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    I believe my overzealous use of Registry Mechanic and Hard Drive Washer 3.0 may have caused problems on my PC. When I plug a device into a USB port the Autoplay dialog contains no options. Also, URLs in my email are no longer clickable.

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    I’m having trouble printing a copy of my calendar (month view) in Outlook 2007. Outlook 2003 automatically wraps text for appointments that span across more than one line, letting you see all the information in the printout; Outlook 2007 does not. I can’t find a formatting option to correct this.

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  • How-Tos: How to safely dual-boot Windows 7 and XP

    My PC dual-boots Windows XP 32bit and Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit. Every time I work in XP I lose all my restore points in Windows 7

  • How-Tos: How to set your PC's default search engine & web browser

    I recently installed the free email client Incredimail. It works fine but, on downloading an update, it has taken over Google Chrome, Firefox and my other internet browsers. When I try to open them via their desktop shortcut icons or the Programs menu, up pops the My Start by Incredimail page and a message stating that what I’ve tried to open isn’t my default browser. Clicking on ‘Make this my default browser’ doesn’t change things.

  • How-Tos: How to add HTML 5 video to your site

    Adobe Flash is used by the vast majority of websites as a single, consistent way to watch internet-delivered video on your PC. However, with Flash comes a whole host security and stability issues.

  • How-Tos: How to print perfect pictures poster-size

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  • How-Tos: How to install Windows 7 on a Vista laptop

    I’m about to replace my Vista Home Premium laptop with one running Windows 7. I’ll be passing on my old laptop to my son, but I’d like to install Windows 7 on his laptop too. Can I purchase an upgrade version, and will I lose any programs or other files in doing so? What’s my best (cheapest) option?

  • How-Tos: How to uninstall troublesome software

    I installed System Mechanic from a recent PC Advisor cover DVD. Its Windows installer pops up whenever I turn on my machine and seems to think there’s a CD in the drive when there isn’t. I can disable it using the Services (local) shortcut, and have to go through this process every time I restart. I don’t have an external backup to copy files to, and I’m not confident enough to reinstall Windows.

  • How-Tos: How to fix a Windows startup error

    When I power on my Windows XP Pro Lenovo laptop I get the error message: ‘Windows did not start successfully. This could be due to software or hardware change’. It then gives options to start in Safe mode or Recovery, or to Start normally after 10 seconds. Whichever option I choose, the screen goes black and the power switches off by itself. I've tried restoring the machine to its factory settings, but the same problem occurs repeatedly.

  • How-Tos: How to replace a corrupt Windows system file

    My Windows XP-based AMD PC has a corrupt usbehci.sys file and I can’t get the USB port to work. I’ve tried uninstalling and reinstalling the driver and rebooting the PC. The driver installs but the port still refuses to work. Windows reports that it can’t find a better match for the hardware. Aside from a message that the driver isn’t Windows XP logo-certified, I can find no obvious cause.

  • How-Tos: How to set the correct time and date on Outlook emails

    Sent messages from my Outlook Express account are being dated four days prior to their actual date of sending and filed in the Sent Items with the faulty date on them. The recipients then overlook the messages as they don’t appear at the top of their email pile.

  • How-Tos: How to use a 64-bit web browser

    My Windows 7 laptop has icons for both 32bit and 64bit Internet Explorer. I have no problems using the 32bit version, but the 64bit software wants to install Adobe Flash Player every time I visit a news site. If I click on the yellow bar at the top of the window and accept the installation, nothing happens. I’m confused about 64bit and its benefits if it won’t work with some websites.

  • How-Tos: How to change your web browser's home page

    I have a shortcut on my desktop that’s supposed to launch my web browser and navigate to my ISP’s home page, sky.com. When I click on it, an error message reports: ‘could not locate internet’. My PC launches Internet Explorer, but I have to manually browse to the ISP’s website. I haven’t knowingly changed any settings.

  • How-Tos: How to fix folder view in Windows Vista 64-bit

    I can’t view folders properly on my Windows Vista 64bit PC. I set the folders to show the view and icon size I wanted, then clicked 'Apply to Folders', ticked the 'Remember each folder's view settings' option and checked that 'Restore previous folder windows at logon' wasn’t selected. But Windows is unable to remember my settings. I don’t have this problem with my Vista 32bit PC.

  • How-Tos: How to fix desktop icons in Windows 7

    My Windows 7 Home Premium PC functions perfectly at startup, but after a while the desktop icons stop working and programs have to be launched from the Start menu. System Restore has no effect.

  • How-Tos: How to create and manage System Restore points

    PC Advisor explains how to roll back your PC to a ‘happier’ time when things go wrong.

  • How-Tos: How to use Windows XP SP2 safely after Microsoft stops updates

    Tomorrow marks the end of patches for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). However, if you're still running the nearly-six-year-old edition of the Microsoft OS, what should you do?

  • How-Tos: How to get your PC ready for Windows 7

    Windows 7 , Microsoft's latest PC operating system, has proven popular. A stable, good looking OS with a host of bells and whistles. But if you're thinking of taking the plunge, there are seven things you should consider before you download and install Windows 7.

  • How-Tos: How to install Windows 7 quickly and easily

    Installing Windows 7 should be an easy process, but isn't always. Here's how to take some of the pain out of the upgrades process by locating your data in the correct place.


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