Windows Tips Windows Registry key settings, Group policy settings, Remote desktop, Firewall, Windows Auto updates, Start menu, Taskbar settings, Free utilities. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:14:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Syncing firefox bookmarks sync key Mon, 22 Sep 2014 01:57:11 +0000

Recently I had to switch to a new laptop at my workplace.  I had to return the old one before I can get the new one. I had saved all bookmarks, passwords and other preferences information to my sync account provided by Firefox.  I saved the username and password of the account and also the sync key. I did not save the bookmarks on any other device as I was confident that  I would be surely able to get back all my data with the sync key.

When I got my new laptop, it has come with the the latest version – Firefox 31.o which has a different sync mechanism and there’s no way to sync the data saved in the old way.  After doing some search on the google, I did the following to get my data back.


  • I installed Firefox version 28.0 which has the old sync mechanism. I did not have to uninstall 31.0, installing 28.0 has just overridden it.
  • Synced all my bookmarks and passwords to my laptop using the sync key and username/password.
  • Now upgraded to Firefox 31.0


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Copy contacts to Nokia Lumia Windows phone Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:47:31 +0000

We can copy phone contacts, messages, photos from a Nokia basic model phone to Nokia Lumia Windows phone by doing the following steps. The steps are verified to be working for Windows 8.0

Windows phone copy contacts

First thing you need to do is to enable Bluetooth on both the mobiles.

Now perform  all the below steps on your Lumia mobile.

  1. Go to Applications. Open ‘Transfer my Data’ application. You will find description of what the app does on the first page. Click ‘Continue’.
  2. If Bluetooth is not already enabled, the application will prompt you to enable it from here. In few seconds, it will detect the other phone.
  3. Tap on the name of the second phone displayed on your Lumia to initiate connection.
  4. It will take few seconds to connect. Once connected you would see a message like ‘Connected to Windows phone’ on the second phone.
  5. Now your Lumia mobile would display the number of contacts, messages, pictures available on the other phone. You can select whatever you want to copy and then click on Start.



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Setup OneNote to store files on skydrive Mon, 14 Oct 2013 15:03:04 +0000

If you want to access your OneNote notes from multiple computers, you can store them on Microsoft Skydrive. The setup is very simple, it does not any additional steps compared to storing the notes on local computer.

Creating OneNotes on web/skydrive

1. First thing you need to do is create a new note book. Click on ‘File’ and ‘New’.  Select the option ‘Web’ for the option ‘Store notebook on’

2. Enter a name for your notebook

3. Click on ‘Sign in’ Log in with your live id. If you don’t have an account, click on ‘Sign up’ link on the login window. Alternatively, you can create an account from here :

Done. you can start adding notes.

Open the notebook from another computer

1. Click on ‘File’ and ‘Open’

2. Under ‘Open from web’ click on ‘Sign in’.

3. It will display the list of notebooks  you have on skydrive. Select the one you want to open

Moving notes from Skydrive to local computer

1. Open the note book you have on skydrive as per the above steps.

2. Open the notebook properties. – The notebooks list is displayed on the left side. You can right click on the skydrive note book and click on properties.

3. Click on ‘Change location’ button. Select a local folder for storing the oneNote files. Click on ‘Select’ button.

4.  OneNote will move the files to local disk. You are done.

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Puttycm Windows 8 Sun, 08 Sep 2013 04:37:02 +0000

PuttyCM is a multi tabbed ssh/telnet client for Windows OS.

Download Putty connection manager

Install the above and Windows 8 setup will automatically download the required versions of .Net Framework. When I installed it on my system, it downloaded 2.o initially and then later downloaded version 3.5 also. It requires these versions even though the system has 4.5 version inbuilt with Windows OS.

You can find detailed setup instructions on this page.  Configuring putty connection manager. However  steps vary slightly on Windows 8.

Steps I followed:

First created the database after launching puttycm.

Closed Puttycm. It asked for the location to store the newly created database file. Select a folder and exit.

open puttycm. Now you can see the database name with ssh/telnet subnodes in the connection manager on the right side.

Create new ssh/telnet connections.

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How to disable ‘Reply All’ in Outlook email Mon, 12 Aug 2013 17:56:10 +0000

I’m sharing one very useful tip for Outlook users. When you are sending an email to bigger audience, you might not want the recipients to do ‘Reply all’ on the email. Otherwise it might create lot of spam which the other recipients of the email would not want to receive. And surely you would not want to be cursed for initiating such an email.  If you are in such a situation, you can install the below outlook add-in from Microsoft research team.

Download NoReplyAll add-on :


  • Download the add-on and install it.
  • Close outlook and restart
  • compose a new e-mail. You can see buttons to disable ‘Reply all’, ‘Reply’ and ‘Forward’ features on the email.

