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  1. Although PC Pitstop.com and [email protected] is on my list of safe domains/safe senders in Windows Live Mail, I have not received any PC Pitstop Newsletters since 14 Oct 2011? I just checked my PC Pitstop settings but could not find anything relating to opting in or out of newsletters? Please help because I hate missing out on all the discussions and tips they contain!

  2. :woot: All this information is good, but useless if you can't get into the computer in the first place..

    Had a friend that had this happen. The computer came on, but mouse and keyboard was not usable,

    I told him to replace both with his spares..... he did, but with the same results. So how can one get to the

    system restore without a keyboard and mouse? Don't tell me to start in safe mode, can't do that without a

    keyboard.. And he didn't have the system repair disks..

    Any suggestions?


    Every PC user should create and keep a system repair disk handy! Another tip for just this kind of situation is to set and leave your first boot option in the BIOS to CD rom. This way, whenever you need to boot from a system repair disk or spyware removal disk, Windows will boot from the inserted CD without any keyboard input. However, I must admit that I still don't know how you would select a repair option from the menu without a keyboard or mouse? Note to self: it might be a good idea to research this in case it happens to me one day B)


    OK. I have instantly researched this problem and the best solution I have found is if you have aPS/2 port on your PC, try plugging in a PS/2 mouse and see if that works. If it does, you can then press F8 or whichever function key your PC uses to access repair options and the usethe PS/2 mouse to select a repair option. If you do not have a PS/2 port on your PC, these can be obtained for next to nothing on eBay or can be purchased from a local PC store if it is needed urgently. Then you would have to install the new PS/2 card, plug in your PS/2 mouse and press F8 or whatever to access your repair options :)

  3. It's true, I've been a gizmo tryerouter n' collector if I think they'll be useful to me. When I read your post 2 came to mind n' hopefully you won't mind if I add to your post. :blushing:


    The first is AMdeadlink which will scan your favs &/or where ever else you keep internet shortcuts then list 'em all arranged, if you so wish, with 404's at the top, then if link is redirected it'll show you where to....you can delete links that are bad right from the little program.


    The 2nd is called BookMark Wizard n' it will turn your faves into an .htm web page that will list your fav folders in alpha order followed by clickable links under each folder plus it include those links that didn't seem to fit anywhere as well.


    I don't like all that organize business either but I do have folders titled like - wallpaper, great freeware, Anything Win7 and so on. Of course, mustn't forget - - both gizmos are freeware :)




    Thanks for the tips Firekracker! I might give AMdeadlink a try, just to whittle out and try to replace any dead links :) But I find that going through my links manually encourages me to delete any I no longer need ;) And when you save as many urls to your favorites as I do, an occasional purge really is essential! :lol:

  4. I actually do something completely different. I create folders in my Favorites bar to organize thing I commonly use. So Computer Stuff, Utilities, Daily Sites, Gaming Stuff, etc, and just store them all in those folders. If I want something I just look for the category, click the drop down and then the link. In a way I find it forces me to be a little more organized about my faves if it's staring me right in the face like that heh


    Daemonyx, sorry but that isn't different at all! But I apologise if I did not make myself clear. However, the fact is that unless you do store favorites in different folders, there would be no need to do any dropping and dragging to organise them, would there? Because without folders, the only way you could organise them would be to right click anywhere in your favorites list and choose "Sort by name"!

  5. Rather than simply printing webpages to xps, preserve all the links in that webpage by choosing Saving as...in the file menu in IE and saving them as Web Archive, single file .mht instead!


    I found this invaluable when I wanted to transfer all my watched items from one eBay account to another ;) It's also a good way to back up your watched items lists, in case My eBay ever plays up just when you were hoping to bid on an item :cr@sh:

  6. Dear EssexBiker, sorry if I seemed to be addressing you directly, but in fact when I use "you" I'm thinking universally, so I should've used "one" or "someone" or "people" instead of "you"...

    No evil intent here.


    Apology accepted :lol:

  7. There are some situations when one might need to retrieve a license key, like the lack or loss of original disks or documentation. For instance, some notebooks now come with none of these rescue disks, so picture a worst case scenario of such a notebook turned unbootable. Another example: when a friend of mine moved from another city he left all his PC documents and disks there and couldn't have them back. Then I think this app will be an option to try to fix some stuff.


