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Windows Task Manager: A Troubleshooting Tool

Although it is a well known fact that rebooting your Windows 7 PC is the option for going to the solution while any program is not shutting down or the system has started working in a different way, there is another option which can hold importance & can be more effective than this one. You can indulge in using the very powerful & result oriented Task Manager which will act as one of the major tools for trouble shooting & solve all the problems regarding Windows 7.

As far as the work of Windows Task manager is concerned it will let you have a very easy access for taking a look at the programs along with the services & the procedures which are running in your system at that point of time. Task manages can also be used as a very efficient tool for assessing your system’s performance & result along with the ability to completely close up the program that is not in the mode of giving you a response. Along with an efficient overview of the Network status, the task manager can let you connect with the local operating systems & their users respectively. If you are having more than one application open in Windows 7, the task manager will help you in executing it effectively by using the available memory volume of your system.

It is very user friendly & easy to operate. It looks like as if a duck is swimming on the pond. On the surface it is calm & quiet but under water it stirs its appendages fast & furiously. This is what the way goes with the Windows. It will do its work with prime importance to manage all the processes that are beneath & underlying. It will never let you down. Just like giving the perfect service at the perfect time. This is the time when you need to move towards the service of the Windows Task Manager. The process of starting the task manager is not as scary as it sounds like. In a very easy way you will be able to start it. Begin with pressing the Ctrl-Shift-Esc button followed by Ctrl-Alt-Del. Or you can select & Start the task manager operative mode. Go to the task bar after giving a click on the start button & type “task manager” on it. Follow the process by pressing the enter button. Give a right click anywhere & end the procedure by selecting Start Task Manager.

These are the different ways by which you will be able to start the Windows task manager application in the easiest way. After you start the process take a look at the bottom of the Task Manager. Make it sure that it hardly matters which tab you are viewing, it is going to give you a dashboard kind of a picture & the current number of processes that are on the run in your system respectively. As a trouble shooting tool, The Windows Task Manager will never cease to amaze you.

5 Good computing habits

Computers have become our daily need and we spend a lot of time sitting in front of it and working on it. We depend so much on computers that now it is hard to think of a world without computers. We use computers at work, at home, at schools and at every possible place in every possible manner. Since we work and rely so much on computers so will it not be good to keep your computer in a good shape all the times and make yourself familiar with the computer so that it easy for you to work on your computer.

You can maintain your PC by following these five best habits:

  1. Organize your data
    Data is all that we work upon on computers. What if you are looking for some important document but are not able to find out on your hard drive. Off course you can run a search on the Hard Drive but what if you don’t even remember the name of the document or if the document was named as document1, or document2. This situation would be really frustrating and to avoid such situation always organise your work well. If you use your computer at work and at home then it good to create two separate user accounts; one for office and another for home. While keeping and saving your data on the Hard Drive make separate folders based on the type of content you are saving and you can also create subfolders for the same.
  2. Keep Hard Drive Clean
    One should always perform a disk cleaning activity once in a month. This helps in cleaning all the junk on the hard drive and getting more and more space for useful information and data. You can personally look for files which you would not be needing and were created unnecessarily and can delete the same.
  3. Create Restore Points
    Restore points play an important role while troubleshooting computer problems. If your computer goes unstable and starts acting weird then you can use these restore points to get the computer back to the state when it was working fine. One should always create restore points before making crucial changes on your computer and otherwise at least one restore point per week.
  4. Keep OS and Office updated
    Microsoft constantly keeps gathering the user feedback and keeps on improving their software by releasing updates. It is quite possible that your operating system was crashing while working with your phone and the next update might fix the problem. So it is always advised and is wise to the software updated so you have all the necessary features and patches of the same.
  5. Scan for infections
    As we work and browse the internet it is quite possible that our computer gets infected by Viruses or Spywares. It is always good to keep the security software updated and scan the entire hard drive at least twice in month. This will reduce the risk of further damage which can be caused by the infection and will keep your data safe.

How to Fix the Windows 7 Low Volume Problem

Sometimes Windows 7 may decide to give you unnecessary heartache with volume issues. I did found out that Windows 7 can be plain annoying at times particularly if you have used for quite some time and more so the volume. For some unknown reason, it has a habit of falling volumes that cannot be explained.  I am not sure about you but sometimes my volume decreases considerably and despite turning the level to its maximum, it still gives out a fickle output volume.  My quest for a solution to this relentlessly annoying habit led to some troubleshooting discovery I would to share.

