How to Create a New User Account in Windows 7

When you first install Windows, you’ll be prompted to set up new users. Later, if you want to add more users, or remove existing users, you can do so easily by following these instructions.

• Log in to an Administrator account
• Click on the Start button and choose “Control Panel”
• Click on “Add or remove user accounts”

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• Click on “Create a new account”

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• Fill out the account name, select the user type and then click “Create Account”

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That’s it folks. Be sure to comment below if you have any questions or comments on User Accounts.

How To Delete System Restore Points In Windows XP And Vista

System Restore helps us to roll back all of the system files, registry keys and installed programs to a previous state in the event of malfunctioning or failure. Whenever you install a program, a system restore point is automatically created which indirectly eats up a lot of disk space. Today I will show you how to delete system restore points and increase your disk space.

To delete system restore points, first you will have to download and install Ccleaner. After that follow the steps shown below:

1) Open Ccleaner.
2) Click on the Tools tab.
3) Now click on System Restore tab.

Delete System Restore Points

4) Delete all the system restore points except the recent one.

Watch this video to learn how you can increase your disk space by deleting system restore points.

Three Really Useful Windows 7 Tips

If you are using Windows 7, you are probably aware of new features like Aero Shake and Aero Peek. However, Windows 7 is also packed with lots of neat stuff which aren’t immediately apparent. Today we will share three simple yet effective tips which will help you use Windows 7 even more efficiently.

1. Pin Folders to Windows Explorer

A little known feature is that you can drag and drop frequently accessed folders on the Windows Explorer icon present in the taskbar. This is the quickest way to Pin a folder to Windows Explorer. Pinned folders show up in the Jump List when you right click on Windows Explorer icon.

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2. Use Check Boxes in Windows Explorer

Although check boxes were added in Windows Vista, many people are still not aware of it. Check boxes allow you to quickly select multiple items without having to press the CTRL key. To enable check boxes go to Organize→Folder and Search Options→View and check the “Use check boxes to select items” option.

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3. Use Search Connectors

You can search the web even without launching your browser using Windows Search Connectors. Windows 7 supports federated search which allows you to add almost any online search engine to Windows 7. SevenForums contains more than a dozen search providers which should help you in getting started.

Did you find these tips helpful? Don’t forget to let us know. And check out Microsoft Technet if you are looking for some more helpful Windows Seven tips.

How to Create a Sendto FTP in Your File Right Click Menu

This article is mainly for those of you who have a website or post files to web servers using FTP (file transfer protocol). Most of you may already be using an FTP client such as FileZilla to upload all of your files. This works great but sometimes you may want to upload only one or two files. It takes time to launch the FTP client and make sure it’s pointing to the proper location before you upload. I’ll show you a quick way to upload files by simply right clicking on them and using the built-in Windows Sendto menu. This will take a few minutes to set up, but one nice thing about this procedure is that it doesn’t require you to download and install any new software.

Also Read: 5 Free tools to upload content to your website.

These instructions are basically the same for Windows XP, Vista and 7 once you get to the Add Network Wizard. Perform the appropriate actions listed below based on your operating system.

While you are viewing your Desktop …

Windows XP: Double click “My Computer”.
Windows Vista/7: Double click “Computer”.

Windows XP: Open “My Network Places” and click on “Add a network place”

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Windows Vista/7: Right click on any empty area and select “add a network location” and click “Next” when the Add Network wizard pops up.

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Select “Choose another network location” and click “Next”.

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Enter the FTP address for the FTP server.

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Enter the user name and un-check the “Log on anonymously” box

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Finish creating the network location. It will try to connect to your FTP server. Once it does, it’ll ask you to enter your password. You can tell it to remember your password at this point if you want to.

When you have your new Network Place (FTP server) open, navigate to the folder where you most commonly upload files.  Right click on the folder and select “copy”

Windows XP: Open up the Start > Run menu and type in “sendto”. The Sendto folder should open. Right click in an empty area in the Sendto folder and paste a shortcut. You can rename the shortcut at this point if you wish.

Windows Vista/7: Finding the Sendto folder is a pain in the rear. Typically it’s located at …
C:\Users\*YourUserName*\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo.

Right click in an empty area in the Sendto folder and paste a shortcut. You can rename the shortcut at this point if you wish.

Now when you need to quickly send a file or files using FTP, you can right click on the files, choose “Sendto” and then pick the shortcut you just created.

