Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Enhance Your Gaming With The Game Ready Driver

The Game Ready driver is highly recommended if you really want to drive the experience home. It can be used as one of Windows 8 drivers. This along with other Windows 8 drivers can really enhance your gaming sessions.

Performance Boost

The driver increases performance by up to 19% for GeForce 400/500/600/700 series GPUs in most PC games, vs. GeForce 320.49 WHQL-certified drivers. The results might vary depending on the GPU you use and the configuration of system.
  • GeForce GTX 770- Performance is up by 15% in Dirt: Showdown; Tomb Raider showed a 6% increase.
  • GeForce GTX 770 SLI - Dirt: Showdown saw an increase by 19%, 11% in F1 2012.
  • SLI Technology - Spinter Cell: Blacklist and Batman: Arkham Origins got added SLI profiles.
  • SHIELD - SHIELD streaming is enabled, and now there’s 4K Displays as well. Additionally, there is also support for tiled 4K displays.
Some of the other additional details
  • You get new PhysX System Software 9.13.0725.
  • It also installs HD Audio v1.3.26.4.
  • You also get support for DisplayPort 1.2 for GeForce GTX 600 series GPUs.
  • Multiple languages are supported, as well as APIs for GPU computing.
Here is a list of supported products:
  • GeForce 300 series: GT 340, GT 330, GT 320, 315, 310
  • GeForce 200 series: GTX 295, GTX 285, GTX 280, GTX 275, GTX 260, GTS 250, GTS 240, GT 240, GT 230, GT 220, G210, 210, 205
  • GeForce 500 series: GTX 590, GTX 580, GTX 570, GTX 560 Ti, GTX 560 SE, GTX 560, GTX 555, GTX 550 Ti, GT 545, GT 530, GT 520, 510
  • GeForce 700 series: GTX TITAN, GTX 780, GTX 770, GTX 760
  • GeForce 600 series: GTX 690, GTX 680, GTX 670, GTX 660 Ti, GTX 660, GTX 650 Ti BOOST, GTX 650 Ti, GTX 650, GT 645, GT 640, GT 630, GT 620, GT 610, 605
  • GeForce 400 series: GTX 480, GTX 470, GTX 465, GTX 460 v2, GTX 460 SE v2, GTX 460 SE, GTX 460, GTS 450, GT 440, GT 430, GT 420, 405
  • GeForce 100 series: GT 140, GT 130, GT 120, G 100
  • GeForce 8 series: 8800 Ultra, 8800 GTX, 8800 GTS 512, 8800 GTS, 8800 GT, 8800 GS, 8600 GTS, 8600 GT, 8600 GS, 8500 GT, 8400 SE, 8400 GS, 8400, 8300 GS, 8300, 8200 / nForce 730a, 8200, 8100 / nForce 720a
  • GeForce 9 series: 9800 GX2, 9800 GTX/GTX+, 9800 GT, 9600 GT, 9600 GSO, 9600 GS, 9500 GT, 9500 GS, 9400 GT, 9400, 9300 GS, 9300 GE, 9300, 9200, 9100.
This is some of the information pertaining to the Game Ready Driver. Get more scoops on such gaming news from the other posts on this site.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Steps To Create An Email Signature In Outlook 2013

Email signatures are the fingerprints of the corporate world. At times, you will need a short, to-the-point signature for chain replies and later you may need a formal, official looking signature. Unfortunately, the signature option in Microsoft Outlook can be difficult to find and it could be buried deep in the abyss of the backstage mode of operations.
This article explains the Outlook setting configurations to be done to create a signature in the Outlook 2013 program.
  • Open the Microsoft Outlook program and then click on the New Email tab at the top left hand corner of the home window.
  • Click on Signature from the top panel that is located next to the Attach item. This will open a drop down menu, which gives you options to add an existing signature to the email that you are working on. Select the signatures from this menu. This will open a Signatures and Stationery window.
  • Click on the New button in the Signatures and Stationery window to make a new signature template of your own.
  • You have the option to Compose your signature in the editing window. If you have your contact info already saved in the Microsoft Outlook program, you may simply import all that information in the form of a business card by just clicking the Business Card button located at the top right corner of the edit options.
  • You have the option to add images to the signature, like a banner or logo by pasting it to the editor or by clicking on the button located to the right of the Business Card button. The web addresses will be hyperlinked automatically. If you wish to add a link of your own, you may click on the Insert Hyperlink button on the extreme right. After doing these steps, click on the OK button. This will save the signature that you have created for future use.
  • Make the new signature your default one. You can do this from the Signatures and Stationery window. This will ensure that this signature is included with every new message, replies or forwards sent from your Outlook account.
  • If you do not want to use a default signature for all the emails, you can insert the signature into individual mails by clicking on the Signature button in the Compose window and then selecting the signature that you just created.
These are the Outlook setting configurations to be done to create and use a signature in the Outlook program. If you have further doubts, you can refer to the Outlook help modules posted in the official Microsoft web site.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Skype Toolbar On Outlook

Skype is a great interface to interact with your friends and family, using video chat. Skype is very simple to use, and can be used to talk to many people at once. Following the recent purchase of Skype by Microsoft, Redmond have integrated Skype into the Outlook application. Your Outlook 2007 can be enabled with the Skype Email Toolbar, which lets you view the status of your Skype contacts. You can start a conversation with these people, directly from the email application, which saves tons of time of having to launch the Skype application separately. You can enable and disable the Skype Email toolbar from Outlook easily, by following these simple steps.

Enabling the Skype Toolbar on Outlook
  • Launch a web browser on the computer and access the Skype webpage. Search for the Outlook Toolbar, and then click on the first link that appears in the search results.
  • To download the installation file of the Skype toolbar, click on the Download now button.
  • Open the downloaded file, and run the installation setup. You will be presented with simple onscreen instructions, which will guide you through the installation process.
  • Now, launch your Outlook email application. Here a prompt will appear, which requests authorization for the Skype services to be operated in Outlook. Click on Allow, then OK, to initiate the installation process. Your Outlook email application will be enabled with a Skype email toolbar, in a couple of minutes.
Disabling Skype Toolbar on Outlook
  • Close the current Outlook 2007 application window.
  • Now press the Windows key on your keyboard, and then press the R key to open the Run command dialog box. In the field in the command box type appwiz.cpl, and then press Enter. This will open the Programs and Features control panel.
  • In the program list, right click on the Skype Toolbar for Outlook option.
  • In the context menu that appears click on Uninstall/Change option and then click on Yes. This should remove the Skype Email Toolbar from your Outlook application.
Now that your Outlook and Skype video chat has been integrated, you can access your online friends on Skype directly from the Outlook email application. Other than Skype, there are many Microsoft Outlook tools available on the Outlook application, which helps you customize your account. You can also configure your Outlook with other mail applications, and sync them using Microsoft Outlook tools. Enjoy video chatting or voice chatting with your friends.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Cheap Domain Name Registration

If you have decided to launch a new website for your product or service, you need to think about domain name registration. Without a domain name, a website cannot be launched on the World Wide Web. You need to register the domain name on the internet.

When we consider introducing a website, there are several costs associated with its launch. Starting from the designing of a website, you might have spent enough to get it started. But you can definitely save money if you are successful in selecting the appropriate place to register your domain name.

There are several websites on the internet that offer services at very low prices. It would cost you only a few dollars to get a wonderful domain name. $15 can be considered as the cheapest domain registration rate. If you try, you can find even cheaper rates without compromising much on the domain name. Let us check the different ways to obtain cheap domain registration name.

