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Driver Tip: Driver Inventory

Have you ever wanted a list of every driver installed on your computer? A driver inventory? Well there is a very simple way of getting that information.

Running the Driverquery command in the Command Prompt will list out all the drivers installed on the machine. But first you want to open the Command Prompt as an administrator. Click on Start and then All Programs, then Accessories. Right click on Command Prompt and choose RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR.

Once the Command Prompt is open, type: driverquery

If you want a compact record of installed drivers in a reporting format, use this command with appropriate switches.

You can use the /v switch to produce a detailed verbose information, and add the /Fo switch with the CSV parameter to generate the output in the csv (Comma Seperated Value) format. – driverquery /v /fo csv > driverlist.csv. This will give you the information is a csv file called driverlist.

Further, Opening this file Driverlist.csv in Excel will give you a highly detailed list of all your hardware.

Similarly, using the /SI switch to get all the information on the signed drivers installed on the machine.

For a full list of the switches available for the Driverquery command, run the driverquery with a /? switch.

» Perform a driver scan now!




BIOS Tip: Full Screen Logo Show

In your BIOS settings you will see a setting call Full Screen Logo Show. When enabled, the memory count and Power-On Self-Test (POST) are hidden behind a graphic logo. For example, when you first turn on an HP computer, you might see the HP logo in big letters across the screen. When disabled, the regular initiation sequence is displayed on the screen - the way most computers look when you first turn them on before the operating system begins to load. Some people prefer to hide the POST screen, while others prefer to always see it. Use the Page Up and Page Down keys to toggle between Enable and Disable.

There are also ways to input your own custom made logo into that spot. That way when you boot, instead of seeing the HP logo, you will the graphic of your choice. A simple Google search of "Custom BIOS Boot Logo" will give you instructions on how to do it. This can be a tricky process, so be sure you know what you're doing before undertaking this task.

» Perform a BIOS scan now!




Registry Tip: Corrupted Registry

There are a few symptoms that your system which tells you that you have a corrupted registry. Certain computers show several of these symptoms while others only some. The degree in which your computer displays these symptoms is dependent on how bad the corrupted windows registry may be.

First of all,
  1. Slow Running Windows Applications – This is one of the most widely reported symptoms of a corrupt registry. Opening documents, switching between programs and the like takes longer and longer to accomplish leading to massive frustration.
  2. Computer Screen Freezes – A very common error. Most screen freezes happen when you switch between programs or try to exit a program.
  3. Random Error Messages – This is the scariest problem because the messages are very hard to diagnose. An example would be the ever popular "Blue Screen Of Death" memory dump error screen.
  4. Slow PC Shutdown and/or Startups – Extremely slow loading and shutdowns. More than 5 minutes.
» Perform a registry scan now!




Question and Answer
I have 2 systems, one with XP and one with Windows 7. I am trying to share files and my printer between the 2 systems, but I'm having a lot of problems. Can you tell me what to do to accomplish this?
- Kristen C., Oklahoma City, OK

First make sure both machines are members of the same Workgroup which by default is named Workgroup.

On the Windows 7 machine go into Control Panel \ All Control Panel Items \ Network and Sharing Center then click on Change advanced sharing settings. You will want the following settings checked under Advanced Sharing Settings for the Home or Work and Public profile: Turn On Network Discovery, Turn On File and Printer Sharing, Turn on Sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public folders.

If you want any user to have access the public shares turn off password protection. This is located in Advanced Sharing Settings toward the bottom of the list. If you want to keep it enabled make sure there is a log in account for the other XP machines and they have a password.

Now if you go into Network in Windows 7 you should see your XP machine and the Windows 7 machine as well.

To share the printer on the Windows 7 machine go into Devices and Printers from the Start menu and double click on the printer icon. Next double click on "Customize your printer". In the Properties screen click on the Sharing Tab and check the box to share the printer and type in its share name.

If your XP machine is an x86 OS you can install Additional Drivers before setting up the XP machine by clicking on Additional Driver right under where you have named the printer.

To find the shared folders and devices double click on the Windows 7 machine icon under Network. Here you can see the printer connected to my Windows 7 machine is shared and also the Users Folder. Continue into the Users folder and Public to see the shared folders, here I also created a folder called XP Share just to keep everything in central location.

Now, on your XP machine open up My Network Places to find the Windows 7 shared folder. Double click on the Share folder to find a list of shared folders in the Public folder on Windows 7. If you have password protection enabled you will need to type in the username and password of the user account on the Windows 7 machine first.

To set up the shared printer in XP you will need to go into Printers and Faxes from the Start menu and kick off the Add Printer Wizard. Now select "A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer" then hit Next.

Next select "Connect to this printer…" and type in the path for the printer connected to the Windows 7 machine and click next. Now click Yes to the confirmation message. Then click Finish to install the printer and complete the Wizard.

In some cases you will need to install the x86 XP drivers for the shared printer because the Windows 7 drivers are not compatible with XP. When everything is installed open up Printers and Faxes to find the shared printer.


Duplicate Files!! I recently found six copies of the same file on my PC. When I looked further, I found that I have hundreds of duplicate files on my hard drive. I've read this can cause my PC to be slow and nonresponsive at times. Is there an easy way to identify and safely remove duplicate files from a PC?
- Howard S., Cleveland, OH
Removing duplicate files from your PC not only can improve the performance of your computer, but it also prevents the possibility of sending out the wrong file to someone. Manually finding and removing duplicate files can be tricky and quite time consuming. There is a simple program that will safely and quickly do the job. We have tested and recommend Easy Duplicate Finder. You can find it here: http://www.easyduplicatefinder.com




Tech Tip
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Quote of the Month
"Experts agree that the best type of computer for your individual needs is one that comes on the market about two days after you actually purchase some other computer."

- Dave Barry

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Stat of the Month

Worldwide Mobile Broadband Device Shipment Forecast
(Millions of Units)


Source:
IHS iSuppli Research
July 2011

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Xirrus WiFi Monitor

If you're looking for Wi-Fi connections, xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor will do the hard work for you and find wireless networks for you to connect to (useful in airports on when looking for a cafe with Wi-Fi.)

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