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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

How to extend Win7's trial to a full four months

In a nutshell: If you install Windows 7 and don't enter an installation key, the 30-day activation clock starts. To see how many days you have left, click Start, right-click Computer, and choose Properties. At the bottom of the dialog under Windows Activation, you'll see the number of days left in your trial period.

When that number gets perilously close to zero, you can extend the free period another 30 days via the following steps:

Control your Time Zone from a Command Prompt in Windows 7

Windows 7 includes tzutil.exe, which is a command line utility that lets you set or change
the time zone or get details on the current time zone.

To change the time zone, use the /s command.
For example, tzutil /s "universal standard time".

To display the current time zone, use the /g command.
For example, tzutil /g.

To get a list of all available time zones, use the /l command.
For example, tzutil /l.

Handy collection of Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts

Win+Up: Maximize the active window
Win+Down: Minimize / Restore the active window
Win+Left arrow: Snap the active window to left
Win+Right arrow: Snap the active window to right
Win+Shift+Left: Jump to left monitor
Win+Shift+Right: Jump to right monitor
Win+Space: All windows become transparent, you can peek at the desktop
Win+Home: Minimize all but the active window
Win+G: Bring gadgets to the top of the Z-order
Win+P: External display options (mirror, extend desktop, etc)
Win+X: Mobility Center (same as Vista, but still handy!)
Win+T: Focus and scroll through items on the taskbar
Win+1 to 5: Choose item by its location order on the taskbar
Win+(+/-): Zoom in/out
Shift+Click a taskbar item: Open a new instance of that application

Add "Hide File Ext." & "Show Hidden Files", To Right Click Context Menu

Now you don't have go through the many steps in Windows Explorer to change the "View Folder Options"
I use them, they are safe and free. Works with WindowsXP, Vista and Windows 7

Download the file HERE
Here's another one Click HERE

Secure Data On USB Drives In Windows 7

A picture is always worth 1000 words:

Monday, January 4, 2010

Change Text/Background Colors In "CMD"

Tired of a black background and white text, change the colors, spruce it up.

1. Click the Start button.
2. Click run.
3. Type 'cmd' ( without the quotes ) or open from accessories
4. With CMD open, type in 'help color' (without the quotes) hit enter
5. Scroll down to see the list of numbers from 0 to 9 and letters from A to F.

I know that this works on a 32 bit install since that's what I am using, but do not know about a 64 bit install.

Windows 7 and Vista use a protocol known as a "Link-Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) Responder" component. The LLTD component is not preinstalled in XP.

Although XP can be successfully networked with Vista and Windows 7 without it, I found that it has made the experience easier and more reliable to install LLTD to XP. What it does is permit the XP computers to be readily discovered on the network and "show up" in the network map (Network Folder) in Vista and Windows 7, provided that you are using the same Workgroup name and have File and Printer sharing enabled.

Handy Windows 7 Shortcuts

Middle click an app on dock – Open a new app instance

Middle click a thumbnail from dock – Close app instance/tab

Alt – bring up old-style file menus where they’ve been removed

Winkey + X – bring up laptop settings control panel

Winkey + (shift +) tab – Flip 3D task switcher

Easily Record Troubleshooting Steps In Windows 7

When you need to explain how to produce a tech support issue, instead of typing it out by hand or trying to talk someone through it over the phone, Windows 7 has a tool called the Problem Steps Recorder.

Click Start, type PSR.EXE and hit Enter.

Click the Start Record button and go through the steps to recreate the issue. Add comments at any point by clicking the Add Comment button.

When done, click the Stop Record button, enter the output file name and save.

You end up with an MHT with details and screenshots of your performed steps.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Restore The Quick Launch Toolbar

Right click on an empty space on the Windows 7 taskbar and make sure Lock the taskbar is not checked.

Right click on an empty space on the Windows 7 taskbar and from the Context Menu, click Toolbars and then New Toolbar.