Incessant Low Volume

The aim of the feature that causes this problem is basically to keep the volume at a regulated level automatically when communication is detected.  But for whatever reason, the feature just activates at unnecessary times and just won’t go off, rather maintaining its presence till your volume hits record low. The most annoying thing with the low volume problem is the fact that even on reboot; the problem might just refuse to go away and may bother you endlessly. Well, here is how to solve this challenge;

Procedures to Correct the Low Volume Problem

  • On your Start tab, access the list and open the Control Panel
  • On the Control Panel, access the tab named “Sound” and access the “Change System Sounds” tab from here
  • Once you are in the Change System sounds window, you will see the “Communications” tab. Simple click on the tab to open it and once it is opened, select the “Do nothing” option. You will realize that it might have increased the percentages by itself placing it at highs such as 80%. Just change to do nothing.
  • Once you are done with the simple change that is it. Your system sound has been readjusted and you can enjoy the quality sound you once had.

The operation is as simple as the instructions above and it worked for me. I don’t know the motivation behind Microsoft’s inclusion of this feature in the windows 7 operating system but it sure does work and that is what matters. Whatever made Microsoft not fix the problem that was clearly a part of the preceding Vista OS I cannot understand at the moment? The sound problem is one little aspect of Windows 7 that can cause you unnecessary heartache if you do not know how to troubleshoot it. But here I have given you a simple procedure that should see your volume up and running in a matter of seconds.

Check for Other Errors

However, sometimes you need to be sure it is not your drivers or other sound settings that have been tampered with. It pays to check your sound settings to establish that they are not the problem if the troubleshooting I have given you does not work. It could be driver errors, or installation errors. Regardless, if it is the typical sound volume problem as explained above, simply do the above mentioned.

How to Change Advanced Indexing Options

It is a common experience that people often forget where they have kept their things. This is also valid when people use the computers. People forget where they placed a particular file or folder in their computer. As a result they get frustrated because any file can be of considerable importance and value particularly if it is needed at the high time. People have one option here which can help them look for where they have placed that particular file or folder. They use the windows search option which can be found under start options in windows.

Advanced indexing

Windows takes the help of index to search for the files and folders that you specify to it. There are some advanced settings for indexing options. You can change the windows indexing settings to advance settings in order to optimize and make the searches faster on your computer.

Adding certain file types to windows indexing

If you are using a certain file type on your computer that windows index does not recognize then you can add it to the windows index easily to perform future searches faster. First of all you have to open the indexing options in windows. Go to start options and search for the indexing options in the tab. Here you can find indexing options. Now click “advanced” in the indexing options. If the systems ask you for a password, (usually administrator password) then provide the password so that you can proceed further. You will notice the “file types” tab in the advanced options. Click on the file types tab. You will notice “add the new extension to list” box. Here you need to add that particular file extension. For instance, you add the file extension “txt” in the “add the new extension to list” box. Now you need to click “index properties only” and then click ok. If you are adding encrypted files to index make sure that you have a “windows bit-locker” ready on your hard drive. There is no need of any kind of maintenance that the windows index requires.

Troubleshooting

However at times you can note that Windows is not searching for the files and folders that are already appearing in the search indexing. In this case you need to rebuild the index. The rebuilding of indexing can take up to several hours. However your search will not be optimized unless the index is fully and properly rebuilt.

In order to rebuild the index you need to search for indexing options by going to start and then searching for indexing options. Click on the indexing options. Now click the advanced tab and if you are asked for a password, then provide that password so that you can proceed further. You will notice the “index settings” tab in advanced options dialogue box. Click index settings and you will notice a rebuild index tab. Click on the rebuild index. You may be asked for providing a password in order to proceed further. If so, then provide the password so that index rebuilding process is started and your windows search becomes faster.

Hence in this way you can index through your files easily and it becomes a lot easier to search a particular file in your system.

