Posts Tagged ‘Windows Tweaks’

Free software pack – 2012 edition

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Posted 10 Feb 2012 — by HarriMac
Category Back to School, Featured, Reviews, Technology

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We all need to use different types of software in our day to day whether it’s to check email or type a paper or keep track of paper references. What about organizing and editing all those photos you took last weekend? Check out our 2012 edition of free software recommendations. I recommend keeping a download of all of these on a disc so you never have to¬† be in search for them again!

Belarc advisor – Windows only – Ever want a complete list of ALL the software on your PC? Belarc will give you a list including install keys so you can more easily get your system back in shape if you ever need to re-image the hard disk.

Force “No To All” in Windows

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Posted 18 Aug 2008 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlI was trying to copy some files to another folder on my computer this weekend, as part of my “summer cleaning” of my computer… and lo and behold, I was moving files with the same names, but I wanted to keep the original copy.

Unfortunately, there’s no way in Windows XP to say “No To All” just like you can say “Yes To All” when copying or moving files. You have to click “No” over and over and over… and if you have a dozen or hundreds of files, this can be exhausting!

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7 Ways to Entertain Yourself for Free

Posted 11 Aug 2008 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlGas prices are through the roof and most Americans do not live anywhere near public transit. So, people are shifting their extra money to gas, but what fun is gas? You surely can’t play with it or talk to it.

So, here are 7 Ways to Entertain Yourself for Free – both on and offline – but tied back to technology one way or another – because we wouldn’t be geeks if we didn’t figure out how to tie it back to a computer or a piece of hardware or software, right?

Make Windows Vista SP1 Permanent!

Posted 28 Jul 2008 — by Ellie
Category Technology

The following tip comes in handy when reclaiming some space on your Windows Vista machine.

  1. Open the command prompt (Win Key + R and type cmd)
  2. Then type in vsp1cln.exe at the prompt.
  3. You want to select YES.
  4. Allow the program to reclaim space on your hard drive and make Windows Vista SP1 permanent on your hard drive!

Some users reported up to 0.9GB reclaimed!

Hat tip to Life Rocks for the how-to!

Set Gmail as your Default Email in Firefox 3

Posted 03 Jul 2008 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlHave you upgraded to Firefox 3 yet?

Yes? Great!

No? Whatcha waiting for?


I admit, I tried a few of the betas and a release candidate of Firefox 3, and I was left feeling like, “This is it?” I wasn’t anxious or even looking forward to the download, but when the final release candidate was released, I felt like maybe, just maybe, I could download it on Tuesday, June 17, and feel okay with whatever came my way.

Tweak your Firefox 3 Toolbar Bookmarks

Posted 17 Jun 2008 — by Ellie
Category Technology

firefox3 In February, I walked you through how you tweak your Firefox 2 about:config settings and how to condense your toolbar into one row.

Now with the release of Fx3, there are some significant changes in the way the browser handles bookmarks – which we should all be aware of!

Your bookmarks now have some new folders and features, such as “Most Visited”, “Recent Tags” and “Recently Bookmarked.” You also have the ability to drag and drop your bookmarks into the Bookmarks Toolbar Folder. But, there’s a catch!

Firefox 3 Saved Passwords

Posted 17 Jun 2008 — by Ellie
Category Technology

Updated to Firefox 3 today – loving it so far. But, I have had a major problem!

I lost my saved passwords upon updating to Firefox 3! You can check to see if your passwords imported into Firefox 3 by going to Tools > Options > Security > Saved Passwords.

However, a little tinkering, and I have my saved passwords in Firefox 3!

Here’s how:

  1. Go to your Firefox Profile Folder. You can find your profile folder in Windows by navigating to %APPDATA%/Mozilla/Firefox/Profiles/xxxxxxxx.default/
  2. Now look for the file called signons2

How to delete or force delete print jobs

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Posted 26 May 2008 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlWe have all sent print jobs to the printer to only realize – “I shouldn’t have sent that!” But when you right-click on the job and press delete, the job says “Deleting” but never goes away!

The only way I knew of to fix this was to restart my computer. But, that’s a huge pain when I have four or five programs open and working online, too!

Follow the directions below to manually force delete print jobs. You won’t have to reboot your computer afterwards, either!

4 Tips to make Vista Work for You

Posted 05 May 2008 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlI upgraded my computer system in January – and initially, I was upset because the laptop I wanted only came with Vista. I heard the horror stories and was not looking forward to using Vista, but I did it, anyway!

After playing around with it for a couple of months, I have found some tweaks that make it a lot better operating system, even if it means I lose some of those pretty visualizations Vista is known for.