Add A Virtual PC To XP (Part 1)

Why should Vista Ultimate get all of the cool toys like Virtual PC?  You can add Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 to your existing XP box now.  This is a free download from Microsoft.  In this post I am going to go through the set up and basic configuration of a virtual machine on Windows XP.  I find this most useful for other Microsoft OS’s.  If you want to run Linux an other alternative OS on Windows I would check out vmware.

Retrieve Deleted Files Using Shadow Copy In Server 2003

In IT having good backups is extremely essential.  Your worst nightmare is when an end user deletes the company yearly accounting reports.  If your business is using Server 2003 getting those files back in a hurry is extremely easy with the Shadow Copy feature.  This feature was added to Server 2003 for just such instances.  In fact, by educating the end users they can retrieve the files without having to involve IT.

Wait, How do I Turn on DreamScene Again?

So you installed Windows DreamScene through Windows Update, but where did it go? You can’t find it in the start menu anywhere, and it’s not in Program Files… Turns out that just installing it doesn’t always mean that it’s enabled.

Enable "Ubuntu Style" Logons in Windows Vista

If you like the way Ubuntu requires you to enter your username and password instead of clicking on an icon, you can enable the same thing for Windows Vista in a somewhat similar style logon process. This is really most useful for home users, as domain users should already see this screen.

Add An Extra Drive With Gmail Drive Extension

Gmail Drive is a third party software extension originally thought up by Richard Jones  that allows you to use your Gmail account as though it is a drive attached to your local machine.  You have the ability to drag and drop files into that drive and retrieve the files from another machine if necessary.  Let’s take a look at how it works.

Another Desktop Cube for Windows XP/Vista

The Desktop Cube effect for Linux is extremely popular because people love eye candy, but the choices for Windows are much less interesting. The latest utility to give this effect for Windows is surprisingly fast, and works on both XP and Vista.

Office 2007 Install Add-Ins

You can install Add-In software to most Office 2007 applications.  Microsoft bundled add-in software with this release of Office.  The software is included with 2007 but is not automatically installed.  Here I am going to demonstrate how to complete the process with Excel 2007.

Great Geek Sites – Part Two

Every month or two, we come up with a list of the great geek sites that we read and share it with our readers. It’s also a great way for me to take a day off, since it only takes a few minutes to come up with…

Mozilla Sunbird Calendar

Hate the new calendar in Vista?  Not a fan of the Outlook calendar or don’t like the idea of always being connected to the web to use Google’s Calendar?  Love Open Source and all things Mozilla?  Then Sunbird is for you. Sunbird is a stand-alone calendar application.  If you want Sunbird to integrate with Thunderbird then you would want to install the Lightning extension.

Power Toys For XP

For those of you still running XP you might be looking for ways to improve the XP experience.  One of the better ways to add unique features to the OS is installing Power Toys.  These are add on programs that Microsoft developers have designed after the XP release.  These have been around for several years, and are proven to work.  Although Microsoft does not “officially support” them.  I thought I would highlight a few of my favorites.