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    Lightbulb Computer Tips & Tricks

    Hey,
    How about we do a thread and everyone adds some tips & tricks.
    Even if they may seem easy to you, perhaps someone else may not know of them. So even if they are really simple, lets post them...

    If you can not delete a folder or send it to recycle bin, sometimes, you can cut and then paste it in recycle bin!

    Recently, I put my new box running XP Pro online. And you guys know that I have 1000000000000000000000000 favorite sites marked. Well, in moving my 100000 GB's of favs from 98SE to XP, I had a few go bad, you know, file names too long, links that had corrupted pics of Noevo, Brembo & Immy....

    Well, some links had even changed properties! I tried many things to delete some of the bad links or whatever they morphed into. (Immy's butt image caused many of the probs...) Couldn't delete them! Hmmm, Dang it Immy! Then I had a thought...See if you can cut it and then paste it in recycle bin...
    YEAP! It worked! No more permanent file of Immy's butt or whatever it was!
    I couldn't of hit the "Empty Recycle Bin" button faster!


    No excuses! Everyone add a tip!

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    Great idea Ken!

    Here's one:

    Opening Explorer in a Different Directory

    Tired of Windows Explorer always opening up with My Documents?

    Customize it, by changing the properties for the Windows Explorer icon and replace the

    Target field with: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, c:\yourfolder


    Works great!
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    Here's another:

    Stop Windows Explorer From Changing The Case of Filenames.


    By default, Explorer changes the case of your filenames so that a file you name c:\iLikeTOTypeTHiS appears as c:\Iliketotypethis. Microsoft calls this PrettyPath, and you can disable it by performing the following steps:

    Start regedit.exe.

    Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced.

    Double-click DontPrettyPath (or create this key with a type of REG_DWORD if it doesn't exist).

    Set the value to 1 to keep the case as you type it or 0 to adjust the case as Explorer requires.

    Click OK.

    Close regedit.

    Restart the machine
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    Free Up Some RAM! (credit goes to messiah)

    If you have just run an intensive or specifically large application or game, you know about that groggy feeling your system can have. That's usually because of the leftovers taking up your valuable memory. You can free it, however, by clicking your heels together 3 times and saying: "Let my memory go." Er, I mean, using a program to free that trapped memory. There are many good programs to do this at Tweakfiles.

    If you don't want to download a big fancy program, you can actually make one yourself very easily using Visual Basic runtimes (you don't even need VB to do this).

    Here's what you do:
    Open up Notepad (Start, Run, "notepad" (OK)). Depending on how much memory you have, put the appropriate values in...
    Under 128mb Ram:
    Mystring = (16000000)

    128mb or More:
    Mystring = (80000000)

    Save it as "Memory.vbe" (including the quotes!). Close as many programs as you can, then run (double click) this handy little script to free your memory whenever your computer is feeling sluggish.
    People will forget what you said... and people will forget what you did... but people will never forget how you made them feel.

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    fabulous tips and very good quote to a worrier great work dude i rally like

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    Originally posted by MadDoctor
    Free Up Some RAM! (credit goes to messiah)

    If you have just run an intensive or specifically large application or game, you know about that groggy feeling your system can have. That's usually because of the leftovers taking up your valuable memory. You can free it, however, by clicking your heels together 3 times and saying: "Let my memory go." Er, I mean, using a program to free that trapped memory. There are many good programs to do this at Tweakfiles.

    If you don't want to download a big fancy program, you can actually make one yourself very easily using Visual Basic runtimes (you don't even need VB to do this).

    Here's what you do:
    Open up Notepad (Start, Run, "notepad" (OK)). Depending on how much memory you have, put the appropriate values in...
    Under 128mb Ram:
    Mystring = (16000000)

    128mb or More:
    Mystring = (80000000)

    Save it as "Memory.vbe" (including the quotes!). Close as many programs as you can, then run (double click) this handy little script to free your memory whenever your computer is feeling sluggish.
    Nice!!
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    Cheesey tips to see if your system may have a virus.

    This would be pre Xp as I have not played with it enough to know if this will all work but I can check when I go to work tomorrow


    There the obvious...



    Right click on my computer go to properties and preformance and see if anything is running in msdos compatiblity mode

    Dos prompt type in mem and look under total under 1mb should always be 640k unless you are running like powerquest or second chance


    Go to safemode -- if it tells you your master boot record has be changed

    Missing files or desktop icons

    access denied on opening programs or other executables.

