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Q&A Monday: How to create a Windows Defender right click context menu

Q&A Monday: How to create a Windows Defender right click context menu

Question: How can I make a right click option to scan a file with windows defender? David A. Morrison Bellerose, NY Answers: Just as a reminder, that Windows Defender in Windows 8 is always running, but if you still wanted to scan individual files you can do it with the steps below: Press the Windows key to access the Start screen, type [...]

5 Cool registry changes only in the registry

5 Cool registry changes only in the registry

With almost any discussion we have about the registry, I always want to stress the same message.  Messing with the registry can cause you system to become unstable or not work.  Please make sure you backup the registry prior to making changes.  Now with that out of the way, I wanted to show you some cool registry changes that you can make in [...]

Q&A Monday: Windows 7 Hide Accounts from Welcome Menu

Q&A Monday:  Windows 7 Hide Accounts from Welcome Menu

Question: We are deploying Windows 7 machines to users that are not the domain, and I want to add some accounts for administration to the machine, but I only want the users to be give the option of seeing the one account they are going to use.  Is there any way to hide the other accounts?  John Higgins Oakland, CA Answer: *NOTE: To [...]

SysPrep a Windows 7 Upgraded Machine

SysPrep a Windows 7 Upgraded Machine

When working in any kind of company, I love imaging computers.  When there is a problem with a machine you can quickly blow down the company image and get the computer or laptop back to the user as quickly as possible.  Recently when working on a Windows 7 image that I had inherited from a previous administrator I ran into an interesting error [...]

Change IE Bookmarks Location

Change IE Bookmarks Location

Recently in my job, I was looking for a way to keep as much data on the server as possible and making the Windows boxes hold as little data as possible in case of a crash.  While I already redirect the "My Documents" drive to the server (note only if you trust your users do this).  We as an office generally use Internet Explorer for browsing [...]

Q&A Monday: Hide Accounts from XP Welcome Screen

Q&A Monday:  Hide Accounts from XP Welcome Screen

Question: I am currently setting up a couple of computers for a small business and not in a domain, and they prefer the Windows XP Welcome menu to log on to the computer.  I have set up an Administrator account and would like that account to be hidden from the welcome screen. Adam E. Jones Dallas, TX   Answer: To [...]

Q&A Monday: Domain Auto-Logon

Q&A Monday:  Domain Auto-Logon

Question: We are currently building a test lab, in which we can test proposed changes to the network, and have a test domain in place.  We have a domain controller and a handful of workstations to test the changes out on.  The problem is, that every time we power on the domain we need to log in all the workstations, and that can be a [...]

Q&A Monday: Increase Simultaneous Downloads

Question: Because of my job I spent a lot of time downloading files from the internet, my productivity is killed by the simultaneous download limit in Windows.  Is there anyway to work around this limit or a nifty program that will let me easily download more? Joseph James Dallas, TX Answer: Now I have tried many programs that [...]

Enable RDP via Registry

Enable RDP via Registry

There may be times where a server is in a co-location and you forget to turn on Remote desktop on, there is a way to get RDP on a server just by making a change to the registry.  Either remotely connect to the server’s registry or make a batch script then will run when the server reboots.  As long as no firewall is enabled. The registry [...]

Hide Drives from Your Computer in Windows 7

Hide Drives from Your Computer in Windows 7

If you’ve got drives in My Computer that you never access, such as a USB Flash drive that is used s olely for MagicJack, a floppy drive, or a network drive only used for a particular piece of software, then you might want to hide the drive from your computer, so it doesn’t bother you. Now note, that this just hides the drive from view, the [...]

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