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Command Prompt: Professional UseHow to Use the Command Prompt as a Powerful Control Centre for Important Operating System Jobs The Command Prompt can trace its history right back to the days of MS-DOS, and is also known as the command line or sometimes even the DOS prompt. You can use it to execute operating system level commands, for …

Categories: Tips & Tricks
Operating Systems: XP, Vista, 7, 8
Reference: C010

Crash Analysis and Repair on WindowsAs bad as Windows errors can be, you usually get an error message displayed on screen telling you what the problem was and are given a hint at how to fix it. But what should you do if your PC refuses to work without producing an error message? Press the reset button on your PC, …

Categories: Optimisation, Troubleshooting
Operating Systems: Vista, 7, 8
Reference: C070

CD & DVD BurningOnce only available for professional use, burning your own CDs and now DVDs can be achieved easily with relatively little technical knowledge or expertise. As the market for mass storage has grown, the tools that allow you to save vast amounts of data to your own blank CDs or DVDs have become more powerful, and …

Categories: Basics
Operating Systems: 98, me, 2000, XP
Reference: C1

Checklists for Solving Hardware ProblemsSolve Even the Nastiest Hardware Errors Using Checklists and Tools Some hardware problems are just annoying, others can render your computer completely useless and cause data loss or costly damage. So it’s a good thing if you know how to help yourself when hardware errors do occur. Using the troubleshooting tools and checklists in this …

Categories: Hardware
Operating Systems: XP, Vista, 7, 8
Reference: C120

Controlling the Start MenuWith an overcrowded, badly organised Start menu it can take you a long time to find even those programs that you use quite often. On the other hand, a well organised Start menu will enable you to start any program in seconds. Microsoft has recognised this, and, with each new version of Windows has tried …

Categories: Installation & Setup
Operating Systems: 98, me, 2000, XP
Reference: C15

CD and DVD Burning Dealing with Common ErrorsOnce only available for professional use, burning your own CDs and now DVDs can be achieved easily with relatively little technical knowledge or expertise. As the market for mass storage has grown, the tools that allow you to save vast amounts of data to your own blank CDs or DVDs have become more powerful, and …

Categories: Troubleshooting
Operating Systems: 98, me, 2000, XP
Reference: C2

CMOS Internal Battery ReplacementMost new PCs now ship with CD or DVD burners, which offer massive amounts of storage for digital photographs and home videos. Advertisements claim that burning CDs/DVDs is childs play, but in reality this is often not the case: either new CD or DVD burners cannot cope with a particular brand of blank CDs, or …

Categories: Hardware
Operating Systems: 98, me, 2000, XP
Reference: C20

Optimise Your Usage of the Google BrowserSmall, slim, quick – words that perfectly describe the Google Chrome browser. It’s true that Google have quickly been capturing market share since they released their Chrome browser, and the reasons are clear. It has a slim, uncluttered interface, is fast and responsive… Featured in this article Google Chrome …

Categories: Internet & Security
Operating Systems: XP, Vista, 7, 8
Reference: C200

Chrome Browser OptimisationThe slow, bloated nature of most web browsers has meant that more and more people have choosen the fast, lightweight Google Chrome as their default web browser. It has a slim, uncluttered interface, is fast and responsive to use, and complies with all the latest web standards, so practically any site you visit will load …

Categories: Optimisation
Operating Systems: 7, 8, 10
Reference: C201

Cooling: Troubleshoot Overheating ProblemsAll computers generate heat when they are running. As PCs become more and more powerful, ever-greater temperatures are produced. Your computer will already be equipped with components to dissipate this heat, but are they really up to the job? An overheating processor can cause your PC to crash without warning, and without any indication of …

Categories: Hardware
Operating Systems: 98, me, 2000, XP
Reference: C25

Clipboard: Optimal Operation If you need to move text, links, pictures, or other content between different programs on your Windows system, you can’t avoid using the clipboard. It allows you to quickly cut text or pictures from a website and then paste them into a Word document, for example. Depending on the capabilities of the program you …

Categories:
Operating Systems: Vista, 7, 8, 10
Reference: C250

Configuring PC Ports and InterfacesIn the early days of computing you could connect peripherals to your computer with just two types of ports: parallel ports or serial ports, and all computers have one of each of these ports installed on their motherboards. An increasing number of different types of ports and interfaces, including USB, FireWire and Bluetooth are fitted …

Categories: Installation & Setup
Operating Systems: 98, me, 2000, XP
Reference: C3

Command Prompt Secrets for Windows Problem-solvingJust like people, when computers lack energy, they forget things. Your PCs BIOS (Basic Input Output System) operates at a level below the Windows operating system, directly controlling the computers hardware. The BIOS is permanently stored in the PCs hardware, although it can be updated in certain circumstances. However, the configuration of every PC is …

Categories: Troubleshooting
Operating Systems: XP, Vista, 7
Reference: C4

Control Word from the RegistryMany of the settings for Microsofts Word are hidden in the Windows registry. These settings are automatically made by Word during the original installation of the software. By accessing these settings from within the registry, you can change settings which Word does not normally allow so that you can improve your efficiency by making Word …

Categories: Office & Software Programs
Operating Systems: 98, me, 2000, XP
Reference: C5

Configuration: 7 Essential Steps to Optimise Your PCBefore the days of the GUI (graphical user interface), PC users had to work in a text-based environment to carry out tasks and troubleshoot problems. Even though the DOS environment is long gone, many users still prefer to use this type of interface for quickly performing tasks. Referred to as the command prompt in Windows, …

Categories: Optimisation
Operating Systems: XP
Reference: C6

Command Prompt: Power UseEven Windows 10 still shows traces of its roots in MS-DOS. With each new version of Windows, Microsoft has taken steps to hide the DOS Command Prompt interface from users, but there are some tasks that you can only perform, or can perform much faster, from the Command Prompt. Knowing how to use the Command …

Categories: Troubleshooting
Operating Systems: 7, 8, 10
Reference: C600

Compatibility Mode for Older ProgramsIf you have upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 8 or Windows 7 you will probably find that some of your older programs are not working any longer. Many users come across this problem when they want to install their favourite programs on their new Windows operating system. Usually, Windows 8/7 refuses installation and reports …

Categories: Installation & Setup, Optimisation
Operating Systems: 7, 8
Reference: C650

Computer Management Console ConfigurationWindows has many tools that you can use to configure and manage your system. Each of these tools seems to be hidden in a different part of the system and you need to open each one individually to configure a different aspect of your system. The Computer Management Console in Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP brings together the …

Categories: Optimisation, Tips & Tricks
Operating Systems: XP, Vista, 7, 8
Reference: C670

Context Menu Tools: Faster Access in WindowsIf you right-click on a file, a window or practically any other object, Windows will open a context (pop-up) menu. Depending on what you’ve clicked on, you may be given access to frequently-used functions or settings. However, by default there aren’t many preset entries in the Windows Explorer pop-up menu. You’ll soon find that you …

Categories: Optimisation
Operating Systems: 7, 8
Reference: C700

Context Menu Tools to Work More EfficientlyThe right mouse button is one of the most important hardware features on your PC, since it gives access to the Windows pop-up menu, also called the context menu. Right-click on a file, a blank space, or another object and Windows displays a menu of options tailored to the thing you clicked on. In Explorer …

Categories: Optimisation
Operating Systems: 7, 8, 10
Reference: C701