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With the error message on the memory problem, I right-clicked My Computer,
went to Properties, Advanced tab, clicked the Settings button under the Start
up and Recovery section, and clicked the Edit button under the System startup
section, and Under [operating systems] replace the parameter /NoExecute=xxxxx
with just /Execute. Fixed it perfectly. Right click and DiVx work now. You
can try that, but back up the file first so if something else goes wrong you
don't have to re-install Windows. Good luck.

"MS" wrote:

Was running XP Pro with all the latest updates, on a Pentium 4 M, 2.0 gHz,
768 MB RAM. As I wasn't seeing SP2 on the Windows Update site, I downloaded
the Full SP2 pack (for IT Professionals). (As I have two computers, I
figured that way I wouldn't have to download it twice through Windows Update
either.) (Glad I have two computers. I'm writing now through the other one,
that didn't have SP2 installed. I cannot do anything now with the SP2
computer.) (With my dial-up connection, took a long time to download! One
full night and part of another.

The SP2 installation didn't give me any choices, no customization. On
executing the file, it went through to the end of the process, until the one
choice "do you want to re-boot now"?

First of all, a couple of minor gripes. An icon for Windows Media Player is
put in the Quick Launch bar and the Start Menu, without having consulted me.
I don't want an icon for it in the QL bar. I already have it in the Start
Menu, in a folder where I want it, I don't wish to have another icon for it.
Why is that done without asking the user?

The "Security Center" is also annoying. I don't mind it popping up at the
beginning, asking for your preferences. But that it later keeps popping up
with a warning, that "YOUR COMPUTER IS AT RISK!" CLICK ON THIS BALLOON TO
FIX IT", because I disabled "Automatic Updates" (I frequently manually
update), and because it doesn't recognize my virus scanner. (A good one,
Trend Micro, and I frequently update the virus signatures.)

I right-clicked on the Quick Launch icon for WMP, so that I could choose
delete, and delete the unwanted intruder in my QL bar. Well, rather than
seeing the context menu, I saw an hourglass, got an error message that said:

-------

Explorer.exe application error

The instruction of 0x02464156 referenced memory at 0x00000000. The memory
could not be written. (OK to terminate, Cancel to Debug)
------------
Well, whether I clicked on OK or Cancel, I then had to wait a very long time
with an hourglass, before I could do anything with the mouse again, before I
could try anything with the computer again. I went to the folder where the
Quick Launch shortcuts are kept. (They sure try to hide that--in the
"Internet Explorer" folder in Application Data". Why is it there? The Quick
Launch bar has nothing to do with IE.) I highlighted the WMP icon, and
pressed the delete key. Same result, same error message.

I was beginning to think it was a ploy by Microsoft to prevent anyone from
deleting that WMP icon. But I discovered that I would get the same result on
trying to do almost anything in Windows Explorer, including deleting files
from the Temp folder, etc. I also sometimes got a Dr. Watson error message
after that, I forget the wording.

I went to Control Panel and disabled the new Windows Firewall, thinking that
might be the source of the problem. I went to "services" under
"Administrative Tools", and changed any service that looked new and
suspicious to me to "Manual", instead of "Automatic". This included
disabling the Security Center. But no matter what I tried, including
rebooting in between, nothing solved the described problem.

Booting up is also MUCH slower than before, like molasses, although I have
all startup programs currently disabled, and turned off many of the
automatic services.

I am on the verge of uninstalling XP2. If I do so, I certainly hope it
reconfigures my system to how it was before the install. Anyone done that
yet?

Before I do so, if anyone can give me advice on how to fix the problem I am
having with SP2, please let me know. Something to change in configuration
somehow. Some Windows tweak? Registry change?

To those who have been successful in installing SP2, do you really find any
improvement in it? In what ways? Only security, the Windows Firewall, etc.?
Other improvements?

I thought this product was in Beta a long time. You think they would have
thoroughly tested it, and worked out all the bugs. It sure didn't work well
for me so far. (Perhaps they want to fix it more before putting it on
Windows Update. But why put out the final release for "IT Professionals",
who might install it for a whole company, and then find out it screwed up
many of the company's computers?

What's up with this SP2?

If anyone can help me, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.




I installed Microsoft Security Essentials, and Windows Defender keeps popping up at startup.

Using MSConfig I "unchecked" it, and then via 'services" I made sure it was disabled. But it still pops up when I start Windows.