When the New Toolbar, Choose a folder window appears, paste the following into the location bar:
%appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch and click Select Folder.

The Quick Launch toolbar will be on the right side next to the System Tray. To move it to the familiar left:

Click on the left edge (dotted lines) of the new Quick Launch toolbar, and drag it over to the left as far as it will go.

Vista Upgrade DVD can be tricked into installing as a full install -- whoops!

Microsoft implemented a clean-install lock down on its Vista upgrades. So, uh... we can only assume it was not supposed to do this.

Contrary to Microsoft's original intention, if you're stuck without a previous edition of Windows and just want a clean install of Vista -- and you are holding but an upgrade to Vista -- you can now do just that.

Yep, Microsoft slipped on this one.

An option offered by previous upgrade editions of Windows is that Microsoft allowed you a clean install -- that is, without having to first install an older version. The installer did, however, check if you owned an older version of Windows.

Vista: Firewall Outbound Filtering Added, How To Turn It On

New feature could make third-party firewalls unnecessary for some users--we'll see how effective it is. To configure (off by default): Start > Run > wf.msc seems to be the easiest way to get there--I'm sure there are others.

Not sure of the exact setting yet as there are three areas: Domain, Private, and Public.

If you click on Windows Firewall Properties under the three areas above > Firewall State > Outbound Connections > select/toggle Blocked, only the first area, Domain, changes to blocked. I'm guessing that is sufficient until told otherwise.

Windows Vista Usability, Tips and Tricks

Here are a series of little know tips and tricks to make using Vista much easier:

1. Run as Administrator: Some software won't install, even if you are logged in as an administrator. So right click on the setup file you are trying to execute and choose Run as an Administrator to get it to install properly.

2. Edit your startup applications with Windows Defender. Start Windows Defender and click Tools and then Software Explorer and then remove or disable programs you don't want to run at start up or remove programs from memory

3. In the Network and Sharing menu click “Customize” next to the network and choose Public to make your system more secure if you are on a public Wi-Fi connection or if you wireless network is not secured with WEP or WPA. Make your network Private if you want you computer to be auto discoverable which means it can be easily found by other computers on your home network.

4. Shift and then right click on a folder or any program to add the items "Copy as path" and "Open command window here" to the menu.

5. Keyboard shortcut secret: From left to right assign the icons on your QuickLaunch bar a number. To launch each one hold down the Windows logo key and type the number of position of the application. So if you have Firefox then Word then Windows Media player then type Windows key and then 1 to launch Firefox. Tap Windows key and the 2 to launch Word and so on.

Windows Vista Registry

Change the ribbons screensaver ribbon or width


create a new dword called NumRibbons and give ait hexadecimal value of 00000100. Next, create a new dword called RibbonWidth and give it the hexadecimal value of 3c23d70a0 xit the Registry. the ribbons screensaver will now have the new settings.
to restore the old settings, delete the dwords

Change registerd users and company name

Hard to do once installed, so I give here.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

Values needed are RegisteredOwner and RegisteredOrganization, can cahnge to whatever you like.

Enable New Boot Screen

There is a cool trick that will allow you to see what may have been a new boot screen for Windows Vista.

Enable New Boot Screen:

1. Click on the start orb and type in "MSCONFIG" in the textbox.

2. Once the System Configuration tool loads, click on the Boot tab.

3. Under Boot Options check "No GUI Boot".

4. Hit OK and reboot to see the new screen.

Administrator Account

Want full admistrator account?

Right click my puter and manage

Expand local user and groups

Click on users

Double click administrator

Uncheck account is disabled

Close all windows.

log off and back on as administrator.

I did this next step, but, you could loose a lot of security. You can just leave your first account and log back on to it when your finished with administrator account.

Do this at own risk I did with no problems.

Go to user accounts in control panel and delete old account that wasn't the administrator.

New Shortcut in Vista's Sendto Menu - How to make one

This works great.

1. Click start > all programs > accessories > "run"
2. In the run box, type shell:sendto click okay
A window will open with the current sendto shortcuts.
3. Right click anywhere on the window, select "new shortcut".
4. Click Browse, find your shortcut, click okay.

Normally when you want to select a file or folder, it is somewhat difficult to determine exactly what is check and what isn't.

To change this:

Start the Windows Explorer

Go to Tools / Folder Options

Click on the View tab

Check the box for Use check boxes to select items its at the bottom

Fed up with UAC permissions ? Then this may help.

First thing to do is activate the admin account, to do this do the following, allow any\all security prompts while doing this, and do not type the quote marks, they are only to signify what you need to type:-
Click on Start - Search
Type "cmd"
Right click on cmd (it appears at the top of the window) then select 'Run as administrator' from the options
In the black DOS box type the following at the command line: "Net user administrator activate:yes" then hit enter\return.

That will activate the admin account, so now log off from your normal account and you should find the admin account as an account option, click on that to log into that account, once in it set up a strong password, use a mix of upper\lower case and characters and numbers etc, the longer the better (within reason), just make sure you remember what this password is or you will be stuffed if you need to get back in at a future point, but you need to do this to protect the account.

Vista Oddities, Missing BOOTMGR.exe error

One of the odd things I have run into installing and repairing Vista systems is that Vista has a nasty habit of installing its boot files on the first active drive or partition it finds, so it is possible to have system files on one drive or partition while boot files can reside on another. If this happens and something happens to the drive or partition with boot files on it this will make tour system unbootable and get a BOOTMGR.exe missing or corrupt error.

After lots of research I found probably the only fixes that will allow you to get your system back to full running order. I found this on Microsofts Vista forum.
Hope this helps someone.

To resolve this problem, use the following methods in the order in which they are presented.

NVidia Drivers On Vista

NVIDIA (for a while) hasn't had much luck with drivers on Windows Vista (link).

When you install Windows Vista, it is likely that Microsoft will install drivers that work very well for you. However, if you uninstall that driver, it is entirely possible Windows will never figure out how to get it working again and you will be stuck in a state of bad graphics and terrible resolution.

If you find yourself in this state, you probably won't find any drivers for your NVIDIA card on Vista. However, you may find the following links useful:

How To Prevent XP From Deleting Vista Restore Points, Easy Registry Fix

I've been using this fix for months. This assumes that XP sees Vista as drive D.

To keep Windows XP from deleting restore points of the volume in Windows Vista, add the following registry entry under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\Offline registry subkey in Windows XP:

Value name: \DosDevices\D:
Value data: 1

Note If the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\Offline registry subkey does not exist, you must manually create this registry subkey. Create this registry entry when you have installed Windows Vista on the "D" partition in Windows XP.
Effects of this workaround
After you restart Windows XP, you cannot access the volume that is created in Windows Vista from Windows XP. However, you can still access the volume that is created in Windows XP from Windows Vista. You must use Windows XP drive or an additional drive such as a USB thumb drive for data exchange.

High Disk and CPU Usage for 10 Minutes After Boot Solution

In Vista there is a new service called superfetch which analyzes program you use most often and remembers code to make it work faster next time. In all reality it doesnt improve performance much if at all.

When this service is running it can cause constant (and annoying) disk and cpu usage for the first 10 minutes or so of vista loading.

if you disable this service, it stops all this access from occurring. I have disabled it on my dell xps m1730 which runs vista business, and my system still boots just as quick, but without all the disk and cpu usage afterwards.

here is how to disable the service:

1) in the start menu search box type (without quotation marks) "services.msc" and hit enter
2) scroll down the list that appeared until you see a service named "Superfetch"
3) Double Click on the Superfetch Service and a dialog box will appear, in the 'Startup type' drop-down list in the centre of the dialog box, change from automatic to disabled.
4) click OK
5) right click on the Superfetch Service and left click stop.
6) click cross in the top right corner

you are all done,

next time you boot windows, superfetch will not start and you should have very minimal disk and cpu usage as it should be!

