Readers’ PCs suffer “Invalid System Disk” errors and a doubled boot time.
From XP onward, Windows rarely suffers serious boot problems. But when they do happen, help is close at hand.
The recent LizaMoon Top Story generated a deluge of reader e-mails!
Some of the letters criticized my actions — but most of the letters requested additional details and some asked excellent “what if?” questions.
It’s one of those “What the heck!” moments: an alert pops up, stating, “Windows has blocked access to this file.”
This little annoyance started in XP, became common in Vista, and is still hanging around in Windows 7; but a fix is easy and the same for all three OSes.
Adobe’s offerings can present more than their fair share of installation issues.
But there are plenty of options for repairing, reinstalling, or replacing problematic software.
Free tools from Microsoft, other software publishers, and RAM vendors all can work together to solve your PC’s memory troubles.
In Windows 7 and Vista, an easy-to-use Memory Diagnostic Tool is built right into the operating system; XP users have other choices.
Adding a hard drive to a Windows PC can be a simple plug-and-play exercise — but sometimes, things go wrong.
When your PC doesn’t recognize a new drive, the problem is likely to be in one of three main areas.
Windows’ built-in firewall does not automatically alert you to phone-home sorts of behavior.
But you can alter the firewall’s default settings, either manually or with a free add-on tool.
Make sure your remote-control tools guard against man-in-the-middle attacks.
Here’s what to look for in remote control, remote access, and remote assistance software.
The various e-mail clients and systems store messages in different ways, some of which might work at cross-purposes with one of the top PC-search tools — Google Desktop Search.
But with a few quick tweaks, all your e-mails should be able to be indexed and rapidly searched by Google Desktop Search.
A free tool from Microsoft’s Sysinternals can show you exactly what’s preventing smooth system shutdowns.
Process Explorer works on XP, Vista, and Windows 7 and is available in either a self-contained or a live, Web-based version.