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Ubuntu themes for Windows XP

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Earlier, I had written about Windows Vista themes for XP – it got a good response, so just thought of compiling a list of Ubuntu themes for Windows XP.

Some of you might be unable to use Ubuntu on your computers, due to some problems or issues. But you may miss the look and feel of Ubuntu on Windows. So, here’s a list of Ubuntu themes for Windows XP to keep you satisfied, and to keep that boring default Luna theme away.

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September 18th, 2007 at 11:45 am

How to autorun programs from USB Flash Drive

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Like we have autoplay feature on CDs, it’s possible to autorun programs and applications from your removable USB flash drive, provided you use it on Windows XP SP2.

Autorun on USB Flash Drives

Here’s a quick guide on how to autorun portable applications from your USB drive.

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August 11th, 2007 at 2:05 pm

3 Windows Vista themes for Windows XP

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The best thing about Vista than anything else is probably the eye candy that it offers. Not all people can afford Vista though, so most of you are content with Windows XP.

Still, you can quench your thirst a bit with some Vista style themes for Windows XP. Just by downloading Visual styles and installing them, you can give a really stunning look to your XP operating system.

But note that none of these Visual styles can actually get to touch the real amount of elegance that Vista offers.

Before I take you to the list of some great Vista styles for Windows XP, here’s a quick guide on how you can install them:

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July 29th, 2007 at 10:18 am

Windows Tip: Set priorities to application tasks

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Ever felt helpless when an anti-spyware program slows down your computer killing the program you’re currently using?
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July 20th, 2007 at 3:35 pm

Windows XP: How to add Safe Mode to Boot list?

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Once in a while, you might want to switch to the Safe Mode in Windows during boot to solve some problems on your computer.

If you find it hard to boot into safe mode by pressing the F8 key – you can add the safe mode to the Windows XP boot list. Windows will now ask you whether you want to boot into the normal or safe mode everytime you switch on your computer.

To do this, try the following steps:

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June 24th, 2007 at 1:09 pm

2 free alternatives to the default Windows Uninstaller

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You’re waiting and waiting and waiting. But it doesn’t seem to respond. This is the case with the Add/Remove Programs applet in your Windows XP Control Panel. It’s sluggish and highly annoying, taking a lot of time to start up. It’s high time you start using some alternatives to the built-in Windows XP Uninstaller. Why not you try these?

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June 15th, 2007 at 8:34 am

How to pin folders to the Windows Start menu?

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Applications can easily be pinned to the start menu in Windows XP for easy access.

You can do this by right clicking the Application’s .exe file, and selecting the Pin to Start Menu option. The program instantly appears in your Start menu, and can be quickly launched. This option is not available for folders – meaning that you can’t pin folders to the Start Menu. But you can try this hack to enable the Pin to Start Menu option for folders too:

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June 1st, 2007 at 12:28 pm

How to change the title of Internet Explorer?

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Internet Explorer, by default, shows the title of a webpage followed by the string ‘Microsoft Internet Explorer’. Like this:

Internet Explorer Default Title

How about customizing it?

Here’s how:

  • Open the Registry Editor by navigating to Start >> Run, typing regedit.exe and hitting Enter
  • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain
  • Double click Window Title and change it to what you want Internet Explorer’s title to be. If Window Title doesn’t exist, create it by right clicking, selecting New >> String Value

Here’s the title modified to hold the text ‘MyBrowser’ instead of the default one – ‘Microsoft Internet Explorer’

Internet Explorer’s Title Modified

I’ve tried it with IE 6 and it works, and I’m not sure as to whether it will work with IE 7.

Disclaimer: Make sure you have a backup of your registry before you try this out. Do it at your own risk, it may harm your system.

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May 30th, 2007 at 3:12 pm

How to rename the Recycle Bin in Windows?

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Recycle Bin – I’ve always thought I can give a better name to it.


And if you’ve wanted to do the same, why not you go ahead and rename it?

  • Go to Start >> Run
  • Type regedit.exe and hit enter to open the Registry Editor
  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindows
  • You’ll find probably something like this: @C:WINDOWSsystem32SHELL32.dll,-8964

Change it’s value to what you want the Recycle Bin’s name to be.

Disclaimer: Modifying the Registry may harm your system. Make sure you have a backup. Do it at your own risk.

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May 30th, 2007 at 6:08 am

Dock applications for Windows

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Docks are little applications that act as program launchers. They hold the shortcuts to your applications for easy access at anytime. Macs have a dock application in-built, but Windows doesn’t.
That's my Dock

The advantages in having a dock:

  • Docks make your desktop pretty
  • Applications can be accessed instantly, saving time
  • You need not necessarily go to the desktop every time you want to start a program
  • Application indicators on the dock tell you whether a program is running or not
  • High Quality Icons: Docks support PNGs
  • Windows are minimized to docks, and your Windows taskbar is no longer necessary

Docks have drag and drop support, so you can always drag an .exe to create a shortcut in the dock. They have zoom and transition and other animation effects that add a lot of eyecandy.

This is one of the best dock applications available for Windows. It’s bundled with a pack of quality icons, so you need not hunt for high quality icons on the net. This one will make you say ‘Wow’ with its amazing features. And when coupled with Windows Vista, you get live preview thumbnails of minimized application and folders.

RocketDock is a feature rich application, complete with real time window previews if you’re on Vista. It’s got support for a wide number of languages, and is Unicode compliant. RocketDock supports multiple monitors too.

RK Launcher
This is my favourite, that’s got most of the features that other Windows Dock Apps have. By default, RK Launcher adds a shortcut to every new application that’s launched, and you can turn this feature off if you wish.

Y’z Dock
Yz Dock is a developing dock application, and is being improved constantly. You could look out for new features soon.

So what’s your favourite dock? If you know any other good ones, share with us in the comments.

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May 13th, 2007 at 1:45 pm