24 Aug 2012

How to Install Themes on Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 7 themes are very popular and easy to personalize your computer desktop. Some desktop themes may come already installed with the computer's operating system. If you want to install additional themes in windows 7 system then you can do it(see:How to Customize your Windows 7 PC). Follow the given steps to add more themes in windows 7 system.

***Sometimes the themes that you download do not have the best resolution and screen fit that you desire in your Windows 7 PC. In that case, you can download the Universal Theme Patcher software.

Step1: To use non-Microsoft visual style, first you need to download Universal Theme Patcher. This software consists of uxtheme.dll file which allows you to use various visual styles.

Step2: From this website”www.freewaregeeks.com” download the UniversalThemePatcher.zip folder.

Step3: Now open the zip folder and click on the ‘UniversalThemePatcher_20090409’ folder.

How to Install Themes on Windows 7Step4: Select UniversalThemePatcher-x64 (for Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 64-bit). When dialog box will open up, select English from User Interface Language box.

Step5: Now click on the Yes button.Check the patch from Universal Theme Patcher For Windows and close it.

Step6:  Now you can download themes and save into C:\Windows\Resources\Themes. Then right-click on the desktop ->Personalize->select theme.

See also: How to customize Windows Start button in Windows 7
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22 Aug 2012

How to Fix Windows Firewall Error 0x8007042c

Windows Firewall protects your computer from unauthorized access and blocks malicious programs. Sometimes, Windows firewall does not start when you start your computer and gives the error 0x8007042c.To resolve this issue, follow the given steps.

If you want to disable Firewall service in windows 7, then follow this article-How to Disable Windows Firewall in Windows 7

Step1: This happens due to missing or corrupt SharedAccess registry key, which represents the Windows Firewall Service following a virus or malware infection. You should first run Microsoft Safety Scanner to remove malware from your computer. Microsoft Safety Scanner will scan your computer and remove all malware files.You can download Microsoft Safety Scanner from the Microsoft website.

Step2:  You can start the Windows Firewall services manually from Services listing. Follow the given steps.
How to Fix Windows Firewall Error 0x8007042c

  • Click Start->type Services in the Search box.
  • Right-click Services->click Run as administrator
  • When prompted, enter your admin password, and then press Enter.
  • Find Windows Firewall option, and then double-click Windows Firewall.
  • Windows Firewall Properties window will open. In the Startup type box, click Automatic.
  • If Service status is Stopped, click Start.
  • Click Apply, and then click OK.
  • Again Find the Base Filtering Engine from service list and double click on it.
  • When Base Filtering Engine Properties window will open, check the Service status. If it is stopped, click Start.
  • Click Apply, and then click OK.

**If you are still getting this error after completing the above steps then follow the next step.

Step3: Create a batch file to stop and restart this service .Follow the given steps.
  • Open Notepad and copy the given commands and save the file as Repair.bat in your desktop.    
sc config MpsSvc start= auto
sc config KeyIso start= auto
sc config BFE start= auto
sc config FwcAgent start= auto
net stop MpsSvc
net start MpsSvc
net stop KeyIso
net start KeyIso
net start Wlansvc
net start dot3svc
net start EapHostnet
net stop BFE
net start BFE
net start PolicyAgent
net start MpsSvc
net start IKEEXT
net start DcaSvcnet
net stop FwcAgent
net start FwcAgent

  • Now right-click on Repair.bat file and click Run as administrator.
  • If prompted for confirmation, then press Y on the keyboard and press Enter.
  • Now start Windows Firewall again. If it starts fine, then delete the Repair.bat file from desktop.

See also: How to Repair a System32 Error in Windows 7
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20 Aug 2012

How to Fix Windows 7 Slow Shutdown Problem

Windows 7 shutdown process can slow for various reasons. It can happen due to hardware or software problem. Certain programs and services are required to be run at all times. However, if you open unnecessary programs, these may make your system slow. Malware or virus can also make your machine and system slow(see:Reasons Why Windows 7 Performs Slow). Follow the given steps to speed up the shutdown process.

Step1: Make sure that you are always running anti-virus software so that you can greatly reduce the chances of being attacked by malware that can clog up your system and make shutdown and startup slower. You should also check if Windows 7 is trying to run a virus scan when shutting down. This can create problems and make your computer much slower to shut down. Try to uninstall virus scanners to see whether or not this fixes the issue.

