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Windows Desktop Icons Keep Flashing On & Off? In my case, VNC was the cause.

The icons on my Windows XP machine have been flashing on & off intermittently for quite a while.  The problem would come & go, and it wasn’t my primary computer, so I never bothered looking into it, though I did have a few suspicions as to the culprit. I had a little extra time today, [...]

How To Delete A File That Is In Use By Another Person Or Program

Ah, the joys of Windows XP. Ever go to delete a file, only to be met with the annoying error message, “Cannot delete <filename> It is being used by another person or program. Close any programs that might be using the file and try again.” ? This behavior is meant to prevent you from hosing [...]

How to take a screenshot in Windows XP

Unfortunately, Windows XP doesn’t come with the nice automatic screenshot utility like Mac OSX does. No worries, though – it’s still possible to take a screenshot with Windows XP, it just requires a few more steps. One of these days, I am going to write a nifty screenshot utility that I’ve been planning for some [...]

How to disable dumprep.exe (Dump Reporting Tool) on Windows XP

If you’ve ever had to use the task manager (CTRL-ALT-DELETE) to kill a “Not Responding” program, you’ve probably been frustrated by the time it takes for the program to actually disappear from your screen. What’s going on here is that a Microsoft provided tool called “Windows Error Dump Reporting,” or “dumprep.exe,” is creating a file [...]

How to turn off the “Recent Documents” display in the Windows XP Start menu

By default, Windows XP displays a menu entitled “Recent Documents” in the Start menu. This list of recently accessed files can be viewed by anyone using your computer, which can make for some uncomfortable circumstances when others sit down at your desktop. Keep your files more private by turning that list off. There are 2 [...]


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