Are you looking to change a Microsoft Office 2007 product license key, serial number or CD key? One common method used to change the product key for 2007 Microsoft Office programs or suites is to uninstall or remove Microsoft Office and then reinstall the program. Another approach is to edit your registry, reset and change the product serial key without uninstalling and reinstalling 2007 Office system suites.
If your looking to password protect a shared folder on your network, you’ve probably noticed that Windows XP doesn’t have any built in features allowing you to lock access to a folder via a password like previous Windows releases did. This means that anyone using the same workgroup or domain can access the files within your shared folder.
The following tutorial explains how to automatically delete files instead of moving them to the recycle bin in Windows Vista. “Remove files immediately when deleted” bypassing the recycle bin. In addition you can remove the recycle bin icon from the desktop. I personally prefer this method as I don’t like to go through a two step process to remove files from my system.
How to run a program in Windows Vista with administrator rights: Typically when you launch a program that requires administrative rights in Windows Vista, you are prompted for administrator credentials to continue. Sometimes, programs that were designed for older systems such as Windows XP may not even run or could be limited in functionality if they are not launched with administrator rights. In the following tutorial, I’ll cover the process of launching a program with administrator credentials. In addition I’ll show you how to make it so that programs are automatically launched with administrator rights and how to ensure that they run compatible with Vista if the program was produced for an older version of Windows.
So your looking to add/remove programs in Windows Vista? In Windows XP, there was an applet named add/remove programs located in the control panel. In Vista, the naming structure has changed a bit. The new applet for adding and removing programs in Vista is simply called “programs” or “programs and features” for those using the classic menu.
Removing the OEM Branding of Windows Vista: The following tutorial covers how to add, remove, edit, change and modify the factory OEM branding that comes Windows Vista from system manufacturers. OEM’s typically include their logo and other system builder information in the System information applet when the install Windows. The goal of this tutorial is to enable a user to customize the OEM “logo” and “manufacturer” information of the users Vista machine.
Q: Why do I get an Access Denied error when trying to open a folder? A: In Windows Vista, many folders that used to be used by earlier versions of Windows have been moved to a new location or given a new name in Windows Vista. However, the old folders can still be seen if you have enabled Show Hidden Files, and they look like the following:
Help, I’ve lost my recycle bin: Within Windows Vista, There is now a New Delete option when right-clicking the Recycle Bin. This option gives the Vista user the option of easily removing the shortcut from the desktop. I’ve often found that many people accidentally click the delete option and appear puzzled when they can no longer find the recycle bin shortcut on the desktop. Don’t be alarmed, the following tutorial explains how to quickly restore it.
How do I remove a .Net account from Windows XP and Windows MSN Messenger? The answer is relatively simple. You can edit or delete your .Net or MSN passport via the user accounts administration panel applet located in your computers control panel. The following How To outlines how to delete an MSN passport from your computer.
In order to display any changes on a Web page, a user might click the Refresh button on the browser toolbar or press the F5 key on the keyboard. While this sometimes works, refreshing a page simply reloads the page without clearing the browser’s cache. Here are some additional techniques used by specific browsers to help clear the browser’s cache so you see the changes when a page is reloaded.
How to create trademark and copyright symbols: The following short tutorial explains how to create those neat circled C copyright, circled R registered trademark and TM trademark symbols. These symbols are often considered more visually appealing and generally produce less clutter than standard text.
Share Outlook Express with multiple users: The following tutorial explains how to share Outlook Express with other users in your household while password protecting your e-mail via the use of identities. If the people in your household share the same computer and you don’t want to use a separate Windows login for every user, this tutorial is for you.
How to Remove Advertisements from Windows Live Messenger: Removing Windows Live Messenger Ads: Windows Live Messenger is considered the latest replacement or upgrade for MSN Messenger. It contains some great new features and improvements over the previous MSN Messenger that shipped with Windows XP and is viewed by many as an essential tool.
By default, when a Windows XP computer encounters an error, the user is prompted with a pop up asking them if they would like to send the pertaining error information to Microsoft. The following tutorial explains how to eliminate this pop up prompt when your computer encounters an error.
The following is a run command shortcut list for Windows XP. Run commands allow a user to quickly access a variety or Windows XP tools and applications directly via the Start -> Run interface. For quick reference, the application name is on the left and the command you would type in the run window is shown to the right in bold.
Want to take full control of your Windows XP Cookies? The Documents and Settings folder found within Windows XP holds user specific information including all Cookies stored from an internet browsing session. You can take control and tell your computer exactly how to processes and handles these Cookies via the settings found in the Internet Explorer-Internet Options menu.
Ok, so you have purchased a new hard drive and would like to add it to your Windows XP computer. New drives do not ship pre-formatted, so you’ll need to create a new partition(s) and format them. Using the graphical disk management tool in Windows XP, it’s simple to create a new partition.
There are times when one might want to disable Windows XP System Restore. Maybe you would like to free up some drive space and system resources? Maybe your system contains a virus that cannot be removed because it has migrated into system restore? In any event disabling system restore is an easy task.
The Windows XP Prefetcher reduces the amount of time it takes Windows to boot and can speed up the launch of applications. It does this by monitoring which programs initialize when the Operating System is booted, then in the future, fetches them quickly via trace files. Although prefetcher is enabled by default, we can easily improve on its performance by adjusting or tweaking it’s value to make Windows boot faster.
