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Video Tip: How to quickly open apps in Windows 8

This short tip explains the quickest way to open applications , program settings, files etc. on your Windows 8 PC. Windows 8 uses a new start screen instead of the traditional start menu. The new start screen is a power tool for users how demand maximum productivity from their Windows PC. Watch the video to find out more.

Quickly Open apps in Windows 8
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Fix: Mouse / Touchpad pointer jumps while typing in Windows 8, 7 ,Vista, XP

After reading this post you should be able to fix a problem where your mouse or touchpad pointer jumps while you type. This creates an unwanted disturbance while typing. The problem usually occurs in Laptop ( portable computers ), but can also occur with a desktop computer. Below are the steps for both scenarios, i.e. Desktop & laptop computers.

Universal Solution

  • Go to Control Panel ( in start menu )
  • Find Mouse options

mouse

  • Now, Click on Pointer Options
  • uncheck the checkbox Hide Pointer While typing
  • If the Pointer speed has been set to Fast, try reducing it & see if that helps.

 

Method 2

Download & Install navigation ( keyboard mouse software )

  • Almost all the Computer Manufacturer’s ( Portable / laptop ones) , provide hotkeys & navigation / multimedia integration software for your touchpad or mouse.
  • Go to your Computer or product manufacturer’s support website.
  • Locate the software for your Model
  • Download & Install
  • Now,

As, I have a Lenovo ThinkPad, i am using a UltraNav software with my Windows PC. I will be outlining a few features that you can compare with ones in your computer & choose to turn them off.

  • Coasting – Turn Off
  • Touch Sensitivity – Choose this options according to your needs
  • Momentum – Though this feature tends to decrease the overall effort while using the touchpad, it can cause your pointer to jumps out of control while typing (Turn it off)
  • Gestures – I have hardly seen any touchpad perform a perfect gesture. I choose to turn them off.

 

Method 3

  • Check if the problem comes while plugged in to charge or not
  • The Charger for your laptop could be causing your touchpad to malfunction.
  • Get your charger checked at a Authorized service centre of your Compute Manufacturer
  • Replace if necessary

Hope this post proves to be useful for you. For any questions and queries please use the comment section.

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Fix : Windows update fails with specific update package : error code : 0x80000FFFF , Windows 7 & Vista

After reading this post you will be able to solve a problem with Windows update where one or two updates might fail to install with a error similar to this : 0x80000FFFF . The solution mentioned below applies to Windows 7 & Vista Computer system with either x86 or x64 ( 32bit or 64bit ) architecture ).

For Windows Vista

Click on the Microsoft Fix IT link image below to download the fix ( Automatic Troubleshooting )

fix-it

 

For Windows 7

  • Restart your computer & try to install the updates again.
  • If you have any USB storage or printing/scanning devices unplug them, restart your computer, try installing the updates again.
  • Download & Install this update for your Windows 7 Computer system : CLICK HERE
  • Go to Control panel
  • control_options ( top right corner )
  • Open Internet Options
  • ie_options
  • Refer the screenshot above,
  • Under Browsing History, click on Delete, then check all boxes and click on delete.
  • Now, Go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder ( C being your root drive )
  • empty the folder
  • Restart your Computer
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Windows Memory Diagnostic : Test your computer RAM for errors

After reading this you will be able to find problems associated with your system/computer RAM. System RAM ( Random Access Memory ) plays a very important role in the functioning of your computer system. A healthy working RAM is responsible for a better performing & stable computer system. If there are some errors in your RAM module/modules that will certainly result in an unstable system that increases the probability of Data Loss. Many STOP or Blue Screen errors in your computer can be caused by faulty RAM.

Windows 7 has a built-in tool to search for these errors. If an error is found you can decide to change the RAM module/s.

