More Than 500 Useful, Timesaving Keyboard Shortcuts For Windows Vista

Who doesn’t like to save time. These keyboard shortcuts will help you save some time resulting in increase in your productivity.

If you have some shortcuts to be added, please leave a comment and I’ll add them to the list.

ShortEase of Access Keyboard Shortcuts:
Right SHIFT for eight seconds – Turn Filter Keys on and off
Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN (or PRTSCRN) – Turn High Contrast on
or off
Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK – Turn Mouse Keys on or off
SHIFT five times – Turn Sticky Keys on or off
NUM LOCK for five seconds – Turn Toggle Keys on or off
Windows logo key +U – Open the Ease of Access Center

General Keyboard Shortcuts:
F1 – Display Help
CTRL+C – Copy the selected item
CTRL+X – Cut the selected item
CTRL+V – Paste the selected item
CTRL+Z – Undo an action
CTRL+Y – Redo an action
DELETE – Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
SHIFT+DELETE – Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle
Bin first
F2 – Rename the selected item
CTRL+RIGHT ARROW – Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word
CTRL+LEFT ARROW – Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous
word
CTRL+DOWN ARROW – Move the cursor to the beginning of the next
paragraph
CTRL+UP ARROW – Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous
paragraph
CTRL+SHIFT with an arrow key – Select a block of text
SHIFT with any arrow key – Select more than one item in a window or on the
desktop, or select text within a document
CTRL with any arrow key+SPACEBAR – Select multiple individual items in a
window or on the desktop
CTRL+A – Select all items in a document or window
F3 – Search for a file or folder
ALT+ENTER – Display properties for the selected item
ALT+F4 – Close the active item, or exit the active program
ALT+SPACEBAR – Open the shortcut menu for the active window
CTRL+F4 – Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have
multiple documents open simultaneously)
ALT+TAB – Switch between open items
CTRL+ALT+TAB – Use the arrow keys to switch between open items
CTRL+Mouse scroll wheel – Change the size of icons on the desktop
Windows logo key +TAB – Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using
Windows Flip 3-D
CTRL+Windows logo key +TAB – Use the arrow keys to cycle through
programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D
ALT+ESC – Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened
F6 – Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
F4 – Display the Address bar list in Windows Explorer
SHIFT+F10 – Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
CTRL+ESC – Open the Start menu
ALT+underlined letter – Display the corresponding menu
ALT+underlined letter – Perform the menu command (or other underlined
command)
F10 – Activate the menu bar in the active program
RIGHT ARROW – Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu
LEFT ARROW – Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu
F5 – Refresh the active window
ALT+UP ARROW – View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer
ESC – Cancel the current task
CTRL+SHIFT+ESC – Open Task Manager
SHIFT when you insert a CD – Prevent the CD from automatically playing
Dialog Box Keyboard Shortcuts:
CTRL+TAB – Move forward through tabs
CTRL+SHIFT+TAB – Move back through tabs
TAB – Move forward through options
SHIFT+TAB – Move back through options
ALT+underlined letter – Perform the command (or select the option) that goes
with that letter
ENTER – Replaces clicking the mouse for many selected commands
SPACEBAR – Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
Arrow keys – Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons
F1 – Display Help
F4 – Display the items in the active list

Microsoft Windows Logo Keyboard Shortcuts:
Windows logo key – Open or close the Start menu
Windows logo key +PAUSE – Display the System Properties dialog box
Windows logo key +D – Display the desktop
Windows logo key +M – Minimize all windows
Windows logo key +SHIFT+M – Restore minimized windows to the desktop
Windows logo key +E – Open Computer
Windows logo key +F – Search for a file or folder
CTRL+Windows logo key +F – Search for computers (if you are on a network)
Windows logo key +L – Lock your computer or switch users
Windows logo key +R – Open the Run dialog box
Windows logo key +T – Cycle through programs on the taskbar
Windows logo key +TAB – Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using
Windows Flip 3-D
CTRL+Windows logo key +TAB – Use the arrow keys to cycle through
programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D
Windows logo key +SPACEBAR – Bring all gadgets to the front and select
Windows Sidebar
Windows logo key +G – Cycle through Sidebar gadgets
Windows logo key +U – Open Ease of Access Center
Windows logo key +X – Open Windows Mobility Center
Windows logo key with any number key – Open the Quick Launch shortcut
that is in the position that corresponds to the number. For example, Windows
logo key +1 to launch the first shortcut in the Quick Launch menu.

