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I've reinstalled WinME and now I get a prompt to enter a network password but only when I turn the computer off and back on, not when I reboot. I've checked Windows settings under the control panel and can find nothing related to this. How do I turn it off? I'm not on a network and don't need to enter a password. (I do use ethernet for DSL)


With networking installed on WIN 98SE how do turn off the network login prompt?

I thought it was to delete the PWL file in DOS mode but I must misremember as that doesn't work.

OK guys -- as I've posted else where I'm happy with X-32. Now I'm seriously testing the 64 bit version.

For 64 bit only build 7000 seems available at the moment even from "the usual places" where treasure can be found.

Strange networking problem - even with all firewalls off. Computers are in the same workgroup.

VISTA Ultimate 64 bit (BLACKDOG) can connect to W7 64 Bit (REDFOX) and open all the drives etc etc.

W7 64 Bit (REDFOX) can see BLACKDOG but if I click the icon I get an error message windows cannot access blackdog

If I actually try to connect (right mouse click on Network in windows explorer) and choose connect network drive and I type in the name of a share say either blackdogF or where F is name of the share then I get prompted for the password and the share will connect --and I've got access to all the folders on the drive. (The is the local IP address of the Vista computer (blackdog)

Now if I go back into Network and double click on the blackdog icon I see all the shared drives and can access all the directories.

Any ideas anyone.

I've also turned off Wireless and switched off my "Squeezebox audio streaming" system -- the receiver and controller also connect to the wireless network and this sometimes causes problems as you can get IP addresses hosed up -- you can't see these devices via Windows Network maps. AS these devices are switched off "Rogue IP adresses aren't a cause of the problem.

Computers can also ping each other.

Some of this Networking stuff is driving me round the twist -- one day it works and then for no explicable reasoning seems to get broken (or in this case partially broken) again.

Any ideas anyone.

I'm not using HOMEGROUPS -- this just adds to the complexity and I think that only works between W7 machines.


I recently switched a netbook computer on our LAN from XP (on which all machines had been) to Win 7rc (x86).

No other settings or configurations on the network have changed, but the netbook suddenly can't fully connect to the Synology network drive. All the other computers on the network still can.

* The netbook & network drive are in the same workgroup
* The user & password are 3ple checked and are correct
* The firewall is turned off for purposes of trying to get this to work

I CAN get to the network drive via http (e.g. using its firmware's html-interface configuration at and I can ping the local address (

But when I try to "map network drive" it never works (repeatedly prompting for a user/password, though I am giving it correct values).

When I open "network" from the start menu, it displays the netdrive in my network, but when I try to access it, I get "Error code 0x80080035 The network path was not found."

When I use NetDrives and attempt to map to a shared folder on the net drive, I get the error "Error code 53: The server (host) address could not be resolved."

"net view" from a dos prompt finds and lists the network drive, but when I try to view that drive (by name or address), I again get "Error code 53 The network path was not found."

The same error when I try "net use" to map the drive from the command line.

The upshot being that some protocols (http, ping) can get to the local address, and some information seems always to be gotten (the existence and name of the net drive)... but that the protocols used for actually connecting to the drive (drive mapping, net view, net use, etc) consistently fail.

I've spent many hours googling to try to find a solution... only to find that
(a) lots of people seem to have this trouble
(b) many of them haven't found a solution (though the win7 development team apparently was looking in to this issue several months ago)
(c) such solutions as people have found in similar (apparently not identical) situations haven't worked for me.

um.... HELP!

Problem networking Desktop + Laptop
Problem: Desktop can access laptop. Laptop cannot access desktop. Whether both are hard wired into the router, or just the desktop is.

What I can do so far: Oddly enough, after going into the Network sharing center and turning off all PUBLIC sharing options, I was finally able to open Network and see my computer and open it up but once I get to the folders (Video which is a share, and Users which is a generic folder that shows up), I can only access "Users" which does not include my main admin user. Also, video share is set to security permissions for "Everyone" to do "Anything"

OS's: Windows 7 64bit Professional on both

Other things I've tried:

- Made sure TCP/IP was enabled and File Sharing was enabled.
- Went into Sharing center and set Home and Work settings to "Turn on Network Discovery", Turn on File and Printer Sharing, Turn off public folder sharing (I've tried on..), 128 bit encryption, turn on password protected sharing (also tried off).
- Even if I try computernamec$ I get a prompt for username and password but it does not work from laptop to desktop, only vice versa.

Next thing i'm thinking of trying is homegroups. Any other ideas?

UPDATE Wow.. this is so weird. Tried the homegroup thing and it wasn't working out. I left the homegroup, disabled homegroup services on both computers. Went into the home and work advanced sharing settings and set it to:

ON -> ON -> ON -> Streaming off -> 40-56 bit encryption -> OFF -> Use user accounts

for both computers. Now my laptop can access my desktop, but NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!?


I followed your advice and completed instructions
1. Turned off the Firewall.
2. Both PC's have NETWORK and Filesharing/printer options
3. PING to check.
IP for PC1 ==

IP for PC2 ==
and they are AUTO configure.

4. PING for each other computer. ((no success))
This is not working.. (PC 1 wont find PC2) or (PC2 does not see the PC1)

5. I tried PING-ing to the name of the computer...IP and still does not find it.

6. However, while i was setting this up.....PC 2 finally showed me the WORKGROUP HOME. and the PC2 with all its printer...

but PC 1 still does not see the WORKGROUP.

When i tried to INSTALL NETWORK PRINTER...it says that I Do not have access to the WORKGROUP HOME...contact admin.

BUt i have not put any kind of password or user setup.?

