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CONTROL PANEL APPLETS

AND THEIR FILENAMES

SYSTEM PROPERTIES

sysdm.cpl

DISPLAY PROPERTIES

desk.cpl

NETWORK CONNECTIONS

ncpa.cpl

ACCESSIBILITY OPTIONS

access.cpl

ADD OR REMOVE PROGRAMS

appwiz.cpl

ADD HARDWARE WIZARD

hdwwiz.cpl

INTERNET PROPERTIES

Inetcpl.cpl

REGION AND LANGUAGE OPTIONS

inti.cpl

GAME CONTROLLERS

joy.cpl

MOUSE PROPERTIES

main.cpl

SOUND & AUDIO DEVICES

mmsys.cpl

USER ACCOUNTS

nusrmgr.cpl

ODBC DATA SOURCE ADMINISTRATOR

odbccp32.cpl

POWER OPTIONS PROPERTIES

Powercfg.cpl

PHONE & MODEM OPTIONS

telephon.cpl

TIME & DATE PROPERTIES

timedate.cpl

SPEECH PROPERTIES

sapi.cpl

AUTOMATIC UPDATES

wuaucpl.cpl

FOLDER OPTIONS

rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 1

KEYBOARD

main.cplkeyboard

MAIL

mlcfg32.cpl

POWER OPTIONS

powercfg.cpl

SECURITY CENTER (XP SP2+)

wscui.cpl

TASKBAR & START MENU

rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 1

USER ACCOUNTS

nusrmgr.cpl

BLUETOOTH DEVICES

bthprops.cpl

COLOR

color.cpl

INFRARED

irprops.cpl

CLIENT SERVICE FOR NETWARE

nwc.cpl

JAVA

jpicl32.cpl

MSCONFIG

MSConfig.cpl

 

PING SWITCHES AND FUNCTIONS

SWITCH

FUNCTION

-t

Pings the specified host until stopped.  To see statistics type Ctrl+Break; to stop type CTRL-C

-a

Resolves addresses to host names

-n <count>

Sets number of eaho requests to send

-l <size>

Sends packets of a particular size [Default = 32-bit]

-f

Sets the “Don’t Fragment flag in outgoing packets

-i <TTL>

Specifies a Time To Live for outgoing packets

-v <TOS>

Specifies type of service

-r <count>

Records the route for count hops

-s <count>

Timestamp for count hops

-j <host-list>

Loose source route along host-list

-k <host list>

Strict source route along host-list

-w

Sets a long wait period (in milliseconds) for a response

TCP/IP DIAGNOSTIC UTILITIES

 Utility

Used to

 Arp

View the ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) cache on the interface of the local computer to detect invalid entries.

 Hostname

Display the host name of the computer.

 Ipconfig

Display current TCP/IP network configuration values, and update or release Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) allocated leases, and display, register, or flush Domain Name System (DNS) names.

 Nbtstat

Check the state of current NetBIOS over TCP/IP connections, update the NetBIOS name cache, and determine the registered names and scope ID.

 Netstat

Display statistics for current TCP/IP connections.

 Netdiag

Check all aspects of the network connection.

 Nslookup

Check records, domain host aliases, domain host services, and operating system information by querying Internet domain name servers.

 Pathping

Trace a path to a remote system and report packet losses at each router along the way.

 Ping

Send ICMP Echo Requests to verify that TCP/IP is configured correctly and that a remote TCP/IP system is available.

 Route

Display the IP routing table, and add or delete IP routes.

 Tracert

Trace a path to a remote system.

