Saturday, October 6, 2012

Put Tabs Back on Bottom in Mozilla Firefox

All new Mozilla Firefox versions come with tabs in titlebar to save space but there used to be an option "Tabs on Top" in toolbar context menu which allowed you to toggle between tabs on top and tabs on bottom. So you could have the tabs below the toolbar using that option.
Unfortunately Mozilla has completely removed that option in the latest Firefox 15.0 version. We told you about this move in our Nightly update article.

If you have upgraded to the new version of Firefox but want to have the tabs on bottom, following tutorial will help you.
You can get the tabs back on bottom with the help of a secret preference present in about:config page:
1. Open Firefox and type about:config in the addressbar and press Enter. It’ll confirm, click on I’ll be careful, I promise! button.
2. Now type ontop in the Filter box and look for following boolean key:
3. The entry "browser.tabs.onTop" would be set to true. Double-click on it or right-click on it and select "Toggle". It'll set its value to false.

4. That's it. It'll immediately put tabs on bottom. Enjoy.

Download Windows 7 Boot Screen for Windows XP and Vista

We know that Windows 7 contains an animated boot screen of 4 colored balls come together to form Windows logo.

If you are using Windwos XP of Vista and want to taste the new boot screen, here is a good news for you. Windows 7 look-like boot screens are available for Windows XP and Vista:

Just download boot screens as per your present OS and apply using Tuneup Utilities:

Download Windows 7 Boot Screen for XP

Download Windows 7 Boot Screen for Vista

NOTE: The above boot screens are not animated.

A Complete Windows Tweaking and Optimization Suite - Tuneup Utilities

Many people are not aware of Tuneup Utilities , so I decided to write a small Review of this great software. Tuneup Utilities is one of the best and most popular tweaking and customization software for Windows.
It allows you to optimize Windows with the help of various categories as mentioned following:
  • Customize & Analyze
  • Clean up & Repair
  • Optimize & Improve
  • Administer & Control
  • File Recovery & Destruction

TuneUp Utilities also has one great tool, which is called 1-Click Maintenance. It automatically searches for invalid registry entries, missing files needed by various programs, registry structure and temporary files and lets you to repair those errors.
You can also change the default TuneUp Utilities settings by clicking on the little arrow under the Close button and then click on Settings. You can set here whether TuneUp Utilities should start automatically, when the system starts. You can password protect the software and many other settings.
So finally, I can only say that its a must have software for everyone.
Its not very BIG in size, its a very small file of a few MBs. You can download a Trial version from the following link:

Download Tuneup Utilities

when you have downloaded it and installed it, you can run it from desktop or from Programs menu or by right-clicking on My computer icon and select "TuneUp Utilities".

Friday, October 5, 2012

Disabling Display of Drives in My Computer

This is yet another trick you can play on your geek friend. To disable the display of local or networked drives when you click My Computer go to :
Now in the right pane create a new DWORD item and name it NoDrives. Now modify it's value and set it to 3FFFFFF (Hexadecimal) Now press F5 to refresh. When you click on My Computer, no drives will be shown. To enable display of drives in My Computer, simply delete this DWORD item. It's .reg file is as follows:

Windows Password File

All, Windows, users would probably be familiar with the infamous ‘pwl’ files or the files
where the Windows login passwords are stored. Well, this manual is aimed at,
simplifying how the authentication works when you type in your User name And
password, what exactly .pwl files contain, where exactly they come into the picture and a
whole lot of related things.
The *.pwl files are basically files in which the Windows Login Passwords are stored in.
These files can be found in the \Windows directory by the name of the User, whose
password it contains. For Example, if your Windows login Username is jit, then the
corresponding password would be stored in c:\windows\jit.pwl Get it? These .pwl files
are readable in any text editor like Notepad, but they are definitely not understandable. A
typical example, of the contents of a .pwl file is as follows:

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This is definitely not something; a normal person can comprehend or make sense of.
Now, besides the Windows registry, Microsoft’s policy of security by obscurity can also
be seen in the case of what .pwl files. Although the original usage of .pwl files was a
standard to be used, by all applications, Microsoft simply does not officially provide any
type of information on the standards of .pwl files.
To get a list of .pwl files in your system or in other words to find out which all passwords
using the .pwl technology (What a good friend of mine likes to call them) are being
stored on a particular system, then simply open c:\windows\system.ini in a plaintext
editor like Notepad and look under the [Password Lists] section. A typical line from this
section would be in the following format: USERNAME=Path_of_pwl_file
For Example,
[Password Lists]
This tells us that the .pwl containing the password for the Username ‘jit’ is stored at:

Microsoft announces app updates for Windows 8 RTM

In a Thursday blog post, Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky, president of the company’s Windows group, announced a slew of app updates that will roll out to early adopters of Windows 8 RTM in the coming days and weeks.
Starting tomorrow, a Bing update will be available to download in the Windows Store, with more updates rolling out steadily until the Windows 8 launch on Oct. 26. In Sinofsky’s blog, Microsoft’s Gabriel Aul detailed the list of upgraded apps, which were first released in the manufacturing build of Windows 8 in August. Aul also delved into specific improvements for each program.
Aul said the updates will also be available for PC manufacturers to ship with new Windows 8 models as well as users who have installed Windows 8 RTM.
SkyDrive, Mail, Calendar, People, Photos, Maps, News, and Games are among the apps to receive refreshes in the weeks preceding Windows 8’s launch. Microsoft late last month announced updates to SkyDrive , and will soon add a search within SkyDrive function and allow you to rename and move folders.
Among other interesting app updates, the Mail app will include a conversation view of your inbox, and the Photos app will support photo cropping and rotation, as well as auto-curated slideshows. The Maps app will include a bird's eye view function, some 3,000 indoor maps, driving direction hints, and integration with Microsoft's own Bing and Travel apps.
Speaking of Bing, a new file picker will let you grab images for use on your lock screen. The News app, meanwhile, will add content from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and include an improved article reader with font customization, zoom and other features. The Weather app will also improve, with up to 10 days of weather forecasts, and more granular temperature reports.
The upshot? While the Windows Store might be suffering serious problems with third-party inventory, it's nice to see that Microsoft is paying attention to propping up the apps over which it has direct control. For the full list of improvements to built-in Windows 8 apps, hit Sinofsky's blog entry here.