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Each category below contains many helpful how-to guides that will help you fix problems, learn more about Windows, Software, and Hardware. We hope this will help you understand your PC better.

Windows 98

 

File Systems unraveled
Managing Windows 9x Resources
Clean install Windows
Repairing Windows
Back up System Files
Windows 98 Registry Backup Guide
Device Drivers
Shut Down Background Applications
File Types
Managing the Swap File
No more Windows Login
Windows AutoRun
Windows Send-To
Tweaking Windows

The Internet

 

Choosing the right ISP
Set up Dial-Up Networking
Set up E-Mail
Choose a browser
Securing your browser
Secure E-Mail
Internet Security Solutions
Search the Web
The Basics Of FTP
Downloading from the Internet
Internet Connection Sharing
Multi-Player Gaming
NetMeeting
Internet Chat
Im-/Exporting Internet Settings
Removing AOL Instant Messenger
Reset IE Content Advisor
Custom HTML signatures

 

 

Safe Computing
Backing up your data
Virus Protection
PC & Data Safety
Avoiding Spam
Say "No" To Hoaxes

 

Hardware
Replacing a Bad Power Supply
Troubleshooting CD-ROM problems
Installing a new video card
Installing IDE Drives
Master Thy Modem

 

 

Miscellaneous
Electricity And Your Computer
Cleaning Your Mouse
Partitioning 101
Troubleshooting Basics
Clean Up Your Hard Drive
Troubleshooting Boot Problems
Disk Imaging
What is FAT/FAT 32?
Zip Files
CD-ROM Boot Disk
Boot Disk with Zip access
Correcting a slow PC clock

 

 

Networking
Making Cat5 Network Cables
Bandwidth Explained
Data transfer over a network
Switching 101
Any port in a packet storm
IP Addresses
Home Networking
X-fer Files between PCs
For Grins and Giggles
Changing Your GUI

Cleaning Your Hard Drive - Thorougly!
(This is done tongue in cheek.  This is not real.  Do not do this with a good hard drive.)

 

File Systems Unraveled
Learn all about Windows file systems FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS - how they work, and their advantages and shortcomings

Clean install Windows
How to start with a clean slate and install Windows fresh

Repairing Windows
How to check for missing or damaged Windows system files and repair them

Back up System Files
How to back up important system configuration files

Windows 98 Registry Backup Guide
How to back up your Windows 98 registry and restore it easily in case of emergency

Device Drivers
What they do and how to keep them updated

Windows 9x Resources
What are Windows system resources, how do they get depleted, how to monitor them, and how to recover them

Shut Down Background Applications
How to track down a program causing problems and stop it from loading

File Types
What types of files are on your hard drive, how file extensions work, how to identify them, and some tips

Managing the Swap File
What is the Windows Swap File and how to optimize it

No more Windows Login
How to eliminate the Windows Login dialog box on startup

Windows AutoRun
What is AutoRun, how does it work, how to disable or enable it and some tricks

Windows Send-To
Send-To is a often overlooked but very useful Windows feature. Find out what it is, how to customize it to make it work for you

Tweaking Windows
Cool tips to tweak Windows, customize Windows the way YOU want it, and links to great Windows tweak utilities

Choosing the right ISP
How to find the best Internet Service Provider, a list of questions you need to ask, links to sites to find the best ISP

Set up Dial-Up Networking
Set up Dial-Up Networking yourself to avoid having to use your ISP's software

Set up E-Mail
Choose an e-mail program and configure it

Choose a browser
Choose a browser and configure it

Securing your browser
Make your browser more secure to protect your privacy and your PC

Secure E-Mail
Encrypt your e-mail to to protect sensitive content from prying eyes

Internet Security Solutions for Home and SOHO
A great collection of links, tips, and advice about protecting your PC with a firewall. Mandatory reading if you have a cable modem or DSL.

Search the Web
Find information on the World Wide Web quickly and efficiently, using search engines and advanced search techniques

The Basics Of FTP
Learn about what FTP is, why you want to use it, where to get free FTP software, and how to use it

Downloading from the Internet
Great tips for successful, safe and organized downloading from the Internet plus links to great freeware sites

Internet Connection Sharing
Share one Internet connection between multiple PCs for simultaneous web surfing etc.

Multi-Player Gaming
Play computer games against others over a local network or the Internet

NetMeeting
Call people over the Internet for free, talk to them and even see them if you have a video camera

Internet Chat
Chatting over the Internet can be fun. Find out how.

Im-/Exporting Internet Settings
Exchanging bookmarks, favorites, address books, messages and e-mail account settings between browsers and e-mail clients

Removing AOL Instant Messenger
How to eliminate AOL's Instant Messenger from your Netscape Communicator Installation

Reset IE Content Advisor
Forgot your IE Content Advisor Password? This trick will show you to remove the password.

Custom HTML signatures
Learn how to create your own HTML signature to use in the forum

Backing up your data
Why you should back up your data and how

Virus Protection
Protect yourself against viruses with these simple but important guidelines

PC & Data Safety
How to protect your PC and your data against damage and data loss

Avoiding Spam
How you can prevent from receiving too much unsolicited e-mail

Say "No" To Hoaxes
What hoaxes are, how to identify them, and what to do about them

Replacing a Bad Power Supply
We show you how to successfully replace a bad power supply - it's easier than you think.

Troubleshooting CD-ROM problems
Because of its versatility, it can be tricky to troubleshoot CD-ROM problems, so we made a list of common problems and their solutions for you.

Installing a new video card
We show you step-by-step how easy it is to replace your old video card

Installing IDE Drives
Learn how to install an IDE hard drive in your PC to replace an existing drive or add a second drive

Master Thy Modem
All about modems, what they are, how they work, and how to make them work best

Electricity And Your Computer
Electricity 101 - a basic explanation of the considerations involved in powering and protecting your personal computer.

Cleaning Your Mouse
Turn that filthy rodent into a shiny and smooth performer inside and out with a simple cleaning

Partitioning 101
Learn about the basics of partitioning using FDisk and Partition Magic

Troubleshooting Basics
While experience helps when troubleshooting computer problems, everybody can resolve PC issues as long as one keeps a few simple, but important things in mind.

Clean Up Your Hard Drive
Recover a significant amount of hard drive space within a few well-spent minutes, and perform some basic maintenance to whip that drive back into shape.

Troubleshooting Boot Problems
If your computer suddenly does not boot properly anymore, this article will help you identify and resolve the issue, period.

Disk Imaging
Making an image of your hard drive is a painless way to recover from an installation gone bad or a total system meltdown

What is FAT/FAT 32?
The advantages of FAT 32, how to create a FAT 32 drive and how to convert an existing drive from FAT 16 to FAT 32

Zip Files
What are zip files, how to use zip files to compress data, make self-extracting zip files, the best zip utilities

CD-ROM Boot Disk
How to make a floppy disk to boot your PC with CD-ROM support

Boot Disk with Zip access
How to make a floppy disk to boot your PC with ZIP drive support

Correcting a slow PC clock
What to do when your computer clock is slow

Making Cat5 Network Cables Learn how to save money by making your own Cat 5 network cables with just a few simple tools.

Bandwidth
Understand bandwidth, how it is measured, and the difference between theoretical and effective bandwidth.

Data Transfer Over A Network
Understand how data flows across a network - any network, including the Internet.

Switching 101
Learn the difference between a hub and a switch

Any port in a packet storm
What network ports are, how they work, and why they are so important

IP Addresses
What IP Addresses are, how they work, why they are so important, who assigns them, and more

Home Networking
How to connect your PCs at home to share files, printers and play local network multi-player games

X-fer Files between PCs
An easy way to transfer files between PCs and/or Laptops

Changing Your GUI

Cleaning Your Hard Drive - Thorougly!
(This is done tongue in cheek.  This is not real.  Do not do this with a good hard drive.)

 

 

 

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