Archive for December, 2010


If you’re sick of a single Windows Explorer windows crashing and then bringing down the rest of your OS with it, follow this tip: Open My Computer, Click Organize, Folder & Search Options, View tab, then scroll down to ‘Launch folder windows in a separate process” and enable this option. Just be aware that you’ll have to reboot your machine for this tip to take effect.

If you are on a domain that has your Documents folder being re-directed to the server, you can do the following to disable the documents folder redirection so you can path it to where you like, like on a local secondary hard drive or to another network location. Warning! The following will permanently disable your systems ability to auto redirect your documents folder using the servers profile settings. You will have to manually change the documents path if you want your documents folder to be re-directed back to the server. This may also be against your networks policies & it involves registry editing so continue at your own risk!

1. O.k., First off login to your domain account. Next, locate C:\Windows\System32\fde.dll and C:\Windows\System32\fdeploy.dll. Open each file in a simple text editor like notepad and erase the contents of the files and save them as empty files.

2. Start Regedit & do a search for fde.dll & fdeploy.dll and delete the keys (folders on the left side of the Registry window). There should be about 3-5 for each one depending on your systems setup.

3. Next locate HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\ and delete the string DisblePersonalDirChange.

4. Close Regedit, open the Task Manager, and end task on each explorer.exe process, until the start bar disappears(shell). Now in the Task Manager, choose File, New Task (Run…) and in the dialog box the opens type explorer and click O.K.

5. Now right click on your My Documents folder, properties, and write down the current target path. You will need this to redirect your documents back to the server later if you choose. You can now click Move and select a location on your system for your documents folder. The default windows setting usually will be something like C:\Documents and Settings\Username\My Documents for Windows XP or C:\Users\Username on Windows Vista/7. You will be prompted to move your documents to the new location. I usually say no, do step 6, make sure everything is working good and then manually move my files.

6. Reboot your system and check to see make sure your documents folder still points to your selected path and has not been reset by the server. If everything looks good you can move your files to their new home from the the old location on the server to their new home in your selected path.

Windows 7 is a great operating system so far, and it’s new User Folders have some nice features to help you organize your data. But one little problem I’ve had is that it has hard locked the user folder (previously known as Documents & Settings) location to the system drive, which if your like me you like to keep your data off the system drive so you can quickly reload your OS whenever you want and not worry about loosing your data. Microsoft officially allows you to specify the path using a big mess of tools to create installation images, but it’s more trouble than it’s worth. Below is what I did to change the location of the User folder and all of it’s contents. It has a few side effects.

1. You may not be able to upgrade to another version of Windows. Which if your like me you always want to do a fresh install anyway.
2. Microsoft does not support moved system folders (even using the above mentioned method using their own tools), so don’t call them with related issues. It’s seems to be working great here though. This is recommended to be done right after a fresh installation. As you will have to delete your first administrator account (install account). Proceed at your own risk.

1. Install Windows as normal.
2. Once windows is installed, locate the registry key

Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

3. Revise the ProfilesDirectory value to the path you desire. I have chosen D:\Users.
4. Now all NEW user accounts will be created at this location.
5. Reboot your system for the changes to take effect. DO NOT try to just end task on Explorer and start a new shell in any of these reboots.
6. Once rebooted, create a new Administrator account, I’ll call mine CptKemo. This will be a temporary account so you can call it what ever.
7. Log Off and log into your temporary account (CptKemo). Delete your original administrator account created from the install (Mine was called Josh)and reboot.
8. Log back into your temporary account (CptKemo), and create a new Final, administrator account, I’ll call this one Josh once again. Log off and log into your new account (Josh). Delete your temporary account (CptKemo).
9. You should now see your account folder at your specified location ready to transfer all your files to. Make a image of your harddrive once you have your apps installed and you will be all set for quick OS reloads.

Font Hit Font Tools

This is the best freeware font management program I have found. It works sooooo much better than the dozen or more I have tried. It’s even better that a lot of the commercial font management software I’ve used.

I can’t even begin to tell how much I love this application. I think I love it as much or MORE than Datacad! Media Center is the successor to J Rivers Media Jukebox. This is in my opinion, the best Media managment program around. I’ve used Windows Media Player, Music Match, and a few others, but have fallen in loved Media Center. It’s handles everything! Enables streaming of all my media to my droid or anywhere there is a DNLA box. It is also IPod / Phone compatable so you can leave cruddy Itunes behind for good! (Except when you need a firmware upgrade)  They have Amazon’s and their own built music in store for buying music the was it’s supposed to be bought online at much higher bitrates.

Visit http://www.jriver.com/ to download a free 30 day trial! It uninstalls nice & clean if you decide not to keep it.

Organize and experience all your media

Music, photos and video YOUR way — all from a single software program! Connect your PC to your home entertainment hardware and control it all with a remote! Load your music on your iPod while you watch TV! All with one easy-to-use program — MEDIA CENTER!

Make your media part of your digital lifestyle

Copy music from MEDIA CENTER to a portable digital audio player or move digital camera photos into MC’s powerful image library. Make a CD of music for your car. Record your favorite shows and watch them on your TV. More than one soundcard? Play different music simultaneously in different rooms. MC’s Media Server can even stream your music to your PC at work!

My personal favorite compression utility and kicks winzip’s booty! It is needed to uncompress some of the downloads from this website.

Get it at -> http://www.win-rar.com

This FREE software is truly a great work for the Lord and has now become the worlds most popular Bible software. There are hundreds of Bible translations, maps, references and more free to download as plugins into this awesome software. I have wanted to buy software like this for a long time but most is very costly and limited. This is great for doing comparison readings and learning. Please check it out and make a donation & or pray for support for Mr. Rick Meyers and his great service.


From Owners website:


Jesus told us that since we’ve been blessed we should bless others. I am happy to provide a blessing to others in the form of free Bible study software!

As a Bible student and teacher I have experienced the necessary work involved in searching the Scriptures for the competent preparation of a Bible study, Sunday school lesson, or a sermon. There are volumes of books available as study tools (and the Christian community is indebted to the various authors’ perseverance and scholarship), but there is not enough time, money, or shelf space to properly take advantage of these resources. Computer software has changed the way we can study the Word of GOD. With a simple search or click of the mouse button, we now have access to these same volumes of scholarship within seconds!

e-Sword is a fast and effective way to study the Bible. e-Sword is feature rich and user friendly with more capabilities than you would expect in a free software package. The fact that e-Sword is free is just one of the blessings and does not speak of the quality of the software. I make my living writing software and I believe I have put forth my best effort in this endeavor. The real work, however, was put in by the godly men and women who devoted countless years creating the texts that have been made available for our benefit.

In His service,
Rick Meyers

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