Posts Tagged ‘Windows’

Migrate From Windows XP Before Microsoft Pulls the Plug.

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

While Windows 7 is not the most recent version of Microsoft’s operating system, in my humble opinion it is one of the most secure and it is well supported by IT administrators. (Windows 8 does not include Windows XP Mode.)

No matter what the reasons are for staying with Windows XP, its users will be significantly less secure beginning April 9/2014. Vulnerabilities will be forever left unpatched, and attackers are expected to take full advantage of them.

Change is hard, both in terms of moving information and in learning a whole new OS. But if security is important to a company and it should be changing to a more recent and more secure OS is the only option.

Checking System Memory With Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool (Vista).

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Windows Vista is the first Windows operating system to have a built in memory diagnostics tool. This tool helps analyze your install system memory (RAM) to ensure that everything is working as it should be.

There are two methods of accessing the Memory Diagnostics Tool:

From within the Vista Interface:
1. Click the Start button
2. From the menu select Control panel.
3. In Control panel click the Administrative Tools Icon.
4. In the Administrative Tools Window you will see a menu of items. Scroll down this menu until you come to the Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool and then click on this option.
5. A new window will now appear with the following options:
Restart Now and check for problems (recommended).
Check for problems the next time I start my computer.
6. It is recommended that you choose the ‘restart now and check problems option’.
7. The Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool will now start scanning your memory for problems.
8. After the diagnostic tool has finished checking the memory your PC will restart and details of the memory check will be displayed via an icon in the notification area.
9. By default the memory check is set for ‘standard’. If you want a more thorough check you can change the scan option by pressing F1. This will bring up the options window. From here you can change the scan from Standard to Basic or Enhanced. Please note that the Enhanced scan does take some time to complete.
Start Scan at Boot-up

This option is useful if you have a dual boot system – i.e. you have more than one operating system installed on your PC.

1. Reboot your PC.
2. At the Vista Boot manager screen press the TAB button to highlight the Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool option.
3. When this option is highlighted press Enter.
4. The Memory Diagnostics Tool Window will now open and scanning of the memory will start.
5. Once scanning has completed your PC will restart and details of the scan will be displayed via an icon in the notification area on your desktop.

Mixed Networking With Windows Vista.

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Windows Vista has a useful networking tool, called Network Map, which displays a graphical view of all of the computers and devices connected to a network, and how they are interconnected, and it works just fine when all of the PCs concerned are running Vista. The trouble is, in the early days at least, many networks will be mixed and running mostly XP machines and that’s the problem. XP computers won’t show up in Vista’s Network map because they lack a component called a Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) responder.

If this careless omission has been bugging you and why wouldn’t it — then you‘ll be pleased to know Microsoft released a fix in the form of a download, which if installed on your XP computers, makes them magically visible to Vista.

Speed up Windows XP application launching with the Run Command.

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Windows Vista’s Start menu contains an integrated search feature that, in addition to searching for files on the hard disk, can also search for application shortcuts nested within the Start menu. For example, the Windows Explorer shortcut is nested in the All Programs | Accessories folder, but you can get to it very quickly by typing exp in the Start Search text box and pressing [Enter].

You can emulate the same type of timesaving search capability in Windows XP by using the Run command and taking advantage of its history listing. Here’s how:

1. Press [Windows]R to open the Run dialog box.

2. Type the path and executable filename of an application in the Open text box and click OK to launch the application.

Once you do so, the Run command will remember the name and location of the executable file in its history. Now, the next time that you need to run that application, you can simply press [Windows]R and type in the first few characters of the executable filename in the Open text box. When you do, the full executable filename will appear in the Run command’s history. You can then launch the application simply by pressing the down arrow followed by [Enter].

Note: This tip works with both Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional.