The other day while I was playing around with an older program, I clicked on the built-in help feature and I received this message from Microsoft:
The Help for this program was created in Windows Help format, which depends on a feature that isn’t included in this version of Windows â€¦
I went to the recommended site at Microsoft, and there they explained the following:
Microsoft stopped including the 32-bit Help file viewer in Windows releases beginning with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
Isn’t that just sweet? Arghhhh!
Fortunately, they still offer you the chance to download and install the old help file viewer, which is named WinHlp32.exe.
Even if you haven’t gotten this helpfulmessage yet, you probably will at some time in the future. You can save yourself some time later and install the old help viewer now.
Here is the download for Vista, and here is the download for Windows 7. You’ll have to jump through Microsoft’s Genuine Validation hoop before you can get to the real download. Other than that, it acts like any other Windows Update.
If you need more help installing the old help, let me know with a comment below or email me.
Most of the times any Windows update you apply to your computer requires you to restart your PC. I definitely get quite fed up with the frequent nags to restart the PC. Previously I had written a tip on how to disable restarts after Windows update.
However, if you want to do it the easy way, Postpone Restart is a handy utility, which can postpone restarts after a Windows update has finished. Postpone restart is a small tool but can be useful for those nagging times.
Postpone restarts works with Windows Vista and Windows 7, there is no support for Windows XP yet.
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Windows 7 and Windows Vista both include Aero, which include some really good graphics. However, if you are running either of these operating systems on a low RAM, it might feel a bit sluggish.
Disabling Aero in Windows, is one of the ways to help you run your system faster. To disable Aero on either Windows 7 or Windows Vista, you need to personalize your desktop and choose the basic themes for your OS.
Think Techno has a screenshot tutorial to disable Aero on Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Take a look at it to disable Aero and improve your system performance.
Resco, released Resco Send SMS gadget’, a desktop extension of Resco Contact Manager 2nd Edition supported by Windows 7 and Windows Vista. This application allows you to send SMS via desktop computer while having your mobile device connected to the PC.
Microsoft is pleased with the seamless integration of Resco Send SMS gadget with the Microsoft Windows 7 interface,said Peter JirsÃ¡k, Windows Client business group lead. One of the most used function of Windows phone â€” text messaging â€” is now easily accessible directly from the Windows 7 powered PC.
When installing Resco Contact Manager, select the Resco Send SMS gadget installation. After the gadget installation, it is available in the desktop’s gadget bar. All you need to do is, connect a mobile device and all the contacts will be loaded via refreshbutton. Simply click on the desired contact and start sending SMS.
Download Resco Send SMS gadget.
There are time when you might run across some peculiar issues on Windows 7 or Windows Vista, such as the Recycle Bin missing or thumbnails not working in Windows Explorer. You will always find solutions for such problems on the internet.
However, why not have a simple fixit tool which will automatically repair and fix these small problems for you without breaking your head? FixWin is the app for the cause, it has fixes for 50 common problems faced on Windows.
FixWin provides one-click fixes for Windows Explorer problems, Internet & Connectivity issues, Windows media player problems, system tools and some additional fixes for uncategorized items.
Techie Buzz Verdict
FixWin acts like a Windows doctor and gives you a single button to fix several problems faced by Windows users. If you are a novice computer user or don’t usually liked to meddle around with settings, FixWin is the perfect tool for you.
So make room for a handy companion on your PC and download it right away.
Ratings: 4.5/5 (Excellent)
When you buy a PC from a shop, it usually contains some information about the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), like their name, support URL and so on. OEM Info Tool will allow you to change the OEM info of your PC and customize it to your liking.
This tool works in Windows 7 and Windows Vista. So go ahead and impress your friends and family by customizing your PC’s OEM information.
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Product ID are unique identifiers used by software manufacturers. Most of the products by Microsoft have a product ID, which is added to the registry. We have told you about several tools which allow you to change Windows and Microsoft Office product keys and also a tool to recover product keys from Windows 7 and Vista.
Vista Product Id changer is a freeware which will allow you to change the product key of Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Though the software is specifically created for Windows Vista, it will also allow you to change product IDs for Windows 7.
Techie Buzz Verdict
Even though the author has specifically created the software for Windows Vista, it also work with Windows 7.
Changing product IDs is very simple with this tool. In addition to that, it also allows you to reset the product ID back to the original one if something goes wrong.
Rating: 2/5 (Good)
Download Windows 7/Vista Product Id Changer
Starting with Windows 7, Microsoft made the Windows key more useful with some excellent shortcut keys. In Windows 7, you can use the Windows key in combination with numbers 1-9 to cycle between the applications in the taskbar.
Windows Vista did have a similar feature, but it was only limited to the applications in the quick launch bar. We had covered more such shortcut keys in our Ultimate List of Windows button shortcut keys.
ActivateByNum is a freeware, which will allow you to use the Windows key + number, task switching functionality from Windows 7 in Windows XP and Vista.
Techie Buzz Verdict
The Windows key + number task switching comes in pretty handy when you want to navigate or open applications without using the mouse or Alt + Tab key combination.
This should definitely come in handy on Windows XP, however it might disable the Quick launch hotkeys on Windows Vista.
Rating: 3/5 (Good)
Following Windows XP’s release, Microsoft had released several tiny applications called Powetoys for Windows XP. Although TweakUI went on to be the most popular Powertoy, there were many other gems like Image Resizer. Image Resizer enabled users to resize a picture or a group of pictures from the right-click context menu.
Unfortunately, Microsoft discontinued the tradition of releasing Powertoys with Windows Vista. Image Resizer Powertoy Clone is an open source application which brings the functionality offered by Windows Resizer to Windows 7 and Vista. It resizes selected images without altering the original image. You can use any one of the four preset sizes or specify a custom size. You can also ask Image Resizer to modify and overwrite the original image, in case you want to save space.
Techie Buzz Verdict
Image Resizer is good at what it does. If the specified output resolution doesn’t match the original aspect ratio, it will resize the image without altering the aspect ratio. In such cases Image Resizer will ensure that both the width and the height is less than or equal to the specified value. From what I could tell, Image Resizer doesn’t save images at 100% quality settings. This keeps file sizes in check without any perceivable loss in image quality. Image Resizer’s biggest strength is convenience. It has its own limitations, but is excellent for quick resizing tasks.
Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)
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If your system suddenly starts running slowly, it is probably because some process is eating up your entire RAM or consuming a lot of CPU resources. This may be due to malwares or simply due to poorly written applications.
Fileinspect Sidebar Gadget is a free gadget for Windows Vista and 7 from Auslogics which allows you to quickly spot potential troublemakers. Fileinspect automatically displays the most resource intensive processes (with respect to either CPU or Memory utilization). The basic purpose of this gadget is to reduce your dependency on the Task Manager. The main advantage of using this gadget is that, Fileinspect also displays comprehensive information about each process. This is a useful preliminary way to determine if a process is safe or not.
Techie Buzz Verdict
Fileinspect sidebar gadget is simple yet aesthetically pleasing. Its process library is decent, but nothing exceptional. It failed to provide information about popular applications like TweetDeck and Woopra. However, unlike most sidebar gadgets Fileinspect actually serves some purpose. It’s worth installing if you use Sidebar gadgets.
Techie Buzz Rating: 2.5/5 (Average)
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