Tips To Deal With Windows PC Errors

Tired of unwarranted computer errors?

Follow the simple tips listed below to not only deal with, but also prevent many such errors from occurring in the first place:

Tip # 1: Check all PC hardware and software components for problems: Most of the time, computer errors occur if a software is not configured properly or a hardware component is incorrectly connected to the computer. For instance, the 0x80072ee2 error code is generated when your system is unable to update itself. And, the most common cause of this is that your Internet connection is not working properly. Internet connection problems usually occur when your modem is not connected properly or the Internet connection settings are not done properly. Similarly, you may encounter the framedyn.dll error if there is a problem with environment system variable settings. This is the reason why, when an error occurs, the first thing you need to do is to ensure that all hardware and software is working properly. If you find some problem, fix it to resolve your PC error.

Tip # 2: Update your hardware and software: To maintain a healthy error-free computer, it is essential to keep your software and device drivers updated. Most of these software products comprise update tools that you can use to update them. For instance, you can update your Microsoft products by enabling the Automatic Windows Update feature that is available on most of the recent Windows operating systems.

Tip # 3: Detect, remove and prevent malware infestations: Whoever has worked with computers long enough is not alien to malicious effects of malware infections. These infections may creep on to your system through many different sources—unprotected Internet connections, open network shares, infected e-mail attachments and infected external media—and create a havoc. Once infected, your programs may refuse to work normally, you may encounter problems while browsing the Web, and you may start receiving many different types of errors, such as msvcr71.dll error and other runtime, DLL, and program errors. Many different antimalware tools are available today to help you deal with these problems. Out of these, antivirus and antimalware are two of the most essential tools. You need to keep these tools updated with the latest virus database and schedule regular full system scans to ensure that your PC stays free from malware infections at all times.

Tip # 4: Clean up and defrag your hard disk: The hard disk is one of the most taxed and neglected components of any computer system. Because your operating system, programs, and your data reside on the hard disk, it is very important that you take proper care of it. Hard disk problems usually arise when your computer gets filled up with unwanted programs and files. This accumulation of unwanted data not only clutters the hard disk, but also fragments it and slows it down considerably. The following are three Windows tools that you can use to maintain a healthy high-performance hard disk:

  • Add or Remove Programs: Use this tool to scan for all programs you don’t need and uninstall them.
  • Disk Cleanup: Use this tool to get rid all of unwanted, temporary, deleted, and outdated data stored on the disk.
  • Disk Defragmenter: Use this tool to analyze your hard disk and then rearrange the fragmented data to make it contiguous.

Tip # 5: Optimize your registry: Last but an equally essential task is to scan and clean the registry to remove any unwanted data accumulated on it. To do this, you may seek the help of a reliable and efficient third-party registry tool.

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How to Set Up a Wireless Network

Because setting up a wireless network requires an understanding of the systems that will make up that network.  While it’s not overly difficult to manually inventory each computer, computer diagnostic software can do it for you automatically with just a click of a button. Once an inventory has been generated for each computer, you can then print your inventories out and quickly see potential problems.

For example, you might realize that some of the computers run Windows XP while others run Windows Vista, Windows 7, or even Macintosh. You may also notice that some computers have wireless network adapters while others do not. You may even discover that some of the older network adapters do not support the wireless standard that your new wireless network will be running on.

Armed with this knowledge, you can prepare for the network set up. You may need to run down to the computer shop and buy a few wireless adapters. You may want to upgrade the operating systems of a few of the PCs to ensure compatibility. By running computer repair software beforehand, you can make these decisions and adjustments before setting up the network.

You’ll need a wireless network router and compatible wireless network adapters for each computer. The router physically connects to your broadband Internet connection, so place it near your cable modem or DSL outlet. Initially, you will need to connect a computer to the router using a cable in order to configure the network. This is temporary. Once the network is set up, you can untether the computer and work wirelessly from that point forward.

During the configuration process, you’ll use Internet Explorer to access the router. Use the documentation that came with your router for the specific address and password. For example, if you have a Linksys router, you’ll enter “http://192.168.1.1” into Internet Express’s address bar and use the username of “admin” and the password of “admin” in order to access the router’s configuration interface.

While the specific steps will vary, the process is similar. You’ll need to give your wireless network a name in the SSID field, choose an encryption type and passphrase, and set an administrative password.

Once the basic configuration has been set up, the next step is to connect the computers to the network. Assuming the network adapters have been installed and are turned on, turn on each computer and connect each one to the network individually. Do this by going to Start > Connect To and then selecting the network from the list. You’ll be prompted to enter the passphrase you specified earlier. That’s it. Your network has been set up.

