(To see what you're currently running, press the Windows key and the Pause/Break key on your keyboard simultaneously; laptop users may have to press the Fn key as well.) Go to your Start menu, select All Programs, then Windows Update. Like Windows XP, Internet Explorer 6 reaches the end of its working life April 8.
Select Check for Updates and install everything that Microsoft flags as "Important." Under Change Settings, set Windows Update to Install Updates Automatically. But if you're running IE 7 or 8 on XP, those editions of Explorer won't get further updates, either.
After you have used your machine for a long time, you will face the fact that you have to fix parts of it from time to time.
Periodically, the device manufacturers will release new drivers to fix device bugs and to optimize the device.
Nevertheless, even if you’re running a more modern AMD card then you still might find some of the tips below useful.
Have you been having driver issues with your ATI card?
Switch to the Display tab and check out the information provided in the Drivers section on the right.
The Version will be the number of your driver and the Date will be when that driver was published, rather than when you installed it.
MORE: Aviator Brings Secure Private Browsing to Windows 3. After April 8, it will be safer to open emails in a non-IE Web browser than to open them in Outlook Express. Microsoft is also ending support for the 11-year-old Office 2003 (its predecessor, Office XP, died in 2004). Every Windows PC should be running antivirus software.
This document uses the term Acrobat product to refer to Adobe Acrobat (Professional and Standard), Adobe Acrobat Elements, and Adobe Reader. Click OK when you receive the message "These settings will take effect when your computer is restarted." To revert to the original video driver, select the Adapter Type and Monitor Type you noted in steps 4 and 14. Right-click the desktop, and choose Properties from the pop-up menu. In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Settings tab, and then click Advanced Properties. Select the Adapter tab, note the Adapter Type you currently use, and then click Change. In the Select Device dialog box, select Show All Devices. Select Standard Display Types from the top of the Manufacturers scroll box. Select Standard Display Adapter (VGA) from the Models scroll box, and then click OK. Click the Monitor tab, note the Monitor Type you're currently using, and then click Change. In the Select Device dialog box, select Show All Devices. Select Standard Monitor Types from the top of the Manufacturers scroll box. Select Standard VGA 640 x 480 from the Models scroll box, and then click OK. For instructions on determining available printer memory, see the printer documentation.
Determine the cause of the problem Before you can troubleshoot the problem, you need to determine its cause. Print another PDF file, such as the first page of Acrobat Help: -- If that file prints correctly, the PDF file that doesn't print correctly may be damaged. Choose [Standard Monitor Types] from the list of manufacturers. Choose Standard VGA 640 x 480 from the list of models, and then click Next. Click Finish when you receive the message "Windows has finished installing the driver you selected for your hardware device." 21.
-- If the file doesn't print correctly, the problem is system-wide--it isn't specific to Acrobat or PDF files. Merge or flatten the layers in the PDF file to determine if a layer is causing the printing issue. (Acrobat 6.0-7.0 Professional only) If you print a PDF file with color separations, print a composite of the file to determine if a color plate is the problem. (Acrobat 6.0-7.0 Professional only) Print by using variations of the default Post Script options to determine if a variant print setting causes the problem. Make sure that the printer is on, and check the physical connections between the printer and the computer--the solution may be as simple as reconnecting a loose cable. For instructions about clearing the disk cache, see the documentation for the browser. Click Next in the Update Device Driver Wizard dialog box that reports the driver location. Click Finish when you receive the message "Windows has finished installing the driver you selected for your hardware device." 13.
The problem could be low system resources, insufficient memory on your printer, or a poor connection between your computer and the printer. (Acrobat 6.0-7.0 only) Print using the default settings to determine if a variant print setting is causing the problem. Merged layers acquire the properties of the layer into which they are merged. Open the copy and choose Advanced PDF Optimizer, and then click the Clean Up tab. Select Remove Hidden Layers Content and Flatten Layers, and then click OK. In the Layers palette, choose Options, and then select either Merge Layers or Flatten Layers. When you print a composite, all the colors print on one plate, regardless of whether individual colors are selected. Also, note any recent changes to the computer system that may affect printing, such as the following: -- updating hardware or software -- adding new hardware or software -- deleting software -- installing or removing fonts -- connecting to a network -- rearranging or cleaning up files on the hard drive Keep a record of changes made to the system to help you troubleshoot printing and other problems. Expand the Document Options, and then expand the Post Script Options. Set Post Script Output Option to Optimize for Portability. If you use Windows NT, 2000 or XP, you can also free up disk space bypassing the spool file, which stores temporary files to the system disk during printing. If you print to a network printer, try printing the file from a computer that is connected directly to a local printer: -- If an Acrobat product is installed on the computer, print the PDF file from Acrobat.