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How to use ISO Files – Part 1 – Mounting

By Peter Owen  People often ask how to open iso files or how to extract iso files. The short answer is: you can’t. An .iso (named for the International Organization of Standards) file is an image file of an optical disc – essentially, rather than being an archive of the files on a CD or […]

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ERD Commander – Managing Startup Programs Using Autoruns

 Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset  MSDaRT 5.0 for XP, MSDaRT 6.0 for Vista, and 6.5 for Windows 7 is a complete suite of powerful and versatile tools released by Microsoft (formerly Winternals) that allows you to repair unbootable or locked-out systems, restore lost data, and diagnose system and network issues while the system is safely offline. Detailed information […]

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Restoring the Alps Dell Touchpad in the Notification Area

Alps Dell touchpad icon disappears from  Notification Area I have a Dell Latitude ES 6520 with an ALPS Dell Touchpad and Trackpad (also called a Trackpoint or Trackstick) The drivers for this are DELL_MULTI-TOUCH-TOUCHPAD_A10_R315893.exe Title      : Input:Dell Multi-Touch Touchpad Driver Version    : A10 OEM Name   : Dell OEM Ver    : 7.1208.101.125 Computers  : Latitude – […]

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Are Registry Cleaners Worthwhile?

Are Registry Cleaners Worthwhile? I don’t think so. If you run something like Uniblue Registry Booster you’ll get a scary screen like this Sounds Serious – High Damage Level – and when you click on Fix Errors you are invited to purchase the program for about $30 Having purchased and “cleaned” your system it is […]

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Why is my computer so slow?

When your PC or Laptop was new, it was probably quite fast. So what happened, and what can you do about it? This is one of the most common tasks I have to perform – speeding up somebody’s computer. Here’s an outline of what commonly causes the problem, and what can be done about it. […]

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Make Your Computer Go Faster – Adding RAM

Often the most effective means of speeding up an ageing computer is fitting more RAM (random access memory) Go to and run their Memory Scanner. It will tell you what you can upgrade to, and you can purchase RAM chips from from them. If the memory scanner doesn’t work, try the Memory Advisor tool […]

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