  • Try to register more than one domain so that you can save your money in a better way. If you are introducing more than one website on the internet, you would definitely require more than one domain name. If you are registering multiple domain names, you can definitely save money on domain registration.
  • After registering domain names, you can keep them registered for a long time. Normally, when you try to register a domain name, the duration would be for a year. But you have the option of selecting more than two years. This would help you avail cheap domain registration, since you have increased the duration of the subscription.
  • Even if you are trying to attain the cheapest among the different domain registrations, you need to verify the other benefits that you can get from them. Since you have paid money, you ought to get the benefits from the registration even if it is cheap. To get the most appropriate deal, before making any payments, compare the prices offered by different websites for the cheapest domain registration. If you compare all the factors and benefits, you can easily decide the most suitable one among them. This will help you save money to an extent.
If you follow the above tips, you can definitely save money and get a suitable domain name at a cheap price. 

Steps To Create Service Desk Tickets From Outlook

You can use a Service Desk Ticket, commonly known as Autotask entity, to track the status of a complaint lodged by the customer in reference to some internal issue. Follow the simple instructions given below for creating an Autotask Ticket using the Outlook client.

Instructions For Creating New Ticket In Outlook
  • Open the Outlook application by double clicking on its icon present in the desktop and then click on the Add to Autotask... > Ticket from the Auto Task toolbar or menu.
  • Now you will be able to see a new window by the name New Ticket. Fill in the details about the ticket you wish to create in the respective fields in the window.
Converting Email To A Ticket

You can also convert an email received in your Outlook inbox to an Autotask Ticket by following the simple instructions from Outlook help desk given below.
  • Browse through the email folder and then find the email that you would like to change to a service desk ticket and then select it by clicking on the small checkbox found on the left side of the email. 
  • Go to the Autotask Toolbar and then click on the option named Ticket from E-Mail or Create from Email... > Ticket for converting the mail to a ticket. 
  • You have the option to transfer the attachments in the email that you are converting to the ticket to the Autotask ticket if the email has any attachments. However, this is an additional option and is not mandatory to follow. 
  • Now you can see the New Service Desk Ticket window in the screen. The Source field will be automatically set to Email, the email body will be moved to the Description field of the Autotask and the subject of the email will be moved to the title of the ticket. 
  • If you would like to add some additional details in the Autotask ticket, you can enter them in the other fields present in the window. 
  • When you are done configuring the Autotask ticket, click on the Save button for saving the new ticket.
If you follow the simple instructions given above, you will be able to create a new service desk ticket in the Outlook program. If you are not able to create a ticket in the Outlook application, feel free to contact the Outlook help desk. 

Setting Up Yahoo! Xtra Mail In Outlook

Yahoo Xtra mail is a New Zealand web portal that is a joint venture of the Telecom New Zealand and Yahoo. It was specifically developed for use of Telecom New Zealand customers. Follow the simple Outlook email setup instructions for configuring the Yahoo! Xtra mail in the Outlook application.

  • Launch the Microsoft Outlook program by clicking on its icon in the desktop or quick launch bar. 
  • If you see the Outlook Startup wizard when the program starts, click on the Next button in the first page and again click on the Next button to start setting up a new email account. 
  • If you do not see the startup wizard, then click on the Add Account option, found under the File menu in the Outlook application. 
  • When the Auto account setup opens, select the option named Manual Setup or Additional server types found at the bottom of the setup box and then click on the Next button. 
  • Now choose the email type as POP or IMAP and then click on the Next button. 
  • Now under the User Information field, enter your name, email address, and select the account type as POP3. 
  • Set the Incoming mail server as pop3.xtra.co.nz and the Outgoing mail server as send.xtra.co.nz. 
  • Enter your username without its tail end and the password in the respective fields. 
  • Now select the Remember Password option in the window for saving the login credentials. 
  • Click on the Outgoing Server tab found under the More Settings option and then click on the option labeled My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication. 
  • Also, select the option labeled Use same settings as my incoming mail server. 
  • Enter the value 995 for Incoming mail server (POP3) and select the option This server requires an encrypted connection (SSL). 
  • Also, enter the Outgoing mail server as 465. 
  • Now click on the option named Leave a copy of messages on the server under Delivery for storing a copy of the messages sent from Outlook in the server. 
  • Click on the Finish button for completing the process of configuring Yahoo! Xtra mail.
If you follow the simple instructions given above, you can successfully configure Yahoo Xtra mail in your Outlook client. If you experience any troubles while following the instructions, then feel free to contact the Outlook email setup help and support team.

Changing The Windows Live ID Password

Windows Live ID is a program provided by Microsoft that requires only a single sign-on to access various web sites. Hotmail, MSNBC, Xbox 360’s Live, Zune and Net Messenger Service are some of the services that make use of this feature. Any program that was previously associated with the Microsoft Passport or Wallet now makes use of the Live ID as the user platform. Changing the password for the Live ID program is a very simple process if you know the steps to be performed. You must know your Live ID to change the password and create a new one. The Windows Live help tips shared here will help you to change the password of Live ID without any troubles.

  • Turn on the computer and open the Live ID page in the web browser. 
  • Click on the Forgot your password link to reset the password of the Live ID program. 
  • Type in your Live ID username in the first text box. The Live ID will be an email address, for example JohnDoe@gmail.com. 
  • Press the Tab key to move down to the next text box. This security application is aimed at preventing the automated programs from accessing your account. This is called the CAPTCHA verification. Enter the text as it appears in the picture. If the image is not clear, you can choose another CAPTCHA by clicking the arrow icon near the image. 
  • Click on the Continue button. 
  • Follow the instructions that are provided in the Reset your password page. This will include a security question that you need to answer correctly or some other method to verify your identity. 
  • Type in the new password and verify it. Click on the Continue button again. The process will finish when the message saying You’ve changed your password is displayed on the computer screen.
By following these Windows Live help tips, you can reset the password of the Live ID program. If you are unable to follow any of the steps discussed above, you may contact the Windows tech support team for further assistance. The technical support agent will help you to complete the process successfully. The agent may take the remote access of your computer to do the steps for you. You can also make use of our tech support feature.

Clean Installation Of Windows 8

Clean installation means starting the installation from scratch. Performing a clean installation of the Windows 8 OS means formatting of the hard drive before starting the installation of the operating system. You can use the Windows 8 Setup program to reformat the hard drive. To do this, you also need a previous version of the Windows operating system running on the computer. This means that you will not be able to install the Windows 8 on a bare drive by following these steps. The Windows 8 installation steps are explained below.


If you bought the Windows 8 OS as a DVD or created the DVD or flash drive when you downloaded the Windows 8 OS, you can follow the below steps to perform a clean installation.

  • Turn on the computer so that the Windows operating system loads normally and put the Windows 8 DVD in the CD drive or plug in the USB flash drive to an open USB port. After that, turn off the computer.
  • Restart the computer. If the current version of the Windows operating system loads again while you restart the computer, you may have to change the boot preferences of your computer. You can do this after checking the documentation that came with your computer or by visiting the manufacturer’s web site.
  • To change the boot order, you will have to press a combination of keys immediately after restarting the computer. If the current version of the Windows OS still loads, try again after restarting the computer.
  • When the Install Windows page appears, select your language and other preferences and then select the Next button to continue with the installation process.
  • Accept the terms and licenses given in the Please read the license terms page and then click the Next button.
  • Select the Custom installation option in the Which type of installation do you want page.
  • Select the Drive options in Where do you want to install Windows page.
  • Select the partition that you want to change, select the formatting option that you need to perform and then follow the instructions.
  • When you are done with the formatting, click on the Next button.
  • Follow the instructions provided on the screen to complete the installation of Windows 8 OS successfully.

These are the Windows 8 installation steps. You can follow these simple steps to perform a clean install of Windows 8 after formatting the hard drive. 

Resetting The Windows Log On Password

It is a good practice to change passwords in your computer often. This will allow you to keep the data safe and inaccessible to unauthorized users. Resetting the password of a Windows computer can be tricky, especially when you have changed to another version of the Windows OS. Resetting the password is a quick process if you know what the steps to be done are. The steps to be done are different for different versions of the Windows operating system. The Windows support tips shared below can help you to change the log on password very easily. You can also refer to the Windows help modules in the official Microsoft web site to know more on how to change the Windows log on password.

