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ColorPlus Printer Driver for Windows Servers and Citrix Driver Update

July 27th, 2011 No comments

Document conversion can be a tedious task. But many types of work that are done in an office setting will usually make this a necessary task as well. This doesn’t simply pertain to transforming .doc files to PDF files and vice versa. Some sources or presentations might be scanned images or web pages. There are as many document and image formats as there are applications that can author and read them.

Installable and web-based applications abound that attempt to cater to this need. It is a rare program however that can offer a broad set of tools. The ColorPlus printer driver developed by Black Ice software is one such notable example of this as it addresses format conversion, printing and more. This driver functions as a utility program that can convert documents to PDF, HTML, and other formats usually reserved for images such as JPEG, PNG, and TIFF. It is flexible enough that it can complement any Windows-based program with a print capability. Other tasks such as emailing, archiving and document merging are also included in its suite of functions.

This update for the ColorPlus printer driver is version 13.22 released July 27, 2011. Changes in this version include stability improvements for PDF related tasks and more control over the output directory. This program’s design is more geared towards enterprise-level users and thus runs on the Windows Server 2000, 2003, and 2008 platforms. It is also compatible with Citrix specifications and has support for XenApp and XenDesktop.

You can download a 15-day free trial of this latest version of the ColorPlus printer driver for Windows servers and Citrix here. Take note that output from this free trial edition will be watermarked.

 

Monochrome Printer Driver Update

July 7th, 2011 No comments

One of the best and complete solutions that businesses and developers can get their hands on is the Black Ice Monochrome printer driver. This TIFF conversion tool is fast and reliable, and can give users and developers different options when it comes to converting, saving, sending emails, printing, archiving and even combining TIFF files. What it does is convert any document to different TIFF and monochrome image files to a format that various Windows application can print. If you are looking for a fast and high-volume conversion utility tool available that is easy to understand and has a user-friendly interface, then the Monochrome printer driver is for you.

The newest version of the Black Ice Printer Driver was released last July 7, 2011, and it features an innovative Custom File Naming method. The Version 13.20 of the Monochrome printer driver allows users to build the output file name from a wide range of tags such as the date, user  name, time, IP address, computer name and even the number of pages of the document. It also has an added option of disabling printing preferences.

Click here to update your Black Ice Monochrome printer driver.

 

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Bisoncam NB Pro Driver Update

July 7th, 2011 No comments

Bisoncam NB Pro is a specific model of webcam that is occasionally found integrated in various laptop or notebook personal computers. You can in fact find this type of webcam incorporated in many models of Asus laptops. This product is manufactured by Bison Electronics Inc., a company based in Taiwan that specializes in the design and production of camera modules and other hardware accessories. This vendor has mostly geared its product line for the laptop and notebook industry and they are considered one of the top sellers of such devices in the region.

Integrated webcams in laptops can be subject to driver issues like other possible ‘on-board’ types of devices such as sound and video cards. It is not an uncommon mistake for users during initial system setup to bypass installing the specific driver for their Bisoncam webcams due to Windows’ automatic installation of generic device drivers that make peripheral hardware minimally operational. Down the line however such users will eventually start noticing the missing features or gradually encroaching system errors caused by missing software components.

This Bisoncam NB Pro driver update is published by Asus which means the update is only meant for laptops from this manufacturer. It is version 5.0.0.5 released July 7, 2011. It is compatible with Asus laptops running on Windows 2000, 2003, NT, and XP.

Click here to install the latest driver for your Bisoncam NB Pro.

 

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SATA Driver Intel Driver Update

July 7th, 2011 No comments

The Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager in the SATA Driver Intel Ver.7.0.0.1020.zip (updated July 07, 2011) is designed to give capability for Storage Controllers such as Intel(R) SATA RAID I/O Controllers, Intel(R) SATA AHCI I/O Controllers as well as Intel(R) SATA RAID Controllers.

