Have you ever wished you could control multiple computers with one keyboard and one mouse? To do this, you could spend a lot of money and time installing a KVM switch, which also means that you have to run cables to each computer and connected them to the KVM switch. Or, you could use a free program from Microsoft Garage project called Mouse without Borders, and your existing wireless or wired network, and use your mouse and keyboard to seamlessly control and move files between up to four computers.
How Mouse without Borders Works:
First, you download Mouse without Borders from Microsoft’s website.
Second, install mouse without Borders on the first computer you want to connect. The installation wizard will ask you if you have installed Mouse without Borders on any of your other computers, to which you’ll answer no. When the installation is complete, you will be provided with a Security code, write this down or keep it visible on your screen, and go to the next computer.
As you install Mouse without Borders on your other computers, you simply enter the Security code that you were provided. This will connect your computer to the first computer. Repeat this process for all of the computers that you want to control. And that’s all there is to it. You’ll now be able to control all of your computers from one keyboard and mouse.
This video will show you some of the advantages to Mouse without Borders, and also walk through the installation process.
If you notice that the font on your monitor isn’t exactly smooth or clear and easy to read on your laptop or LCD monitor, you can adjust the clarity of the font by using the Windows Clear Type Tuner.
Run “cttune.exe” (without quote marks) from the Start Menu search box, or go to the Control Panel Display applet, and select Adjust ClearType Text from the left.
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This guide is intended to provide an accurate and well-established procedure for installing Windows Vista on a new or freshly formatted hard drive. By following this procedure, any data on the hard drive you are installing Windows Vista on will be permanently erased. This guide does not cover hard drives configured in a RAID setup. For information on installing Windows Vista on a RAIDed hard drive configuration, Click Here.
This guide is intended for informational purposes only. By using this guide, you agree to accept full responsibility for any damage or loss of data or equipment.
Minimum System Requirements
Vista Home Premium, Business, and Ultimate
Processor: 1GHz (32 or 64 bit)
System Memory (RAM): 1GB
Hard Drive: 40GB with 15GB available for Vista
Video Card: 128MB Memory, DirectX 9 Support
Insert your Windows Vista DVD and restart your computer. Your computer must be configured to boot from the DVD drive first. You may need to configure your computer’s BIOS to boot priority to boot from the CD or DVD drive first. Please refer to your motherboard’s User Manual for instructions on how to do this.
You may see a “Press any key to boot from CD…” message on your screen. This message will only be present for a few seconds. Press a key. Once your computer boots to the DVD, the setup process will begin.
Type your product key that came with your copy of Vista. (Note: Your Product key should be located on a label on the back or bottom of your computer. If you cannot locate your Vista Product Key, contact the vendor you purchased your computer from for assistance.
Setup will copy files to your hard drive. After the files are copied to your hard drive, setup will begin to install Windows Vista.
Select the drive on which you would like to install Vista. You can delete, format, create, and extend partitions or hard drives by clicking Drive options (advanced).
The Vista Installation wizard will copy the necessary files to your hard drive and begin the installation process. The Vista Installation wizard will automatically restart your computer at various stages of the installation process.
You may see a “Press any key to boot from CD…” message — do NOT press any key. The computer will automatically continue the installation process.
Setup will next guide you through creating user accounts and personalizing your installation of Windows Vista. Once this information is entered, the Vista Installation wizard will finish the installation process.
Congratulations! Windows Vista is now installed on your computer. However, we are not done yet. You may still need to install drivers for your motherboard devices, your graphics and sound cards, and any other hardware installed in or connected to your computer.
Installing Hardware Drivers
Now that Vista is installed, the next step is to install your hardware drivers. Installing drivers for your hardware will insure that you have access to all of your computer’s resources and increase the stability of your computer.
Motherboard Resources - Your motherboard came with a CD containing drivers for components on your motherboard such as chip sets, USB, Ethernet, and on-board devices such as audio or video. These drivers should be installed first. Use the CD to install these drivers. Later if you wish, you can update these drivers from the vendor website.
