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There are many apps that start up when Windows does, and lots of them are unnecessary. Find out which ones.

The “APP TAGGING INITIALIZATION FAILED” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error appears on the screen during the initialization process for Windows and is most likely caused by corrupted or missing device driver or a faulty device that has been recently installed. It means that initialization of an application has failed while being loaded by the operating system. This error usually appears when a device driver is corrupted, is incorrectly installed, or is not updated. This BSOD error is also known as “APP_TAGGING_INITIALIZATION_FAILED” and “Windows STOP 0x0000010A“. It displays an error […]

AMD posted new graphics drivers this month: version 14.2 Beta V1.3. Keep in mind that beta drivers can sometimes be less stable than their full counterparts, so use with caution. Download the new beta drivers from AMD’s site. Many of you are running AMD graphics, including people with Radeon and other graphics on mobile or desktop PCs. If you are, you’ll want this update. The Radeon R9 290X is a recent example of a graphics card that sees performance gains from this update. Just the Stats Here’s the details on […]

The GeForce 334.89 driver update improves performance across the GeForce line of graphics cards. Find out where to get it.

The “ATDISK DRIVER INTERNAL” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error appears during the startup process for the operating system and when the system has been operational due to a faulty device driver. The error automatically shuts down the system due to an internal error or bug in a device driver that is installed on the hard disk of the computer. Other factors that can cause this BSOD error are faulty hardware and incompatibilities with the Basic Input / Output System (BIOS) settings. This BSOD error is also known as “ATDISK_DRIVER_INTERNAL” […]

Fixing flicker problems on a PC’s monitor

PC monitors can flicker uncontrollably sometimes. Here are some troubleshooting methods to fix this issue.

The “ATTEMPTED EXECUTE OF NOEXECUTE MEMORY” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error appears during the initialization of the operating system when a device driver attempts to execute a program from a non-executable area of the memory. The operating system has pre-defined areas in the memory for storing data, which is the non-executable portion, and the executable area where programs are allowed to run. In this BSOD error, a faulty driver has attempted to run a program from the non-executable section of the memory, which resulted to system shutdown to maintain […]

It’s important to understand the terminology involved in screen resolution before you learn how to change it. This article does both.

The “ATTEMPTED SWITCH FROM DPC” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error may appear during the initialization process of Windows due to an illegal operation by the DPC (Deferred Procedure Call) routine. The DPC is responsible for completing current IRPs (I/O Request Packets) and ensures that the I/O operation of the device that is next in line is started promptly. The illegal operation that cause this BSOD error can be a wait operation or an attach process that was attempted from a DPC routine. This means that a software or hardware […]

Adding a secondary monitor to an existing laptop is as easy as plugging in the correct cord, and changing a few settings in Control Panel.

Microsoft has extended security support for Windows XP until July 14 2015. Find out what this means for you.

Ever wondered why different driver update products show different results? This article outlines why.

The “ACPI BIOS ERROR” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error may appear during the installation of Windows XP. This error message may also appear when you resume computing after a period of hibernation. In the first instance, the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) Basic Input / Output System (BIOS) being not compliant with ACPI prompts the error message. Differences between the ACPI in the operating system and in the BIOS affect the outcome of simultaneous read/write operations, and features like Plug and Play (PnP) and Power Management. In the […]

Why Windows XP is a Bad Idea

It’s just not a good idea to use Windows XP anymore. Microsoft is cutting off support in April. Learn about that and other great reasons here.

Crashes and other errors can be more than just a nuisance. They can slow your computer down, or in some cases, may even cause you to lose important information. There are some useful tools within Windows that can help you diagnose and correct these errors to help you get on with your activities in no time. The Event Viewer is one of Windows’ most vital diagnostic tools. The Viewer can display which errors occurred and help you find out why they occurred. It will also display the level of urgency, […]

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