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Windows Troubleshooting

No Computer Sound
If you hear the WAV file play, then your basic sound configuration is working properly. If you did not hear the WAV file play, continue reading (troubleshooting problems with the more complex sound file formats will be covered in future article). More ...

View Hidden Devices with Device Manager
Device manager lists all the devices installed on your system. But Device Manager may not be giving you the full story. By default, Device Manager hides certain devices, for example, some printers and non-PnP (non Plug and Play) devices. More ...

Your Computer Can't Keep Time
If your CMOS battery is dead, your computer will not be able to retain the date and time. The computer will also lose any custom settings, for example, the boot sequence. If you set a password in CMOS, you may be locked out of the computer. More ...

Repairing Internet Explorer
Because the Windows operating system relies on many components of Internet Explorer, any problems with Internet Explorer can affect other areas of the system. More ...

Video - Dell Display Inverter Replacement Tutorial
A circuit board inside the laptop called the inverter circuit takes the lower DC voltage from the laptop battery and converts it to a higher AC to voltage the fluorescent back light. It's common for these inverter circuits to fail. This video shows you step-by-step how to disassemble the LCD display and replace that inverter circuit board. More ...

How to Fix RpcRtRemote.dll Errors
RpcRtRemote.dll initializes Windows update components. So, why are people having problems with this file if it serves a very simple purpose? If the computer couldn't access it, it'd be impossible to complete the installation of update packages. More ...

Windows 7 Startup Modes for Troubleshooting
Windows 7 has several startup modes, called "Advanced Boot Options" that can help when troubleshooting the system. For example, the Safe Mode option lets you start the operating system in a limited state with only basic configuration settings and basic default device drivers. More ...

When Pesky Programs Won't Go Away
During installation a program copies files to the applications folder, the Windows folder, and creates entries in the registry. The problem is that when you uninstall a program, it may leave behind pieces of itself and entries in the registry. More ...

Windows Takes Too Long to Start
Every software company thinks that their particular creation is the most important program in the world. May of them think that their program should be configured to run every time Windows starts, whether you like it or not. Unfortunately this causes Windows to take longer to start. More ...

Video - Using the Problem Steps Recorder Tool
Problem Steps Recorder allows users to record the steps they're performing that are causing the problem. The steps are saved as screen shots in a file can be emailed to help desk personnel who can open the file in Internet Explorer and use it to help troubleshoot the user's problem. 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 Resolve Windows 7 BOOTMGR Missing Error
BOOTMGR is missing error occurs when Windows is corrupted Windows or it is trying to boot from a wrongly configured or improperly connected hard drive. More ...