    As to being a beta program, this status is shown on the app's project page. And BTW many so called stable, final version apps come with those "as is" and "use at your own risk" warnings written on their terms. In the end it's a matter of being careful with what you do with your computer. My advice is: If you don't know what you're doing, you better not even start doing it.


    I am fully aware thank you that some so-called stable, final versions of programs also come with "as is" and "use at your own risk" warnings written in their terms. I am equally aware that you should always take sensible precautions when installing any program on your computer - like only installing programs from sources you trust and always creating a restore point before installing any new program! I sometimes even backup (export) my entire registry before installing some programs just to be on the safe side!


    And as soon as I get a new computer, I always gather and keep a note of the system information including my Windows key in a folder on my computer, which is then backed up to 2 external drives for future reference. I also keep my original installation disks safe, making copies of them so that the master is never damaged and create a working set of restore disks as well as a disk containing all my drivers, which are all then backed up to my 2 external drives! So I believe I know what I'm doing a lot better than most Paultx!

  8. Keeping your C drive lean and mean sounds like a good idea in principle. However, according to other articles I've read, installing programs on a partition other than the C drive is not recommended because programs installed on another partition will NOT show up in Control Panel > add/remove programs, so programs without their own uninstall or unwise.exe cannot be uninstalled correctly/completely!


    So if it is mostly the large data caches of programs like Google Earth and TomTomHome that you want to keep off your C drive, why not just use their built-in tools>options to change the default location of its data cache, Temp, and or Backup folders to a folder on your partiton instead?


    Also, anyone who still wishes to try installing programs to a partition other than C drive should note that they will probably have to reformat the partition before or immediately after doing a clean install of their operating system. Because a new installation of Windows will delete the old registry and replace it with a brand new one, so all references to the programs on the alternative drive will be lost and Windows will no longer be correctly configured to use these programs!

  9. The easiest way to organise your bookmarks (IE favorites) is by opening the Favorites folder in the right-hand pane and cutting and pasting or simply dragging items to the folder you wish to move them to rather than using IE's long winded Organise Favorties facility! You can also open your Favorites folder in Windows Explorer and move them around in there. But I prefer the first method as that way you can quickly click on saved links to check that they are still valid before you move them ;)

  10. Wow, if this works it could be absolutely FANTASTIC! For it to take effect after doing a clean install of your OS, I presume you would have to navigate to the HKLM / Software / Microsoft / Windows NT / CurrentVersion / ProfileList again and enter the path to the user profile in the folder you previously saved to your data partition? Would you then have to restart the computer to have it change all Windows default settings to your personalised settings stored in user profile in the alternative location? And would doing this also make Windows move the locations of your documents, contacts, favorites etc to the new locations on your data partition, where you had moved them before you reformatted? If so, this would be a huge timesaver and one of the best tips I have read! So thank you very much for it. :)

  11. I read somewhere about this program and tested it. This simple application helped me when tuning up a client's computer. Thanks to this i got rid of a lot of programs that comes with new systems. The best thing is that you can uninstall all at once and can remove paid and trials programs like Microsoft Office trial.




    Sounds good, thanks!

  12. Of course, "if the worst happens" applies to the slave drive, too.  If it fails, the files are lost ...


    Nonetheless, it's a good strategy, if only because the system drive is much more likely to be harmed by malware.  Although an irreparably corrupted system drive is a disaster, it's certainly less catastrophic if your user data is safe on another drive.


    For single-disk systems running one OS, I always create a boot drive, a system drive, and a data drive.  The first has only the support files necessary to boot the system, the second contains the Windows installation, and the third has separate folders for each user's documents, Internet temp files, etc.


    Creating a boot drive separate to the system drive without it causing problems somewhere down the line sounds a bit too difficult to me! But I always keep all of my data on a separate partition, if only so that periodically I can do a clean install of my operating system on the system drive without it affecting my data files! As for backups, having lost some data once when a drive failed on me, I have been a bit of a belt and braces fiend ever since! Because I use Windows backup to backup all my data to a slave drive weekly, I synchronise all my data to an external drive daily and I backup all my data (automatically as it changes) to an online backup service! I also keep a second external drive at my daughter's house, which I swap over every time I visit, so that my data is synchonised on both drives in case one of them fails! LOL.

