Hotmail Contacts – Quick How to Add Contacts to Your Account

Hotmail Contacts

Today I will show you how to quickly find and add contacts to your Microsoft Hotmail account. The menu item for contacts maybe confusing or difficult to find, as Microsoft likes to change their Hotmail web interface. Once logged into your Windows live hotmail account, you will see "Contact List" under "Related Places" which is at a lower left part of that page towards a very bottom.

Click on "Contact List" and that will take you to your contact list where you can add, remove, import, export, etc. contacts.

Hotmail Sign On

Hotmail Contacts

UPDATE: 07/08/2014

Microsoft has once again changed their interface for hotmail. In order to get to your contacts you click on a drop down arrow to right of "" and to left of "New". This drop down menu includes "People". Select "People" and you are now at your contacts. You can add, remove, edit, etc. from within "People".

USB Speaker Phone – Fix to Get Your Kensington VO300 to Work

Fixes to get your Kensington VO300 USB Internet speaker phone working. You can download and install the most current version of software and drivers for the Kensington VO300. Skip to the following section "Kensington Vo300 USB Internet Speaker phone (v. 1.1.8)" for installation instructions.

If you already have older software installed you have to remove that first before installing version 1.1.8.

Kensington Products

If the Kensington software does not work after installation you may have to run the program in compatibility mode. Browse to the folder where the Kensington software I had asked you to install is located. Once there can you find the .exe file for the Kensington software and Right Click it.

A menu will pop up and then select "Properties". In properties click on the "Compatibility" tab. In that tab under "Compatibility mode" select one of the "Windows XP" options from the drop down list. Also, check the box "Run this program as an administrator" under "Privilege Level" then click "OK". Try to right click the Kensington icon in your system try or lower right corner and select "close".

Either reboot the computer or go to the "Start" "Programs" location for Kensington and restart the software which ever is easiest for you. Hopefully, the program will run correctly using windows xp compatibility mode. This fix was successful on Microsoft Windows Vista.

Service Pack XP 3 – Fixes For “Access Denied” Error Messages

Servic Pack XP 3

Some users are reporting that they are receiving an "Access Denied" message when trying to install Windows XP Service Pack 3. I am going to show you today some potential fixes for this error.

One potential fix is to reboot the computer, and then trying to install service pack 3 manually, by downloading and running the service pack 3 install file from Microsoft.

Microsoft XP Service Pack 3

Another fix is assuming you have been trying to install Service Pack 3 with an administrator account. You can try resetting the security settings for Windows XP. A system file may be locked for some reason. You can follow the short tutorial from Microsoft, to reset your security settings.

Windows XP Security Settings

Another possibility would be to reboot your computer then disabling any anti virus, or adware, spyware application(s) you have installed and then attempting to install service pack 3. You can follow the tutorial for this from Microsoft. Go ahead and skip to "Method 2" under "Resolution" since you have already tried method 1 under Resolution.

Microsoft Support XP

A fourth possibility, if none of the methods above work, is to reset the registry and file permissions. This is an advanced method and can be completed by following "Method 1" under "Advanced Troubleshooting" section.

Microsoft Support XP

Servic Pack XP 3

You can also read through the prerequisites before installing Service Pack 3 if you would like from Microsoft. There are also some additional troubleshooting steps in that article for "access denied" errors when attempting to install Service Pack 3.

Windows XP Tech Support

You might want to keep any of the Windows XP Service Pack 2 updates under add and remove programs in case you want to roll back to Service Pack 2 in the future.

Sometimes KB911895 fails to install after upgrading to Windows XP Service Pack 3. You can browse to C:Windowssystem32drivers and then delete or rename the wdf01000.sys file. After deleting or renaming the file, you go to windows update and select "Custom", then select hardware updates and "HID Non-User Input Data Filter" should be there again. Now select download and install. Hopefully, KB911895 will install successfully.

Another option if that doesn't fix the KB911895 problem is to then boot into safe mode and download and install the update manually from Microsoft.