    The presence of new images and software on your system

    mp3s or images coming up as vbs- loveletter

    moving icons second stage of magistr

    Update antivirus constantly........... There are generally ways to get rid of virus's manually if you dont have antivirus software.. Google is your friend.

    I would think more but I dont have to its my day off -- and I have to work for the next 8 days in a row
    I am awesome.

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    Originally posted by MadDoctor
    Save it as "Memory.vbe" (including the quotes!). Close as many programs as you can, then run (double click) this handy little script to free your memory whenever your computer is feeling sluggish.
    Hey MadDoc, why do u have to include the quotes on the filename?

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    Originally posted by Juggernaut


    Hey MadDoc, why do u have to include the quotes on the filename?
    Not sure. messiah could tell us I guess. All I know is it doesn't work (for me) if I don't. Downhill says it does work without the quotes.
    People will forget what you said... and people will forget what you did... but people will never forget how you made them feel.

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    OR, you could download MAXMEM from analogX

    Originally posted by MadDoctor
    Free Up Some RAM! (credit goes to messiah)

    If you have just run an intensive or specifically large application or game, you know about that groggy feeling your system can have. That's usually because of the leftovers taking up your valuable memory. You can free it, however, by clicking your heels together 3 times and saying: "Let my memory go." Er, I mean, using a program to free that trapped memory. There are many good programs to do this at Tweakfiles.

    If you don't want to download a big fancy program, you can actually make one yourself very easily using Visual Basic runtimes (you don't even need VB to do this).

    Here's what you do:
    Open up Notepad (Start, Run, "notepad" (OK)). Depending on how much memory you have, put the appropriate values in...
    Under 128mb Ram:
    Mystring = (16000000)

    128mb or More:
    Mystring = (80000000)

    Save it as "Memory.vbe" (including the quotes!). Close as many programs as you can, then run (double click) this handy little script to free your memory whenever your computer is feeling sluggish.

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    Tip # 42
    Never put larger than 12 oz mugs in the cup holder.
    No one has any right to force data on you
    and command you to believe it or else.
    If it is not true for you, it isn't true.

    LRH

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    Tip # 43

    A good thing to backup is your Restricted Sites Zone entries in IE.

    In Regedit, export this key to re-merge later after a format or on another system:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains

    Save the backup file as Domains.reg
    No one has any right to force data on you
    and command you to believe it or else.
    If it is not true for you, it isn't true.

    LRH

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    For those of you still using Windows Explorer, goto

    http://download.com.com/3000-2248-10...ml?legacy=cnet

    and download PowerDesk. This program runs rings around Explorer. Two windows, drag & drop just like Windows 3.11 File Manager.

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    just like Windows 3.11 File Manager.
    On the same note, Windows File manager is still packaged with Windows version after 3.1.

    Start\Run\winfile Presto!
    No one has any right to force data on you
    and command you to believe it or else.
    If it is not true for you, it isn't true.

    LRH

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    Win95 and Win98 OS can physically address AND USE up to 4gig of memory.

    The ONLY requirement to use over 512meg of memory is that the line "maxfilecache=524288" be included in the [VCache] section of the system.ini file, to stop file name caching from creating problems.

    Now go make that Win98 machine scream.....


    People will forget what you said... and people will forget what you did... but people will never forget how you made them feel.

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    Can someone post a good list of all of the useful "start==>run==>" programs with Windows?

    For instance, like this:

    winipcfg - view your IP settings and internet connection device
    regedit - view and edit all of your registry entries and settings
    msconfig - set-up your system configurement and add/delete start-up programs

    These are the only ones I know.

    If someone knows a lot and can describe them well, please make a NICE, LONG list.

    Just my .02.

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    Highlight file/folder hold shift + delete *delete key*. No need to empty recycle bin. automatically deletes out of bin.
    Alt+f5 = seems to refresh monitor for me. (someone with info explain please.)
    Ctrl+alt+delete = task manager
    Ctrl+shift+esc = task manager
    Alt+f4 = close window/program

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    Restore Show Desktop Icon to Quick Launch on Taskbar

    If the Show Desktop icon is deleted from Quick Launch, the procedure below will recreate the file.

    Open Notepad and enter the following text:

    [Shell]
    Command=2
    IconFile=explorer.exe,3
    [Taskbar]
    Command=ToggleDesktop

    Save the new file as Show Desktop.scf then drag and drop the icon on the Quick Launch bar or whatever location you want the shortcut to appear.

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    Also, ctrl+alt+delete and right click on explorer and "End process". Then, file> New Task (Run...) , then in the "Open" box type in explorer and hit "Ok"

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    Several MS-DOS commands are useful for monitoring and configuring your computer or network.