Windows Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts:
CTRL+N – Open a new window
END – Display the bottom of the active window
HOME – Display the top of the active window
F11 – Maximize or minimize the active window
NUM LOCK+ASTERISK (*) on numeric keypad – Display all subfolders under
the selected folder
NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN (+) on numeric keypad – Display the contents of the
selected folder
NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN (-) on numeric keypad – Collapse the selected
folder
LEFT ARROW – Collapse the current selection (if it is expanded), or select
the parent folder
ALT+LEFT ARROW – View the previous folder
RIGHT ARROW – Display the current selection (if it is collapsed), or select
the first subfolder
ALT+RIGHT ARROW – View the next folder
CTRL+Mouse scroll wheel – Change the size and appearance of file and
folder icons
ALT+D – Select the Address bar
Windows Sidebar Keyboard Shortcuts:
Windows logo key +SPACEBAR – Bring all gadgets to the front and select
Sidebar
Windows logo key +G – Cycle through Sidebar gadgets
TAB – Cycle through Sidebar controls

Windows Photo Gallery Keyboard Shortcuts:
CTRL+F – Open the Fix pane
CTRL+P – Print the selected picture
ENTER – View the selected picture at a larger size
CTRL+I – Open or close the Details pane
CTRL+PERIOD (.) – Rotate the picture clockwise
CTRL+COMMA (,) – Rotate the picture counter-clockwise
F2 – Rename the selected item
CTRL+E – Search for an item
ALT+LEFT ARROW – Go back
ALT+RIGHT ARROW – Go forward
PLUS SIGN (+) – Zoom in or resize the picture thumbnail
MINUS SIGN (-) – Zoom out or resize the picture thumbnail
CTRL+Mouse scroll wheel – Change the size of the picture thumbnail
CTRL+B – Best fit
LEFT ARROW – Select the previous item
DOWN ARROW – Select the next item or row
UP ARROW – Previous item (Easel) or previous row (Thumbnail)
PAGE UP – Previous screen
PAGE DOWN – Next screen
HOME – Select the first item
END – Select the last item
DELETE – Move the selected item to the Recycle Bin
SHIFT+DELETE – Permanently delete the selected item
LEFT ARROW – Collapse node
RIGHT ARROW – Expand node

Keyboard Shortcuts For Working With Movie Maker Videos:
J – Move back one frame
K – Pause the playback
L – Move forward one frame
I – Set the start trim point
O – Set the end trim point
M – Split a clip
HOME – Stop and rewind all the way back to the start trim point
ALT+RIGHT ARROW – Advance to the next frame
ALT+LEFT ARROW – Go back to the previous frame
CTRL+K – Stop and rewind playback
CTRL+P – Play from the current location
HOME – Move the start trim point
END – Move to the end trim point
PAGE UP – Seek to nearest split point before the current location
PAGE DOWN – Seek to nearest split point after the current location
Windows Help Viewer Keyboard Shortcuts:
ALT+C – Display the Table of Contents
ALT+N – Display the Connection Settings menu
F10 – Display the Options menu
ALT+LEFT ARROW – Move back to the previously viewed topic
ALT+RIGHT ARROW – Move forward to the next (previously viewed) topic
ALT+A – Display the customer support page
ALT+HOME – Display the Help and Support home page
HOME – Move the to beginning of a topic
END – Move to the end of a topic
CTRL+F – Search the current topic
CTRL+P – Print a topic
F3 – Move to the Search box.

