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System Folders Customizer released

We are pleased to release System Folders Customizer, a free tool that lets you add Internet Explorer, important System folders, Control Panel applets to your Computer folder, Libraries and Desktop.

Many a times we need to access these folders and we have to click a couple of times to reach them. This tool will let you access them in a click, since they are placed in regularly accessed places like Computer folder, Libraries, etc.


We had earlier posted on how you could add the Recycle Bin to your Computer folder. You can now do so in a click using System Folders Customizer, since it lets you add many such shortcuts to your Computer folder, Libraries and Desktop.

To add the desired shortcuts, simple check the selected boxes and click on Save Changes. To undo the changes, un-check the boxes and click Reset Changes. You may have to restart explorer.exe to see the changes on the desktop.

While our Windows Access Panel let you access these  controls or the in-built Windows programs from a single interface and while our Handy Shortcuts lets you add such shortcuts to the desktop, System Folders Customizer goes a step further by placing their shortcuts in Libraries etc.

System Folders Customizer v1.0 has been developed by our 13-year-old TWC Forum member Paras Sidhu for The Windows Club and has been tested on Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit


Download Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft has released Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2010 and it is now available for download for 32-bit as well as 64-bit installations.
Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 1 contains several new features. There are things that you couldn’t before, or things that are just better than they were with the original release.

It provides the latest updates for Office 2010. This service pack includes two main categories of fixes:

  • Previously unreleased fixes that were made specifically for this service pack. In addition to general product fixes, these fixes include improvements in stability, performance, and in security.
  • All the public updates that were released through June 2011, and all the cumulative updates that were released through April 2011.

Currently Service Pack 1 is being offered as a manual download from the Download Center and from Microsoft Update, and no sooner than 90 days after release, will be made available as an Automatic Update.

Download Page : 32-bit | 64-bit.

Postpone Windows restart after installing updates

Postpone Windows restart after installing updates

After installation of updates that, in order to become effective, need to restart the personal computer, Windows is set to show – at regular intervals – a message warning that calls to provide for the reboot of the operating system.

Having said that, if prompted, restart your personal computer is a task that must be done as soon as possible (only in this way can be apply security updates and changes to files that are currently in use by Windows), it may be necessary
having to postpone it at a later time.

The behavior of Windows Update window is controlled by group policy by typing
gpedit.msc (Start -> Run…).

After that, you go to the section “Computer Configuration“, “Administrative Templates“, “Windows Components“,
Windows Update“.

Double-clicking in the right panel, the option “No auto-restart for connected users with automatic updates scheduled installations” will prevent the personal computer may automatically restart after installing some updates to the actual installation of patch, Windows Update will wait for the reboot of the machine by the user.

The Group Policy window is accessible, however, only the following operating systems: Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Ultimate/Enterprise/Business, Professional, and Windows 7.

In the case of other “editions” of Windows, you can apply the same
operation by opening the Registry Editor (Start -> Run.. -> regedit),
going to this path:

(to create manually if not exist)

creating a new DWORD value, name NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers then set the value to 1.

Environment Variables

Environment variables

Environment variables are used in Windows to store some settings relating to the operation operating system or installed applications.

They are used in all major operating systems (not just Windows) and some of them are particularly useful to interact simple and efficient with your personal computer. In the definition of Microsoft, the environment variables are :

strings of characters contain information such as file paths, drives, or names of file

They can be used to control the behavior of different programs.

For example, the “TEMP” environment variable can specify the directory in which installed applications will be able to save any temporary files.

The values of some environment variables are set during booting the operating system. Usually, the variables are initialized by Windows with default values.

To use the environment variables from the command line or from a any script,
you must enclose two percentage signs.

  • Example1
    • Click Start -> Run
    • Digit %TEMP%, … (Whatever is the version of Windows you have, or already in the Search box programs and files in the Windows Start menu 7)
    • Press Enter
    • The operating system shell will open up a window with the contents of the folder used to store temporary files.

  • Example2
    • Click Start -> Run
    • Type cmd
    • Press Enter
    • Write SET TEMP at the prompt, you receive the correct value for TEMP environment variable. Alternatively you can use a TEMP and TMP: the result will be identical.

In Windows XP, right-clicking with the mouse icon “My Computer” and selecting “Properties”, clicking on “Advanced tab”, then click “Environment Variables”, you can get the list of configured variables, whether the user than those of the system.

A similar operation can be performed in the case of Windows 7 clicking the “Start” button with the right mouse button on the “Voice Computer”, click “Properties”, “Advanced System Settings” link click the “Advanced tab” and the “Environment Variables” button.

This is the official Microsoft Page lists all the environment variables used in Windows.

We list below only those which are used by typing directly in Start, Run … or in any window Windows dialog. For example, clicking on Start, Run … then typing “%userprofile%” you can quickly open the folder contains the profile of the currently logged on.

As usual, typing “Start -> Run -> cmd” and then “SET USERPROFILE” you will get the folder contained in the environment variable (in the case of Windows 7, is usually C:\Users\username on Windows XP as C:\Documents and Settings\username).

