Archive from July, 2004
Jul 20, 2004 - General    No Comments

How can I remove the link between Microsoft Outlook 2002 and MSN Messenger?

By default, Outlook 2002 and MSN Messenger are linked. If both applications are running and you attempt to close MSN Messenger, the following error will appear on screen:

“There are other applications currently using features provided by Windows Messenger. You must close these other applications before you can exit Windows Messenger. These applications may include Outlook, Outlook Express, MSN Explorer, and Internet Explorer.”

To remove the link between Outlook 2002 and MSN Messenger, perform the following steps:

Start Outlook.
From the Tools menu, select Options.
Select the Other tab.
Clear the “Enable Instant Messaging in Microsoft Outlook” check box in the Instant Messaging section, then click OK.
Close and restart Outlook for the change to take effect.

Jul 19, 2004 - General, Windows XP    No Comments

How can I determine whether I’ve enabled boot defragment in Windows XP?

Windows XP includes an option to perform a boot defragment, which places all files required for booting next to each other on disk to provide a faster boot time. The OS enables this option by default, but you can check the status and enable this option by performing the following steps:

Start the registry editor (regedit.exe).
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftDfrgBootOptimizeFunction.
If Enable isn’t set to Y, double-click Enable and set the value to Y.
Click OK.
Close the registry editor.
Reboot the machine.
If you want to disable boot defragment, set Enable to N.

Jul 17, 2004 - General, Windows XP    1 Comment

How can I avoid having to re-activate my Windows XP installation when I reinstall the OS on my machine?

If you plan to reinstall XP on the same hardware, you can back up the activation status and then restore it after you reinstall the OS. To save the activation status, back up the wpa.dbl file from the %systemroot%system32 folder to a disk or other location.

After you reinstall the OS, perform the following steps:

Start your Windows installation in Minimal Safe mode.
Move to the %systemroot%system32 folder.
Rename wpa.dbl to wpa.noact.
Copy your backed up wpa.dbl file to the system32 folder.
Reboot your system as usual.

This procedure isn’t a hack to avoid activating installations and will work only on the same hardware for an XP installation that you’ve already activated.

Jul 17, 2004 - General, Windows XP    No Comments

How can I access shares on a Windows XP machine from Windows Me and Win9x?

If you upgrade from Windows Me or Windows 9x to Windows XP in the coming days and want to network your new PC or new OS with other machines in your house, you need to remember a few key details. Unlike Windows Me and Win9x, XP has built-in networking security, so you’ll have to log on to an XP box before you can use it and, if you’re wise, you’ll password-protect that account. But after you do so, you won’t be able to access shares on your XP box from Windows Me and Win9x machines. Here’s why: In a Windows workgroup based on XP, Windows 2000, or Windows NT, you must supply valid credentials (your logon/password) before you can access network resources. And you must configure these logons and associated passwords on any XP (or Win2K or NT) machine on the network. So let’s say you log on as “sally” to a Win98 machine. To access an XP machine on the same network, you’ll have to set up a “sally” account on the XP box that uses the same password. After you set it up your network this way, accessing shares will work the same way it did in Windows Me and Win9x.

Jul 16, 2004 - General, Windows XP    No Comments

How can I enable and disable Windows XP’s built-in zip support?

XP provides built-in zip support so that you can open compressed files as if they were folders. However, if you use a third-party program, such as WinZip, XP’s built-in zip handling might get in the way. To disable XP’s zip support, perform the following steps:

Select Run from the Start menu.
Enter
regsvr32 /u %windir%system32zipfldr.dll
Click OK.
Restart the computer.

To enable XP’s zip support, perform the following steps:

Select Run from the Start menu.
Enter
regsvr32 %windir%system32zipfldr.dll
Click OK.
Restart the computer.

Jul 16, 2004 - General    No Comments

Why do I receive a Missing Operating System error after I reboot my machine?

Unless your computer has suffered a major disk malfunction, this error message usually means that the hard disk’s active partition has changed. To resolve this error, perform the following steps:

Boot your machine using a Windows Me, Windows 9x, or DOS 3.5″ system disk that contains the Fdisk utility.
Start the Fdisk utility.
Press the Enter key to enable large disk support.
Select Option 2 for “Set active partition.”
Enter the number of the partition that you want to set as the active partition, and press Enter.
Press the Esc key to exit.
Remove the boot disk from the floppy drive and reboot the machine.

Jul 16, 2004 - General    180 Comments

How Can I unlock A 3g Handset Like NEC e313 & e616

This is only a temporary unlock method. This means that you will have to re-enter in the code if you switch your phone off. Also as this method tricks the phone in thinking you are making an emergency call, features like text messaging and contacts are not available.

To unlock your NEC e313 and NEC e616:

Power up phone with a 2g sim card, then type
#4960*12345678#
*4960*12345678*12345678# (ignore USIM Lock On message)
Switch off phone and replace sim
Says Insert USIM, press emergency button
Don’t enter anything but wait for it to ask for unlock code
Enter 12345678
Says USIM Lock Off

Enter 112 on handset and press dial
Say yes to swap network
As soon as it changes network HANGUP (do not let it continue dialling)
The 3G will change to 2.5 (o2) or 2 (vf)
Within about 15secs you should get your sim provider logo
You can now dial out/recieve calls – but cant do text, wap or access your contacts list.

Leave a comment and let me know how you get on. Cant believe people are selling the above method on ebay for >£15 :-(

Jul 14, 2004 - Windows XP    1 Comment

How can I disable the Windows Explorer search assistant in Windows XP?

Windows Explorer contains a new search assistant that Microsoft designed to provide a friendlier, easier search experience. The new search tool lets you search for specific file types (e.g., multimedia files, document files), computers, and more. If you prefer the old search tool, perform the following steps:

Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerCabinetState subkey.
From the Edit menu, select New, String Value.
Enter a name of Use Search Asst.
Double-click the new value, type
no
in the “Value data” field to use the old search tool, and click OK.
Close the registry editor

Jul 14, 2004 - Windows XP    No Comments

How can I remove the unread-email counter from the Windows XP Welcome logon screen?

If your computer belongs to a workgroup and you use the XP Welcome logon screen to log on to that workgroup, the OS will display the number of unread mail messages on the logon screen. To disable this feature, perform the following steps:

Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUnreadMail subkey.
Double-click MessageExpiryDays (or create a new value of type DWORD if MessageExpiryDays doesn’t exist), set the value to 0, then click OK.
Close the registry editor

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