How do I get rid of it?

Regards,
Chuck Billow




Windows XP: No IE9 for you

Windows XP: No IE9 for you
Microsoft becomes first major browser maker to drop support for world's most popular OS

Computerworld - Microsoft's new browser, Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), will not run on Windows XP, now or when the software eventually ships, the company confirmed Tuesday.

The move makes Microsoft the first major browser developer to drop support for XP, the world's most popular operating system, in a future release.

Although Microsoft excluded Windows XP from the list for the IE9 developer preview, it sidestepped the question about which versions of Windows the final browser would support. In an IE9 FAQ, for example, Microsoft responded, "It's too early to talk about features of the Internet Explorer 9 Beta" to the query, "Will Internet Explorer 9 run on Windows XP?"

This dialog box pops up during attempts to install IE9 Platform Preview on Windows XP.

That caused some users to demand a straight answer. "Please tell whether the final version will run on Windows XP SP3 or not," said someone identified as "eXPerience" in a comment to a blog post by Dean Hachamovich, Microsoft's general manager for the IE team. "If not, please be clear about it. Really, enough is enough of keeping users in the lurch about Windows XP support."

Others bashed Microsoft on the assumption that IE9 would never run on XP. "Dropping Windows XP support is one of the worst decisions ever taken by [the] IE team, probably even worse than disbanding the IE team back in the IE6 days," claimed an anonymous commenter.

Microsoft had offered up broad hints that IE9 was not in Windows XP's future, however. Tuesday, a company spokeswoman said the new browser needs a "modern operating system," a phrase that hasn't been paired with Window XP for years. "Internet Explorer 9 requires the modern graphics and security underpinnings that have come since 2001," she added, clearly referring to XP, which appeared that year.

Windows XP's inability to run the Platform Preview or the final browser stems from, IE9's graphics hardware acceleration, which relies on the Direct2D and DirectWrite DirectX APIs (applications programming interfaces). Support for those APIs is built into Windows 7, and was added to Vista and Windows Server 2008 last October, but cannot be extended to Windows XP.

Some users worried that by halting browser development for Windows XP, Microsoft would repeat a current problem, getting customers to ditch IE6 for a newer version. "Those who choose to stay with XP will be forced to [then] stay forever on IE8, which will become the new IE6," said a user named Danny Gibbons in a comment on Hachamovich's blog.

Tough, said Sheri McLeish, Forrester Research's browser analyst. "This is the stick to get off XP," she said. Windows XP users will solve the browser problem themselves when they upgrade, as most eventually will, to Windows 7. "What are they going to do, go to Linux or run XP forever?" she asked.

Still, IE9's inability to run on Windows XP will prevent it from becoming widespread until the nearly-nine-year-old OS loses significant share to Windows 7. According to Web metrics company NetApplications' most recent data, if IE9 was released today, it would be able to run on just over a quarter -- 27% -- of all Windows machines.

No other major browser maker has announced plans to stop supporting Windows XP, but several have dropped other operating systems or platforms. Last month, for instance, Mozilla said it would not support Apple's Mac OS X 10.4, known as "Tiger," in future upgrades to Firefox. Google's Chrome for the Mac, meanwhile, only runs on Intel-based Macs, not on the older PowerPC-based machines that were discontinued in 2006.

The IE9 Platform Preview can be downloaded from Microsoft's site. It requires Windows 7, Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 or Windows 2008 R2.

Windows XP: No IE9 for you




If you find that you being prevented from using the internet and you are getting pop-ups stating your pc has been attacked, then you need to get rid of this thing fast. It will infest your pc's registry. Basically it is a name changing rip-off rogue application that deliberately reports false system security threats. It can run under a few guises such as XP Antispyware 2011, XP Guard or XP Internet Security 2011, XP Home Security 2011........all these are FAKE security programmes. The loons that are sending out this scam ware are after your money by telling you to purchase their XP Anti-Virus 2011 .............but DON'T.
However, there is a fix so don't panic, you can get rid of it by running any good spyware prog like Spybot or similar. If you are running Windows 7, they have made it so that it will also attack this OS too. So be canny and get a good anti spy/bot installed before this thing gets you.
Keep ahead of this loons !




Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday that regular PC users will be able to test out a "beta" version of Windows early next year. Windows 7, the forthcoming operating system, will let users choose to see fewer alerts and warnings from their computers. Rampant notifications and pop-up windows alerting people to potential security risk has irked many users of Windows Vista.

