Saturday, August 30, 2008

Vista Start Menu Lag Fix

Are you tired of having your Windows Vista start menu lag up whenever you try to navigate it? Did you know that a simple untick of a setting will completely resolve the problem?

Right click the start orb, and choose Properties, make sure your in the Start Menu tab.

With the top "Start Menu" option enabled, click the Customize... tab next to it.

Next, scroll down the list until you see the option "Highlight newly installed programs" and untick it, then click OK, and ok again to close the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window, and there you go, your start menu should be as speedy as when you first installed Vista. :)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Outlook 2007 + Gmail Update

Google has now posted detailed guides on how to configure Outlook 2007 to work with Gmail.


Saturday, August 09, 2008

Fixing Broken Vista Icons ~ Windows Vista

Sometimes you might find yourself browsing around Vista Explorer and suddenly running into a broken icon, you'll know it when you see it, it's the icon that no longer shows your regular applications image, but instead, an UGLY Windows 95/98 style icon in it's place. There is an easy way to fix this, and it boils down to deleting a system file, but don't worry, it'll get replaced by Vista as soon as it's deleted, and fix your ugly 95/98 icon problem.

First open up your start menu and type CMD inside the search box to locate Command Prompt. Right click it and choose Run As Administrator, and keep it open, you'll need it later on.

Next, bring up Task Manager, right click the taskbar and it'll be on that menu.

Locate Explorer in the process' list and choose it, then click End Process, you'll notice everything will disappear, save for the windows you have open at the moment.

Next you'll need to navigate back to command prompt and since you'll be starting out at your Windows\system32 folder. Simply type "cd .." twice so that the command prompt says C:\>.

Next type in "cd Users\Username\AppData\Local" (Username is the name of the Windows account your currently using.)

Now the file we need to delete is hiding itself, we'll have to show it by inputing another command.

Type in "attrib -h IconCache.db" to allow command prompt to view the file.

Next we'll need to delete the IconCache.db file, simply type in "del IconCache.db" and hit enter.

Now, close Command Prompt, and CRTL+ALT+DEL and choose Task Manager.

Go to File, Run, and type in Explorer.

Hopefully with this fix you'll notice that your icons are back to normal. :)