PC Support Sitemap - Page 3 2016-09-26

CrashPlan Friends Destinations Tab
Screenshot of the Friends Destination screen in CrashPlan. This screen contains settings related to backing up on a friend's computer over the Internet.

CrashPlan History Tab
Screenshot of the History tab in CrashPlan. This is basically a log of everything that's happening with CrashPlan and its backups.

CrashPlan Friends Tab
Screenshot of the Friends tab in CrashPlan. This area of CrashPlan is for inviting friends to backup to your computer, as well as managing their backups.

CrashPlan Computers Destinations Tab
Screenshot of the Computers Destination screen in CrashPlan. This screen contains information about your backups on other computers in your network.

CrashPlan Folders Destinations Tab
Screenshot of the Folders Destination screen in CrashPlan. This is where you setup and configure backups to network shares, attached drives, etc.

CrashPlan Network Settings Screen
Screenshot of the Network Settings screen in CrashPlan. Here is where you can view CrashPlan related network information and set buffer and TOS settings.

CrashPlan Backup Settings Screen
Screenshot of the Backup Settings screen in CrashPlan. This is where you configure how often CrashPlan can run, file exclusions, backup sets, etc.

CrashPlan Backup Frequency and Versioning Settings Screen
Screenshot of the Backup Frequency and Versioning Settings screen in CrashPlan. This is where you configure how often the backup will run and how many versions to keep.

CrashPlan Security Settings Screen
Screenshot of the Security Settings screen in CrashPlan. You can set or reset your CrashPlan password here and configure the encryption level for stored data.

CrashPlan Account Settings Screen
Screenshot of the Account Settings screen in CrashPlan. This is where you enter personal and any license information, like for their CrashPlan+ service.

CrashPlan General Settings Screen
Screenshot of the General Settings screen in CrashPlan. This is where you configure CrashPlan's resource usage allowance, alerts, language, and more.

CrashPlan: A Complete Tour
A complete tour of the free CrashPlan backup software, including information on CrashPlan+, the online backup service that works with CrashPlan.

CrashPlan Change File Selection Screen
Screenshot of the Change File Selection screen in CrashPlan. This is where drives, folders, and files are chosen for backup.

CrashPlan Restore Tab
Screenshot of the Restore tab in CrashPlan. This is where you select the data you want to restore, including which version of that data you'd like.

SOS Online Backup: A Complete Tour
A full tour of the software for the online backup service SOS Online Backup. Included is a look at the backup features, settings, and restore utility.

SOS Folders Options Screen
Screenshot of the Folders options tab in SOS Online Backup. The location of the backup, recovery, temp, and cache folder can be changed here.

SOS Protected File Type Filters Option Screen
Screenshot of the Protected File Type Filters options screen in SOS. This is used to explicitly include or exclude certain file types from backups.

SOS Select The Files to Protect Screen
Screenshot of the Select the Files to Protect Screen in SOS. This is used for choosing the specific drives, folders, and files you want backed up.

SOS Backup Status Screen
Screenshot of the backup status screen in SOS Online Backup. This screen shows details about the backups that are currently running through SOS.

SOS for Home & Home Office Screen
Screenshot of the main screen in SOS Online Backup. This is how you access the restore utility, the backup settings, and all the program's options.

SOS Bandwidth Throttling Options Screen
Screenshot of the Bandwidth Throttling screen in SOS Online Backup. You can enable throttling to set a daily limit for how much data SOS can upload.

Mozy Network Options Tab
Screenshot of the Network options tab in Mozy. The Network tab is used to connect to a proxy and for disabling backups on certain network adapters.

Mozy Performance Options Tab
Screenshot of the Performance tab in Mozy's settings. This is where you can adjust the bandwidth and system resources Mozy is allowed to use.

Sign Up for Mozy
More on how to sign up for Mozy, who Mozy is probably a good fit for, and more about their service and cloud backup in general.

Sign Up for SOS Online Backup
More on SOS Online Backup, like what's so special about them over everyone else, plus information on how to sign up for their service.

SOS Change Account Type Options Screen
Screenshot of the Change Account Type screen in SOS Online Backup. This is for optionally selecting a managed or personal encryption key option.

SOS Email Backup Reports Options Screen
Screenshot of the Email Backup Reports screen in SOS Online Backup. Enter one or more email addresses here to get alerted when backups are completed.

SOS SSL Options Screen
Screenshot of the SSL Options tab in SOS Online Backup. This screen is accessed to enable or disable HTTPS for file transfers made with SOS.

SOS Restore Screen
Screenshot of the restore utility in SOS Online Backup. This screen is used for restoring your online files and folders back to your computer.

SOS Select Files to Protect Screen
A screenshot of the Select Files to Protect screen in SOS Online Backup. This is used to configure what you'd like to backup with SOS Online Backup.

SOS Scan Settings and Locations Screen
Screenshot of the Scan Settings and Locations screen in SOS. It's used to apply advanced filters for choosing what to include and exclude in backups.

SOS Backup Schedule and Email Reporting Screen
Screenshot of the Backup Schedule and Email Reporting screen in SOS Online Backup. Configure when SOS backs up your files using these options.

SOS Caching Options Screen
Screenshot of the Caching Options screen in SOS Online Backup. Edit these settings to decide if SOS should cache files locally to speed up backups.

Mozy 2xProtect Options Tab
Screenshot of the Mozy 2xProtect options tab in Mozy. This section of the program is used for configuring the local backup option in Mozy.

Mozy Advanced Options Tab
Screenshot of the Advanced tab in Mozy's settings. The Advanced tab is used for turning advanced options on and off.

Mozy History Tab
Screenshot of the History tab in Mozy. The History tab shows all the backup and restore attempts you've made with Mozy.

Mozy Restore Tab
Screenshot of the Restore tab in Mozy. The Restore tab is where you go to restore files and folders back to your computer.

Mozy Backup Sets Tab
Screenshot of the Backup Sets tab in Mozy. This is where you can choose what rules to build for including and excluding data from your backups.

Mozy Scheduling Options Tab
Screenshot of the Scheduling options tab in Mozy. This is used for changing the automatic or scheduled backups settings.

Mozy File System Tab
Screenshot of the File System tab in Mozy. This is where you define what hard drives, folders, and files Mozy should backup.

Mozy Backup Set Editor Screen
Screenshot of the Backup Set Editor screen in Mozy. This is where you can add rules for Mozy to follow to include/exclude certain files from backups.

Mozy General Options Tab
Screenshot of the General options tab in Mozy. This is where basic program settings can be edited, like for enabling alerts when a backup hasn't ran.

Mozy: A Complete Tour
A full tour of the online backup software Mozy. Included is a look at the backup, encryption, scheduling, and performance settings, among others.

Mozy Change Encryption Key Screen
Screenshot of the Change Encryption Key screen in Mozy. This is where you can setup a private encryption key for added security.

Mozy Status Screen
Screenshot of the Status screen in Mozy. This is where you can check the status of the current backup process, as well as quickly pause or start it.

SugarSync Bandwidth Preferences Tab
Screenshot of the Bandwidth preferences tab in SugarSync. Use this setting to limit how much bandwidth SugarSync is allowed to use for file transfers.

SugarSync Devices Tab
Screenshot of the devices tab in SugarSync. This screen shows you all the different folders that are synced with each of your devices.

SugarSync Public Links Tab
Screenshot of the public links tab in SugarSync. This is where you manage all the share links you've created from your backed up files and folders.

