Jun 29, 2009

How to fix task manager problem

In this post on Free computer tips, I will tell you how to fix task manager problem.
because of huge variety of virus task manager sometimes stop working, appear and disappear or some times it shows a message like "

Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator

". So If you are facing a problem with task manager then you can fix it just by downloading a light software which will automatically fix the task manager problem.

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Windows 7 Shortcuts

Free computer tips for windows 7 shortcuts

Most of us are using windows 7 but few of them know  windows 7 shortcut keys, so its good to know some short keys.


Windows 7 shortcuts keys

WIN +UP arrow Maximize Window
WIN +DOWN arrow Restore or Minimize Windows
WIN +LEFT arrow Snap window to left
WIN +RIGHT arrow Snap window to right

WIN +SHIFT+LEFT arrow Move current window to left monitor
WIN +SHIFT+RIGHT arrow Move current window to right monitor

WIN +HOME key Minimize all windows

WIN +X Shows windows mobility centre
Win+Shift+left arrow Move current window to the left monitor (with dual monitors)
Win+Shift+right arrow Move current window to the right monitor (with dual monitors)
Win+Home Minimize all but the current window
Win+Space Peek at the desktop
Win+[Plus sign] Zoom in
Win+[Minus sign] Zoom out
Win+P Open the projection menu (generally used for laptops connected to projectors)
Alt+P In Explorer, show/hide the preview pane

Taskbar Modifiers

Alt+F4 Close the active window
Alt+Tab Switch to previous active window
Alt+Esc Cycle through all open windows
Win+Tab Flip 3D [more info]

Ctrl+Win+Tab Persistent Flip 3D
Win+T Cycle through applications on taskbar (showing its live preview)
Win+M Minimize all open windows
Win+Shift+M Undo all window minimization
Win+D Toggle showing the desktop

Win+up arrow Maximize the current window
Win+down arrow If the current window is maximized, restore it; if the current
Win+Shift+left arrow Move current window to the left monitor (with dual monitors)
Win+Shift+right arrow Move current window to the right monitor (with dual monitors)

Win+Home Minimize all but the current window
Win+Space Peek at the desktop
Win+[Plus sign] Zoom in
Win+[Minus sign] Zoom out

Starting Programs

Shift+Click Open a new instance of the program
Ctrl+Click Cycle between windows in a group
Middle Click Open a new instance of the program
Ctrl+Shift+Click Open a new instance of the program as Administrator
Shift+Right-Click Show window menu Managing Windows

Win+1 Open the first program on your Quick Launch bar
Win+2 Open the second program on your Quick Launch bar
Win+n Open the nth program on your Quick Launch bar
Win+U Open the ease of access center
Win+F Open the search window
Win+X Open the Mobility Center
Win+E Open Explorer
Win+R Open the Run window [more info]
Win+B Move focus to notification tray (the right-most portion of the task bar)
Win+P Open the projection menu (generally used for laptops connected to projectors)

Win+Pause Open the System Properties portion from the Control Panel
Ctrl+Shift+Esc Open Windows Task Manager

Win+ right arrow +Enter Shutdown
Win+right arrow + R Restart
Win+ right arrow + S Sleep
Win+ right arrow + W Switch Users
Win+L Locks computer

Viewing Folders With Explorer

Alt+right arrow Go back
Alt+ right arrow Go forward
Alt+up arrow Go up a directory

Alt+D Move focus to address bar
Alt+D, Tab Move focus to search bar

Alt+Enter Open the Properties window of the current selection
Ctrl +Mouse wheel Change the view type (extra large, small, list view, detail, etc.)
Alt+P Show/hide the preview pane

You can also check  Short Keys For Windows

Jun 25, 2009

Why USB device not recognized?

Free computer tip for USB

Sometimes it happens that you connect a USB device to your system and it shows "Unknown device". There may be several reasons for showing this.

Virus Infection:
First of all check that you system may not be infected with virus/spy ware/malware/adware because sometimes they also create problem for USB connectivity.

check USB connecting wires:
the front USB ports on your PC case may be misconnected. It's good to check the wire connections of USB port. The correct order of connection is Red, White, Green, and Black. only four wires are required per USB.

Device driver:
If windows is unable to recognize the device, try installing the driver yourself by inserting driver CD or windows CD. sometimes required drivers are not automatically installed on your system.

Power for device:
few devices require extra power to work properly, In this case if the USB is shared then it cannot provide required amount of power and device may not work.

Defective device:
You USB device may be defective. try using it on some other system.

Jun 23, 2009

How to clean a scanner

Free computer tip on how to clean a scanner

Scanner is a well known device used to scan documents but some times the scanned documents are visible enough or rough image is scanned. This is because your scanner is dusty and need to be cleaned.Fortunately you can clean your scanner yourself very easily.

