Microsoft is providing users with a fix designed to help them deal with problems related to icons changing randomly on their computer.

According to the Redmond company, this issue can affect Windows 7, but also older releases of Windows, such as Windows Vista and Windows XP.

The software giant explained that the problem is caused by incorrect updates of the icon cache.

“Some icons in the following locations are randomly changed to other icons on a computer that is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7: My Computer, Windows Explorer, Desktop and Quick Launch bar,” Microsoft noted. More »

An Internet Explorer 9 super Beta can be built by combining IE9 Platform Preview 6 released today October 28, 2010 at PDC and the IE9 public Beta made available on September 15th at the Beauty of the Web launch event in San Francisco.

At PDC 2010, Microsoft launched a new platform preview of Internet Explorer 9, the sixth developer release from the company.

Early adopters already familiar with the IE9 Platform Preview releases will find that the latest Build is intended for the same audience as its predecessors.

While IE9 Beta is designed as a wide testing milestone for the public, PP6 is intended for developers to test drive the latest platform enhancements that are built into the next generation of IE, such as CSS3 2D transforms and semantic tags.

Still, there is a way for developers to enjoy both the platform capabilities of IE9 PP6 but also get the site-centric user experience of IE9 Beta. More »

Working on a slow, disorganized computer can be frustrating and it happens to the best of us. This article will give you some easy-to-follow guidelines on how to keep your computer on the right track using tools in Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Microsoft Office 2010.

1. Organize your folders

We all know how easy it is to dump files into the wrong folder when we’re in a hurry. But one way to make sure you keep your files organized is to remove the clutter with a filing system that makes sense for the way you use your computer. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Start clean : Begin by deciding which files you no longer need on your hard disk drive. More »

Print more easily, find files faster, and send email right from your desktop.

1. Print from Windows Explorer

If you need to print a document, let’s say a Microsoft Word document, there’s no need to launch Word first. Browse your hard drive for the file that you want to print, right-click its icon, and then click Print. This will automatically send the document to your printer without launching Word.

2. Pin programs to the Start menu

Want to add your favorite programs to the Start menu? From the Start menu, click All Programs. Locate a favorite program, right-click the program’s icon, and then click Pin to Start menu. That’s it. More »

The first service pack for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 is still over half a year away from finalization, but Microsoft is bound to start patching it soon enough. At the end of the past week, the software giant confirmed a Critical zero-day vulnerability affecting all supported editions of Windows client and server. At the same time, the Redmond company also points out that Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta are also impacted by the 0-day security flaw, and that early adopters testing the two releases need to take the necessary measures to protect their machines against attacks.

In the FAQ associated with Security Advisory (2286198), the Redmond company asks “How are the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Beta and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta releases affected by this vulnerability?” only to answer “Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Beta and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta are affected by the vulnerability. Customers running these beta releases are encouraged to apply the workarounds described in this advisory.” More »