Archive for the ‘Microsoft’ Category

Find As You Type – IE Add-On

find.jpgOne of the reasons I love Firefox so much is because of its search bar that can be easily accessed through a short key. It’s very convenient when you are searching a long document, and you save a lot of time with it instead of clicking ‘Find’ the whole time. The whole interface of it being at the bottom of the page instead of external window on Internet Explorer is so much more convenient. That’s one of the reasons why I avoid using IE, but that was easily solved with the Find As You Type add-on for IE 6 or later.

Find As You Type is a integrated search bar with the same features as the Firefox search bar. They both use the ‘CTRL+F’ shortcut key for easy access. This toolbar is only compatible with Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 or Windows Vista (both x86 and x64). However, Find As You Type does not work on Windows 95, 98, Me or 2000. 

Windows System Error – “IP Address Conflict”

Few days ago at work, two of the computers from the office kept showing a Windows message “there is an IP address conflict with another system on the network”. Now this has never happened to any of the computers before, and there is a hand full of them. Also, they are all connected to a linksys router (not wireless).What the message means is that two or more computer have the same IP address, which has to be change. No computer can have the same IP address, and this was caused most likely by the router (either the company providing the internet having trouble or the actual router malfunctioned).

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To fix this you will have to figure out which computer is causing the problem, by trail and error.

  1. Pick a computer
  2. Click the Network Connection button located at the lower right corner of the start toolbar close to the clock ( or go to Start>Connect to*>Choose your connection).
  3. Click on the Disable Button.
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  4. Once the connection is disabled, re-enable it the same way.
  5. If it does not enable, and it can not assign an IP address to the computer go to the other computer
  6. On the other compute, follow Steps 1-4.
  7. With the 1st computer’s connection being disabled, this one will not give you trouble and should re-enable.
  8. Go back to the 1st computer and re-enable the connection.
  9. In the same connection window, click the Support Tab on the top.
  10. Compare the two IP addresses, they should be different.
    If they are not, restart the computer ( it shouldn’t be need to).

Note: Connect To* – If you do not see Connect To in the Start listed,

  1. Right click on Start
  2. Click on Properties
  3. Click the Customizable Button
  4. Click the Advanced Tab in the new window
  5. Scroll to Network Connection
  6. Check the “Display as connected to menu”
  7. Click OK and Close out of it.

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Sync Your Toys

Today most of us connect our digital cameras, cellphones, PDAs, portable media players, etc. to out laptops or desktops. Microsoft has made SyncToy, a freeware, to help Window users for a quicker way of moving, deleting, copying, and renaming files between computers and folders. SyncToy is able to manage the usage of multiple folders at a time, which saves a lot of time in the long run compared to going back and forth your taskbar to change folders. It also combines files from different folders into one with a simple click, while it can delete or  rename other files in a completely different folder. Its a must for your computer, which will save you a lot of time and frustration in the end.

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SyncToys v2.0 Beta 

Free, Open Source Windows

Open Source Windows is a site that offers free, open source programs for Windows platforms. Some of the software you already know and use daily that has been listed on Open Source Windows. The website has been categorized by the use of each software, including: browsers, e-mail providers, rss readers, video player and video podcasting, P2P filesharing, instant massaging, and much more. It’s worth checking out, since it gives you all the best and free software in one place. You can save a lot of time rather then wasting it by going to different websites looking for each software that you want to download. Also, if you are a developer by following few simple steps in their guideline you can have your own software posted on their site so they public can use it.

Free and open-source software is good for you and for the world. This is the best Windows software that we know of.
No adware, no spyware, just good software.

Open Source Windows

Process Explorer v11.04 Freeware

I’ve been looking for quite a while a program that explains more clearly the process that my computer is running, and to be able to kill each task from the program instead of using Taskmanager. Process Explorer is a freeware from Microsoft TechNet that is compatible with Windows 9x/Me, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Server 2003, and 64-bit versions of Windows for x64 and IA64 processors, and Windows Vista. It clearly shows you where each process comes from and you can kill it or do a kill process tree just like in the taskmanager. It’s a step further then taskmanager since you can explore each process more in depth, hence the name Explorer. It also distinguishes the Windows processes from your own applications by using pink highlight color for Windows and the blue color for the applications.