Patches Microsoft

Computer Shuts Off – Stop Problem of Windows Computer Reboot

Computer Shuts Off

Does your Windows computer shut off when you turn it on? If you have tried pressing the F8 key and tried all safe mode options, as well as the system restore feature, and nothing helped, there are other trouble shooting options.

I assume you have tried "Last known configuration" when hitting the F8 key. Also, when selecting any of the safe mode options does the computer boot into safe mode successfully or does the computer power itself off again? If the computer boots successfully into safe mode with networking I reccomend running some virus and malware scans.

If you have the Windows Vista installation media ie. DVD or restore cd that came with your computer, you can do a repair installation. You can follow the tutorial for that.

Computer Shuts Off

Repair Vista

If you don't have a recovery CD or Vista DVD you can download a windows vista recovery disk via the following link.

PC Recovery Disk

The file is an iso file so you will have to burn the iso file onto a CD and make it bootable. There is a tutorial on how to do this if you don't know how.

Burning ISO

These solutions would also work with other versions of Microsoft windows, for example XP and Windows 7.

Task Manager Application – Cannot Get Task Manager to Work?

Task Manager Application

Are you no longer able to get into Windows task manager to stop processes and applications from running? This is a sure sign that you have adware, spyware, malware, and or viruses on your computer. CCleaner exe is free and basically just deletes any unnecessary files and registry items to make your computer run better. I think you may still have a virus or some kind of malware on your computer if Windows Task Manager won't open up, after running CCleaner.

If you haven't already, run a full system scan with another FREE program called MalwareBytes used for deleting malware, and then run a full virus scan with your installed antivirus software. I know they may take a while to run but I have seen running a complete virus scan including CCleaner and Malwarebytes scans, which fixed major adware, spyware, malware, virus issues. If you are still unable to get Windows task manager to work after running scans with the three afore mentioned programs then you might try booting the computer into windows safe mode and this time try using System Restore.

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Task Manager Application

Sound Fix – Have Problems With Your Computer’s Audio Device?

Sound Fix

Having problems with your computer's audio device? Check to make sure your able to hook up head phones or another set of speakers to your computer first. It's possible it's an issue with your sound card driver if your not able to hear any sound when hooking up different headphones or speakers.

If it's a problem with the sound driver you can go to "Start" then "Control Panel". Go into "Device Manager" and see if there is a yellow exclamation point next to your audio device. If the yellow exclamation point exists you can right click the audio device and select delete.

There is a refresh icon in Device Manager that you can click after deleting the audio device. Device Manager will find the audio device again and try to install the drivers for it again. If windows update is enabled it will try to download the drivers from the internet other wise you will be prompted for your installation media ie. original sound card CD or Windows CD.

Sound Fix

Mass Effect Game – Cant Get Mass Effect to Play on Windows 7?

Mass Effect Game

Can't get Mass Effect to play on Windows 7? You can download and install a most current patch for Mass Effect. If that does not resolve your issue you can try upgrading your video card driver by going into your Windows 7 control panel.

In device manager find and highlight your video display adapter or graphics adapter and then double click it or right click it and select "Properties". In a properties there should be an upgrade driver button. If you are using windows updates then a most current driver should then download via windows updates.

Another option would be to try changing a Mass Effect desktop shortcut to "Run as administrator". You right click a Mass Effect desktop shortcut and select "Properties" from that menu. Go to a "Compatability" tab in properties and check a "Run this program as an administrator" box.

Click "OK" and then try to run that program again.

Mass Effect Game

Windows Chkdsk – Did Your Windows Computer Crash Unexpected?

Windows Chkdsk

What to do if your windows computer crashes unexpectedly. Some users receive "C:$Secure is corrupt Pls run Chkdsk utility" error message. You can boot your computer into safe mode by hitting an F8 key right after your computer BIOS screen flashes and before windows boots and select "Safe Mode".

In Safe Mode click on "Start" then select "Run" and type CMD in the box and click "Ok". In that black command prompt window type chkdsk /r. It may take a while for it to run but hopefully it will fix any bad sectors.

