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I have written a guide for next week that explains running tasks as an administrator in Windows XP. Just like modern cars (some, not all) don’t fully turn off the traction control even when you press the switch, modern versions (including XP) don’t give you full administrative permissions (even with an Administrator account.) Thus, you’ll need to activate the “hidden” administrator account in Windows to have full control over your files and settings.

Please note: Only activate and use this account if you have a need to do so (i.e. tinkering with system files on a non-critical PC.)

Learn, in this guide, how to activate the hidden administrator account in Windows XP (Instructions for Windows Vista/7.)

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What Tutorials Would You Like to See on Windows Guides?

Posted by Thomas On November - 30 - 2010

In order for us to deliver interesting articles it is sometimes necessary to ask about your likes and dislikes. Looking at the latest Photoshop tutorial by Rich, I was wondering if this is something you would love to read more about ?

So fill out the questionnaire below and let us know. If the response reflects a wish to see more tutorials we will set up a permanent Tutorial request in the Forum.

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Windows 7 Resource Monitor Icon

The System Health Report is a great feature of Windows 7 that will help you find potential problems with your PC and point you in the right direction to a resolution. This report records details about your computer’s performance, resource usage, and more and includes diagnostic information about things that aren’t working with resolution suggestions.

Specifically, the report includes:

  • Diagnostic Results (Warnings, Performance)
  • Software Configuration (OS Checks, Security Center Information, System Services, Startup Programs)
  • Hardware Configuration (Disk Checks, Systems, Desktop Rating, BIOS, Devices)
  • CPU (Process, Service, Services, System)
  • Network (TCP, Interface, IP, UDP)
  • Disk (Hot files, Disk breakdown, Physical disk, NTFS Performance)
  • Memory (Processes, Counters)

In this guide, we’ll cover the following:

  1. How to run a system health check.
  2. View the output of a system health check.
  3. Research Issues.
  4. Fix Issues.
  5. Get help with reported issues.

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Do You Use a Custom Start Button/Orb? [Poll Results]

Posted by Rich On November - 29 - 2010

Last week we asked you if you use a custom start orb. Thank you to all who participated; here’s what you said:

32% do use a custom start orb, 56% don’t, and 12% are not sure what a custom start orb is.

For the 12% who are not sure, the “Start Orb” is the Start button that, when clicked, brings up the start menu.

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Windows 7 Resource Monitor IconIn earlier versions of Windows, you’d need a third-party solution to help you monitor key subsystems (CPU, RAM etc.) of your computer. With Vista, came the Resource Monitor (Resmon) and with Windows 7 came improvements to the Resource Monitor.

In this guide, we talk more about Windows 7’s Resource Monitor. Previously, Angel Luis showed you how to determine if you need more RAM using Windows 7’s resource monitor. In this guide, we’ll show you what else you can monitor with Resource Monitor and help you interpret the data it gives.

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What’s Going on in Windows Forums?

Posted by Stu On November - 29 - 2010

Windows Forums is a community for users—from beginners to experts—who learn and share knowledge about Windows and PC’s.

You can get great help and advice from our resident team of super-geeks, browse our community art and tools sections, or just let it all out in the Shoutbox.  It’s entirely up to you.


Here’re some interesting topics you may want to check out.  Feel free to jump in on the discussion! Read the rest of this entry »

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