Fix MSI issues
When the Microsoft Installer or the Windows installer stops functioning, you get error message like: “The Windows installer service could not be accessed.” The MSI can become non-functional due to a variety of reasons. The most common errors are “MSI service not started,” “MSI registration invalid” and “MSI files corrupted.” If the installation is corrupt, you will have to reinstall the MSI.
Restarting the MSI ServiceWindows 7 help team says that when the MSI is not working properly, the user will not be able to install or uninstall any program, which uses the MSI. Windows 7 help warns that before attempting complicated methods of troubleshooting, ensure that the service is not disabled. Follow these steps:• In the Windows Start menu, type services.msc in the search box to open a list of all the windows services.
• From the list, find Windows Installer and right-click on it to open the options window for the installer.
• Make sure that the value for Startup Type is Manual or Automatic.
• You do not want the value to be Disabled.
• If it is disabled, programs requiring the MSI for installation will fail to install.
• Click the Start button to attempt to start the MSI service.
• If all goes well, the service will start.
• Then try to install or uninstall any program that uses the MSI. If there are no problems, the problem is solved.
• If not, you will have to attempt to reregister or reinstall the MSI.Reregistering or Reinstalling
Fix MSI issues
If the above steps were not useful, then Microsoft recommends that the user attempt re-registering and reinstalling the feature. However, Microsoft warns that these tasks must be tried only if the users are comfortable with modifying the registry and other system settings. It is advised to hand that task over to someone whom is experience doing it. Incorrect updating of a registry entry can cause major problems with the computer.Remember that the Microsoft site provides instructions for troubleshooting multiple operating systems and types. These troubleshooting are for 32- and 64-bit versions of both XP and Vista. As each OS has specific handling method, the users have to pay close attention while carrying out the troubleshooting steps for particular operating system.
This entry was posted in Windows 7 Help and tagged MSI, Windows 7 Help on October 31, 2012 by Peter Stowe.Disk defragmentation in Windows XP
Leave a replyFragmentation of files
Every operating system or machine is highly performing and very fast when it is brand new. As time passes, more and more files and applications are saved into the hard disks and the system starts becoming slow. It is just a matter of time before your system becomes dead slow and starts hanging and freezing frequently. This is because that disk gets crowded with files and this makes fetching these files. The best way to resolve the issues is to disk defragment. Windows help says that disk defragmentation will increase the speed of a computer drastically, depending on how it is fragmented.
Windows help suggest Disk Defragmentation as an important maintenance step in keeping the computer in a good condition and running efficiently. A highly fragmented hard disk drive will slow down a computer if it is not defragmented on a regularly. Every operating system has a utility to perform the disk defragmentation process. Windows XP includes Disk Defragmenter, which is a simple and straightforward tool.
Disk defragmentation utility
Any operating system does not store the entire file as such in a particular place on the hard disk. Instead, it fragments the files and stores each fragment at different location on the disk. Hence, when the disk space is almost full or when too many file fragments are there, it becomes impossible to locate the fragments for a particular file. As the no of file increases, the load on the operating system increases and it takes an eternity for the operating system to locate and fetch the fragments. During defragmentation, the unwanted fragments of files are deleted and the fragments of same files are placed close by, so that fetching these becomes easier.
Defragmentation in Windows XP
Fragmentation of files
Click on Start.
Go to Programs and select Accessories.
Click on System Tools and Disk Defragmenter.
Click on the drive you”d like to analyze and Windows will inform you whether it should be defragmented.
Once defragmenting starts, it can take hours to complete.
The program can be minimized and run in the background.
Once the defragmentation procedure is over, you can feel that the speed of the system increases. If the drive was heavily fragmented, the difference is obvious. It is recommended to defragment the drives once every few months.
This entry was posted in Windows help and tagged Disk defragmentation, windows help on October 30, 2012 by Daniel Jones.32 Bit OS vs. 64 Bit OS
Leave a replyDifferent Versions of Windows 7
We all know that different editions containing varying levels of the operating system”s features are available in Windows 7. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of these editions are available. Even though the same core features are available in both, there are also a few differences.
