How do I get different background images on my dual monitors

I got sent this question via e-mail. On Windows 7 and I think other versions of Windows, by default the same background picture is used for both displays.

When running a dual monitor set-up it is possible to have different wallpapers without using special software.

There is quite a clever fix to this one!

What you need is to find the resolution of each screen


Monitor One: 1920×1080

Monitor Two: 1920×1080

This means you need an image that is 3840×1080

Once you have a suitable image

  1. Go to Control Panel
  2. Click Personalization
  3. Click Desktop Background
  4. Select the image.

Set the picture position to “Tile”.

The background image will be spanned across both screens.

The trick is you can have two different images that are 1920×1080 that are put side-by-side creating a single image that is 3840×1080

SolutionCenter.msi on start up

SolutionCenter.msi is HP’s solution center which is related to the HP printer software.

To get rid of the SolutionCenter.msi message when the computer starts up go to and install the cleanup tool.

Open the cleanup tool after installation and select anything labled solution center and remove it.

WARNING: Be careful not to remove anything other than solution center.

Restart your computer and the issue should be resolved


Couple of people have emailed me asking:

What is this hpqcxs08 service? What does it do and what would happen if I disabled it?

The service named hpqcxs08 is used by HP Software Products to detect and or communicate with a HP printer device. The hpqcxs08 service path is = C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k hpdevmgmt

When Disabled the Hp Solution center will not detect the HP printer when it’s connected.
When Enabled the HP Solution Center can read how much ink and can communicate with the printer

Best description for hpqcxs08 – it is a HP Communication Service

More information is available at


how to delete filterpipelineprintproc.dll?

What is filterpipelineprintproc.dll

This is a temporary file left over from downloading NET framework.

How to delete filterpipelineprintproc.dll?

  1. Open the Folder where the file is contained
  2. Click the tools menu at the top
  3. Click folder options
  4. In the next window chose the view tab at the top and then deactivate the option use simple file sharing at the bottom of the list.
  5. Now select the folder that you are unable to delete, right click on it and click properties
  6. A new tab will appear at the top called security
  7. Within this tab you can give yourself permissions to delete – first select the users that can modify or delete the files in that folder (Name of your computerAdministrators) and in the bottom select the option Full Control
  8. Click Apply  and you will now be able to delete filterpipelineprintproc.dll

lsass.exe Process – What is lsass.exe?

Some of you have requested we post an article on the Lsass.exe process – hope this helps!

What is lsass.exe?

“lsass.exe” is the Local Security Authentication Server. It verifies the validity of user logons to your PC or server. Lsass generates the process responsible for authenticating users for the Winlogon service. This is performed by using authentication packages such as the default, Msgina.dll. If authentication is successful, Lsass generates the user’s access token, which is used to launch the initial shell. Other processes that the user initiates then inherit this token.

Lsass.exe has been infected in the past

The Sasser worm exploited a vulnerability in LSASS  to spread via a remote buffer overflow in computers running Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 2000. The worm is particularly potent in that it can spread without any interaction with humans, nor does it ‘travel by email’ like many other worms.

Should the lsass.exe program end, for example, by the Sasser worm’s effects, then a countdown timer will appear on the screen, advising the user to save his work and close all programs before Windows shuts down. Continue reading lsass.exe Process – What is lsass.exe?

What is JQS.exe and how do I remove or disable JQS.exe?

What is JQS.exe?

When you open the Windows Task Manager (by pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL) you might notice the process jqs.exe that isJava
running with a low priority. Jqs.exe uses about 1.5 Megabytes of computer memory and 2 Megabytes of virtual memory while running. It also initiates I/O processes frequent basis, if you have those columns activated in the Task Manager.

The JQS process is related to Java. Jqs.exe is the Java Quick Starter which was designed to improve the start-up time of Java applets and applications by prefetching (pre loading) Java Runtime Environment files frequently into memory. This has a benefit for mainly users who run Java applications on a day to day basis. Everyone else would probably benefit from disabling the Java Quick Starter. Think of a user who encounters one Java applet per month (or week), would it make sense to run the process all the time because of those few instances where it might start the application or applet faster? Quite inefficient!

Jqs.exe is definitely queries the Windows Registry on a regular basis. The performance increase might not be huge but you will free up some computer memory and some I/O processes on the computer system.


