How do I transfer files from my old computer to my new computer?

If you are transferring only a few small files then flash drive will do the trick. If the files are many and large then you should use external hard drive or write your files to DVDs and then copy them to the new computer.

You can also connect your computers via crossover cable, router, or using Remote Desktop if they are both connected to the Internet.

For small files you can also email them to yourself or upload them to a file sharing host and download them from there.

Computer is making grinding noise

If your computer is making grinding noise it is most likely that you have problem with some of your fans or hard drive.

Usually your computer has a CPU fan, power supply fan (case fan) and video card fan, you should ask a technician to open your computer case and inspect those. If they are all ok then it is very likely that your hard rive is failing. First thing you should do in that case is to back up all your important files. Once that is done please free some space on your hard drive and defrag it. If possible replace to avoid loss of files and programs.

Where is the Hibernate option in Windows XP?

Click Start -> Turn Off Computer, you should see three options: Standby, Turn Off, and Restart.

Press the Shift key on your keyboard and Standby will change to Hibernate:

How do I stop my computer from going to standby?

If you run Windows XP then simply click the Start button then Control Panel, double click Power Options and the Power Options Properties windows will appear. Choose Never from the drop-down menu next to System Standby and then click the OK button.

You are done!

Does system restore get rid of all spyware?

The short answers is no! Well, at least in most cases, if for some reason you can not run a virus or malware scan on your computer try one of the free online scanners like HouseCall or the Kapersky online scanner in order to get rid of the baddies that have infected your computer.

When running a virus, malware, or spyware scan it is always a good idea to have it done in safe mode.

Using two computers with one monitor

If you have two computers but only one monitor and you don’t want to keep moving the monitor cable all the time between your computers all you have to do in order to share your monitor is to buy a KVM switch. Using the KVM switch you can not only use only one monitor but you can control the two computers with the same mouse and keyboard as well.

That’s right – you can have two computers with only one keyboard, one mouse, and one monitor, KVM swtiches can be quite pricey but you can always look for a second hand one on ebay or in the local paper ad section.

If you want to read furhter about KVM switches feel free to check out this article.

How can I share Internet connection?

Lets say you have two computers and one of them is connected to the Net but the second one isn’t. What is it that you can do to connect the second computer as well?

Well, your first option is buying a router, routers aren’t that expensive any more and they are quite easy to use.

Your second option is to use Internet Connection Sharing (ICS). Now this option has its drawbacks – first of all your second computer will be connected to the Internet only if your first computer is powered on. Then the speed might not be as good as if you use a router. And last of all it isn’t that straightforward to set up and it might give you a few headaches.

But if this is the route you want to choose please read all about it:
ICS for Windows XP
ICS for Windows Vista

How can I access my home computer from my work computer

In order to gain access to your home computer this is what you need:

1. Your home computer must be turned on.
2. Your home computer must be connected to the Internet.
3. You must know your home computer IP address: you can open command prompt and type ipconfig /all then press Enter.
4. You must have Remote Desktop Connection client software on the home computer (it comes free with Windows XP and Windows Vista) – how to setup the home computer (the client):
Windows XP remote desktop

Once this is all done then you can make a remote desktop connection between the two computers. Please note that if you have a router at home it should be set to allow remote Desktop connection.

How to use the printer of another computer in the house

If you have two computers in the house and one of them doesn’t have a printer but the second one does, you don’t have to run between the two of them with a thumb drive in order to get your documents printed.

You can share the printer by networking the two of your computers and this can be done by either direct cable (crossover cable connecting the two network cards), wireless connection, or router.

How to setup the printer sharing itself:
Windows XP
Windows Vista

Another option for you to connect the two computers is using Remote Desktop (providing the two of them are connected to the Internet and run Windows XP or Vista) and then re-route your printing jobs.

How to disable the downloads complete notification in Firefox

Type about:config in your browser and hit Enter, click the I promise, I’ll be careful button, then find the entry and double click it – it should change its value from true to false. You are done!

How to extract audio from a video file

Download the free video to MP3 converter from and install it on your computer. Run the program, click the top Brose button to select the input video file, eneter the Output folder, choose your Presets options from the drop-down menu, and click Convert.

That’s all there is to it, now you can navigate to your output folder and listen to the audio you have extracted.

And here is another free audio extractor that you can use.

How to add music to your YouTube video

Ok, so you have created the best video out there, uploaded it to YouTube but your video has no sound and now it seems a bit dull. Well, fear not, there is a very easy way to add music to your YouTube video.

Login to your YouTube account, move the mouse cursor over your YouTube username located in the top right and choose MyVideos from the drop-down menu.

Next to your videos you’ll see a few buttons, click the one that says Audio Swap

In the next screen choose a track, and click the button on the right that says Preview with selected track or hit the Publish button.

How to disable Dr watson

If you want to disable Dr Watson debugger you could do that by editing the registry, please follow the steps carefully!