"We had all the best intentions of helping to secure the PC platform even more, particularly for novice PC users who needed to be protected," said Steven Sinofsky, a senior vice president in Microsoft's Windows group.

Sinofsky didn't back down from the major changes in Vista responsible for the rise in alerts, but he did acknowledge that Microsoft needed to work earlier and more closely with outside companies to avoid a similar mess in Windows 7.

"Despite the difficult change we introduced, we did move forward the ecosystem, making it more secure for end users," he said.

With Vista, Microsoft made some significant design changes to the way windows and icons look, and also to where certain features and functions are stashed in the system.

Windows 7 keeps some of those changes, but tosses out others. In an interview, Julie Larson-Green, a Windows vice president, offered one small example: Microsoft took the "add printer" feature out of the quick-access Start menu, but after users complained, the company is putting it back in Windows 7.

Larson-Green, who led the redesign of Office for the 2007 edition, said that some of the changes made in Vista's design made sense to designers but weren't fully tested on actual PC users.

With Windows 7, Microsoft is also making subtle but useful changes to the task bar along the bottom of the screen. The designers have taken out some redundant buttons that launch applications. And when users roll over the icon of a program in the task bar, it's easier to see how many documents or windows are open, and switch between them.

Microsoft also showed off a quick way of organizing recently used files, Web sites or often-used program features it's calling "jumplists." The company also introduced a concept called "libraries," which automatically finds similar files from a single PC, its external hard drive and even other PCs on a home network, then displays them together in a single folder. For example, that could be handy for organizing a family's digital photos, Microsoft said.

The company also appears to be betting on a rise in touch-screen PCs. Windows 7 builds in more support for gestures so that even programs that aren't designed specifically for touch-screen computers can be used to some degree by poking or swiping fingers across the screen.

Under the hood, Microsoft said it improved the speed of the system and cut the amount of memory it needs to run. Sinofsky held up a netbook — a low-cost, low-power laptop that would have a hard time running Vista — and said it's working with Windows 7.

Microsoft gave copies of a "pre-beta" version of Windows 7 to programmers attending a conference in Los Angeles, and announced the early 2009 target for the general-use beta.

The Redmond, Wash.-based software maker promised deadlines it couldn't keep when it was developing Vista, and the company is trying hard to avoid a similar debacle this time. Sinofsky said there is no date yet for the next milestone, a "release to manufacturing" version of Windows 7, and reiterated that the system is set to go on sale in early 2010.

http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/200810.../tec_microsoft




hi all new to the forums and need help.

I am tired of my son downloading programs on my computer on his account so I disabled the admin privileges on his account. It was working cause he would call me down when the pop up box asking for my admin password and if I felt it was okay I would enter my password so he could download. Well recently I noticed some stuff downloaded that I didnt approve. So I asked him what was up, and he stated he had a cd with some files on it that would allow him to bypass the privileges I had set up on his account. I also noticed that my personal account(with admin privileges) the password was changed. (not admin account) I now have changed both my admin and personal account to a pass that is 25 characters long.

now the only thing I have used in the past is opcrack and I thought that was only good for vista and xp?

what else can i do to stop him from bypassing my passwords and or bypassing my admin privileges set on is account or to keep him from booting to cd or usb drive?

Thanks

Brad




I only got my very first computer last year in April 2011. So my only experience of using a computer at home has been with Windows 7. Before that I was going to Internet cafes to use the computer. And of course there they had Windows XP. But using a computer in an Internet cafe is very different from using it at home. As you do not have to manage any settings like you have to with your own computer. I have 3 Windows 7 netbooks,all HP Mini 210,with Windows 7 Starter, and the two others are Windows 7 Professionall. Which I upgraded,from Windows 7 Starter using Windows Anytime Upgrade.

But I wanted to try Windows XP,because I am a great fan of Windows.And based on my experience with Windows 7,it is very user friendly. So a week ago I went and bought a brand new Windows XP 1GB netbook from a department store. I was very lucky to get this netbook ,because in England they are no longer making Windows XP or Windows Vista computers and laptops. They are all being replaced with Windows 7. So you cannot buy Windows XP or Windows Vista laptops in most shops now. But I was lucky because the Windows XP netbook I bought was the last one they had in the store. And they told me that they are not getting any more in stock.

