How do I turn off Windows Updates?

Under Windows XP this is what you should do to turn off the Automatic Windows Updates:
Sart -> Control Panel -> System -> open the Automatic Updates tab -> check Turn Off Automatic Updates

turn off Automatic WIndows Updates

How to batch rename images

If you want to batch rename images in the same folder then download IrfanView which is a free tool which you can use to batch rename or batch resize images (amongst many other things).

Once you download the program open it, click File -> Batch Conversion\Rename. Navigate to the folder which contains your images, select them, and drag and drop them to the left white pane named Input Files. Select your output directory, then select the Batch rename radio button, click the Set rename options button and change some of the options if you have to. Click OK and click the Start button and you are done!


how to batch rename images

What is jusched.exe?

jusched.exe is a process that belongs to Java, takes care of the Java updates, and is not dangerous. If you still want to get rid of it though please check out this article.

NTLDR is missing. Press any key to restart.

More than ever this error is caused by the computer trying to boot from a non-bootable source. Unplug any external devices you might have – mp3 player, external hard drive, remove any CDs and floppy disks, and try rebooting. If that doesn’t help here’s an article with all the possible causes and solutions.

How do I take a screenshot of my desktop?

Press the Print Screen button on your keyboard. Then start Paint (Start > Programs > Accessories > Paint) and press Ctrl + V to paste it into Paint. Afer that you can save or edit the image if you wish.

If you want to take a screenshot only of the active window (say the program you are working with) then press Alt + Print Screen and repeat the procedure.

My computer clock gets automatically synchronized, how can I prevent this from happening?

Under Windows XP:
Click Start -> Control Panel -> Date and Time -> open the Internet Time tab -> uncheck the Automatically synchronize with an Internet server check box -> click OK

Batch image resize. What is the best tool?

There are plenty of tools out there but the one that is simple to use and does its job really well is
Picture Resizer 2.0. You can download it from here.

How does it work?

1 Download PhotoResize400.exe and place it on your desktop.
2 Drag and drop JPG files or folders with JPG files on the application icon.
3 The resized files will be placed next to the originals. The bigger size of your image will be 400 pixels.

If you want the biggest size to be say 600 pixels than simply rename the desktop file from PhotoResize400.exe to PhotoResize600.exe.
If you want to resize the pictures in a folder and ALL its subfolders them add an R to the file name – PhotoResize400R.exe.

And if you want the resized images to overwrite the existing ones add I, add H for higher quality, so if you rename the desktop icon to PhotoResize600RIH.exe and drag and drop a folder with images on the icon all the images in the folder and it’s subfolders will be resized overwriting the existing files.

If you need to work with images in diiferent formats (than JPG) then you can download irfanview – also a free software that is widely used.

Games are running slow on a new computer?! What could be the reason?

Make sure that you have the latest version of DirectX installed.
Make sure that you have the latest drivers for your graphics card.
If that doesn’t help try turning down your graphics settings.

And last but not least adding more RAM or better graphic card wouldn’t hurt either.

How do I turn off the firewall in Windows XP?

If you have SP1 do the following:
Start -> Control Panel -> double click Networking Connections -> right click the Internet connection on which you want to disable the firewall -> Properties -> open the Advanced tab -> uncheck the Protect my computer or network check box.

SP2:
Start -> Run, type Firewall.cpl, click OK. On the General tab, click Off, then click OK.

Is there a shortcut for creating a new folder in Explorer?

Press alt + f and then the Enter key twice.

How do I find out how much space I have on my hard drive?

Open MyComputer or Windows Explorer, right click on the hard drive (usually drive C:), click properties – the disk Free Space is shown (under General tab).

How do I type the degree symbol on the keyboard?

Hold down the Alt key and type 248 on the numeric keypad, then release the Alt key – 2° Celsius.

Is there a keyboard shortcut to maximize a window?

To maximize the current window press Alt+Spacebar then the X key.

What is disk striping?

In computers with more than one disks this is the technique for spreading data over multiple disk drives to improve performance.

What are mht files?

Files with the .mht extension are actually “web archive” files – when a web page is saved as MHT the file embeds all the images and internal links within itself. In contrast if you save the web page as htm or html file it might save the images in separate folders.

How do I pause the task scheduler in WIndows XP?

Click Start -> Control Panel -> Scheduled Tasks -> click Advanced from the menu and then Pause Task Scheduler.

What is a firewire and how is it used?

For a full definition and detailed info read here.
In everyday terms – it is a port (similar to USB) that can be used to connect various devices (camcorders, printers ect) to a computer.

How do I restart my computer in safe mode? I’m using Windows XP.

In order to restart your computer in safe mode follow these steps.

How do I find the computer name in Windows XP?

Right click on the MyComputer icon which is on your desktop, click on the Computer name tab and look for Full computer name.

Internet Connection Sharing in Windows XP

Internet Connection Sharing in Windows XP

Sharing the Internet connection between two computers running WIndows XP

Connect the first one of your computers (the server) to the Internet and test the connection to make sure that it is working properly. Then click Start -> Control Panel -> double click Network Connections -> right click the Internet connection and select Properties. Click the Advanced tab and check the Allow other network users to connect trough this computer’s Internet connection as shown on the figure below:

Internet connection sharing

Leave the option Allow other users to control or disable the shared Internet connection unchecked or checked depending on your preferences. Click OK.

In order to share your Internet connection you need to network your main computer (the server) with your other computer (the client) – this can be done with cross-over cable connecting the two PCs’ network cards.

Configuring the client – on your second PC open Control Panel -> double click Network Setup Wizard -> click Next -> Next again and on the following screen select This computer connects to the Internet trough another computer on my network or trough a residential getaway as shown on the figure below:

Internet connection sharing

if your computer has more than one connection select Let me choose the connections to my network, click Next then select the connection you want to configure (this is the connection between your two PCs) and then finish the Wizard (when prompted enter a computer description and computer name, and the name of your workgroup – this should be the same on both computers – MSHOME by default). After you’re done with the wizard right click on the Connection and choose Properties -> select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click the “Properties” button -> make sure that Obtain an IP address automatically and the Obtain DNS server address automatically check boxes are selected.

Reboot both computers.

Troubleshooting. If you have followed the instructions and still can not share your connection do the following.

On the client computer click the Start button -> Run -> type cmd and press OK. In the Command Prompt type:
ping 192.168.0.1 and press Enter as shown on the figure below:

Internet connection sharing

You should see something similar to the screen above which means that your two computers are connected properly. If you receive Ping request could not find host… or similar message that means that your two computers are not connected – in case of wired connection make sure that the cables that are connecting them are plugged in properly and that you’re using the right cables (cross-over cables).

On your main PC (the server) open Control Panel -> double click Network Connections -> right click your network connection (the one connecting the two PCs) and select Properties -> select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click the “Properties” button. Click Use the following IP address and enter IP address: 192.168.0.1 Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0, leave default getaway blank. Select Use the following DNS server addresses but leave blank as shown on the figure below:

Internet connection sharing

On your second PC (the client) open Control Panel -> double click Network Connections -> right click your network connection (the one connecting the two PCs) and select Properties -> select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click the “Properties” button. Click Use the following IP address and enter IP address: 192.168.0.2 Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0, default getaway 192.168.0.1 select Use the following DNS server addresses and enter 192.168.0.1 for the first one and leave the second one blank as shown on the figure below:

Internet connection sharing

Reboot both your computers.

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