Useful Windows Vista shortcuts

Windows + E : Windows Explorer
Windows + D : Show Desktop
Windows + B : Focuses selection to the first icon on the notification area, use arrow keys to navigate and Spacebar to select
Windows + F : Find Files and Folders (AKA Search)
Windows + Tab : 3D-Flip cycles through your standard applications (only available for Vista versions with Aero enabled)
Windows + Ctrl + Tab : Launches 3D-Flip but stays on the desktop so that you can scroll in directions
Windows + M : Minimize all windows
Windows + Shift + M : Undo minimize all windows
Windows + R : Open Run window
Windows + Pause/Break : System Information
Windows + F1 : Windows Help
Windows + U : Ease of Access
Windows + Spacebar : Displays Windows Sidebar (provided enabled)
Windows + L : Locks the computer (needs password to reactivate)
Windows + T : Tabs through applications on the taskbar
Ctrl + Shift + Escape : Launches the Task Manager

Vista 64, Disk Cleanup and System Restore

This is for anyone running any version of Vista 64 bit that uses the built in Disk Cleanup to remove all but the latest restore point, it doesn't work. Went looking today and found out why, apparently the shortcut in the Start menu points to the wrong exe for Disk Cleanup. In case it points to the 32 bit version of it in the SysWOW64 folder and not the 64 bit version in the System32 folder.

That being said it is a quick and easy fix to get Disk Cleanup to work porperly,

1. Click on Start, All Programs, Accessories, and then click on System Tools.
2. Right click on “Disk Cleanup” and from the context menu that appears click on “Properties”.
3. Change the “Target” from “%SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\cleanmgr.exe” to “%SystemRoot%\system32\cleanmgr.exe”.
4. Click on OK. If User Account Control prompts you for consent, click on Continue or provide the appropriate credentials.

Cleanup SP1

This removes the extra clutter after you install SP1 in vista.

*note: you cannot uninstall SP1 after you do this.
many users report getting back 2 gigs and some report 4 gigs or more after useing this

in command type:

in command if you type: sfc/scannow
it will search for corrupted system files. Not sp1 related by the way.

Join Vista to XP Network

If you are having difficulty joining Vista to an XP Network make sure the Network names are the same.

The default name for an XP network is Mshome and the default name for the Vista network is Workgroup. You will have to choose one or the other in order to put the different systems together on the one network.

To change the name go to Control Panel > System > Computer Name.

Adding Clocks/Different Time Zones

Open up the Date and Time Control Panel applet. Flip to the “Additional Clocks” tab. There, you can configure two more clocks from different time zones. They’ll appear in the tooltip when you hover over the Taskbar clock.

How to Rename Multiple or A Series of Files in Windows Vista

If you have multiple files, or a series of files that you want to rename the file name to a name with same common pattern differentiated by just the numbering, Windows Vista itself provides an easy way to rename the files, by using just the Windows Explorer (you may known it as Computer, Documents, Pictures or Musics).

How to Rename Multiple Files in Windows Vista with Windows Explorer

In Windows Explorer folder, select a few files that you would like to rename. You can press and hold CTRL key while click on each of the files that you want to select multiple files. In your files are listed in successive order, simply highlight the first file, hold down the SHIFT key, and the click on the last file in the batch to select all files between them.

Adding Columns in Task MGR Processes

Vista give you a lot more troubleshooting options in the Task Manager than previous Windows versions

Open Task Mgr and click Processes tab, and in the View menu, click “Select Columns” this will open a new window with a whole list of options you can add as new columns and when you right-click a process, you can select either “Go to Service(s)” or “Open File Location.” These are all long overdue options.

Unblock Blocked Startup Programs In Vista

I get around blocked startup programs by using Task Scheduler to start them. I use this method for CoreTemp and a few other programs.

