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Switch Windows XP licensing type and/or Service Pack with CD

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

If you install a new copy of Windows XP with a retail CD and later try to feed it a volume license (VLK) serial number, Windows will not accept it. Fortunately, there is a way to switch the Windows licensing type without having to reinstall completely. This method can also be used to switch the […]

UXTheme patches

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

In order to discourage use of non-standard themes for Windows that are not from Microsoft, the Windows uxtheme.dll has been designed to check for a digital signature that had to be signed by Microsoft. This creates a problem because many people may not like all the themes that were created by Microsoft or shipped with […]

Windows Snipping Tool for Windows XP/2003

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Update (2009-07-12): Download links for isxunpack.exe and i6comp.exe added. Microsoft’s new Snipping Tool in Windows Vista and higher makes it easier to take screenshots of pictures than having to do Print Screen. There is a backport of this tools called Snipping Tool, but it will only install if it thinks you are running on a […]

Recovery of damaged Microsoft Publisher files

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

If you have ever had a critical publisher file damaged, you would receive an error from Publisher stating it cannot open the file. If the file was a really important file, then the data contained within it would have been lost forever. But there is a small utility called Recovery for Publisher that will allow […]

Desktop Icon Toy – a Windows icon layout tool

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Desktop Icon Toy by iDesk software is a piece of Microsoft Windows software that will allow you to change and tweak the layout of icons on your windows desktop and will also allow you to add tool tips to your icons when you hover over them. It is available in a 14-day trial which you […]

Windows 7 clean install size

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

If you are ever wondering how much space a clean install of Windows 7 takes, it is 4.81 GB without the pagefile. It is certainly a lot less than the size of the clean install for Windows Vista, which is 12-16 GB. This makes Windows 7 superior to Windows Vista because it is not only […]

Editing settings for Administrator account in Windows XP

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

By default, Windows XP’s new user management tool only allows you to edit the Administrator account if there are no other accounts (excluding Guest) on the system that are active. Here is how to manage it with the Windows NT-style of editing users: Go to Start → Control Panel → Administrative Tools → Computer Management. […]

Generating filler text in Microsoft Word

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

If you ever need some filter text that actually will pass spell check (which lorem ipsum does not do, because it is in Latin and not English). This trick works in all Microsoft Word versions and it generates English-validating filler text. Place your cursor where you want your free English filter text to appear. Type […]

Enabling 24-bit colour RDP in Windows 2003

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

By default, Windows 2003 RDP connections were designed to be limited to 16-bit colour. This makes some of the Windows icons look bad because they were designed to be viewed in 24-bit colour or higher. Go to Start -> Run. Type in gpedit.msc and click on OK to run the program. In the window that […]

VirtualBox and 16-bit code

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Recently while running Windows 98 in a VirtualBox VM I found out that it was extremely slow, even more slower than a newer Microsoft (R) operating system such as Windows XP. Perhaps VirtualBox does not support running Windows 9x and Windows 3.x? VMWare supports Windows 9x and even has a version of VMWare Tools for […]

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