11Windows telemetry is a feature in Microsoft's Windows operating system that collects and sends data about the way a computer is used back to Microsoft. This data includes information about software and hardware configuration, performance metrics, and usage statistics.

Disable Startup Programs

disabling startup programs on windowsAre you looking to disable startup programs? Also commonly referred to as software applications or scripts that automatically launch when Windows starts up.

How to find largest files on Windows

find largest files windowsIn the following simple solution, I show you how to find largest files on Windows. This process should work from a running Microsoft Windows 11, 10, 8, or 7 environment.

Easily Open Task Manager on Remote Desktop

Task Manager Remote XPYou probably arrived here because you notice remote desktop ctrl alt del not working when trying to open task manager, remotely. on this page I cover how to easily run task manager on remote desktop connection.

Partition a USB Flash Drive in Windows

BOOTICE File System Fat32How can I partition a USB flash drive from Windows and mark it active "bootable". Windows detects many flash drives as "Removable Disks" and flash drives are often shipped formatted as a "Super Floppy" (USB-FDD without a partition table) .

How to Fix MBR | Repair Broken MBR

recovery tool command promptThe following simple solution explains How to Fix MBR. Knowing how to repair a broken MBR (Master Boot Record), can be very important.

How to Remove Old Drivers

uninstall an old device driverRemove Old Drivers from Windows; In the following simple solution, I'll show you how to remove old drivers from Windows device manager. Leaving old drivers in place after upgrading your hardware can cause performance issues and in some cases hardware driver conflict.

Permanently delete files from your computer

recycle bin properties screenshotRemove deleted files Immediately and skip the recycle bin; Personally I do not like to use the recycle bin feature that is built into Windows. I would rather have deleted files automatically removed from my PC when I select the option to delete them.

How to resize Images or pictures for email

bulk resize images for emailHow to bulk resize images or pictures for email from Windows. Most email providers restrict the amount of data a sender can send per message, making it essential to reduce the file size of images so that you can send them via email.

Mailto Links Not Working

Control Panel Associate a file type or protocol with a programMailto links not working from Chrome on Windows 10. I recently encountered an issue where all mailto links listed on websites were not working or opening in Chrome or Firefox browsers.

How to Open a docx file

In the following simple solution, I'll show you how to open .docx files on a Mac, or on a PC that does not have Microsoft Office installed or has an older version of Office.

How to install Windows XP on a DV9000 Laptop

integrate sata drivers to nliteWindows XP on DV9000: In the following simple solution, I cover the process of installing Windows XP Pro on an HP DV9000 series Laptop (with Intel processors). We will be using nLite to create a remastered Windows XP Pro installation disk with integrated SATA drivers.

How to Download SWF files using Firefox

saving embedded swf files to your pcEasily download SFW Files. In the following tutorial I cover the process of downloading SWF (flash) video files directly to your Computer using the built in Page info/Media functionality in Firefox.

Reveal or Find Windows Email Passwords

export email passwordsWant to Reveal or Find Windows Email Passwords? Mail PassView is probably one of the easiest and most straight forward Mail Password recovery tools to use.

Run a program as Administrator

always run as admin compatibleHow do I run a program as Administrator in Windows? Typically when you launch a program that requires administrative rights in Windows, you are prompted for admin credentials to continue.

Vista - Use your flash drive as extended system memory

The following tutorial explains how to use your USB flash drive as extended system memory when running the Windows Vista operating system. With the release of Windows Vista came the introduction to a new technology called ReadyBoost.

How to Disable Windows Search Indexer

disable windows search service step 2The Windows search indexer service (desktop search) has been for many, more of an annoyance than than the helpful search tool it was designed to be. As most have probably noticed, the search indexing tool seems to continue indexing files at inappropriate times, grinding away at the hard drive and further slowing down the computer while your trying to do your work.

Where is the debugger or host application running?

adobe flash player 9 debugger messageA connection to the debugger or profiler could not be established by adobe flash player 9 message followed by a Where is the debugger or host application running? dialog box could be a sign of a corrupted flash player 9 install.

How to Disable Windows Aero

Personalize Windows AppearanceHow to Disable Windows Aero: A user interface that features the translucent effect of Aero Glass, along with reflections, shadows, and smooth animations. Some people prefer to disable this visual "eye candy" since its functionality is purely aesthetic.

Reset and Restore Dell Studio to Factory Settings

Restore Dell Studio to Factory SettingsIn this simple solution, I will show you how to restore a Dell Studio Laptop to its factory settings or default condition by performing a Dell Factory Image Restore from the recovery partition. The Dell recovery partition uses a custom Windows Operating System image, containing all the essential drivers and tools designed to work with your specific Dell Studio Notebook.