Cleaning a scanner :

  • unplug the power cables and data cables attached with scanner
  • remove the external dust from body
  • clean the glass of your scanner with any optical cleaner fluid
  • Use tissue paper or soft cloth to clean the sensitive part of the scanner.
  • don't try to open the screw because you cannot fix it as before
  • for better result repeat this cleaning process after every two months

Jun 18, 2009

Resolving Inability to Add or Remove Programs

Free computer tip for resolving inability to add or remove programs

If a particular user cannot add or remove programs, there might be a simple registry edit need.

click at start button then select RUN and type Regedit

Go to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Pol icies\Uninstall
Change the DWORD NoAddRemovePrograms to 0 disable it.

Increasing File System Caching

Free computer tip for Increasing File System Caching

To increase the amount of memory Windows will locked for I/O operations:

click start and then click RUN then type Regedit

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management
Edit the key IoPageLockLimit

This will improve you system speed and performance

Increasing System Performance

Free computer tip for Increasing System Performance

If you have 512 megs or more of memory, you can increase system performance
by having the core system kept in memory.
It will disable the memory used by paging execution and eventually your memory will rise.

click at start button then select RUN and type Regedit

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Session Manager\Memory Management\DisablePagingExecutive

Set the value to be 1
Reboot the computer

how to Increasing Graphics Performance

Free computer tip for Increasing Graphics Performance

By default, Windows XP turns on a lot of shadows, fades, slides etc to menu items.
Most simply slow down their display.

To turn these off selectively:

Follow these steps to Increasing Graphics Performance

  • Right click on the My Computer icon
  • Select Properties
  • Click on the Advanced tab
  • Under Performance, click on the Settings button
  • To turn them all off, select Adjust for best performance
  • For best performance leave them all off except for "show shadows under mouse pointer and Show window contents while dragging"

Jun 16, 2009

Increase your system speed

Free computer tips for Increase your system speed

First of all make it sure that your system is not infected with virus, spyware, adware or any other malicious software. If yes then first of all remove it because they are main factor that decrease your system speed. Here are few thing on which you system speed depends.

  1. disk defragment
  2. temp files
  3. registry files
  4. virus/spyware
  5. adware
  6. milieus softwares
  7. cache memory

Follow this Steps to increase your CPU speed:

Scan your system on regular basis:
If you are using a system which is connected to Internet or new USB are usually connected to your system then it is recommended that you scan your system on daily bases and conclude that which virus is mostly attacking on your files. try different antivirus if you are facing problem.

Delete all temporary file

When you use Internet your browser will cache the page and save the image,video,text every thing present on the web pages.Some times they also contain virus and these are unwanted for operating system,will decrease your processor speed.Some time some malware will also present in this.Ad-ware will spy your behaviour using your cookies ,So clean this unwanted Temp files.

Cleanup your disk

Do Disk Cleanup daily .This is a tool provide by windows ,which is inbuilt in your windows .Disk CleanUp will delete all the Active X like files or application installed while browsing on Internet.To clean this go to system tools and click Disk Cleanup select the drive and click OK Delete all the unwanted files and application

Defragment your disk

when files are stored on the disk they are not well organized, disk Defragmenter will rearrange them in a good way that will increase your system speed Weekly do Disk Defragmenter ,this will arrange your files in disk .It will also provide by Windows and administrator can only use this .This will take more than 15-45min.

Jun 12, 2009

Block Any Site In Your Computer

Free computer tip on how to Block Any Site In Your Computer

you can block any site in your computer without using any software. This is very useful technique and with this technique you can block almost all type of adult site and you can save your children and other family members from viewing adult material.

How To Block Websites Without Software

  • click on start , go to run and type C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc
  • Here search and Find the file named "HOSTS"
  • double click on it and OPEN with the notepad
  • You will see in the end of the notepad something like this " localhost"
  • Now write below the " localhost" www.sitenameyouwantblocked.com ,

IT SHOULD BE LOOK LIKE THIS localhost www.blockedsite.com

www.blockedsite.com is now unaccessable

For every site after that you want to add, just add "1" to the last number in the internal IP ( IE: www.something.com www.something.com

How to make your own screensaver

Free computer tip on how to make your own screensaver

You can put your own digital photos as a screensaver, First of all you need to create a slide show presentation for use as a screen saver.

How to make a slide show

- Right-click an empty spot on your desktop and then click Properties.

- Click the Screensaver tab.

- In the Screen saver list, click My Pictures Slide show.

- click on the settings button and click on browse to locate your pictures

- In the settings you can make Settings to make any adjustments, such as how often the pictures should change, what size they should be, and whether you'll use transition effects between pictures, and then click OK.

Now your screen saver is a r
andom display of the pictures taken from your located folder.

How to open and clean CD-ROM

Free computer tip for CD-ROM cleaning

Computer CD-ROM is a sensitive device and it need great care to open and clean it. Normally they work good even having fair amount of dust on their lens but it can stop working when dust on the lens is more then enough. It can create two problems.

- Skipping/ Repeating CDs
- Stop reading
- Taking time in reading CDs

in this case you should make it sure that your CD-ROM need to be cleaned.

