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Creating Windows 7 Repair Disc

After reading this you will be able to create a system repair disc for Windows 7. There are many possible scenarios where you will need this repair disc. Let’s say your windows fails to boot due to a error with some files or a virus and you need to repair your windows installation yourself. Microsoft has built into Windows 7 a feature under backup and restore that enables you to make a Windows 7 bootable Repair Disc, that can easily fix some of your problems when windows fails to boot.

  • To Create this Windows 7 Repair Disc :
  • Go to Control panel ( Start Menu -> Control Panel )
  • Under System & Security Click on ” Backup your Computer”
  • Now Click on ” Create a System Repair Image” : refer Screenshot

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  • After Clicking on ” Create a System Repair Image ” you will be prompted to Insert a Disc to Continue

 

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  • Select the Disc option on this menu and click on create disc.

Now whenever your system fails to boot, you can use this disc to repair your Windows Installation.

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No Display : Computer Screen goes black / Hangs / Blinks

After reading this article you’ll be able to understand different reasons for your computer screen ( Monitor – CRT/LCD ) to show no display. It might go black within Windows, blinks, system hangs etc. Here are a few reasons that might be responsible:

  • Faulty Graphic/Display driver
  • Corruption within system file
  • Virus/ related Malicious software
  • Bad Memory ( Faulty RAM modules )
  • Faulty Power Supply (SMPS)
  • Faulty Monitor

Here is How you can try & fix them.

** Check for Loose Cable Connections.

**The Easiest way to fix any system file/driver corruption/ virus problem is to use System restore. This will return your computer to the state where it was working fine.

To use system restore:

Start Menu-> All Programs-> Accessories –> System Tools-> System Restore.

Now select from the available checkpoints & make sure you select the one when your computer was running ok.

The Regular ways

The First the foremost thing to check is your graphics/display drivers. For this the easiest way is to go to your system manufactures website & downloading the latest drivers from there. You can also check Windows update for getting new drivers for this go to Device Manager

Control Panel –> Device Manager

device manager

Click on the display manager and right click on the hardware shown therein & click on update driver software. Windows will then search for the best possible drivers for your hardware and install them.

Note for Windows XP users.

Find out your display card Manufacturer. examples : nVidia, AMD-ATi, Intel, SiS, VIA etc. & downloading drivers from their respective support websites.

Checking for Corruption in system files

To do this, keep a Windows disk at hand & insert it into the CD/DVD drive when prompted.

go to run & type : SFC /SCANNOW   press enter

Windows will now check all you system files & repair if necessary.

Checking for Virus or same DNA malicious software

Use any good quality Antivirus or total security programs available out there.

*my suggestion : Microsoft Security Essentials – free for Genuine Windows users.

Quick resolution if your system is unresponsive due to bad drivers/system file corruption.

If your system hangs just after logon or at the welcome screen, press CTRL+ALT+DEL or right click the taskbar & click on Task Manager.

Now, go to processes tab & look for explorer.exe & end it. Then, go to the Applications tab and click on New task, type in Explorer.exe and press enter.

Note: After this it is essential that you either use system restore & check for new drivers.

Checking for Faulty Memory (RAM)

Many times Faulty/BAD or even incompatible Memory module leads to problems like these. If you RAM module is new, it’s always a good idea to return in back & check your documentation for compatible Memory Modules.

If your system is suddenly behaving erratically, you should then use the Memory Diagnostics tool built into Windows 7. For this press F8 during boot and a menu should show up. Select Windows Memory Diagnostics tool & press enter. This will take a while and run some diagnostic tests on your Installed RAM.

You can also do this from within windows 7. Go to start menu & type : Windows Memory diagnostic & click on the program that shows therein. A screenshot of the program windows is given below:

memory Diad

Windows XP users:  Can use third party tools for Memory diagnostics or if you are ok with opening your computer up, Try Changing the memory modules or if you have multiple modules try taking one out & check for errors, repeat if needed. * Please do at your own risk.

