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.
Anybody that works in a multiple server environment knows that it can be annoying to have half a dozen remote desktop windows open at any given point. Thankfully there's a slick application called Terminals that gives you tabbed remote desktop capabilities.
If you are encountering an infuriating problem where Outlook constantly asks you for your password even though you check the "Remember my password" box every single time, then you are in luck because reader Malcolm wrote in with this tip on how to fix the problem.
Amarok is a wonderful application for managing and playing your music collection, but the default settings aren't optimized for speed when it comes to large collections of music. The problems are especially noticeable while trying to use the search box.
WinSCP is by far and away the best SCP/SFTP client for Windows users, but the default settings don't use keepalive, so you get disconnected far too often. I like to leave the client open while I'm doing work, and this causes a serious problem with my workflow.
Hidden away in the Windows directory is a separate utility that can be used to perform certain user administration functions not provided in the normal interface. Instead of typing "control userpasswords2" into the run box, you can just add it as an icon in your Control Panel.
Has this ever happened to you? I created a new virtual machine running Ubuntu on my VMware server before I left home, but forgot to install the ssh server... so I couldn't get to that machine at all from my remote location. Rather than driving back home I decided to find a solution.