Login to Windows as Administrator

computer management administratorIn the following simple solution, I will show you how to login to Windows as Administrator. By default, the Windows Administrative account is disabled and the Administrator user account does not appear during login.

Clear Recent Items List

clear recent itemsClearing the Recent Items List in Windows Vista. In the following simple solution, I'll show you how to Clear Recent Items on your Windows Vista PC.

Disable Recent Files in Windows

disable recent itemsHere's a concise and simple guide on how to disable or hide the Recent Files list in Windows. It is tailored to ensure your privacy by preventing the storage of recently opened programs and files.

Erase Empty Space on Hard Drive

Eraser   Run the TaskIn this simple solution, I cover one method to Erase Empty Space on a Hard Drive. By default when you send items to the Recycle Bin, Delete Email, Clear Browsing History, Etc, the information that occupied that space on your Hard Drive can still be recovered until that space is overwritten several times with new data.

HDMI Sound from Laptop to TV

Right Click SPDIF Interface and Select EnableHow to get sound from Latop to your TV using an HDMI cable. Connecting your Laptop to a HDMI enabled HDTV offers many advantages.

Windows Mail and Windows 7

select your install optionsWindows Mail and Windows 7: Upon starting Windows 7 you may notice that Windows Mail is missing (Where is Mail in Windows 7?)!

Minimize Windows Live Messenger to System Tray

Windows Live Messenger in System TrayHow to Minimize Windows Live Messenger to the System Tray in Windows 7. By default, Messenger in Windows 7 minimizes to the taskbar, which in my opinion clutters up the taskbar and appears messy.

How to check if TRIM is Enabled

DisableDeleteNotify = 0How to find out if TRIM is Enabled and Working: After installing an SSD drive in your computer, you might wonder if trim is working. The Trim command allows the operating system to notify the SSD (solid state drive) of which data blocks are no longer in use so that they can be wiped.

Firefox Status Addon Bar Missing

Enable Firefox Addon BarFirefox Status Bar Missing? According to Mozilla, starting with Firefox 4, The status bar has been positionally replaced by the Firefox Addon Bar, and many of the status bar features such as page loading status, and download status have been moved.

How to Boot Windows 8 Directly to Desktop

Go To DesktopHow to Boot directly to the Desktop with Windows 8: One of the most unwelcoming features of Microsoft Windows 8 for me, (aside from missing a Start Menu Button on the Desktop) has been the direct boot to a Metro Start Screen. I'd much rather boot directly into a familiar Desktop instead.

Find Windows Login Password

ophcrack deciphering windows login passwordsThe following simple solution can be used to retrieve a Lost Windows login password. Helpful for those who have forgot Windows Login password and need to Reveal Windows Login Password.

Windows Update Error 0X80070005

secrestore 0X80070005 FIXIn the following simple solution, I'll show you how to fix the Windows Update Error 0X80070005 that is ever so often encountered after a Malware attack. The automated fix was created by Rizone Technologies and has worked wonderfully on the select few troubled computers I have had the opportunity to test it on.

Outlook Express Compacting Error

compact outlook foldersOutlook Express Compacting Error: The folder is currently in use by outlook or another application. This error may be encountered while proceeding to close Outlook Express after checking your email.

Convert Doc to PDF files using PDFCreator

pdfcreator pdf print driverIn the following simple solution, I'll show you how to Convert Doc to PDF files using the Open Source PDFCreator. I stumbled upon this PDF Creator tool while I was doing some research for a client who was looking for an offline tool he could use to convert his document files into PDF (Portable Document Format) files.

How to Slipstream Service Pack 3 into Windows XP

make the new windows xp sp3 isoAre you wondering how to slipstream service pack 3 into a Windows XP installation CD. As you probably already know, Microsoft released the service pack 3 final release for Windows XP to the public.

Clear Cache Firefox

adding clear cache button to firefox continuedIn the following Simple Solution, I'll show you an easy way to Clear Cache in Firefox. We will Add a Clear Cache Button to Firefox Web Browser by using an extension or addon called Clear Cache Button and then adding the button to our toolbar.

Repair Windows Update

internet recovery kit by rizoneIn the following simple solution, I'll show you how to attempt to Repair Windows Update or Automatic Updates automatically by using an innovative little tool called "Rizone's Internet Recovery Kit". This tool can also be used in an attempt to repair SSL/HTTPS/Cryptography if your having troubles connecting to secured websites.

Remotely Reboot or Shutdown Windows

How can I remotely reboot or shutdown Windows while using Remote Desktop Connection? The following simple solution covers the process of rebooting a machine from a remote location or shutting down a remote computer.

Reset Internet Explorer

In the following simple solution, I'll show you a quick and easy way to Reset Internet Explorer Settings back to the default. Restoring Internet Explorer as if you just performed a fresh installation of the web browser.