MOTHERBOARD BIOS ACCESS CODES

Bios Suppliers

¬ 

Keyboard Commands

 ALR Advanced Logic Research, Inc. ® PC / PCI

 F2

 ALR PC non / PCI

 CTRL+ALT+ESC

 AMD® (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.) BIOS

 F1

 AMI (American Megatrends, Inc.) BIOS

 DEL

Award‚ĄĘ BIOS

 CTRL+ALT+ESC

 Award BIOS

 DEL

DTK¨ (Datatech Enterprises Co.) BIOS

 ESC

Phoenix‚ĄĘ BIOS

 CTRL+ALT+ESC

 Phoenix BIOS

 CTRL+ALT+S

 Phoenix BIOS

 CTRL+ALT+INS

Computer Vendor

Keyboard Commands

Acer¨

 F1, F2, CTRL+ALT+ESC

ARI¨

 CTRL+ALT+ESC, CTRL+ALT+DEL

AST¬®¬ 

 CTRL+ALT+ESC, CTRL+ALT+DEL

Compaq¬® 8700 

 F10

CompUSA¨

 DEL

Cybermax¬®¬ 

 ESC

Dell BIOS web site search links

For models not listed below.

Dell 400

F3, F1

 Dell 4400

 F12

 Dell Dimension®

 F2 or DEL

 Dell Inspiron® 

 F2

 Dell Latitude

 Fn+F1 (while booted)

 Dell Latitude

 F2 (on boot)

 Dell Optiplex

 DEL

 Dell Optiplex

 F2

 Dell Precision‚ĄĘ

 F2

eMachine¨

 DEL , F 2

 Fujutsu Manuals & BIOS

Manuals & BIOS Download

Gateway¨ 2000 1440

 F1

 Gateway 2000 Solo‚ĄĘ

 F2

HP¨ (Hewlett-Packard)

 F1, F2 (Laptop, ESC)

IBM¨

 F1

E-pro Laptop

 F2

 IBM PS/2®

 CTRL+ALT+INS after CTRL+ALT+DEL

 IBM Thinkpad¬® (newer)

 Windows: Programs-Thinkpad CFG.

Intel¨ Tangent

 DEL

Lenovo(formerly IBM)

Lenovo BIOS Access page

Micron¨

 F1, F2, or DEL

Packard Bell¬®¬ 

 F1, F2, Del

Seanix

 DEL

Sony¨ VAIO

 F2

 Sony VAIO

 F3

 Tiger

 DEL

Toshiba¨ 335 CDS

 ESC

 Toshiba Protege

 ESC

 Toshiba Satellite 205 CDS

 F1

 Toshiba Tecra

ESC then F1 or F2

Toshiba Notebook [Newer models]

1. Turn on computer by Holding down power button while pressing the ESC key.
The machine will beep, then display:
Check System, then press [F1] key.
2. Release ESC key
3. Press F1 key

BIOS FAQ - For frequently asked questions on BIOSĶ

 click here

Notebook BIOS FAQ ‚Ä“ For frequently asked questions on Notebook BIOS....

 click here

Warning: Computer vendor and Mother
Board manufacturers customize their BIOS to
the individual specifications of the mother
board. Care must be taken when applying a
BIOS update. A BIOS update should be applied
to the exact make; model; version; etc.
specified in the update description.

Applying the BIOS update to the wrong BIOS
chip can render the system unbootable and
could necessitate a Mother Board or BIOS chip
replacement.

NOTICE: The information supplied on this
web page is compiled from published sources
publicly available in digital and traditional
printed media and may be used as needed.

Copying of the web page source code is not
permitted
without consent of the author.

 

DrDflash Boot Disk For BIOS Flashing - No Drivers:¬  Save this file to your hard drive, insert a blank floppy in the floppy drive and double click the drdflash.exe file to create the boot disk. Follow the onscreen prompt and after creating the boot disk; copy the files for flashing the BIOS to the boot disk.

Not all Motherboard and BIOS manufacturers require a bootable floppy disk to create the BIOS boot floppy disk. Gateway for example specifies a blank IBM formatted disk and creates the bootable floppy from the downloaded BIOS update file. Make sure you check out all the available flashing information from the vendors web site before flashing the BIOS.

If the direct link above is no longer valid or you would like to know more about the downloaded file, you can find a wealth of information and boot disks for all occasions at: Bootdisk.com Due to the high volume of traffic to Bootdisk.com, if you can make a donation to help with the web hosting, it would be much appreciated by the owner of the web site.