So..where should i be trouble shoot next?

Thanks for all the help.

"Bruce Sanderson" wrote:

You create a Workgroup merely by having at least one computer with the
Workgroup name you want - so you've done that.

However, something is blocking the communication between the computers.
This could be all kinds of things, but I suggest checking:

1. if you have the XP Internet Connection Firewall turned on on either
computer, you might want to turn that off, at least temporarily - your
wireless router probably has a built in firewall that will be adequate, at
least while you're testing (if you're concerned, disconnect the DSL modem
temporarily). Start, Control Panel, Network Connections, right click on
your wireless connection, select Properties, select the Advanced tab, remove
the check mark from Internet Connection Firewall.

2. make sure that both computers have the Client for Microsoft Networks and
File and Print Sharing installed and enabled for the wireless connection.
Start, Control Panel, Network Connections, right click the wireless
connection, select Properties. On the General tab, make sure you have the
wireless adapter selected, then check that Client for Microsoft Networks and
File and Print Sharing appear in the list have check marks.

3. check that both computers are on the same IP subnet. Open a Command
Prompt window (Start, Run, key cmd, press Enter) and key the command
ipconfig /all (press Enter). The SubNet Mask value should be the same on
both computers (e.g. The network part of the IP Address
needs to be the same (e.g. 192.168.1.x). Also, the computers should be in
the same subnet that the router's LAN connection is in. You should be able
to check that with the router's configuration tool; normally, this IP
address will show up as the "Default Gateway" on the computers. I suggest
configuring the computers to get and IP address automatically - most (home)
routers have a built in DHCP server that will send the required IP
configuration to the computer when XP starts; this will eliminate the need
for any manual IP configuration settings on your computers.

4. check that there is IP communication between the computers. Open a
Command Prompt and key "ping" followed by a space followed by the IP address
of the other computer. You should get 4 lines indicating how long it took
for the reply to come back from the other computer (usually a few

5. check that there is name resolution happening - if all of the above
checks out, name resosolution should be automatic. You can test if by using
the ping command (as in 4) but using the Computer Name of the other computer
instead of its IP address (e.g. ping pc2).

6. On one computer (e.g. PC1), add a share to a folder (right click on the
folder, select Sharing). On the other computer (e.g. PC2), click Start, Run
and key followed by the Computer Name of the first computer (e.g. PC1).
You should then get either a prompt for username and password or a Windows
Explorer window showing the objects that are shared on the first computer,
including the share you created and any shared printers. If you get a
prompt for a username and password, key whatever username and password you
use to logon locally at the other computer. If your user accounts have
blank (empty) passwords, you won't be able to use those user accounts for
network access (there's a bypass for this, if you need it, let me know).

Bruce Sanderson MVP

It's perfectly useless to know the right answer to the wrong question.

"Raj" wrote in message
I can not seem to find any help for this "common"

I have XP pcs. PC1 and PC2.

PC1 has the LOCAL printer ( HPLaser )

Both PC's share's DSL via wireless router.
BUt ,
i am not able to create iether a WOrkgroup. or share the
printer via Wireless network.

PC2 does not see the PC1.

As of now.

in both PC i have tried to make a WORKGROUP == HOUSE
and Printer name == HPLaser with Shared option.

HOw can i Get the PC2 to use the PC1's printer via
wireless network...or better yet...how do i create a
workgroup between these 2 computers.?

any help would be much appreciated.




We have an intranet application that runs within the IE6 "Trusted Sites" zone. When users click a hyperlink to open a Word (.doc) document, they are prompted to Open, Save or Cancel the operation (along with the tick box for "Always ask when opening documents of this type").

I know that this setting is controlled within XP, via the Advanced button of the File Types dialog and the "Confirm Open after Download" tick box. My question is whether I can control this setting at the IE Trusted Zone Security Level? That is, I want to turn off (uncheck) the "Confirm Open after Download" tick box for .doc files on all our network machines, but only within the IE Trusted Sites Zone; I don't want unprompted opening of .docs when users are out on the wider internet.

Anyone know if this is possible?



