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    in reply to: Desktop.ini files #380994

    Re: Desktop.ini files

    And here is the registry key:

    Type: REG_DWORD
    Value: 1

    For a complete lock-down – no right-click menu for changing personalization etc.:

    Type: REG_DWORD
    Value: 1

    (the odd spaces in the registry keys CurrentVersion are generated by the forum, and are not intentional)

    If you still want shortcuts available from the desktop, right-click the Taskbar, select Toolbars, Links.

    The Links pop-up menu is opened by clicking on the >> icon to the right of “Links”. Drop your shortcuts onto “Links” and you will get a popup telling you that the shortcut will + Copy to Favourites Bar, or Create link to Favourites Bar.

    (Links used to be available on the Explorer toolbar in XP, but it is not there now.)

    Now you have all that real estate available on your desktop, Active desktop has not been available since Windows 2003 and XP. Shame 8)

    in reply to: Reduce fixed .vhd size? #380993

    Re: Reduce fixed .vhd size?

    DavidMorris;227556 wrote:
    I would like to reduce the size of my .vhd from 128GB to 64GB.

    I am running WIN 7 Pro with Windows Virtual PC. I have a 232GB drive with 190GB used and 128GB of this is my .vhd. I am only using 8GB of the 128GB .vhd.

    To change the size, I suspect I will have to move my data from the virtual drive, uninstall and reinstall the XP Mode to set it up with a fixed 64GB size, reinstall all the XP software and move the data back.

    Please tell me if this is true and, even better, if there is way to reduce the .vhd to a fixed 64GB without all the software uninstalling / reinstalling.

    Thanks, David

    Do not consider compacting the VHD using the Virtual PC virtual hard disk modify utility. it will make very little difference to the VHD size, even if you precompact using a utility like the Virtual PC 2007 precompactor iso.

    However, if you convert a virtual disk image to a .wim file, it will not only ignore certain big, recreatable files like pagefile.sys, hiberfil.sys and all your old restore points, it will also compress it considerably. You should then be able to restore the image to your newly created empty smaller VHD. Lots of information and downloadable tools and stuff if you google for phrases like:

    vhd to wim

    It’s all surprisingly fast too, considering the amount of data processed.

    I am sure there are other cloning diskimage tools, like Acronis, Easeus etc that will do a similar job.

    in reply to: Desktop.ini files #380992

    Re: Desktop.ini files

    janetb;223715 wrote:
    I want to show BOTH hidden files AND protected system files—BUT NOT on my desktop.

    Is this possible?

    Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

    Hi, its my first post here, but it’s the thread that drew me here in the first place. So, although it is a few months old, there is a way for the OP to have her hidden and system files displayed in their folders, but not on the desktop.

    I have a minimalist Windows 7 desktop without any icons whatsoever. Yes it is possible.

    It’s running as a VMWare Player Virtual machine on a Ubuntu host, and as far as I know it is not kosher – it’s one of eXPerience’s early lite versions, kept in limbo, without updates, and I occasionally refer to it to see how some features of Windows 7 operate differently from XP or Vista, when I am working on Linux.

    Here’s how it is done.

    It has RemoteApp and Desktop Connections selected, but has no connections to a remote desktop. (see here for a description: technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd560658(WS.10).aspx) (you will have to make the full url yourself since it is a first post here)

    The real desktop folder has a standard bunch of icons and shortcuts, and just behaves like any other folder.

    There are no icons visible, not even a single recycle bin, or desktop.ini, just a rather calm study of azalea flowers against a leafy background. I’ve uploaded an image or three here:


    Three of the images are fullsize if you double-click them.


    Re: Problem that seemed simple, but has confounded me! Recover Delted Items window e

    I checked the “recover items” using OWA and it works fine, but for some reason, it doesn’t work while using Outlook 2003. So the rention settings are working but for some reason, not while using Outlook. Right now, if they want to recover they must use OWA. Anyone have any other ideas?

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