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Auto Login for Windows XP and Windows Vista


This blog had earlier carried a post about how to Auto logon for Windows XP.

With many people now switching over to Windows Vista from XP, I thought it appropriate to write a tip on how to Auto logon in Windows Vista. This is also a simple trick.

Click on Start Menu > Run.

Type netplwiz in the Dialog Box and hit Enter. Following Window will open.

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Uncheck “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer” check box.

Click Apply.

You will be prompted to enter the Username and Password of the account to which you want to activate Auto Logon in Windows Vista. [If no password, then simple press Enter].

Click OK.

Simple steps, but very useful. These small tips here and there save you lots of time and hassles and make your digital life more productive.

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Select Multiple Windows from Taskbar and Cascade / Tile them


Selecting Multiple files from taskbar is often a necessary requirement.

If you are like me, you must be having many windows open in your task bar at a time. And many times, you must be requiring them to open side-by-side in order to work on both of them simultaneously.

One way is to resize them, and place them side-by-side manually.

But, there is a simple solution.

Hold down the CTRL key, and now you can select multiple windows from your task bar. Right click on any of them, and you will have many options for the placement of these windows. You can Cascade, Stack or place them side-by-side.

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Try it, it is super quick way, and saves your precious one minute.

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Windows Advisor BETA | The Official Spyware from Microsoft


Don’t go by the headline of this post. This is my personal thinking.

Microsoft Windows Advisor BETA is the recent system maintenance tool (Do we really need that ?) from Microsoft at MS Connect. It continuously runs in the background on your PC and claimed to be checking for potential errors and problems. Whenever it encounters such a problem, it notifies you about it and gives you some simple to do solutions for your problem.

At least, what it is meant for. Right now the service is in BETA, and you need an invitation to use that service.
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“Windows Advisor is an easy-to-use self-help tool that notifies users about problems on their PCs and helps fix them. Windows Advisor scans users’ PCs continuously, notifies them about important issues, and, when possible, suggests easy fix solutions. The program also provides users with self-help solutions, such as including a one-click checkup function that enables them to check their PCs whenever they like; tips and tutorials that teach users how to perform certain actions on their PCs; and a toolbox that concentrates the important tools that are found in the operating system into one easy-to-find location.”

Download Windows Advisor Beta for Windows XP and Vista [13MB] from here [Microsoft site]

Frankly speaking, I have not yet tested the program, so I am not in a position to speak on its pros and cons. But two quick thoughts come to my mind. One is the huge vulnerability you are exposing your system to. Although it is Microsoft, but will you take such a risk even with Microsoft. I am a bit hesitant. And secondly, the error messaging and reporting ofall Microsoft products is so pathetic, that I thought it would be better to let it go.

What do you think ?

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How to Optimize / Increase Virtual Memory in Windows XP


Low Virtual Memory – What to do ?

If you are a lazy person like many computer wizards, you would have encountered an annoying pop-up window many times, which notifies you that you are running on low virtual memory, and Windows is trying to increase it. If it happens once in a while, then its OK. Nothing to worry about. But if it happens repeatedly, then you need to take action, because now it has started affecting the performance of your PC.

How to optimize Virtual memory in XP

A few simple steps.
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  • Open Control Panel > System.
  • Click on Advanced tab
  • Click the Settings button in the Performance panel.
  • Click the Advanced tab.
  • Click the Change button in the Virtual memory panel.
  • It was lying deep, but you found it.
  • Now, you have two options. If you exactly about your system, you can choose the size of the virtual memory, otherwise select the System managed size option. It is safe.

  • Simple, isn’t it?

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Change the default folder in Windows Explorer


We all know enough of Windows Explorer.

Technically speaking…it is an application that comes bundled with Microsoft Windows program and provides a graphical user interface for accessing the file systems running of a Windows computer.

Wiki says…

…It is the component of the operating system that presents the user interface on the monitor and enables the user to control the computer. It is sometimes referred to as the Windows GUI shell, or simply “Explorer”.

But there are default settings in Windows Explorer and it open the My Document Folder by default, which is very convenient because most of the users keep their documents in the My Documents.

But however, if you work on a different folder an need to access it often through Windows Explorer, you may want to change this default setting. Read the full story

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Auto logon for Windows XP


Windows XP asks users to enter their username and password before log on. This feature is very useful if you are working on a shared computer and other users also use that computer. However, if you are the only user using your PC, then you can skip this step and go straight to your desktop.

How to :

1. Click Start > Run.

2. Note the username displayed above the Startup bar. You will need it later.

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3. In the Open dialog box, enter control userpasswords2 and click OK.

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4. In the next dialog box, Clear the Check box, which says “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer”. Click OK

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5. Now you will be asked to enter your username and password. Enter them, which you use to log on to windows XP (as you have noted in step 2).

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And now, you are through.

Reminder: Please don’t use this trick if you work on a shared computer.

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Renaming multiple files in Windows


Last time, when I transferred photos of the birthday party of my daughter from my digital camera to the PC, they were stored with a series of some unrecognizable names like DSCZ123 and so on. It was a pain to rename them one by one because there were about 85 of them.

It triggered me to search for an easier method, and lo… there was it.

Just select multiple files to whom you want to rename, right click the mouse and select Rename. In the Dialog box, type any name say abcde and click OK, then all the selected file will be renamed like abcde(1), abcde(2), abcde(3) and so on.

That’s what exactly I wanted. Now those photos are named as Birthday (1)…….to Birthday (85).

Yeah…..may the life would also have been that simple.

Bonus Tip: If you want that the names should start from a fixed number n, say Birthday(12), Birthday(13) and so on, you have to write Birthday (12) in place of only Birthday in the rename files dialog box.

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