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How To Start Up Your PC Faster Using MSConfig (System Configuration Utility)

Learn how to make your PC start up faster and free up memory and resources for free.

Does your computer take forever to start up? Do you feel that your computer is loading several unnecessary programs into memory during startup that you do not use? If so, you can follow simple steps to speed up the startup process and alleviate available memory (RAM) at the same time.

Many of us know that Windows Vista is a memory hog and many Windows XP machines that you may have purchase from your local electronics store contain several preinstalled programs that load during startup that slow down your system. MSConfig (System Configuration Utility) is a built-in Windows tool that can be used to free up system resources which may allow your computer to startup faster and free up used memory.

“Access Denied” Error: How to Remove Protected Spyware Files

Have you ever attempted to delete a file and you get an “Access Denied” error?

This problem usually happens when there’s spyware on the computer. Spyware prevents you from deleting certain files.

Why are you deleting a certain file in the first place?

Is it a file that you no longer need or is it a spyware file that you must delete in order to remove a rogue anti-spyware program or a Trojan infection? Either way, there are a few ways you can go about deleting a protected file or spyware file from your computer. Follow the steps below to remove or delete protected files or spyware files that may have an “Access Denied error”.

How To Fix Missing .MSI Files Popup Error For Windows Installer

Many times when computer users attempt to install programs or perform a reinstall they get a missing .MSI file error preventing them from completing the installation of a given application. A big hindrance in identifying a .MSI file is usually a .MSI file is usually hidden such as the CONFIG.MSI file folder. In some instances computer users can successfully delete the config.msi file which contains backups of files that are being installed to avoid a missing .msi files error.

In some cases when you install an application it fails to remove the config.msi file which may result in an error when installing the next program. In order to remove the config.msi file you can follow the steps below.

What is wuauclt.exe and wuaudt.exe

Are you confused about the difference between wuauclt.exe and wuaudt.exe?

The two executable files wuauclt.exe and wuaudt.exe are the same processes. Part of the confusion is that when both “wuauclt.exe” and “wuaudt.exe” are in lowercase for they look very similar. The letters “cl” look like a letter “d” depending on the way windows is setup to display your text such as having anti-aliasing text enabled.

What does the wuauclt.exe and wuaudt.exe file do?

How to Investigate Windows Processes

Do you know what processes are running on your computer?

Have you ever had issues with your computer running slow or not functioning properly? Have you tried investigating the Windows processes to find out if you have any malicious programs running on your computer? PC users can take steps to look up each running process to find out what types of programs are running.

There are tools available for computer users to find out information on virtually any type of running process. Users can simply Google Search a running process or visit the LIutilities website (processlibrary.com) for an explanation of any given running Windows process. To use Google to search the liutilities.com website you can enter “site:liutilities.com FILENAME.exe” in the Google search field. This will return results found on the liutilities.com website. If a running process is found to be a malicious program running on your computer you can search our site for a removal guide.

How to Delete Undeletable Files or Folders

Do ever have an issue with deleting a file or folder? Do you get an error message when you attempt to delete a file or folder?

Many times in the family of Windows operating systems users encounter an issue when they try to delete a file or folder. It can be a few different reasons why you cannot delete a file or folder in Windows.

Do you ever get the following error messages when you try to delete a file or folder?

Cannot delete (file name): Access is denied.

Cannot delete (file name): It is being used by another person or program.
Close any programs that might be using the file and try again.

The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.

How do I get a file or folder to delete if I am getting one of the messages above?

Windows Vista Security Is Top Notch Over XP

Is Vista is the most secure Windows operating system?

Windows Vista has been out for about a year now and has been on top for security vulnerabilities vs. Windows XP. Microsoft has created Vista in an effort to get fewer attacks from malware and parasites.

Is Vista more secure because is not as widely used as Windows XP or is it because Vista is just better in the security aspect? When it comes down to the facts, Vista has more security features built into it such as IE Protected Mode and User Account Control that lessens the chance for malware attacks.

Transform XP to Vista (exe)

Make Windows XP look just like Windows Vista

Can this really be done, yes it can with the program “Transform XP to Vista (.exe)”. Users do not have to buy a brand new PC system with loads of RAM and enough speed to run the infrastructure of the pentagon. If you want to give your current PC the modern look of Vista this will answer your prayers.

