Posts Tagged by Windows
|27 January 2011||Posted by whiztech under Uncategorized|
If you are a frequent web surfer, your bookmarks will be one of your important piece of data. Usually for most of us, when we are planning to reinstall the operating system that we use, we tend to forget to backup the web browser bookmarks and other data such as saved passwords, extensions, etc. (at least for me, and most of my friends). Unless you are using web browser synchronizing services such as Opera Link or XMarks, backing up and restoring your bookmarks manually is pretty much not a user friendly step.
FavBackup is a free simple program that allows you to easily backup and restore your web browser bookmarks. FavBackup supports backup and restore the bookmarks for major web browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Google Chrome and Flock).
Other than bookmarks, FavBackup is also able to backup full web browser profile and data such as cookies, saved passwords, site preferences, search engines and many more. This will ease the backup, restore or migration process of your web browser profile to another system.
By default, FavBackup will automatically list the profiles of the web browser that installed on your system. If you want to backup a portable web browser, FavBackup has the ability to select custom web browser profile location.
|16 September 2010||Posted by whiztech under Uncategorized|
Sometimes, you might want to run multiple copies of Mozilla Firefox for some purposes. For example, if you are playing Mafia Wars on Facebook, you have many Mafia Wars profile and you want to run *ahem* Mafia Wars Autoplayer Script *ahem* with different settings on each profile.
One of the easiest ways to run multiple copies of Mozilla Firefox is to use the Mozilla Firefox Portable Edition. But still, if you are trying to run multiple copies of Mozilla Firefox Portable on Windows, the default setting will prevent you from doing so and you will get the “Another instance of Firefox is already running. Please close other instances of Firefox before launching Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition.” error. You can actually enable the option to run multiple copies of portable Mozilla Firefox in a few easy steps.
1. Extract Mozilla Firefox Portable as you normally would. In this example, I will use “E:\whiztech\App\FirefoxPortable-01\” as the path.
|22 July 2010||Posted by whiztech under Uncategorized|
For most average computer users, the most passive mouse button is usually the middle one. The middle button is usually used to scroll documents or web pages, and almost for nothing else. In case you are wondering if you can put the middle mouse button to a good use, you might want to try MouseExtender.
MouseExtender is a small program that ran on the system tray and it will display a nice menu that contains shortcuts to file, program, folder and URL by clicking the middle mouse button. You can group shortcuts which belong in same category using tabs.
By default, MouseExtender will override other programs’ function that uses the middle mouse button. For example, clicking the middle button on webpage in a web browser will gives you the ability to scroll the webpage using the cursor, and when you’re running MouseExtender, it will bypass this function and displays shortcuts. However, MouseExtender allows you to exclude programs from displaying the shortcuts and let the program uses its default middle click function.
|8 February 2010||Posted by whiztech under Uncategorized|
Here is the story. A few weeks ago, my brother asked me to re-partition his new laptop’s hard disk. It is a Dell Studio laptop. At the beginning, I tried to use the popular EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition since it received a lot of positive reviews, but unfortunately the laptop is running on the 64 bit version Windows 7 Home Premium and EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition works only on 32 bit Windows. Then, I tried GParted Live USB, a Linux based partition editor. Again, it was not a success because GParted gives me error whenever I tried to re-partition the hard disk. I don’t exactly know what caused the problem but I can see there is a Dell Backup Utility partition and maybe it had caused the error.
After searching for the alternative, I found Partition Wizard Home Edition. Partition Wizard Home Edition is a free partition manager software for Windows. It is free for personal/home use and the best thing is, it supports the 64 bit version of Windows. Basically, Partition Wizard will let you perform partitioning actions such as create, format, convert, explore, resize, move and copy a partition, like any other partition managers. Partition Wizard is very simple and easy to use.
Because it is free, it is not as powerful as other paid partition manager such as Partition Magic. For example, Partition Wizard only supports FAT, FAT32 and NTFS partitions. This means you cannot use Partition Wizard to create, resize or move Linux EXT2 or EXT3 partitions. As you can see from the image below, the partition (1) is actually a EXT2 partition, and it is shown as other in Partition Wizard.
|7 January 2010||Posted by whiztech under Uncategorized|
You probably using post-it notes attached to your monitor or desk to make reminders or short notes. If your post-it notes seem very disorganized and messed up your desk, maybe it’s time for you to use a virtual one.
PNotes is a small and light-weight sticky virtual notes program for Windows. It is skinnable and very flexible. Each individual notes can have their own settings, reminders, skins, fonts, colors, etc.. Some features of PNotes:
|4 January 2010||Posted by whiztech under Uncategorized|
This tips is only for Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit) and Vista (32 bit only, using this trick on Windows Vista 64 bit will cause Windows to crash). Well, this god mode is not going to make your Windows installation immune to virus or something like that, but instead it provides you with shortcuts to useful system settings.