The complete list of possible commands is quite large. Collected here is a selection of those that I believe are likely to be the most applicable to home PC use. Many of the commands listed below are also discussed in more detail elsewhere on this site as is indicated by the link "details here". Most commands have switches that are not given in the table. For more information, open a command prompt and enter "commandname /?" (without quotes). Detailed information about these commands and a larger list is available at this Microsoft reference. Selected list of commands
Command: Description: Example: (details here)
assoc: Displays or modifies file name extension associations. Used alone, displays a list of all the current file name associations details here
at: Schedules commands and programs to run on a computer at a specified time and date. Requires the Schedule service. Superseded by schtasks
attrib: Configures file attributes read only, hidden, system details here
bootcfg: Used to repair or edit the boot.ini file details here
cd or chdir: Displays the name of the current directory or changes the current folder (cd folderpath)
chkdsk: Checks hard drives for errors. With switches,does repairs. details here
cls: Clears the screen (cls)
copy: Copies a file from one location to another (copy somefile somefolder)
del: Deletes one or more files details here
dir: Displays a list of a folder's files and subfolders details here
echo: Used to display a message or to turn off/on messages in batch scripts (echo message)
exit: Exits batch script or current command control (exit)
fc: Compares two files and displays the differences between them (fc file1 file2)
for: Runs a specified command for each item in a set details here
fsutil: Displays and configures certain file system properties. A suite of various commands details here
ftype: Displays or modifies file types used in file name extension associations details here
getmac: Returns the media access control (MAC) address for your network card (getmac)
goto: Directs the Windows command interpreter to a labeled line in a batch program details here
if: Performs conditional processing in batch programs details here
ipconfig: Displays all current TCP/IP network configuration values and refreshes Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS) settings details here
md or mkdir: Creates a directory (folder) or subdirectory (subfolder) details here
more: Displays one screen of output at a time. Used with another command that has extensive output (command |more)
move: Moves a file from one folder to another details here
net: A suite of various networking and service commands details here
netsh: Network services shell . Complex suite of commands. details here
netstat: Displays active TCP connections, ports on which the computer is listening, Ethernet statistics, the IP routing table, statistics for the IP, ICMP, TCP, and UDP protocols details here
path: Sets the command path in the PATH environment variable, which is the set of directories used to search for executable files details here
pathping: Provides information about network performance and conditions at intermediate hops between a source and destination details here
pause: Used in batch scripts pause ping Checks connectivity to other networked computers, routers, or Internet sites details here
popd, pushd: Changes the directory being referenced in a command prompt. Pushd changes the directory and stores the previous directory. Popd changes the current directory to the directory stored by the pushd command (pushd somefolder popd)
powercfg: Manages the power settings such as hibernation. Has numerous switches
reg: Adds, changes, and displays registry entries. A suite of various commands details here
rd or rmdir: Deletes a directory (folder) details here
ren or rename: Changes the name of a file or a set of files details here
sc: Used to obtain information about services and to configure them. A suite of various commands details here
schtasks: Schedules commands and programs to run periodically or at a specific time set Displays, sets, or removes environment variables details here and also here
sfc: System file checker scans and verifies the versions of all protected system files
sfc /scannow shutdown: Shuts down or restarts a computer details here
start: Starts an application or opens a new command window details here
subst: Associates a folder with a drive letter details here
systeminfo: Displays detailed configuration information about a computer and its operating system (systeminfo | more)
taskkill: Ends one or more tasks or processes details here
tasklist: Displays a list of applications and services with their Process ID (PID) for all tasks running details here
tree: Graphically displays the directory structure of a folder or drive (tree somefolder)
type: Displays the contents of a text file (type somefile.txt)
xcopy: Powerful command with many switches for copying and backing up files and folders details here

Acquired from; Windows XP Command Line List and Reference

I am currently running the Windows 7 RC, updated fully from Microsoft. Several times I have attempted to function as a server/host for various applications that have resulted in hit/miss results.

Most of the time we diagnose this down to a port issue. My first response was usually to disable the windows firewall when on a LAN. This didn't apear to open up any ports, and many still refused connections. Attempting to telnet/detect port responses from various programs always fails.

Digging deeper into my rather skim knowledge of windows networking led me to the netstat command in command prompt. After turning the windows firewall back on, and specifically adding an incoming rule for the given port (lets say 7777 for the time being), the port never shows up on netstat. Restarting the connection/firewall/computer, as well as releasing and renewing connections, going to a static IP, all fail.

I had added numerous ports with the Control Panel -> Windows Firewall -> Advanced Settings -> New Rule, and none seem to work. I have tried opening up ALL incoming/outgoing ports (TCP & UDP) with the firewall on/off. I still cannot find anyway to get a response from those ports with a local testing method (telnet/netstat) or a remote method (Port checking sites from beyond my router, or a local Macbook).

I am at a complete loss as to why windows 7 seems to refuse to open a given port with this control panel. I get the feeling I am missing some blazingly obvious default setting someplace that ignores the overriding of rules to the firewall.

I am not running any third party software to block ports, and tests have been done with router port forwarding turned on, its own SPI firewall turned off, and the computer in question set to be the default DMZ.

Thanks in advance to anyone who has a clue what I am missing!

I have recently installed a NAS storage device to my network, I am try to "map network drive but cannot get further than the username and password screen.

Ican see the drive when I browse to install however I am prompted to put my username and password in when I click to add.

It is asking for my "Network Password"

I have put my network password in but simply get the responce "Logon Failure: unknown username or bad password"

I have also tried my login details for logging in to my PC with no joy.

I can't seem to turn off the password requirement either.

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Join Date Aug 2008 Posts 1,301 Re: NAS Storage Problems- Requires a Password and username none I have set up seem to work Click the start orb. In the search area type run. In the pop up list select run....should be second in the list. When the run menu opens type in "control userpasswords2" with out the quotes and select ok. In the next popup window you should see under the "Users" tab a box and it says "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer". Make sure this is unchecked and then click apply and ok your way out. Then try network mapping.

my brother & i received new laptops for christmas, but we're both unable to connect to our wireless broadband on them.

my brother's laptop is a toshiba, and when i was setting it up, i was prompted to enter my password for my wireless, so i did, but apparently, it was incorrect. once the rest of the laptop was set up, i went into the networks & sharing centre to try and connect once again; i went into 'connect to a network' and the sidebar from the taskbar popped up with my network there, i've tried to right-click it and go into 'properties' in order to change the password which was supposedly incorrect, but i don't have a 'properties' option; i only have 'connect' with a check box next to it stating 'connect automatically'.
i've unchecked that countless times under the delusion that perhaps i'll be prompted with a box to enter my WEP key, but no. i've also gone back into the network &
sharing centre countless times and clicked on 'manage wireless networks', thinking that i can change or re-enter my password from a prompt there, but my network is not even coming up there. i've tried adding the network with the same username and kind of security including the WEP key, but nothing is working.

i've turned off my netcomm router numerous times and back on again, but nothing. i've turned off wi-fi on the laptop itself and back on again, but nothing has changed.

i've tried everything i can think of. can someone help?
appreciative thanks

Hello Experts,

My current Wifi Setup at home is extremely basic. I have a Wireless modem. This is password protected. I picked up a new Dell XPS laptop (64bit Win7 Premium) a couple of weeks ago and went through the basic setup of connecting to the Internet through the network wizard. Everything was working well until yesterday all of a sudden the connection was coming up as "Limited Access". When I checked the Network Center it showed the connection as Public and "Unidentifiable Network". Double clicking on the park bench icon did not let me change the network type either. I was in the admin account while doing this and thought I should have had the privleges to do it.
I then deleted the connection profile, power recycled the modem and tried again with the same results.
The only way I was able to get around it was to create a homegroup and then click on the public network and say allow public sharing after which I got a pop with two options -
Option 1 - "Make only this network private......"
Option 2 - "Allow all networks Public Access..."

