Windows XP

Playing DVDs In Windows Media Player

Windows media player can quite hapilly play almost any DVD you care to throw at it, however, it does need a little ‘tweaking’ to make this happen. In order for DVD’s to play on a PC, a ‘CODEC’ must first be installed to allow the DVD signals to be interpreted by Windows Media Player. Many […]

Checking for Un-Signed System Files

Un-Signed system files can cause system instability if they’re not correctly written, and may even be a sign of Virus infection. To check for and display any un-signed drives use the following procedure. Click the Start button and select the Run option, type in ‘sigverif‘ and hit Enter. Click Start in the wizard dialog and your system will be scanned for un-signed […]

Forcing Windows XP to Only Use Signed Drivers

A common cause of system instability can be the use of drivers that have not passed the strict Microsoft Windows certification testing procedure. It is possible to force your sysytem to only use drivers that have been certified, and thus should provide an increased level of system stability. However before you implement this on your […]

Restoring a Missing Recycle Bin

It’s not unknown for users to lose the ability to access the recycle bin, there are numerous reasons for this but it’s most often caused by a corrupt Registry, or an installed program that attempts to provide some form of Recycle bin protection. A simple registry change is all that’s required to restore the recycle […]

Unloading DLL Files

In an attempt to speed up program loading and execution Microsoft Windows tends to keep .dll files loaded into memory even if the program that uses them is no longer running. If you’re struggling for system resources or memory then it’s possible to force Windows to un-load these .dll files when the application exits. Click Start and […]

Move Windows Paging File

Microsoft Windows uses a feature called the ‘Paging File’ to try and help speed up system performance on P.C’s that are short of physical memory. This Paging File is basically an area of hard drive spave that is used as temporary store for information when the main system RAM is full, Windows will store data […]