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Monday June 21st 2021

‘Windows XP’ Archives

AVG Free vs Microsoft Security Essentials

    For the longest time when asked about a free anti-virus/anti-spyware software that I would use and recommend, usually top of the list would be AVG Free and I think that many of the techs that I worked with would agree with it.  Infact another tech originally turned me on to the software and it became part of my virus/spyware removal [...]

Admin Toolkit: 5 Linux tools you need for Windows

I think most System Admins have a USB thumb-drive with a bunch of tools that may be needed to diagnose any problems that might come to their network or their own computer. (Or is it just me?)  I plan to go over what tools I use in more detail at a later time, but for this post I wanted to focus on the Linux tools that I have on my thumb-drive to [...]

Delete Hiberfil.sys to regain space

Just incase you didn't know when you activate the hibernate function on your laptop or computer, Windows takes a snapshot of your running programs, open files, etc. and writes that information to your hard drive in a file. The hibernate function was designed to speed up shutdowns and restarts and save power on laptops. Hiberfil.sys, is the [...]

Q&A Monday:How can I display computer information on my desktop?

Q&A Monday:How can I display computer information on my desktop?

Question: I was visiting another data center and while given a glimpse of their servers, I saw on the desktops of their server had their server information.  I've seen this at other companies, and with the large amount of physical and virtual servers I have in my data center, it would help me keep the server information viewable just by [...]

Q&A Monday: Move Files to New Computer

Question: Hi, I have an XP SP3 setup that I've tweaked to perfection (for me at least) and would like to maintain those files and settings when I get a new PC. Both machines have ASUS motherboards, the old with Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, the new with Intel i5. I have done some research into sysprep but it seems able to be used in a number of [...]

Helpful XP Registry Hacks – Part 2

I had a couple more registry hacks that I thought might be interesting, but not as useful as the first bunch.  Since it is Friday and usually I have these things thought out, I'm going to throw more registry hacks at you...and maybe you'll find them more useful than I do. Change categories in the Control Panel Windows XP’s Control Panel is [...]

Helpful XP Registry Hacks

Every-once in a while, someone asks me for neat little tricks or how to customize their computer.  One of the things that I find fun to do, are registry hacks to make Windows XP do things that otherwise I couldn't do.  Also some of these things can be implemented as minor security measures or help you troubleshoot a problem.  So below are five [...]

Q&A Wednesday: Screen Saver Group Policy

Since I for some reason thought that Monday was Wednesday, it only seems right for me to post Q&A Monday on Wednesday: Question: Hi I am currently running Windows 2003 on my servers.  I have two DC's in my environment.  Clients are running Windows XP.  I have 5 OUs created for the varying users in the different departments in my [...]

Q&A Monday: Disable Programs that Start with Windows

Q&A Monday: Disable Programs that Start with Windows

Every once in a while, I get the following question: Question: How do I stop programs from running when I start up my computer? Answer: This is actually a very simple process.  The first place would be the check the windows start up folder, by clicking on the Start Bar going to programs and then finding the startup folder.  This is [...]

Windows Printer Pooling

Windows Printer Pooling

    You may run into a situation where you need to pool a bunch of printers together and have the jobs printed to them spread out amongst different printers.  One example is if you company prints a bunch of reports on a regular basis.  Printing to just one printer (depending on the size of your reports) could take forever, yet if you spread [...]

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