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.
Malware may prevent you from opening Windows’ Registry Editor.
There can be benign causes, but hostile software sometimes blocks Registry access and makes it difficult to root out the offending program.
When rundll32.exe gives up the ghost, your PC may refuse to install or remove programs.
Find out what causes rundll32.exe errors and learn some easy ways to fix the problem.
Buying RAM for Windows is like buying shoes for kids: what’s a fine fit one day is soon too small.
How much is too much RAM, and how high can your system memory go?
The simplest path to restoring your ideal system setup is to use disk imaging.
In the time it takes to finish a cup of coffee, Windows and all your apps can be perfectly reinstalled, tuned, customized, and ready to rock.