Archive for the ‘Windows’ category

How to disable User Account Control (UAC) in Windows Vista

April 14, 2007

User Account Control (UAC) is a new built-in security feature in Windows Vista. Its purpose is to reduce the damage a potential threat can cause. It does this by asking you for permission when trying to do certain tasks in Windows that require elevating rights! Needless to say, it can become quite troublesome if you’re performing frequent software installations or tweaking your system settings.

Luckily, UAC can be disabled, and there are number of ways to do it. Here’s how:

Method 1 – Using mcsonfig

  • Click Start, click Run
  • Type msconfig and click OK (System Configuration Utility will open)
  • Click the Tools tab (See pic below)

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  • Scroll towards the bottom of the list and click Disable UAC.
  • Then click the Launch button (located near the bottom right corner). 
  • This will require a re-boot.

Method 2 – Using Control Panel

  • Click Start, goto Control Panel
  • In the search text box near the top right of the screen type user account control (See pic below)

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  • Simply click Turn User Account Control (UAC) on or off
  • Set it to off
  • Again, this may require a reboot.

NOTE: There are other ways to disable UAC. One is to use registry editor (regedit), the other is to use group policy. These are slightly more complicated than the above mentioned. The methods listed above should suffice for most users!

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How to speed up Windows startup: Part 1

April 13, 2007

Remember when you first installed Windows XP on your computer? Think back to how quickly startup was. Your desktop would be fully loaded and ready for you in mere seconds. How long does it take to startup now??

For most people, the slowness is due to  multiple programs and services running in the background at boot time. These programs and services compound over time as you install more and more software and utilities onto your computer. Thinking about formatting and reloading?? Don’t stick the XP installation disk in the drive tray just yet…
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Introducing Startup Control Panel

Startup control panel applet that lets you specify what programs you want to run when your computer starts up. Once installed, it appears under Control Panel in Windows. The program is very simple to use and consists of various tabs. By clicking on each tab you can easily see what programs run at start up.

You can then simply right-click on each entry and disable what you dont need.

Startup Control Panel

Windows XP to be phased out

April 12, 2007

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Computer makers have been told they’ll no longer be able to get Windows XP OEM by the end of this year. This, despite strong demand for the OS. Analysts and computer makers are wondering if the move is premature given Vista’s ongoing performance and compaibility issues. Dell recently said it would reintroduce XP on a range of machines due to customer demand but Microsoft will only allow this until the end of 2007.