Firefox Inline Spell Checker

spellcheckdefault changing the integer valueFirefox includes a built in spell checker that can check for spelling errors. However, by default the spell checking feature only checks for multiline fields, which does no good if your typing a single line entry into a single line entry box.

Clear Recent Documents

click advanced and then clear listHow to Clear Recent Documents in Windows. One essential step in removing traces of your personal browsing history on your PC is to Clear the Recent Documents Folder.

How to install Windows XP Service Pack 3

sp3 installMicrosoft has recently released Service Pack 3 FINAL for Windows XP to the public. Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) includes all of the previous updates, hotfixes and security updates to date, rolled into one simple package.

Remove Yahoo Toolbar from Firefox

from firefox navigate to tools addonsIn the following simple solution, I'll show you how to remove the Yahoo Toolbar from Firefox. The Yahoo Toolbar is often unknowingly installed with other software packages.

Error 0x800CCC0B when sending email

click send recv to send the emailThe 0x800CCC0B error when trying to send email through outlook express is a common error that is often encountered on an attempt to send your first email from third party email services such as gmail (google mail) using outlook express. The POP account may appear to work fine and you are able to receive email without a problem.

HP Scanner - NO SCAN OPTIONS - Won't Scan

Are you receiving the No Scan Options error when trying to scan a document with your All in One HP Scanner? In the following simple solution, I'll show you how to resolve this HP scanning problem and get your scanner working once and for all.

Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter

This is actually a fairly common boot error: "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk And Press Enter". However, it can scare the heck out of you if your system was previously working fine and then suddenly won't boot.

How to dual boot Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, XP

Windows boot managerLooking to install Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, XP on your PC, but don't want to get rid of your current Windows OS? In the following simple solution, I show you how to install Windows Vista alongside an existing installation of Windows.

Blue Screen of Death Screensaver

blue screen of death screensaverThe Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is one of the most feared screens in the Windows world. When encountered, the blue screen is usually a sign of failing system hardware or software incompatibility issues.

Delete Internet Explorer Browsing History

Batch Delete Internet Explorer HistoryIn the following tutorial, I show you how to quickly Delete Internet Explorer Browsing History using the command line. The cool part about deleting your browser history in this way, is that you can create simple batch files to automate the entire process.

Freeze a clicking hard drive to recover data

freeze the harddriveFreeze your hard drive to recover data: Recovering data from a clicking hard drive can be a touch and go task. In most cases, a clicking hard drive signifies that the drive is stuck in seek mode and is a sign that your drive is failing.

Disable UAC User Account Control prompt in Windows

uac popup exampleLet's disable UAC prompt; If you've used Windows for any great amount of time, you have most likely seen UAC (User Account Control). UAC is that annoying, nagging, "Windows Needs your permission to continue" popup window that seems to appear whenever you attempt to run just about any program.

How to totally uninstall Windows Messenger

How to uninstall Windows Messenger: There are four different Messenger applications available from Microsoft. "Windows Messenger", "MSN Messenger", "Windows Live Messenger" and the "Messenger Service".

How to find the MAC address of a PC or device on the LAN

How to find the MAC address of a PC or device on the LAN: Have you ever needed to find the MAC address of a computer or device connected to your network? Finding the MAC address of a PC or or device on your LAN is easy if you know at least the IP address of the PC or device that is connected.

Microsoft Windows Updates fail to install

Microsoft Windows Update failure: Are you having problems getting your Microsoft Windows Updates downloaded, are the Updates repeatedly failing to install? Recently after having upgraded to Serice Pack 3 for Windows XP, we had experienced the same issue.

BitDefender Real-time protection is unavailable

download bitdefender versionBitDefender Real-time protection is unavailable problem: BitDefender Total Security 2008 is one of the best antivirus solutions available. However, just like any antivirus software can have it's hiccups.

FTP Error Copying File or Folder

error copying fileIf you like to use Windows Explorer to perform your FTP file transfers and are having problems with the file transfer timing out during the last second or last few second of the download, just know that your not alone. The File Transfer ability that is built into Windows is primitive and many settings are not adjustable as they would be using more advanced FTP client software.

How to Emulate Windows Mobile 6

visual studio error during repairIn the following tutorial, I cover the process of Setting up Windows Mobile 6 for Mobile Browser Emulation using the Microsoft Device Emulator. This enables a user to experience Windows Mobile 6 on a PC via Emulation without even owning a Windows Mobile 6 product.

Windows XP Remote Desktop - Port Forwarding

remote access portIf your trying to use the "Remote Desktop" Feature that is built into Windows XP and are Hosting your Remote Desktop PC from behind a router, you'll most likely need to open up a port in your router for forwarding. Otherwise you wont be able to remotely access your hosted computer from another PC via the internet.

