[url]http://fc09.deviantart.com/fs47/i/2009/203/f/4/Computer_hardware_poster_1_7_by_Sonic840.png[/url] Once you've clicked on the link, click on the image to enlarge. Thanks goes to Sonic84 for a great chart.

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Taking ownership of system files or folders in Windows 7 or Vista is not a simple task. Whether you use the GUI or the command line, it takes far too many steps. This works for XP, Vista and Win7 32&64bit. [url]http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/add-take-ownership-to-explorer-right-click-menu-in-vista/[/url]

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Classic Shell adds some missing features to Windows 7 and Vista like a classic start menu, toolbar for Explorer and others. [url]http://sourceforge.net/projects/classicshell/[/url]

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[QUOTE]Picture this: It's late at night, you're sitting at your computer playing a game or working on a project when, suddenly, Windows freezes completely. All your work is gone, and you find a blue screen full of gibberish staring back at you. Windows is dead, Jim, at least until you reboot it. You have no choice but to sigh loudly, shake your fist at Bill Gates and angrily push the reset button. You've just been visited by the ghost of windows crashed: the Blue Screen of Death. Also known as the BSoD, the Blue Screen of Death appears when Windows …

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In the link provided, you will find an extensive list of COM Error Codes and brief description of each. The list contains: 1. COM Error Codes 2. Miscellaneous Error Codes 3. OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) Errors 4. Windows Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) error codes 5. The Win32 Error Codes for ADSI. 6. ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) Runtime errors [url]http://kenbase.googlepages.com/COMErrorCodes.htm[/url] Another good reference to bookmark

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No more tapping F8, F10 or whatever to get into "Safe Mode" Have it right there on your boot screen (as if you're dual booting) [url]http://www.techspikes.com/2009/04/add-safe-mode-to-standard-windows-xp-boot-menu/[/url] [url]http://wiki.malwareteks.com/index.php?title=How_To_Boot_Windows_To_Safe_Mode[/url]

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If you have ever run across a web site that takes forever to load or doesn't load at all, here is an easy way to check if it's the site or "If It's Just You." Just type in the URL of the site in question in the "Google Box" and click on "Or Just Me" [url]http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/[/url]

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How to make Vista's taskbar look and act like Win 7's. This does not include or add "Pin To Taskbar Function" which is not really needed due to the "Quick Launch Feature" 1. Open "Regedit" and navigate to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Control Panel/Desktop(Expand) and click on "Window Metrics" 2. Right click on empty space and create a new "String" and name it "MinWidth" and give it a value of "-285" 3. Close Regedit. 4. Right click "Taskbar" and unlock 5. Right click "Taskbar" again, hover over "Toolbars" and enable "Quick Launch" if it isn't already. 6. Using your mouse, expand the Quick Launch …

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If you're running Vista or Windows 7 and using it's Firewall, then this is a must have tool. [B]Vista Firewall Control;[/B] [url]http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64950-order,1-page,1/description.html[/url]

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In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, M$ has hidden the "Menu Bar" by default. [URL="http://i47.tinypic.com/2ugjr7n.jpg"]http://i47.tinypic.com/2ugjr7n.jpg[/URL] As in XP and previous versions of Windows the "Menu Bar" contains; File, Edit, View, Favorites, Tools and Help drop down menus. [URL="http://i50.tinypic.com/dxxzx3.jpg"]http://i50.tinypic.com/dxxzx3.jpg[/URL] To show the "Menu Bar", just click on "ALT", but, as soon as you click on another portion of the window you're viewing, it hides again. To keep the "Menu Bar" permanently, just click on "Organize" and from that drop down hover over "Layout" then select/click on "Menu Bar" You will also notice that the "Menu Bar" in Vista and Win 7 …

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[QUOTE]Listed below is a directory of DLL files and EXE files, including Windows system processes and tasks, known system files, and various spyware and adware files. Clicking each file name will identify the purpose of any of the files listed in this directory.[/QUOTE] [url]http://www.what-is-exe.com/[/url] Good reference to bookmark

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Descriptions and Fixes of Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) crash errors; [url]http://www.techmetica.com/howto/descriptions-and-fixes-of-blue-screen-of-death-bsod-crash-errors/[/url]

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Hello All; I have put together some Win7 Themes for myself and I thought I would share them with you. All themes contain no less than 6 wallpapers. All wallpapers are in 1024x768 resolution. Hawaii contains 12, I couldn't stop:D To install them, just download the zip and extract it to your "My Pictures" folder. Next, click Start/Control Panel/Change Desktop Background and browse to the folder you placed in "My Pictures" expand the MCT folder and click on the country, save settings and close. Next, right click desktop, click "Personalize" and right click the new theme to save it with …

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[B]What is Runtime Error:[/B] [url]http://asknerd.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=46&gclid=CNiQqcumwpsCFRBbagodYFnx_w[/url] [B]Codes:[/B] [url]http://asknerd.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=47[/url]

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Here you will find a list of 77 "Beginners Guides" for Windows and Linux. There are many other useful tips and guides. Bookmark and enjoy. [url]http://www.pcstats.com/articlesearch.cfm?SearchValue=&Search=Search&Category=220&CategorySearch=Get+Listing[/url]

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The Command Prompt, though buried in the Start menu, is an enduringly versatile application. Too bad it's hampered by User Account Control, which will prevent certain apps from running properly because of a lack of permissions. To upgrade its capabilities, navigate to the Accessories folder in the Start menu, right-click on Command Prompt, and select Run as Administrator. If you find yourself doing this frequently, try this shortcut: The search box in Vista's Start menu can serve the same function. Simply enter a command, hold the Shift and Ctrl keys, and press Enter.