I selected Option 1 wherein it converted that connection to a private network within the homegroup. Now I remember when I setup the connection the very first time (I'm guessing as part of the build completion process) it prompted me if I wanted a home, work or public network and I selected Home. But now it has changed for some reason.

I don't think its the modem because I can connect without any issues from my work laptop (another Dell with XP) and my PS3 and iphones. Basically all my other devices are ok except this laptop.

One other thing that I've noticed is that because McAfee is bundled with the build, Windows Firewall reconizes that its managing the Internet security side of things and has turned itself off but even if I block applications from accessing the Internet when I come back and check the firewall settings, the app has full access. This may be a McAfee bug but thought I'd mention it anyway.
Any suggestions as to what could have gone wrong? How can I change back to a normal setup rather than have the Homegroup active?

Thanks in Advance!!

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I have been googling this issue for a while now and searching these forums but have not found a solution.

I have 4 computers all running Windows 7 64bit Ultimate. They have all been part of the same Homegroup for a while now and have worked fine. They all run the same Avast Free antivirus and Windows Firewall is OFF on all computers. They all have the same network and sharing settings.

As of today though, the main computer that created the homegroup cannot see any other homegroup computers and none of the 3 other homegroup computers can see the main homegroup PC.

Even if I leave the homegroup and then re-join, the homegroup wizard sees the main PC with the homegroup available to join, prompts me for password and joins, yet I still cannot see the main homegroup PC.

Things I have tried.
1. Ran Homegroup troubleshooter on all 4 computers.
2. Turned off/on/off/on Network Discovery on all 4 computers
3. Left/joined/left/joined homegroup on all 4 computers
4. Left homegroup on main computer and recreated it, then rejoined with reaming 3 computers.
5. Stood on my head and tried all of the above while meditating.

Also, I can ping the main homegroup PC and it can ping other PC's. The underlying issue is the mian homegroup PC that created the homegroup cannot see any other homegroup computers and none of those three can see that one.

Any ideas?

I also tried eliminating the homegroup completely and just making all the PC's public, but it's the same result. The one "main" PC can't see any other computers on the network and they canoot see it.


I am trying to fix a problem with a machine on a small office network. There are about five machines on this network, all set to DHCP and all are members of the workgroup WORKGROUP.

One machine (RECPETIONIST) has some shares on it for all other machines to access. All machines except one can access the shares and files as necessary. Some other details:

Actual error message is: Logon Failure: Unknown username or bad password.

All machines are running Win7 Pro with updates.RECEPTIONIST has accounts on it that match all users.RECEPTIONIST has password protected sharing turned off. (Note: I have gone back and forth with this during my testing with no success).INVESTIGATOR has Network Discovery turned ON and can see RECEPTIONIST.INVESTIGATOR cannot see the shares that are available on RECEPTIONIST.I occasionally see a message that it is looking for credentials and then gives me a UN/PWD prompt from which I cannot find any machinename/username/password combination that will allow me to get to that machine.I have done extensive searching of the internet with no success. Dates are not an issue as all sync to a time server.One suggestion was to use nbtstat -r. This does not show RECPETIONIST in the list.Another suggestion included netsh interface IPV4 reset but that did not help at all.I can map the drive by IP address, but given that I am using DHCP, this is not a viable solution.

Any suggestions or questions that can help me get this machine working properly on the network? I'm close to just wiping the disk and starting over again on this machine. I'm sure I have left out some critical details. Let me know what else to tell you.



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"Hi, I’m Jessica Dolcourt from CNET Download and this is a first look at Auslogics BoostSpeed. This is a top rated program that attempts to defrag, tweak, and otherwise optimize the computer where its most likely to get bogged down. Looking at the clean launch interface, you might never guess that there are 18 tools bundled into one app. The main pane is dominated by shortcuts for testing the health of the system. One Button Checkup will scan for issues and attempt to fix them. For instance, Disk Cleaner’s job is to find and remove junk files. With most scans you run, you’ll have the opportunity to take a closer look at the files, and to back them up before you change anything. Since the goal of the program is to optimize performance, BoostSpeed often frames problems in terms of how much space you would free if you deleted the loose files. On the left, the system tools are organized by activity: Computer, Cleanup, Optimization, Privacy, Settings, and so on. When you click the task category, you’ll see the available tools and a brief description of what they do. Clicking the tools launches it in a separate window, so that you can return to this main interface at any time. Most tools are easy to work their way around, and most changes can be undone in Auslogics Rescue Center, which you can get to from individual tool interfaces or from the settings on the BoostSpeed panel interface. In the Rescue Center, you’ll see a list of the changes you’ve made. You’ll be able to see full details for each entry and view archive backups as well. Which system files BoostSpeed will back up, and which it will leave alone, are things you can specify in the program settings, under the tab that says Rescue Center. We’re fans of Auslogics BoostSpeed for its comprehensive system maintenance and nicely packaged interface. Some of the app’s component parts are offered as stand-alone freeware products, such as the Disk Defrag…" - Courtesy CNET Review of Auslogics BoostSpeed