SugarSync Shared By Me Tab
Screenshot of the shared by me tab in SugarSync. This is where you go to manage folders you've shared with other SugarSync users.

SugarSync Syncing Files Screen
Screenshot of the syncing files screen in SugarSync. This shows you all the files that are currently uploading or downloading through SugarSync.

SugarSync General Preferences Tab
Screenshot of the General preferences tab in SugarSync. Go here to make changes like starting SugarSync automatically when you logon to your computer.

SpiderOak Network Preferences Tab
Screenshot of the Network preferences tab in SpiderOak. These settings let you setup a proxy, limit upload bandwidth, and turn on LAN-Sync.

Sign Up for SugarSync
More about signing up for SugarSync, why I think you might or might not pick this service over others, and lots more.

SugarSync: A Complete Tour
A full tour of the software for the online backup service SugarSync. See screenshots of the different program windows to see how the software works.

SugarSync Folders Tab
Screenshot of the folders tab in SugarSync. This is used for displaying all the folders you have backed up, as well as for sharing them with others.

SugarSync Menu Options
Screenshot of the menu options in SugarSync. It's here that you can change program settings, view deleted items, see what files are syncing, and more.

SugarSync Manage Folders Screen
Screenshot of the Manage Folders screen in SugarSync. This screen is used for choosing the folders you want to backup with SugarSync.

SpiderOak General Preferences Tab
Screenshot of the General preferences in SpiderOak, which is where you edit basic settings like disabling Hive, allowing remote diagnostics, and more.

SpiderOak Account Screen
Screenshot of the Account screen in SpiderOak. This is used for viewing basic information on your SpiderOak account, editing your ShareID, and more.

Sign Up for SpiderOak
Sign up information for SpiderOak, plus more on their service.

SpiderOak View Tab
Screenshot of the View tab in SpiderOak. This is where you manage all the files your devices are backing up, which includes sharing and removing them.

SpiderOak Backup Preferences Tab
Screenshot of the Backup preferences tab in SpiderOak. This is where you go to exclude certain file types and folders from being backed up.

SpiderOak Schedule Preferences Tab
Screenshot of the Schedule preferences tab in SpiderOak. This is how you change the schedule SpiderOak uses when running backups, syncs, and shares.

SpiderOak Copy Preferences Tab
Screenshot of the Copy preferences tab in SpiderOak. This backs up your files locally, like on a hard drive, as well as online, to speed up restores.

SpiderOak Sync Tab
Screenshot of the Sync tab in SpiderOak. Multiple folders from any of your devices can be configured to remain in constant sync with one another.

SpiderOak Share Tab
Screenshot of the Share tab in SpiderOak. ShareRooms can be built here, which are folders you can use for sharing your files with others.

SpiderOak Interface Preferences Tab
Screenshot of the Interface preferences in SpiderOak. This lets you start SpiderOak when your computer starts, require your password to run, and more.

SpiderOak: A Complete Tour
A full tour of the desktop software for SpiderOak, an online backup service. Several screenshots show how to use all of the features.

SpiderOak Back Up Tab
Screenshot of the Back Up tab in SpiderOak. This is where you pick the hard drives, folders, and files that you want SpiderOak to keep backed up.

Online Backup Q&A #3: How Private Are My Files from Your Company?
I asked the best online backup services if it was possible for their employees to snoop through your backed up files. Here's what they had to say...

Online Backup Q&A #4: How Do You Handle Government Data Requests?
I asked the best online backup services about how they handle NSA and other government requests for access to your data. Here's what they had to say...

Online Backup Q&A #2: Do You Limit What Can Be Backed Up?
I asked popular online backup services if they limited what their customers can back up, either by file type or quantity. Here's what they said...

Online Backup Q&A #1: Why Should I Pick Your Service?
I asked the best online backup services to explain why their service is a better choice for you over all the others. Here's what they had to say...

A Q&A Series With the Best Online Backup Services
I asked the most popular online backup services several important questions about their business, privacy, limits, and more. Here's what they said...

File Size Limits (Online/Cloud Backup Services)
A file size limit in an online backup plan means that files over a certain size will not be backed up. This may or may not be a problem. Here's more.

How Do I Test the Power Supply in My Computer?
You can test a power supply with a multimeter or you can use a power supply tester. Here are complete tutorials on both PSU testing methods.

What Is a Static IP? (Static IP Address Definition)
A static IP address is any manually configured IP address, sometimes referred to as a fixed IP address. Learn more here.

What Is the NTFS File System? (NTFS Definition)
The NTFS file system was created by Microsoft. It's the most commonly used file system for hard drives in Windows. Here's more about what NTFS can do.

How to Delete Temporary Files in Windows [5 Minutes]
Need to delete some temporary files in Windows? Those stored in the 'temp' folder aren't needed and can be deleted. Here's how.

What is Boot Sequence? (Boot Sequence/Order Definition)
The boot sequence is the order of devices that a computer will look for bootable data on. Boot sequence is configured in BIOS. Here's more...

USB Type A Connector (USB Standard-A)
Have a USB Type A (Standard A)? See more details here on Type A plugs and receptacles, popular USB connectors in USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and USB 1.1.

What Is an SID? (Security Identifier/SID Number)
A security identifier (SID) is a unique number representing your account on a Windows computer. Group and computer accounts also have SIDs.

How to Change DNS Server Settings [Easy, 10-15 Minutes]
Need to change DNS servers on your router or individual computer? Your ISP usually assigns DNS servers but you can learn how to change them here.

USB Type B Connector (USB Standard-B)
Need to know more about USB Type B (Standard B) connectors? The USB Type B plug and receptacle is present in USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and USB 1.1.

How Do I Update Firefox? (Most Recent: Firefox 48)
To update Firefox, download and install Firefox 48 directly from Mozilla, or update it when prompted to do so in Firefox. Here's how to do it...

How Can I Reset My Windows 7 Password?
Need to reset your Windows 7 password? Learn how to reset the password to your Windows 7 account for free and without extra software.

How Do I Reset My Windows Password?
Need to reset your Windows password for Windows 8, 7, and Vista? Here are instructions - no downloads or hacking tools required.

How to Reset a Windows 8 Password [Easy, 15 to 20 Min]
Need to reset a Windows 8 password? Learn how here -- for free. Requires no password recovery software or other third-party software.

What Is a Motherboard, System Board, or Mainboard?
The motherboard is the main circuit board in a computer. Learn here about how it provides a way for the hardware in the computer to communicate.

502 Bad Gateway Error (What It Is and How to Fix It)
Have a 502 Bad Gateway error? Two different servers are having trouble communicating. Here's what to do.

Microsoft Security Bulletin Severity Rating System
The Microsoft Security Bulletin Severity Rating System is a system of rating Microsoft Security Bulletins. Ratings range from Critical to Low.

Windows Vista: The Missing Manual Review (0596528272)
Windows Vista: The Missing Manual, by David Pogue, is titled appropriately. This book should have come with every copy of Vista that Microsoft sold.

How Exactly Does Online Backup Work?
How does online backup work? Do you have to copy files to a folder or website or is everything automatic? It's automatic and here are the details.

10 Driver Download Websites Reviewed
A ranked list of 10 driver download websites. These websites are great sources for drivers when downloading from the manufacturer isn't possible.

BIOS Keys by Motherboard (ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE, Etc.)
List of BIOS access keys for motherboards from ASUS, MSI, abit, GIGABYTE, Intel, BIOSTAR, EVGA, and more.