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Process Explorer

AntiFreeze Your Computer

AntiFreeze is a free program that when your computer becomes unresponsive and freezes it will stop all the processes working. Once they have been stopped, you can kill all task processes that are using too much CPU or memory. Now you are thinking that’s why Windows has the TaskManger for that, but I’m sure that there have been a lot of times that when you computer has freezed so bad that even the task manager couldn’t be accessed.

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This is where AntiFreeze offers a solution. AntiFreeze is a utility with a very small footprint, sitting in your tray, waiting for you to press the hotkey combination (ALT+CTRL+WIN+HOME by default). You should use it only in emergency situations; consider it an alternative for the reset button.

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Vista: Ergo – A Desktop Search

Ergo is a free application as a desktop search for Windows Vista. With Ergo you will be able to search various sources like Microsoft Live, YouTube, Flickr and your own computer in a simple step. It also supports SharePoint, so you will be able to search view your SharePoint files. Ergo has other cool features like making Ink Notes, which you can reposition somewhere else, partially erase, or delete, and it allows you to view your results in several different views preferred to your taste.

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How-To: Retrieve Your Windows or Microsoft Office Product Key

I just wanted to post three freeware tools that I know that you guys can use in case you want to retrieve your Microsoft Office or Windows key from the program in case you have lost your CD with the product key. You could go through the long process of contacting Microsoft for retrieving your key or you can use these freeware utilities to get it in a second.

Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder – is a freeware utility that retrieves your product key that was used to register your Windows operating system or Microsoft Office Suite. It works on Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Windows Vista, Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007.

WinkeyFinder – is a website that offers several different freeware utilities to help you find not only your Office product key, but Vista’s product key. Beware: they have reported bugs and are still in the process of being fixed, so the utilities are still not stable.

RockXP – is a freeware program that is specifically designed to retrieving your Windows XP product key, but it will retrieve other Microsoft’s product keys. It has received high ratings and it’s recommended by many users.

Microsoft – The Ultimate Steal Promotion

Microsoft is offering Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate for U.S. university students for the price of $59.95. You have to have a valid U.S. university email that contains the domain suffix .EDU and be enrolled in 0.5 credit courses, upon request to prove this as well. Microsoft® Office Ultimate 2007 includes the following applications:

  • Access™ 2007
  • Accounting Express 2007
  • Excel® 2007
  • InfoPath® 2007
  • Groove 2007
  • OneNote® 2007
  • Outlook® 2007 with Business Contact Manager*(see Obtaining Software below)
  • PowerPoint® 2007
  • Publisher 2007
  • Word 2007

Students have a choice of either ordering a CD for the Office 2007 or downloading it on-line. However, the Business Contact Manager will require are separate download, but if ordering a CD then it will come on a separate CD.

The Ultimate Steal

Online Docx-Converter

Microsoft introduced a new file format in Microsoft Office 2007 called the Open Office XML Format or simply known as .docx. This file format is not compatible with the older versions of Microsoft Office (2003, 98, 97), OpenOffice, Lotus 123, or NeoOffice. Microsoft has made compatibility patches that can be installed in the older versions of Microsoft Office, so they will support the .docx format. But what if you are at someone else’s house or using a different computer and the person doesn’t have the patch?

Docx-Convert.com has made a converter for the .docx format with a user-friendly interface. It is very easy to use and it sends it to your email. They also offer a desktop version. It does get rid of some of the formatting and it gets saved in html and not .doc, but over all it does a nice job if you need it on the go.

To do a quick online conversion of your file:

  1. Click the Browse Button Below.
  2. Select your .docx File
  3. Enter your email
  4. Click “Convert It!”
  5. Check your email

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