Be sure to comment below if you have you’re own ideas on how to easily upload via   FTP.

How Can I Change the Icon for a File Extension or File Type?

It is very easy to change the icon associated with a File Type once you learn the trick. Below I’ll show you how to change the icon for the Text file type. Windows will let you do this, but it’s not often easy. I recommend that you try out a small free stand-alone program called “Default Programs Editor” that makes it simple to change the icons for file types.

Default Programs Editor (DPE)

You can download DPE here. (requires Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5)
If you don’t want to or can’t use .Net Framework, then this freebie, File Association Editor, will also work for you.

DPE will download as a zip file. You’ll need to extract the contents of the zip file to a folder of your choice. Start the program by double clicking Default Programs Editor.exe. Then click File Type Settings.

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Choose the Icondialog.

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Use the search field to find the file type you want. In this case I typed in txtto find the file type for text files.

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It will show the current icon associated with Text files. Click the Browsebutton to select a new icon.

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Now it shows the location of the current icon. Click Browseonce more, to go to an icon file or library you need. I selected the shell32.dlllibrary which is in the Windows\System32 folder.

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Just for fun, I chose the red circle with a crossbar through it.

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Click the Save Iconbutton and you’ll see this message.
The settings for Text Documentwere successfully changed

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Finally, click Doneand you’ll be able to see that all your chosen files have a new icon.

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Here’s what my text files look like now.

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I don’t think I’ll be keeping this icon for my text files, but I hope you get the idea.

Be careful out there and have a nice day.

How Can I Change Windows Default Desktop Icons?

Here’s how to change the standard icons you normally see on your Windows Desktop.

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These instructions are for Windows XP.

Scroll on down further to see how to do this in Vista or Windows 7.

Right click on an empty spot on your desktop and select Properties. Then choose the Desktoptab as shown.

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Click the Customize Desktopbutton. Select the icon you wish to change and then click the Change Iconbutton.

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You’ll see the location of the current icon and clicking Browsewill allow you to choose a new icon.

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Here you can see that I’ve selected an icon from the shell32.dllicon library. Hit the OK button after you’ve selected the icon you wish to use.

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You should now see the changed icon in the list. If you are done changing icons, you can hit OK to save your changes. You will have to hit another OK button after that to exit the Desktop properties.

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Now you can see the changed icon on your desktop.

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Instructions for Windows Vista and Windows 7

Right click on an empty spot on your desktop. Then select the Change desktop iconslink.

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The rest of the procedure is pretty much the same as what I showed you above for Windows XP.

That’s all there is to it. Now you can make your Windows a little more personal.

How to Totally Uninstall Applications

Recently Techie-Buzz published an article about Revo Uninstaller. It allows you to do a better job cleaning up the junk files, folders and registry entries that a typical Windows Add/Remove session often leaves behind.

The use of third party uninstall utilities like Revo is primarily based on the idea that software authors may not put much effort into uninstallers. Sure they provide you an uninstall option, but do they really care if they leave some garbage behind? In many cases, I’d guess that they aren’t very concerned. After all, you’ve already decided that you didn’t like their software, right?

Besides Revo Unistaller, there is a class of uninstall utilities that work a little differently. Sometimes they can do an even better job of removing unwanted files and registry keys. I’ll tell you about two that I use often.

One of my favorites is the last freeware version of Total Uninstall.

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The other is Zsoft Uninstaller.

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Today I tried the Seven Remix XP program. After using it’s built in uninstaller, I was still left with a strange Vista boot splash. Fortunately I’d used Total Uninstall to watch over the installation. I was able to run it and remove all the changes it had made. By the way, I really did like the Seven Remix program even though I decided not to keep it.

Both Total Uninstall (TUN) and Zsoft work by allowing you to monitoryour system during a program installation. Before you start the actual installation of a new program, you will run TUN or Zsoft to take a snapshot of all the system files and registry settings. Next they allow you to perform the new program installation. Finally, once the new installation is finished, they prompt you to take a final snapshot of the system files and registry settings.

The before and after snapshots are compared so that TUN and Zsoft can record the exact changes that the new program installation made to your system. Later you can fire up TUN or Zsoft to reverse all of the changes that were made. In other words, you have totallyuninstalled the program.

Here’s quick comparison of features. It’s not complete but it will give you a good idea of what to expect.

