Windows can be unbootable for many reasons. Sometimes when everything such as your files and data are still intact but it is just the boot sector that just got corrupted. If a person only knows how to reinstall Windows, he/she would have wasted hours backing up all the data, reinstalling windows, reinstalling drivers and third party applications and finally restoring the data. However if the user knew how to fix the boot problem, it would have taken 5 to 10 minutes at most to make Windows bootable and everything is back to normal.
Windows 7 comes with a very handy built-in feature where you can press F8 and select Repair Your Computer. From there, there is a place to try to fix boot problems. Even if you can’t press F8, inserting the Windows 7 installation disc also provides this feature. However for older operating system such as Windows XP, there is no such feature and using the fixboot commands are risky. An easier way is to use Paragon Rescue Kit 9.0 Express Edition.
The express edition is the free version for the Profesisonal version which cost money and has more features. However the express edition is good enough since it has File Transfer Wizard, Undelete Partition and Boot Correcter. The boot corrected allows you to cure the majority of boot problems for Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003 and Vista. You will need to download the installer, request a free key and then burn it to a disc to boot up computer with.
Sharing folders via network is a huge convenience in transferring files as well as for backing up purposes. Sharing a folder in Windows XP is very easy by right clicking on the folder and select Sharing and Security. As for Windows 7, you will need to select Share with > Specific people and select the user account. Then when accessing from a different computer, you will need to login with the username and password. However you may experience problems in accessing a shared folder on a network but you are able to ping the computer.
COMPUTER is not available. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access. The network path was not found.
Windows cannot access \\share. Check the spelling of the name. Otherwise, there might be a problem with your network. To try to identify and resolve network problems, click Diagnose. Error code: 0x80070035 The network path was not found.
The network path was not found
No network provider accepted the given network path
If you got any of the error messages above when trying to access a shared folder on a network but can ping the computer, then the first thing you should check is if the “File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks” service is enabled for the network adapter. Hit WIN+R and type ncpa.cpl and hit Enter. Right click on Local Area Connection and select Properties. At the Networking tab, make sure that File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks is checked.
Microsoft has released a beta software called Microsoft Fix it Center where it contains troubleshooters that help detect issues on target PCs and solve them on demand or proactively before you even know they exist.
After installation, when ran, Microsoft Fix It Center will automatically gather your computer’s information and then shows you the troubleshooters to install. After finished downloading, the main Fix It Center will open showing you a list of items which you can check for any problems and offers you automated way of fixing it. If you think you are having problems on any of the items listed, simply click on the Run button which will run the problem detection.
This Microsoft Fix It Center software is a convenient and easy to use tool that aims to help users that doesn’t know much about computers to try to fix the problem themselves before asking for help. The detail button provide further explanation of what each item meant and also the last run date. Microsoft Fix It Center is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 2003 and 2008 32 bit. As for 64-bit, currently it only supports Windows XP Pro SP2.
After the introduction of Intel-based Apple computers, Mac users have got the option to combine their Mac OS X environments with Microsoft Windows (XP and later), which can be easily installed as an additional OS with the help of Apple Boot Camp. It should have been a real breakthrough if not for a naughty nuance – data sharing between Mac and Windows domains is a real problem, as Windows doesn’t know a thing about HFS+, the primary file system for Macintosh computers, while Mac OS X only provides read access to NTFS is an advanced file system that provides performance, security, reliability, and advanced features that are not found in any version of FAT.
With release of NTFS for Mac, Paragon Software has offered an elegant solution for these limitations. With a low-level file system driver on the Mac side providing full read/write access to NTFS, the company has managed to open up an effective communication channel between Mac OS X and Windows. Paragon HFS+ for Windows is a promising successor of this trend. It’s a file system driver that currently can offer read access to HFS+/HFSX volumes under Microsoft Windows.
Paragon HFS for Windows normally cost $39.95 but you can get your free v7.5 license for free by following the steps below:
1. Visit http://www.paragon-software.com/registration/hfs-windows75.html , fill up the form and click the Submit button.
2. You should receive an email from Paragon with the Product Key and Serial Number within 15 minutes.
3. Download Paragon HFS for Windows 7.5 from the link below and install
4. Enter the Product Key and Serial number that you received during installation to register Paragon HFS for Windows 7.5.
Windows by default offers the user a chance of restoring the deleted files or folders by using the Recycle Bin. If an item is deleted normally by either using the Del key on the keyboard or right click and select delete, the file will go directly into the Recycle Bin. It stays there until the user decides to empty the recycle bin or if the user has ran a disk cleanup and selected to clear the recycle bin items. There are ways to disable the use of recycle bin but it is not recommended and one of the way to do that is by simultaneously pressing Shift+Del on a selected file.
As useful as it is, the Windows Recycle Bin lacks of a feature where it allows the user to set an interval of the items to delete. You can install BinManager which offers a simple and neat feature to auto delete items older than today, yesterday, 2 days, 3 days, a week or a month.
All you need to do is right click on the recycle bin, go to Delete Items Older Than and select the desired value. Now you don’t have to worry about the Recycle Bin taking up too much space as it can remove items that are old and probably you won’t be restoring them back.
More and more software are coded in C# which in turns requires the user to have Microsoft .NET Framework installed to run the application. The reason why C# is gaining a lot of popularity it has many available libraries and coding a function is 10 times faster and easier if compared to C++. Microsoft Windows Vista and 7 operating system already by default comes with .NET Framework 3 which allows users to run many applications written in C#.
Recently Microsoft has released the final stable version of .NET Framework 4 which contains a lot of new and improved features. We won’t be posting the .NET Framework 4 changelog because it is for application developers and not end users. What everyone including the end user should know is the .NET Framework 4 works side by side with older Framework versions. Applications that are based on earlier versions of the Framework will continue to run on the version targeted by default.
The latest Microsoft .NET Framework 4 is not available in Windows Update yet but you can get it from the link below. There is a web installer where you can download a small setup file and it only downloads the necessary files to install. Another one is the standalone version of the .NET Framework 4 installer which is slightly bigger in size and it can be installed on computers without an active internet connection.
Some branded computer such as Toshiba has their own bluetooth driver stack to use on Windows. Toshiba bluetooth driver is one of the most used driver stack because some laptops such as Fujitsu Siemens, ASUS, Dell and Sony laptops comes with it installed. There are times when Microsoft Bluetooth driver stack has proven to have better compatibility with other bluetooth devices such as blackberry. Installing the third party bluetooth driver from Widcomm can produce some syncing problems with blackberry and if switching to Microsoft Bluetooth driver fixes the problem.
To install Microsoft Bluetooth driver stack, first you must uninstall any bluetooth stack driver software that came with the bluetooth adapter. Then reboot your computer and when Windows ask for driver click cancel. Finally run this Bluetooth Driver Installer which will try to install generic Microsoft driver for your bluetooth adapter. It should be able to detect your bluetooth hardware and install accordingly.
Currently Bluetooth Driver Installer has known issues running it under 64bit of Windows with a System Error. Code: -536870347 (FFFFFFFFE0000237). It is currently being investigated and hopefully fixed soon.