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How to Mount a VHD in windows XP

Microsoft Virtual PC (VPC) is a great virtualization tool that IT professionals like administrators, developers, and testers are using a lot. It is easy to build a virtual pc on your computer without affecting your host system. On the other hand virtual pc users frequently require to mount vhd file while they used as a virtual disk of your virtual operating system hard disk. In this short step-by-step tutorial, I will try to demonstrate how to open vhd file and mount vhd file using free tool Gizmo + Windows XP First let’s start by talking about “What is VHD file format” VHD or Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) Image Format Specificati

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Backup your computer automatically

Setting up Windows 7 Backup Even having a basic Backup in place can help make sure that your files are safe in the event of an emergency. With automatic backups, you don’t have to remember to back up your files. You can change your automatic backup settings (such as how often you back up, the type of storage you use, or the types of files you back up) when you want. To set up automatic backups Even If you have never used Windows Backup before you can still setup a reliable backup with the Windows Backup wizard, it automatically creates a schedule for you, which you can change and it also tells you what the status of the last backup wa

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Speed up Folder loading on Windows

Speed up Folder loading on Local System If folders take a lot of time to load in Windows, especially when the folder size is quite big. There is a really simple fix to speed up folder loading that should be part of any initial troubleshooting which is done. Right-click on the folder in question and choose Properties. On the Properties window, navigate to Customize tab. Select the General Items or Documents from the drop down in “Optimise this folder for” drop down Check apply this template to all sub folders. Click Apply and Ok. Rebuild the Index The indexing of files and folders can get messy and slow over time with the add

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Troubleshooting Random Reboots

Troubleshooting a Random reboot or shutdown can be very frustrating, Sometimes you will see your computer getting restarted or shutdown automatically without any warning. This is a frustrating scenario when you are working on some important stuff and your computer restarts without any notice. Of course this is an improper restart or shutdown and may damage your computer’s hardware like Hard Disk or may damage your Operating System like Windows. This is a common problem in old computers specially PCs i.e. computers running on Windows OS. But there may be different reasons for this common problem. Here are some of the reasons which may ca

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Windows Fax and Scan Cannot Run

Windows Fax and Scan Cannor Run as it cannot run as it cannot access your documents folder. Please ensure that windows Fax and Scan can access that folder.   Step 1: Disable Windows Fax and Scan To turn a feature off in earlier versions of Windows, you had to uninstall it completely from your computer. In this version of Windows, the features remain stored on your hard disk so you can turn them back on if you want to. Turning off a feature does not uninstall the feature, and it does not reduce the amount of hard disk space used by Windows features. To turn Windows Fax and Scan off, follow these steps: Click the Start button , click Cont

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Connect Remotely to Any Computer (Windows, Mac OSX)

Connect Remotely to Any Computer (Windows, Mac OSX) Over Internet Whether you are trying to access your home PC from your office, or your office workstation from home, you need to establish a remote desktop connection over Internet. Many times accessing a remote computer is not so easy. For instance there could be firewalls blocking access, or the two PCs could be on different OS not compatible with each other, and so on. In these kind of scenarios, TeamViewer comes to rescue. This free for non-commercial usage tool lets you quickly connect to a remote machine, control it completely including reboot/logoff, do audio and video chat, transfer f

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Modify UAC (User Account Control)

Windows 7: Modify UAC (User Account Control) The User Account Control security feature was one of the most reviled additions to Windows, with good reason – its constant warning messages asking for permission to continue many operations drove the users around the bend. UAC has been improved upon a lot in Windows 8 but you can still tweak it if you like. Here’s is how to turn UAC on or off, and make it less or more intrusive than the default: Go to the Control Panel –> User Accounts and Family Safety. Click User Accounts , then click Change User Account Control Settings. If confirmation password is asked provide it and then move to c

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Changing Power plans in Windows 7

Some basic steps to change Windows 7 Power plans. Changing power plan and its related settings can be very effective in ensuring you system is running well yet still saving you money with excess power usage. Here are a few steps to help with selecting a power plan in Windows To select an appropriate power plan for your laptop or PC, Click Start, Control Panel, and then Click Hardware and Sound. Click Power Options. In the Select a power plan window, select the power plan you wish to use Close the Select a power plan window. A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manage how your computer uses power. You can use po