The netbook is an Acer Aspire one Windows XP Home Edition service pack 3 operating system. I would have liked to have got an HP netbook as I am used to using that. But because all of the computers now are being made with Windows 7 only,the Acer was the only Windows XP laptop that they has in the shop. And I looked in other shops and stores, and I could not find Windows XP anywhere. So I bought the Acer Windows XP netbook.

Most people would probably just install Windows XP over their Windows 7. And I have read online that there is a way to do this. But I have limited experience with computers. So I would not have a clue how to do this. And also you must have a valid and activated copy of Windows XP. Which I don't thing you can download or get now from the Microsoft website.As I read that they are ending support for both Windows XP and Windows Vista,in a few years time. So I did the easiest thing and just bought a Windows XP laptop. But is it as good or user friendly as Windows 7 is? Read on-

The edition of Windows XP I have on my netbook is Windows XP Home Edition service pack 3. Which I think is equivalent to our Windows 7 Home Premium.The first thing I noticed was that Windows XP booted up faster than Windows 7. And then of course I had to set up my account on Windows. And I was very happy to find that I did not have to have a password. Windows XP only requires you to set up a computer name-for example- Andrea. But on Windows XP like on Windows 7, you DO NOT have to have a password if you do not want one. Which is great as I hate having to log in with a password and enter it every time I do some thing on my own computer. Also on Windows XP you are set up as an Administrator by default,just like Windows 7.

Then of course I had to remove all of that branded and unwanted Acer software. I found that on Windows XP programs uninstall a lot faster than what they do on Windows 7. And I also found downloading software from the Internet to be a lot faster on Windows XP than on Windows 7.In fact Windows XP is a lot faster than Windows 7,to my surprise .

Then there are other questions that I and other Windows 7 users may be asking. On Windows 7,I have uninstalled the Internet Explorer browser,and I would like to do the same thing on Windows XP. I tested this out to and the answer is-YES,you can uninstall IE on Windows XP by deleting the IE file in programs on C/drive.And I did this with the help of a tool called Unlocker. And I found that removing Internet Explorer on Windows XP did not effect Windows at all. I was also able to remove Outlook Express,an email client which I and most people cannot use, as well. And Windows was not effected by this either. I found that I was still able to get and install updates on Windows XP without IE.

On Windows XP you have two choices of installing updates-

1-You can go directly onto the Windows Update website in a web browser. But the disadvantage of this is that you cannot do this on Firefox or Google Chrome. You can only install updates from the website in Internet Explorer or on another Internet Explorer engine based browser,such as Green browser or Avant browser.So although I did not have IE,I was able to install updates from the website in Advanced browser and Deepnet Explorer.Which are the Trident(IE engine based) browsers I use instead of Internet Explorer. So if you want to install updates directly from the website on Windows XP, but do not want to use Internet Explorer. You can use Avant browser,Advanced browser or another IE engine based browser instead of IE.But this will only work with Trident engine browsers only,not with Firefox,chrome or Web Kit based browsers.

2-You can also install updates directly from control panel without going onto a web browser just like you do in Windows 7. I choose this method because I think it is safer than going onto a web browser. You can also choose to turn off automatic updating and install only the updates that you want,when you want to. Just like you do on Windows 7 and I found that updates took a lot less time to install than on Windows 7. On Windows 7,if you have 50 updates it can take up to 30 minutes to install. But on Windows XP it takes just 10 minutes or less.So installing updates is faster on Windows XP.

Then there is the security issue. And it is true that based on what I have read, Windows XP is not as secure as Windows 7. And there is a higher risk of computer viruses and malware on Windows XP than what there is on Windows 7.But having said that, on Windows 7, I do not have any anti-virus programs on my computer. Because I don't believe in those. And so I do not have an anti-virus program on Windows XP either. And I do not intend to install any in the future on Windows XP.

But what I do have on Windows XP is Windows Defender. Windows Defender is bundled with both Windows 7 and Windows Vista. And Windows Defender can scan and check for spyware,and remove any it finds. But it is not an anti-virus program so although it scans and removes malware,it does not impose security settings or block programs, the way an anti-virus program does. Which is why I never use an anti-virus program. But PLEASE NOTE-Windows Defender is not included in Windows XP. But you can download and install it from the Microsoft website. Which is what I did. And I find that the Windows XP version of Windows Defender has additional settings that the Windows 7 version does not have. For example there is an option to set Windows Defender to keep a record of any new software you install,an option not included in the Windows 7 version. The Malicious Software removal Tool-MRT is also included on Windows XP like it is on Windows 7.

