Thursday, November 22, 2012

WinXP Fixes

Useful Command-Line

systeminfo
control userpasswords2
gpedit.msc

Remove useless programs from the right-click "new" context menu

To remove files types from the "new" menu, you have to remove the ShellNew entry from the registry for that file type. For example, I want to remove "Timbuktu Pro Connection Document" from my "new" menu.

Explorer > Tools > Folder Options > File Types -- shows that this file type is ".TBM"
regedit > HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > .TBM -- has entry: ShellNew

Delete this entry, then reboot or just kill and restart the explorer process and it's gone.


Give a "Limited Account" user the ability to alter the Power Schemes

Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy > Local Policies > User Rights Assignment > Create Pagefile Rights > add the user or group

regedit > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionControls FolderPowerCfgGlobalPowerPolicy > right-click > permissions > give "Full Control" to the user or group

regedit > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionControls FolderPowerCfgPowerPolicies > right-click > permissions > give "Full Control" to the user or group


Tell Windows to forget old passwords

The problem may arrise that on a VM you entered a username/password to access a file share and ticked the "remember this" box. Big Mistake. If you mapped that to a shared drive for example and the password later changes then the windows box will ping the wrong password like mad and depending on your IT rules this will lock the account so that you're no longer able to log in anywhere.

Solve this by opening the password manager and telling it to forget your passwords.

At a command prompt, type: control userpasswords2
Then navigate to Manage Passwords on the Advanced tab.


Turn off autoplay for all drives

1) Go to START and select Run
2) Type GPEDIT.MSC
3) Navagate to Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | Click on System
4) On the right hand pane find "Turn Off Autoplay" and double left click on it. Choose "all drives" and ENABLE it.


Remove the recycle bin from the desktop

1) Go to START and select Run
2) Type GPEDIT.MSC
3) Navagate to User Configuration | Administrative Templates | Click on Desktop
4) On the right hand search " Remove Recycle Bin icon on the desktop " and double left click on it to ENABLE it.


Uninstall the InstallShield Update Manager

SoftwareManagerUninstall.exe


Event Viewer Error

TrueVector Service
Event ID: 5003
Description: TrueVector driver: Driver install or load failure: LoadNTDeviceDriver. Win32 error: The system cannot find the file specified.

Solution: Open Cisco VPN client. Right-click icon in system tray. Uncheck "Stateful Firewall Always On"


NTLDR missing

This is fixed by boot a special program that needs to be run from a boot disk. It is caused by writing too many files in your root C:/ drive.

A microsoft article describes the problem.

Comments from other people are posted at techsupportforum.com and annoyances.org

You can download bdupdate2.exe from jssweb.net

1. get into your system (i.e. with your boot disk)
2. make sure that ntldr is in your C:/ drive, copy from your boot disk if necessary
3. execute [ bcupdate2 C: /F ] from console
4. it will ask you to press Y to confirm, then will say that the boot code was updated.


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