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Use the Recovery Console Without a Password

May 10th, 2008 · 4 Comments

When using the Windows Recovery console, you are normally prompted for the password of the administrator account. Without this password, the recovery console will not load. In some situations, the Recovery Console won’t accept the password you provide even if it’s correct. If this is the case, or if you simply don’t know the Administrator’s password there is still hope. [Read article →]

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Permanently Remove Windows Messenger

May 9th, 2008 · Comments Off on Permanently Remove Windows Messenger

Windows Messenger, the instant message client created by Microsoft, is installed by default with Windows XP. Even if you don’t want to use Windows Messenger, it will automatically load every time you start your computer. Removing it is difficult, as it does not appear in the standard Add/Remove Programs control panel applet. Additionally, if you have managed to remove it, the latest service pack for Windows XP (SP3) will reinstall it. Here’s how to get rid of Windows Messenger for good:

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Restore the Address Bar in Windows XP SP3

May 8th, 2008 · 18 Comments

Windows XP SP3 fixes many things. But it also removes the Internet Explorer icon form the desktop and the “address bar” toolbar from the taskbar. If you want to restore your Internet Explorer icon, check out this guide. If you want the address bar back, keep reading.
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MP3Gain

May 2nd, 2008 · Comments Off on MP3Gain

MP3Gain is a graphical program for volume normalizing MP3 files. MP3Gain analyzes and adjusts mp3 files so that they have the same volume.

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Restore the Internet Explorer Desktop Icon in Windows XP SP3

April 30th, 2008 · 4 Comments

In addition to the few additions included with SP3 for Windows XP, Microsoft also removed a few features. Apparently in connection with its European anti-trust settlement, Microsoft’s latest service pack tries to “deintegrate” Internet Explorer from the operating system. As such, many users will notice their Internet Explorer icon is missing from the desktop after installing SP3. [Read article →]

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Recovering Data From a Non-bootable (dead) Computer

April 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

If you’re like me, your computer is a container for everything from your DVD and music collection, to family photos and financial documents. And, if you are one of the estimated 75% of users who don’t backup their data regularly, a computer crash can cost you time, sanity, and potentially lots of money. The good news is, there is a high likelihood that you will be able to recover most, if not all, of your important data. [Read article →]

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Fixing a Slow Computer

April 23rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Fixing a Slow Computer

If your computer is slower than the day you bought it, there is a problem. Unlike mechanical devices, a computer’s performance doesn’t degrade from wearing out. Any change in performance is due to software (the operating system, programs you have installed, etc.). The good news is, troubleshooting and fixing a slow computer is easy and won’t cost you a dime.
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Convert Word Documents (or Any Printable File) to a PDF

April 6th, 2008 · Comments Off on Convert Word Documents (or Any Printable File) to a PDF

Ever need to save a file (such as a Word document, Excel spreadsheet, or picture) as a PDF? Adobe Acrobat (NOT the free “Acrobat Reader”, but “Acrobat”) includes tools to create a PDF from any file. However, if you don’t own Acrobat, you can still create PDF files for free.
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I’m Having Trouble Adding Images/media to My Posts in WordPress 2.5

March 31st, 2008 · 6 Comments

  1. It seems that there are some issues with the new image/media uploader in WordPress 2.5. The following are some of the issues users have experienced:
  • Upload progress gets “stuck”
  • Upload fails with an HTTP error
  • Upload box does not appear at all
  • If the upload window does appear, images can’t be managed or added

I personally was getting unable to add new images due to an “HTTP error” and was unable to add existing images from the “Media Library.” Here is the temporary fix that worked for me:
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Installing Ubuntu 7 in Microsoft Virtual PC 2007

March 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Ubuntu 7 runs great inside of Virtual PC 2007, at least once you get it installed. The installation would turn away most new Linux users since, by default, neither the graphics or mouse work. Not being able to see or interact with the installer is obviously a major issue. With a few simple text commands however, the graphics and mouse issues can be fixed.
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Cleanup Vista SP1 Junk Files

March 20th, 2008 · Comments Off on Cleanup Vista SP1 Junk Files

When you install Windows Vista Service Pack 1 on your computer, the SP1 installer will not remove the older versions of Vista files from the hard drive. These older are required if you decide to uninstall SP1. If you are satisfied with the performance of Windows Vista SP1 and don’t plan on removing it, you can safely delete these files. This process is as easy:
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Troubleshooting “Stop 0x0000007B” Error

March 13th, 2008 · 3 Comments

When you start your computer, you may receive one of the following error messages:

  • STOP: 0x0000007B (parameter1, parameter2, parameter3, parameter4)
    INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE
  • Setup has encountered a fatal error that prevents it from continuing.
    Contact your product support representative for assistance. The following status will assist them in diagnosing the problem.
    (0x4, 0x1, 0, 0)
    Setup cannot continue. Power down or reboot your computer now.

