Windows Virus Troubleshooting

I'm always hesitant to spend too much time on a computer when I'm engaging in Windows virus troubleshooting. The better practice is to wipe your hard drive and reload your OS if your machine exhibits symptoms of a virus. However, If you wish to tackle the virus or...

Windows System Rating Does Not Finish

I ran into an issue on my Windows 7 box where the Windows system rating does not finish. This is part of the Windows Experience Index. Everything would start fine and the tests would start and run through. However, when the scores would calculate it would suddenly...

Windows Laptop Reformat

This Windows laptop reformat guide is a quick set of reminders to do before you get rolling. The last thing you want is to get knee deep in wiping activities and realize you don't have everything you need. Before Reformatting Make sure you have all necessary product...

Windows Installer Has Stopped Working

If the Windows installer has stopped working or the service itself has stopped, one troubleshooting technique is to unregister, and then re-register the Windows installer. This is for Windows 2000 but see below for other versions covered. Open an elevated command...

Windows Dependency Service or Group Failed to Start

The reason for this dependency service or group failed to start error is because of system file corruption. You may notice this error when trying to connect to the Internet, or if you have weirdly empty set of networking options. The fix, open a command prompt and try...

Windows Change Password From Command Line

If you are already logged into your account and you need to change a user's password, you can change password from command line. Open the command prompt Type net user ACCOUNTNAME PASSWORD and hit ‘enter' Additional Information You'll need administrator...

Troubleshooting Bizarre Windows Laptop Errors

Sometimes things get dislodged and cause bizarre Windows laptop errors. If you have a laptop that is not letting you log in or is exhibiting other weird errors, such as display errors, try the following: Restart the laptop and try again. Turn off the laptop. Remove...

Windows 7 Install Process – Step by Step

The Windows 7 install process isn't that bad. It's a lot more compatible with hardware than Vista was. It still may run you for a loop if you live and die by XP though. Here is a quick, checklist style guide on how I installed WIndows 7: Go into BIOS – ‘Del' on...

Waiting For sidebar.exe – Can’t Shut Down

Windows Vista and 7 have a safety feature to safely shutdown running programs, so if your sidebar is running you may see – Waiting for sidebar.exe. The rest of the annoying prompt is – This program is preventing Windows from shutting down. The best method...

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