Under User Interface:
Disable AeroMake menu bars and window frames opaque instead of translucentDo not animate windows when minimizing and maximizingSlow the window animations when holding Shift keyDisable 3D Window SwitchingAdd context menu to activate Flip 3DTurn off Aero PeekTurn off Aero SnapTurn off Aero Shake
Under Visual Effects:
Hide window contents while draggingDo not drop shadows under icons on the desktopDo not use translucent selection rectangleShow Windows version in the desktop bottom right cornerSelect how you want the arrows displayed on shortcuts
Under Animation:
Do not allow window animationDo not use smooth scrolling for list boxesDo not animate drop-down listsSelect tooltip animation types
Do not use menu fading animation effectsHide shadows under menusHide underlined letters for keybaord navigation until ALT is pressedMenu animation effects optionsDelay before displaying submenus (in milliseconds!)Full font smoothing optionsExtended ClearType and Standard font smoothing options
Start Menu:
Hide "Log Off" from the Start MenuHide the "Run itemHide "Set Program Access And Defaults" ("Default Programs" in Vista)Hide the "Help and Support" itemHide the "All Programs" menuHide "Administrative Tools"Hide the list of frequently used programsHide the list of pinned programsHide the "See more results" link
Under Folder options determine whether to hide individual items, show them as a link, or show them as a menu easily

Do not highlight recently installed programsDo not show partially installed programs in grayDo not sort the "All Programs" menu by nameDisable the context menu and drag itemsDisable the "Start" button tooltipExpand menu when you hover the mouse pointer over an itemEnable small icons in the Start menu
Show notification areaDo not display tooltips in the notification areaDo not hide unused icons in the notification areaDo not display the network activity icon in the notification areaDo not display the sound settings icon in the notification areaDo not display the battery icon in the notifications areaAuto-hide taskbarDo not slide taskbar buttonsAllow moving or rearranging taskbar itemsGroup similar buttons: Do not group, Group when full, Always group and hide tagsButtons: Configure advanced settings for taskbar application buttons
Show hidden filesShow file extensionsuse Windows classic foldersDisplay checkboxes to help select multiple filesAlways show the menu bar in Windows ExplorerDisable file and folder pop-up descriptionsDisplay folder size in the folder tooltip
Disable thumbnail cache creationDo not display thumbnails in network foldersThumbnail quality - 0-100%Thumbnail size in pixelsShow address bar folder path autocompleteShow address bar folder path autosuggestShow address bar maximized as a drop-down listInclude variable "PATH" into search pathDisable automatic replacement of a blackslash to a forward slash
Context Menu:
Show "Open Command Prompt"Show "Send To"Show "Copy to Folder..."Show "Move to Folder..."Show "Run as administrator"Show "Take ownership"Show "Search..."
Restore open Explorer windows when you restartDisable CD burning functions in Windows ExplorerRun Desktop and Explorer tasks as seperate processesRun each Explorer window as a seperate processAutomatically restart the shell if a shell error occursDisable the option to search the Internet when you open a file with unknown extension
Explorer items:
Display encrypted and compressed files and folders in a different colorDrive letter is displayed after disk labelDrive letter is displayed before disk labelDrive letter is displayed before disk label for network driveDrive letter is not displayed!

Disable autorun for:
Removable drives (Floppy, flash-drive, etc)Non-removable drives (hard disk, etc)Optical disk drives (CD, DVD, etc)Temporary memory disk (RAM-disk)Network drivesUnknown drive types
Command Prompt:
Enable advanced modeEnable delayed expansion of environmental variablesEnable quick editingFile names autocomplete hotkeyFolder names autocomplete hotkey
System Security:
Disable User Acount ControlSet all UAC options including advanced options only found in registry
Privacy Policy:
Wipe page file on computer shutdownClear the "Recent documents" list on logoffDo not create the "Recent Documents" listDo not store your logon password on the diskDisable hidden sharesDisable user trackingEnable encrypt/decrypt options in ExplorerDisable Faster User Switching
For anonymous users:
Access is allowed with the default settingsTransfer of accounts and SAM names is prohibitedAccess is denied if permits are not specified
Windows Defender:
Disable Windows DefenderDisable heuristic scanningDisable archive scansDisable removable media scansDisable e-mail scansDisable real-time protectionDisable real-time protection promptsDisable downloads checkupDisable executable files checkupDisable definition updates through alternate download locationsCheck for new signatures before scheduled scansDo not log unknown detectionsDo not log known good detections
Startup and Shutdown:
Disable Windows startup soundDisable parsing AUTOEXEC.BATDisplay information about previous logons during user logonDisable Ctrl-Alt-Del before logonRun logon scripts simultaneouslyOptimize system files placement on the diskSpecify time to wait before running Check Disk (chkdsK) in seconds
Event Logging:
Do not log any eventsLog standard events onlyLog all startup and shutdown events
Legal Notice:
Write any legal notice you want during startup of Microsoft Windows
Automatic login:
Use autologin and set credentials, including username, password, and domain

OEM Info:

Configure Windows OEM attributes, such as the manufacturer's logo and support information that appears in the System Properties window.

