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  1. One of the challenges in this scenario is that you might need the drive letter to always be "G:\", but if you could permanently assign that drive letter to the USB drive and then insert it into another host computer that already has a "G:\ drive, then your USB drive would not be recognized. Windows XP does not support relative paths. I'm not sure what the ultimate goal for the drive letter needing to fixed (static) is, but you might want to check out the portability features of XYplorer. The Standard License is $30, the Lifetime is $60, and you are allowed to install it on as many devices as you want.
  2. Ouch, I see what happened. It sounds like not only is PP6.5 not compatible with Vista, but neither is its uninstaller. I recommend that the first thing you try is if you have System Restore enabled in Vista, I would try going back to a previous restore point. Otherwise, it could be very time consuming to research and crawl through every registry entry and directory that the PP6.5 installation tried to write to. I have used Revo Uninstaller (freeware) to uninstall stubborn applications in the past. I did have one program that could never completely get removed and I ended up doing a rebuild. Except for that, the program was simple and effective for everything else that I tested it with. There is a point in its process where the program?s registry entries are exposed so you can select whether you really want to remove them or not.
  3. Even for programs that are not free, you would most likely be disappointed with the results. With the conversion back to PowerPoint, the slide is treated like an image, so modifying the text and the sort is really not there. Recreating the slide manually is the least expensive, and the most flexible way to work with the slide content.
  4. Good question; and well, no; the varying versions of MS Office Suites I use are not all on the same machine. I have 6 physical machines, and around 3-dozen virtual machines. Some type of Office application is installed on about 95% of them, but they are different versions for the most part. The machine that I use the most has Office 2007 and OpenOffice installed. I switch back and forth between the two office suites when I need to do something and (1) I want to see if a particular routine is available or (2) how simple it is.
  5. I usually don't explicitly share my "C:\" drive, as it is already defaulted to be a hidden share. Using the "Run" command on a remote computer, you can enter "\\ComputerName\C$" (the dollar sign means it's hidden) and you should be able to access it whether you explicitly share the "C:\" drive or not. You just need to enter the login for a computer account that has permissions to that drive. By default, all of the files and folders on "C:\" inherit the permissions of the root share (in this case, the "C:\" drive), including "My Documents". The default workgroup name for Windows XP Professional is "WORKGROUP" and Windows XP Home is "MSHOME". The name of the workgroup is more relevant if you are browsing to the share through the Microsoft Windows Network in "My Network Places". If you want anyone to have access to a specific share, you can assign the "Everyone" group to have "Full Control" so they can add and delete files to the share.
  6. I think it all comes down to preference. I actually use Office 2000, Office XP, Office 2003, Office 2007, and OpenOffice 2.4.1. Out of all these, I personally like Office 2007 the most. The Building Blocks feature in Office 2007 save me loads of time so that I don't have to keep entering repetitive information, and I also like that I can hover over font setting and preview the what the document will look like before applying the change. The "ribbon" was easy for me to get used to, and it made it easier to find features that were always in earlier versions of Office but they were hard to find. Download the Save As PDF add-on to save Office documents as PDF, but sometimes the images (like in Visio) are not good. OpenOffice has a cool auto complete feature, but some may find it annoying (I like it). You can also save the documents as PDF. The ?XML Form Document? is similar to Office InfoPath, and you can create fillable forms. OpenOffice does have a bit of an Office 2003 feel to it. OpenOffice is an entire suite of applications (Writer, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Drawing, Database, and so on), and I say that the best value is definitely OpenOffice! It does take some getting used to.
  7. I'm guessing that the source of the PDF file that needs to be adjusted did not originate from a word processor file that was converted to PDF, but rather it was a scanned document saved as a PDF. My experience with PDF files is that brightness and contrast are actually not PDF attributes in the same way that say bookmarks and encryption are, but rather are more image file attributes, such as JPG and TIF. Most scanned PDF documents are an image file (TIF) surrounded by a PDF wrapper, and that's what makes this operation challenging. The PDF would need to be converted to an image file, and then brightness and contrast could be adjusted using an image editor. I like to use Paint.NET for image editing. The file could then be converted back to a PDF using something such as a PDF virtual printer. I am currently not aware of a single program that can do all of this in a few easy steps. I realize this doesn't help the immediate need, but I have found that the best time to handle PDF image quality is during the actual scanning process before the files are actually saved as PDF because it is at that time that image correction is the easiest to control. Otherwise, it's a pain in the rump to fix later.
  8. When I was in Jr. High School, all of us in computer class learned how to use computers on the Macintosh Classic. 8 MHz Processor 1MB RAM 40MB HDD I swore back then that everyone in my generation would buy an Apple. I couldn?t have been more wrong. Dare I say...? We have evolved into a Windows world, and you really have to consider that there are all types of people from all walks of life that use computers. For example: IT supporting thousands of domain users concerned about information security (BitLocker Drive Encryption, Hundreds of new Local Secuirty Policy and Group Secuirty Policy objects in Vista) Little Johnny and Billy having a great time clicking on any hyperlink they see and infesting the system with key loggers and viruses (Windows Defender, User Account Control) The busy mom who can't remember where on her computer she saved that casserole recipe for tonight's social (Windows Search) The small business ?resident genius? who thinks he understands REGEDIT (Backup and Restore) People are asking their computers to do even more, and Vista is simply Microsoft's response. I guess you could say that we?re getting what we asked for? sorta. There is a group out there that truly feels ignored, and they are the loudest opponents to Vista. All that they want is a lean operating system that is easy on system resources and isn?t bloated so they can load whatever applications that they want to. Trust me when I say, ?I get it!? Consider this: When was the last time you car shopped and noticed that most of the choices on the lot were equipped with GPS navigation, satellite radio, MP3 and DVD playback, heated seats, cooled seats (and the list goes on)? Well, cars are becoming pretty ?bloated? if you ask me, and all that extra ?crap? is there because, well? people are asking for it!
  9. Hmmm, I've installed CCleaner hundreds of times on multiple machines and I have never run into anything like that. Forgive me if you have already looked into this, I can't help but wonder the following: Are there other applications besides the command-line that are also running slow? Is anti-virus software installed and is it possibly doing a scan? Is a hard disk being defragmented? Is CCleaner processing while you are using the command-line? I would check to see which Windows applications, processes, and services are currently running. Also try booting into Safe Mode so that only the bare-bones services are running, and use the command line to see what the performance is like. I highy doubt that CCleaner is the source of your frustration.
  10. Keeping the Windows Firewall is as light as is gets. A firewall really does nothing more than block TCP/UDP port traffic to and from the host, and that's exactly what the Windows Firewall does. Using a hardware router's integrated firewall provides a zero-footprint on your PC, so I agree completely 1984. Online-Armour is a firewall indeed, but it has other things that really are more in the anti-virus /anti-spyware space. I personally use Windows Live OneCare on my home PCs. In terms of the firewall, it adds a little more firewall user functionality, such as easier firewall setup for the lay person and knowing when the network has changed, say for mobile users.
  11. JBinarao


