What do you do when your graphic system malfunctions in such a way that you can’t see the screen to change modes or otherwise fix the problem?
Graphics systems are supposed to revert automatically to a known-good setting if the hardware can’t support a given resolution or refresh rate, but sometimes they don’t. Then what?
Sometimes when trouble strikes, you have to choose between a simple brute-force fix and a more-complex but also more-informative surgical repair.
Reinstalling software is inelegant but usually works; using Windows’ built-in tools can be quicker and less traumatic.
The sleep-state modes programmed into today’s PCs are rigidly defined, but the common names of these modes vary wildly from vendor to vendor.
With no standardized language, it can be difficult to know exactly what it means when your PC goes into standby mode. But here’s help.
Even world-class troubleshooting may not be enough to salvage software that just won’t work right on your system.
It’s a hard decision when you’ve paid good money for software, but sometimes the only rational decision is to toss the software into the bit bucket.
The Taskbars in XP, Vista, and Windows 7 have consistently misbehaved for a small but persistent number of users.
If you’re one of the unlucky few whose Taskbar won’t hide and unhide, or whose Taskbar mysteriously (and annoyingly) unhides itself from time to time, these tweaks may be just the ticket.
Window’s System Restore is a good, basic safety net for solving system problems, but what it doesn’t do will surprise you.
To use Windows’ system backup tool most effectively, you need to know its limitations — and have other recovery tools readily at hand.
Windows can be a terrible nag, and in Vista and Windows 7 it can be most annoying when popping up its User Account Control (UAC) security prompts.
UAC implementation proved clumsy in Vista, and it can still annoy in Win7 — but there are ways to make it less so.
Today’s hard drives are 10 times faster than the drives of old — is defragging really still worth the bother?
One reader wonders whether the time has come to challenge the conventional wisdom about defragging.
Using the right combination of Windows Power Plan settings extends notebook battery life and saves energy when using any PC — and it can make some applications perform better, too.
No matter what Windows you’re using — XP, Vista, Win7, Server ’08 — you may be in for a pleasant surprise when you see just how much control your power options offer.
If you want or need free ways to make Windows reset itself to pristine condition after each use, here are two approaches.
With Microsoft’s SteadyState application or a virtual PC snapshot, Windows can start each session completely fresh, perfectly set up, and with no record of any previous activity or changes.