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Identify resource hogging applications

Resource hogging is a term when one single application or few of them are taking all system resources for themself causing extreme slow down in the computer and nonresponsiveness. It can be a very frustrating and time-consuming experience and it can cost you money if you can not finish work on time due to this effect.

I believe that everyone has experienced at least one slowdown in their IT carrier because of resource-hogging applications and most users do not know how to deal with this. We are here to help you with this issue.

Just to be aware that this method shown here is not a method to miraculously speed up your PC or anything similar, this is to be able to detect and recover from extreme slowdowns. Hardware components are still very important and if you can upgrade your computer if it is outdated, please do it because new applications will require a more modern system, and not any kind of tips and tricks will save you from outdated hardware.

Identifying resource hogging app

Now when we got that out of the way let's talk about slowdowns, it is no secret that sometimes an application has bugs and memory leaks that can cause this kind of behavior, and sometimes the application simply takes up too much memory for any other application to work normally. The most simple and straightforward way is to bring up a Windows task manager and inspect running applications and services.

You can bring task manager by the key combination of CTRL + SHIFT + ESC

If the system is in deep memory deficit you will have to wait for the task manager to open and show itself on-screen. Once opened, click on more details if that view is not opened by default. Once the view expands you will see all running applications with how much RAM memory have they taken and how much CPU they are using.

What to do with app?

Now you are presented with a choice on what to do with the problematic application. If you press the end task button on the bottom right, Windows will kill the application and its processes but any unsaved work inside the application will be lost and unrecoverable in most cases. Or you can try to remove smaller applications running to free up more memory and CPU in order for the computer to catch up.

Any choice you make is up to you, but be very careful not to kill Windows essential service by mistake, that will cause immediate system instability with high chances of a system crash.

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Experiencing Error Code 36, We Have A Solution!

Error Code 36 – What is it?

This is a common Device Manager Error Code that users encounter. It is commonly found on all Windows 2000 and later versions of Windows operating systems. Error Code 36 is usually prompted by the following message:

"This device is requesting a PCI interrupt but is configured for an ISA interrupt (or vice versa). Please use the computer's system setup program to reconfigure the interrupt for this device. (Code 36)"

Solution

driverfix boxError Causes

Error Code 36 occurs when there is a failure in IRQ translation due to your Windows operating system getting corrupted. This is caused due to a number of triggers, such as:

  • An excess of startup entries
  • Errors in registries
  • RAM or hardware failure
  • Excessive unnecessary installed programs
  • Malware or spyware

When programs are removed excessively, some programs are not removed completely and create problems in your computer’s registry.

Also, due to the presence of malware and spyware and other causes mentioned above, your computer registry builds up errors with the time that leads to slowing your PC, time lags, and even result in crashes and freezes.

Error Code 36 can cause internal and external components to malfunction or experience time lags such as DVD drive or printer and hence can severely affect your entire PC.

Further Information and Manual Repair

Error Code 36 is a severe PC error and any attempt at fixing the error must be approached with extreme caution for your PC to start functioning properly again. Here are two methods to fixing your PC.

Method 1 – Change IRQ reservation settings

Changing the IRQ reservation settings is the best way you can rely on to fix the error code. You can do this by changing the BIOS settings of your PC.

The BIOS stands for ‘Basic Input/Output System’ and is the program of your PC’s microprocessor that allows your PC to boot after you switch it on.

Caution needs to be exercised before changing the BIOS settings of your PC. This is because every PC’s BIOS version differs from another and any wrong attempt to change the settings may make matters worse.

It is therefore recommended to refer to hardware documentation that you received with your PC or motherboard and check for the model number and details of your PC’s motherboard.

Only after you have checked and confirmed all the details, should you use the specific BIOS settings required to configure your IRQ reservations?

Method 2 – Install DriverFIX

Error Code 36 isn’t an easy error to remove.

While changing the BIOS settings can work to restore your PC, it may create a whole lot of inconvenience for finding the time and effort to check the hardware documentation details and attempting to change the specific settings and especially, if your PC does not support the options to change IRQ reservations.

Given the high risks of fixing such an error, you can also install software that enables you to fix your slow PC at the click of a few buttons.

Programs such as DriverFIX can enable you to download and replace your outdated drivers with new updated ones without you having to look for them. It will detect which drivers to download based on your PC’s motherboard version from the program’s database and can get rid of error code 36.