This product is can be used on systems that run on
Intel(R) Pentium(R) Processor or Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo
Processor with the I/O Controller Hub listed below:

- Intel(R) 82801HEM I/O Controller Hub (ICH8M-E)
- Intel(R) 82801HBM I/O Controller Hub (ICH8M)
- Intel(R) 82801HR/HH/HO I/O Controller Hub (ICH8R)
- Intel(R) 631xESB/632xESB I/O Controller Hub (ESB2)
- Intel(R) 82801GHM I/O Controller Hub (ICH7MR)
- Intel(R) 82801GBM I/O Controller Hub (ICH7M)
- Intel(R) 82801GR I/O Controller Hub (ICH7R)
- Intel(R) 82801GH I/O controller Hub (ICH7DH)
- Intel(R) 82801FR I/O Controller Hub (ICH6R)
- Intel(R) 82801FBM I/O Controller Hub (ICH6M)

This driver exclusively runs on one of the suggested Windows operating systems:

- Microsoft Vista
- Microsoft Vista x64 Edition (NOTE 1)
- Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional
- Microsoft Windows XP x64 Edition (NOTE 1)
- Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web x64 Edition (NOTE 1)
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition (NOTE 1)
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition (NOTE 1)
- Microsoft Windows*Media Center Edition

This driver installation package supports almost every international language that the Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager software has been localized.

You can download the latest SATA Driver Intel Ver.7.0.0.1020 driver by visiting this link.

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The Black Ice ColorPlus Printer Driver for Windows Servers and Citrix

July 7th, 2011 No comments

The Black Ice ColorPlus printer driver gives the fastest and most reliable document conversion tool for business users and developers today. It offers flexible options to users, and emailing, converting, saving, archiving, and combining documents are now more effortless and easy to work with. Even PDF, PNG, TIFF, JPEG documents, and other formats from a Windows application can easily be converted by the ColorPlus printer driver, making it the quickest, effective, and easiest conversion utilities available on the market today.

Version 13.20 of Black Ice Printer Driver updated this July 7, 2011 has a new and improved Custom File Naming method, which allows output file names to be built from various tags, such as the username, IP address, date, time, and even output document’s total page number. It also comes with the added option of disabling printing option tabs.

Click here to update your GeForce FX 5200 video card driver.

 

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The Black Ice ColorPlus PDF Printer Driver Update

July 7th, 2011 No comments

The Black Ice ColorPlus offers a complete package solution for business owners and developers who need a trustworthy conversion tool to efficiently do its job–FAST. Now, users can enjoy more flexible alternatives, such as saving, converting, e-mailing, archiving, printing or even merging their documents.

Its print driver also converts more formats, such as PNG, HTML, PDF, and TIFF just by using any Windows application. Also, don’t be fooled by its simple, easy-to-use human interface; the ColorPlus has the quickest high-volume conversion ut

The Black Ice ColorPlus offers a complete package solution for business owners and developers who need a trustworthy conversion tool to efficiently do its job–FAST. Now, users can enjoy more flexible alternatives, such as saving, converting, e-mailing, archiving, printing or even merging their documents. Its print driver also converts more formats, such as PNG, HTML, PDF, and TIFF just by using any Windows application. Also, don’t be fooled by its simple, easy-to-use human interface; the ColorPlus has the quickest high-volume conversion utility on the market today.

The newest version of Black Ice ColorPlus (updated to version 13.20 on July 07, 2011) now includes a new and improved Custom File naming method, so it’s easier to use various tags like the computer name, username, IP address, date, and time to build an output file. There are also improvements made in hiding printing preference tabs for the user.

Click here to update your Black Ice Color Plus PDF Printer Driver.

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How to install the Recovery Console to the Hard Drive?

July 6th, 2011 1 comment

This article explains how to install the Windows XP Recovery Console to the hard drive, so that it is available as an option in the Windows boot menu.

1. Insert your Windows XP installation disc into your CD drive. Then, open up the Windows Command Prompt by typing the command cmd into the RUN dialog box and pressing the Enter key.

