Add the Run command to the Start Menu

May 16, 2007

In Windows XP:

Right-click on the Start Button and select Properties, click Customize, scroll down and check the Run command check box, click OK, click Apply and OK.

In Windows Vista:

-right click on the Start Menu button. Click ‘Customize’, and scroll down to the checkbox next to ‘show Run command’. Then click ok, and ok again. In Vista, however, the Run command isn’t necessary. any command can be typed into the ‘Search’ field in the Start Menu as well.

You can use the Start Menu Search box to launch programs like the Run dialog box.

source: techguylabs.com

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Enable the Aurora boot screen

May 16, 2007

If you are tired of the default boot screen in Windows Vista, there is a better looking one hidden away:

1) Press the Windows button, type msconfig and press Enter.
2) If User Account Control prompts you to allow the action, click on Continue.
3) In the “System Configuration” window, click on the Boot tab.
4) Select your Windows Vista installation and under “Boot options”, check “No GUI boot”.
Press OK.
5) In the dialog that appears, check “Don’t show this message again”, and then click on Restart.
6) Your computer will now reboot, and you will see the Aurora boot screen with text that says “Starting Windows Vista”.

source: techguylabs.com




Enable Data Execution Prevention (DEP) in Internet Explorer 7

May 16, 2007

Because browsers can host plug-in extensibility, security settings within the browser can make plug-ins fail. This is why in Internet Explorer 7 Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is off by default. Two of the most well-known and commonly used browser plug-ins, the Adobe Acrobat/Reader browser helper object and the Adobe Flash Player, now run when DEP is enabled. You can enable DEP by navigating to the following dialog and checking the highlighted option shown below (note, you must elevated to admin first, otherwise the option is grayed out).

source: techguylabs.com


When should I upgrade to Vista…

May 16, 2007

If you’re buying a new PC Vista is a good choice. It’s the future of Windows, it is more secure, and it’s pretty, but it does demand more hardware than XP, and as usual with a major operating system upgrade, there are compatibility issues with old hardware and software. For that reason I don’t recommend upgrading an existing XP system just yet, as long as it’s working well for you. Wait a few months until compatibility issues have been resolved.

source: techguylabs.com


Outlook rules stopped working

May 16, 2007

You can run them manually if they no longer run automatically. You may be able to fix the problem with the following command, but you may lose your rules in the process.

outlook.exe /cleanprofile

source: techguylabs.com

Here’s another method from techyforums.com

If your rules have stopped working or are working inconsistently then it could me due to a corruption in your data file. Luckily there are a couple of built in tools that should be able to fix this problem.

Browse to C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\1033 and there should be to exe’s:

  • scanpst.exe
  • scanost.exe

Close down Outlook and make sure that any Outlook processes are also closed then put the above exe’s one at a time.