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  1. How To Integrate SP3 Into MS Office 2007

    Here is a quick guide on how to Integrate or Slipstream MS Office SP3 2007 into the installation CD/DVD.

    Right now 'Create A New Folder' to anywhere of your choice, I named mine 'Office 2007';

    Now I created my new folder on my G:\ Drive


    Ok to be able to Integrate or Slipstream MS Office SP3 2007 into the installation CD/DVD first thing you will need to do is Download the "office2007sp3-kb2526086-fullfile-en-us.exe" file.

    Click on the link here to Download MS Office 2007 SP3 - http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27838

    (Now Download this to the same location as your as your new folder you just created.) As in the image above. (Ignore the MS Office 2007 Enterprise SP3 as this was my test run)

    Ok now you will need to 'Copy the Contents of your MS Office 2007 CD/DVD' to the new folder "Office2007"


    Ok now all you will need to do is open Command Prompt as Admin and Enter the following command >

    G:\office2007sp3-kb2526086-fullfile-en-us.exe /extract:G:\Office2007\Updates\

    Remember, where I have G:\ your's maybe different, so Replace G with whatever drive letter you used.


    Once you have Entered the Command, Press Enter.........


    You will see a new Window pop up 'Microsoft Software License Terms' for 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 3 (SP3)

    Here you just need to accept and Click on Continue to proceed......


    Now the files are being extracted from the SP3 file you downloaded and placed into the updates folder of the Microsoft Office Installation Files you copied from your CD/DVD

    The reason we have had to Integrate or Slipstream the SP3 file this way is because the update needs to be in the .msp file format to be able to install from the updates folder from your Microsoft Office 2007 Installation CD/DVD


    Ok in a matter of seconds, it is all done!

    Click ok......


    Now burn your new Microsoft Office 2007 SP3 Installation back to a CD/DVD.

    Tried and tested on MS Office 2007 Enterprise and Professional.

  2. (You must only use this feature if you are 100% sure you will not need the old system restore points, because once they have been deleted... they are gone for good!)


    System Restore automatically creates restore points by making shadow copies of Windows, these copies can take up memory and build up quickly as you use your computer.

    By cleaning up System Restore points by Deleting all but the last restore point will free up memory and maybe slightly improve windows performance.


    To remove all but the last system restore point follow these simple steps... Click the Start Button and type CleanMgr and Press Enter;

    Choose your Default Hard Drive (normally Drive C) and click ok;


    The clean Manager will now Search through your system for files to delete;


    When Clean Manager is done Calculating, click on clean up my system files;


    And again select your drive;


    It is now calculating the system files to delete;


    Now click The Clean Up Tab under "System Restore and Shadow Copies", to remove all but the most recent restore point;


    Hope you found this useful!

  3. This Is Just A Quick Guide On How to change Advanced Appearance Settings Below I Have Shown A Couple Of Examples;

    I tried to make this guide as simple as i could :D

    Right click on a empty space on the desktop and click on Personalize;

    Click on Window Colour;


    Click on Advanced Appearance settings;


    Select the Item that you want to Modify;

    (Not all of these items will have the option to change the font/size/colour)


    Example 1

    How To Change the Font > Size > Bold > Italic > for Icon's;

    1. Click on the drop down menu under Item then select Icon

    2. Now use the drop down munu under Size and select your required size.

    3. Now select B for Bold to make the text more predominant.

    4. Now select I for Italic to change the style.

    Ok now you have changed your Font Size and Style for your Desktop & personal folder's.


    Example 2

    How to change the Active Title Bar > Fonts > Size > Bold;

    1. Click on the drop down menu under Item then select Active Title Bar

    2. Now use the drop down menu under Size then select your required size.

    3. Now select B For Bold to make the text more predominant.

    4. Now select I for Italic to change the style click on the Italic Button to highlight as you did above for the Boldness.

    5. Now to change the colour there are 2 boxes to choose from here.


    Now these are just a couple of examples but there are so many things you can change to re style the way your windows look.

    Now it looks hard but it is really easy.

    So go on have and have a bit of fun!

