Welcome to Fix PC for Free. You can fix most of the Computer related problems on your own.

Is your PC running very slow?

There are many reasons for a slow PC. You can make your PC faster again on your own. You do not need to pay anyone. You can do it by yourself. Just need to know what to do and how to do it. You will find it on this website.

Is your PC infected with virus?

Is your computer acting weird, getting pop ups, Errors, booting very slow and websites getting redirected to a different pages. Then your computer is infected with virus. Don't worry, you can remove the virus from your computer and get your computer back to normal. All the thing you need to do is, just follow the instructions given in this website carefully.

Internet and Browsers are having trouble?

Some times your Internet connection or Internet Browsers (i.e Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome) might not work or having trouble in connecting to the Internet. You will also see some errors on browsers while trying to connect to the Internet and open websites. You can fix them by performing some simple troubleshooting steps and runnig free tools...

Errors with Programs and Applications?

Programs and applications errors will occur, if a program is not installed properly or the installed files of that program got currupt or some times updating the program/application might also cause the errors. Troubleshooting the progrmas and applications will depends on the errors and codes. You will find some troubleshooting steps and tools in this website ...

Monday, 8 December 2014

Photos or Images are not displaying in thumbnail view on Windows 7

In Windows 7, photos and images should display in thumbnail view. If they are not showing in thumbnail view, follow the simple instructions to fix it.

1. There might be a change in the  "View". To confirm that, Open the folder that you are having problem >> Click on the drop down arrow on "Change View" button at top right corner of the folder >> Make sure that either "Large" or "Extra large" were selected.

If it is already selected as Large or Extra Large, go to next steps

2. You need to go to folder options. Open any folder >> Click on "Organize" >> Click on "Folder and search options" >> Go to "View" tab >>  Uncheck the box beside the option "Always show icons, never thumbnails"(The first option in the "View" tab) >> Click on "OK".

This will fix the thumbnail view. If you are still having the issue, go to next step

3. Click on "Start" button >> Type "Cleanmgr.exe" in the search bar >> Press "Enter key" >> Click on "OK"

4. You will get Disk Cleanup window that says "Calculating." and then the Disk Cleanup options screen.

 5. Select "Thumbnails" box >> Click on "OK" 

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Internet Explorer unable to connect to Internet due to Proxy server

You may not able to open websites in Internet Explorer and get a blank screen or some times it says proxy server. We need to disable the proxy setting in Internet Explorer in order to fix this issue.

1. Open Internet Explorer >> Click on "Tools" >> Click on "Internet Options" 

2. You will get the Internet Properties window, click on "Connections" tab >> Click on "LAN Settings" button

3. Then you will get the Local Area Network(LAN) Settings window.

4. Uncheck the boxes under "Proxy Server"  >> Click on "OK" >> Click on "OK". That's it. Now, you can open the websites.

 In some cases, even though we disabled the proxy server, it will come back again automatically.

6. If you are having such issues, simply right click on Internet Explorer >> Click on "Run as Administrator" option >> On the Internet Explorer click on "Tools" >> Click on "Internet Options" >> Click on "LAN Settings" button >> Uncheck the boxes under "Proxy Server"

7. That should fix it.

Monday, 26 May 2014

How to change default browser to Internet Explorer

Some times you might face issues with browsing websites on the browser that you are using or you cannot view some websites on other browsers, except Internet Explorer. If you want to set Internet Explorer as the default browser, please follow the simple steps.

1. Open Internet Explorer >> Click on Tools >> Click on Internet Options

2. Click on "Programs" tab on the Internet properties window >> Click on "Make default" button

3. Click on "OK"

4. That's it, Internet Explorer is now your default browser. You can also do it in another simple way.

5. Press the Windows key + R at once

6. Type "inetcpl.cpl" (without the quotes) in the run box >> Press "Enter" key

7. Click on "Programs" tab on the Internet properties window >> Click on "Make default" button

8. Click on "OK". That should do it.

Friday, 25 April 2014

How to speed up the shutdown process in Windows

Your PC might take long time to shutdown and start again. We can speed up the shutdown process by making some changes to the computer settings and registry.

