Category Archive: Windows XP

Sep 21 2012

Boost Windows Security With EMET 3.0

Thanks to John Tomic for this tip. While Microsoft does a reasonable job keeping on top of the various security vulnerabilities found in its software your system will still be exposed to threats between the time they are identified (if at all) and the time when the patch is successfully installed. Like insurance, it can …

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Jun 24 2012

Internet Explorer and 64-bit Windows

Just a quick note for this evening. On 64-bit versions of Windows you actually end up with two versions of Internet Explorer as part of the “out of box” installation. You might be forgiven for thinking that you would be using the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer by default but that often won’t be the …

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Mar 30 2012

Get Windows 7 Resizing Capabilities in Windows XP & Vista

Here’s a quick tip for those of you still on Windows XP and Windows Vista. One of the great things about Windows 7 is the ability to quickly and simply put two windows side by side by using keyboard shortcuts (so “Windows Key + Left Arrow” to snap a window to the left of the …

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Mar 27 2012

Get the Better of Locked Files Under Windows With Unlocker

Have you ever tried moving, renaming or deleting a file or folder and getting an error message along the lines of: “Cannot delete folder: It is being used by another person or program. Close any programs that might be using the file and try again” It can be a pain trying to work out what …

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Mar 25 2012

BitLocker and iPods – Will They Blend?

Leading on from yesterday’s article about BitLocker and the unfortunate situation that Mac OS X users find themselves in when BitLocker to Go is enforced at work when using USB devices we should also consider one popular USB device, the iPod. It may be a lesser known fact that iPods will use either HFS+ or …

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Mar 24 2012

BitLocker Drive Encryption and Mac OS X

Earlier in the week, a colleague of mine had his work laptop upgraded to Windows 7 from Windows XP. To many of us this would seem to be a welcome change but for some this could actually be a complication. As part of the changeover, “BitLocker to Go” drive encryption is enforced on USB drives as …

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Feb 24 2012

Solving TLS Timeouts in FileZilla

Here’s something that I had observed today. When attempting to connect to my webhost today I found that it would accept my username and password however, when initiating TLS, it would timeout even though my website was up and I had seemingly reliable connectivity to my webhost. In order to resolve this problem I tried …

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Jan 30 2012

Retrieve Missing Task Manager Menus

Task Manager - Performance

Here’s a quick tip for today. On the rare occasion you might find yourself looking at Task Manager in Windows and it is completely devoid of the usual menu options and tabs at the top of the window, resulting in something like this: … or this: What’s the solution? Just double click on the blank …

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Jan 16 2012

MiniBin – A Cleaner Recycle Bin Solution for Your Windows 7 Taskbar

Here’s a quick tip for this evening. A while back I wrote about a way you could get the Recycle Bin in Windows to appear on the Taskbar but it was quite a  hacky and inelegant solution. Well, there’s a great little application called MiniBin available here that will add the recycle bin to the system …

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Jan 05 2012

Open Multiple Regedit Windows

Here’s a quick tip for tonight. If you are editing the registry sometimes you might like two registry editors open at the same time so you can compare the existing state with the updated state. However, attempting to do so will only allow you ever to open registry editor. The way around this is to …

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