This includes:
ManufacturerModelSupport URLWorking HoursPhone120x120 pixel logo
Application Start:
Disable "Program Compatibility Assistant"Disable "Program Compatibility Wizard"Disable running 16-bit applicationsRun 16-bit programs as a separate processAdd checkbox "Run in seperate memory space" for 16-bit applications
Error Handling:
Disable sound when errors occurAutomatic restart in case of a critical errorSend error reportsShow error notification in windowDon't save reports on your computerDon't send additional information in a reportDon't write error information into system log
If an error occurs:
Ask user consent to send a reportAutomatically include only basic information in the reportAutomatically include all but personal data in the reportAutomatically include all data in the report
Internet Explorer:

Disable visual-styled controls in Internet Explorer pagesDisable page transitionsDisable Clear Type fontsDisable smooth scrollingDisable autoamtic updatesAlways show menusDo not show extended error messagesDo not show the welcome text for new opened tabsDo not show warning messages when closing tabsDo not send bug reports via the InternetAlways ask before downloading filesPlace the menu above the address bar
Let Internet Explorer decide how pop-ups should openAlways open pop-ups in a new windowAlways open pop-ups in a new tab
Specify how Internet Explorer displays a web page when it's launched from another program:
Opens in a new windowOpens in a new tab in the current windowOpens in the current tab or window
Speed up web browsing in IE by using more concurrent Internet connectionsIncludes anywhere from 1-20 connections (Default is 4)
Default file download directoryHome PageCaption string that is displayed after the page title
Microsoft Office:
Do not track document editing timeBlock updates from the Office Update SiteDisable Customer Experience Improvement programDisable error reportingDisable logging Microsoft Office activityDisable Office DiagnosticsDisable clipboard dialog boxPrevent Office Help from resizing the application window
Microsoft Word:
Do not check spelling as you typeDo not check grammar as you typeDo not use background printingDo not auto-save background printingDo not auto-save documents in the backgroundDo not use translucent selectionDo not check if MS Word is the default HTML editor
Microsoft Excel:
Show Formula bar in Full ViewCache spreadsheetsCache PivotTable reportsUndo steps: Set from 0 to 100
Software tweaks (The ones we can see so far)

Disable file transferDisable loading language filesDisable publishing Skype status on the WebDisable Skype Public APIDisable checking for updatesDisable listening for TCP connectionsDisable UDP communications
Windows Media Player
Disable auto-updatesDisable automatic codec downloadsDisable Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM)Disable video smoothingDisable CD and DVD Media information retrievalDisable music file media information retrievalDisable media file sharingDisable script handling in media filesHide the "Privacy" tab in the settingsHide the "Security" tab in the settingsHide the "Network" tab in the settings
Adobe Reader:
Disable splash screenDisplay PDF in the browser windowDisable Purchase Acrobat item in the menu
Disable link prefetchingDo not reduce memory when minimizedDo not download favorite icons (favicons)Disable blinking elementsForce frames to be reesizableUse old style for opening tabsShow all images / Block all images / Load images from the requird site only and block images from othersClose Tab Button full range of optionsHow long Firefox waits for the web page data before it displays the page (From 0 to 1 sec)
System Information includes everything:
OverviewGeneralHardwareCPUMotherbaordMemory ModulesVideoStorageIO DevicesInput DevicesModemsNetwork AdaptersResourcesProblem DevicesOperating SystemProgramsNetworkApplication ErrorsDevice ManagerMemory UsagePerformance
Tasks show Applications, processes, services, and locked files. You can unlock locked files, change the status of services, end processes, and modify application data.

Auslogics Disk Explorer will show what folders are taking up the most space and allow you to delete empty folders on your system.

File Recovery allows you to undelete files.

Speed Up Internet includes:
Automatic tuningAuto HeuristicsDefault TTLGlobal Max TCP WindowMax MTUTCP Window SizeMax Connections Per 1_0 ServerMax Simultaneous HTTP ConnectionsFirefox Max ConnectionsFirefix Max Connections Per Server
1323 OptsACK FrequencyARP Cache LifeARP Cache Min Reference LifeARP Cache SizeAuto HeuristicsAuto TuningCongestion ControlDefault TTLDel ACK TicksDisable Task OffloadECN CapabilityEnable PMTU BH DetectEnable PMTU DiscoveryFin Wait DelayGlobal Max TCP Window SizeInitial RTTIPv6 over IPv4Keep Alive InternalKeep Alive TimeMax Connect RetriesMax Data RetransmissionsMax Dup ACKsMax MTUNum ConnectionsReceive-side ScalingSACK EnabledTCP Window SizeSYN Attack ProtectTimed Wait DelayUse RFC1122 Urgent Pointer
Default Receive WindowDefault Send WindowLarge Buffer SizeMedium Buffer SizeNon Blocking Send Special bufferingSmall Buffer SizeTransmit Worker
Request Buffer SizeUse Raw ReadUse Raw WriteUse Write Raw Data
Dns Cache:
Adapter Timeout TimeHash Table Bucket SizeHash Table SizeMax Entry TTL LimitMax SOA Entry TTL LimitNegative SOA TimeNegative TimeNet Failure Time
Internet Explorer:
DNS Cache EnabledDNS Cache TimeoutKeepAlive TimeoutMax Connections Per 1_0 ServerMax Connections Per ServerReceive TimeoutServer Info TimeoutSocket Receive Buffer LengthSocket Send Buffer LengthTCP Autotuning
Disable IPv6DNS Cache EntriesDNS Cache ExpirationHTTP Connect TimeoutKeepAlive TimeoutMax ConnectionsMax Connections Per ServerMax Persistent Connections Per ServerMax Persistent Connections Per ProxyPipeliningPipelining Max RequestsPrefetch NextProxy PipeliningUse KeepAliveUsing Proxy KeepAlive
(Auto-optimization is based on Over 1Mbps / 1Mbps or lower (default that Windows assumes) / or 128kbps or lower)

The built-in System Advisor determines (THESE ARE JUST SOME):
Can the Internet connection be optimized?Is the registry fragmented?Can Windows shutdown be sped up?Can incorrect drivers be updated? (It updates them in Auslogics Device Manager)
Quick Tasks allow you to:
Erase browser historyErase Windows historyCleanupt emporary filesOptimize memory
Privacy allows you to shred files and wippe entire disks.