  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE% – Back to the folder containing the information common between the different profiles of user accounts created on your system.
  • %APPDATA% – Folder where the various Windows applications usually store settings and configuration files.
  • % COMPUTERNAME% – Returns the assigned name to your system.
  • %SYSTEMDRIVE% – Returns the ID (drive letter) for the associated storage (Hard Disk) where you installed the system operational, normally the drive letter is “C:/”
  • %SYSTEMROOT% – Refers to the directory where you installed the operating system (eg C: \ WINDOWS).
  • %TEMP% and %TMP% – The directory where temporary files are stored by part of the operating system and installed applications. Usually, the contents of this folder can be deleted periodically in order to recover disk space.
  • %USERNAME% – Provides the user account name.
  • %USERPROFILE% – Provides access to the folder containing the files linked to the profile of the currently logged in Windows. This folder also contains the system directory Documents, My Pictures, Music, Video, and so
  • %WINDIR% – Returns the folder containing the operating system.

For further information please follow this official Microsoft Page .

How to add the Print Directory feature for folders in Windows XP, in Windows Vista, in Windows 7

How to add the Print Directory feature for folders in Windows XP, in Windows
Vista, in Windows 7

This article describes how to add the Print Directory feature for folders in Windows XP, in Windows Vista, or in Windows 7. After you follow two steps:

  1. Fix it for me
      Click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in the Fix
      it wizard:


    • This wizard may be in English only. However, the automatic fix also
      works for other language versions of Windows.
    • If you are not using the computer that has the problem, save the Fix
      it solution to a flash drive or a CD and then run it on the computer that
      has the problem. To fix this problem automatically, click the Fix it button or
  2. Let me fix it myself
    • Windows XP
      • Step 1: Create the Printdir.bat file. To do this, follow these steps
        1. Click Start, click Run, type notepad, and then click OK.
        2. Paste the following text into Notepad:
          @echo off
          dir %1 /-p /o:gn > “%temp%\Listing”
          start /w notepad /p “%temp%\Listing”
          del “%temp%\Listing”
        3. On the File menu, click Exit, and then click Yes to save the changes.
        4. In the Save As dialog box, type the following text in the File name box, and then clickSave:
      • Step 2: Create a new action for file folders
        1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Folder Options.Or, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Folder Options.
        2. On the File Types tab, click File Folder.
        3. Click Advanced, and then click New.
        4. In the Action box, type Print Directory Listing.
        5. In the Application used to perform action box, type printdir.bat.
        6. Click OK.
        7. Click OK two times, and then click Close.
      • Step 3: Edit the registry. To resolve this issue, follow these steps:
        1. Click Start, click Run, type Regedit and then click OK.
        2. Locate the following registry subkey:
        3. Click the value named Default.
        4. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
        5. In the Value data box, type none.
        6. Click OK.
        7. Exit Registry Editor.

    • Windows Vista and Windows 7
      • Step 1: Create the Printdir.bat file. To do this, follow these steps
        1. Click Start, click Run, type notepad, and then click OK.
        2. Paste the following text into Notepad:
          @echo off
          dir %1 /-p /o:gn > “%temp%\Listing”
          start /w notepad /p “%temp%\Listing”
          del “%temp%\Listing”
        3. On the File menu, click Exit, and then click Yes to save the changes.
        4. In the Save As dialog box, type the following text in the File name box, and then clickSave:


          Note If you receive a dialog box that says you don’t have permission to save in this location, you can save the file to the desktop. Next, you click Start, clickRun, type %windir%, and then click OK. Then, you can copy the file from the desktop to the location.

      • Step2:
        1. Click Start, click Run, type Notepad, and then click OK.
        2. Type the following commands in Notepad.

          Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
          @="Print Directory Listing"
          @="Printdir.bat \"%1\""
          @="Print Directory Listing"
          @="Printdir.bat \"%1\""


          On the File menu, click Save As.

        4. In the Save in list, click Desktop.
        5. In the File name box, type PrintDirectoryListing.reg, click All Files in the Save as type list, and then click Save.
        6. In the desktop, double-click the LoggingOn.reg file to add the registry keys to the Windows registry.
        7. Click OK in the message box.


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Removing “failed” updates from update history list

28 March 2011 1 comment

Removing “failed” updates from update history list

It is possible to remove “failed” update from your Installed Updates List

but I can tell you how to remove “all” updates from Update History following these steps:

1. Stop the Automatic Updates service:

  • Start -> Run -> (type in) services.msc -> Click on [OK]
  • Double-click Automatic Updates -> Click on Stop (Stopping the service will take a moment)

2. Delete this folder:

  • C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution

3. Start the Automatic Updates service

  • Start -> Run -> (type in) services.msc > Click on [OK]
  • Double-click Automatic Updates > Click on Start (Starting the service will take a moment)

Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)

28 February 2011 3 comments

Windows XP Service Pack 3

Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) is a free update for Windows XP. SP3 includes all previously released Windows XP updates, including security updates, hotfixes, and select out-of-band releases.

Get ready for Windows XP SP3

Read the Windows XP SP3 overview white paperRead the Windows XP SP3 overview white paper

Steps to take before you install Windows XP Service Pack SP3Steps to take before you install Windows XP SP3

Get Windows XP SP 3 now

The easiest way to update your Windows XP–based PC with SP3 is by using the Windows Update. Just set Windows Update to automatically download important updates and Windows Update will download SP3 when it’s available for your PC.

If you don’t update your PC automatically, download Windows XP SP3 from Windows Update manually.

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Order the Windows XP SP3 CDOrder the Windows XP SP3 CD

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For IT professionals and developers, get an installation package to download and install on multiple computers on a network. If you’re updating just one computer, please visit Windows Update or order a CD.

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Free help updating with Windows SP3
Free unlimited installation and compatibility support is available for Windows XP, but only for Windows XP SP3, until April 14, 2009. Chat and e-mail support is available only in the United States and Canada.

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