Posts Tagged ‘Windows Vista’

Recovery Console in Windows Vista and Windows 7

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

The XP Recovery Console is now known as the Windows Vista and Windows 7 Recovery Options.

The Windows Recovery Options tools are:
Startup Repair
System Restore
System Image Recovery
Window Memory Diagnostic
Command Prompt

To get to the Recovery Options in Windows Vista and Windows 7:

Method 1:

1. Reboot your computer and repeatedly hit the F8 key.

2. Select “Repair Your Computer”.

3. Choose your language and keyboard settings and then click Next.

4. From the System Recovery Options menu, select one of the repair tools to run it.

Method 2:

1. Insert the Windows install DVD and turn on your computer.

* Note: If your computer is not configured to start from a DVD disk, check the user manual that came with your computer.

2. When prompted, press any key to start Windows from the installation disc.

3. Choose your language and keyboard settings and then click Next.

4. Click Repair your computer.

5. Select the operating system that you want to repair then click Next.

6. From the System Recovery Options menu, select one of the repair tools to run it.


How to recover from a crash using Microsoft Windows.

Monday, August 1st, 2011

If you’re using your laptop or desktop Windows computer and it locks up (freezes, stops responding) the following steps should help you recover from the crash. These steps work with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

The first thing you should try is to end the program which has caused the freeze. You can do this by using a program that comes with Windows called Task Manager. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL (press Control, Alt and Delete at the same time) and Task Manager should open. Task Manager shows a list of all running applications. Look for any programs that say “Not Responding”. If any program is labeled “Not Responding” in Task Manager, Right-Click on the program in Task Manager and select “End Task” from the menu. This should close the running program. If a popup windows asks you to “End Now” or “Wait for the program to respond”, choose “End Now”. (You may lose any work you had open in this application).

If Task Manager isn’t working and you have no other way of closing the frozen computer programs then you should attempt to shut down the computer. To shut down when the computer is not responding, hold the power button in for about ten to fifteen seconds and the computer should power down. (You will lose any unsaved work you had open).

If the previous steps didn’t work, the last resort is to unplug the computer from the wall plug. (You will lose any unsaved work you had open). Once the computer has powered down you should be able to turn it back on and resume using your computer.

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Top 10 Computer Tune-Up Tips

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

1. Keep Your PC Up-To-Date.
It is recommended to have Windows update download and install updates automatically.

Access Windows Automatic Update Settings by clicking:
Start -> Control Panel -> Windows Updates

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2. Keep Your Computer Free from Viruses (and other unwanted software).
It is very highly recommended that you have an anti-virus suite installed. AVG Free Anti-Virus is a highly rated anti-virus suite and best of all it is free!

AVG Anti-Virus Suite Website -> http://free.avg.com/

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3. De-fragment Your Hard Disk Regularly.
De-fragmenting your hard drive will speed program load times and help your computer run smoother.

Access Windows Disk Defragmenter by clicking:
Start – > Programs – > Accessories – > System Tools – > Disk Defragmenter

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4. Backup Your Computer.
Whether you decide to backup your important files to an external hard drive or to an online backup provider, it is highly recommended to perform regular backups to protect your precious data.

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5. Keep Your Desktop and Hard Disk Tidy.
Windows includes a simple tool to keep your computer’s desktop and hard drive clean from unnecessary files.

Access Windows Disk Cleanup by clicking:
Start – > All Programs – > Accessories – > System Tools – > Disk Cleanup

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6. Be Cautious Opening Suspicious Links or Email Attachments.
Many viruses are spread through web links and email attachments. Always exercise caution when clicking on unknown links online or opening suspicious email attachments.

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7. Uninstall Programs That You Don’t Use.
Many programs will actually slow your computer down by loading themselves every time you turn on your computer. If you don’t use a program, uninstall it.

Access Windows Install/Uninstall Programs Tool by clicking:
Start -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) OR Programs and Features (Windows Vista and Windows 7)

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8. Scan Your Hard Disk for Errors.
Your hard drive may have hidden errors that are causing you computer to crash or run slower than it should. It is recommended to scan your hard drive for errors monthly.

Access Windows Disk Check Tool by clicking:
My Computer -> C Drive (Right-Click and choose “Properties”) -> Tools -> Check Now

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9. Avoid Using Internet Explorer Whenever Possible.
Internet Explorer web browser is the most vulnerable and least efficient browser on the market. Consider using an alternative web browser for a better, more secure web browsing experience.

Use Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, or Safari instead.

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10. Use A Firewall
A firewall is a program that puts a protective barrier between your computer and the internet. Windows includes a robust firewall that can help protect your computer if it is enabled.

Access Windows Firewall by clicking:
Start -> Control Panel -> Windows Firewall

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Fix Windows Hibernation (Sleep Mode) Freeze

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Does your Windows computer freeze or have others problems coming out of sleep mode or hibernate? I have found an easy fix for this bug. The fix has been tested to work in Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

The sleep mode freeze bug is caused by Windows power management settings (specifically the balanced mode and the power saver mode). This fix will immediately correct the hibernation issues and your Windows will be able to enter and exit sleep mode successfully.

To access power settings in XP: Go to Start/Control Panel/Performance and Maintenance/Power Options

To access power settings in Vista and Windows 7: Go to Start/Control Panel/System and Security/Power Options

In Power Options choose “change plan settings” then “change advanced power settings”. Scroll down and select “processor power management” then “minimum processor state”. Set both ‘on battery” and “plugged in” to 100% then hit “apply”.

You are done! Your computer should come out of hibernation just fine now.