Monday, March 26, 2007

How to "Clean Install" an upgraded version of Vista

Ever wondered how you are going to do a clean install with an upgraded version of Vista? Well here is a decent workaround. Could save your bacon if you have to reinstall Vista from an upgraded copy (without reinstalling an older OS first):

Memory Checking Program

Ever wanted a program to test your computers RAM (memory) to see if it may be the issue of unexpected reboots and/or lockups? Here is one compliments of Uncle Bill:

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Monday, March 19, 2007

Resizing Vista Desktop Icons

One of the complaints I hear about the Vista GUI is that "the icons are too big." Well, fixing that is a simple matter. Here's how:

Right click an empty space on the desktop. Select View. Click Classic Icons.

Another way is to use the scroll wheel on your mouse or trackball. With the cursor on the desktop, press and hold the CTRL key and scroll the wheel to make icons larger or smaller.

Troubleshooting startup problems in Windows XP

Can't get XP to start up properly? Unfortunately, there are a number of different possible causes, from corrupted files to hardware problems. You can find a quick guide to help you diagnose and fix the most common startup problems in KB article 308041 at:

Windows XP File & Folder Special Permissions

Special permissions are customizable sets of permissions that you can apply to files and folders stored on an NTFS-formatted partition. If your computer doesn't belong to a domain, you'll need to disable simple file sharing in order to set these permissions. KB article 308419 explains what all the available special permissions are and how to view, set and remove them:

Using the Bootrec.exe tool to troubleshoot and repair Vista startup issues

If you have problems with the master boot record (MBR), boot sector or boot configuration data store (BCD store) that cause startup problems in Windows Vista, you can use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to figure out what the problem is and repair it.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Loading Duel Boot XP with Vista

Here is a process to load Windows XP to duel boot with Windows Vista if Vista is already installed. This is not a perfect solution but will work if you don't want to wipe the drive and start all over.