The option of purchasing an upgrade over the full version of a new operating system is often the preferred method as it is alot cheaper, but update versions tend to be a little more problematic. For example, if you wanted to do a clean install of your new os you had to prove that you qualified for the upgrade by inserting the original cd of the older os at some stage during the install.
The upgrade version of the new Windows Vista has done away with this CD check for doing a clean install, but to use it you still need qualifying software, such as Windows XP or Windows 2003. But here is the good news – Windows Vista upgrade version also accepts an ‘unactivated’ version of Vista! That means that you can clean install your upgrade version of Vista without activating it and then ‘upgrade’ this install to the upgraded version. The downside of this means you have to install Vista twice, but Vista installs faster than XP, and you can save as much as 50% of your cash in the process.
Step 1. Boot the PC from the Vista Upgrade DVD.
Deleting System Software
XP hides some system software you might want to remove, such as Windows Messenger, but you can tickle it and make it disgorge everything. Using Notepad or Edit, edit the text file /windows/inf/sysoc.inf, search for the word ‘hide’ and remove it. You can then go to the Add or Remove Programs in the Control Panel, select Add/Remove Windows Components and there will be your prey, exposed and vulnerable.
Creating Shutdown Icon or One Click Shutdown
Navigate to your desktop. On the desktop, right-click and go to New, then to Shortcut (in other words, create a new shortcut). You should now see a pop-up window instructing you to enter a command line path.
Use this path in “Type Location of the Item”
SHUTDOWN -s -t 01
If the C: drive is not your local hard drive, then replace “C” with the correct letter of the hard drive. Click the “Next” button. Name the shortcut and click the “Finish” button. Now whenever you want to shut down, just click on this shortcut and you’re done.
Increasing Band-Width By 20%
Software for Starving Students is a free collection of programs organized for students (but available to anyone). We’ve gathered a list of best-in-class programs onto one CD (one disc for OS X, one for Windows), including a fully-featured office suite, a cutting-edge web browser, multi-media packages, academic tools, utilities and more.
What software is on the CD?
Bill Gates and Steve Jobs square off in the clean white virtual world of the iconic Mac ads. For those who have yet to see this hilarious animated video:
Hiroshima Atomic Bombing – CGI Re-enactment
From the BBC documentary, “Hiroshima”:
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Hiren’s BootCD 8.8
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The following are Open Source free applications and utilities available for free under various licenses.
If you want a specific Open Source freeware to solve a particular problem, identify it in the list below and then click on the hyperlink that follows:
Anti-Spyware/Anti-Virus/Anti-Rootkit Freeware Utilities : I want to …
protect the computer against viruses : ClamWin Free Antivirus
protect the computer against viruses : The OpenAntivirus Project
protect the computer with a firewall : PktFilter
protect the computer with a firewall : Winsock Firewall