I have no affiliation with Bootdisk.com.

DISASSEMBLE, REPAIR AND UPGRADE TOSHIBA LAPTOPS BY MODEL:  http://www.irisvista.com/tech/

Warning!  You have exceeded your profile storage space…It’s proquota.exe

proquota.exe is a process belonging to Microsoft (profile quota manager). You may be or may not be using this service. The file is located at C:\windows\system32\proquota.exe If you do a search on your hard disk, you will find this file in one more location at C:\windows\system32\dllcache\proquota.exe
If you take your mouse pointer over the search results you should see a popup window giving you the information about the process. Description:Proquota Company:Microsoft Corporation.

The same filename is being used by some trojan horse viruses. Their strategy is as follows. Delete the original file from the computer. Create another file with the same name in another location. In this case the virus adds a file in C:\Window\System32\Wbem\proquota.exe . The folder Wbem in this case is a legitimate windows folder. So only delete the file in you find it in that location.  You should also be able to find this process in the Task Manager. This virus itself is downloaded by another (unidentified) trojan that is already present on the infected computer so you should be cautious to find it out and remove it. 

I

 Delete Files: The places where the malicious proquota.exe could be found is
%System%\Wbem\proquota.exe

%System%  refers to the System folder. By default C:\Windows\System (in Windows 95/98/Me), C:\Winnt\System32 (in Windows NT/2000), or C:\Windows\System32 (in Windows XP and Vista).

II

1.  Start in Safe Mode as Administrator.  Or you won’t see the security settings.

2.  Using Windows Explorer, find C:\windows\system32\proquota.exe

3.  Right click on it, go to Properties, then Security tab, then Advanced button

4.  Under Permissions, click on every entry in the box, then click on Edit, and uncheck the box “Inherit from parent the permission entries…” and make sure you have removed all permissions from the file

5.  Go to the Auditing tab and do the same thing, then

6.  Restart the computer.

III

Another fix:

1.  Start>Run>gpedit.msc (that’s the “Group Policy Editor”)  You may not find it, it may have to be installed

2.  User configuration>administrative templates>system>User Profiles

3.  Disable Limit Profile Size

IV

Another fix:

 Delete the registry keysmanually: You can edit the registry by using the windows built in registry editor. Click here to read more...

It modifies the registry keys to enable Profile Quota Manager

  • The following Registry Key was created:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  • The newly created Registry Value is:
    • [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
      • EnableProfileQuota = 0x00000001

V

Another fix:

Take this code and paste it into notepad. Save the file as quotarem.reg (make sure to save as type All Files to avoid the .TXT extension) and then double click on it to merge the changes into your Windows registry.

 Code:  (Yes, include the Win Reg Editor language)

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]

"EnableProfileQuota"=-

"ProfileQuotaMessage"=-

"MaxProfileSize"=-

"IncludeRegInProQuota"=-

"WarnUser"=-

"WarnUserTimeout"=-

Doesn’t matter what you name it or where you file it, so long as All Files is the extension. 

If done right, the icon will show it’s a registry file; click it, and it will merge the code with the registry.

 

 

HACKS:

Db TESTER Set To CHANNEL 79 -15 TO +5

Repair:  CHKDSK /P/R

Remove high/low filters:
  regedit>HKeyLocal>system>CurrentControlSet>Control>Class>{...10318}>delete hi & lo filters
Also: HKeyLocal>Software>Microsoft>Windows>CurrentVersion>Policies

No password prompt with Vista: At RUN type control userpasswords2, then check/uncheck sign-on box

Comcast - change
smtp to 587 & authentication required (same settings). pop=110 still.

Start XP for user w/o start screen:  Open CtrlPanl to Users, go to Run and type "control userpasswords2", click check box for auto logon where it says users must require p/w to sign on.

