If you’ve ever copied one directory of files over another, you’re probably pretty aware that Windows gives you an option to respond Yes To All when file conflicts arise. But what if you don’t want to overwrite the files? Windows Vista and Windows 7 were gracious enough to allow you to repeat your […]
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As the Windows Guru, I spend a lot of time in forums answering Windows and Windows Scripting related questions. Quite frequently I respond to users who are receiving some form of an error message–and in almost every case, the error message is incomplete or incorrectly worded. For obvious reasons this makes diagnosis difficult, […]
If you’re tired of being bothered by Windows Vista’s invasive User Account Control (UAC) prompts when attempting to run certain programs, then you’ll want to stop by TechRepublic’s IT Dojo and check out this video that shows you how to bypass those unwanted prompts.
How do I strip windows down to be faster on my laptop? - James M.
This is really kind of a loaded question. It’s highly dependent upon what you mean when you say “strip down”. My basic response to this would be to disable unnecessary services and removed unneeded components.
I had a registry tweak for Windows XP that made it shut down faster. Is there a shutdown tweak for Vista?- Chilion F.
The popular Fast Shutdown tweak for Windows XP was used to change the default timeout for programs and services that would not end. This allowed hanging programs to be closed sooner […]
So you’ve taken the plunge and upgraded to the new Windows Vista operating system and you’re trying to make yourself at home in this new operating system. Everything is good but every time you turn around you’re seeing a dialog that “Windows needs your permission to continue”. You’re thinking to yourself, “I just […]
One of the chief complaints I hear all of the time is that Microsoft Outlook does not provide exit confirmation when closing. Since most Outlook users keep it open at all times for new mail notification, it’s nice to know when you close it accidentally. Unfortunately, Outlook does not have an option to […]
I’m going to show you two easy ways to automate tasks in Windows, but first let’s establish some specifics about what we want to do.
The easiest way to clean temporary folders is to use Windows built in Disk Cleanup Tool which can be started either from All Programs > Accessories > System Tools on the […]
Have you ever tried changing a motherboard in your PC just find out that it won’t boot after the new board is installed? Alas, you’re all set to fire up upgraded powerhouse just to discover the dreaded “Blue Screen of Death”. Typically hardware changes will cause either a Stop 0×0000007B or INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE error […]
A USB block storage device is an external (and generally portable) storage device that connects to your computer via a Universal Serial Bus port. They are becoming quite commonplace as of late. These devices include typical USB storage devices such as thumb drives, JumpDrives, and flash hard drives and some not-so-common ones such […]