If you’re preparing to reinstall an operating system (for example, doing a clean install of Windows XP) or an application like Microsoft Office, you will need to find your copy of the software’s product key (CD key). Normally this product key is located with the manual or CD that came with your software. If you’ve …

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Windows Vista automatically assigns shortcuts to the quick launch toolbar. You can quickly create shortcuts to shutdown, restart, and lock the screen, and add them to the quick launch toolbar to have instant access to them. For example, the first shortcut in your quick launch toolbar is automatically assigned to WINDOWS + 1, and the …

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In case you didnt know Firefox has a small memory leakage problem that can cause your pc to freeze up. basically what happens is when you minimize Firefox it stops consuming memory, however when you maximize it again the memory usage will increase, sometimes even doubling. fortunately, there is a small fix that you can …

Manually cleaning out the Temp folder in Window Vista is often a necessary maintenance step when the Windows Vista Disk Cleanup utility fails to completely clean out the Temp folder. Removing temporary files is a quick and easy task that can help save disk space and keep your PC clean of file clutter. Just follow …

Rather than going to a web site that lists local movies and showtimes, you can find out when a theater near you is playing a movie in one quick and easy step in Google. The syntax for this is movie: followed by the movie name and your city name and state or zip code. Do …

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To uninstall Windows 7, you must determine your specific installation scenario from the scenarios that are listed in this section, and then follow the steps for that scenario. Scenario 1: You installed Windows 7 on a Windows-based computer You installed a version of Windows 7 as a new installation over Windows XP, Windows Vista, or …

The Safely Remove Hardware mechanism is by no means something new to Windows Vista. In fact the feature has only survived into Vista with little to no enhancements. Essentially, Safely Remove Hardware is an integer part of the Vista model for managing Plug and Play devices, designed to notify the operating system that a certain …

Right now, I am actually looking for some instructions on how to automatically shutdown the computer by using only the built-in components of Windows Vista, without any additional “shutdown computer” applications (oh boy, there are thousands or even billions of those). I am thinking about using Task scheduler in Windows to set up a computer …

1. PC Safeguard I rarely let anyone use my PC because I’m afraid he will mess it up, but it seems Microsoft has been thinking at me and came with a solution. The PC Safeguard doesn’t let anyone mess your PC settings, because after the user logs off, the configurations are reset back to normal. …

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The Windows 7 driver store includes a small collection of drivers for legacy devices, mostly older printers, modems, scanners, infrared ports, PCMCIA controllers, and other oddball devices that don’t use Plug and Play connections. As you might suspect, Windows will not automatically set up such devices, and you’re rolling the dice if you find one …