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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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I was recently asked about searching through  Internet Explorer favourites. So, here is a computer repairs blog entry just on that. If you use Vista or Windows 7 – for you it is as simple and easy as creating a *saved search* folder. Continue reading “How To Create a Shortcut to Search Your IE Favourites” »

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One of the most popular freeware applications to clean up your computer is CCleaner, and with very good reason. The application is both easy to use and powerful. Today, I in my computer repair wisdom (please go with me. having a challenging day here..) will show you how to make a shortcut to Run CCleaner  how in silent mode. Continue reading “How To Make a Shortcut or Hotkey to Run CCleaner Silently” »

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We’ve all been in the position at one time when you’re listening to your music and the phone rings. You are then trying to fumble for the pause button or the speaker switch on your music player, while trying to answer the phone. Sounds familiar? So, instead of bothering with all that *drama* we have created a shortcut to mute the sound instantly with just one press of a key. This is then the topic of our todays computer repairs article. Continue reading “How To Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Mute the System Volume in Windows” »

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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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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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This installment of our computer repairs blog is on how to add ‘Run as Administrator’ to any file type.

In Windows 7 or Vista, have you ever tried to unzip a file to the programme files directory only to get an array of permission denied errors, and in general just to have been unsuccessful? So, the question is, when you are running in Administrator how do you open up a zipfile? For that matter – how do you open ANY file as an administrator? Continue reading “How To Add “Run as Administrator” to Any File Type in Windows 7 and Vista” »

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In this entry of our computer repairs blog we will discuss how to access the Disk Cleanup Tool. Normally, this can be found  through the Start menu or by opening up the drive properties window. However, if that is too much of a long winded process for you (and I understand, try doing it a few times a day), instead of going through all that you can use a very simple registry hack which will add a menu item to the drive right click menu. Continue reading “How To Add Disk Cleanup to the Right-Click Menu for a Drive” »

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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.

Over and out

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!

Over and out

MobileGeekette

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