Dec 6 2007

Public Test Next Week For Vista SP1

windows_vista_orb Microsoft on Tuesday said that it has reached the “release candidate” with the first service pack for Windows Vista, with plans to make the test software available publicly next week.

It is releasing the test code this week to the 15,000 or so people who have been beta testing SP1 already, and will also make it available on Thursday to those in the MSDN and TechNet developer programs.

From CNet News. Read More.

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    Dec 4 2007

    Change How Your Mouse Pointer Looks

    mouse 3png You can customize your mouse in a variety of ways, such as swapping the functions of your mouse buttons, making the mouse pointer more visible, and altering the scroll wheel speed. To access the Mouse properties

    1. Click the Start Orb and type Mouse in the search box.
    2. Click Mouse at the top of the search results under programs.Mouse Properties

    The Buttons tab.

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    1. The first option lets you swap the left and right click buttons.
    2. The second lets you adjust the double click speed.(faster or slower)
    3. The third option lets you turn on the Click lock ( Enables you to highlight or drag without holding down the mouse button)

    The Pointers tab.

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    1. To change all the pointers click the drop down under Scheme and choose a new scheme, it will show you a preview in the window. Choose the one you want and click Save As.

    2. To change individual pointers, look in the customize section and choose the pointer you want to change and double click it to see the available options. Click the one you want to use.

    3. The last option will enable the pointer shadows.

    Pointer Options tab.

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    1. The Motion option allows you to set the pointer speed. (If you drink a lot of coffee set that baby to fast.)

    2. Snap to. Automatically moves the pointer to the default button in a dialog box.

    3. Visibility. If you grew up in the 60’s or 70’s this one will be familiar to you. set it to fast and watch out.

    4. Hide the pointer when typing. This one comes in handy when typing in dialog boxes.

    5. Show the location of the pointer when you press the CTRL key. Enable this then press the CTRL key and a large ring will appear around you curser.

    The Wheel tab.

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    1. Vertical Scrolling. Will adjust the number of lines you will move with the scroll wheel.

    2. Horizontal Scrolling. If you mouse supports this feature you can adjust the number of characters the tilt wheel scroll at one time.

    The Hardware tab.

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    1. The Hardware tab shows you what type of mouse you have, where its plugged into and its status.

    When your finished making your changes click OK.

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    Dec 2 2007

    Create A Logon Message In Vista

    desktop A lot of businesses create custom logon messages for their employees computers, here’s a way for you to do the same thing. When you complete this tip and reboot you will be presented with the logon message of your choose.

    If you have vista Ultimate.

    1. Click Start, All Programs, Administrative Tools and Local Security Policy.
    2. Expand Local Policies then Security options.
    3. In the details pane double click Interactive logon: Message text for users attempting to log on.
    4. Type in the message you want to appear, then click Ok.

    If you have Vista Home or Home Premium.

    These two flavors of Vista don’t include the Group policy editor so you will need to edit the Registry. First create a restore point, because editing the Registry can be dangerous. With the restore point created open the Registry Editor.

    1. Click on the Start Orb and type Regedit in the Search Bar.
    2. Click Regedit at the top of the search results under programs.1
    3. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.2
    4. Navigate to the following key.
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem3
    5. Double Click legalnoticecaption This will be the title for your message. Type in a title and click OK.4
    6. Double Click legalnoticetext. This will be the actual message. Type in a message and click Ok.5
    7. Close the registry editor and restart your computer to see your new logon message.

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    Dec 1 2007

    Adjust Your Blinking Cursor In Vista

    view_text Sometimes it hard to see your blinking cursor when typing, after all its just a small blinking line.

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    But its easy to make it any size you want.

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    Here’s how.

    1. Click the Start Orb > Control Panel. Optimize visual display12
    2. Scroll down to “Make things on the screen easier to read” Then use the drop down box to set the thickness of the blinking cursor. Click save when your finished. now check out the difference.13

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    Nov 26 2007

    Disable Vista’s Autotuning To Improve Wireless Connectivity

    network_local If you are having problems with your wireless networking you maybe trying to connect to an older router or Wireless Access Point (WAP) that is not compatible with Vista’s Auto tuning feature many public hotspots also have this problem. Here’s how to disable it.

