RELEASED: Windows Search 4.0

Here is a link to grab the bits for Windows Search 4.0 for all editions of Windows (including Windows Server 2008, Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Home Server)

Architecture of the Charran eHome

Charran Home Infrastructure and Media Strategy This article has been a long time coming. However, I have always been pretty excited to write about what I think is a pretty cool home infrastructure for entertainment and computing. My entire strategy regarding computing at home is to ensure that even if something happens to my physical…


How to Upgrade your Laptop Hard Disk With Vista and a USB Hard Drive

So, I recall having to purchase Norton Ghost to create an image and then to reapply that image to a new hard disk.  For a laptop this would have been a great challenge.  My steps would have looked something like the following: Purchase Norton Ghost Copy the entire existing hard drive to the new hard…


Searching IE History with Windows Desktop Search

This add in found here: will allow the searching of IE browser history.  It works for the following OS installations: Microsoft Windows Server 2003Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) or a later version Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4)Windows Vista

New Windows Mobile Traveler’s Toolkit

I might be late on this one also, but I just love sidebar gadgets.  Check this one out for travellers: You can get clock, weather and other information to help plan your trip.


Vista RDP vs Legacy RDP MTU Sizes

This tip comes from Matt, who has done an amazing amount of detective work to find out the cause of the error below: Vista uses a larger MTU size than the older client. The new RDP client is set for do not fragment packets. If anyone is doing an RDP over IPSEC they will need…


Word Add-ins Gone Wild So what was happening is that a badly behaving Word Add-in would not allow Word to shut down cleanly. I was getting the following error: Microsoft Office Word has stopped working. This is accompanied by an event in the Application event log. Faulting application WINWORD.EXE, version 12.0.4518.1014, time stamp 0x45428028, faulting module mso.dll, version…


Cool Sidebar Gadgets

Check out my Office 2007 Recent documents sidebar gadget:   I downloaded this from the MSWindowsLiveGallery Profile Author’s page at Also, of note is the Live Search gadget.   And don’t forget the MSDN Gadget


Daylight Savings Time Product Wizard

If you are like me and just realized that March 11th is around the corner and you don’t feel like reading a book to figure out if the software you run will be affected, browse to the following URL to run a wizard that will tell you.

Sidebar Gadget Authoring in C#

Not only does describe how to author gadgets using C#, but he also has extended a really awesome gadget for searching MSDN.