How to Fix STOP 0x0000007E error in aec.sys

The 0x7E stop error often occurs because of a timing issue in Windows XP and Windows XP Pro. Tjis error can occur during initial system startup or even once up and running after your Computer has been sitting idle for a while unattended.

How to Fix a STOP: 0x0000007B: Error

In Windows XP, The STOP: 0x0000007B: error often occurs if you move a hard drive that contains Windows XP to another computer or if you have just installed a new motherboard or drive controller. This error occurs in these cases because your registry does not contain driver entries for the current motherboards drive controller.

Missing Message Header of Outlook Express Messages

ie page setupThe following tutorial will explain how to correct the missing message header when printing Outlook Express 6 messages. When the user tries to print emails from outlook express, the email might print fine, but with the To: From: message header printed as (To:xxx@xxx.

Adjusting Windows XP Prefetcher settings

The Windows XP Prefetcher reduces the amount of time it takes Windows to boot and can speed up the launch of applications. It does this by monitoring which programs initialize when the Operating System is booted, then in the future, fetches them quickly via trace files.

How to fix a Stop 0x0000000A error

A Stop 0x0000000A error in Windows is an annoying error that can occur during or after the installation of Windows or during an upgrade. It might also occur after installing new hardware, drivers, or when a processor tries to resume from a C1 idle state.

How to password protect a shared folder

set a guest password to password protect shared folderPassword protecting a shared folder can enhance security, especially if you are sharing sensitive information. The method to do this depends on the operating system you are using.

How to backup Outlook Express E Mail Messages

There are times when a Windows user might want to back up important Outlook Express E-Mail Messages. I always create a message backup just before reformatting a computer or when moving essential information from one computer to another.

Disabling Windows XP CD DVD AutoPlay feature

Windows Media Player always opens when I insert a CD. By default, Windows XP is configured to automatically detect what a user wants to do with a CD or DVD once it is inserted.

Adjusting Windows XP Menu Show Delay

By default, Windows XP places a delay on menus before they are displayed. Some users feel this menu delay is a bit long and may prefer to reduce or eliminate the delay all together.

Installing and Partitioning a New Hard Drive

Installing a new hard drive and partition a disk in Windows: Ok, so you have purchased a new SSD hard drive and would like to add it to your Windows computer. New drives do not ship preformatted, so you'll need to at least create a new partition and format the disk before Windows can detect and use it for storage purposes.

Run commands for Windows XP

The following is a run command shortcut list for Windows XP. Run commands allow a user to quickly access a variety or Windows XP tools and applications directly via the Start -> Run interface.

Disabling Windows XP Error Reporting

By default, when a Windows XP computer encounters an error, the user is prompted with a pop up asking them if they would like to send the pertaining error information to Microsoft. The following tutorial explains how to eliminate this pop up prompt when your computer encounters an error.

How to create trademark and copyright symbols

How to create trademark and copyright symbols: The following short tutorial explains how to create those neat circled C copyright, circled R registered trademark and TM trademark symbols. These symbols are often considered more visually appealing and generally produce less clutter than standard text.

How to clear the Browser Cache

In order to display any changes on a Web page, a user might click the Refresh button on the browser toolbar or press the F5 key on the keyboard. While this sometimes works, refreshing a page simply reloads the page without clearing the browser's cache.

Windows Error Codes and what they mean

error messages for windows screenshotWhat do those Windows Error Codes Mean?: Inevitably, every Windows user is bound to encounter at least a few error codes during their experience with the Windows Operating environment.

How to setup multiple users in Outlook Express

Share Outlook Express with multiple users: The following tutorial explains how to share Outlook Express with other users in your household while password protecting your e-mail via the use of identities. If the people in your household share the same computer and you don't want to use a separate Windows login for every user, this tutorial is for you.

Reducing the time it takes for Windows to shutdown

In some cases, it might seem like it takes forever for Windows to shutdown. By altering a simple registry setting, you may be able to dramatically decrease the amount of time it takes for Windows XP to shutdown.

Automating Windows XP System Tasks

selected items for disk cleanupThe Scheduled Task Wizard is a helpful feature built into Windows XP that allows a user to schedule programs and applications to be run automatically. Think of it as a Windows version of an alarm clock for your programs.

How to Keep your Windows XP PC optimized

After installing many programs or applications and or if you use your computer quite frequently your hard drive can become cluttered and unorganized. Over time and with continued use, your Windows XP computer might become sluggish and applications may not be as snappy or start as quickly as they once did.

Moving your Address Book to another computer

The following tutorial explains how to backup and restore the contacts from your Outlook Express Address Book. Creating a backup allows a user to save their personal contacts from Outlook Express and then import or restore those contacts later.

Adjust Windows XP Power Options

The adjustable power options within Windows XP are designed to help conserve energy. However, a user might want to change the default Windows XP power management settings.