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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

Recent Blogs

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...

How to Remove the Homegroup Icon From the Desktop in Windows 7

Did the Homegroup icon all of a sudden appear on the desktop after running a registry cleaner or using a third party tweaking tool? This article show...

Fix ?Error 2? When Starting the Security Center Service in Windows 7

After a malware attack, your Action Center may report that the Security Center service has stopped… .. and when you click the button to turn on...

Dial-Up Connection Window Keeps Appearing Even After Deleting Old Dial-Up Connectoid in Windows 7

When you attempt to browse the web, a dial-up window may appear prompting for username and password even though the obsolete dial-up connectoid had b...

Fix Libraries Showing Generic Blank Icon and Nothing Happens When a Library Is Double-Clicked

When you click on the Documents, Pictures, Music or Videos library from the Start menu, nothing may happen. Also, these library links may show up wit...

Desktop Gadgets Not Displayed Correctly After Upgrading to Internet Explorer 11

After installing Internet Explorer 11, some of your desktop gadgets may not render correctly. The gadgets may appear transparent with pink border and...

Fix Internet Connection Sharing Error Null or 80004005 in Windows 7

When you try to enable Internet Connection Sharing in your Windows 7 computer via your network connection properties, one of the following errors may...

Fix Explorer.exe Error With Yellow Exclamation at Startup in Windows 8

When you logon to your user account in Windows 8, Explorer.exe error window with yellow exclamation mark may appear, containing no message text. This...

File Association Fixes for Windows 8

Some file association settings got mangled in your system? This page contains the default file association settings (in .REG files) for some common f...

How to Restore Missing Hibernate Option in the Power User WinX Menu in Windows 8

The Power user menu (WinKey + X) and the Power settings do not display Hibernate option by default in Windows 8. However the option can be enabled vi...

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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