Archive for 30 octubre 2010

How to stop the sidebar
octubre 30, 2010

The sidebar from Windows Vista is gone in Windows 7 – or is it? Actually, it still runs in the background to display your gadgets. What if you don’t use gadgets? Chances are, the sidebar service is still running and using up system resources. You can get rid of it for good if you don’t need it. Here’s how:

  1. Open your registry editor.
  2. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Run
  3. In the right pane, right click the Sidebar value and select Delete.
  4. Close the registry editor.

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Protect against keyloggers
octubre 23, 2010

Keyloggers record what you type, but you can use KeyScrambler, a free plug-in for your web browser (IE or Firefox) to encrypt your keystrokes at the level of the keyboard driver. Keyloggers will record the encrypted version of the keystrokes, which will be scrambled and not able to be read. You can read more about it and download it here:
http://www.win7news.net/101021-Keyloggers

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How to get rid of the system tray
octubre 16, 2010

I had an interesting question come up recently, when a reader asked me if there was a way to delete the notification area/system tray from the taskbar. It seems he never uses it and doesn’t want it cluttering up his desktop. Well, it turns out you can do that, with a registry edit. Here’s how:

  1. Log on with your user account and open the registry editor.
  2. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer
  3. In the right pane, right click an empty space and select NEW | DWORD value (32 bit).
  4. Name the new value NoTrayItemDisplay
  5. Double click the item and in the value data field, enter a value of 1
  6. Log off and log back on.

Note that this will only apply to the user account with which you’re logged on when you do the registry edit. Also note that the system tray apps will still run, they just won’t be displayed on the taskbar. had an interesting question come up recently, when a reader asked me if there was a way to delete the notification area/system tray from the taskbar. It seems he never uses it and doesn’t want it cluttering up his desktop. Well, it turns out you can do that, with a registry edit. Here’s how:

  1. Log on with your user account and open the registry editor.
  2. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer
  3. In the right pane, right click an empty space and select NEW | DWORD value (32 bit).
  4. Name the new value NoTrayItemDisplay
  5. Double click the item and in the value data field, enter a value of 1
  6. Log off and log back on.

Note that this will only apply to the user account with which you’re logged on when you do the registry edit. Also note that the system tray apps will still run, they just won’t be displayed on the taskbar.

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How to permanently display the menu bar in IE 9
octubre 9, 2010

In last week’s follow-up, I mentioned that you can reinstate the menu bar permanently in IE 9 via Group Policy or a registry edit. Some folks wanted to know the details of editing the registry to do this. Here’s how:

  1. As always, be sure to back up the registry before making changes.
  2. Log on as an administrator.
  3. Close all instances of IE.
  4. Open the registry editor and navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft
  5. In the right pane, right click and select New, then Key.
  6. Name the new key Internet Explorer.
  7. In the Internet Explorer key, create a new subkey and name it Main
  8. Now you should be in the following path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Main
  9. In the right pane, right click and select New and then DWORD Value
  10. Name the new value AlwaysShowMenus
  11. Double click the new value and in the value data field, enter 1
  12. Click OK
  13. Close the registry editor and open IE9

If you don’t see the menu bar, press ALT to display it. Now it should be there every time you open IE.

 

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How to speed up Windows 7 shutdown time
octubre 2, 2010

Waiting for your computer to close all the programs and services that are running and shut down can seem to take forever. Microsoft recognized this and included the welcome “Force Shutdown” option in Windows 7, by which you can speed up the shutdown on a one-time basis. There’s also a way to edit the registry to kill those programs more quickly. Here’s how:

  1. Open your registry editor.
  2. Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \ CurrentControlSet \ Control
  3. In the right pane, right click the entry WaitToKillService
  4. Select Modify.
  5. Change the value data to a lower number, such as 6000 (the default is 12000, for 12 seconds).
  6. Click OK and close the registry editor. As always, be sure to back up the registry before making changes to it.

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