Making Changes To Registry Entries

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             Windows Registry Editor

You might have all wondered where the different configuration settings associated with the Windows operating system is saved in your computer. It is a place called Windows Registry in your computer, where you can find these configuration settings. In addition to the configuration settings related to the operating system, Windows registry also contains the settings associated with various programs installed in the computer.

According to Windows online support, the various keys related to the various options decide on how the settings work. Now, while working with the Windows operating systems, you might have encountered several errors. Sometimes, these errors can be fixed with a few simple troubleshooting steps while at other times, it might be required for you to open the registry editor and make necessary corrections to fix the issue.

So, how can you make changes to the registry entries? Let us find out the steps involved in opening the registry and making necessary changes to it.

Steps Involved

All the changes in registry are made through the Registry Editor. Therefore, let us first find out how to launch the program.

  • If you are using a Windows XP operating system, select the Start button found at the left bottom of the desktop window to launch the Start menu. In the right pane of the Start menu, you will find the option Run. Select it to launch the Run window.
  • If you are using a Windows 7 or Windows Vista operating system, press the Windows key and R key together to launch the Run window.

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                 Windows Registry Entries

  • In the Run window, enter regedit.
  • Press the Enter key in the keyboard.
  • The above step will launch the window for Registry Editor.
  • In the left pane of the registry editor window, you will find the icon for My Computer. Select it to expand. This will give you various folders.
  • You may use the arrow keys in the keyboard to navigate to different locations in the editor window. Another option is to use the search function in the program to locate a particular key.

Even though editing the registry entries will help you to fix many issues associated with the operating system, you should ensure to take a backup of the registry before making changes to this program. This is because any wrong entries could result in the crash of the operating system. For further assistance on Registry, you may contact Windows online support or our technical support team.

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No Support For Google Apps On Internet Explorer 9

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        Google stops IE 9 support

Times are changing fast. Earlier, there were no issues in using outdated software or PC systems. Support deadlines, if ever they were fixed, would come years later. The 13-year-old Windows XP operating system itself is proof that old and outdated software or hardware was tolerated for a decade or more. However, the deadlines are now more strictly enforced and updates that were only optional, have become ‘critical’ in nature and forced upon most users.

Not that the corporates are to be blamed as well. Software updates bring in latest security features that were absent and cannot be implemented in the predecessor version. This is exactly why Microsoft Windows XP was buried. Technology has reached a point, where the aging operating system will remain vulnerable no matter how many patches it receives. Internet Explorer 9 on the other hand suffered from both security issues as well as stability problems before Microsoft finally released a more stable Internet Explorer 11 web browser. To know more about the features of IE11, contact our Windows online support team.

Ever since the update, most users have updated to the latest Internet Explorer 11, which was released on 17 October 2013. Apart from the stability issues, IE 11 boasts several other features that makes it several leagues above the predecessor version. Microsoft has been handing out steady stream of notifications to the users, who have failed to update their browser app yet. It seems Google has decided to jump onto the bandwagon as well, as it has stopped support for Internet Explorer 9.

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           Support for IE 9 pulled

Google Apps blog recently released a statement regarding the same, saying, “Google’s test plans have been adjusted to now stop all testing and engineering work related to Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), as Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) was released on 17 October 2013. End users, who access Gmail and other Google Apps services from an unsupported browser will be notified within the next few weeks through an in-product notification message or an interstitial pages with information about modern browsers and how to upgrade to them.”

Users, who are still stuck with Internet Explorer 9 will get a constant stream of notifications from Google Apps as well, telling them they need to update their browser. Considering that Google consistently employs this tactic, whether for Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, this move comes as no surprise. The tech experts at Windows Online support advise all users to immediately update their browsers as well.

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Microsoft To Terminate MSN Messenger For Good On 31st October

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Users of Microsoft’s legacy chat application MSN Messenger will have to part with their favourite application on coming 31st October. On this date, the Redmond will eliminate the service for good. Although the service was stopped in many parts of the world in April last year, users in certain countries were allowed to continue using the service with limited features. The service is still popular in many parts of the world where latest versions of instant messaging applications are not yet popular.

The few countries that were allowed to continue using MSN Messenger include China. According to the Windows online support centre, MSN will be stopped in China and other countries where it is still allowed till 31st October and that will be the end of the decade old instant messaging application.

Microsoft released MSN messenger back in 90s. The application got enormous popularity because it was one of the first instant messenger applications to integrate multiple features like voice chat, messaging, sending files etc. Over these years, Microsoft has released multiple updates to the MSN messenger, for instance Windows Messenger and Windows Live Messenger. Nevertheless, MSN messenger continues to remain popular because of its long legacy.