XP Boot Config Rebuild: Intermittent problems can be among the hardest to troubleshoot. But the simplest thing to do to try to resolve this is to start with XP's Rebuild command. The short form of the fix is as follows:

Step 1. Boot from your XP Setup CD and enter the Recovery Console
Step 2. Enter the command attrib -h -r -s c:\boot.ini
Step 3. Delete the file (del c:\boot.ini)
Step 4. Run bootcfg /rebuild
Step 5. Run fixboot


Virus removal completion: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SOFTWARE>MICROSOFT>WINDOWS>CURRENT VERSION>POLICIES>EXPLORER>RUN.  ELIMINATE ALL.

Clear Cache = ctrl +F5

Flush DNS:  run>ipconfig>flushdns

Delete one line Mozilla History = Shift + delete

Startup options - black screen - r.c. my computer, advanced tab, edit startup options

Linksys - http://www.linksys.com  use /check to setup; /connect, then select update to update firmware, esp for WRT54g.

Linksys Range Extender Tuning: Set static Ip to 192.168.1.11, subnet to 255.255.255.0
leave rest BLANK, then go to http://www.192.168.1.240, then Admin, and set to 2 blue lights

Linksys - Reset IP on home page fr. xxx.xx.1.xx to xxx.xx.2.xx to resolve conflict with IP on wireless page.  Resolves problem where ipconfig shows the ip same as the router, i.e. 192.168.1.100, with gateway at 192.168.1.1.  Ping each address to be sure it is corrected.

Private IPs:
10.0.0.0 - 10.255.255.255
172.16.0.0 - 172.31.255.255
192.168.0.0 - 192.168.255.255

DIRECTORY PRINTING:
1) CREATE BATCH FILE IN NOTEPAD: dir /a /-p /o:gen >filelisting.txt
2) SAVE IN C:\WINDOWS AS FILELISTING.BAT. TYPE:ALL FILES. ENCODE: ANSI
3) GO TO WINDOWS EXPLORER/TOOLS/FOLDER OPTIONS/FILE TYPES TAB/FOLDER/ADVANCED/NEW ACTION
4) IN NEW ACTION BOX: ACTION:CREATE FILE LISTING. APPLICATION:C:\WINDOWS\FILELISTING.BAT
5) CLOSE OUT BOXES; OPEN EXPLORER, FILE, MY DOCUMENTS, CREATE FILE LISTING.
6) LISTING WILL BE CREATED AS NOTEPAD EDITABLE FILE IN (SUB)DIRECTORY SPECIFIED BY FILE MENU.

WINDOWS SCREENSHOTS:
1) TO CAPTURE ENTIRE SCREEN = PRTSCRN; ONLY ACTIVE SCREEN = ALT+PRTSCRN.  THIS CAPTURES
THE SCREEN TO THE cLIPBOARD.
2) YOU HAVE TO PASTE IT FROM THE CLIPBOARD TO EDIT, DISPLAY, PRINT.  USE PASTE.

LCD RESOLUTION:
1) 
CLEARTYPE (XP ONLY): DESKTOP/PROPERTIES/APPEARANCE/EFFECTS/CHECK BOX NEXT TO "USE THE FOLLOWING
METHOD TO SMOOTH EDGES OF SCREEN FONTS"/SELECT CLEAR TYPE FROM DROP DOWN BOX/OK/OK.  MAY
NOT BE GOOD FOR DESKTOP MONITORS.
2)  TUNE CLEAR TYPE ON LINE:  http://www.microsoft.com/typography/cleartype/tuner/1.htm
3)  YOU MUST RESTART FOR SETTINGS TO ACTIVATE.

