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Common PC Errors and How You Can Fix Them

Common PC Errors and How You Can Fix Them

PC errors are not unknown to computer users. These errors may occur due to several reasons and cause unnecessary frustrations and troubles. However, if you know your way around them, you may be able to recover from these problems yourself and save yourself a lot of trouble.

To help you understand more about computer problems, we are going to cover a couple of common PC errors & problems and the methods that you may use to resolve them.

Error Message:Error 1304. Error writing to the file File_name and location. Verify that you have access to that directory.

This error message may appear on your computer during the installation of Microsoft Office 2000, Microsoft Office XP, or Microsoft Works suit. This error usually occurs if the CD/DVD from which you are performing the installation is dirty or the CD/DVD drive on your computer is not configured correctly. You may also encounter the error due to damaged or outdated Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) installation.

As problems with the CD/DVD disk or drive are the main cause of this error message, we first need to check them for problems. For instance, you must ensure that your CD/DVD is disk is not dirty or scratched. If it is, try cleaning the disk or try to get hold of another disk to perform the installation. Also, try to check the disk in another CD/DVD drive. If your disk works in another drive, then the drive on your computer is quite likely to have problems. You may try to update the drivers of this drive, or get it checked for physical problems. At times, you may have duplicate drives installed on the PC. The existence of these duplicate drives may also generate error 1304. If this happens, you must uninstall all drives using the Device Manager, and restart your PC. Because CD/DVD drives are usually Plug and Play, your drive should install automatically when the PC restarts. If you think the error is due to damaged or outdated MDAC, you must download and install the latest MDAC from the Microsoft MSDN Web site. If nothing works, and if you have access to a network, try to perform the installation from another location over the network.

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Get Rid Of Thumbs.db

There’s a file called Thumbs.db in almost every one of the folders on my computer. What is it and how do I get rid of it?

Thumbs.db is a system file generated automatically by Windows XP when you view the contents of a folder in “Thumbnail” or “Filmstrip” view. Thumbs.db contains a copy of each of the tiny preview images generated for image files in that folder so that they load up quickly the next time you browse that folder. Thumbs.db also stores your settings with regard to thumbnail and filmstrip view.

Despite the fact that Thumbs.db is a hidden system file, it annoys people because it tends to show up in places where it’s not wanted. Many times you’ll try to zip up a folder full of images and e-mail them to a friend or upload them to an FTP site, and Thumbs.db goes along for the ride.

To stop your computer from generating and regenerating future Thumbs.db files, do the following:

If you’re on the desktop…
Click Start
Double-click Control Panel
Double-click Folder Options
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Customize Xp Start menu as you like part 2

Last time i wrote about Customize Xp Start menu as you like. Now I m going to write rest of the tips. Again go to Right click on Taskbar and click on properties Or Go to control panel and click on Taskbar and Start Menu

It will open a window named Taskbar and Start Menu properties like this picture.

Now click on the Start Menu Tab. Here you can change your start menu Look.. You switch between Xp start menu to Classic Start Menu (windows 98 start menu) . Just select the style and click ok to change the start Menu.

In Start Menu Tab You will a Button It says Customize.. Click on that And it will open a new window Customize Start Menu Like this Picture..

General Tab Options:

In the Select icon size for programs you can change you start menu Icon size as large and small. I like small i con thats why i changed my Icons to Small. Select this options as you like.

In the programs Section set the number. It will remember the programs you recently used. you can even clear this list from xp Menu by clicking on clear button.
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