Probz.com/WindowsReinstall.com Newsletter (Winrag) - ( 14th November 2004 )

Season 2 - Issue 6

 (c) www.Windowsreinstall.com, Mark Walmsley 2004

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Welcome, its time for issue 6, season 2. This month we will continue looking at the registry and registry tweaks, so be careful and always follow the warnings given to make the experience safe for your computer. 

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AntiCrash Software

  

AntiCrash Software - Prevent Crashes the Easy Way

If you have any experience with computers, you have probably experienced at least a few crashes. While modern computers are very complex machines capable of performing millions of operations in a single second, they are still not very reliable. In fact, the faster our computers get, the more code they will execute every second; and the more code they execute, the more likely they are to run into a bug or some other problem. For this reason, I seriously doubt that there will ever be a computer that never crashes. While most of us have learned to live with a few crashes from time to time, there are ways to avoid at least 90% of all crashes. A majority of all system crashes are caused by a single application running into a bug or running out of resources. While you cannot easily prevent the first case from happening, you can often recover from these situations with a few simple steps. When software runs into a bug, it often starts repeating the same task indefinitely, blocking your CPU and preventing other applications, including Windows, from executing and responding to your commands.

Recovering from Crashes
The best way to recover from this situation is to terminate the misbehaving application before the problem spreads to other applications. Since you may only have a few seconds before the problem gets more serious, you must be able to terminate suspicious applications very quickly before the problem causes your system to freeze up completely.
SpeedUpMyPC helps you do this by allowing you to set a quick key combination for activating SpeedUpMyPC's crash recovery feature at any time. As soon as the anti-crash feature is started, SpeedUpMyPC will automatically find and terminate any applications that look suspicious, until the system starts responding again. One other closely-related problem occurs when a single application allocates all available resources until the computer stops responding. This often happens when a bug causes a program to repeat the task over and over and that task includes the allocation of resources. This situation can often be resolved by terminating the application before your system runs out of resources. Again, it is important to start the crash recovery function quickly before the simple problem causes other more serious problems. SpeedUpMyPC also allows you to automatically assign more resources to Windows whenever your CPU usage exceeds a certain limit. This can be very helpful since it will make the Windows shell work even if some other application is trying to use 100% of the CPU resources.

Freeing Up More Resources
Finally, you can often prevent crashes from happening at all by ensuring that you never run out of memory and other critical resources.
SpeedUpMyPC can help you achieve this by freeing up more RAM as soon as a certain memory usage limit is exceeded. This fully automatic RAM recovery feature ensures that there is always enough free RAM to run your favourite applications without running out of resources.

Click here to learn more about SpeedUpMyPc

      


 

2  X - The Return

 



International software publisher DEEP SILVER and EGOSOFT are delighted to confirm further details on the impending launch of X- THE RETURN on PC CD ROM. Enhancing and extending the gameplay of the award winning X- THE THREAT; the expansion pack adds many exciting new features and involves players in a thrilling new storyline. Set for launch FEBRUARY 2005, X- THE RETURN will be priced at 19.99.

X - The Return picks up only weeks after the end of X- THE THREAT. The battle at Omycron Lyrae has left the Argon fleet depleted and stretched. Green pilots are being drafted in as the Khaak continue their attacks on the X-universe. No one is immune, whole Terracorp convoys are being destroyed and the Paranid have been hammered by the heaviest attacks.

With no one to spare, Argon intelligence turns to Jules Brennan - for help. A mysterious ship with the power to appear and disappear at will has been seen. The Yaki pirates have taken advantage of the weak Argon fleet to carry out raids on Argon facilities and a machine left by an ancient species has been stolen. What does this machine do? Will the races of the X-universe survive the merciless attacks from the Khaak? And will the reason for their onslaught be discovered?

X - The Return fires the player into a galaxy at war. To survive the player must learn new skills. Manning turrets to defend convoys, flying escort and attack missions, piloting stealthy spy missions, building super factories and commanding fleet sized actions. And with every new mission comes a new twist in the plot.

KEY FEATURES:

  • FOR THE FANS: a chance to uncover some of the biggest secrets in the X-universe in a new fast paced and twisting plot. With a story over six times larger than X - The Threat, The Return is more than an expansion pack.

  • COMPLEX BUILDING: Ability to connect factories to form large industry complexes. This way the player can now build gigantic constructions and make more money than ever before.

  • IMPROVED MENU SYSTEM: A new graphical quick menu system, allows for complete and easy control of many advanced features, while not interrupting control of the ship.

  • BUILD YOUR OWN HQ with lots of new strategic command features.

  • NEW SHIPS & WEAPONS, including; factory tugs; anti missile defence systems, & rapid fire lasers.