1. Remove the program from the Startup folder or the Run registry key
2. Launch the Task Scheduler
3. From the Actions panel on the right, select Create Task...
4. Give the task a description
5. Go to the Security Options on the General tab
6. Select an user account with administrative privileges
7. Select the radio button Run only when user is logged on
8. Check the box Run with highest privileges
9. Go to the Triggers tab and click New...
10. In Begin the task, select At log on
11. In the Settings options, select All users
12. In the Advanced Settings options, check the box Enabled
13. Click OK to close the dialog
14. Go to the Actions tab and click New...
15. For Action, select Start a program
16. In the Settings options, browse for the Program/Script you want to execute on startup
17. Click OK to close the dialog
18. Go to the Settings tab
19. Check the box Run task as soon as possible after a scheduled start is missed
20. Uncheck the box Stop the task if it runs longer than
21. Click OK to save and close the task properties

How To Integrate And Slipstream SP1 Into Windows Vista RTM

To slipstream SP1 into Vista RTM media is by using “reverse integration” trick where users install the Vista image to a machine, install the Service Pack and then re-capture the image as in the guide below.

1. Prepare another hard disk or a drive partition (Guide: Change size of existing partition in Vista).

2. Install Windows Vista RTM to the secondary partition or drive (not the main boot or system partition). The primary reason for installing a new copy of Vista in another partition or drive is to ensure that no boot associated files of that computer related to BCD and boot.ini being part of the final Vista DVD image with SP1 integrated.

3. After installation finished, Windows Vista will boot into Out of the Box Experience (OOBE), where users will come to the part after setup that requires users to set up his or her user name, password, general settings and etc. Once in the OOBE phase, type Ctrl-Shift-F3 to enter Audit mode.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Low space on Recovery Hard Drive - Free up the disc space

I recommend you take a backup of the registry before proceeding with the
steps, so that any damage to the registry during modification can be

CAUTION: The following steps involve registry modifications.
Therefore, a registry backup is essential. An
incorrect registry entry may cause serious system
problems or prevent the computer from starting. You
will not be warned of any incorrect registry entries.
If the registry is not backed up, the only way to
recover the system is by reinstalling the operating

To backup the registry:

Own any file

Vista wont let you delete or overwrite a file?
This might help.

Open command prompt.

Takeown /f c:\windows\foldername\nameoffilehere

"press enter and type"

cacls c:\windows\foldername\nameoffile /g username:f

It will ask "are you sure ? press Y and enter.

Favorite Screen Saver As Your Desktop Background

Find the filename of the screensaver you want to use as your desktop background.

Right click on the Command Prompt shortcut on your Start menu and select the Run as Administrator command.

Type the following command: screensaver.scr /p65552 (Where screensaver.scr is the filename of the screensaver you want to use.) press Enter.

The screen saver will begin running as your desktop background. It will block out your desktop and any icons on the desktop will be inaccessible while the screensaver is running. The Start menu and the Taskbar will still be accessible.
There will be a screensaver icon on the Taskbar you can only right-click on. When you do, the Taskbar will hide and the screen saver will go full screen. In full screen, press Alt+F4 to close the screen saver. Or press the Windows key on your keyboard to make the Start menu and Taskbar accessible again.

Get Rid Of Old Device Drivers Hidden In Vista

Over time unused, but still installed, drivers can cause problems if they inadvertently become enabled. They can cause hardware conflicts or just cause the system to behave erratically. You can locate and remove any old and unused drivers by enabling a special feature in Device Manager that allows it to display non-present devices.

To configure Device Manager to display non-present devices you will need to add an environment variable DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES to the Environment Variables dialog box. Begin by, accessing the Start menu, right-click on Computer, and select the Properties command. When you see the System window, select the Advanced System Settings link. When you do, you’ll encounter a UAC and will have to deal with it appropriately.

Quickly Access Network Connections

Click Start.
Type ncpa.cpl in the Start Search panel.
Click Enter.
Click the ncpa.cpl item that appeared in the results list.
Network Connections will open.

Click Start.
Select Control Panel.
Type Network Connections in the Search panel.
Click View Network Connections in the results list.
The dialog box for Network Connections will open.

