Monday, 05 February 2007 18:00

How To Delete a Write Protected file





  1. Open Windows Exporer and navigate to the directory that contains the file to be deleted

  3. Right click on the file and click on properties

  5. Under attributes, uncheck the "read-only" option and click on Apply


  6. Right click the file again and click on delete, then click ok at the confirmation prompt

If this does not work, try the following.


  • Go to the start menu, click on Run, type in cmd and click OK
  • Type cd c:\name of directory (ex. c:\documents\web)
  • Type attrib -r filename.extension (ex. attrib -r test.txt) This will remove the read only attribute
  • Follow the steps above using Windows explorer to delete the file
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Wednesday, 09 January 2008 21:40

How To Speed Up A Computer

 All computers get slower with age because of programs that are installed, spyware and other pesky things that fragment hard drives and bog down your computer.


Try these steps in the following order to make your computer boot faster and respond more quickly to commands.


  • Download and run a registry cleaner to optimize your computer by removing errors and annoying messages.


  • Go to the start menu, click on run, type in msconfig and hit OK.  Click on the startup tab.  Remove the check mark next to any program that you do not want to load at startup.  Booting time can be slowed down when programs are opening that you no longer use, so simply remove the check mark and they will not start up after your next reboot.


  • Remove unused icons on your desktop that you no longer need displayed.  Loading icons that no longer need to be displayed uses   system resources when your computer boots.


  • Empty your recycle bin and run a disk defragment.  This will rearrange the physical location of files you use most often on your hard disk.  The defragment program will move the most frequently used files to the front of the disk and combine empty space at the end of the disk.  This will increase response time when you open programs.


  • Run an adware and spybot scan on your computer.  The most popular programs for this is Adaware and SpyBot Search & Destroy


  • Scan your system with an anti-virus program to make sure a virus isn't the reason your system is running slowly


  • Make sure you have the latest updates from whichever operating system you are using


  • Uninstall any programs that you no longer use
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Sometimes after installing a new program you will notice that during the installation it set your computer to open certain file extensions in a program that you are either unfamiliar with or simply don't want to use.  Or, my personal favorite, the program chosen will not even open the file type you clicked on.  Follow the instructions below to change the default program that your files will open with.


  1. Go to the Start menu, click on Run
  2. Type in explorer
  3. Go to the Tools menu, then Folder Options, then the File Types tab
  4. Locate the type of file you are looking for, they are alphabetized by extension
  5. Click on the extension you want to modify and click on the change button
  6. Either select the new default program from the list or click on Browse to search
  7. Click on the OK button and the default program to open your file extension will be changed
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Sunday, 30 March 2008 21:24

How To Run Virtual PC



In this scenario we are running Windows Vista and wish to run another Operating System (OS) such as Microsoft Windows XP in a virtual environment.  One such reason to do this for example is if you have a custom software application that won’t run or isn’t supported under Vista.  This guide is meant as a general overview of the install process and not an exhaustive installation manual.




 How to install Microsoft Virtual PC 2007



While Virtual PC 2007 is free, you must still have the installation media and license for any virtualized operating system you install.


Visit to learn more about Microsoft Virtual PC 2007.


Once you’re ready to install, follow the download link from the website above and download the correct version (32 BIT/64 BIT) to your computer.

 Double click on the setup.exe file from the location you downloaded the application too.  Click Next.

(In most cases, you will be able to simply accept the default settings)

 Accept the license agreement, Click Next.  

Verify your username and Organization is how you would like them to appear and whether or not you would like to install this application for anyone or just yourself.  Your Product Key will automatically be filled out. 


Click Next.


Verify your installation directory, Click Install.


Once the installation is complete, Click Finish.



 Configuring Virtual PC 2007



Now launch the application, Click Start, All Programs, and Microsoft Virtual PC.


Click New, this will launch the New Virtual Machine Wizard.


Click Next.


Since you will be installing for the first time, select “Create a virtual machine”.


Click Next.


Provide the name and location for your new virtual machine file or accept the defaults.


Click Next.


Select the Operating System that most resembles the Operating System your installing.  In this case Windows XP, Click Next.


Depending on your requirements, either accept the provided recommendation for RAM or adjust the settings to suite your specific installation requirements.  Click Next.


Now select your Virtual Hard Disk Options, since this is a new installation, select “A new virtual hard disk”.  Click Next.


Now provide the name and location for your new Virtual Hard Disk.  Generally, unless you have a specific need to do so, accept the default values provided.


Determine the size of the Virtual hard disk size.  Again, unless you have specific requirements, accept the default size.  Click Next.


You will be presented with an installation summary to review.  If you are satisfied, click on Finish.



Installing Virtual Operating System


Now you are ready to begin installation of the Virtual Operating System.  In this case, we will be installing Microsoft Windows XP Professional.  You will need the installation disk and product key for the virtual Operating System you are about to install.


(NOTE: Wait until you receive the warning indicator before you insert the Operating System installation CD).


In the Virtual PC Console window, highlight the name of your newly created virtual machine file (there should only be one at this point).  Click Start.


You will see the Argon PXE Boot Agent start in a Command Prompt window.


When you see the message, “Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device, insert the Windows XP installation CD into your CD ROM Drive and press return.


You will hear the CDROM spin up and you will see the Windows Setup screen appear.  At this point you will follow the prompts to install the operating system just like you would in a non virtual environment.


Once the installation of Windows XP is complete you will be able to install you XP specific applications and run them from a virtualized environment.


To shutdown the virtualized Operating System, click its Start Menu and select shutdown as you normally would.


You can restart the virtualized OS from the Virtual PC Console by highlighting the name of the virtual Operating System you wish to start and click on Start.


Finalzing Setup


Once you’ve got your new virtualized Operating System up and running you should run the, “Install or Update Virtual Machine Additions.”  This can be done for the Action menu at the top of the virtualized Operating System.


Click on Action, Install or Update Virtual Machine Additions, Continue.


Click on Next.


Once finished, click on Finish.  You will be prompted to restart your computer.



NOTE:  One additional thing to remember is that when you click inside the virtual Operating System environment your mouse will remain focused inside the window.  To use your mouse outside the virtual environment, press and hold down the Right Alt key while dragging your mouse cursor outside the virtual window.


TIP: USB support is not provided in a virtualized environment, this can be overcome by mapping a drive from the virtual machine to the host machine using shared folders.  More information about this can be found using the help menu within the Microsoft Virtual Console.

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