Select the desired option and send the email. that’s all.

I tried this add-on with Outlook 2010 and it worked. It works with Outlook 2007 and 2013 also.

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2 ways to find Windows install date Sun, 07 Jul 2013 17:53:38 +0000

When we install Windows on a computer, the installation time is recorded in the system. We have multiple ways to find the installation date.

Using Systeminfo command

Run the below command from Windows command prompt.

systeminfo | findstr /C:"Install Date"
C:\>systeminfo | findstr /C:"Install Date"
Original Install Date: 2/16/2013, 2:57:47 PM

As you can see in the above example, it prints the exact date along with the time. This command is verified to be working both Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Using WMI command

The other way to find the install date is to use WMI commands.

wmic os get installdate

This one prints the date and time as below.

C:\>wmic os get installdate

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How to set default media player Sat, 23 Jun 2012 17:26:27 +0000

In Windows7, we can set default media player for opening video/audio files as follows.

  • Click on Start button
  • Search for ‘set default
  • Click ‘Set your default programs’ in the search result.

Set default programs

  • It displays list of programs. Among the list, select your favorite media player.

Set default media player in Windows 7

  • Click on ‘Set this program as default‘.
  • Next click on ‘Choose defaults for this program
  • Select all the file types you want this player to open. Click save button.

Using the above steps, you can set any media player(VLC player, Windows media player, SM player) as the default program for media file types.

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Turn off recent documents list Sat, 23 Jun 2012 17:24:47 +0000

We can disable Recent items list which shows the list of recently opened files. It can be done in the following way in Windows 7/Vista.

  • Right click on Start button in the task bar
  • Click Properties
  • In the ‘Start menu‘ tab as shown in the picture above, uncheck ‘Store and display a list of recently opened files
  • Click Apply and OK

Clear Recent Items list

On Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer, you can clear the recently opened documents list by doing the following.
  • Click on Start button
  • Right click on “Recent items
  • Select ‘Clear Recent Items List

If you don’t see ‘Recent items’ in start menu then it mean that tracking of recently opened files is not enabled.

You may also like to read the following articles related to Recent Items:

Recent Items link missing in Windows 7

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How to convert Outlook email to pdf Wed, 06 Jun 2012 17:49:37 +0000

If you want to save one of your outlook emails as a pdf file, then you can do that by following the below steps. Outlook does not have any direct feature to do this, so we use MS Word as an intermediate place holder in the conversion to pdf file.

  • Open the email and copy the email content(Ctrl-A followed by Ctrl-C)
    Open Word application (Execute winword from Run)
    Paste the content copied from the email.
  • If you are using Office 2010, then click save as in the Word application. Office 2007 does not have this feature. You need to install ‘Save as pdf‘ add-on.  Scroll down further for instructions to install this add-on.
  • Enter file name
  • In the ‘save as type’ field, click on the drop down list and select ‘PDF

Save email content as pdf file

Include From,To fields and other headers in the pdf:

If you copy content from the email, it does not include from, to fields and time stamp information. To include this data, you can do a small trick. Open the email message and click on Forward. Now copy the content from the window, and discard the message. The copied content includes all the headers also. You can also use ‘Reply‘ button instead of ‘Forward‘.

Install ‘Save as pdf’ addon in Outlook 2007

Download the addon from Microsoft office portal

Double click the file and install it as per the instructions on the screen.

After the addon installation, you would be able to see save as pdf option in the file menu in Word application.

Related posts:

How to access your gmail account from Outlook
How to find mailbox size in Outlook 210

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Offline files and folder redirection in Windows 7 Sat, 02 Jun 2012 19:38:33 +0000

Like in XP, Windows 7 also enables offline files feature for redirected folders automatically.  User’s explicit action is not required to cache the files of these folders locally. This provides access to the files without any disruption even if the network in down.

How to disable offline files for redirected folders in Windows 7?

This can be done by configuring group policy. If you are a domain administrator, and if you want to disable offline files for all users in a OU group, then you can configure the domain group policy. Otherwise, if you want to disable it on only one computer, you can configure the group policy on the local computer.

In both the cases, the steps are similar and are given below.

Navigate to the below path in group policy editor.

User Configuration -> Administrative templates -> System -> Folder Redirection

In the right side pane, double click on the setting ‘Do not automatically make redirected folders available offline’. Set the status of this setting to enabled.

Disable offline files for redirected folders in Windows 7

Close group policy editor. You can manually do gpupdate to update the group policies on your account. The next time users log in, they will notice that ‘Always available offline‘ is not ticked for redirected folders.

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