Zsoft

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Lists all installed programs

Yes

No

Provides other cleanup tools

Yes

No

Lists programs it monitored

Yes

Yes

Outputs Installation log

Yes

Yes

Options to select monitored registry hives

Yes

Yes

Options to ignore selected registry areas

Yes

Yes

Options to ignore selected files and folders

Yes

Yes

Tree view of registry keys and files

No

Yes

Easy removal of sections of install log

No

Yes

Here are a few more details about these two programs.

Zsoft is a currently supported freeware program and continues to improve in speed and reliability. The version of Total Uninstall that I use is the last freeware version and it’s currently not supported. The author of Total Uninstall has a great shareware version that is considered to be one of the best around. I’d recommend it to anyone who can afford it.

Here are a few tips on usage for uninstallers that monitor (analyze) installations.

  1. These programs cannot track any changes made to your system after you’ve taken the last snapshot. They only monitor changes made between the before and after snapshots. They may not be able to help you recover from problems you encounter long after you’ve installed an application.
  2. Don’t expect these applications to do a good job of uninstalling an application that was not monitored with a before and after system snapshot. If you don’t use the monitor functions, they’ll only do as good as Windows Add/Remove does. In fact the freeware version of TUN will only list applications that it’s monitored. Zsoft will list everything installed on your system but you’ll have to go to the Analyzedtab to find the applications that it monitored.
  3. These programs are best used on software that you aren’t sure you want to keep. They work best if you can decide quickly if you want to uninstall. I’ve even used them to install adware and spyware programs for testing and then removal. The log files that TUN and Zsoft generate can be very valuable in finding out what sneaky programs have been up to.
  4. You can even use these programs to monitor guests on your PC. Log in as administrator then run a beforesnapshot. Close the program and log out. Now you can let other users have the PC. Later, you can log back in as admin and run the aftersnapshot to examine any changes they’ve made to the system and reverse them if you’d like to.

I hope this article has taught you a few more tricks for keeping your PC running more safely and cleanly. Be careful out there and have a nice day.

Download Total Uninstall or Download Zsoft Uninstaller

How to Restore Default File Extension Type Associations?

When you double click to open a file, you may find that it opens up in an application that you don’t want to use. Below I’ll point out some ways that you can change this, but first I want to explain a little bit about how it all works.

What are File Extensions and File Types?

As you may already know, the last few letters after the dot in a full file name are called the extension. A picture or photo file would often have a name such as family.jpg. In that case, jpg is the extension. You’ll often see music files with the extensions of mp3 or wma. A file type is a group of file extensions. In the above examples, the musicfile type may contain the extensions for mp3, wma and many others.

What are File Associations?

File type associations are settings that control what applications open your files and other ways that Windows interacts with them. The file type associations and protocols can accidentally be changed by installing and un-installing software or virus and malware infections.

How Can I Change File Associations?

Here at Techie-Buzz we’ve previously told you how to change file type associations. See the two following articles if you want to un-associate a file type in Vista or simply want to change the default application.

Un-associate File Types To Use Your Favorite Programs In Windows Vista

Reclaim your files to open in your favorite editor

How Can I Restore Windows Default File Associations?

If you wish to restore the file associations back to what they were when your copy of Windows was brand new, keep reading.

The settings for file associations are stored in the Windows Registry. Editing the registry or merging a .reg file into the registry allows you to change the defaults or restore them.

If nothing else works, the following links will lead to .reg files that can be merged into the registry to restore default behaviors. These are the settings that a new copy of Windows uses before any changes are made to it.

Here are a few of the file extensions that you can restore: avi, bat, bmp, chm, cmd, com, cur, dll, exe, gif, htm, html, ico, inf, jpe, jpeg, jpg, js, lnk, mp3, mpa, mpe, mpeg, mpg, msc, reg, rtf, scr, tif, tiff, txt, vbs, wma, wmv, wsf, xml, xps,   and zip.

Please be sure to read the instructions on these pages. Making changes to your Windows Registry can be hazardous unless you take precautions.

Normally, these .reg files will immediately restore the default behavior of file types. If not, you may have to reboot your PC before you see any changes.

Be sure to comment below if you have problems, questions or different solutions.

How to Fix Default Zip File Behavior

Recently, one of my friends asked me this question via email.

A few years ago, I received a .rar file via email.   I was unfamiliar with this filetype and after I researched it on the Internet, I found 7zip and used it to open the archive.

