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Run Older Software in Newer Windows Versions

Microsoft tries hard to keep the current version of Windows compatible with older versions of software that runs on it. Hopefully, that goes off without a hitch. If not, you can try a few tricks to get [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 XP

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 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 Filter and Search Events in Windows XP

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 Use System Restore in Windows XP

So, you want to recover your Windows PC to the way things used to be. Perhaps your 13-year-old nephew decided to trick out your PC. Or maybe you added a piece of hardware that causes a conflict. No matter [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 Set Low Battery Warnings on a Windows XP 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 E-Mail Works

People use email every day, but don’t really understand how it works, assuming it is too technical. The concept of email is quite simple. Just as you don’t have to know how to fix a USPS delivery vehicle [more…]

How to Leave a Copy of E-mail on the Server

In the standard email scheme of things, whenever your email program picks up new mail, the mail is sent to your computer and then deleted from the server. This keeps the server “clean” no matter how many [more…]

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