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Customisation with EaseLarger and larger hard drives mean that you can store more and more data. Unfortunately, just putting all of your programs and data on to a single hard drive partition soon becomes inefficient, and leaves your entire system at risk from a hard drive crash. Separating a drive into several partitions, with one for data …

Categories: Tips & Tricks
Operating Systems: XP, Vista, 7, 8
Reference: P055

Partitioning with the Disk Management ConsoleBy setting the right partition structure on your hard drive, you will have a solid foundation for managing your files and running your system in a stable manner. If you decide to install a new operating system or add a new hard drive, you will have to deal with the partitioning of your disk. A partition is simply …

Categories: Hardware
Operating Systems: XP, Vista, 7, 8
Reference: P090

PC Emergency ToolkitYou may have been using your computer for years without any problems whatsoever. There may, however, come a time when you boot your PC and it simply refuses to work at all; or problems may start to arise while your PC is in use. Common warning signals include: programs crashing, loss of data, and your …

Categories: Troubleshooting
Operating Systems: 98, me, 2000, XP
Reference: P1

Perfect Partioning of Your Hard DriveRe-partitioning or replacing your existing hard drive or installing a second hard drive to increase your PCs storage capacity is a relatively straightforward procedure. However, users often find it difficult to partition a hard drive as they have little or no experience of carrying out this task. Partitioning your hard drive allows you to manage …

Categories: Installation & Setup
Operating Systems: 98, me, 2000, XP
Reference: P10

Passwords: Never Forget Administrator LoginsYou need an Administrator account to install new hardware devices and programs on your system. Which means that if you forget the Administrator password, your system becomes next to useless. You have to re-install Windows from scratch to set up a new password, which is a lot of trouble and takes a lot of time. …

Categories: Basics, Installation & Setup
Operating Systems: XP, Vista, 7, 8
Reference: P100

Passwords: Administrator Login RecoveryIf you want to install new software on your computer or make system changes, you will need to use your Administrator account. If you forget the password for this account, you lose a lot of control over your system. You may be able to try and muddle through, but eventually you will come across a …

Categories: Optimisation, Troubleshooting
Operating Systems: 7, 8, 10
Reference: P101

Password Management System ToolsDo you sometimes lose track of all of your passwords? One for your email, another for your PC, and yet another for your online banking. If you keep a separate administrator account on your PC, you probably have a separate password for that, which you rarely use. It is extremely easy to lose track of …

Categories: Office & Software Programs, Optimisation
Operating Systems: 7, 8, 10
Reference: P105

Power Management: Troubleshooting Errors FastWindows Power Management is responsible for overseeing the power-saving features of your PCs hardware, as well as automatically turning your PC off when you shutdown. When things go wrong with Power Management your PC may crash or not turn off properly, or even more worryingly not start up in the first place. Windows manages the …

Categories: Troubleshooting
Operating Systems: XP, Vista, 7
Reference: P11

Passwords: Secure Setup and Management Do you know your Internet router password, or at least do you know where to find it? Do you use different passwords for various applications, such as email, online banking, accessing Internet forums, Windows login and accessing your network shares? If you have answered no to both of these questions, then your data and …

Categories: Internet & Security
Operating Systems: 7, 8, 10
Reference: P110

Printers: Troubleshooting & Quick SolutionsPrinters are now the most popular peripheral bought after the purchase of a computer, and this is primarily due to the development of digital photography. Todays USB (Universal Serial Bus) printers can usually be installed in minutes using Plug & Play, which is built into the Windows operating system. But printers just like any other …

Categories: Hardware
Operating Systems: 98, me, 2000, XP
Reference: P12

Power: PC Energy Saving to Lower CostsAs energy costs increase worldwide, youll want to find new ways of reducing your energy requirements in order to reduce your outgoings every month. Your PC can use a lot of energy in its lifetime, which means a great deal of electricity that you will have to pay for. As well as buying energy saving …

Categories: Optimisation
Operating Systems: XP, Vista, 7
Reference: P13

Printing: Essential Troubleshooting for Colour ProblemsBelieve it or not, there can be huge differences in how various hardware devices respond to colour (colour gamuts). For example, the red you see on an old CRT monitor will be a different red to that seen on a modern LCD screen; there will even be differences in colour between LCD monitors made by …

Categories: Hardware
Operating Systems: XP, Vista, 7
Reference: P14

Printers: Perfect Settings for Maximum EfficiencyThe Printer Properties dialogue box is a utility that manages certain features of your printer. It can help you to achieve better-looking printouts in a number of ways, by allowing you to configure the settings of your printer to better suit the task at hand. It will also help you perform certain maintenance tasks on …

Categories: Hardware
Operating Systems: 98, me, 2000, XP
Reference: P15

Printers: Solve Common Printing Problems FastPrinters have now become so commonplace that they are often supplied free-of-charge with a new computer. Printing technology has come a long way in recent years, and it is possible to get great quality prints even from a low-end printer but this does not mean that problems will not occur. As with many other pieces …

Categories: Hardware
Operating Systems: XP, Vista
Reference: P16

Professional Windows Software ToolsThe Sysinternals website is a veritable goldmine for professional PC users. At this website, youll find a multitude of tools for monitoring the Windows system, analysing security settings and increasing the performance of your system. Compared with the Microsoft Resource Kit tools, the Sysinternals utilities offer far greater functionality. Use these tools for a safer …

Categories: Basics
Operating Systems: 98, me, 2000, XP
Reference: P17

Password Management Made EasyDo you have endless passwords: email accounts, Internet chat rooms, Internet banking and endless other websites? These days it seems the amount of passwords and logins we need keeps growing and growing and it can be difficult to keep track of these numerous account details. Sitting in front of the login box, racking your brain …

Categories: Internet & Security
Operating Systems: 98, me, 2000, XP
Reference: P18

Preventative Maintenance: Essential ToolsMany Windows problems can show up as system errors and warnings before stopping the system. Sometimes, it can take just a single system stop error to disrupt many Windows settings. Searching for the cause of the problem can then take a lot of time and effort: The tools described in this article can help you …

Categories: Basics
Operating Systems: XP
Reference: P19

PC Emergency Toolkit for Error CorrectionYour PC may have been operating problem-free for years. However, errors can strike at any time, from problems starting up Windows, strange error messages appearing on your screen, or a corrupt drive preventing you from accessing your data. One of the best troubleshooting steps that you can take to prepare yourself is to assemble a …

Categories: Troubleshooting
Operating Systems: 98, me, 2000, XP
Reference: P2

PC Maintenance: Complete Health CheckYou may think that dealing with PC problems is a reactionary process; problems occur, then you have to fix them, and pick up the pieces in terms of data and productivity loss. However, there are many tools available that will analyse the hardware components inside your PC and predict when they are likely to fail. …

Categories: Optimisation
Operating Systems: XP, Vista
Reference: P20

Performance Checks with the System MonitorThe Internet is awash with tips on how to speed up your PC by tuning this and that, but actually measuring the results is difficult. If your system continues to work extremely slowly, you will probably want to know which system components are responsible. Fortunately, it is possible to find that out using a built-in …

Categories: Optimisation
Operating Systems: 7, 8, 10
Reference: P200