Some time after that I uninstalled 7zip but somehow messed up my zip file association.   Now whenever I try to create a .zip file, I get the attached message.   I click Yes, and the system will create the .zip archive, but the message still shows up each time.   The file association shows that “Compressed (zipped) Folders” is associated to .zip files, so I don’t know what the issue is.

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Text of the error message: (Windows XP)
For Compressed (zipped) Folders to handle ZIP files correctly, the application associated with them must be Compressed (zipped) Folders. Currently this is not the case.

Do you want to designate Compressed (zipped) Folders as the application for handling ZIP files?

This problem wasn’t unfamiliar to me. I had similar problems back in the days of Windows ME. However, I couldn’t remember the solution. I did vaguely recall that someone had developed a tiny freeware utility that helped fix most ZIP issues.

I did a quick web search and learned that the zipfldr.dll file wasn’t registered properly. A couple of simple commands finally fixed my friend’s problem.

Enable or Disable Compressed Folders in Windows XP

If you are running Vista or Win7, go to the end of this article.

You can enable ZIP handling by Windows Compressed Folders if you have a problem using it. You can also disable it if you’d rather use a different archive manager like 7Zip.

  • Click your Start button
  • Select Run
  • Paste one of the two following commands into the Run box
  • Press the Enter Key
  • Reboot

This command will enable the use of Compressed Folders
regsvr32 %windir%\system32\zipfldr.dll

This command will disable the use of Compressed Folders
regsvr32 /u %windir%\system32\zipfldr.dll

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In my friend’s case, he told me that he had to run both commands. He disabled then enabled to get the Compressed Folders working again.

You may also want to make sure that the ZIP filetype is associated with Compressed Folders. Here’s how to do that if you don’t already know.

First, open My Computerby selecting it in your Start menu or by double clicking it on your Desktop.

Next, choose the Tools menu.

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Then choose Folder Options.

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Finally, use the File Types tab and scroll down until you see the entry for ZIP. As shown below, it should be associated with Compressed Folders. If it’s not, you can typically hit the Change button below and choose Compressed Folders from the list of programs that will be displayed. You must also place a check mark next to the   Always use …box before you press OK on the Change dialog.

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An Easier Way to Take Control of Compressed Folders

By the way, I finally did find the little utility that gives you control over the default ZIP behavior. I had it stashed away on one of my hard drives. It’s called the Windows-XP-ZIP-Support-Control, and it looks like this.

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Isn’t that sweet? As far as I know, it does everything I talked about above by simply clicking buttons. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone developed something like this for Vista or Win7?

Enable or Disable Compressed Folders in Windows Vista and Windows 7

I recommend a visit Annoyances.org for instructions on disabling or repairing the default ZIP integration in Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Have a Zippy Day!

How to Find Files Fast Using DOS and Notepad

Do you have a large hard drive? Mine isn’t very big, but I’ve still got over 90,000 files on it.

When I use Windows built in search tool to search for files, it seems to take ages for it to even start looking. It’s almost like the search tool wakes from a deep sleep and decides to start work after a cup of coffee. I can’t blame it, I feel the same way most mornings.

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The solution I’ve come up with works for me and maybe it’ll work for you as well. It doesn’t require any tools that aren’t already on your Windows machine.

I wanted to search a network drive with over 600,000 files on it. Windows searches were taking up to half an hour to produce results. I was prepared to take a lunch break when I initiated a search.

I decided to fall back on my rusty old skills as a DOS batch file guru.

I wrote up a single line of text in Notepad with the following command on it where M: was the network drive I wanted to search.

DIR /B /S M:\*.* > C:\M_file_list.txt

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Then I saved the file as a .BAT file in a handy location.

Double clicking the BAT file launched it. When I launch a batch file, it helps if I stand and pronounce this chant in a loud voice with both hands raised over the PC.

By the Power of DOS, I command you!

That really works best in a quiet room full of people who have no clue what I’m doing.

Fifteen minutes later, I had a text list that included the full path of all 600,000 files on the M: drive.

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Now whenever I need to find a file, I open up the M_file_list text file and hit F3 or CTRL+F to open up the text search dialog.

Searching the text file is hundreds of times faster than Windows standard search was taking. The search takes around   5 or 10 seconds instead of half an hour. That does cut into my long lunch breaks, but we all have to sacrifice things in these hard times.

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When I find the file I want, I copy the file path and paste it into the Start -> Run menu, to open the folder or the file itself.

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Happy searching!

You can leave out the chanting if you have to.