Let's check that one again:
Disk MaintenanceFree Up SpaceRemove DuplicatesExplore diskDisk cleanupDisk defragmentDisk repairSoftware ControlSystem TweaksService OptimizationDisaster RecoveryFile RecoveryRescue CenterRegistry MaintenanceRegistry RepairRegistry DefragmentSystem StatusSystem InformationSystem TasksSystem ServicesLocked FilesComputer PrivacyErase Computer HistoryShred FilesWipe disksSpeed Up InternetInternet OptimizationMemory Optimization
It is quite probable that Auslogics BoostSpeed is the best program on the market for system repair and optimization EVER. Even if you don't know how to use the options listed above, that is why this program is great. It really DOES it for you. It really does repair your registry, with money behind it that went into big time research and development.

Their previous freeware products have been used regularly by IT professionals, but this product includes absolutely everything. There is nothing missing in this program, and updates are absolutely frequent. It is the one application I would recommend to every member of Windows7Forums.com without hesitation. Even if you do not know what these settings mean, this program will optimize and repair your system without any doubt. Today, there are so many programs that "claim" to do this and do that. When we saw Auslogics offering a commercial solution I had to start offering it on my website after I saw what it could do. I had to make a video about it. I had to find a way to provide a discount to members.

I have recommended it to my mother, my grandparents, and I will bring it up to a client I am currently working with tomorrow who is asking for Windows XP. This is the program that you need to automatically manage your system and keep it up-to-date, speedy, and performing in top condition.

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I hope someone has seen this before cos its driving me nuts!

I have a Linksys wireless router that serves 5 workstations. (1 laptop, 4
tablet pc's)

The workstations are all running Windows XP and are mostly fully up to date
with windowsupdate. (the pc in question is certainly up to date.)

They were all setup and working nicely. I setup a key on the router for 64
bit encryption and then entered the key into the workstations when prompted
and all worked fine.

One of the tablet pc's was replaced by a newer model last week and the old
one was turned off and put in the cupboard out of the way.

Today, someone wanted to use the old tablet so they plugged it in and
switched it on to find that it would not work on the network.

I have checked the settings and key over and over again. They appear to be
identical is every way to the other machines yet the network does not work

What is even more confusing is that is does appear to be partly working, let
me explain.

It will contact the DHCP server that is on the network and get an IP
address. I seem to be able to release and renew this IP using the usual
ipconfig stuff too.

I can ping
I can ping (which is the local ip that was allocated by dhcp)
I cannot ping (DHCP+DNS Server)
I cannot ping (Gateway to the outside world)

Since i cant ping the gateway, i did not bother trying to ping any further.

The results of a ROUTE PRINT look perfectly normal. (i dont have to hand to
paste in but i can get if someone would like to see.)

The server is an SBS2003 server and houses dns & dhcp.
The workstation have all joined the domain and the users of the respective
computers are in the local administrators group.
I have tried logging on to the machine with local administrator and getting
the wireless connection to work but that made no difference.

If i disable the wireless connection and enable the wired connection (and
obviously connect a cable) then it works fine.

The windows XP firewall is disabled.
The computer has norton antivirus on it. It is a version that does not
include a personal firewall but i disabled it anyway to be sure, still no

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.


James Sefton

Xref: newsfeed-west.nntpserver.com microsoft.public.windowsxp.network_web:218617

Yeah, i figured out that the administrator password had to be the same, because it worked when i logged in without a password, since the administrator account on my computer does not have a password (probably time to disable that account).

What doesn't make sense to me is why I don't even get the login option from the FAMILY computer. It just gives me access denied right away without even letting me attempt to login. Even though the FAMILY pc has no password I should still be given an opti
on to login with an account that exists on the share PC, especially since "Limit local account use of blank passwords to console login only" is set to disabled. What does happen though when I look at the session info on the share pc, it says that FAMILY i
s connected with 0 folders open and under "guest" it says yes. I'm not sure what that means since i definitely wasn't allowed access. This happens to any computer that gets denied access to the share folder, kind of odd.
The only time I WAS able to access the share pc from the FAMILY pc is when I gave Guest NTFS permissions on the share folder so it looks like the FAMILY pc is trying to authenticate as Guest no matter what. Is there a way to turn this off? Simple file sh
aring is not enabled on the FAMILY pc either. I just tried setting a password on the FAMILY pc and it didn't make a difference, it still tries to authenticate as Guest. It is running Windows XP pro not home.

The last thing i'd like to know is how to deny access to users I create for network access, locally. I don't want them to be able to login into my computer from the console, only if they're accessing the share folder. Is this possible?


"Doug Sherman [MVP]" wrote:

If the Administrator account on Server has a password, then the
Administrator account on NAME must have the same password.

Whatever user account/password is used to logon to FAMILY must have a
duplicate user account/password on NAME.

If you want to become familiar with security, use passwords.

Doug Sherman

"Kal525" wrote in message
I'm trying to become familiar with Windows XP Pro networking permissions
and security and I think I have a pretty good understanding except for a few
things I was hoping someone could shed some light on.

The share folder is on my main pc, call it NAME, and I also have a laptop
(NAME2), a webserver(NAME-SERVER), and another PC (FAMILY).