Enabling GodMode on Windows 7 / Vista
1. Right click on any blank area on your desktop and choose ‘New’ > ‘Folder’.
2. Rename the folder to:
3. Magically the folder transformed into GodMode!
4. You can actually change the ‘GodMode’ text to something else, for example, if you want to name it ‘System Settings’ just name the new folder to this:
[via Web Talk]
|3 January 2010||Posted by whiztech under Uncategorized|
Quick tip for Windows Vista and 7 only. You can make your Windows installation a little bit different from others by putting a custom text (your name for example) next to the clock on your taskbar.
1. To put a custom text next to the clock on your taskbar, go to Start Menu > ‘Control Panel’ > ‘Region and Language’ options. Click ‘Additional settings…’ (1) and then click the ‘Time’ (2) tab.
2. Change the AM and PM field (3) to the text that you wish to be displayed next to the clock on your taskbar (maximum of 12 characters). Press ‘OK’ (4) to save the options.
3. Make sure ‘Short’ and ‘Long’ time format field have ‘tt’ at the end of it (5) (‘h:mm tt’ for ‘Short time’ and ‘h:mm:ss tt’ for ‘Long time’ format).
|29 December 2009||Posted by whiztech under Uncategorized|
Have you been wondering how to choose the web browser that you want to use to open links? Normally, you can open links from non-web browser application using your system’s default web browser, and Windows only let you set 1 default web browser. Browser Chooser is a program that allows you to choose what web browser to open a link that you’ve clicked. However, Browser Chooser can only be lunched if the links that you’ve clicked are not from a web browser.
Browser Chooser will present you with the list of web browsers installed on your system when you click a link from a non-web browser program such as Yahoo Messenger or mIRC. It also works when you are opening a web page shortcut that was created by software installers on your start menu. Browser Chooser is able to detect 6 web browsers installed on your system; Firefox, Flock, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari, if they are installed in their default directories.
After you’ve installed Browser Chooser, you must first set Browser Chooser as the ‘default’ web browser. Click the small ‘Options’ (1) button and go to ‘Miscellaneous’ tab. Then click ‘Activate Browser Chooser (Make default browser)’ (2). You can also enable the ‘Show URL’ (3) option to make Browser Chooser display the URL that you tried to open. In the Options dialog, you can choose what web browser that will be displayed by Browser Chooser. Browser Chooser can display up to 5 web browser.
|28 December 2009||Posted by whiztech under Uncategorized|
Quick tip (Windows only). I’m sure most of us sometimes are unable to cancel a printing job and the print job is stuck on your printer print job list. This is sure a frustrating problem especially if you need to print something urgently. The method below will delete the entire print job queue and cancel all print jobs by stopping the print spooler service and delete its print job files. It should work on most versions of Windows.
1. Run Notepad (Start Menu > Run, type notepad and press ‘Enter’).
2. Copy the command below to Notepad (click the view source icon):
net stop spooler del %systemroot%\system32\spool\printers\*.shd del %systemroot%\system32\spool\printers\*.spl net start spooler pause
3. Save it as a .bat file. Make sure you select ‘All files (*.*)’ (1). Give it a meaningful name, for example, ‘cancelprint.bat’ (2) (without the quotes ‘’) and save it to a location where you can easily find the file, maybe on your desktop. The .bat extension is important! For example, if you want to name it as ‘stopprint’, make sure you put ‘stopprint.bat’. Press ‘Save’ (3) to save it.
|27 December 2009||Posted by whiztech under Uncategorized|
If you are looking for a powerful Task Manager alternative/replacement, or simply a tool to manage the processes and services that running on your system, then Process Hacker might be the right system utility application for you. I’ve been using Process Hacker since version 1.3.x, so far Process Hacker is indeed an ultimate task manager and I can see the developers have put great efforts to improve and make Process Hacker a powerful system tool.
Process Hacker functionality and interface quite similar to Process Explorer’s. However, Process Hacker offers you 2 additional functionalities that Process Explorer don’t have; the ability to manage services and network connections information.
On ‘Processes’ tab, you can do the basic Task Manager actions such as terminating process, changing process priority, etc.. You can also easily search the process file name on Google, upload a process file to VirusTotal, and if you know what you’re doing, Process Hacker offers you advanced features such as terminating process using different methods, inject DLL into a process, inspect process threads, protect a process, write directly to process memory and many more. The processes are highlighted according Own, System, Service, Debugged, Elevated, Job, .NET, POSIX, Packed/Dangerous, Suspended Threads, GUI Threads, Relocated DLLs, Protected Handles and Inherit Handles.