EDITING HIDDEN FILES TO REMOVE VIRUSES:
1)  IN MY COMPUTER, GO TO TOOLS ON THE MENU BAR;
2)  gO TO FOLDER OPTIONS ON THE DROP DOWN MENU;
3)  gO TO VIEW, THE CHECK THE "SHOW HIDDEN FILES & FOLDERS; AND
UNCHECK THE HIDE PROTECTED OPERATING SYSTEM FOLDERS
4)  THEN YOU CAN EDIT AND DELETE (SAFE MODE) THE HIDDEN DLL VIRUS FILES

XP PASSWORD RECOVERY:

HOME:  IN SAFE MODE, GO TO USERS AND RE-SET
PRO:   USE ERD COMMANDER, KEY, THEN RE-SET PASSWORD


XP REMOVE PASSWORD SCREEN:

REMOVE PASSWORD BY GOING TO USER ACCTS, CHANGE P/W, USE ENTER KEYS, SAVE

XP REMOVE SIGN-ON SCREEN ENTIRELY:

REGISTRY CHECKER - RESTORE SYSTEM FROM BACKUP (WIN98):
FROM DOS PROMPT (NOT WITHIN WINDOWS), TYPE SCANREGW.EXE

fOR XP, USE SYSTEM RESTORE

XP MEMORY ERROR AT BOOTUP:
GO TO CONTROL PANEL, ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS, THEN SERVICES ICON;
LOCATE WINDOWS IMAGE ACQUISITION, RIGHT CLICK THEN SELECT PROPERTIES,
FINALLY, SELECT DISABLED FROM THE DROP DOWN MENU WHICH SAYS "STARTUP TYPE"; CLICK O.K.

ENABLING CLEAR TYPE:
Click Start | Control Panel | Display or right click an empty spot on the desktop and choose Properties.
In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Appearance tab.
Click the Effects button.
Check the checkbox labeled Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts.
In the drop-down box, choose ClearType.
Click OK twice to exit the dialog boxes.

SHUTDOWN-A TO STOP VIRUS FROM SHUTTING DOWN PREMATURELY (LIKE BLASTER)

PING [IP] - TEST FOR ACTIVE SERVER
TRACERT [IP DESTINATION OR HOST NAME] - SHOWS ALL HOPS AND TIMES
PATHPING [TARGET] - IP OR HOST - SHOWS COMBO OF ABOVE
NETSH DIAG - NETWORK INFO
NETSTAT - LISTS ALL INCOMING AND OUTGOING CONNECTIONS TO NETWORK
IPCONFIG - LISTS IP AND ADAPTER ADDRESSES

Windows Installer Problems

The Windows Installer component is used to install and uninstall applications,
but sometimes if you have a failed installation, it won't work properly afterward and
you'll get errors when you try to install or uninstall a program. For example, you may
get a message that the Windows Installer service can't be accessed or can't be started,
or an "error 5: Access denied" error. If this happens to you, you can fix it by
unregistering and re-registering Windows Installer or by upgrading to a newer version of
Installer. Or you can use Windows Installer Cleanup to remove the failed installation.
In fact, there are several other possible solutions. To find instructions for all of them,
see KB article 555175 at: http://www.winxpnews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=050419CO-KB_555175

Best site: http://consumer.installshield.com/kb.asp?id=Q108158, follows:

Setup Is Unable To Find or Update
ISScript.msi

Document ID: Q108158
Last Revised On: 1/28/2004

Problem

During installation, you may get an error message regarding the
IsScript engine. The following are some of the common error messages encountered with the IsScript engine:

    * Cannot find IsScript.msi
    * The version of IsScript.msi is old
    * The feature you are trying to use is on a network resource that is unavailable. Click OK to try again, or enter an alternate path to a folder containing the installation package 'IsScript.Msi' in the box below.

More Information

The above error messages are system specific and often caused by some sort of corruption on your computer. In addition to the solution provided below, it is recommended that users acquire administrative privileges on their computers if running the setup on Windows NT 4.0, 2000 or XP.
Fix

To fix this issue, you need to determine the version number of the IsScript engine you need, download it, and install it.

   1. Delete the folder C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver from the machine.
   2. Right-click on the installation file that you are trying to install and select Properties.
          * The typical names for installation files are setup.exe, update.exe, installer.exe, etc.
          * Your installation file can be found on the CD where you are running the setup from.
   3. In the Properties dialog, click on the Version tab.

