Gadgets Not Loading or Missing from The Desktop

If Windows Gadgets are not loading or are missing from the Desktop, try the following: Use Task Manager to end the sidebar.exe process Right-click on the Desktop and select Gadgets from the Context Menu to restart sidebar.exe Microsoft recommends disabling the Windows Sidebar and Gadgets because of security concerns. Microsoft Security Advisory (2719662): Vulnerabilities in … Read more

HyperTerminal is no longer part of Windows

OS Windows 7, Windows Vista According to Microsoft, “HyperTerminal is no longer part of Windows.” Purpose of HyperTerminal HyperTerminal is a terminal emulation program that supports communications over TCP/IP networks, Modems, and serial COM ports. I use HyperTerminal to connect, via the serial port, to the console port on Cisco switches and routers. This lets … Read more

Show Extensions for Known Files Types

I like to see the file extensions. I want to know while file types I’m looking at, regardless of whether the thumbnail icon is correct or not. In Windows Explorer, choose Organize > Folder and Search Options. Click the View tab in the Folder Options dialog box. In Advanced Settings, deselect Hide Extensions For Known … Read more

Unidentified Network – Local Only Access

Alternate title: Unable to Connect to the Internet OS: Windows Vista Business Router: Linksys BEFSR41, and Cisco Problem Description Upon connecting to a new network, “Access” in Network and Sharing Center indicates that the connection is “Local Only” instead of “Local and Internet.” Windows Vista firewall is enabled, but no recent changes were made System … Read more