Thursday, March 24, 2011

Only one processor showing XP

This fix is if Windows XP is only showing one processor on a multi processor/core machine.

1. Boot to safe mode with networking 

2. Delete (or rename) the following if they exist from C:\WINDOWS\System32\
hal.dll
ntoskrnl.exe
ntkrnlpa.exe
(Check for these. They usually do not exist but delete them if they do)
halmacpi.dll
ntkrnlmp.exe
ntkrpamp.exe

3. Copy the following into C:\WINDOWS\System32\ from the files described in the bottom note.
hal.dll
ntkrnlpa.exe
ntoskrnl.exe

4. Reboot and it should fix itself the rest of the way.  

NOTE: The new files in step 3 were taken from the originals which can be found on other machines in C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386:
halmacpi.dll renamed to –>HAL.DLL
ntkrnlmp.exe renamed to –>ntoskrnl.exe
ntkrpamp.exe renamed to –>ntkrnlpa.exe

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Outlook 2010 - Change default from-address gmail

It took me a while to figure out how to change the default from address in Outlook when using gmail or a google apps account. I've done it in Office 2010. This will make your alias the default email address when sending any emails. It won't say "on behalf of" or anything like that.

1. Set up gmail account in outlook if you haven't done so already
http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=77689

2. In file tab, open Options





3. Select Advanced Tab


4. Send/Recieve...




5. Edit...



6. Select your account and click Account Properties...


7. IMAP E-mail tab


8. Change E-mail Address: (not User Name)


Now when sending emails from the original account, the email address will actually be the new one even when the original account is selected.

Note: You can't use google apps sync with this solution; you have to use use calendar sync if you want use the calendar also.

If you just want to change the from address once, you can do this:

1. Create a new email
2. In options, select the from field
3. in the From tab, select "other email address" and put whatever address you want