Checking for Faulty SMPS

Note: If you suspect a faulty power supply (SMPS) & you are not confident on opening your computer up (Desktop) you should take your system to a professional & get it checked there.

If you Know what you are doing, Open up your desktop cabinet & try removing any hardware that is optional, E.g DVD drive, PCI Add-on cards, Graphic Card etc. etc. & then check if the problem persists. Replace the SMPS if necessary.

Checking for faulty monitor

If, nothing works out it’s best to check if your monitor is ok, try plugging it into either your laptop or in a friend’s computer system or get it checked by a professional.

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Fix : Windows : No sound problem in Windows 7 , Vista , XP

There can be a number of reasons if your computer doesn’t play any sound at all. Sounds include Windows basic sounds, music etc.

What to Check:

  • Sound Hardware is present or not
  • Device Drivers are installed or not
  • Speakers/Headphones wires are connected properly
  • Check if mute button is pressed
  • Sound/Audio Hardware is Enabled from BIOS

Sound Hardware/ Sound Card:

Sound Hardware is commonly known as sound card. If you have a desktop system & have installed a add-on sound card for high performing sound, the first step would be to open the cabinet and check if the sound card is installed into the slot properly.

If you have a laptop ( notebook/netbook/ultra book), there are very slight chances that you have a Add-on Sound card installed.

To Check the sound card from within windows:

Go to Device Manager,

To open Device Manager:

Control panel –> small icons –> Device Manager,
or
type device manager directly into the start menu search box ( Windows 7 only ) 

See the below screenshot and check if the sound, video & game controllers shows your Audio hardware installed.

device manager

 

To Check if Device Drivers are Installed or not

If you see a Exclamation mark on any listed hardware or see a yellow question mark saying other devices, it is quite possible that either the device drivers that are installed for your device are faulty or there are no drivers installed.

To resolve, right click the hardware listed either in other devices or with an exclamation mark & click on update drivers & let Windows search the Windows Update service for any new drivers that might be available for your device type.

You can also visit your computer manufacturers support website & try downloading the drivers from there. * refer your computer documentation.

If you see no hardware present within the sound, video & game controllers, you should try pressing the Scan for hardware changes button just below help ( refer screenshot above). If there is no response from the device manager after refreshing you might be facing a hardware issue or Your Audio Hardware might be disabled from your BIOS options. ( To enable/ check BIOS settings go to the end of this page).

To Check if Speakers/Headphone wires are connected properly

There is no special guide relevant for this, but if you really don’t know how to check a loose connection, follow the wires connecting your computer to your speakers/headphones and vice-versa. Tighten if loose.

Check if the wires are plugged into correct slot

if you are using a desktop PC, see the image below and confirm all the wires are plugged into the right slot.

sound back panel desktop

Also, check for faulty speakers/Headphones.

Check if the mute button is pressed

Sometimes a hotkey or otherwise the mute key gets activated and we just don’t pay attention to the muted volume button in the taskbar. refer images below

Muted

muted

Unmuted

unmuted

If you see the muted icon in your taskbar click on it to unmute. Also check the volume level and increase if necessary.

Check if Sound/Audio Hardware is Enabled from BIOS

To do this, refer your motherboard/system maintenance manual & looks for things given below:

  • Press Del or F2 or F10 or any other key depending on your system type & make
  • Advanced Options/ Integrated Peripherals
  • Enable Onboard Audio/ AC’97/HD Audio
  • Enable it
  • F10 ( Save & Exit )

Microsoft Fix it Troubleshooter

To run a sound playback troubleshooter

fix-it

 

To run a hardware and devices troubleshooter

fix-it

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Block Internet Access over Network but allow Network Access / File & Print Sharing in Windows 8 , 7 , Vista , XP

After reading this guide you will be able to block internet access over a home network or any network that your are an administrator to. This guide is a very simple collection of steps that do not require any additional software or firewall support to block internet access & just allow file & printer sharing.