2. When the command prompt opens up, type the drive letter of your CD drive (e.g., F: as shown below) and press the Enter key.

3. Once you get the CD drive letter prompt (like F:\> here), type the command given below and press the Enter key:

i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons

 RC_cmd

4. The Windows Setup dialog box opens and asks you whether you want to install the Recovery Console as a startup option. Click Yes to continue.

RC_install_dialog_box

5. If you’re connected to the Internet, it may connect to Microsoft.com and update some setup files. This won’t take more than a minute or two, depending on your connection.

RC_Setup_dynamic_update 

6. Once setup is updated, it starts copying files and within a few minutes, it’s done.

RC_Setup_copying_files

7. Setup informs you that the Recovery Console was successfully installed and gives some other information about the Recovery Console. Click OK to exit setup.

RC_Setup_successful_message

8. Now, to test whether it installed alright and whether it’s working, you’ll need to reboot the computer. Don’t forget to remove the Windows Setup CD from the CD drive first.

RC_BootMenu

USB2.0 PC Camera (SN9C201) Driver Update

July 6th, 2011 No comments

The USB2.0 PC Camera (SN9C201) is a unique piece of technology with features like the CMOS sensor that stands at 1280 x 960 resolution. One more thing that this camera has to offer is the frame rate that can go at up to 30 frames per second (fps). This device works when plugged into a USB 2.0 port.

One of the best features of this camera is the glass lenses that guarantee superior quality. The noise rate for information associated with the USB2.0 PC Camera (SN9C201) is around 48dB, while its focus range begins from 30 mm and beyond. Among the with the other advantages that come with this camera is that you are able to use this camera both indoor and outdoor since it can adapt to any environment.

A wide range of models are associated with the camera. This includes the Sitecom USB Bluetooth 2.0 class 2 dongle CN- 512 and the ML-66G.

This driver can be installed on any PC that runs on Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows XP or later. Updated last July 6, 2011, you can download the driver from a reliable download site, or you can also go to this link to get the latest driver update.

 

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How to check for a CMOS Battery Failure?

July 4th, 2011 No comments

What is a CMOS Battery?

The CMOS battery is an important part of the computer, because it helps the computer remember its settings and about itself. It’s important that this battery is in good health. There are some symptoms which you can see for signs of a weak or dead CMOS battery.

The CMOS battery makes the CMOS memory remember settings, including date and time settings. If the battery is weak or dying, the clock will get reset to 12:00 and the date to Jan 1, every time you start the computer. The computer may also shutdown, unexpectedly. It may also ask where it should boot from, when you power it on. These are some signs of a weak, dying or dead CMOS battery.

Many computers will give a warning message about the CMOS battery, when you boot them up. Nowadays, CMOS batteries are not replaceable and are built inside the motherboards, when you see symptoms of a dying CMOS battery, you probably have to replace the motherboard. Check with your motherboard manufacturer, if you have a new motherboard, since the manufacturers consider this a defect. You may be eligible for a replacement motherboard.

CMOS_Battery0

This battery is connected to the south bridge chip, to power both CMOS memory and RTC circuits. You can see the CMOS battery within its motherboard socket in the above picture.

RTC_Chip 

The above is an example of a south bridge chip. The CMOS memory and the Real Time Clock (RTC) are both embedded in this chip, nowadays.

CMOS_Battery4    CMOS_Battery3

Recognizing CMOS Battery Failure

When your computer starts up, the BIOS may give a warning message like "CMOS checksum error, defaults loaded". It will also tell you to press a key to enter the BIOS or just continue. Go into the BIOS and change the date/time and other settings that need to be changed. Then, save and quit. After restarting, if you still get the above message, you should replace the CMOS battery.

If you don’t get any such warning, check that the time and date on your system is correct. If the time resets to 12:00 and date resets to Jan 1, this is an indication of a dying CMOS battery and you should replace it. You should first confirm this by setting the time and date in your BIOS. If they reset again after restarting the computer, replace the battery.

