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Troubleshoot Computer Problems with Reliability Monitor in Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-12-07-[20-03-17].png" />Windows Vista introduced us to the Reliability and Performance Monitor utility to help keep track of hardware and software crashes. It’s now a stand alone utility in Windows 7 and we will take a look at how to access and use it.

How to delete the Shutdown Event Tracker in Windows Server 2008

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-12-02-16-31-37.png" />The Shutdown Event Tracker is a great tool for enterprise admins to keep track of server shutdowns. But if you are not running an enterprise, or you just find it more annoying that useful, here’s how to shut it off.

Help Troubleshoot the Blue Screen of Death with BlueScreenView

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-11-10-00-20-16.png" />For Windows users it's probably all too familiar seeing the Blue Screen of Death, especially in XP. Today we take a look at BlueScreenView which is a free utility to display and interpret the data located in the mini dump files after the BSOD occurs.

Use Advanced Tools to Troubleshoot Performance Problems in Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-11-03-10-58-52.png" />You have your new Windows 7 system up and running, but suddenly you realize some things are not running as smoothly as they once did. Today we take look at using the hidden but useful advanced system tools in Windows 7 to troubleshoot a problem.

Create a System Repair Disc in Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-10-22-[16-27-20].png" />The new version of Windows seems to be a lot for stable than previous releases, however you never know when a malfunction might occur. Today we take a look at an option in Windows 7 that lets you create a System Repair disc in case you need to boot from it to recover your OS.

Fix for When Pinned Jump List Items Get Stuck in Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-10-20-01-50-49.png" />One of the greatest new features in Windows 7 is the Jump Lists that show up when you right-click on the icons in the taskbar, but have you had a problem with them getting stuck? This happened to me, and luckily I found a solution.

Fixing When All Thumbnail Icons Show the Same or Wrong Image

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-09-21-13-41-48.png" />If you've ever encountered a problem where Windows seems to randomly assign the wrong icon thumbnails to your pictures, or sometimes they all show up with the same thumbnail picture for no reason. There's a simple fix that almost always works.

Troubleshoot and Manage Addons in Internet Explorer 8

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-09-07-[20-58-27].png" />A good way to get more functionality out of Internet Explorer is to install Add-ons. Today we take a look at how to manage them and also determine if they are causing Internet Explorer 8 to launch slowly.

How Does Spyware, Malware or Crapware Get on My Computer?

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-08-03-[1].png" />Have you ever wondered how malware, spyware, scareware, crapware, or other undesirable software might get on a computer? First we'll illustrate how easily your system can be infected, and then we'll show you how to clean it up.

Help Troubleshoot Your PC with ESET’s SysInspector

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/20090725htgthmb.png" />When your troubleshooting a computer it is always nice to have a systems diagnostic tool at the ready. Today we take a look at ESET's SysInspector, which is an extremely detailed diagnostic tool for Windows that helps technicians diagnose problems.

Use Problem Steps Recorder to Help Troubleshoot Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-07-03-[20-45-33].png" />If you have provided computer support you know it can be a challenge to diagnose the problem a user is experiencing based on their description. New in Windows 7 is neat utility called Problem Steps Recorder which records user actions and allows you to troubleshoot the problem easier.

Fixing "The Event Log is Full" Error on Windows XP

<img src="/geekers/eventviewerxp-thumb.png" />I was working on a project for work when I suddenly got the strangest error: "The Event Log is Full". Seriously? What I didn't remember is that Windows XP doesn't automatically overwrite events less than 7 days old from the event log, so when it's full, most applications that try and write to the event log are going to break.

How To Repair Your Crashed or Hanging Vista Sidebar

<img src="/geekers/sidebarfix-thumb.png" />If you install a lot of different Vista Gadgets you might have come across a situation where your Vista Sidebar no longer is working correctly, or possibly even crashing or (more frequently) just hanging. You can reset the sidebar back to the default settings with a very simple tweak that we'll explain here.

Why Does My Computer Make a Noise When I Press the Caps Lock Key?

<img src="/geekers/togglekeys-thumb.png" />One of our many great readers wrote in the other day asking why his computer was making a noise when he pressed the caps lock key. After thinking about it for a minute, I realized that he probably had accidentally turned on Toggle keys, which makes a sound when you press CAPS lock.

Geek Repair: Create Your Own Ultimate Recovery CD

If you've ever had booting problems, spyware or viruses, you've likely attempted to boot from the Windows CD and run some repairs... but sometimes that's just not enough. Sure, you can easily backup your data using Ubuntu, but a much better option is to use the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows.