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Did you know you can install Windows 7 and use it for 30 days without a license key? What you might also not know is that the 30 day trial can actually be extended to a trial mode of 120 days and again also without a key. And you do not need to urgently call Kim Dotcom or your speed dial computer repairs geek to accomplish this. Continue reading “Computer repairs blog on How To Prolong the Windows 7 Trial from 30 to 120 Days” »

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Windows Vista users will probably have noticed that the short cut icons have huge arrows on them. You may not want to see these rather unsightly things, and if that is the case, read on. Continue reading “How To Disable Shortcut Icon Arrow Overlay” »

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Has there been a time when you have wanted – or needed – a shortcut key that will allow you to easily turn off the monitor. I definitely have so that is why we will devote this computer repairs blog to doing exactly that. Continue reading “How To Make a Shortcut to Turn off the Monitor” »

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Has there ever been a time when you have copied something to the clipboard and you don’t really want to just leave it there in case someone else is going to be using your computer. While it is very easy to copy something else to the clipboard to cover what you’ve placed there, wouldn’t it be faster and far simpler to just make a shortcut or hotkey to clear it? And this is precisely what this installment of out computer repairs how to(s) is all about.

Using the built in clip.exe utility in Vista or Windows 7 you can. While it is not actually meant to clear the clipboard with a command line in a shortcut we can make it do what we want.

Please note – this is also very handy if you have copied a lot of data to your clipboard and you don’t want it wasting any more memory

How to create a Shortcut Icon to Clear the Clipboard

First just right-click on the desktop or elsewhere, and choose New Shortcut from the menu.

Enter the following command into the shortcut location box

cmd /c “echo off | clip”

You now have a small icon that will immediately clear the clipboard, but we can take this one step further.

Choose *Properties* by right clicking on the icon – then change the Run drop-down to *Minimised* just to make sure you don’t see the command prompt. If you want to, you can also assign a shortcut key here.

If you click the Change Icon button and then browse down to this file, you can find a clipboard icon:

%SystemRoot%system32shell32.dll

Now we’ve got a nice-looking icon that will clear out the clipboard sitting on our desktop.

Please note – If you are using Windows XP, you can download clip.exe from Microsoft. Just save the file in the Windows directory and the rest of the hack should work for you.

 Happy calibrating, fellow computer repairs people.

Over and out

MobileGeekette

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Aaaaand in this edition of our computer repairs blog we will talk about hotkeys. Have you ever needed a hotkey for creating a new folder in Windows Explorer? Or is it just me?

Well, there is, and we have added the instructions for Windows 7 where it is just so easy to do!

There are actually a few solutions to this problem, you can download and install a small freeware app called bxNewFolder to assign the hotkey or you can use the built in accelerator keys.

How to make a New Folder Hotkey in Windows 7

Windows 7 comes with a shortcut key combination for creating new folders

Ctrl+Shift+N

If you use this shortcut key anywhere in Windows explorer a new folder will be instantly created.

How to use the Keyboard Accelerator Keys

You can also use the keyboard accelerator keys: Alt+F will bring up the file menu, and then <W> for the New menu, and then <F> for new folder. So your shortcut key sequence ends up being F+W+F with the Alt key held down. (Try it out)

We found that this works great once you get used to it, and it doesn’t require any additional software.

 How to install bxNewFolder

This freeware plugin uses F12 as the new folder hotkey, which is not changeable. So if you are using this in Windows XP, you’ll get the benefit of the new toolbar button that it adds, while there is no visible User Interface in Windows Vista, it still works perfectly.

To install this properly, you need to close all Windows Explorer windows and then choose Run as administrator from the right-click menu.

It should start working straight away once it has been installed. To open the new folder dialog press F12. If you hold down the shift key and hit enter after typing in the folder name it will navigate to the folder immediately.

In Windows XP, you’ll also get a New Folder button.

You will need to scroll nearly to the bottom of the page to find the installer download.

Yay! You can now do new folders with one click of a button. You totally rock as computer repairs technicians DIY!

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MobileGeekette

 

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In this installment of the computer repairs blog we will talk about using the “Up” keyboard shortcut.

Is everyone driven as insane as I am that Windows 7 and Vista do not have an UP button???? (Deep breath …another deep breath)

Fear not! We have found a keyboard shortcut replacement.

While I am in my x:wpmuwp-content directory I can usually click the “wpmu” part of the path and simulate the Up button, but it doesn’t always work, especially if I’ve tiled two windows beside each other or lowered the size of the window

This window is 600px wide; shouldn’t I have an easier way to go Up? Well, I do… if I just hit the following key combination:

Alt+Up

Now I’m in the parent directory – that is so much better!!!

This is also the fastest way to get to the Desktop folder – just keep pressing Alt+Up until you get to the folder you want.

Here are some other keyboard shortcuts for Explorer:

  • Alt+Right – Go forward
  • Alt+Left- Go back
  • Alt+D – Focus the address bar and select the current path.
  • F4 – Pop up the dropdown in the address bar, actually somewhat useful.
  • Alt+Enter – Properties of the selected file
  • Ctrl+Mousewheel – change the size of the icons
  • F11 – Put explorer into Fullscreen mode.

Well, there you go, fellow computer repairs DIYers.

Over and out

MobileGeekette

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And now, my dear computer repair DIY gurus, we will talk about getting quick access to volume mixer sound settings in your Windows 7 machines. Continue reading “How To Get Quick Access to Windows 7 Volume Mixer Sound Settings” »

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Hello lovely people :) In the installment of our computer repairs blog we will talk about the new features in WordPad and Paint in Windows 7. The often overlooked accessory that has been included in all versions of Windows since 1995 is WordPad and Paint. They now have a new look and enhanced features and today we will take a look at some of those new improvements. Continue reading “Computer repairs Sydney Blog Review of New Features in WordPad and Paint in Windows 7” »

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In this installment of our computer repairs How To we will be talking about adding another item to the context menu for Defrag. YOu can do that with a simple registry hack. After downloading the hack (link at the bottom of this blog) you will have a new item on the right-click menu for your drives…

This will start up the command-line version of Disk Defragmenter (after accepting the UAC prompt)

Manual Registry Hack

Through the start menu search or run box open up regedit.exe and then browse down to the following key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDriveshell

You need to create a new key under shell called *runas*, and then set the (Default) value to *Defragment*. If you want to hide this menu item behind the Shift key right-click menu, then add a new string called Extended with no value.

You’ll now need to create a key called *command* and set the default value to the following, which is the command to run defrag with the default options but show verbose output.

defrag %1 -v

Also, you can choose from one of the other defrag switches here if you prefer.

Downloadable Registry Hack

Simply download, extract, and double-click on either AddDefragToDriveMenu.reg (for the regular menu) or AddDefragToExtendedDriveMenu.reg (to hide behind the Shift key). There’s also an included removal script that will remove either one.

Download AddDefragToDriveMenu Registry Hack (link)

I do hope you got that. If something is still unclear, drop us a line at Mobile Geeks and one of our computer repairs experts will be able to help.

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MobileGeekette

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In this entry of the computer repairs blog we will discuss how to share files and printer between Windows 7 and XP. Sounds good? Read on!

If you have a home network and you are running Windows 7 but still have XP on your other computers, you might like to share files between them. That would be handy, woudn’t it? This is how you can do it.

Generally, it is a very easy process to share folders between the two Windows 7 machines using the new *HomeGroup* feature. As you have already discovered, otherwise you would not be reading this,  the HomeGroup feature does not talk to Windows XP or Vista. To get over this hurdle, wisely created by smart Silicon Valley computer repairs and other distinguished geeks you need to do the following:

Step 1 – make sure both machines are members of the same Workgroup which by default is named Workgroup.

Then on your Windows 7 machine, go to – Control Panel All Control Panel Items Network and Sharing Center then click on Change advanced sharing settings.

 

You will need to double check these settings under Advanced Sharing Settings for the Home or Work and Public profile.

If you wish for any user to have access the public shares turn off password protection.  You will be able to find this in Advanced Sharing Settings toward the bottom of the list.

If you need to keep it enabled make sure there is a log in account for the other XP machines and they have a password.

Go into Network in Windows 7 you’ll now see your XP machine and the Windows 7 as well which in this case is Mysticgeek-PC. (Thanks to a famous geek on the internet :)

If you want to share the printer on the Windows 7 machine, go into Devices and Printers from the Start menu and double click on the printer icon. This is easy.

Next double click on *Customise your printer*.

In the Properties screen that will pop up once you select the Customise your printer option click on the Sharing Tab and check the box to share the printer and type in its share name.

If your XP machine is an x86 OS you can install Additional Drivers before setting up the XP machine.

To see the shared folders and devices double click on the Windows 7 machine icon under Network.  Here you can see the printer connected to our Windows 7 machine is shared and also the Users Folder.

 

Continue into the Users folder and *Public* to see the shared folders, here we have also created a folder called XP Share just to keep everything in a central location.

Go over to your XP machine and open up *My Network Places* to find the Windows 7 (mysticgeek-pc) shared folder.

 

Double click on the Share folder to see the list of all shared folders in the Public folder on Windows 7.  If you have password protected – you will need to type in the username and password of the user account on the Windows 7 machine first.

And this is how to set your Windows XP computer with a Shared Printer

Step 1 -  Go into Printers and Faxes from the Start menu to set up the shared printer in XP and start the Add Printer Wizard.

Now select *A network printer or a printer attached to another computer* then click Next.

Next select *Connect to this printer…* and type in the path for the printer connected to the Windows 7 machine and click next.  

Now click Yes!!!!  :) to the confirmation message.

 

Then click Finish the printer to install and complete the Wizard.

In some cases you may need to install the x86 XP drivers for the shared printer because the Windows 7 drivers are not compatible with XP.  When everything is installed open up Printers and Faxes to find the shared printer.

 

These tips should help you to start sharing your files and other devices with your Windows 7 PC. When we first started we could see the printer on XP straight away as we had a HomeGroup set up, but when that was deleted we needed to share our printer just as you would in a *WorkGroup*. You may find you also have to do a few restarts on the Windows XP computer for it to see the shared resources on Windows 7.

Well, now that you have done it, delete the computer repairs geeks number from your speed dial because you are awesome!

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MobileGeekette

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