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How to Deal with Draft E-Mails

Most email clients feature folders into which you can stuff your email messages. The folders are named Inbox, Outbox, Sent, Deleted Items or Trash, Junk, and Drafts. It’s the Drafts mailbox that seems [more…]

How to Set Options for Emptying E-Mail Trash

The Deleted Items or Trash mail folder works like all other folders in your email program: It stores messages. The messages sit in the folder and aren’t deleted until you direct the program to purge them [more…]

How to Block an E-Mail Sender

Whether it’s unwanted email, spam, junk mail, or perhaps a persistent relative or acquaintance who won’t stop sending you “cute” stuff, most email programs have an easy way to block them. Perhaps the quickest [more…]

How to Unblock an E-Mail Sender

The Blocked Senders tool was a welcome addition to the email programs that ship with Windows. It worked! Sometimes, it worked too well. The biggest problem people had with it was blocking people they didn’t [more…]

How to Configure Junk Mail

Junk filters use formidable logic and magical incantations to identify the telltale signs of spam. Or, you can train them to identify email you don’t want. It all depends on how your email program implements [more…]

How to Create a Junk Mail Filter

Nearly all email programs feature a standard message-filtering system. You use this system to organize your email, such as by transferring business messages into a Work mailbox, but you can also use the [more…]

How to Edit a Junk Mail Rule

Rules may need refining from time to time. New rules are necessary for unwanted email; they not only make the junk mail filters more powerful but also help them rule out false positives. On the other hand [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 Set a System Restore Point in Windows XP

Starting with Windows XP, System Restore gained full graphical popularity as a way to recover from common goofs, such as wrong settings or improperly installed software or hardware. But, System Restore [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 Repair Hyperlinks in Outlook Express

A problem that plagued users of Outlook Express for generations was the bad-hyperlink conundrum. Most sophisticated email programs display as a clickable link any text that looks like a web page or an [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…]

What the Windows Recovery Console Does

One of the most useful tools for fixing problems in Windows is the Recovery Console. Unlike Windows in its graphical glory, the Recovery Console is a text-mode operating system, similar to the old MS-DOS [more…]

How to Get to the Recovery Console in Windows

One of the most useful tools for fixing problems in Windows 7 and Windows Vista is the Recovery Console, as long as you know where it is and how to activate it. [more…]

How to Start Recovery Console in Windows XP

One of the most useful tools for fixing problems in Windows is the Recovery Console. The Recovery Console in Windows XP is available from either the Windows installation disk or recovery disc. Here are [more…]

How to Fix the Master Boot Record in Windows

One useful and often necessary thing you can do in the Windows Recovery Console is fix a corrupt or damaged master boot record (MBR). The MBR plays a role in starting your PC and what happens when it’s [more…]

How to Make a Recovery Disc in Windows

If you can’t find the Windows recovery disc that came with the program when you bought it, know that a secret command, available in Windows 7 and Windows Vista, lets you create a recovery disc. [more…]

How to Boot into a Recovery Partition in Windows

Knowing how to boot into a Recovery Partition will help you to rebuild, restore, re-create, or just troubleshoot Windows problems. PC manufacturers now often partition a computer’s primary hard drive into [more…]

How to Use a Recovery Disc in Windows

Most PCs sold today come with recovery discs, or sets of discs; these let you restore your computer to the same condition it was in when you bought it. This solution is [more…]

How to Scan and Repair Windows Using System File Checker

You can use the powerful System File Checker (SFC) tool in Windows 7 and Windows Vista to ensure the integrity of the Windows operating system, as well as to effectively restore broken parts of Windows [more…]

How to Find Network Troubleshooting Tools in Windows 7 and Vista

There are several locations for network troubleshooting in Windows 7 and Vista. You should know how to find, open, and recognize what can be done in each one to troubleshoot the network. [more…]

How to Find Network Troubleshooting Tools in Windows XP

If you thought that Windows XP keeps all its networking settings and information in only two locations, you’re woefully wrong. Windows XP features a multitude of windows, dialog boxes, and wizards for [more…]

How to Find Your PC’s IP Address in Windows Vista

When your computer is on an Ethernet network, it has an IP address that tells the network where to find that PC. It helps traffic flow between computers because each one has its own IP address. If you [more…]


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