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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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 or simply 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.


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).



  • 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.


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.


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.,

Logon Information

  • User Name – Enter your entire email address (e.g.,
  • 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
  • Your outgoing mail server is
  • 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.,

Logon Information

  • User Name – Enter your entire email address (e.g.,
  • 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
  • Your outgoing mail server is
  • 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:
  • SMTP:
  • 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:
    • SMTP:
    • 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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  1. How do I get a domain name ?
  2. What is the process of getting a website ?
  3. How much does a website cost?
  4. What methods of payment do you accept ?
  5. Do I need a computer to have a website ?
  6. Where will my website be located (hosted) ?
  7. What about updating my website ?
  8. Do we need to meet in person ?
  9. What is a browser ?
  10. What is a search engine ?
  11. Will my website be placed high in the search engine listings ?
  12. Will I be able to see how many people visit my site ?


How do I get a domain name ?

Your domain name is like a street address. That’s
what everyone will use to find your webpage. Getting the
right domain name is imperative and a bit challenging
because your first choice may already be taken. That’s
why it’s good to jot down 5 or 10 ideas. Make sure your
“domain name” is short and catchy. It should be easy to
read when printed and it should also be easy to remember
when seen in an advertisement. If possible, as part of
the domain name, it should have the main key word that
would be used to search to find a website like yours.
The cost of getting a domain name depends on where you
get it. The average cost for a standard .com is $10.00
per year. We do offer extensions such as .tv for $50.00
per year.

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What is the process of
getting a website ?

Before you get started, you may wish to look at other
some of our other websites in order to get an idea of
what styles you like. With your target audience in mind,
think about what information is most important to have
on your website. Think about colors, content, a logo,
and photographs that you would like to include. If you
are unsure about all that, don’t worry. We will help you
through the entire process. Contact me by email, or
telephone (615) 388-7946, so that we can discuss the
ideas you have about how you would like your new website
to look. At that time we can discuss hosting, layout and
what pages you would like to include (i.e. ‘About our
company”, “Our products and services”, etc…).

After we have a general idea of what your website
will consist of, we will be able to provide you with an
estimate of what the cost will be. The best possible
method for providing graphics is to supply computer
images (i.e. jpg, gif, png). If you don’t have computer
images — brochures, photographs and other printed
material will be fine. These items can be scanned
achieving good quality. Sometimes regular photos just
don’t cut the mustard, so we do offer professional photo
stock images. We will match your content to our photo
stock or to what ever specifications you have in mind.
We also offer specialized graphic art for whatever your
website needs may be. If you are in need of a logo
design, contact us for details. Logo designs, graphic
arts, and professional photo stock are separate fees.

As with images, it is best to provide text in some
sort of computerized format such as Microsoft Word,
Notepad, Microsoft Works, WordPad, or even just through
keying it into an email. This will speed up the process.
CD’s and Jump Drives are acceptable formats. If you do
not have any digital text, you can provide hand written
or printed material but that will slow down the process
and in some cases cost more money for data entry.
Contact us for pricing concerning manual data entry.

Once a contract is signed, one half of the estimated
cost will be due before the work begins. During
the construction process, your website will be uploaded
for preview. We will ask for your comments and/or
changes via email or telephone. The work will continue
until you are completely satisfied. After receiving your
approval and payment for the remaining balance, your
website will be copied to the host of your choice or we
will provide you with one if you so wish.

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How much does a website

Costs vary depending on the size and complexity
of the site. In order to determine what your needs
are please fill out our quick questionnaire located
on the contact page. You may also call (615)
388-7946. After our initial contact, we will be able
to estimate your cost.

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What methods of payment do
you accept ?

We accept personal checks, cash and credit cards via PayPal.

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Do I need a computer to
have a website ?

No. Your website is not stored on your computer. You
will however need a computer connected to the internet
to send and receive email.

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Where will my website be
located (hosted) ?

Most of our clients prefer us to host their websites
on our server. Just as you would rent a hotel room or an
apartment for a certain amount of time, you will “rent”
space from us on a high speed computer known as a
“server” that is connected to the internet 24 hours a
day 7 days a week. Hosting plans are covered under your
maintenance agreements which start as low as $15.00 per

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What about updating my
website ?

You may wish to update or change your website
periodically. We now have two options, self mangement
via our CMS or one of our maintenance plans.

If you prefer the speed and convenience of updating
your site yourself, we now offer this service at $15.00
per month. You will be given a link that looks just as
if you were looking at your site. There is no coding or
knowledge of HTML or CSS needed. There will be small
icons that you simply click on and then edit as if in
Word. But not all aspects of your site can be
managed in this manner. If you have a shopping cart, you
will need to hire Hacks Repair for updates as
shopping carts are very involved with heavy coding.