100 Useful Timesaving Keyboard Shortcuts For Windows vista
1. ALT+C-Display the Table of Contents
2. SHIFT+F10-Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
3. CTRL+ESC-Open the Start menu
4. F10-Activate the menu bar in the active program
5. F5-Refresh the active window
6. ALT+UP ARROW-View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer
7. ESC-Cancel the current task
8. CTRL+SHIFT+ESC-Open Task Manager
9. SHIFT when you insert a CD-Prevent the CD from automatically playing
10. ALT+N-Display the Connection Settings menu
11. F10-Display the Options menu
12. ALT+LEFT ARROW-Move back to the previously viewed topic
13. ALT+RIGHT ARROW-Move forward to the next (previously viewed) topic
14. ALT+A-Display the customer support page
15. ALT+HOME-Display the Help and Support home page
16. CTRL+F-Search the current topic
17. CTRL+P-Print a topic
18. F3-Move to the Search box
19. CTRL+C-Copy the selected item
20. CTRL+X-Cut the selected item
21. CTRL+V-Paste the selected item
22. CTRL+Z-Undo an action
23. CTRL+Y-Redo an action
24. SHIFT+DELETE-Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first
25. F2-Rename the selected item
26. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW-Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word
27. CTRL+LEFT ARROW-Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
28. CTRL+DOWN ARROW-Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
29. CTRL+UP ARROW-Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
30. CTRL+SHIFT with an arrow key-Select a block of text
31. SHIFT with any arrow key-Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document
32. CTRL with any arrow key+SPACEBAR-Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
33. CTRL+A-Select all items in a document or window
34. F3-Search for a file or folder
35. ALT+ENTER-Display properties for the selected item
36. ALT+F4-Close the active item, or exit the active program
37. ALT+SPACEBAR-Open the shortcut menu for the active window
38. CTRL+F4-Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
39. ALT+TAB-Switch between open items
40. CTRL+ALT+TAB-Use the arrow keys to switch between open items
41. CTRL+Mouse scroll wheel-Change the size of icons on the desktop
42. Windows logo key +TAB-Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D
43. CTRL+Windows logo key +TAB-Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D
44. ALT+ESC-Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened
45. F6-Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
46. F4-Display the Address bar list in Windows Explorer
47. CTRL+TAB-Move forward through tabs
48. CTRL+SHIFT+TAB-Move back through tabs
49. TAB-Move forward through options
50. SHIFT+TAB-Move back through options
51. ALT+underlined letter-Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter
52. ENTER-Replaces clicking the mouse for many selected commands
53. SPACEBAR-Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
54. Arrow keys-Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons
55. F1-Display Help
56. F4-Display the items in the active list
57. BACKSPACE-Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box
58. CTRL+N-Open a new window
59. END-Display the bottom of the active window
60. HOME-Display the top of the active window
61. 61. F11-Maximize or minimize the active window
62. 62. NUM LOCK+ASTERISK (*) on numeric keypad-Display all subfolders under the selected folder
63. 63. NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN (+) on numeric keypad-Display the contents of the selected folder
64. 64. NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN (-) on numeric keypad-Collapse the selected folder
65. 65. LEFT ARROW-Collapse the current selection (if it is expanded), or select the parent folder
66. 66. ALT+LEFT ARROW-View the previous folder
67. 67. RIGHT ARROW-Display the current selection (if it is collapsed), or select the first subfolder
68. 68. ALT+RIGHT ARROW-View the next folder
69. 69. CTRL+Mouse scroll wheel-Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons
70. 70. ALT+D-Select the Address bar
71. 71. CTRL+F-Open the Fix pane
72. 72. CTRL+P-Print the selected picture
73. 73. ENTER-View the selected picture at a larger size
74. 74. CTRL+I-Open or close the Details pane
75. 75. CTRL+PERIOD (.)-Rotate the picture clockwise
76. 76. CTRL+COMMA (,)-Rotate the picture counter-clockwise
77. 77. F2-Rename the selected item
78. 78. CTRL+E-Search for an item
79. 79. ALT+LEFT ARROW-Go back
80. ALT+RIGHT ARROW-Go forward
81. PLUS SIGN (+)-Zoom in or resize the picture thumbnail
82. MINUS SIGN (-)-Zoom out or resize the picture thumbnail
83. CTRL+Mouse scroll wheel-Change the size of the picture thumbnail
84. CTRL+B-Best fit
85. LEFT ARROW-Select the previous item
86. DOWN ARROW-Select the next item or row
87. UP ARROW-Previous item (Easel) or previous row (Thumbnail)
88. DELETE-Move the selected item to the Recycle Bin
89. SHIFT+DELETE-Permanently delete the selected item
90. LEFT ARROW-Collapse node
91. RIGHT ARROW-Expand node
92. HOME-Stop and rewind all the way back to the start trim point
93. ALT+RIGHT ARROW-Advance to the next frame
94. ALT+LEFT ARROW-Go back to the previous frame
95. CTRL+K-Stop and rewind playback
96. CTRL+P-Play from the current location
97. HOME-Move the start trim point
98. END-Move to the end trim point
99. PAGE UP-Seek to nearest split point before the current location
100. PAGE DOWN-Seek to nearest split point after the current location