1. First thing is take backup of Registry before performing any changes to the registry.

2. Optimizing Startup Items:
a. Press Windows key + R at a time >> Type "msconfig" without the quotes in the Run box >> Press Enter.

b. Click on the "Startup" tab on the "System Configuration Utility" window that prompts >> Uncheck the items that you are not using. (You can disable all the startup items. It will not affect your computer)

c. Click on Apply and click on Ok

Making changes to the Registry
3. Press Windows key + R at a time >> Type "regedit" (without the quotes) in the Run box >> Press Enter key
4. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\
5. In the right side window, you will see "WaitToKillServiceTimeout" entry >> Double click on "WaitToKillServiceTimeout" >> Change the value from 12000 to 2000

6. Then go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
7. In the right side window, you will see "WaitToKillServiceTimeout" entry >> Double click on "WaitToKillServiceTimeout" >> Change the value to 2000

8. Then go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management >> Double click on "ClearPageFileOnShutdown" entry >> Change the value to 1

9. You can also use a Run command to shutdown or restart the computer.

10. To Shutdown the PC >> Press the Windows Key +R at a time >> Type "shutdown -s -t 01" without the quotes >> Press Enter key

11. To Restart the PC >> Press the Windows Key + R >> Type "shutdown -r -t 01" without the quotes >> Press Enter key

Thursday, 24 April 2014

How to fix missing "New Folder" option on your computer.

In some cases we cannot find the "New Folder" option after right clicking on desktop screen and also on Windows Explorer. This issue will occur due to some corrupt registry entries. You can fix it very easily.

1. Download the Registry fix file New Folder Fix

2. Double click on the downloaded registry file >> Click on "Run" >> Click on "Yes"

3. Restart the computer

4. That's it, you will get the "New Folder" option back.

Friday, 11 April 2014

How to remove Folder tasks screen from your Desktop screen

You will see a screen that contains Folder tasks or Common tasks on your desktop. Mostly it will be at left side of your desktop screen. It is very annoying screen that will cover your desktop screen. It is mainly because of a corrupt registry key (desktop.htt).

1. It's very easy to fix the problem.

2. Simply download the registry fix file Download

3. Double click on the downloaded file >> Click on "Yes" if you get any prompt.

4. Restart the computer. It will fix the problem.

5. You can also do it manually. Follow the below steps

6. Press Windows key + R key at a time >> Type "regedit" without the quotes >> Press Enter key

7. Take a backup of Registry  first.  How to Backup your Registry

8. Then go to the registry key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{00021400-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}\shellex\ExtShellFolderViews\{5984FFE0-28D4-11CF-AE66-08002B2E1262}

9. You will see "PersistMoniker" in the side pane, change it's value to "file://%userappdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop.htt" without the quotes.

10. Restart the PC. That's it.

How to Backup your Registry..

In some cases, you might need to modify/delete few registry keys from your Registry. It is very dangerous to play with the registry keys or delete registry keys without knowing what you are doing and if you are not good at computers. Best thing is to take backup of Registry before you make any changes to it.

1. Press the Windows key + R at once 

2. Type "regedit" without the quotes >> Hit "Enter" key

3. Click on "File" option >> Click on "Export" option

4. Give a name to the file in the "File Name" field >> Choose where to save the backup file (Try to save on C:\)

5. That's it your Registry was backed up now. 

6. If you are having any issues after making changes to the registry, you can simply double click on the file that was backed up and merge the registry to go back to the original stage.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

How to fix Blank screen that occurs after you start the computer in Windows 8

Some times you will see a blank screen after turning the computer ON. It is mainly because of a hardware problem or Windows Start up problem. We could try some troubleshooting steps to fix the issue.

