A Windows utility Nirsoft maker offers its suite of apps as a single download with a new application launcher that makes picking and running a utility quick and easy.
The suite covers everything from an application-crash reporter to a Windows updates viewer — over 100 titles in all.
The nice thing about these utilities is that you can load them onto a USB stick and carry them with you. The apps can be run from the USB stick so you do NOT have to install them into Windows to use them. To make selecting and running the apps as simple as possible, the company includes the NirLauncher app, which lists all the utilities in the suite and gives brief descriptions of what each does.
These utilities work on Windows versions from Windows 2000 up to the current Windows 7.
You just got your new Dell Laptop with Windows 7 and you are pretty excited about how cool it looks. So you setup a screensaver, wondering why there are fewer built in choices than with Windows XP, set it for one minute and waited.
You come back later and find your Windows 7 screensaver still has not kicked in. While this may not matter because the defaults imposed by Al Gore have the darn thing sleeping, hibernating or screen off, hard drive off, usb devices off, etc. anyway —- wouldn’t you like your screen saver to work?
Wonderful, I thought. Well after Googling and checking out quite a number of these suspected solutions, some of which of course recommended uninstalling and reinstalling Internet Explorer, I was able to find the exact message and a fix that worked.
What I had to do was run this command (either from Start | Run or a command prompt):
and then it worked fine.
Turns out this is a well known problem becomes along with Internet Explorer version 7 no real good explanation just here it is. And on Microsoft’s site they had a variety of suspected fixes but not this one away stuff that I saw.
Are you getting BSOD (Windows Blue Screen of Death)?
It could be that your PC is calling for help. Perhaps it sits on the floor, fans sucking in air, lint, dust and dirt, then exhausting only the air (leaving everything else inside it).
PC’s need airflow over clean components to maintain operating temperature within specifications. When the components overheat, you not only shorten their lifespan but you can trigger the safety mechanism in the PC that will shut it down.
Components that get too hot will often malfunction, sometimes causing Windows to go to a blue screen of death (BSOD).
Watch this video and see how you can clean out your PC, extend its life, and even save money (both on your power bill and by not having to buy a new computer).
I have NOT been installing .Net framework 3.5 on the windows computers that I manage.
Why? Because of documented problems with it, another behemoth program to download and bloatware to install, AND, now we find out they are automatically installing an extension in Firefox that CANNOT be easily uninstalled – without telling us about it.
It’s called ClickOnce support for Firefox and it’s supposed to make one’s life easier. But that’s beside the point.
If Microsoft wants to mess up their own software on our PC’s there isn’t much we can do about it, but DON’T mess with Firefox without our permission and then send us to the registry editor to undo it.
You don’t need to wait for Windows 7 to discard MSConfig for Windows startup tuning and application control.
Download Autoruns from the Microsoft Technet site now and use it instead. Autoruns is a vast improvement over MSConfig with about 3 times the number of information tabs and better viewing of the information.
Autoruns is also more valuable for hunting down malware since you can simply right click an entry and search the web for information on exactly what the program is and does.
Do be careful before deleting, though, and I always like to have a current backup of the system registry before making changes like this.