30 Oct

Spooler has encountered an error

For “Spooler has encountered an error and needs to close” on Windows XP see http://www.ehow.com/how_5820922_fix-encountered-problem-needs-close_.html

Instructions

1 Restart the computer by clicking the Windows Start button, clicking the arrow to the right of “Shut Down” and clicking “Restart.”

2 Press the “F8” key repeatedly as the computer boots until the boot menu appears on the screen.

3 Select “Safe Mode” in the boot menu using the arrow keys and press “Enter.” If you’re asked to select an operating system, select the Windows 7 system and press “Enter.”

4 Click the Start button when the desktop appears, type “C:\Windows\System32\Spool\” into the text field that appears and and press “Enter.”

5 Right-click the “Printers” folder in the Spool folder and click “Delete” to delete it.

6 Double-click the “Drivers” folder in the Spool folder, then right-click the “W32x86” folder in the Drivers folder and click “Delete” to delete it.

7 Click the Start button, type “Regedit” into the search field and press “Enter.”

8 Navigate to the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86” key in the left pane of the Registry Editor.

9 Examine the subkeys under the “Windows NT x86” key in the left pane. If you see any subkeys other than the “Drivers” and “Print Processors,” right-click the “Windows NT x86” key, click “Export” and save the contents of the key to a file, then delete the other subkeys by right-clicking them and clicking “Delete” for each.

10 Navigate to the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Monitors” key in the left pane of the Registry Editor.

11 Examine the subkeys under the “Monitors” key in the left pane. If you see any subkeys other than the “BJ Language Monitor,” “Local Port,” “PJL Language Monitor,” “Standard TCP/IP Port” and “USB Monitor” keys, right-click the “Monitors” key, click “Export” and save the contents of the key to a file, then delete the other subkeys by right-clicking them and clicking “Delete” for each.

12 Unplug the printer if it’s connected to the computer. Restart the computer.

13 Reconnect the printer after the computer finishes restarting and install it normally.

28 Oct

Exchange Server store.exe

Just figured out that the store.exe service on an Exchange Server gets bigger and bigger as you open emails from Outlook Express with IMAP which in turn slows the whole server down and makes the workstation run slow when opening files like Word docs

28 Oct

F5 to Refresh Your Desktop

I have noticed with Windows 7 and 8 that if you delete an icon on your desktop or set new wallpaper, sometimes the desktop doesn’t display those changes immediately — you have to refresh using the F5 key.