How to Change Icon Size in Windows

How to change icon size in Windows XP is easy using the following simple instructions to resize desktop icons. 1. First, right click on an empty area on your desktop and choose Properties. 2. In the Display Properties window choose the Appearance tab and click on Advanced – See figure 1. 3. In the Advanced Appearance window, choose Icon from the Item: drop-down list […]

Top 10 Best Gaming PC Mini-Towers

Below is a listing in no particular order of the best mid-tower gaming PC cases based on an analysis of reviews collected from the Internet. As previously covered in Choosing The Best Gaming PC Case for Graphics Intensive Gaming, full-towers or mid-towers are the best choices in regard to upgradability. As discussed, slim micro-towers (mini-towers) and […]

Windows Safe Mode Key

Easy steps to find and use the Windows safe mode key in Windows XP during restart. The steps below will require a Windows XP restart of your computer. Be sure to save / close all open files before proceeding. STEPS: 1. First, on your keyboard locate your F8 Key that you will use during restart. […]

Show the Windows Taskbar When the Taskbar is Missing

In most cases, the taskbar is simply hidden but not missing. If you mouseover the bottom of your desktop you should be able to see the taskbar popup. If it does not pop up and appears to be missing, check the Taskbar & Start Menu Properties Window using the steps listed below: 1. Go to your Control […]

How to Show Hidden Windows File Extensions

How to show hidden Windows file extensions is simply a matter of making a selection inside folder options. It’s sometimes important to show hidden file extensions especially if you have downloaded an unknown file type and you need to look it up on the Internet. Also, sometimes you will receive a file from someone you […]

How to Remove Spyware Infections

How to remove spyware infections from your Windows PC This article defines spyware with an action you can take to quickly, safely and easily remove spyware infections from your Windows PC computer. Explained here are the steps I took to remove spyware from my own Windows computer. I am running Windows 7 but these steps […]

How to move the Windows taskbar

The following simple instructions cover how to move the Windows taskbar. By default, the Windows taskbar is located on the bottom of your screen. The taskbar can be moved to the top of the desktop, or the sides of the desktop. Instructions to move the Windows taskbar by dragging it to the top, bottom, or […]

How to Run Windows in Safe Mode

Question received: How do I run my Windows computer in safe mode and what key do I use? Windows in Safe Mode all you need to do is keep pressing the F8 Safe Mode Key on your keyboard while your computer starts up or during restart. Windows in Safe Mode using F8 After restart using F8 you should be […]

Turn Windows Icons Upright

How to turn your Windows desktop icons upright when they appear sideways using rotation settings. To make an icon appear upright, change the Video card rotation settings, this sometimes makes a strange sideways or not upright-looking desktop. Here is how to change NVIDIA video card rotation settings from the NVIDIA control panel. 1. Look on […]

Icon Names – Icon Labels to Show Background Color of Desktop with Drop Shadow

The names of my icons now show the background color of my desktop. They were transparent / translucent, meaning that I would see the desktop background, but with a slight drop shadow. How do you reset icon labels with drop shadow? To maintain transparent icon backgrounds with drop shadow on your desktop try the following […]

How to Start Windows XP in Safe Mode

Follow these steps to start Windows XP in safe mode. The steps below will require a Windows XP restart of your computer. Be sure to save/close all open files before proceeding. STEPS: 1. Click on Start and then Run to bring up the Run window where you can type commands. 2. In the Run window type “msconfig” and click OK to […]

How to Make a Desktop Shortcut

What is a Windows desktop shortcut? A desktop shortcut is a link to a folder, application (program), or file that’s placed on the desktop (as an icon) so that you can have easy access to it. So rather than having to click-through multiple directories to find or utilize your folder, application, or file, you can […]

Fix Windows Error: The application failed to initialize properly 0xc0000142

Error: The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000142) Click on OK to terminate the application. How to fix Windows error 0xc0000142 STEPS: 1. First, simply try restarting your computer to see if that fixes the problem. 2. If you continue receiving the error, see if there are any corrupt system files using scannow sfc. To […]

Show the Windows Taskbar Clock in Windows XP

Easy steps to show or hide the taskbar clock in Windows XP. 1. Right + click any open area on your taskbar. 2. Choose Properties. This will open the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties menu. Makes sure the “Taskbar” tab is selected. 3. Under “Notification area” checkmark Show the Clock or uncheck the option to hide the clock. 4. […]

Steps How to Edit Windows Registry Using Regedit

How to Edit Registry in Microsoft Windows 7 (32bit, 64bit), Windows Vista SP1+ (32bit, 64bit), Windows XP SP2+ (32bit) To edit the Windows registry you need to run regedit. Simply click on the Start Button > Run. Then type regedit and click Okay. Once this is complete RegEdit should open. Regedit is a program used to edit the Registry in Windows […]