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  • Where can I set the default sort order in the file dialog box?
  • How can I remove MSN?
  • I exported my mailbox .. where are my contacts?
  • What is an IDE controller?
  • My PC crashes with "ff.exe caused an error".
  • Why does my dos screen open then close?
  • What is the SYSTEM32 folder?
  • Can I run two instances of AOL Instant Messenger on the same computer?
  • On startup I get the "Registry Editor: Cannot import sys.reg". How do I get rid of it?

Where can I set the default sort order in the file dialog box? This annoys a lot of people, including myself (I want details on by default). To date I've not found an answer to this question.

How can I remove MSN? It's a little obscure, but TweakXP has a short tip on removing MSN.

I exported my mailbox ... where are my contacts? The original anonymous question was longer, but boiled down to having exported a mailbox to a PST and believing based on file size that the contacts should be there. Without knowing what application the mail was exported from it's hard to say. Realize that a .PST file has a fair amount of overhead, especially at "smaller" sizes, so filesize is a poor indicator of what's in it. In reality, I would believe that the contacts had not been exported, and probably needed to be exported as a separate step.

What is an IDE controller? It's the hardware that connects your computer to your hard disks. IDE stands for Integrated Drive Electronics. The folks out at How Stuff Works have a good overview of How IDE Controllers Work.

My PC crashes with "ff.exe caused an error". You've probably got a virus. Pest Patrol has a writeup on Fatal Flooder that sounds like a candidate. Make sure you get a virus scanner, keep it up to date, and scan regularly.

Why does my dos screens open then close? You didn't say but I'll assume this is at start-up. That's a command line program running, executing, and then exiting. Try one yourself: Press Start, Run and then enter "ping -n 1 localhost". Ping is one such command line program. A DOS window will open up for it to run in, and then close when it is done. Exactly what program you're seeing is hard to say. To start with, check out what programs run automatically when you start Windows.

What is the SYSTEM32 folder? In a nutshell, it's where almost all of Windows itself lives. The \windows folder has some, but the real heart of the operating system is in \windows\system32. Why is another question. Way back when, Windows was a 16bit operating system - running on computers that really only handled data 16bits at a time. As newer processors were introduced that could handle 32 bits, portions of the operating system were rewritten to run only on those 32bit processors. The "system" folder held the common code, and the "system32" folder held the code that was 32bit specific. 16bit support was dropped from Windows some time ago, but you'll still find a few relics in your \windows\system directory.

Can I run two instances of AOL Instant messenger on the same computer? I don't believe so. Same for MSN Instant messenger. Though you can of course run AIM and MSNIM side by side.

On startup I get the "Registry Editor: Cannot import sys.reg". How do I get rid of it? Visit this article on what programs run automatically when you start Windows. You should be able to remove it using the tools listed there. For what it's worth, this is one way that viruses and spyware infect your computer. It's not necessarily either, but definitely scan for both as well.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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16 Comments
Dorothy Allen
April 22, 2004 7:07 AM

remove msn network from my pc

Ed
September 26, 2004 9:15 AM

How do you remove MSN from only one user in XP while keeping it for two others?

Betty
September 30, 2004 10:48 AM

please remove MSN fro lower screen

Betty
September 30, 2004 10:52 AM

This has been done once - PLEASE eliminate MSN from screen now.

Anonymous
October 30, 2004 12:59 AM

HI YAR IN HOTMAIL MANY PROB,

esme
November 22, 2005 11:57 AM

when removing msn messenger, will all your contacts be deleted?

Harel Seligmann
February 16, 2006 8:41 AM

Hi there Leo

There is a way to change the default sort order of the file dialog box. I learnt this the hard way because I inadvertently changed the order to sort by date and had to figure out how to reorder it by name. The way to do it is to open any folder in windows explorer. Then go to view/details and choose your ordering (e.g. by name). Then hold the Ctrl key and click on the X to close the window. After this, the default ordering for windows is whatever the order was before you closed the windows.

murat
February 17, 2006 7:11 AM

selam ?turkish

harrytabby
March 29, 2006 2:40 PM

How can I prevent "System 32" appearing when I start to access AOL?
Also, "Error loading C:PROGRA~1\MYWEBS~1\bar\1.bin\MWSBAR.DLL" keeps showing at the same time.
How can I prevent this showing at the same time?

thunderdome
April 7, 2006 7:20 PM

Answer to harrytabby:
an incomplete uninstall of a program in C:\Program Files\MyWebSearch\bar\1.bin\MWSBAR.DLL when uninstalling MyWebSearch (Adware) which heavily slows down the pc and can be fixed by running either SpyBot Search and Destroy or Ad-Aware SE freely downloadable from the net. I am sure you aren't using these antispyware software, and once u use it, it will show you much more than u expected.
Hope this solves your prob.

Marius Loots
October 20, 2006 7:16 AM

I tried the trick mentioned by Harel Seligmann on changing the default sort in a dialog box.

It works!!! Excellent.

Mark D.
October 30, 2006 7:32 AM

To adjust the default sort in the Windows OpenFile Dialog, open Windows explorer, switch to Detail view. Using the headings of the file list, select the sort you want. When you've got the files sorted how you'd like them to appear in your FileOpen dialog, hold the CTRL key and click the Close Button (X) in menu bar.

I found this solution here: http://www.cc-tips.com/LPMArticle.asp?ID=37

Gloria
November 27, 2006 3:59 PM

I just cannot find out where on Leo's website where to plast a question!!
I keep getting this when I turn on my PC. Not when I go to the internet.
"Error loading C:PROGRA~1\MYWEBS~1\bar\1.bin\MWSBAR.DLL"
How do I fix this? I ran Spybot and Ad-Aware and deleted all they found but I still keep getting this message.
ALSO, I just bought an emachine. Now, it reboots out of the blue. Nothing I am doing. I really need help here. It is not because the PCU is overheated. It happens sometimes just after I start the PC. Today it happened 3 times within 5 minutes.

Leo Notenboom
November 28, 2006 5:18 PM

http://ask-leo.com/mwsbardll_what_is_it_and_why_is_it_generating_an_error.html discusses mwsbar.dll.

There's a link at the bottom of every page (among other places) to ask a question.

bia
March 27, 2007 2:10 PM

"ALSO, I just bought an emachine. Now, it reboots out of the blue. Nothing I am doing. I really need help here. It is not because the PCU is overheated. It happens sometimes just after I start the PC. Today it happened 3 times within 5 minutes"

i had a laptop that used to do the same thing. it would re-boot all of the time... but it only did this usually when the computer was on for a while.

what i did to fix it was reformat the C: drive and everything was good as new. sounds like you may have a nasty virus.

Marcel
May 14, 2007 2:21 AM

Hi Leo,

I have an error massage :
De instructie op 0x7c910f29 verwijst naar geheugen op 0x00000067. De lees-of schrijfbewerking ("read") op het geheugen zijn mislukt.
How can I solve this problem ???
Please help me !
Thx

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