Some folder you want to view as thumbnails, for some you want to view as Tiles and for some you may want List, Icons, or Details. Your Windows used to remember all those settings for you and suddenly, your computer looks like it got brain washed. What is happening? Firstly, make sure you select Remember each folder’s view settings in Control Panel –>> Folder Options as in the following diagram.
Even after that, if your XP still dumbs, the answer is that by default, Windows XP is limited to 200 local folders and 200 network folders, for a total of 400 folders. So that after it remembers for 400 folders, that’s it. It’s full.
How you can solve this?
This effect only to before Windows XP SP2. So the quick fix would be to download and install Windows XP Service Pack 2. What if you don’t want to install Service Pack 2 for some reasons? Read the second way.
You need to edit registry. As always dealing with registry, use it with great caution and use at your own risk.
- Go to Start Menu –>> Run
- Type regedit and press Enter.
- Browse to the following registry key.
- You will see the registry value BagMRU Size in the following pic.
- Double click on that and change the value to 5000. Make sure you select Decimal. After that click OK.
- After that browse to another registry key.
- Change the BagMRU Size to 5000 too.
After you’ve done editing the registry, make sure you restart your Windows to make change effective. Hey, Windows is not as dumb as you think!
Source : Microsoft
If you haven’t heard it before, you may wonder what is Dr. Watson? Here is a brief explanation:
Dr. Watson for Windows is a program error debugger that gathers information about your computer when an error (or user-mode fault) occurs with a program. Technical support groups can use the information that Dr. Watson obtains and logs to diagnose a program error.
So, that means this debugger will collect information and send to Microsoft for further analysis. But for your testing computer that don’t have internet, or if you feel it’s useless for you anyway, just follow these steps to turn off.
- 1.Go to Start Menu –>> Run and type regedit.exe then press Enter.
- 2.Browse to the following registry. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionAeDebug
- 3.Click the AeDebug key, and then click Export Registry File on the Registry menu. Save the file and remember it.
- 4.Then you can delete the AeDebug key.
That’s it! Whenever any programs crash again, Windows won’t ask you whether you want to send data to Microsoft or not.
If you change your mind and want to enable Dr. Watson back. It’s easy.
- Double-click the file you save in step 3.
- And then go to Start –>> Run –>> cmd.exe
- At the command prompt, type drwtsn32 -i
Have fun playing around Windows!
Source : Microsoft
I have been wondering when Google will celebrate 9th birthday since the beginning of this month. But today, as in their homepage Google officially celebrate now.
Why Google birthday is varying from year to year?
In September 1998, Google Inc. opened its door in Menlo Park, California. The door came with a remote control, as it was attached to the garage of a friend who sublet space to the new corporation’s staff of three. The office offered several big advantages, including a washer and dryer and a hot tub. It also provided a parking space for the first employee hired by the new company: Craig Silverstein, now Google’s director of technology.
Already Google.com, still in beta, was answering 10,000 search queries each day. The press began to take notice of the upstart website with the relevant search results, and articles extolling Google appeared in USA TODAY and Le Monde. That December, PC Magazine named Google one of its Top 100 Web Sites and Search Engines for 1998. Google was moving up in the world.
The exact date they celebrate their birthday will depend on their people appetizes for birthday cake. (See my previous post about When Google Birthday for details)
Well, anyway, Happy Birthday Google!
I love Firefox. It’s fast, sleek and secure. Right now, my main browser is Firefox. I can’t use IE to browse internet anymore. It’s too noisy. The reason Firefox keeps quiet is due to Adblock plus.
- Home Page Alt + Home
- Full Screen View F11
- Refresh Page F5
- Find / Find Again F3
- Add Bookmarks Ctrl + D
- Bookmarks Ctrl + B
- History Ctrl + H
- Page Source Ctrl + U
- Tab New Ctrl + T
- Tab Close Ctrl + W
- Window New Ctrl + N
- Window Close Alt + F4
This list is ordered by the frequency of my usage. Of course, I don’t have any statistics about my usage. So it’s just a guess.
