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May 13th, 2011

Windows 7 default themes are located here: C:\Windows\Resources\Themes if you were to copy a saved theme into this location it would appear with the other Windows 7 themes under a new heading of “Installed Themes”.

On a clean install of Windows 7 there are 6 “Aero” themes and 6 “Ease of Access Themes” you can select these by doing the following:

1. Right click a blank area on your desktop to bring up the context menu.

2. Left click on “Personalize”

3. Left click on a theme of your choice and Windows will apply the theme. If you were to customise the Windows 7 background or Window colour, your new theme will appear under the heading of “My Themes” called “Unsaved Theme” at the top of the window.

4. To name your theme right click on your “Unsaved Theme” and click “Save theme” you will now be prompted to name it before saving. The location of your saved theme will be here: C:\Users\(Profile name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\name.theme

In some versions of Windows 7, the default theme can relate to the regional settings (language and keyboard layout) chosen on
installation. These themes can form one of the 6 Aero themes even when all other themes have been removed from the C:\Windows\Resources\Themes location.

The regional themes are located here: C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT

Note: The MCT folder is hidden so you will need to show hidden files and folders first or type the full path into a windows explorer address bar.

April 20th, 2011

Windows 7 has 14 different schemes for each event sound installed by default, these can be used to customise your Windows 7 experience.

Windows 7’s default sound files can be found here: C:\Windows\Media

You can change your sounds by completing the following steps:

1. Right click a blank area on your desktop to bring up the context menu.

2. Left click on “Personalize”.

3. Left click the “Sounds” icon at the bottom of the page.

4. Navigate to the top dropdown box and select a different sound scheme.

5. Choose an event from the “Program Events” list menu and click on “Test” to play the sound for that particular event. If required repeat this process to hear what the other event sounds are like or change the sound scheme and repeat this process to find your preference.

Note: You can turn Windows sounds off completely by selecting the “No Sounds” scheme.

If you want to use your own sound file (it must be in .WAV format) click on the “Browse” button and browse to the location of your sound file (this will apply to the event selected in the second dropdown box).

Once your happy with your selection click “Apply” to accept the new sound scheme and ok to close the sound window.

If you have modified a default scheme with your own sound files you will be required to name and save your scheme before closing the sound window.

April 14th, 2011

When going abroad it’s useful to turn off your smart phones mobile data connection so that you don’t incur a large unexpected phone bill, so here’s a quick guide on how to enable / disable your data settings using Android:

1. Navigate to your “Settings” icon.

2. Select “Wireless & Networks”.

3. Scroll down and select “Mobile networks”.

4. Un-tick to disable or tick to enable “Data enabled” (in some versions its called “Data Traffic”) and “Data roaming”.

5. Navigate back twice to the first settings menu and select “Accounts & sync”.

6. Un-tick to disable or tick to enable “Auto-sync” and “Background data”.

April 13th, 2011
Windows 7’s default pre-installed wallpapers / backgrounds are located here: C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\
To add your own desktop background to the above location, simply create a folder (with a relevant name for your backgrounds) within the “Wallpaper” folder. e.g. C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\My Wallpapers
Windows will now group your backgrounds under the same name as the folder you created (in this example My Wallpapers) in the Desktop Background settings menu. This is particularly useful in corporate environments where multiple users share a computer and require the same background.
April 8th, 2011

To configure your USB memory stick  for booting Windows Vista or Windows 7 installation setup you will need the following:

A. USB memory stick of at least 4Gb+ capacity that supports USB booting.

B. Windows Vista or Windows 7 installation media.

Note: This will not work for booting a Windows XP installation.

1. Insert your USB stick to your computer and backup all data from the USB stick as we are going to format it to make it bootable.

2. Open elevated Command Prompt. To do this, type in CMD in Start menu search field and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter. Alternatively, navigate to Start > All programs >Accessories > right click on Command Prompt and select “Run as Administrator”.

3. When the Command Prompt opens, enter the following command:

DISKPART and press enter.

LIST DISK and press enter.

Once you enter the LIST DISK command, it will show the disk number of your USB drive. (My USB stick was listed as Disk 1)

4. In this step you need to enter all the below commands one by one and press enter. As these commands are self-explanatory, you can easily guess what these commands do.

SELECT DISK 1
(Replace DISK 1 with your disk number)

CLEAN

CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY

SELECT PARTITION 1

ACTIVE

FORMAT FS=NTFS

(The Format process may take few seconds depending on the capacity of your USB stick)

ASSIGN

EXIT

Note: Don’t close the command prompt as we need to execute one more command at the next step – Just minimize it.

5. Insert your Windows DVD in the optical drive and note down the drive letter of the optical drive and USB media. I use “D” as my optical (DVD) drive letter and “G” as my USB drive letter.

6. Go back to command prompt and execute the following commands to change the directory to the DVD’s boot directory where bootsect lives, type the following again pressing enter at the end of each command:

d:

cd d:\boot

7. Use bootsect to set the USB as a bootable NTFS drive prepared for a Vista/7 image. I’m assuming that your USB flash drive has been labelled disk G:\ by the computer, type:

bootsect /nt60 g:

(Where “G” is your USB drive letter)

8. Using Windows Explorer copy all your Windows DVD contents to the USB stick.

Your memory stick is now bootable. You can now use this bootable USB stick as bootable DVD on any computer that supports USB booting from its BIOS.

April 7th, 2011

Adobe Reader X features a new “Protected Mode” which is turned on by default. The protected mode is nothing more than a “secure lock” which protects your computer (and your privacy) by simply preventing infected PDF files from automatically opening and installing malicious software on your machine.

The following instructions will show you how to turn “Protected Mode” on and off within the application and alternatively where to add the registry key to disable it for deployment purposes.

1. Open your Adobe Reader X.

2. Click Edit located on upper left side of the toolbar.

3. Click Preferences.

4. The Preferences window will appear on your screen. Select General Category from the left pane.

5. Tick or Un-tick the Enable Protected Mode at Startup checkbox to enable or disable the feature.

6. Click on OK to apply your changes and close the window to return to Adobe Reader.

 

Alternatively you can disable “Protected Mode” in the registry by adding the following registry key:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\AcrobatReader\10.0\FeatureLockDown]

bProtectedMode=dword:00000000