If you want to fix genuine error in windows 7 then, follow this article-How to Fix Windows Not Genuine Error in Windows 7

Step2:  Another thing which can prevent your computer from shutting down is pop-ups. Sometimes pop-ups create problem and tell you that your computer simply isn't able to turn off. To resolve this issue, follow the given points.
  • Click Start-> type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
    How to Fix Windows 7 Slow Shutdown Problem
  • Now navigate to Computer Configurations > Administrative Templates > System > Shutdown Options.
  • Now, you will be able to see Turn off automatic termination of applications that block or cancel shutdown option in the main window. Double click it and a dialogue box will be loaded, here you can set the behaviors for this option, choose Enable and click Apply.

Step3: Make sure that your computer’s hard drive is not fragmented. Defragmenting your hard drive will ensure that it can work properly and shut down quickly. Open the Disk Defragmenter and run defragment the drive. This will speed up your PC and make it much quicker to work. You can do it on a regular basis to ensure a speedy shutdown.

Step4: You can also try speeding up the shutdown process by editing the registry.
  • Click Start, type ‘regedit’ in Search bar and press Enter. 
  • Find the key which is labeled HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and click System, CurrentControlSet and choose Control. 
  • Double click on the WaitToKillServiceTimeout key. Change the value to a lower number to speed up shutdown.

Step5: Clean boot sector.
  • Click Start Orb > type msconfig in the search box. 
  • Click msconfig in the search results 
  • Click the General tab, and click Selective Startup.
  • Under Selective Startup uncheck Load Startup items.
  • Click the Services tab, check the Hide all Microsoft Services box, and then click Disable All .
  • Click OK, and when you are prompted, click Restart.

Step6: To solve your registry problem, you can use a registry scanner to search for the threats.

See also: How to Fix Windows 7 Error
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17 Aug 2012

How to Fix Registry Errors in Windows 7

The Windows registry is the main storage location for all your operating system configurations and preferences. Some errors that occur in the Windows registry can affect your computer's performance(see:How to Resolve Windows 7 BOOTMGR Missing Error). It can cause your system to be unpredictable, unstable, and in some case, even unbootable. To fix registry errors, follow the given steps.

To remove virus from system registry ,you can follow this blog-How to remove virus from the registry

Using system restore:


Step1: From Start button ->"System Restore" to open a list of Control Panel utilities

Step2: double-click on "System Restore"-> Click the option "Choose a different restore point”.

Step3: Select a previous date to roll back the registry changes. Choose a date when your computer run efficiently. Click "Next".

Step4: Click "Finish". Restart your computer system.


Using CCleaner:


How to Fix Registry Errors in Windows 7
Errors can be fixed through Ccleaner, a free registry cleaner tool in Windows 7. Follow the given steps to fix registry errors.

Step1: Download CCleaner and click the installation link. Follow the onscreen instructions to install it on your computer.

Step2: Click the "Registry" button on the left side. Click the "Scan for Issues" button at the bottom of the window, and CCleaner will scan your registry for errors. This process will take some time. After completing the scan, the error will be listed in the window.

Step3: After you scan for issues, you can take a backup of registry and then click the Fix Selected Issues button.

See also:  How to Fix Windows 7 Activation Error 0xC004F061
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16 Aug 2012

How to Customize your Windows 7 PC

Windows 7 provides customize option which gives a unique style and at the same time enhances your experience as a user. New themes, backgrounds, gadgets, mouse pointers, user images, and more give options to make your PC look like the way you want.

If you want to change Startup programs in windows 7,then follow this blog-How to Change Startup Programs in Windows 7

Change the Welcome Screen:

You can change two things in the Welcome Screen and that is your profile picture and apply a software to change the background image. Follow the given steps:
  • Start->Control Panel->User account
  • Click the Change your picture link.
  • Select a picture from the default Windows 7 pictures, or click the Browse button for more picture links and navigate to an image of your own to use instead.
  • Click the Change Picture button.
To change background image, follow the given steps:
  • Start button-> enter 'regedit' into the Search bar. Right-click Regedit.exe> click Run as administrator.
  • Right click HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and select Find.
  • Search for OEMBackground, which should be in Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background. If the key does not exist, add a new DWORD value with the name OEMBackground.
  • Double-click on the entry OEMBackground, and change the value from 0 to 1.
  • Open Windows Explorer and go to the following path: %windir%\system32\oobe.
  • Create a new folder named Info, and open it.
  • Create a new folder within Info named backgrounds.
  • Rename your desired wallpaper as backgroundDefault.jpg and place it inside the folder backgrounds (images must be less than 245KB in size).


