Articles in Category: Windows Programs

What’s a .DAT File?

DAT files are used by many different applications. To know what to do with a DAT file, you need to know which application created it.

How do I know what programs are safe to uninstall?

A look at the add/remove list in Windows Control Panel presents a long list of sometimes confusing entries. I’ll look at how to evaluate what’s there.

How Do I Reformat and Reinstall Windows? (XP & Vista)

Sometimes the best approach to resolving an issue, be it a virus or simply software rot, is reformat and reinstall. We’ll review the steps.

Process Explorer – A Powerful Free Replacement for Task Manager

Process Explorer is Task Manager on steroids. A free utility that completely replaces Task Manager, there’s no reason not to have and use procexp.

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SnagIt – Quick and Easy Screen Capture and Annotation

Windows includes screen capture by default, but if you use it often and rely on it alone, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Why Is My Task Manager Disabled, and How Do I Fix It?

Task manager can be disabled manually, but more commonly it’s disabled by a virus. It’s easy to re-enable once you’re virus-free.

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How Do I Reformat My Machine If I Don’t Have a Windows CD?

Reformatting a machine is a major step that erases everything. Unless you really know what you’re doing, you’re going to want that Windows Setup CD.

How Do I Find Out Who’s Using All My Memory?

When your system starts to slow down, programs using excessive memory are frequent culprits. It’s fairly easy to find out which programs they are.

How Do I Get a Windows Program to Always Open Maximized?

Some folks like to run programs maximized; taking up the entire screen. If a program doesn’t do that automatically, here are some steps that may help.

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Where is Windows Explorer?

Windows Explorer is everywhere – yet finding Windows Explorer on the Start Menu is actually fairly difficult. We look at where Windows Explorer is, and some of the many other ways you can get to it.

How Do I Copy Preinstalled Software To Another Machine?

Yet another reason I so strongly recommend making sure that you get installation CDs for all the software that comes pre-installed on any new machine. There are just so many scenarios where no having that can be a really big pain. Like this one.

What’s the difference between COMMAND.COM and CMD.EXE?

COMMAND.COM and CMD.EXE are versions of the command interpreter for MS-DOS and Windows. They’re both available, but you only really need one.


What’s this Program Running on My Machine?

There may be many programs running on your machine. It’s not always obvious exactly what they are or why they’re running. We’ll look for some clues.