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What To Do When You Encounter A Windows PC Error Message

What To Do When You Encounter A Windows PC Error Message

Are you fed up with your computer’s slow speed?

Are error messages, such as file type errors. a common occurrence on your Windows computer?

If you answered Yes, then this article is all you need to get rid of your computer woes forever.

In this article, we will discuss tips that will allow you to troubleshoot common Windows PC errors, such as .pcb file type errors on your own.

Tip#1 Perform a malware scan

Did you know that malware infection is often the root cause of a myriad of computer errors, such as the .daa file type error?

Malware programs, if present on your computer, can create havoc by deleting or altering various files and eating into your computer resources. In case you notice symptoms, such as a sudden increase in errors, or a drop in your computer’s performance, it is likely your computer’s security is breached.

The solution is to run a complete malware check on your Windows computer. To do this, first update your security tool with the latest malware definitions and security updates. Next, isolate your PC by disconnecting it from the Internet and from any network share that it is attached to. Now, restart your computer in Safe Mode and run a thorough malware scan. The simple steps illustrated below take you through how to start Windows in Safe Mode:

  1. Close all the running programs and restart your computer.
  2. As Windows reloads, press and hold the F8 key.
  3. Select the Safe Mode option using the arrow keys in the Advanced Windows Boot Option Menu and press Enter.

To ensure that all threats present on your PC are detected and deleted and quarantined, we recommend that you run the scan twice.

Update your Windows, driver, and software files

The next step is to update your Windows, driver, and software files.

  • Updating Window files – Windows PC’s come with a useful built-in Automatic Update feature that ensures new Windows updates are automatically downloaded and installed on your Windows computer. Ensure that this option is enabled on your computer. In case, you are using a version of Windows prior to Windows ME (Automatic Update feature was first introduced with Windows ME) then you will need to manually download any new updates and security patches available for your version of Windows from the Microsoft website.
  • Updating Software files – Many software too have an Update tool that you can use to update the software files. If the feature is absent in some of your installed software, then for these applications manually download the new updates by visiting the software manufacturer’s website.
  • Updating third-party drivers – When it comes to updating third-party drivers, you have two options – update drivers manually or use a reliable third-party driver update tool.

Use a reliable file extension repair software

A lot of file type errors, such as .aspx file type errors occur due to damaged file openers. The issue can be fixed by deploying a reliable file extension software. Such software fixes the damaged file openers, providing you quick access to files generating errors.

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Show and Delete Hidden Devices

Recently when I was trying to get a sound card to work in our Call Manager, I ran across these tips that helped me from a couple other sites that are definitely worth checking out. These will help you clear out everything listed for sound and multimedia, which can sometimes keep devices you added from working, such as a new sound card.

From Techguy.

To get rid of that unwanted driver, device, or service:

  1. Open the Start menu and choose Run
  2. Type in “cmd” (without the quotes) and click ok.
  3. At the cmd prompt, type in “set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1″ (without the quotes) and press enter. (Note: Nothing seems to happen as you are actually setting an environment variable which is going to help to see hidden devices)
  4. On the next cmd prompt line, type in “devmgmt.msc” (without the quotes) and press enter to launch the Windows Device Manager Console.
  5. In the Device Manager Console, from the “View” menu, select “Show Hidden Devices”.

Now, as you expand the different drivers and devices in device manager you will see not only the items that Windows currently detects as installed on your pc (these are the usual items displayed), but you will also see drivers, devices, and services which have been loaded in the past but were not uninstalled or are not currently started. You can find your offending device, right-click, and choose “uninstall” to remove it from the system completely.

From Computing.net.

  1. Boot to safe mode.
  2. Go into the device manager.
  3. Remove all devices in multimedia/sound.
  4. Reboot to normal mode and allow the devices to reinstall.

Microsoft has some built in devices the device manager such as Microsoft Kernel Audio Mixer that may be damaged.

Those devices can only be seen/removed in safe mode under Windows ME. The problem you are having is usually caused be a corrupt MS Kernel driver or Audio Codec.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - July 30, 2008 at 2:11 pm

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Second Life Tips, Videos and News

Here are some great Second Life Tips videos and news from some of our best resources.

Latest articles from The Grid Live

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Windows Vista and Office 2007 News and Tips

Here are some news items, tips, and tweaks for Windows Vista.

Windows Vista services that can be disabled One of the most effective ways to secure a Windows Vista workstation is to turn off the unnecessary services. This reference sheet lists all of the Windows Vista services, describes each one’s function, says whether you can safely disable it, and outlines what will happen if you do. The list assumes the machine is running Windows Vista Ultimate (some of the services that are listed won’t be available in other versions of Vista) in a corporate network environment and that the company is not using smart cards.

100 things you should know about Microsoft Office 2007 Don’t have time to sit down and read an exhaustive description of Office 2007′s most significant new features? Take a spin through this collection of “10 things” lists, which provide a concise and targeted view of the biggest changes, surprises, and enhancements in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access.

