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Windows Troubleshooting

Windows XP's Built-in Help and Support Center
Continue working through the steps in the troubleshooter until you have either fixed the problem or have come to a dead end. Yes, sometimes the troubleshooter can't help you fix the problem. But in many cases, it can, so why not try a Windows built-in troubleshooter before you make an expensive call to a computer repair service or Microsoft's Technical Support line? More ...

What Should be in a PC Technician?s Tool Kit?
If you're a computer enthusiast or an aspiring PC Technician, maybe you're wondering exactly what items you need to create a PC Technician?s toolkit. The toolbox itself should be a medium sized plastic toolbox. To fill the toolbox, start collecting the items listed below. More ...

Clear DNS Cache to Fix Network Issues
If you are frequently receiving error messages when trying to access websites, you may need to clear your DNS cache. A DNS cache can become poisoned when computer viruses insert invalid entries into the cache. More ...

Hard Drive Does Not Boot
When your computer does not boot, the first thing a technician must ask is; what do you mean by "it won't boot"? Many times the problem is simply that the user doesn't have their monitor turned on, or they left a floppy in the drive. More ...

How to Fix KERNEL_MODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED Error
Stop errors, or blue screen of death (BSOD) errors, occur when a serious problem causes your system to shut down or restart unexpectedly. The most common cause of BSOD errors is a device driver problem. More ...

Fix Windows 7 Repeatedly Tries to Update
If your PC repeatedly tries to install updates each time it's shut down, it's most likely because a Windows update has failed. Microsoft created the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 because of an inconsistency in the Windows servicing store which may prevent the successful installation of updates, service packs, and software. More ...

Troubleshooting DLL Problems
When using an application, if you receive an error message like Illegal Operation, Incorrect DLL Version or similar types of errors, it could be because you don't have the latest DLL or it could be because one of DLLs of that application was overwritten when you installed a new program. More ...

The Windows Recovery Console
The Recovery Console, introduced with Windows 2000, provides an interface that allows you to use DOS commands to troubleshoot and repair Windows. With the Recovery Console you can use a number of DOS commands to access FAT or NTFS file systems and repair a system file, the registry, or a damaged file system. More ...

Troubleshooting Computer Freeze (Lockup) Problems
Your computer was working fine, but then suddenly started locking up (aka hanging or freezing), rebooting itself (crashing) or shutting down spontaneously? If you know only too well what I am talking about, then read on! More ...

The System Information utility
The System Information utility provides a Tools menu, that gives you quick access to Windows Systems Tools such as Disk Cleanup and Dr. Watson so you can troubleshoot your system. More ...

How to Reinstall Windows XP
There are several circumstances in which you might need to reinstall Windows XP, for example if you upgraded a system component that might require a different hardware abstraction layer (HAL), like the motherboard. This article shows you how to perform a reinstallation (also called a repair installation) of Windows XP. More ...

How to Fix "USB Device Not Recognized"
what happens when you get a "USB device not recognized" issue? In this article I'm going to walk you through the common fixes of device not recognized issues starting with the easy stuff first. More ...


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