Now that we’ve put our computer together, setup the BIOS, and installed Windows, it’s time to get down to the business of tweaking our new computer. In the final installment of this series, I’m going to cover the basic configuration and software tweaks that you should use to keep your computer safe, secure, and running at peak performance, and a few tweaks to make Vista easier to use.
After writing up the method for searching your Internet Explorer Favorites with Vista’s built-in search engine, another one of our great forum users pointed out a freeware utility that will let you search your IE favorites right from within the browser itself.
One of our great forum members asked yesterday how to search through your Internet Explorer Favorites, which got me thinking… if you are using Windows 7 or Vista, it’s as simple as creating a saved search folder.
Have you ever wondered how to remove “Shared Documents” from your My Computer window in Windows XP? If you don’t use that feature, it seems rather silly to have it wasting space on the screen when all you really want to do is open up your hard drive or flash drive.
One thing that annoys me about Firefox is when the Download window pops up showing me all of the past downloads. I am sure this feature may come in handy for some and must be an appreciated feature as it allows you to search them, but I typically remember what I download, when I downloaded it, and why I downloaded it. So, for me it is more of a nuisance than a privacy concern. However, if you have a shared computer or laptop, privacy and security may very well be the main concern. Either way, changing a couple settings can certainly help.
As I previously mentioned, I came up with this post as a means to rid what I consider an annoyance. On the other hand, this is also a great privacy and security tip.
The problem gets worse… if you try and drag/copy files out of the folder you’ll get the error “Do you want to move or copy files from this zone?”
One of the annoyances some people have with XP is having to log in every time you reboot. Don’t get me wrong, if you have a computer that is easily accessed by anyone, having that first layer of security if vital. However, there are many times when you are the only one who is the main user of your machine. This is where using Tweak UI to automatically log into XP comes in handy.
If you’ve ever asked for help with your Windows computer that won’t boot anymore, you’ve probably been told to “Backup all your data and then reinstall”… but if you can’t boot, how can you get to your data? That’s the question we’ll be answering today.
Editor’s Note: Rainlendar2 can also be installed in Ubuntu.