Graphics and Sound (If not built into the motherboard) - Install the drivers and software for your graphics and sound cards either from the accompanying software or by downloading the latest drivers from the vendor websites.
Other Devices - Printers, scanners, multimedia keyboards and other such devices can now be installed. Please refer to the component’s user’s guide for installation assistance.
The Device Manager
The Device Manager provides the best and easiest method of verifying and updating drivers. To access the Device Manager, click on the Start button, then right-click on Computer and select Properties.
Select the Device Manager in the left-side column of the System Properties screen.
Look for anything in the Device list showing a question mark, an exclamation mark, or a red X. This indicates that a driver is missing or not properly installed, or that there is a hardware conflict.
Double-clicking on the device will bring up the properties for that device and provide an opportunity to install the required drivers.
The Device Properties windows provides many options for installing and configuring a device. In this instance, we need to install a driver. Click on the Driver tab, and select Update Driver. You can either have the Hardware Wizard install a driver automatically, which will search your CD drives and Microsoft’s servers for a driver, or you can install a driver from a specific location, such as a file on a CD or a downloaded driver.
After your drivers are installed and you have access to the Internet, you will need to install any Windows Vista updates from Microsoft’s website at windowsupdate.microsoft.com.
If you experience technical difficulty during or after this process, please contact your computer’s technical support department for assistance.
Awhile back I discovered that I could no longer pin programs to my task bar. I am always experimenting with new settings, so I assumed this issue was something I caused, but I couldn’t figure out what I did. Yesterday, I discovered that I was right.
The reason I could no longer pin programs to the task bar was because I changed the way shortcuts appeared on my desktop by removing the stupid little arrow from the icon. That is something I have never had a problem doing in Windows XP, so why would this be a problem in Windows 7?
Anyway, I found the solution to recovering my ability to pin programs to the task bar, and it requires a little modification to the registry.
Back up the Registry Settings
You must be logged in an Administrator to perform these steps
First and foremost, back up your registry before you try this. Better to be safe than sorry, I like to say. Two easy ways to back up the registry. One, you can simply create a system restore point:
1. Open System by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.
2. In the left pane, click System protection. Administrator permission required If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
3. Click the System Protection tab, and then click Create.
4. In the System Protection dialog box, type a description, and then click Create.
The second option is to open the registry Editor and export a copy of your Windows 7 registry
1. Click the Windows Orb on the task bar, in the Search box, type “regedit” (without quotes)
2. In the Registry Editor, click File, and click Export.
3) ave the exported file somewhere save, like the root of the C: drive. This will make it convenient to restore in case something goes wrong.
Edit the Registry
1. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile (don’t confuse the small “L” for a capital “I”)
You should see the following files:
2. Add a new string value to the registry key,
Value name: IsShortcut
Value data: .lnk
(You might see IsShortcut is already present. If so, you should also see IsNotShortcut. If so, change the value of IsNotShortCut to “0“)
3. Exit from Registry Editor.
4. Logout and login again or restart Explorer for the change to take effect.
Windows 7 and Windows Vista do not have the Run command listed in the Start menu. Instead, Microsoft wants you to use the search bar by typing in the name of the program you want to run. For example. to open Microsoft Word, you type the word “word” in the search box, and hit the Enter key; to open a command box, you use the command “cmd”, and so forth.
As an alternative, you could hold down the Windows logo key (if your keyboard has this), and press the R key. This will bring up the run command box.
For folks that prefer to have a Run command in the Start menu, you can add it by following these steps:
1. Right click an open area of the Task bar
2. Select Properties
3. Select the Start Menu tab
4. Tick the Start menu entry and click the “Customize” button to the right.
5. Scroll down the list until you find the “Run command” entry.
6. Place a check-mark in the “Run command” check box.
7. Click OK.
The Run command should now appear in the Start Menu.