Click here to download DriverFIX and remove error code 36 and any other type of Device Manager error from your PC.

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Windows keyboard language changes on its own
If you have multiple keyboards, things can get quite tricky. There are times when the keyboard language changes on its own since the keyboard changes while you are typing. The thing is, the keyboard changes because sometimes we accidentally tap shortcuts like Win key + Space key or Alt + Shift or Ctrl + Shift which changes the keyboard pairs or language. Thus, if your keyboard language changes on its own, there are two ways to resolve it. First, you have to make sure that Windows 10 does not add keyboards without your permission. Second, you have to make sure that the shortcut keys don’t change the keyboard language. This second option is what we’re going to discuss in this post. You need to first set a different input method for each app window. To do that, you have to disable the change in layout. Refer to these steps:
  • Go to Settings > Language and input.
  • Next, type “switching input methods” to open the Advanced keyboard settings with this option inside.
  • After that, select the checkbox labeled as “Let me set a different input method for each app window” and then click the Save button.
  • Restart your computer.
Now that you’ve disabled the change in layout, you now have to find the keyboard settings. Just go to Settings > Devices > Typing > Advanced Keyboard settings. From there, you have the option to select which keyboard is going to be used for any app. When you change the keyboard every time you use an app, usually, Windows remember it so that you won’t have to set it up all over again. In addition, the Advanced keyboard settings page also allows you to override the default input method which could be different from the first one in your language list. Aside from that, there is also a Language bar option that comes in handy as you can quickly switch between keyboards. And if you removed it, you have the option to restore the language bar back as well. Now all that’s left for you to do is to change the Language Settings under the Administrative tab. A user from a forum that came up with this solution, reported that the issue occurred when he started typing in some program with non-Unicode characters which caused Windows to use the default system local language to interpret these characters even though the language is unavailable in the Language bar. To change the Language Settings under the Administrative tab, follow these steps:
  • Go to Settings > Time and Language > Language > Administrative language settings.
  • After that, click on Copy Settings under the Administrative tab.
  • Now make sure that all the Display language, Input language, and Format are English (United States) or any language you prefer.
  • Then mark the two checkboxes in “Copy your current settings to Welcome screen and system accounts & New user accounts”.
  • After that, click OK and then exit.
Note: You also have the option to disable those shortcut combinations which can change your keyboard settings accidentally.
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Windows Sandbox item is greyed out
As you know, the functioning of the Windows Sandbox feature is supported by various components in the background of the Windows operating system. And the only way for you to enable the Windows Sandbox feature in your computer is through the Turn Windows features on or off utility. This feature will work directly on the basis of Virtualization which is also supported by Hyper-V. However, there are some reports claiming that some computers have the Windows 10 Sandbox item greyed out in the Turn Windows features on or off utility. Thus, in this post, you will be guided on what you can do to resolve such a problem in your Windows 10 computer. In this kind of problem, you should know that this has something to do with the Second Level Address Translation which is one of the important pillars of how the Windows 10 Sandbox feature functions. Thus, if the Second Level Address Translation or SLAT feature in Windows Sandbox is not supported by the CPU of your computer, there is no way for you to use Windows Sandbox on your computer. On the other hand, if SLAT is supported, then there is definitely something you can do to resolve the greyed-out Sandbox item in Windows 10.

To get started, follow the steps provided below.

Step 1: First, you have to boot into the BIOS of your PC. Step 2: After that, make sure that the following options are set to their respective configurations:
  • Hyper-V – Enabled
  • VM Monitor Mode – Yes
  • Virtualization – Enabled
  • Second Level Address Translation (VT-d or RVI) – Enabled
  • Data Execution Prevention – Enabled
Step 3: Once you’re done, save the configuration and then restart your Windows 10 computer as usual. Step 4: Once your computer has restarted, you should see the same option in the Turn Windows features on or off utility and it should no longer be greyed out. Then you can now enable the feature and follow the onscreen instructions need to use the feature as best as you can.
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  1. Right-click on the Windows logo to open the secret menu
  2. Select Settings
  3. Click open Accounts
  4. From the left side, select Sign-in options
  5. Scroll down till you see Restart apps setting
  6. Toggle the Automatically save your restartable apps when you sign out and restart them after you sign in setting to On position
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Fix Unable to terminate the process Error in Windows 10
There are times when you may find it hard to kill a particular process in the Windows Task Manager and every time you try to do so, you will only get an error message saying, “Unable to terminate the process, The operation could not be completed, Access is denied”. If you are one of the users who is constantly getting this error, read on as this post will provide you with a couple of options you can try to resolve the problem. Refer to the given instructions below if you are unable to terminate a process in the Task Manager but before you proceed you need to restart your PC and then try killing the process again, if you’re still not able to do it, you need to follow the options laid out below.

Option 1 – Try using Taskkill

  • Open the Command Prompt as admin from the WinX Menu.
  • After opening Command Prompt, type in the following command and tap Enter to execute it:
taskkill /IM "processname" /T /F processname – it is the name of the process which you can see on the Details tab of the Windows Task Manager. /IM – it is the one that specifies the image name of the process, which follows, that is to be terminated. /T – it is the one that kills not just the main process but also the child process. /F – it is the one that terminates the process forcefully.

Option 2 – Try using the WMIC

  • Open Command Prompt as admin from the WinX Menu.
  • From the Command Prompt window that opens, type in the following command and hit Enter to execute it:
wmic process where name='processname.exe' delete
Note: In the given command, you need to replace “processname.exe” with the name of the particular process you want to terminate which is found in the Details tab of the Windows Task Manager.

Option 3 – Try using PowerShell

  • The first thing you have to do is open an elevated PowerShell prompt.
  • From there, type in the following command and hit Enter to execute it:
kill -id pid
Note: In the given command above, “pid” is the Process ID number of the process you want to terminate. And for you to identify this number, you need to open the Details tab of the Windows Task Manager once again and take note of the number against the process you want to get rid of. Alternatively, you can also run the following command in the PowerShell prompt that you’ve pulled up to get the process ID number:
Get-Process
For example, “5364” is the process ID number for the DimScreen.exe process which is the process you want to terminate. In order for you to kill this process, you need to type in this command:
kill -id 5364
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Recently, a number of users reported an error while trying to update their computers. This particular Windows Update error has an error code of 0x80073701. If you are one of the users who encounter this error, then read on as this post will guide you on how exactly you can fix it. Here’s the exact context of the error:
“Updates failed. There were problems installing some updates, but we’ll try again later. 2019-07 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1903 for x86-based Systems (KB4507453) – Error 0x80073701”
The Windows Update Error 0x80073701 also comes with a code “ERROR_SXS_ASSEMBLY_MISSING” which indicates that some system files are missing on your computer that caused the update installation failure error. Although this Windows Update error does not cause any severe issues, it is still being reported in the section of Windows Update where it is marked as “Update failed”. There are several potential solutions you can check out to resolve this error. You can try to run the DISM tool or the SFC or System File Checker scan. You could also try to run the Windows Update troubleshooter. For more information, make sure to follow the options given below.

Option 1 – Restart your computer and try installing the Updates again

Restarting your computer can also help in fixing the Windows Update failed to install error 0x80073701. There are cases where the issue resolves on its own as it could just be some simple network or PC error.

Option 2 – Try to run the DISM tool

Running the DISM Tool helps in repairing the Windows System Image as well as the Windows Component Store in Windows 10. Using this built-in tool, you have various options such as the “/ScanHealth”, “/CheckHealth”, and “/RestoreHealth”.
  • Open the Command Prompt as admin.
  • Then type in this command: exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
  • Do not close the window if the process takes a while as it will probably take a few minutes to finish.
After you run this tool, a log file is created at C:WindowsLogsCBSCBS.log. On the other hand, if the Windows Update client is already broken, you will be prompted to use a running Windows installation as the repair source or use a Windows side-by-side folder from a network share, as the source of the files. Although the chances of this happening is less, if it turns out to be the case, you need to run an advanced command in the DISM tool to repair a broken Windows Update. Just repeat the process above but use the following command instead:
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:C:RepairSourceWindows /LimitAccess

Option 3 – Try to run the System File Checker

System File Checker or SFC is a built-in command utility that helps in restoring corrupted files as well as missing files. It replaces bad and corrupted system files to good system files that might be causing the error 0x80073701. To run the SFC command, follow the steps given below.
  • Tap Win + R to launch Run.
  • Type in cmd in the field and tap Enter.
  • After opening Command Prompt, type in sfc /scannow
  • The command will start a system scan which will take a few whiles before it finishes. Once it’s done, you could get the following results:
  1. Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.
  2. Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them.
  3. Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.
  • Restart your computer.

