Windows XP & Vista Maintenance & Troubleshooting

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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 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…]

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…]

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