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What Files Can I Delete on My PC? Here's a common list of files to delete: Clean out the Windows\Temp directory.

What Files Can I Delete on My PC?

Delete all files and folders in the c:\windows\temp directory. It's best to reboot after cleaning out all the files you are able to delete. (Some files can't be deleted because they are locked while your system is running). Remove old registry hive backups. Set the selection (Look in) to search on "My Computer" or all hard drives.

This may take a while to run. Tips on Cleaning Out Your Hard Drive. Before defragging your machine, it is a good idea to delete old files and programs that you no longer use.

Tips on Cleaning Out Your Hard Drive

The question that usually comes up is " what do you delete? The rule is: if you are unsure, leave it alone. Windows Vista Restarts when it is suppose to Shut Down/Sleep. I've read about this problem in several other post but no solutions that have worked for me.

Windows Vista Restarts when it is suppose to Shut Down/Sleep

My problem is that whenever I close my lid, allow my computer to go to sleep/hibernate, or even go to start->shut down, my computer restarts. This past weekend I had my computer reformatted, thinking this would solve the problem, but the problem still persists. Access a hidden administrator account in Windows Vista. For security reasons, administrator accounts in a Windows Vista operating system are hidden by default.

Access a hidden administrator account in Windows Vista

Access a hidden administrator account in Windows Vista. 20 essential PC shortcuts. I've always liked that Windows gives me multiple ways to perform popular tasks.

20 essential PC shortcuts

Say you want to print something. You could go to the File menu and select the Print command, or you can press the Ctrl button and the letter P. Ctrl+P is just one example of a keyboard shortcut. Shortcuts combine two or more keys to do something special that neither key does alone. I prefer to use shortcuts whenever possible. Forty Ways To Free Up Disk Space. By Bill Shadish Published in TechRepublic's Windows Support Professional (TechRepublic.com) You've probably heard the Paul Simon song "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover," which describes a number of tricks for breaking free from an undesired relationship.

Forty Ways To Free Up Disk Space

This article places a spin on the concepts used in that song. No, I can't guarantee that simply by reading this article you'll meet that special person. How to clear an unknown BIOS or CMOS password. Note: The steps below are for a desktop computer and do not include steps on how to clear a laptop CMOS password.

How to clear an unknown BIOS or CMOS password.

If you encounter a password prompt at boot or the BIOS or CMOS setup is locked as shown below and you do not know the password you will need to clear the BIOS password using the suggestions listed below. Clear using jumper (recommended) Caution: When inside the computer be sure you're aware of the potential damage that can be caused by ESD. Delete hiberfil.sys by disabling Windows Hibernate function. In a previous TR Dojo Challenge question, I asked TechRepublic members, "What does hiberfil.sys do and how can you remove it?

Delete hiberfil.sys by disabling Windows Hibernate function

" Several members were quick to respond with the correct answer. The quickest earned some TechRepublic swag. How to Disable Java in Three Common Browsers. The ongoing security problems with Java mean that many people will want to disable the Java plug-in for their web browsers.

How to Disable Java in Three Common Browsers

Here is how to do it for the most common browsers. Google Chrome In the Chrome address bar enter: Find the entry for the Java plug-in and click “Disable” Firefox Open the Firefox menu Click “Add-ons” On the left side of the Add-ons manager that opens, select “ Plugins” Click “Disable” by the entry for Java Firefox may have already done the disabling automatically.

How to Use and Edit Boot.ini in Windows XP. Boot.ini is an important system file with crucial boot functions.

How to Use and Edit Boot.ini in Windows XP

Here we discuss what it does and how to edit it. Function and Purpose of Boot.ini Boot.ini is one of the very first files that come into play when a Windows XP system is started up. It is a plain text file that is kept in the system root, so it is usually C:\boot.ini. Cleaning Windows XP For Dummies (2004) by Marcos Toledo. Vista Repair and Recovery CD Download. How to Use Windows Boot, Repair, Rescue and Startup CDs and USB Flash Drives. Be prepared for startup and other computer problems. Learn how to prepare an emergency boot medium on CD/DVD disks or USB keys with system repair and anti-virus features.

Learn about the differing kinds of boot systems. Most people probably do not pay a lot of attention to the process called “booting” that goes on when they first turn on their computer. However, there may come a time when it is necessary to get involved in the boot process in order to remedy some problem and to make use of something called a boot disk (or as Microsoft has sometimes called it, a “startup” disk). Or, If you are set up for it, it may be a USB key. Windows Vista For Dummies by azfhkm. Working with the Windows Registry (Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP) [Updated] In this guide, you will learn what the Windows Registry is, how to access and configure it, and how to backup and restore it.

This guide covers the following: What is the Windows Registry? The Windows registry stores Windows settings, individual program settings, and other important configuration information about your PC. The registry acts like a large shared database for applications to store configuration data and to interact with other applications. Access the Windows Registry Editor In Windows 8, 7, and Vista, press the Start button, type regedit, and press Enter In Windows XP, click Start > Run (Windows Key + R), type regedit and press Enter When the registry loads you will be presented with a screen that looks like the screenshot below. KeysSubkeysValues To find out more about the root registry keys, check out this guide: What Do HKCR, HKCU, HKLM, HKU, and HKCC Mean?

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WINDOWS PROCESSES/SERVIICES. MAXIMUMpcguides. Best Windows Software. Windows is bathed in a sea of free applications. Which ones can you trust and which ones are the best? Consult this list for ideas and discover apps you didn’t know existed. We’re continuously seeking out the best Windows software for all your needs. Almost all of the applications are free and you can quickly find what you need by browsing the listed programs by category. Note that some installers pack bloatware, useless adware that’s pre-selected to install. Last updated: December 19 2014. HTG Explains: What The Windows Event Viewer Is and How You Can Use It. The Windows Event Viewer shows a log of application and system messages – errors, information messages, and warnings. Scammers have used the Event Viewer to deceive people – event a properly functioning system will have error messages here.

In one infamous scam, a person claiming to be from Microsoft phones someone up and instructs them to open the Event Viewer. The person is sure to see error messages here, and the scammer will ask for the person’s credit card number to fix them. As a rule of thumb, you can generally ignore all of the errors and warnings that appear in the Event Viewer – assuming your computer is working properly.

Launching the Event Viewer To launch the Event Viewer, just type Event Viewer into your Start menu and press Enter. Events are placed in different categories. Don’t Panic! Fixing "Event Viewer cannot open the event log" When Viewing System Logs. As any geek knows, one of the first things that you do when troubleshooting a Windows problem is look into Event Viewer’s Application or System logs, which typically are rich with information on what the problem is.

But what if the event log itself is corrupted? I came across this exact situation the other day, where I was getting the error “Event Viewer cannot open the event log or custom view. CleanUp MsConfig Application List [How To] I’m sure you already know how to use both MsConfig, AutoRuns and RegEdit to control which applications to run when booting windows.

I use MsConfig on a regular basis to stop unwanted programs from running. It’s a great tool on a daily basis, except that the list of deselected items tend to get rather long and annoying. Unchecking items doesn’t delete any entries. Start-Up Applications Windows. Last database update :- 28th March, 2014 38961 items listed. Use Windows better. The Elder Geek Home. Use Windows better.