Changing The Password In Windows XP
  • Turn on the computer and click on the Start button, which is located on the bottom left hand corner of the screen. This will open the Start menu.
  • From the Start menu, go to Control Panel and choose User Accounts from the Control Panel window.
  • Select the account for which you would like to change the log on password.
  • Click on the Change Password link. This will take you to a new window.
Type in your current password once and the desired password two times. Take care to type in the passwords in their respective boxes. After entering the passwords, click on the OK button. This will change your Windows log on password for the user that you have selected.

Changing The Password In Windows 7 or Vista
  • Press the Ctrl, Alt and the Del keys simultaneously.
  • Select the Change Password tab.
  • This will open a new window with a single blank box for your current password and two blank boxes for your desired password. Fill them with the correct passwords and hit the Enter key or click on the arrow. This will make sure that your log on password is reset.
These are the simple steps to change the log on password in Windows XP and Windows Vista. If you are not okay with any of the steps explained above, you may contact the Windows support number to get further assistance. The tech support executive can take the remote access of your computer and perform the steps for you. 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ways To Speed Up Your Slow Computer

You will enjoy working on your system when your PC is up to date and running smoothly and efficiently. While doing your work, you will have no hassles and problems when your PC is fine and free from problems. However, when problems start to creep up with your PC, you will be at the receiving end. Problems such as your PC performing dead slow can affect your work considerably. You will not be able to complete your work in time and you will regret using your system. 

Make Use Of The Ctrl, Alt and Del Keys 

Well, to fix your computer’s problem of slowness, there are certain ways. By tapping the Ctrl+Alt+Del keys simultaneously, the Task Manager will appear on screen. When you select the Process tab, the running processes will be shown. Also, corresponding to the different applications/programs that are running, the memory usage will be shown. Therefore, you can know which program/application is consuming the most memory and making your computer slow. You can select the required process and choose the End Task option to stop the process and the system will start performing faster. 

Disabling Programs From Loading 

A lot of programs that may be loading at the startup can make your computer slow. In order to speed up your system, you can disable the programs that you do not require loading at the startup. In order to disable the applications, from the Start menu, choose the Run command. In the field provided, enter msconfig, and press the Enter button. Now the System Configuration Utility window will appear and you need to select the Startup tab. This tab shows the different programs that are enabled during startup. You can disable those programs that you do not want and hence those programs will not load at startup and your computer will load faster. 

When your hard disk is filled to the brim, and you do not have much storage space left, your computer will start to slow down. It is necessary to have sufficient amount of free space on your hard disk so that you can ensure the smooth running of the system. To remove unwanted files on your system, you can make use of the CCleaner or Reg Cure Pro and the unwanted files on your system can be easily removed.

By following these techniques, you can easily speed up your system and work with your computer with ease.

Securing Your Outlook With A Password

The Outlook 2007 is an exciting offering from Microsoft, which caters to the needs of home users as well as business professionals. What makes Outlook more interesting is the availability of features such as calendars, journals, address book, contacts, and so on. All these features on the Outlook make time spent on it worthwhile. A very important security feature in Outlook is the ability to secure Outlook with a password. Without the password, your personal folder file cannot be accessed. By following the below provided Outlook tech support guidelines, the Outlook can be secured with a password.

  • Launch the Outlook 2007 and from the different menus that are present on the menu bar, and choose the File menu. Now choose the Data File Management option. In order to protect the personal file folder with a password, choose the personal file folder. Click the Settings button. Choose the Change Password button. Now the Change Password dialog box will appear before you.
  • If you have an old password, you have to enter it. In the New Password field, type in the new password. In the Verify Password field, type in the new password again. Now select OK. The Save This Password In Your Password List option should not be clicked, as access to your password will now be possible, and anyone can get hold of your personal file folder.
  • You have to close the Outlook 2007.
  • Access Outlook 2007, and your personal file folder has to be accessed. The password will be asked in order to gain access. If the password is successfully entered, the access will be granted to the personal file folder. If the password entered is wrong, access will not be granted to the personal file folder.
The new password has to be made a note of, and kept in a safe place, so that no one can get hold of it. If anyone gets access to the password, your personal file folder can be accessed, and your account will be compromised. By following the above-mentioned Outlook tech support guidelines, the Outlook can be secured with a password. If you have any doubts following the guidelines or need additional help, you may visit the Microsoft support website to resolve your doubts and queries. The Microsoft support website provides the best Outlook help required for your needs.

Adjusting Settings For Scheduling Meetings In Outlook

Microsoft Outlook is an application that is used by many. Home users as well as business professional alike use this wonderful application. It has many features and functions that are very handy. A recurring pattern is used when recurring meetings are setup. However, it is good to know that the dates can be adjusted. The updated appointments can be sent to others and on their calendars, the appointments will be present. By following the below guidelines, scheduling meetings can be done easily.

Making A Single Meeting Within A Series
  • Launch the Microsoft Outlook. Below Mailbox, the Calendar icon will be present. Select it.
  • The day of the week the recurring meeting is scheduled for will be visible. Select it. Search and find the recurring meeting appointment and double click it.
  • The radio button corresponding to this occurrence has to be selected.
  • Next to the start time, the first pull down list will be present and you need to select it and choose the date of the meeting.
  • The Save And Close button has to be selected. The Send Update button has to be used if you have requested people to your meeting.
Making All Meetings Within A Series
  • Access the Microsoft Outlook. Below mailbox, the Calendar icon will be present. Choose it.
  • The recurring meeting appointment will be present. Search and double click it.
  • The radio button corresponding to open the series will be present. Select it.
  • At the top of the window, the recurrence button will be present. Select it.
  • Corresponding to the correct day of the week, a check box will be present and you need to check mark it.
  • Corresponding to the incorrect day of the meeting, a check box will be present and it should not be check marked.
  • Select the OK button.
  • The Save and Close button has to be selected. The send update button has to be used if you have requested people to your meeting.
By following the above-mentioned guidelines, the settings for scheduling meetings can be adjusted easily. If you have any Outlook problems, you can contact the Microsoft support website to resolve all your Outlook problems. The Microsoft support website provides the best Outlook help required for you.

Fixing Issues With Windows XP SP3

Windows releases different service packs for their operating systems that help to improve the performance of the computer and to make it immune to security threats. The service packs install the latest software updates and help you to make your computer run like new. At times, there can be some issues with the installation of the service packs. The Windows online support tips discussed below will help you to reinstall the SP3 in Windows XP.


  • Uninstall SP3 if you have already installed it in your computer. Before reinstalling the service pack back, close all the open programs. If you are not able to install the SP3 again, shutdown your computer and restart it again. Do not open any other programs after the computer restarts and then try to install the SP3.
  • If it is not installing properly, check your hard drive for any errors. To do this, right-click on the drive in Windows Explorer menu and select Properties, go to Tools and select Check disk for errors or Check now option.
  • Download the Service Pack 3 as a file instead of trying to install it through the Windows Update service. After the download has finished successfully, install SP3 by double-clicking the file and following the on-screen prompts to finish the installation process.
  • Disable any security programs installed in your computer. This includes the antivirus programs, firewall programs and anti-spyware programs before trying to reinstall the Service Pack 3. These programs may block the installation of Service Pack or may cause errors during the installation. As your computer can be at risk with these programs disabled, disconnect your computer from the Internet before disabling these programs.
  • If none of the above-discussed steps help you install the SP3 file successfully, boot your computer in Safe mode and try to install the SP3. To do this, restart your computer and while the computer restarts, tap the F8 key continuously until the system gets into the Advanced Boot Options menu. From the available options, select Safe Mode with Networking and press the Enter key. After the computer has booted in to Safe mode, uninstall the SP3 and reinstall it using the downloaded file.

These are the steps to install the SP3 in to your Windows XP computer. If you are not able to install the Service Pack even after following these steps, you may contact Windows online support to check the exact cause of the issue.