  4. Download Driver Sweeper Here

    Driver Sweeper allows you to remove driver leftovers from your system. It's very important to remove your drivers on a proper way, because driver leftovers can cause problems like stability and startup problems. You can use it if you want to update/remove drivers from your system.

    All the settings are saved in an ini file. Nothing is created in the registry, so it's possible to use it as a portable program. Log files can be saved to the harddisk and viewed as well. You can find the logs under the Tools menu.

    The current supported drivers are NVIDIA (Display and Chipset), ATI (Display), Creative (Sound) Realtek (Sound), Ageia (PhysX) and Microsoft (Mouse).

    To Read More & Download Go Here.....

  5. A safe way to remove viruses from a computer without the risk of getting infected

    All the rescue CDs listed here can scan and clean both FAT and NTFS drives.

    Kaspersky Rescue Disk

    Boot from the Kaspersky Rescue Disk to scan and remove threats from an infected computer without the risk of infecting other files or computers.

    Burn this ISO image to a CD, insert it into the infected system's CD-ROM drive, enter the PC's BIOS, set it to boot from the CD and reboot the computer.

    This lists the Gentoo-specific options, along with a few options that are built-in to the kernel, but that have been proven very useful to our users.

    Also, all options that start with "do" have a "no" inverse, that does the opposite. For example, "doscsi" enables SCSI support in the initial ramdisk boot, while "noscsi" disables it. Easily remove malicious objects from your computer without the risk of getting infected.

    See Here For More Info And Download Kaspersky Rescue Disk

    AVG Rescue CD

    You've installed AVG protection to help ensure you don't get infected servers or workstations. However, if the unthinkable has already occurred, you need the AVG Rescue CD; a powerful must-have toolkit to assist with the rescue and repair of infected machines. This software provides essential utilities for system administrators and other IT professionals and includes the following features:

    See Here For More Info And Download AVG Rescue CD

    Improved Avira AntiVir Rescue System

    Our programmers spent a lot of work and drastically overhauled the Avira AntiVir Rescue System which is now available in version 3.7.16. Next to a much better usability due to the redesigned user interface and 11 supported languages the new version offers even improved detection and removal capabilities.

    Avira AntiVir Rescue System uses Linux as operating system. The new kernel has much better and wider hardware support. The bootable CD can not only be used to analyse the system for malware infections and remove them, but also enables the user to get access to data on the system in case the operating system won't start anymore so it can be backed up onto a USB drive, for example.

    See Here For More Info And Download Avira AntiVir Rescue System

    Bootable Antivirus Rescue CD from BitDefender

    Virus removal has become a very complex process today. Gone are the days, when you were required to download a standalone antivirus and it was sufficient for days for your PC Security from virus attacks.

    But today's malware attacks are intelligent. The first thing they do on your system is to make fool proof arrangements for hiding themselves. They modify your system files to make their detection absolutely impossible and get loaded during the boot process itself to take control of your entire system. At times, the system might become so much infected that it may be impossible even to boot it in a regular manner.

    Many user think of formatting their system as the only option left. But if you have some important data, which has not yet been backup up, then this option also is a very difficult one to exercise.

    See Here For More Info And Download Bootable Antivirus Rescue CD from BitDefender

    Trinity Rescue Kit | CPR for your computer

    Trinity Rescue Kit or TRK is a free live Linux distribution that aims specifically at recovery and repair operations on Windows machines, but is equally usable for Linux recovery issues. Since version 3.4 it has an easy to use scrollable text menu that allows anyone who masters a keyboard and some English to perform maintenance and repair on a computer, ranging from password resetting over disk cleanup to virus scanning

    See Here For More Info And Download Trinity Rescue Kit

    F-Secure Rescue CD

    If your computer no longer starts due to malware corrupting the operating system, or you suspect the security software has been compromised, you can use the F-Secure Rescue CD to securely boot up the computer and check the programs installed. The Rescue CD can also be used for more advanced repair and data recovery operations.

    The Rescue CD contains Knoppix (a derivative of Linux), an operating system that runs completely from the CD and allows access to your computer's Windows operating system and hard disks.

    See Here For More Info And Download F-Secure Rescue CD

    Panda SafeCD

    We just released Panda SafeCD version This useful utility comes in handy when you need to clean a friend's PC (or your own) from a malware infested state. It is specially useful for detecting and disinfecting malware infections which give regular AV products running within Windows a hard time.