How to disable JQS.exe

Now, if you want to disable the Java Quick Starter process (JQS.exe) you can do that in the Windows Control Panel. Open the windows control panel and you find a Java entry there which will open the Java Control Panel.

A click on Advanced and the selection of Miscellaneous will display the activated Java Quick Starter entry. Uncheck the box to disable the process. This will be visible in the Windows Task Manager immediately.

Disable JQS.exe

ASUS 1000HE Eee PC Review

Asus 1000HR Eee PC Netbook review.

 In the Box - ASUS 1000HE Eee PC

  • 10 inch LED backlit WSVGA screen (1024×600)
  • Intel ATOM N280 processor 1.66GHz
  • 1GB DDR2 memory (expandable to 2GB, which I did)
  • 160GB HDD built in plus 10GB Eee Online Storage
  • Windows XP Home w/SP3
  • Wireless-N
  • 1.3 MP webcam
  • Supposed 9.5 hour battery (Depends on Configuration)
  • 3 USB, 1 SD card slot
  • Weighs 3.2 lbs (with battery)

Continue reading ASUS 1000HE Eee PC Review

And the winner of the is….

Ken Kirby of for the article he wrote on

The page Ken wrote got the most unique hits between the 1st of May and 31st of May – He will now be the proud owner of some Corsair XMS DDR2 Memory which will be winging its way to him soon.

Big thanks for taking part Ken. have really enjoyed some of the entries that were submitted and have found the contest quite refreshing. What this space for similar competitions in the future.  Thanks everyone!

Conficker – April 1st Virus – April Fools Virus 2009 – W32.Downadup Worm | The Conficker C Worm

Do you have the April 1st Conficker worm?

The Conficker worm, sometimes called Downadup or Kido has managed to infect a large number of computers. Specifics are hard to come by, but some researchers estimate that millions of computers have been infected with this threat since January. If you are unable to reach certain web sites, you may be infected. In that case you will need to get to a computer that is not infected, download the Conficker removal tool and run it on the infected machine before new antivirus software. Symantec has created a detailed technical analysis of the threat here.

What does the Conficker worm do?

The Conficker worm has created secure infrastructure for cybercrime. The worm allows its creators to remotely install software on infected machines. What will that software do? We don’t know. Most likely the worm will be used to create a botnet that will be rented out to criminals who want to send SPAM, steal IDs and direct users to online scams and phishing sites.

The Conficker worm mostly spreads across networks. If it finds a vulnerable computer, it turns off the automatic backup service, deletes previous restore points, disables many security services, blocks access to a number of security web sites and opens infected machines to receive additional programs from the malware’s creator. The worm then tries to spread itself to other computers on the same network.

How does the worm infect a computer?

The Downadup worm tries to take advantage of a problem with Windows (a vulnerability) called MS08-067 to quietly install itself. Users who automatically receive updates from Microsoft are already protected from this. The worm also tries to spread by copying itself into shared folders on networks and by infecting USB devices such as memory sticks. Continue reading Conficker – April 1st Virus – April Fools Virus 2009 – W32.Downadup Worm | The Conficker C Worm

How to fix The print spooler service is not running Error


The print spooler service is not running Error!

So your getting the following error when you try to install a Printer in Windows.

Operation could not be completed. The print spooler service is not running.

How to fix The print spooler service is not running Error

1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog Start and type services.msc and click OK.


2. Double-click the Printer Spooler service, and then change the startup type to Automatic. This sets the Spooler service to start automatically when you restart the computer. Click OK. Continue reading How to fix The print spooler service is not running Error

How To Remove or Uninstall Bonjour – mDNSResponder.exe

What is Bonjour and mDNSResponder.exe?
Bonjour, also known as zero-configuration networking or Zeroconf. It enables automatic discovery of computers, devices, and services on IP networks. Bonjour uses industry standard IP protocols to allow devices to automatically discover each other without the need to enter IP addresses or configure DNS servers (naming servers).

If you open Services.msc (start > run > services.msc >ok) and see the following or If the first line in the list of services looks similar to ##Id_String2.6844F930_1628_4223_B5CC_5BB94B879762##, then Bonjour is installed on your system.