You may also receive a “Stop 0x0000007B” error message during Windows XP Setup when the Setup program restarts during the installation process. When you receive a Stop error while the Setup program is running, you receive the second error message.
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NVBackup: Freeware Palm Backup

March 13th, 2008 · Comments Off on NVBackup: Freeware Palm Backup

NVBackup is a backup utility for NVFS-based PDAs: Palm T5, LifeDrive, TX, TE2, Treo 650, Treo 700P. Unlike commercial backup utilities that access data via the database cache, this reads data direct out of the flash disk where it is store. This seems to be the best backup utility in terms of restoring the exact state of the system before the backup.
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Fix Your Broken Outlook Personal Folders (PST) File

March 6th, 2008 · Comments Off on Fix Your Broken Outlook Personal Folders (PST) File

If you use Outlook and you’ve noticed it being excessively slow or just having errors, you should probably scan and repair your Personal Folders file for any problems. It’s sorta like checkdisk for your email client.
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OpenWithView

March 4th, 2008 · Comments Off on OpenWithView

OpenWithView is a small utility that displays the list of all available applications in the ‘Open With’ dialog-box of Windows, and allows you to easily disable/enable the applications in the list. When application is disabled, it won’t be displayed in the ‘Other Programs’ section of the ‘Open With’ dialog-box.
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Restore the Show Desktop Shortcut on Quick Launch Bar in Windows XP

March 3rd, 2008 · 3 Comments

The Quick Launch toolbar (which can be enabled by right-clicking on the taskbar, clicking “Toolbars”, and then clicking “Quick Launch) by default contains a shortcut to instantly minimize all open windows and show the desktop. It is possible to accidentally move or delete this shortcut. If you have accidentally removed the shortcut and want it back, use either of the following methods: 
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Increase the Number of Simultaneous (concurrent) Downloads in Internet Explorer

March 2nd, 2008 · Comments Off on Increase the Number of Simultaneous (concurrent) Downloads in Internet Explorer

To comply with current Internet standards, Internet Explorer (Internet Explorer 5.5, Internet Explorer 5.01, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0, Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP, Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows Server 2003, Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows Server 2003 IA64) limits the number of simultaneous downloads (from the same server) to two downloads, plus one queued download. This configuration is a function of the browser. However, as connection speeds increase, and the number of total connections that are allowed to Internet servers increase, the two-connection limit may be restrictive.
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SurveillanceSaver

March 2nd, 2008 · Comments Off on SurveillanceSaver

SurveillanceSaver is a screen-saver which displays a live feed from one of over 600 security cameras worldwide. Whenever your screen saver turns on you will find your computer displaying live events from a multitude of locations. The screen-saver is a Google Code project and can be downloaded from the site or locally here.
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PSPad Editor

March 2nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

 PSPad is my favorite text editor. I use it for everything from PHP coding to opening unknown file types. MUCH better than Notepad or Wordpad.
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EventID.net Event Viewer Redirection Registry Hack

March 1st, 2008 · Comments Off on EventID.net Event Viewer Redirection Registry Hack

In Windows XP, for most of the events Event Viewer would add at the end the following sentence:

“For more information, see Help and Support Center at //go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.”

If one clicks on this link, another window will open with information that will be submitted to the site. The main problem is that in 99% of the cases, there is no additional information listed on that web page. The following registry modification will redirect all the requests to //www.eventid.net/eventviewer.asp. This page will take the event id and the source and redirect the request to the www.eventid.net search engine. The EventID.net website is much more likely to have useful information than the default Microsoft page.
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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 files and folders when performing computer maintenance, and advanced users may wish to always be able to view hidden files. The procedure to display hidden files and folders varies by operation system. Follow the appropriate instructions below:
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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 from receiving the privileges necessary to compromise the operating system. In other words, a user account may have administrator privileges assigned to it, but applications that the user runs do not also have those privileges unless they are approved beforehand or the user explicitly authorizes it to have higher privileges. UAC is responsible for the message boxes that are forced to the foreground (background is blacked out) requesting user confirmation for an action.
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