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Control up to four computers with Mouse without Borders

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:

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Score Ten Free E-Books from Microsoft Press

Microsoft Press is giving away ten free e-books on SQL Server 2008 and 2012, MS Office 365 and 2010, Deploying Windows 7, Visual Studio 2010, Programming Windows Phone 7, and Virtualization Solutions. Get ’em while they’re hot!

Introducing Microsoft Server 2012   (Download in PDF Format – 288 pages; 10.8 MB)  The final and complete version of Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012, by Ross Mistry  and Stacia Misner. 10 Chapters covering Introduction, Disaster-Recovery Enhancements, SQL Server 2012 Editions and Engine Enhancements, Data Administration, Performance and Scalability, , Security Enhancements, Programmability… Continue reading

Using the Clear Type Tuner in Windows

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.

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Windows To Go – A Bootable Windows 8 on a USB Stick

 

 

windodws8_logoWindows to Go is a feature of Windows 8 that allows users to run Windows 8 from a USB 2.0 or 3.0 thumb drive. Windows to Go is essentially targeted to enterprise customers or people who work from a shared computer, or a home or computers in remote locations.

IT professionals may find Windows To Go valuable as it will allow them to boot a copy of Windows 8 extremely fast and diagnostic any existing problems on the local PC installation.

Bootable Operating systems aren’t new and neither is a bootable Windows stick, but these… Continue reading

Unfreeze programs in Windows 7

In previous versions of Microsoft Windows, when a program locked up, there was nothing you could do except the three-finger-salute (CTRL+ALT+DELETE), and hopefully terminate the offending program. That meant losing any unsaved data that you were working on. Worst case scenario was that you would have to restart Windows. With Windows 7, a new utility has been that added that may help users unfreeze a program or restart it without losing data. The utility is called the Resource Monitor. Continue reading

Creating a Windows 7 Password Recovery disk

windows7_logoIt is nearly impossible to recover a lost Windows 7 password. If, for whatever reason, you have forgotten your windows 7 password, you are going to be in pretty big trouble. Without that password, you are not going to be able to log into your profile and access your files or data.

Fortunately, Windows 7 provides a simple tool to help you recover your password by way of a password reset disk. The catch is that you must create the password recovery disk BEFORE you need it.

Creating the Password Recovery disk

You can use a floppy… Continue reading

Windows 8 for tablets hands-on preview (engadget.com)

I just finished reading engadget's new article "Windows 8 for tablets hands-on preview (video).  If you are considering a tablet PC, or if you are interested in learning more about the up-coming windows 8, you should read this article.

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Back up Windows Registry in Windows XP

The Windows Registry is a hierarchical database that stores configuration settings and options on Microsoft Windows operating systems. It contains settings for low-level operating system components as well as the applications running on the platform: the kernel, device drivers, services, SAM, user interface and third-party applications all make use of the Registry. In other terms, you can think of the registry like the nerve system in a human body in all components of the human body are linked to the brain.

There are circumstances where modifications to the registry may be required, such as installing software or… Continue reading

Windows XP: Disabling the Indexing Service

The Indexing service can create an index of all the files and the content of many of those files in order to make finding things much faster. While Windows XP’s heart is in the right place, this sounds better than it is in practice. The Indexing service is more effective in its ability to slow down your computer than its ability to speed file searches.

 

Here’s how to disable the Indexing service:

 

Click Start and click the Run command.

In the Open text box, type services.msc and click OK.

In the right pane of the… Continue reading

Installing Windows Vista on a new or formatted hard drive

Introduction

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.

Disclaimer

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… Continue reading

Creating a system Image DVD for Windows 7

windows7_logoIf you have ever experienced a computer crash, or a failure that ultimately ends up in you having to reinstall Windows and all your drivers and software, then you know what a living hell feels like. Even if you’re a seasoned pro, like me, you know that at the very least, you are going to be booked up 4 or 5 hours reinstalling everything, and probably twice that getting all of your settings and configurations back the way you like them. Of course, that’s assuming that you have a recent backup of your data. If not, your… Continue reading

Common Windows Run Line Commands

I have compiled a list of useful commonly used run-line commands for Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7. These commands are used from the Run line (Start/Run).  Using run-line commands is often a quicker way of accessing a program or a Windows service, instead of clicking through a series of screens and options to get where you want to go.

Function Command (Run from Start/Run) Description
Accessibility access.cpl Windows Accessibility Control Panel
Hardware Wizard hdwwiz.cpl Hardware Installation Wizard
Add/Remove Programs appwiz.cpl Adding or removing programs or Windows components
Administrative Tools certmgr.msc Windows Administrative… Continue reading

History of the Microsoft Windows Desktop

I thought it would be fun to put together a historical collection of Microsoft’s operating system desktops; to give a perspective of just how far the PC desktop environment has evolved since Microsoft entered into the market and essentially took over the world’s share of the PC market. I am starting back when  Windows was in its infancy, to the early days of Microsoft DOS, and moving forward in time to the future to Microsoft’s Windows 8. Most of Microsoft’s operating systems have been a big success, and have changed the way the world… Continue reading

Windows 8 Design flaws

 

 

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I just read through an article posted on ZDNet by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes about what he feels are design flaws in the Windows 8 operating system. While some of the points he makes are more like personal preferences, albeit good ones, he points out 4 items that I think could be serious flaws against Windows 8 in a desktop environment

 

 

Those flaws include:

Users are limited to two applications running side-by-side in Metro Apps on Windows 8. This may be OK for a tablet, but not for a desktop. Especially for power users… Continue reading

Windows XP: Start Menu Delay

By default, Windows XP has a delay that I find personally irritating when going through the sub-menus of the Start Menu. Luckily, this can easily be adjusted to fit your preference.

 

Here’s how:

 

  1. Go to Start> Run, then type in: regedit Press [Enter] on your keyboard.
  2. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Desktop \ MenuShowDelay
  3. By default, the value is 400. Change this to a smaller value (like 0) to speed it up.
  4. If your still experiencing a slow speed of the Start Menu, even after editing the registry setting, then… Continue reading

Windows 7: Cannot Pin to Task Bar (Resolved!)

windows7_logoAwhile 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… Continue reading

Adding the Run Command to the Windows Vista and Windows 7 Start Menu

Add the Run Command to the Windows Vista and Windows 7 Start Menu

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Disabling the Indexing Service

The Indexing service can create an index of all the files and the content of many of those files in order to make finding things much faster. While Windows XP’s heart is in the right place, this sounds better than it is in practice. The Indexing service is more effective in its ability to slow down your computer than its ability to speed file searches. Here’s how to disable the Indexing service:

Click Start and click the Run command.
In the Open text box, type services.msc and click OK.
In the right pane of the Services console,… Continue reading

Windows XP: Clear Page File on Shutdown

To save on Random Access Memory (RAM), Windows uses your Page File as a sort of cache. This can slow down your PC’s overall performance. To remedy this situation, Windows XP has an option that allows users to clear the Page File when you shut down Windows. While this tweak tends to lengthen the shutdown time, it does have its performance benefits.

 

To set the computer to clear the page file without directly editing the registry is:

 

  1. Click on the Start button
  2. Go to the Control Panel
  3. Administrative Tools
  4. Local Security Policy
  5. Local Policies
  6. Click… Continue reading

Changing the Network Adapter Connection Order in Windows

A common frustration with Windows-based laptops and mobile devices is that the device will use a wireless connection when you are wired connection. Fortunately, this is very easy to resolve in Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. Continue reading

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