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Chip Makers Singing the Sagging Chip Sales Blues

Chip makers have long been competitive with one another in their rush to create smaller chips with higher capacities. As manufacturers raced to market, they also had to learn how to improve their products while also reducing production costs. Unfortunately, not all companies can sustain a business model that demands precision and lean operations.

In early 2012, Japan’s last big memory chip competitor, Elpida Memory Inc., sought a bailout from its customers. The company reportedly asked 10 customers for a $500 million infusion of cash. This move leaves Korea’s powerhouses, Samsung and Hynix Semiconductor, at the top of the market.

Once a bustling industry with a hungry marketplace, today’s memory chip industry has seen demand for memory chips fall dramatically. Several factors are at play. One, consumers no longer need to replace their PCs as often, not do they feel the need to upgrade memory as often as before. Two, flash memory is becoming more prominent. Today’s consumers, when they’re in the market for a PC, can easily find one with sufficient memory suited for the tasks at hand.

Most U.S. memory chip makers exited the market decades ago with Intel exiting in the 1980s, soon followed by Texas Instruments. They simply couldn’t compete with their Asian competitors.

The last major chip makers are facing financial woes. In addition to a lack of demand, building new factories to make them more competitive has enormous costs. Some companies, such as Samsung, are diversifying into other areas in response. As fewer manufacturers produce memory chips, shortages could result which could in turn spur demand.

What does this mean to the U.S. computer repair industry? Low cost memory is still available, but may disappear as manufacturers struggle to make a profit. It might not be a bad idea to stock your shelves with replacement chips while supplies are plentiful and prices are low.

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Free Articles and Tutorials on PC Repair and Maintenance

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Add email account on Windows Live Mail

Windows Live Mail is the latest email client from Microsoft and is meant to replace two older programs – Outlook Express and Windows Mail Vista. The company has announced the discontinuation of the development and support for the two older email clients and recommends all users download and install Windows Live Mail. This feature packed software is so much more than a simple email program; it can serve as a news client, an RSS reader and a blogging tool.

But coming back to the email client functionality of Windows Live Mail, this is several notches above its predecessors. Not only can you set up multiple email accounts but also configure your Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo!Mail accounts in the software. This means you can effectively store and check and all your messages at one place – your computer.

One this page I shall provide step by step instructions and Windows Live Mail settings with which you would be able to add email accounts from your web site (company web site), your ISP (such as Comcast) or your school. To configure Hotmail and Gmail accounts in Windows Live Mail, please refer separate pages on this site.

Note: To setup your Yahoo!Mail account, you need to hold a premium account at the service.

Detailed step-by-step instructions for Windows Live Mail setup

The setup process is fairly simple and you would be able to add an email account in a couple of minutes. Please follow the instructions closely. If you have several emails on your web site/s, you can, ideally, set up all of these on Windows Live Mail one by one. Make sure that your email accounts are POP (Post Office Protocol).

 

Step 1 – Collecting information on your email account

Multiple email accounts can be added on Windows Live Mail one by one. Choose the account you want to first and gather all the information required for Windows Live Mail settings.

  • The login details – username and password.
  • Incoming email server address and type

If you are not sure of the incoming email server address, contact the administrator or your ISP In most cases, the address can be found on the support/FAQ pages on the ISP web site. The address would, typically, be mail.thedomainname.com or simply domainname.com. The incoming email server type would either be POP3 or IMAP – if in doubt, get in touch with the administrator.

  • Outgoing email server address
  • Whether the outgoing email server requires authentication.

 

Step 2 – Adding the email settings on Windows Live Mail

Click on the “Add an e-mail account button located on the left (refer image above), or go to “Tools” -> “Accounts” and hit the “Add” button. Now choose “E-mail Account”. Whichever path you take, you should get the Add an E-mail Account window similar to one below. Enter your email address, your password and display name. Ensure the “Remember password” box is checked unless you are paranoid about security and want to enter the password every time you access your account. Hit the “Next” button to continue.

You now need to select your incoming mail server type and type in the address and port number (or leave it to the default 110). If your login ID is different from your email address, remember to put it in the corresponding text field and feed in the Outgoing email server address. To continue, click on the “Next” button.

The Windows Live Mail setup process is now complete. You have a choice of setting the new account as the default by checking the box.

When a new email account is added on Windows Live Mail, the program creates 5 new folders – The Inbox, Drafts, Sent items, Junk e-mail and Deleted items – refer image below.