    See Here For More Info And Download Panda SafeCD

    All Information and Downloads are directed straight at Sources.

  6. Here is just a Basic Guide on how to a perform System File Scan within Windows 7/Vista;

    (For Windows XP Users you will need to insert the Installation CD to use this function)

    Go to Start > All Program > Accessories > Right Click Command Prompt and Run As Administrator;

    Type In sfc /scannow and hit enter then let it complete the scan. (Remember to put a space after sfc )

    Screenshot 1


    Screenshot 2


    Screenshot 3


    Once the scan is complete type Exit and then Reboot your Computer

    The System File Checker will look for any system files/.dll file's that are corrupt and will attempt to fix these normally following a re start of your computer.

    This can also be run in safemode too by selecting Safemode with command prompt privilage.

    Hope you found this useful!

  7. Here is a simple guide on how to perform CHKDSK in Windows 7/Vista


    Chkdsk analyzes the physical structure of a disk to make sure that it is healthy and It can repair problems related to bad sectors, lost clusters, and directory errors.

    These types of problems can be caused in many different ways ie. System crashes or freezes, power glitches, incorrectly turning off a computer can also cause corruption in the system files etc..

    Physically bumping or knocking a computer can cause the head that reads disks to hit the surface and damage sectors. Once some sort of error occurs it can end up creating more errors so a regularly scheduled disk check is part of good system maintenance.

    Chkdsk can also serve as an early warning that a hard drive is deteriorating, disks will gradually wear out and sectors may become bad.


    Go to Computer in the start menu,


    Right click on the drive you want to scan and select Properties,

    Then click on Tools tab > Click on Check Now under the error checking section,


    Ok, here you will have a couple of options within the CHKDSK tool. It's recommended you leave the automatically fix file system errors checked,This option will attempt to repair any problems found.

    To perform a deeper scan, Check > scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors. This option will take a bit longer,


    When you have made your selection just hit the Start Button,

    If you are attempting to scan a Drive that is in use you will be faced with the image below, so just click on schedule disk check and the next time you reboot your computer it will run the CHKDSK scan.


    To perform This CHKDSK scan VIA command prompt; CHKDSK x: /F /R where X is your drive letter.

    Hope you found this useful!

  8. Here are just a few Free Good common programs/softwares in the one place;

    Security Software;

    Microsoft Security Essentials

    Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

    Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It's easy to tell if your PC is secure when you're green, you're good. It's that simple.

    Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want without interruptions or long computer wait times.

    MalwareBytes Free

    Malwarebytes is a site dedicated to fighting malware. Malwarebytes has developed a variety of tools that can identify and remove malicious software from your computer. When your computer becomes infected, Malwarebytes can provide the needed assistance to remove the infection and restore the machine back to optimum performance.

    Alternative To MalwareBytes;

    SuperAntiSpyWare Free

    SUPERAntiSpyware is the most thorough scanner on the market. Our Multi-Dimensional Scanning and Process Interrogation Technology will detect spyware that other products miss! SUPERAntiSpyware will remove ALL the Spyware, NOT just the easy ones!

    Other Software;

    CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download.

    Defraggler to defrag your entire hard drive, or individual files - unique in the industry. This compact and portable Windows application supports NTFS and FAT32 file systems.

    Recuva Accidentally deleted an important file? Lost something important when your computer crashed? No problem! Recuva recovers files deleted from your Windows computer, Recycle Bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player. And it's free!

    Speccy is an advanced System Information tool for your PC. Need to find out what's inside your computer? No problem! Speccy will give you all the information you need.

    Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL Licence.

    Based on a powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendliness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment.

    Foxit Reader is a free PDF document viewer, with incredible small size, breezing-fast launch speed and rich feature set. Its core function is compatible with PDF Standard 1.7.

    Nitro PDF Reader Free Create PDF files from over 300 different formats. Comment, review, and collaborate. Fill and save PDF forms. Extract text and images. Type text directly onto the page. it's everything you ever wanted in a free PDF reader

  9. Here are just a few Manufacturer websites, these are the most common that i have came accross while on the forums, it will guide you to the correct website for your computer enabling you to download the correct drivers.