The share folder has share permissions for "Everyone" and read access.
The NTFS file permissions are at their default.

I am able to access the main PC (NAME) from the laptop without entering
any login or password information because both the laptop and main pc are
logged in locally with the same username and password. However, when trying
to connect to the main pc from the server, it prompts me for a login and
password, even though I'm logged in as an Administrator with a password and
the share pc has Administrators as part of the NTFS permissions and is
included in the everyone ACL permissions. Also "Limit local account use of
blank passwords to console login only" is set to disabled because I have not
created a password for the administrator account on the share pc. The only
way I can log into the share pc from the server is by using the same
username and password that I use to log onto the share pc locally(NAME) and
the laptop locally. Also trying to loginto the share with Guest and no
password denies me access for some reason.

Aditionally, the FAMILY pc is not even presented with a login/password
option, I just get a denied access message. The FAMILY pc does not have a
password, but that should not matter with the "Limit local account use..."
option I have enabled.

Any ideas would be much appreciated, Thanks.

You say "the settings are the same on both computers". Yet, with this added
information it seems to point to the modem / settings on the XP machine. I
would not hang my hat on the fact that one computer works and the other
doesn't in dealing with any of the suggestions because:

- one computer may simply be less susceptible to the same condition that is
causing the problem. So, saying the lines are quiet may be true - but are
they quiet enough for *both* installations? Just an example....

If you're using Outlook Express for email, it can be set to disconnect after
sending/getting mail. Sometimes that throws people off. Since it's a new
system, could it be..... ?

Are the modems exactly the same manufacturer / model number? If not, modem
settings can make a difference. So, if the "settings are the same" that
could be an issue. Also, I can well imagine that there are operating system
differences that could cause the need for different modem settings -
although I have no suggestion what they might be.

Taken from Googled Australian notes on dealing with this issue:

Turn off compression on the modem. - among other things.....

If you're not staying connected then your communication speed is very low
indeed! So, having compression won't help as long as you have this problem.
If turning it off helps then you've made progress.


"nrgjr" wrote in message
Thanks Fred but the line or the settings don't seem to be the problem.
I've switched the lines around and the XP computer still disconnects and the
98 has no problem. There is no equipment near the lines, they both plug
into the same wall jack. The settings are the same on both computers. No
new telephones or equipment added. Can't help but think it's an XP issue
because before I formated and reinstalled XP we had the same problem. It
was ONLY during those 2 weeks from install to registeration/activation the
XP PC had no problem, no disconnects. We could stay on for hours. Anyone
from MS have any thoughts on this???


"Fred Marshall" wrote:

"nrgjr" wrote in message
I have been experiencing random disconnects from the internet, no
no prompt window to "Stay Connected" or "Disconnect". Sometimes I can
be on
for 1/2 hour, sometimes I barely get connected and the "Connect" window
comes again (don't even make to the home page). This is only happening
the WinXP Home 2002 SP1 PC, the other PC, 98SE, has no problem. Both
dialing the same number. I have the two PC's networked together with
cross-over cable but not one PC going through the other to get to the
internet. The problem started about 2 weeks after installing XP, when I
activated and registered. Before that (during the first 2 weeks) no
problem. I know that's when it started because it disconnected in the
middle of the activation/registeration process twice and had to
reconnect to
the internet.

Google on keywords like modem dropout. There's a lot of good

You're obviously using a different modem on a new OS (compared to the
computer). So, check out the modem settings as they will have changed
the OS.

If the computers aren't very close together, look for noisy lines.
Note that the telephone wires in the wall are twisted pairs and less
susceptible to noise. However, most of the wires laying on the floor
not twisted pairs and are more susceptible to noise. Running such a
past noisy equipment can cause trouble.
Look for having added an old telephone recently. These can cause
dropout problems..... and perhaps not equal problems with different
computers / modems / settings.


As per advice here in the ng, I have switched off simple file sharing under
my WinXP Pro in an attempt to make it behave like Win2K, and prompt all
outside access requests for a login that resides on that machine.

I had originally made 2 shares before making the change, and 2 shares since.
I can access the 2 original shares, but not the 2 new ones (access denied -
contact the Administrator etc...). I know why this is, but I cannot figure
out how to resolve it.

When the original shares were made with SFS 'on', under the security tab an
entry was made for 'everybody', full permissions. When making the second 2
shares after turning SFS 'off', this entry under the security tab is not
there. That this entry is in the 2 original shares is the reason I'm allowed
to still access them, and their absence the reason I am denied access to the
2 new shares.

The 'remote' computer I used to access the shares was never requested to
'login' under SFS. Now that SFS is disabled on the computer with the shares,
I am -still- not being prompted to login, and therefore I am not receiving
the proper permissions. How on -EARTH- do I get this thing to ask me to
login? Is there a cache to clear, cookie to kill... what??

When I access the shared computer with a different computer that had never
accessed before when SFS was 'on', it is prompted for a login, grants the
login, and allows me access to all 4 shares! This is driving me insane... = /

This has gotten technically way out of hand... under Win2K, you just create
the share. When someone tried to connect under My Network Places, you were
asked to login (even if all you wanted to do was to send a print job to the
DeskJet). It would accept only valid logins from users setup on the host
machine. That is all I want back, and by gosh it cannot be this hard... Chuck
originally got me going in the right direction with shutting off SFS and
setting Local Policies (which were what he suggested by default - no changes
necessary). I don't want anything more complicated than I had under Win2K,
but the solution so far is not prompting me to login from one computer, but
is on the other. Thanks for any advice anyone has...


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