Microsoft wants all MSN users to move to Skype

Rumour has it that the tech giant wants all MSN users to migrate to Skype. Microsoft acquired Skype a few years back and ever since that, it had been encouraging users to abandon legacy instant messenger applications like MSN, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Messenger and the likes. The tech giant believes that the total termination of MSN Messenger from all countries will help it gain new users to Skype. According to Netsharemarket, there are still millions of people using MSN messenger in China at the moment. When Microsoft ends the service on 31st October, all these users will be forced to migrate to latest chat applications.

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                    Windows Live Messenger

Microsoft faces competition from third party chat applications

Although there are increased chances that millions of MSN messengers in China will migrate to Skype, there are also chances that these users may move to third party instant messenger applications like Tencent. So, the decision to end MSN Messenger may not necessarily help Microsoft earn new users to Skype.

To allure new users to Skype, Microsoft has announced new offer schemes. MSN users leaving the service for Skype get $2 worth credit in their Skype voice calling balance. Microsoft has offered free assistance to MSN users wanting to migrate to Skype via its Windows online support desk.

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How To Restore Your Windows XP Computer?

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        Windows support for XP

Many a times, you may encounter issues in your computer related to its slow performance. Especially, if you’re still running your computer on Windows XP, such issues are bound to occur. According to the Windows online support team, in such cases, restoring your computer would be the ideal option. The same method can also be applied if your computer gets infected with a boot sector virus.

You can use the following instructions to restore your Windows XP system:

  • At first, click on the Start button followed by All Programs from the menu. Now, click on Accessories and select the System Tools option from the menu and then click on System Restore. Here, you will be able to view a calendar with a list of restore points.
  • If you want to restore your computer to an earlier time, you can select a restore point from a date before your computer started acting up and then click on Next. Once the system restore is completed, your computer will restart giving you the option to accept or reject the restoration.
  • Once restarted, you can select the Safe Mode from the boot menu and then log on to your computer. Here, you will get an option to run the system restore process to restore your computer to its previous state. Meanwhile, you can also dial up the Windows online support number anytime to get assistance from the technicians who’ll help you in providing more information regarding the System Restore.
  • If the System Restore doesn’t make your computer to start up, you’d require the Restore CD for this purpose. While inserting and using this Restore CD, make sure that you create a backup of user files on your system. After inserting the disc, you need to restart the computer.

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                 Windows XP issues

  • The Restore process would now bring your Windows XP computer back to the same state it was in when it was shipped from the manufacturer.
  • Next, you can download and install an anti-virus and anti-spyware program to protect your computer from possible malware attacks. Before this, you can also do an virus scan of your system by downloading a free antivirus program.

By following these instructions, you can successfully restore your Windows XP computer to fix the slow performance issues. To know more about the features and the troubleshooting procedures in Windows XP, feel free to contact our 24/7 Windows technical support team.

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Updating Device Drivers From Internet For Windows XP

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               Windows XP Drivers

Drivers are necessary in a computer to make the communication between the hardware and the software effective. Therefore, for all the hardware connected to the computer it requires software application and its supporting driver. Most of them come pre-installed with the Windows XP, while some of them would be unavailable. Nevertheless, there is an alternative; you can search the internet for Windows online support solutions for the same.

Some of the driver software also comes in the CD along with OS. Some of the drivers available in the disk would be for webcam, network connections, etc. Whenever you have a missing driver in the computer, you can look into the CD first and install the suitable one.

When you search for drivers, you need to type the required driver’s name along with the operating system that you have installed in the computer. It is important to search with the operating system version because not all drivers are compatible with all computer OS. Here are few instructions as to how to find a suitable driver.

  • Click on the Start Menu to the lower left of the desktop and click on the option Control Panel. When the icons are in Classic View, click on the Administrative Tools. If it is in Category View, click on Administrative Tools from Performance And Maintenance.
  • On the shortcut icon of Computer Management, double click and then from the Systems Tools, click on the Device Manager.
  • To view all the driver software, click on the Plus Sign to expand. To open the Properties of a particular tab, right click on the Driver. Now, go to the tab, Driver.

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  • Now, click on the Update Driver Button, this would automatically start a search online for a suitable driver or an update for the same. There are two options to choose such as Yes, now and every time I connect a device or Yes, this time only. Choose any one of these radio buttons, and to continue click on the Next option.
  • Do not click on the option Install The Software Automatically and then click on Next to continue. While Windows looks for the Windows Update website, you need to wait until it finds the right software.
  • Click on Next and follow the onscreen prompts. In case, Windows drivers are up-to-date, it will not list any further updates.

This way, you can get Windows online support to search for a suitable driver from the internet.

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