What is Native 64-bit Software? When Do You Choose It?
A piece of software that says it's 64-bit or 'native 64-bit' means that it will only run if the installed operating system is 64-bit. Here's more...

What is CMOS & What is a CMOS Battery For?
CMOS is the memory on a motherboard that stores the BIOS settings. A small battery, called a CMOS battery, keeps the CMOS powered. Here's more...

What is a Case? (Computer Case, Tower, Chassis)
The case is the usually plastic or metal housing that contains the computer's main parts such as the motherboard, hard drive, etc.

What is Firmware? (Firmware Definition)
Firmware is software that's installed on a small memory chip on a hardware device. Firmware allows hardware to be updated. Here's more...

Eraser v6.2.0.2979 Review (A Free Data Wipe Program)
Eraser is a free file scrubber tool that will forever erase files from entire hard drives, down to individual files and folders. Here's my full review.

What Does Format Mean? (Computer Format Definition)
To format a hard drive or some other storage device means to prepare it to be used by an operating system. Here's more about formatting...

What is Bandwidth Throttling? Why Does Anyone Do It?
Bandwidth throttling is the slowing of the usually available bandwidth. ISPs sometimes throttle bandwidth, as do some online services. Here's more...

Is It Safe to Send & Store My Private Data on the Internet?
Is it safe to transfer private data over the Internet to let it sit on a company's computers? Can the backup service & NSA see it? Yes and no.

Is Online Backup Better Than Local Backup?
Which is better, online backup or local backup? Local backup is faster but online backup is arguably a safer way to backup. Here's what I think.

Do I Have to Back up Everything on My Computer or Device?
When using an online backup service, do you have to backup everything or do you have some control? Usually you have control, but some handle this differently.

Patch Tuesday August 2016: 9 Windows Security Updates
Details on the updates included in the Patch Tuesday August 2016 release by Microsoft (August 9, 2016), plus what to do when they cause problems.

Patch Tuesday (Most Recent: August 9, 2016)
Patch Tuesday (Update Tuesday) is the day updates are released for Microsoft software. Patch Tuesday is always the second Tuesday of the month.

If My Entire Computer Dies, How Can I Get My Files Restored?
How do you get your files back if your entire computer, phone, tablet, etc., crashes? You actually have several options. Here's what you need to know.

How to Fix Error Code 10 (This Device Cannot Start)
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How to Change Another User's Password in Windows 7
You might need to change another user's password in Windows 7 if that user has forgotten it. Here's how to do it, as long as you're an administrator.

How To Fix Libmmd.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
A troubleshooting guide for libmmd.dll is missing and similar errors. Don't download libmmd.dll, fix the problem the right way. Learn more.

How To Fix Sqlite3.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
A troubleshooting guide for sqlite3.dll errors. Don't download sqlite3.dll from a DLL download site, fix the problem the right way. Learn how.

How To Fix Ftd2xx.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
A troubleshooting guide for ftd2xx.dll is missing and similar errors. Don't download ftd2xx.dll, fix the problem the right way. Learn how to do it.

How To Fix Msvcr70.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
A troubleshooting guide for msvcr70.dll is missing and similar errors. Don't download msvcr70.dll, fix the problem the right way. Learn how to do it.

How To Fix Fmod.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
A troubleshooting guide for fmod.dll is missing and similar errors. Don't download fmod.dll, fix the problem the right way. Learn how to do that.

How To Fix Oleaut32.dll Is Missing or Not Found Errors
A troubleshooting guide for oleaut32.dll is missing and similar errors. Don't download oleaut32.dll, fix the problem the right way.

XLW File (What It Is & How To Open One)
An XLW file is an Excel Workspace file. Learn what program to use to open an .XLW file and how to convert an XLW file to another file format.

Where Can I Download Windows Me ISO?
There are many websites that let you download Windows Me ISO. You may need Windows Me to do a reinstall of the operating system after losing the setup CD.

How To Fix Mso.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
A troubleshooting guide for mso.dll is missing and similar errors. Don't download mso.dll, fix the problem the right way. Here are some common errors.

BIOS Access Keys - American Megatrends Bios Key
List of BIOS access keys for BIOS systems from Phoenix, Award, AMI (American Megatrends), and more. Learn about accessing BIOS step by step.

How To Find a Drive's Volume Label or Serial Number
Find the volume label or volume serial number of a drive from the Command Prompt using the vol command. Here's how to find the volume label.

What is a Product Key & Why Are They Used?
A product key is an alphanumeric code required by many software programs during installation. Unique product keys help prevent software piracy.

Disable Automatic Restart on System Failure Windows 7
Windows 7 is usually configured to reboot after a BSOD. You can disable the automatic restart option on system failure in Windows 7 to read the error.

What is a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) & What Does it Do?
A hard disk drive (HDD) is a hardware device that's used to store information like software and files. The primary hard disk in a PC is called the C drive.

How Do I Test My Hard Drive for Problems?
There are many ways to test a hard drive for problems. Strange noises and persistent errors are good reasons to run a hard drive test.

How To Write a New Partition Boot Sector in Windows
Easy instructions on writing a new partition boot sector to a Windows 10, 8, 7, or Vista system partition using the bootrec /fixboot command.

Disable Data Execution Prevention for Explorer.exe
Disabling Data Execution Prevention (DEP) for the Explorer.exe process can sometimes fix certain error messages and system issues. Here's how to do it.

How to Change the Windows Vista Start Menu
Here's how to change the Windows Vista shutdown button to actually power down your PC. Learn how to change the Windows Vista start menu options.

What is a Volume Label of a Drive?
A volume label is a descriptive name you can give to a drive during, or after, a format. NTFS drives can have 32 character volume labels. Here's more.

What is a Floppy Disk Drive?
What is a floppy drive? The floppy drive is the piece of computer hardware that's used to read and write data on 3.5 or 5.25 inch floppy diskettes.

What is a PATA Cable or Connector?
What is PATA? PATA (Parallel ATA) is a standard for connecting hard drives and other storage devices to a motherboard. SATA has almost replaced PATA.

What is a Flash Drive? A Definition
A flash drive is a portable data storage device. A flash drive is like a tiny hard drive but without moving parts. Here's a clear flash drive definition.

What Does 64-bit & 32-bit Mean?
What does 64-bit mean? Saying something (like a CPU or an OS) is 32-bit vs 64-bit refers to the whether the thing uses data in 32-bit or 64-bit pieces.

How To Lower a Video Card's Hardware Acceleration in XP
Here's how to lower the hardware acceleration of a video card in Windows XP. Some video cards use too much power for Windows to handle.

How To Clear the Cache in IE11
Instructions on deleting temporary Internet files (clearing the cache) in Internet Explorer 11. Clearing the cache in IE11 can fix certain browser issues.

How Do I Disable a Device in Device Manager in Windows?
Here's a how-to guide on disabling devices in Device Manager in Windows 7, Vista, and XP. Disable a device if you suspect it's causing issues.

What is a Network Switch & What Are the Features?
A switch is a piece of hardware on a network that allows communications between the devices within that network. Here are the features of a network switch.

How to Write a New Partition Boot Sector for Windows XP
Instructions on writing a new partition boot sector to a Windows XP system partition using the fixboot command available in Recovery Console.

What is Product Activation?
Product activation is the process of verifying that an operating system or other program is being used in accordance with the software's agreement.