Fixing Issues With Windows Update In XP

It is very essential to enable the Windows update feature in Windows XP. The Windows update downloads and installs the essential updates and patches that are required for the smooth running of the operating system. There is an option to automatically check for updates and download them so that you do not have to manually check each time if an update is present. Performing the Windows update is an easy task and there are no complications in performing the task. By following the below provided Windows XP help guidelines, the Windows update can be done easily without any hassles.

Are you connected?

In order to check and download Windows updates, it is necessary to be connected to the internet. Without being connected to the internet, it is not possible to check and download for the Windows updates.

Reaching the update section

To reach the update section, the system has to be powered on first. When Windows is loaded, click the Start button that is present in the extreme bottom left of the taskbar and the Start menu will pop up. From the menu, choose All Programs and select Windows Update.

Selecting the ‘Scan for updates’ link

When Windows update is selected, the link on the Windows update page appears. Click on the link to scan for all available updates.

Scanning For Available Updates

After performing a scan, a page labeled the Pick Updates To Install will pop up. It will show the current updates that are available for download.

Choosing The Updates

In order to review the updates, the scrollbar has to be made use. The Remove button has to be made use for the updates that you do not require to install.

Installing The Updates

When you choose the Install now option, the updates will be downloaded and installed on your system. After the updates are downloaded and installed, you are required to restart your system.

By following the above-mentioned Windows XP help guidelines, the update process can be run with ease and the updates that you have chosen will be downloaded and installed on your system. If you require any help with the Windows update procedure or have any doubts in following the guidelines, you may visit the Microsoft support website. The Microsoft support website provides the best help tips for performing the Windows update.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Know Some Repair Tools Used In Microsoft Office Suite

Ever been in a situation where your valuable data got corrupted or damaged while working with Microsoft Office? It must be annoying to see your program crash while doing something important.
However there is no reason to worry. There are tools available for you to fix and diagnose such errors and problems effectively and quickly. Moreover, you have the trusted Microsoft Office helpline to get more assistance.  Some tools like Microsoft Office repair tools can be used to recover and repair data. Most of these programs are free, but some would have to be purchased. Let us discuss about some of the Microsoft Office repair tools that do their job brilliantly.

Outlook Inbox Repair Tool

This tool is used for fixing errors related to Microsoft Outlook. This tool, which is compatible with Microsoft Outlook 2000, recovers lost data and repairs it. The corrupted data is recovered in online personal file folders (.pst) or offline Outlook folders (.ost). Any inconsistencies with the data are tracked and reports are created accordingly. This can be viewed by clicking on Details. After going through this, you may consider what action has to be taken. The tool comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office 2000 or Outlook 2000, and it can be found in the following file - Program Files\Common Files\System\MAPI\1033\95.

Repair My Word

This is a free application program which is used to recover and fix damaged or corrupted Microsoft Word documents (.doc). Sometimes you may have problems with opening a Word document normally. You may get error messages like “invalid path" or "invalid document name" or see strange characters in the document. Repair My Word tool fixes these errors and recovers the data. The recovered data can be saved to a new Word file. It is compatible with Microsoft Word 95, 97, 2000, 2003, XP and 6.0.

Microsoft Access File Recovery Software Tool

This is a paid software. This tool is used to recover lost data from Microsoft Access files (.mdb). This program does a thorough scan on programs and tries to rescue the data from damaged Access files. This tool will run with Microsoft Access 97, 2000, 2003 and XP.


This tool is another paid software. This is a versatile tool which can be used to recover and repair data for almost all Microsoft Office files including Access, Excel, Outlook and Word documents. It can also recover data that was accidentally deleted. It is compatible with all versions of Microsoft Office.
The Microsoft support team has dedicated service staff in case you need any assistance. The Microsoft Office helpline is available 24/7 to help you with any issues or queries regarding the Microsoft Office Suite, so please feel free to dial in and get the needed assistance.

Monday, October 21, 2013

System Check Tips After Motherboard Replacement

Replacing a motherboard is a tough, time-consuming process. The procedure involves disassembling and reassembling your computer and reinstalling the operating system as well as the driver software. Even after following all the guidelines properly, your computer might exhibit certain problems, which were not there prior to the replacement of the motherboard. The most common among such issues is the failure to boot up. This could mainly be due to an unidentified problem with the operating system.
 If you are using a Windows operating system, the following steps might prove helpful during the troubleshooting procedure. The Windows support team can provide you with the necessary assistance.

Data backup and reinstallation

You might forget to reinstall your operating system after the motherboard replacement. Another rare chance is that the installation was not successful or you installed a corrupted version of the same software. In any case, a clean Windows installation is your best solution. Before you go ahead with the process, make sure to create a back up of all the important data in your computer. You can create the back up on a DVD, an SD card, an external hard disk or upload it on a cloud site. Once this is done, do a fresh installation of Windows as well as the driver software.

Peripheral device detection

Unplug all peripheral devices such as the keyboard, mouse and external hard drives. Plug them in again and check whether the Windows OS recognizes the devices. If the devices are still not recognized by the OS, obtain licensed versions of the device drivers online and install them to rectify the issue.

Improper cable connections

The appearance of random blue screens are indicative of improper cable connections. If you see such an error, move on to examine the motherboard cables. Shut down your PC first and then unplug all the cables. Plug them in again and make sure that they are not tangled or obstructing each other.

Windows Device Manager

The device Manager can be used to ensure that all the devices are properly configured. This is necessary if your computer shows a tendency to hang or stop responding when a particular device is in use. If a problem with any device is detected, reinstallation of the driver is the ideal solution.

BIOS updates

There might be a newer version of BIOS available for your motherboard. Download the same from the motherboard manufacturer’s website and install it to ensure proper functioning of the motherboard features.
These steps should help you rectify most of the problems associated with your Windows after a motherboard replacement. When in doubt, contact the Windows support team for assistance.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

HP Printers Support, Wireless or Bluetooth Printer

HP has made it a point to provide its customers with the best options in printers and we have experienced the quality of the machines and the customer service, particularly from the HP printers support. With such a wide range of printers, HP is considered the most innovative and successful manufacturer of printers. Most of the devices that we use today have become wireless and it helps everyone to be hassle free. Being wireless or using a machine which is wireless is a matter of safety and convenience.
The particular HP C5250 All-in-One, as we all know it, is not a wireless printer but it will let you print wirelessly. In order to achieve this, the printer needs to be networked to a wireless router. Networking is nothing but connecting a device directly into a network nod so that all other electronic devices that use the network can access it. After networking the HP C5250, a computer can access it wirelessly and print wirelessly through it. Follow the instructions below to see how you can achieve this.

  • Using an Ethernet cable, connect the HP C5250 to one of the available ports on the back of your wireless router. 
  • Click Start from your computer which is using the wireless network and then select Devices and Printers.
  • Click on the option Add a printer from the tool bar. Select the second option which shows, Add a network, Wireless or Bluetooth Printer. Choose the HP C5250 from the list that you get after browsing the available printers. Choose a name that you would like, to associate the printer to the computer, type the same and then click OK.
  • You will get a prompt to install the device drivers on your computer; proceed to install the device drivers on your system. If prompted, give your computer the permission to access the internet. Click Next after your computer says that the driver installation has been successfully completed.
  • Choose the printer and set the sharing setting as you wish for the newly added HP C5250 printer. Click Next. Check the box on the last screen if you would like to set the HP C5250 to be your default printer. Click Finish.
These simple steps that are devised by HP printers support can help you use the HP C5250 to print wirelessly, even though it is actually not a wireless printer.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Outlook In Vista Settings

Microsoft Outlook is a great tool to help you connect with people through mail. Besides serving as an email client Outlook can take care of your notes and appointments, manage contacts, and function as a great personal management tool. You can keep a personal address book as well in Outlook, which is separate from the virtual address book created during the starting of an account. MS Outlook allows this personal address book to be transferred to any removable media, and opened in another system. This way you never miss deadlines, can work anywhere there’s a computer, and always stay connected.
Microsoft Outlook is an email client developed and distributed as part of MS Office suite. The 2007 version of MS Outlook is completely compatible with Windows Vista, but needs to be configured a bit before using it in Vista. Changing the Outlook settings is very simple, and this can be redone or undone any time you like. If you do not know how to configure, the following steps should be great help.