How do I paste simple arithmetic equations into a calculator and get results?

Quite some time ago I wrote how to download a free calculator for windows, which can plot graphs and solve complex equations.

Some one wanted to know how to paste simple arithmetic equations into a calculator and get results. Here’s the simple procedure to achieve this:

1. Select the equation in the document.

2. Press CTRL + INS (Insert button as seen on some keyboards) to copy it to the clipboard. Alternatively, press Ctrl + C to copy it.

3. Open Windows Calculator by typing ‘calc’ in the Run box.

Here is a sample equation for you to try. Just copy paste in to the calculator.

14*10+20+2=

Result is 162.

4. Press Ctrl + V

5. The equation gets evaluated and the result displayed.

Note: – If your equation does not have an equal to sign (=) you’ll need to press enter key once to get the result. Easier way will be to add an equal to sign (=) at the end of all your equations :).

How To Get Large Icons On Vista Desktop?

I did write about some of Microsoft Windows XP tips and tricks earlier on. Those tips were aimed at XP users, and this time around it’s for the Vista users :).

Vista is known for having an excellent and extremely lively interface for users. Here’s a tip on how to get large display icons on desktop.

1) Click on your Desktop.

2) press Ctrl + Scroll Up. (This works in any folder too).

Alternatively, you can make them larger then when you select Large Icons from the menu

(Right Click -> View -> Large Icons).

Pretty easy one to get it going :).

How To Disable The Security Centre Alerts in Windows XP

Windows XP SP2 comes with loads of security features but also with its own share of constantly bugging remainders regarding antivirus, firewall and windows update.

This post will teach you how to disable those tiny little balloon tips. 😉

Click on the warning balloon when it pops up. It will open the security centre.

Now the last option from top that reads “Change the way security centre alerts me”

Now it will show a box with three options and three checkboxes corresponding to them.

I would recommend un-checking all three checkboxes to prevent any more of such nagging tips.

Another option is to disable the security centre service that is running by accessing the service menu by typing the following command in the RUN dialog.

Services.msc

Find the security centre service and double clicking on it will reveal its properties. Just change the start-up type to Disabled.

Windows Vista Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are some commonly used Windows Vista Shortcuts. The Flip 3-D shortcuts will only work on versions of Vista that have the feature.

Ctrl+Shift+Esc:-Opens the Task Manager.

Ctrl+Alt+Del:-Opens Tasks Screen.

