Sunday, 20 December 2009

Let me Google that for you

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Keyboard Types the Wrong characters

A very, very common problem is incorrect characters appearing on the screen. While this may initially look as if it’s a keyboard problem when characters like the ‘#’ symbol appear on your number 2 key, or the £ sign is completely inaccessible, this is in fact a Windows installation error and is easily corrected.

To explain what’s happened. When Windows is installed, you’re asked to go through a number of screens to set the system up. One of these, while not looking particularly important, asks the user to select the language of the PC required. By default, the lovely people at Microsoft, pre-set this to ‘US-English’ and the majority of users bypass this without even noticing. This needs to be set to ‘UK-English’ for the keyboard’s language to be exactly the same as the one shipped with the PC, or that has been purchased as an add-on.

Changing this is simple - just a little lengthy in it’s solution! Within XP, follow the following procedure:

Open Control Panel (Start -> Settings -> Control Panel).
Go to the ‘Regional and Language Options’ icon and double-click
A new window will open, showing the ‘Regional Options’, with the ‘Standards and Formats’ no doubt set to ‘English – United States’. In the drop-down box at the top, select ‘English – United Kingdom’ and all the attributes will change to pound signs, correct date formats and number settings.
Change the ‘Location’ at the bottom of the screen to United Kingdom, if this hasn’t been done already.
At the top of the window, there are two tabs. Click the one marked ‘Languages’ and the screen will change once again.
Click the ‘Details’ button and the screen will change once more.
At the top of this new screen, ensure that the ‘Default Input Language’ is set to ‘English (United Kingdom) – United Kingdom’
Under ‘Installed Services’, press the ‘Add’ button to the right and ensure that English (United Kingdom) is the Input Language and the Keyboard layout/IME is also set to English and not US.
Press OK to close the ‘Add Input Language’ window.
Click once on the ‘English (United States)’ shown in the Installed Services window to highlight it, then press the ‘Remove’ button. Windows may well give an error message at this stage, stating that the language can’t be removed as it’s in use – after a re-start of the system, this will be removed.
Lastly, ensure that you press the ‘Apply’ button to exit the Text services and Input languages window.
This should then ensure that the language for the keyboard is now set to UK English, rather than US English.

It’s also worth mentioning that Microsoft Office should be checked to ensure that it’s set to UK English – otherwise spellings will be incorrect.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Save your Icon Positions on the Desktop

Does it drive you mad when your carefully laid it ICON positions are all disrupted and move to the left or due to screen re-sizing are not visible. I highly recommend this Freeware application.

This tiny application operates as a Shell extension. It records the layout and positions of icons and programs on the Windows Desktop, and permits restoration of the layout. It appears to operate correctly under Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. There have been several reports that it works correctly under Windows Vista as well.

I wrote this program after severe frustration of having my layout trashed every time I switched screen resolutions. Sometimes other programs will switch screen size and trash your layout as well. This program is an answer to this problem, and I thought other people might find it useful too.

Desktop Restore: DeskInstU.msi (Win XP, 2000, Vista)Note: .msi files are associated with MS Windows Installer. Just double-click on the .msi file after downloading.
Desktop Icon Save and Restore Version 1.6.1 - [10/03/08] Platform Windows 2000, XP, VISTA File Size 248K bytes License Freeware Author Jamie O'Connell Description Save and restore the layout of the Windows desktop icons.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Vista change the size of the Icons

You probably think they are too big....I did..

Just go to the Desktop (The Screen)
Hold down the CTRL key (bottom left of your keyboard)
Rotate the Scroll wheel on the mouse.

If no scroll wheel on your mouse try keyboard pointers

XP remove the Welcome Screen on Start Up

1. Click the "Start" menu.
2. Select "Control Panel".
3. When the Control Panel appears, select "User Accounts".
4. When the "User Accounts" window appears, underneath "Or pick an account to change", click "Change the way users log on or off".
5. Uncheck "Use the Welcome Screen".
6. Click the "Apply Options" button.

Disabling the Windows XP login prompt for password

If you want to disable the Windows XP login prompt for password.

How To :-

Disabling startup login prompt for password
1.Click Start and Run
2.Type "Control Userpasswords2" and press enter
3.Uncheck the box for "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer."
4.Click Apply and Ok.

Disabling prompt for password after Windows XP resumes from standby or hibernation
1.Click Start, Settings, and Control Panel
2.Double-click Power Options
3.Uncheck the "Prompt for password when computer resumes from standby" option.
4.Click Apply and then Ok.

The Microsoft Way if you forget your password

If you have forgotten the Password to your PC

This a one method to enter enter into computer systems.
Borrow a Computer nerd and ask him to do this :-

The method is very easy. Only thing you need to have is access to the system, I mean physical access. Also only limitation is that this RESETS the pasword.
A Computer (of couse)

How to Do

You will probably not be using the floppy, but in case you do,
Download Files HereFor CD / DVD / USB Download the file here
1.Inside the ZIP File there is an ISO, file.
For newcomers iso is an CD Image FIle.
2.For CD / DVD This can be burned to CD using whatever burner program you like, most support writing ISO-images. Often double-clikcing on it in explorer will pop up the program offering to write the image to CD. Once written the CD should only contain some files like “initrd.gz”, “vmlinuz” and some others. If it contains the image file “cd??????.iso” you didn’t burn the image but instead added the file to a CD.
I cannot help with this, please consult you CD-software manual or friends.
For USB Read the Read ME File inside the package.3.For USB Please read the “Read Me.txt” File included in the zip.4.Get the machine to boot from CD (or floppy) (This means Restart and Boot from CD)5.Disk select, tell which disk contains the Windows system. Optionally you will have to load drivers.6.PATH select, where on the disk is the system?7.File select, which parts of registry to load, based on what you want to do.8.Password reset or other registry edit.9.In the New password box, Press * (Symbol above num key 8). This resets the password 10.Write back to disk (you will be asked)Done.
Just Restart

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Drive Shortcut Icon

Create an explorer shortcut for each drive
Right-drag the Windows Explorer icon from the start menu to the desktop and choose "copy here" Rename the icon "Explore C" Right-click, choose properties Change the Target to %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,"C:\"
Dont miss the space between exe and /e