There was also a control panel but settings are not as clearly visible as they are on Windows 7. Windows XP also has Windows search and it found most files but not all. So I had to open some files myself and search inside of them. Where as the Windows 7 search finds everything.

Windows XP had no trouble finding my wireless network,which I was able to connect to. But there was no option to set it to a home or public network,like there is on Windows 7. Although I was able to enable the Windows XP version of Network Discovery and see my other Windows 7 computer on my Windows XP computer. Just like you can see your other computers on your network in Windows 7.

There is also the option to turn of some of the Windows programs in Windows XP.This can be found in under"add or remove Windows components."But this does not remove the programs,it just turns them off or disables them. And is the equivalent to Windows 7's" turn Windows features on or off." You can also turn off disable Outlook Express and IE6 by just un ticking the box here. But I found that on Windows XP it does not turn off the features completly like it does in Windows 7. That is it disabled some of the programs, but not all. For example,Outlook Express still popped up on my webpage,when I clicked on a email link. Even though I had unticked that box to turn it off. So from my experience it does disable IE6 and other Windows features and they do not appear in the start menu. But enables them if they are needed. Unlike on Windows 7,where the programs stay turned off, until you tick that box to turn them on again. You can also enable Windows features again in Windows XP by ticking the box.

I find Windows XP to be faster than Windows 7,and it installs and uninstalls programs faster than Windows 7. It also starts up and shuts down quicker than Windows 7. And another thing is that I tested out the restore to factory condition setting and I found that on Windows XP. My computer was restored to factory condition, that is a reinstall of Windows in -wait for it- 20 minutes. But on Windows 7 a factory restore takes from 2 to 4 hours to complete! What a difference!

Overall,Windows XP, despite being an older version of Windows is user friendly,unlike Linux which is not. It is faster than Windows 7 although Windows 7 is fast too . Windows XP takes up less space on your hard drive so you can store double the amount of programs on a netbook.But Windows 7 takes up more space. And there are a lot more default Windows programs on Windows XP than on windows 7.But then you have plenty of space.You can install and run all of the programs that you run on Windows 7 on windows XP. In fact most of the web browsers and media players we use on Windows 7 are older programs. Made for Windows XP but they run on Windows 7.

The disadvantages of Windows XP are that it has got Internet Explorer 6 and Outlook Express. But then we have also got several clones of Outlook Express on Windows 7 too. Another disadvantage is that the control panel settings are not as clearly listed as in Windows 7.But you can still find settings. Also there is no option to set your network to a home network,which would be a lot safer. There is just a general network setting only. On Windows 7 you set your network to either a home,office,or public network and Windows Firewall applies the settings. So you are more secure. But not on Windows XP,where there is just one setting,although they do have Windows Firewall. That you can turn on or off just like you can on Windows 7. But there is no Windows Defender on Windows XP,which is some thing that they should have included in this edition of Windows. And although you can install Windows Defender yourself,some people new to computers may not know about this. IE6 is also not very secure for browsing and not a very good browser anyway. But it is bundled with Windows XP,but then so is IE8 with Windows 7. But you can use other web browsers.

And some of the other software is out of date,such as MSN Windows Messenger 4.7 but you could uninstall it as I did or upgrade it. The version of Windows Media Player on Windows XP is,Windows Media Player 9, but it is working well. So I have decided to leave that and after I tested out the factory restore setting,I got IE6 back. But this time I am going to leave that and just use another web browser,Safefox or Google Chrome instead.

But I have found Windows XP to be user friendly and very fast and as good as Windows 7 but different of course. A lot of people install Windows XP on Virtual Box on Windows 7 but I do not know how to use that. And now days it is very difficult in England to find a Windows XP computer in the shops. But if you are lucky to find one like I did. Why install Windows XP on virtual machine,when you can have the real thing?

So now I have got my Windows 7 netbooks and my Windows XP netbook. And windows XP is a very rich and fully functional operating system,just like Windows 7 is. In fact windows XP is like Windows 7 just an earlier version of it. So if you do have Windows XP on your computer,you can still use it. As well as your Windows 7 computer. Andrea Borman.





