Windows 7 Maintenance & Troubleshooting

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How to Recover the Previous Version of a File

Windows 7 and Windows Vista use System Restore technology, as well as any backups you’ve made of your computer stuff, to rescue older versions of a file. For example, if you change a file, or if it’s overwritten [more…]

How to Review File Associations in Windows

In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, you can easily review all known file associations on your PC. (Windows XP lacks this convenient feature.) From the window where you can review the file associations, you [more…]

How to Use the Windows 7 Program Compatibility Troubleshooter

One of the many troubleshooters available in Windows 7 is designed specifically to look for issues with older programs. As with any software troubleshooter, sometimes it’s brilliant and sometimes not so [more…]

How to Get Rid of Recently Opened File Lists

Even though the file may be gone, deleted, and dead with no possibility of recovery, its name still stubbornly appears in one of those recently opened files menus. The official name for the list of recent [more…]

How to Use the Find Command in the Registry Editor

Most PC troubleshooting tasks can (and should) be done using tools that come with Windows or the hardware that it runs on. Occasionally, you know that something exists in the Registry but you don’t know [more…]

How to Get Information about System Resources on a Windows PC

Understanding your system resources is a necessary part of troubleshooting. Resources include memory, mass storage, network access, processor power, and so on. When your program needs a hardware resource [more…]

How to Monitor System Resources on a Windows PC

Monitoring your system resources is a necessary part of troubleshooting. Resources include memory, mass storage, network access, processor power, and so on. When your program needs a hardware resource, [more…]

How to Review Events in Windows 7 and Vista

Windows keeps track of event details in log files. Just about anything that goes on in the computer — from a user logging in to programs crashing to routine tasks being scheduled — is noted in a log somewhere [more…]

How to Filter and Search Events in Windows 7 and Vista

Most computer event log entries are rather mundane. But the key to reviewing logs for troubleshooting is to look for pesky events. To help in your search, you need to employ a filter. [more…]

How to Enable Boot Logging in Windows

Two event log files that come in handy for troubleshooting your PC are the boot log files. These files are created when you specify boot logging as a start-up option. The files are named either [more…]

How to Use Windows DirectX to Troubleshoot Your PC

A diagnostic is a computer tool you can use to help troubleshoot something that happened in your PC. There are a number of diagnostic tools built into your computer. One of them, DirectX, was introduced [more…]

How to Use Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool

Windows 7 and Windows Vista come with a Memory Diagnostic tool, and it’s one of those memory-testing diagnostics, not just a diagnostic that says “You have this much memory.” Here’s how to use the Memory [more…]

Where to Find PC Hardware Diagnostic Tools

Windows doesn’t come with specific hardware diagnostic tools. Even so, when you add new hardware to your PC or the manufacturer installs it, diagnostic tools or programs may be available. [more…]

Understand How the Windows Registry Works

The Registry contains information used by Windows and your programs. The Registry helps the operating system manage the computer, it helps programs use the computer’s resources, and it provides a location [more…]

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 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…]

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