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Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7

This article is intended to guide you through a successful Windows XP to Windows 7 upgrade and migration. In writing this guide, I am assuming that your XP machine is a typical configuration, and that you are installing Windows 7 on the same machine. Continue reading

Free Microsoft Stuff!

People don't generally think of the term "free" in conjunction with "Microsoft", but in truth, Microsoft actually has a huge list of useful free stuff. You just have to know where to look or how to dig for it. You don't even have to do that. Because I have done it for you Continue reading

Using Event Viewer Logs To Troubleshoot Issues


When troubleshooting issues with Windows-based computers, the Event Viewer is a great place to start. The Event Viewer tracks information about applications, security, and system events. This information is stored in log files that can be accessed in the Event Viewer. The Event Viewer is built into current Windows Operating Systems.

Not only will the Event Viewer tell you is a process or any component of the computer is causing an error, it will provide you with a log of that error that can be used to resolve issues. The Event viewer will also track other… Continue reading

Backup user profiles in Windows XP

There are circumstance when making a backup copy of user profiles in Windows  is prudent. For example, I like to back user profiles as a precaution if I am going to be doing any extensive repair on a computer. Other times, I will copy user profiles to transfer to a new computer or Windows installation.

A user profiles contains all of a user’s documents and files, desktop and program settings, favorites, and and a host of other information based on the user’s configuration.


You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of… Continue reading

Back up Windows Registry in Windows XP

The Windows Registry is a hierarchical database that stores configuration settings and options on Microsoft Windows operating systems. It contains settings for low-level operating system components as well as the applications running on the platform: the kernel, device drivers, services, SAM, user interface and third-party applications all make use of the Registry. In other terms, you can think of the registry like the nerve system in a human body in all components of the human body are linked to the brain.

There are circumstances where modifications to the registry may be required, such as installing software or… Continue reading

Windows XP: Disabling the Indexing Service

The Indexing service can create an index of all the files and the content of many of those files in order to make finding things much faster. While Windows XP’s heart is in the right place, this sounds better than it is in practice. The Indexing service is more effective in its ability to slow down your computer than its ability to speed file searches.


Here’s how to disable the Indexing service:


Click Start and click the Run command.

In the Open text box, type services.msc and click OK.

In the right pane of the… Continue reading

Windows XP: Start Menu Delay

By default, Windows XP has a delay that I find personally irritating when going through the sub-menus of the Start Menu. Luckily, this can easily be adjusted to fit your preference.


Here’s how:


  1. Go to Start> Run, then type in: regedit Press [Enter] on your keyboard.
  2. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Desktop \ MenuShowDelay
  3. By default, the value is 400. Change this to a smaller value (like 0) to speed it up.
  4. If your still experiencing a slow speed of the Start Menu, even after editing the registry setting, then… Continue reading

Windows XP: Clear Page File on Shutdown

To save on Random Access Memory (RAM), Windows uses your Page File as a sort of cache. This can slow down your PC’s overall performance. To remedy this situation, Windows XP has an option that allows users to clear the Page File when you shut down Windows. While this tweak tends to lengthen the shutdown time, it does have its performance benefits.


To set the computer to clear the page file without directly editing the registry is:


  1. Click on the Start button
  2. Go to the Control Panel
  3. Administrative Tools
  4. Local Security Policy
  5. Local Policies
  6. Click… Continue reading

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