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Want to know how to change your Windows 7 Logon background to something a bit more modern/fancy? Follow the options below.

  1. Launch Regedit, and browse to ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionAuthenticationLogonUIBackground‘.
  2. Double click the dword key called ‘OEM Background‘ (c_reate it if not there_) and set its value to 1. Locate the log-in background image you’d like to use. It must be a JPG file that’s less than 245kB in size.
  3. Copy the image you want to use to C:Windowssystem32oobeinfobackgrounds folder.
  4. Rename it to backgroundDefault.jpg
  5. Restart computer and check out your new handy work.

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This usually happens after deleting or renaming Dial-up accounts, especially when the email client is set to check your mail with a certain account.

  1. Recreate the account (Make sure that you have all the details that you need, including your Incoming & Outgoing Mail settings, ISP Username & Password)
  2. Create the mail account from scratch
  3. Delete the old mail account

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Ever had the problem where Windows Vista has a Black screen, while trying to boot? I have. This is how I fixed it (For Advanced users only).

  1. Delete the following folders/files
  2. C:/windows/system32/drivers/pcmcia.sys
  3. C:/windows/system32/drivers/1394bus.sys
  4. C:/windows/system32/driversohci1394.sys
  5. C:/windows/system32/driverstore/filerepository/pcmcia.*
  6. C:/windows/system32/driverstore/filerepository/1394.infblablabla
  7. C:/windows/system32/driverstore/filerepository/sdbus.infblablabla*
  8. C:/windows/infsdbus.inf*
  9. C:/windows/infsdbus.PNF*
  10. Restart your computer and choose to edit boot options. You will see a screen which shows default windows boot options: /noexecute=optin. After optin, add /debug command and press esc. (There needs to be a space between optin and /debug.)
  11. Find and delete the following files
  12. Delete sptd.sys
  13. Delete sptd.sy
  14. Delete sptd.sys
  15. Delete sptd.sys
  16. Go to a command prompt and run the following commands
  17. cd windows
  18. del *pcmcia*.* /s/p
  19. del *1394*.* /s/p
  20. Restart computer.

Still not working? Try these additional options below.

  1. Press F2 to enter BIOS mode
    1. Under “Onboard Devices” select “Flash Cache Module” and set it to “Off” (you cannot disable SATA unless this is set to “Off” mode.
  2. Move up to “SATA Operation” and change from “AHCI” to “ATA“.
  3. Restart the computer.