May 30, 2011

Benefits of installing Windows Updates


Microsoft has been striving hard to improve the users' experience with Microsoft products, exaggerating about Windows Updates is one among those efforts that it is making. However, Windows users who apparently know that Windows is highly vulnerable to virus attacks and technical glitches are least interested in getting what Microsoft suggests.

Improve PC Performance- Windows Updates replace the old and buggy program files with new ones that fix a flaw (if there is any) and help a program interact well with other programs, applications, and devices etc. Updates and features repair the internal Windows components and establish smooth interaction between them and all the applications. This makes Windows operating system faster and more stable.

Enhance Security- Windows Updates help improve your PC's defense against old and new viruses, spyware, malware, keylogger, worms, Trojans, and root-kits among other dangerous infections. Updates are the new virus definition files that tell your security software about a virus' behavior and instructions that guard your PC against it. If you don't update your security software, then it won't have necessary tools to fight with latest and everyday growing threats, exposing your confidential and financial data to greater risk.

Fix Internal Glitches- Updates regularly re-tunes the settings and repair Windows as well as all the associated programs. Updates remove the glitches that block the Windows from operating at its greater efficiency.

Compatibility- Updates establish compatibility between different applications and their drivers. Hardware manufacturers often release updates drivers for their hardware products. These drivers allow communication between the Windows OS and the hardware. If you don't download the updated drive, your hardware will not work properly. These updates contain latest device drivers that ensure continuance of functioning.

New Features- Updates contain new and improved client packages for various programs such as Internet Explorer, Microsoft Security Essentials etc. For example, you are using Internet Explorer 5, the updates will offer you to upgrade to the latest versions such as IE 6, 7, 8, or 9 etc. to improve your browsing experience.

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May 25, 2011

The Blue Screen of Death - Avoiding the Troublesome Problem


The Blue Screen of Death’ (BSOD) error is One of the common Windows Operating System errors, the Blue Screen of Death casts a ‘STOP’ error screen with error details on it, shutting down the computer forcibly. The Blue Screen of Death error can befall due to numerous reasons such as incorrect Windows installation, incompatible .dll files, hardware or software, virus infection, faulty/corrupted device drivers, and Windows Update among others. 

Fix It Procedure:

Before performing the procedure, ensure that you have no abovementioned problem. If there are incompatible .dll files, remove and reinstall them. Use the Windows disc to repair and/or reinstall the complete OS. Before, you do remove and reinstall, back up your data to an external drive or CD. Update the device drivers, if these are faulty or corrupted then remove and download and install new drivers from the Microsoft’s or the manufacturer’s website.

If you suspect that your machine has caught virus (es), then run a full scan from your anti-virus or anti-spyware and delete the infections if there are any. For corrupted hardware/ software, replace them with the new one (only if they are faulty, if they are not then repair them). Regularly run Windows Update for additional updates and smooth functioning of the computer.

If everything is fine, then follow the instructions below:

• Reboot computer in the ‘Safe Mode’. To access safe mode, you need to continuously tap the ‘F8’ key on the keyboard while the Windows is restarting. Start tapping the key before the Windows logo appears.
• Go to the ‘Start’ menu, and click on ‘Search’
• When the window appears, on the left hand side you will see different options, choose all files and folders, type ‘ctfmon’ or ‘ctfmonb’ (without quotes) in the box, and click on the ‘Search’ button.
• When the search is finished, delete all the ‘ctfmon’ files
• Now, in the search box, type in ‘blackster’ (without quotes) to look for the blackster files, and click on ‘Search’.

 • Delete all the blackster files if there are any
• Now go to the ‘Start’ menu> click on ‘Run’
• When the window appears, type ‘msconfig’ (without quotes) in the box, and click on ‘OK’
• Click on the last tab that says ‘Startup’
• Uncheck all the options in the Window and click on ‘OK’
• It will prompt you to reboot the computer, do it to let the changes take effect
• Restart computer in the normal mode
• It is recommended that you restore your computer to factory defaults settings.

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May 24, 2011

How to Register Windows 7 Upgrade


If you have a complete copy of  Windows XP, using this hack for Windows 7 Upgrade license is easier than installing or re-installing an old version of Windows. You could save yourself as much as $100 on the cost of the Windows 7 full version. This hack for Windows 7 Upgrade is legal if you own a complete copy of Windows XP or Windows Vista and is easier than installing or reinstalling the same or an old version of Windows.

