Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Set up network connection in a hotel

"Black-white 2 Vista" icon themeImage via Wikipedia

Your hotel has a wireless connection and you have a laptop with Windows Vista Business.  Your laptop already has a connection for another wireless network.  This connection allows your co-workers to access documents in the Public folder, located at C:\\Users\Public folder.  Your co-workers need to access these documents without providing authorization.  You need to connect to the hotel's wireless network without worrying about whether other hotel customers can access the documents.

You need to configure your laptop to allow you to switch between the networks seamlessly.

Change the hotel's wireless network to Public.  Turn off password protection.  Turn on network discovery.
Changing the hotel's wireless network to Public disables network discovery by default.  This prevents other hotel customers from viewing your computer.  Public does not mean your documents are public.  It means you are in a public place. Turning off password protection and turning on network discovery allows your co-workers to access the documents located on your laptop without providing authorization.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Windows Aero features not displayed in Windows Vista

When you finally get it installed it looks pretty.Image by David Reeves via Flickr

Your Windows Vista computer's windows Aero features are not being displayed.  What is the problem?

You need to make sure you have the correct hardware installed, first and foremost.  To improve performance, Windows Vista disables Aero unless it detects appropriate hardware to support it.  Make sure your computer has a WDDM-compatible 128 MB graphics card that supports DirectX 9.0 and Pixel Shader 2.0.  The minimum requirements are:

  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB of random accesss memory (RAM)
  • 128 MB graphics card
For optimal results, you should make sure the color is set to 32 bit, the the monitor refresh rate is higher than 10 hertz (Hz), the theme is set to Windows Vista, the color scheme is set to Windows Aero‌, and window frame transparency is on.


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