If the computer suddenly shuts down or you get hardware errors like not detecting the hard drive, CD drive and RAM, this may cause the computer to shutdown. First check that all the cables are properly plugged in. Then, remove and re-insert the RAM. If the system still shuts down, you should try to replace the CMOS battery first, since it’s cheaper than trying to replace other parts.

Check the CMOS battery voltage, if you have a multimeter. The voltage across a good battery should be about 3 volts. When it’s below 2.5 volts, it may start giving problems. If the battery voltage is below 1.8 volts, the battery is dead.

Replacing the CMOS battery

When you remove the CMOS battery, all the hardware settings stored in the CMOS memory are lost. So, you should record or note down the CMOS settings before removing the battery. Go into the BIOS by pressing the required key (mostly F1, F2, Del or F10). Note down any customized settings like hard drive configuration, CPU speed adjustments or port activation/deactivation etc. Then, shutdown the system and unplug.

When you have replaced the battery, enter the BIOS once again and select "Load BIOS Setup Defaults". (Depending on your BIOS Manufacturer, you may have "Load Standard Defaults", "Load Fail-Safe Defaults" or just "Load Defaults"). Then, reconfigure the customized settings that you noted earlier. Save the settings and exit the BIOS.

AMIBIOS_MainScreen

Replacement CMOS batteries can be purchased at any electronics stores or online. Compare the engraved serial numbers before purchasing the battery.

Remove power and discharge static electricity before touching delicate electronics.

Below are links to some videos on how to remove and replace a CMOS battery:

How to replace your PC’s battery

CMOS battery replacement

Windows XP Troubleshooting FAQ

July 3rd, 2011 1 comment

 

 

Q.1. In Windows XP, when opening the Task Manager, Registry Editor or Folder Options (from the Tools menu in My Computer), I get a message saying these tools have been disabled by the administrator. How do I re-enable them?

OR

I can’t access Folder Options in Windows Explorer. Task Manager and Registry Editing is also disabled. I get an error dialog box which says that they are disabled by the administrator. How do you solve this hell?

 

 

Q. 2. On double-clicking any drive partition or folder in My Computer, a search window opens up? How do I open the drive to open a file or view the drive contents?

 

Q. 3. On double-clicking any drive or partition in My Computer, I get a message saying that copy.exe could not be found, to make sure that the name was correctly typed and then try again. How do I open the drive to open a file or view the drive contents?

 

OR

 

 

On double-clicking any drive or partition in My Computer, the Open With dialog box shows up. How do I open the drive to open a file or view the drive contents?

 

Q. 4. Even though the “always open folders in the same window” checkbox is checked under Folder Options, on double-clicking any folder in My Computer opens it in a new window. What should I do to open all folders in the same window?

 

Q. 5. On opening any folder, another folder with the same name is created inside it. This is happening with all the folders. How do I remove all these extra folders?

 

 

Q. 6. My Documents folder or My Computer opens up automatically at Windows startup. How to get rid of this?

 

 

Q. 7. I get the following error message when I start the computer:

 

NTLDR is missing

 

Press any key to restart.

 

OR

 

Boot: Couldn’t find NTLDR

 

Press any key to restart.

 

Is there a way to get Windows and my data back or have I lost all the data?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q. 8. On starting my computer, I receive the following error message:

 

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

 

C:\Windows\System32\hal.dll.

 

Please re-install a copy of the above file.

 

Is it possible to repair Windows without reinstalling?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q. 9. On starting my computer, I receive the following error message:

 

“C:\Windows\System32\config\system” file is missing or corrupt.

 

Is it possible to repair Windows without reinstalling Windows?

 

 

 

 

Q. 10. I installed Windows 98 over my existing Windows XP installation. Now, I’m unable to boot into Windows XP. I’m not getting any option to select which OS to start. What do I do to get Windows XP back?

