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Our computer tutorial section offers answers to some of the more common questions we have seen related to computer issues, operating systems and hardware problems.

Managing the Windows Swap File

What is the Windows Swap File? To execute a program in Windows, it first needs to be loaded into memory (RAM). Windows lets you run multiple programs simultaneously and chances are that they won’t all fit into memory at the same time. For that purpose, Windows uses what is called Virtual Memory to simulate RAM, pretending it has more memory ...

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Remove Your PS3 Hard Drive and Put In A Whopper

Modern day consoles serve as more then just gaming platforms. Features such as the ability to browse the web and play back media are now commonplace. Sony’s Playstation 3 not only features a full fledged Blu Ray Player and an online store, it offers something else that is less commonly known: the ability to upgrade your PS3 hard drive. Every version ...

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Virtualization and why you want it

Many of you are probably familiar with one particular operating system, but desire to dabble into something else. Perhaps you would like to run and/or tweak with linux distributions; perhaps you already run linux, or a mac, but also have a desire for windows to be installed. In any case, what ultimately holds us back from installing another operating system ...

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Microsoft System Management Bios Driver

Service Pack 2, for the most part, is great. The pop-up blocker, security features, and other little tidbits are very nice. However, occasionally things do go wrong. If your system boots incredibly slow after the SP2 install, then check your device manager for “Microsoft System Management Bios Driver” with a little yellow exclamation next to it. I’ve only had this ...

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How to list all running processes and their parameters

Using the WMIC (Windows Management Instrumentation Command-Line) utility, you can list all of the running processes along with what parameters they are run with. Open a command prompt (Start->Run CMD) Type: WMIC /OUTPUT:C:\Processes.txt path win32_process get Caption,Processid,Commandline Now, all the details of the running processes are saved in C:\Processes.txt.

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Wordpad has caused an error in mfc42.dll

This little error comes courtesy of some registry corruption. Many applications use MFC42.dll including Wordpad and Paint. If when attempting to start Wordpad you get the error that it has caused an error in mfc42.dll (or invalid page fault, whatever) then follow the following instructions: Go to the Control Panel and open Add/Remove Programs Click the Windows Setup tab, enter ...

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Windows XP Taskbar

Taskbar components summarize what’s happening on your computer and provide quick access to running software. But the taskbar is very interesting because you can customize it for your individual needs and preferences. In this article I will describe the Windows XP taskbar, and other versions of Windows which have similar facilities. The Windows XP taskbar, usually located along the bottom ...

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Outlook Express Removed Access

Outlook Express removed access to the following unsafe attachments in your mail If receive this error with attachments in Outlook Express, here’s how you fix it: Outlook Express 6 has quite a few security enhancements that are good, but with some of the latest security patches OE has become so hyperactive with blocking everything that even having an attachment has ...

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Restore From Windows Restore Point

I’m guessing that your computer is running rather funky. If not, then you’ve got to wonder why you’re on this page. As mentioned in my other system restore article about creating a System Restore, it’s a handy-dandy little utility. Windows makes a snapshot of your setting as you go, and when your box freaks out you just tell it to ...

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