How Do I Replace a Hard Drive?
You'll need to replace a hard drive after a failure or to increase storage. Here's how to replace a hard drive in your desktop, laptop, or tablet.

How To Find Tech Support Information
All reputable computer hardware makers have support websites or other support contact information available online. Here's how to find it.

How To Access Device Manager From the Command Prompt
Here's how to open Device Manager from the Command Prompt (cmd) in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, & XP. This command-line method is the fastest way there.

VSITR Data Wipe Method [German Wipe Standard; 7 Passes]
The VSITR data sanitization method is the German government's official software-based data wiping standard.

What is an IDE Cable or Connector?
IDE, short for Integrated Drive Electronics, is a standard way of connecting hard drives and optical drives to motherboards in a PC. Learn more about it.

BIOS Keys by Computer Maker (Lenovo, Dell, Sony, Etc.)
List of BIOS access keys for major computer systems from Gateway, Toshiba, Dell, Sony, eMachines, HP, Lenovo, Acer, and more.

Where Can I Download Windows 98?
Need to download Windows 98? Many websites will let you, though you may need to do a reinstall of the operating system after losing the setup CD.

UDF File (What It Is & How to Open One)
A UDF file is a Universal Disk Format file. Here's how to open UDF or convert the file to another file format.

DSK File (What It Is and How to Open One)
A DSK file is a Disk Image file. Learn how to open an .DSK file or convert a DSK file to another file format.

How to Start Windows Vista in Safe Mode
A tutorial on how to starting Windows Vista in Safe Mode. Starting in Safe Mode in Windows Vista can provide a means to troubleshoot complicated problems.

What is a Command Line Interpreter?
Command line interpreters are programs that translate commands you enter into actions to be executed by the OS. Here's more on these tools...

How to Safely Download & Install Software
Software you download could have malware, adware, PUPs, and other issues. Here's how to safely download and install software on your computer.

Driver Easy v5.1.1.7383 Review (A Free Driver Updater)
Driver Easy is a free driver update tool that can download millions of device drivers. It even works without an Internet connection! Here's my review.

How to Install Windows (Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP)
Install Windows using these easy step-by-step guides: how to install Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.

Login With an Administrator Account (Step 4 of 5)
Step 4: Log in to Windows Vista with any user account that has administrator level privileges.

Make Necessary Changes in Windows Vista Safe Mode (Step 5 of 5)
Step 5: Now that you're in Safe Mode, make whatever changes you need to make and then restart normally to enter Windows Vista normally.

Choose a Windows Vista Safe Mode Option (Step 2 of 5)
Step 2: Choose Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, or Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the Advanced Boot Options menu.

Wait for Windows Vista Files to Load (Step 3 of 5)
Step 3: Wait while the files necessary for Windows Vista to start in Safe Mode are shown on screen. You don't need to do anything here.

15 Common Questions About Installing Windows on a PC
Have questions about installing and updating Windows? Find answers to the most common questions here.

Rw2 File (What It Is & How to Open One)
An RW2 file is a Panasonic RAW Image file. Here's how to open RW2 or convert it to another file format.

How to Fix a Computer That Won't Start in Safe Mode
Here's what to do if your computer won't start in Safe Mode but instead boots to Startup Settings or Advanced Boot Options every time.

How to Clean a Mouse
Need to clean your computer's mouse? Keeping it clean will ensure that it moves smoothly and lasts as long as the rest of your PC. Here's how.

Reconnect the Mouse To the PC (Step 5)
Step 5: Plug the mouse back into the computer, turn the computer on, and then test to make sure it works properly.

Remove the Mouse Ball Cover (Step 2)
Step 2: Remove the cover that keeps the mouse ball in place.

Clean the Mouse Ball (Step 3)
Step 3: Use a soft cloth to clean the mouse ball.

Clean the Internal Rollers (Step 4)
Step 4: Clean the several rollers inside the mouse.

How to Find Your Windows 7 Product Key [Easy, 5 Min]
Need to find your Windows 7 product key? Here's how to find it using a free key finder program which will extract the key from the registry.

Sign In (Step 11 of 15)
Step 11: Sign in to your local or Microsoft account.

Welcome to Windows 8.1 (Step 15 of 15)
Step 15: The Windows 8.1 update process is complete! Now install Windows 8.1 Update.

Open the Windows Store (Step 2 of 15)
Step 2: Open Windows Store from the Start or Apps screen.

Wait While Windows 8.1 Downloads & Installs (Step 5 of 15)
Step 5: Wait while the Windows Store downloads and installs the Windows 8.1 update.

Restart Your Computer (Step 6 of 15)
Step 6: Click or tap on Restart Now to restart your computer to continue the Windows 8.1 update.

Wait While Your Computer Restarts (Step 7 of 15)
Step 7: Wait while your PC restarts and the Windows 8.1 upgrade continues.

Configure Windows 8.1 Settings (Step 10 of 15)
Step 10: Accept the preconfigured Windows 8.1 settings or customize them yourself.

How to Upgrade to Windows 8.1 [Easy, 30 to 45 Minutes]
A screenshot-based tutorial on upgrading to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8. Updating to Windows 8.1 is free for all users of Windows 8. Here's how.

Accept SkyDrive Settings (Step 12 of 15)
Step 12: Accept the given SkyDrive settings.

Wait While the Windows 8.1 Update Completes (Step 13 of 15)
Step 13: Wait through the Finalizing Your Settings screen.

Wait While Windows 8.1 Sets Things Up (Step 14 of 15)
Step 14: Wait while some of your apps from the Windows Store are setup, as part of the Windows 8.1 update.

Choose to Update Windows (Step 3 of 15)
Step 3: Click or tap on the Update Windows tile.

Click Download (Step 4 of 15)
Step 4: Click the Download button to start the Windows 8.1 download.

Wait While Things are Getting Ready (Step 8 of 15)
Step 8: Wait while Windows 8.1 finalizes much of its installation.

Accept the Windows 8.1 License Terms (Step 9 of 15)
Step 9: Click or tap I accept to accept the license terms for Windows 8.1.

How to Fix Error Code 29
How to fix the Code 29 error in Device Manager. Code 29 errors usually imply that the hardware is disabled, either physically or in the BIOS.

How to Fix Error Code 22 (This Device Is Disabled)
Have a Code 22 error in Device Manager? Code 22 means that the device in question has been disabled in Windows. Here's how to fix it.

How to Fix D3dx9_35.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
Have a D3dx9_35.dll Not Found or Missing error? This usually indicates a DirectX problem. Don't download d3dx9_35.dll. Fix the problem the right way.

How to Restore a Missing DirectX DLL File
Need to restore a DirectX DLL file? This is a common problem with games. Restore the file properly from the DirectX installation package. Here's how.

How to Fix D3dx9_29.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
Have a D3dx9_29.dll Not Found or Missing error? This usually indicates a DirectX problem. Don't download d3dx9_29.dll. Fix the problem the right way.

How to Fix Mingwm10.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
Have a mingwm10.dll Not Found or Missing error? Don't download mingwm10.dll. Fix the problem the right way.

How to Fix D3dx9_32.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
Have a D3dx9_32.dll Not Found or Missing error? This usually indicates a DirectX problem. Don't download d3dx9_32.dll. Fix the problem the right way.

How to Fix Xlive.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
Have an Xlive.dll error? This is often caused by a deleted or corrupted xlive.dll file. Don't download xlive.dll. Fix the problem the right way here.