Display the file extensions in Windows

Ever get tricked into clicking a Virus file on your PC because you could not tell what type of file it was?

Do not be fooled by files on your computer because you cannot identify what type of file it is. It is best to display the file extension on files before you attempt to open an unknown file.

PC Tip: Knowing the file extension lets a user know if it is a legitimate executable file type. Some common virus files are listed with a .jpg.vbs file extension. This is a trick to make a user believe the file is an actual .jpg file type. The actual extension on a file that has .jpg.vbs is actually a .vbs file which could be a virus.

Enable the ability to view the file extensions of all files.

Why Should I Run a Windows Update?

If you know why you should run a Windows Update, then skip all the benefits and go straight to Steps to Run a Windows Update.

What is Windows Update?

Running a Windows Update is essential for keeping your current windows version up-to-date by installing patches and updates to protect your system from security vulnerabilities and in good working condition.

Just like a car that you change the oil in every 3000 miles or 3 months – whichever comes first, you must perform routine maintenance of your Windows Operating System or you run the risk of damaging or loosing your valuable data. I could go into detail about the benefits and consequences of maintaining vs. neglecting a car and simply put if you never change the oil for 15,000 miles something’s going to happen and I am pretty sure you can agree with me when I say that the “something” is not going to be good.

With the Windows operating system, we all know, that Microsoft put out such a flawless software package found in millions of homes, offices, and industries throughout the world… well… lets take out the “flawless” part because its not true. It must be obvious to those of us who do use and run Windows Updates often that all Windows versions are somewhat flawed and could use a tune-up every once in a while. We know this simply by the number of regular patches and updates that are available to each version of the Windows operating system family.

Windows Update has a few different types of updates available to windows users every so often but not all of the updates are created equal. Some updates called “Critical Updates” are classified as essential updates that must be performed immediately. Critical Updates usually include a patch released by Microsoft that fixes a security hole.

When a security hole is found it could potentially exploit and damage not only your own system but computers worldwide. Security Patches are normally included within any type of Critical Update. Update Rollups and Service Packs usually are large downloads for performing several updates at once within the Windows Operating System. Other types of Windows Updates such as specific software updates, hardware driver updates and Beta software updates are not as essential as a Critical Update or Security Patch Update. All available updates are recommended to be performed to rule out any potential issues or software/hardware conflicts down the road.

Steps to Run a Windows Update

To run a Windows Update follow the steps below.

  1. The first step to running a Windows Update is open Internet Explorer. Windows update will not work on other web browsers such as Firefox. Once you are in Internet Explorer selected the Tools menu and then select Windows Update. This will navigate you to the web address: windowsupdate.microsoft.com or www.update.microsoft.com.
    Windows Update Install Complete
  2. Once you are there click Express Install (Recommended).

    At this point it may give you the option to choose which updates to install, if not then skip ahead one step. Read the instructions carefully to install any patches that are required on screen and if needed go back and download and install any other patches.

  3. After selecting the items click on Go to install updates.
  4. Click the Download and Install Now button to initialize the download process of the updates.
    Windows Update Download Install
  5. The download process will start displaying a status indicator. This may take a few minutes depending on your internet connection.
    Windows Update Downloading Installing
  6. Windows Update will automatically initialize the actual installation of each update. This may take a few minutes depending on your system.

Setup Windows Update to Run Automatically

To setup Windows Update to automatically run without you answering a prompt or disturbing you while you work, follow the instructions below.

Note: Instructions are for Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2. Other versions of Windows will have similarities of the instructions explained but may vary.

  1. First go to the Start menu and select the Control Panel.
    Automatic Updates Select Control Panel
  2. Once the Control Panel is open select Security Center.
    Automatic Updates Control Panel
  3. You will now see an open Security Center window. If you see that there is a Green light and ON indicator next to the Automatic Updates label you do not need to proceed. You are already set up for automatic Windows Updates. If found otherwise with the label Automatic Updates without a Green ON label please proceed to click on the Automatic Updates label.
    Automatic Updates Select Label
  4. The Automatic Updates window will appear and you must select Automotive (recommended) to turn on the Automatic Updates. At this time you may choose to adjust a pre-set time that you would like for your PC to check/perform Automatic Updates.
    Automatic Updates Turn On