Why Do I Have Bonjour or mDNSResponder.exe running?
If you’ve installed software like Apple’s iTunes, Adobe Premiere Pro, Skype or Gizmo then you probably already a Bonjour folder in your Program Files directory. The service starts automatically and runs a process named mDNSResponder.exe which cannot be ended by Windows Task Manager. If you wanted to remove, uninstall or stop Bonjour from being on your computer then it can seam impossible to find any uninstaller for it! There isn’t even an entry for it in Control Panel’s Add or Remove Programs.

Remove mdnsresponder.exe

How do I safely uninstall Bonjour and remove mDNSResponder.exe process?

Removing Bonjour from your computer.

1. Click on Start > Run > type the command below and hit OK. Continue reading How To Remove or Uninstall Bonjour – mDNSResponder.exe

Recycle Bin missing in Vista

If you have lost your recycle bin from your desk top on windows vista then the follwoing might help

Basically The Recycle Bin does not appear on the desktop in Windows Vista or in Windows XP. Therefore, you cannot use the Recycle Bin to do such tasks as restoring a file that was deleted. Hopfully we can help you make the Recycle Bin work again.

Several issues could cause this problem:

  • A third-party program was used to hide the Recycle Bin.
  • The TweakUI program was used to hide the Recycle Bin.
  • The registry information for the Recycle Bin was deleted.
  • A Group Policy setting was used to hide the Recycle Bin.

You can automatically fix the problem by downloading this file from Microsoft.

Or if you prefer the manual method – Continue reading Recycle Bin missing in Vista

How to fix “Microsoft Windows Search Indexer stopped working and was closed”

Got this error the other day repeatedly at bootup so I thought I would share the fix with you

Microsoft Windows Search Indexer stopped working and was closed
A problem caused the application to stop working correctly. Windows will notify you if a solution is available.

So I went into services and disabled it (and I had to also disable the automatic retry separately or it kept starting despite being “disabled”). Any attempt to manually start it there gives me:

Windows could not start the Windows Search service on Local Computer.

Error 1067: The process terminated unexpectedly.

The fix is to delete all files related to search indexing, located by default at:




Note that these are both system directories – You can access it without changing your folder options, just type the shortcut to the folders in the address bar of windows explorer. Or if you want to show hidden folders, you go into Control Panel, (make sure you’re in classic view) and you click on the icon labeled Folder Options, at which point you go into the View tab, there is a sub-folder about halfway down entitled Hidden Files and Folders, click the button next to Show Hidden Files and Folders.

Delete all files and folders in these directories.

Then, change the service back to starting automatically. You still can’t start the service until you reboot, at which time Windows will rebuild the index for you.

Disable sticky keys notification

One of the most annoying things to happen is when your playing your favirate game and you hammer the shift key five or more times. Windows kicks you out to the desktop and displays the following screen


This happens to me a lot when im playing Call of Duty 5 or Call of Duty 4 as my run key is Shift, so im there playing and running around and I hit the shift key to get away from other people trying to kill me, then without warning Sticky keys notification minimises the game and asks me if I want to enable sticky keys! How annoying! here is how to stop it. Continue reading Disable sticky keys notification

How to make your PC case look like a million dollars

Author Ken Kirby

One of the best ways to improve your case’s looks without spending huge money is to spray-paint it. Getting serious with spray-paint is more about patience than money, but your case will still look like a million dollars

How to make your PC case look like a million dollars

Getting that show car shine on your case is a great way to grab serious attention. In this chapter, I will reveal the secrets to getting your case to have the gloss of a new BMW, but for the price of a used Geo. Professionals use compressed air and special equipment to paint. But you can get results that are just as good with a “rattlecan” and some sanding techniques. First we will cover the proper techniques for surface preparation, and paint application. Then we will deal with applying the clear coat and finish the sanding. You can paint your case according to this chapter and have a great looking case, but by adding the finishing touches you can have the show car look that will turn heads.