How to Fix D3dx9_25.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
Have a D3dx9_25.dll Not Found or Missing error? This usually indicates a DirectX problem. Don't download d3dx9_25.dll. Fix the problem the right way.

System Recovery Options (What It Is and How to Use It)
The System Recovery Options menu is a collection of repair and diagnostic tools for Windows, like Startup Repair, System Restore, and more.

What Is POST? (Power On Self Test Definition)
The Power On Self Test, or POST, is the name given to the tests the BIOS performs immediately after the computer is turned on.

How to Fix Lame_enc.dll Not Found Errors (Audacity LAME MP3)
Have a Lame_enc.dll message (like in Audacity)? They have to do with the LAME MP3 encoder. Safely download the lame_enc.dll file and end those errors.

How to Fix D3dx9_27.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
Have a D3dx9_27.dll Not Found or Missing error? This usually indicates a DirectX problem. Don't download d3dx9_27.dll. Fix the problem the right way.

How to Fix Ieframe.dll Errors
Have an ieframe.dll is missing or dnserror.htm message? Don't download ieframe.dll. Fix the problem the right way.

How to Fix D3dx9_31.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
Have a D3dx9_31.dll Not Found or Missing error? This usually indicates a DirectX problem. Don't download d3dx9_31.dll. Fix the problem the right way.

How to Fix D3dx9_33.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
D3dx9_33.dll Not Found or Missing errors usually indicate a DirectX problem. Don't download d3dx9_33.dll. Fix the problem the right way.

How Do I Automatically Repair Windows Problems?
The Startup Repair, Repair Install, and Refresh Your PC processes automatically replace damaged or missing Windows files. Here's how to do it.

How to Fix D3dx9_30.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
Have a D3dx9_30.dll Not Found or Missing error? This usually indicates a DirectX problem. Don't download d3dx9_30.dll. Fix the problem the right way.

How to Fix D3dx9_34.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
Having a D3dx9_34.dll Not Found error? This usually indicates a DirectX problem. Don't download d3dx9_34.dll. Fix the problem the right way.

How to Fix Ntdll.dll Errors [Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP]
Have a ntdll.dll error? Our guide includes C0000221 unknown hard errors and crashes. Don't download ntdll.dll. Fix the problem the right way.

How to Fix D3dx9_38.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
Have a D3dx9_38.dll Not Found or Missing error? This usually indicates a DirectX problem. Don't download d3dx9_38.dll. Fix the problem the right way.

How to Fix Kernel32.dll Errors [Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP]
Have a Kernel32.dll error? This is usually caused by programs accessing memory incorrectly. Don't download kernel32.dll. Fix this the right way.

How to Fix D3dx9_37.dll Not Found or Missing Errors
Have a D3dx9_37.dll Not Found or Missing error? This usually indicates a DirectX problem. Don't download d3dx9_37.dll. Fix the problem the right way.

ARJ File (What It Is and How to Open One)
An ARJ file is an ARJ Compressed file. Learn here how to open it or convert it to another file format.

How to Fix D3dx9_26.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
Have a D3dx9_26.dll Not Found or Missing error? This usually indicates a DirectX problem. Don't download d3dx9_26.dll. Fix the problem the right way.

Wait While Startup Repair Attempts to Repair Files (Step 8 of 9)
Step 8: Wait while Startup Repair fixes any problems with startup related files and processes, assuming it found something wrong.

Click on the Repair Your Computer Link (Step 4 of 9)
Step 4: Click on the Repair Your Computer link.

Wait for SRO to Locate Windows Vista on Your Computer (Step 5 of 9)
Step 5: Wait while System Recovery Options (SRO) finds the hard drive and your Vista installation.

Choose Windows Vista Setup Language and Other Settings (Step 3 of 9)
Step 3: Choose the language, time, and currency format you want to use.

Choose Your Windows Vista Installation (Step 6 of 9)
Step 6: Choose the installation of Windows Vista that you want to automatically repair.

Click Finish to Restart to Windows Vista (Step 9 of 10)
Step 9: Click the Finish button to complete the Startup Repair.

How to Perform a Startup Repair in Windows Vista
A tutorial for a Windows Vista Startup Repair. A Startup Repair will automatically fix problems that prevent Windows Vista from starting properly.

Wait for Windows Vista to Load Files (Step 2 of 9)
Step 2: Wait while files necessary for the Vista Startup Repair are loaded.

Wait While Startup Repair Searches for Problems (Step 7 of 9)
Step 7: Wait while Vista's Startup Repair tool looks for startup problems.

How to Fix Msvcp110.dll Is Missing or Not Found Errors
Not found or missing msvcp110.dll or have a similar error? Don't download msvcp110.dll. Fix the problem the right way.

How to Start Windows in Safe Mode Using MSconfig [Easy]
Need to configure Windows to start in Safe Mode on its next reboot? Try this how-to guide for Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP.

How to Fix STOP 0x0000005C (HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED)
Have a Blue Screen of Death 0x0000005C STOP code? The code may also be HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED or 0x5C. Try our troubleshooting guide here.

HTTP Status Lines (A Complete List)
A complete list of HTTP status lines - the HTTP status code plus the HTTP reason phrase - in table format.

Windows Update (What It Is and How To Use It)
Windows Update is the service used to download and install updates to Windows, as well as to device drivers and other Microsoft software.

How to Find Your Windows 8 or 8.1 Product Key [Easy]
Lost your Windows 8 product key? You may be able to extract it from the registry. Get help here with our troubleshooting guide.

How to Fix D3dx9_42.Dll Not Found or Missing Errors
D3dx9_42.dll Not Found errors usually indicate a DirectX problem. Don't download d3dx9_42.dll. Fix the problem the right way here.

How To Fix D3dx9_39.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
Have a D3dx9_39.dll Not Found error? This usually indicates a DirectX problem. Don't download d3dx9_39.dll. Fix the problem the right way here.

How to Change the Windows XP Product Key [Easy, 10 Min]
Need to change your Windows XP product key? You can do it by using special software or by making registry changes. See our how-to guide here.

Where Can I Download Windows Vista? (All Your Options)
Looking to download Windows Vista? Unfortunately, most Windows Vista downloads aren't legal. Here's more.

Fix D3dcompiler_43.Dll Not Found or Missing Errors
D3dcompiler_43.dll Not Found errors usually indicate a DirectX problem. Don't download d3dcompiler_43.dll. Fix the problem the right way here.

How to Change Your Windows 7 Password [Easy, 5 Minutes]
Need to change your Windows 7 password? Here's how. You should change your Windows 7 password regularly to keep your PC secure.

How to Automatically Log in to Windows 10 or Windows 8
Want to log in automatically using Windows 10 or Windows 8? Here's an easy tutorial. Be aware, too, that an auto log in isn't always the right choice.

How to Fix Xinput1_3.Dll Not Found or Missing Errors
Have a Xinput1_3.dll error? This usually indicates a DirectX problem. Don't download xinput1_3.dll. Here's how to fix the problem the right way.

400 Bad Request Error (What It Is and How to Fix It)
The 400 Bad Request error means that the request you sent to the website server to view the page was incorrect somehow. Here are some things to try.

403 Forbidden Error (What It Is and How to Fix It)
Have a 403 Forbidden error? The page you were trying to go to is forbidden from being accessed. Here are some things to try.

Reactivate Windows XP (Step 13 of 15)
Step 14: Activate Windows. PC Support.

