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Modify Folder Options in Windows Vista

Modifying folder options in Windows Vista is a bit different than Windows XP and may throw you off if you are not familiar with how to modify these options. Instead of modifying the options through the toolbar it is done through the control panel in Windows Vista. Follow the simple steps below to modify the same types of folder options as Windows XP.

  1. Open Control Panel: Click on the Windows icon in the bottom left of your start screen and click on Control Panel from the pop up menu.
  2. Open Appearance and Personalization: Double click on Appearance and Personalization.
  3. Open Folder Options: Double click on Folder Options. This will bring you to a screen similar to Windows XP folder options that used to be accessible from the menu bar.

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QuickTime Movies Not Playing and Looks Like Its Loading Forever

If you are attempting to play an embedded QuickTime file (.mov) and it appears to be loading forever the chances are that you do not have QuickTime or the proper plugin for your browser installed. You can check if your browser is functioning properly by visiting this link here. If that movie plays correctly then your QuickTime plugin is functioning properly.

If the movie does not I suggest installing QuickTime by downloading it here. Please note that unless you want iTunes installed as well you should click the second radial button to install QuickTime only. Once downloaded double click the installation file and follow the guide to install QuickTime.

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Convert bmp, gif, jpeg, png, tif Image Files to PDF for Free

There are a ton of shareware applications that will allow you to convert image files to PDF for free however they typically leave text about their product all over the PDF until you pay for the application. I was able to locate and successfully convert some jpeg files using a freeware application from CNET download center. It is very easy to use however you have to make sure your images are a certain size before converting or it will not work properly. Below are step by step instructions on how to convert multiple image files into one multi page PDF document. Make sure that each of your image files is 600×800 pixels in size or smaller if you want the entire image to fit onto the PDF page. You can also adjust the “Page Size” setting if you prefer to have larger than normal PDF pages.

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Configure Static IP and DNS on HP Photosmart C5150

The easiest way to configure a static IP on the HP Photosmart C5100 is via the web interface. You probably do not know to the IP address of the all-in-one printer since you are just now configuring the static IP and if it is currently on the netork then it has received a dynamic IP address via DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). Regardless its an easy process which I will explain step by step below.

  1. Locate IP Address: First we will need to locate the current Internet Protocol address of the printer. Look in the properties of the printer and look at the Ports tab to see if there is an IP address specified. If there is not then you can print a test page, bring up a command prompt, and type “arp -a”. You should notice a couple different IP addresses of which one should be associated with a Physical Address that begins with 00:19:BB which is Hewlett Packard. Once you have located the IP address take note. It should be an address where the first three octets begin with 192.168.0.