Below are the easy steps that will help you to register Windows 7 Upgrade

1.         Click “ Start” in the "Search programs and files"  type "regedit" and press “ENTER”. Click "Yes" on the "User Account Controls" window. This will open up the registry editor.

2.        
Click the arrows next to the a registry key to open the registry folder:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/

3.         In the OOBE Folder, double click on the "MediaBootInstall" key. Change the Vale from "1" to "0".

 4.         Press the Start Menu. In the "Search programs and files" text box type "cmd" and Right-click on the short cut that appears on the top. Select the "Run as administrator" option. Click "Yes" on the "User Account Controls" window. This will open up the command promt.

5.        
In the command line window, type “slmgr /rearm” Press ENTER.

6.         C
lose the command line window and reboot Windows 7. After Windows 7 starts, click on Start Menu, right click "Computer" and select "Properties". Type in your product key and activate Windows 7.

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May 18, 2011

How to Resolve Windows 7 BOOTMGR Missing Error?

It was yesterday when everything was working fine on your PC.  You shut down your PC normally and turned it on next day only to find out that an error message ‘BOOTMGR is missing Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart’ was displaying on your PC, leaving you in circles over what went wrong.  The error befalls when your PC is unable to interact with Windows due to corrupted Windows installation or it is trying to boot from a wrongly configured or improperly connected hard drive/flash drive etc.

Why BOOTMGR missing error occurs?

•    Wrongly configured or corrupt files
•    Corrupt/faulty hard drive or hard drive’s boot sectors
•    Hard drive/OS upgrade problems
•    Outdated BIOS
•    Loose or damaged IDE cables

How to Fix Guide:

Reboot PC – Simply reboot your PC to see if the error is gone. Often, rebooting the PC readjusts the internal settings and software and hence fixes the problem. If it doesn’t then move on to follow the instructions below.

Check Cables – Check power and controller cables, if any one of them is malfunctioning then replace it.

Replace faulty hard drive – If the hard drive is faulty or corrupted, replace it with a new one.

Run Registry Cleaner – This tool is very useful in resolving several registry entries-related issues in your PC. If you don’t have a registry cleaner installed on your PC, download a free version from http://www.registry-clean.net/. Click on the ‘download now’ link, save the file to your preferred location viz. desktop or C:\ etc. and run it. You can copy and paste this link in your browser’s address bar.

Repair Windows 7 – You can repair Windows 7 by putting the installation disc (that came with the Windows 7) into the disc drive and reboot your PC. Press any key when you see this prompt ‘Press any key to boot from CD or DVD’ on the screen. Set DVD-Rom drive as your primary boot choice. From the dialog box, choose your preferred language; Time and currency format; and ‘Keyboard or input method (select US); and click on ‘Next’. Click on ‘Repair your computer’, select ‘Microsoft Windows Vista’, and click on ‘Next’. Click to choose the first option that says ‘Startup Repair’ in the ‘System Recovery Options’ window. It will start scanning and repairing the issue (s). When finished, you will be prompted to reboot your PC. Remove the disc and click on reboot to let the changes take effect.

Kindly note if the repair wizard finds any other problem, it may prompt you to reboot again so that the repairing can be continued.

Re-build BCD – You can re-build the boot management script by running the ‘Bootrec.exe’ tool in the Windows Recovery Environment (WRE). You can do so by following the same abovementioned instructions to repair Windows 7. When you reach the ‘System Recovery Options’ window, click on the last option that says ‘Command Prompt’.

When the Command Prompt window comes up, type ‘bootrec /rebuildbcd’ (without quotes) and hit ‘Enter’ on the keyboard. If the process goes successful, you will be redirected to the Windows directory. Type ‘Yes’ (without quotes) and hit ‘Enter’ on the keyboard. It will show a message that the entry has been successfully added to the directory. If the process was unable to locate missing Windows installation files, then delete the BCD store completely. Now rebuild the BCD by going into the ‘Command Prompt’ option again. Type ‘bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup’ and hit ‘Enter’, type ‘ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old’ and hit ‘Enter’, type ‘bootrec /rebuildbcd’ and hit ‘Enter’ on the keyboard. Make sure that you type these commands one after another and press ‘Enter’ after every command. Finally reboot the PC to let the changes take place.

