Monday, February 14, 2011

Files and Settings Transfer in Windows XP

Files and Settings Transfer Wizard in Windows XP

You can migrate data and settings from you old Computer to a new computer using Files and settings transfer wizard. Settings for Microsoft Internet Explorer and for Microsoft Outlook Express can be transferred using this option. You can also use this wizard to transfer desktop settings, display settings, dial-up connections, and other types of settings.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Scheduled Tasks


Scheduled task in Windows XP

With Scheduled Tasks, you can schedule any script, program, or document to run at a time that is most convenient for you. Scheduled Tasks starts every time that you start Windows XP and runs in the background, and it starts each task that you schedule at the time that you specify when you create the task.

Steps on How to schedule a Task in Windows XP
1.     Click on the Start button>Go to All Programs>Select Accessories>Double click on Scheduled Tasks.
2.     A wizard will appear.  A list of programs that are installed on your computer, either as part of the Windows XP operating system, or as a result of software installation when you click on the Next button.
3.     Use one of the following procedures:
a.     If the program that you want to run is listed, click the program, and then click Next.
b.     If you want to run a program, script, or document that is not listed, click Browse, click the folder and file that you want to schedule, and then click Open.

4.     Type a name for the task, and then choose one of the following options:
a.     Daily
b.     Weekly
c.      Monthly
d.     One time only
e.     When my computer starts (before a user logs on)
f.       When I log on (only after the current user logs on)

5.     Click Next, specify the information about the day and time to run the task, and then click Next.
6.     Type the name and password of the user who is associated with this task. Make sure that you choose a user with sufficient permissions to run the program. By default, the wizard selects the name of the user who is currently logged on.
7.     Click Next, and then click Finish after you verify the choices that you have made.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Windows Firewall

Windows Firewall
             Windows Firewall is a built-in, host-based  firewall that is included in Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP with Service Pack 2 and later, and Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 and later. Windows Firewall drops incoming traffic that does not correspond to either traffic sent in response to a request of the computer (solicited traffic) or unsolicited traffic that has been specified as allowed (excepted traffic). Windows Firewall helps provide protection from malicious users and programs that rely on unsolicited incoming traffic to attack computers. In Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, Windows Firewall can also drop outgoing traffic and is configured using the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security snap-in, which integrates rules for both firewall behavior and traffic protection with Internet Protocol security (IPsec). You can set Firewall to ON, OFF or Block all incoming connections. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Turn On/Off Bit Locker- Windows 7

Bit Locker
Bit locker drive encryption allows a user to help protect data from hackers, loss or theft.

Available in Windows 7 and available in the Ultimate and Enterprise editions, Bit Locker helps keep everything from documents to passwords safer by encrypting the entire drive that Windows and your data reside on. Once Bit Locker is turned on, any file you save on that drive is encrypted automatically.

Windows 7 Tips

Use Checkboxes to Select Items in Explorer

Add the ability to select multiple files in Windows 7 Explorer windows by checking and unchecking boxes.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Windows 7 Tips

Prevent the System from Automatically Restarting after a Failure

If Windows 7 fails with a Blue Screen, prevent the system from automatically restarting so you can view debug information.

If Windows 7 fails and displays a Blue Screen (possibly due to a driver error), this includes some debug information. More detail in a kernel memory dump is written to the system hard drive, and then the machine reboots.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Advanced Clean-Boot Troubleshooting

You can start your computer with minimal, basic drivers, which is also known as a "clean boot," to figure out if a program is causing a problem. Troubleshooting problems with background programs can be time-consuming, so performing a "clean boot" can save time and frustration.

SoC Tech for next version of Windows

Microsoft announced that the next version of Windows will support System on a Chip (SoC) architectures including ARM-based systems from partners NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. Intel and AMD continue their work on low-power SoC designs on the x86 architecture that fully support Windows, including support for millions of x86 applications worldwide. SoC architectures will fuel significant innovation across the hardware spectrum when coupled with the depth and breadth of the Windows platform.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Test a Dead CPU

It's hard to tell when a CPU on a computer is dead or if there is another problem. Usually if there is another problem making you believe the CPU is bad, it's often the motherboard.

CPUs don't normally break down, but they do overheat, short out or just stop working for other reasons. CPUs can be expensive to replace, so be sure it's dead before giving up on it.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Be Hastle Free, and Ensure Your Data Is Safe

Be Hastle Free, And Ensure Your Data Is Safe.

Encrypt a file or folder:When you encrypt a file or folder, you are converting it to a format that can't be read by other people. A file encryption key is added to files or folders that you choose to encrypt. This key is needed to read the file. Windows XP Professional makes the encryption and decryption process easy—simply follow the steps below to encrypt your files or folders. When you are logged on to your computer, you'll be able to read them. Anyone who tries to use your computer without your logon will not be able to read them.

Power Supply Fitting for a PC

For those who have never had to open up their own desktop computer, having to replace and fit a new power supply may see a bit daunting at first. In fact, the task is fairly simple. The main challenge is making sure you obtain the correct replacement power supply unit that fits your computer. With that part taken care of, the actual installation process involves basic tools and some patience. Once you've performed it a first time, a power supply replacement will be a simple task in the future. Fortunately, the need does not occur
  1. Unplug your computer's power supply. Disconnect the monitor and external peripheral equipment (the keyboard, mouse, printer, modem, etc.). Remove your desktop processor unit (the main computer part) from its sitting place to table top where you work freely. Turn the unit around so the backside is facing you. Use a Phillips screwdriver to unscrew all the chassis bolts keeping the cover on the unit.
  2. Remove the cover and set it aside. Use the compressed air can to clean off the area you are going to work on. Locate the existing power supply unit by the cooling fan on the back of it. Use the screwdriver to remove the power supply's securing frame screws. Carefully pull the old unit free after disconnecting its wires to various computer units. Place the old unit aside or throw it away.
  3. Unpackage your new power supply unit. Remove all the packaging material and unwrap the wires connected to it. Carefully position the new unit in its holding frame in the processor unit. Use the screwdriver again to insert the securing screws holding the supply unit to the processor unit framework
  4. Separate the wiring coming out of the power supply unit. Find the motherboard wire and connect it first. Connect the drive power supply wires second as they match to your hard drives and your CD or DVD drive. Connect your floppy drive wire last if you have a floppy drive. Check that every wire is carefully but firmly connected. Rewrap the unused wires with a small zip-tie and tuck them out of the way.
  5. Reconnect your keyboard and monitor to the back of the processor. Plug the processor into a wall plug and turn it on to test the power supply. Confirm your computer starts up correctly and all the drives work properly. Turn the computer off and disconnect the power again. Replace the chassis cover and secure the chassis screws. Place your processor back in its resting place. Reconnect the power and all your peripherals.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Windows 7 Tips

How To Add Additional Clock to the TaskBar?

If you have friends, family, or coworkers who live in different time zones, you may need to know their local times before communicating with them. This helps avoid calling late at night or too early in the morning, or expecting an e-mail or instant message response after they have already gone to bed.


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