Have you ever wondered how to change the default Windows XP logon screen? Today I got the crazy idea to figure out how to make it look like Windows Vista instead, so I'm writing that up for you.
Windows Vista restricts network traffic to 10 packets per millisecond while playing multimedia to prevent skipping. Unfortunately this causes network speed to be pitiful on a gigabit network, especially during file copies over the network.
After writing articles about how to open the Safely Remove dialog as well as eject a specific USB drive, some readers contacted me asking me to write about how to eject a CD or DVD drive instead, so I'm covering that here.
You've already heard the news: Microsoft released Windows Vista Service Pack 1 yesterday. So what does that mean for me, and how do I install it again?
If you do a lot of tweaking to the panels in Gnome or KDE, you've probably run into an instance where you enabled a plugin or changed a setting and need to restart to see the effect (or maybe you locked something up). Instead of logging out or rebooting, we'll just reload the process.
Sometimes in the life of a geek, we do something in front of a non-geek that shocks and amazes them. Sometimes it's as simple as typing three keystrokes into a file open dialog. (At least it was for me yesterday)
After writing yesterday's article about creating a shortcut to the Safely Remove Hardware dialog, a number of readers mentioned to me that they'd like create a shortcut to immediately eject a specific drive, so we'll cover that here.
Have you ever had the context menus in Windows Explorer just completely disappear? There's a simple registry hack that can turn the context menus off, which means you could also reverse that hack to re-enable the context menus.
When you have a problem with your Windows computer, you'll usually be told to insert the Windows cdrom and then start the Recovery Console in order to fix the issue. So where did you put that XP disc anyway? Why can't we just install the recovery console to the hard drive?
Have you ever tried to unzip a file to the Program Files directory in Vista? You'll get all sorts of permission denied errors, and generally be unsuccessful. So how do we open up the zipfile as an administrator? For that matter, how do you open any file as administrator?
If you've ever tried to copy a file that is locked by another application, you've probably seen an error message similar to "The process cannot access the file because another process has locked a portion of the file". So how do you copy it anyway?
Let me start by saying that I have no idea why anybody would want to do this, and it's perhaps one of the most useless articles I've ever written. That said, if you've ever wondered how to remove the username from the Start menu in Windows XP, this article is for you.
I've got a Wacom drawing tablet hooked up to my computer, and ever since I installed Vista's Tablet PC utilities, I've had this obnoxious onscreen keyboard on the welcome screen that just can't seem to be turned off through any regular settings. So how do I get rid of it?
If you use Outlook and you've noticed it being excessively slow or just having errors, you should probably scan and repair your Personal Folders file for any problems. It's sorta like checkdisk for your email.