Windows 7 Editions
Different editions of Windows 7 include Home Premium, Home Basic, Enterprise, Professional and Ultimate editions. All these editions are not available for home users. 64- bit processing does not support Starter edition. But still, a 64-bit option is available for the other editions. Commercial Windows 7 editions supporting 64-bit processing contain two DVDs, one with a 32-bit version of OS and the other with a 64-bit version. Both versions are also present in Windows 7 upgrade packages but the upgrade is possible using only the same bit count as the previous version.
The main difference between the two versions is the way that data is processed by the CPU. A processor capable of processing 64-bit data will process more information at the same time and makes more efficient use of the available system memory. A 64-bit version of Windows 7 can only be run on a 64-bit processor but a 32-bit version of Windows 7 can be run on both 32-bit and 64-bit processor.
A 32-bit version of Windows 7 will only make use of approximately 3.5GB of RAM and will not consider the actually installed memory on the system. On the other hand, Windows 7 Home Basic will use 8GB of RAM, Home Premium up to 16GB and Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate will all use up to 192GB of RAM when installed in a 64-bit operating system.
Different Versions of Windows 7
Hardware and Software Compatibility
Usually, 32-bit software runs without difficulty on 64-bit versions of Windows. But, some hardware such as printers, scanners, mouse and other devices sometimes need 64-bit drivers to function correctly with a 64-bit operating system. Even though a 32-bit version of Windows 7 can run all 32-bit applications, some 64-bit programs may not work. 32-bit programs are installed in a 64-bit version of Windows 7 by default. This can be changed at the time of installation.
For all the different quarries related to Windows 7, Windows 7 Support team will have answers. So you can contact the Windows 7 Support team for all your problems and doubts related to Windows7. Hope this article helped you understand the differences to a good extend.
This entry was posted in Windows 7 support and tagged Home Basic, Windows 7 support on October 29, 2012 by Krysten Kolb.Windows help on finding the missing support icons
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What if you fail to find the support icons on your windows screen at the time of a crisis? You may find your help and support icon missing from the start menu when you are alarmed with something adverse. Now this situation springs up after you finish installing in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 on a system that was powered with Windows Server 2003 or Windows Small Business Server 2003. What is a quick remedy to this situation? Almost half of the world’s computing population finds their hands on the restart button to initiate a restart. But a simple restart would not help you any a bit as service doesn”t even show up in the Services Microsoft Management Console. So your best shot would be reinstalling the service or install in the software piece Microsoft HotFix.
The windows help and support team
The windows help and support team from the house of Microsoft aids your work with support tools and other help resources. The help and support service helps the users search for answers via the search index and is customized specifically for every operating systems. The table below gives the detailed ideas including the steps to resolve the operating system problems.
· Server 2003 Solution
To resolve this issue of missing support icons in a system that was previously powered with Microsoft Server 2003 is the manual reinstallation of the Help and Support service. For this purpose you will have to initiate the Run box from the Start menu and type in cmd to have access to the command prompt. Now switch the directories by typing in %windir%\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries. Type in the commands to finish the execution:
HelpSvc.exe /regserver /svchost netsvcs /RAInstall
HSCUpd.exe -i hscmui.cab
HSCUpd.exe -i hscsp_s3.cab
· Business Server 2003 Solution 1
Go for reinstalling the help and support just like you did with Server 2003. Access the command prompt as you did in the earlier version and type in cmd to access the command prompt. Try on the following commands to finish the work.
%windir%\pchealth\helpctr\binaries\HelpSvc.exe /regserver /svchost netsvcs /RAInstall%windir%\pchealth\helpctr\binaries\HSCUpd.exe -i %windir%\pchealth\helpctr\binaries\hscmui.cab%windir%\pchealth\helpctr\binaries\HSCUpd.exe -i %windir%\pchealth\helpctr\binaries\hscsp_l3.cab
· Business 2003 Solution 2
Normally the Microsoft recommends the use of Microsoft HotFix file Windowsserver2003-kb937231-x86-enu.exe for fixing errors
and problems with the Help and Support service for you. This is widely recommended as it avoids the troubles and errors involved in manual fix.
