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Windows Vista Upgrade Clean Install Tip

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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.
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Wednesday, March 7, 2007 Posted by | Computers, Internet, Windows XP Tips and Tricks | 4 Comments

WinXP Hacks

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%
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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 Posted by | Computers, Internet, Windows XP Tips and Tricks | 4 Comments

Software for Starving Students


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?
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Monday, February 26, 2007 Posted by | Computers, Internet, Recommended Services, Software and Utilities, Windows XP Tips and Tricks | 5 Comments

10 Time Saving Keyboard Shortcuts for Excel

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Monday, February 19, 2007 Posted by | Computers, Documentary, General Info, Live Video, Tips, Videos, Windows XP Tips and Tricks | 5 Comments

Hiren’s BootCD 8.8

Download Mirrors for Hiren’s BootCD v8.8

(click the link most convenient for you):

Hiren’s Bootcd 8.8 + Keyboard Patch [approx. 67.9MB]

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MediaFire

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Megaupload Mirror 1

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Depositfiles

EasyShare

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Live Share

File-Base

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PirateBay – Torrent

MiniNova – Torrent

 

Install Notes: After downloading, extract and burn image file (iso) to disk. You need to know how to burn that image to a CD. You will need a program like Nero or the freeware Active ISO Burner. To use Hiren’s BootCD 8.8, boot from CD to launch recovery apps.

 

Hiren’s BootCD 8.8

All in one Dos Bootable CD which has all these utilities

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Wednesday, February 7, 2007 Posted by | Computers, Internet, News, Others, Software and Utilities, Windows XP Tips and Tricks | 15 Comments

Which Open Source Freeware Do You Need Today?

This post complements What Do You Want to Do Today for Free?
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 …

  1. protect the computer against viruses : ClamWin Free Antivirus

  2. protect the computer against viruses : The OpenAntivirus Project

  3. protect the computer with a firewall : PktFilter

  4. protect the computer with a firewall : Winsock Firewall

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Friday, February 2, 2007 Posted by | Computers, Internet, Software and Utilities, Windows XP Tips and Tricks | 3 Comments

What Do You Want to Do Today for Free?

If you want a specific freeware utility 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 …

  1. check if there is a rootkit installed on my computer : F-Secure BlackLight
  2. check if there is a rootkit installed on my computer : RootkitRevealer by SysInternals
  3. check if there is a rootkit installed on my computer : RootKit Hook Analyzer
  4. protect the computer against adware : Ad-Aware Personal
  5. protect the computer against adware : Spybot-S&D
  6. protect the computer against spyware : Windows Defender from Microsoft
  7. protect the computer against trojans : ewido
  8. protect the computer against viruses : AVG Free
  9. protect the computer against viruses : AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic
  10. protect the computer against viruses : Avast! 4 Home Edition
  11. protect the computer against viruses : BitDefender 8 Free Edition
  12. protect the computer with a firewall : Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall
  13. protect the computer with a firewall : Safety.Net
  14. protect the computer with a firewall : ZoneAlarm
  15. protect the browser against spyware : SpywareBlaster
  16. protect the browser against spyware : SpywareGuard 2.2
  17. remove CoolWebSearch virus : CWShredder
  18. remove specific viruses : Grisoft/AVG Virus Removal Tools
  19. stop/cleanup homepage hijacking : HijackThis

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Friday, February 2, 2007 Posted by | Computers, Internet, Software and Utilities, Windows XP Tips and Tricks | 1 Comment

Priceless Software

Fabulous Freeware Replacements For Popular Commercial Applications – Spyware and Adware Free

Video Apps

  • AVIcodec – Gives the codecs needed to play the file, and where to download those codecs if they are missing on your system.
  • DVD Shrink – DVD Shrink is software to backup DVD discs
  • MovieTrack – a freeware dvd database and general movie collection organizer, for Windows.
  • TMPGEnc – converts .AVI file to MPEG1, the format which is used in VideoCD. Using variety of option in TMPGEnc, you can compress your video file in high quality.
  • VLC – Stream DVDs and Videos over a network
  • VirtualDub – VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit Windows platforms (95/98/ME/NT4/2000/XP)”

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Thursday, January 11, 2007 Posted by | Computers, Internet, Software and Utilities, Windows XP Tips and Tricks | 2 Comments

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