Now this is not an April fool prank. It’s true.
The chairman of Microsoft Corp., Bill Gates, said at a news-conference that the world’s largest maker of software is on-track to release its next-generation operating system (OS) sometime in 2009. Certain indirect claims of Microsoft confirm this time frame, which was already once named as the deadline for what is known as Windows 7, but then the company announced different schedules for code-named Vienna OS.
“Sometime in the next year or so we will have a new version of Windows operating system. I’m super-enthused about what it will do in lots of ways,” said Bill Gates at a conference of Inter-American Development Bank, reports Cnet News.com. Continue reading →
If you accidentally delete the Show Desktop icon from the Quick Launch toolbar, here’s how to get it back:
1. Open Notepad
2. Type these lines, precisely, into Notepad:
3. Save the file on your desktop as “Show Desktop.scf”
You see a new icon on your desktop that looks remarkably like the Show Desktop icon that used to be on your Quick Launch toolbar.
4. Right-click the new icon on your desktop and drag it to the Quick Launch toolbar.
5. Drop the icon wherever you like on the Quick Launch toolbar and choose Move Here. If you choose Move Here, Windows automatically deletes the icon from the desktop.
If there is no icon in Quick Launch toolbar then you won’t be able to move the above way. In that case browse to
“C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch”
Here “Username” is your windows login name. This folder is hidden so just copy above path substituting username and paste it in Windows Explorer adress bar. Press enter and folder will open. Now copy or move the “Show Desktop.scf” to this folder. It will immediately appear in Quick Launch toolbar.
Many times you want which program is accessing a folder or what folder a program access. This is required when you cannot delete empty folders. While deleting you get errors like “file in use”. So use this software to end the process. this is far better than the windows task manager. This also shows which file a program accesses. Which DLL is loaded by the program.
The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you’ll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you’ll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded. Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded.
The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.
Process Explorer works on Windows 9x/Me, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Server 2003, and 64-bit versions of Windows for x64 and IA64 processors, and Windows Vista.
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ReadyBoost is a disk caching technology first included with Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system. It aims to make computers running Windows Vista more responsive by using flash memory on a USB 2.0 drive, SD card, CompactFlash, or other form of flash memory, in order to boost system performance.
ReadyBoost is also used to facilitate SuperFetch, an updated version of Windows XP’s prefetcher which performs analysis of boot-time disk usage patterns and creates a cache which is used in subsequent system boots. Continue reading →
Windows virtual memory is where windows stores data from RAM when it requires more RAM for programs and RAM installed on your PC is insufficient. By default windows stores this data on c:\pagefile.sys. And windows manages this pagefile size. This may lead to slow computer or performance decrease if you don’t have sufficient RAM.
To overcome this set the pagefile manually.
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