Category: Knowledge Base

Change Processor Name in System Properties

Using a registry hack, you can change the name of your CPU to what you desire? Want the latest and greatest, or at least bragging rights to claim so? Check this out.

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Open Regedit, navigate to HKEY_Local_Machine > Hardware > Description > System >Central Processor. If you have multiple cores, you will need to choose 0. You can modify the “Processor Name” string to the name you choose.

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Create a desktop shortcut to lock your workstation

Some may know about the Windows Key + L to lock your workstation, others may not. To keep your PC secure, it is a good idea to lock it when you are away from your desk. Many times, you just want a simple click to lock your PC. Here is how.

1. Right click the desktop and select New and Shortcut.

2. Type C:WindowsSystem32rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation in the box.

3. You can name it anything you would like.

And that is it! You now have an icon on your desktop to lock your workstation! You can also change the icon to whatever you’d like using this knowledge base entry.

Launch multiple instances of an application

In Windows, it is easy to run more than one instance of an application, with each running in it’s own memory space. If you wanted to run two versions of Notepad and have both open at the same time, or FileZilla in this example, this is how to do it.

1. Start the first instance of the program. It’s as simple as launching the program. You may already have it running.

2. Hold Shift and Left click the program icon in the Taskbar.

3. A new instance of the program will start, running as it’s own task and in it’s own memory space.

How To Flush DNS Cache

There are times when you need to flush the DNS cache of Windows. This may be you changed hosts, and it takes a while for the DNS cache to query the DNS server again. Here is a quick and easy way to flush the cache.

1. Open an elevated Command Prompt by going to Start, All Programs, Accessories. Right click the Command Prompt icon and select Run As Administrator.

2. Type IPCONFIG /FLUSHDNS and press Enter. You will get the message: Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache. Then, you can visit sites again, and it will re-query the DNS server for host names.

Assign Keyboard Shortcut To Any Application

There is a way to assign a shortcut keystroke to applications. This is handy for a lot of us that were from before the mouse, and prefer the keyboard over the mouse. It seems faster.

Here is how to create a keyboard shortcut for an application.

1. Right click the program icon and click Properties.

2. Click the Shortcut tab.

3. In the middle of the box, under Shortcut Key, click the empty box.

4. Enter the keyboard shortcut that you would like to use (CTRL/ALT/SHIFT and a letter/number work great).

5. Press OK.

From then on, you can use the shortcut keyboard strokes to launch the application. For a lot of most-used apps, this can be handy.

Download Xbox Live DLC To Multiple Consoles

There is a way to share DLC (downloadable content) to more than one XBox. It is a little known trick to get it working. Some people have multiple XBox 360’s in the home, with two XBox Live accounts. Here is how to buy DLC once, and apply it to both Xboxes.

1. First, you go to the second console (the one you don’t play all the time). Sign in using YOUR Xbox Live account (use the Recover Gamertag option). Puchase the DLC and download it to that console. Sign out of XBox Live. Everyone that logs into the console will have access to the DLC.

2. Now, go to your main console and sign into your account (you may need to use the Recover Gamertag, if needed). Download the DLC again. You will get a notice that you already puchased the content and ask if you want to download it again. Choose Yes. It will download it and you will have the DLC on both consoles. Only the XBox Live account that downloaded the content will be able to use it.

Restore Point Creator Freeware

We have released our first program as freeware: Restore Point Creator. Designed for Windows Vista and Windows 7, it is a simple one click way to create a system restore point before making any changes to your system or registry. File is a non-install, single file that you can run from your desktop, a flash disk, or anywhere on your PC.

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Assign a static drive letter for USB drive

There may be times when you use a USB drive frequently and you want it to always have the same drive letter. You may have applications that save to that USB drive, and if it’s not there, you have to hunt for the drive letter (this can be a pain when browsing through a command prompt). Using this tip, you can assign your USB drive a static drive letter to make sure it always stays the same.

1. Right click on My Computer (or Computer), and click Manage.

2. Click on Storage to expand, and click Disk Management.

3. Right click on your USB drive and select Change Drive Letter and Paths…

4. Select the drive letter and click OK.

5. Here is where you assign the drive letter for the drive. Make sure it is a few letters past what your last one, to avoid giving the letter to a different USB drive when the static one isn’t inserted. Click OK.

6. Click Yes. This will affect any running programs that reference the current drive letter for the USB drive.

7. Your USB drive will be reassigned to the new drive letter, and if AutoPlay in enabled, you will be greeted by the AutoPlay popup.

Remove backup files from SP Install

After you install a service pack, you more than likely don’t want to uninstall it. If you do, then this tip isn’t for you. However, leaving the service pack uninstall files on your hard drive can take up valuable space. This tip shows you how to get rid of them. NOTE: You will not be able to uninstall the service pack after doing this.

1. Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools. Right click on Disk Cleanup and click Run as Administrator.

2. Select the drive where Windows is installed (Usually C:) and click OK.

3. Once the scanning is finished, you can select anything, but to delete the uninstall files from the service pack, choose Service Pack Backup Files and click OK.

4. It will take a few minutes to clean up, but it can save you quite a bit of space.

How can I get a picture of my XBox Live Avatar?

I see many people with pictures of their XBox Live avatars on their websites, and I wondered how it was done.

Turns out, its extremely simple.

Type http://avatar.xboxlive.com/avatar/<XBox Live ID>/avatar-body.png into your browser, substituting the <XBox Live ID> for your gamertag, and you’ll have a PNG of your avatar.

Like I said, simple!

BTW: Here is my current avatar: