When your PC restarts without warning, it’s a clear sign that something is very, very wrong.
These days, there are two primary reasons for spontaneous reboots — and both are fixable.
What might stop Chkdsk in its tracks?
Windows’ built-in disk-maintenance utility is supposed to repair disk errors, but when Chkdsk doesn’t run properly, the cause may be due to the program itself rather than to a bad disk.
When two or more programs in your list of autostart apps insist on being the first, they can bring the entire startup process to its knees.
There are two ways to change the order in which your startup services and software load: one that’s easy but crude, and another that’s difficult but precise.
A PC crash can render your password-protected Office files inaccessible.
Losing any password can be as frustrating as locking your keys inside your car, but for Word and other Office programs, a lost password can be much, much worse.
If you use more than one PC, your e-mail may be stored far and wide — and even farther and wider if you use more than one operating system.
These techniques and free tools help minimize the e-mail-management hassle by keeping all your mail files synched, regardless of the systems you use to send and receive messages.
If you’re one of the many Windows Secrets readers who’s charged with managing multiple PCs — and I bet you are — you may be juggling a half dozen or more Windows installation CDs and DVDs.
Here’s how to stay sane while making sense of the different setup discs that shipped with the systems.
Drive mirroring via RAID would appear to be a great way to keep an updated backup at the ready.
Unfortunately, the many RAID “gotchas” make this system impractical for backing up most PCs.
The Volume Shadow Copy Service has been a part of Windows since 2003 and can silently consume prodigious amounts of disk space.
Here’s how to keep the automatic-backup service from devouring the hard-drive capacity on your XP or Vista system.