Click the Start button -> type regedit and press Enter. Once the registry editor opens click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and navigate to
Key: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AeDebug

In the right panel right click the Auto name (see the picture below) and select Modify, then change the value from 1 to 0. Close the registry editor and you are done!

Desktop icons and taskbar disappeared

If your desktop icons disappear the first thing you should try is right clicking on the desktop, then choose Arrange icons by.. -> make sure Show icons is checked!

If your taskbar is gone move your mouse over the place where it usually is, if it appears right click on it and make sure that Auto-hide is turned off. Try moving your mouse cursor all over your desktop since you might have dragged the taskbar to a new position (on top, to the right, to the left…).

If your desktop icons and the taksbar are gone then press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard to bring up the Task Manager. Open the Processes tab and find explorer.exe, click on it then click the End process button. After that click File -> New task (Run)… -> Type explorer.exe and click OK.

If that doesn’t fix the problem then a full virus and malware scan is in order, turn off System Restore, reboot your computer in Safe Mode, ran a complete scan with Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware then reboot normally and turn System Restore back on. Run a scan with your Antivirus program following the same steps.

More things to try:

Press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard to bring up the Task Manager, click File -> New task (Run)… -> Type msconfig and click OK. Open the startup tab, if you see ipmon32 uncheck it, reboot.

Try using System Restore to restore your computer back to a previous working state.

Do you have thumb drive plugged in? Remove it and see if that helps.

Good luck!

How to turn off the mouse clicking sound

Click the Start button -> Control Panel -> Sounds and Audio devices -> open the Sounds tab.
Under the Program events scroll down to Windows Explorer, find Start Navigation, click it, then from the Sounds drop-down menu choose None.

“Windows No Disk” message – how to fix

There are two error messages that you might get which can be solved by the same method, the one of them is an exception Windows – no disk Exception Processing Message… and the other one There is no disk in the drive. Please insert a disk into drive

In most cases this can be easily fixed by changing your drive assignment letters and in 90% of the cases you are seeing these messages because you have removable drive which is configured as drive letter C.

To resolve the issue read this article.

If that doesn’t work then first of all you should run a complete virus and malware scan, then install the latest Windows updates, uninstall and reinstall the lates QuickTime, Norton or HP software that you have installed on your machine.

If everything else fails you can suppress the message – please note that this will NOT fix the problem but will simply get rid of the annoying messages – WINDOWS XP:
Click Start -> Run, type regedit and click OK.
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Windows\ and change the value of the ErrorMode key to 2 then exit the Registry editor.

Now the message should go away!

What is the best download manager?

Plenty of download managers and download accelerators out there but which one is the best?

Well, what’s best for one person might not be the favorite to another, so we will simply list the ones that are popular at this moment and that do very well what they are supposed to do.
Word of advise though – a download manager will not miraculously speed up your Internet connection 100 times, it will simply make your downloads much pleasant and more organized, especially if you download really large files.

Free download manager will not only resume broken downloads but comes with qutie a few very handy features too – you can use it to grab videos from Youtube, Google Video etc, and has a built-in uploader too.

Gozilla – will help you resume downloads even after lost connection, reboots, and crashes! It is quite easy to use, reliable, and supports HTTP, FTP, BitTorrent, HTTPS, FTPS protocols.

Internet Download Manager has full support for Windows Vista, WOW! YouTube, Google Video, MySpaceTV, IE7 and Firefox! It can resume and schedule downloads, it will also resume broken downloads after lost connections, computer shutdowns etc.

Flash get is very easy to use, 100% spyware and adware free, and uses very little of your system resources, and supports HTTP,FTP,BT,eMule and other various protocols.

Download Accelerator Plus is one of the first download managers that was ever published and is probably the most popular one too. It can grab videos from YouTube, Facebook, supports video previews, pause and resume, and many more useful features.

Installer runs every time I start MS Word

You try to launch MS Word and every time a little Installer window pops up saying “Preparing to install”, this usually happens when double clicking on a Word document. Word might load after that but usually will not load the document you try to open, you’ll have to open it from within Word using File -> Open. So how to get rid of this nuisance?

First try using this Windows Installer CleanUp Utility, if that doesn’t help then please read this article and try the three methods recommended.

How to make movie from pictures

So you just came back from your exotic holiday and want to compile a movie from all the nice pictures you brought back?

Well, you can do just that and do it for free right here on your computer, read the following simple guide on how to make movie from images and have your movie ready in minutes.

How to move my iTunes library to a new computer

If you are moving your iTunes library from one computer to another and both of them have the same operating system and run the same iTunes version then the move is pretty straightforward. All you need to do is cooy your iTunes folder and all its contents to the new computer, just make sure that you copy it to exactly the same folder – if your library is in a folder C:\\My Songs you should copy it to C:\\My Songs on the new computer!

To make the move you can use your DVD writer, external hard drive or your CD writer if your library isn’t that big. In order to copy your library use the iTunes built-in back-up tool, simply go to File – > Backup to Disc.

If you need to move your iTunes from a Windows based computer to a Mac, or need more detailed information on how to move your iTunes to a new computer, then please read this article.

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