  13. When I ran the C:\Windows\system32>defrag c: -b command fragmentation only seemed to be decreased by 1%:


    Invoking boot optimization on System (C:)...



    Pre-Defragmentation Report:


    Volume Information:

    Volume size = 52.60 GB

    Free space = 22.41 GB

    Total fragmented space = 2%

    Largest free space size = 19.45 GB


    Note: File fragments larger than 64MB are not included in the fragmentat

    ion statistics.


    The operation completed successfully.


    Post Defragmentation Report:


    Volume Information:

    Volume size = 52.60 GB

    Free space = 22.41 GB

    Total fragmented space = 1%

    Largest free space size = 33.97 MB


    Note: File fragments larger than 64MB are not included in the fragmentat

    ion statistics.



    So I ran the C:\Windows\system32>defrag c: -v -w but at the end it still said that file fragments larger than 64MB are not included in the fragmentat

    ion statistics However, fragmentation was still reduced to zero, which is excellent:


    Invoking defragmentation on System (C:)...



    Pre-Defragmentation Report:


    Volume Information:

    Volume size = 52.60 GB

    Cluster size = 4 KB

    Used space = 30.66 GB

    Free space = 21.94 GB



    Total fragmented space = 1%

    Average fragments per file = 1.01


    Movable files and folders = 144242

    Unmovable files and folders = 53



    Fragmented files = 829

    Total file fragments = 1495



    Total folders = 22260

    Fragmented folders = 13

    Total folder fragments = 94


    Free space:

    Free space count = 4438

    Average free space size = 5.06 MB

    Largest free space size = 16.10 GB


    Master File Table (MFT):

    MFT size = 185.25 MB

    MFT record count = 189695

    MFT usage = 100%

    Total MFT fragments = 2


    Note: File fragments larger than 64MB are not included in the fragmentat

    ion statistics.

  14. Enchanted Keyfinder is a utility that retrieves the product key used to install Windows from your registry or from an unbootable Windows installation. It works on Windows 9X, ME, NT/2K/XP, and Vista/Win7 and for other software.


    Why would anyone want a Windows key finder unless they were trying to install an illegal copy of Windows? Because if they already had a legal copy of Windows, surely they would already have their Windows key on the documentation that came with their disk or on a label stuck to the side of their PC's?


    But even if there is a valid and legal reason for using it, Beta programs should always be used with caution because Beta programs are those that are still developed and tested for inconsistencies!

  15. If you save OE and/or Windows Mail emails to folders on your computer in the default .eml type, Outlook Express or Windows Mail fires up every time you want to read one of them. But if you save them as type .html from the save as drop-down box, they will then open much faster in Internet Explorer! However when saving and viewing them as type .html, neither the sender/recipients address nor the date will be saved or displayed - all you will see is the body of the email. This could be a good or a bad thing, depending on your reasons for keeping the email.....


    If you wish to retain the date and senders/recipients address, another option is to simply save them as type .txt from the drop-down box. Saving them as .txt you will be able to read the content but neither images nor links will be retained/displayed - instead just the txt version of the url will be displayed, which you can of course then copy and paste into your browser.

  16. The above link no longer leads to the article on Facebook Privacy! The link that opens says Nothing Found and just invites you to click on a link to the Top 50 Makeuseof articles, which opens on a page entitled the Top 100 commented posts!

  17. Actually, I believe you have. If you are running W7 you certainly have.

    That's the point. W7 does not have a Quick Launch bar....and you are trying to use the quick launch bar. The icons you are trying to "stack" are in the new W7 Task Bar, not the Quick Launch.


    What you are trying to do is a function of something not included by default in W7....it isn't there at all.


    Follow the instructions to restore the Quick Launch and you should have the functionality you want.



    You're right! I had forgotten the difference between the Taskbar and the Quick Launch bar! :blush: I have now followed the instructions and created a Quick Launch bar. Thank you so much for the tip! :)

  18. Can you get any of them to hide?


    I just tried with XP and it would not let me slide any further then 3 icons closest to the start button.


