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Geek Repair: Create Your Own Ultimate Recovery CD

If you've ever had booting problems, spyware or viruses, you've likely attempted to boot from the Windows CD and run some repairs... but sometimes that's just not enough. Sure, you can easily backup your data using Ubuntu, but a much better option is to use the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows.

Create a Shortcut to the Stored User Names and Passwords Dialog in Windows

If you've ever saved a password when connecting to a website that requires authentication, for a remote desktop session or a mapped drive, you might have wondered where those passwords are saved. If you are a long time reader, you already know where, but you might be interested in how to create a shortcut directly to the dialog where you can manage those logons.

Troubleshooting Problems with Firefox 3 Crashing or Hanging

With all the fanfare surrounding the release of Firefox 3 and the setting of a new world record for downloads, the fact that many people are having problems with Firefox instability seemed to get lost in the shuffle... so I decided to write up a list of troubleshooting methods that might help solve your problems.

4 Ways to Make UAC Less Annoying on Windows 7 / Vista

The single biggest irritation in Windows Vista is the UAC (User Account Control) system, especially for people that do a lot of tweaking. When you are trying to make configuration changes, it seems like every couple of seconds you are hitting another UAC prompt. Sure, it's more secure... but what options do we have to make it less annoying?

Create Administrator Mode Shortcuts Without UAC Prompts in Windows 7 or Vista

One of the most talked about annoyances in Windows Vista are the UAC prompts that constantly pop up when you are trying to make system changes. It's especially irritating when you often need to run a particular tool that requires administrator mode in order to run. Thankfully there's a simple hack that you can do to create an administrator mode shortcut that doesn't prompt for UAC.

Add "Run as Administrator" for AutoHotkey Scripts in Windows 7 or Vista

As regular readers know well, I'm a huge fan of using AutoHotkey to automate my entire computing experience... but in Windows Vista there's a serious limitation since you can't run a script as Administrator by default. This means that your hotkeys can't interact with windows running in Admin mode... so how do we get around this?

Book Review: Just the Computer Essentials (Vista)

Normally we try and focus on articles about how to customize your computer, but today we'll take a break from that and do a book review. This is something I've not done before, so any suggestions or questions will be welcomed in the comments.