Click on Start and then Run (Step 8 of 15)
Step 8: Click Start and then click Run.

Easy Guide to Changing the Windows XP Product Key
Need to change your Windows XP product key? Make those changes easily with our screenshot tutorial.

Choose the Telephone Activation Option (Step 10 of 15)
Step 10: Choose the second option about telephoning a customer service rep and then click the Next button.

Click the Change Product Key Button (Step 11 of 15)
Step 11: Click the button called Change Product key.

Enter the New Windows XP Product Key (Step 12 of 15)
Step 12: Enter your new Windows XP product key.

Wait While the New Installation ID is Generated (Step 13 of 15)
Step 13: Wait while the Activation Wizard generates a new Installation ID.

Confirm Reactivation of Windows XP (Step 15 of 15)
Step 15: Verify that activation was successful.

Open Registry Editor (Step 2 of 15)
Step 2: Type regedit and then click OK.

Click to Modify the OOBETimer Registry Value (Step 4 of 15)
Step 4: Choose to modify the OOBETimer registry value.

Select Part of the OOBETimer Value (Step 5 of 15)
Step 5: Double-click on the OOBETimer value.

Change the OOBETimer Value (Step 6 of 15)
Step 6: Make any change you want to the OOBETimer registry value.

Close Registry Editor (Step 7 of 15)
Step 7: Close Registry Editor. PC Support.

Xbin File (What It Is and How to Open One)
Have an XBIN file? This is a RegSupreme License file. Here's how to open or convert the XBIN file.

What Is a Power Button and What Are the On/off Symbols?
A power button is used to power an electronic device on or off. Here's everything you need to know about your technology's power buttons and symbols.

How to Reseat a Desktop Memory Module
Sometimes reseating the memory (removing and reinserting it) in your computer can fix certain kinds of problems. Here's how to do it.

How to Fix Normaliz.Dll Not Found or Missing Errors
Not found or missing normaliz.dll error? Don't download normaliz.dll. Here's how to fix the problem the right way.

How to Fix Comctl32.Dll Not Found or Missing Errors
Not found or missing comctl32.dll error? Don't download comctl32.dll. Here's how to fix the problem the right way.

How to Fix Xpcom_core.Dll Is Missing or Not Found Errors
Not found or missing xpcom_core.dll error? Don't download xpcom_core.dll. Here's how to fix the problem the right way.

How to Make a Windows 7 Auto Login [Easy, 10 Minutes]
Here's how to make Windows 7 log in automatically! Configuring Windows 7 to use an auto login can substantially speed your PC's total boot time.

Switch Command Prompt and Powershell on the Win+x Menu
Like PowerShell or Command Prompt? In Windows 8.1 and later, you can switch between the two on the Power User Menu (WIN-X). Here's how.

401 Unauthorized Error (What It Is and How to Fix It)
A 401 Unauthorized error means the page you were trying to see needs valid user ID and password before you can view it. Here are some things to try.

How to Fix Secur32.Dll Not Found or Missing Errors
Missing or not found secur32.dll? Try our comprehensive troubleshooting guide and fix the problem the right way.

How to Fix Winusb.Dll Not Found or Missing Errors
Missing or not found winusb.dll? Try our comprehensive troubleshooting guide and fix the problem the right way.

How to Fix Netapi32.Dll Not Found or Missing Errors
Missing or not found netapi32.dll? Try our comprehensive troubleshooting guide and fix the problem the right way.

How to Fix Dsetup.Dll Not Found or Missing Errors
Missing or not found dsetup.dll? Try our comprehensive troubleshooting guide and fix the problem the right way.

How to Fix Wing32.dll is Not Found or Missing Errors
Missing wing32.dll? Try our wing32.ll not found or missing troubleshooting guide and fix the problem the right way.

How to Fix Dxgi.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
Missing dxgi.dll? Try taking the steps outlined in this comprehensive troubleshooting guide to fix the problem the right way.

How to Fix Eax.dll Not Found or Missing Errors
Missing eax.dll? Try our eax.dll errors troubleshooting guide and learn how to fix the problem the right way.

System Restore (What It Is and How To Use It)
System Restore is a recovery feature that can restore Windows to a point in the past, when it worked properly. System Restore works like an

What is a DLL File? (Dynamic Link Library)
A Dynamic Link Library, or DLL, file is a kind of file that contains specific code that many programs can share. Here's more on DLL files...

What is Ctrl-Alt-Del Used For? (Control-Alt-Delete)
Ctrl-Alt-Del is a keyboard command used to restart a computer. In Windows, Ctrl-Alt-Del starts Windows Security or Task Manager.

AFSSI-5020 Data Destruction Method [USAF Wipe Standard]
The AFSSI-5020 data sanitization method is the official software-based data wiping standard for the United States Air Force (USAF).

AR 380-19 Data Wipe Method [US Army Erasure Algorithm]
The AR 380-19 data sanitization method is the US Army's official software-based data wiping standard.

HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG (HKCC Registry Hive)
HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG, or HKCC, is a registry hive that acts as a shortcut to a specific registry key in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE hive.

ISM 6.2.92 Data Wipe Method [Australian DOD Standard]
The ISM 6.2.92 data sanitization method is the Australian government's official software-based data wiping standard.

NCSC-TG-025 Data Wipe Method [National Security Agency]
The NCSC-TG-025 data sanitization method used to be the official software-based data wiping standard for the US's National Security Agency (NSA).

HMG IS5 Data Wipe Method (UK Data Destruction Method)
The HMG IS5 data sanitization method is a software-based data wiping standard originally defined by the Communications-Electronics Security Group in the UK.

Random Data Method (Data Sanitization Method)
The Random Data method is a data wiping method in which random characters are writing to the storage device, usually over a customized number of passes.

Schneier Method (Data Sanitization Method)
The Schneier method is a 7-pass, software based data sanitization method developed by Bruce Schneier.

What Does FQDN Mean? (FQDN Definition & Examples)
A fully qualified domain name (FQDN) is one that includes both a hostname and a complete domain name. Here's more on FQDN...

CSEC ITSG-06 Data Wipe Method [Canada RCMP Standard]
The CSEC ITSG-06 data sanitization method is, along with Secure Erase, Canada's official software-based data wiping standard.

Reseat Definition (What Does Reseat Mean?)
To reseat a piece of hardware (like a hard drive, memory module, etc.) means to remove it or its connections and then reinstall it.

Computer Cleaning and Cooling Resources
Computer cleaning tutorials, how-to's and information about your PC cooling options, and much more.

How To Access Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10 or 8
Access Advanced Startup Options, the recovery and repair menu in Windows 10 & 8? For System Restore, Safe Mode, & more, see here.

How To Fix D3dx9_40.dll is Missing or Not Found Errors
Have a D3dx9_40.dll Not Found error? This usually indicates a DirectX problem. Don't download d3dx9_40.dll. Fix the problem the right way.

How To Create a Windows 7 Password Reset Disk [Easy]
A Windows 7 password reset disk is valuable if you ever forget your password. Learn how to create one here.

Safe Mode (What It Is and How To Use It)
Safe Mode starts Windows when it won't start normally. In Safe Mode, you can try to fix any problem you're having. See our troubleshooting guide here.

How To Fix STOP 0x00000007 (INVALID_SOFTWARE_INTERRUPT)
Have a Blue Screen of Death with 0x00000007 STOP code? Try our troubleshooting guide. The message may also be INVALID_SOFTWARE_INTERRUPT or 0x7.

