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If you are facing startup problems with your computer’s Windows Operating System, then Microsoft is providing us many tools to fix the startup error. For Instance, in Windows NT you can use Emergency Recovery Utility, in Windows 98 you can use MS Config tool, in Windows 2000 you can find Recovery Console, and in Windows XP you can use the System Restore. The only problem however, it is very difficult to understand the working processes of these tools. To fix any start up problems with your computer we suggest you to use Spotmau Powersuite 2010 tool, which will fix the start up problems in all Windows Operating Systems.

What type of problems does Spotmau Powersuite 2010 repair?

As you know very well, a problem related with Windows startup is one of the most difficult problems to troubleshoot and sometimes if you want to fix a startup problem, then you just need to reinstall the OS, but this process is time consuming. To avoid all these headaches, you can simply use Spotmau Powersuite 2010 tool, it will take care of your startup problems.

The Spotmau Powersuite 2010 suite can repair the following startup problems

  • Incompatible/Corrupt/Missing drivers
  • Corrupt/Missing System Files
  • Corrupt/Missing boot configuration settings
  • Corrupt registry files
  • Corrupt disk metadata such as boot sector, partition table, master boot record
  • Problematic installation updates

How does Spotmau Powersuite 2010 Tool work?

If your Windows Vista, XP or any other Microsoft OS is experiencing a startup failure, you can use the bootable CD which comes with Spotmau Powersuite to boot-up the system. Just insert the CD in the drive and restart your system. You might need to get into the BIOS first to enable booting from CD ROM drive. Spotmau Powersuite 2010 tool is automatically activated and it analyzes the startup log files to find out the problem source and runs some tests to find out the cause of the startup problem. Once it detects the problem, then it fixes the problem automatically.

After successfully fixing the startup problem, it will reboot the system automatically and then update the log file to identify the startup problem and the solution for that.

In case it can’t repair the startup problem itself, then it will guide you how to fix the problem manually.

Spotmau Powersuite 2010 Tool will save you time as well as money

If you are using Spotmau Powersuite 2010 tool to fix the startup problems of your system, then it will save you from expensive technical support services. If you decide to call for a PC technician or even bring your computer to a repair center, it will cost you hundreds of dollars and several days before you get your PC fixed.

Additional options in Spotmau Powersuite 2010

It has many options such as

  • Repair errors and search for  missing files
  • Increase the hard disk performance
  • Uninstall any unwanted programs
  • Clean the system obsolete trash and redundant files
  • Lock any programs for your personal use only
  • Many more features

Conclusion

Spotmau Powersuite 2010 is designed to solve many Windows problems usually faced by us while reducing the burden of user’s as well as administrators. It is not a “miracle CD” but I can guarantee you that it will help you to fix and optimize the majority of computer errors that you may experience over time.

Your Master Boot Record got damaged? This message sounds really pretty scary, but if your hard drive is still intact then don’t worry at all. In most of the cases you can fix this type of problem by following simple procedures to repair your Master Boot Record (MBR). Whenever you start your computer it looks for the MBR, which tells to the BIOS which partition of the hard drive has OS installed.

If the MBR is damaged, it means your BIOS can not identify the OS and then it will give a message like Error loading OS or Invalid disk partition table or Boot Failure. But fortunately you can recover or repair the Master Boot Record by using either the Spotmau Powersuite 2010 CD or the Windows XP Recovery Console.

How to fix a damaged Master Boot Record using Spotmau Powersuite 2010:

By using Spotmau Powersuite 2010 tool you can easily fix the problem of Master Boot Record (MBR) or Disk Partition Table in a safer way compared with the Recovery Console of Windows XP. Just insert your bootable Spotmau CD in the drive and restart. The system will boot from the Spotmau CD and provide you with an easy-to-follow menu with options to fix your Master Boot Record with a few clicks. The images below illustrate a few screen shots of Spotmau Repair CD for fixing Windows MBR.

How to fix a damaged Master Boot Record using Windows XP Setup CD:

In Windows XP setup CDROM you can find the Recovery Console. By using this Recovery Console tool you can repair a damaged MBR or Disk Partition Table or boot sector. The following steps will help you to start the Recovery Console and fix your damaged Master Boot Record.