    I will update the list as i go;

    Acer Drivers

    Apple Drivers

    Asus Drivers

    Dell Drivers

    FuJitsu Drivers

    Gateway Drivers

    GigaByte Drivers

    Hewlett Packard

    Lenova Drivers

    MSI Drivers

    Sony Drivers

    Sony Drivers GB

    Samsung Drivers

    Toshiba Drivers

    Zoostorm Drivers

    Hope you found this post useful!

  10. Here are a few of the best Anti-Malware programs that i recommend, do not use any of these as a replacement for your AV software.

    SpywareBlaster Free

    Spyware, adware, browser hijackers, and dialers are some of the fastest-growing threats on the Internet today. By simply browsing to a web page, you could find your computer to be the brand-new host of one of these unwanted fiends!

    The most important step you can take is to secure your system. And SpywareBlaster is the most powerful protection program available.

    SpywareBlaster Free Download

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

    Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware can detect and remove malware that even the most well known anti-virus and anti-malware applications fail to detect. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware monitors every process and stops malicious processes before they even start.

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free Download

    HijackThis Free

    HijackThis inspects your computers browser and operating system settings to generate a log file of the current state of your computer. Using HijackThis you can selectively remove unwanted settings and files from your computer. Because the settings identified in a HijackThis log file can belong to both legitimate software and unwanted malware, it is important to use extreme caution when choosing to removing anything using HijackThis.

    HijackThis Free Download

    Rootkit Revealer Free

    RootkitRevealer is an advanced rootkit detection utility. It runs on Windows NT 4 and higher and its output lists Registry and file system API discrepancies that may indicate the presence of a user-mode or kernel-mode rootkit.

    RootkitRevealer successfully detects many persistent rootkits including AFX, Vanquish and HackerDefender (note: RootkitRevealer is not intended to detect rootkits like Fu that don't attempt to hide their files or registry keys).

    Rootkit Revealer Free Download

    SuperAntiSpyware Free

    Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware and Remove Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers, Parasites, Rootkits, Rogue Security Products and many other types of threats. Light on System Resources and won't slow down your computer like many other anti-spyware products. Won't conflict with your existing anti-spyware or anti-virus solution! Repair broken Internet Connections, Desktops, Registry Editing and more with our unique Repair System!

    SuperAntiSpyware Free Download

    All Information and links are directed straight to the sources

  11. Free Online Antivirus Scanners

    An online virus scanner should never be considered a substitute for an installed antivirus scanner. But if you suspect your installed antivirus is missing a threat or you simply want a second opinion, an online scanner can be a valuable adjunct to security. Each of the following online scanners are considered best-of-breed and can offer important adjunct protection.

    avast! Online Scanner

    BitDefender Free Online Virus Scan

    Computer Associates eTrust Antivirus Web Scanner

    F-Secure Online Virus Scanner


    Kaspersky Online Scanner "Coming Soon"

    Kaspersky Online File Scanner

    McAfee FreeScan

    Panda ActiveScan and Malware Radar

    Symantec security and virus checks

    Trend Micro HouseCall

    Virus Total

    All Information and scanner's are directed straight to sources.

  12. Rebuiding Icon Cache For Windows Vista & 7

    Ok, if you are having problems with an icon that is blank or looking kinda odd for program you have installed on you pc, try uninstalling the offending program and then re install it, this will fix the issue normally.

    However, sometimes it isn't that easy when a lot or all icons are blank. This is due to the icon cache being corrupted which can be caused by a number of things.

    This will help guide you on how to correct your issue regarding blank icons by Deleting & rebuilding the icon cache;

    Ok, to be able to rebuild the icon cache you will need to locate and delete the file which will be hidden by default.

    (step 1) Firstly open Computer by going to > Start > Computer Is Located On Right Side of Menu;


    (step 2) In the new Window Click Tools from the Menu > Select Folder Option;


    (step 3) Now click the View tab > Select Show Hidden Files Folders and Drives and click Apply;


    (step 4) Now go to computer as you did in step 1 then type in the address bar > %username%\AppData\Local and press Enter:

    Now locate the Icon Cache File and simply delete it;


    Now all you need to do now is restart your PC and this will automatically rebuild the Icon Cache to its normal self.

