Windows XP & Vista - Hardware & Maintenance

View:  
Sorted by:  

Set the Number of CPUs to Speed up a Slow PC

Your PC may have a multi-core processor or multiple processors. Confirm that Windows is taking advantage of the extra processing power and, if not, fix it. This utility is available only in Windows 7 and [more…]

Troubleshoot a Slow PC in Windows 7

One way you can evaluate PC sluggishness in Windows 7 is to use the performance troubleshooter. This tool exists as an option for Windows 7 users only. It is not available in Vista or XP. It doesn’t always [more…]

How to Disable Unnecessary Services in Windows XP

A service is something a program does in Windows — specifically, a program that starts automatically whenever the computer starts. Most services are things that Windows does, and most of those services [more…]

How to Disable Unnecessary Services in Windows Vista

A service is something a program does in Windows — specifically, a program that starts automatically whenever the computer starts. Most services are things that Windows does, and most of those services [more…]

How to Disable Unnecessary Services in Windows 7

A service is something a program does in Windows — specifically, a program that starts automatically whenever the computer starts. Most services are things that Windows does, and most of those services [more…]

How to Set Your Windows Account for Administrator Access

If you tire of typing the administrator’s password, you can reset your account level to a higher one. Technically, you’re resetting the account level from Standard or Limited to Administrator. This can [more…]

How to Create a Strong Password

Embrace the password! Don’t try to avoid it. Instead, concentrate on creating and using a slew of good, strong passwords. Here are the three requirements your password must meet to make it nice and strong [more…]

How to Change Your Windows Account Password

It’s recommended that you change passwords at least once every three months. This is the best practice to ensure that your stuff on the computer is safe. To change your account password in Windows, adhere [more…]

How to Create and Use a Password Reset Disk in Windows

Windows passwords cannot be recovered. Honestly, forget it. If you lose your password, you’re screwed. Write down the password if you tend to forget it. Windows 7 and Windows Vista offer a tool where you [more…]

How to Disable User Account Control Secure Desktop mode

Windows 7 and Windows Vista ask if you want to Allow or Cancel almost every attempt to do something in Windows. It is called User Account Control (UAC) and is Microsoft’s attempt to ratchet up security [more…]

How to Change the User Account Control Beep

Windows 7 and Windows Vista ask if you want to Allow or Cancel almost every attempt to do something in Windows. It is called User Account Control (UAC) and is Microsoft’s attempt to ratchet up security [more…]

Windows User Account Basics for your PC

Today’s computers can accommodate multiple users by letting you create multiple User Accounts. The computer uses Windows User Accounts (and associated passwords) to know who you are. [more…]

Is a Memory Leak Causing Your PC Slow-Down?

Software can dramatically slow down your computer when that software leaks memory. Memory leaks happen when a program you run fails to release memory it has used. [more…]

How to Uninstall Software Programs in Windows 7 and Vista

Perhaps the primary reason people remove software from their computers is to make room on the mass storage system. But even when storage space isn’t a concern, you should feel free to evict any unwanted [more…]

How to Uninstall Software Programs in Windows XP

Perhaps the primary reason people remove software from their computers is to make room on the mass storage system. But even when storage space isn’t a concern, you should feel free to evict any unwanted [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 Remove Phantom Names from Installed Program List

Some uninstalled software refuses to leave the list of installed programs. Despite your efforts to remove it, and even if the program itself no longer exists on your PC, its name continues to show up in [more…]

File Association: How Windows Opens Files

File association is what Windows uses to know what program to use to open a specific file. The last part of the file’s name, the filename extension, is used by Windows to identify the file’s type. The [more…]

How to Hide or Show File Extensions in Windows

As it comes out of the box, Windows does not display filename extensions. Typically, only unassociated files reveal their extensions. Otherwise, when you peer into a folder window, you don’t see the extensions [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 Open a File with a Different Program

Windows uses File Association to tell it what program to use to open a specific file. When you want to open an icon by using a program other than the one it is associated with, you can take advantage of [more…]

How to Create a File Association in Windows 7 and Vista

Some files extensions have not been associated to a program on your computer. When this is the case, Windows doesn’t know how to open them. You will have to tell Windows what program to use to open the [more…]

How to Create a File Association Files in Windows XP

Some files extensions have not been associated to a program on your computer. When this is the case, Windows doesn’t know how to open them. You will have to tell Windows what program to use to open the [more…]

Sign Up for RSS Feeds

Computers & Software
Great Gadget Giveaway -- Enter to Win!

Inside Dummies.com