Change The Windows Theme:

  • To change windows 7 theme: Right-click the desktop and select Personalize.
  • Choose the default theme or browse the theme from online. And Apply it.


Create A Custom Desktop Slideshow:

  • Right-click desktop-> Personalize-> Desktop Background
  • To create a slideshow, you need to select any entry from the Picture location drop-down menu.
  • Choose a Picture position and time interval to Change picture
  • Click the Save changes button


Customize Windows start button:

How to Customize your Windows 7 PC
  • Right-click the "Start" button-> click Properties
  • The Task bar and Start Menu Properties dialog box appears on the screen
  • Click the "Customize" button. The Customize Start Menu dialog box appears on the screen.
  • Type the number of programs you want to display into the field to the right of "Number of Recent Programs to Display" at the bottom of the dialog box. Then click OK two times to save your changes and exit the dialog box.


Change Windows Startup Sounds:

  • Start->Control panel->Hardware and Sound->click Change System Sound from Sound option.
  • Choose Sounds and Sound scheme and then click OK.
  • Add Your Downloads Folder to the Start Menu:
  • Right-click the Start button-> click Properties-> Click the Customize button
  • Scroll down until you find the entry for 'Downloads'. And finally click OK.


Move the taskbar:

Click an empty space on the taskbar, and then hold down the mouse button as you drag the taskbar to one of the four edges of the desktop. When the taskbar is where you want it, release the mouse button.

How to Customize your Windows 7 PC 

Add some gadgets:

  • Right-click on the Desktop ->click Gadget->chooses the Gadget.
  • After that you can resize, move, restore and change the gadget.

13 Aug 2012

How to Set Up your Home Wireless Network with Windows Vista and XP

A home network allows you to share pictures, applications as well as a single Internet connection with other computers and devices in your home. Often this is the fastest method in copying files from one PC to another or a device. The given steps will help you set up home network in windows Vista and XP.

If you want to set up home network in windows 7, then follow this blog-How to setup a Home network in Windows 7
Home network with Windows Vista:
How to Set Up your Home Wireless Network with  Windows Vista and XP

Step1: From the Start button, go to the Control Panel.

Step2: From Control Panel-> click Network and Sharing Center-> on the left side options, click "Set up a Connection or Network”.

Step3: Select “Set Up a Wireless Ad Hoc”-> Click Next

Step4: Click "Next" again on the new window-> Insert a Computer Name which you want -> Choose the security type "WPA" for wireless network.

Step5: Then enter a "Passphrase" or password and follow the onscreen instruction.

Step6: From “Network" options, you can share files with other computers using computer name and Passphrase.

Home network with Windows XP

Step1: From Start button->Control Panel-> select "Network and Internet Connections.

Step2: Click "Network Setup Wizard->click Next. Review the network setup checklist if necessary. Click "Next" again.

Step3: If Windows XP detects disconnected hardware, and you're sure your equipment is properly installed, you may select "Ignore disconnected network hardware." In the next window, select the option marked, "This computer connects directly to the Internet. The other computers on my network connect to the Internet through this computer". Click "Next".

Step4: Select your Internet connection from the list under "Connections." Click "Next" again, and then type a description and name for your computer, if you like. Click "Next," and choose your workgroup name. And follow the onscreen instructions.

See also: Steps to Repair Microsoft Windows Vista
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9 Aug 2012

How to Disable Hibernation in Windows 7 using Command Line

Hibernate was designed to speed up shut downs and restarts and save power in computers. When you activate Hibernate, Windows takes a snap shot of your current session (all your running programs, open files, etc.) and writes that information to your hard drive. However, the feature uses hard drive space equal to the amount of memory installed on the machine to use. Thus you can disable the Hibernate feature in your computer. Follow the given steps to disable Hibernation mode in Windows 7 using Command Prompt.

How to Disable Hibernation in Windows 7
Step1:  Click the "Start" button and select "All Programs"-> Click Accessories->right-click Command Prompt -> select Run as administrator.

Step2: At the command prompt, type powercfg.exe /hibernate off, and then press Enter(for enable type hibernate on).

Step3: Type exit and then press Enter to close the Command Prompt window.

See also: How to Turn Off UAC in Windows 7
                How to Use Backup and Restore in Windows 7

***The hibernation file is called hiberfil.sys and it’s under the root of the system drive.