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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

If Vista Is Missing in your Vista Computer.

If you frequently get the following message while booting Vista:

Missing Operating System
Operating System Not Found

and you need to boot with the disk, and repair, here is what you can try.
Boot the Vista DVD, choose "Repair"
Open a Command Prompt.
Enter the following commands:

bootrec.exe /fixmbr
bootrec.exe /fixboot
bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd

Hit Enter and Reboot.

This should hopefully, have made your problem go away !

Get IP address anonymity everytime

I have found one software which hide your IP address every time and give you a new IP address by creating a Tor Network…….

(Open a new tab or window and paste these links in the address bar, press enter.)

If u have Mozilla then it works very fine

First Download Vidalia Bundle from here

Here is link for Windows and MAC OS ……….So download it according to your requirement .

After that to easily turn on and turn off “TOR” .. You can install Firefox add on from here :

then restart firefox….After that you will see at right bottom corner that your tor addon for mozilla is installed…now when u want to hide your IP or want to surfing anonymously Turn on or turn off by clicking on this.

You can check your ip address here


How To Activate Vista's Secret 'Super' Administrator Account

In XP and the earlier Windows versions, there was only one administrator account and most single users used it as their main account. But Windows Vista has another, what may be referred to as a secret 'super' administrator account. It is hidden & turned off by default, and is similar to the 'root' account in Unix.

The use of the Administrator account is being phased out in Vista, and there’s actually seldom a need to use it, instead of another administrator account. On installation of Vista, the Administrator account is disabled; but if you upgrade from Windows XP and Administrator is the only active local administrator account, then Administrator remains enabled. In this situation, it is placed in Approval Mode, for purposes of UAC(User Account Control). Since it is not subject to UAC prompts and runs with full administrative privileges, it’s rather risky, to run it on a regular basis. Any application could then have full control of the computer. So I suggest using it sparingly, only when you need to perform several administrative and don't want to be bothered by UAC prompts. Initially, this 'super' Administrator account does not have a password, a serious vulnerability for a full-fledged administrator account. Best to assign a strong password to this account at the earliest opportunity.

To turn on this 'super' administrator account, type cmd in the search box WAIT don't hit enter! cmd will appear at top. Rt click on it to 'run as administrator'.

To enable this account, type this command & hit Enter:
Net user administrator /active:yes
To disable this account, type this command & hit Enter:
Net user administrator /active:no
If you decide need a password for the administrator's account that you are going to activate or if you are unable to activate it with a blank password:
Net user administrator P@$$w0rd
Net user administrator activate:yes
Hit enter. You will get a message: The command completed successfully.
(Where P@$$w0rd has been taken as an example password)
Switch user and log on using this password.

ALTERNATIVELY, you may also type secpol.msc in the search box and hit enter. This will bring up the Local Security Policy.

In Left Hand Side, click on Local Policies > Security Options.
Now in Right Hand Side you will see the first entry as Accounts:Administrator Account - Disabled
Rt-click on it > Click Properties > Enable. Close.

And why would you want to operate this account?

1) You don't want to be 'annoyed' by UAC (User Account Control).
2) This 'super' administrator account has elevated privileges. This means that
you can run CMD with an un restricted access to the command line.
3) You have locked out your main account by accident and you want a back door entry.


"Access denied", opening a folder or file in Windows Vista/XP

When you try to open a folder and files in Microsoft Windows Vista/XP, you may receive the following error message, "Access is denied."

Usually in Windows Vista, you may encounter this in opening "UserName" folder > My Documents, My Videos, My Pictures and My Music folder. Also you will notice that they are displayed as a semi-transparent icon with a shortcut symbol. These are called NTFS Junction point. Windows Vista uses them to maintain backward naming compatibility and redirect programs that accesses these folders.

The solution is taking the ownership of system files or folders that you want to open or modify.

1. Right click the folder->Security Tab->Advanced->Edit

2. And click the checkbox option->Apply.

3. Click Yes. You can now open the folder.

Open the folder or file now.


Shared partitions are not accessible from other computers?

When sharing the entire content of a partition with other computers on your network, you might see that it is listed as shared but in fact it cannot be accessed. Other users trying to access your partition might receive the following error message: '\\ComputerName\Partition is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. Access is denied.'

In this tutorial we will show you how to solve this problem.

Our solution aims to solve only the error shown below. If you receive other messages, it might not be an applicable solution.

First, open Windows Explorer and right click on the partition which you have shared. Click Properties.

In the Properties window, go to the Security tab. Here you will see a list with the defined groups and permissions. If the group called Everyone is not listed, then you need to add it. If it is listed, you need to check the defined permissions and set it to at least Read & execute. To add the group, click Edit.

Now click Add.

In the 'Select Users and Groups' window, type 'Everyone' and click OK.

In the Properties window, click OK.

Now you will see a window titled Windows Security. Wait until it disappears.

From now on, your shared partition will be accessible from other computers.


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Show 'Open command window here' Window Vista

Do you wish that when you right-click a folder you will have an option to automatically open it in Command Shell? Here it is!