1. Best option is to check with doing a Hard Reset

2. If that did not fix the issue, continue with the next steps

3. You need to check with Restoring the BIOS settings to default

4. Restart the computer >> Press the appropriate key to enter to the BIOS settings ( Usually the keys to enter to the BIOS will be "Del", or F1,F2 or F10) >> Here you need to look for the option that says "Restore Defaults" or related to it >> Press the appropriate key to restore the defaults

5. Restart the PC.

How to do a computer Hard Reset

You can fix many booting issues by doing a Hard Reset.

1. First thing you need to do is Shutdown the computer by pressing the Power off button.

2. If it is a Desktop >> Disconnect the Power cables, any media cards and USB devices. >> Make sure that there are no devices or cables connected to the PC >> Wait for 30 seconds >> Connect the Power cables >> Turn on the PC

3. If it is a Laptop >>  Disconnect the Power cables, any media cards and USB devices >> Remove the Battery >> Press the power button for 15 seconds and leave it >> Then connect the Batter and Power adapter >> Turn on the Laptop

4. It would fix many booting problems.

How to change Screen Resolution in Windows 7

If you are having any problems with the screen resolution or want to change the screen resolution, you can do it easily.

1. Right click on your dektop >> Click on Screen Resolution option

2. Click on the Drop Down Arrow beside the "Resolution". 

3. Change the Resolution to "Recommended" or you can change it on your choice.

4. Click on "OK"

5. You can change the Monitor settings also here, if you have multiple Monitors connected.

How to fix Certificate error while browsing..

You will get Certificate errors while browsing any secure websites. There are many reasons for this issue.

1. Main Reason for this issue is "Wrong Date & Time" on your computer.
Check the computer date & time and change it to the correct one.

2. Some times you may get this error due to virus.
Scan the PC and remove any virus found. How to scan PC .

3. Reset the Internet Explorer or any other browser that you are using.

How to perform System Restore on your PC..

You can fix many application problems or virus issues and also many computer problems,  by restoring your PC to an earlier date. Your data will not be affected. Only the applications and Windows Operating System files will be restored to the date you mentioned.

To perform a System Restore:

1. Click on Start >> Click on Accessories >> Click on System Tools >> Click on System Restore


Press Windows key + R key at a time >> Type "rstrui.exe" without the quotes >> Press Enter key

2. Click on "Next" >> Select a date to which you want to restore the PC. 
(You can select the box "Show more restore points" to get more restore points in Vista and Windows 7)

3. Click "Finish"  >> Click on "Yes".

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

PC is not detecting the external hard ware or USB devices..

Some times the computer might not detect the external devices or give errors while connecting the hardware or USB devices.

1. You can fix it by running the Microsoft Automatic Fix.

2. Click here to download the Automatic Fix and run it. It will fix most of the hardware and  USB port warnings or errors.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

CD/DVD drive not detected by the computer

When you see that there is no CD/DVD drive showing on your PC, follow the below instructions to troubleshoot the problem.

1. First we need to check whether the drive is showing in "Device Management" or not.

2. Press Windows key + R at once.

3. Type "devmgmt.msc" without the quotes in the Run box >> Hit Enter key.
4. Expand the DVD/CD ROM drive

5. If you are able to see the DVD drive >> Right click on it and click on "Uninstall" >> Click "Ok" to confirm

6. Restart the PC. It should fix the issue and you will get your CD/DVD drive back.

7. If you are still unable to see the drive, continue with the next steps..

8. Run Microsoft Automatic Troubleshooter to fix the issue

For Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7: Click here

For Windows 8 and 8.1 : Click here

If you are still cannot see the CD/DVD drive

9. We need to remove "UpperFilters" and "LowerFilters" Registry keys manually

10. Press the Windows key + R key >> Type "regedit" without the quotes in the Run box and hit Enter key. Take backup of Registry Editor before performing anything on "regedit"

11. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

12. Look for "UpperFilters"  and "LowerFilters"  in the right pane. 

13. Right click on each of them and click on Delete.

14. Restart the PC. It should solve the problem and you will get your CD/DVD drive

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Unable to see the pictures on Websites..

