Awhile back I ordered a refurbished Dell Optiplex 390, after turning it on, I got to thinking about the games that usually come with the computer, mine was windows 7. I distinctively remember playing chess on that operating system, however, I was unable to find it anywhere. After doing some searching I was able to find the answer to my question and decided to share it with my readers who may have ended up with the same dilemma.
After locating the Start button, you want to click on the control panel, go to program and features. On the left side of the windows pane you should see turn onwindows features on and off. Click on this,
Once the menu opens up you want to look for GAMES.
Click box next to GAMES,
then click OK
Once this box from above disappears you will be able to play your games.
What you do when you have forgotten your password and you end up locked out of your computer? This is a dilemma nobody wants. So, now what do you do? Well, if your me, you create what is known as a password reset disk. I know you can just reinstall the operating system but, what fun is that. You have to reload all the programs and files that you have.
If you wish to know how to do this you can click on the link below for Windows XP:
Here: choose where you have your thumb drive inserted and click “NEXT”
Here: type in your current password.
The Next step is to place this thumb drive where you can get to it, should you ever need it.
To make a Password Reset Disk For windows 8.1 You will need to set up a local account .
Bring up the Charm Bar
Type in the search field User accounts> on the left side below “Tasks” on the link click “Create password reset disk” Insert a thumb drive into one of the USB Ports. Then go thru the prompt clicking “NEXT”, choose where you have your thumb drive inserted click “NEXT”. Then type in your current password, click” Finish” and now place this device where you can find it.
Sometime files gets corrupted or for whatever reason come up missing. like what happened, the other day when I was working on a friends computer. An error occurred for the task manager “The service cannot accept control messages at this time.”
To resolve these kind of issues, you can use what is known as SFC/SCANNOW, or the system File Checker. What this program does, is search your operating system, and if it finds a file that needs replacing due to corruption, it will replace it for you.
In order for this work, you will need the operating disc, for that particular OS, if you don’t have one, you can always borrow one for this operation.
if you are using Windows Xp, and you want to get to Command prompt click start >all programs >accessories, >command prompt >run as administrator, i have provided a link below:
If your running Vista or Windows 7 click on the start button, in the search field type in Command Prompt, when you have the link, Right click and choose “Run as Administrator. For Windows 8, go to the Start Menu, Desktop, hit the Windows Key + C, then type in the search field “Command Prompt” Right-Click “Run as Administrator” Once getting to the Command Prompt, you should see C/ from here then type sfc/scannow and press the enter key,
This will probably take a little time, so you might want to go and do something for a while. after it is finished it will let you know if it found anything. It will usually tell you what was found. Once done, go ahead and close the window or if your a new techie, just type Exit, tap the power button and the computer should shut off. Then go and restart the system. Hope this helped. Putting God First, God Bless.
Today I have decided to update the Windows 8 blog that I recently wrote when Windows first came out. I’m just going over
a few pointers that will help you get started. The first thing that you will see after switching on the computer for the first time is the Lock-screen. To move the lock-screen, push down on the space bar or press the Enter button.
The next step you have to maneuver past is setting up a Hotmail account, if you already have this, just log in like you would on your account. Setting up a Hotmail account is only needed if you want the windows 8 to keep settings on all your devices. You do not have to set up an administrator account, to get started. For setting up a limited account you can use your Gmail or Yahoo Account. After you have created a User Account, you will see what is the new look for Windows 8 “Live Tiles” for the Start Menu.
If you are looking for the desktop, you will have to go no further than the start menu. Click on the Live Tile marked “Desktop” You can rearrange these live tiles by clicking on them, and then moving them wherever how you want them. If you want to remove a live tile, you can do this by right clicking on the tile, this gives you the option to unpin from the Start Menu, Uninstall, or make it smaller
Once on the desktop, Look for the windows explorer or File folder. This will be on the bottom on the Taskbar. From here you can get to computer, Pictures, Music, pretty much anything.
By moving the mouse pointer to the top right and then down, you activate the Charm Bar. This can also be accessed by clicking down on the Windows Key and the Letter C.which lists the following areas of interest Search, Share, Start, Devices and settings. Under Settings ,you will be able to shut-down, restart , adjust volume, Access Control Panel, Personalization, and PC Information.
Under Settings you will find PC Settings for changing the lock-screen picture, Ease of Access, Windows Update, if you are on another page and wish to get back to the start menu,just move the mouse pointer down to the bottom left hand corner and the start menu will appear.
If you Looking for the applications feature, move the mouse pointer to the top right hand corner than move it down clicking on search this will display the applications of programs on your computer.
Microsoft Windows comes with MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials ) Windows Defender. If you prefer to reload a different Anti-virus, you can do this by first going to the search bar and typing in Windows Defender. Once Windows Defender is loaded go to Settings, Uncheck the box next to Turn on Real Time Protection to shut Windows Defender off Save changes. Restart the computer and install your favorite Anti-Virus.
Today, we are going to be talking about the device Manager, this program holds all the drivers for your system, if you’re talking about a mouse, display, hard drive,or Usb’s (Universal Serial Bus) this is where you will find these devices and others. For Windows XP go to the device manager, click on the start button, go to the control panel, click on system, click the hardware tab, then the Device manager tab, here will list the devices that you have on your computer. For Windows Vista and Windows 7, you want to go to the start button, click on the control panel, then click on Device Manager. If you have a problem with a driver and you are the administrator for the computer click the + next to the device you’re having the problem with. It will drop down, Left-click on the device, then Right-click on the device, you should have four choices displayed for you. Click uninstall, click OK, than go back to the where the device was, doesn’t have to be exact. Left click on one of the devices, than right-click and click on “scan for hardware changes” and see if this will correct the problem. Other issues could be a red “X” on the device, this means the device is disabled, to fix this just left click on the device, Right-click “Enable” and restart the computer.
Today, we are going to delve into system recovery, sometimes when you load a program that’s not compatible to protect the computer, you will get what they call the “BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH” Now when this happens you will get the blue screen, but it quickly moves so fast that you are not able to read what the error is. I’m going to tell you a way, which will freeze the screen so, you can write that error down, and then decide what the cause is.
So, to begin if you are using Windows XP go to the start button, control panel, click on System, click the advanced tab,go down to startup and recovery, Click settings, go to the bottom click the box next to Automatic restart click OK on the first and second panel.
For Windows Vista, and Windows 7, go to the control panel click on system, on the upper left hand corner, click on Advanced system settings,go down to Startup and recovery, click settings tab, go down to system failure, click the box next to Automatic restart, click OK on the first and second panel. Then your done.