Probz.com/WindowsReinstall.com Newsletter (Winrag) - ( 15th January 2005 )

Season 2 - Issue 8

 

 (c) www.Windowsreinstall.com, Mark Walmsley 2005

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Welcome

  

Welcome, its time for issue 8, season 2. Happy New Year to all and welcome to 2005. This year we have many new plans for this newsletter and the websites that we control, watch out here for news. 

With the major disaster that happened in Asia on boxing day, we ask everyone to try and give something to aid those worse of than ourselves. Below is a few links to organizations who handle disaster relief.

American Red Cross (US) 

Disaster Emergency Committee (UK) 

Anyway that's enough for now, see you all next issue.  

Mark

  

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Software Review - Wintasks

      

Increase the Security and Performance of your PC
Every day, the Internet spawns new attacks on your privacy, data, and computer speed. And your standard security software might not even know about the newest threats until your computer is already infected. A firewall and anti-virus software are not enough to completely protect your computer from malware, spyware, adware, and other problems.
Based on years of research, the award-winning WinTasks is now one of the most popular tools in the war against malicious software and the perfect complement to your firewall and anti-virus software. Whether you are new to Windows, a business professional, or a systems administrator, you can rely on WinTasks to quickly improve your computer's security and speed.

WinTasks can remove and prevent hidden spyware and other processes that your firewall or anti-virus software do not know about. Here's how:

-The new process blocking feature of WinTasks 5 Professional gives you immediate protection and complete control. This feature functions like a spywall a software firewall, blocking threats in real-time. When a program tries to start, WinTasks either blocks or runs the program, while quickly learning which programs you consider safe. WinTasks also checks an extensive database to automatically permit safe ( Process Library Certified ) programs.

-WinTasks 5 Professional gives you detailed information, activity logs, and other features which describe every process running on your computer. Its easy-to-use tools allow you to control, block, or terminate any process.

We have negotiated for you a 10% discount on this very useful software. Now you can get WinTasks 5 Professional for only $44.95 instead of $49.95!

 

  


 

2  Game Review - BoardBOSS

 

Turn Play Time into Learning Time with BoardBOSS

5th Tradition Software, Inc. has released BoardBOSS, an easy-to-use Windows application that lets non-programmers create and distribute educational computer board games. Instead of quizzing students about subjects that don't interest them, you can tantalize them with stunning, engaging board games that turn learning into fun.

Players interact with your game by answering questions, and moving their pieces around the game board. Create any number of game-card questions, divided into any number of card decks. Each card can contain a true/false question, or a multiple-choice question with up to four possible answers.

No programming experience is needed to design a game with unique game play. Start with one of the sample game boards that come with BoardBOSS, or turn your own artwork into a custom game board. Choose dice or slots to determine how players move around the board.

One of twelve actions can be assigned to each space on the board, allowing you to do things like gain or lose points, move forward or backward along the board, and gain or lose turns. You can design a custom splash screen, select the font that you'll use for the game, choose a default character set for the players' pieces, choose the type of music to include in your game, and include a custom help file.

In addition to playing games at home and in the classroom, you can distribute your games, with no royalty payments. BoardBOSS comes with free player software that lets your game run on just about any Windows computer.

Whether you're an educator who wants to find innovative and challenging ways to keep your students engaged in the learning experience, a parent who wants to transform your kids' computer game-playing time into learning time, or a home user who wants to create cool games that you can share with friends and family, BoardBOSS has the tools that you need.

BoardBOSS runs under Windows 98SE/ME/NT4/2000/XP, requires Internet Explorer 5.5 (with Service Pack 2) or newer, costs $29.95(US), and may be purchased securely online at http://www.boardboss.biz/. You can download a free, 30-day trial version from the same web site. For more information, contact 5th Tradition Software, Inc., 15149 E Princeton Pl, #B, Aurora, CO 80014 USA. Internet: http://www.boardboss.biz/ Email: info@boardboss.biz


 

  

 

 

 

 

  

 


 

3  Registry - Disable recent files in media player (All versions of Windows)

  

By default media player will show all recent played files. You can disable this as sometimes you do not wish other people to know what you have been viewing or listening to. 

First, before editing your registry remember to always back it up first, just incase you do something wrong. The registry when modified is an instant change and cannot be undone.    

BACK UP REGISTRY: So to open the registry editor click on "START", "RUN", then type "REGEDIT" (No speech marks). The registry editor will now open, click on "FILE" then "EXPORT". From the save window that appear type in a file name (ie regback.reg), now click on "SAVE". Your registry has now been backed up.

TO DISABLE RECENT FILES: Now on the left hand panel click on "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" , "Software", "Microsoft", "MediaPlayer", then "Preferences"   Next search for "AddToMRU" in the right hand panel. If it is not present then simply create it by doing the following: 

Right click on "Explorer" select "NEW" then left click on "BINARY VALUE". Name the new string value in right hand panel as "AddToMRU". 

Now to set the value, double click on the string value and set it's value to "01" for enabled or "00" for disabled. 

