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A collection of various knowledgebase articles dealing with Microsoft Windows

How to congfigure your PC to use Googles DNS system

Goolge LogoGoogle has just launched its free DNS called Google Public DNS, which is a faster way to resolve DNS queries using its DNS servers . It uses the DNS cache on Google's DNS servers to resolve queies faster and in turn, takes you faster to the web page you requested.  DNS stands for Domain Name System and basically translates numeric IP addresses of servers that host web content into words. In addition to the fact that it can resolve DNS queries faster, Google's DNS also has security safeguards built in that prevent spoofing attacks. Spoofing attaks are when you think a website belongs to let's say a Bank but it does not really, the web page shown looks like exactly of that your Banks website but it is another website altogether, put in place for malicious purposes. In this article we will show you, in easy steps as how you can configure your Windows computer to use Google's DNS instead of the one provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

How to recover emails after shift deleting them in Outlook

If you use Outlook and work with an Microsoft Exchange or any other LDAP server, this information might be useful to you. You might have recovered emails from your deleted items folder and later realized that you needed them. Microsoft Exchange gives users the ability to recover their deleted emails if the retention is set right on the server. Retention means, the server can still maintain messages that you have deleted in its database even after you delete them from your deleted items folder.

However, recovery of deleted items through retention is possible for items deleted from deleted items folder only. If you shift + delete a message, it does not go to your deleted items folder, it gets permanently deleted. This article shows you how to recover your 'permanently deleted' email messages, that you deleted using shift delete.

How to turn on file extensions and hidden files viewing in Windows 7

A lot of folks are either making or going to make the transition from their current Windows operating system to the newly released Windows 7. Windows 7 is available already for download to Microsoft Partners and Technet users. There are a lot of end users who are jumping direct from Windows XP to Windows 7. If you are browsing Windows 7 using Windows Explorer to look at your files and folders, you might find that as usual by default the "file extensions of known file types" are turned off and "hidden files" are not visible either. Our quick tip today shows how to enable these in 4 easy clicks.

How to slipstream your Windows installation using nLite

Have you ever installed Windows on a new machine from scratch using the Windows OS CD and found out that after the install was complete, you had to do at least 70 plus updates from Microsoft to bring your installation up to date ? This usually takes a lot of time and effort, but its a necessary evil as you do need to patch your system for all those existing vulnerabilities. Today, we will go through the process of "SlipStreaming" a Windows installation with you. It means, that you create a new installation media (a new install CD) which has all the updates built into it, so you don't have to sit around doing updates once it has finished installing the Operating System

How to connect using a VPN in Windows 7

The VPN as most of you might be knowing stands for a Virtual Private Network. It ha gained immense popularity today as it has become a secure way of connecting to a network. Folks who telecommute or work from home must have this. Our article today, discusses how you can configure your Windows 7 machine to connect to a Microsoft based PPTP (Point to Point Tunneling protocol) VPN. The step by step article with screen captures will walk you through in connecting to your work network using the secure VPN.