Shopping for Windows Vista software and drivers We’re just now approaching the five-month mark since Windows Vista was officially released. So it’s at this point that you would expect to find an abundance of software and device drivers on the market that are specifically designed for Windows Vista. Here’s a guide to finding some of those products. A great site to check for Windows Vista drivers is RadarSync.

10 key enhancements in Excel 2007 Given the learning hurdle that comes with an entirely revamped (albeit improved) user interface, Excel 2007 must offer significant enhancements to encourage you to upgrade. Herewith, my top 10. You can download all ten as a PDF here.

Here are the latest news items concerning Windows Vista from Google.

Here are the latest news items about Office 2007 from Google.

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Windows XP Tweaks and Tips

Here are some pretty good tweaks, tips, downloads and info for Windows XP, some are older, some are not, but they all are useful.

Boot Windows XP from a USB flash drive Ever had a PC crash and become unbootable? With this article, you can create a bootable USB drive that runs Windows XP, and if you can run Windows XP, you can get into the drive and run a virus scan, check for spyware, do some disk or partition repair to make your computer work again.

Hide shared folders with Windows XP Pro’s Net command line tool Use the Net command line tool to hide your PC, and/or your shared folders from other users on your network.

Use these four Registry tweaks to accelerate Windows XP Plenty of third-party programs claim to tweak or optimize Windows. However, most of them simply make Registry edits. Here are four manual tweaks that experienced IT professionals can make to improve the speed of Windows XP, from Windows XP Hacks, 2nd Edition.

XP Tools Pro XP Tools is a integrated suite of powerful PC Utilities to fix, speed up, and protect your computer. With only a few minutes of tweaking, XP Tools will optimize the performance of your computer, correct problems and it will help you to customize your system to suit your needs. XP Tools will erase your Internet tracks, the ones that it can anyway, hide your sensitive files and folders, lock your important applications, and give you the tools that you need to fine-tune your computer. When you run XP Tools, your Windows system will run faster, will crash less often, and will be more private and secure. And isn’t that about everything you want from a utility?

And check out some of the latest Windows XP News from Google.

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Windows Vista News and Info

Here are three great articles from TechRepublic about features in Windows Vista.

What’s new in Vista Group Policy? Windows Vista offers 800 new Group Policy settings, some are added features and others that enhance control over features carried over from Windows XP. Here is a detailed look at some of Vista’s more interesting Group Policy additions: access to removable media, power management, and User Account Control policies.

Restoring files with Vista’s Restore Files wizard All versions of Windows Vista come with the Back Up Files wizard that is designed to make it easy for you to back up all of your data. The Restore Files wizard is also designed to make it very easy for you to restore files from your backups. This article will show you how to use the Restore Files wizard by walking you through a restore operation.

Get more out of the Favorite Links feature Windows Vista is packed with new features designed to make everyday file management tasks easy, in this edition of the Windows Vista Report, they take a look at the Favorite Links file management feature in detail and show you how get more out of this handy feature.

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Windows Vista Search Tips

Nick White from Microsoft has posted some nice articles on the Windows Vista Team Blog on how to search Windows Vista faster and return more relevant results using keyboard shortcuts, the Windows Vista Search Folder, and some advanced searching techniques using operators, keywords, etc.

The first post, Exploring keyboard shortcuts in Windows Vista gives you some of the basic keyboard shortcuts, mostly the same as previous versions I believe.

One of the great things about Windows Vista is the context-sensitivity applied to many actions. For example, think of how the Slide Show command appears in a window’s toolbar when viewing a window containing photos; or, how right-clicking a photo displays rotation options in the resulting menu. In the case of the shortcuts above, notice that when you Shift+Right-Click an .XLSX spreadsheet or .DOCX document, the Open as Read-Only option appears, which is not the case when doing the same to a .PPTX slide deck. And for all of these file types, the Copy as Path option is displayed upon Shift+Right-Click, which can be very handy if you’re looking for the fully-qualified path to the document — say, in the case of creating a hyperlink to it. Source: Exploring keyboard shortcuts in Windows Vista

This article, Advanced search techniques shows some of the advanced search techniques like using operators, etc, to get more relevant results, an example given is to search for Microsoft NOT windows will show you items containing Microsoft but not windows.

The last article, Searching, part II: Using Search Folders, shows you how to use the Windows Vista Search Folder, which are saved searches, you could create one that finds all of your word documents or excel spreadsheets and the system comes with several you can use to find shared folders, recent documents, etc.

