If your Windows PC is throwing an error message at you before it even begins to load Windows, it’s possible that the boot sector on your system partition is damaged, corrupted, or has missing files. Here’s how to ...
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-02-25-[17-02-45].png" />If you’ve got a pet or toddler, then you know that an unguarded keyboard is a recipe for disaster – deleted files, lost work, and hard-to-explain Facebook status updates are just the beginning. In this article, we’ll show you how to disable your keyboard at the touch of a button – and, of course, how to re-enable it.
Windows 10, 8, 7, and Vista all support symbolic links—also known as symlinks—that point to a file or folder on your system. You can create them using the Command Prompt or a third-party tool called Link Shell Ex...
If you've ever needed to create a list of files in a directory, you've likely used a command from the prompt to pipe the directory listing into a file… but what if you could simply right-click on or in any folder and copy a list of the files to the clipboard?
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-09-13-1-23-32-54.jpg" />Would you like to make your fonts look nicer in Windows 7? Windows 7 lets you easily turn ClearType on or off and tweak it to work best for your monitor, so let’s see how to make ClearType render fonts the way you want.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-26-[03-08-33].jpg" />Sometimes you might want to leave a text message for a user before they log into a Windows 7 computer. Today we show you a neat trick that allows you to leave a message they can read before logging in.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-09-[19-00-51].png" />If you don’t know what you're doing in the Registry, you can mess up your computer pretty good. Today we show you how to prevent users from accessing the Registry and making any changes to it.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-08-28-1-00-20-26.jpg" />If you’ve got multiple wireless networks or you’ve got one of those dual-band Wireless-N routers that have two separate networks, you might wonder how to tell Windows what network to try to connect to first. Here’s the explanation.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-06-[01-58-35].png" />Are you’re particular about the way Windows Explorer presents each folder’s contents? Here we show you how to take advantage of Explorer’s built-in templates, which cuts down the time it takes to do customizations.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-05-17-.jpg" />Have you ever been doing something, like playing a game, and had that obnoxious Sticky Keys dialog pop up? You answer No and it goes away... and then shows up again the next day. Here's how to make it go away for good.
After writing the article last week about how to add Disk Cleanup to the context menu for a drive, I received several requests for how to add another menu item for Defrag instead. With a simple registry hack we can do just that.
We’ve covered virtual private networks and when you might want to use them before. Connecting to a VPN is easy, as Windows and most other operating systems offer built-in VPN support.
Most of the utilities that you used to mount an ISO image in Windows XP don't work in Windows Vista... how annoying is that?
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-30-[01-55-50]-.png" />Back in the Windows XP days, you could easily add Control Panel to My Computer with a simple checkbox in the folder view settings. Windows 7 and Vista don't make this quite as easy, but there's still a way to get it back.
After writing the article about adding Notepad to the context menu I noticed all the comments from users that prefer to use a shortcut in the Send To menu, which got me thinking... I wonder if you can disable the Send To folder?
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-07-07-1-06-09-31.png" />Have you ever wanted to add the Recycle Bin to your My Computer screen? Yeah, it’s probably not the most common request, but here’s how to do it anyway with a simple registry hack.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-10-21-[00-11-17].png" />The new search feature in Windows 7 has been enhanced greatly in this version of Windows, and by default it saves recent searches. If you are annoyed by this and want to turn it off, we will show you how using Group Policy Editor.
Windows uses a page file to store data that can’t be held by your computer’s random-access memory when it fills up. While you can tweak the page file settings, Windows can manage the page file fine on its own....
A source of annoyance for many Windows users is the " - Shortcut" text that is added to the name of newly created shortcuts, and every time you have to manually edit the shortcut and remove that text. Wouldn't it be great if there was a registry hack for this?
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-29-[23-48-11]-.png" />The new Windows 7 taskbar's Aero Peek feature, with the live thumbnails of every window, is awesome... but sometimes you just want to be able to click the taskbar button and have the last open window show up instead. Here's a quick hack to make it work better.
The default method of opening unknown files forces you to go through a list of known applications and is generally a pain to deal with. That's why I like to have a context menu option for "Open with Notepad" so that I can quickly open up files without having to go through a lot of trouble.
Product keys are becoming less and less common these days, but if you have a piece of software on your computer—and can’t find its product key—this simple program can help you extract it....
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-11-22-[20-22-50].png" />If you have a user account on your Windows 7 machine that you don’t need anymore, you may want to get rid of it. Today we take a look at how to delete a user account and save their files.
As everybody knows, using the Windows+L keys together will lock your workstation running XP or Vista. Did you realize that you can also disable this function by using a registry hack?