Option 4 – Try running the Windows Update Troubleshooter

Running the built-in Windows Update troubleshooter could also help you resolve the Windows Update error 0x80073701. To run it, go to Settings and then select Troubleshoot from the options. From there, click on Windows Update and then click the “Run the troubleshooter” button. After that, follow the next on-screen instructions and you should be good to go.
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Remove recommended icons from the start menu
windows 11 start menuIn Windows 11 by default inside the Start menu, there is recommended section that contains recently opened folders, documents, and files. If you do not wish this section and do not want recent items in your Start menu there is an easy way to turn it off.
  1. Press ⊞ WINDOWS + I to open settings
  2. Click on Personalization
  3. On the right side scroll down and click on Start
  4. Click on the switch beside Show recently opened items in Start, Jump lists, and File Explorer
  5. Close settings
Settings will be automatically applied and there will be no more recommended items inside your Start menu to create clutter, it will be nice and clean.
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Quick Fix Guide for Stop Code 0x0000008e

What Is STOP Code 0x0000008e

The STOP Code 0x0000008E is essentially an error code that is displayed on the STOP message. This STOP message is also commonly known as Blue Screen of Death or BSOD for short. When this error occurs, usually messages like, “STOP: 0x0000008E” or “KERNEL_MODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED” are displayed to the user.

Solution

Download Available to Completely Repair Error 0x0000008e

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These errors are commonly caused by failures of memory hardware. However, viruses, hardware failures or issues with the device drivers may also trigger them. If this error code appears but Windows is successfully able to recover from it, then the message ‘Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown’ is displayed to the users. Regardless of what causes these errors, it is of paramount importance that counteractive measures are taken as soon as the error appears.

Further Information and Manual Repair

While this error can be removed in many ways, the most effective ones are listed below as follows.
  • The screen might be a fluke. Restart your system; the blue screen that appears to you may not be what it seems.
  • Have you just modified or installed new hardware or driver? If yes, it is highly likely that the change you have made has triggered the error. If this is the case, it is strongly recommended that you revert back to the original settings and check whether the blue screen appears again or not. If it does, you can fix it by reconfiguring or removing the hardware you have recently installed. You can perform System Restore or you can go back to the previous versions if you have installed a new driver.
  • To keep this error from occurring in the future, it is strongly advised that you test your RAM. Damaged memory or one that’s unable to perform in the usual manner is often the reason this error occurs.
  • Ensure appropriate installation of your system memory. If you have installed memory in a way other than advised by your memory manufacturer that it may lead to STOP 0x0000008E error or other problems.
  • Misconfigured or over-clocked memory settings can cause STOP 0x0000008E errors as well. To remedy this situation, it is best advised to return the BIOS settings to their default level.
  • If you haven’t updated your Windows, apply all the updates you come across. Patches and service packs specifically address such issues.
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Fix Media Player – Server Execution Failed
You might be trying to play music files using the Windows Media Player, but were unable to do so since you encountered an error saying, “Windows Media Player Error – Server Execution Failed” error. If you encountered this error, worry not for this post will guide you on how to fix it using some potential fixes. In the error message, the “Server execution failed” indicates that the “wmplayer.exe” is still running or shutting down at that point and it is possible that it is stuck which is not able to close properly. To fix this error, there are several potential fixes you can try. The first one is to run the Video Playback troubleshooter. While you could also try to disable the WMP Network Sharing Service or register both the jscript.dll and vbscript.dll files. For more information, refer to the options provided below.

Option 1 – Try to run the Video Playback troubleshooter

The first thing you can do to fix the problem, you can try to run the Video Playback troubleshooter instead. To run it, simply go to Settings > Update & security > Troubleshoot. From there, scroll down until you see the Video Playback option and then click on the “Run the troubleshooter” button to get started. This troubleshooter will detect and automatically fix any problems related to video playback so it should help fix the error.

