HOWTO: Moving an Application Window in Windows 7 Using Keyboard

I have a multi-monitor configuration both at work and home.  Sometimes when I undock my laptop from the separate LCD display and bring it to another room I have found that some application windows are “stuck” on the other screen.  Here is a quick and easy way to move those stuck windows to the correct screen.

Use the Windows Picture of Windows logo key+Left arrow or Picture of Windows logo key+ Right arrow to move the window to one edge of the screen.  This should make it visible again.

This is a Windows 7 only tip from my testing.  Let me know in the comments if you have another way that works.


HOWTO: Create Gmail Labels on Your iPad / iPhone

Lately I have been a bit frustrated when using the iPad / iPhone Mail program with my Gmail account.  I use the Gmail labels feature on all of my important mail or when I just want to file stuff away for later.  The one problem I keep encountering is how to create new labels while in the iPad Mail app with Gmail.

I recently found two ways to solve this problem:

Solution #1 – Make sure you have iOS 5 installed on your iPad or iPhone.  Open the Mail app on your iPad or iPhone, choose your Gmail account from the Accounts section (below the Inboxes).  Then select the Edit button at the top, then select NewMailbox on the very bottom.  Here is where you can create the new label name.  Enter the label name and click Done(keyboard) or Save at the top, and then click Done button at the top.  Voilà! Your new label should now be available for use.

Solution #2 – Use the link to the full Gmail site:  Normally I would never use Safari to read my email while on the iPad or iPhone, but this in theory is the only way to do this if you are still using iOS 4 and earlier.  I would have thought that using mobile Safari and surfing directly on over to would solve this problem but apparently the Google site detects that you are a mobile device and renders it as the mobile Gmail site, which surprisingly also prevents you from creating new labels.

If you have a better solution please let me know in comments section.

iPad Missing Videos Fix

I just encountered a weird problem with my iPad (again) and thought I should document this for others.  I performed a sync with iTunes to copy some videos over to my iPad.  All went well in appearance, but after the synch was complete, the movies are all missing in the iPad Videos app.

To fix this:

I forced the iPad to check/repair files by doing a hard restart.  To do a hard restart hold the iPad power switch and home button for about 10 seconds, or enough time until you see the Apple logo appear.  At this point you can let go and the iPad will continue to do the restart process on its own.  The restart may take a bit longer than a normal restart so be patient.  Once the iPad home screen appears you can check to see if the videos are present in the Videos app.  Sometimes this is all it takes for the videos to appear.

Continue with these next steps if you are still have missing videos.

Proceed to connect your iPad back to your Mac/PC and do one more synch in iTunes.  I toggle a few of the main selections off/on for movies, music, podcasts. Then select the Sync button.

After the synch process completes, your movies/videos should now re-appear in in the iPad videos app.  Obviously your results may vary with this work-around, but it seems to work for me whenever I run into this issue on my iPad.

Good luck and let me know if you find a better way to do this.  Hopefully Apple will fix this issue soon.

HOWTO: Windows Remote Desktop (RDP) Reboot / Shutdown

When using Windows Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), you may encounter the need to restart or shutdown a machine remotely while in an RDP session. From the Windows Start menu you have an option to Logoff or Disconnect but no option for rebooting or shutting down.

Here are three methods which should all work.

Method 1:

In your RDP session, from the Windows start button select Run and enter  shutdown -r to reboot or shutdown -s to shutdown

Method 2:

In your RDP session, open a cmd window and execute either of these commands:

reboot command  c:> shutdown -r
shutdown command  c:> shutdown -s

Once you execute one of the commands a 30 second count down will be initiated. If you need to abort the restart/shutdown command enter shutdown -a to abort.

Method 3:

In your RDP session press CTRL+ALT+END.  This will bring up the Windows Security window and here you can select the Shutdown button.

Happy rebooting!

HOWTO: Turn off Password Expiration in Windows 7

I found it annoying when Windows 7 one day told me that my password was about to expire.  If you are like me I would rather be the one in control of when I change my password rather than Windows dictating this.

Here is a quick easy way to turn this off.

In Windows 7 Professional , Ultimate, and Enterprise:

  1. Open the Local Users and Groups administration panel. Do this the easy way; Start –> then enter  lusrmgr.msc into the start menu search box. (or the Run box on XP)
  2. Double click to select your user
  3. Check the box next to “Password never expires”
  4. Click OK, and your done.

win7-user panel

In Windows 7 Home Premium:

  1. Run Command Prompt as Administrator (Rt-click cmd program to Run as Administrator)
  2. Type the following, then press enter   net accounts /maxpwage:unlimited
  3. Logoff and restart the PC,  Your done.

Alternate Option – Available for all Windows 7 editions:

  1. Run Command Prompt as Administrator (Rt-click cmd program to Run as Administrator)
  2. Type the following, then press enter wmic  path  Win32_UserAccount  WHERE  Name=’username‘  set  PasswordExpiries=false
  3. NOTE: Replace username in the command with the actual user account name.
  4. Close the cmd prompt window,  Your done.

HOWTO: Upgrade Windows 7 beta to RC1 directly

Follow these steps to perform a hack upgrade of your Windows 7 beta to RC1

  1. Obtain the Windows 7 RC1 ISO file.
  2. Extract the content of the ISO file to a folder using utility like IZArc
  3. Inside that folder, open the sources directory.
  4. Open cversion.ini in Notepad or similar text editor.
  5. Change the 4-digit number after the word MinClient build number to a lower value, like from 7100 to 7000.
  6. Save the file.
  7. Start the Windows 7 installation
  8. When presented with the option of Upgrade or Clean Install, choose Upgrade….voilà!