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One of the most irritating things about Windows is the context menu clutter that you have to deal with once you install a bunch of applications. It seems like every application is fighting for a piece of your context menu, and it’s not like you even use half of them.

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Have you ever noticed that there are only two fonts to choose from in the Command prompt properties window? What you might not know is that you can use a simple registry hack to enable alternate fonts, including a very readable font that comes with Vista and Office 2007.

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Have you ever needed to repeatedly access a folder that is nested deep inside a giant hierarchy of folders? Sure, you can always create a shortcut to that folder, but did you know you can actually assign a drive letter to a folder instead? Today we’ll show you how to do this.

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HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\Advanced

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While doing research for a previous article I found a very cool and slick utility called WinAudit. This is a slick and easy to use freeware application that will tell you most everything you want to know about your PC. There is no installation required and you can even run it from a USB flash drive if you are troubleshooting another Windows system.

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A couple of days ago I noticed a thread on our forum asking how to add Control Panel to the desktop context menu, so I decided to write up the solution for everybody, since it seems like a really useful hack.

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If you leave your computer running on a 24/7 basis you might be interested in determining the amount of uptime that has accumulated since the last reboot.  We can find this information in both XP and Vista and will take a look at both.

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If you leave your computer running on a 24/7 basis you might be interested in determining the amount of uptime that has accumulated since the last reboot.  We can find this information in both XP and Vista and will take a look at both.

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One of our readers wrote in a while back asking why we hadn’t featured the Send To Toys utility, a great addition to your Send To menu that lets you pick any folder to send a file to, send the file name to the clipboard, or a number of other useful features. Today we’ll show you how it works.

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Once you have clicked OK the installation window will open. Enter the desired installation path and click “Begin Install” to start the installation.

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We’ve written a very long time ago about how to toggle hidden files in Ubuntu with a simple shortcut key. But what about keyboard ninjas using Windows instead? After doing some research, I’ve got a simple downloadable solution for you.

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Have you ever wondered what is on your clipboard? Sure, you can open up notepad and try and paste it in, but there’s a simple utility built into Windows XP that you can use to view the contents of the clipboard.

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Have you ever wondered what is on your clipboard? Sure, you can open up notepad and try and paste it in, but there’s a simple utility built into Windows XP that you can use to view the contents of the clipboard.

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When Windows Live OneCare first came out and was in its early stages, many thought it left a lot to be desired, but it has come a long way in its development, offering better and more useful features. This all-in-one security suite offered from Microsoft includes basic security features and more.

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When Windows Live OneCare first came out and was in its early stages, many thought it left a lot to be desired, but it has come a long way in its development, offering better and more useful features. This all-in-one security suite offered from Microsoft includes basic security features and more.

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As we have been going through the Secure Computing Series we’ve found Comodo to have some great products.  So far we have taken a look at their Anti-Virus and spoke praise for the Comodo Firewall.  Today we will take a look at Comodo BOClean, a nice “set it and forget it” Anti-Malware utility.

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There are a few utilities built into Vista and XP that allow you to monitor hard drive health, like our previous article on how to generate a full system health report. We’ve also covered third party tools like DriveSpacio, and today we’ll walk through using WinDirStat to visualize hard drive space.

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If you install a lot of different Vista Gadgets you might have come across a situation where your Vista Sidebar no longer is working correctly, or possibly even crashing or (more frequently) just hanging. You can reset the sidebar back to the default settings with a very simple tweak that we’ll explain here.

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Continuing in our series on free anti-virus utilities we need to take a look at Comodo AntiVirus, from the same people as the popular Comodo Firewall. We’ll take a look at their beta version running under Windows XP, although it is Vista compatible.

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If you have multiple user accounts on your computer you might find it annoying to have to click on the icon for your username each time you start up the computer. To remedy this problem you can remove one of the user accounts, or you can just hide it with a registry hack.

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One of the more tedious aspects of reinstalling an operating system is finding all of the drivers for your hardware again. Many times you may not have the CD for a new hardware device, and even if you did the drivers on the disk are likely out of date.

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You’ve got four desktops! Simply click on any of the desktops in the preview screen above to bring that one to the front. (Note there is also a way to get virtual desktops in Windows Vista, but that’s another article.)

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Forgetting your password can be an extremely frustrating situation, and we’ve already shared how to reset your password with the Ultimate Boot CD as well as the System Rescue CD, but you can prevent the situation entirely by creating a password reset disk.

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This article was written by MetroTek Geek from Metrotek Solutions, a provider of Computer Help in the DC area.

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If you are using Vista and have an HP printer, especially of the All-In-One variety, you’ve probably noticed that once a week or so you get this obnoxious User Account Control popup dialog out of the blue asking for permission to run some Hewlett Packard update process called hprbupdate.exe.

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