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Microsoft-Windows

DVD Drive’s And Region Changes

DVD drive
Do you play commercial DVDs on your desktop computer or laptop?

Do you pay attention to the message that appears if you swap DVDs that come from different Regions ?
Here in Australia we have Region 4 DVDs but many people have DVDs from Europe ( Region 2 ) and the United States ( Region 1).

Most computer DVD drives will allow only 4 changes to the Region before locking the drive to that Region.

You will then be stuck with say Region 2 to play your DVDs on that drive.

What can you do?

Well formatting the hard drive and reloading Windows will make no difference.

You can Google the problem and see if there is software that will enable you to "Flash " your DVD drive so that it can play all Regions with no change reminder.

You could try installing VLC which may play the DVDs 

The last fix is to install a new DVD player in your computer.

An expensive solution to not reading the warnings.

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What You Can Now Open With Google Docs

Google DocsMost people would have a Google acoount and if you have a Google account then you have access to Google Docs which is a substitute for Office software ( Microsoft Office ).

Google Docs now opens another 12 file formats so that if you are emailed a file that you cannot open , upload it to your Google docs account and you will be able to open it.

So what can you open with Google docs.

  • Microsoft Office Files
  • Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 / 2010 (.PPTX)
  • Apple Pages (.PAGES)
  • Adobe Illustrator (.AI)
  • Adobe Photoshop (.PSD)
  • Autodesk AutoCAD (.DXF)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)
  • PostScript (.EPS, .PS)
  • TrueType (.TTF)
  • XML Paper Specification (.XPS)
Microsoft-Windows Tips

The Windows Registry – Leave It Alone

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I saw a business the other day saying that they had pop up's on their desktop saying they had a virus and that if they clicked it would be removed.

Their solution was to go into the registry to alter it so the pop up would not appear.
Their are 2 things glaringly wrong with this.

  1. One – they obviously have been infected and altering the registry will not get rid of the problem.
  2. Two – playing with the registry can be one of the most hazardous things you can do to a computer , especially if you do not know what you are doing.

You should always back up your registry before doing any alterations to it and " hope" that if you make a mistake you will be able to restore your registry .

I am also not a big fan of registry cleaners as the supposed benefits of using them never seem to appear , snake oil seems a good word to describe them.

If your computer is that bad that you need to alter the registry it's time to format your hard drive and reload your operating system.

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Selecting Multiple Files And Folders – A Better Way

In Windows ( Vista and Windows 7 ) there is a better way to select multiple files and folders rather than the old " shift " key.

If you go into your control panel , select folder options , click on View , go to advanced settings , scroll down and place a tick in  ' Use check boxes to select items ".

windows folder options

You will then be able to open a folder up and it will have check marks available to select files.

Select files , folders

This is a great time saver so you can select the files you want or by clicking in the check box at the top you can select all files in the folder.

Microsoft-Windows Tech Advice

Image Your Hard Drive

DriveImage xml

So you have reinstalled your operating system and done all the updates , installed your software and it is just the way you want it.

Why not remember this by " imaging" your hard drive now so that you have an exact duplicate of you hard drive so that if you run into problems and need to reinstall you can do so from your " image ".

This is not the same as backing up your documents but it is a way of getting your computer back to it's fresh install quickly.

This particularly useful if you pick up malware , virus infections and want to get your computer back to it's original state.

Software to do this  is  DriveImage XML Backup Software and it's free

However don't forget to read the instructions.