Some times you cannot see the pictures on websites. You will see  Red "X" in the place of Pictures on websites. Follow the simple fix for it.

1. All the thing you need to do is download the Registry file and Merge it in the Registry on your PC.

2. Click here to download the registry fix zip file.

3. Extract the files "pngasso_xp.reg", "pngasso_Vista.reg" and "png_fix_w7.reg" to your desktop.

4. For Windows XP -- >> Right click on pngasso_xp.reg >> Click on Merge

5. For Windows Vista and Windows 7 -- >> Right click on  pngasso_Vista.reg >> Click on Merge >> Click "Yes" >> Click "Continue", if prompted.

6. Restart the computer.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

How to fix Startup issues in Windows 7..

We can fix the start up problems in windows 7 by performing "Startup Repair".

1. Insert the Windows 7 Installation disc >> Restart the PC.

2. On the starting screen "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD" >> Press Enter key

3. On the Windows Installation window, click "Next"

4. Now, click on the option "Repair your computer" at the bottom of the Installation Window.

5. Make sure that the Windows 7 is selected >> Click on "Next"

6. Click on the "Startup Repair" option.

7. It will scan and search for the problems and repair them automatically. Wait for it to complete the scan and repair.

8. It will give you a window that says whether there are any problems fixed or No problems found.

9. Click "Finish" >> Restart the computer.

NTLDR Missing Errors and PC won't boot on Windows XP..

There are many reasons for NTLDR Missing errors. Most common reason is, either the Master Boot Record was corrupt or any Floppy drive or external drive connected to the PC.

How to fix NTLDR errors:

1. First thing is, check if you have any Floppy drive or External drive connected to the PC.

2. Disconnect all the External drives and Floppy drive.

3. Restart the PC. If you are still getting error message, go to next steps

4. Repair the "boot.ini" file by entering in to the Windows Recovery Console.

5. If you still getting the same error, go to next steps.

6. We need to restore the NTLDR and Ntdetect.com files from Windows XP CD.

7 . Go to the Windows Recovery Console Screen

8. On the Recovery Console mode  >> Type "Copy d:\i386\ntldr c:\" without the quotes >> Press Enter key.

9. Type "Copy d:\i386\ntdetect.com" without the quotes >> Press Enter key.

In the above command "d:\" means your CD drive letter. Usually it will be "D". If it is different on your PC, then you need to give the correct letter according to your CD drive letter on your PC. "c:\" means your "C" drive on the PC.

Update your BIOS version.

1. First you need to find out the current version of your BIOS.

2. Press "Windows key + R" at once >> Type "msinfo32" without the quotes >> Press Enter key..

3. You will find the "BIOS version" on the "System Information" window, just below the "Processor"

4. Go to the PC or Motherboard manufacturer website >> Check for any update.

5. If there is any update available, download the update file.

6. Make sure you have the uninterrupted power supply or Full battery charged for laptops.

7. Close all the opened documents and programs >> Run the downloaded "Update" file and install the update.

8. Restart the PC.  

Fix booting issues by Repairing the Master Boot Record in Windows XP...

It is very simple to repair the Mater Boot Record in Windows XP.

1. Go to the Windows Recovery Console screen.

2. On the Recovery Console mode >> Type "fixmbr" without the quotes >> Press Enter key.

3. In the next prompt >> Type Y and press Enter key

3. It will repair the corrupt or damaged Master Boot Record.


Repair Boot.ini in Windows XP Operating System..

1. We need to go to the Windows Recovery Console screen.

Click here to know how to enter in to the Recover Console using Windows XP CD.

2. Once you are in recovery console mode, type bootcfg /rebuild and press Enter key.

3.The bootcfg will scan your hard drive and display the results.

