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Fixing a Slow Computer

April 23rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Fixing a Slow Computer

If your computer is slower than the day you bought it, there is a problem. Unlike mechanical devices, a computer’s performance doesn’t degrade from wearing out. Any change in performance is due to software (the operating system, programs you have installed, etc.). The good news is, troubleshooting and fixing a slow computer is easy and […]

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Convert Word Documents (or Any Printable File) to a PDF

April 6th, 2008 · Comments Off on Convert Word Documents (or Any Printable File) to a PDF

Ever need to save a file (such as a Word document, Excel spreadsheet, or picture) as a PDF? Adobe Acrobat (NOT the free “Acrobat Reader”, but “Acrobat”) includes tools to create a PDF from any file. However, if you don’t own Acrobat, you can still create PDF files for free.

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I’m Having Trouble Adding Images/media to My Posts in WordPress 2.5

March 31st, 2008 · 6 Comments

It seems that there are some issues with the new image/media uploader in WordPress 2.5. The following are some of the issues users have experienced: Upload progress gets “stuck” Upload fails with an HTTP error Upload box does not appear at all If the upload window does appear, images can’t be managed or added I […]

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Installing Ubuntu 7 in Microsoft Virtual PC 2007

March 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Ubuntu 7 runs great inside of Virtual PC 2007, at least once you get it installed. The installation would turn away most new Linux users since, by default, neither the graphics or mouse work. Not being able to see or interact with the installer is obviously a major issue. With a few simple text commands […]

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Cleanup Vista SP1 Junk Files

March 20th, 2008 · Comments Off on Cleanup Vista SP1 Junk Files

When you install Windows Vista Service Pack 1 on your computer, the SP1 installer will not remove the older versions of Vista files from the hard drive. These older are required if you decide to uninstall SP1. If you are satisfied with the performance of Windows Vista SP1 and don’t plan on removing it, you can […]

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Troubleshooting “Stop 0x0000007B” Error

March 13th, 2008 · 3 Comments

When you start your computer, you may receive one of the following error messages: STOP: 0x0000007B (parameter1, parameter2, parameter3, parameter4) INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE Setup has encountered a fatal error that prevents it from continuing. Contact your product support representative for assistance. The following status will assist them in diagnosing the problem. (0x4, 0x1, 0, 0) Setup cannot […]

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Fix Your Broken Outlook Personal Folders (PST) File

March 6th, 2008 · Comments Off on Fix Your Broken Outlook Personal Folders (PST) File

If you use Outlook and you’ve noticed it being excessively slow or just having errors, you should probably scan and repair your Personal Folders file for any problems. It’s sorta like checkdisk for your email client.

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Restore the Show Desktop Shortcut on Quick Launch Bar in Windows XP

March 3rd, 2008 · 3 Comments

The Quick Launch toolbar (which can be enabled by right-clicking on the taskbar, clicking “Toolbars”, and then clicking “Quick Launch) by default contains a shortcut to instantly minimize all open windows and show the desktop. It is possible to accidentally move or delete this shortcut. If you have accidentally removed the shortcut and want it back, use […]

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Increase the Number of Simultaneous (concurrent) Downloads in Internet Explorer

March 2nd, 2008 · Comments Off on Increase the Number of Simultaneous (concurrent) Downloads in Internet Explorer

To comply with current Internet standards, Internet Explorer (Internet Explorer 5.5, Internet Explorer 5.01, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0, Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP, Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows Server 2003, Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows Server 2003 IA64) limits the number of simultaneous downloads (from the same server) to […]

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Show Hidden Files And Folders

February 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Show Hidden Files And Folders

All versions of the Windows operating system support “hidden” files and folders. When a file or folder is marked as hidden, it will (by default) not be visible to the user. Files are often hidden to prevent accidental deletion or editing of important system files by the user. Sometimes it is necessary to view hidden […]

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What is a Pagefile And How Big is Mine?

February 27th, 2008 · Comments Off on What is a Pagefile And How Big is Mine?

The paging file is very closely related to the physical RAM installed in the computer.

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Why Can’t I Get FairUse4WM Or Mirakagi to Work?

February 25th, 2008 · 19 Comments

If you are having trouble with the FairUse4WM/mirakagi programs read on.