 

 

Q. 11. How to delete or remove a duplicate entry from the Windows boot menu?                                                                           OR

 

How to set the default OS in the Windows boot menu?                OR

 

The default boot time is set to 30 seconds. How to change the default boot time in the Windows boot menu?

 

 

 

 

Q. 12. Check disk starts every time the computer is started, even though Windows was properly shutdown. How can I stop the disk check from running every time?

 

 

Q. 13. On starting my computer, I receive the following error message every time:

 

CMOS checksum error, defaults loaded.

 

How can I stop or correct this?

 

 

 

 

Q. 14. When sending or receiving a message in Yahoo messenger, I get a blank window and can’t see any contents in the chat window. What’s wrong and how to solve it?

 

 

Q. 15. I had to re-install Windows, but after re-installing it, the Standby option is grayed out and can’t be clicked in the shutdown dialog box. How to enable it again?

 

 

Q. 16. I get the classic logon box instead of the new welcome screen in Windows. How to get the welcome screen back?

 

 

Q. 17. A process named ctfmon.exe always runs in the background. Ending the process through the task manager just restarts it automatically. How to get rid of this strange process?

 

 

Q. 18. In Firefox, all the bookmarks vanished and the list is empty. How to get them back?

 

 

Q. 19. Some files’ icons are wrongly shown. How can I get the corrupted icons back?

 

 

Q. 20. In Windows XP, all the icons on the desktop suddenly show an ugly background rectangle behind the text. How to make the text transparent?

 

 

Q. 21. The common tasks pane has vanished and is not shown anymore when I open My Computer. How to get it back?

 

 

Q. 22. A Copy To / Move To dialog box opens up automatically whenever I right-click on the start button and select Open. How can I open the start menu folder?

 

 

Q. 23. Even after checking the “Show hidden files/folders” checkbox under the Folder Options menu, it gets automatically unchecked and I can’t see the hidden files and folders. How can I see my hidden files and folders?

 

 

Q. 24. How can I get mspaint.exe back? I accidentally deleted the file.

 

 

Q. 25. In Windows explorer, image files aren’t shown as thumbnails, even after clicking the Thumbnails view in the view menu. How can I view the images as thumbnails?

 

 

 

 

Q.1. In Windows XP, when opening the Task Manager, Registry Editor or Folder Options (from the Tools menu in My Computer), I get a message saying these tools have been disabled by the administrator. How do I re-enable them?

Ans. Read this post and download the small tools to enable the Task Manager, Registry Editor and Folder Options.

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Q. 2. On double-clicking any drive partition or folder in My Computer, a search window opens up? How do I open the drive to view a file or the drive contents?

Ans. Open the registry editor by typing the command regedit into the RUN dialog box and hitting the Enter key. Then, go to the following two keys, one by one and delete the string named “Default”, from the right-pane:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell

 

Reboot the system and the search window should be gone. If it’s still showing up, then delete the subkey named “find” from below both the above keys. Reboot again and the search window should be gone away for good.

 

Regedit_Delete_Search_Window

 

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Q. 3. On double-clicking any drive or partition in My Computer, I get a message saying that copy.exe could not be found, to make sure that the name was correctly typed and then try again. How do I open the drive to open a file or view the drive contents?

OR

On double-clicking any drive or partition in My Computer, the Open With dialog box shows up. How do I open the drive to open a file or view the drive contents?

Ans. Open “My Computer” and then click “Folder Options” and then the “View” tab. Under the View tab, click the “Show hidden files and folders” radio button and then click OK.

 

Folder Options

Folder Options - Show Hidden Files

 

Now, open each drive or partition in “My Computer” and check whether there is any file in the root of each drive or partition (C:\, D:\, E:\, etc). If it exists, delete each instance of the file and then reboot the computer. The problem is solved.

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Q. 4. Even though the “always open folders in the same window” checkbox is checked under Folder Options,  double-clicking any folder in My Computer opens it in a new window. What should I do to open all folders in the same window?