    USE REGEDIT, TO EDIT THE REGISTER.

    Use Ipconfig, to display TCP/IP network configuration values.

    Use Nbtstat, to display protocol statistics and current TCP/IP connections.

    Use Netsh, to configure and monitor Windows using a command-line, scripting interface.

    Use Nslookup, to display information from domain name system (DNS) name servers.

    Use Pathping, to determine which routers or links are causing network problems.

    USE SENDTO, TO ADD ITMS TO "SENDTO" FOLDER.

    USE CLIPBOARD.EXE, TO VIEW THE COTENTS OF THE CLIPBOARD.

    USE WINVER, TO SEEE THE WINDOWS VERSION.

    USE DDESHARE.EXE, TO VIEW; "DDE SHARES", "TRUSTED SHARES" and SELECT COMPUTER.




    *************************************************************************************************
    *************************************************************************************************


    New command-line tools
    **********************
    The following table lists the new Windows XP Professional command-line tools.
    ****************************************************************************

    bootcfg:
    Configures, queries, or changes Boot.ini file settings.

    defrag:
    Locates and consolidates fragmented boot files, data files, and folders on local volumes.

    diskpart:
    Manages disks, partitions, or volumes.

    driverquery:
    Queries for a list of drivers and driver properties.

    eventcreate:
    Enables an administrator to create a custom event in a specified event log.

    eventquery:
    Lists the events and event properties from one or more event logs.

    eventtriggers:
    Displays and configures event triggers on local or remote machines.

    fsutil:
    Manages reparse points, managing sparse files, dismounting a volume, or extending a volume.

    getmac:
    Obtains the media access control (MAC) address and list of network protocols

    helpctr:
    Starts Help and Support Center.

    ipseccmd:
    Configures Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) policies in the directory service,
    or in a local or remote registry.
    Ipseccmd is a command-line version of the IP Security Policies.




    *************************************************************************************************
    *************************************************************************************************


    Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in
    ******************************************

    logman:
    Manages and schedules performance counter and event trace
    log collections on local and remote systems.

    openfiles:
    Queries, displays, or disconnects open files.

    pagefileconfig:
    Displays and configures the paging file Virtual Memory settings of a system.

    perfmon:
    Enables you to open a Performance console configured with settings files
    from Windows NT 4.0 version of Performance Monitor.

    prncnfg:
    Configures or displays configuration information about a printer.

    prndrvr:
    Adds, deletes, and lists printer drivers from local or remote print servers.

    prnjobs:
    Pauses, resumes, cancels, and lists print jobs.

    prnmngr:
    Adds, deletes, and lists printers or printer connections,
    in addition to setting and displaying the default printer.

    prnport:
    Creates, deletes, and lists standard TCP/IP printer ports,
    in addition to displaying and changing port configuration.

    prnqctl:
    Prints a test page, pauses or resumes a printer, and clears a printer queue.

    relog:
    Extracts performance counters from performance counter logs into other formats,
    such as text-TSV (for tab-delimited text), text-CSV (for comma-delimited text),
    binary-BIN, or SQL.

    sc:
    Retrieves and sets information about services. Tests and debugs service programs.

    schtasks:
    Schedules commands and programs to run periodically or at a specific time.
    Adds and removes tasks from the schedule,
    starts and stops tasks on demand, and displays and changes.





    scheduled tasks
    ***************

    shutdown:
    Shuts down or restarts a local or remote computer.

    systeminfo:
    Queries the system for basic system configuration information.

    taskkill:
    Ends one or more tasks or processes.

    tasklist:
    Displays a list of applications, services,
    and the Process ID (PID) currently running oneither a local or a remote computer.

    tracerpt:
    Processes event trace logs or real-time data
    from instrumented event trace providers and allows you to generate
    trace analysis reports and CSV (comma-delimited) files for the events generated.

    typeperf:
    Writes performance counter data to the command window or to a supported log file format.

    WMIC:
    Eases the use of Windows Management Insturmentation (WMI)
    and systems managed through WMI.





    *************************************************************************************************
    *************************************************************************************************


    IPCONFIG
    ********

    Ipconfig Displays all current TCP/IP network configuration values and refreshes
    Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS) settings.

    Used without parameters, ipconfig displays the IP address,
    subnet mask, and default gateway for all adapters.



    Syntax:
    ipconfig [/all] [/renew [Adapter]] [/release [Adapter]] [/flushdns] [/displaydns] [/registerdns] [/showclassid Adapter] [/setclassid Adapter [ClassID]]


    IPCONFIG Parameters
    *******************
    /all
    Displays the full TCP/IP configuration for all adapters.

