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This site contains troubleshooting advice, fixes, scripts, and freeware utilities to resolve problems in Windows XP and Vista Operating Systems.

I hope that the resources available in this site should help you learn, diagnose and troubleshoot the common problems you face in Windows.


Ramesh Srinivasan
Microsoft MVP, Windows Desktop Experience

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How to Open Windows Explorer to Favorites in Windows 7

When you start Windows Explorer using the Pinned Taskbar shortcut, it opens the Libraries folder by default. If you want Explorer to open to Favorite...

Fix Disk Defragmenter (dfrgui.exe) Does Not Launch in Windows 7

When you start Disk Defragmenter using any of these ways in Windows 7, nothing may happen except a brief blue circle (hourglass): Right-click on a ha...

How to Pin Windows Update Icon to the Start Menu and Taskbar in Windows 7?

Pinning applications to the Start menu or Taskbar is a great way to access them quickly, especially the ones which you use frequently. However the Pi...

KB3038314 Error 80092004 and Problem Adding Search Provider in Internet Explorer

There has been numerous reports that the Microsoft Update KB3038314 (Cumulative security update for Internet Explorer: April 14, 2015) caused problem...

How to Remove Libraries, Homegroup and Favorites From Explorer Navigation Pane in Windows 7

The Libraries, Homegroup and Favorites section in the Windows Explorer navigation pane prove very useful for most users. However, if you don’t ...

Fix ?the User Profile Service Service Failed the Logon? New User Profile Error in Windows 7

When you logon to a newly created user profile for the first time, the profile may not load and the following error is seen: The User Profile Service...

How to Restore Missing AutoPlay Entries in Windows 7

When you open the AutoPlay settings dialog, some or all of the default AutoPlay entries or handlers that come with Windows 7 may be missing. This hap...

Libraries Listed Under Desktop in the Navigation Pane in Windows 7?

The navigation pane in Windows 7 lists Libraries as a separate category by default, as in the picture below: In some systems, Libraries may be listed...

How to Fix Empty User Accounts Picture in the Windows 7 Welcome Screen

When you start your computer, the user accounts listing in the Welcome Screen may show up with an empty frame. Result would be the same if you open t...

How to Restore Missing or Hidden Libraries in Windows 7

When you open Explorer, all the libraries may be missing, and clicking the "Restore default libraries" context menu option would have no effe...

Recent Articles

Using the utility discussed in this page, you can change how the drive-letters are shown in Computer.
In article 245 we saw how to manually delete the email auto-complete entries in Windows Mail. Here is an utility to automate the same.
This article explains how to uninstall a Windows Media Player Visualization manually, in case the standard removal procedures do not work.
Windows XP had an option to configure Internet Explorer to open Office documents in the appropriate Office program instead of in Internet Explorer. As the option (File Types tab) is missing in Windows Vista, can anyone aid in a solution other than saving the file upon download?
This article tells you how to rename the Recycle Bin in Windows XP.

The Recycle Bin icon in Windows 7/Vista may not change to show whether or not it is full or empty. It may be either stuck on the empty icon or the full icon, but the Recycle Bin icon updates correctly when you press the F5 button on the keyboard to refresh the Desktop manually.

When you try to start the Windows Firewall service in a Windows XP Service Pack 2 computer, the following error may occur:
The Templates section of TweakUI PowerToy for Windows XP helps you create or delete document templates (shown under the New menu.) This article tells you how to manage document templates using TweakUI PowerToy for Windows XP, under Windows Vista.
This article explains how to redirect the output of command line tools to the Windows Vista Clipboard.
In Windows Explorer .mp3 associates with Windows Media Player. In Media Player it shows that it will handle .mp3 files. QuickTime Player shows that it does not handle mp3 files. But when I click a link to an .mp3 file in Internet Explorer it plays the file using QuickTime, instead of launching Windows Media Player. What can I do to fix this?
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