To Use Memory Testing Tool in Windows

If you can boot into Windows

  • Go to, The start menu
  • In the start menu search, type Windows Memory Diagnostic
  • Press Enter

OR

  • Go to, Start Menu
  • Top right corner. select select large icons/small icons
  • Locate Windows Memory Diagnostic

memory_diag

Advanced options for running the Memory Diagnostics Tool

 

It is recommend that you let the Memory Diagnostics Tool run on default settings. However, advanced users might want to adjust the tool’s settings :

  • When the Memory Diagnostics Tool starts, press F1.
  • You can change these settings settings:
  • Test mix. Choose what type of test you want to run: Basic, Standard, or Extended. The choices are described in the tool.
  • Cache. Choose the cache setting you want for each test: Default, On, or Off.
  • Pass count. Type the number of times you want to repeat the test.
  • Press F10 to start the test.

If you are unable to boot into Windows

  • Press F8 at the time of boot ( just after pressing the power button on your computer )
  • Press the Down Button to select Advanced Start-up options
  • Select Windows Memory Diagnostic
  • Follow the on-screen instructions
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FIX : Windows Update stuck at an old date, not updating, updating but not reflecting as updated

After reading this article you will be able to fix some problems that you might be having with Windows Update.

Following are the type of problems that this article helps to solve:

  • Windows Update doesn’t seem to be working
  • Windows Updates itself but recent update is stuck at an old date
  • Windows update shows some unknown error after checking for updates

Solutions

Method 1

  • The first thing to check is your system time. Make sure the time zone you have selected within system date and time is correct and the date and time are set accurately.
    To change/check date and time:
    Go to control panel & click on Date & time –> Now click on change date and time or change time zone if you have selected the wrong time zone. Follow screenshots below:

dnt

To set date and time

time

 

To change Time zone

timezone

 

Method 2:

Run Microsoft Fix it
fix-it

Click on the above logo to download Microsoft Fix it

 

Method 3

Empty the software distribution folder

  • Click Start, click Run, type services.msc, and then click OK.
  • Right-click Windows Update, and then click Stop.
  • Go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder. & select all everything inside and delete it
  • Make sure that the Windows distribution folder is empty.
  • Restart Windows update service in Services.msc
  • Restart the computer, and then run Windows Update again.

In case method 3 fails:

Method 4:

Rename the Catroot2 folder

To rename the Catroot2 folder, follow these steps:

  • Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
  • At the command prompt, type the following commands, and then press ENTER after each line:
    net stop cryptsvc
    ren %systemroot%\System32\Catroot2 oldcatroot2
    net start cryptsvc
    exit
  • Remove all tmp*.cat files from the following folder:
    %systemroot%\system32\CatRoot\{F750E6C3-38EE-11D1-85E5-00C04FC295EE}
    copy the bold line above and paste it into run ( Winkey+R) to open the location.

Note: do not rename the Catroot folder.

Method 5:

Set Cryptographic Services to automatic

Set Cryptographic Services to Automatic, and then try to install the program again. To set Cryptographic Services to Automatic, follow these steps:

  • Start the Administrative Tools utility in Control Panel.
  • Double-click Services.
  • Right-click Cryptographic Services, and then click Properties.
  • Click Automatic for Startup type, and then click Start.

Note Windows 2000 does not list Cryptographic Services in the SERVICES Administrative Utility.

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FIX Windows Media Player unable to play certain type of media files

After reading this post you will be able play to almost all commonly found media files. There are a lot of media file extensions that requires certain codecs to open/play. Default Windows installation does not support all the formats due to certain limitations. Some people download and install VLC player to play their Media files. VLC player can be found here. Though to play your media files within Windows Media player you can follow the steps below:

Note: Scan the Installation/Downloaded files with a good Antivirus Software before Installing.

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Windows 7

Reinstall Windows 7 on your preloaded Windows Machine (even when you don’t have a Installation Disk)

Many times your Windows PC Desktop/laptop/notebook/netbook or ultra book comes preloaded with Windows & there is no Windows installation disk comes with your laptop but there is a COA label on your system containing your Windows Product key. Some people think that only option left is either to make a recovery DVD on the first day of your purchase or to keep running the Windows Installation that came preloaded with your machine, Not necessarily..

Your preloaded Windows system comes with a Windows Product key or commonly known as CD-key. Keep safe of that key.

