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Tips & Tricks for Windows Operating Systems.

Macromedia Flash Player cannot be installed or does not work

If you cannot install Macromedia Flash Player from Macromedia's site (i.e., nothing happens when you click the Install Now button), or if Internet Explorer does not display Flash animations, look for the following entry in the registry[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ Internet Explorer\ ActiveX Compatibility\ {D27CDB6E-AE6D- 11CF-96B8-444553540000}]
If you find it, delete {D27CDB6E-AE6D- 11CF-96B8-444553540000}, then close Internet Explorer and restart it.

Make Internet Explorer the default browser

Control Panel > Internet Options > Programs
Check the box Check if IE is the default browser (98) or Internet Explorer should check to see whether it is the default browser (XP)

Have Internet Explorer bring up the Dial-Up Networking box when opened up

Control Panel > Internet Options > Connections
Single-click the connection you want to be your default connection
Check Dial whenever a network connection is not present or Always dial my default connection.
Click the Set default button.

Stop the Do you want to accept this cookie box from appearing (IE5)

Control Panel > Internet Options , then change your security settings back to Medium (Default). If disabling them on all four security zones, and rebooting, does not rid you of the prompt box, search the registry for Allow Cookies. Any you find with a value of 1, change to 0.

Remove the Content Advisor and Ratings password (9x, XP)

Content Advisor settings are stored in [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\ Policies\Ratings] If you no longer have the password, then delete Ratings, and all the settings will be removed.

Change Internet Explorer's title bar

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\Microsoft\ Internet Explorer\ Main] Value Name: Window Title
Data Type: String
Data: Title
To remove a custom Internet Explorer Window title, delete Window Title. "Microsoft Internet Explorer" will become the default title.

Enable/Disable My Pictures Toolbar in IE

This tweak disables the floating toolbar that appears in Internet Explorer allowing an image to be Saved,  E-mailed, or Printed. [Start] [Run] [Regedit] Registry Key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\Policies\ Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Photo Support
Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below.
Data Type: REG_DWORD // Value Name: MyPics Hoverbar
Setting for Value Data: [0 = Disabled / 1 = Enabled]
Exit Registry and Reboot.

Repair Internet Explorer in Windows XP

The ability to Repair Internet Explorer does not exist in the version that ships with Windows XP. This feature only becomes available after you upgrade to a newer version. This is normal and has been this way since Windows 98 and IE4. However, you can reinstall IE in Windows XP by clicking Start, Run and entering the following command: rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 %windir%\Inf\ie.inf
You will need to have your XP CD available. Some people have problems with the command line above. A small VB Script that will execute the command for you can be downloaded HERE. Save the file to your hard drive and double click it to run IE Setup. How to Reinstall or Repair Internet Explorer and Outlook Express in Windows XP (Q318378) http://support.microsoft.com/ default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q318378

Change the Browser Title

This tweak Customizes the Title of the Internet Explorer.
Click Start > Run > Type gpedit.msc
Click User Configuration > Windows Setting > Internet Explorer Maintenance > Browser User Interface
Double click on Browser Title
Click on Customize Title Bars
Type in whatever you want
Click OK

Completely change Internet explorer title

How to change the Internet Explorer title?
start ->run-> gpedit.msc
Choose User Configuration, Windows Settings, Internet Explorer Maintenance, Browser User Interface, and double click Browser Title. Activate Customize Title Bars, and type something in there. Doesn't matter what. Let's type: QWERTY.
Click Ok.
Fire up Reg editor. (start, run, regedit) go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\Microsoft\ InternetExplorer\Main.
Look for the key: Window Title. There you'll find the value: Microsoft Internet Explorer provided by QWERTY.
Change this key to anything you like and exit regedit. Fire up IE and look at the title bar!
If you don't do steps 1 to 3, you won't find the Window Title key!

Fix IE 6 Slowdowns and Hangs

If Internet Explorer (IE) 6 is slowing to a crawl and/or hanging and starts to use 100 percent of CPU time it may well be a corruption of the "Temporary Internet Files folder". In particular, trying to delete Temporary Internet files via Tools, Internet Options or other privacy software seems to trigger this behavior. Also, attempts to view files in the Temporary Internet Files folder may show the folder as already empty when it is not. This behavior occurs because the Temporary Internet files database is corrupt.

The Temporary Internet files aren't really files but entries in %systemdrive%\Documents and Settings\ username%\Local Settings\ Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\ index.dat. Deleting that file solves the problem. This same problem has occurred for NT users and the fix works for XP. Open a command prompt window on the desktop (Start/Run/command). Exit IE and Windows Explorer (iexplore.exe and explorer.exe, respectively, in Task Manager, i.e. - Ctrl-Alt Del/Task Manager/Processes/ End Process for each). Use the following command exactly from your command prompt window to delete the corrupt file: C:\>del "%systemdrive%\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\ Content.IE5\index.dat" Restart Windows Explorer with Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del/Task Manager/Applications/New Task/Browse/C:\ Windows\explorer.exe[or your path]) or Shutdown/Restart the computer from Task Manager. IE should now work properly.

Sharing bookmarks and favorites

Favorites, known as bookmarks in Netscape Navigator, are a convenient way to organize and link to Web pages that you visit frequently. Internet Explorer automatically imports all your Netscape bookmarks. On the Favorites menu, click the Imported Bookmarks folder to view them. If you use Internet Explorer on several computers, you can easily share favorite items among computers by importing them. Also, if you use both Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator, you can keep your favorites and bookmarks updated with each other by importing them between programs. To import bookmarks or favorites, on the File menu, click Import and Export. To export favorites to bookmarks or favorites on the same or another computer, on the File menu, click Import and Export. Notes: Exported favorites are saved as regular HTML files, so either Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator can import them. You can export a selected folder in your Favorites list, or all of your favorites. The exported favorites file is fairly small, so if you want to share the favorite items with other people, you can copy it to a floppy disk or folder on a network, or attach it to an e-mail message.

How to Clear the ARP Cache

The Microsoft Windows ARP cache will occasionally become corrupt and need to be cleared. The first symptom you are likely to notice is that connections to web pages will time out and fail. If you troubleshoot further, you will notice that you can `ping` your IP address and also, but not other IP addresses. If you try to use Microsoft Windows to repair the network connection, you will receive an error message that says:
Windows could not finish repairing the problem because the following operation could not be completed:
Clearing the ARP cache For assistance, contact the person who manages your network. To fix this error, you will need to clear the ARP cache. This is done with the `netsh` command:
C:\>netsh interface ip delete arpcache
If you would like to view your ARP cache, this can be accomplished using the `arp` command:
C:\>arp -a

Interface: --- 0x10004
Internet Address Physical Address Type 00-0f-66-37-22-32 dynamic