Computer Repair Tips for everyday users

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Friday, December 28, 2007

Removing Saved Passwords & Network Credentials

Need to remove cached credentials or saved passwords? Easy enough, just go to start/run/rundll32.exe keymgr.dll, KRShowKeyMgr and hit the enter key, the stored user names and passwords box will appear.
Windows can store your logon information for network locations and web sites. To add an entry. click add. to edit an existing entry, select it and then click properties. To removed select all items that you wish to remove and click remove.

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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Hide Your Files and Folders with Phantom Folders

Phantom Folders is a great way to secure and hide your files and folders.

Check out Phantom Folders at PCMagazine
for more details on how it all works.

Or you can just download the program by following this link.
Download Now:

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

List of Windows Keyboard Shortcuts
These shortcuts help you
select text to cut, copy, or Paste,

if you don't feel like using your mouse. Try the shortcuts on the text you
see here.

To extend a selection...
Press these keys
One character right
One character left
To end of a word
To beginning of a word
To end of a line
To beginning of a line
One line down
One line up
To the end of a paragraph
To the beginning of a paragraph
One screen down
One screen up
To the end of a window
To the beginning of a document
To include the entire document

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Installing more than one operating system (MULTIBOOT)

When you install the new version of Windows, you can keep an older version of Windows on your computer. This is often called a multiboot or dual-boot configuration.

See Microsoft for more details on this.

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Monday, June 04, 2007

5-Star Competitive Upgrade - Now For All Antispyware

This is only till the end of June. You can't beat this deal. I am going to give this a whirl myself.

CounterSpy™ V2 Competitive Upgrade
Half Price (50%) Competitive Upgrade OfferSunbelt Software is pleased to offer a Competitive Upgrade Discount of 50% when you switch from a competitor's product.We realize that you may have invested time and/or money in similar software from other vendors. If you would like to upgrade to CounterSpy and get a 5-Star product, we are offering an excellent competitive upgrade discount.In order to get your competitive upgrade discount, you must submit the following information before the discount can be provided. Once we have this information, we will send you directly to our webstore with a coupon which entitles you to a 50% discount on a single license for your purchase of CounterSpy, now only $9.95! (US)

CounterSpy 2 is tough on spyware, adware, rootkits, and other malware, but is light on system resources and memory. Advantages of CounterSpy 2: Heavy-duty antispyware protection treads lightly on system resources. Kernel-level Active Protection defends 24-7. Hybrid design combines antimalware technology with our award-winning spyware detection and removal. Deep-rooted malware is exterminated at boot time, before Windows loads. Incremental definition updates greatly reduce update downloading time. Vista compatible: Integrates seamlessly with the Vista Windows Security Center.
Version 2.1.946 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

Hurry before the sale ends.

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Bad Motherboard, Bad Capasitors

If you are suffering from 1 or all then you may have a bad motherboard.

Motherboard fails to POST.
Memory Test Fails.
System randomly and/or constantly reboots itself.
Fails to fully boot (or even install) Operating System.
System randomly and frequently freezes.
Random & frequent 'Blue Screens of Death'
BSoD or hard freeze under heavy drive activity (Either RAID, SCSI, or standard ATA) CPU temps abnormally higher than usual under typical or less load.
CPU VCORE & other system voltages are erratic or far out of tolerances. Resetting the system after a freeze and the system will not repost. (You have to completely power down then power back up.)
You have reinstalled the OS a few times when no physical capacitor failure was visible

One way to knock it out quick is to do a physical exam. Power down the machine and in good lighting, look at the capacitors. If they are bulging, leaking or burst then stop what you are doing for the only way to fix that is replace the board. If it is a fairly new machine, research the model and order the same one or call a technician to fix it for you.
Capacitors look okay. Sometimes it takes time for a faulty capacitor to reveal itself.

What is a capacitor? They look like pills with silver caps all over the board. They have an X across them. The X is for easy determining bulges.

What causes this to happened? Could have been a faulty board or capacitor to begin with, static electrical shock, surges, or a bad power supply, especially one registering lower than normal volts.

  • "Capacitor Plague is when a flawed electrolytic capacitor prematurely deteriorates and dries up. Once this happens the gas in the capacitor will expand with heat and build up a great pressure inside the capacitor. When the pressure builds up, the capacitor will expand (bulge), leak, burst or explode. During this time the capacitance will vary widely and may even short out"
"ASTi Application Note 65: "Capacitor Plague" Remediation." Advanced Simulation Technology, inc.. ASTi. 4 Jun 2007 .

