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Archive for the ‘Computer Tips’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool

I haven’t tried this myself yet, but ghacks posted about a program called Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool. It makes it pretty easy to download ISOs of all of the different Windows versions. You still need a licence key to activate them properly, but if your computer didn’t come with a restore CD, or you’ve lost/damaged yours, this may be a way to get around that.

PostHeaderIcon Macrium Reflect Free


I haven’t tried this yet, but if you are interested in a free Windows disk cloning software package, check out Macrium Reflect Free. According to the site, the free version will do the following:

  • Macrium Fast Imaging
  • VSS Support for Data integrity
  • Drag and drop user interface
  • Reorder & resize partitions
  • GPT support
  • UEFI Support
  • Comment backups
  • Differential Images


PostHeaderIcon A few good WordPress tutorials

I run WordPress on half a dozen blogs. None of them get a lot of traffic, but they allow me to post about things I’m interested in, as well as keep in contact with certain people.

Here are a some links to some good tutorials to do various things with WordPress.

PostHeaderIcon Convert Windows XP to a virtual machine with VirtualXP

Ghacks has a nice article about a tool that will convert a Windows XP computer to a virtual machine

VirtualXP is a free for personal use software that can turn an existing Windows XP system into a virtual machine that you can run on a newer version of Windows afterwards.

It works by converting the operating system to a Microsoft virtual disk which you can run on all client and server versions of Windows starting with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008.

PostHeaderIcon Find your Windows Experience Index scores in Windows 8.1

C|Net has a nice article about how to find your Windows Experience Index in Windows 8.1. I followed the steps, and mine is 5.9 because of the hard drive.

PostHeaderIcon Windows 8.1 Group Policy to Force Domain Logon as Default?

I just started using Windows 8.1 at work, and whenever I restart my computer, it defaults to logging into a Microsoft account. I have to click something extra in order to login to the domain. I found some references in a Microsoft forum to a couple of group policy settings that I will need to try.

  • Computer ConfigurationWindows SettingsSecurity SettingsLocal PoliciesSecurity Options: Accounts: Block Microsoft account
    Click this option, and select” Users can’t add or log on with Microsoft account”
  • Computer ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesSystemLogon :Assign default domain for logon
    Set the option to Enabled, and add the Default Logon domain.

PostHeaderIcon Implementing powerful and flexible login scripts!

At work we’ve always had separate login scripts for each user. However, we recently changed that to use a login script that checks for group membership. We used the “Implementing powerful and flexible login scripts!” and it works great.

PostHeaderIcon A few great links from ghacks

I follow the ghacks blog, and over the last few weeks, there have been several sites that I’ve booked mark. Rather than take any credit for finding these sites and/or programs, please click through to the ghacks website to read the original postings

PostHeaderIcon Unlocking PDFs

A few weeks ago I posted some links to some websites that help you with various PDF operations (merging, splitting, unlocking, etc). I tried to use the unlocking one recently. I have a PDF that I wanted to print so I didn’t have to sit at the computer. The PDF was protected and I couldn’t print it. I tried to use the unlocking service mentioned, but since the file was over 5 MB (it was 7 MB), it was going to cost $4.99. I found another service that seems to do the job. It is free and supports PDFs up to 200MB in size.

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PostHeaderIcon Another partitioning utility… Parted Magic

I posted about a partitioning tool recently which I was very impressed with. I found another one that seems equally impressive. Parted Magic does much of the same things. Check it out…