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Sometimes in Windows XP when you update a device driver, the new driver version doesn’t necessarily get along with the XP configuration.  If you update your system’s hardware and suddenly things don’t seem to work correctly, one troubleshooting step is to rollback the current driver to the previous one.  In my IT career I have noticed this the most with Video and Print drivers.  Of course any hardware can fail due to an incorrect software driver.

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If you are an email junkie, you probably want to get all your email messages as quickly as possible.  By changing a couple settings in Mozilla’s email client Thunderbird we can set up how often servers are checked for new messages.

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Most of us like me love to keep the icons and some files in the desktop for quick access but ironically I love a clean desktop too. But there is a simple tweak without any additional tool to get the best of both worlds, you can hide the desktop icons & files and create a custom keyboard shortcut to access those icons and files.

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Anytime you make a change to your computer it is definitely recommended to do a system backup, create a restore point, or backup the registry.  The latter being most important when going into the registry to make edits for performing hacks and tweaks.  Simply put, the Registry stores all settings, options, and information for the Operating System, Software Applications, and Hardware.  The Registry is the heart and soul of a Windows OS.  Here is a quick and easy way to manually back up your registry without having to rely on 3rd party software.  This works with XP, Vista, and Windows 7.

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We’ve previously explained how you can open a command prompt by holding down the Shift key and right-clicking on a folder or the desktop… but how do you make that item show up without having to hold down the shift key?

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BCC (Blind Carbon Copy) is such a great feature in email applications.  I love to be able to send messages to various contacts who probably do not want their email address shown to every one. 

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The registry hack for this article comes to us courtesy of jd2066, one of our helpful forum members.

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One of the text message utilities I have been using for years is Teleflip.  Rather than waste my money on text messaging friends and colleagues from my cell phone.  I use this service.  I find it much faster to type out a quick email to them than screwing around with the keys on my phone.  Just click on the image below to try out Teleflip.

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Reader John wrote in today asking how to set Opera to open directly to the Speed Dial page… so after a bit of testing I figured it out, and am sharing with everybody else.

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Well, I finally made it to the official Firefox 3 download site today at about 1pm CST and got the new version.  However, I am going to hold off on installation until I see how things pan out the next couple days.  Being a geek one would think I should start playing with it ASAP … but I have been through so many of these releases I guess I am not all that excited.  I might run it on a virtual machine.  I was interested enough to be part of the massive download day though!

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