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Troubleshoot Windows With Diagnostic Startup

Troubleshoot Windows With Diagnostic Startup

Reading many articles after surfing the web, it seems some solutions provided were not adequate solutions to fix the problem. I feel it is important to diagnose your computer operating system regularly.

Furthermore, getting to the root of the problems affecting the operating system is difficult. The troubleshooting part has been seen as the most cumbersome aspect. When the cause or root of a problem is known, then it requires less effort to fix such problems. But the case differs when it comes to troubleshooting; it is difficult to diagnose the problems (i.e. Windows Update Error 0x80070057).

First, here are some tips that may fix some common problems.

Try Logging Off

It is very important to log off whenever you are done with any task on your computer or laptop. Many people get it wrong by closing all the programs they are running, but the best advisable thing to do is to log off. This helps in giving a clear template and also clears off the RAM.

Restart/Turn Off the Computer

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When the operation system is acting strange, don’t panic, it may not be as serious as you think. Turn your computer off and restart after a few minutes.

Reboot the Computer 

From the tip above, some cases might not favor logging off and restarting. In the case, it is advisable to shut down the computer then reboot it. This problem might be as a result of some devices or files that logging the computer off can’t solve.

Rebooting the system means you have to reload the whole system again to restore default settings.

Close All Unnecessary Programs 

Sometimes your computer might be hanging or misbehaving as a result of bumper programs being opened. What you need to do is close all the unused programs and refresh the system.

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Check The Power Pack and Connections

Power pack connection to the socket also might cause the delay in loading and other problems. It is important to check the power pack to see if it is correctly plugged into the right connection.

Moreover, after the tips mentioned above fail to be the solution to the Windows or operating system, then it means the advanced solution should be the next option to consider now.

Diagnostic Startup

This is where Diagnostic Startup comes in. This mode can also be seen on Vista, XP and every edition of Windows. You get access to it through the System Configuration panel.

However, the Start Menu tab is there for you to search up (For Windows 7 and Vista): type “MSConfig” and then run the program. In XP, select Run from the Start Menu and type MSConfig into the run box that appears.

It is well known that many people cherish using the MSConfig because it is used to disable startup programs. This is easily done under the Startup tab when you get it up and running.

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After running MSConfig, you will be shown three options:

1. Normal Startup: 

It is a startup mode that ensures your services, software and drivers are reloaded and back to its normal operation.

2. Selective Startup: 

As the name implies, it gives you more freedom and control over the loading files at the startup.

3. Diagnostic Startup: 

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This is the mode we are looking for. This is a startup mode that loads the services and the basic devices of the system. Select this option and restart your computer to enter diagnostic startup mode.

NOTE: Any settings you choose here will stay in place until you switch them back off to return to normal startup.

Benefits of Diagnostic Startup Mode

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    The fact remains that diagnostic Startup Mode also has its benefits. This mode is far more helpful than the more restrictive Safe Mode.

    This mode loads Windows Fundamental Drivers and Services. It is going to ignore anything that’s not critical to get you to the desktop and get you working. No doubt, the ability to load many services and drivers is certainly more convenient than Safe Mode. Also, allowing you to easily get online and use external devices and hardware provides more freedom.

    Also, allowing you to easily get online and use external devices and hardware provides more freedom. You may perform complex functions in Diagnostic Startup Mode but keep in mind that all of your third-party services and software won’t run, particularly if they are the ones causing the problem.

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    Last Updated on February 15, 2019

    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

    Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

    Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

    So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

    Joe’s Goals

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      Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

      Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

      Daytum

        Daytum

        is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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        Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

        Excel or Numbers

          If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

          What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

          Evernote

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            I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

            Evernote is free with a premium version available.

            Access or Bento

              If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

              Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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              You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

              Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

              All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

              Conclusion

              I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

              What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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