trick with Vista / Windows 7
This is good to know if your using Vista or Windows 7
Click on the calendar hidden under the clock in the lower
right-hand corner of the taskbar.
(Don't click the time but click under it or to the right of
It's a quick way to check dates.
Click the left and right arrows surrounding the month to
check dates in the future or past as well.
The day and date at the top of the window masquerades as a
hyperlink, but left and right clicks don't take you
But if you are in a different day/month, it will link you
back to today.
Even odder is the fact that the month-and-year link between
those arrows masquerades as ordinary text:
Click the text between the < > once to zoom the calendar out
to view all months, a second time to zoom out to view recent
and upcoming years, and one last time to view entire
Networking XP and Vista
Computers in a peer-to-peer network are linked together by a
device called a Router that works a bit like a telephone
exchange. PCs connect to the router through an Ethernet
cable or by a two-way wireless or Wi-Fi link and these days
many routers also have a built-in broadband modem so that
all of the computers can connect to the Internet. It's a
reasonably simple arrangement and files, folders, complete
drives and peripherals like printers connected to PCs in the
network can be shared by other computers.
These days that's really all you need to know.
There are two basic problems. Microsoft changed the
Workgroup naming convention in Vista and introduced a new
feature called Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD), which
Vista uses to recognise other Vista PCs on a network. The
trouble is, without LLTD XP computers are effectively
invisible to Vista PCs but we'll finish off this week by
addressing the Workgroup naming problem and save the LLTD
glitch for part two.
As you may know in order to exchange or share files all of
the computers in a network have to be part of the same
Workgroup. Normally it's not something you need to worry
about because Windows automatically assigns a default
Workgroup name, which in XP is 'Mshome'. Most users don't
bother to change it so that when a new XP PC is connected to
the network it usually hooks up to the network without too
much fuss. However, the default Workgroup name in Vista is
'Workgroup', so when you add a Vista PC to a XP network it
won't be recognised.
The solution is simple; change the Vista PC's Workgroup name
to Mshome. Better yet, dump the defaults and set up a new
Workgroup name, the only proviso is that it must be the same
for all PCs.
In XP open System Properties and the quick and simple way is
to press Winkey + Break. (Alternatively right-click My
Computer and select Properties or if you want to go the
exotic route, go to Run on the Start menu and type 'sysdm.cpl').
When the dialogue box opens select the Computer Name tab and
click the Change button. Enter your new name in the
Workgroup box, click OK and follow the prompts to reboot the
The procedure is essentially the same in Vista and to get to
the Workgroup name box press Winkey + Break then Advanced
System Settings > Computer Name. (You can also right-click
Computer > Properties > Advanced System Settings > Computer
Name, or type 'sysdm.cpl' in Search on the Start menu).
Again once the new name has been entered the PC must be
rebooted for the change to take effect.
You should now be able to see the shared files and folders
on a Vista PC, on your XP computer, so give it a try. Make
sure you have at least one file or folder marked for sharing
on the Vista PC (see this week's Top Tip), then in XP open
Windows Explorer or My Computer and in the left hand pane
select My Network Places. Click the Search button, enter the
Computer Name in the box and click Search and a few moments
later it should appear in the right hand pane. Double click
on it and if asked enter the Username and Password - the
same one used to log on to that computer -- the shared files
will be displayed. You can treat them in exactly the same
way as files and folders on your hard drive. If for any
reason you can't establish a connection nine times out of
ten it's due to the firewall on one or both PCs so try
disabling them, or check the configuration settings.
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