Unfortunately, no. Hardware profiles no longer are supported in Vista and do not perform like they did in XP. You can, for example, disable a service in the logon tab, hardware profile section for “Undocked”, but: Cannot create any new profiles Vista automatically detects what profile to use. As such, an example of this would be a laptop that has a “docking station” with additional hardware attached to it. Vista would use the normal profile while the system is “docked” and use the “Undocked” hardware profile when on the road. [Continue Reading]
You need to check: Head to Start Select Control Panel Select System and Maintenance Select System Under the “System” section, look at “System Type”. This will tell you if you are using a 32-bit or 64-bit Operating System.
The short answer: depends. The long answer: D E P E N D S. The best way for you to figure that out is load up everything that you plan on doing “at the same time.” Meaning, if you regularly have 5, 10, 20 or more browser windows open, Email client, a media player streaming music/video, a game or high powered editing software, fire that all up! After doing so, hit CTRL+ALT+DEL to open up the task manager and determine how much memory all of your applications are using. With [Continue Reading]
What I am not going to do: Predict on an individual basis whether Service Pack 1 or 2 “will work for you.” Test whether or not System Restore will “undo” Service Pack 1 or 2 or if you will be able to go back to a previous install point before Service Pack 1 or 2 installation. With that said, this is my recommendations: No matter what, I would recommend to install SP1 and then SP2. If for nothing else, the knowledge that all of the “security” updates are current, not [Continue Reading]
Several services states cannot be modified using a registry patch in Windows Vista. These are not listed to avoid errors while applying the patch to your system. I have found that the following Windows Vista Services states cannot be controlled by a registry file in normal or safe mode: DCOM Server Process Launcher Diagnostic Policy Service Diagnostic Service Host Diagnostic System Host Distributed Link Tracking Client Group Policy Client Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Security Accounts Manager Windows Modules Installer
With the default Category Control Panel: Head to Start Select Control Panel Select System and Maintenance Select Administrative Tools Select Services Select a service to adjust by double-clicking In the General tab, Startup type section, select Automatic (Delayed Start), Automatic, Manual or Disabled. If you like, you can also do: Start –> All Programs –> Accessories –> Run –> type in services.msc –> Select OK. After configuring all services that you desire to change, reboot to see the effects of your tweaking. Note: Do not use msconfig to stop services. [Continue Reading]
Unfortunately, the day has finally arrived when my information has become so popular that it has stretched my resources to the limit. Each time I add something to the domain, more E-Mail is directed to my inbox. Some is positive feedback, but most are random technical support questions that I no longer have the time to answer. I enjoy providing this domain to the Internet community, but my time has completely been overtaken by my desire to help as many people with their own personal computer issues. This desire to [Continue Reading]
Scan your computer with the latest definitions. “wink<random characters>.exe” is the klez virus. Search http://www.symantec.com/ for more information.
Please contact the vendor, manufacture or “company” that your system was purchased from for technical support. Part of the money you spent was to pay for technical help when you need it. Use it while you can. Information on “who” or “how” to contact them is in the owners/operations manual that came with your new PC or hardware. I do not have access to that information in a timely fashion. The PC vendor or “brand” that your computer is has access too much more resources to solve your technical issue than I do. [Continue Reading]
Put it back the way it was! Really, though, place each service that you disabled back to the way it was (displayed under the Default configuration) and see which service “fixes” your software. Do look at the dependencies and decide if you may need it! Tweaking your system always comes with risk.