4. For "Add Installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All), type Y and press Enter key

5. It will ask you to enter the Load Identifier.
   You have to type your Operating System name. Example "Windows XP Home Edition" or "Windows XP Professional" etc... and press Enter key

6. Now, it will ask you to Enter OS Load options >> Type "/Fastdetect" without the quotes >> Press Enter key

7. Remove the CD from the drive >> Type "Exit" on the recovery console screen >> Restart the PC.


How to boot in to Windows Recovery Console screen Windows XP...

1. Insert Windows XP CD and restart the PC.

2. You will get a screen that says "Press any key to boot from CD...

3. Press "Enter" key or any key on your Keyboard.

4. You will get the "Windows Setup" screen. Please wait until complete the setup.

5. Once the Setup loading completed, you will get a screen giving you three options.

6. Press "R" key to enter in to the Recover Console screen.

7. Type the number "1" and Press Enter key >> Enter the Administrator account Password and press Enter key.

8. Now, we have entered in to the Recover mode successfully.

How to change First boot device to Hard drive or CD/DVD drive

Some times you might have to change the Boot Order to Hard drive or CD/DVD drive. If you are having any issues with booting the computer or Slow booting, then you need to set the Hard drive as the first boot device. Or If you want boot the computer from a CD/DVD to install/Repair the Operating System or to run a boot scan for virus with a bootable antivirus disc.

Follow these steps:

1. When you start the PC, you will see a screen that says Press F2 to Enter Setup or something that includes the word "SETUP".

2. Usually it would the F2 or Del key, if they are not working try the F10 key.

3. Restart the computer

4. You will see a screen that says "Press Del to Enter Setup" OR F2 to Enter the Setup within few seconds after the PC turned ON.

5. Press the appropriate key continuously to enter in to the BIOS settings screen.

6. Once you enter in to the BIOS settings, you cannot use the mouse.

7. Use the Arrow keys on your key board change the settings.

8. Look for an option that says "Boot Setting Configuration" or "Advanced BIOS Features" or "First Boot Device" or "Boot" etc. You will see the word "Boot" in that option.

9. You can change the First Boot Device to hard disk by using the "Arrow keys" or "Page Up" and "Page Down" keys

10. Press "F10" key to Save and Exit.

Printer not printing..

If you are unable to print from your PC, follow the below simple steps. It will fix most of the printing issues.

For USB connected printer

1. Disconnect the printer from the PC.

2. Unplug the printer power cable and plug in back.

3. Restart the PC also.

4. Connect the printer to the PC.

5. Check with printing now. It should work fine.

If it is not working, follow the below steps.

1. Disconnect the printer from the PC.

2. For Windows XP -- > Click on Start >> Click on "Printers and Faxes"

For Windows Vista,7 and 8 --> Press "Windows key + R" at once >> Type "control printers" without the quotes on the Run box >> Press Enter key

3. Right click on your printer icon >> Click on "Delete" or "Remove device" option.

4. Restart the PC.

5. Connect the printer to the PC.

6. Go to the Printers window again. (Follow the 2 step)

7. Click on Add a Printer.

8. If you are using a USB printer, click on "Add a Local printer"

9. Select a local port >> Click "Next"

10. Select your Printer make and model number

11. Click "Next"

12. It will install the drivers for the Printer.

13. If you are using Wireless Printer -- > Click on "Add a Network, Wireless or Bluetooth Printer"

14. Select your printer >> Click Next

15. Click "Finish"

It should work fine now.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Internet Speed is Slow..

There are many reasons for slow Internet. There  might be a problem at your Internet Service Provider, Your PC might be infected or there is a downloading program running in the background like any torrent program or Download manager etc..