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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
Menu:
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

Effects:
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
Taskbar:
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
Explorer:
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
Thumbnails:
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..."
Options:
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!
Autoplay:

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
System:

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:

Interface:
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
Behavior:
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
Connections
Speed up web browsing in IE by using more concurrent Internet connectionsIncludes anywhere from 1-20 connections (Default is 4)
Options:
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)

Skype:
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
Firefox:
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
TCP/IP
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
Winsock:
Default Receive WindowDefault Send WindowLarge Buffer SizeMedium Buffer SizeNon Blocking Send Special bufferingSmall Buffer SizeTransmit Worker
Workstation:
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
Firefox:
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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Noob (to the lounge) here, hoping for some help with a macro. I moved computers from one running Win98/Office 2K/Visual Studio 6 to another one running XP and Office XP (no Visual Studio). The following macro isn't working on several levels. See each line for notes on what it does and doesn't do on the new machine:

ActiveWorkbook.Save




Hi,
This is certainly a new one for me. I keep getting the error message "Windows Wireless LAN 802.11 Extensibility Framework has stopped working" . No other info is provided. Nothing much seems to change EXCEPT my Network icon has a red X on it and the pop-up list of wireless network connections has a rex X also.
However I am still connected to the internet.

A google search didn't turn up anything other than I see many people have the same issue.

My Event Viewer shows numerous errors - WLAN Auto-Config ID 1003. When I expand I get this, none of which I understand. Anyone any thoughts or a fix?
(Win 7 Home Premium, ASUS Laptop, 8GB, all updates current)
Thanks,
PBR

+ System

- Provider

[ Name] Microsoft-Windows-WLAN-AutoConfig
[ Guid] {9580D7DD-0379-4658-9870-D5BE7D52D6DE}

EventID 10003

Version 0

Level 2

Task 0

Opcode 0

Keywords 0x4000000000000000

- TimeCreated

[ SystemTime] 2012-05-05T23:27:09.044442200Z

EventRecordID 31578

Correlation

- Execution

[ ProcessID] 488
[ ThreadID] 4364

Channel System

Computer Laptop-PC

- Security

[ UserID] S-1-5-18

- EventData

ExtensibleModulePath C:WindowsSystem32IWMSSvc.dll




Certificate information windows are popping up all the timewith yes, no, view certificate choices. The view certificate option says"This CA root certificate is not trusted. To enable trust, install this certificate in the Trusted Root Certificate Connections Authorities store. Issued to: Issued by: Valued for. The "´ssued to" apparently relates to advertising. How can I keep these certificates from popping up? I don't want to install them, do I? My Microsoft Security is set at "recommended", although previously it was at "highest"because I was traveling.

My heartfelt thanks in advance for help.




I am trying to use Live Chat at Iomega to get support and every time I submit my request I get an error message stating that This browser does not support Java or its use is currently disabled. You may be able to enable Java by lowering your browser security level. I lowered security and turned off the SP2 pop-up blocker as well as my own pop-up blocker but no matter what I do I keep getting the same error message. The Iomega site says it needs to install Right Now Collaboration and I select install but nothing happens. I know this is probably all due to SP2 but I sure would like to know how to temporarily disable some of the security when I need to. BTW, I did try setting the Security to Low but that didn't even help.

TIA




I have a very frustrating problem with Word (v10.3416.3501). Every time I open a document I get a Macro security warning (see attached). This happens all the time - with "New Office Document" and "Open Office Document". This happens even if I open a document created on my old computer prior to the release of XP. Once the Security Warning opens, it doesn't matter which button or "X" I click. It keeps popping up within Word against the grey window until the "hidden file detector" warning (# 7 on attached) and then the doc opens up. It opens with yet the last security warning fname.dll.

The security warning boxes 2-8 look the same as # 1. I just cropped it for space.
I haven't d/l'ed anything new except for an update for Roxio 5 basic.
I've run Adaware, AVG and Spybot - nothing found. I use a firewall and 2 AV programs - McAfee & AVG (free). I also use AdSubtract Pro. When I stop searching the web, I put the firewall on Lockdown.
I don't use macros and nor have I ever written one.

On the attached, all the small the first "Security Warning" box I"m sure it's something very simple, but I don't know where to look.

Thanks.




My grand daughters Vista laptop crashed after a 'Security Shield' virus infection. There was no recovery disk with machine and she (nor I) had created one. The laptop would just keep shutting itself down. I tried MS Offline Recovery tools & had some success with this as it did find a couple of nasties which were removed. However the machine had a fatal system error soon after and operating system could not be found. I did a clean install with my own Vista recovery disk - downloaded all the drivers etc and all was well. A week later the 'Security Shield' pop up window is back. Anyone know how to get rid of this for good ?




