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Windows XP & Vista - Hardware & Maintenance

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How to Change the Driver for a Device that Isn't Working in Windows Vista

Windows comes preloaded with an arsenal of drivers— software that lets Windows communicate with the gadgets you plug into your PC. But if you install something that’s either too new for Windows Vista to [more…]

How to Add New Hardware Using Windows Vista

Thanks to Plug and Play technology, when you plug something into your PC’s USB port, like iPods, cameras, or scanners, Vista almost always recognizes it and leaves it ready for action. But if Vista [more…]

How to Set Up a Scanner in Windows Vista

To set up a new scanner in Windows Vista, just plug it in and turn it on. Windows Vista almost always recognizes and greets them by name. But if Vista doesn’t recognize your particular scanner model, you [more…]

How to Turn Off Hibernation in Windows Vista

If your PC is running low on memory, you should think about whether you want to turn off the hibernation function in Windows Vista. Hibernation is a modified version of sleep mode that preserves your workspace [more…]

How to Bring Back the Hibernation Feature in Windows Vista

If your PC is unable to go into hibernation mode, don't worry. You can easily bring back the hibernation feature in Windows Vista (as long as you have an administrator's account).The hibernation feature [more…]

How to Assign a Static Local IP Address in Windows Vista

Sometimes the only way to resolve network problems in Windows Vista is to assign a static local IP address. Your network equipment (such as a network interface card or wireless adapter) is supposed to [more…]

How to Restore Lost Files and Folders Using Windows Vista's Backup and Restore Center

As long as you've previously backed up your PC, restoring lost files and folders couldn’t be simpler with Windows Vista's Backup and Restore Center. [more…]

How to Know Which Files Are Safe to Delete with Windows Vista's Disk Cleanup

When your computer is running low on space, Vista's Disk Cleanup will locate a wide variety of files that you can delete, but if you don't know which files are safe to delete, you might delete a file that [more…]

How to Uncover Performance Problems with the Windows Vista Event Log

When Vista is bogged down, takes forever to start, and otherwise appears to be misbehaving, one of the best places to uncover performance problems is the Event Log: No other diagnostic tool contains all [more…]

How to Restore Directory Information for iPod Data Backed Up to a Windows Vista PC

If you've backed up your iPod to a Windows Vista PC, the files from the iPod will be a jumbled mess — having lost all the original directory and filenames. Not to fear. Although your files look as though [more…]

How to Turn On Aero Glass after Windows Vista Disables It

From time to time, Vista concludes that it just can’t handle Aero Glass anymore. Sometimes Vista decides there's just not enough memory to handle it, or a program you run doesn't agree with Aero Glass. [more…]

How to Rebuild a Search Index in Windows Vista

Once in a very blue moon, Vista’s search index just stops working. There could be a number of reasons, but if it happens to you, it's reassuring to know that Windows Vista makes it easy to rebuild a search [more…]

How to Move the Windows Vista Search Index to a Faster Drive

Because the heart of the Windows Vista search engine is the index, it really pays off to keep the index on the fastest drive you have. So, if you get a newer, faster drive, you should move your search [more…]

How to Ease Security between Homegroup and Workgroup Networks

Windows 7 now calls small networks homegroups — they used to be called workgroups in Windows Vista and Windows XP. If you want to share files over a mixed homegroup and workgroup network, you need to know [more…]

How to Let Windows 7 PCs Recognize Windows XP Home PCs on a Network

These days almost every home has a computer network. But if one of the PCs in your home uses Windows XP, you need to change the WORKGROUP name in order to let your Windows 7 PC recognize the Windows XP [more…]

How to Update Applications Software

If you don’t know how to perform software updates, you won’t benefit from application improvements, bug fixes, and new security defenses (including virus and malware attacks). Follow these instructions [more…]

What to Try First to Fix a Microsoft Windows Problem

If you’re in the habit of upgrading or fixing PCs, sooner or later you’ll encounter a problem with Windows. When you do, use the tips in the following list as your first line of defense: [more…]

How to Open a File that Won’t Open

You may occasionally try to open a file and find that it won’t open. If so, you probably see a dialog box instead. Before you go surfing around the dialog box, bear in mind a couple of things. [more…]

Troubleshoot Windows Vista Issues

Windows Vista has a very helpful utility for troubleshooting your PC. It is called the Problem Reports and Solutions tool. By activating this utility, Vista can help you locate potential problems before [more…]

How to Update Windows

The Windows operating system comes with the feature Windows Update. It uses the Internet to check for any available new files or patches. Go to the official Windows Update web page to bring the PC’s operating [more…]

Troubleshoot Issues with Windows Update

Windows Update is a handy feature, but it can create a problem or two of its own. What happens when you postpone an update? How do your reverse an update? If the update was automatic, how can you find [more…]

Search for Files in Windows

You made and saved a file in Windows. You thought you knew exactly where you saved it. But it isn’t there. If you’ve misplaced a file, Windows can help you find it. [more…]

Search for Files in Windows Recycle Bin

The Recycle Bin isn’t normally searched by the Windows Search command. You may want to take a peek in the trash, er, Recycle Bin whenever the regular version of the Search command comes up empty. [more…]

How to Search for Files from the DOS Command Prompt

By opening a command prompt window, you can search for files that Windows truly doesn’t want you to know are there. It’s a little technical, but when you really, [more…]

What to Do When Windows Says a File Is Missing

Oftentimes, it’s not you who discovers that a file is gone. Sometimes, Windows notices that files are missing. The missing-file message — that you must troubleshoot — appears either when Windows starts [more…]

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