Take following steps to open the CD-ROM:

  • Take the CD-ROM out of CPU box
  • Open the try of the CD-ROM and remove the front cover of the try.
  • When try cover is removed you can removed the other cover on which play and eject button are situated.
  • Now open the screw

Almost in the middle of the machine there is a lens you can see it from the bottom of the CD-ROM. There is a small screw which holds the lens you can adjust it to fix the lens. some times this screw is lose and lens cannot perform better. now take tissue paper and very softly clean the lens. Always use blower to clean other parts of CD-ROM. After finishing this job tight the screw and place the cover as it was removed. You will definitely see difference in CD reading

Jun 11, 2009

Minimize And Maximize Windows Using Keyboard

                    Minimize And Maximize Windows Using Keyboard

Some time "show desktop" button may be deleted, disabled or not functioning so in this case you may be facing problem how to minimize and maximize all your active windows programs.

You can do all using your mouse, but if you want to do this with keyboard then simply press Windows key+M to minimize all active programs and later maximize it using Windows key+Shift+M.

If you want to minimize the all active windows programs one by one then use the shortcut by pressing Alt+Space+N keys and sequentially maximize the active windows programs using shortcut Alt+Space+X keys.

Disable or Enable Auto run CD

            How to disable or enable auto run CD

Some times you may be irritating when suddenly a CD window pop up or a video begins to run as the CD is inserted. You can enable or disable auto run CD depending on your nature of work by making a simple change in registry. In user interface mode there is no option to disable or enable this feature and you must edit the registry of windows and be careful to work registry.


Click Start button then type regedit in Run option then press Enter for next.
Here locate the location to:
Here you can disable or enable automatically running your CD.
Change the value of Autorun to 0 for disable and change the value to 1 for enable.
After finishing editing you must restart your computer to see the effect of changes.

How to backup registry files

                                      How To backup registry files

First of all you need to backup all your registry file before modifying them because if you made a wrong editing it will help you restore original files. Secondly you must have basic knowledge about editing and modifying registry. You can backup the whole Registry and only Registry sub-keys.

                                     Procedure for editing registry

Click Start Button then click run, type regedit in Run dialog box and click OK button. Here you can backup the whole Registry or you can locate the required sub-keys that contain the information that you want to edit.

Go to File menu option then click on Export option for backup and save it with on any your system drive with . Reg extension and you can restore this backup going File menu using import option.

Jun 10, 2009

How to fix hard drive problems

  Hard Disk

If your computer is creating problems to read/write on the hard disk or may become unstable then it is possible that some lost clusters and bad sectors are on your hard disk. To check your computer hard drive for any errors, you can use scan disk utility. You should scan your hard disk on regular basis to maintain the status of missing cluster and bad sectors. In windows 2000 and XP, you can use the error-checking tools to check the health of your hard drive. 

Follow the given steps to run the error- checking tools:

  • First open the My Computer then right click on any drive that you want to check.

  • On the right click menu select the Properties option.

  • Here select the Tool tab then run Check Now in the Error-checking dialog area.

  • Under check disk options you can select both check box ”Automatically fix file system errors” and “scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors” then press Start button.

  • This test will prompt you, if there is any problem on your hard disk and automatically fix it now.

    Your hard drive may be running slow because there are useless garbage of files that you need to clean. There is a free utility that is called best disk cleaner software. It is wise enough to clean all the unnecessary files while saving necessary files. 
    In case your important files are deleted or if you want to recover previously deleted files which were also removed from recycle bin you can also recover them by How to recover deleted files.
    Show disk performance can be caused if you did not defragement your hard drive, There is a built-in defragementer tool in Windows but that is very slow. you need to lean How to increase disk performance.
    Hopefully these tips will help you speedup your system and will fix the hard drive problem.

Jun 9, 2009

Computer buying tips

Computer buying tips

Here are few tips which will help you in buying a new computer

Step 1 : Evaluate your need

First of all make a rough idea what kind of PC you are looking to buy.

  • Are you looking to buy a mini PC, desk tip or lap top ?
  • What should be its configuration?
  • Do you have any brand preference?
  • What should be the quality of hardware?
  • What should be the size of hard disk and ram?

Step 2 : Market Survey

After making this rough idea, try to find out prices of the PC you are looking for. For this purpose you can search from the Internet or go to the market for price survey. when you have done this job, next step is to check the PC that is that the one you are looking for?

Step 3 : Checking your PC

Initially there are certain checks you need to do. First of all check the hard drive size , ram size, cache memory, Processor size, key board quality or brand, mouse , Power supply. power cables

checking the monitor:

For new monitor there are always warranties so you don't need to worry when you are buying a new monitor.
If you are buying a branded computer then first of all check the screen. Is there any kind of bold on the screen or a minor dim in the screen, If so then ask the shop keeper.

Step 4 : Ask for warranties

Before paying the price for the PC, you need to ask to the shopkeeper that how the company will compensate in case the device is not functioning or is not compatible with your computer. what would be the procedure.