If you don’t use the built-in Windows Calendar or use it to display your Google calendar, you might be interested in removing the application from Windows Vista.
If you frequently download files from suspicious sites, it’s probably worth it to check for viruses Before you download, instead of waiting to see if your regular anti-virus software will catch it after you download.
A reader on the forum asked yesterday why his password kept expiring on his Windows Vista installation, so here’s the answer for everybody: Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate all have a built-in feature to allow user accounts to have a password expiration.
If you’ve declined to use a service like FeedBurner to handle your RSS feeds, you might wonder how many subscribers you actually have. This also works well for finding subscriber counts to specific categories or comment posts on your site, which you typically wouldn’t run through FeedBurner.
As an avid user of the Sleep function on my laptop, I’ve been more than irritated with Windows 7 or Vista’s habit of changing the Sleep/Shutdown button into an “Install Updates and Shut Down” button whenever there are updates from Windows Update.
My favorite application to burn ISO images is ISO Recorder V2. I have been using this application for a couple of years and like it because it is so simple and free (although donations are gladly accepted).
Instead of using the Google Talk client embedded in Gmail, why not use it in your sidebar instead? Thanks to the gTalk sidebar extension, we can do just that.
Virtualization Technology (VT) is a set of enhancements to newer processors that improve performance for running a virtual machine by offloading some of the work to the new cpu extensions. Both AMD and Intel have processors that support this technology, but how do you tell if your system can handle it?
After reformatting your computer’s hard drive and doing clean install of Windows XP, using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard utility built into XP makes the process easy. Also, if you have purchased a new computer you can transfer your files and settings to the new machine. In Part 1 I will go through saving your files and settings from your old machine.
In prior versions of Windows before Vista, you could always open control panel items by passing control.exe the name of the *.cpl file that represented the item you were trying to open. For instance, if you wanted to open the display properties you could run the command “control.exe desk.cpl”.
Instead of re-typing long, painful error messages whenever you are trying to Google for a solution, did you know you can simply use Ctrl+C to copy the text of the message to the clipboard?
The Scheduled Tasks feature of XP and Vista often seems to be overlooked. This is a great tool to use for Automating Maintenance tasks for the OS. There are a lot of things you can do with this handy utility. In the following shots I demonstrate scheduling a Disk Cleanup in Windows XP. Later this week I will feature the extra settings and features included in Task Scheduler in Vista.
dBpoweramp is my favorite music file conversion utilities. You can convert virtually every known audio file type. Staying in the theme of home recording, this utility is essential. When you originally record your music it is in WAV format. As you can guess these files grow extremely large quickly. Using dBpoweramp allows you to convert your musical creations to compressed mp3 files. You get a 30 day free trial so nothing to lose there. It is not often I recommend “pay for” software but this is definitely worth it!
Windows 7 and Vista have all the same Windows+X shortcut keys as other versions of Windows, such as Win+E for explorer and Win+D for the desktop, but adds in all of the Win+<num> keys to launch the shortcuts in the Vista Quick Launch menu (or switch to apps in Windows 7), as well as Win+X for mobility center, etc. But what if you want to disable all these extra keys?
Windows Mobility Center is a fairly useful tool for those of us using Windows 7 or Vista on a laptop computer, but might not be for everybody, especially since it takes over the Win+X keyboard shortcut.
The Tab Mix Plus extension has a gem of a feature buried deep within the settings: The ability to turn the Ctrl+Tab key from a direct tab switch into a popup menu that works similarly to the Windows Alt+Tab feature. It’ll pop up a tiny dialog window that gives you a list of your tabs, and then on release of the keys will switch to that tab.
If you use the built-in file encryption in Windows 7 or Vista, you might be interested in adding an option to the right-click menu to more easily encrypt and decrypt your files, rather than having to use the file properties dialog.
If you’ve experienced a problem where Windows Explorer in Vista decides to suddenly stop showing the file names in certain folders, you are in luck, because it’s an easy fix.
If you’ve got drives in My Computer that you never access, such as a USB Flash drive that you are using solely for ReadyBoost, a floppy drive, or a network drive only used for a particular piece of software, then you might want to simply hide the drive from your computer.
Since I am a guitarist and love computer technology, it would not be right if I did not include some articles on home recording. I am by no means an expert in this area. Music is a hobby for me and I learn from others experiences and good old fashion trial and error.