   4. Look at the File Version field to determine the version number of the IsScript engine you need:
          * If the file version number is 2.0x or less, download the IKernel engine and install it on your computer.
                o Download IkernelUpdate.exe
                o Once downloaded, double-click it. This installs the IKernel engine, which should fix the issue.
          * If the file version number starts with 7, download the following ISScript.msi file and install it on your computer.
                o Download IsScript7x.zip
                o Unzip the above file using the WinZip utility.
                o Double-click the IsScript.msi file. This installs the IsScript engine, which should fix the issue.
          * If the file version number starts with 8, download the following IsScript8.msi file and install it on your computer.
                o Download IsScript8.zip
                o Unzip the above file using the WinZip utility.
                o Double-click the IsScript8.msi file. This installs the IsScript engine, which should fix the issue.
          * If the file version number starts with 9, download the following IsScript9.msi file and install it on your computer.
                o Download IsScript9.zip
                o Unzip the above file using the WinZip utility.
                o Double-click the IsScript9.msi file. This installs the IsScript engine, which should fix the issue.

MORE INFO:
SYMPTOMS
When you try to install/uninstall some application/s, you may get warning messages like:
 
"The Windows Installer Service could not be accessed"
 
"Windows Installer Service couldn’t be started"
 
"Could not start the Windows Installer service on Local Computer. Error 5: Access is denied."
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CAUSE
The error messages usually appear after failed installation of MSI Package or Disabled "Windows Installer" service.
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RESOLUTION

Method 1
Unregister Windows Installer, and then reregister Windows Installer. To do this, follow these steps:
 
1. On the "Start" menu, click "Run:.
2. In the "Open" box, type "msiexec /unreg", and then press ENTER.
3. On the "Start" menu, click "Run".
4. In the "Open" box, type "msiexec /regserver", and then press ENTER.

Method 2
Upgrade to Windows Installer version 2 or newer version. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Start Microsoft Internet Explorer, and then browse to the following Microsoft Web site:
     http://msdn.microsoft.com/downloads
2. In the left pane tree menu, click "Setup and System Administration", and then click "Setup".
3. Click "Windows Installer", and then click the appropriate link for your operating system.
4. Click "Download" to download and install Windows Installer version 2 or newer version.
 
Method 3
Use Windows Installer CleanUp Utility to uninstall the failed product.
Description of the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;290301

Method 4
The Windows Installer service may disabled on the machine.
1. Go to "Start" -> "Run" , type "services.msc" and press on "Enter" button.
2. Double-click on the service named "Windows Installer".
3. Check the value in the "Startup type:"  field. If it's currently set to "Disabled", then this is the
       problem. Change it by selecting "Manual" from the drop-down box.

Method 5
Empty user and system "temp" folders.
1. Empty "%systemdrive%\temp" folder.
2. Empty "%systemdrive%\%windir%\temp" folder.
3. Empty "%systemdrive%\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Temp".

Method 6
Enable Windows Installer Logging and call to PSS support.
How to Enable Windows Installer Logging
 http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=223300
How to Enable Windows Installer Logging in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;314852

Method 7
Check correct DCOM and System permissions:
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=319624
 
Method 8
If you just upgrade Windows XP workstation to service pack 2 and the windows installer
problem appear only after this upgrade, please review the following knowledgebase:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;885894

Method 9
Check that the installation path length and environment variables length are execute
255 characters

Method 10
If you get the message error "Error 1628: Failed to complete script based install"
And followed the instruction above and it didn’t resolve the problem and you just create fresh
installation packet by using InstallShiled tool, please disable "Cache installation on local machine"
option during the installation packet create process.

