Category: Vista

Delete and clear space taken up by Offline files in Windows 7

It took me a while to find this out, so to help others I have given the steps here. This will delete any locally cached off-line files from the mapping or computer that you set off-line files on.

  1. Either open the ‘Sync Center’ and click on ‘Manage offline files’ or just type ‘offline’ in the start menu and select ‘Manage offline files’.
  2. Then in the ‘General’ tab of the ‘Offline Files’ window, click on ‘View your offline files’
  3. You will now see an explorer window at the ‘Offline Files Folder’ level.
  4. Now you need to drill down to the specific mapped network drive or network computer you are caching local content from. In the next example I want to clear out a mapped drive, so I double-click on ‘Mapped Network Drives’
  5. You can see any mapped drives with off-line content. Right-click on the drive and select ‘Delete Offline Copy’

Easy Guide to Turning off or Disable UAC

Here is the easy way to turn off or disable User Access Control in MS Windows Vista.
WARNING: Although very annoying it is advised to keep UAT on and not to run your PC with admintrator permissions. Hopefully MS will make it a little more configurable and therefore more useful in the future.
1. in the search field of the Start button type ‘System Config’ and press ENTER or select ‘System Configuration’ from the search result above.
(NOTE: The System Configuration Tool has got lots of very useful functions and can be good at disabling startup programs too. However use caution here and don’t do anything you are not sure of!)
2. Select the ‘Tools’ tab
3. Scroll down and select ‘Disable UAC’
4. Click the ‘Launch’ button.
Done. However you will now get annoying Security Alerts from ,Windows security Center’ the system tray that UAC is disabled.
To Turn this off do the following:
1. Open the ‘Windows Security Center’ by double clicking on the red shield
2. Click on ‘Change the way Security Center alerts me’ at the botom of the left side.
3. Select the option you are happy with.