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Backup the registry

Manual steps to back up the registry in Windows Vista or in Windows XP


Windows Vista

1. Click Start, type systempropertiesprotection in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
2. Wait for Windows to search for available disks and most recent restore points. In the System Properties dialog box, on the System Protection...

ReadyBoost

ReadyBoost is a new disk caching technology included in Windows Vista that uses flash memory to boost your system performance. It can use any form of flash memory such as a USB 2.0 drive, SD card or CompactFlash.
ReadyBoost functions as a complement for SuperFetch, giving SuperFetch another place to cache data. SuperFetch is a technology included in Windows Vista which prioritizes the programs you are currently using over background tasks and adapts to the way you work. This technology tracks your...

Windows Network Diagnostic - diagnose network problems the easy way

One of the novelties in Windows Vista is the inclusion of the Windows Network Diagnostic tool. This tool can help you identify and resolve with ease most of your network problems. You don't have to be a specialist in computer networks to find out what is wrong with your network or internet connection. You just run the tool and it will report to you the problems that were discovered.
In this tutorial we will show how to use Windows Network Diagnostics to successfully identify connectivity problems.

Disable the System Beep

One of the small but annoying things in Windows Vista is the fact that the System Beep is enabled by default. Every time you encounter an error or you click through the menus of applications such as the AVG antivirus, you will hear a beep. In the beginning you might ignore it but after a while it becomes very annoying.
For those of you who want to get rid of the beep, in this tutorial we will show how to disable it.
First, go to your desktop and right click on the My Computer icon. From...

How to configure the virtual memory in Vista

In simple words, Virtual Memory is system memory that is simulated by the operating system and it is placed on your hard drive. It combines your computer's RAM with temporary space on your disk. When your PC runs low on RAM, virtual memory moves data from RAM to a space called the paging file or swap file. Moving the data frees up your RAM and your applications can continue to run without crashes.
If you don't have too much RAM installed on your system it can be a good a idea to increase the size of your virtual memory. If...

How to use the Check Disk tool in Vista

Basically, Check Disk is a tool that verifies your disks for file system integrity, locates bad sectors and recovers readable information. This can be very helpful when you have some form of hardware failure which affects the integrity of your files. Unless you have some serious hardware problems, Check Disk can help you recover corrupted information from your hard disk, floppy disk or memory stick.
How to find Check Disk
Unfortunately there is no direct shortcut for Check Disk. First, you need to either double click on the Computer shortcut or to start Windows...

Windows Vista Explorer Tips & Tricks

Windows Vista introduced a big number of changes to many applications, including Windows Explorer. In this article I will show you a few cool trips & tricks that can help when working with a large number of files. If you know other useful tips and tricks don't hesitate to share it with us in a comment.



How to customize the details columns

When browsing through your files, Windows Explorer shows different columns with details depending on the content...

How to share files and folders in Vista

You have two options for sharing: you can use the default 'Public' folder or you can share any folders that you want other users to access. When using the 'Public' folder, you gain the simplicity of sharing everything from one single location and you don't need to configure sharing permissions. The main disadvantage is the fact that, in order to share, you have to copy the files and folders to the 'Public' folder. So you might end up having the same files or folders twice on your computer, which will waste valuable space on your hard disk.

When using any folder for sharing, you can set...

Enable Network Discovery & File Sharing In Vista

Some of our readers reported having problems sharing files with other computers from their network. To help them, we decided to create this tutorial. We will show you how to make your Windows Vista computer visible in your network and how to enable file sharing. All you have to do is to read carefully and follow these instructions.
All the required configuration is done using the Network and Sharing Center. To find it, type the word 'network' in the Start Menu search box and click on the appropriate...

Speed Up Windows Explorer by disabling Thumbnail Previews In Vista

Thumbnails are reduced-size versions of your pictures and videos. Their role is to allow you to quickly scan and recognize them while browsing your computer. However, each time you use Windows Explorer, it will spend some time to generate them. Depending on the configuration of your PC and the number of files, this process can be slower or faster. So, if you have an old PC or you just want to make Windows Explorer as snappier as possible, one good tip is to disable Thumbnail Previews.

First, start Windows Explorer (Windows key + E). Then click on Organize and select Folder and Search...

Burn DVD using Windows DVD Maker In Vista

In this tutorial I will show you how to burn a Video DVD using only the functionality offered by the new Windows Vista operating system. Before we begin, I want to make some observations: making a Video DVD is not a difficult task and Windows Vista succeeded in offering a pretty good solution. However, there are many other software suites that offer plenty of features and make this job easier.

