So, you realize it is time to reinstall your operating system and all the other software that you require. And then you realize, “Now where did I put those serials!” This is where ProduKey comes to the rescue.
If there is one thing I really don’t like to hear is any sound when I am starting up the computer. Windows Vista doesn’t allow you to customize the startup sound and you are stuck with the same version. Well, I chose to disable it.
Long back, I covered a quick method of disabling User Access Control in Windows Vista via editing the registry. Registry editing is something for advanced users only. TweakUAC is a simple tool dedicated for this purpose.
Having installed Windows Vista SP1, the probablity of you removing it is rather bleak. However, when you install SP1, Vista gives you the provision of removing it, in case you choose to do so in the past. This is done, by keeping the old files that were replaced by the SP1 update.
In Free Windows Software Alternatives, Jason, a guest blogger at Quick Online Tips, has covered a huge list of alternatives for software that is bundled with Windows including Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player etc.
I came across Vista’s new Hybrid Sleep feature yesterday when I was busy. What is Hybrid sleep? Hybrid sleep is a low-power sleep state that can help protect your open programs and documents while your computer sleeps.
In breaking news, News.com reports that Microsoft has been ordered to pay $1.5 billion to Alcatel-Lucent for the technology used to power MP3 audio in Windows.
Less than a month after Trend Micro discovered Vista flaws being sold off for $50,000 in the underground market by hackers, VeriSign’s iDefense Labs has placed an $8,000 bounty on remote code execution holes in Windows Vista and Internet Explorer 7. This is part of its three-year old Vulnerability Contributor Program which compensates individuals who provide iDefense with advance notification of unpublished vulnerabilities and/or exploit code. 3Com’s Zero Day Initiative is a similar program.
Normally to shutdown Windows, you need to go to you Start Menu » Turn Off Computer » Turn Off I use my keyboard for this purpose by hitting in the shortcut keys, Windows Key followed by U and U. Carol has a tutorial on getting the same thing done by creating a Windows shortcut. You can create a Shortcut on your Desktop (read a similar tutorial) with shutdown -s -t 01 The -s issues the shutdown command and the -t 01 sets the time to one second.
We have always known Windows to be spyware prone. However, one thing that was considered to be without spyware is the Mac. Well, until F-Secure received a proof-of-concept sample of an adware program for Mac OS X.