Ans. Download thefollowing file, unzip it and run the .REG file (by double-clicking on it). Then, reboot the computer and the problem would have been solved.

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Q. 5. On opening any folder, another folder with the same name is created inside it. This is happening with all the folders. How do I remove all these extra folders?

Ans. Your computer is infected with a virus called Brontok / Rontokbro or its variant. To remove it, download and run MalwareBytes’ Anti-Malware.

Any of these tools also remove Brontok / Rontokbro and its variants successfully:

Symantec

Sophos

Bitdefender

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Q. 6. My Documents folder or My Computer opens up automatically at Windows startup. How to get rid of this?

Ans. Here’s the solution to this problem.

 

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Q. 7. I get the following error message when I start the computer:

NTLDR is missing

Press any key to restart.

OR

Boot: Couldn’t find NTLDR

Press any key to restart.

Is there a way to get Windows and my data back or have I lost all the data?

Ans. Boot using the Windows Setup CD and enter into the Recovery Console by pressing the “R” key, when prompted. Now Log into windows installation and enter admin password. Now type the following commands at prompt:

copy x:\i386\ntldr c:\
copy x:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\

Where “x” is your CD drive. Change it to the drive letter of your CD drive. (Change c:\ to the appropriate drive letter where Windows XP is installed):

If the simple procedure given above doesn’t work, or if you don’t understand it easily, try the step-by-step instructions given in this post.

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Q. 8. On starting my computer, I receive the following error message:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

C:\Windows\System32\hal.dll.

Please re-install a copy of the above file.

Is it possible to repair Windows without reinstalling?

Ans. Boot using the Windows XP Setup CD and enter into the “Recovery Console” by pressing “R”. Login into the Windows installation and enter your admin password.

Now, type the following commands at the command prompt, one on each line, and this should repair your Windows XP installation (Change c:\ to the appropriate drive letter where Windows XP is installed):

attrib -r -s -h C:\boot.ini

del c:\boot.ini

bootcfg /rebuild

fixboot

If the simple procedure given above doesn’t work, try the step-by-step instructions given in this post.

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Q. 9. On starting my computer, I receive the following error message:

“C:\Windows\System32\config\system” file is missing or corrupt.

Is it possible to repair Windows without reinstalling Windows?

Ans. Boot using the Windows XP Setup CD and enter into the “Recovery Console” by pressing “R”. Login into the Windows installation and enter your admin password.

Type the following command at the command prompt and then reboot the computer. This command should fix the above error.

copy %windir%\repair\system  %windir%\system32\config

If the above didn’t fix your system, once again boot into the recovery console, using the Windows installation CD.

Now, type the following commands at the command prompt, one on each line, and this should repair your Windows XP installation (Change c:\ to the appropriate drive letter where Windows XP is installed):

fixmbr

bootcfg /scan

bootcfg /rebuild

fixboot

 

If both the simple procedures given above don’t work, try the step-by-step instructions given in this post.

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Q. 10. I installed Windows 98 over my existing Windows XP installation. Now, I’m unable to boot into Windows XP. I’m not getting any option to select which OS to start. What should I do to get Windows XP back?

Ans. The Windows 98 installation over-wrote the boot loader. Boot using the Windows XP Setup CD and enter into the “Recovery Console” by pressing “R”. Login into the Windows installation and enter your admin password.

Now, type the following commands at the command prompt, one on each line, and this should repair your Windows XP installation:

fixmbr

bootcfg /scan

bootcfg /rebuild

fixboot

If both the simple procedures given above don’t work, try the step-by-step instructions given in this post.

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Q. 11. How to delete or remove a duplicate entry from the Windows boot menu?

OR

 

How to set the default OS in the Windows boot menu?

OR

 

The default boot time is set to 30 seconds. How to change the default boot time in the Windows boot menu?

Ans. You can use any of the following methods:

 

In the RUN dialog box, type sysdm.cpl and press the Enter key (or click OK). In the System Properties, click the Advanced tab and then click the Settings button under the “Startup and Recovery” section.