Method 11
Obtain update MSI Package from the software manufacture.
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MORE INFORMATION
The Command-Line Options for the Microsoft Windows Installer Tool Msiexec.exe
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314881
 
Javascript errors:
1.  Run sfc /scannow [You will need the Windows disk].  This check verifies that the windows
system files are intact.
2.  Right click on the ie.inf file [in c:/windows/inf folder] and select install.  You may
need Windows install disk for this.
3.  Replace the msjava file.  Get it from the internet [www.2dll.com], google it.  Rename the old msjava.dll file to msjava.bak,
then cut and paste the new file into Windows at C:/windows/system32/application extensions/msjava.dll.
Search parameters by View/arrange icons by type/show in groups.

How to set performance in XP:

Access System Properties (right-click My Computer and choose Properties) and navigate to the
Advanced tab. Then, click the Settings button in the Performance section. Select Adjust for
best performance. Optionally enable Show window contents while dragging and then click OK
and OK again.

DVD Copying:  Use DVD shrink to get to 4.3GB disk size (First, Analyze, then Backup to ISO file
on HDD); Write to disk in Nero (DVD, DVD-ROM(ISO), then OPEN the saved ISO file (NOT NEW), and burn.

Backup Outlook Files:
c:\Documents & Settings
     \User
       \Local Settings
\Default or other user
            \Application Data
\Microsoft
                  \Outlook (.pst files)
    
Backup Outlook Express Files:
C:\Documents and Settings
      \User
  \Default or other user
      \Local Settings
  \Local Settings (view hidden files)
      \Application Data
  \Identities
      \Microsoft
 \Outlook Express
     \.dbx and other folders

Copy, then put on Desktop or C Drive and
IMPORT into Outlook Express (or Outlook) on new computer.
Don't forget .wab address book files (Just export)

How to Back up your Product Activation Files

Last week, we talked about reformatting the hard disk and reinstalling XP. But do you have to go through the whole product activation hassle again when you do that? Actually, there's a way around it. Before you wipe out the current installation, backup your product activation files and then you can restore them to the new installation. Here's how:

Right click Start and click Explore.
In Windows Explorer, navigate to \WINDOWS\System32\ (usually on the c: drive but may be on a different drive depending on where you installed XP).
Copy the following files to a floppy, CD or second hard disk: wpa.dbl, wpa.bak.
To restore the files, start the computer in Safe Mode and copy them to the same directory (\WINDOWS\System32).

Removing Trash-Apps:
1.  Check Start-Up Folder at C:\windows\start menu\programs\startup
2.  Check C:\windows\win.ini (open in Notepad) for load= or run= programs.
3.  Use Registry Editor, check Run and Run Services.  Check for EACH user.
4.  If all else fails, use the dummy executable (see Spyware, this disk).

HACK FOR INVALID WINDOWS XP BLOCKING UPDATES:

RIGHT CLICK IEx> PROPERTIES> PROGRAMS TAB> MANAGED ADD-ONS BUTTON> THEN,
DISABLE "WINDOWS GENUINE ADVANTAGE..."

TO ELIMINATE "LOOPING"
BOOT FROM CD,
SELECT FIRST R (REPAIR),
SELECT WHICH WINDOWS TO REPAIR, USUALLY NO. 1,
CLICK ENTER,
ENTER WINDOWS PASSWORD, IF ANY, OTHERWISE <RETURN,
AT C:\ TYPE CHKDSK_/P, THEN ENTER;
AFTER SCAN YOU MAY GET REPORT - READ IT FAST;
IF NOTHING HAPPENS, GO PAST FIRST REPAIR TO SECOND REPAIR (AFTER F8).

FROM WITHIN WINDOWS, GO TO MY COMPUTER, SELECT C DRIVE, RIGHT CLICK, THEN
GO TO PROPERTIES, GO TO TOOLS TAB, THEN SELECT CHECK DISK, CHECK BOTH BOXES
AND DRIVE WILL CHECK UPON REBOOT.  READ RESULTS QUICKLY, THEY DISAPPEAR FAST.

