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Question: How can I find or start up Net Meeting using Microsoft Windows?

Remember seeing Microsoft Net Meeting before but don't remember how to get back to it or re-enable it? There are a few very simple instructions to follow to get Microsoft Net Meeting working once again.

First click on the [ Start ] Menu.
Click on [ Run ].
Type in: CONF into the field box.
Click on [ OK ].

After running these simple instructions you should be back in business and be able to now run and configure Microsoft Net Meeting.

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Question: How can I get rid of the annoying Microsoft Messenger icon on Windows?

Sick and tired of that stupid Microsoft Windows Messenger icon in your System Tray in the bottom right corner of your screen every time you boot your computer up? There are a few methods below you can use to remove this service once and for good.

Method #1

Click Start, click Programs, Accessories, and click Notepad. Once Notepad is open, click File, click Open, and for the filename type in: C:\WINDOWS\INF\SYSOC.INF and hit enter.

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Windows 98/98SE/2000/XP/VISTA: Change serial / registration key without having to reinstall Microsoft Windows!

Run multiple computers at home or run a business? Have you ran into a problem where you or someone else may have accidentally typed in the wrong Microsoft Windows registration or serial key on one of your systems? Or perhaps auditing issues? No problem, below are some simple instructions you can follow to do just that on all versions of Microsoft Windows (Win98) and higher!

To change your Product Key without Reinstall, you can do the following:

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There is a program that is already removed from the computer, but I can still see it on the Add/Remove Programs list.

There are program(s) that are already supposed to be removed from my computer, but I can still see it on my [Add/Remove Programs] list in control panel. How do I get rid of these?

Removing Invalid Entries in the Add/Remove Programs Tool by opening up REGEDIT and removing entries at the following ->

For the technically declined:

1.) Click on Start.
2.) Click on Run.
3.) Type in: REGEDIT, then click on OK.

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Question: How do I turn off the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer as my default image viewer on my computer?

How do I turn off the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer as my default image viewer on my computer? The Windows Picture and Fax Viewer is set as the default image viewer for all sorts of file types in Windows XP. Unfortunately, choosing a new program as the default in the File Types window won't change this, and there's no option in the Windows interface that can disable this component. It's a really bad design, and it takes a Registry change to fix it:

Solution #1:

1.) Run the Registry Editor (REGEDIT.EXE).

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Question: When I click on icons in Control Panel, nothing happens. CTRL-ALT-DEL gives me a error message. What is happening?

This is a strange and unique error but I thought it was worth writing about.

For a possible fix to this issue without formatting, please perform the following:

Click Start, Click Run and type SFC /SCANNOW and hit Enter on your keyboard. Once this is done, turn off or reboot your computer.

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Question: Outlook Attachments in Outlook Express 6 will not open. Why not and how can I fix this?

Having problems with file attachments not seeming to open in Outlook Express 6 for some reason? There is a pretty simple way to fix this if this is happening to you.

Open up your Outlook Express 6, then choose on Tools, then choose Options, then the Security tab, and select INTERNET ZONE. After you have done that, make sure that the option "Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus" is UNCHECKED. Then click APPLY and then click OK.

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Question: Finding strange advertisment/prompts messages on my computer while on the internet. How do I get rid of them?

Ever see messages that look like the image below on your computer with the text "Messenger Service at the top?

Strange advertisements or messages!

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Question: How can I get Outlook Express to minimize into my System Tray in the lower right hand corner near my clock on Windows?

Ever wish you could hide Outlook Express to your Windows System Tray near the time clock on your Task bar? (Lower right hand corner by default) Well now your able to do just that with very few things to do to get it to work like this.

Our friends at have developed a free tool you can install that does just that. You may download it from their site as they are the developers. If your having trouble you can also download the utility from out server here:

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WinXP Issue: After running Start -> Run -> and type in "ipconfig" it disappears and doesn't show me my IP Address. Why not?

Reported Windows XP Error: After I type in IPCONFIG in the Start -> Run field, my IP Address information is not displayed. What do I have to do to find out my network adapter IP Address information?

This is a common problem I witnessed in my early days of using Windows XP and it seems this is not a reported bug. Microsoft had made new changes with removing DOS from it's Windows Operating System entirely. This caused some small issues with Windows users who were familiar with their previous Operating System Windows 98/SE.

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Problem: I have a computer with Win2k and one with WinXP. The XP one can see the Win2k but not the other way around.

Common Windows Networking issue ->
I have a computer with Win2k and one with WinXP. The XP one can see the Win2k but not the other way around.

This can usually be fixed by going over a few basic things listed below.

Possible Solutions.
1.) Have you disabled the XP's built in firewall?
2.) Is something shared on the XP PC (files, folders, hard drive etc etc)?
3.) Is the User Account on the 2000 PC added as a User Account on the XP PC?
4.) Is the Guest Account enabled on the XP PC?

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Every time I want to save a photo or a pic (from internet) on to my Hard Drive, I can save it only in BMP format. - Quick Fix!

Surfing the internet see a few pictures you would like to save for later use and you notice that their always saving as .BMP and not a their original format like .gif, .jpg, .jpeg? This is a very annoying bug with our friend Windows XP and Higher. There is a easy solution to this that I had to find on my own at one time a few years back when I was designing Web Pages.

Easy Solution: ->

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I can not delete .AVI files. I receive a message the file is in use by another process! How to fix this here.

Ever seen this error message recently?

"File is in use by another process!" When trying to delete any of your .AVI files? This can be very frustrating, but help is on the way!

When an AVI file is corrupt, the process that allows the preview picture to appear when you click once on the file is unable to complete. If you delete the following registry entry, you turn off this preview function for .AVI files only, preventing this problem from occurring again in the future.

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Question: CTRL-ALT-DELETE It says Task Manager Has Been Disable By Your Administrator. How do I fix this?

Every time I open Task Manager by going CTRL-ALT-DELETE, It says Task Manager Has Been Disable By Your Administrator. How do I get rid of the message when I type the required keys to do so?

There is a easy solution to this:

Click Start, Run and enter REGEDIT

Browse to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

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Windows XP DVD Burner or Rom Drive Displaying error code: 39 or 41 - Easy Fix!

Hello All,

I have recently ran into this problem and thought I would share. One day I recently purchased a brand new DVD burner for a computer I was working on. To my surprise there was only a disk with a little bit of burning software and no kind of drivers disk to support the new drive I had recently bought. I asked the person at Office Max and they said that it is now a new standard that these drives be auto detected by Windows XP or higher and no drivers are required to be loaded into the system or in Device Manager.

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