Option 2 – Try to disable the WMP Network Sharing Service

If the Video Playback troubleshooter didn’t work in fixing the problem, the next thing you need to do is disable the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service. The WMP Network Sharing Service is used to share the libraries of the Windows Media Player to other users on the network as well as media devices using the Universal Plug and Play. And since you are not using any network here, then you can disable this service to fix the problem. How? Refer to the given steps below.
  • Tap the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box and type “services.msc” in the field and tap Enter to open the Services Manager.
  • Next, look for the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service from the list of Services and right-click on it.
  • After that, click on the Stop option and see if it fixes the Windows Media Player error.

Option 3 – Try to register the jscript.dll and vbscript.dll files

  • Tap the Win + X keys and from the menu select the Windows PowerShell (Admin) option to open an elevated Command Prompt.
  • Next, type this command to register the jscript.dll file and click on the confirmation box: regsvr32 jscript.dll
  • After that, execute the regsvr32 vbscript.dll command to register the vbscript.dll file.
  • Once you’re done, these DLL files will be re-registered and should fix the Windows Media Player error.
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How to Fix Windows Store Error Code 0x80240017

Error Code 0x80240017 – What is it?

Error code 0x80240017 is associated with installing or updating a Windows Store app. This error is more common in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. It appears due to missing certain system files and also corrupt registry.

Common symptoms

  • When you try to install a Windows Store app on a PC running Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, or Windows Server 2012 R2, the installation fails and you receive an error message: 0x80240017
  • Certain apps may become unresponsive.
  • You may not be able to download apps or Windows update
  • You may have difficulty updating or installing and uninstalling other built-in programs inside Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
  • When you have multiple applications running, you may experience crashes and freezes.

Solution

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The error code 0x80240017 in Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 usually appears due to the fact that your system has changed after you installed a third-party application. It might also appear if registry entry has changed after a reboot of the operating system and you do not have the required permissions. Other causes may be due to:
  • Corrupted, broken, or missing system files.
  • Malware/spyware infection or virus attack
  • Hardware/RAM decline
  • Fragmented file
  • Unnecessary or redundant program installations

Further Information and Manual Repair

Repairing Error Code 0x80240017 in Windows 8/Windows 8.1

Method 1:

Resetting Windows Store app:
  1. Press and hold the Windows key and press R. This will open up the Run command
  2. Now, type exe and hit Enter
  3. Just wait for it to finish and it will re-launch Windows Store. Now, try and install the app you were trying to install which was previously showing an error.
This basic solution will delete the cache and reset Windows Store.

Method 2:

Using Windows troubleshooter:
  1. Click on Search on the Charm bar and type Troubleshooting. Click on the very first option.
  2. A new window will open. Click View all from the left pane.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom and click on Windows update.
  4. Troubleshooter window for Windows update will pop up. Click on NEXT. It may ask you for administrative permission.
  5. The troubleshooter will automatically detect problems and fix them.
  6. Now, close this window and try download/install the app which was previously showing an error.

Method 3:

Disable Proxy Settings: Disable proxy server on Internet Explorer
  1. Press the Windows + R Run window will appear.
  2. Type cpl and hit Enter
  3. Click the Connections tab and click LAN settings
  4. Under proxy server uncheck “Use a proxy server for your LAN”
  5. Click OK
Now try to install apps from Windows Store.

Method 4:

Boot in Safe Mode:
  1. Open Run command as previously described
  2. Type MSConfig
  3. Click on the Boot tab
  4. Tick Safe boot in Boot option
  5. Select Network
  6. Click Apply and OK
  7. Reboot your system
Your system will boot in Safe mode with Networking. You may now try and open Windows Store and should not see any errors.

Method 5:

Note: It is recommended that you back up your files and folders before attempting this step:
  1. Move the mouse cursor over to the upper right side of the screen.
  2. A menu will pop up on the left. Click on the “Settings” feature on the menu.
  3. On the Settings window, click on the “Change PC settings.”
  4. Now, left-click on the “Update and recovery” feature.
  5. For the next step, left-click on the “Recovery” feature.
  6. There is an option here saying “Refresh your PC without affecting your files.” There, left-click on the “Get started” button.
  7. Now, follow the instructions on the screen to finish the Refresh process.
  8. After the Refresh process has finished restart your Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 device.
  9. Check again to see if the error 0x80240017 has been fixed.
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