3 Handiest Of 77 Windows Vista Keyboard Shortcuts

Go 'up' a level: Alt+Up Arrow

Go 'back': Alt+Left Arrow

Go 'forward': Alt+Right Arrow

Windows key
Opens or closes the Start menu

Windows + D
Displays your desktop

Windows + E
Opens the Computer window

Windows + F
Opens the Search window

Ctrl + Windows + F
Searches for computers (if you're on a network)

Windows + L
Locks your computer or switches users

Windows + M
Minimizes all windows

Shift + Windows + M
Restores minimized windows

How to defragment your pagefile in Vista

How to defragment your pagefile in Vista

By opening a Command Prompt session with administrative privileges, you can use the defragmentation program with various command-line options. (For details, type defrag /? at the command prompt.).

In addition to enabling scripts to incorporate defragmentation tasks, the command-line approach offers an option to analyze and report on the fragmentation status of a disk without actually carrying out the defrag operation. Type defrag c: –a –v, for example, to generate a verbose report on the condition of drive C. (You can add >%temp%\report.txt to the end of that command string to funnel the report into a text file saved in the Temp folder.). The last line of the report will recommend a defrag run if the system thinks you need it.

Using Disk Defragmenter's Analysis Report, you can determine whether your page file is fragmented. Although page file fragmentation is normally not a serious issue, a severely fragmented page file can reduce your system's performance. Disk Defragmenter cannot consolidate your page file, because Windows holds it open while you work. However, if you have more than one volume available (even if the second volume is on the same physical hard disk as your system drive), you can work around the problem as follows:

Tweak Vista's Logon Screen

Before editing the Windows Registry you should back it up for safekeeping.
Click the Start button, type Regedit in the Start Search box, and then press Enter. When you do, you'll encounter a UAC and will need to respond accordingly. Once the Registry Editor launches, locate the following key:


Remove the shutdown button from the Logon screen.
Locate and double-click the shutdownwithoutlogon value. When the Edit DWORD dialog box appears, type a 0 in the Value data text box and click OK.

Resize A Vista Partition Without Damaging Data

Backing up your data beforehand is recommended.

Go to the start menu and right click on the Computer entry. When you do that you will see a menu you might not have even known was there. It might take a while to appear.
Expand the Storage entry and click on the Disk Management entry to show your hard disk layout.

Right click the partition you want to resize.

Login As Administrator From Welcome Screen

Enter the following command in the Administrator mode.

Type cmd in the Vista Start Run box and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter.

To active Administrator account, type:

net user Administrator /active:yes

To deactivate Administrator account, type:

net user Administrator /active:no

Add Any Application To The Desktop Right-Click Menu

As always, backup your registry before editing.

1. Open regedit.exe through the Start menu Search or Run box, and scroll down to the following key:


2. Right-click on the Shell key, and then select New, Key from the menu. Give the new key the name that you want to show up on the Desktop context menu.

3. Right-click on the new key, and then select New, Key from the menu. Give this key the name command in lowercase.

4. Click on command on the left side, and then double-click on the (Default) key in the right side to edit the string value. Type in the full path to the application that you want to launch and hit Enter.

Now when you right-click on the Desktop, the name you chose in Step 2 should be listed in the context menu.

Add The Print Directory Option For File System Folders

1. Click Start, type Notepad. Right-click Notepad and choose Run as Administrator.

2. Copy the following text to Notepad:

@echo off
dir %1 /-p /o:gn > "%temp%\Listing"
start /w notepad /p "%temp%\Listing"
del "%temp%\Listing"

3. Click File, Save (CTRL+S), mention the file name/path as %windir%\printdir.bat and press ENTER. The file printdir.bat is now saved to the Windows folder.

Create A Keyboard Shortcut To Open Any Folder

Right click the folder that you want to create a keyboard shortcut for and click Send To and Desktop (Create Shortcut).

