January 8, 2016

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Public Folder Sharing

In my home we have around 5 computers and 3 computer users running at any one time. This sometimes makes for some confusing document management. On top of it these computers are all running various OS’es back to Windows 2000 because of hardware limitations and need. So when my wife wants to see a copy […]



Managing Network Discovery

One of the new features that Vista had in the networking areas was the concept of different types of networks you connect to. The three types of network are as follows: Home Work Public Location Not many people realize the ramifications of your choices when you make that first click. The biggest one being whether […]



Vista Network & Sharing Center

This week I am going to focus on articles that have to do with the Network & Sharing Center. This control panel console is used to help home users in sharing resources on their home network. Much more robust then its XP counterpart it has some nifty new features that are helpful. While the Network […]



Limit the Number of Windows Displayed with Flip3D

Flip3D was one of those cool WOW things that Windows Vista marketing couldn’t show enough of. If you are using a low end machine and barely clearing the Aero performance bar you may want to limit the number of windows displayed to keep the performance hit to a minimum. If you haven’t seen it yet […]



Add Vista Administrative Tools to the Start Menu

Sometimes as a Network Administrator I get on a home users machine and have to pause for a few seconds to get to the Administrator programs that I use to sort out the day to day trouble regular users get themselves into to. This article will put those administrative tools in Vista at your fingertips […]



Restore Show Desktop Icon to the Quick Launch toolbar

I recently had a friend who was messing around with his desktop and accidentally deleted the Show Desktop icon from his quick launch toolbar. This useful little icon minimizes all open windows so you can get to your desktop quickly. It is not really a application but instead a script that causes all that minimizing […]



Hide Vista System Tray Icons Permanently

If your like me after a few months of loading problems your system tray can get overloaded with icons. There are several ways to handle this but I am going to show you the tactical nuke option. This registry edit will permanently remove all the system tray icons. NOTE : This post discusses changing your […]



Change Vista Start Menu Account Picture

If you want to have a more customized desktop you can change your startmenu picture to something different, either one of the preinstalled ones or one of your own. This change also will be reflected on the welcome screen after bootup for the account picture.



Expanded Warranty for Xbox 360 Owners

Microsoft issued a press release today that extended the warranty on the Xbox 360 console. Any Xbox 360 customer who experiences a general hardware failure indicated by three flashing red lights will now be covered by a three year warranty from date of purchase. All other existing Xbox 360 warranty policies remain in place. I […]



Remove RSS Feeds from the Vista Common Feed List

I was helping a friend of mine at the office with a new install of Vista and he wanted to remove the default RSS feeds from Microsoft that come with the sidebar Gadget. In Vista, Microsoft instituted a new RSS platform that allows a structured way for other programs to use the same feed instead […]