Outlook always starts in safe mode

Adding Outlook Mailboxes

Adding Outlook Mailboxes

Microsoft recently released an office update that for some reason always forces outlook to start in safe mode. If you are having this problem, follow the steps below to resolve it.

Windows 7

  1. Click Start, then Control Panel.
  2. In the Top-Right corner of Control Panel, next to View by: select Large icons from the drop down.
  3. Click on Programs and Features.
  4. On the left side of Programs and Features, click View installed updates.
  5. There is a box in the top-right called Search Installed Updates. In here type KB3114409. This should give you a view like this one:Update
  6. Right-Click the update in the list and click Uninstall. If it asks you if you are sure you want to uninstall the update, click Yes.
  7. On the box asking you to restart your computer, click Restart Later.
  8. You can now close this window.
  9. Now click Start, and in the Search Programs and Files box, type Windows Update and press enter. A box similar to this will appear:Update2
  10. On the left-hand side, click Change settings.
  11. In the dropdown box where it says Install updates automatically (recommended) – click this and select Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them.
  12. Click OK
  13. Reboot the PC

Windows 8 / 8.1

  1. Move the mouse pointer to the bottom-right of the screen until the side menu pops in.
  2. Click the magnifying glass.
  3. In the Search box, type Programs, then click Settings underneath.
  4. Click Programs and Features in the search results on the main screen.
  5. Now follow steps 4-8 above.
  6. Once 4-8 have been done, move the mouse pointer to the bottom right again and click Settings.
  7. Now click Change PC settings, then Update and recovery.
  8. Click Choose how updates are installed.
  9. Under Important updates, select Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them.
  10. Click Apply.
  11. Reboot the PC.

Outlook crashes after Windows Updates installed

Microsoft recently released some updates to their Windows operating systems that unfortunately seems to have had the side effect of crashing Microsoft Outlook when you open or create some HTML formatted emails. To resolve this, these updates need to be uninstalled, and Windows Update prevented from installing new updates automatically. The steps to do this are below.

Windows 7

  1. Click Start, then Control Panel.
  2. In the Top-Right corner of Control Panel, next to View by: select Large icons from the drop down.
  3. Click on Programs and Features.
  4. On the left side of Programs and Features, click View installed updates.
  5. There is a box in the top-right called Search Installed Updates. In here type KB3097877. This should give you a view like this one:Update
  6. Right-Click the update in the list and click Uninstall. If it asks you if you are sure you want to uninstall the update, click Yes.
  7. On the box asking you to restart your computer, click Restart Later.
  8. In the search box where you previously typed the KB3097877 entry, delete this and type in KB3101746.
  9. As before, when the entry in the list appears, Right-Click it and click uninstall, click yes to confirm and then click Restart Later.
  10. You can now close this window.
  11. Now click Start, and in the Search Programs and Files box, type Windows Update and press enter. A box similar to this will appear:Update2
  12. On the left-hand side, click Change settings.
  13. In the dropdown box where it says Install updates automatically (recommended) – click this and select Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them.
  14. Click OK
  15. Reboot the PC

Windows 8 / 8.1

  1. Move the mouse pointer to the bottom-right of the screen until the side menu pops in.
  2. Click the magnifying glass.
  3. In the Search box, type Programs, then click Settings underneath.
  4. Click Programs and Features in the search results on the main screen.
  5. Now follow steps 4-10 above.
  6. Once 4-10 have been done, move the mouse pointer to the bottom right again and click Settings.
  7. Now click Change PC settings, then Update and recovery.
  8. Click Choose how updates are installed.
  9. Under Important updates, select Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them.
  10. Click Apply.
  11. Reboot the PC.

Windows XP Snipping Tool

Snippy

Windows Vista and Windows 7 both come with a handy snipping tool. However any desktop edition of Windows XP is sadly missing this feature.

However we have found a useful substitute until you upgrade to the latest version of windows.

You can download the tool from this page. There is no installation needed, just download and run it.

Xperia Arc vs Galaxy S2

andriod

Mobile phones have come a long way since we needed a briefcase-sized battery just to make a 30 second phone call.

Samsung and Sony’s latest phones look pretty similar on paper, but how do they compare in day to day use?