Alright, so I did some looking through similar threads but couldn't find any with this exact issue. Hopefully this is not a repeat thread, I don't think it is.

SOLUTION
It turns out that some of the files in the folder were "locked" (a little padlock icon appeared over the normal icon). In order to unlock the folders, I only needed to double click and confirm I wanted to continue. To unlock the files I needed to do the following:
Right+Click -> Properties -> Security -> Edit (Under Permissions Field) -> Add (Type in your Username) -> Ok

The Main Issue:
I'm unable to delete folders in my "Program Files", even as the Administrator (and in fact only account) account on my computer.

Details:
Here's what happens:
1) I click on the folder, then hit delete.
2) I get a pop up which asks if I want to delete the folder, I click Yes
3) I get a pop-up which says "You'll need to provide administrator permission to delete this folder" I click Continue (with the little shield next to it)
4) I get a pop-up which says "You need permission to perform this action" "You require permission from Administrators to make changes to this folder"




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!!




Hi there, I have recently been having difficulties with connecting with my wireless connection. We have a in-home router that is connected to two computer's downstairs by cable. I however own a Acer, Windows 7 laptop that I mainly use upstairs and I get a Excellent signal strength.
I have connected to my Home wireless connection before with no problem but recently the connection keeps coming up as ~Identifying... No Internet Access.
Also when I have had connection to this network prior to this problem the connection is under Home. But when I try to connect to the same network it comes up as Public or just keeps Identifying. I have the connection set to Connect Automatically.
Also the yellow triangle with the exclamation point almost always pops up immediately when I reboot my system or after I Disconnect and Connect the network again. I have tried Disabling and Enabling the network in the adapter settings and this does not work either. In the manage wireless networks tab, I have repeatedly deleted the connection and reentered the security password and again put it as automatically connect but it still comes up as Identifying. I have seen many people with this same problem and have tried many of the suggestions to no avail.
It is rather bizarre because my connection will be in this Identifying state for a while and randomly connect properly and I have no idea what makes it go off and on so erratically. I just had it working again for a few days and it is again acting up. I would appreciate the help and hope I can get this resolved and not have to wait tell my connection randomly works again xD




I am so peeved right now it is not even funny. Next time ready for PC I think i will be a mac convert after all this meesed up crap with windows.

Last night when I get home go to start computer and there is a error about missing dll file, then aas I click the error more missing file errors keep coming up, gets progressively worse until PC does not start windows. Ok, that's cool, I have backup and disk image on another drive in computer, no problem right, WRONG!!!

So pop in the windows 7 disk, go to restore disk image, error!!! Got a few errors while trying once I got one when I checked of not to include one of the disk, the one I keep getting is that there is not enough space on drive for restore. Now the disk the image is on is 150 GB, the disk trying to put it on is 500 GB, so why the problem???

So keep searching on my laptop and find a suggestion to do diskpart-clean. Go through every suggestion I found to use diskpart such as clean, =sytem blah blah blah. Still not worky. I install Windows 7 on the drive which works, install backup files and is there. But I want the image to restore. So in the new install I cant get it to do a image restore, so I try from Windows 7 CD again, FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now what, ok I have Acronis that I have never used on disk, lets give that a shot.
It starts the procedure from what I can tell, It says something about partition part 4 of 5 while running and counting down the time, at this point it is 1AM and I am goint to bed. Get up this morning and computer still does not boot. The acronis screen was on it's main page before I tried to star computer.

I really feel that windows 7 image backup left me with a false sense of security seeing that it is turning out this difficult. It really should not be, should be able to go through and have it work. This is really horrible, if I do finally get it working somehow I will probably have 10 hours into it, rediculous.

So any other ideas, my last resort is to reinstall windows and my back up files. What I hate with that is then I need to reinstall all my programs, updates ect. and still will be missing my emails that were saved. The image should have everything back to that date.

HELP!!!!!!