This is very useful especially if you want to open a network share using command prompt. It automatically maps to that location and delete the network drive after you close the command prompt.


Right click on any Windows Vista folder that you want to open in the command shell while holding down the 'shift key' (Right-Click+shift).


Partitioning your Drive in Windows Vista using the Disk Management utility

How to partition his hardrive because it has only one partition. It is running in Windows Vista. This is for you...

First, you must logged into an Administrator Account. You can only use this utility if it is NTFS format or unformatted RAW. I recommend that you should use this in a hardisk with no bad sectors and of course if there is enough space that 'can be freed' or shrink because some of the files that are use by the OS like page file or shadow copy storage area cannot be relocated.

Go to Control Panel\System and Maintenance\Administrative Tools. Select Computer Management then Disk Management. Select the Drive, example Drive C.

Right Click and choose Shrink Volume. Windows vista will calculate first and give the maximum space that can be freed. You can manually enter the amount of space by changing the "Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB" values. So it must be 20000Mb, if you want to have 20Gbytes of shrink space (almost, but not exact).

In this example it is only 519Mbytes is to be Shrink. Click the "Shrink" button to use the maximum allowable amount of space.

After that you will see the "unallocated space". Right Click-> Choose 'New Simple Volume'. The New simple volume wizard will open and click 'Next' to continue. Choose the default options, simply by clicking 'NEXT' button on other window like when assigning the drive letter and formatting the volume.

Now, you have successfully created a hardisk partition.


Low 'Virtual Memory' warning on Windows Vista

If you receive an error messages that warns you about low virtual memory, it means that you have so many programs running at the same time and your temporary space in your hardisk called paging file is not enough. Virtual memory is use to compensate if your RAM is not enough.


If you have a budget increase your Random Access Memory (RAM) memory, which is better.

Or increase your paging file size.

Here's how:

Press windows key+Pause/break-->Advance System Settings --> Advanced Tab-->Performance(Settings)-->Advanced Tab--> Virtual Memory(Change).

Uncheck the "Automatically manage paging file size", and select 'Custom Size'. Increased the size based on the Recommended levels+200mb or more.

Example: For me, the recommended level is 2289 I increased it to 2500 because currently I have no problem on virtual memory, but I do recommend 2800mb-3000mb. The maximum size of virtual memory is 3xRAM, and it is better if your hardisk is 7200rpm for better Windows Vista performance.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Monitor attempts to access and change settings in Windows Vista

Did you ever wonder if there's someone tried to use/access your computer when you're not around? Windows Vista will help you to monitor what's happening on your computer to make it more secure.

1. Open Local Security Policy by clicking the Start button, typing "Local secu" or just type "secpol.msc" into the Search box, and open it.‌ If you are prompted by UAC for confirmation, click "Continue".

2. Click Local Policies -> Audit Policy.

3. Double-click the Policy that you want to monitor/audit.

Audit account Logon events, To see when someone has logged on or off your computer (both local and over the network).

Account management, To see when someone has changed settings on any account such as account name, changed a password, or changed a user group, enabled or disabled an account and created or deleted an account.

Directory service access, To see when somebody accesses an Active Directory object that has its own system access control list (SACL).

Object access, To see when someone has used a file, folder, printer, or other object.

Policy change, To see attempts to change any settings in local security policies

Privilege use, To see when someone performs a user right.

Process tracking, To see when events such as program activation or a process exiting occur.

System events, To see when somebody has turn off or restarted the computer, or when a program tries to do something that it doesn't have permission to do, like if a spyware tried to change a setting on your computer without your permission.


4. Choose if you will monitor both Success and Failure attempts or just pick one of them and afterwards click the Apply button.

5. Monitor these events using the Event Viewer.

Start menu->Type "Event Viewer"->Open it and click "Continue" to confirm.

In the Event viewer->Go to Windows Logs->Security

And then move onn guy'z monitor everything..!!


"Hidden Windows XP Serial Key"

Last month, a friend of mine ask me.
"Why is it that when I re-installed Windows XP on my laptop, it did not ask for a license key? Where can I find it?"

A day before, I am trying to pre-configure my Windows installation disc. I noticed that there is a file located in the disc that has the Product key. It contains information about how to automate the installation or upgrade so the setup runs without requiring user input.

Where is it?
Open windows explorer and go to the [discdrive]\I386 folder, browse for "Winnt.sif" file and drag it to notepad...


Disabling USB drives/Storage

This article will provide two topics in locking your USB, while still allowing the use of USB peripherals such as keyboard, mouse, printer or scanner. This can be use in preventing users from copying data from the computer or preventing them in plugging usb storage devices such as flash disk and usb hardisk.

Note: This article can be applied to Windows Vista and Windows Xp Service Pack 2.

