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Install VMware Tools For Backtrack 5 Running Via VMware Player On Windows 7

If you are running a Backtrack VM via VMware Player on Windows 7 then you will want to make sure that VMware Tools is installed. This will allow your host OS to communicate properly with the guest Operating System which in this case is Backtrack 5 release 2. The VMware Tools description page also lists the below items as enhancements when VMware Tools is installed on the guest operating system.

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Get Mouse Control Back In Windows Virtual PC On Windows 7

This is really easy to do but it will be different for Windows OS’s configured in Windows Virtual PC and Linux/Unix OS’s configured in Windows Virtual PC. For instance Windows XP Mode run from Windows Virtual PC will allow you to easily move the mouse between your desktop and the Windows XP Mode Virtual PC without skipping a beat. When you try to do the same thing within a Linux Windows Virtual PC or a Unix Windows Virtual PC this will not be the case because the Windows Virtual PC integration features are not available to anything but Windows Operating Systems at this time. Below are the instructions for breaking your mouse out of the Linux or Unix Windows Virtual PC.

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Analyze A Video File To See The Codec Needed To Play The Video

Earlier today I was asked by a user via a Question Defense comment on how to play a WMV file that would not play by default via Windows Media Player. There are numerous tools available that will provide information about audio/video files and the codecs needed to play them but I have found that AVIcodec works really well in most situations. Below is information on how to install AVIcodec and how to analyze video files once AVIcodec is installed.

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Safari Shortcuts For The Safari Web Browser On Windows Operating System

There are many references to Safari shortcuts for OSX on Apple computers but not as many for Safari shortcuts on Windows computers so I figured it may help some people to have a reference for Safari shortcuts on computers running Windows. The below shortcuts have been specifically tested on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and Windows XP Professional 32-bit  but I assume the below Safari web browser shortcuts will work on any version of Windows including all variations of Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 7. Many of the Safari shortcuts for Apple are identical to the Safari shortcuts for Windows below. There are however many Safari shortcuts that are different because of keys being named differently on Apple keyboards versus Windows keyboards.