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Vista seems to be slower ?

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With all the dual core processors and 1+ GB RAM Microsoft VISTA didn’t perform as expected.

Later I found out the default power setting in the “Power Saver” plan limits the CPU to 50 percent.

To improve the speed

Open the Power Options from Control panel and change it to “High Performance” to give it full throttle.

Vista Power Plan


Written by gchandra

September 28, 2007 at 10:18 am

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Create/Manage Multiple Websites in IIS on Windows 2000 / XP

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On Windows 2000/XP Professional only one website can be created in IIS. (i.e) default website.

If you have some requirement for testing multiple websites on same development box its not possible with IIS alone.

FREE IIS Management tool

JetStat has a tool to accomplish the above mentioned task. “IISAdmin”


It has some cool features like

– Create and Manage as many local IIS web sites.
– Install and configure asp scripts on local web sites
– Gives quick access to home folder of the website
– Enabling advanced features on creation of new web site
– Quick access to IIS Management Console
– Automatically configures database folder permissions
– Full support Windows 2000/XP (IIS 5.0, 5.1, 6.0)
– Easy of use and flexible

The application is FREE and it doesn’t occupy much space.

Download from here.

Written by gchandra

September 4, 2007 at 11:29 pm

XP to Vista migration.

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If you are a developer / power user who uses 2000 / XP professional  you need to upgrade to Vista Ultimate.

Even though Vista Home Premium has IIS it doesn’t support (or features enabled) in home premium edition.

For ex: If you want to see Local User Groups  (Admin tools, Comp mgt) you can not see that in Home Premium. Its available in Ultimate edition.

Written by gchandra

September 3, 2007 at 10:51 pm

Posted in Tips and Tricks, Vista

How to Enable Administrator Account in Vista Home Premium ?

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Restart your PC in Safe Mode with Networking from boot menu (press f8 when compter starts)

Log onto personal account with admin access.

goto command prompt (start > run > cmd)


net user administrator /active

This should enable admin account.

Written by gchandra

September 3, 2007 at 10:45 pm

Posted in Tips and Tricks, Vista

Steps to Change from Visual Studio Development Server to Use IIS Web Server

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Using Visual Studio 2005

 1. Goto Project Properties > Select Web Tab

2. Click “Use IIS Web Server” radio button

3. Click on “Create Virtual Directory” button

4. Open Web.config and change debug to true  <compilation debug=”true”>

5. Open IIS (Start > Run > Inetmgr)

6. Goto that your project Virtual Directory

7. Right click > Select Properties

8. Under Virutal Directory Tab, make sure it has Application Name.  If its blank, click on Remove button next to it and click Create.

9. Under ASP.Net tab make sure Version is 2.0 or whatever you need

10. Under Directory Security tab click EDIT

11. Make sure Anonymous and Integrated Windows authentication is enabled.
If these steps are not followed

you may not be able to debug you application using Visual Studio,

you may not be able to use IIS web server or its features.

Written by gchandra

August 29, 2007 at 11:24 am

Developers PC – What should it have ? How it should be ?

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These are the optimized settings I found and use for my PC running with xp & vista. (You have the right to disagree with me 100%)

– Switch start menu to classic mode. No jazzy menus, so no delay in loading menu .

– Keep desktop background plain and simple. I prefer using black background so that the icons stand out.

– Enable Quick Launch in taskbar.

– Add NOTEPAD & frequently used application shortcuts in quick launch.

– Pay attention to Windows Update & Windows defender scanning. If it prompts update it. Its good practice to keep your system smooth. (Unless you have restriction not to update)


– My work expects me to use IE (which is great ofcourse), keep blank page as startup page.

– Customize the icons and remove the unwanted ones like EDIT, PRINT, MAIL and so on.

– Keep small icons instead of Large icons.

– Organize your favourites menu. Create folders and sub folders under LINKS and move frequently used items under it. It helps me a lot.

– Install Google Toolbar. It helps in better search. Once you start typing, it prompts with previously done searches. (I love this feature)

– Uninstall any unwanted toolbars (i hate the bulky Yahoo & MSN toolbars).
What can you do to improve your efficiency ?

Use both your hands (not just index finger) while typing and selecting menus.

Use mouse to the minimum. (unless you are using some graphical software or doing some audio/video editing)

Use shortcuts as much as you can. (click here to see list of windows shortcuts)

(more to come..)

Written by gchandra

August 9, 2007 at 8:11 pm

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Stop the Search (Visual Studio 2003)

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Search on all folders

When using Visual Studio, there are times you need to search entire project or solution.

The short cut for this search is CTRL + Shift + F
Stop the Search

If you are lucky enough, the page you are looking for will appear first. If you want to STOP rest of the search
press CTRL + Shift + F again.

It will show the STOP button instead of SEARCH button.

Click STOP.

Written by gchandra

March 29, 2007 at 5:01 pm