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1900 Windows Tweaks and Tips

Windows X-Setup Pro
Just read this post at PC World that reminded me what a great utility that X-Setup Pro is, it covers all versions of Windows operating systems, including 98, 2000, 2003, NT, XP and even Vista. It is a piece of cake to use, you can search for tweaks by function, etc, and easily deploy or restore the old settings if a change causes trouble. From PC World,

The program’s been around a long time. I first wrote about it in 1999 when it was Xteq’s X-Setup, and was the ultimate free tool for black-belt system tuning and tweaking. The tool went beyond TweakUI and similar utilities. From simple boot options up to server settings and hardware settings, X-Setup allowed you to change more than 400 hidden functions with some simple button clicks.

The latest version is 9.0 and it’s now it’s called X-Setup Pro. The tool is substantially improved and can now change 1900 hidden functions in Windows versions 98 through Vista. You’ll learn something, too, because all the tweaks have full explanations. And it’s safe because you can reverse any change; you can also configure the program to warn you if the tweak is the least bit risky. Source: Windows Tweaks and E-Mail Tips

1900 separate tweaks with the explanation of what you are doing right there, and you can even have the program warn you if a particular tweak is risky or not. From the X-Setup Pro website,

Using X-Setup Pro Wizards you can change your system in a step-by-step process – that’s as easy as A-B-C. If you prefer to go with X-Setup Pro Classic, that’s no problem at all: By using an Explorer-like layout and the famous back and next buttons (you already know from your Internet browser) navigation between plugins is very simple.

X-Setup Pro is the most complete tweaker ever available: over 1,900 hidden functions (for Windows, Internet Explorer, Instant Messaging, Office, Explorer appearance, Server options, Network settings, Security…) can be controlled with some simple button clicks! Source: X-Setup Pro 9.0 Features

X-Setup Pro has many great features, you can copy it to a USB drive and change settings on any computer that you own, but the Restore Log also works when using X-Setup Pro Portable, so it won’t be easy to roll back the settings, but if these are settings that you saved and you’ve had no trouble with, then it should be no problem. Speaking of the restore log, if your system crashes and will no longer boot, you can use the program and Bart PE to create a boot disk that will allow you to boot up windows and restore your registry, if need be, but, no matter what, you will be able to boot it up to see.

You can use scripting to run some plugins without installing it, there are many, many plugins available, it has many different language translations, there are many people from all over the world using this program, it automatically updates itself, you can load registry files or even portions of registry files, and with the search function, you can seek and tweak at any time.

Now, I just need to buy a copy and give it a proper review.

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Windows XP and Windows Vista News

Windows Vista and Windows XP in the news.

Vista: Benchmarking or Benchmarketing? Microsoft is in an excellent position to create an industry standard benchmark on a consumer level, because Vista will be the dominant operating system for new PCs by the middle of this year. A built-in benchmarking solution would not only allow users to assess and compare the performance of components and systems, but be a powerful marketing instrument for the whole industry as well. Microsoft developed a comprehensive but simple to understand rating scheme, called the Windows Experience Index.

Platform Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista Free PDF converter for both personal and commercial use. Using doPDF you can create searchable PDF files by selecting the “Print” command from virtually any application. With one click you can convert your Microsoft Excel, Word or PowerPoint documents or your emails and favourite web sites to PDF files.

Researcher to Demonstrate Vista Attacks A security researcher will show hackers new ways to defeat Vista’s BitLocker drive encryption. Sounds like a good idea, right?

Windows Vista Tip: Installing And Running Adobe Reader When you want to put a document online, or distribute it via e-mail, and you need it to look exactly the way it looks on paper, then PDF is the way to go — and the standard application used to view PDF files is, of course, Adobe Reader.

So Where is Microsoft Vista SP1? The April 25 release of a feature-complete Windows Server “Longhorn” beta is a monumental milestone for Microsoft, perhaps more important than the launch of Windows Vista. As the nucleus of Microsoft’s enterprise product strategy, Longhorn will likely pull deployments of other products, including Vista. However, uncertainty about the release of the first Vista service pack looms like a dark cloud over future upgrades.

How the ANI bug got baked into Vista: Microsoft explains In a postmortem of last month’s Windows animated (.ANI) cursor vulnerability, one of Microsoft Corp.’s security development gurus today spelled out how the bug sneaked into Vista.

Manual switch solves XP’s auto-play options Q. I have several flash drives and a couple memory card readers and want to change the automatic-play options that Windows XP offers when I plug them into a USB port. XP will automatically open Windows Explorer — unless there are any JPG picture or AVI movie files on the drive.

NVIDIA Releases nTune 5.05.38 For Windows XP and Vista NVIDIA has released a new version of nTune, its GPU and platform overclocking utility, to NVIDIA.com. The version is 5.05.38 and supports Windows XP (32/64-bit) and Windows Vista (32/64-bit).

Microsoft: Windows XP Sales Will Fade In 2008 as Vista Takes Hold Officials at the software maker said they expect that Windows Vista will account for 85% of OS sales in fiscal 2008 compared to 15% for Windows XP.

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Windows Vista Tips Videos

Added a bunch of new Windows Vista Videos, a bunch of which are tips or how to’s. Check em out.

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