Resolving Hard Drive Problems in Windows

Sometimes your hard drive goes bad. Here are some ways to track down the problem and fix it, without having to buy a new one.

The Windows Task Manager is divided into applications, processes and services. Learn more about the Task Manager here.

Running a Windows app in compatibility mode can fix many crashes, glitches and other issues when running that app. Here’s how compatibility mode works.

Use the Task Manager in Windows 7

The Task Manager (found by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc) is where you manage applications and processes and check on CPU and memory usage. Learn more here.

Here’s a history of the Windows Key, what it does, and a list of Windows Key shortcuts in any version of Windows. Mastering this key is essential.

Using Windows 7 Sticky Notes

Sticky Notes are like a better Notepad application in Windows 7, for those that want their notes on top of the screen at all times.

Remote Desktop Connection allows you to access a home PC from work, or vice-versa. It gives you control of the other PC to move files back and forth, for example.

Reinstall Video Drivers in Windows 7

Sometimes Windows will install with generic or wrong video drivers. Here’s how to get the right ones for your card.

Fix Windows 7 File Errors

There’s an easy way to verify and repair your files in Windows 7, and this step can often prevent Blue Screens of Death from happening.

The Windows Action Center is a great place to learn about issues that your Windows Vista or Windows 7 PC is having.

A Command Prompt, or DOS Window, is where you carry out text instructions that are difficult to do through Windows.

Windows has an app called Windows Easy Transfer that makes it super easy to move files and settings from one PC to another.

Create a Shortcut in Any Version of Windows

A shortcut is a Windows file that directs you toward a folder or file in a different part of Windows. Shortcuts are really useful for getting around the Windows environment.

Windows has built-in tools for fixing Internet connectivity problems. Here’s how to activate these tools easily and get back up and running.

Change the Windows 7 Power Plan

Adjusting a power plan in Windows lets you control how your laptop saves on battery, especially between charges.

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