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Make your Computer Boot Faster with Startup Delayer

Posted by Rich On June - 20 - 2008

Does your computer boot slowly? If you shut your computer down regularly, this can be a real pain. Anything more than about 45 seconds tests my patience and I’ve used computers this week that took well over five minutes (really not kidding.)

There are three easy things you can do to improve boot time:

  • Remove spyware
  • Remove unnecessary startup programs
  • Delay non-essential programs on startup

In this guide you will learn how to do the latter two of these tasks.

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Utility to Make Windows Vista Explorer Preview Work for More File Types

Trying to make Windows Vista Explorer show previews for more file types used to be a pain and involved playing around with the registry. At mintywhite.com, we like to do things the easiest way possible, and that’s exactly what we’ll do with this hack.

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Indexer Status Sidebar Gadget for Windows Search

Posted by Rich On June - 6 - 2008

Indexer Status Sidebar Gadget for Windows Search 1This gadget displays status information for the Windows Search indexer. It also allows you to pause and resume the indexer as well as quickly access the Indexing Options control panel.

If you have installed the Windows Search 4 update for Vista (currently a “preview” release) you can also enable “Index Now” functionality.

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You may want to set up a scheduled task to mute your speakers overnight. If you use instant messaging programs, have audible e-mail alerts etc. this can be very useful. In this guide you will learn how to automatically mute your speakers overnight.

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Customize Windows Right Click Menu with MMM Free

Posted by Rich On May - 29 - 2008

Customize Windows Right Click Menu with MMM Free

MMM free is a great application that lets you customize your right-click menu in Windows XP. After installing a number of programs, your right-click menu can become cluttered with items you will never use – follow this guide and get on top of things again!

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Use DirectFolder to Define Favorite Folders In File Open & Save Dialogs

When you save images to or upload images from different folders, it can be a pain to navigate to them – especially when you switch between two or more different folders frequently. In this guide you will learn how to put a simple context menu that will let you select folders that you define.

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