Windows XP

I was saving few images from my HTC to my PC and the ‘explorer mode’ was of ‘thumbnails’ while I observed the duplicated thumbnails. I clicked and checked the images and found different images with same thumbnail. The actual images were all different but few images were showing thumbnails like of their neighbors. Clearly something was wrong. Here are two steps which solved my problem.

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Someone asked about the following problem:

I read your article at: Disguise Any Folder to Recycle Bin. I have sort of a reverse problem. While right clicking on a folder to change the icon from default manila folder type, to a tree icon, I accidentally clicked on the recycle bin icon next to the tree icon, and it changed my 20 gig folder to a recycle bin and is hiding the files, while at the same time, it acts as a bin for recycled files. My files are there, because when I do right click/properties now, it starts spooling hundreds of megabytes, but the files can’t be seen or accessed. I can’t change the icon back, because right clicking and selecting properties on the recycle bin it created, does not give an option to change the icon, like a normal folder does. Any way to fix this?

Well the solution is really simple. You have to do two things.

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by on December 17th, 2009

not responding solution - kill hanged programs

If you use windows then surely you encounter ‘Not Responding’ problem often. Many programs go not responding due to a number of known and unknown reasons. Well you see a significant amount of time after which windows recovers from Not Responding problem and comes back to its senses. Whether some program or software hangs and windows browser freezes for a while. Normally that software is sent a command to kill itself. Surely every windows user hate when something goes not responding and wants to kill that app of waiting time which hangs. Here is the solution to that problem. Use this trick which is a windows registry hack and you will see ‘Not Responding’ never again.

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This is a Windows XP Tweak video tutorial. Make Windows XP bootup faster with a quick registry tweak. The StartupDelay Controls the time delay after a system startup before Indexing Service. This tweak does not disable anything, it just removes the unnecessary wait time.

Navigate and expand in the registry.

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This is a problem where you can not right click at in Windows, at desktop or in Windows explorer. If you are having trouble with the context menu (right click menu) or right clicking on the desktop does not do anything then most probably you have your group policy is set to not displaying the context menu (right click menu) in the windows explorer. You can modify and set it in two ways. One using the group policy editor and the other using the registry editor. Here is how it is.

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System Restore is a component of Microsoft’s Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems that allows for the rolling back of system files, registry keys, installed programs, etc., to a previous state in the event of malfunctioning or failure. System Restore takes “snapshots” of critical system files and some program files and registry settings and stores this information as restore points. If your computer is not functioning correctly, you can use these restore points to return Windows to a previous state when your computer was functioning correctly. It can also change scripts, batch files, and other kinds of executable files on your computer. Here is how you can turn off /on system restore.

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The Windows Registry is a configuration database that stores settings and options on Microsoft Windows operating systems. It contains settings for low-level operating system components as well as the applications running on the platform: the kernel, device drivers, services, SAM, user interface and third party applications all make use of the Registry. The registry also provides a means to access counters for profiling system performance. The registry contains two basic elements: keys and values. Registry Keys are similar to folders – in addition to values, each key can contain subkeys, which may contain further subkeys, and so on. Keys are referenced with a syntax similar to Windows’ path names, using backslashes to indicate levels of hierarchy. Simply put: The Registry contains information that Windows continually references during operation, such as profiles for each user, the applications installed on the computer and the types of documents that each can create, property sheet settings for folders and application icons, what hardware exists on the system, and the ports that are being used. Alright, now it is very important for Windows OS. It is vital to backup registry whenever you think you might gonna change it in some way. I will recommend you to take registry backup at regular periods in case it gets infected and you want to restore healthy copy of registry some time. This article will guide you about how to backup and restore registry in Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

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Bibek Bhurtel asked the following question:

When I open computer, one error message comes with only close message to click which is about explorer, and when i click on it it disappears and my computer doesn’t work. Nothing opens, just a desktop background, nothing works, plz give me help, I can’t format because I have important files in C drive in which I have windows installed.

Lets dig it. More precisely, lets put it this way:

When you start your Windows XP-based computer, you may receive the following error message:

Explorer has encountered an error and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Also, you may not be able to open folders, such as the My Documents folder or the My Computer folder.

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