    1. Click the Start Orb an type ” Command ” into the Search box.

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    2. Right click Command prompt under Programs and choose Run as administrator.

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    3. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.

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    4. Type the following command into the command prompt, then press enter:
      netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled
    5. Close the command prompt by typing exit and pressing enter. Your wireless network connectivity should return to normal.

    If you find that doesn’t fix your problem or you just want to enable it again just follow the above steps and when you get to the command window type in the following then press enter.
    netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal

    Close the command prompt by typing exit and pressing enter.

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    Nov 25 2007

    What is Safe Mode

    lifesaver Safe mode is a troubleshooting option for Windows that starts your computer in a limited state. Only the basic files and drivers necessary to run Windows are started. The words “Safe Mode” appear in the corners of the display to identify which Windows mode you are using. If an existing problem does not reappear when you start in safe mode, you can eliminate the default settings and basic device drivers as possible causes.

    If you don’t know the cause of the problem, you can use the process of elimination to help you find the problem. Try starting all of the programs you commonly use, including the programs in your Startup folder, one by one, to see if a program might be the cause of the problem.

    If your computer automatically starts in safe mode without prompting, a problem with your computer might be preventing Windows from starting normally. If you think the cause of the problem might be a recently installed program or device, try using System Restore.

    Here is a list of drivers that start in Safe Mode.

    Floppy disk drives (internal and USB)
    Internal CD-ROM drives (ATA, SCSI)
    External CD-ROM drives (USB)
    Internal DVD-ROM drives (ATA, SCSI)
    External DVD-ROM drives (USB)
    Internal hard disk drives (ATA, SATA, SCSI)
    External hard disk drives (USB)
    Keyboards (USB, PS/2, serial)
    Mice (USB, PS/2, serial)
    VGA display cards (PCI, AGP)

    Flavors of Safe Mode:

    Safe mode with networking:
    Starts Windows in safe mode and includes the network drivers and services needed to access the Internet or other computers on your network.

    Safe mode with command prompt:
    Starts Windows in safe mode with a command prompt window instead of the usual Windows interface. This option is intended for IT professionals and administrators.

    Enable boot logging:
    Creates a file, ntbtlog.txt, that lists all the drivers that are installed during startup and that might be useful for advanced troubleshooting.

    Enable low resolution video (640 × 480)
    Starts Windows using your current video driver and using low resolution and refresh rate settings. You can use this mode to reset your display settings.

    Last Known Good Configuration:
    Starts Windows with the last registry and driver configuration that worked successfully.

    Directory services restore mode:
    Starts Windows domain controller running Active Directory so that the directory service can be restored. This option is intended for IT professionals and administrators.

    Debugging mode:
    Starts Windows in an advanced troubleshooting mode intended for IT professionals and system administrators.

    Disable automatic restart on system failure:
    Prevents Windows from automatically restarting if an error causes Windows to fail. Choose this option only if Windows is stuck in a loop where Windows fails, attempts to restart, and fails again repeatedly.

    Disable Driver Signature Enforcement:
    Allows drivers containing improper signatures to be installed.

    (From the Windows help file)

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    Nov 24 2007

    Setup Vista To Boot Into Safe Mode On Next Boot

    desktop Sometimes you need to boot into Safe Mode to recover from system problems, trouble shoot issues or upgrade drivers. To enter Safe Mode you would continually press the F8 key when rebooting and hope you pressed it at the right time or you’d try it again ( I can never seem to get it the first time) So here’s a way to enter Safe Mode on your next boot.

    1. Click the Start Orb then Run.

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    2. In the Run dialog box type ” msconfig “and click OK.

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    3. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.

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    4. Click the Boot tab to make changes to the boot.ini file. Highlight your default operating system, Select the Safe boot option, Click Minimal from the list of Safe boot options, Select the Boot log option.

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    5. Click OK to save your changes. Now the next time you reboot you’ll be in Safe Mode. After you sort out any issues just reverse this process by removing the Safe boot option.

     

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