Prevent surprise hardware service costs

Computer hardware breakdowns can be expensive to fix. Some computer components, such as motherboards and laptop screens can cost more to replace than buying a new computer. There are a couple of reasons for this. One is the labour cost of the technician to replace the part. The other is that service parts are expensive…

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How to disable the indexing service in Windows Vista

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Control Panel
  3. a. Click: Uninstall a program (if Control Panel is set to Control Panel Home)
    b. Double-click: Programs and Features (if Control Panel is set to Classic View)
  4. Click: Turn Windows features on or off
  5. Click: Continue
  6. Wait for the process to complete
  7. Uncheck: Indexing Service
  8. Click: OK
  9. Wait for the process to complete
  10. Wait some more (it really hasn’t crashed)
  11. Click: Restart Now
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How to turn off visual effects in Windows Vista

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Control Panel
  3. a. Click: System and Maintenance (if Control Panel is set to Control Panel Home)
    b. Click: System (if Control Panel is set to Control Panel Home)
    c. Double-click: System (if Control Panel is set to Classic View)
  4. Click: Advanced system settings
  5. Click: Continue
  6. Click: Settings (under the Performance heading)
  7. Click: Adjust for best performance
  8. Click: OK
  9. Click: OK
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How to run Disk Cleanup in Windows Vista

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: All Programs
  3. Click: Acessories
  4. Click: System Tools
  5. Click: Disk Cleanup
  6. Click: Files from all users on this computer
  7. Click: Continue
  8. Wait for the process to complete
  9. Click: OK
  10. Click: Delete Files
  11. Wait for the process to complete
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How to transfer user accounts from one Windows 7 PC to another, Part 3

Restore the user accounts

 

  • For this tutorial we will use a shared network drive, but a portable hard drive could also be used.

On the new computer:

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: All Programs
  3. Click: Accessories
  4. Click: System Tools
  5. Click: Windows Easy Transfer
  6. Click: Next
  7. Click: An external hard drive or USB flash drive
  8. Click: This is my new computer
  9. Click: Yes
  10. Click: Network
  11. Click: Click to change (if File Sharing is turned off)
  12. Click: Turn on the network discovery and file sharing
  13. Select the device where you stored the user accounts in Part 2
  14. Select the location where you stored the user accounts in Part 2
  15. Select the file where you stored the user accounts in Part 2
  16. Click: Open
  17. Enter the password (if required)
  18. Click: Next
  19. Click: Transfer
  20. Wait for the process to complete
  21. Click: Close
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How to transfer user accounts from one Windows 7 PC to another, Part 2

Back up the user accounts

 

  • For this tutorial we will use a shared network drive, but a portable hard drive could also be used.

On the old computer:

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: All Programs
  3. Click: Accessories
  4. Click: System Tools
  5. Click: Windows Easy Transfer
  6. Click: Next
  7. Click: An external hard disk or USB flash drive
  8. Click: This is my old computer
  9. Wait for the process to complete
  10. Uncheck: Transfer Admin
  11. Click: Next
  12. Create and confirm a password (optional)
  13. Click: Save
  14. Click: Network
  15. Click: Click to change (if File Sharing is turned off)
  16. Click: Turn on network discovery and file sharing
  17. Select the device to store the user accounts
  18. Select the location to store the user accounts
  19. Customize the filename (optional)
  20. Click: Save
  21. Wait for the process to complete
  22. Click: Next
  23. Click: Next
  24. Click: Close
  25. Proceed to Part 3
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