 Reinstall Windows 7 – If nothing seems to work, reinstall Windows 7 with the installation disc that came with the pack. Kindly backup or restore all your data to a flash drive or another hard drive/CD etc. before performing the reinstallation.

Additional Tidbits:

•    The abovementioned instructions are designed to fix issues only other than the hardware in Windows 7. If there is a hardware issue, replace the faulty or corrupted hardware piece.
•    The BOOTMGR is missing error occurs only in Windows 7 and Vista. The error is not applicable to Windows XP as it doesn’t use BOOTMGR utility.

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May 16, 2011

Windows 7 Minimum Requirements


Today PC are built with better hardware to support the new operating system resource demand. but what’s the minimum requirements to run Windows 7? In this blog we have tried to explain all of those who would like to know what hardware Windows 7 has successfully run on.
The official requirements for Windows 7 are:
  • 1GHz processor (32- or 64-bit)
  • 1GB of memory
  • 16GB of available disk space
  • Support for DX9 graphics with 128MB of memory (for the Aero interface)
  • A DVD-R/W drive
These are basically the minimum requirements to run Windows vista, but I believe you should be able to run Windows 7 on less powerful hardware. probably you won’t be able to run the sleek look on Windows aero, but windows should perform just fine on:
  • 1 GHz processor
  • 512 MB of Memory
  • 15GB of Hard drive space – if you disable the system protection and system restore on the computer you should be able to run windows 7 on a smaller hard drive.
well, the only big difference there is memory, I believe Windows 7 can be ran comfortably with 512 MB of memory.

In addition, in order to install and use Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP mode, the following hardware requirements are recommended by Microsoft:
  • 2 GB of system memory.
  • Extra additional 15 GB of free disk space.
  • Intel-VT or AMD-V supported and enabled CPU (to support hardware virtualization). 
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May 11, 2011

How to make Windows 7 Faster-II


Windows7 comprises several enhancements and improved features that tell it apart from the previous versions. Still, you may desire to make changes to your Windows 7. If you use the Windows 7 operating system and want to make windows 7  faster. Below are the significant tips that will help you to make Windows 7 faster.

Instructions:

Run Performance Troubleshooter:

·         Click on ‘Start’, go to ‘Control Panel’, and type ‘troubleshooter’ (without quotes) in the search box and hit ‘Enter’ on the keyboard.
·         Under the ‘System and Security’ tab, click to choose ‘Troubleshooting’, and click on ‘Check for performance issues
·         The troubleshooter will automatically scan and fix performance issues.

Clear up Startup Programs:

·         Click on ‘Start’, click on ‘Search’ and type in ‘msconfig’ (without quotes) and hit ‘Enter’.
·         Click on the ‘boot’ tab, and click on ‘Advanced
·         Under the ‘Number of processes’, choose no. of processes as 2 or 4 from the list, and click on ‘OK’. This will speed up the boot time and make the OS run faster.

 Change Thumbnail Preview:

·         Click on ‘Start’> go to ‘Search’ and type in ‘regedit’ (without quotes) in the box, and hit ‘Enter’.
·         Go to ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER’> ‘Control Panel’> ‘Mouse’. Double click on ‘MouseHoverTime’ on the right-hand side window.
·         Reduce the value to something lower such as 100, if you want you can reduce it further.
·         Click on ‘OK’ and exit the window.

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May 10, 2011

Netgear Wireless Router: How to Setup without Installation Disc


Do you want to re-setup your Netgear wireless router but don’t have the installation CD that came with it initially? It is common that the installation CD is misplaced and is not available at the time of need. So, what can be done? It’s simple. You can manually setup your wireless device without any trouble. See the instructions below:

Manual Setup Guide:

