How Do I Set a System Restore Point?

Note: This article shows techniques for Windows XP. It will be updated for Windows Vista soon. (For the impatient: Use the same menu options as below. … [Read more...]

How Do I Find Visual Basic Runtimes?

Frequently a program downloaded from the internet or obtain from other sources requires a file of the form VBRUNxxx.DLL in order to run. Sometimes … [Read more...]

How Do I Use My Browser for FTP?

You don't need to have an FTP program to download files from an FTP site. Just use your Web browser. Using a special Uniform Resource Locator (URL) … [Read more...]

How do You Register/Obtain DLL or OCX Files?

Most programs use some form of library files to hold common routines used by multiple parts of the program. These files typically have the extension … [Read more...]

What are Emoticons?

Emoticons are ASCII glyphs originally designed to show an emotional state in plain text messages. Over time they have turned into an art form as well. … [Read more...]

What Are Electronic Communication Acronyms?

To simplify text communications a number of acronyms have been developed. This page expands a collection of some you may encounter. Please note that … [Read more...]

What Was That Error?

You're happily working along with your computer and suddenly the screen flashes, the computer or application stops, an error message flashes on the … [Read more...]


HIBERFIL.SYS AND PAGEFILE.SYS are system-generated files. They are used by Windows for hibernation and virtual memory … [Read more...]

What is a File Named Tilde (~) on the Desktop?

A file named with the single tilde character (~) appears on your desktop. What is it and why is it there? This file started appearing on people's … [Read more...]

Why Aren’t Different Display Colors the Same in Different Monitors?

Often computer users complain that images viewed on one computer do not look the same when viewed on another. Sometimes the images are better; often … [Read more...]