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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 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 Maintain a Laptop Battery

Your laptop’s battery won’t last forever no matter how you maintain it. But it may last just a little longer than otherwise if you follow a few basic maintenance practices. There’s very little you need [more…]

How to Troubleshoot the Laptop that Just Won’t Start

A laptop has several phases of “just won’t start.” The problem is compounded because a laptop has two power sources: When AC isn’t available, electricity is drawn from the laptop’s battery. So you know [more…]

How to Troubleshoot the Laptop that Won’t Wake Up

A wake-up problem arises when you put the laptop to sleep (in Stand By mode) or hibernate it. When you attempt to rouse the laptop, nothing happens. The cause may be power management issues or monitor [more…]

How to Change What Closing the Laptop Lid Does

Because you can close the lid on a laptop, you can quickly pick it up and get on the road. Closing the lid, however, can cause a number of things to happen. It depends on the settings. To find out what [more…]

How to Test Power Management Hardware on a Laptop

You can test your laptop’s power management hardware. However, bear in mind that if you find a power management issue, you have to turn over the laptop to the manufacturer [more…]

How to Update Power Management Drivers on a Laptop

Most often, power management issues are resolved by obtaining the latest version of your laptop’s ACPI power management software, or device driver. Ensuring that you have the latest version is something [more…]

How to Monitor Battery Usage in a Windows Laptop

Most laptops have a battery meter on the laptop’s case. Although such a thing is handy, you need more information, which is why Windows provides you with a software battery meter. [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…]

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