Ctrl+Shift+Enter: – Run an executable with elevated privileges (admin)

Windows logo key + 1-0:- Launch the shortcuts on the Quick Launch toolbar

Windows logo key + T: – Cycles through programs on the taskbar

Windows logo key+ Tab: – Cycles through programs on the taskbar by using Flip 3-D

Ctrl+Windows logo key + Tab: – Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Flip 3-D

Windows logo key+Spacebar: – Bring all gadgets to the front and select Windows Sidebar

Windows logo key+G: – Cycles through Sidebar gadgets

Windows logo key+X: – Open Windows Mobility Centre

Open a folder and press & release Alt: – Show Menu Bar (also works in Internet Explorer)

Free Study notes and class lectures from leading Universities

‘Computer Applications’ is a vast area. There are great deal of computer reference books and materials available online. It’s not necessary that one has to buy most of the books. In fact, it’s practically impossible to buy all those hefty priced reference books. So, I decided to use Google and lurked around for free information. I was not surprised to find that most of the leading universities offered courseware, lecture slides and pdf documents free.

It was useful for me, so it definitely will be useful for a whole lot of other folks. I’ve collected a list of links to the sites where you get free resource/information:

1) The UC Berkeley University courseware.

The number 1 public school in the US offers podcasts and webcasts of their professors lecturing. There are varieties of subjects offered in here. All the subjects tracked by means of RSS feeds so that you can come to know when there is a new lecture available. There are printable notes and even homework is available on the professor’s homepage. The professor’s homepage is available by means of Google search with the name of the professor.

Here are the links to the pages.

UC Berkeley Webcasts

Google Videos page for UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley RSS Feed

Note: – The UC Berkeley’s webcasts are generally in the Real Player format. Therefore, I would advise you to get either the Real Player or the Media Player Classic for XP or 2000 with the Real Alternative Plug-in.

2) MIT Open Courseware.

One of my favourite geek towns of the world MIT is now offering its notes on an open domain. It contains lectures slides and pdf along with homework and even test papers. Sadly, they do not have video lectures like UCB. I did refer them for my Graph theory papers and the notes were nice. The best part is that you can download the entire lecture as a single zip file. It shall include all the lecture notes and slides.

Here are the links.

MIT Open Courseware Course Listings

MIT Open Courseware Online Textbooks

MIT World Public Videos

MIT Podcast: Zigzag (for all you iPod geeks out there)

A Google search link that gives MIT Courses with Video Lectures

3) Carnegie Mellon’s Open learning initiative.

Carnegie Mellon’s ratings almost reach to the shoulders of that of Berkeley’s. Now the registered mode on this website lets you keep a track of your scores and progress across learning courses. They offer 11 courses and most assisted by powerful and interactive Java applets for practice and testing and a collection of e-books that can be section wise viewed inside your web browser.

Here is the link: – Carnegie Mellon OLI

4) Utah State Open Courseware.

The structure here is quite similar to that of MIT but fairly larger course listing is available here.

Here is the link: – Utah State Course Listings

5) Tufts Open Courseware.

Massachusetts based Tufts University also offers its share of the Open Courseware.

Here is where to find it. Tufts Open Course Listings

6) OpenLearn

OpenLearn is a European initiative. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation support the website. The site contains many courses and a different style of content management. It does look like a large educational e-book library complete with forums for each course and contents.

OpenLearn

7) Connexions

CNX.org developed by Rice University is an open content library of the university’s course materials. The database is newbie friendly and it is easy to find contents. They also have content e-books for higher learning to choose.

Connexions Course List

Home of Connexions

8) University of Washington (Computer Science and Engineering)

Here you will find lectures, class notes and even some videos lectures of Washington University’s CS and Engineering departments.

Here is the link to course and video lectures.

9) Wikiversity

Wiki has always been a very nice source of knowledge. Similarly, Wikiversity is a community that contains detailed guides for all subjects ranging from languages to sciences.

Wikiversity & Wikibooks

10) Archive.org Education.

This site contains archived articles and lectures from various sources. Now there are around 1400 educational resources on this website.

