Oct 4 2008

Disable the Startup Sound in Vista

When Vista starts up you hear the lovely startup sound, but what if you’re in a situation where you would rather not hear it like a classroom or maybe someone near you is sleeping and you don’t want to bother them. Sure you could just turn down or mute the volume but its easy to forget to do it then you get a smack from your significant other if you wake them up. Here’s how to avoid a black & blue mark.

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  • Sep 27 2008

    Get a List of all Installed Programs in Vista from your Command Line

    Here’s a quick way to list all the programs installed on your computer using the command line interface. You can also export the list to an HTML or text file for printing.

    The first thing we need to do is open a command Prompt.

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    Sep 21 2008

    Use Shell Folders in Vista to Quickly Navagate to System Folders

    Remember the last time you needed to access one of your system folders, maybe your Music or Pictures or any other system folder. You had to click Computer then navagate through all that mess of folders untill you found the right one.

    Well here’s a way to quickly get to any system folder. Just click the Start Orb > Run. In the Run dialog box type shell:foldername with foldername being the folder you want to view. Example shell:My Music click OK.

    Below are some common Vista shell folders.

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  • Sep 17 2008

    A Quick Way to see if you’re Logged in as an Administrator or Limited User

    With Vista making it a lot easier to run as a limited user, more people are choosing that option for its increase security. Now a few people have been asking if there is a quick way to tell if they are logged in as an Administrator or a limited user.

    Here’s a quick and easy way to see how you’re logged in.

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  • Sep 13 2008

    How to Bulk Rename Files in Vista

    When you have many files to rename it can be a pain in the butt to right click each one and choose rename, this happens mostly with your digital pictures you download from your camera. You end up with a folder of pictures all named something like IMG_0001, IMG_0002 or DSC_0001 depending on your camera, Here’s a way to quickly rename those files to something more descriptive.

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  • Sep 7 2008

    How to Disable Remote Assistance in Vista

    For security reasons you may want to disable Remote Assistance in Windows Vista. When you do, you will be unable to send requests for remote assistance to other users. You can also disable Remote Desktop if you don’t need it while you are at it.

    Follow the steps below. At the end of the article I’ll explain what Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop is.

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  • Sep 6 2008

    Scan Your Vista Computer for Software Vulnerabilities with Secunia PSI

    The Secunia PSI is the FREE security tool that is designed with the sole purpose of helping you secure your computer from software vulnerabilities, and it works great. Software vulnerabilities affect all applications installed on your computer, from the Operating System down to your email client, office application, instant messaging, and so on.

    What are software vulnerabilities?
    A software vulnerability is basically a programming error/flaw in a software application, that can be used by a hacker to perform actions, which have a security impact on your computer. These actions range from disclosure of sensitive information stored on your computer (like credit card numbers and account information) to automatic installation of viruses, trojans, keyloggers, or other code.

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