Archive for October, 2010

Personalize “Computer” Icon on Windows 2008

If you guys remember back in the good old windows 2003 days, it was easy to personalize the My Computer Icon.

I would just run this registry file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}]
@=”My Computer”
“LocalizedString”=hex(2):25,00,55,00,53,00,45,00,52,00,4e,00,41,00,4d,00,45,00,\
25,00,20,00,6f,00,6e,00,20,00,25,00,43,00,4f,00,4d,00,50,00,55,00,54,00,45,\
00,52,00,4e,00,41,00,4d,00,45,00,25,00,00,00

and Voila, all was good in the world.

Well, Windows 2008 made that just a little bit harder to do.

  1. Start->Run type Regedit (also works in the search box)
  2. Now in the registry editor, choose Edit -> Find
  3. In the Search box type “{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}” without the quotes
  4. On the Key that it finds, right click and choose Permissions then click the Advanced Button
  5. Under the Owners Tab, change it from TrustedInstaller to Administrator, this should now give you “full control”
  6. Backup the current Key (just in case) and then rename the LocalizedString to LocalizeString.old
  7. Copy and paste the Reg file that I posted above and excute it
  8. Hit F5 on the Desktop and see the result of your hard Work

All Done!!

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Disable Hibernate on Windows 2008

Hibernate is annoying, it takes up as much space on your C drive as the amount of memory on your server. And if you don’t have a laptop, you don’t need hibernate, so this is how you disable it

  1. Open up a command window as Administrator
  2. Type powercfg.exe /hibernate off
  3. then exit
  4. Done!!!

The hibernate file on your C drive should be immediatly gone and you should have that space back right away!!

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Desktop Icons on Windows 2008 R2

So if you guys are using Windows 2008 R2 you come to realize by now that you no longer have the “personalize” option when you right click on the desktop. Along with that, you don’t have the option to add the Desktop Icons. Well, here is your simple solution:

Hit Start, and in the Search box type “show desktop icons
The first option that comes up is “Show or hide common icons on the desktop”, choose that, and you will see the familiar Desktop Icons Dialog.

Choose your favorites and Enjoy!!

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Moving the Google Desktop Search Cache

I use Google Desktop Search, alot. It is vital for me to be able to find documents quickly and not have to browse through the many folders that i have. But I also want to give my co-workers access to the same data.

So my solution was to move the google cache folder and make it “centrally located”, and to to do this it is pretty easy.

Find your current Cache Folder, it could be found at the following locations depending on your OS:

Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Google Desktop\

Windows Vista: %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Google Desktop\

  • Exit Google Search (Right Click the Icon in the Task Bar and Choose Exit)
  • No open up regedit, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Google Desktop
  • Change the data_dir key to point to the location of your choice. I picked my F drive (“F:\Google”)
  • Copy the Content of the Old Cache directory to the new one
  • Start Google Desktop again.
  • Done
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