One likely culprit for application hangs is Windows’ “Client/Server Runtime Subsystem.”
Fixing it used to be a hassle, but a relatively new automated Fix-it from Microsoft can make it one-click simple.
Microsoft treats unactivated copies of Windows as possibly pirated software, allowing only limited access to Windows Update and related online services.
But there’s an easy way to ensure that you won’t end up with a crippled copy of Windows after a reinstallation.
In recent issues, I’ve described Windows 7’s four levels of built-in data protection, each with differing capabilities for preserving your data.
Now I’ll tell you how to dig the data out of your backups, whether it’s a single file, a folder — or even your entire drive contents.
It’s easy to think that “dial-up is dead” until you travel or move to one of the many locales where broadband remains just a vague rumor.
But dial-up can still work fine, even with Windows 7. Here’s how to make your connection.
Many things changed as Outlook Express and Hotmail evolved into Windows Live Mail — but some things stayed the same.
One annoyance that hung around is a database error that causes ghost e-mails, which won’t easily go away.
Free encryption software lets you use the first 1,024 characters of any file you choose as a gigantic password.
But using keyfiles carries special dangers you need to be aware of — or risk locking yourself out of your own data forever!
Win7’s “Network Level Authentication” is built in and enabled by default, but in XP it’s an add-on you have to specifically install and enable.
And that’s just one of several major obstacles that can impede smooth networking between these two Windows versions.
When software publishers don’t play by the rules, it can be hard to identify some pieces of software.
If you don’t recognize some of the programs installed in your PC, here’s what to do.
Microsoft won’t tell you this, but you can do a fast, nondestructive, in-place, total reinstall of Windows 7 without damaging your user accounts, data, installed programs, or system drivers.
That means you may never have to do a full, from-scratch reinstall again, even when your system is misbehaving so badly that a full reformat-and-reinstall seems the only answer!
The Windows software Installer engine has been causing trouble since the early 1990s.
Windows 7’s new Version 5 Installer engine is different from all those that came before, but it can mess up, too. Here’s how to fix it.