MSN:  Synchronize mail accounts:  Start MSN, do not sign in but click CTRL+SHIFT+F9.  You will get warning about removing e-mai and parental control info (not removing account info, you have mistakenly pressed F11); configm (click yes).  Restart, but wait for a minute or so for MSN to "repopulate" the local data store.

Linksys router gets signal association but no internet access:  run winipcfg (WIN98) or ipconfig (XP).  If you have autoconfig IP address, make sure that WEP is disabled in router config and adapter config.  Check DNS Server, release if nothing shown, then restate computer; set static IP - 192.168.1.20 (.30, .40 etc.) subnet 255.255.255.0, gateway: 192.168.1.1; DNS Server 192.168.1.1.

MASTER BOOT RECORD REPAIR IN XP (EARLIER VERSIONS REPAIR BOOT DISK +FDISK):
Problems with the master boot record (MBR) of a system may prevent the system from booting. The MBR may be affected by malicious code, become corrupted by disk errors, or be overwritten by other boot loaders when experimenting with multiple operating systems on a host. This recipe describes one method of repairing the MBR for an XP host using the recovery console:

Directions -
Boot with the XP installation CD.

When prompted, press R to repair a Windows XP installation.

If repairing a host with multiple operating systems, select the appropriate one (XP) from the menu. If you have only one operating system, enter 1 to select it.

Enter the administrator password if prompted.

To fix the MBR, use the following command:
 
 
fixmbr

This assumes that your installation is on the C:\ drive. You will be presented with several scary warning lines the reading of which will make you want to say no. Microsoft is exceptionally vague regarding the conditions under which fixmbr can cause problems although they are clear about the consequences (losing all data on the hard drive), so use this at your own risk.

Type y and ENTER to fix the MBR.

Type exit to leave the recovery console and reboot.

Repair Registry/Disk Structure:

run: sfc /scannow  [You will need the O/S CD][You can create and restore fr backups]

To open control panel when it is blank, go to Run>appwiz.cpl

To shut down FAST = Run> shutdown -s t 0


Quicken Won't Install - "Error 2": Remove previous installation - -

Run: msiexec.exe /unregister >return
Then run: msiexec.exe regserver >return

How to get to the web if your
browser is blocked or broken

Web browser software is blocked by administrative policy, or not working? You may still be able to get to web sites. This is a case where Help can actually be helpful!
1.Open a program such as Microsoft Calculator.
2.Press the F1 key to open the Help window.
3.In the top left corner, click the "document with a question mark" icon. (OR right-click on the menu bar.
4.Select "Jump to URL."
5.Type in the URL of the website you want to visit, and it comes up in the right pane of the Help window.
Important tip: you must type the full URL, with http://, not the shortened version that starts with www.

To
format new drive in XP:  Control Panel> admin tools> computer management> disk management then follow wizard to recognize drive.  Next, right click on the drive, then partition the disk using the Wizard.  Switch drive to new computer and install o/s.

Outlook .pst repair may be at c:\program files\common files\msmapi\1033 (2007 in program)

Windows was unable to find a certificate/validating identity stalls:  Right click on network connection, then wireless networks tab, click on properties, then authorization, then remove chck

for Enable IEEE 802.1x

Remove/Replace Internet Explorer:  First, don’t forget to set Default option in Control Panel, IE Default.  Try Add/Remove Programs first.  

If not, In Windows subdirectory, go to Program Files>Internet Explorer> or Windows>IE8 and find and run spuninst.exe.

Then, go to Windows Updates, uncheck the IE8 update box, click not to show again.  Run updates, when you run the second or third time, check IE7 update.

To uninstall Internet Explorer 8, follow these steps:

  1. Carefully select and then copy the following command:
  2. %windir%\ie8\spuninst\spuninst.exe

  3. Click Start, and then click Run.
  4. In the Open box, type Cmd.exe, and then press ENTER.
  5. Right-click inside the Cmd.exe window, and then click Paste to paste the command that you copied in step 1.
  6. Press ENTER to uninstall Internet Explorer 8.
  7. When the uninstall program is finished, restart your computer.
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