Now, click on the Edit button and you can change the boot loader settings here. You can easily find and remove the extra / duplicate entry from this file.Click OK to save the settings.

 

Systen_PropertiesSystem_Properties_Startup_Recoveryboot_ini

 

 

 

 

 

                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is another way to delete the duplicate entry. In the RUN dialog box, type the command msconfig and press the Enter key. If you want to remove the corrupt/non-working entries, click the “Check all boot paths” button.

msconfig

 

 

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Q. 12. Check disk starts every time the computer is started, even though Windows was properly shutdown. How can I stop the disk check from running every time?

Ans. Download thefollowing file, unzip and then run the reg file by double-clicking it, to stop disk check from running every time on boot up.

 

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Q. 13. On starting my computer, I receive the following error message every time:

CMOS checksum error, defaults loaded.

How can I stop or correct this?

Ans. This problem shouldn’t occur in new computers as the battery is in-built into the chip and not something that can be replaced.

However, if you have an old computer, and get this message every time you start computer, it’s probably time to replace the CMOS battery, found on the motherboard.

For more details about CMOS battery, please view this post.


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Q. 14. When sending or receiving a message in Yahoo messenger, I get a blank window and can’t see any contents in the chat window. What’s wrong and how to solve it?

Ans. Please download Windows Script from the following links:

Windows 2000

Windows XP

Windows Server 2003

If you are using Windows Vista or 7, it already comes with Windows Script pre-installed. You just need to run the following command from the RUN dialog box or the Command Prompt:

regsvr32 vbscript.dll


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Q. 15. I had to re-install Windows, but after re-installing it, the Standby option is grayed out and can’t be clicked in the shutdown dialog box. How to enable it again?

Ans. Re-install your video/VGA/display driver from the driver CD that came with your computer motherboard or with the video card (in case it’s not an in-built one). Re-installing the video driver will re-enable the standby option.

If you don’t have the driver CD, then go to the video card manufacturer’s website and download the driver to install it.

If you’re unable to find your driver CD and can’t get a driver for your video card online, you may download a driver scanning tool, and install it. This tool will search and update your computer drivers easily.

 

 

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Q. 16. I get the classic logon box instead of the new welcome screen in Windows. How to get the welcome screen back?

Ans. Type the command, “control userpasswords” in the RUN dialog box and press the Enter key. On the userpasswords screen, click on “Change the way Users log on or off”. Then, check the option “Use Welcome Screen”.

XP_UserAccounts

UserPasswords_Logon_Options

 

In case, you get the error,”Uninstall client services for Netware”, you’ll need to uninstall the Netware client services from the network connections properties.

 

 

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Q. 17. A strange process named ctfmon.exe always runs in the background. Ending the process through the task manager just restarts it automatically. How to get rid of this strange process?

Ans. Note: CTFMON.EXE is needed for the keyboard layout switching to work correctly, so don’t remove it if you are using this feature.

Open Control Panel and then double click to open Add/Remove Programs. Now, click on the Microsoft Office entry and then click on the “Change” button.

Now, select “Add/Remove Features” and click on “Next”. Now, expand “Office Shared Features” and click on the “Alternative User Input” and then select “Not Available” and finally click on Update. This will permanently remove that ctfmon.exe and your problem will be solved.

You can also use a 3rd party utility, CTFMON-Remover to get rid of ctfmon.exe easily.


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Q. 18. In Firefox, all the bookmarks vanished and the list is empty. How to get them back?

Ans. Type the following command in the RUN dialog box:

“%appdata%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles”

Now, open the “xxxx.default” folder, within the Profiles folder above (where xxxx will be random numbers and characters).

Now, open the “bookmarkbackups” folder and can see your bookmarks here. From here, you can import them back into Firefox again.


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Q. 19. Some files’ icons are wrongly shown. How can I get the corrupted icons back?