  • After Inserting Windows XP Setup CD in CDROM drive restart your PC
  • If your computer is prompting like press any key to start the booting from CD then do it immediately. If you not press any key, then it will try to boot from the hard drive.
  • After Installing few files it will prompt like press R to start Recovery Console.
  • Whenever this Recovery Console starts, it will ask you to enter the partition number that you need to repair in Windows XP. Most of the cases the number is “1.” After entering this number and pressing the “Enter” key it will continue with the setup. If you have not entered any number and pressed Enter then your computer will restart immediately by quitting from the installation of Recovery Console Program.
  • After finishing that installation it will ask to enter your Administrator password. If you are not entering right password, you cannot continue for further.
  • After entering right password it will open the Recovery Console command prompt, here type fixmbr command and then press Enter to continue the process.

At this point, the Recovery Console will create a new MBR and replace the old one. After finishing this repair, you can reboot your computer normally. In very rare cases you should repair the boot sector or disk partition table in addition to the MBR. If still you PC does not work properly then repeat those steps mentioned above and type fixboot instead of fixmbr command.

NOTE: If you are using the XP Recovery Console procedure, then it will assume that you have only one OS in your system. But, if you have more than one Operating System in your PC (e.g Windows and Linux), then you need to search for additional information to fix the problem of Master Boot Record or Boot sector by using the commands fixmbr and fixboot respectively.

Troubleshooting and Fixing Windows Problems

Having computer problems? I know that trying to figure out and fix your computer when it’s not working right can be frustrating. There are so many help tools and web sites out there geared towards experienced computer users who have an expert understanding of how their system works. But what is the average computer user like you and me to do when something goes wrong with their computer? Tech support and computer maintenance can be very expensive, and like your car mechanic, you are dependent on the technician to be truthful with explaining what’s wrong and what needs to be done to fix it.

One option I use for learning about problems with your system is the integrated Windows help files. These help files will assist you in pinpointing the problem with your system and help you find a solution. However, I’ve found that the integrated help files often do not provide the level of detail needed to accurately diagnose a problem, especially if it is something outside of Windows that is causing the problem.

Another option I rely on is Microsoft’s knowledge base on their web site. The knowledge base is a compendium of known issues that users have reported to Microsoft and solutions for these problems. Depending on the issue you are having, the solutions could be quite technical and complicated, and making any mistakes could compromise your system further.

Finally, you can turn to online forums and message boards that offer solutions to various operating system and hardware issues. However, I have found that many of these sites are not closely moderated, and you could end up downloading what you think is a program to fix your problem that ends up being a virus or malware, making your situation even worse!

If your computer is so compromised that it doesn’t run at all, accessing the help options provided above is impossible if you do not have access to another healthy computer. If your computer is in this state, your only solution is to have a bootable disk that you can use to get your computer started. Windows allows you to create a recovery disk, but it does not provide you with the tools to diagnose and repair all of the potential problems your computer may have.

Luckily for average computer users like you and me, Spotmau’s award-winning software PowerSuite Professional provides users with a new, innovative computer maintenance option. PowerSuite Professional goes above and beyond a standard recovery disk, providing you with a complete solution for all of your computer maintenance needs, including:

  • Boot up any computer
  • One-click PC health check – find out all your PC’s problem one time
  • Install Windows or fix problems with Windows
  • Optimize your system performance
  • Clean up your web browser history
  • Recover lost data and passwords
  • Partition and format your hard drive
  • Clone or backup your system
  • Select which programs to run when you start Windows

This simple CD has helped me solve some big problems with my computer, letting me get back to work fast.

For more information on SpotMau PowerSuite 2010, or to order your copy of this ground-breaking CD, please visit http://www.spotmau.com.

Why You Need a Registry Cleaner in Windows

How a registry functions

When a Windows operating system is loaded onto a computer machine, a registry system is automatically created to record what settings, instructions, data files and other information are there in the computer.  The registry acts like a directory of sorts to record all the relevant –and often the irrelevant—information for easier access by the operating system. Without a registry and the information are scattered at random in the system, the computer will take forever to go over, select, retrieve and use the required information.