Instructions to Configure Outlook in Windows Vista
  • Start the Microsoft Outlook program on your system.
  • On the top of the Outlook application window locate the Tools option, and open this menu to select the Account Settings option in the list.
  • Select the New… button situated in the Email tab. This will initiate the configuration process of your outlook email account.
  • Choose the Microsoft Exchange, POP3, IMAP or HTTP radio button and then press Next.
  • In the fields requesting your information type in your name, your email address, and your password.
  • Click the Next option and wait while your Outlook connects to your email account. Now click on Next again.
  • Click Finish. Now the process of configuration will be completed and you can return to the home window in Outlook.
Congratulations! Your Outlook account has been successfully configured with your Windows Vista operating system. You can go to Outlook settings to customize your account in any manner you like. Outlook is one of the best email clients and ranks one as a personal manager tool. If you encounter any difficulty with your Outlook application, feel free to contact the Outlook help desk. You can even contact Windows Online support as well, where you will probably be able to fix bugs in your Vista.
So set up your Outlook account on Windows Vista and interact with anyone, anytime.

Disabling Programs On Windows

You might have installed a few programs on your computer that you no longer require, and be facing problems uninstalling them. Uninstalling a program requires the program to have all its files present. You should also be sure that the files of the program haven’t become corrupt. You might have removed some program, but it still shows errors messages when you turn on your computer. Some don’t get completely uninstalled, and show errors every time the computer starts.
To counter these applications starting up by themselves you can disable them from running when the computer starts, or you can just disable them when they run and cause errors. Microsoft Windows has some built in features that allow you to disable programs from automatically starting. Windows uses the System configuration utility for achieving this task. Windows is also capable of stopping processes that have been already started on your computer. Microsoft support has detailed help regarding how to make use of the Task Manager to handle this.
You can use the Task Manager to kill a process that has already been started. To get to the task manager you can right click on the taskbar and select Task Manager or press the Ctrl, Alt and Del keys simultaneously. This launches the Task Manager. In the Task Manager Windows go to the processes tab and select the process that you want to kill. Once you have selected the process click on End Process to kill the process.
You can prevent the programs from starting automatically on startup.
  • Go to the System configuration utility. Go to the System Configuration Utility by going to the Start Menu and click the Run option. 
  • In the Run utility enter msconfig and press Enter to launch the System Configuration Utility Window. 
  • Go to the Startup tab here. Locate the program that you want to disable. Click the checkbox next to the program that you want to disable. Only programs that have checked boxes will run on startup. 
  • Click on the OK button to apply your changes. You can restart your computer to apply the changes to it. Once your computer has been restarted it would start to reflect all changes that you have made and the applications that you don’t want would no longer start.
I hope these tips helped you solve your problem. If you continue to have any more problems with Windows please contact Microsoft support. They would help you resolve your problem, and give you a good solution for it.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Blending Images To The Background In PowerPoint

Almost all the computer users may have used the PowerPoint program at least once in their life. Students use this program very frequently to create PowerPoint presentations. This is the preferred slide show program for most of the offices that use Windows. You can use this program to create everything from informational slides to sales presentations. The presentation can be dynamic or static. The key to a successful slideshow is the appearance of the slides. Take care not to make the slides over stuffed or empty. This will make the presentation unappealing. It is always easy to work with slides when there is an attractive background. The steps to blend animated backgrounds for PowerPoint are discussed below.

Instructions To Create Animated Backgrounds For PowerPoint

Open the PowerPoint program and insert the images into the program. This is the same as you insert a picture in any Microsoft Office application. This can be done by copying and pasting or by using the insert function. Once the images are loaded in the slide, you may you may adjust them to the proper location where you want to keep them. You may now add text and any other objects in the slide around these images. Make the necessary changes and adjustments to the images so that the slide looks neat and aesthetically pleasing.
Use another program to create your background. Using multiple images in the same slide can be very difficult in PowerPoint. This is especially difficult when you want these images in all the slides. You may use programs like Microsoft Publisher or any other program of your choice to create the background images. After creating the background, save it in JPEG format. This file can be added to the PowerPoint program to use it as the background image. The advantage of following this method is that you can save the background image as a single file.
You may make use of the default templates in PowerPoint. You can find these default templates already stored in your computer. If you do not want to use these templates, you may download more templates from Microsoft. These are already made to be compatible with PowerPoint program and they give a professional look to the slides.
These are the steps involved to use images as backgrounds in the Microsoft PowerPoint program.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Troubleshooting Errors With The Import/Export Engine

Microsoft Outlook is a utility tool that is primarily used as an email client, though it also serves as a calendar, a journal, a contacts manager etc. All these features, which are present in Outlook, make this program very useful for people who are constant users of Outlook services. An important feature of Outlook is that you can import and export mailbox data for sharing purposes as well as for keeping backups. However, like all the programs and software, which are available in the market, Outlook also suffers from timely glitches. Users who encounter any issues with Outlook or its services can generally contact Outlook tech support, which is a support service from Microsoft to help with their Outlook related problems.
The most common Outlook problem, which is faced by users, is the intrusion of an error message, which says, Cannot Start The Import/Export Engine. Well you can make use of the Office repair utility, which comes with the Microsoft Office package to fix the problem in hand. To make use of the Office utility, you have to follow certain steps.

Steps Involved
  • You have to make sure that you close any of the Office applications that are currently open. As you run the tool, all the Office applications have to be closed.
  • Into the CD ROM/DVD ROM which you have in your system, you will have to insert the Microsoft Office CD ROM. Make sure that you ignore any dialog box that pops up in your screen.
  • Now click on the Start button, which is present in the taskbar. From the list of programs, select the Control Panel option.
  • Now different icons will be present and you will have to choose the Add/Remove Programs option that is present.
  • Now the list of different programs, which are installed in your system, will be present. Now browse through and select the Microsoft Office entry. Now you will have to click on the Change/Repair button, which is present at the top of the window. Now select the option that says Repair Errors In Office Installation.
  • In order to complete the repair process, you will have to click on the required options, which the system will prompt you for.
  • When the repair process is complete, you will have to click on the Finish button.
  • Now you will have to reboot your system. Open the Outlook application again and you can see that the error message will not appear and you will be able to do your work without any issues.
These are the steps to follow to solve issues with the import/export engine. If you still have any issues with Outlook, you can contact Microsoft support forum to get further Outlook tech support and help.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Configuring Outlook Express With Email

Outlook express is an email client which works on the Windows platform. You can use this software to retrieve your email from the internet servers, and display it on your computer. To access your email directly from your computer, you must know a few details about your account. The username and password are the most important details. After that come the POP or IMAP email server settings, and ports. Sometime Outlook automatically configures these ports and servers. Other times you have to manually set Outlook to point to those servers. To find what you should set them to, go to the help section of your webmail and find out the Email server settings and port numbers. You can either go to Outlook express help to find out how to configure your email or you can read on.

To configure Microsoft Outlook Express with your email
  • Open up Microsoft Outlook Express, go to the Tools menu; in the dropdown menu you will find Accounts. Click on it. 
  • This will reveal an Internet Accounts Window, Here go to the Mail tab and click on the Add button. From the dropdown menu select Mail. 
  • In the Internet Connect Wizard go to the display name field and add the name that should be displayed on your email and click on Next. Go to the email address field and enter your email address there. It should also include the ‘@’ symbol as well as the part after the ‘@’ symbol. 
  • In the Email Server Name window select either POP3 or IMAP. In the Account Type again select POP3 or IMAP. Use the settings that you have from your webmail service to fill the fields. Click Next. 
  • In the Account Names and Passwords field fill in your email account address and the password. You may have to retype your password to confirm it. Click Finish. 
  • Now go to the Internet Accounts window and select the account that you just created, and click Properties. In the Properties window, click the Server tab and select My Server requires authentication. 
  • Use the same settings as the incoming mail server is selected. Click on the Advanced tab and ensure the Outgoing as well as Incoming server settings are correctly set. Click OK.
If you have followed the above steps correctly then you would have configure Outlook Express to send and receive mails from your account. For more Outlook express help please contact Microsoft support.

