How to Make a USB Drive Bootable in 5 Minutes

Prepared by Ian Matthews April 23 2007 – Updated July 1 2007 There are many ways to make external devices bootable. USB/Flash/Pen/Thumb/Memory Sticks and even real external hard drives are now commonly used as boot devices.  The process detailed below can be understood and successfully completed by anyone with basic knowledge of DOS disk commands. The most famous and easiest to use USB boot software is a free Hewlet Packard tool but the most we…

Invisible File Extensions in Windows

Invisible file extensions on Windows By Floydman, Bachelor in Computer Sciences [email protected] [email protected] May 7th, 2001 You can distribute this document freely, as long as no changes are made to the file, or as long as credit for it is not pretended by someone else. All comments and suggestions about the material presented here should be directed at [email protected] If future versions of this document include add-ons coming from other people than me, then proper…

Windows 7 – Lesser Known Interesting Features

These are taken from “77 Windows 7 Tips” http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2009.10.77windows.aspx 6. Shift to and from Explorer and CommandPrompt. The classic Windows power toy Open Command Prompt Here is now an integral part of Windows 7 Explorer. Hold down the shift key then right-click a folder to add this option to the property menu. While you’re in a command prompt, if you want to open an Explorer window with the focus of the window on the current…

Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 Shortcut Keys

WINDOWS 7 KEYBOARD SHORTCUT KEYS http://blogs.technet.com/jeffa36/archive/2009/04/07/windows-7-shortcut-keys.aspx Win+UP Arrow Maximize the current window Win+Down Arrow If the current window is maximized, restore it; if the current window is restored, minimize it Win+Up Maximize Window Win+Down Minimize Window Win+Left Snap Window to left Win+Right Snap Window to right Win+Shift+Left Jump to left monitor Win+Shift+Right Jump to right monitor Win+Home Minimize / Restore all other windows Win+T Focus the first taskbar entry, similar to ALT +TAB Win+Shift+T Same…

Windows 7 Versions – Basic is Banished From North America

Microsoft just announced that Release Candidate 1 of Windows 7 will be available on May 5th 2009 and recently they released the version information. Below is a summary. They renamed Business back to Professional… what is the point! These meaninless changes do nothing but confuse consumers (corporate included). Also, trying to sell 7 Starter Edition on Netbooks is a crazy bad idea for two reasons: Contrary to the convensional wisdom, many many Netbooks are sold…

Windows 7 Beta to 7 RC to 7 RTM Upgrade Process

More than a few sites and blogs have posted whiney comments about how difficult the pre-release Windows 7 upgrade process is. Two comments: nonsense; for anyone with any technical skill, the process is simple Microsoft should do what they are doing… spending time getting “real world” upgrade processes in place (i.e. Vista to 7 or XP to 7). While a <> Here is the 30 minute process: http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/archive/2009/04/07/delivering-a-quality-upgrade-experience.aspx Download the ISO as you did previously…

Confiker Virus: Explaination & Removal Tools

If you watched the news on Sunday (60 Minutes, CBC National, CTV National, Calgary Harold…) you saw scary stories relating to the CONFIKER virus. This virus is set to “talk” to its owner on Wednesday and while no one knows if its owner is still around or if anything will happen, something could happen. Almost all virus alerts are either meaningless or inaccurate and even real virus’ seldom pose a notable problem for Canadians. However,…

Internet Explorer 8 Video Explains New Features

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/beta/launch-videos.aspx Internet Explorer 8 for Consumers Join Shola Aluko as he explains why Internet Explorer 8 is the best browser for what you do on the web every day. You’ll see what makes the new browser faster, safer, and more reliable than ever. Internet Explorer 8 for the Enterprise See why Internet Explorer 8 is the best browser choice for your business as James Pratt showcases new features to help IT Pros with deployment, security…

Vista SP1 – What are the Notable Changes

Hardware Ecosystem Support and Enhancements · Adds support for new UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) industry standard PC firmware for 64-bit systems with functional parity with legacy BIOS firmware, which allows Windows Vista SP1 to install to GPT format disks, boot and resume from hibernate using UEFI firmware. · Adds support for x64 EFI network boot. · Adds support for the 64-bit version of MSDASQL, which acts as a “bridge” from OLEDB to a variety…