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I have read a lot of threads on many forums (including here) where people are giving advice to turn off the UAC in Vista. [I]Very bad advice[/I], might be annoying at times, but it's there for a very good reason, [B]SECURITY![/B] Now, here is a tool that will keep UAC intact and running as it should, but, this tool has an option to "Don't ask me again" so you won't see the same prompt for the same program twice. [url]http://www.symantec.com/norton/theme.jsp?themeid=labs_uac&header=0&depthpath=0[/url] Yes, it's made by Norton.

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[url]http://www.howtogeek.com/tag/windows-vista/[/url]

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I found this great little program to keep my running processes to a minimum of 5% CPU usage and to improve system responsiveness. [B][I]Process Lasso[/I][/B] [url]http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/System-Tweak/Process-Lasso.shtml[/url]

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You want clean looking desktop icons, then get rid of the arrow overlay. Works for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 32-bit Versions [url]http://vista-shortcut-manager.software.informer.com/[/url]

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Here is something you can do to keep track of the page file usage with System Monitor. Once completed and running you can analyze the data using the prescribed formula (in the article) to increase or decrease your page file. This is not a downloaded program, it is a Page File Console that you create for monitoring the page file usage. [url]http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-5073570.html[/url]

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A nice tool to recover your deleted files, also works with Vista. Like all other Piriform products (including CCleaner), Recuva is free for both commercial and personal use. [B][I]RECUVA[/I][/B] [url]http://www.filehippo.com/download_recuva/[/url]

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[B]For Firefox:[/B] [url]http://blog.codefront.net/2007/08/20/how-to-have-firefox-3-and-firefox-2-running-at-the-same-time/[/url] [B]For IE6 & IE7:[/B] [url]http://www.reviewsaurus.com/tips-tricks/how-to-run-multiple-versions-of-internet-explorer-at-same-time-2/[/url] [url]http://www.reviewsaurus.com/blogging-tips/how-to-run-ie7-ie-6-together/[/url]

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[url]http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/seatools[/url] [url]http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=502&sid=30%E2%8C%A9=en[/url] [url]http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/support/utilities/Support_Shdiag.html[/url] [url]http://www.fujitsu.com/us/services/computing/storage/hdd/support/utilities.html[/url] [url]http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm[/url] Toshiba - N/A There are no tools available for Toshiba, but you may be able to use IBM or Maxtor's drive tools as well as other third party programs. IBM is supported by Hitachi.

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If you have multiple email accounts, ie: AOL, MSN, Yahoo, etc., now you can access all those accounts in one place, nice little program, been using it for a while now. Works with all versions of Windows. No more signing in to your email accounts to view/read, compose, send. You can do all this without leaving the site your on. [QUOTE]"POP Peeper is an e-mail notifier that supports POP3, IMAP with Idle (AOL, AIM, FastMail), SMTP, Hotmail, MSN, Yahoo, GMail, Mail.com, MyWay, Excite, Lycos.com, RediffMail, Juno, NetZero, OperaMail and iWon. Other features include portability, password protection, an address book, viewing …

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[url]http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310123[/url]

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[B]WMP 9:[/B] [url]http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/9series/playererrors.aspx[/url] [url]http://support.microsoft.com/kb/886273[/url] [url]http://kb.cole2k.net/categories/Windows-Media-Player-error-codes/[/url] [B]WMP10:[/B] [url]http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/10/errors.aspx[/url]

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To make WMP11 x64 Edition your Default Player; 1. Open "Command Prompt" and "Run as Administrator" and type the following command: %windir%\system32\unregmp2.exe /SwapTo:64 2. Open the Registry Editor (regedit) and navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\wmplayer.exe”. 3. Double-click the registry subkey “Path” and change to “%Programfiles(x86)%\Windows Media Player” (without quotes). 4. Double-click the registry subkey “(Default)” (normally the first entry) and change that to “%ProgramFiles%\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe” (with quotes). [B][I]To change back to Windows Media Player 11 x86 32-bit edition, just reverse your steps or restore the back-up that you made before the changes.[/I][/B]

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[QUOTE]Vista Start Menu is the convenient alternative to the plain Start menu you find in Windows XP and Windows Vista. The program uses your cognitive abilities (visual memory, reflexes,etc.); however, while it is easily understandable for beginners, it is also highly efficient for experienced users.[/QUOTE] [URL="http://www.vistastartmenu.com/index.html"]http://www.vistastartmenu.com/index.html[/URL]

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Right click on the Windows 7 desktop and select Personalize. You will see the 5 default themes, but there are 5 more hidden themes in Windows 7. To access them, through Explorer’s Folder Options, check Show hidden files, folders, or drives and uncheck show the protected operating system files. Now navigate to C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT You will see the 5 zonal theme folders, Australia, Canada, Great Britain, USA & South Africa. Click on the themes file inside each Themes folder to activate the themes. Once you have the themes activated and saved, reverse the steps to hide the hidden and protected system …

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