    I couldn't agree more that CCleaner is the best! There is beauty in simplicity. I have used Defraggler for over a month now, and I have to say that the single biggest benefit to using it is defragmentation speed. Defraggler's defragmentation occurs with just the fragmented files or selected files. Now, I like and use the Windows Defragmentation tool as well, but with that we're talking about the entire drive. Hooray for Defragler!
  12. OK, the best game that has ever been written (in my humble opinion) is Gran Turismo for the Sony PlayStation. I am not a gamer, but this game is addictive! I spent many nights and weekends with my PS2, Gran Turismo 1, 2, 3, & 4, bags of salted-snacks, cases of canned cola, you get the drift. So, ever since I completed GT4 a few years ago, I have been waiting with anticipation for the next GT installment. Early buzz about GT5 revealed that I would eventually need to get a PS3. "No problem", I tell myself, "This game is awesome!" Then the PS3 units were launched in 2006 for $600... No availability... Maybe eBay for $2,000... o... k... Granted, as to be expected, they were nearly impossible to get a hold of in the beginning, but I wasn't too worried. Besides, GT5 wasn't even available yet. PS3 units remained almost impossible to get a hold of, up to and including the 2007 holiday. So, I'm starting to get a little annoyed, time goes by, the price of the PS3 drops (a little), and now I want a PS3 like I want Sanjaya to win American Idol. I'm at Costco today, and I can't believe my eyes: Gran Turismo 5! Finally!!! My reaction; Ehh. I don't normally hold a grudge, but the game console madness that takes place every holiday is getting old, just like our ridiculous gasoline prices. I expect short supply around the holidays, but doesn't Sony also share in the realization that every Johnny, Billy, and some guy code-named Xerxes (no offense, Xerxes) is gonna want one? So, I am left with the only one choice: move on with my life, and say good-bye to the PlayStation.
  13. With Windows Vista, being logged in as a Local Administrator does not mean that the system is constatly being run with eleveted priviledges. As a time/click saver, one thing I did when I installed CCleaner on Windows Vista is: Right-Click on the CCleaner shortcut on the desktop and choose Properties. Click on the Compatability Tab. Check Run this program as an administrator. Click OK. When CCleaner is launched and UAC is displayed, click Continue and the priviledges to run CCleaner will be elevated.
  14. JBinarao

    Fail to defra

    I say there is no need at all to be concerned about System Volume Information not defragmenting. System Restore data is stored here and is constantly being written to. One could go mad and insane trying to keep it defragmented because as soon as defragmenting is complete, it can become fragmented almost instantly. System Volume Information can absolutely make this folder heavy, especially if your system has been in use for some time. Advanced Windows users concerned about disk space could manually delete Restore Points or turn off System Restore.
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