Where Can I Download Windows XP?
Lost your original Windows XP disc? There are many places to download Windows XP. However, few - if any - of these sources are likely to be legal.

Remove Power Cables and Attachments (Step 2)
Step 2: Unplug any cables or other external devices.

Locate Memory Modules (Step 3)
Step 3: Find the RAM on the motherboard.

Disengage Memory Retaining Clips (Step 4)
Step 4: Push down on the clips that are keeping the memory in place.

Verify Memory Has Properly Disengaged (Step 5)
Step 5: Make sure the memory has popped out.

Remove Memory From the Motherboard (Step 6)
Step 6: Very carefully remove the memory.

Reinstall Memory in the Motherboard (Step 7)
Step 7: Very carefully reinstall the memory.

Verify Memory Retaining Clips are Reengaged (Step 8)
Step 8: Make sure the retaining clips are fully engaged.

Close the Computer Case (Step 9)
Step 9: Close the computer up! PC Support.

How To Copy a File in Windows 7
Need to copy a file from one location to another in Windows 7? Here's how.

IObit Uninstaller v6.0.2 Review (A Free Uninstaller)
IObit Uninstaller is one of the easiest and most effective ways to remove a program from your computer. See my full review of IObit Uninstaller.

Wise Data Recovery Review (A Free Undelete Tool)
A full review of Wise Data Recovery, a free Windows file recovery program that can undelete data from PCs, cameras, flash drives, and more.

Disk Savvy v8.9.16 Review (A Free Disk Space Analyzer)
Disk Savvy is a free disk space analyzer that provides lots of useful detail to help you understand what's taking up so much hard drive space.

System Information Viewer (SIV) v5.12 Review
System Information Viewer (SIV) is a very detailed utility but lacks an easy to use interface. See my full review of SIV, a free system information tool.

DriverIdentifier v5.1 Review (A Free Driver Updater)
DriverIdentifier is the perfect free driver updater tool if you need something that's super easy to use and works even without an Internet connection.

Wise Program Uninstaller v1.96 Review
Wise Program Uninstaller is a free tool that makes it easier and faster to uninstall unwanted software in Windows. See my full review for more.

Advanced Uninstaller PRO v12.14 Review
Advanced Uninstaller PRO is free software that monitors how your programs install so it can accurately back them up or remove them at a later time.

iPhone Battery Review - A Free Windows Gadget
The iPhone Battery gadget for Windows 7 and Windows Vista has to be the coolest way to keep track of your battery level that I've ever seen.

13 Windows 7 Gadgets for System Monitoring
Windows 7 gadgets can do more than show the weather or news. These 13 gadgets for Windows 7 can track RAM usage, wireless strength, and much more.

13 Windows 7 Gadgets for System Monitoring
Windows 7 gadgets can do more than show the weather or news. These 13 gadgets for Windows 7 can track RAM usage, wireless strength, and much more.

DriveInfo Gadget Review - A Free System Monitoring Tool
DriveInfo is the perfect Windows 7 gadget if you're concerned about your available hard drive free space or have several hard drives to keep track of.

How To Adjust the Screen Resolution Setting in Windows XP
Here's how to adjust the screen resolution in Windows XP, something that may help when text and images are too big or too small.

What is a Monitor? (Computer Monitor, CRT/LCD Monitors)
A computer monitor is the device that displays the information produced by the video card. A monitor can come in either LCD or CRT format.

What is a DNS Server? (DNS Server Definition)
A DNS server is a computer that's used to resolve hostnames to IP addresses. For example, a DNS server translates

Steps Recorder (What It Is and How To Use It)
Steps Recorder (PSR) is a tool that can automatically record screenshots, actions, and other data useful to someone helping you fix a Windows problem.

How To Disable the Windows XP Splash Screen Using MSConfig
Would you rather not see the splash screen in Windows XP? A simple configuration change will disable it completely. Here's how to do it...

Linksys WRT160N Default Password
Find the Linksys WRT160N default password, default username, and default IP address here, plus more help with your Linksys WRT160N router.

What is a File? (Computer File Definition)
A file is a self contained piece of information available to the OS and its programs. Here's more about computer files and how they work...

TIF & TIFF Files (What They Are & How To Open Them)
A TIF or TIFF file is a Tagged Image file. Learn how to open a .TIF file or convert a TIFF file to another file format like PDF, JPG, etc.

What is an External Drive? (External Drive Definition)
An external hard drive is a portable hard drive enclosed in its own case, and works by plugging in to the outside of a computer.

PC Support: Free Computer Support & Repair Help
Free computer support and computer fix-it advice from Tim Fisher, a PC support expert. Fix your own computer problems with free tutorials and other help.

AnyDesk 2.3.5 Review (Free Remote Access Software Tool)
AnyDesk is a free remote desktop tool with all the features you'd expect, like on-demand and unattended access. Here's my complete review of AnyDesk.

Complete List of DOS Commands (MS-DOS Commands)
There are nearly 100 DOS commands available in MS-DOS. Here's a complete list of MS-DOS commands, commonly referred to as DOS commands.

MemTest86 v7.1 Review (A Free Memory Testing Tool)
MemTest86 is the best free memory test program available. MemTest86 is thorough, accurate, and an extremely easy way to test the RAM in your computer.

Revo Uninstaller v2.0.0 Review (A Free Uninstaller Tool)
Revo Uninstaller is a free software uninstaller that goes further than a regular uninstall to be sure all the associated files are completely removed.

Linksys E1200 Default Password
Find the Linksys E1200 default password, default username, and default IP address here, plus more help with your Linksys E1200 router.

Avidemux Review (A Free Video Converter Program)
Avidemux can cut video files into sections and export them to common file formats. See my review of Avidemux.

Choose Regional and Language Options (Step 10 of 19)
Step 10: Customize language, location, and other information formats as needed ad then click the Next button.

How To Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
A full walkthrough on how to repair Windows XP via a Repair Install. Repairing Windows XP this way will fix damaged files but will keep other data.

Boot From the Windows XP CD (Step 2 of 19)
Step 2: Insert the Windows XP Setup disc and reboot your computer.

Press F6 to Install a Third Party Driver (Step 3 of 19)
Step 3: Press the F6 key if you need to install a driver for a hard drive controller that's not supported by default by Windows.

Press ENTER to Set Up Windows XP (Step 4 of 19)
Step 4: Start the Windows XP setup process by pressing the Enter key.

Read and Accept the Windows XP Licensing Agreement (Step 5 of 19)
Step 5: Read the End-User License Agreement and then press the F8 key.

Select the Windows XP Installation to Repair (Step 6 of 19)
Step 6: Choose the installation of Windows XP that you want to repair and then press the R key.

Wait for the Current Windows XP Files to Delete (Step 7 of 19)
Step 7: Wait while the files to be replaced by the Windows XP repair install are deleted.

Wait for the Windows XP Installation Files to Copy (Step 8 of 19)
Step 8: Wait while new, original copies of important Windows XP files are copied from the setup disc to the hard drive.

Windows XP Repair Installation Begins (Step 9 of 19)
Step 9: Wait while Windows XP is setting up.

Press F6 to Install a Third Party Driver (Step 3 of 34)
Step 3: Press the F6 key at this point if you need to install a hard drive controller driver so Windows XP setup will find your hard drive.

How To Clean Install Windows XP [Complete Walkthrough]
A Windows XP clean install tutorial including screenshots and complete instructions. A clean install of Windows XP is almost always the best way to go.