Now if you go to Netscape.com, you’ll get suprised that there are no longer what-so-called digg killer is there. Now, aol realized that their social networking site is gradually killing them. So they get rid of that into another domain called Propeller.com
Now the old netscape.com is back. Even though it is quite a shame to see big company like aol have to take a step backward, I congrats them for making a right decision. Yeah, that’s right, in the Web 2.0 world, you can’t kill digg, it’s as simple as that.
We all like the zip feature. Especially when I transfer a lot of .doc and .xls files, compression of zip save me a ton of space. But sometimes, I want to create exe to uncompress itself due to destination computer don’t have zip software install or I’m just too lazy to open WinZip.
What most people don’t know is that Windows has built-in tool to create self-extract compress files.
- Go to Start Menu –>> Run
- And then type iexpress.exe
You will see the following wizard.
- Click Next, then Choose “Create compressed files only (ActiveX installs)”
- Then Click Next, Add the files you want in your package.
- Then Click Next, click browse and choose the path you want and give any name you want to the package.
- Then Click Next, you can save the setting for creating your package. For now, select “Don’t save”.
- Then Click Next and your package is ready to distribute to anywhere you like.
It is quite amazing that Windows have provided such an amazing small program for free.
In Windows 2003, I’ve created an ordinary user account and then I’ve add that account in to Remote Desktop Users group already as in the following picture.
But when I login remotely, I’ve got the following error.
To log on to this remote computer, you must be granted the Allow log on through Terminal Services right. By default, members of the Remote Desktop Users group have this right. If you are not a member of the remote desktop users gruop or another group that has this right, or if the remote desktop user group does not have this right, you must be granted this right manually.
I’m sure if you got this error you’ll feel frustrated like I did. How can you manually grant this user right to remote desktop? Okay, it’s not that difficult.
- First Go to –>> Administrative Tools –>> Terminal Services Configuration
- And then Choose Connection and in the right panel right click on RDP-tcp
- And then choose Properties. In the Permissions tab, add the users you want.
That’s it! Now enjoy your server remotely.
In the old Windows 9x days, we have seen “NTLDR or NTDETECT.COM Not Found” error quite too often. Nowadays, modern Windows XP era, these errors become less frequent, but still there. For me, normally, I’ve no idea how to fix these and I used to format my computer.
If you have FAT32 partitions or Windows 9x, it is much simpler than with NTFS.
Just boot with a Win98 floppy and copy the NTLDR or NTDETECT.COM files
from the i386 directory to the root of the C: drive.
But for NTFS or Windows XP, here are the steps:
- Insert and boot from your WindowsXP CD.
- At the first R=Repair option, press the R key
- Press the number to choose the location for the installation of Windows you want to repair.
- Typically this will be #1 unless you have dual-boot.
- Type in the administrator password. (If no password, just press Enter)
- Enter in the following commands (X: is drive letter of CDROM drive)
- COPY X:i386NTLDR C:
- COPY X:i386NTDETECT.COM C:
- Take out the CD ROM and type exit
Source : Microsoft
Windows Control Panel is great way of accessing windows administrative features. Some of those features are not available in traditional interface. Those features are hidden from normal GUI. The only way to access is from command line only. For example, control userpasswords2 is the only way to access from Run command.
To access these lists, go to Start Menu –>> Run and type the commands you want.
Control Panel applets
||Type at the Run command
|Add or Remove Programs
|Audio Devices and Sound Themes
|Date and Time
||control main.cpl Keyboard
|Pen and Input Devices
|People Near Me
|Phone and Modem Options
|Printers and Faxes
|Regional and Language Options
|Scanners and Cameras
|Windows Security Center
|Text to Speech
These commands will not only make you access more efficiently but also save you a lot of time.
This is just minor and very easy tweak. If you think your start menu don’t show up fast enough when you click, you can remove any delay from menus sliding out.
To do this, you can simply edit registry value.
- First Go to Start menu –>> Run
- Then type regedit, press enter
- Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop
- You will see the key, called MenuShowDelay, with the value 400.
- Double click and change the value to 0.
Just like any other registry change to take effect, you need to restart your computer. That’s it! Your start menu will show faster.