So try on these solutions to get access of to the missing files.
This entry was posted in Windows Live Help and tagged windows help, windows operating systems on October 25, 2012 by Daniel Jones.Bringing up missing Help & Support icon
Leave a replyFix issues with Help & support
When the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 service pack 2 is installed on a Windows Server 2003 or Windows Small Business Server 2003 system, there are chances that the Help & Support icon disappears from the Start menu. Restarting the system will not always resolve the issue. This is because the service will not even show up in the Services Microsoft Management Console. To solve the problems, Windows help suggests reinstalling the service or installing a Microsoft HotFix. This article looks into steps for resolving the issues. Refer the article.
Help and SupportThe Help and Support service of Microsoft Windows computers is the storehouse of support tools, how-to articles and other help resources. These tools and services are customized for each Windows operating system. The Help and support service allows users to look for the answers to their queries via an index or search function.Server 2003 SolutionIf your system was running Microsoft Server 2003 earlier, to resolve the issue, you will have to manually reinstall the Help and Support service. Go to the “Run” box from the Start menu and type “cmd” to bring up the command prompt. Switch directories in command prompt by typing “%windir%\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries”. Execute the following three commands:“HelpSvc.exe /regserver /svchost netsvcs /RAInstall”“HSCUpd.exe -i hscmui.cab”“HSCUpd.exe -i hscsp_s3.cab”
Business Server 2003 Solution 1To fix this problem on a system that has Microsoft Small Business Server 2003, reinstall the Help and Support service. Access the command prompt from the Start menu”s Run function and then execute the following commands:“%windir%\pchealth\helpctr\binaries\HelpSvc.exe /regserver /svchost netsvcs /RAInstall”“%windir%\pchealth\helpctr\binaries\HSCUpd.exe -i%windir%\pchealth\helpctr\binaries\hscmui.cab”“%windir%\pchealth\helpctr\binaries\HSCUpd.exe -i%windir%\pchealth\helpctr\binaries\hscsp_l3.cab”Business 2003 Solution 2For a former Business Server 2003 system, it is recommended to use the Microsoft HotFix file Windowsserver2003-kb937231-x86-enu.exe. The file is available from Microsoft”s online support pages. The fix reinstalls the Help and Support service in the operating system. This solution is the best option for users who do not wish to manually perform it because of the risk of actually screwing
Fix issues with Help & support
something up.If none of these steps helped you in resolving the issue and bringing up the missing Help & Support icon in the Start menu, contact the Windows help team, they will guide through the most suitable troubleshooting steps to fix the issue.
This entry was posted in Windows help and tagged Help & Support, windows help on October 22, 2012 by Peter Stowe.A Note on Repairing Windows
Leave a replyWindows, like all the other software in market, is susceptible to errors and issues that can cause trouble to end users. There are a lot of different errors and a lot of reasons for them. Some of the reasons are bugs, incompatible software from third party and bad installation or errors during installation. These issues, whatever they maybe, are very much troubling to the end-users like us. Some of them can be solved by us, if they are that simple. Else we may be able to solve a little more complex, but with the help of forums and troubleshooter. For other problems which are way the more complex, end users require support from the Microsoft Tech Support for solving issues and having a smooth sail using the platform.
Even though this the case, the guys at Microsoft are not some boys paying with wooden computers. They are the pros who created this thing. And they know that even after thousand stages of testing errors and issues will pop up after it’s in the hand of the user. It is because there are millions of users and variety of approach causes errors that these professional are never able to foresee.
So what the guys at Microsoft did was provide support
Whatever the product maybe, even if it’s simple editing software, support is required for smooth functioning. That’s why Microsoft provided support for Windows. The Microsoft support is well versed and equipped for any issues faced by the users. If you are a legal user registered in Microsoft database, then they will do whatever it takes to solve your issue.