    If you mean auto-hide the taskbar itself, yes I can do that. But if you mean push any of the icons up into a vertical column to "hide" them, then no I can't do that in Windows 7. That is precisely the problem! :cr@sh:


    And when I was running XP and Vista, I always use to leave the Show Desktop, IE and OE/Windows Mail icons visible on the taskbar and push all the rest up into the vertical column. So I don't know whether or not it would have been possible to push the slider any closer to the start button.

  19. This site will help you out in getting back your quick launch bar in windows 7.


    Windows 7 forums


    Thanx. It's very informative. But I haven't lost my quick launch bar and I already know how to unlock the taskbar and change its properties etc in Windows 7. But even so, I read through all the tips and maybe I'm blind but I'm afraid I couldn't see ANYTHING about pushing the slider over so that all your shortcuts appeared in a vertical column from the taskbar, like you used to be able to do in XP and Vista?


    It doesn't sound as if anyone even understands what I mean when I say that? :pullhair: So let me explain: Instead of having each shortcut displayed side by side and visible on the taskbar, you used to be able to unlock the taskbar and then push the slider towards the start button. You would then have to click the little upward arrow to see and select those shortcuts that had been "pushed up" into a vertical column.


    Hopefully you all know what I am referring to now? :rolleyes:

  20. I just did properties on the taskbar and unlock the tackbar


    Er...thanx but I know how to unlock the taskbar! What I don't know is how to push the slider along towards the start button, to make the shortcuts appear in a vertical colum in Windows 7. If anyone knows how to do this please let me know. Thanx

  21. If you are used to the old style Windows taskbar, where there is the window in the bar itself, along with a title, the new start menu with no title, and just an icon can be hard to get used to.


    The way to get it back to the old style is to right click on the taskbar, find the Taskbar buttons menu, and select "Never combine" from the dropdown menu. Once you do that, it will go back to the old way of displaying items in the taskbar.


    Well, nearly but not quite! Yes, choosing "Never combine" in Windows 7 will display a single icon on the taskbar for each shortcut you add to it. And if you open 2 Word documents or 2 new windows in IE, they will then appear separately, side by side on the taskbar. But IE tabs will still be displayed in a line above the IE icon.


    AND I have not yet found a way to Unlock the taskbar and push the slider towards the start button to make your shortcuts appear in a vertical column, as you could in XP or Vista and that is something I really miss! So if anyone knows a way to do this, I hope they will share the secret?

  22. Thanks for the OverDrive link.


    You should be able to find the latest Nvidia driver for your 9500 GS here:




    And the Realtek driver here:




    But I would recommend checking the HP site first:




    Many thanks! I have downloaded the GeForce driver and will install it. But Realtek advise that audio drivers available for download from the Realtek website are general drivers for our audio ICs, and may not offer the customizations made by your system/motherboard manufacturer. So to be sure you obtain the full features/customizations provided in your original audio product, you should download the latest drivers from your system/motherboard manufacturer's website. However as HP did not offer any new drivers for my computer and as my audio drivers seem to be working fine, I think I may leave them as they are.

  23. I can see the link in your profile, but it is pointing to the old tests, which do not show which specific drivers have updates available.


    Here are two of my results for comparison. The first is for the old Tech Express, the second is the new OverDrive test:


    OverDrive lists what the drivers are.


    Sorry but I just followed the instructions I found on the site! And since I ran the Overdrive test the other day and NOT the old techexpress test, I don't know how any techexpress results for my current computer even came to be listed in the first place? But I have successfully navigated to the results of my recent Overdrive test and here is the correct link to them:



  24. Hi Essex Biker,


    It would allow us to see the actual driver suggestions if your link was to the new OverDrive test. The old Tech Express full tests are no longer being updated. You can replace the Tech Express link with the URL from the OverDrive recommended Fixes page.


    When you use the Device Manager to check for new drivers it only checks two places, the local computer and Windows Updates, which is typically two or three months behind the computer or hardware manufacturer's driver updates. You should always check the manufacturers first.





    I followed the instructions on how to add a link to the results of the tests I ran yesterday and copied it in to the space provided on my profile. I did not post it to this forum as I thought that only PC Pitstop moderators would need them and that they would have access to my profile.


    However I didn't realise that checks for new drivers through Device Manager were so far behind! But I fully accept that this is in fact the case and therefore apologise most sincerely for doubting the reliability and/or integrity of the test.

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