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How to Perform a Stress Test on the CPU and Motherboard

The stress test aims to verify the stability of the computer under a heavy load. It involves running specially designed CPU-intensive programs that simultaneously test not only the processor but also the computer's motherboard and memory. Such stress tests allow you to quickly identify flaws in the

How to Record Via USB 2.0 to Windows XP

Recording a speech through an external microphone onto a computer provides a means for creating a digital file that will not degrade over time, as does a cassette tape. The microphone can be attached to a computer running Windows XP through a USB 2.0 connection. No additional software is needed beca

How do I Fix Explorer.exe When It Is Not Loading on Startup in XP?

The Explorer file that runs at Windows startup is the main graphical user interface component known as the shell. Applications that change the look of Windows often use a new shell file. A problem can occur when you uninstall the application and it fails to replace the default shell. In other circ

How to Stop Firewall

Windows' firewall is a tool that is designed to protect your computer from threats on the Internet. The problem is when the firewall is blocking programs from accessing the Internet when that's what you want them to do, such as with file-sharing programs. The solution is to add an exception to Windo

How to Direct Connect With a Local Area Connection on XP

According to Microsoft Windows, if you "have a network adapter installed, and have set up a home or small office network, you are connected to a local area network (LAN)." When you turn your computer on and start it up, your computer's local area connection will automatically be connected and starte

How to Keep the Wireless on During Sleep Mode in Vista

Your can set your system to launch a "sleep mode" after your Vista computer or laptop has remained idle for a specific amount of time. Sleep mode lowers the amount of energy the computer consumes when it is not in use. It may also shut off your wireless network card to save energy. You can change th

How to Reinstall Windows XP From a Command Prompt

If you need to reinstall Windows XP, you can enter the setup program to accomplish this task through the MS-DOS command prompt. The process is simple and does not require any extensive technical knowledge on the part of the user. You want to make sure you have enough disk space to copy the Windows X

How to Repair a XP Install

If your Windows XP computer is suffering from a serious problem that is affecting the operating system, a repair install may be your ticket to success. A repair install is designed to replace the core Windows system files, not overwrite your data, so that you can get your computer back up and workin

What Is a Word Processing System?

A word processing system or program replaces the earlier (now almost obsolete) manual typewriter by allowing a user to electronically type reports, memos and letters. Commonly used word processing systems include Corel WordPerfect, GoogleDocs and Microsoft Word. A word processing system combines uni

How to Turn Off Print Notifications in Vista

Popup notifications are one feature of Windows Vista. These notifications appear to alert you of new updates, security warnings and printer notifications. These notifications appear in the system tray on the far right of the task bar. The intent behind these notifications is to alert the computer us

How to Remote Control Using Vista

Microsoft Vista has a built in feature that allows one computer to remote control another one. This feature, Remote Assistance, is meant to make it easier for one person to help another with his computer issues by giving the helper full access to that computer. For example, if your friend in Florida

How to Switch Background Apps on an iPad

Apple added a multitasking feature to version 4.0 of its iOS operating system, which is used to run the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. This allows you to minimize an application, rather than closing it down. You can then launch other applications and switch between them at any time. Many applications

How to Do Window Moulding

Window moulding is the trim that sits around the perimeter of a window, covering the space between the inner edge of the window casing and the surrounding wall. Window moulding can get pretty fancy or you can keep it simple. One basic design is a four-corner miter, which uses flat moulding with mite

Windows 2000 Diagnostic Tools

Windows 2000 diagnostic tools help you find and repair computer problems.Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesWindows 2000 is a Microsoft operating system that was created for both servers and personal computers. It was released in February 2000 as a follow-up to Windows NT 4.0, and...

What Is NTLDR in Windows?

NTLDR is an abbreviation for the Windows NT Loader program. This file operates as a boot loader for Windows NT, which will be present on later versions of Windows 2003, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. NTLDR does not function with Windows Vista.

Registry Edit Tricks

The Windows registry is a database that contains the settings, properties and references that Windows needs to operate. Every time you change your wallpaper or add a new software program, Windows updates the registry. Users who understand the registry can employ tricks to tweak their...

How to Turn on Javascript in Windows Explorer

Originally created by Netscape, JavaScript is a programming language that allows developers to add dynamic content and interactivity to Web pages. Known as a client-side language, JavaScript must be enabled on your computer before you can view any such content. Because the content is viewed through

How to Optimize XP Startup

If you find your computer is taking a long time to start up, it may be time to give it a tune up. By optimizing your Windows XP startup options, you can shorten the time it takes to get from pressing the power switch to being able to open programs and get to work. While you might be tempted to downl

How to Get Rid of AutoCAD 2005 in a Registry

AutoCAD is a CAD (computer-aided design or computer-aided drafting) software application for two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) design and drafting. This program is mostly used as an architectural design tool and currently supports over 20 languages. Since 1982, Autodesk Inc. has releas