Many people don't realize that rather than installing dozens of applications, you can control nearly any aspect of your computer with simple shortcuts that don't take up any resources.
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.
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.
Most of us use our computers in a shared in environment with our family members, friends etc. But sometimes we may want set some permissions so that we can actually restrict access to certain folders which do not lie in our My Documents, My Pictures etc.
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.
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?
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.
When you are troubleshooting network problems, one of the first things to do is disable the built-in Windows Firewall... but there are just way too many steps required to the firewall on and off. Can't we make a simple shortcut icon instead?
Probably one of the most frustrating things that can happen to you in Windows is not being able to logon to your user account because you changed the password and then forgot it or because you accidentally deleted the account. If you don't know the password for any other Administrator account, you have a big problem!
Have you ever wondered why Windows Vista allows you to choose themes, but there's no way to add custom themes without additional software? The reason is because Windows checks the themes with a cryptographic key, so you have to patch windows to allow custom-created themes to install.
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?
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?
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.
Has it ever bothered you that there isn't an obvious way to remove the previous items in the Run box in Windows? It's often very useful, of course... but if you are just a little bit paranoid you might want to clean out that list on occasion.
You've already seen them... links to tinyurl.com left in comments, on blog posts and especially on Twitter. But doesn't it make you slightly uneasy to click on a link without knowing where it's going to take you?
If you are throwing a party and listening to music or videos using Windows Media Player, you'll probably not want anybody messing with the rest of your computer while you are off trying to win somebody's affection.
The last time I was too lazy to write anything turned out to be extremely popular, so I decided to do it again since I'm enjoying a cup of coffee a few thousand miles away.