Archive for 25 septiembre 2010

How to add a sleep timer to the Windows 7 Media Center
septiembre 25, 2010

If you like to fall asleep in front of the TV, and you’re using Windows 7 Media Center to watch live TV or recorded programs, you can install a handy little plug-in that will shut down WMC at a specified time so it doesn’t just keep going and going and going like the energizer bunny. First step is to download the utility here:

After it’s installed, go to the Extras library and click the tile that looks like a pocketwatch with the green Windows logo on its face. You can select the preconfigured 30 minute or 60 minute shutdown, or create a custom timer length (such as 120 minutes), or you can set the actual time at which you want to shut down (such as 11:00 p.m.). You can also choose to have the monitor turned off, instead of shutting down WMC completely.

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How to access your home directory from the desktop
septiembre 18, 2010

In Windows 7, each user account has a home directory that includes folders for your downloads, favorites, library, links, documents, music, pictures, videos, etc. as well as application data and your contacts and cookies. Those are things you might want to access frequently. One way to get to most of them is by opening Windows Explorer and going through the libraries, and another is to click Start, right click your user name at the top right and select Open. But if you want one-click access, you can easily put a shortcut on your desktop. Here’s how:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Right click your user name.
  3. Check the box labeled “Show on Desktop.” It doesn’t get much easier than that. Note that you accomplish the same thing if you right click the desktop, select Personalize, select Desktop Icons, and check the box labeled “User’s Files.”

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How to disable Homegroup in Windows 7
septiembre 11, 2010

Windows 7 has a feature called Homegroup that makes it easier to network multiple Win7 computers. But Windows XP and Vista computers can’t join a homegroup, so if you have those on your network, you won’t be using that feature. The Homegroup service, though, will still run and use resources on your Windows 7 computer – unless you disable it. Here’s how:

  1. Click Start | Control Panel.
  2. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Click “Choose homegroup and sharing options” under the “Change your network settings” section.
  4. In the Homegroup settings window, click “Leave the homegroup” and confirm that you want to do this.
  5. Click Start and in the Search box, type services.msc
  6. In the Services list, find both the Homegroup Listener and Homegroup Provider services and change the Startup Type to disabled for both.
  7. Click OK.

Now the Homegroup service will not start when you boot Windows, and won’t use any system resources.

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Getting script message in IE
septiembre 5, 2010

QUESTION: I have a particular web site that I use and when I do a query, I get a message that says “A script on this page is causing Internet Explorer to run slowly. If it continues to run, your computer may become unresponsive. Do you want to abort the script?” I always have to click “No” because I need to continue the query. Is there a way to make this message stop popping up? Thanks! – Jim K.

ANSWER: When a script on a web site takes an unusually long time to run, IE throws up the prompt to give you the choice to abort the operation. But if you keep getting this and you know that you’re going to want to continue running the script, you can change the script time-out value by editing the registry.

Here’s how:

  1. Open the registry editor and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Styles (Note: if the Styles value isn’t present, you’ll need to create it)
  2. With Styles selected in the left pane, in the right pane right click an empty space and select New | DWORD (32-bit) value.
  3. Name the new value MaxScriptStatements
  4. Double click the MaxScriptStatements value and in the value data field, set the value to 0xFFFFFFFF to avoid this message ever popping up. Not comfortable editing the registry yourself? Never fear – Microsoft has created an automatic “Fix It” for this problem. See:

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