Archive for January 2007

Is your PC running slow?

January 30, 2007

Is your PC running slow? Here are step-by-step instructions for a few things you can do yourself.

·         Shutdown PC

·         Remove temporary Internet files

·         Cookies?

·         Defragment


1. Remove temporary Internet files

From Internet Explorer Select Tools (at the top of your screen) then Internet Options Click on the Delete Files button. (You can also delete cookies here but wait for the next step if you aren’t sure.)

 Note: You can do this right now while you are reading.

 2. Cookies

Cookies aren’t all bad. They store your use rids and passwords and help sites identify you. If you delete all of your cookies you may have to enter your use rid and password again when you go back to a Web Site. Cookies don’t generally store any secure information. You can view and delete cookies. From Internet Explorer Select Tools then Internet Options click on the Delete Cookies button. Or, copy and paste (or type) this location in the address bar at the top of your screen. You will see all of your cookies and can selectively delete the cookies you don’t want stored on your PC. c:\windows\cookies  Use the BACK ARROW in your Browser to get back to this page. More Cookies More cookies may be stored in your temporary files. Copy and paste (or type) this location in the address bar. c:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files Since we just cleaned out all of the temporary files the only files we see right now are dated today so we’re not deleting these cookies

3. Get rid of PC Junk
Delete the temporary files from your PC. Look for a directory named TEMP. It’s usually in
c:\temp. You can go to “Run” and type in %temp% and it will bring up the temp files to erase. Click Start Run %temp%Hit “select all” and then delete. You can usually safely delete all of the files but don’t delete any system folders. If it says “this is a system folder” don’t delete it. Hit “select all” and then delete. You can usually safely delete all of the files but don’t delete any system folders. If it says “this is a system folder” don’t delete it. Note: You can do this right now while you are reading. Use the BACK ARROW in your Browser to get back to this page.

4. Get Rid of adware and Spyware

  • Use a good adware/spyware tool to find and delete infection.For example; Spybot Search and destroy, Adware se.
  • adware. Spyware gets downloaded without you knowing it and it tracks your keystrokes. Adware is attached to some programs that you download. It’s the thing that gives you all of the popups. The Yahoo Toolbar with Anti-Spy is available as a Yahoo free download.
  • Download Google Toolbar Prefer Google? The Google toolbar eliminates annoying pop-up ads. Download Google Toolbar

5. Defragment

Reorganizing Your Hard Disk to Improve Speed System running slow? Time to do a defrag. Over time as you write to your hard disk the data gets fragmented, broken into separate pieces. You can optimize your hard drive by defragmenting. It may take an hour or more to run if you haven’t defragmented your drive in a while. If the defrag takes a long time (more than an hour) that’s a good thing. It means your PC needed to be defragmented. This is where you can really speed up your PC. A fragmented drive runs slow. We usually Defrag every few days. You might need it more often or less depending on how much you use your PC. Close or quit all other programs before running the defrag. Click Start->Programs->Accessories->System Tools->Disk Defragmenter Or… Double-click on your desktop MyComputer. Right-click on the C: Right-click on Properties Select the Tools tab Defragment Now… Now you can select Defragment Now…. We usually check both boxes Rearrange and Check drive for errors.

Defragment never finishes?
If the Disk Defragment just hangs with 0% finished then you need to run it in Safe Mode. Hold down the Ctrl key while restarting. Release the Ctrl key when it says it’s running in Safe Mode. Now try to run the Disk Defragmenter. It might work.

 Why is My Computer Slow?
Slowdown culprits can include screen savers and custom cursors. Both can interfere with your system performance. Don’t forget to shut your PC down every once in while. It will clean itself during the shutdown. Another step that will make your PC run faster is defragmenting your hard drive when it needs it.

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Ashampoo Burning Studio-2007

January 30, 2007

Ashampoo Burning Studio allows hassle-free disc burning; Includes support for new-generation Standards such as Blu-Ray; and well designed; Well-suited to beginners and for basic home applications. Need to register to get a free key.

The latest version of Ashampoo Burning Studio 2007 is a free and significant improvement over its predecessor. Maintaining functionality without compromising on ease of use, Ashampoo Burning Studio2007 incorporates many new and exciting features. This application basically focuses on one aspect—to burn discs quickly and easily delivers maximum quality with minimum hassle. Some of the new features that have been incorporated in this version are support for Blu-ray burners, integrated audio CD ripper, and a feature-rich file backup utility for CDs, DVD and Blu-Ray discs including password protection, compression, spanning and restoration to original file locations. Other features let you burn disc images, erase media and make copies. The well designed interface is easy to navigate. You can drag and drop files into a play list-like window before proceeding to burn them. It also has a gauge at the bottom that indicates how much free space is available on the disc. Those who have used Nero earlier would be familiar with this type of interface. Audio CDs can be burned from file types such as WAV, MP3, OGG and WMA. If stuck at a particular stage, you can always use the interactive trouble shooting assistant for solving most of your hardware and media related queries. Ashampoo Burning Studio doesn’t have all the advanced features that you will find in other commercial packages such as Nero’s integrated WAV editor, but average users looking for quick and easy burning won’t miss them. The simplicity of this software and its broad range of tools make it a superb choice for most disc burning needs. The software includes everything you need to burn a recordable CD and DVD easily.

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Altiris Software Virtualization Solution 2 SP1

January 30, 2007

 The software is for those who frequently install-uninstall softwares!

Where virtual machine utilities like VMware Workstation

manage entire virtual computers, Altiris Software Virtualization Solution 2.0 virtualizes individual software installations.

Altiris software virtualization solution (SVS) lets you place application and data into managed units known as virtual software packages (VSPs) Small modules known as VSPs are created for each software, which can contain the installations and which remain essentially disconnected from the OS. This means that no registry modification are made to windows and your system stay clean, while transparency means you wont be able to tell this is a layered module. In case an application malfunctions, the problem is limited and isolated to its particular module, and your OS remain unaffected.

 SVS monitors software installation, and grabs Registry changes-in addition to the addition and deletion of files-and transfers these to a layer. Any file and registry call is thereafter forwarded to this layer rather than to windows. The application is great if you are tryout certain application without the risk of problems for your OS. It also supports transferring installation to other computers with SVS installed. Best of all, it is completely free for personal use.

Download

www.altiris.com/Download.aspx

Tips and Tricks-1

January 28, 2007

How we can view thumbnails of .DAT files in Windows?

 

Type REGEDIT at the run prompt Expand HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT -> .DAT in the registry editor. right click on .DAT and create a NEW KEY and name it as ‘ShellEx’ right click on ‘ShellEx’ and create a NEW KEY expand .MPG and copy the KEY value under ‘ShellEx’ Paste it for the key (under ShellEx) just created for .DAT move to .MPG and click on the value under ‘ShellEx’

In the right pane double click on the DEFAULT under Name Copy the value next to VALUE DATA and paste for the .DAT one Close the Registry Editor

 

 

Tips and Tricks-XP

January 28, 2007

Speed up your XP

 

During the course of normal computer usage, there are several opportunities where your hard disk can get progressively filled with unnecessary programs and fragments of files that are remnants of your Web browsing and application installations. All this system junk will certainly slow down your computer. There are several areas from where you can weed out all this junk and keep your system spiffy clean. First, get rid of all the extraneous files on your hard disks that might have been left by old program installations, Internet browsing, deleted files etc. Go to Start | Run and type “cleanmgr /sageset:99”. This opens up the Disk Cleanup Wizard. This little application lets you select one of many areas of your Windows XP installation and safely deletes files that clutter your hard disk. Some of the sections include offline web pages, temporary setup files, log files, etc. There’s nothing to stop you from selecting all of these categories and hitting the [OK] button. However, there might be instances where you might want to keep your Internet cache, for example, to take advantage of better load times while browsing your favorite web sites. If you don’t really want to do so, go ahead and check all of these areas and Windows will proceed to remove all of these files, leading to a cleaner (and faster) system. There are other ways you can optimize the space allocations of common Windows resources such as the System Restore Points and the Recycle Bin. Both of these are notorious for allocating enormous amounts of hard disk space that can otherwise be put to more productive use. By default, Windows allots 10 percent of the volume space to the recycle bin—that’s 4 GB from a 40 GB hard disk! Reduce this by right-clicking on the Recycle Bin, selecting properties and swinging down the slider to 3 percent or less. Similarly, with the System Restore Points, right click on [My Computer] in Windows Explorer, choose Properties and drag this down to three percent or less. There, you’ve now recovered several gigabytes of space on your hard disk.

2 | Windows XP

Optical drive

January 28, 2007

RECLAIM YOUR OPTICAL DRIVE

 

This hack might help if your optical driver isn’t being detected. This hack is applicable if your drive disappears after you uninstall some programs or after various programs installed or upgrade. In case it wouldn’t hurt to try it. You will need to restart to see your drive again.

Navigate to

 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\Contolpanelset\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

Delete the key themselves. You will need to reboot to see if you have had any luck after that.Inp: Back up your registry before do anything with registry.

COM port- speed up the port

January 28, 2007

Speed up the COM port

 

By default, all Windows 95/98/NT4/2000/ME/XP releases allow only up to 9600bps on all ports: COM1 – COM9.[BIOS ports(hardware)COM2 – COM4, virtual(emulated)Ports COM5 – COM9]

 

These settings enable serial (analogue) modem throughput over 9600bps, to possibly speed up internet access.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Ports

Modify the default string value of the port. For example, COM1 is “9600, n, 8, 1” by default; you can modify it to “921600, n, 8, 1, p”

 

IMPORTANT: Do this ONLY IF using dialup (analogue) modems (eg.56k,ISDN) connected ONLY to a serial port(COM1-COM9) NOT IF using DSL, Cable, Satellite, CNR, USB or Network (digital)modems!. If using internal modems located in the communication Networking Riser (CNR) slot, do NOT use these settings! Such cards are incompatible with these settings.

(Don’t expect your internet access speeds to improve-if they do, well and good)