Go to the Desktop and right click the shortcut that was created.

Click Properties.

In the Shortcut Key box, enter the keyboard shortcut that you want to use. (Such as, Ctrl + Alt + H)

Click OK.

Add And Edit Favorite Links In Windows Explorer Sidebar

Go to the folder, drag and drop to the Favorite Links Sidebar (in the Navigation Pane) and your shortcut will be stored in there.

Or, right click on the empty space below the favorite links and click Open Favorite Links Folder. Here you can add, delete, or edit shortcut links that you want to appear in the Windows Explorer Sidebar.

To rearrange the list of shortcuts in the sidebar, just drag and drop. Adding the favorite links also helps to quickly access folders while saving files. You can see the favorite links section in the sidebar of Save As option. So if you use a certain folder to save files more often, you can pin that folder to the favorite links.

Install XP's Backup Utility Into Windows Vista

First you need access to a working installation of XP Pro.

Once there, open Windows Explorer and navigate to the C:\Windows\System32 folder.

Locate and copy the following files to a folder (named such as, Backup Utility) on a USB drive:

Ntbackup.exe – Windows Backup Utility executable
Ntmsapi.dll – Removable Storage Public Interfaces
Vssapi.dll – Volume Shadow Coy Requestor/Writer

Insert the USB drive into a Vista system, then copy the entire Backup Utility folder over to the C:\Program Files folder.

Best Way To Be Safe Online, Best software for FREE

1. Always do your updates once a week or set up automatic updates.

2. Install a antivirus for FREE, always be sure its updated.

3. Install Antispyware for FREE.

4.Install a site advisor, to be sure the website your visiting is safe. (AVG Antivirus already has a site advisor, your choice)

TUNE UP YOUR PC AND SPEED IT UP! 7 Simple Step by Step

Follow Step By Step

1. Adjust Your Visual Effects : Go To Start - Control Panel - System And Maintenance - System - Advanced System Settings - Advanced - Performance Settings - Click On Custom - and Select Only Smooth Edges Of Screen Fonts And Use Visual Styles On Windows And Buttons.

2. Disable Uneeded Startup Programs : Download Winpatrol, View And Select Which Startup Programs You Dont Need.

3. Delete TEMP Files : Go To Run Type TEMP And Click Ok, And Delete Evreything That Appears Right There.

Vista Command Prompt Commands

The append command can be used by programs to open files in another directory as if they were located in the current directory.

The arp command is used to display or change entries in the ARP cache.

The assoc command is used to display or change the file type associated with a particular file extension.

The at command is used to schedule commands and other programs to run at a specific date and time.

The attrib command is used to change the attributes of a single file or a directory.

The auditpol command is used to display or change audit policies.

The bcdedit command is used to view or make changes to Boot Configuration Data.

The bitsadmin command is used to create, manage, and monitor download and upload jobs.

The bootcfg command is used to build, modify, or view the contents of the boot.ini file, a hidden file that is used to identify in what folder, on which partition, and on which hard drive Windows is located.

Friday, January 1, 2010

How to make Vista's taskbar look and act like Win 7's

How to make Vista's taskbar look and act like Win 7's

This does not include or add "Pin To Taskbar Function" which is not really needed due to the "Quick Launch Feature"

This is a "Regedit" so do so at your own risk and please back it up.

1. Open "Regedit" and navigate to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Control Panel/Desktop(Expand) and click on "Window Metrics"
2. Right click on empty space and create a new "String" and name it "MinWidth" and give it a value of "-285"
3. Close Regedit.
4. Right click "Taskbar" and unlock
5. Right click "Taskbar" again, hover over "Toolbars" and enable "Quick Launch" if it isn't already.
6. Using your mouse, expand the Quick Launch area to show all Icons.
7. Right click an area in the Quick Launch and hover over "View" and select "Large Icons"
8. Right click "Taskbar" again and select "Properties", click the "Taskbar Tab" and select all except "Auto-Hide The Taskbar"
9. Done.

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