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Access Microsoft KB Articles Quickly

If you’ve been using Windows for a while, chances are you’ve run into problems at some point and have been directed to Microsoft’s Knowledge Base articles.  Here’s two ways to access a specific article, so long as you have the number: Copy and paste this URL into your address bar, but don’t hit enter yet:…Read More »

Simple Search In XP

If you use the Windows XP search function enough, you’ve probably come to dislike the way it’s set up.  Windows 2000 had a much simpler search interface that didn’t involve clicking around on menus or having to deal with the little dog avatar. If you don’t already have this installed, download and install TweakUI.  This…Read More »

Remove AVG’s “Scanned By” Message in Emails

If you’re an AVG user, you have probably noticed that at the bottom of your emails, you can see a “Scanned By AVG” message appended to the bottom of your emails. To stop that message from being attached, go into the AVG Control Center.  Double click on “E-Mail” Scanner.  Click “Configure”.  Uncheck “Certify Mail” under…Read More »

Copy Error Messages Instead of Retyping

While this is a simple enough tip, not everyone is always familiar with keyboard shortcuts and what you can and can’t highlight. So, when you come across an error message dialog in Windows, take your mouse and highlight the text, press CTRL+C to copy the text, open up notepad, Word, or any other text editor,…Read More »

Convert Files to PDF

PDF (Portable Document Format) files can be fairly useful.  They’re standardized so that no matter what Operating System or reader software you use, they are all displayed in the same way (you can use FoxIt, Sumatra, or Adobe Reader). For instance, if you have an MS Word document, but the person you need to show…Read More »

Outwit Automated Telemarketers

I just happened to come across an interesting little trick the other day to stop automated telemarketers.  For the past few months, my land line has been getting a fairly steady amount of these calls.  Sometimes I pick up the phone, say hello, then listen during that awkward two seconds of silence before the system…Read More »

Finishing the Automation Game

In my last blog entry, I wrote the generalized process I had to go through to create an unattended install CD for Windows XP SP2. Today, I’ll go through that in more detail. Before I do, let me point out the site I used as a primary reference: http://unattended.msfn.org/unattended.xp/view/web/1/ Unattended install The first step I…Read More »

Starting the Automation Game

As I mentioned in the newsletter and a past blog post, I felt it was time to reformat my Operating System and start fresh.  I was currently running XP Pro SP1, which remained more or less untouched by hotfixes (aside from some of the really critical ones).   I’ve always been wary of applying significant Operating…Read More »

Operating System Tweaks: Windows 2000/XP

Who doesn’t want a system that’s better, stronger and faster without having to shell out six million dollars? These Windows 2000 and XP Operating System tweaks will make your system feel like the Six Million Dollar Man without spending a dime. Optimizations take advantage of the dozens of options and features available in the Operating…Read More »