How Can I Repair Windows Then?
There are many means to repair Windows. The first means, not that effective in complicated cases, is the troubleshooter. You can use it to check and solve the issue using a troubleshooter. Troubleshooter will try with all the tools in its pocket. If it fails, you have to go for the startup recovery tool in case if it I a big recovery issue. Otherwise go to some forum or the Microsoft support site and check for any similar problems being posted in Discussion area. If you find any similar issue and solution, use that method to solve the problem. If that doesn’t work contact Microsoft Tech Support via email or online chat or phone. Explain the issue and they will solve your problem in limited time.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized on October 19, 2012 by Daniel Jones.Turning off password remembering in Windows systems
Leave a replyturning off password remembering
The Internet Explorer is a browser that is developed by the Microsoft and which is the default browser in the Windows operating systems. It consists of a feature called as the AutoComplete, which helps the users to manage the passwords and other commonly entered information. In the case of Internet Explorer browser, by default, the passwords and usernames will not be stored by the browser. But the default settings in Firefox are to store the passwords and the usernames. The Windows will remember every username and password entered while browsing the internet with the help of Internet Explorer. Having such a feature will help the users to log in to different websites without the need to remember all those usernames and passwords.
However, having the usernames and passwords stored by the browser is not an ideal situation in any case as it can prove to be a security issue. If other users are also using the computer, then they can also access the sites that you have secured by passwords. Therefore, it is important that you turn off this feature in the Windows computers, which enables them to save passwords and user names. To do so, follow the instructions given below by the Windows online support team.
Instructions to turn off password remembering in a Windows computer
First of all, start the Internet Explorer in your computer. Click on the “Tools” button and then select the “Internet Options” button.
Click on the “Content” option located in the “Internet Options” window.turning off password remembering
Select the “Settings” option located in the “AutoComplete” section near the bottom of the Internet Options screen.
Click on the small square box located next to the “User names and passwords on forms” option so as to remove the check mark from the check box.
Finally, click on the “Ok” button to finish off the procedure. The Windows will no longer remember the user names and passwords entered in the Internet Explorer browser.
Follow these simple instructions from the Windows online support team so as to turn off the password remembering in the Windows computers. These are simple enough guidelines developed by the support team and will take only a few minutes to complete. If you come across any issues while doing this procedure, contact the support team for further help.
This entry was posted in Windows Live Help and tagged usernames and passwords, Windows online support on October 15, 2012 by Krysten Kolb.Changing the size of Taskbar in Windows Vista
Leave a replyTaskbar size in Vista
Every Vista desktop screen will have a horizontal bar, which contains the shortcut icons and quick launch icons for the various programs. This horizontal bar has the Start menu button, which is the user’s prime point in accessing all the other programs. Next to Start button is the Quick Launch Toolbar, which helps users to open frequently used programs and files easily. Next to the Quick launch toolbar, there is the tab, which shows the open programs and applications, and then there is the system tray that shows the notifications and alerts.
The size of this Taskbar in Vista can be changed according to the preference of the user. This article will help the users in changing the size of the Taskbar in their Vista operating system. the steps are given below, refer the instructions.
Instructions by Windows support
The support team of Windows will guide the users through the steps for changing the taskbar icon size in Vista. The steps are simple and quick. The steps are as follows:
ñ Right-click anywhere on the desktop that doesn”t contain an icon.
ñ Choose Personalize.
ñ Click Window Color and Appearance in the resulting window.
ñ Click the link labeled Open classic appearance properties for more color options.
ñ Click the Advanced button in the resulting dialog box.
ñ From the Advanced Appearance dialog box, choose Active Title Bar from the Item drop-down.
ñ Change the size, to the left of the Item drop-down.
ñ Click the box and type a number or click the up and down arrows in the box.
Taskbar size in Vista
ñ Click OK to finish and close the box.
ñ Focus returns to the Appearance Settings dialog box.
ñ Click Apply to apply the new settings without exiting.