Firstly, the Galaxy S2 has a slightly bigger screen, 4.3 inch compared to the Sony’s 4.2 inch offering. The sony screen is slightly higher resolution, but not so much to make a lot of difference! Both have a very bright, vivid display, perfect for watching videos on the go, or surfing the internet. The Sony screen can actually appear to be larger, but this is due to the tiny amount of surrounding casing.

Unfortunately, this is pretty much the only area where the Sony competes with Samsungs excellent S2. The S2 has a longer battery life due to using an AMOLED display vs Sony’s LCD, a better, dual core CPU, and a gorilla glass screen which makes it very tough to damage.

Sony’s phone, although nicely designed, has a very plastic, almost cheap feel to it. The glass on the Xperia Arc is very prone to being scratched, so you will need a to use a protective cover with it. Fortunately, Sony does supply a plastic screen cover.

All in all, although both are very nice phones, given the choice, the Samsung is the one to go for.

Configure Internet Explorer Trusted Sites via Group Policy

Trusted sites tick

It is useful to be able to pre-define a list of Trusted Sites within Internet Explorer and throughout a network, this can easily be down through Group Policy;

 

  • On the domain controller open Active Directory Users and Computers.
  • Right-click the OU or domain you want to apply the policy, click Properties and then the Group Policy tab.
  • Create a Group Policy and Edit it.
  • In Group Policy expand User Configuration -> Windows Settings ->Internet Explorer Maintenance -> Security -> Security Zones and Content Ratings
  • Under Security Zones, choose Import the current security zones settings.
  • Click Modify Settings, add trusted sites and then select OK.
  • Once done click OK and the policy should then be active.

How to take a screenshot on Mac OSX

Finder

There are various ways in which to take a screenshot on your Apple MAC;

 

Take a screenshot of the entire screen

Command-Shift-3: Take a screenshot and then save it as a file on your desktop
Command-Control-Shift-3: Take a screenshot and save it to the clipboard

 

Take a screenshot of a select area

Command-Shift-4, then select an area: this saves it to your desktop
Command-Control-Shift-4, then select an area: this saves it to the clipboard

 

Take a screenshot of a window
Command-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: this saves it to your desktop
Command-Control-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: this saves it to the clipboard

Adding a Signature in Outlook Web Access 2003

Once logged into your webmail, click on ‘Options’ towards the bottom left of the screen. it should look like a small picture of a blank page –

This will give you the options page.

Click the ‘Edit Signature’ Button – located about halfway down the options page. This will pop up a new window –

Type the Signature you wish to be included in outgoing emails, and click ‘Save and Close’. This will close the popup window and drop you to the options screen. Click ‘Save and Close’ on this screen.

Adding a Signature in Outlook Web Access 2007

Once logged into your Outlook Web Access, click on ‘Options’ in the top-right hand corner of the page.

This will give you the following screen –

Put a check mark in ‘Automatically include my signature on outgoing messages.’

Click Save towards the top of the screen.

How to disable write caching to disk in Windows XP

Windows 7 Image

To Disable write caching to disk , follow these simple instructions

1) go to start menu, right click my computer and select properties
Start-right click my comp.

2) you will get a dialog box, select the hardware tab then the device manager button.
system properties

3) expand the “Disk Drive” Category, and select properties.
Disk Drive Properties

4)Select the policies tab
Policies Tab

5)untick “enable write caching on the disk” then reboot your machine.

Asus Tablet, iPad Alternative Released Soon

Asus EP90 Review

Asus EP90 ReviewAsus have announced this week that they joining the craze being set by giants like Apple, HTC and many more, By developing there own tablet for release this year.

Although Asus haven’t yet given a release date they have said it will be out this year, and like many of the tablets currently available on the market the “ASUS EP90” has features like :

10.1-inch WSVGA IPS With Toughened Glass – For Extra Durability
Up to 8 hours Battery Life
2 Cameras 1 on the front and 1 on the back
Wireless : 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Platform
and much more

But the real question is how will it compare with the iPad?

Well the processor on the iPad is Dual Core, but sadly the processor within the EP90 is not Dual Core.

The iPad comes with a 3G Option (Extra Cost) and there is no 3G option on the EP90.

The battery Life of the EP90 is as much as 2 hours less than that of its Apple Counterpart