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4 ways to speed up your PC

4 ways to speed up your PC By following a few simple guidelines, you can maintain your computer, help increase your PC speed, and help keep it running smoothly. This article discusses how to use the tools available in Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP Service Pack 3 to help make your computer faster, maintain your computer efficiently, and help safeguard your privacy when you’re online. Note: Some of the tools mentioned in this article require you to be logged on as an administrator. If you aren’t logged on as an administrator, you can only change settings that apply to your user account. Remove spyware, and help protect

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How to setup XAMPP on windows

How to setup/install apache (XAMPP) on windows XAMPP is probably the simplest and Fastest way to get Apache installed on your Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, and 7 system. XAMPP contains: Apache, MySQL, PHP + PEAR, Perl, mod_php, mod_perl, mod_ssl, OpenSSL, phpMyAdmin, Webalizer, Mercury Mail Transport System It will run on any Win32 Systems, Step 1: Download XAMPP Here: http://www.apachefriends.org/download.php?xampp-win32-1.7.4-VC6-installer.exe Step 2: Run the Installer, it is an extremely simple insall process, Default setup will be perfect 99% of the time   Step 3: After the installation, you can find the XAMPP control Utility

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UltraVNC Silent install and hidden tray icon

Here is a little handy How to on how to do I silent install of Ultra VNC via a logon script (Batch File) using a Modified UltraVNC Installation where the Tray Icon has been made transparent – The full Zip containing the Modified files can be found on the link at the bottom of the page. First lets start with the batch file, It’s really simple stuff, It basically just stops any existing winvncservice uninstalls then copies the modified files to Program files and starts the services after install. — Logon.bat ————————————————R

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MTN USSD Codes using MDMA

MTN USSD codes These are the MTN USSD codes to load and query data bundles and other options. This should alleviate the necessity to put the SIM in a regular phone for these actions. *141# – Balance Enquiry response format: “Y’ello. You have Rxx.xx airtime, xx.xxMB Data, xx MMS and xxx SMS (xx exp dd/mm) remaining.” *141*<PIN># – Recharge Request *141*4# – Tariff Analyser and Priceplan Migrations menu *141*4*0# – Tariff Analyser *141*4*<Price Plan Option># – Priceplan migration *141*6*<BundleSize># – Data bundle purchase *141*6*0# – Data bundle cancellation *141*63

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Fix Windows No Sound and Audio Problem

Ever had the problem when windows system does not give you sound and audio suddenly or despite sound card or audio device is present and working previously? Windows XP, 2000, NT, 2003 or even Vista computers may lose Windows audio and system sounds output due to the mess on file system or registry that created or left by third-party utilities after installation and uninstallation, or corrupted and missing codecs, (a CODEC is a component necessary to decompress and decode media files so that they can be played back by Windows). When the Windows “no sound problem occurs”, the symptoms include users do not hear any Windows system s

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Steel Keylogger Record Computer Keystrokes

Steel Keylogger is a keylogger that is virtually invisible to all the common anti-virus software today, helping you keep it running stealthily. Also, it does not connect to the Internet so your data is safe. This program is a simple one and has no Web site, but the file is widely available on most torrent sites. Just search for Steel Keylogger and download the file. The downloaded program will include two files that are under 40 kilobytes, which makes the keylogger not only functional, safe but also small in size. There is no need to install Steel Keylogger onto your own system, thereby bypassing another concern most people have keyloggers: t

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Alternative to wuauclt.exe /detectnow

In my opinion the absolute best alternative to windows native WUAUCLT commands wuauclt.exe /detectnow wuauclt.exe /resetauthorization /detectnow would be the WuInstall (Freeware) Tool. below is a download link and Basic how to on the usage of the Windows Update Install Tool. it gives you more control over your updates.     1. Basic functions There are three basic switches. Exactly one of them must be specified in order for wuInstall to do something. It makes no sense to specify more than one of those switches (e.g. wuInstall /search /install), because download automatically includes a search and install automatically includes

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