Nero and Roxio are two of the most popular solutions for burning CD's and DVD's. If you need more than just basic CD and DVD burning or you just want the “best there is”, then consider buying additional...

CCleaner - Clean Temp Files & Speed Up Your PC

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One way to achieve this is to use Disk Cleanup. However, this tool can clean only files and not registry keys. A better solution is to use CCleaner - a freeware optimization tool that cleans-up all unnecessary files & invalid registry keys.

CCleaner offers an impressive list of features: it can clean not only the usual unused or temporary system files but also files generated by very common applications such...

Disable error sending message of Windows XP

This tutorial will show you how to disable the error sending message whenever a program crashes.
If you don`t want your Windows XP system to activate the "send a report to Microsoft" option whenever a program on your computer crashes, here`s a helpful illustration to disable it.

First of all, you need to go to "Control Panel" then click on "System" icon, choosing the "ADVANCED" tab. The second step of this process would be a simple click on the "ERROR REPORTING" button where you make sure to check the "DISABLE ERROR REPORTING"...

Using Remote Desktop

You must first enable the Remote Desktop feature on your office computer so that you can control it remotely from another computer. You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group to enable Remote Desktop on your Windows XP Professional-based computer.

To setup your office computer to use Remote Desktop:

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Open the System folder in Control Panel. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click the System icon.
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On the Remote tab, select the Allow users to connect...

Boot Defragment

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Make Desktop Icons Transparent

Go to ontrol Panel > System, > Advanced > Performance area > Settings button Visual Effects tab "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the Desktop"

How to Show System Files

Some malware programs can hide themselves from being visible. The below instructions (for each Windows Operating System) will allow you to configure your system to show all files and file extensions. Not doing this could allow file extensions commonly used by trojans and spyware to be hidden, for example a file ending in .exe or dll making manually finding it, if needed, difficult to impossible. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ THE VERY IMPORTANT NOTE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS MESSAGE after configuring your system to view hidden items.


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Make an NTFS Bootdisk

There are times when the Master Boot Record or bootsector keep you from booting your computer.

Here is a simple way to make an NTFS bootdisk to get back into your system, or verify whether the problem lies in your MBR and/or bootsector. Its helpful to have this disk created before the problem occurs, of course, because of the boot.ini file

Take a blank, formatted floppy and copy these three things onto it:

ntldr
ntdetect.com
boot.ini

To see these files, you must show hidden files and folders.


Its that simple! You now have an...

Fix missing DVD/CD drives not showing up in windows explorer

It is very common these days to be using Windows 2000/XP/Vista and have your CD/DVD drive stop functioning. There are various causes; from loose power or IDE cables, to broken drives, to corrupt drivers. The latter is the most common.
Often times, someone has upgraded from a previous Operating System, or installed (incompatible) CD/DVD burning software, when this problem rears its ugly head.

The reasoning? The drivers from these type of applications are typically incompatible when you upgrade your OS. Alternately, its not unheard of them to corrupt. When these drivers do not work--they...

Backing up Your Registry

Nobody wants to do it, some people refuse to. However, at some point, you will need to edit the registry. The registry is a wonderful and terrible place, at the same time. You can access many hidden settings, and tweaks that were not previously possible. Other times, you have a problem with Windows, that only a registry edit can fix. The problem with the Windows registry editor (here on out referred to as regedit) is that it does not give anyone any chances to undo an action. What this means is, your changes are a one way street. Therefore, it becomes critical that you back up your registry before...

Utilizing System Restore In Safe Mode

Utilizing System Restore In Safe Mode

Restart your computer, and then press F8 (Repeatedly) during the initial startup to start your computer in Safe Mode or Safe Mode with a command prompt.

Log on to your computer with an administrator account or with an account that has administrator credentials.

In Safe Mode type or paste the following command in the Start - Run box then press Enter. In Safe Mode Command Prompt type the following command then press ENTER.



%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe



Follow...

How to Perform A Windows XP Repair Install

How to Perform A Windows XP Repair Install

XP Repair install

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see the options below

This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft
Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows...

Change Resolution to anything you want

Don't go over your video cards min/max resolution.

1. Navigate to:
HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\VIDEO\{Address of primary video card}\0000\

2. Find 'DefaultSettings.XResolution'. That is your y axis. Edit as a Decimal to what you want it to be. IE 1152.

2. Find 'DefaultSettings.YResolution'. That is your x axis. Edit as a deciaml to waht you want it to be. IE 863.

3. Restart, and your done.

Note: This tweak may or may not work for everyone for the resolution you want.
 
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