Disclaimer: This information is provided as is and we cannot guarantee that editing the registry will not cause serious damage. You use this information at your own risk.

   


  

4   Registry - Clear recent play list in media player (All versions of Windows)

 

By default media player will show all recent played file, url histtory and playlists. You can disable this as sometimes you do not wish other people to know what you have been viewing or listening to. 

First, before editing your registry remember to always back it up first, just incase you do something wrong. The registry when modified is an instant change and cannot be undone.    

BACK UP REGISTRY: So to open the registry editor click on "START", "RUN", then type "REGEDIT" (No speech marks). The registry editor will now open, click on "FILE" then "EXPORT". From the save window that appear type in a file name (ie regback.reg), now click on "SAVE". Your registry has now been backed up.

TO DELETE RECENT FILES: Now on the left hand panel click on "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" , "Software", "Microsoft", "MediaPlayer", then "Player".   

Next search in the left hand panel for :

RecentURLList - This shows website streams, delete contents as necessary.

RecentFileList - This shows recent list of files, delete contents as necessary.

TO DELETE ENTRIES FROM TOOLBAR: Now on the left hand panel click on "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" , "Software", "Microsoft", "MediaPlayer", "Player" then "MediaLibrarySettings" (or MRUList). Delete contents as necessary. 

 

Disclaimer: This information is provided as is and we cannot guarantee that editing the registry will not cause serious damage. You use this information at your own risk.

 

 


   

5  Tweaking - Your graphics card

 

Can't afford a new graphics card ? but want more speed from it then why not try tweaking it. Tweaking is a speed boast, usually done by software to enhance the performance of hardware, but be warned the faster it goes the more heat the piece of hardware will generate, go to high and you will burn it out. You have been warned, so only do the following at your risk.

If you have a NVIDIA GeForce or an ATI Radeon based videocard then Rivatuner is the software for you. This will allow you to tweak these graphics card.

This file can be accessed from here http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=163, but remember you do so at your own risk, and sometimes all you should really do is update the drivers, updating your graphics driver is one of the best system enhancements possible, some driver updates can give a 40% performance boast. So try that out first. 

Disclaimer: This information is provided as is and we cannot guarantee that tweaking your computer or its components will not cause serious damage. You use this information at your own risk.

 


  

6  Advise - Protect your computer & files during a power outage Part 1

 

The first thing you will need is a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply), which are not too expensive at the moment and are widely available. When buying one of these , make sure it has automatic voltage regulation, or a surge protector. This makes sure your computer is not destroyed or damaged with power surges.

Usually the amount of time the UPS will supply power for is only 40mins to an hour, but it will stop your computer from suddenly switching off, unsaved data from being lost or hardware damage, (When the power goes it instantly kicks in.)

So what else can you plug into a UPS?  A good example would be lamps, portable phones or cash registers. The items are limitless, of course remember the ore you plug in the less time it will last. Best thing to do is have all the items you wish to run on it and unplug the UPS from the wall. This will give you your expected power time.

What else should you look out for when buying? Well there's a feature called line interactive that some UPS's have. This gives you improved performance by supplying power monitoring and switching.

     


  

7  Advise - Protect your computer & files during a power outage Part 2

 

So you are worried if you leave your computer on with unsaved work or that a power out may damage your computer, even when its plugged into a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply), as this lasts only a short period of time. What you can do is configure your computer to go into hibernation. (Note some older systems will not have this feature)

First you need to enable Hibernation mode, click on 

  • "START", "SETTINGS" then "CONTROL PANEL", now click on "POWER OPTIONS" 

or 

  • "START", "CONTROL PANEL", "PERFORMANCE AND MAINTENANCE" then click on "POWER OPTIONS". 

If your computer supports hibernation then "HIBERNATE" will be listed here. Click on it and put a tick into the "ENABLE HIBERNATION" box. Click "OK" to exit.

Next go to:

  • "START", "SETTINGS" then "CONTROL PANEL", now click on "DISPLAY" 

or 

  • "START", "CONTROL PANEL", "APPEARANCE AND THEMES" then click on "DISPLAY". 

Now click on "SCREEN SAVER", and at the very bottom of that page select "POWER"

Now under "POWER SCHEMES" change "SYSTEM HIBERNATES" from never to your preferred time, I have mine set to 20 minutes, (See picture above). One thing to note is that the above image is taken from a laptop, so the runing on batteries section listed may not be on your computer.

So what happens now after following Parts 1&2, well its simple. You leave your computer on with an unsaved document you just updated. A power outage happens, the UPS kicks in and powers your computer. 

As you are not home the computer will eventually switch off, when the UPS has run out off battery power, but luckily you have hibernation set for 20 minutes. The computer saves everything open and your exact state when you left it, and closes itself down. Nothing lost nothing damaged.

 

 


  

Conclusion

 

Well that's it for this month, I hope you all enjoyed this issue, and we look forward to seeing you next month, 

Best Regards

Mark 

webmaster@windowsreinstall.com

 

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