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Before making ANY alterations to your computer, you should ALWAYS
back up your data.
This applies equally to installing new software (especially Microsoft or
audio software), as well as to altering any settings in the Control
Panel, Device Manager or the Registry (oh no, not the Registry!)
Here's some free advice: one day your computer will fail. You'll
lose some or all of your important documents, favourite bookmarks,
software settings, download keys, and encryption passwords. To quote a
famous commercial: "it may not happen overnight, but it will
back up regularly to avoid pain and embarrassment.
An easy way to backup is simply to copy your My Documents folder
to removable media. Better, backup your entire drive using Norton
Ghost, or Save & Restore.
Finally, for the paranoid amongst us (and if you use Windows, your
paranoia is justified), you should back up your registry daily (and
automatically) by using either ERUNT or RDILLY.
This page is under development.
It is not anywhere near the polished standard that I would
like to present as representing our website. However, I believe that this
subject is so important (and the financial benefits so obvious) that I thought I
should post what there is so far.
Please check back as the page grows in content and
Much Will It Cost?
You should purchase a good anti-virus program.
Other than that, all the software listed below is free, except WebWasher
(the authors suggest a donation to the Red Cross), and EditPadLite (the
author requires that you send him a stylish postcard!)
Many of the programs recommended below are multi-award winners, and
BETTER than their commercial equivalents.
Firefox & Thunderbird are so important that they get their
own web page!
Why Open Office?
Oxygen Open Office Professional
Edit Pad Lite
Microsoft XML NotePad2007
Windows Media Player FAQ
Beautify Your Windows
Quick Configuration Tips...
1. Click `Start' Button
2. Select `Settings'
3. Click `Taskbar and Start Menu'
4. Select `Auto-hide'
5. Select `Keep taskbar on top'
6. Select `Show Quick Launch'
Optional: Using the sensible Classic Menu
7. Select `Classic Start Menu'
8. Select `Show small icons'
1. Move your mouse pointer to the lower-left corner of the Quick Launch
2. Click and HOLD the left mouse button. A four-arrow pointer appears.
3. Drag the pointer across the monitor desktop all the way to the top
edge of the screen.
The Quick Launch taskbar will now be docked to the top edge.
4. Right-click on the new taskbar.
5. Select `Always on Top'
6. Select `Auto-hide'
7. Select `View - Large Icons'
The Quick Launch bar will remain invisible until you touch your mouse to
the top edge of the screen.
1. Right-click on the desktop
2. Select `New - shortcut'
3. Where it says `Type the location' you type:
4. Click `OK'
5. Where it says `Type the name' you type:
6. Click `Finish'
A new shortcut icon will appear
7. Right-click on the new shortcut
8. Select `Properties'
9. Select `Change Icon'
10. A warning window will appear saying «This file contains no iconsª
- just click `OK'
Lots of pretty icons will appear (cute!)
11. Select one, then click `OK'
12. Click `OK' again
Your new desktop shortcut will change to the icon you selected.
13. Drag the icon to the top of the screen (to your Quick Launch
You now have instant access to your control panel!
The same method can be used to create shortcuts to other favourite
Sometimes when you try to install programs, the computer reports errors
such as «non-target OSª or «this program is not compatible with
These programs are usually older Windows95 programs. Here's how to
easily install them:
1. Right-click on the program you want to install
2. Select `Send To'
3. Select `Desktop (create shortcut)'
A new icon for your program will now be on the computer monitor.
4. Right-click on the new icon
5. Select `Properties'
6. Select the `Compatibility' Tab
7. Select `Run the program in compatibility mode for Windows 95'
8. Click `OK'
Now double-click on the icon and the program should install (and run)
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Last updated 12 March 2007