Posts Tagged ‘windows tips’

How to Configure Windows Remote Assistance on Windows 7

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Here’s an interesting Windows 7 feature; I’ve never tried it myself, but it looks like it could come in handy in some situations.

Windows Remote Assistance is a tool that Microsoft has integrated into the Windows 7 operating system. It is in many regards similar to popular remote access applications like Teamviewer, as it allows Windows 7 users to ask someone else to take a look at their computer system over a local area network or the Internet.


How to Partition and Un-Partition your Hard Drive in Windows

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

It used to be pretty common for PC users to partition their hard drives for various reasons. Even though it’s not done that often these days; here’s how …

Hard drive partitioning is useful for creating virtual drives and creating disk volumes that can be used for storing particular file types. For example, if you did not want to keep all of your media and documents on Drive (C:), you can create a hard drive partition that will be a new volume separate from (C:). Many users are already familiar with hard drive partitioning, but un-partitioning a hard drive is another issue that some may not be familiar with. In other words, if you have partitions and you want to remove them and merge them back into Drive (C:), how do you do that?


How to Disable the Caps Lock Key Permanently

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Here’s an interesting trick that I wasn’t aware of before; if people always accuse you of yelling on forums, then this might come in handy …

When I was working in IT I sometimes dealt with support requests that involved the caps lock key. Users were complaining that they could not enter their password, or that they locked their account even though they were sure that they had entered the right password, or that their username was displayed in upper case letters.


Hide, Delete or Customize Libraries in Windows 7

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Here’s a helpful overview and some useful tips regarding Windows 7’s Library feature …

The Libraries feature in Windows 7 provides an easy interface to manage multiple file locations from a single location. Four default libraries are displayed in Windows Explorer: Documents, Music, Pictures, and Video. Many users only utilize one or two of the libraries. You can easily remove any of these libraries from the Navigation Pane and also restore them at a later time if you need to. The libraries can also be collapsed to have them available but also cleared temporarily. This is a simple task that may be useful for those just starting out with Windows 7.


Unable to Terminate Process – Windows Task Manager Alternatives

Friday, November 4th, 2011

If the Terminate Process function in Windows Task Manager isn’t powerful enough for you, then here are some other options …

Today I tried to install the Adobe Flash Plugin for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. The basic idea was to download the executable, run it and have Flash installed. The problem was that somehow the whole process got corrupted which had several consequences. The Flash Player installation running in the background was creating new temporary Flash executables in the temporary cache directory. When I tried to terminate the process via Windows Task Manager I received the message that access was denied. This happened with the online installer. I received the message “Unable to Terminate Process The operation could not be completed The operation is not valid for this process”.


Remove Applications from the Context Menu in Windows Manually

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

If your context menu is cluttered with unused applications, here’s how to clean it up …

Windows accumulates context menu items any time you install several applications. Not all applications end up on the context menu but enough do so over time that the menu can become cluttered. You might find yourself wondering, “How did that get there?” You may not want it on the context menu, but it is there and you are stuck with it. Or are you? No, you are not. If it is something that you use, perhaps you should leave it on the context menu. If you do not use the application very often and prefer to access it from a different location, there is no reason to leave it there.


Copy CMD Output Directly to the Clipboard

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Cool trick! I’ve been a DOS user since the early 1980s, but this is a new one on me …

The Windows command line prompt can be handy at times and sometimes even the only option to execute a specific command in the operating system. You sometimes may need to copy the output of a command to the Windows Clipboard, for instance to use the output in another application. Most users that I know handle this either by sending the output to a file with the > filename.ext command or by frantically trying to figure out a way to select and copy the output contents in the command prompt window directly.


ActiveX Controls and Windows Update Errors – Fix the Traffic

Monday, October 10th, 2011

If you’re running into a lot of errors while trying to update Windows, here’s a trick that might help …

Initially, when your computer is new and you have a fresh Windows 7 installation, Windows Update works perfectly. You see no errors, everything is set to automatic and you need not lift a finger. Then, as you actually use your PC for awhile and utilize its capabilities, one day you see the error messages. Windows Update failed and you are given a virtually useless error code. This is often most easily remedied by Microsoft’s “Fix-It” utility or by online assistance from Microsoft.


Windows 8 Supports Zero-Power Optical Disk Drives

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

This sounds like it could lead to big changes in the optical disk drive industry …

Microsoft’s intention to optimize the upcoming Windows 8 operating system for mobile devices like netbooks or tablets has the consequence that the Redmond company has to optimize the operating system’s power consumption. Laptop users with optical disk drives may benefit from the operating system’s support of a feature called Zero-Power Optical Disk Drive (Zero Power ODD) which basically can reduce the power consumption of optical drives to zero in the operating system to save energy when the drives are not in use.


Enable Snap Feature of Windows 8

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Here’s an interesting feature for Windows 8 users … even though Windows 8 isn’t officially released yet.

You should not confuse the new snap feature of Windows 8 with the Aero Snap feature that Microsoft introduced under Windows 7. Aero Snap back then allowed users to snap windows to the left or right side of the monitor where they’d resize to take up exactly half of the available screen estate. It was furthermore possible to move a window to the top to maximize it.