How To Set Default Display Settings In Windows Vista

Windows Vista is one of the most stable Windows operating system developed by Microsoft. It is simple to access and the user-friendly interface makes it the choice of many Windows users even in the present era of Windows 7 and 8.

Like all other Windows versions, Windows Vista also allows users to bring personalized settings in the system to customize its looks and features. Vista allows its users to change the default settings so that the display features like the themes, icons and colors can be set as desired. Sometimes users may face Vista problems like being unable to change the display to its default settings once it is changed.

The display problem may persist even after you have followed the necessary procedures and you may have to perform some additional settings to fix the problem. These settings will bring back the Vista’s default display once you restart your computer. The detailed settings instructions are shared below.


  • Click on the Start menu and go to Control Panel.
  • Click on Appearance and Personalization and select the Folder Options. Click on the tab marked as View and go to the Advanced Settings. Choose the label Show hidden files and folders and click on the OK button.
  • Form the Control Panel, click on Personalization and go to Theme. A drop-down window will appear, select Windows Vista and click OK. The settings will bring the theme to default but some icons will remain unaltered.
  •  In the Personalization window, select Change desktop icons. In the next screen, select every icon you wish to change and click on the Restore default tab. Click OK to confirm.
  • Close the window and go to Control Panel again. Click on Computer and select Local Disk. Double-click on the Users folder and then open the folder with your user name.
  • Go to the folder AppData and open the folder labeled Local. Inside the folder, locate and right-click on the file labeled IconCache.db and select the option Delete. Click OK to confirm the deletion.
  • Exit the Windows Explorer window and empty the recycling bin. Restart the computer to bring the changes into effect.

The simple steps shared above should help you fix the Windows Vista problems associated with the default display. If you have any other Vista problems, contact the Microsoft Support Center and get more assistance.

How To Update Your Windows XP OS

Windows XP is an operating system that was released on August 24 2001, and since then it has been in the market for all these years. Windows XP can be referred to as the most successful operating system ever released by Microsoft.

You can update the system files of your operating system with the help of a tool present in Windows XP known as the Windows Update program. You set the Windows Update program to download the updates automatically to your system with the help of Windows XP help instructions. Having latest updates in the system means that you have the latest security patches and other software patches that will keep your computer secure from hackers and other security risks.

In addition, if you have latest updates installed in your system, you can install and use optional drivers and software in the PC. If you are using the internet connection from a network it is, possible that the network may prevent you from downloading the updates, in this case you will require gaining permission from the network administrator to do the same. Follow the below given instructions to install Windows updates to your system.

  • Connect your system to the internet. If you are reading these instructions in offline mode, the first thing you need to do is connect your system to the internet.
  • Now click on the Start button at the left side of the taskbar and then click on Windows Update from the All Programs menu.
  • Now the Windows Update window will appear, in this window, click on the Scan for updates button to search for new updates.
  • When the scan is completed, a page appears showing all the updates that are available for your system.
  • .Now click on the Review button and then select the updates you want to install and remove those you do not want to install by clicking on the Remove button
  • Now after making sure that you have removed all the unwanted updates, click on the Install Now button to start downloading the updates to your system.
  • After the download is completed, the installation process will start and your system may restart during the process.

If you follow the simple steps illustrated above from the Windows XP help and support center, you will be able to run Windows Update in your Windows XP computer with ease.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Some Common Outlook Problems And Fixes

The contact folder of Microsoft Outlook is often prone to several problems due to numerous reasons. The integrated contact folder within Outlook can be used to get an account of the messages and files that has been sent and received as well as to identify the sender.

Most of the Outlook problems can be resolved using the Microsoft troubleshooting tools. This article lists out some of the basic reasons behind the Microsoft Outlook contact problems. Read on to find out what they are and how to troubleshoot them!

Corrupted contact files

Corrupted files can sometimes cause the application not to work.  File corruption can occur due to many reasons such as faulty updates and external applications affecting Outlook. The corrupted contact files cannot be used or accessed in the future. Unfortunately, Outlook programs do not notify you when the contact files are corrupted. Instead, you will have to find and repair such files with the help of Outlook Repairing Scan tool.

Not able to open attachments

The Outlook application can also be used to safeguard your email account from potential harmful programs. Sometimes the attachments you receive along with emails from a trusted source that you already have as a contact, cannot be opened. You will receive an error message saying that the files downloaded can cause harm to your computer. In such a scenario, you can access the file manually by saving the file to your computer. Attachments with .XML extension are more prone to such issues.

Unable to use or locate folders
Sometimes the Outlook programs fail to connect with the contact files as there is no link established between the personal file folder and the Outlook application. Now use the import function named Import and Export to manually import your contact files into the Outlook account. This will also initiate the connection between the .pst files and the contacts folder. Make sure to search the contact files using the file extension .pst. Now you can save the changes made, by restarting the Outlook application and the new folder changes will take effect.

By understanding the root cause of Microsoft Outlook problems, you can employ the right troubleshooting steps to quickly fix the issue. If you want to know more about Microsoft Outlook and its various troubleshooting steps, you may go through the Outlook Help menu or visit Microsoft Support Center online and get more assistance.

Troubleshoot Microsoft Outlook Email Issues

Microsoft Outlook 2003 is a primary email client for Windows operating systems and comes bundled with Microsoft Office Suite 2003.

Well, there are number of occasions when you find your Outlook program to be faulty and troublesome. Among the several Microsoft problems that you may face with the Outlook program, are problems with receiving emails. One main reason for this problem is that your mail server may not be responding properly. Nevertheless, you can fix the issue in a matter of minutes. Let us see how this is done.

Troubleshooting Steps

  • To begin with, you need to click on the Windows Start menu located on the left side, bottom corner of your computer screen and then click on the icon that is labeled Control Panel from the list of Start menu options.
  • Now, in the Control Panel window, you need to first change the category view to Large Icons. After that, select the Mail option followed by E-mail Accounts. Click on View or change existing e-mail accounts, and select the Next button. Then, double-click on your email account.
  • Next up, go through the information in the Incoming mail server (POP3) field, listed in the Server Information section.
  • Following which, you need to click on the Windows Start button and enter the text Command Prompt into the search text field. Click on the option that reads Command Prompt. This will open up a new window on your computer screen.
  • Once you do that, you need to enter the following text without using quotation marks: ping example.com and hit the Enter key on your computer keyboard. Please note that you need to enter the actual name of your server in this section. Doing so will check if the server is responsive. If not, you will be notified that the server is down with an error message that reads Request timed out.
  • You will have to wait until the server gets back to its working state. This might take about 24 hours if the mail server is currently undergoing maintenance.

By now, you must have successfully resolved the Microsoft problems related to MS Outlook and started receiving emails without any problem. If you still encounter any issues, please get in touch with Microsoft tech support team for further assistance on this.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Three Ways Of Streamed Line Search In Windows 7

Windows 7 operating system from Microsoft Corp. comes with an improved search feature. If you have misplaced your important files, folders or programs, you can easily find them with the help of the streamlined Search feature in Windows 7 operating system. According to our Windows 7 support team, you can conduct the search operation by means of three ways. These three methods have been discussed below. The instructions given below will guide you through the search process.

