Create An ISO File For Windows Updates


Here is a handy program for you tech heads out there. WSUS Offline Update allows you to download Windows Updates for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows Server 2003/Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 this includes 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the operating systems. As well as Windows Updates it will also download updates for Microsoft’s Office suites. (Office XP, Office 2003 and Office 2007). Continue reading “Create An ISO File For Windows Updates”


How To Recover Deleted Files Quickly

If you have ever accidentally deleted a really important file from your computer you will know that it can be extremely frustrating, especially if you don’t have any kind of recovery software already in place to undelete it. Even if you do, a lot of the software I have used in the past has been cumbersome and unreliable to use.

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Download Streaming Videos From Websites

Have you ever come across a video on the internet that you wanted to keep? Perhaps you want to download it on to your mobile phone so you can show your friends later without having to stream it from the internet again.

YouTube and most video streaming websites like that do not allow you to download any of their videos, you have to have internet access and chew up your bandwidth every time you want to watch the same video, unless it is cached but let’s not get smart about it. This article will explain how to quickly and easily download YouTube videos and embedded movies from other websites too. Continue reading “Download Streaming Videos From Websites”

How To Access Hidden Themes In Windows 7

Windows 7 offers a great set of themes you can use to customise the look and feel of your computer’s desktop. I’ll bet you didn’t know that there are actually quite a few hidden themes based on locations around the world. By default Windows only displays one of these localised themes based on the country which you are in. Continue reading “How To Access Hidden Themes In Windows 7”

How To Uninstall Internet Explorer 7

There have been a lot of times I have been asked how to uninstall Internet Explorer 7 in order to revert back to Internet Explorer 6. Often for webapp compatibility issues or even personal preference. At first it is not obvious as most times IE7 is not listed in the ‘Add/Remove Programs’ list under your control panel. Fortunately there is a very quick and easy way to revert back to IE6 using a Run command. Continue reading “How To Uninstall Internet Explorer 7”

DVI & VGA – What is the difference?

If you have ever looked at all the cables that plug into your computer you probably would have noticed the one that connects the monitor to the computer it’s self. Chances are that this cable, on older machines is a VGA cable or more commonly these days, a DVI cable. (Pictured Left)

The question is what is the difference between them? Continue reading “DVI & VGA – What is the difference?”

HP Printers – A Warning For Potential Buyers

HP’s C4599, straight from hell?

Normally when I write about a product on my blog it is because it is a great product and I make personal, unbiased recommendations, this will be the first time I am going to advise against purchasing a product. Specifically the C4400 and C4500 series of All-In-One printers from HP.

I am not sure what HP is going to think of this article if they see it but there is no laws against me offering my opinion, so please note this is all this article is. My own opinion. Continue reading “HP Printers – A Warning For Potential Buyers”

Exchange 2007: Listing All Mailboxes & Associated E-Mail Addresses

Command for Exchange 2007 Management Shell to list all mailboxes and e-mail addresses.

This post may be a little obscure but this command helped me out a lot today at work. I was asked to provide a list of all the mailboxes and their associated e-mail addresses that are on our Exchange 2007 Server.

To do this you simply need to open up the Exchange Management Shell and type in the following command:

Get-Mailbox | fl UserPrincipalName, PrimarySMTPAddress, EmailAddresses

You can then right click in the Management Shell window and click on ‘Select All’ and then press the ‘Enter’ key to copy the contents to your clipboard. From there you can do what ever you want with it.

What are ISO files and how do I use them?

An ISO image is an archive file (also known as a disc image) of an optical disc in a format defined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This format is supported by many software vendors. ISO image files typically have a file extension of .iso.

Article first published as What Is An ISO File And How Do I Use Them? on Technorati.

Wikipedia defines an ISO file as:

An ISO image is an archive file (also known as a disc image) of an optical disc in a format defined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This format is supported by many software vendors. ISO image files typically have a file extension of .iso.

To expand on that definition further, an .iso image is much like a .zip file. You can think of it as a container that holds all the files and folders contained on a CD or DVD but unlike a .zip file an ISO is not compressed. ISO files are useful for keeping backups of CD’s and DVD’s and for storing the contents of CD’s or DVD’s on portable hard-drives or uploading and downloading them on the internet. Continue reading “What are ISO files and how do I use them?”

Every Windows Key Shortcut You Will Ever Need

Windows Key shortcuts.

The sneaky Windows Key

Tips and shortcuts for easy and efficient PC use.

Following in the foot steps of my Window’s Run Commands article I have decided to give you even more handy tips to make your computing experience much easier and efficient. These shortcuts work in all versions of Windows up to Windows 7!