Note down the Windows Edition that your using. The version are:

Windows 7 starter

Windows 7 Home Basic

Windows 7 Home Premium

Windows 7 Professional

Windows 7 Ultimate

Refer Screenshot:

windows_version

Now note down your system type:

Refer screenshot below and make a note of what your system type is 64 bit or 32 bit.

system type

Note: Your product can be used on both x64 (64 bit) & x86(32 bit ) Operating system type.

Note: You should use 64 bit operating system only when you have 4 Gigabytes (GB) or more RAM.

How to get a Windows Installation Disk:

You have your Windows Product key and you are a genuine Windows user:

Download ISO file for your Windows Edition & system type below:

Make your you download the right edition with right system type, x86 (32bit) if you have less than 4 Gb Ram and x64(64 bit) if you have more than 4 Gb Ram.

Windows 7 (English) with Service Pack 1

Windows 7 Home Premium (x86) – X17-58996

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) – X17-58997

Windows 7 Professional (x86) – X17-59183

Windows 7 Professional (x64) – X17-59186

Windows 7 Ultimate (x86)* – X17-59463

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)* – X17-59465

Burn the downloaded ISO file with either double clicking it and using Windows 7 Image burner or any third party CD/DVD burning software.

*You will need a BLANK DVD Media to burn this ISO file or follow this guide to Install Windows 7 using a USB Pen Drive

If you use a DVD, boot from it & when asked for product key, insert your product key located on the COA label on the bottom side of your laptop or sometime behind the battery pack.

Activate & enjoy.

 

For More Information : Microsoft Answers Forum

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How to backup Windows Registry

This post will help you backup the Windows Registry in case a problem related to the registry arises.

Before Backing up the registry let’s make a system restore point:

Start menu –> type create a restore point –> Click on create a restore point.

restore_sys

Follow the onscreen instructions.

Now,

To backup the registry:

You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps. If you are not logged in as an administrator, you can only change settings that apply to your user account.

  • Open the Registry Editor by clicking the Start button , typing regedit into the Search box, and then pressing ENTER. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation. (For Windows XP –> start menu-> run-> regedit)
  • Click on My Computer or Computer ( depending on your OS type) Click the File menu, and then click Export.
  • In the Save in box, select the location where you want to save the backup copy, and then type a name for the backup file in the File name box.
  • Click Save.
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How to Fix: Windows Live Photo gallery or stuck pictures screensaver in Windows 7

After reading this post you will be able to fix the problems associated with Windows Live photo gallery in Windows 7, Vista, XP. These problems include:

  • Windows live photo Gallery Freezes
  • Windows Photo gallery screensaver says “ no pictures found”
  • Other Photo Gallery related issues.

There are two methods to fix this:

Before starting let’s backup your Windows Registry, as this method includes registry editing. Click here

Method 1:

To fix this problem, you have to regenerate the database for Windows Live Photo Gallery. To do this, follow the appropriate steps for your operating system:

Windows XP

Close Windows Live Photo Gallery.

  • Click Start, click Run, type %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Live Photo Gallery, and then click OK.
  • Delete any existing instance of “OLD_Pictures.pd4” and “OLD_Pictures.pd5.”
  • Locate and then right-click “Pictures.pd4” or “Pictures.pd5.”
  • Rename “Pictures.pd4” to “OLD_Pictures.pd4” or rename “Pictures.pd5” to “OLD_Pictures.pd5.”

Windows Vista

Close Windows Live Photo Gallery.

  • Click Start, click Run, type %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Photo Gallery, and then click OK.
  • Delete any existing instance of “OLD_Pictures.pd4” and “OLD_Pictures.pd5.”
  • Locate and then right-click “Pictures.pd4” or “Pictures.pd5.”
  • Rename “Pictures.pd4” to “OLD_Pictures.pd4” or rename “Pictures.pd5” to “OLD_Pictures.pd5.”

Windows 7

Close Windows Live Photo Gallery.

  • Click Start, click Run, type%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Photo Gallery, and then click OK.
  • Delete any existing instance of “OLD_Pictures.pd4” and “OLD_Pictures.pd5.”
  • Locate and then right-click “Pictures.pd4” or “Pictures.pd5.”
  • Rename “Pictures.pd4” to “OLD_Pictures.pd4” or rename “Pictures.pd5” to “OLD_Pictures.pd5.”