Another option is to boot your computer in safe mode again and this time run chkntfs /x c: at a command prompt. Finally, you boot off your Windows installation CD and hit the R key to get into the Recovery Console. Once in Recovery Console run chkdsk /p /r.

If that doesn't fix your problem you can try a repair installation of Windows. Another option would be to boot into safe mode and this time select "Last Known Good Configuration". You don't have to use your Windows media to boot with last known good configuration.

Windows Chkdsk

If you hit an F8 key after your BIOS screen flashes and right before windows tries to boot you will see a menu. Please select "Last Known Good Configuration" from that menu. Hopefully the computer will boot normally.

It's worth trying last known good configuration because I have seen it fix issues like this before. Yes its possible your hard drive is failing unfortunately, but it's worth trying to repair your installation of Windows.

Two additional repair solutions are specifically geared towards Microsoft Windows Vista operating sytem. One option is if the hard drive is still good would be to run Vista's "System File Checker" in safe mode. You can follow those instructions below.

System File Checker

A second option would be to run an upgrade or repair installation of Vista. You shouldn't loose any of your data but some Vista settings might be reset. You can follow some instructions for a repair/upgrade installation below.

Installation and Repair

Hunting Unlimited PC – Fix Prism 3d Engine Problem For Game

Hunting Unlimited PC

When trying to play Hunting Unlimited 2009, you may get Prism 3d engine problem pop up and you are unable to play that game. You can try updating your Directx to a most current version.

Update DirectX

To start an installation immediately, click Open or run this program from its current location. Update your version of Java to a latest version. Download and install a latest Java version.

Updating Java

Hunting Unlimited PC

Finally, you can try updating your video card drivers. Right click "My Computer" select "Properties" then select a "Hardware" tab, then click on "Device Manager" and expand "Display Adapters". Right click on your display adapter(s) and choose "Update Driver" and choose "Yes this time only" or "Yes now and every time I connect a device" in a Hardware Update Wizard.

If that doesn't fix your issue you can find a name of your graphics card and try to find a newest driver for it. Here are requirements to run Hunting Unlimited 2009:

Operating System: Windows XP or Vista
Processor: Pentium 4 1.4 GHz or compatible
Ram: 256MB
DirectX: Direct X 9.0 (Included on CD)
Hard Drive Space: 1GB Hard Drive Space
Drives: CD-ROM
Video Card: 64 MB Direct X 9 Graphics Card
Sound Card: Direct X 9 compatible sound card
Other: Mouse and Keyboard

Pdf Problem – Can’t open .pdf files in Adobe Acrobat Reader?

pdf Problem

Unable to open .pdf files in Adobe Acrobat Reader all of the sudden? You may receive the "Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library Runtime Error! Program: C:Program Files (x86)AdobeReader This application has requested the Runtime to terminate in an unusual way. Please contact the application's support team for more information." error message when attempting to open Adobe Acrobat PDF files. If removing and reinstalling the program does not solve the problem then the following solutions may work.

1. One of the easiest solutions is to go into the properties of the AcroRd32.exe executable by right clicking on the AcroRd32.exe executable and then selecting "Run this program in compatibility mode for: Windows XP (Service Pack 2)". You may also have to do this on the Acrobat.exe executable as well.

2. Another solution if the previous one doesn't work is to try right clicking the executable(s) again only this time select "Run as Administrator". Then proceed with the first set of instructions.

pdf Problem

3. Finally editing the following registry key will hopefully fix your error. To accomplish this you go to "Start" select "Run" type in "Regedit" click on "Ok". Once in the registry editor navigate to the following location HKCU/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/UserShellFolders. On the right side of registry editor highlight "AppData". Double click "AppData" to edit its path. Change the path from %USERPROFILE%Application Data to %USERPROFILE%AppData.

HKCU/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/UserShellFolders AppData key value from %USERPROFILE%Application Data to %USERPROFILE%AppData