Any ideas




Ok, I have a virus that is causing pop-ups everytime i open internet explorer. they tell me that "a virus is in my computer attempting to steal passwords and private info from the infected computer."

also give the info:

Type: Virus
Infection Length: 138,293 bytes
Systems Affected: Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2003, Windows XP, & Vista
Systems Not Affected: DOS, EPOC, Linux, Macintosh, Novell Netware, OS/2, UNIX
Technical Details: Creates files in %Windr%directory. By default this is C:Windows.
2. Adds Values to registry keys: HKEY_LOCAL_MNACHINESoftwareLocalCurrentVersionRun
3. Scans the hardrive for exe. files and infects any excutable files. Searches for passwords/information, which it may send to a remote attacker.

Reccomendations: Click "OK" to download officially approved security software. Always keep your patch levels up-to-date.

If I press "Cancel" it directs me to Security Center and if I press "OK" it goes to MalwareBurn index page

I haven't downloaded anything because I am afraid that the downloads will damage my computer even more. I have no idea what is really going to help my computer and what is fake. I ran the scan my computer and it said it deleted all potentially dangerous material on it, but the problem still exists.
It doesn't seem to matter if I'm browsing the internet or not, the pop-ups still interupt whatever I am doing. My homepage has also been changed, and everytime I change it back, it never stays with what I've assigned it to be. I also get a bubble that comes from the task bar saying, "Security Alert: Spyware found. Your computer is infected with the latest version of PSW.x-Vir trojan. PSW. Click this balloon to remove it." The icon for this bubble is a yellow triangle with an exclamation point in the middle of it and it flashed on my taskbar interupting everything I try to do on my computer. If I click it it directs me to AntispyGolden :: Cutting-Edge Anti-Spyware Protection

I am absolutely stuck because I fear damaging my computer and at this point I have no clue in what to trust as an virus removal program since so many different things pop up whenever I click on anything. Any advice or help is MUCH APPRECIATED!

Sorry if this is long and drawn out!
Thank you for taking the time to read it!

-Alicia




I have tried to send the following to MS support four
times. Their incident submission page even has an active X
control warning....grrrrr! Can't get the incident
submission to collect my pc data or send the report. I
have also posted this on XP security newsgroup. If anyone
can help me with the following I sure would appreciate
it........

Had smooth install of SP2. Having big issues with security
and cannot find answers anywhere on Microsoft and getting
really frustrated. Used all resources on MS and no help.
I need to enable add -ons, plug ins and Active X controls
for many functions I use on many web sites regardless of
security issues. Could not get even Office update to work
and Office discussion page tells me I need Active X
control (not on info bar..on page itself in large blue
letters) to use discussion group (!!).

Used add on management and all add ons that are in use or
have been in use on IE 6 say 'enabled' but are not
working. I especially need any showing Active X or Java.
I tried to update each item on both lists; some updated,
some said no update available but still won't work. I did
some checking/unchecking on internet security options
for active X (there are so many) but still not working. I
even enabled everything in security but nothing changed.

Here are some issues and I need to know how to fix them
please.

I use XP SP2 pop up control and my own firewall with
latest version of Trend Pc Cillin Internet security/ virus
protection. XP firewall disabled.

1. Office and Windows Updates start to search my system
and tell me 'The Office Update Catalog cannot be
displayed -
The Office Update site is currently experiencing some
technical difficulties and is unable to check for
updates'. I try day after day but neither will work.
Windows Update search just keeps running with no results.
2. Cannot print coupons on line such as on
www.airwick.com. Says they have printed but haven't and
nothing wrong with printer functions (I tested). There is
a plug-in per airwick site help and says I need but I get
no security error on info bar except pop up and I tempy
disabled it but still nothing prints. On coolsavings.com
(which I have used for years)...when I go to download the
coupon print manager which is harmless software it tells
me to use the info bar to allow the download of Active X
but there is NO info bar coming up. This is ridiculous.
Printing coupons using their software is just fine with me
so why can't I?
3.When the info bar does come on some sites and tells me
about active X controls and I go to options there is only
info on this and no way to enable the controls even tempy
like you can with pop ups. Sometimes the info bar
disappears before I can even click on options.

Bottom line is that I need to enable Active X and Java to
see/print,etc regardless of SP2 security. I need to be
able to use add ons and plugs in at my discretion. I know
I am not alone so not sure why your web site does not
directly address how to do this.

HELP PLEASE. This is driving me nuts. Even your incident
submission page says it requires Active X controls to
display...JEEEZ. Have tried to submit this four times.
Won't collect data on my computer nor sent this to you.
Guess it needs active X to do that too. This is crazy.

Terri


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