Disable Writing to USB Drives in Windows Vista/Xp

1. Open the Notepad, copy and paste the settings below:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


2. Open the File menu->Save As and Select "All Files (*.*)" from Save as type options. Input any file name with ".reg" extension, example "DisableWrite2USB.reg"

3. To Disable, just double click the file, click "Continue", if UAC is enabled and choose "Yes" for the confirmation.

To enable writing to usb storage, change first the value to zero and repeat the procedure above.


Disable plugging of USB storage such as flash drives/USB hardisks in Windows Vista/Xp

1. Open the Notepad, copy and paste the settings below:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


2. Open the File menu->Save As and Select "All Files (*.*)" from Save as type options. Input any file name with ".reg" extension, example "DisableUSB.reg"

3. To Disable, just double click the file, click "Continue", if UAC is enabled and choose "Yes" for the confirmation.

To enable usb storage, change first the value to 3 and repeat the procedure above.


Note: Don't forget to restart your computer afterwards.

"I don't want to do this again and again"

Then, Use WinBubble:

Open WinBubble > Security tab > Click any options and the Apply button > Restart your computer. That's it!


How to share files and folders

In this article I will show you how to share files and folders with other users that are connected to your computer or your network. Before following these steps, make sure you have turned on network discovery and file sharing. If file sharing is not turned on, you will not be able to share your files.

You have two options for sharing: you can use the default 'Public' folder or you can share any folders that you want other users to access. When using the 'Public' folder, you gain the simplicity of sharing everything from one single location and you don't need to configure sharing permissions. The main disadvantage is the fact that, in order to share, you have to copy the files and folders to the 'Public' folder. So you might end up having the same files or folders twice on your computer, which will waste valuable space on your hard disk.

When using any folder for sharing, you can set different sharing permissions for different folders, so that you can control the way other users can access or modify the shared content. It is recommended that you use this method mostly when sharing large files, as you eliminate the result of having two copies of the same file or folder.

How to use the 'Public' folder for sharing

First, enable the 'Public folder sharing' option from the Network and Sharing Center. When enabling it, you can give others 'Read-only' permissions by choosing the first option or you can give them full access by choosing the second option.

Once the 'Public' folder sharing is turned on, each time you start Windows Explorer or you open the Computer shortcut, you will see it as a sub-folder of the Desktop folder.

The default path on your hard disk is "C:\Users\Public\." To share a file or folder, just copy it to the 'Public' folder or to any of its sub-folders.
If you don't want that file or folder to be shared any more, just remove it from the 'Public' folder or move it to another location on your hard disk.

How to share a folder from its own location

If you want to share a folder, browse until you find it, right click on it and select Share from the right-click menu.

The File Sharing wizard will now start. By default, the sharing access is given only to your user account.

To give access to other people, select their user account names from the scroll list as shown below. If you want to give access to all the users from your network, select Everyone.

Then click the Add button.

In order to configure the sharing permissions select each of the listed users, click on the arrow shown in the Permission Level column and select the level you desire. If you set the permission level to Reader, the user will be able to open the files from the shared folder but will not be able to modify them in any way. His access will be read-only. When selecting Contributor, the user will be able to open and modify files. When you set it to Co-owner, the user will be able to remove and create other files and folders. If you select Remove, that user account will be removed from the list of users that have access to the shared folder.

When finished, click on the Share button. If UAC is turned on, you will have to confirm your settings.

How to enable network discovery and file sharing

Some of our readers reported having problems sharing files with other computers from their network. To help them, we decided to create this tutorial. We will show you how to make your Windows Vista computer visible in your network and how to enable file sharing. All you have to do is to read carefully and follow these instructions.
All the required configuration is done using the Network and Sharing Center. To find it, type the word 'network' in the Start Menu search box and click on the appropriate search result. Alternatively, go to Control Panel -> Network and Internet -> Network and Sharing Center.

First, you have to make your computer visible to other computers in your network. To do this, click on the Customize link appearing on the right side of your network connection.

A wizard will start which allows you to customize network settings. You can change your Network name, select the location type and change the network icon. To make your computer visible for other computers in your network select Private as the location type.

When you are done click on Next. In the next wizard window click on Close.

Now, that your computer has become visible in your network, you can configure different sharing options.

The first option in the Sharing and Discovery list of configuration settings is related to network discovery. You can turn it on and off, making your computer visible or invisible to other network devices.

The next setting is about enabling or disabling file sharing. To enable it, select Turn on file sharing and click on Apply.

The third configuration item allows you to turn on the so called 'Public' folder sharing. If you turn it on, Windows Vista will create a folder called 'Public' which will be shared with other people using the same computer or other computers from your network. Any file or folder that you will copy into the 'Public' folder will be automatically shared with everyone that has access to it.

The next configuration option allows you to share your printer. Select Turn on printer sharing, click on Apply and your printer will be shared with the other computers from your network.

The fifth configuration option allows you to protect all your shared files and printers by using a password. If you turn it on, only the people who have a user account and password on your computer will be able to access them.

If you turn on Media sharing, you can share music, pictures and videos with other computers from your network.

To turn it on, click on Change and, in the next window, select the option that says Share my media.

Then, click on OK and you will start sharing your media.