Start Menu

  • Firstly, you need to click on the Windows Start button that is located on the left side bottom corner of your computer screen. This will open up the list of Start menu options on your computer screen.
  • Now, you need to click on the icon that is named as Search from the list of options and type in the name of the file, program or folder that you want to search for into the text field there. The Search field is a white box that says Search programs and files in gray lettering.
  • When you type in your query, search results will automatically be populated on the left side of the Start menu.
  • Next up, you need to double-click the on the program, folder or file you want to open from the list of search results.
Search Window

  • Hold down the Windows logo key and the F key on your computer keyboard. Doing so will open up the Search Results program window on your computer screen.
  • Following which you need to enter your search query into the blank white box in the upper-right corner of the program window. This will automatically display the Search results in the white box that is located in the lower half of the window as you type.
  • Now, when you find your search result, you need to double-click on it to open it.
In-Folder Search

  • Go to a specific folder. There will be a white Search box located at the upper-right corner of the folder window.
  • After that, you need to type in your search query into the Search box. Any files or folders in the lower half of the folder window disappear and are replaced by search results. You need to double-click on a result to open it.

For any further information on this, please do get in touch with our Windows 7 support team.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Different Email Formatting In Microsoft Outlook

If you do not like the way the Outlook messages appear or the format in which the emails are displayed, you can easily customize your Outlook messages the way you want. Microsoft allows the Outlook user to select the best format for the reader. You can either reformat all messages or just a single email message. Not just the email text, but you can also format anything you want, including the dates. Outlook lets you format the messages according to your personal preference. Choose the reformatting technique that meets your needs, or apply them all.
The following Outlook Help guidelines will tell you the different Outlook email formatting methods.

How to reformat dates
  • Go to the Start menu located at the bottom left corner of your computer desktop and click the Start button. From the Start menu, go to the Control Panel. Locate and click the option Language and region.
  • Here you will find the option to customize the date settings. Choose the option Change or Customize to view the current date settings and change them.
  • Customize the settings as per your preference. Say for example, you have the option to choose a four-digit year or a two-digit year, or abbreviate the month field. You can make changes to the short form date or long form date, or switch from one setting to the other. Click on the OK button to save your settings and reformat Outlook's date settings.
How to reformat a single message
  • Go to the Start menu and click Microsoft Outlook to launch the application.
  • Once the Outlook application is opened, click on the option Actions in the menu tab and then select the option New Mail Message Using.
  • From here, you can select the format you want for the message text. Click the format you want to use: Plain Text, HTML or RTF. Plain Text is the simplest format. It supports no formatting, but displays the same on all email programs. HTML supports text and image formatting and should display on almost all email programs according to Microsoft Support. RTF is a Microsoft format that can only be read by Microsoft email clients, such as Microsoft Exchange or Outlook.
  • Selecting any of these format options will change your message accordingly.
How to reformat all messages
  • Open Outlook using the Start menu. Wait for Outlook to open before continuing.
  • Click Tools from the Outlook menu, click Options and then click Mail Format.
  • View the current default format in the Send in this message format field: RTF, HTML or Plain Text. Click the format you want to make it default. Your change will take place immediately.
For further assistance, go through the Outlook Help menu or visit Microsoft Support Center.

Monday, July 8, 2013

How To Troubleshoot Startup Problems In Windows XP

Damaged system files, viruses and incorrectly installed hardware and hardware drivers can make your system underperform. The issues listed above will prevent the system from reloading and restarting. If you are experiencing any of the above listed issues, follow the steps outlined below to troubleshoot the issues during start up.

Instructions to resolve Microsoft problems during start up 

  • Switch on the system and wait for the system to boot up. Repeatedly press the F8 key on your keyboard as the system boots up. This will launch the Windows Advanced Boot Options screen.
  • From the Windows Advanced Boot Options screen, select the label that reads Safe Mode. You may use the navigation arrow keys to move the selection up and down. Now select the label that reads Safe Mode and hit the Enter key.
  • Click on the Start orb placed on the bottom left corner of the home screen. You may use the Windows shortcut key or the shortcut Ctrl + Esc to launch the Start menu. From the Start menu, select the label that reads Control Panel. Change the Control Panel view from classic to category by clicking the link, “Change category to classic”. 
  • Double click the label that reads Add/Remove Programs. Uninstall any new software that you have installed on your computer. Similarly uninstall any recent Windows updates you installed.
  • To review the details of the new software that you have installed on your system and the details of any new changes that you have made, click on the label that reads System.
  • Now, select the tab labeled Hardware. From the Hardware tab, select the label that reads Device Manager.
  • Check your Device Manager. Double-click on any items that show a red or yellow icon. Prepare a note of the error message that pops up. 
  • If you have recently updated the driver, click on the Driver tab, and then select the label that reads Roll Back Driver.
  • Hit the Disable option to disable the hardware, if you have installed the new device just before you started to experience startup problems.
  • Run a full scan with your antivirus software.
  • Close all windows, and hit the Restart option to restart your computer.

Follow the above mentioned steps to fix the Microsoft problems with startup. For more help with the same, drop into our Windows support website.

How To Setup Gmail Through Microsoft Outlook

Setting up your Gmail account on Outlook is quite simple. All you need to do is follow the steps briefed below. This article will guide you and help you synchronize your Gmail account with the e-mail client, Microsoft Outlook.

Outlook Email setup instructions

  • Launch the browser. Place the mouse pointer on the search tab and type “www.gmail.com”. Hit the Enter key to initiate the search.
  • Place the mouse pointer in the text space next to the label that reads Username. Enter the username. Press the tab key to move the mouse pointer. Enter your password in the space next to the label Password. Hit the Enter key to log in to your Gmail account.
  • After Gmail finishes loading, click on the Settings link placed on top of the page and click on the tab labeled Forwarding and POP.
  • Click on the radio button next to the label that reads Enable POP for all mail. To custom set Gmail and to select what Gmail has to perform after reading each message, click on the label that reads When messages are accessed with POP. Now hit the Save Changes button to save your preferences and changes. 
  • Open Microsoft Outlook application.
  • Click on the Tools label. From the Tools dropdown, select the label E-mail accounts.
  • Click on the Add a New E-mail account option.
  • Hit Next.
  • Now, select POP3 from the new window that appears. Enter your name into the text space next o the label Your Name. Similarly, enter your E-mail Address into the text box next to Email Address label. 
  • Enter pop.gmail.com into the text box that reads Incoming Mail Server. Similarly, set your Outgoing Mail Server as smtp.gmail.com.
  • Type your Gmail user name in the box labeled User Name. Now, place your mouse pointer in the text space that reads Password. Enter your password into the text box and place a tick mark in the box that reads Remember Password.
  • Select the tab labeled Advanced.
  • Set the Outgoing Server port number to 465.
  • Similarly, set the Incoming Server port to 995.
  • Hit OK to save the changes.
  • Click on the link that reads Test Account Settings to test the connection. Hit the Next and then the Finish option to save the changes you have made.

Follow the instructions briefed above to set up Gmail on Microsoft Outlook. For more assistance and help on Outlook Email setup related queries, feel free to buzz us online or on our tech support number. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

How To Reassign Shared Folder Permissions

Windows lets users restrict access to the folders by assigning permission levels to them. Shared folders are such restricted access folders where users have mainly two different permission levels including Read Only and Read and Write. The permission level can be set either to each individual user or to everyone on the computer network for the shared folder. In the folders that have Read-only permissions option assigned, users may only view the contents of the shared folder. And those folders with the Read and Write permissions option assigned, users may edit and delete files, as well as create new files in the shared folders. The following computer support guidelines will let you reassign shared folder permissions easily. 


Open Windows Explorer. If you are using Windows XP/Vista, right-click the Start button and select the option Explore from the popup menu. This will bring up Windows Explorer. In Windows 7 computer, simply click on the Windows Explorer icon located at the bottom left of the desktop in the Windows 7 taskbar. 
Browse to the shared folder location and right-click on it to restrict permissions. 
Click the Share option if it is Windows 7 or Vista. You will now get a notification window that says the folder is already shared. You will the option to remove sharing from the folder or to change permissions. If it is Windows XP, click the option Properties and then click the Sharing tab.
Now select the Change Sharing Permissions option. This will bring up the File Sharing user permissions interface in Windows 7 and Vista. In XP, click the Permissions button.
You will find a down arrow to the right of the user name for each user. Click on it and select the level of permissions for Windows 7 and Vista. The available options are Read and Write, Read Only and Remove. If you select the Everyone option, perform the same action on the Everyone entry. In XP, the process is the same, but the permission options are Full Control, Change and Read Only. Select the check box in front of the level of permissions for each group or user.
After you have set all permission levels, click the OK button.
Click the OK button for each open dialog box to close the boxes. You have now successfully changed the folder access permissions.