If you prefer Hacks Repair to handle the
maintenance for you, most of our maintenance packages start
out at $25.00 per month and go up from there, depending
on the amount of time per month that your updates may
take. Website changes that go above the amount of time
that is allotted in your maintenance packages are billed
on an hourly basis of $45 an hour with a one hour

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Do we need to meet in
person ?

No. That’s the beauty of the internet. Everything can
be done through email or telephone. We have clients all
over the country. We will, of course, be happy to meet
with you if you are located in or near the Elizabethtown, KY

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What is a browser ?

Browsers such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla are
common computer programs that allow the user to view,
read, and even hear information on the World Wide Web.

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What is a search engine ?

A search engine is a website where you can type in
words and phrases called “key words” to help you find
what you’re looking for on the Internet. Some popular
search engines are Google, Bing, and Yahoo.

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Will my website be placed
high in the search engine listings ?

It all depends how much direct competition exists on
the internet. Although there are no guarantees,
everything will be done to optimize your website by
embedding Meta tags and keywords, as well as utilizing
alt tags, headers and placing special wording in
strategic places on your webpage so that you have a good
chance of ranking high in the most popular search
engines. Although fancy flash introductions or “splash
pages” may look pretty, they may prevent your website
from ranking high in the search engines. Since we are a
web design house, we do not market your site. That is up
to you. We will help point you in the right direction in
order to make the most out of your marketing needs.

Click here to see our simple SEO tips that can help
make your site more visible to a greater audience…

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Will I be able to see how
many people visit my site ?

Understandable web site statistics, available online.
These statistics summarize the number of visitors to
your web site, search engine information and more.

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DIY How To Fix Outlook Express Errors

Outlook Express is a popular email program that can malfunction due to a number of reasons, including internet connection problems, registry errors, or even malware infections. When you open Outlook Express you get various errors, such as Error 550 or Error 11004. There are numerous errors of this type that can interfere with your ability to use Outlook Express.

What are Outlook Express errors?

Outlook Express was the default mail program for several versions of the Windows operating systems leading up to Windows Vista; even though it’s no longer the default program for newer OS products, it is still compatible. It’s a simpler version of Outlook, which is often used for businesses’ email platforms. If you have an issue with Outlook Express, you will often get an error message either when you attempt to open the program, or when you try to send a message.

What causes Outlook Express errors?

Outlook Express errors will occur if the program can’t access an Internet connection, or has failed to connect with the mail server. Once you verify that you have an Internet and network connection in place, errors may be the result of mis-configured settings, or damaged Windows registry files that are used by Outlook express.

How do I fix Outlook Express errors?

The good news about Outlook Express errors is that many of them can be fixed by the user, even if you don’t have a lot of expertise when it comes to Windows repair or even your computer in general. To start, check your Internet connection, network connection, and run your anti-virus software as malware may be interfering with Outlook Express. You should also delete any suspicious emails from your inbox if you are able to access it.


Option 1: Checking Your Account Settings

    1. Press the Windows key and “R” key at the same time to bring up the Run dialogue box.
    2. Type “Control Panel” (no quotations) into the Run box and click “OK.


    1. Click on the “View by” drop down menu and choose either “Large icons” or “Small icons” from the list of options. Click on the “Mail” icon in the list of settings. Note that you will only see this option if you already have Outlook Express installed completely. The Mail Setup box will open automatically.


  1. Click on “Show Profiles” in the Mail Setup window and then go to the General tab. Click on the “Prompt for a profile to be used link,” which is just under “When starting Microsoft Office Outlook, use this profile.”
  2. Click on the “Add” option. You will have to choose a name for your email profile, such as your name or the purpose for the email, like “Work.” Click the “OK” button once the profile has been successfully named.
  3. Once the E-mail accounts box opens, click on “Add a new e-mail account” and choose “Next.” Choose a server type and then enter your email address, password, and other requested account details. Click on “Finish” to complete the configuration of your email address.
    Once you have properly configured your email account, your computer should be able to properly send messages and fetch incoming mail. If you have an old configuration for your email account, delete it to ensure that Outlook Express uses the new configuration.

Option 2: Re-register DLL Files

DLL is short for Dynamic Link Library. The files saved in this library are used by a number of programs; they can’t be opened independently, but rather always function as a part of another program. DLL files allow your computer to load data, embed media, and complete other basic functions like recognizing hyperlinks. Some of these files are associated with Outlook Express, and if they are damaged or mis-configured within the Windows registry you will see error messages. To fix the issue, you need to reregister essential DLL files. This reinstalls the DLL files and will stop errors if they are the root of your problem.

    1. Press the Windows and “R” key to bring up the Run dialogue box.
    2. Type “regsvr32 urlmon.dll” (no quotations) in the open box and click the “OK” button.


  1. Repeat Step 2 for each of the following DLL files, one at a time.

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