Microsoft Windows is a popular family of operating systems.
- 1 General
- 2 Issues fixed
- 3 References
The Command Prompt is the command-line interpreter provided by Microsoft for Windows systems and is the not-as-powerful equivalent of the shell in Linux and Mac OS. It can be accessed by going to 'run' and typing 'cmd.exe' or by running a 'Batch file'.
The Task Manager is an application built into Windows that allows for the managing running processes as-well as providing information about computer performance. It can be accessed by presing 'Ctrl + Alt + Delete' and choosing 'Task Manager'.
The Device Manager is an application built into Windows that allows for the management of device drivers. It can be accessed from the Control Panel.
The Registry Editor allows users to edit the Windows registry. It can be accessed by going to 'run' and typing 'Regedit.exe'.
Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)
A Blue Screen of Death (a.k.a BSOD or Bluescreen) is an error screen that Windows produces when it encounters an error that it cannot recover from.
DirectX is a collection of APIs for Windows that allows programs to interact directly with hardware.
The .NET Framework is a software framework for Windows that is required for games built in C# or XNA. It can be downloaded and installed from the Microsoft website.
DLL stands for "Dynamic Link Library". DLL files (.dll) are Windows exclusive library files containing code and data that can be used over several applications.
While they can save time for developers, these files can cause problems for the end-user (commonly referred to as "DLL Hell").
Older Games Missing .dll File in Windows Vista/7
- Some .dll files have different names on Windows Vista and newer.
Copy DLL to folder • Link
Older games refuse to start in Windows 8
Install DirectPlay • Link
To obtain the latest DirectX, install the DirectX End-User Runtimes.
Force CPU affinity
Provisional solution: Task manager • Link
Permanent solution: customized shortcut • Link
Permanent solution: flag game executable • Link
Use PsExec • Link
Reset DirectShow filters • Link
Game files missing after upgrading or refreshing Windows
- Upgrading or refreshing your Windows installation will move some files and folders to a
Windows.oldfolder on the system drive.