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Ever been crusing around on your LAN and try to delete a folder and get this message:

fileinuse

Windows 7 (and Vista SP1) creates a temporary cache in the networked location for quicker displaying of thumbnails from networked locations. The bad thing is the OS keeps the thumb.db file in use for a short time after you leave the folder so in the chance you may browse back to it shortly it can quickly recall the cache file rather than read all the files and rebuild the icons. The bad thing is when the thumbs.db file is still in lock down mode, you can’t delete or rename folders.

So if your network is fast enough (which most should be for most folder contents) you can disable the network location thumbnail caching by editing the following Group Policy:
– Start, type ‘gpedit.msc’ and hit ENTER.
– Drill down into User Config, Admin Templates, Windows Components, Windows Explorer
– Locate ‘Turn off the caching of thumbnails in hidden thumbs.db files’ and double click on it to edit the policy
– Set the Policy to ‘Enabled’ and click Apply, OK.

That should be it. Now go delete a bunch of stuff.

Open an admin level command prompt and type
“powercfg –h off”
and hit enter. That’s it. This will disable hibernation and automaticly remove the hiberfil.sys file.

Newegg.com – My favorite online retailer for Computer  Hardware. When my local shop can’t get it they are who I go to. Fast and great  prices. Great customer service.

Tweakguides.com – A collection of system & application tweaking guides. Lots of good stuff here.

Tech ARP  (Formally Adrian’s Rojak Pot) – Great comp. tech site. Have to check out their CPU, Video Card & other comparison charts.

Free BIOS Optimization Guide – Brought to you by TechARP a great guide covering almost every BIOS setting I’ve seen around with good descriptions and dismisses some of the myths and legends with facts.

Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows – Probably the best overall Windows site out there.

Old Version –  Find old versions of your favorite shareware. Because newer is not always  better.

Silent PC Review – Learn how to make your PC or HTPC as quite as possible. Remember no CAPS (shouting) allowed.

Startech – Startech has hard to find custom tech tools and equipment. From cables, switches & adaptors to testing and creation tools.

TinyUrl – Make super long url’s into small simple urls.

Jinx – Clothing for gamers & geeks.

Think Geek – Stuff for gamers & geeks.

Windows Sysinternal – Great system apps created by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell recently bought by Microsoft

Twit Netcast Network – Great group of tech netcast staring Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, Kevin Rose, John C. Dvorak and other tech bigleaguers.

MonoPrice.com – Cheap, High Quality Audio, Video, Tech cables & converters, and many hard to find specialty items.

Interfacelift – Fantastic desktop wallpapers.

http://www.videohelp.com – All around computer audio / video guides, apps and methods.

http://www.doom9.net – DVD backups & other encoding

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.

The Sysinternals web site was created in 1996 by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell to host their advanced system utilities and technical information. Microsoft acquired Sysinternals in July, 2006. Whether you’re an IT Pro or a developer, you’ll find Sysinternals utilities to help you manage, troubleshoot and diagnose your Windows systems and applications. If you have a question about a tool or how to use them, please visit the Sysinternals Forum for answers and help from other users and our moderators.

If you are running applications like video or image editing and are running some heavy CPU load processes, you can speed things up dramaticly to get the job done quicker! Once the process has started, hit Ctrl+Alt+Del to bring up the Task Manager, click the processes tab, click the CPU column title to sort by CPU load, and you should see your heavy loaded applications process at the top. Right click on the process, and select Set Priority, and set the priority to AboveNormal to High. (Do not use Realtime it’s unstable) You should see a serious improvment in processing speed. While processing some of my videos, the rate of conversion jump to 3x-5x times faster. Sorry guys this tweak doesn’t seem to effect Datacad to much as far as I can tell.

If you want to always launch a program using high priority add the following to a shortcut.

Original Shortcut Target:
“C:\Datacad\DCADWIN.exe”

Launch with high priority:
START /HIGH “C:\Datacad\DCADWIN.exe”


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