    Thats it done, all your icons should be displayed as normal.

    Hope you found this useful!

  13. If you are finding you have some issues in Windows like slow startUp/slow shut down/error's/generally running slow/driver's not working correctly/corrupt files/ etc.... then take a look at the brief list of things below to try and resolve any issues;

    This is just a brief discription of how to run these tools that are built into the windows system.

    Event Viewer = Start >Type in Search Box > eventvwr.msc Hit enter

    This will show you the Event Viewer log, you can view the scan results of Check Disk scan and in Windows 7 and Vista and also show applications & services logs too.

    Performance Report = Start >Type in Search Box > perfmon /report Hit enter

    This report will include a whole load of things about how your system is running and show any issues, here are just a few of them:

    Diagnostic Results Warnings, Performance, Software Configuration, OS Checks, Security Center Information, System Services, Startup Programs

    Disk, Hot files, Disk breakdown, Physical disk, NTFS Performance, CPU, Process, Service, Services, System, Hardware Configuration, Disk Checks, Systems, Desktop Rating, BIOS, Devices

    Memory, Processes, Counters,Network

    Device Manager = Start >Type in Search Box > devmgmt.msc Hit enter

    If you are experiencing driver issues of some sort and/or not working properly you can go to the Device Manager to look for any discrepancies by looking for Yellow Exclamation marks next to the driver info.

    System File Checker = Open Command Prompt As Administrator & Type sfc /scannow Hit enter

    The System File Checker will look for any system files/.dll file's that are corrupt and will attempt to fix these normally following a re start of your computer.

    This can also be run in safemode too by selecting Safemode with command prompt privilage.

    Microsoft System Configuration Utility = Start > Type in Search Box > msconfig Hit enter

    msconfig allows you to disable some of the unnecessary programs that automatically load on startup, disabling these programs will help your computer boot faster and crash less and help in identifying any issues.

    Windows Memory Diagnostics = Start > Type in Search Box > memory Hit enter

    The windows memory diagnostics includes a set of memory tests so if you are experiencing problems while running Windows you can use the diagnostic to determine whether the problems are caused by failing hardware, such as Ram or evn the memory system of your motherboard.

    Check Disk = Start > Type in Search Box > chkdsk Hit enter

    Chkdsk analyzes the physical structure of a disk to make sure that it is healthy and It can repair problems related to bad sectors, lost clusters, and directory errors.

    These types of problems can be caused in many different ways ie. System crashes or freezes, power glitches, incorrectly turning off a computer can also cause corruption in the system files etc..

    Hope You Found This Useful!

  14. How To Install Windows 7 Or Wondows Vista Via USB;

    USB Flash Drive (Minimum 4GB)

    Windows 7 or Vista

    Follow the simple steps below to create bootable Windows 7/Vista USB drive using which you can install Windows 7/Vista easily.

    1. Plug-in your USB flash drive to USB port and move all the contents from USB drive to a safe location on your system.

    2. Open Command Prompt as administrator.

    3. Type in the following commands in the command prompt:

    Type DISKPART and hit enter to see the below message.


    Next type LIST DISK command and note down the Disk number of your USB flash drive.

    4. So below are the commands you need to type and execute one by one:







    (The Format Process Should Only Take Few Minutes)



    Do not close the command prompt as you will need to execute one more command at the next step so Just minimize it for now.

    5. Now insert your Windows7 or Vista DVD into the your drive and check the drive letter of the DVD drive. Lets assume that your DVD drive letter is "E" and your USB drive letter is "I"

    6. Maximize the minimized Command Prompt and type in the following command now:

    E: CD BOOT and hit enter. Where "E" is your DVD drive letter.

    CD BOOT and hit enter to see the below message.

    7. Type another command given below to update the USB drive with BOOTMGR compatible code.


    Where "I" is your USB drive letter.

    8. Copy your Windows 7/Vista DVD contents to the USB flash drive.


    9. The only thing you need to change now is the boot priority in the BIOS to USB from the HDD or CD ROM drive.

    Thats it now complete, now you can install your windows 7 or Vista from your USB!


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