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How to Use the Windows Registry Editor

Most PC troubleshooting tasks can be done using tools that come with Windows or the hardware that it runs on. But if you are absolutely bent on looking into the guts of Windows to see what is in the Registry [more…]

How to Back Up the Windows Registry

Most PC troubleshooting tasks can be done using tools that come with Windows or the hardware that it runs on. If you must view, modify, or create information in the Registry, you can do so using the [more…]

How to Modify the Windows Registry

Most PC troubleshooting tasks can (and should) be done using tools that come with Windows or the hardware that it runs on. If you must view, modify, or create information in the Registry, you can do so [more…]

How to Reinstall Windows

Most problems in Windows can be fixed without reinstalling Windows. Here’s how to address 98 percent of the major issues that tech support people and amateur computer consultants tell you requires a major [more…]

How to Use System Restore in Windows 7 and Vista

If you did a driver or hardware update and now it conflicts with something already in your computer, you will want to recover your PC to the way things were. Follow these steps to use System Restore in [more…]

How to Set Low Battery Warnings on a Windows 7 or Vista Laptop

All Windows laptops can be configured to provide you with various low-battery warnings. Furthermore, you can configure Windows to automatically hibernate or shut down your laptop when the battery gets [more…]

How to Use Your Laptop on a Plane

The most important thing you need to do when using your laptop in the air is to disable the wireless network. That is, unless the airplane offers wireless network access. Some airlines offer free wireless [more…]

How to Disable Wireless Access on Your Windows Laptop

Turning off the wireless network is cinchy on most laptops ― specifically, the type that features a hardware On-Off switch for wireless networking. In that case, slide the switch to the Off position. [more…]

How to Restore Your System to an Earlier Point

When you do a system restore, Windows 7 and Windows Vista choose the most recent system restore date and time. Sometimes, you may want a less recent restore point. For example, when a system upgrade [more…]

How to Set a System Restore Point in Windows 7 and Vista

System restore points are set automatically in Windows Vista and Windows 7. Windows Vista resets usually just after midnight (assuming that you’re up that late or leave the PC on all the time). They’re [more…]

How to Undo a System Restore in Windows

If you have to do a System Restore, but it doesn’t quite go the way you wanted, you can undo system restore. In Windows, it is actually an easy process. [more…]

How to Disable System Restore in Windows

Some people believe that System Restore is a security risk to Windows so you may want to disable it. For example, you can effectively restore a virus with System Restore, or System Restore can be taken [more…]

How to Find What Files SFC Could Not Repair

You can use the powerful System File Checker (SFC) tool in Windows 7 and Windows Vista to scan and repair Windows operating system without having to completely reinstall the operating system. Once you [more…]

What the Windows Recovery Console Does

One of the most useful tools for fixing problems in Windows is the Recovery Console. Unlike Windows in its graphical glory, the Recovery Console is a text-mode operating system, similar to the old MS-DOS [more…]

How to Get to the Recovery Console in Windows

One of the most useful tools for fixing problems in Windows 7 and Windows Vista is the Recovery Console, as long as you know where it is and how to activate it. [more…]

How to Fix the Master Boot Record in Windows

One useful and often necessary thing you can do in the Windows Recovery Console is fix a corrupt or damaged master boot record (MBR). The MBR plays a role in starting your PC and what happens when it’s [more…]

How to Make a Recovery Disc in Windows

If you can’t find the Windows recovery disc that came with the program when you bought it, know that a secret command, available in Windows 7 and Windows Vista, lets you create a recovery disc. [more…]

How to Boot into a Recovery Partition in Windows

Knowing how to boot into a Recovery Partition will help you to rebuild, restore, re-create, or just troubleshoot Windows problems. PC manufacturers now often partition a computer’s primary hard drive into [more…]

How to Use a Recovery Disc in Windows

Most PCs sold today come with recovery discs, or sets of discs; these let you restore your computer to the same condition it was in when you bought it. This solution is [more…]

How to Scan and Repair Windows Using System File Checker

You can use the powerful System File Checker (SFC) tool in Windows 7 and Windows Vista to ensure the integrity of the Windows operating system, as well as to effectively restore broken parts of Windows [more…]

How to Find Network Troubleshooting Tools in Windows 7 and Vista

There are several locations for network troubleshooting in Windows 7 and Vista. You should know how to find, open, and recognize what can be done in each one to troubleshoot the network. [more…]

How to Find Your PC’s IP Address in Windows 7

When your computer is on an Ethernet network, it has an IP address that tells the network where to find that PC. It helps traffic flow between computers because each one has its own IP address. If you [more…]

How to Manually Assign an IP Address in Windows 7

Most computers that are attached to an Ethernet network will have their IP addresses assigned automatically by DHCP. You can configure your PC to use its own IP address, effectively disabling DHCP. Here’s [more…]

How to Repair the Network in Windows

Lurking in various places around the numerous networking windows and dialog boxes are certain Repair links and buttons. Your first stab at resolving a network oddity is to grasp one of those Repair options [more…]

What is a Network Workgroup?

When your PC joins a peer-to-peer network, it becomes part of a workgroup. The workgroup is simply a group of computers using the same Ethernet network. There has to be a hub, which can be merely a switch [more…]

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