ñ This choice makes it easier to go back, by clicking Advanced again, if you want to change the settings further.
ñ Click OK when satisfied with the changes and exit the settings dialog window.
These steps will help the users in changing the Taskbar icon size in Vista. According to the preference, the user can change the size of the Taskbar, many times they want. If these steps did not help in changing the Taskbar size, contact the Windows support for further assistance.
This entry was posted in Windows Live Help, windows support and tagged Taskbar, windows support on October 10, 2012 by Daniel Jones.Improve system performance with the help of online support
Leave a replyServices offered by Windows Online support
The support team from Windows offers a range of services through its online support team. The Windows online support team is known for their reliability and the range of services they are offering is admirable. Some of the services offered by the online support team of Windows are given below.
Technical support for a range of devices and applications
The expertise of the support team can be fully utilized by the users with the help of this service. High quality technical support can be availed off, not only for the hardware but also for the applications installed in your system.
With the help of the Microsoft Certified technicians, you can now do a range of works on your system like plugging cables into ports, downloading files and installing software. One major advantage of this service offered by the online support team is that, it is available at all times.
Viruses and malwares makes a system go haywire and you may require the help of a technician to revert the computer back into its working state. The online support can help you in such a situation, resolving the virus problems and installing or upgrading the anti-virus program installed in your system.
Secure the stored data
Computers store a vast amount of data which might be of critical importance in some cases. As such, data protection is of highest priority and the online support team is able to help you in this regard also.
Solving internet problems
Troubleshooting internet errors consume a lot of our times, trying to figure out the cause and nature of the problem and trying to find out a suitable solution. With the help of the online support team, however, the troubleshooting and solving will be done by experts and you just have to sit back till they have cleared the errors.
Computer tune up
Services offered by Windows Online support
The Windows online support team has to be given access to your computer and then they will improve the speed and efficiency of your computer. With the help of various tools, the online support team will clear out the junk files stored in your computer, clean up the registry, defragment the hard drive and update the software installed in your system.
Thus, make sure that you take the help of the online support team of Windows to improve the performance of your system.
This entry was posted in Windows online support and tagged troubleshooting, Windows online support on October 9, 2012 by Peter Stowe.Tips for improving Vista performance
Leave a replyEfficiency of Vista
Optimizing Windows Vista is not a very big deal. With a little precaution and experience, you can bring back the efficiency and speed of the operating system. This article will help the users in optimizing their systems. The article includes some of the Windows Vista help recommendations.
Delete unused programs
Most PC makers include some programs and application is the new machine along with the operating system. Most of these programs are not required for the users and are just waste of resources and space. The trail editions and limited versions of these programs are not going to help the users; hence deleting them is the best way to free disk space. If these unused programs are maintained, they will use up system memory and will slow down the operating system. Even older systems will have such unused applications and programs, which were installed by either the manufacturer or the users. Uninstall and delete all such unwanted and unused programs from the system.
Limit the load at startup
Most of the newly installed or programs installed by manufacturers will load along with the operating system. The startup list will be
Efficiency of Vista
very long and it takes a long time for the operating system to load each of these programs. These programs are also unnecessary for the users and eat up resources. It is better to clear the Startup list and include only essential programs like firewall and antivirus.
Defragment the hard drive
Fragmentation of hard disk makes the operating system do extra work and will slow down the computer. Disk Defragmenter helps in fixing the fragmented data and make the operating system run more efficiently.
Clean up the hard disk
Reduce the number of unnecessary files on the hard disk and free disk space. This will help the system to run faster. Use Disk Cleanup to remove temporary files, empty the Recycle Bin, and remove system files and other items that are no longer needed.
Run fewer programs at the same time
Opening too many programs at a time will decrease the efficiency of the operating system. Open only those programs that are required to complete a particular task. Close all the other programs and applications and save memory. This will increase the speed of the operating system.
For more assistance, contact the Windows Vista help team.
This entry was posted in Windows vista help and tagged performance, windows vista help on October 8, 2012 by Peter Stowe.Post navigation
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