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US Daylight Saving Time Ends Nov 7, 2010 – Windows XP Is Wrong

Confusing morning here at the On Everything household. Half of my computers went ahead and adjusted themselves an hour back, presumably for the end of Daylight Saving Time. But the other half didn’t. I even had XP sync the time with a remote time server, but I was still seeing different times on different computers. [...]

AcrobatInfo.exe is as bad as a Virus – How to remove it

I’ve noticed that my older laptop running Windows XP has gotten much slower when browsing files in Windows Explorer. I did some research and found that every time I did anything within the Windows Explorer shell, a process called AcrobatInfo.exe was firing up, eating up system resources, and just generally slowing things down. The result [...]

How to Fix the clock’s “An Error Occurred While Windows was synchronizing with” Error

Ah, daylight savings time. The time of year that reminds us all that our computer’s automatic clock setting mechanism may not work as expected. I’ve been getting the error message “”An Error Occurred While Windows was synchronizing with time.windows.com” error message when trying to manually sync my clock to the Windows time server. A screenshot [...]

How To Run Device Manager From The Windows Command Line

Microsoft went and hid the device manager. It’s buried beneath at least 5 separate click events. Fortunately, it is possible to run the device manager from the Windows command line. (That is, the box that pops up when you hit Start->Run.) This should save you a lot of clicking around, particularly if you have to [...]

How to Re-Mount a USB Drive in Windows Without Rebooting

I have a really crappy Kingwin USB external drive enclosure. It doesn’t usually work. When it does work, I am able to connect it to my XP computer exactly once. That’s right – after choosing to “Safely remove hardware” from the computer, when I reconnect the drive it isn’t recognized by Windows until I reboot [...]

Fix the Synergy Copy-and-Paste Clipboard Problem on XP

I use Synergy to use a single keyboard and mouse to control multiple computers. (Or, I should say, I used to use Synergy – more on that later.) It’s really great software. If you’ve never used it, and you have multiple computers on your desktop, I highly recommend that you check it out. For a [...]

How To Take A Screenshot Of A Movie In Windows XP

In Windows XP, taking a screenshot is usually as easy as hitting the “Print Screen” key. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work for movie files. When you try to take a screenshot of a movie in XP, you just get a black box where the still image is supposed to be. I use VLC as my general [...]

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 Watch Flash Videos Full-Screen on Dual Monitor Setup

If you have a dual monitor setup, you’ve probably tried to watch a flash video on one screen while working on the other. As you likely know by now, it doesn’t work – as soon as you click the mouse on the other screen, the Flash video snaps back to regular size. Pretty annoying, I [...]

How to Speed Up Your Computer Running Windows XP – Part 1

OK, so you’ve had Windows XP for a while now and have installed a bunch of third party apps, and Windows just keeps getting slower, and slower, and slower, and slooooower… It might be Microsoft’s fault, since there are a bunch of things that XP should do differently. It might be a third party application [...]

How to fix the ialmrnt5 display driver error

I’ve been having a problem with my graphics adapter for a while now. What happens is that my computer freezes up for about 10 seconds, then resizes the monitor resolution to 640×480 and displays everything in 4 colors. An error box then pops up with some nonsense about the ialmrnt5 driver malfunctioning, and I’m forced [...]

How to Speed up Adobe Acrobat Reader and PDF file opening

Dumb Little Man found this little tidbit at DWTips that I wanted to pass along. (and offer my own alternative solution as well.) DW Writes: Every time you run Adobe Acrobat up to 20 plugins are loaded unnecessarily – most users do not need even a fraction of them! To disable unneeded plugins and make [...]

How to Securely and Completely Erase Your Computer’s Hard Drive

Getting rid of that old computer? You might want to consider either hanging on to the hard drive or making sure that it’s been completely erased before you do so – your personal data may be at stake. If you’re like most computer users, you probably have a few files on your computer that you [...]

XP Setup Disk: INF file txtsetup.sif is corrupt or missing – Status 32768

I’m a RedHat Linux guy, but I wanted to try out the Ubuntu Linux distribution to see if it’s an acceptable solution for Linux newbies (who would likely install a dual-boot XP system) or for cash-strapped non-profit groups (who would likely use it as their primary system). I had no problems setting up the dual-boot [...]

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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