Archive for January 6th, 2010

If you have read any of my other articles recently you know by now that I recently received my new laptop which is a Dell Studio XPS 1340 running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit OS. So far I love it and have been learning a bunch of new features related to Windows 7 as well as the Dell laptop. The Dell XPS 1340 has two video card options which include the default Nvidia GeForce 9600M graphics card or the upgraded Nvidia GeForce G210M graphics card. There are a couple differences between them including Hybrid SLI technology which allows you too easily switch between a performance configuration or a battery saving configuration. Below I describe how to easily switch between the Hybrid SLI modes.

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Did you recently upgrade your Internet Explorer to version 8 and maybe got a little overwhelmed with all the new features? Some of the new features of Microsoft IE8 are great however in my opinion there is to much bloat. It appears that Microsoft has gone a little overboard trying to integrate in all of their MSN Live properties into your desktop. One of the annoying features is the little blue boxes called Internet Explorer Accelerators that pop up every time you highlight something on a web page. Even after uninstalling all of the IE Accelerators a faded out little blue box pops open just to let you know that Accelerators are still available. Below I describe how to completely disable Internet Explorer 8 Accelerators.

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Dell QuickSet has become a modified Windows Mobility Center in Windows 7. At first I was looking everywhere for a keyboard shortcut for Dell QuickSet which I was unable to locate. Finally I realized that Dell QuickSet had become a modified Windows Mobility Center so any time you launch QuickSet or Windows Mobility Center you will receive the same configuration window. Below I describe the Windows Mobility Center hotkey combination as well as how to make a shortcut for Dell QuickSet and attach it to the taskbar in Windows 7.

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I am using Outlook 2007 on my new laptop that is running Windows 7 Ultimate. When I first received the laptop I decided to disable Windows Instant Search because in the past it has always slowed my computers down so much it wasn’t worth having it enabled. I was messing around with the Outlook 2007 settings and noticed that Indexing and Search was not available to configure because it was greyed out. Needless to say I wanted to give Windows Instant Search a shot so I could have these features available in Outlook 2007. Below is how I enabled Windows Instant Search and verified Outlook 2007 indexed various folders and messages on Microsoft Windows 7.

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I wasn’t sure if Notepad++ was going to install properly on my new laptop running Windows 7 64-Bit. After the initial installation of Notepad++ I was receiving an error that I assumed must be related to the fact that this was a 64-Bit OS and not a 32-Bit OS. The issue ended up being a silly mistake on my end and was very easy to resolve. Below I explain the error along with how to resolve the error. This should resolve the problem on any version of Windows regardless of if the OS is 64-Bit or 32-Bit.

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