By default, Windows XP places a delay on menus before they are displayed. Some users feel this menu delay is a bit long and may prefer to reduce or eliminate the delay all together. The good news is that this is easily accomplished via the adjustment of a simple registry setting.
In some cases, it might seem like it takes forever for Windows to shutdown. By altering a simple registry setting, you may be able to dramatically decrease the amount of time it takes for Windows XP to shutdown. This tutorial shows you how to adjust your shutdown speed by reducing the time Windows allows before it proceeds to kill running applications.
This article covers the process of Slipstreaming service pack 2 into Windows XP and creating a new Slipstreamed Boot CD to be used for later installs. Slipstreaming eliminates the need to install service pack 2 after Windows installation because the updates are installed from the CD during installation.
In the following tutorial, I cover how to remove the Recycle Bin Icon from your Windows XP Desktop. One reason you may want to get rid of the Recycle Bin Icon that is sitting on your desktop is that you have bypassed the recycle bin and automatically delete files from your computer. Or maybe you just don’t want to have any icons on your desktop. Recycle Bin removal requires that you modify a registry setting. To simplify this process, I have provided a registry file.
Personally I do not like to use the Recycle Bin feature that is built into Windows XP. I would rather have deleted files automatically removed from my PC when I select the option to delete them. Knowing that I am probably not the only one who feels this way, I have devised the following tutorial. This simple tutorial explains how a user can permanently remove or delete files on their Windows XP computer without moving them to the Recycle Bin.
The Scheduled Task Wizard is a helpful feature built into Windows XP that allows a user to schedule programs and applications to be run automatically. Think of it as a Windows version of an alarm clock for your programs. This feature is particularly useful for launching routine maintenance tasks such as Disk Cleanup and Defrag. The idea is to schedule these tasks to run while the computer is not in use allowing your computer to take care of and maintain itself while your off doing other things.
After installing many programs or applications and or if you use your computer quite frequently your hard drive can become cluttered and unorganized. Over time and with continued use, your Windows XP computer might become sluggish and applications may not be as snappy or start as quickly as they once did. This is a fairly common problem that Windows XP users encounter. It is mainly caused by information being saved to the hard drive in an unorganized manner. This is referred to as disk fragmentation.
Windows Media Player always opens when I insert a CD. By default, Windows XP is configured to automatically detect what a user wants to do with a CD or DVD once it is inserted. This feature is called AutoPlay. For example, Windows might try to launch it’s Media Player once a CD is inserted into the CD drive. Some users might find the AutoPlay feature annoying and want to change or disable it. The following tutorial explains how to edit or disable this option.
Tips to help Keep Windows running smoothly. Windows was designed to be user friendly and this convenience directly attributes to it’s success. The drawback is that the more convenient something is, the more potential there might be for conflict. I like to think of it as a balancing act much like that of Newtons third law that states every action must have an equal and opposite reaction. Or the non scientific approach “You can’t have your cake and eat it too”.
Windows XP can be a great Operating environment. It is easy to navigate, use, and understand. However, Windows can quickly turn into a nightmare if not properly maintained and cared for. The use of good Antivirus software is crucial to keeping Windows up and running smoothly. But just as important and probably the most overlooked, is the process of keeping Windows up to date by taking advantage of Windows updates.
Whether your migrating to a new computer or reformatting your current computer, there are many things you might want to bring with you from the current Windows Operating environment. One of those simple necessities I can’t live without are my Internet Explorer favorite website links. I feel it’s as important to backup my favorites as email messages and personal contacts. The following tutorial covers how to backup and restore your personal Internet Explorer favorites list.
If you’ve received this error and your system is using the Realtek HD Audio Control Panel, you might be scratching your head just as I was. After a bit of research, I found out that this error was most likely caused after installing Microsoft’s security update 925902 (MS07-017) and security update 928843 (MS07-008).
The problem is that the Hhctrl.ocx file and the User32.dll file that is included in each of these security updates have conflicting base addresses. The resulting error occurs when the program loads the Hhctrl.ocx file before it loads the User32.dll file.
The following tutorial explains how to backup and restore the contacts from your Outlook Express Address Book. Creating a backup allows a user to save their personal contacts from Outlook Express and then import or restore those contacts later. This process is typically used by users that want to import contacts to another computer or would like to create a backup of those contacts in case of hardware failure or a virus.
Balloon tips are those little information pop ups you get when hovering the pointer over objects within Windows XP. These tips were originally designed to give the user additional information on the item in question. However as I am sure most of you would agree, they can very quickly become annoying. So, let me explain how to remove them.
The notification area is used by Windows XP to let the user know about applications that are launched at startup or are running while Windows is in use. However, it’s a good thing that not all applications are written to automatically create an icon in the notification area. If every application running was listed, our taskbar would be full and cluttered.
The adjustable power options within Windows XP are designed to help conserve energy. However, a user might want to change the default Windows XP power management settings. In the following, I will attempt to answer a few common problems related to the setting of these options.
How to find the MAC address of a computers network adapter: MAC addresses (Medium Access Control)
are used by a computer as the source and destination addresses for the transfer of data packets on a network. You’ve probably arrived at this page because your interested in finding or locating the MAC address of an ethernet adapter or NIC (Network Interface Card) within your computer. In the following tutorial, I cover how to reveal the MAC address of a network card on your Windows PC. The process of locating your computers MAC address is simple but first let’s explain what a MAC address is.