How to Zip a file (and compress it)

First we need to know what is zipping a file. Zipping a file means compressing a large amount of file to make it smaller. So how can we zip a file? In my everyday work, I only use Winzip but there are other software that you can use to zip a file like the free 7zip.

Here are the steps:

  1. Winzip is one of the common zip file compressor. You need to find a zip file compressor like a Winzip. Install Winzip or 7zip if you don’t have a zip software installed already.
  2. Go to the folder of the items that you want to zip.
  3. Then right click and go to Winzip and click add zip to.
  4. Choose where archive that you will put your zip files.
  5. Then you need to click add so that the items to be zip will be placed and started to zip the file.
  6. It will take a little while to zip a file depending on the amount of the files that you want to zip.
  7. Then you can now see the zipped file on where archive you add it.

Zipping a file is a big help especially in emailing large amount of files such as images.

How to fix Windows logon interface error

The Default Windows Logon Interface May Not Appear After Installing Third-Party Programs in windows. Also there might be errors with the shutdown screen. Here’s how to restore the fancy windows xp logon screen:

Fix Logon/Restore Welcome Screen:
Click this link for details

This should reset the default GINA in registry. To set it manually, see the following KB article:

The Default Windows Logon Interface May Not Appear After Installing Third-Party Program
Click this link for details

Note that you will need to delete the “GinaDLL” entry rather than assigning a blank data to it.

How to use System Restore to save you from spyware

A friend of mine installed some software the other day which included some nasty spyware. We couldn’t figure out what was going on and why the computer had popups and issues with internet. Our last option was Windows System Restore. Do you know about it? I learned that a lot of people don’t! Well here’s a summary of what it is, what it can do, and how to use it.

I found the following from Microsoft’s site under Using Windows XP called: Use System Restore to Undo Changes if Problems Occur

Every time you download or install a new game, application, or software update, you make changes to your computer. Sometimes that change may make your system unstable. Have you ever wanted to go back to the way it was? With System Restore, you can.

System Restore works a lot like the Undo command in Microsoft Word. You can use System Restore to remove any system changes that were made since the last time you remember your computer working correctly. System Restore does not affect your personal data files (such as Microsoft Word documents, browsing history, drawings, favorites, or e-mail) so you won’t lose changes made to these files.

How does System restore work?

Windows XP periodically records a snapshot of your computer. These snapshots are called restore points. Windows XP also creates restore points at the time of significant system events (such as when an application or driver is installed) or you can create and name your own restore points at any time. If you’ve installed a program that has made your computer unstable, you can open system restore, choose a restore point, and return your computer to its previous stable state.

When you run System Restore, a calendar is displayed to help you find restore points. If you don’t use your computer every day, some days might not have any restore points. If you use your computer frequently, you might have restore points almost every day, and some days might have several restore points.

Use System Restore to undo changes you’ve made to your computer

Before you open the System Restore console, you may want to save your work and close all programs since System Restore requires you to restart your computer.

There are two ways to access System Restore > through Help and Support or through your All Programs folder.

  1. Through Help and Support:
  2. Click Start, and then click Help and Support.
  3. Under Pick a Task, click Undo changes to your computer with System Restore.
  4. Follow the instructions on the wizard.

Through the All Programs menu:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Point to All Programs.
  3. Point to Accessories.
  4. Point to System Tools.
  5. Click System Restore.
  6. Follow the instructions on the wizard.

Creating a restore point can be useful any time you anticipate making changes to your computer that are risky or might make your computer unstable. If something goes wrong, you select the restore point you just created and Windows XP undoes any system changes made since that time.

  1. Create a Restore Point
  2. Open System Restore. (See step-by-step instructions above.)
  3. Click Create a restore point, and then click Next.

In the Restore point description box, type a name to identify this restore point as seen in Figure 1 below. System Restore automatically adds the date and time that this Restore Point is created.

Read the rest, see screen shots, or bookmark Microsoft’s help pages Right Here!

How to fix the command prompt that disappears (Windows)

I had a problem. My Windows XP Command Line (aka CMD aka Command Prompt aka MS Dos Prompt) disappears when I try to do things. I try to ping and it starts disappearing. I try to run reg edit, it disappears. It wouldn’t do anything. And then I got an error.

NTVDM CPU has encountered an illegal instruction
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

NTVDM exe has generated errors and will be closed by Windows

NTVDM.exe has generated errors and will be closed by Windows. You will need to restart the program. An error log is being created.

I did some searching and came up with this very very helpful thread titled, well you know it, NTVDM CPU has encountered an illegal instruction

Here’s the solution that was posted:

Step 1

Download Killbox from here to your desktop.
Double-click killbox.exe
Click on Tools > Delete Temp Files and click ok.
Select the option “Delete on reboot”.
Now highlight and ‘copy’ (Ctrl + C) the entire list of filepaths below:

C:\Program Files\MsConfigs\MsConfigs.exe
C:\Windows\system32\p2pnetwork.exe
C:\Windows\system32\CMD.COM
C:\Windows\system32\netstat.com
C:\Windows\system32\ping.com
C:\Windows\system32\regedit.com
C:\Windows\system32\tasklist.com
C:\Windows\system32\taskkill.com
C:\Windows\system32\taskmgr.com
C:\Windows\system32\tracert.com
C:\Windows\system32\bt.exe
C:\Windows\system32\z.tmp
C:\Windows\system32\bszip.dll

Click ‘File’ on the killbox menu at the top and choose ‘Paste from clipboard’

The entire list should now be in the “Full Path of File to Delete” field.
To check, click on the dropdown-arrow next to that field.
If you expand it, these lines should all be there.

