Microsoft confirms takeover of Skype

Microsoft has confirmed that it has agreed to buy internet phone service Skype.

The deal will see Microsoft pay $8.5bn (£5.2bn) for Skype, making it Microsoft’s largest acquisition.

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said: “Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world. Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues anywhere in the world.”

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Video Chat on Facebook – Available Soon

At present, Facebook users update message and status through their profile, and share photos but the addition of video chat will bring an interesting change to their account.

This move will strengthen Facebook’s position in the social networking market.

Facebook at present is the most influential and one of the biggest social networking sites in the world having over 500 million active users.

Link : http://www.facebook.com/videocalling

 

Enable/Disable Windows 7 System Protection

System Protection creates and saves information about your computer’s system files and settings on a regular basis, it basically creates system restore points so that you may restore your system back to an old state in case of any disaster or unwanted circumstance.

To do this, please follow the steps,

First of all right click the Computer icon on your desktop and choose the Properties option, then click the System protection option

in the System Properties dialogue box, select the disk on which you want to enable System Protection. for example if you choose C Drice, then you have to click the Configure button to proceed further.

in the System Properties dialogue box, choose the disk on which you want to enable the function of System Protection. Just as an example, I have chosen D drive, click the Configure button to proceed further. also you can limit the amount of space that takes to store the file on the Disk.

Click OK and the system protection feature will be enabled. To disable it you have to reverse the settings you have done in the particular dialog boxes.

cipher command

The cipher.exe command is an external command that is available in Windows 200, XP, Vista, and 7, and displays or alters the encryption of directories [files] on NTFS partitions.

Syntax :

CIPHER [/E | /D] [/S:dir] [/A] [/I] [/F] [/Q] [/H] [/K] [pathname […]]

CIPHER /W:directory

CIPHER /X[:efsfile] [filename]

Descriptions of the Syntax Parameters : 

/E – Encrypts the specified directories. Directories will be marked so that files added afterward will be encrypted.
/D – Decrypts the specified directories. Directories will be marked so that files added afterward will not be encrypted.
/F – Forces the encryption operation on all specified objects, even those that are already encrypted.
/X – Backup EFS certificate and keys into file filename. If efsfile is provided, the current user’s certificate(s) used to encrypt the file will be backed up.
/W – Removes data from available unused disk space on the entire volume.

Adding Applications to the Desktop Context Menu

First you must open the regedit Application by going into Run Command, then type the regedit and press Enter, Then navigate to the Following Key,

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell

Next, you’ll want to create a new key underneath the shell key, the name of which is exactly what is going to show up on the desktop menu. Right-click on the “shell” key, and then choose New \ Key from the menu.

Give the new key the name that you want to show up on the desktop context menu. For this example we’ll be using Notepad.

Optional: If you want to assign an “Alt” key to this menu entry for quicker access, you can change the (Default) value on the right and put an & character in front of the key you want to use. For instance, if you wanted to be able to just use the N key to launch Notepad once the desktop context menu pops up, you can do this:

Next you’ll need to create the command key that will actually hold the command used to launch the application. Right-click on the new Notepad key, and then choose New \ Key from the menu. Give this key the name “command” in lowercase.

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Disable Win+X Shortcut Keys on Windows 7

Step 01 :

Open the Registry Editor, Type regedit in the Start Menu Search Option, and click on the Link.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Create a 32-bit DWORD value called NoWinKeys and set the value to 1.

Note : You have to log off from the System to take effect the settings.

Step 02 :

Create a Notepad File and put this code into it, then save it on the desktop and execute it, now you double click on it to enable it,

To disable :

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoWinKeys"=dword:00000001

To enable :

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoWinKeys"=-

Remove “Shortcut” Text From New Shortcuts in Windows 7

Step 01 :

Open up regedit.exe through the start menu search box, and then browse down to the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

On the right-hand side you’ll find a key that is just called “link”, with a default value of 1e 00 00 00. Open this key up and change the 1e to 00 instead, leaving you with 00 00 00 00.

You’ll have to log off and then back on to make this change take effect. Please note that this won’t affect existing shortcuts, only shortcuts that you create from now on.

Step 02 :

Create a Notepad File and put this code into it, then save it on the desktop and execute it, now you double click on it to enable it,

Removes the shortcut text from new shortcut

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"link"=hex:00,00,00,00

Restores the setting back to the default

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"link"=hex:1e,00,00,00