  • FULLY CUSTOMISABLE CONTROLS: Players can define his own profile & many new keys are introduced.

    'BEST PC GAME OF 2004' nominee, X- THE THREAT beat off fierce competition at the recent GOLDEN JOYSTICK AWARDS 2004, held in London on 5th November 2004. Voted by readers of PC ZONE and COMPUTER & VIDEO GAMES ONLINE, X- THE THREAT came second in the voting, beat only by the readers choice of 'GAME OF THE YEAR'.

    Developed by EGOSOFT and published by DEEP SILVER, X- THE RETURN is exclusively distributed world wide (excluding North America) by KOCH MEDIA. X- THE RETURN will require X- THE THREAT to play.

For additional information visit the official X website at: www.x2thethreat.com .

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

 


 

3  Microsoft Word Keyboard Shortcuts Part 1

 

Why do we need shortcuts ? Well believe me when you start using them you will understand why. I find them very useful especially in word or even when the mouse is more than 2 inches from hand, why bother reaching just use the keyboard shortcuts.

 

SHORT CUT

WHAT IT DOES

   
CTRL+N Create New Document
CTRL+O Open New Document
CTRL+W Close a document.
CTRL+S Save a document.
CTRL+F12 Display Open Box
F12 Display save as Box
BACKSPACE Delete one character to the left
CTRL+BACKSPACE Delete one word to the left
DELETE Delete one character to the right.
CTRL+DELETE Delete one word to the right.
CTRL+X Cut selected text to the Office Clipboard.
CTRL+Z Undo the last action.

   

This list is by no mean complete but represents what we find most useful.

 


     

4 Microsoft Word Tips - Troubleshooting Word

  

If Microsoft Word will not open or is very slow and troublesome then try these few steps.

  • Click on "START" then "RUN"

  • Type "WINWORD /A"

  • Click on "OK"

  • If word is now trouble free then continue to the next step

  • Click on "START" , "SEARCH" then "FILES AND FOLDERS"

  • If using XP then click on "ALL FILES AND FOLDERS"

  • In the search box type "NORMAL.DOT"

  • Click on search

  • Once the file is found then right click on it and select rename. Rename the file to normalback.dot.

  • Reopen Word

This process removes changes or customizations made to word, and when word is reopened it recreates a standard template. Use at your own risk.



 

5  Registry - Registry Mechanic

Registry Mechanic is an advanced registry cleaner for Windows that can safely clean and repair problems with your registry in a few simple mouse clicks! Easily fix problems with the Windows registry that are a common cause of crashes and errors. By using a registry cleaner regularly and fixing your registry your system should not only be more stable but it will also help Windows and your software run faster.
 
Registry Mechanic uses a high-performance detection algorithm to quickly identify missing and invalid references in your Windows registry. These problems can occur for many reasons including being left-behind after the un-installation or incorrect removal of software, by missing or corrupt hardware drivers, or orphaned startup programs.

 

With a few easy steps Registry Mechanic will scan your entire registry for any invalid entries and provides a list of the registry errors found, you can then choose to selectively clean each item or automatically repair them all. For your convenience and protection Registry Mechanic can also make a backup of any repairs made so that you can easily recover any changes if required.

Registry Mechanic is not only the most popular registry cleaner on the market (with 100,000+ downloads per week) but also one of the easiest to use!

Click here to buy this product now 

Not convinced then click here to download the trial 

     


  

6 Registry - Disable cleanup wizard (Windows XP)

  

By default windows will ask you every 60 days to cleanup your icons on the desktop. Some people find this quite annoying. So this is how you disable it. 

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 WIZARD: Now on the left hand panel click on "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" , "Software", "Microsoft", "Windows", "CurrentVersion" then "Explorer"   Next search for "NoRun" 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 "DWORD". Name the new string value in right hand panel as "NoRun". 

Now to set the value, double click on the string value and set it's value to "0" for enabled or "1" 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.

     


  

7  Registry - Show Computer and Username on Desktop (Windows XP)

   

By Default the "My Computer" icon on your desktop is called "MY Computer". What this tweak will do is name it according to the user logged in and the computers name. 

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 CHANGE NAME: Now on the left hand panel click on "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT",  "CLSID" then "{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}".  

Next search for "LocalizedString" in the right hand panel, right click on it and select "Rename". change name to "LocalizedString.old". 

Right click on blank white area in right panel and select "NEW" then left click on "REG_EXPAND_SZ" or "EXPANDABLE STRING VALUE". Name the new string value in right hand panel as "LocalizedString". 

Now to set the value, double click on the string value and set it's value to :

"%USERNAME% on %COMPUTERNAME%" 

for just username then use "%USERNAME%"

for just computer name then use "%COMPUTERNAME%"

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.

    


  

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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