Then press the red button with a white X in it.
Killbox will tell you that all listed files will be deleted on next reboot, click YES
When it asks if you would like to Reboot now, click YES
If you get a “PendingFileRenameOperations Registry Data has been Removed by External Process!” message then just restart manually.

I reposted the solution from the forum I found it in case it ever goes down and somebody needs this helpful information. I did it, and now everything is back to working as normal. Thank God!

How to fix BCMLogon.dll error

I thought I’d post about the BCMLogon.dll problem I had with my computer in case other people run into the same error. I had this BCMLogon.dll issue with my Dell Inspiron 9300 Laptop. Apparently it has something to do with the wireless card. I don’t know what happened to create the error and I don’t remember changing any settings recently. Here’s the error my computer gave me:

A recently installed program has disabled the Welcome screen and Fast User Switching. To restore these features, you must uninstall the program. The following file name might help you identify the program that made the change: C:\WINDOWS\system32\BCMLogon.dll

I tried but I wasn’t able to switch to the logon screen. I couldn’t access the Internet either no matter what I tried. I had to go to another PC to figure out a solution to this BCMLogon.dll issue.

Here is a Dell specific solution to this problem that does not involve registry editing.

Something else you can try… In the Dell Wireless WLAN Card Utility > Wireless Networks [Tab] > Edit [Button] > Options [Tab]: Under “Windows domain logon settings”, selecting “Authenticate prior to Windows domain logon” [checkbox] will generate the BCMLogon.dll error. Deselecting it, in my situation, eliminated this error.

That didn’t work for me. Here’s what I had to do in order to resolve the BCMLogon.dll headache and get my computer back up and running. If you follow the steps I provide, you’re going to be editing your registry so do this at your own risk! I highly recommend that you back up your registry before making any changes!

Update: There are two solutions that other people with this problem have shared in the comments section. It seems much easier than what I did so I’ll share them first.

Here’s a solution shared by Pdunn56:

  1. To restore the fast user switching:
  2. Go into the Windows control panel. Choose the ‘wireless configuration utility’
  3. Uncheck the first box that says “Let this tool manager your wireless networks”
  4. Hit okay.
  5. I’m not sure if you need to reboot or not, but that should be it.

The solution that annnnnnnnnnt shared sounds a bit confusing, but if it makes sense to you then go for it. Here’s the solution which I’ll directly quote: all you had to do is in “run” type “msconfig” temporarily disable your wireless card”¦ restart/reboot, enable the “Fast User Switching Feature”, restart/reboot, re-enable your wireless (msconfig) resart/reboot. Done

I hope that works. If not you should check out my solution below. If you have another solution not posted please leave a comment and share what you’ve done.

First step is to back up your registry. I’m using Windows XP so I did it this way

  1. Click Start, click Run, type %SystemRoot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe, and then click OK
  2. On the Welcome to System Restore page, click Create a restore point, and then click Next
  3. On the Create a Restore Point page, type a name for the restore point and then click Create
  4. After the restore point has been created, click Close

If System Restore is turned off, you receive a message that asks whether you want to turn on System Restore now. Click Yes. Then, in the System Properties dialog box, click to clear the Turn off System Restore check box, click OK, and then repeat this step.

Click this to visit Microsoft.com and read about backing up your registry if using Windows XP or Vista.

Once you’ve backed up your registry it’s time to restore the Welcome Screen and Fast User Switching. To do this you will need to reset the GinaDLL entry which can be doing using these steps:

  1. Click the Start Button, click Run, then type REGEDIT and hit enter. This will bring up your registry.
  2. Navigate to the Winlogon key. It’s located down the registry tree here:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ Winlogon
  3. For an extra safety step you should backup the key by selecting it followed by clicking FILE and EXPORT
  4. You’ll see two window panes in the registry. The left side you have Winlogon selected. In the right pane you’ll see GinaDLL. Right-click GinaDLL and then click Delete. (You need to remove the whole value, not just its Value Data)
  5. Close the Registry Editor

You could always upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft Windows!

