Troubleshoot TCP/IP issues with “Why Can’t I Connect?”
June 15, 2014 – 18:53 | No Comment
Troubleshoot TCP/IP issues with “Why Can’t I Connect?”

Why Can’t I Connect? is an open source tool which can help to identify and solve TCP/IP connection errors.
Typically you’ll use the program to try and connect to one of many common server types (Microsoft …

Troubleshoot Windows 7/ 8 service triggers with Service Trigger Editor
June 11, 2014 – 05:55 | No Comment
Troubleshoot Windows 7/ 8 service triggers with Service Trigger Editor

If you’ve ever spent time troubleshooting low-level PC problems then you’ll know that understanding Windows services can be very helpful. The standard Services applet (Win+R > services.msc) tells you a lot about what’s happening on …

System Explorer 5.0 adds free screenshot sharing
April 12, 2014 – 09:39 | Comments Off
System Explorer 5.0 adds free screenshot sharing

Mister Group’s excellent system information tool System Explorer has been updated to version 5.0.
The big addition in this release is support for easy screenshot sharing. If you’re looking at some problem or error message, press …

Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer 1.2 now available
March 15, 2014 – 12:08 | Comments Off
Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer 1.2 now available

Microsoft has updated its handy troubleshooting tool Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer to version 1.2.
The Scan screen has been redesigned to add new tools. An “Office Alerts” section displays links to relevant Office support documents, while …

Check your PCs RAM for errors with MemTest86+
January 2, 2014 – 06:59 | Comments Off
Check your PCs RAM for errors with MemTest86+

If your PC is very unstable – perhaps with blue-screen crashes or regular file corruption – and all your regular troubleshooting tricks have failed, then it’s often a good idea to check for RAM issues. …

Sisoft Sandra 2014 adds Windows 8.1 support, new Scientific Analysis benchmarks
November 28, 2013 – 08:10 | Comments Off
Sisoft Sandra 2014 adds Windows 8.1 support, new Scientific Analysis benchmarks

UK-based SiSoftware has released SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2014, a major new release of its system information, diagnostics and benchmark tool for Windows PCs.
The 2014 version adds official support for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 …

Troubleshoot tricky PC problems with SpyStudio
November 21, 2013 – 08:33 | Comments Off
Troubleshoot tricky PC problems with SpyStudio

In an ideal world, diagnosing software problems would be easy. If a program couldn’t find a vital DLL or Registry key then it would display a detailed error message, describing both the problem and solution, …

Review: System Mechanic 12
October 21, 2013 – 18:20 | Comments Off
Review: System Mechanic 12

If your PC seems slow or unstable, then you might first try to diagnose and resolve the problem yourself. But this often requires considerable time and expertise. And, even if that’s not a problem, you’ll …

Watch file system activity in real time with Phrozen Windows File Monitor
October 15, 2013 – 11:20 | Comments Off
Watch file system activity in real time with Phrozen Windows File Monitor

Phrozen Windows File Monitor is a free portable tool which makes it easy to track all kinds of file system activities on a PC. You can watch file and folders being created, changed, renamed or …

Review: TuneUp Utilities 2014
September 11, 2013 – 06:41 | 2 Comments
Review: TuneUp Utilities 2014

Has your PC slowed down recently, become more unstable? You might be able to solve these problems manually, but it’s not always easy, and there are so many possible causes that it could take you …

Make better use of your Windows Event Logs with NirSoft’s new EventLogSourcesView
August 13, 2013 – 07:34 | Comments Off
Make better use of your Windows Event Logs with NirSoft’s new EventLogSourcesView

If a Windows application is misbehaving then browsing your event logs (Start > Run > eventvwr.msc) can sometimes tell you more, as they’ll typically reveal all kinds of error and status messages that aren’t visible …