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Friday, August 22, 2008


If you get this blue screen of death (BSOD) error when booting windows XP there is a fix.
Boot off your windows XP setup disk by making your CD/DVD drive the first boot device in the system Bios.
Then press any key when prompted to ,at the blue Welcome to Setup screen , press R to start the Recovery Console.
Now select the installation that you want to access by pressing the correct number(dont just press the ENTER key), type the Administrator password if you have one or just press ENTER if you dont.
At the command prompt, type CHKDSK/R , and then press ENTER.
When finished with the scan type FIXBOOT and say Yes to write a new Bootsector ,type EXIT to leave the Recovery console and reboot the machine.
Windows should now load correctly.

This weeks TOP PC games chart 22 August 2008

Here is this weeks top PC games chart from CUSTOMPC

01 The Sims 2: Double Deluxe (No change)
02 The Sims 2: Freetime (No change)
03 Civilization IV Complete (No change)
04 World of Warcraft: Battle Chest (No change)
05 Sins of a Solar Empire (Last week: 6)
06 Beijing 2008 (New entry)
07 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Last week: 5)
08 The Sims 2: Bon Voyage (Last week: 7)
09 Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (Last week: 8)
10 Crysis (Last week: 12)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

HP director not working after installing Internet Explorer 7

After installing Internet Explorer 7 the printer software program HP director does not open anymore when Clicking it.
The fix is to go to the HP support site and download a patch for your program.

Then it will work fine.

how to change the Windows XP product key

If you would like to change the windows XP product key for some reason or other here is how to do it.
Before starting you should create a System Restore point in case something goes wrong.

Open the registry editor regedit by Clicking Start, Run and then typing regedit, and then click OK.
When in regedit look in the left pane then locate and then click the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Current Version\WPAEvents
In the right pane, right-click OOBETimer, and then click Modify.
Change at least one digit of this value by deleting or adding to it to deactivate Windows Click on OK and then exit the registry editor.
Now Click Start, Run and type the following command, and then click OK.
%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a
The activation window will open, Click on Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to activate Windows, and then click Next.
Click Change Product key at the bottom of the screen ,type the new product key in the New key boxes, and then click Update.
If you are taken to the previous window, click Remind me later, and then restart the computer.

The new key will now be in effect

Monday, August 11, 2008

search option missing from folders context menu in Vista after installing SP1

After installing SP1 for windows Vista the Search option in the Right -Click folders context menu has been removed.
To fix this go to the registry editor by typing Regedit into the search box of the start menu and then opening it.
Navigate to the following key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\find
In the right pane, Right-Click on LegacyDisable and Click Delete , Click Yes to confirm deletion.
Restart the computer and the Search option will be back.

Friday, August 8, 2008

how to open an Office 2007 document with an earlier version

If you try to open a document that was made with a Microsoft Office 2007 program with an earlier version of Office it wont let you.
The solution is to download and install the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats.
The document should now work.

Friday, August 1, 2008

This weeks TOP PC games chart 01 August 2008

Here is the weeks Top 10 PC games chart from CUSTOMPC

01 The Sims 2: Double Deluxe (No change)
02 The Sims 2: Freetime (No change)
03 World of Warcraft: Battle Chest (No change)
04 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Last week: 6)
05 The Sims 2: Bon Voyage (Last week: 7)
06 Sins of a Solar Empire (Last week: 15)
07 Civilization IV Complete (Last week: 4)
08 Mass Effect (Last week: 5)
09 Assassin's Creed (Last week: 8)
10 Race Driver: GRID (Last week: 18)