Common PC Mysteries, OS Quests, Issues, Errors and Fixes [Part1]
“Crashes,Errors,Troubleshooting,Fixes,Issues ” –These are the most common terms daily related to a normal PC user or System Administrator.Mainly OS like Windows are always subjected to common errors and issues.Now a days most user instead of having a call to tech support try to solve those PC issues by themselves since all info and solutions are available through web.Here we start a new section on common questions th normal that are faced by a Windows/Linux OS User with how to fix them and useful links[15 common questions covered].Any better solution or any issue can be shared by readers through comments.
- I have Microsoft Word installed on my PC. Why can’t I Open the .docx files my friend sent me?
If you use Word 2003 or an earlier version of the program, all you need is the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats.Download it from Microsoft.
- Why won’t Windows allow me to delete a certain file?
If Windows refuses to delete a file or folder, some application or process is accessing it.If you were to delete the item while it’s “in use” (even if you’re not using it directly), an app or even Windows itself could crash.Best way is to use a third-party program like Unlocker which will do the trick .it will find which apps or process is using that specific file ,unlock it and allow to delete.Other easy way is if you are using multi boot OS like Linux along with Windows,boot from Linux,mount windows partition and delete any Windows files you need .
- Why does Quick Time Player is installed on my PC?
This media-playback software comes bundled with Apple iTunes and installs along with it.
- How do I prevent from automatic Rebooting of Windows?
Open up regedit.exe through the start menu search box or run dialog, and navigate down to the following key, creating new keys if they don’t exist.HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU. Create a new 32-bit DWORD value named NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers and give it a value of 1 to prevent automatic reboot while users are logged on. Delete the value to put things back to the way they were.Other way is to Open the Local Group Policy Editor.In the left pane, click on the arrow to expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, then click on Windows Update.In the right pane, right click on No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations and click on Edit.Select Enabled
- How to Completely Uninstall Programs?
Use IObit Uninstaller or CCleaner to uninstall programs
- Adobe reader doesn’t suits me,Which is best alternative?
Hackers can exploit Adobe’s Reader (which opens PDF files) best alternatives are Sumatra PDF, Foxit Reader, Nitro PDF, or Nuance PDF Reader.
- Which is the best way to repair Windows Registry?
Best way is to use Windows built in command line Tool SFC.exe .Boot in safe mode, open CMD ->type sfc /scannow .Hit enter.
- Is it necessary to ‘Safely Remove’ devices?
Absolutely: If you ignore Windows’ requests to “Safely Remove” your storage media, you could end up with corrupted files, unreadable media, or both.If message is displayed as “Windows can’t stop your Generic volume now”, best way is to open Taskmanager->find explorer.exe ,click EndProcess.Now again under TaskManager File->NewTask->Explorer.exe .Now you can safely remove any hardware.
- What are Winmail.dat Files coming with Email Messages and how do i open it?
In most cases the .dat attachment originates in Microsoft Outlook, which produces outgoing messages using a slightly modified version of the Rich Text Format. This action helps to preserve fonts, formatting, and the like, but it often causes problems for the recipient. If your e-mail program does not support this particular blend of RTF, you’ll end up with that danged .dat attachment–and no easy way to open it.Best ways to open it. Visit http://www.winmaildat.com/ .Another way is to try opening the attachment in Notepad.Finally, try WMDecode[http://www.biblet.freeserve.co.uk/], a free utility that will scan the Winmail.dat file for attachments (and only attachments, not the formatted version of the e-mail) and save the items along with their original filenames
- How To Fix “BOOTMGR is missing” Error in Vista and Windows 7?
Boot off the Windows Vista/7 DVD and then click Next at the first prompt:You should see a link in the lower left-hand side for “Repair your computer”The installation process will attempt to find your Vista installation directory. If there’s more than one in the list, select the correct one and then use the Next button again.Click the first link for “Startup Repair”.If it doesn’t work you could have chosen the Command Prompt option instead, and use the following command to fix the boot options only:
bootrec /fixboot .For more quest on boot manager errors visit Microsoft article
- What are this process like rundll32.exe,svchost.exe,conhost,exe and taking most resources?
- How to solve “Windows Explorer Has Stopped Working”?
Solution 1: Run command prompt [CMD] as Administrator, At the command prompt, type Sfc /scannow, and then press ENTER.. or boot into safe mode and do the above scan.
Solution 2: Scan Disk
Right-click the hard drive that Windows is installed on (usually c:) and select Properties from the context menu.Switch to the Tools tab and select the Check Now button under Error-checking. Make sure that both options are selected before you press the Start button.The Disk check needs to be scheduled as the disk is in use when the operating system is running. It will start the scan automatically on the next startup.
Solution 3: Updates
Make sure your system is up to date. Check for Windows updates
Solution 4: Disable Third party services and tools
Click on the start button, type in msconfig in the run and select the Msconfig tool from the search results.Switch to the Startup tab first and remove all selected entries there. Please note that this can mean that a security software is disabled. You might want to keep that checked just in case. It can however be the cause for the explorer problems.Switch to the Services tab and check “Hide all Microsoft services” at the bottom. This ensures that only third party services are displayed. Disable all the selected services as well and restart the computer afterwards.
Solution 6: Check For Memory Problems
This can be done in Vista and Windows 7. Click on the start button, type mem and hit enter. This will open the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool which will perform a memory scan on the next system startup.
Solution 7:check by using the event viewer and find the file or process causing error.
- How to Fix “Internet Explorer Has Stopped Working Error”?
Try disabling incompatible apps or add-ons.Start –> Accessories and then click on Internet Explorer (No add-ons). Usually after doing this, an error pops up which means there is some incompatible add-on which is causing it.To identify the add-on which is causing the problem, you have to click on “Tools”, then “Manage Add-ons”, followed by “Toolbars and Extensions” and then select “All Add-ons”. Now simply disable all of them using Select All (Ctrl + A). Apply the settings and now open your browser. Now Internet Explorer will run fine, since there aren’t any add-ons being used.
- How to FIx Error number: 0×80070424 in Windows Update ?
To solve the Error number: 0×80070424 in Windows Update follow the steps below:- Click on Start -> Run and paste the command below and enter %SYSTEMROOT%\SYSTEM32\REGSVR32.EXE %SYSTEMROOT%\SYSTEM32\WUAUENG.DLL .This command will reregister WUAUENG.DLL.Now launch Update again and try.
- How can i Fix common Windows PC and device problems automatically?
Visit Microsoft Fix it Center.