    Without this parameter, ipconfig displays only the IP address, subnet mask,
    and default gateway values for each adapter.

    Adapters can represent physical interfaces, such as installed network adapters,
    or logical interfaces, such as dial-up connections.


    /renew [Adapter]
    Renews DHCP configuration for all adapters (if an adapter is not specified),
    or for a specific adapter if the Adapter parameter is included.

    This parameter is available only on computers with adapters
    that are configured to obtain an IP address automatically.

    To specify an adapter name, type the adapter name that appears when you use ipconfig,
    without parameters.


    /release [Adapter]
    Sends a DHCPRELEASE message to the DHCP server
    to release the current DHCP configuration and discard the IP address configuration,
    for either all adapters(if an adapter is not specified),
    or for a specific adapter if the Adapter parameter is included.

    This parameter disables TCP/IP for adapters configured to obtain an IP address automatically.

    To specify an adapter name,
    type the adapter name that appears when you use ipconfig without parameters.


    /flushdns
    Flushes and resets the contents of the DNS client resolver cache.

    During DNS troubleshooting, you can use this procedure to discard negative cache entries
    from the cache, as well as any other entries that have been added dynamically.


    /displaydns
    Displays the contents of the DNS client resolver cache,
    which includes both entries preloaded from the local Hosts file
    and any recently obtained resource records for name queries resolved by the computer.

    The DNS Client service uses this information to resolve frequently queried names quickly, before querying its configured DNS servers.


    /registerdns
    Initiates manual dynamic registration for the DNS names and IP addresses
    that are configured at a computer.

    You can use this parameter to troubleshoot a failed DNS name registration,
    or resolve a dynamic update problem between a client and the DNS server,
    without rebooting the client computer.

    The DNS settings in the advanced properties of the TCP/IP protocol determine,
    which names are registered in DNS.


    /showclassid Adapter
    Displays the DHCP class ID for a specified adapter.

    To see the DHCP class ID for all adapters,
    use the asterisk (*) wildcard character in place of Adapter.

    This parameter is available only on computers with adapters,
    that are configured to obtain an IP address automatically.


    /setclassid Adapter [ClassID]
    Configures the DHCP class ID for a specified adapter.

    To set the DHCP class ID for all adapters,
    use the asterisk (*) wildcard character in place of Adapter.

    This parameter is available only on computers with adapters,
    that are configured to obtain an IP address automatically.

    If a DHCP class ID is not specified, the current class ID is removed.


    /?
    Displays help at the command prompt.



    Remarks
    *******

    You can use Network Connections to view and renew an IP address.
    To do this:
    Open Network Connections, right-click a network connection.
    Click Status, and then click the Support tab.

    This command is most useful on computers that are configured
    to obtain an IP address automatically.

    This enables users to determine which TCP/IP configuration values have been configured
    by DHCP, Automatic Private IP Addressing (APIPA), or an alternate configuration.

    If the Adapter name contains any spaces,
    use quotation marks around the adapter name (that is, "Adapter Name").

    For adapter names, ipconfig supports the use of the asterisk (*) wildcard character,
    to specify either adapters with names that begin with a specified string,
    or adapters with names that contain a specified string.

    For example, Local* matches all adapters that start with the string Local and *Con*,
    matches all adapters that contain the string Con.

    This command is available only if the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol is installed
    as a component in the properties of a network adapter in Network Connections.




    Examples
    ********

    To display the basic TCP/IP configuration for all adapters, type:

    ipconfig
    ********

    To display the full TCP/IP configuration for all adapters, type:

    ipconfig /all
    *************

    To renew a DHCP-assigned IP address configuration for only
    the Local Area Connection adapter, type:

    ipconfig /renew "Local Area Connection"
    **************************************

    To flush the DNS resolver cache when troubleshooting DNS
    name resolution problems, type:

    ipconfig /flushdns
    ******************

    To display the DHCP class ID for all adapters with names that start with Local, type:

    ipconfig /showclassid Local*
    ****************************

    To set the DHCP class ID for the Local Area Connection adapter to TEST, type:

    ipconfig /setclassid "Local Area Connection" TEST
    *************************************************




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    Format Meaning Italic Information that the user must supply
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    Bold
    Elements that the user must type exactly as shown.

    Ellipsis (...)
    Parameter that can be repeated several times in a command line

    Between brackets ([])
    Optional items

    Between braces ({});
    choices separated by pipe (|).

    Example: {even|odd} Set of choices from which the user must choose only one.


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