Archive for the ‘Computer Tips & Tricks’ Category

The 2 common errors while Opening the “My Computer” hard disk drives are:


Error 1 : When I click on c drive it shows an error message This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action Create an association in the Folder Options Control panel?


1) On any File Window go to Tools->Folder Options…2) Click on the View tab.

3) Click on the Show all hidden and files and folder

4) Uncheck “Hide protected operating system files”

5) Type c: in the Address Bar

6) Delete the autorun.inf file

7) Restart your computer

You will have to do this for all your drives.

Error 2 :  In “My Computer”, drives open with Search Results

Solution:  It requires fixing the Registry. You can follow these guidelines

open Notepad and copy the following and save it to the
> desktop as “FolderFix.reg”
> ——————–
> Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
> @=”File Folder”
> [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell]
> @=”none”
> @=”Drive”
> [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell]
> @=”none”
> ——-
> then double click the “FolderFix.reg” to import to the registry.

> thats it……..

During the Oracle Installation process, any installation/sytem error  or sudden power failures causes Incomplete Installation. The Operating System does not allows us to either reinstall the Oracle product or uninstall the existing Oracle components. Here is a procedure to Uninstall all the Oracle components manually, when Installation Failure occurs.

Uninstall all Oracle components

  1.  Run regedit.exe and delete the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/ORACLE key. This contains registry entries for    all     Oracle products.
  2. Delete any references to Oracle services left behind in the following part of the registry:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Services/Ora*
  3. It should be pretty obvious which ones relate to Oracle.
  4. Reboot your machine.
  5. Delete the “C:\Oracle” directory, or whatever directory is your ORACLE_BASE.
  6. Delete the “C:\Program Files\Oracle” directory.
  7. Empty the contents of your “c:\temp” directory.
  8. Empty your recycle bin.

At this point your machine will be as clean of Oracle components as it can be without a complete OS reinstall.

Remember, manually editing your registry can be very destructive and force an OS reinstall so only do it as a last resort else before making any changes in REGISTRY export its settings so that any they can be imported if any errors occur.

I am also attaching the PDF file which explains the step by step procedure to Uninstall all Oracle products from Windows

Uninstalling all Oracle products from Windows systems

Steps to Speed-Up Boot Process in Win XP

  1. Click on Start, then Run, and type “msconfig”. Wait for a new window to pop up.
  2. Look under the “BOOT.INI” tab. You will see a box labeled “Timeout:”, and a numerical value. By default, it’s 30, which means 30 seconds of wait time before boot. This can be changed, make it 3 seconds. (Note: if you have more than one operating system, this means the wait time to startup to the highlighted Operating System. Sometimes you might want a bit more than 3 seconds than you can opt 5 or 10 seconds)
  3. Delete The Temporary Files Periodically From Your Computer To Make The Applications Run Faster. Type %Temp% in the run dialog box by clicking on Start -> Run, and click on “OK”. You will see an open folder with many files. Click on the Edit menu and click on Select all and then click on the File menu and select Delete. Note: Always confirm that the folder which is opened has a “temp” on the top of menu bar and the folder indicates that it is a temporary folder.
  4. Perform a Scandisk To See That Your Computer Hard Drive is in Healthy Condition and it helps Your Computer Run Faster
  5. Always Perform a Disk Defragmentation at least once in a month. Start the disk defragmentation from the system tools available in the accessories from the start menu. It takes a longer time and it is advised not to run any applications in the computer including the screen savers, while running disk defragmentation.

Speed up shutdown times

It’s not only start-up that you’d like to speed up; you can also make sure that your system shuts down faster. If shutting down XP takes what seems to be an inordinate amount of time, here are a couple of steps you can take to speed up the shutdown process:

    1. Don’t have XP clear your paging file at shutdown. For security reasons, you can have XP clear your paging file (pagefile.sys) of its contents whenever you shut down. Your paging file is used to store temporary files and data, but when your system shuts down, information stays in the file. Some people prefer to have the paging file cleared at shutdown because sensitive information such as unencrypted passwords sometimes ends up in the file. However, clearing the paging file can slow shutdown times significantly, so if extreme security isn’t a high priority, you might not want to clear it.
    2. To shut down XP without clearing your paging file, run the Registry Editor (click Start > Run, then type regedit in the Run box) and go to:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management
    3. Change the value of ClearPageFileAtShutdown to 0. Close the Registry, and restart your computer. Whenever you turn off XP from now on, the paging file won’t be cleared, and you should be able to shut down more quickly.

Note: Please be careful when editing the Registry; you can do a lot of damage here. Don’t change or delete anything unless you know exactly what it is. Its better to export the Registry settings before any changes are maid in Registry Editor.

For more information on Windows Registry you can checkout my blog “Registry Tips & Tricks  for Win XP “

Registry Tips & Tricks for Windows XP

The Registry in Microsoft Windows XP is a database that stores settings used by Windows XP. This includes individual user settings, software settings and hardware settings. While Microsoft does not advise making manual changes to the Windows XP registry, many an avid user has tweaked their registry to achieve a variety of effects.

Registry Changes
To make any changes to your Windows XP registry, you will need to use Regedit, which can be accessed by clicking “Start”->”Run” and typing Regedit into the text box and pressing “Enter.” From there, your registry can be navigated similar to any other file explorer window. Use the directory tree on the left window to locate the entries referred to in this article. The right window will contain the settings, and can be modified by double-clicking on the “Name” of each property. Also, right-clicking on a blank area on the right window will give you the ability to create a new setting value. Remember that changes to the registry won’t take effect until the computer has been restarted.

Registry Backup
There are a lot of Windows XP Registry modifications available out there, but before making any changes to your Registry, you should create a backup in case the functionality of your computer is affected by any changes made. To create a backup, start Regedit and click “File”->”Export…” and then name your registry backup. Select a location that will be easy to find and click “Save.” To reload a registry backup, simply double-click on the backup registry file.