How to Start your Computer in Safe Mode

A troubleshooting option available in a Windows system, the start mode helps you start your computer but in a very restricted state. It allows you to start your computer with only a few basic files and also drivers which are needed for the Windows to run successfully. Your usage gets restricted once you start your computer in the safe mode. The startup programs in the most common situations don’t run successfully in the safe mode. Generally, the safe mode proves to be a very useful system for all types of troubleshooting issues related to the drivers and programs which cause the Windows to not start correctly. Also, if the problem fails to appear on the screen as you turn on the safe mode, you have the chance to eliminate the scheduled default settings along with the other basic device drivers which probably may be the cause for the starting issue. There are also chances that a newly installed program in your computer prevents the Windows from starting normally. In such situations, you can easily start the computer in its safe mode and later delete the particular program. Well, in case if you are not aware of how to start your computer in its safe mode then simply follow procedure mentioned below.

1. If you have any CD, floppy disk, DVD, etc. inserted into your computer, simply remove it from your computer. Now try to restart your computer again.Click on to the Start button in your computer and then click on the arrow located right next to the Shut Down button. Here click on Restart.

2. Select one of the given options:

  • In case your computer has just one single OS installed in it, then press F8 and hold it for sometime while your computer restarts. The F8 key should be pressed before the Windows logo appears onto your computer screen. However, if the windows logo appears before you press F8, then you will have to try it all over again until you are finally prompted by Windows logon message. Now shut down and then again restart the computer.
  • In case your computer is installed with more than one OS, then make use of the arrow keys to simply highlight the particular operating system which needs to be started in the safe mode. Now press the F8 keys.

3. As the Advanced Boot Options screen appears, highlight the safe mode using the arrow keys for the option you wish to select. Now press Enter.

4. Finally, log onto your computer using the user account with the administrator rights.

Just as your computer starts in the Safe Mode, you will notice these words, Safe Mode written in one of the corners of your computer monitor. Well, in order to simply exit this safe mode, you will have to restart your computer and then let it start normally.In this way, you can start your computer in the safe mode easily and then take up your backup or follow any process based on the requirements.

How to Run Old Programs (Vista, XP, 2000) in Windows 7

If you have recently migrated from Windows Vista to Windows 7, you may have already realized that there are still a number of programs that have not yet been programmed to run in the new operating system. Most programs that had been intended for Windows Vista should run properly under Windows 7 as well. There are still some cases however, when a program will not run correctly, or even refuse to install. If you get an error message related to compatibility during the installation or execution of a program, this guide should help you overcome this problem.

Windows 7 has been tailored to be compatible with programs from previous versions of Windows. There are two main ways (excluding the shortcuts) in which you can fix any compatibility issues. This can be done manually, or through Program Compatibility troubleshooter.

Program Compatibility Troubleshooter

For users who are unfamiliar with Windows 7 or any of Microsoft’s operating systems, this method is recommended. To get to Program Compatibility troubleshooter, go through the following series of instructions:

  • Select Start.

(By default, the Start button is the colorful window sign at the bottom left of the screen)

  • Select Control Panel.
  • Click the search box at the top right of the window.
  • Type troubleshooting.
  • Select Troubleshooting.
  • Select Run Programs made for previous versions of Windows.
  • Select the Advanced. (If you have administrator privileges)
  • Select Next and follow the instructions of the troubleshooter.

Shortcuts

  • You can also go straight to the troubleshooter by typing run programs in the start search box and selecting Programs made for previous versions of Windows.
  • Simply right-clicking the icon of the executable program and selecting Troubleshoot Compatibility from the menu that appears will also take you directly to the troubleshooter

Manually configuring compatibility settings

You can change the settings of individual programs and run them in certain Windows versions manually:

  • Right-click the executable file you wish to configure.
  • Select Properties in the menu that appears.
  • Select the Compatibility tab.
  • Under compatibility mode select the box beside Run this program in compatibility mode for.
  • Select the operating system the program is compatible with.
  • Select Apply and Ok.

Other options under Settings and Privilege Level can be used to further specify the desired behavior or a program you want to run.

Both methods above have been successful in solving compatibility issues. For advanced users, manually configuring the settings will be faster if you already know that a certain program will have compatibility issues. Using the manual method has also worked for installing files that refuse to execute due to compatibility issues. Selecting the appropriate Windows version in its properties will allow an installer to execute as though it was an ordinary program being run in a previous version mode. This guide should help in fixing any compatibility related issues when installing or running programs in windows seven.

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