·         Power off your computer as well as the internet modem and disconnect their power cords from the electricity outlet.
·         Find the Ethernet cable that connects your computer to the modem and unplug its end from the computer.
·         Plug the taken out end into the Ethernet port at the back of your router.
·         Plug one end of the Ethernet wire (which came with the router) into the ‘LAN 1’ port at the back of your router. Now plug the second end into the Ethernet port at the back of your computer. It is the same port from which you initially ran an Ethernet cable to the internet modem.
·         Connect the power cord back to the modem and power it on. Wait for 2 or 3 minutes for the modem to turn on fully.
·         Connect the router’s power cord to the outlet and power it on. Again, wait for 2-3 minutes for it to turn on fully and detect the modem.
·         Plug the power cord back to your computer and to an outlet and power it on. Make sure that you have all the lights lit on your router. If any light is not lit and re-check the entire connection following the abovementioned procedure.
·         Now that all the lights are lit on your router and modem, and the computer is fully rebooted, open your web browser viz. Internet Explorer or Firefox etc.
·         Type ‘www.routerlogin.net’ or ‘192.168.0.1’ in the address bar of your browser and hit ‘Enter’ on the keyboard.

 ·         This will bring up the router login window, key in the username and password that came with the router documents. By default, ‘admin’ is the username and ‘password’ is the password respectively. However, refer to your router docs. before entering anything. If you changed your username and password in the previous setup then enter those otherwise the router will not let you login.
·         Click on the ‘Login’ button or ‘OK’ or hit ‘Enter’ on the keyboard
·         This will take you to the Netgear wireless router configuration window; make whatever changes you want to on this screen. When finished exit the window.

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May 09, 2011

How to Add Bluetooth to Windows 7 Ultimate

Microsoft has offered Bluetooth support in its operating systems. Bluetooth wireless technology has become quite popular for a wide array of PC networking products and other peripherals. Although enabling Bluetooth support in previous versions of Windows usually required the user to install multiple drivers and perform numerous other steps, Windows 7 Ultimate makes setting up Bluetooth devices a breeze.

Instructions

1     Connect the cable for the Bluetooth adapter to an available USB port on your computer, assuming that the computer does not already have a built-in adapter. Many laptops come with an integrated Bluetooth adapter; however, on a desktop computer, you will probably to install an adapter before you can add a Bluetooth-enabled device.

2     Install the software driver on the CD provided with the Bluetooth adapter, if you installed this device on your computer. Simply insert the CD in your optical drive, and then follow the on-screen instructions. After installing the driver, reboot the computer if prompted to do so.

3     Turn on the Bluetooth device. Make the device discoverable by pressing the designated button or setting a switch to place the device into "Discovery Mode."

4     Click "Start" and then "Devices and Printers" to open the Devices and Printers window. Click the "Add a device" .

5     Wait for Windows 7 Ultimate to locate discoverable devices connected to or near your computer. Click the Bluetooth device you want to install from the list and then click the "Next" button.

 6     Wait for Windows to configure the Bluetooth device. If prompted to enter a passcode, enter the default code listed in the Bluetooth device owner's manual. In many cases, the default passcode will be "0000."

7      the "Device and Printers" window when Windows 7 confirms the installation of the Bluetooth enabled device.

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May 03, 2011

How to speed up shutdown time in windows 7

Many of you may have already have your hands on Windows 7 and must be exploring it. Waiting for your Windows to shut down completely can be a frustrating task especially when you are rushing to go somewhere. For those of you who want the  shutdown time to be much faster than what it is now, here this blog will give you some tips regarding  speed up shutdown time.

Instructions:

1. Click on "Start" and type “regedit” in search box. Click on regedit which comes out as search result at top.

2. In the regedit, browse to the following Location:

“HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControl”

3. In the right pane, right click on “WaitToKillServiceTimeout” and click on "Modify".

4. Type in a number between 2000-20000 (2-20 seconds) , The lesser number you type, more faster will be shutdown. The default value is 12000. Click on “OK”.

5. Now Close regedit.

6. Restart your PC and you are done. This must help you improve Windows7 shutdown time by few seconds.

Windows 7 is a very popular operating system.  However, there are actually quite a few problems which can affect users. If your computer is slow you can get  few tips to make windows 7 faster along with the blog post available at "How to make Windows 7 run faster"

Feel free to get online technical support to fix your computer problems. Just Call on Toll-Free number(1-866-541-1792) & get 24*7 expert help for online diagnostic and troubleshooting. 

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