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Thursday, March 5, 2009

how to search for people in your address book Windows XP

To search for people that are in your address book using the Windows XP Search program do the following;
Click Start ,Search then click on Printers, computers, or people then choose the option People in your address book ,make sure Address book is selected in the Look in section.
The last step is to fill in the persons name or details and click on the Find Now button.

how to remove or add the default games in Windows XP

Windows XP comes with some default games installed like Hearts and Minesweeper if you want to remove or add these games do the following;
(In order to install games you might be asked to insert your windows XP setup CD.)

Click Start and then Control Panel ,open Add or Remove Programs and then click on Add/Remove Windows Components in the left pane ,when that opens double click on the name Accessories and Utilities .
You can now double click on the Games section and add or remove the games that you want or don't want ,click OK when you have finished making the changes and finally click on Next to finalise the installation or removal.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

how to disable the Automatic Desktop Cleanup Feature in Windows XP

To disable this somewhat annoying program from popping up do the following;
Right-click a free area on the desktop and choose Properties.
In the Display Properties menu click the Desktop tab and then click on Customize desktop ,uncheck the option Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard every 60 days and then click OK.

Monday, March 2, 2009

No Audio Output Device is installed error after installing Windows Vista SP1

After installing the vista SP1 update you might notice that there is no sound and the speaker icon on the system tray displays the following message No Audio Output Device is installed ,what seems to work is to remove the audio driver from Device Manager.
To do this click Start ,Control Panel ,System and Maintenance and then Device Manager on the left pane.
On the Device Manager dialogue box click on the Hardware tab and then Device Manager ,expand the Sound ,video and game controllers section ,right click on the current sound device(Realtek ,Via ,soundblaster etc.)and choose uninstall ,do not check the option Delete the Driver Software for this device unless you have the installation CD or software for your sound device.
After doing this restart the computer and Vista will reinstall the device and the sound will work again.