Archive.org Education

I have listed below are some other miscellaneous unsorted links providing resources on various other sources of knowledge. J Have fun exploring them.

http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/conversations/
http://graduateschool.paristech.org/?langue=EN
http://www.researchchannel.org/prog/
http://mitworld.mit.edu/
http://www.princeton.edu/WebMedia/lectures/
http://ci.columbia.edu/ci/
http://www.law.duke.edu/webcast/index.html
http://www.hno.harvard.edu/multimedia/video_mm.html
http://www.law.georgetown.edu/sci/sls.html#Presentations
http://athome.harvard.edu/archive/archive.asp
http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/multimedia/videoarchive.html
http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/webcasts/
http://webcast.oii.ox.ac.uk/?view=Default
http://www.princeton.edu/WebMedia/lectures/
http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/news/audiovideo.html
http://shc.stanford.edu/events/archive.htm
http://www.oid.ucla.edu/Webcast/
http://www.yale.edu/yale300/democracy/mediatranscripts.htm
http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/video.jsp

Keep on adding links if you can find more, leave comments with links to the sources and I’ll update the list.

Download A Free Calculator Capable Of Plotting Graphs And Solving Complex Equations

If you are looking around to download a free, powerful calculator, which is capable of plotting graphs and solving complex equations for XP, then your search ends here.

Microsoft Powertoys provides such a calculator for free download Powertoy from Microsoft Site.

This Calculator lets you create graphs, solve equations and comes packed with a whole bunch of other advanced features.

It’s free for XP , MediaCenter users.

Simply Download it, install it. Access it from

Start -> All Programs -> Powertoys for XP ->Powertoy Calculator.

For example a Sin Curve can be plotted on this calculator by filling in values for :

Sine wave: f(x)=sin(x)

How To Send exe,dll,ocx,bat,zip,tar,tgz,taz,z,gz Files Through GMAIL

Tutorial to send Executable files like exe, dll, ocx, bat, zip, tar, tgz, taz, z, gz Files Through GMAIL.

The world is slowly shifting towards GMail, easy-to-use interface, a lot of services integrated making life easier,, ajax loading, inline chat, lot more to name.

The other day, I wanted send across an .exe file to a friend of mine, and figured there was no way to send it directly. As part of security measure, GMail does not allow you to send or receive any executable.

In fact, none of the the files ending with “exe, dll, ocx, bat, zip, tar, tgz, taz, z, gz” can get though the Gmail Virus – scanner. Here are some simple ways you can work around this problem:

1) Rename the extension of the exe files to some .jpeg, .bmp or .txt. For example, if the file you want to send is “example.exe or example.bat“, rename the file as “example.jpeg or example.bmp” and send it over. Do not forget to notify the receivers to change the extension back to the original file extension.

2) Another simpler solution is to create self-extracting RAR archive containing your executable file and attach it to your Gmail e-mail (that rhymes ;)). Surprisingly, Gmail doesn’t scan RAR archives for the contents. You can use Winrar for creating RAR archives.

If you do not have Winrar, you can download it for free from here.

**Update** –

If this post doesn’t solve your problem, please read the updated post here.

How to install Reliance Net Connect Data Card on Windows Vista x64

Update #1 : A Few incoming searches show that people are looking for Reliance NetConnect Software. You can find Reliance NetConnect software for Machintosh, Windows and Linux here : http://www.reliancecommunications.co.in/webapp/Communications/jsp/RConnect/rconnectsearch1.jsp

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This tutorial teaches how to install Reliance Net Connect Data Card on Windows Vista x64.

I recently picked up Huawei Reliance Netconnect datacard from a company outlet in Bengaluru. I currently am on Vista 64 and wanted to make sure if the Reliance Data card was a plug-n-play or if I needed any extra drivers installed on my system to get the net-card up and running. The guys at the counter confirmed that I would be getting all the necessary softwares for Windows Vista, which left me satisfied.

Little did I know, the customer support had no idea what a 64-bit OS was! When I got the net-card, I realized they had given me 32-bit Vista drivers. The whole experience got worse, being a weird OS that Vista 64 is, it didn’t accept my datacard. The worst was yet to come, the official reliance website didn’t have any drivers for 64 bit.

