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Understanding the Windows 7 Easy Transfer Feature

The Windows 7 Easy Transfer feature makes transferring settings and data files between two computers easy. You can use the Window7 Easy Transfer feature to send files from one computer to another or even [more…]

Get Help with Computer Problems

Having trouble with your PC? Computer help comes from many sources: the manufacturer and local computer stores are just two. The Windows Remote Assistant lets a friend or trusted expert control your machine [more…]

Troubleshoot Your Windows PC Using Safe Mode

Safe mode tells you one thing best: whether the problem you are trying to troubleshoot is with Windows. In Safe mode, only Windows itself is loaded: the basic parts of the operating system. Any other software [more…]

How to Understand and Use Windows Task Manager

The typical Windows PC is running about three dozen processes when it’s just sitting there. Every program that’s running is referred to as a task; hence, the term [more…]

Understand the Relationship between Windows Applications and Processes

A connection exists between the items on the Task Manager’s Applications tab and the items on the Processes tab. When you open an application, it launches a number of processes. The processes do all the [more…]

How to View All Windows Processes Using the Task Manager

Windows runs a lot of processes. Normally, the Task Manager window displays only the processes that relate to your account in Windows. To see the whole lot of them, including processes that Windows runs [more…]

How to View Services Using the Windows Task Manager

The Task Manager window in Windows 7 and Windows Vista features a Services tab, something that the Task Manager in Windows XP lacks. Of course, it doesn’t mean that Windows XP lacks services; it means [more…]

How to End a Program that is Not Responding

Several terms are used to describe the act of a program biting the dust: crash, hang, die, stuck and frozen. Task Manager uses Not Responding. Seeing the Not Responding text in the Status column is a surefire [more…]

How to End a Process with Windows Task Manager

Sometimes you’re directed to stop a process, or perhaps you’re motivated to end a process to troubleshoot problems with your computer. When those needs arise, follow these steps to stifle a process by [more…]

How to Stop or Disable a Service with Task Manager

On occasion, Windows may direct you to disable or end a service in the course of trying to troubleshoot a problem with a Windows application. During those times, refer to these steps for the proper procedure [more…]

Understand the Windows Process svchost.exe

A process in Windows named svchost.exeis often a source of anxiety and woe among PC troubleshooters. That’s probably because the single process svchost.exe [more…]

Understand the Windows Process rundll32.exe

A problem child in the Windows pantheon of processes is something called rundll32.exe. The rundll32.exe program exists to run programs held in DLL files. A DLL is a [more…]

How to Disable Start-Up Programs in Windows

To determine whether a program is causing a problem, you have to be a PC troubleshooting sleuth. Problems with device drivers or processes that load initially are often flagged by start-up error messages [more…]

Find Start-Up Programs for Your Account in Windows

Like many people, you may have configured certain programs to automatically start when you log in to Windows. These start-up items appear on the aptly named Startup menu, found on the All Programs menu [more…]

Troubleshoot Blocked Start-up Programs in Windows

Every once in a while you may see the Windows Has Blocked Some Startup Programs message? Try as you can to dismiss it, it doesn’t go away until you deal with the situation. [more…]

How to Get into Windows Safe Mode

Windows Safe mode is a good troubleshooting mode because only processes and services necessary to start Windows are launched. It isolates things like video customizations and network settings from the [more…]

How to Remove Windows Programs in Windows 7 and Vista

Windows is technically an operating system. Despite that, it comes with lots of software, including utilities, simple applications such as Write and Paint, and games. If you don’t use these Windows programs [more…]

How to Remove Windows Programs in Windows XP

Windows is technically an operating system. Despite that, it comes with lots of software, including utilities, simple applications such as Write and Paint, and games. If you don’t use these Windows programs [more…]

How to Remove Demo and Trial Software from Windows PCs

Bonus software has crept into the basic PC configuration. The demonstration and trial use programs accumulated into what is now known as bloatware. You’re free to remove the software at any time, which [more…]

How to Use Windows Laptop Utilities

Portable computing has always had its drawbacks. The screens and keyboards tend to be smaller. But there are Windows utilities that make using your laptop a tad easier. They are called Ease of Access tools [more…]

How to Open Windows Task Scheduler

Windows 7 and Windows Vista sport a feature-rich task scheduler called, amazingly, Task Scheduler. It shows you all the tasks scheduled in Windows — tasks you create yourself as well as system tasks. You [more…]

How to Make Your Task Folder in Windows Task Scheduler

You can take advantage of the power of Windows Task Scheduler to set up and run your own tasks. It’s best to place your own tasks into a special folder in the Task Scheduler window. That keeps them organized [more…]

How to Create a Task to Run a Program in Windows Task Scheduler

In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, Defrag, Backup, System Restore, and Check Disk are scheduled for you. So, it’s unlikely you will need to create a task for general maintenance. But, to illustrate some important [more…]

How to Create a Task to Send E-mail in Windows Task Scheduler

In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, you can use the Task Scheduler to automate the sending of an email. However, the email message you send is static: You cannot customize the message to relate any information [more…]

Create a Task to Display a Pop-Up Message in Windows Task Scheduler

In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, you can use the Create Task method in Windows Task Scheduler to create a task to display a pop-up message. Here are the steps to create a pop-up message task: [more…]

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