Ans. You can use any of following methods:

a. Download Microsoft TweakUI from this page or directly from this link. Install it. Run it and click on the “Repair Icons” option in the “Repair” section.

b. Open My Computer and go to:

C:\Documents and Settings\User_Name\Local Settings\Application Data

Replace C: with your system drive letter (where Windows is installed) and “user_Name” with your Windows XP username.

Now there’ll be a HIDDEN file called “iconcache.db”, delete it ,and restart your system. Note that to be able to delete hidden files, you need to have the “Show Hidden Files” option enabled in the Folder Options, in My Computer.


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Q. 20. In Windows XP, all the icons on the desktop suddenly show an ugly background rectangle behind the text. How to make the text transparent?

Ans. Type the command “sysdm.cpl” in the RUN dialog box and press Enter. When the system properties open, click the “Advanced” tab, then click on the “Settings” button under the “Performance” section and enable the option “Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop“. This should take care of your problem.

 

Systen_Properties   SystemProps_PerformanceOptions_DropShadow

 

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Q. 21. The common tasks pane has vanished and is not shown anymore when I open My Computer. How to get it back?

Ans. In My Computer or Windows Explorer, click on “Tools -> Folder Options” and then click the radio button to select the “Show Common Tasks in folders”, under the Tasks section. Click OK to save settings. Now, the tasks pane should be visible in My Computer.

Folder_Options_Enable_Tasks-pane

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Q. 22. A Copy To / Move To dialog box opens up automatically whenever I right-click on the start button and select Open. How can I open the start menu folder?

Ans. Open the registry editor by typing the command, “regedit”  in the RUN dialog box and then go to the following key within regedit:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ ContextMenuHandlers\

Now under this key, delete following 2 sub-keys, and your problem would be solved:

Copy To

Move To


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Q. 23. Even after checking the “Show hidden files/folders” checkbox under the Folder Options menu, it gets automatically unchecked and I can’t see the hidden files and folders. How can I see my hidden files and folders?

Ans. Open the registry editor by typing the command, “regedit”  in the RUN dialog box and then go to the following key within regedit:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden

Expand this key by clicking the plus sign and you’ll see 2 more sub-keys – “NOHIDDEN” and “SHOWALL”.

Make sure that the string values of the “CheckedValue” and “DefaultValue” on the right-side pane are “2” and “2” for “NOHIDDEN” and “1” and “2” for “SHOWALL” respectively.

If the values are different, change them and you’ll be able to enable/disable these options from the “Folder Options”.

regedit_show_hidden_files

You can also change the Hide/unhide files’ settings using regedit:

Within regedit, go to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Explorer\Advanced

On the right-side pane, change the value of “Hidden” to:

1 – To show hidden files

2 – To not show hidden files (i.e., to hide them)

 

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Q. 24. How can I get mspaint.exe back? I accidentally deleted the file.

Ans. You can use any of following methods:

a. In My Computer or Windows Explorer, in the address bar, type the address – “%windir%\System32\DLLCache”

Within the DLLCache folder, look for the mspaint.exe file, and if its there then copy it to “%windir%\System32\” folder.

b. Insert your Windows Setup CD into the CD drive and go to the “i386” folder. Now, look for the mspaint.exe file, it’ll present there but the last letter of extension will be “_”, i.e., “mspaint.ex_

Now, open the Command Prompt and go to “i386″ folder and type the following command:

expand mspaint.ex_ %windir%\System32\mspaint.exe

c. Type the following command from the Command Prompt:

sfc /SCANNOW

It’ll automatically restore the files. Note that it may ask you to insert your Windows setup/installation disc.

CMD_SFC_Scannow

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Q. 25. In Windows explorer, image files aren’t shown as thumbnails, even after clicking the Thumbnails view in the view menu. How can I view the images as thumbnails?

Ans. Open the RUN dialog box and type the following commands one by one:

regsvr32 shdocvw.dll

regsvr32 thumbvw.dll

regsvr32 shimgvw.dll

Restart your computer and your problem would be solved.

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