ToolTip: Mouse Without Borders

If you’re using more than one computer on your desk I strongly recommend you look at the Mouse without borders utility that came out of a Microsoft Garage project this year. With Mouse without borders you can just use one mouse and keyboard to control up to 4 Windows clients. Furthermore you can drag and drop files from one screen to the other, take screen captures or just copy and paste text. Mouse without borders Read More …

Microsoft Product Lifecycle – The year 2014 is not that far away anymore

The countdown has started in less than 1000 days Windows XP will definitely go end of life. However note that not only Windows XP reaches its end soon, Office 2003, Windows Server 2003, Exchange 2003, SCCM 2003 and some other products are about to reach their end of life within the same timeframe. For my personal reference and yours if you like, I have put together a short overview of the end of life dates Read More …

ToolTip: HIDECALC – Hiding Drives in Windows

Want to make a drive disappear in Windows or prevent users from accessing it? then here’s the tool you need. HIDECALC allows you to define the drives to hide or prevent access to. HIDECALC does not apply the change on the system itself, but provides various options for exporting the settings into the following formats: Group Policy ADMX or ADM format Registry File Kix Script PowerShell Script So here’s how this works. Launch HIDECALC, Define Read More …

Taking Group Policy beyond what’s in the box – Part1

Group Policy is a fundamental part of a managed Windows infrastructure. Using Group Policy Objects (GPO) allows IT administrators to configure and lock down clients and servers providing a standardized and secure environment. But despite the fact that Group Policy technology is around since the introduction of Windows 2000 its use seems to be limited to the Windows operating system and Microsoft Application product suite. Unfortunately not many 3rd party software vendors provide built-in Group Read More …

ToolTip: Microsoft Screenrecorder

If you’re looking for a FREE and easy to use Screen Recorder then I suggest you head over to this TechNet Magazine March 2009 Utility Spotlight article. There you will find a description and download link for this little nice tool. If you’re using Windows 7, which I assume most of you do by now, read the note that the end of the article.

Why a double click in the upper left corner closes the Window

Ever wondered why a double click in the upper left corner closes the Window although there is no close icon? Well I have no proof for this, but assume that this is because in the early days of Windows, the only way to close a Window with the mouse was to DoubleClick on the Window Menu icon in the upper left corner as on the upper right side of the Window there were only buttons Read More …

ToolTip: Soluto–Improve your Windows Boot Performance

Hey here’s another cool application that can help improving Windows startup boot times. The Application is called Soluto and can be downloaded from here. Using Soluto is a no-brainer, just install it, and reboot. Soluto will show you the applications that are executed during the Windows Boot process and then allows you to either pause or delay the application during future boots.

Windows 95 turns 15, Windows 1.0 – 25

There’s a lot of talk about Windows 95 in these days as it’s 15 years ago when Windows 95 was launched. Well if all are so much in “Operating System Birthday” celebration mode, then let’s not forget that soon it will be 25 years ago since Microsoft released the very first version of Windows 1.0. More Windows Desktop OS History can be found here. What happened in 1985 here and in 1995 here. And believe Read More …

ToolTip: No sleep for Windows

Assume that for whatever reason occasionally you do not want your system to enter the sleep mode, but you also do not want to change your power plan ? Then have a look at insomnia a free tool to temporarily prevent a machine from going to sleep. The Tool can be downloaded from here:

ToolTip: Windows Services Dependency Viewer

During my periodic visit on CodePlex I came across the Windows Services Dependency Viewer utility. The tool provides access to the following information: Windows service dependent and antecedent services Services grouped by process Service details (from Win32_Service WMI class) Service process details (from Win32_Process WMI class This tool might come in handy once you start changing a specific Service’s startup mode. The Windows Services Dependency Viewer can be downloaded from here Additional documentation can be Read More …