For all you Outlook Express users – The Junk e-mail folder was an included in Windows Mail Vista as a part of the automated junk email filter utility and carried forward to Windows Live Mail email client.

 

Step 3 – Modifying the properties of the email account

The last step is to modify the properties of the newly set up email account. Right-click on the account in the left panel and select “Properties”. Under the generals tab, enter the reply email address and then shift your attention to the Advanced tab. Uncheck the “Leave a copy of messages on server” unless you really want to store your emails online too.

 

Problem – Cannot send emails from accounts set up on Windows Live Mail

If you are facing problems in sending emails from accounts added to Windows Live Mail, the solutions is fairly simple. The issue is with your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and not with the email client. You simply need to change the settings for the Outgoing email server. By the way, this is a common problem; please read cannot send emails from Outlook Express and other email client for a solution.

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Outlook 2007 slow with POP3/IMAP

When using Outlook 2007 with POP3/IMAP, the download, or synchronization, of email might be slow. This is due to an architectural change in the Personal Folder (PST) or Offline Folders (OST).

 

Symptoms:

  • Outlook 2007 responds slowly when you are composing or replying to an e-mail message.
  • It takes a long time to move an item from one folder to another folder.
  • The All Mail Items search method returns search results slowly.

Note: When you perform the same operations on the large .PST or .OST file in earlier versions of Outlook, the same performance problems do not occur.

These problems may occur if the .PST or .OST file is larger than 2 GB. Additionally, the performance problems are more pronounced when the .PST or .OST file is larger than 4 GB.

 

Cause:
To accommodate new features, Outlook 2007 introduced a new data structure for .PST and .OST files. In this new data structure, the frequency of writing data to the hard disk increases as the number of items in the .PST or .OST files increases.

Note: You cannot create a .PST or .OST file without this new data structure.

 

Resolution
Split your large .PST file into several smaller .PST files

Outlook 2007 does not have a built-in function to split a .pst file into multiple .pst files. Therefore, you have to use one of the following steps to split a large .pst file:

 

Method 1
Use the Archive feature to move items to a new .pst file. To do this, follow these steps:a. Click the .pst file in Outlook 2007.

  • On the File menu, click Archive
  • In the Archive dialog box, click to select the Archive this folder and all subfolders check box, and then click a folder from the list.
  • In the Archive items older than drop-down box, click a date
  • Click Browse, specify a path and a file name for the new .pst file, and then click OK

Note: The new .pst file is displayed in the Mail Folders list as Archive Folders.

If you want to change the display name for this .pst file, follow these steps:

  • Right-click Archive Folders, and then click Properties
  • In the Archive Folders Properties dialog box, click Advanced
  • In the Personal Folders dialog box, enter the new display name in the Name box
  • Click OK two times to return to Outlook

 

Method 2
Use the Move to Folder feature to move items to a new .pst file. To do this, follow these steps:

  • On the File menu, point to New, and then click Outlook Data File
  • In the New Outlook Data File dialog box, click Office Outlook Personal Folders File (.pst), and then click OK
  • Specify a path and a file name for the new .pst file
  • In the Create Microsoft Personal Folders dialog box, specify the display name of the .pst file in the Name box. This is the name that is used by Outlook in the Mail Folders list
  • In the folder that contains the items that you want to move to a new .pst file, click one or more items to move
  • On the Edit menu, click Move to Folder
  • In the Move Items dialog box, click New
  • In the Create New Folder dialog box, click to select the new .pst file
  • Under Select where to place the folder, enter a name for the new folder in the Name box, and then click OK
  • In the Move Items dialog box, make sure that the new folder in the new .pst file is selected, and then click OK

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Outlook 2007 Setup

To setup your Microsoft Outlook 2007 to access your POP3 Email Account:
1. Open Outlook 2007. If the Account Creation Wizard opens, click Cancel and return to the main Outlook screen.
2. At the top of the Outlook screen, select Tools, Select Account Settings
3. Select the E-mail tab. Click New.
4.At the bottom of the Add New E-mail Account window, check the box labeled Manually configure server settings or additional server types. Click Next.
5. Select Internet E-mail. Click Next.

User Information

  • Your Name – This is the name that will appear in the From field of messages you send so enter your name as you would like it to appear.
  • E-mail Address – Enter your entire email address(e.g., myname@mywebsite.com)

Logon Information

  • User Name – Enter your entire email address (e.g., myname@mywebsite.com)
  • Password – Enter the password for your email account, Please note that your password is case-sensitive
  • Check Remember Password. Do not check logon using secure password authentication

Server Information

  • Your incoming mail server is mail.example.com
  • Your outgoing mail server is mail.example.com
  • Click Next

5. Click Finish

Congratulations you have successfully set up your email account in Microsoft Outlook 2007.

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Outlook 2003 Setup

To setup your Mircosoft Outlook 2003 to access your POP3 Email Account:
1. In Outlook, select Tools then select E-mail Accounts.
2. Click the Add a new e-mail account button, click Next.
3. Select POP3 and click Next.
4. In the Internet E-mail Setting window, enter the following information:

User Information

  • Your Name – This is the name that will appear in the From field of messages you send so enter your name as you would like it to appear.
  • E-mail Address – Enter your entire email address(e.g., myname@mywebsite.com)

Logon Information

  • User Name – Enter your entire email address (e.g., myname@mywebsite.com)
  • Password – Enter the password for your email account, Please note that your password is case sensitive
  • Check Remember Password. Do not check logon using secure password authentication

Server Information

  • Your incoming mail server is mail.example.com
  • Your outgoing mail server is mail.example.com
  • Click Next

5. Click Finish

Congratulations you have successfully set up your email account in Microsoft Outlook 2003.

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Create an Outlook Express Account

Start Outlook Express
> Go to the Tools menu
> Click Accounts
> Click Add and then select Mail

  • Add Your Display Name
  • Click Next
  • Add your email address
  • Click Next
  • Enter your Email-server Names
  • POP3: mail.example.com
  • SMTP: mail.example.com
  • Enter your complete email address for Account Name
  • Enter your Password
  • Check the box for Remember Password
  • Click Next and then Finish

> On the Internet Accounts dialog, Highlight the Mail account you just created and click Properties.

  • On the General tab, set the Reply Address to be the same as your Email Address
  • Click on the Server tab and check the box for My server require authentication
  • Click the Settings (Make sure the radio button for “Use same settings as my incoming mail server” is set.)
  • Click OK
  • Click Apply
  • Click OKStart Outlook Express
    > Go to the Tools menu
    > Click Accounts
    > Click Add and then select Mail

    • Add Your Display Name
    • Click Next
    • Add your email address
    • Click Next
    • Enter your Email-server Names
    • POP3: mail.example.com
    • SMTP: mail.example.com
    • Enter your complete email address for Account Name
    • Enter your Password
    • Check the box for Remember Password
    • Click Next and then Finish

    > On the Internet Accounts dialog, Highlight the Mail account you just created and click Properties.

    • On the General tab, set the Reply Address to be the same as your Email Address
    • Click on the Server tab and check the box for My server require authentication
    • Click the Settings (Make sure the radio button for “Use same settings as my incoming mail server” is set.)
    • Click OK
    • Click Apply
    • Click OK

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7 Ways to find the right IT Solution for your company

            Do you know the health of your technology department? Do you know for sure your data is protected and things are running smoothly? When it comes to technology are you always putting out fires, or is everything taken care of and thought out ahead of time? If you don’t know how your company’s data is being backed up and protected, you have a huge problem! You may need to explore your options and look into an outside solution.

            Finding a computer services company has not only become a necessary trend in the business world, it saves valuable time and money. However, with something as important as your company’s data finding the right company is vital. Here are seven things to look for when selecting an IT services provider.

  1. A growing company. Look at not only how long the company has been in business, but whether or not the business been growing over time. Having many years experience is great, but what you really want to see is a growing company, even if they has less years in business.
  1. Current client satisfaction. Ask for recommendations, you will find out a lot about a company based on how their clients view them.
  1. Security Protocols. Find out what their security and backup protocols are, how are they protecting your data and keeping your information secure? A good company should have safety measures in place, and have no problems explaining how they will protect your data.
  1. Size of the company. Are they able to handle what your IT needs are, do they have enough employees/time to keep up on your needs?
  1. Pricing. Look at their price structure, is it fixed or variable. Is there something that fits well within your budget and needs?
  1. Service Plan. What kind of service plan do they provide?  Is it break fix, block of hours per month or fixed cost?  Is it tiered or one plan only?  Is there an ‘Onboarding’ process so the consultant knows your environment before making suggestions and supporting?  Is there a strategy (action plan) put in place to support you network?
  1. Integrity. The fact is you are putting a lot of trust into this company to take care of your technology needs, looking for a company with honesty and integrity as cornerstones is important. You really won’t be able to judge this without actually meeting with the company leaders and getting a feeling of how they work.

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