In case you find it difficult to perform this task, call in the help of a computer support technician or contact Microsoft Support Center and get needed assistance.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Steps To Use A Digital Tablet With Microsoft Office 2007

Microsoft Office 2007 allows users to edit and prepare documents using a digital tablet and a pen. The digital pen allows the users to custom set the color and weight of the ink tool as well the writing tools. Follow the simple guidelines briefed below to enable the Tablet PC components on your computer.

Microsoft help instructions to use Digital tablet with MS Office

Power your system and wait for the log in screen to appear. Click on the administrator icon to log in as the administrator. If you have secured your account with a password, enter your password when prompted.
Move the cursor and hit the Start icon placed on the bottom left of the home screen. From the Start menu pop up, select the label that reads Control Panel. Alternatively, you can launch the Control Panel using the Run command window. Enter Control Panel as the search word and then hit the Enter button.
Change the Control Panel view. Set the Control Panel view to classic and enter the search word Features into the search space on the top right. Hit Enter to initiate the search.
Select the Turn Windows features on or off option. Click on the label that reads Tablet PC Components and then check in the box placed next to the corresponding label. Hit OK and then initiate the system restart.
If required, install the driver software in the system. Connect one end of the cable to the device and the other open end to the USB port.
Open Microsoft Office 2007 application. To launch Microsoft Office 2007, click on the Start orb. From the Start menu, select the label that reads Microsoft Office 2007. Alternatively, you can launch the application by clicking on the desktop shortcut.  Select the Review option from the quick access tool bar.
From the submenu, select the Start Linking option.  From the dropdown, select a drawing tool. Click the color option to change the link color. Now, to change the thickness of the line, hit the Weight option.
Select the Close Ink Tools label when you have finished editing the document with the tablet and pen.
Try the above steps to use a digital tablet with Microsoft Office 2007. For more assistance on the same, feel free to contact the Microsoft help desk.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

How To Fix Windows XP Issues

It is quite disturbing to have frequent system errors while you are doing something important on your computer. There could be many reasons why your computer displays error messages. A corrupted system file, a hardware failure, or an application error, could be the reason behind this. When something unexpected happens, Windows lets you know about it by displaying error messages, or a blue screen. Sometimes you might be required to do a bit of troubleshooting in order to fix the problems on your Windows machine. Here are a few Microsoft support tips to help fix the problems while using a Windows XP computer.
Troubleshooting steps for fixing Windows XP problems
  • Many problems related to your Windows XP machine can be easily solved by going to the Advanced Boot Options screen on your computer. To go to this screen, press the F8 key while the computer starts up. This will take you to the “Advanced Boot Options” screen. From this screen, choose the Use the last known configuration that worked option. Selecting this option will let your computer load with the last successful system startup settings. This often fixes many Windows XP issues, including the software related “blue screen” error.
  • Another method is to get into the Safe Mode and try to troubleshoot the computer. Many sever problems in Windows XP can be successfully solved using this step. Press the F8 key on your keyboard when the computer starts up, and select Safe Mode from the Advanced Boot Options screen. In Safe Mode, Windows will load only the minimum required features and options. Most networking and performance settings will be disabled in the Safe Mode. Go to the “System Registry”, and make necessary changes to the registry directory. Once you have made the required changes, restart the computer in order to effect the changes. Start your computer in the Normal Mode. Check to see if the problem persists.
Safe Mode lets you troubleshoot and fix the problems without affecting the system stability and performance. Windows XP has long been known for its trouble-free performance, and user-friendly interface. However, like any other computer, problems can occur during the course of its use. You can never expect to have a perfect computer, which is completely free of troubles. Get assistance from Microsoft Support Center in case you have problems fixing your Windows XP machine.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Instructions To Disable Or Uninstall Antivirus Program On Windows XP

You might have some programs on your computer that you no longer need to use and hence wish to remove or disable from the system. Maybe this program is interfering with some other programs in your computer, creating problems.
Let’s consider the case of the Windows antivirus program. If you have problems with this software, or if you wish to use some other antivirus program on your computer, or if it is taking up too much of your system resources, you might then want to remove or disable it. Though the exact steps for disabling the software differ with different operating systems, the basic concept is the same.

How to disable the antivirus software

  • Open your installed antivirus program. You can find the program icon on your desktop or you may find the icon on the tray on the bottom of your screen. Double-click the icon to open it. Or else you can open the program by going to Start > All Programs > your antivirus program.
  • Once the antivirus program is opened, look for a button or a checkbox on the main window, which says, “Enable/Disable”. If the antivirus program is active, it will be displayed as “Disable” which means you can click on it to disable or make it inactive. If it in inactive, it will show “Enable”, meaning you may click on it to make it active.
  • If you are unable to disable the program by this method, you may click on the program’s help menu which will open a standard utility for Windows XP. When you click on the “Search” tab you will get a search box, where you need to type “disable”. Then click on the “List Topics” window.
  • You will now get the instructions on how to disable the software. Just follow it and it will be disabled.
  • How to delete or uninstall the antivirus software
  • Click Start > Control Panel.
  • Double-click on “Add or Remove Programs”. A list of installed applications will be displayed. Locate your antivirus program.
  • Select the antivirus program by clicking on it. You can see a button labeled “Change/Remove”. Click on it, and it will ask you whether to change or remove. Click “Remove” to uninstall or remove it from your computer.

Now that you have successfully disabled or removed Windows antivirus program, you can take the next necessary action. Use this method whenever you’re convinced the Antivirus is hampering the smooth running of your PC.

Windows Live Messenger - Disabling And Uninstalling It

With each release of one of their operating systems, Microsoft releases some really useful features and applications for users so that they get a better user-experience. Microsoft makes` it a point to know what the user demand is and they have always come up with exciting feature lists whenever they rolled out new operating systems and other software packages. But then there is a certain group of people who find some of its features not-so-exciting, and hence want to remove it from their system.
Here we are going to discuss the Windows Live application and its associated Windows Live Messenger tool. There are both admirers and haters for this Windows OS addition. Windows Live Messenger is actually a part of the free Windows Live Essentials package. It supports Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Server 2008 OS. Though it comes pre-installed, you may also download it from the Microsoft website. Windows Live help is available for users who have trouble using it. Usually Windows Live Messenger loads automatically when your system is turned on. Though it’s quite a useful addition, some still find it an unnecessary thing to have on their computers. So those who find it annoying can disable the automatic startup, or even uninstall the Messenger completely.

How to disable the automatic start up of Windows Live Messenger

· From the “Windows Live Essentials”, click on the “Help” icon. From the dropdown menu, select “Show the Menu bar”. Now go to Tools > Options.
· From the Options menu, click on the “Sign In” tab. Now deselect the “Automatically run Windows Live Messenger when I log on to Windows” option.
· After doing this, Click “OK” to save the changes.
· Restart the computer, and you can see that the automatic startup of Messenger is disabled.
How to uninstall Windows Live Messenger
· In Windows XP, Vista OS, go to the Control Panel and select “Add/Remove Programs”. In Windows 7 OS, go to the Control Panel and select “Programs and Features”.
· Choose “Windows Live Essentials” and click on “Uninstall” and then “Continue”.
· From the list of programs that shows up, select “Messenger” and click “Continue”. This will uninstall the Messenger from your system.
In case of any assistance, you may visit the Windows Live help website and get more information. It is a simple process and you shouldn’t have any big issues performing it.