I had no option but hope that Google would solve my problem. As expected the proficient Google did not let me down. My searching skills coupled with my luck I found all the required drivers on some Thailand Hutchison website.

Here’s the link to Reliance Net Connect Data Card drivers for Windows x64.

Download all the necessary drivers on to your system. Quite a catch, since you do not have net connection yet right 😉 .. You can get it on to your pen drive from the nearest Cyber cafe.

Installing the data card and getting it to work is a very simple process. Must say Reliance folks have Done a great job here.

1> Plug in the datacard and when it asks for the drivers, point to the location where the downloaded drivers are located.

2> Install the dialer software which is packed in the cd-rom.

After installation the application pops up and looks like this.

How to install Reliance Net Connect Data Card on Windows Vista x64

Now the card is online. The next step is to ‘Create a connection‘.

1> Go to Settings->Network Connection Settings.

2> Select New from the dialog box.

3> Put in the username and password as your phone number.

That’s it, you are all set to rock online!!

How to install Reliance Net Connect Data Card on Windows Vista x64

How to install Reliance Net Connect Data Card on Windows Vista x64

The new connection dialog box.

Now there’s another problem with Vista and the dialer software. It keeps on crashing. And there is no known solution to it, atleast not any that I know of. Even though the software crashes, the net connection continues to work fine. The problem is when one wants to disconnect, a re-start of the ‘software’ is necessary.

I’m trying to find a working update to this problem. So expect an update to this article soon ;).

Update from Tiblu ( 7th October 2008 ):

You can download drivers and manuals for Hutch Wireless Card, Airlink MCC510 Wireless Modem, Data Card
USB Modem, USB Modem Huawei USB, Sierra 580, USB Modem Huawei EC226, USB Modem Hutch EC121 from http://www.hutch.co.th/download/dl_device_th.htm

Problem While Double-Clicking To Open A Flash Drive

Your flash drive doesn’t open when you double-click on the “drive icon” in Windows Explorer, frustrating isn’t it. Most of us have experienced/experience this problem with our flash drives. Thanks to some of the generous Virus and Trojans on our system, which we “inculcate” into our drives from other systems.

This one became a frequent problem and I had to do something to get rid of it. So here’s a “fix / workaround”. You need to “clean” the flash drive first and cleaning the drive is just half the thing. Because the double click actions are stored in a file inside your flash drive named “autorun.inf”. Now this file is generally not visible, not even if you have your show hidden files setting is enabled. The reason is that it is a system file.

 problems-while-double-clicking-to-open-a-flash-drive.JPG

This file will contain the root entries, of what files are to be executed when a double click on the flash drive icon is performed. A normal virus scan doesn’t remove these entries from the autorun file, as applications, under normal conditions, do not have the permission to interact or edit files with system attribute.

Plug in your flash drive. Open the command prompt and change directory to be in the root directory of your flash drive. Now type the following command.

attrib –s –h autorun.inf

Make sure you are in the root/main directory of your flash drive. Now after this command executes. The autorun.inf file should be visible. The contents should be somewhat similar to the one shown below.

[autorun]

open=.\Recycler\AutoLaunch.exe

“The above command governs what the default double click action will be do.”

The following entries are the modified right click entries. These right click entries were hacked to run different Trojan executables.

shell\1=Open

shell\1\Command=.\Recycler\AutoLaunch.exe

shell\2\=Explore

shell\2\Command=.\Recycler\AutoLaunch.exe

shellexecute=.\Recycler\AutoLaunch.exe

Coming to the clean up part:

Delete all the lines except the first [autorun]. And save the file. Go to the command prompt again and type the following command:

attrib +h +s autorun.inf.

This should help you solve the double click-to-open issues of your flash drive.

And you can also find out where the Trojan executables are residing. For example in the above case the executables can be found inside Recycler folder, again another hidden folder.