Check out these sites for more details and pictures of blown capacitors.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Vista Transformation Pack 6 Final

Vista Transformation Pack description

I’m pretty sure you must know and have seen Windows Vista before. It looks really nice for major GUI updates. Many people who have seen it wish to get Vista-style looks for their operating system.
This program will transform your Windows user interface to ultimate Windows Vista look-alike, no one will ever notice it’s the same old Windows XP.
You can upgrade your look without upgrading your OS or machine. Gives you the look and feel of Vista.

Things you should know before installing.

For Help or Support.
JCXP - Vista Transformation Pack Help and Support / FAQ

As always, you are responsible for any changes you make or problems that may occur with this program. WE are not responsible for any issues or problems that may arrise from you downloading and running this program. Always backup your data before making changes.

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Monday, May 14, 2007

How to get SUED by Microsoft

Check out this article by: Ed Bott
How to get sued by Microsoft.

You otta' know article.

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Super Spammers

They are like cockroaches these people. They have become much more sophisticated in their tactics. As spam filters get smarter they have to find new tricks to get around them. One of the ways they can get by the filters is with a string of words that make no sense. This overwhelms the spam filters making it harder for them to determine if a message is spam.
“Nonsense messages”Also called “Selfless Spam” or “Word Salad”. This is an email that is usually babble, which leads to nothing. The purpose is to confuse spam filters, which makes them less effective and a way to slip in like a cockroach. It doesn’t benefit them directly, but all spammers, by messing with the filtering of spam itself.

“Web Bugs or Beacons”Then we have those that aren’t selfless at all. HTML formatted spam may contain "web beacons" or "web bugs" embedded in them. These tiny transparent images are about (1 pixel). They can also be the same color as the background. These tiny images are linked to content on the spammer's server, so when you view the email, your computer sends a request back to that server letting the spammer know that he has a "live" email address along with your IP address, & the exact time you viewed the content.

Two ways to protect yourself:
Configure your email client not to download images whose URLs are embedded in HTML messages or using a text-based mail client. Newer email programs are set to block these images by default. That's why you find that you get messages with the images missing.

Turn off the preview pane in each folder view that you set up. You can do this by going to View in Outlook, then reading pane, click off.

As usual, only open emails from people you know of and if it looks funny then delete it.
There are many spam programs you can use, most internet security antivirus packages come with a spam filter built in but you may have to configure it. Also, there are a some, 3rd party anti-spam programs out there as well.

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Friday, May 04, 2007

QuickBook Update Errors & Digital Signatures

First you need to scout out any expired Intuit certificates. Go to
Internet Properties, click on the Content tab, then Certificates and then follow
the visual aids that I have supplied you for the rest.

Then search for the Intuit certificate and delete it.

After this try your install again. When you see this screen below you will
want to click on the link Publisher: Intuit, Inc.
Follow the visuals that I have supplied for you below.

Hit OK and continue with your update. If this does not work for you
then research any error codes that it is giving you on the Intuit site or call
for support.

Sometimes just resetting the update in QuickBooks update section itself and
re-downloading the whole thing will fix you issue as well.

Remember, as always we are not responsible for any damages you may cause or
incur by anything you do from the help files in this site.

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Monday, February 19, 2007

Early DST May Bring Your PC Some Grief

Daylight Saving Time is 3 weeks early this year and will end 1 week later when we fall back.

This is okay for us to adjust to but not all PC's will feel the same. Unless certain updates are applied to your computer, you may have find that time synchronized programs may disruptive and calendars will be off for up to 4 weeks, untill it catches up at the usual time. So to avoid any issues before hand it is a good idea to make sure both your Windows operating system and calendar programs have been patched.

See Microsoft for more details and run the daylight savings time guide.

Home users: If you use Windows Vista or have Automatic Updates turned on, you may not be affected by the change in daylight saving time. But is better to be safe than sorry.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

CD-ROM access is missing and messages cite error code.

CD-Rom stops working. After checking device manager you find an exclamation mark on the drive. It doesn't mean the drive is dead. It could be an upperfilter or lowerfilter registry issue that is keeping you from accessing the cd drive.

This fix worked for my client:

Also, try this fix from microsoft.

CD-ROM access is missing and messages cite error code 31, code 32, code 19, code 39, or code 41.

Try this before replacing the drive and remember that you may have to reinstall some burning software.

Backup registry before attempting any changes.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Microsoft Office 2007 schedules for release, Jan. 30th

Microsoft did a bang up job, totally overhauling and improving their Office programs. It has been well worth the wait. Not only is it better, but it has tons of new features and a brighter sharper image.
Check out pricing:

I have been Beta testing for 2months now, and I REALLY like it, now that they have fixed the issues I had in the beginning. I think you will like it too.

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