Thursday, September 23, 2010

IE9: Top keyboard shortcuts

Set aside your mouse and use these keyboard shortcuts to help keep you browsing more efficiently. In Internet Explorer 9, some of your most frequent and essential tasks can be accomplished more quickly by using the keyboard.

Press this

To do this


Show the menu bar. After you make a selection, the menu bar goes away.


Go to your homepage.


View your favorites, feeds, and browsing history.


Open Download Manager.


Highlight the text in the Address bar.


Add a webpage to your favorites.


Organize your favorites.

How to uninstall Internet Explorer 9

Some users may have installed the beta of IE9 to just to have a sneak peak of it and want to go back to a previous version of Internet Explorer after testing the beta release on their computer. The question came up if the installation of Internet Explorer 9 affects another version of Internet Explorer on the operating system. The answer to that question was yes: Internet Explorer 9 replaces an older version of Internet Explorer during installation. So you need to uninstall IE9 to go back to stable version of Internet Explorer.
Unlike most other programs on your computer, however, you won't find IE9 listed on the Uninstall or change a program screen. Windows Internet Explorer 9 has been installed as a system update in the operating system.

Here's what you need to do to uninstall IE9 on Windows Vista or Windows 7:

  • Click Win+R and type appwiz.cpl. click your windows button and type view updates in the search box
  • Once the results appear, click view installed updates
      Don't want to search? Press Win+R and paste in the following:
      C:\Windows\explorer.exe shell:::{d450a8a1-9568-45c7-9c0e-b4f9fb4537bd}
      then press Enter.
  • Wait for the Uninstall an update screen to load completely
  • Scroll through the list until you find Windows Internet Explorer 9 (see fig below)
  • Click once to highlight IE9, then click the uninstall button (or right-click and uninstall)
  • Confirm that you want to uninstall (click yes)


  • Click one of the following:
    • Restart now (to finish the process of uninstalling Internet Explorer 9, and restore the previous version of Internet Explorer).

    • Restart later (to wait until you shut down or restart your computer).

    Hope this helps!

    Saturday, September 18, 2010

    How to solve Internet Explorer 9 installation problems?

    Problems having installing IE9 on Vista, Windows7 or Windows 2008. Here is a beautiful summary of troubleshooting these issues from Microsoft. This URL have all the necessary information about Pre requisites and resolutions.

    Click this URL for more information.

    Thursday, September 16, 2010

    "LM/W3SVC/1/root/webapplication" already exists. Please choose a different alias.

    This is the very common error that any web programmer can face when we web share a folder.The solution is to remove the virtual directory entry from the IIS window. But what if the entry does not exist in the IIS window. This situation comes when you delete/move the folder from the c:\inetpub\wwwroot folder before deleting its virtual directory. So the solution is to remove the virtual directory entry from the IIS.

    Here is the Procedure to remove virtual directory entry from the IIS database?

    Here are the 3 ways how we can do this.

    1. Use following command

    iisweb /delete WebSite [WebSite...][/s Computer [/u[Domain\]User/p Password]]

    You can get more help on this from here.

    2. Recreate the folder with the same name in the c:\inetpub\wwwroot and then restart the IIS (use iisreset.exe). You will see the virtual directory with the same name in the IIS window, now remove the virtual directory from IIS.

    3. Use the following command by opening the command prompt.
    c:\inetpub\wwwroot\cscript adsutil.vbs DELETE "W3SVC\1\root\"

    For more information on adsutil.vbs.

    Hope this helps.

    Micrsoft launches new explorer IE9 beta

    Microsoft is back to take its internet explorer turf from Google Chrome and Firefox with newly launched beta version of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9). Microsoft claims that IE9 delivers faster speed as it uses HTML5 and new web technologies like CSS3 and SVG2 and GPU for acceleration.

    Check out the new developer capabilities of Internet Explorer 9 here at IE9 Test Drive.

    IE9 will only be available for Windows Vista and Windows 7 -- those still using XP will have to stay with IE8.

    There are many new features in IE9.

    Some of them are listed below,

    - A completely new design
    - Pinned sites
    - A download manager
    - Enhanced tabs
    - New tab page
    - Search directly in the address bar
    - Notification bar
    - Add-on performance advisor
    - Hardware acceleration.

    Using Internet Explorer 9, you can pin sites like Hotmail, CNN and Facebook to your taskbar and then launch them like an app. To pin, just grab the tab in the browser and drag it to your taskbar.

    You can Download IE9 beta from this link.

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

    Copying Outlook rules and alerts to another machine

    In order to quickly configure the same Outlook rules on many computers, first they must be configured on one computer and exported to a RWZ file. For this, in the Rules and Alerts dialog click the Options button and then Export Rules. Now the rules can be exported to other computers by selecting the Rules and Alerts dialog, the Options button and Import Rules. See below Figure for reference.


    Monday, September 13, 2010

    Firefox: Windows Authentication

    Do you have an Intranet or a similar web site that requires the use of Integrated Windows Authentication? If so the default Firefox browser settings will always prompt you for a username and password first before accessing a site using Integrated Window Authentication.

    Fortunately Firefox has the slick ability to easily modify it's configuration to use Integrated Windows Authentication.

    Configure Firefox

    To enable windows authentication on your domain.

    1. Open Firefox

    2. Navigate to the url about:config

    3. Locate the following preference names and put as the value the comma separated values of the address roots.




    Your value should look something like these localhost, server1, server2, serverX.. etc.

    Saturday, September 11, 2010

    2010 Airtel Champions League Twenty20 Match Schedule

    Cricket is back after controversies. Here is the schedule for the matches. Download full schedule from here.

    What is Thumbs.db?

    The default behavior for many folders in Windows Operating System is to display thumbnail images of the files in the folder. This is primarily true of folders created from digital cameras or filed under the My Videos and My Pictures folders. Thumbs.db is Microsoft's way of caching thumbnail images of any image or movie file in a folder. The idea behind creating a thumbnail cache is to improve the speed of displaying thumbnails the next time you open the folder by caching a set of thumbnails for the image and video files in the folder. If you hadn't seen this file in your folders previously it's likely you didn't have Show hidden files and folders enabled. Deleting the Thumbs.db file simply deletes that cache, which is regenerated the next time you view the folder contents. It is possible to configure Windows to never cache thumbnails.

    To turn off thumbnail caching, open Tools > Options in Windows Explorer and click on the View tab. Check the box next to Do not cache thumbnails and click OK.


    Thursday, September 02, 2010

    How to: Return Quarter by Month

    This is how we can get specified quarter by month. Example code

    private string returnQuarterPeriod(string month)
            string strReturn = "";
                int iMonth = DateTime.Parse(month).Month;
                if (iMonth <= 3)
                { return "1"; }
                else if (iMonth >= 4 && iMonth <= 6)
                { return "2"; }
                else if (iMonth >= 7 && iMonth <= 9)
                { return "3"; }
                else if (iMonth >= 10 && iMonth <= 12)
                { return "4"; }
                    //Something probably is wrong 
                    return "0";
            catch (Exception ex)
                throw ex;
            return strReturn;

    Hope this helps!