Archive for 27 noviembre 2010

How to Enable Disk Quotas
noviembre 27, 2010

If you have multiple people using your home PC – and perhaps especially if some of those users are teens or “tweens” – you might be worried about someone filling up the hard drive with large amounts of personal data (music, videos, pictures). Assuming you’re the administrator of the system, you can set up disk quotas to prevent that from happening. Here’s how:

  1. Click the Start orb and select Computer.
  2. Right click the drive on which you want to set quotas.
  3. Click Properties.
  4. Click the Quota tab.
  5. Click Show Quota Settings.
  6. At the UAC prompt, click Continue.
  7. Click Enable Quota Management and check the box that says Deny Disk Space to Users Exceeding Quota Limit.
  8. Select Limit Disk Space.
  9. Type in the amount of disk space that you want new users to have, and the amount of space remaining when you want the user to get a warning message.
  10. Click OK.

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How to resize desktop icons the easy way
noviembre 20, 2010


Wish the program and shortcut icons on your desktop were a little bigger so you could see them better? Or want to make them a little smaller so you can fit more in? There’s no need to click through a bunch of windows to get to the right dialog box and then try to guess how the numbers correspond to the actual size. Here’s all you have to do to increase or decrease the size of those icons:
Click on an empty part of your desktop.
Hold down the CTRL key.
Using the scroll wheel on your mouse or trackball, scroll up or down to resize the icons.
It’s quick and easy to go from tiny to huge, or anywhere in between.

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How to enable Telnet in Windows 7
noviembre 13, 2010

Once upon a time, Telnet was king. It’s a protocol that can be used for text-
based communications across a network (Internet or local) in a terminal window,
most often to provide a command line interface to a remote computer. It’s not
very secure, but there might still be times when you need to use it, such as
accessing older proprietary applications on host machines. But where is it in
Windows 7? If you try to use the telnet command at a command prompt, you’ll get
an error message, and you won’t find it in the Start | Programs | Accessories
menu. That’s because you have to first enable it. The good news is that it’s
easy to do. Just follow these steps:

  1. Click Start | Control Panel.
  2. Click the Programs and Features icon.
  3. In the left pane, click Turn Windows features on or off.
  4. In the list of features, scroll down to “Telnet Client” and check the
  5. Click OK and wait while the change is applied.
  6. Now click Start and type cmd in the Search box to open a command
    prompt. Type telnet and you should see “Welcome to Microsoft Telnet
    Client” and a Telnet prompt.

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How can I disable Windows Live Messenger?
noviembre 6, 2010

HELP? Is there a way to completely disable Windows Live
Messenger; I don’t use don’t want to use it and find it annoying, in the
extreme, that each time I boot my laptop it requires three actions to completely
shut it down, so I really would appreciate your wisdom in providing a solution
to “disable it.” Thank you. – Gordon M.

If you don’t
ever want to use Live Messenger, you have a couple of options. You can prevent
it from starting automatically when you boot the computer by doing the

  1. Click the Start button and in the search box, type msconfig
  2. In the System Configuration utility, click the Startup tab.
  3. Scroll down to find the Windows Live Messenger item.
  4. Uncheck the checkbox.
  5. Click OK.

Another option is to uninstall it completely. To do

  1. Click Start | Control Panel.
  2. Select Programs/Programs and Features.
  3. Scroll down and double click Windows Live Essentials.
  4. In the “Uninstall or Repair Windows Live programs” wizard, click “Remove one
    or more Windows Live programs.”
  5. Check the box for Messenger.
  6. Click the Uninstall button.

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How to fix problem with Windows 7 refusing to boot unless DVD is in the drive
noviembre 6, 2010

Several people have reported a problem whereby they don’t boot into Windows 7
unless the installation DVD is in the DVD drive. Try this:

  1. Boot from the Windows 7 DVD.
  2. Click Next and then click the “Repair your computer” link.
  3. In the System Recovery Options menu, select “Command Prompt.”
  4. Type Bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
  5. Press Enter.
  6. Type ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
  7. Press Enter.
  8. Type Bootrec /rebuildbcd
  9. Press Enter.
  10. Close the command window and reboot the computer.

Note: Check your
BIOS settings and ensure that the boot device is set to be the hard drive.


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