Your total budget for this project will be under Forty dollars (and you can do just the first portion for fewer than twenty). You’ll need:

1x can of primer
1x or more cans of spray-paint in your choice of color
1x can of clear coat

For surface preparation, you’ll need a sheet each of 220, 320, and 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper, and a sanding block. For finish sanding, you’ll need a sheet each of 600, 1000, and 1500 grit wet/dry sandpaper, a wire brush, paint stripper (both for correcting mistakes), plus rubbing compound. The rubbing can be found in any automotive supply store. You’ll also want two or three clean tack cloths Continue reading How to make your PC case look like a million dollars

Corsair Flash Survivor 32GB Review

Author Ken Kirby

So I just got the Corsair Flash Survivor in 32GB capacity (Shows as 30.2GB in Windows) which debuted at CES 2008 in Las Vegas, NV. It retails for about $180 from It comes packaged with Corsair dog-tags and a 3 inch USB extension cord. The Survivor is aptly named because of its sheer ruggedness and supposed invincibility

Corsair Flash Survivor 32GB Review
The drive is a hell of a lot smaller than a portable hard drive of the same capacity, but bigger than a normal flash drive. I was telling some friends of mine about the Corsair Survivor and how the first computer my wife and I bought as a couple only had a 20GB Hard drive. It’s amazing how this drive sizes up to that of a standard IDE drive. Of course, Corsair does make a 32GB Voyager that’s “normal” sized
Corsair Flash Survivor 32GB Review
The Survivor is cased in aluminum and is supposedly waterproof. The rim has a rubber seal which keeps everything dry inside, or so we’ll see. Corsair even claims that their rugged product can even “survive” depths of 200 meters (600 feet)!

The drive inside has to be unscrewed from the casing to access the USB stick inside. I thought it took too many turns to unscrew it.

I’d like to do a basic review, but here’s my chance to shine, I’m going to torture it! The first of many tests start at loading data. I often see product reviewers who give specs out by the millisecond, but that never means anything to me.

I loaded my music library of 1669 MP3’s (5.83GB) from my C: drive to the Survivor. It took 19 minutes and 33 seconds, but only 36 seconds to delete them. Then I transferred all 3,072 pictures (478MB) I have for every mod I’ve ever done or thought of doing to the drive as individual files, not zipped. It took 83 seconds, which is 37.58 seconds per MB. Obviously if the drive is doing more than a few MB at a time it’s going to take longer. Case in point: transferring all of my 4074 fonts totaling 109MB only took 14 seconds; which is 7.78 seconds per MB.

The torture session was next. I had 13.7GB worth of data on the drive and HAD to test its ability to retain my data under extraordinary circumstances. First, I ran the Survivor over with my car a few times without a scratch
Corsair Flash Survivor 32GB Review
The problem with this test is that not all the weight of the car is on the drive. Figure one tire holds approximately ¼ of the car’s total weight. That weight is distributed over the entire width of the tire. The flash drive is only an inch or so wide and round, where it gets its most distinct advantage. The shape, just like Roman arch, spreads the weight around the entire exposed surface minimizing the load and maximizing the chance that this test means nothing.

I then boiled the Survivor for a good 15 minutes and met the same fate. My final test was to freeze the drive in a block of water, then thaw it out and test the drive again. What do you think was the fate this time?
Corsair Flash Survivor 32GB Review

So what’s my opinion? The Corsair Flash Survivor is a pretty nice drive. It’s the smallest 32GB drive I’ve ever seen and it’s definitely the toughest. Is it Unbreakable? I’d love to drop it from a plane or pound it with a sledgehammer, but I don’t have these options available to me. Maybe when the 64GB drive comes out, I will.

• 32GB in my pocket in about the size of a flash drive
• Faster than a portable hard drive
• Water, cold, heat proof
• Tough as nails

• A bit bigger than a standard thumb drive
• Unscrewing it takes a few too many turns?

Rating: 9 out of 10

When your Windows doesn’t see USB Stick or external HDD?

If you have inserted a USB Stick or external HDD and its not there in the my computer as a drive then try the following.

  1. Open Control Panel and double click Administrative Tools
  2. Double click Computer Management
  3.  Left click Disk management in the left hand task plane
  4. Use the lower right hand task plane to find the removable device 
  5. Right click the removable disks space and select Change drive letter and Paths…
  6. Click Change and select a letter that is not in use
  7. Select a letter that is not in use
  8. Click Ok and click Yes to the warning (becarefull to only do this to drives that are not in use, dont do it to your windows drive!!)
  9. Now the drive will appear in My Computer


Alternativly you could try Acronis Disk Management to takle any other disk related problems

Thanks to Ewa Paszkiewicz for this Article

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