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Entries from February 2008

Show Hidden Files And Folders

February 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Show Hidden Files And Folders

All versions of the Windows operating system support “hidden” files and folders. When a file or folder is marked as hidden, it will (by default) not be visible to the user. Files are often hidden to prevent accidental deletion or editing of important system files by the user. Sometimes it is necessary to view hidden […]

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IsUsedBy: Troubleshoot “file is in Use” And “access Denied” Errors

February 28th, 2008 · Comments Off on IsUsedBy: Troubleshoot “file is in Use” And “access Denied” Errors

IsUsedBy is a software tool which you can use to determine what process on your system has a particular file open. This is important, for example, if you want to copy or delete a file and you don’t know why it isn’t working.

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What is a Pagefile And How Big is Mine?

February 27th, 2008 · Comments Off on What is a Pagefile And How Big is Mine?

The paging file is very closely related to the physical RAM installed in the computer.

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Why Can’t I Get FairUse4WM Or Mirakagi to Work?

February 25th, 2008 · 19 Comments

If you are having trouble with the FairUse4WM/mirakagi programs read on.

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Disable UAC (user Account Control) in Vista

February 24th, 2008 · Comments Off on Disable UAC (user Account Control) in Vista

User Account Control (UAC) is a technology introduced in Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system. It aims to improve the security of Microsoft Windows by limiting application software to standard user privileges until an administrator authorizes an increase in privilege level. In this way, only applications that the user trusts receive higher privileges, and malware is kept […]

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Removing “$NtServicePackUninstall$” And Other Update Related Folders

February 21st, 2008 · Comments Off on Removing “$NtServicePackUninstall$” And Other Update Related Folders

Inside of your Windows folder you will notice multiple folders named “$NtServicePackUninstall$” or similar. Because these folders are hidden by default, you may have to go into My Computer or Windows Explorer and select Tools, Folder Options. Select the View tab and change the Hidden Files and Folders setting to Show Hidden Files and Folders. These […]

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What is the “$hf_mig$” Folder for And Can I Delete It?

February 21st, 2008 · 3 Comments

If you have the “Show hidden files and folders” option enabled, you may have noticed a folder named “$hf_mig$” inside of your Windows directory. This folder contains information about previously installed updates. According to Microsoft, “When a security update, critical update, update, update rollup, driver, or feature pack installs GDR version files, the hotfix files […]

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Make Sure Your Computer Isn’t Exposing Sensitive Files

February 19th, 2008 · Comments Off on Make Sure Your Computer Isn’t Exposing Sensitive Files

All versions of Windows allow for the sharing of folders and printers over a network. This feature is useful if you want to be able to access files stored on one computer while using a second computer. There are plenty of guides availible that explain how to set up secure file sharing (that is, assigning permissions […]

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Virtual PC 2007 Command Line Options

February 19th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Virtual PC.exe is the Virtual PC command-line utility and can be used to perform a variety of Virtual PC and virtual machine tasks. By default, it is located in \Program Files\Microsoft Virtual PC. The following is a list of all supported command line options for Virtual PC 2007.

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How to Set a Static IP Address in Windows

February 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Every computer connected to a network has an IP address. An IP address is the digital equivalent of a street address. It allows information to be delivered to the appropriate computer. Normally, your computer is automatically assigned a unique IP address by your Internet service provider, or the router on your network. This normally works […]

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How to Install Vista on a M200 Without a CD Drive Using TFTP

February 1st, 2008 · 9 Comments

Recently, my Toshiba M200 stopped booting. I needed it reinstall Windows, but the M200 doesn’t have a CD drive. I tried everything from booting from a Secure Digital card to external USB drives (which weren’t recognized at the BIOS level). Finally I came across information about PXE booting, also know as booting from a network […]

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