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Microphone Problems on Windows
Works for Windows versions, 9x/ME/2000
Reader Kei writes: I recently bought a Logitech headset so I could use voice chat features on Skype. Whne I plug the microphone in, I can hear myself through the headset/speakers, but other people can not hear me. My machine is a 2.4GHz P4, with 512 MB RAM, and Windows 2000 Professional Edition. I’ve tried everything – do you know what is wrong?
This is a very common problem on Windows 9x/ME/2000. For some reason, Windows sets the default recording input to something other than the microphone. This is why you can hear yourself, but no one over Skype can hear you. Here is a relatively simple fix for this problem:
This should fix your most common microphone problems on older Operating Systems. This is not an issue on Windows XP machines.
Reader Nelson writes:
Question 1: I have two problems maybe you can help.
Sure Nelson, try this:
If this message doesn't go away, try a repair of MSIE. Here is how:
Make Windows Explorer Keyboard Shortcut, Do it Your Way
I'm all about shortcuts. Okay, your right, I'm just naturally lazy. Its a career choice okay? Make something that I do frequently easier, and you'll find me looking at you all dreamy eyed. How bout those Pats eh fellas?
Question: "I know several ways to create a Desktop shortcut that will open Explorer to the folder I want. What I would like to do is make the Windows Key shortcut (WinKey + E) open up to the folder I want. Would like to see 'Program Files' when I use that keyboard shortcut. Is this possible?" - Rheum
Answer: Sure Rheum, give this a shot: While you can't reassign the Windows hotkey to do that, you can create a shortcut key to a predefined Windows Explorer operation in all versions of Windows. In this example, you can use the function (F1-F12) key for your shortcut.
Tip: You must leave the folder on your Desktop or somewhere on your computer for the shortcut key to still work. Best advise? Move it to your root folder (%SystemRoot%) so that it is in your system control path.
Does ME have SFC or equivalent?
The short answer? No. An equivalent? Yes.
Does ME have SFC or equivalent?? how does one check for file changes/corruption???????/ - Mike
No, Win Me doesn't have the System File Checker Utility.
Win Me automatically checks for corrupted or changed files. Read on for more info.
System File Checker is not included in Windows Millennium because of Win Me's protected files protocols. Windows Me uses the System File Protection (SFP) feature whereas Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition use the System File Checker (Sfc.exe) tool.
There is no need for the Sfc.exe tool in Windows Me because SFP is always actively scanning the computer for file changes. Because of this activity, and because the files monitored by Sfc.exe and SFP are similar, the Sfc.exe tool is not necessary in Windows Me, nor does the option to run this tool exist.
In Windows 98 any programs you set up may carry their own versions of important system files. This might have been great for the vendor's programs but it often made some Windows components, required by the Microsoft version of a file, unable to run or cause some other problems with the operating system. Win Me protects these files in a special folder and will not, as long as System File Protection is enabled, allow any version of the files other than Windows versions to overwrite them. This is believed to give Win Me some added stability. the vendors files could be placed on the system but Windows would not recognize them as part of its own operating system.
For a description of the System File Protection Feature please see this Microsoft
This being said, the Windows Extract command does work. Please see my article:
How to use the Windows Extract.exe Command at the following location:
Get rid of Win Me Network Password Login at restart
Questions: "When I restart Windows ME, I get 'Enter your network password for Microsoft Networking.' I then hit Esc to exit the dialog box and enter Windows. I don't network my home computer and I am the only user. How do I disable that dialog box?
"I've attempted to disable 'Enter Network Password,' but have failed. I removed the Microsoft Family Logon (under Start | Control Panel | Network). I set the Client for Microsoft Networks to 'Quick Logon' (also under Start | Control Panel | Network). I've disabled NetMeeting (under Start | Control Panel | Add/Remove Programs | Windows Setup | Communications). All of these options have failed to disable the logon."
Answer: Open Network properties. Right under the list of protocols and installed components, you see a drop-down box... set it to read 'Windows login,' and you won't get that network login anymore.
Answer 2 The only other way to do it is with TweakUI, and it's 'Auto login.'
The 'Windows' ( ˙ ) key is on most modern keyboards but most people don't make proper use of it - here's how:
Beyond just clicking on it to open the Start menu, it has plenty of other uses:
Minimise all Windows ˙+ D
A quick way to get rid of the screen clutter and find the desktop icons.
To show all the windows again: ˙+Shift+M
Jump to Explorer ˙+ E
To see the Windows Explorer quickly
Cycle across the Taskbar ˙+ Tab
Though Alt + Tab will do the same thing
Search ˙+ F
Is it Search or is it Find? It's called Search on the menu but the shortcut harks back to the days when it was called Find.
Run ˙+ R
Some people never use the Run command but others do it all the time. Most commonly to access the registry (rededt32) or a 'DOS' command box (cmd).
System Properties ˙+ Break
This is the equivalent of clicking the System icon in Control Panel or the Properties option under the My Computer desktop icon.
There may be other key combinations that work on your computer depending on what additional software you have installed.
Add Favorites to the Quick Launch Bar
Question: I'm using Windows ME and Internet Explorer 6, and I would like to know if there is an easy way to add my most used URLs to the Quick Launch toolbar. I would just like a quick way to launch my favorite Web sites. Can you help me?
Answer: I think I can help you, but first I want to make sure all the readers out there understand that "URL" is the technical term for a Web address. There are lots of options you can use in this case. If you only have a couple Web sites you want in your Quick Launch toolbar, then you may just want to navigate to the Web site and then drag the address to the toolbar by clicking and dragging the icon that looks like a piece of paper with the Internet Explorer logo on it in the Address field to the toolbar. If the Web sites you want to add to the Quick Launch toolbar are all in your Internet Explorer Favorites, then you could just add your Favorites folder to the Quick Launch toolbar. Just drag the appropriate Favorites folder to your Quick Launch bar for quick access to your Internet Explorer Favorites. Keep in mind that you can drag a file or folder into your Quick Launch toolbar.
If you have a lot of favorite programs in the QLB then it might be wiser to simply create a new tool bar just for those favorite sites, like BLCOW. Here is how:
Now you have a new toolbar just for those favorites you use most often. Yes, you can simply drag and drop as explained above just the same as the Quick Launch Toolbar.
I know what you are thinking: what if I have more than a few URLs and I don't want my Favorites folder added to the Quick Launch bar? Well, just make a folder, copy all the URLs there that you want.
There is a better way. I would go to the Favorites menu and choose Organize Favorites. From here, I would copy the URLs you want quick access to from the main part of the Favorites area into the folder marked Links. I also would make sure to take out any unwanted links from the Links folder. Once you have completed this you need to right- click the taskbar (the area between your Start menu and the system tray - where your clock is) and click "Links" under Toolbars. Now you have your own toolbar just for those important URLs.
Having said all, this I have to ask you... is it really so bad to have to open Internet Explorer, click the Favorites button and then click on the desired URL? I mean, in a way, you are doing the same thing by clicking the link in the toolbar because it will still have to open Internet Explorer. I guess it doesn't matter, though; whatever works and makes you happy is okay with me. Hey, whatever gets you though the night!
When Windows Update Center, Won't!
First of all I would like to say that this site is great...it helped me solve a few problem with my IE6, however I cannot download from the MS update, I try to download the critical updates and after I accept the download window appears and then nothing...do you have any suggestions....
Sure do Tom, at least a couple of them. Read on.
This fix should work for Windows versions: 9.x, NT, 2000, XP, and XP Pro.
Possible Fix 1
Sometimes the Windows update files can become corrupted or unregistered. There are several things which can be done, but first, try this:
Click Start | Run and type in
Then click okay or hit enter. Be sure that there is a space between regsvr32 and the file you want to register which is wupdinfo.dll
In most cases this fix is instantaneous, but to be safe, reboot after the registration.
Once the machine restarts, try the Windows Update site again. If this fix worked, go no further we are done. If not, we need to take more drastic steps. In that case read on.
Possible Fix 2
2. We need to unregistered the update files and then re-register them again. Please read:
1. Unregistered and remove the scripting engine for the Windows Update site as follows:
a. Click Start, Run and type regsvr32 /u c:\windows\system\wuv3is.dll and then click OK.
b. Click OK for the "... succeeded" message.
c. Click Start, Find, Files and Folders.
For "Named" type wuv3is.dll, make sure "Look In" is set to your C: drive (Or the drive on which you installed Windows if it is not on the default.
d. Click "Find Now" and when you see the file, right click it
and click "Delete". Say Yes to confirm delete.
2. Now clear the Temporary Internet Files folder and remove site controls from Internet Explorer as follows:
a. Click Start, Settings, Control Panel and click Internet Options,
b. click the General tab.
c. In the Temporary Internet Files section, click
2. Click View Files,
3. Click Edit - Select All,
4. Click File Delete (If prompted to delete cookies, click Yes).
5. Close that window
6. Click View Objects.
7. Locate the CV3 Classes, Right-click on the file and choose Remove.
8. Close the Downloaded Program Files window.
3. Click OK back to the Control Panel.
4. Close the Control Panel.
Next clear critical files from the Windows Update folder as follows:
1. Click Start, Run and type "explorer" (without the quotation marks) in the dialog box and click OK.
2. In the left-hand frame, click the '+' next to the Program Files folder.
3. In the left-hand frame, highlight the WindowsUpdate folder.
4. In the right pane highlight wuhistv3.log
5. Click Edit | Invert Selection.
6. Press Delete key (or right-click and select Delete).
7. Click Yes to confirm.
8. Close all windows and reconnect to the Windows Update Site using Internet Explorer
You might need to clear your Windows Update downloaded programs cache. To do this, follow these steps:
You can find the Windows update site here http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
If all else fails, you can still get the necessary updates by going to the Windows 98 download site. The address is below:
Low memory resources
Q. I have WindowsMe and use Microsoft Word quite a bit. Use Netscape 6.2 and Internet Exployer 5? (newest one-just updated last week) Have a Del P4 8100 Demension, 1.3G Yesterday, I was revising an imported document, saved, printed-no problem. Later in the evening, everytime that I tried to open a MS Word doucment, my computer acted like in was in a frozen state. When I control, alt, delted, I receive a "WARNING, YOU ARE DANGEROUSLY LOW ON RESOURSES!" Looks like its in Dos format. I have to repeat the soft boot serveral times, finally I receive a closing option for WinWord. Then I get explorer stack fault error messages. I've removed most of my doc files from my hard drive. I had quite a few stored on my hard drive and thought that was the problem. Defragged, reboot, same problem. I ran the setup disk, first I just said to repair and fix. Not the solution, then I reinstalled, defragged, shut down. When I turned it back on, Nothing else was opened and I tried to open a MSWord doc -same problem.I should also mention, that when I receive the warning about low on resources, the start key dialog box is even blank and I have to shut it down with the surge protector switch.I'm lost without the Word program. Any suggestions? I installed the updates, last week I have this computer since last August and first time I have a problem. I use it alot.
A. Unfortunately you have run smack dab in the middle of one of Windows Me's biggest annoyances. A memory leak big enough to drive a semi through.
First things first:
You say that you have had your Windows Me system sense last August and this is the first time it has acted this way. Correct?
As you are online, I am assuming that you have one of the virus scanners. The most popular ones are Symantec and McAfee. If you do not have a scanner...GET ONE! A good firewall is also a must have. If you do not have one go to Bohunky0's Freeware From A-Z and learn how to download Zone Alarm from Zone Labs a very popular and easy to use free firewall.
A virus can cause your computer's performance to decrease. If you have a virus scanning utility, make sure that you are running the latest version. For additional information about how a virus can cause your computer to perform poorly, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
Secondly:If you have ruled out a virus as the cause of your problems then we have to assume that a recent downloaded or purchased piece of software may be at fault. Think carefully back to when you first noticed this behavior. Did the problem start after you installed a certain piece of software? It could be that there is a memory leak within the new software.
A memory leakis when a program is loaded into memory (All programs are), when you shut down that program it is supposed to release it's share or block of memory back to the system. If it doesn't, after a time memory usage is depleted and you can receive the error you speak of.
If you have just installed a program and would like to return your computer to the state your computer was in before you installed the program, Windows Me has a feature called System Restore. System Restore allows you to undo (or "roll back") a change that caused instability in your system.
If you do not know how to use this feature of Windows Me and would like to use this feature, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Try a clean boot:
If you are still experiencing performance issues after you have performed the preceding steps, perform a "clean-boot". By running your computer in a clean boot configuration, your system is operating without 3rd-party drivers, anything that loads itself automatically when you restart you computer is disabled, and by starting your computer "clean", you can add back items one by one until your system performance decreases. When that happens, you've found the problem. If you are not familiar with how to perform a clean-boot, use the steps in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
Win Me Troubleshooters
These may give you sound advise on finding the problem. Look for the trouble shooter >>
Okay...here is a little known slant on System Restore...is it worth a shot? Why not?
This little known trick might just do the trick for you if you have exhausted all of the steps above without much success:
Try your applications again. Did this resolve the issue?
If yes, go no further we are done. If the problem persists continue on.
One last note of importants:
You mention that you have gotten all of the recent updates from the Windows Update Center. It is important that you do install any and all critical updates, fixes and patches for your Windows version. If you haven't done it lately, be sure to return to the site and make certain that there are no new critical updates.
If you have exhausted all of the above without any success, and you are still with me here I applaud you. We can make some attempts to adjust settings in Win Me.
Before Win Me we could adjust the amount of memory allocated to files in the Config.sys
by typing in a command:
This was to tell the real mode memory drivers to reserve enough memory to in Windows to allow, in this case 60, file segments per memory block. Well, Windows Me doesn't support real mode drivers any longer, which is really strange as Win Me is still DOS based no matter what they tell you. Anyhow, I have discovered a way to wrestle this valuable tool from the scrap heap. We now need to edit the System.ini file to use this command. Here is how:
Good luck, I'm pulling for ya, we're all in this together.