Your problem should be fixed now! If you see no difference you could reboot and then it should be good to go. You can read more about this at the Microsoft Knowledge Base under How To Use the Fast User Switching Feature in Windows XP

How to fix Microsoft Outlook Error: Interface not registered

So I installed some video editing software, did some updates, and then BAM!! I can no longer send email. Whenever I hit send I get an error from Microsoft Word saying “Interface not registered” but then there was the internet… and I found the solution…

Solution is here at the MS site

“You receive the “Interface not registered” error message when you try to send or to save an e-mail message to the Drafts folder in Outlook 2002

View products that this article applies to.
Article ID : 870707
Last Review : August 10, 2004
Revision : 1.0

SYMPTOMS
If you use Microsoft Word as your e-mail editor in Microsoft Office Outlook 2002, and you try to send e-mail messages or to save e-mail messages to the Drafts folder, you may receive the following error message:
Interface not registered
Or, you may experience the following symptoms:
“¢ You receive an error message.
“¢ The e-mail message is not sent.
“¢ The e-mail message is not saved to the Drafts folder.

CAUSE
This behavior occurs if the Ole32.dll file that is located in the %Windir%\System32 folder is not registered correctly in the registry.

RESOLUTION
To resolve this problem, register the Ole32.dll file. To do this, follow these steps:
1. Click Start, click Run, type the following command in the Open box, and then click OK:
Regsvr32.exe %Windir%\System32\Ole32.dll
2. In the RegSvr32 dialog box, click OK.”

In microsoft outlook, interface not registered = a most sucky error

How to fix svchost.exe 100% CPU usage

svchost.exe 100% CPU usage and then my PC crashes (Solution)

Holy crap… my computer has been FREAKING out this week and I have no idea why. So I did the alt+ctr+delete and took a look at the running processes. svchost.exe was going crazy and using 99-100% of my CPU all the time! If I clicked on end task it would come back a few minutes later… not to mention the beautiful look of Windows XP got messed up after I ended the task (and you know how everybody wants their Windows to look slick). So I did some searching and searching and searching and tried many different things…

The problem
Here’s why svchost was using so much of my CPU. The culprit is Windows Update! I had automatic updates on and svhost would flip out.

Here’s what didn’t work for me:
* I tried to do Windows Update manually. My computer just froze up, nothing would happen after a few minutes, my PC got really hot.
* I tried a patch from Microsoft, but I didn’t bookmark it. I also read this…
Link: Microsoft Support
Description: FIX: When you run Windows Update to scan for updates that use Windows Installer, including Office updates, CPU utilization may reach 100 percent for prolonged periods

Here’s what I did…

Part 1 of the svchost fix
Correct Services Setup
1. Click Start -> Run, type “services.msc” (without quotation marks) in the open box and click OK.
2. Double click the service “Automatic Updates”.
3. Click on the Log On tab, please ensure the option “Local System Account” is selected and the option “Allow service to interact with desktop” is unchecked.
4. Check if this service has been enabled on the listed Hardware Profile. If not, please click the Enable button to enable it.
5. Click on the tab “General ” and make sure the “Startup Type” is “Automatic”. Then please click the button “Start” under “Service Status” to start the service.
6. Repeat the above steps with the other service: Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)

Part 2 of the svchost fix
Re-register Windows Update components and Clear the corrupted Windows Update temp folder.

1. Click on Start and then click Run,
2. In the open field type “REGSVR32 WUAPI.DLL” (without quotation marks) and press Enter.
3. When you receive the “DllRegisterServer in WUAPI.DLL succeeded” message, click OK.
4. Please repeat these steps for each of the following commands:

REGSVR32 WUAUENG.DLL
REGSVR32 WUAUENG1.DLL
REGSVR32 ATL.DLL
REGSVR32 WUCLTUI.DLL
REGSVR32 WUPS.DLL
REGSVR32 WUPS2.DLL
REGSVR32 WUWEB.DLL

Part 3 of the svchost fix
After the above steps are finished, since temporary folder of Windows Update may be corrupted, we can refer to the following steps to rename this folder so a new one will be created.

1. Click Start, Run, type: cmd and press Enter. Please run the following command in the opened window. “net stop WuAuServ” (note, you might need to reboot before the net stop command will work… I did not have to reboot)
2. Click Start, Run, type: %windir% and press Enter.
3. In the opened folder, rename the folder SoftwareDistribution to SDold.
4. Click Start, Run, type: cmd and press Enter. Please run the following command in the opened window.
net start WuAuServ

You could always upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft Windows!

After I did all of this I rebooted my PC. I haven’t activated Windows Automatic Updates. I then did Windows Update manually and updated my PC. Everything is now working just fine.

Best Freeware of 2011

Here’s a great article I recently found talking about the best freeware of 2011. Check out the site right here! and there was a notable mention in the comments about http://www.kingsoftstore.com/. The list includes:

Wunderlist: task management on the PC and on your device
Freemake Video Converter: powerful video conversion that is a delight to use
Listary: real time file filtering of files and folders in Windows
Comodo Programs Manager: monitors programs installs in real time to remove all traces on uninstall
Paragon Backup & Recovery Free 2012: one of the best free disk imaging and backup software
HaoZip: one of the best free zip/compression programs out there
Otixo: manage various cloud storage services and accounts from a single place
TunnelBear: dead simple VPN (Virtual Private Networking)
LibreOffice: advanced, free Office Suite
Cyberduck: all in one FTP, WebDAV, Cloud Storage, Amazon S3 and Google Documents desktop client