Make Sure Windows Live Photo Gallery is closed when you perform this repair operation. When you restart Windows Live Photo Gallery, the database will be rebuilt.

 

Method 2:

 

Automatic Method:

fix-it

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What to do, When you can’t start Windows at all !!

After reading this you will understand various system recovery options within Windows 7. Some of them might also apply to other versions of Windows as well.

The System recovery options within Windows 7 include:

  • Last Known Good Configuration
  • Using Safe mode to start Windows
  • Checking if Display Resolution is the problem
  • Knowing the error before troubleshooting
  • Using Start-up Repair
  • Using System Restore
  • Using Backup/Restore
  • Checking Memory errors
  • Finally Re-installing Windows

Last Known Good Configuration

To use this feature, press the F8 key while the system is booting up, Go to the Advanced Boot Options & from the menu select “ Last Known Good Configuration” and press Enter. If your computer system boot fine, you are successfully fixed it.

Using Safe Mode to start Windows

To boot into Safe Mode. Press the F8 key while the system is booting up. This will show you a menu, Select Advanced Boot Options, from the options therein select Safe Mode from the list and press Enter.

This will let you boot into safe mode that will enable Windows to boot only with some basic necessary files and drivers & disables everything that is not necessary for the system to boot. What this does is that it restricts any other program, let it be a Antivirus, display driver module, or any application to run at startup and gives us a fair idea of the problem & also let’s us use system restore to restore the computer to an earlier time when your Windows was running fine. Safe Mode also let’s us uninstall some unwanted programs or drivers that might be make the system unstable.

Checking the Display Resolution

Sometimes some bug or human error sets the Windows Display resolution to value that your monitor cannot handle. In this condition the system fails to boot as the monitor is unable to display that particular resolution transmitted by the Graphic/Display Adapter.

To Fix this, Press the F8 key while the system is booting, Select Advanced Boot Options. From the menu that will be displayed select “ Low-Resolution video mode” or “Enable VGA Mode”.

This will set your resolution to a lower value & will fix any resolution based problems. After booting into windows you can set your resolution to the recommended value* refer documentation of your monitor.

To Change Resolution

(Windows 7/Vista)

Right click on desktop and click on change resolution.

(Windows XP)

Right Click on Desktop-> properties –> adapters

 

Knowing the Error before troubleshooting

It’s always hard to troubleshoot any problem if you don’t know the case of it. To know the specific error you have to disable “ Automatic Restart on System Failure” .

To do that, Press the F8 key while the system is booting & select Advanced Boot Options. From the menu there select “Disable System Restart on System Failure” , this will enable you to look at the error next time it occurs and the computer will not restart automatically.

If It’s a blue screen Error or better known as BSOD, you can follow our this post to resolve it.

Using Start-up Repair

Startup repair is a tool built into Windows 7 to help users fix the common problems that restricts the user from booting into Windows.

To use Startup Repair:

  • Press the F8 key & select Advanced Boot Options. From the menu displayed there select Repair Your Computer

startup

  • When you select this option, the windows will continue to boot to the repair menu which looks like this:

startup_repair

  • Now click on Startup Repair & follow on-screen Instructions.

If Startup Repair does not solve your issue, you can also choose System Restore from the options shown above & restore your computer to an earlier time when it was working fine.

Click on System Restore, Select a Checkpoint from the calendar ( make sure you choose a date on which your computer was working fine ) & follow the onscreen instructions that appear.

Using Backup Restore ( System Image Recovery )

Refer the Screen Shot above, Follow the steps that led to the above menu to appear & then select System Image Recovery.

Follow the Instruction that appear on screen.

Windows Memory Diagnostics

Ram (Memory) plays an important role in the booting procedure. If your RAM is faulty, the computer system won’t boot properly.

To check for errors in your RAM

Refer the Screen Shot above and select Windows Memory Diagnostic. This will check your RAM for errors. If errors are found you can simply get your RAM module replaced.

Finally, If nothing works out – Re-Install Windows

To Install / Reinstall Windows, Follow this GUIDE