Now it gets complicated

As you use the computer, updates to the softwares, file systems, panel settings and others are added to the registry, creating compounded associations of files and setting and instructions. Imagine a tree of interconnecting branches, different stems fusing into others, many not ending in leaves but into other stems, then you can have an idea of how convoluted such a registry can be. And if you know what a garden maze looks like…

Furthermore, when updates are made to any software or system configurations, the old files are not removed. They remain where they are, and although not used, are still accessed by the computer’s operating system each time you boot the machine. In other words, the operating system scans each file, determines if it is relevant to the operation at hand, retrieves it if it is and discards it if not, and proceeds to the next file, copying the needed file into the memory for use in the operation.

If you open an automatic update information as prompted by the system, you will see that there are many updates that are clearly superseded or replaceable by later updates. Yet they still will be loaded into your system if you are not careful and be selective in what you download. If your operating system is a rather old system, for example, and you update it only a long time afterwards, all the updates between your last update and the present will be loaded into your computer, regardless of whether they are obsolete, superseded, amended, or otherwise modified by new ones. As long as it is not there, it will be loaded.

The after-effect

In the end it creates a registry that contains much irrelevant and useless information which the system must take into consideration each time the machine is opened for use. This slows down the computer’s operation considerably, and eventually makes it crash if it gets too conflicting or heavy. A computer crash not only effectively stops the operation and thwarts what you are doing with it, but also endangers the whole system by corrupting the system itself. Too much conflict among the instructions and something is bound to give up somewhere sometime.

A registry cleaner scans the registry from beginning to end, eliminating the unnecessary and irrelevant entries, then closes up the gaps created. This compacts the system for easier and faster access by the operating system and your computer works much better. So you not only need a registry cleaner, but you should use it as often as weekly.

How to speed up your Windows Vista

Windows Vista has become a widely used operating system that is supported by most well known laptop and desktop makers. The one major complaint that is heard from lots of people using Windows Vista is that it is very slow when booting up.

Vista had some majors flaws when it was first released, which turned many people off it. Although some patches were released that fixed them, the time it takes to boot up when turned on still is a very annoying problem. Here are some potential solutions that may help in speeding up Windows Vista.

If you are using an older computer with Vista running on it, then one problem that may be slowing it down is the limited ‘RAM’ (random access memory) that it is working with. So, I recommend freeing up some memory by removing some unnecessary features.
By disabling the Windows Vista side bar for example you can save some memory space. The sidebar is turned on by default, but most of the software in it is never used by most computer owners. You’ll want to ‘right click’ on the sidebar, then hit ‘close’. There should be a dialogue box that states, “start sidebar with windows start”, make sure that the box beside it is unchecked.

Another possible solution is a feature of Vista called Windows ReadyBoost. This is the actual feature that Microsoft recommends to add some extra memory to the system and enhance performance. It helps by allowing Windows Vista to use the empty storage space on removable media (e.g USB sticks) that helps speed it up. Insert a portable hard drive or USB stick and then Vista should offer you the option of using ReadyBoost to speed up your computer. Be sure to only use a fast flash memory card, as Windows Vista can not use the slow version. It is recommended to use up to three times the RAM in your computer. Therefore, if you have 512 megs of RAM, you’ll need to use 1.5 GB for the optimal performance.

A feature that can also be used to speed up Vista is the System Health Report.

  1. You go to the control panel, then ‘performance and information tools’, then ‘advanced tools’.
  2. You can click on ‘generate a system health report’. It takes about a minute to run, then it will show you all the details of your PC, and it will also offer solutions as well.
  3. The report contains both the hardware configurations and also the software configurations and their errors.
  4. You can then search out the best product to fix the specific needs of your PC.

One of the best known ways to increase the speed of Windows Vista is by adding more RAM to your computer. If you have a fairly recent model you can go down to you local computer supply store and buy more RAM that is inserted into the inside of your machine. If you are not familiar with how or where the extra RAM should be installed, have a professional do it or you’ll end up causing more damage than just a slow system. This has proven to be one of the most successful ways in which to increase the speed of Windows Vista.

Another step you can take to speed up Windows Vista is to disable the Indexing Service. As we mentioned in the post about speeding up Windows XP , the Indexing Service is somewhat unnecessary. What this service does is to keep an index in memory for all your Windows files’ location so that to give you faster results when searching your PC for a specific file. This operation takes up significant memory. To disable Indexing Services:

  • Go to My Computer, Right Click on C Drive and uncheck “Index this drive for faster searching” under the General Tab.
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