There are situations where one needs to allow or block internet usage to some users over a network. There are different methods that can be used to do the same, though the most easy method is given below:

Let’s assume that you have a network running with single or multiple routers, either in home or office & you wish to block just the internet access to specific and / or all users. For this you have to login to your router by either IP address or router address & provide your username & password therein. Now in DHCP or DNS setting just uncheck the automatic DNS & mention the DNS settings to be anything you wish. for example: 192.168.1.15 or anything you like except the router’s IP address. 

Now all the computer systems over your network might still show the internet to be connected but will not resolve / open any websites.

To enable network access in a specific computer, just go the properties of the network adapter of that specific computer & within the IP address menu mention any open DNS. i.e 208.67.222.222 208.67.220.220 or Google DNS would also do.

DNS

And that is all there is to it.

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Hidden option within file-folder properties is greyed out in Windows 7 , Vista , XP

This little Tip can save you from a lot of trouble when suddenly your drive or folder gets disappeared from Windows Explorer & you only see it as a hidden folder or file. When this is the case it usually indicates either of a file system malfunction or a small time virus attack.

Right Click the file or folder & check if your properties window looks something like this i.e. the hidden option greyed out as marked below.
hidden_attrib

Don’t be alarmed. Just open command prompt.

For Windows XP: Go to run and type CMD & press Enter.

For Windows 7/Vista : Type CMD in start Menu, Right Click and run as administrator. ( both these Operating Systems need elevated rights to perform this task)

go to your drive of folder. Assuming Drive letter to be D here (Just replace D with your Drive letter )

Now if you are working with a single file or folder, navigate to the folder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type :

D:\>cdfoldername

D:\>foldername>attrib –S –H “file or folder name” /S /D   ( file or folder name without Quotes )

If you are dealing with multiple files & folders or even an External Drive, type:

D:\>attrib –S –H *.* /S /D   ( press Enter )

In case of External Drive just move to your drive by typing in the drive letter in the Command Prompt. ( Example H: )

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Misc

How to make ISO image of a DVD

After reading this you will easily be able to create ISO images of any DVD you want. I came across a freeware that is free and let’s you easily make a ISO image file from any DVD you wish.

You might be having a disc or some files that you have in your computer and wish you make a image out of them. Many times the user wants to make a bootable DVD too. You can just check the make bootable box in the tool and make a bootable ISO image.

Just browse the source file and you are done.

Download the tool here from softpedia

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How to use System Restore

After reading this you will be able to use system restore in Windows XP/Vista/7.

System Restore is a tool built into Windows which restores your computer system to a state when it was working fine and error free. The best part is that the control is in user’s hand, as the user knows when their computer was running fine.

You should use system restore when:

  • Your computer system starts crashing unexpectedly
  • Fails to boot
  • You detect a virus or other file corruption
  • Some programs or feature got deleted somehow
  • For lots of other misc. problems

To use system restore within Windows

Windows XP

Go to startmenu –> All Programs –> Accessories –> system tools –> system restore

Windows 7

NOTE : Windows 8 users (Go to start screen & type system restore -> Click on system restore)

Start Menu-> type “ system restore “ (without quotes) and press enter.

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On clicking next:

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Here you can select the date to which you want to restore your system to or you can click the checkbox which says “Show more restore points”, to see more restore points you can choose from.

You can also check out what programs will be affected by your restore operation by clicking on “Scan for affected programs”.

After checking all the rights & making sure you have selected the right restore point, click next and then click on finish. This operation will restart your system and will take some to finish.

To Restore from System Repair Disc or Startup Menu

If you have not created a system repair disc for Windows 7 Create one now following this guide. If you already have a repair disc, just boot from it. you will see some option like the screenshot given below:

system recovery options

Select System Restore and follow the instructions given therein.

OR

You can, Press F8 while system startup and select Advanced Startup options , then click on repair your computer. It will also take you to the screenshot given above. You can simply select System restore their and follow the onscreen instructions.