Tutorials / How-tos

What Every PC User Should Know about Windows File Extensions- FAQ

File extensions are a very basic concept in understanding how Windows manages files. Experienced PC users may assume that it is something that everybody understands. Nonetheless, many PC users do not even know that file extensions exist and many others are confused by their function. The unfortunate decision by Microsoft to hide file extensions in the default settings for Windows has helped obscure the very important role that file extensions play in the way the Windows operating system deals with files.

Do we really need Windows registry cleaners?

In early 2012 I wrote this short article describing the impact of registry cleaning on Windows XP performance. I never published it because I was primarily settling the question for my own satisfaction. Secondly, I shelved it when I started working on a longer article that provides more detail on the scenarios. I never finished that other article so now I'm publishing this shorter article because it will still be useful to the many Windows XP users.

Windows 7 Startup Components

Introduction

This article supports the Windows 7 Startup article.

I have documented the Windows components that are important to the Windows 7 Startup article. This article contains three diagrams to describe the Windows environment created at startup:

Windows 7 Startup

Want to know what happens when Windows starts?

Windows Startup Terminology

Introduction

This article supports the Windows 7 Startup article

Understanding the Windows 7 Startup article requires an understanding of the terms used here.

Deeper into the Windows Registry

The Windows registry is doubly obscure as it is both unknown to most of us and hard to understand. This is as it should be. The registry is a fundamental part of the Windows Kernel and its operations are relatively complex. If Windows is working properly then we, as users, should never see the Registry or any of its components. This article is not written for registry beginners, nor those wanting to edit the registry. Instead it provides a deeper understanding of the organization and management of the registry.

Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 & 17.1 - Cinnamon Edition]

 

Introduction

Linux MintLinux Mint is one of the top free operating systems widely used in the world and currently receives the highest hits at DistroWatch.

Tips and Tricks for Ubuntu after Installation [Ubuntu 14.04 - 14.10]

 

Installing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) As A Portable

Introduction

This guide will help you to install µTorrent (or BitTorrent) as a portable application, either on your Windows computer or for a USB key or other portable drive.  µTorrent and BitTorrent are owned by the same company and are identical bittorrent clients (other than name and color).  So this guide applies to both clients.

How to Create Recovery Discs or USB Keys in Windows 8

Anytime you have a new Windows system, one of the first things to do is create a bootable repair disc or flash drive. Windows 8 has two approaches to creating emergency recovery media, one new and one left over from Windows 7. They are not obvious but here is how to find and use them. First, I’ll show the new way.

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