Follow the below steps to fond out what is the exact problem and how to fix it:

1. First thing is run a Speed Test (www.speedtest.net).

2. If the results shows that your Internet speed is less, then you need to contact your ISP (Internet Service Provider)

3. If the results are good and showing maximum speed according to your bill plan, continue with the next steps.

4. Reset the Browser that you are using i.e Internet Explorer or Firefox or Google Chrome.

5. Download and run the Complete Internet Repair tool.

6. Select the boxes till Repair Internet Explorer and then select the option "Restore the default hosts file".

7. Click on "Go" button

8. It will ask for Restart. Restart the computer.

9. Your Internet should work fine now.

10. If you are still facing slow speed, restart the computer in to Safe mode with Networking and see how it is working in Safe mode with Networking.

11. If it is working fine in Safe mode, there might be virus or any downloading software running in the background.

12. Scan the PC with an antivirus ( You download Malwarebytes or HitmanPro tools from this blog)  and remove any virus detected.

13. Perform a Clean boot

14. If the Internet is working fine after the clean boot, then you need to check with selecting the options one by one in "msconfig" Services tab and restarting the PC to find out what is causing the issue.

How to perform a "Clean boot" on your PC.

Follow the below steps to perform a "Clean Boot" on your PC.

1. For Windows Xp ---> Click on Start >> Click on Run >> Type "msconfig" without the quotes in the Run box >> Press Enter key

2. For Windows Vista,7 and 8 --> Click on Start >> Type "msconfig" without the quotes in the Search bar >> Press Enter key

3. Go to "Services" tab

4. Select the option "Hide All Microsoft Services".

5. Now, uncheck all the boxes in the Services tab.

6. Then go to "Startup" tab

7. Click on "Disable All" button

8. Restart the PC. 

Microsoft Outlook is loading very slow..

If your Outlook is opening very slow. You can run PST repair tool and fix it. 

Follow the below steps:

1. Close the Outlook Window

2. Open the below links according to the version of your Microsoft Office, Download and run the Microsoft Fix it.

Click here to repair the Microsoft Office 2013

Click here to repair other versions of Outlook

3.  When you see the Repair tool, you need to Browse for the .pst file and click on "Start" button.
  If you do not know where to find the PST file Click here to get the instructions from Microsoft website.

4. Once the Repair completed, close the window.

5. Start the Outlook. It should open faster now.

PC freezing and unable to access anything on Desktop screen..

You computer will freeze and you cannot access any  icons or applications on your screen. You will get a loading symbol and that's it. It is really irritating problem. It is because of a Rootkit.

1. Restart the Computer in to Safe mode or Safe mode with Networking
2. Download and run  TDSSKiller.exe 

3. Remove the detected threats.

4. Restart the computer to Normal mode.

5. Download and Run RougeKiller 32bit  
RougeKiller 64bit

6. Start the RougeKiller and wait for it to complete the PreScan.

7. Then click on "Scan" button

8. Once the Scan completed, click on "Delete" button.

9. It will remove the virus and replace the infected registry files.

How to change/create Password for your user account in Windows..

Create/change the Password for your User account in Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.

For Windows XP:

You need to logon to computer with an account that has the Administrator rights

1. Click on Start >> Click on Control Panel >> Click on User Accounts

2. Click on the User Account for which you want Create/Change the password

3. If you want to Create a new password, click on Create password or Click on Change Password option.

4. Type the New Password in the two boxes. 

5. If you want, you can create a Password Hit. 

6. Click on Change Password. 

7. Now you can restart/logoff and login with your New Password.

For Windows Vista and 7

1.  Press the keys "Ctrl+Alt+Delete" at a time on your Keyboard.

2. Click on the "Change Password" option on Lock Screen

3. Enter the current password that you are using in the First Box that asks for "Old Password"

4. Enter the "New Password" in the next two boxes and press Enter key  or click on the Arrow button.

For Windows 8 and 8.1

1. Press Windows key + W key at once on your Keyboard 

2. Type in "Password" in the "Search bar" 

3. Click on  "Change Your Password" option

4. On the PC Settings window, click  on "Change Your Password" option

5. Enter Current Password >>  Create "New Password"