Below is a list of 12 shortcuts utilising the Windows key on your keyboard (pictured). The shortcuts I have written require you to hold down the Window’s key and press once the letters in the instructions.

Enjoy!

  1. Windows Key – Opens the Start menu.
  2. Windows Key + E – Opens up an Explorer Window.
  3. Windows Key + Da.k.a The Boss Key – Minimises all Windows and display the desktop, press D again to return all your Windows to normal. (Use this when you are doing dodgy things and the boss walks in the room 🙂 ).
  4. Windows Key + F – Opens the Find dialogue.
  5. Windows Key + L – Locks your PC.
  6. Windows Key + M – Minimises all open Windows.
  7. Windows Key + Shift + M – Returns minimised Windows to their previous state.
  8. Windows Key + R – Opens the Run command box. (Read ‘100 Handy Run Commands’ article).
  9. Windows Key + F1 – Displays the Windows Help menu.
  10. Windows Key + Pause/Break – Displays System Properties.
  11. Windows Key + Tab – Cycles through open Windows (Looks cooler than Alt + Tab in Windows 7).
  12. Windows Key + U – Displays the Utilities Manager.

Have I missed anything? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

100 Super Handy Windows Run Commands

Windows Run commands are super handy to know, especially when dealing with computer users over the phone. Trying to talk them through an issue can be difficult enough without worrying about what version of Windows they are running or whether or not they have moved the shortcut to their control panel and all sorts. With the big list compilation below you can access most of Windows important features with simple ‘Start > Run > type in xxx’ instructions to users.

All you need to do is click on ‘Start’ and select ‘Run’, or hold the ‘Windows Key’ down and press ‘R’ and enter the commands listed below.

Enough small talk, I am sure you know what you are looking for so check out my top 100 handy Windows Run Commands. Continue reading “100 Super Handy Windows Run Commands”

1 Simple Tweak To Double PC Performance

Shifting your page file off the boot partition on to a secondary hard drive to increase system performance.

So I’ve made a pretty big promise with that headline but believe me I plan to deliver with this one but first a bit of theory. Stay with me! It isn’t difficult, you might even learn something and once you see the performance increase of this little tweak for your self you will be thankful you took the time to read more.

I also highly recommend reading this article on boosting your computer’s performance as well.

The Theory
If you own a computer you would have heard of memory or RAM. Memory is often measured in megabytes (mb) or gigabytes (gb) and it is where your computer stores information required for your computer programs and services to run.

If you already know all of this or are completely trusting you can skip this whole section and move on to the “How-to” section.

Programs running on your computer will use up some (or all of, in some cases) your computer’s memory, some programs and services use up quite a lot of memory while others barely use any. As memory usage increases computer speed and general performance decreases. Continue reading “1 Simple Tweak To Double PC Performance”

Peak Performance: 7 Easy Ways To Keep Your PC happy.

What do you do to ensure that your computer is regularly maintained and tuned-up for peak performance? Find out what you should be doing as part of a regular computer maintenance plan.

What do you do to ensure that your computer is regularly maintained and tuned-up for peak performance?

I found this question on Yahoo! Answers, it rated as one of the most popular IT questions on the site so I thought I would answer it myself.

As I work in the IT industry I quite often work with other people’s computers both through work and through personal contacts and I have seen some messy ones! Nine times out of ten when someone brings their computer in for repair the only description they will give you of their problem is that “their computer is slow”.

Some times these are near-brand new computers that they have somehow managed to bog down with browser toolbars, background processes and a taskbar that is 40 feet long with all kinds of weird and wonderful items in a few months.

Following these tips you can keep your computer running nicely for a long time.

First of all I am only explaining what I do personally so if you have any suggestions please let me know in comments or send me an e-mail!

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Watch Hulu outside of America

Last night I jumped on the Hulu website for the first time not realising that it is accessible only from the US. Being from Australia this posed a bit of a problem. Fortunately for you guys after a bit of research on Kuan Hoong’s blog, I have found a solution in the form of a small piece of software called Hotspot Shield.

Last night I jumped on the Hulu website for the first time not realising that it is accessible only from the US. Being from Australia this posed a bit of a problem. Fortunately for you guys after a bit of research on Kuan Hoong’s blog, I have found a solution in the form of a small piece of software called Hotspot Shield.

The best thing about this software is that it’s completely free, ad and spyware free (although there are prompts during the install to setup toolbars, set your default search provider and change your homepage, which I always uncheck), it is also lightweight and compatible with Mac OSX and all versions of Windows from XP up. There is also a prompt about “Recommended Additional Protection” services at the end of the install, not needing any of it I unchecked all of the boxes and completeled the installation, installing the services are up to you however. Continue reading “Watch Hulu outside of America”