Create a Partition (Step 10 of 34)
Step 10: Create a new partition to install a clean copy of Windows XP to.

Boot From the Windows XP CD (Step 2 of 34)
Step 2: Boot from the Windows XP CD or other source with Windows XP installation files on it.

Confirm Knowledge of the System Partition (Step 8 of 34)
Step 8: Press ENTER to confirm that you really want to remove the selected partition.

Confirm Partition Deletion Request (Step 9 of 34)
Step 9: Confirm yet again that you're sure you want to delete the partition.

Press ENTER to Set Up Windows XP (Step 4 of 34)
Step 4: Press the ENTER key to start the Windows XP clean install process.

Read and Accept the Windows XP Licensing Agreement (Step 5 of 34)
Step 5: Accept Microsoft' license agreement for Windows XP by pressing F8 once you reach the bottom of the screen.

Pres ESC To Install a Fresh Copy of Windows XP (Step 6 of 34)
Step 6: Press the ESC key to indicate that you want to install a fresh copy of Windows XP onto the computer.

Delete the Existing Windows XP Partition (Step 7 of 34)
Step 7: Choose the drive that has the current OS on it and then press the D key to delete the selected partition.

Macrorit Disk Partition Expert v3.9.8 Free Review
Macrorit Disk Partition Expert is very, very easy to use, but might not be the best choice for some partition tasks. More in my review...

FileHippo App Manager v1.47 Review (A Software Updater)
FileHippo App Manager finds outdated software on your PC and gives you direct download links to update them, using a free, easy to use program.

DriverPack Solution v17.7.4 Review (Free Driver Updater)
DriverPack Solution is a free program that downloads and installs driver updates for you so you don't have to find, download, and unzip them yourself.

Chrome Remote Desktop Review (Version 52.0.2743.48)
Chrome Remote Desktop is a free remote access tool that's available as a simple Chrome extension. Here's my complete review.

CBL Data Shredder v1.0 Review (A Free Data Wipe Tool)
CBL Data Shredder is a free data wiping tool that can be used either from a bootable disc or as a normal Windows program. Here's my complete review...

PC Decrapifier v3.0.1 Review (A Free Uninstaller Tool)
PC Decrapifier is a small, portable, free software uninstaller that lets you remove programs in bulk, and even uninstall some software automatically.

Windows 10 [Release Date, Editions, Features, & More]
Important information about Microsoft Windows 10 including release date, editions, hardware requirements, the free upgrade offer, and lots more.

Where Can I Download Windows 8 or 8.1? (Free & Legally)
Want to download Windows 8 or 8.1 instead of buying it on disc? Need to download Windows 8.1 or 8 to replace a DVD or ISO? What about for free? I have answers!

Where to Download Windows 7 (Free & Legally)
Most download Windows 7 to reinstall it, after losing a Win 7 DVD (or never receiving one). But from where? Is a Windows 7 download even possible? YES!

Where Can I Download Windows 10? (100% Legal Options)
Want to update your version of Windows to Windows 10? Need to download a Windows 10 ISO for USB or DVD install? Here's how to do it all!

XP3 File (What It Is & How To Open One)
An XP3 file is a KiriKiri Package file. Learn how to open an .XP3 file or convert an XP3 file to another file format.

How To Burn an ISO File to a DVD, CD or BD [10 Minutes]
In most cases you'll need to burn an ISO file to a DVD before you can use it. Here are easy instructions for burning an ISO image to a DVD (or CD/BD) disc.

Smart Defrag Review (v5.2.0.854)
Smart Defrag is probably the best free defrag software available. Here's my full review of Smart Defrag, a completely free defrag program from IObit.

Secure Eraser Review (v5.001)
Secure Eraser is a free data wipe program that will permanently erase files, folders, and even whole drives of your choosing. Here's my full review.

What To Do When Your Hard Drive is Making Noise
Hard drive noises like grinding, squealing or clicking is often a sign of a failing hard drive. Here's how to figure out what's wrong and how to fix it.

WVX File (What It Is & How To Open One)
A WVX file is a Windows Media Video Redirector file. Learn how to open a .WVX file or convert WVX to M3U8, XSPF, and other playlist file formats.

ABR File (What It Is & How To Open One)
An ABR file is a Photoshop Brush file. Learn how to open an .ABR file (like in Photoshop or GIMP) or convert an ABR file to PNG.

AV File (What Is It & How To Open One)
An AV file is a Final Draft AV Document file. Learn how to open an .AV file or convert an AV file to PDF, XAVT, or some other file format.

MDE File (What It Is & How To Open One)
An MDE file is a Compiled Access Add-in file. Learn how to open an .MDE file or convert an MDE file to MDB, EXE, or some other file format.

Driver Talent v6.4.47.146 Review (A Free Driver Updater)
Driver Talent finds outdated, corrupted, and missing device drivers and lets you easily download them through the program. Here's my full review.

CUR File (What It Is & How To Open One)
A CUR file is a Windows Cursor file. Learn how to open a .CUR file or convert a CUR file to PNG, ICO, GIF, or some other file format.

MPL File (What It Is & How To Open One)
An MPL file is either an AVCHD Playlist file or an MPL2 Subtitles file. Learn how to open an .MPL file or convert an MPL file to the SRT format.

LZH File (What It Is & How To Open One)
An LZH file is an LZH Compressed file. Learn how to open an .LZH file or convert an LZH file to ZIP, TAR, CAB, or some other file format.

RAF File (What It Is & How To Open One)
A RAF file is a Fuji Raw Image file. Learn how to open a .RAF file or convert a RAF file to JPG, DNG, or some other file format.

HDR File (What It Is & How To Open One)
AN HDR file is a High Dynamic Range Image file. Learn how to open an .HDR file or convert an HDR file to JPG, PNG, or some other file format.

DYLIB File (What It Is & How To Open One)
A DYLIB file is a Mach-O Dynamic Library file. Learn how to open a .DYLIB file.

CONTACT File (What It Is & How To Open One)
A CONTACT file is a Windows Contact file used in Windows 10 thru Vista. Learn how to open a .CONTACT file or convert a CONTACT file to CSV or VCF.

LicenseCrawler v1.79 Review (A Free Key Finder Tool)
LicenseCrawler appears unimpressive on first look but this little program finds more product keys than any other key finder I've tried.

XNK File (What It Is & How To Open One)
An XNK file is an Exchange Shortcut file. Learn how to open an .XNK file and make the necessary changes to use XNK files in newer Outlook versions.

ADP File (What It Is & How To Open One)
An ADP file is a Microsoft Access Project file. Learn how to open an .ADP file or convert an ADP file to ACCDB or some other file format.

ASE File (What It Is & How To Open One)
An ASE file might be an Adobe Swatch Exchange file, Autodesk ASCII Scene Export file, or Velvet Studio Sample file. Learn how to open an .ASE file.

ET File (What It Is & How To Open One)
An ET file is a Kingsoft Spreadsheets file. Learn how to open an .ET file or convert an ET file to some other format like XLS or XLSX.

EAP File (What It Is & How To Open One)
An EAP file is either an Enterprise Architect Project file or Photoshop Exposure file. Learn how to open an .EAP file or convert an EAP file.

DM File (What It Is & How To Open One)
A DM file is a DRM Delivery Message file or a Paradox Data Model file. Learn how to open a .DM file or convert a DM file to another file format.