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Windows XP & Vista Maintenance & Troubleshooting

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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…]

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…]

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