Tips by Love2Play
Windows Report Tool
If you ever wanted to know everything possible and send it to someone so they can help
you, this is the place to do it. Windows Report Tool saves everything there is to know about your computer to a file. No need to fill in the boxes, just
click the Next button and a Save box will come up. It saves as a .cab file which anyone with Windows can open and read the information. Choose to save it
as whatever name.cab file you want.
This checks for errors, if none are found it will ask if you would like to back it up.
This is the easy way to back up your registry before you make any significant changes to your system.
System Configuration Utility
favorite. Ever wonder what all that stuff is on the screen while your system is booting? Well here it is. Your autoexec.bat and your config.sys. Not many
application use these anymore, most Windows systems have nothing in them. But if you installed an older piece of hardware it could load from one of those
files. The System.ini is the file that loads your Operating System. Your keyboard, mouse, etc.. are loaded from there. The most important drivers needed
to run Windows. Then Win.ini is your Windows setup. How your desktop looks, where you left your icons, your Start Menu and System tray.
My favorite tab here is the Startup tab. This is where everything you
had absolutely no clue was running is listed. When you start your computer
and it boots to Windows and all those programs load up, THIS is where you will find their name. THIS is where you can hunt down and kill MSOffice fndfst
from starting up on boot. And RealPlayer, who here besides me is sick of RealPlayer?! And if you have NO idea what it is, the command line path is there
for you to find out who it belongs to.
Take time to see what is in Startup. If it's not necessary, take it out. Do you honestly
need your virus scanner running every moment you are on teh computer? Is it totally necessary to have Task Scheduler running? Or can you click on those
programs and run them yourself? And if you're not online 24/7, why have RealPlayer in there? Is the little blue icon that cute? Now be careful, don't
uncheck anything that may be crucial for Windows, if it says C:\Windows etc... chances are Windows needs that. And
if all else fails, if you don't know what it is, leave it there.
This gave you a start to becoming completely familiar with your PC. Find out what is under
the hood BEFORE you try to get help with a problem. When you have hardware drivers that are 2 or 3 years old listed in your System Information, chances
are the first thing you will be told is get new drivers. So take that on and update. Then if you have problems, you know where to look up if your new
drivers installed properly, or if you experienced an IRQ conflict. This is the area you can now take charge of running your PC.
Now use this to send those troubles and woes to TechTips!