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Disable UAC (user Account Control) in Vista

February 24th, 2008 · Comments Off on Disable UAC (user Account Control) in Vista

User Account Control (UAC) is a technology introduced in Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system. It aims to improve the security of Microsoft Windows by limiting application software to standard user privileges until an administrator authorizes an increase in privilege level. In this way, only applications that the user trusts receive higher privileges, and malware is kept […]

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Removing “$NtServicePackUninstall$” And Other Update Related Folders

February 21st, 2008 · Comments Off on Removing “$NtServicePackUninstall$” And Other Update Related Folders

Inside of your Windows folder you will notice multiple folders named “$NtServicePackUninstall$” or similar. Because these folders are hidden by default, you may have to go into My Computer or Windows Explorer and select Tools, Folder Options. Select the View tab and change the Hidden Files and Folders setting to Show Hidden Files and Folders. These […]

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What is the “$hf_mig$” Folder for And Can I Delete It?

February 21st, 2008 · 3 Comments

If you have the “Show hidden files and folders” option enabled, you may have noticed a folder named “$hf_mig$” inside of your Windows directory. This folder contains information about previously installed updates. According to Microsoft, “When a security update, critical update, update, update rollup, driver, or feature pack installs GDR version files, the hotfix files […]

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Make Sure Your Computer Isn’t Exposing Sensitive Files

February 19th, 2008 · Comments Off on Make Sure Your Computer Isn’t Exposing Sensitive Files

All versions of Windows allow for the sharing of folders and printers over a network. This feature is useful if you want to be able to access files stored on one computer while using a second computer. There are plenty of guides availible that explain how to set up secure file sharing (that is, assigning permissions […]

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Virtual PC 2007 Command Line Options

February 19th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Virtual PC.exe is the Virtual PC command-line utility and can be used to perform a variety of Virtual PC and virtual machine tasks. By default, it is located in \Program Files\Microsoft Virtual PC. The following is a list of all supported command line options for Virtual PC 2007.

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How to Set a Static IP Address in Windows

February 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Every computer connected to a network has an IP address. An IP address is the digital equivalent of a street address. It allows information to be delivered to the appropriate computer. Normally, your computer is automatically assigned a unique IP address by your Internet service provider, or the router on your network. This normally works […]

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How to Install Vista on a M200 Without a CD Drive Using TFTP

February 1st, 2008 · 9 Comments

Recently, my Toshiba M200 stopped booting. I needed it reinstall Windows, but the M200 doesn’t have a CD drive. I tried everything from booting from a Secure Digital card to external USB drives (which weren’t recognized at the BIOS level). Finally I came across information about PXE booting, also know as booting from a network […]

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Troubleshooting Error Messages When Trying to Send And Receive E-mail in Outlook Or Outlook Express

January 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

If you receive an error message when performing a Send and Receive in Outlook or Outlook Express, examine the message for the error code. The following error codes are the most common: 0x800ccc15 0x80042108 0x800ccc0e 0x8004210b 0x800ccc0b 0x800ccc79 0x800ccc67 0x80040900 0x800ccc19 0x8004210a 0x80042109 0x800ccc0f 0x800ccc0d All of these error codes are typically associated with Outlook […]

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Change the Registered Owner And Organization in Windows XP & Vista

January 26th, 2008 · Comments Off on Change the Registered Owner And Organization in Windows XP & Vista

When you first install Windows XP or Vista you are asked to enter the name owner of the computer and the organization it is associated with. Sometimes you need to change this information (particuallry if Windows came preinstalled on your computer and the registered owner is something like “Dell Customer”).

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Creat Your Own Vista Recovery Disk

January 26th, 2008 · Comments Off on Creat Your Own Vista Recovery Disk

The retail version installation disk for Windows Vista contains more than just installation related files. There is also a “recovery center” included on the disk which lets you repair start up problems, restore backups, and lots more. However, if you bought a computer with Windows Vista preinstalled, chances are you weren’t provided with a Vista […]

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Removing DRM (aka “Copy Protection”) From Ruckus Music Downloads

January 20th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Ruckus is a free music download service offered by several universities and colleges. The service requires you two sign up with an approved .edu email address. After signing up, you can download their proprietary music player (“Ruckus Player”) and use it to download music and videos from the Ruckus website. The idea is that by […]

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Keyboard Not Working Due to Missing Or Corrupt Drivers (Code 39)

January 18th, 2008 · 58 Comments

If your keyboard is not working, and its status is listed as “Code 39” in device manager, there is a good chance a simple registry edit can fix the issue. Here is what you need to do:  ***UPDATE: I’ve created a REG file that when run should fix the problem. However, I’ve only tested the […]

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Should I Use USB Or Ethernet to Connect My Cable Modem?

January 15th, 2008 · Comments Off on Should I Use USB Or Ethernet to Connect My Cable Modem?

With broadband access expanding to new areas and being accepted by new customers daily, one question seems to come up frequently. Most cable modems include ports to connect the modem with ether an Ethernet cable or a USB cable. If the cable modem is being connected to a router, switch, hub, or other network device, […]

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