Posts Tagged ‘Windows’

If you wanted to lock your Windows using a batch file it can be achieved using the following command.

rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation

This will be handy if you need to lock your computer after a certain scheduled action. Simply place this in a bat file, and schedule the bat file to be run to get the computer locked.

I tried this on Windows 7.

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If you have start using Microsoft’s latest Personal Computer (PC) Operating System (OS) Windows 8, by now you may have found it is different in some ways to it’s predecessors. One feature I am heavily using in Windows was again missing after installing this version of Windows, which is the hibernation feature.

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So if you like hibernation shown on your power menu try doing the following.

1. Move your mouse cursor to the right side of your screen to activate the quick access menu and click on Settings and then on Control Panel.

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2. Then select “System and Security”.

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3. Now select Power Options.

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4. From the left hand navigation menu select “Choose what the power button does” or “Choose what closing the lid does”.

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5. Now on system settings screen you need to click on “Change settings that are currently unavailable” to modify the disabled options.

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6. Scroll down to Shutdown settings and check the box named Hibernate and click Save Changes button.

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Now if you look at the options available in your power menu Hibernate will also be part of it.

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If this does not bring hibernation back, please try the following as well.

1. From the power options screen select “Change plan settings” of the active plan.

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2. Then select “Change advanced power settings”.

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3. Now click on “Change settings that are currently unavailable”. This will list down all the features available in the system. Scroll down and expand Sleep –> Allow hybrid sleep and turn on hibernation as you want.

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With these changes the “Hibernate” option should start appearing in your Power options menu.

Recently suddenly my computer lost Windows Aero effects. After trying out many things I found that it is due to the Log Me In mirror driver.

It seems Log Me In mirror driver is not compatible with Windows Aero effects so if you also lost Windows Aero and you have Log Me In installed on your machine to activate Aero back first try disabling “LogMeIn Mirror Driver” and restart your machine.

This can be done by going to Device Manager by clicking,

Start –> Control Panel –> Administrative Tools.

Then double click on Computer Management. Now in the Computer Management window click on the Device Manager.

Another way to reach the Device Manager is by pressing the Windows key and the Pause key in your keyboard simultaneously.

Now expand the Display Adapters and right click on LogMeIn Mirror Driver and click on Disable.

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This will disable the Log Me In mirror driver enabling Windows Aero after you restart your machine.

If you cannot see Aero effects after the restart search for the word Aero in your start menu and click on the Aero troubleshooter and follow the wizard to get Aero effects back.

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There is a cool feature provided by Microsoft for Windows 7 named Windows XP Mode. Simply this is an improved virtual machine which you can use to install applications that are not compatible with Windows 7.

Some advantages of this over Virtual PC are,

  • Use of virtually installed applications are faster and easy.
  • Virtual applications are performing faster.
  • Your Windows 7 start menu can be used to access all the applications that are installed on Windows XP Mode.
  • No need to start the virtual machine your self.
  • Application is run in normal Windows 7 not in another virtual environment.
  • Copy Paste is supported between applications without needing to install any other software addons.

To setup Windows XP Mode you need to download and install Windows XP Mode from Microsoft site. You can use the following link for that.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

There you need to download and install,

  1. Windows XP Mode (WXPM)
  2. Windows Virtual PC
  3. WXPM Update

Note – If you have installed Microsoft Virtual PC you need to uninstall that first, other wise WXPM will not work.

After you installed WXPM, it will be in your start menu.

Setting up Windows XP Mode

1. Start WXPM by clicking on the start menu item.

2. Select an appropriate path for the installation of WXPM and give a suitable password, this password will be the password used for the Virtual PC (VPC) user. If you needed to manually connect to the VPC then you need this.

3. Use the next screen to enable the Windows Updates on the VPC.

4. Start the setup to initiate the configuration.

5. After the completion of the configuration WXPM will start a of shown below.

6. All your physical drives will be available on the WXPM as well so you will be able to select and install applications from either of them.

7. For the demonstration I installed “Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery” software since it takes less time to setup.

8. After successfully installing the application on WXPM it will appear on your Windows 7 start menu so you will be able to invoke it directly from Windows 7.

9. As you see there is no difference to the way application is running or shown, and you will even not notice that the application is running in VPC.

Notes – Even though you don’t need, you can even connect to external networks or browse internet using the WXPM, if you do connect the VPC, remember to install a virus guard and enable the firewall for maintaining your computer safety.

Windows Update Error

Posted: April 17, 2010 in Windows
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Today I faced an error when trying to install few updates for Windows. The message Windows was showing was “Windows update encountered an unknown error.”. So it was not helpful in resolving the issue.

This is happening due to either update not getting downloaded properly, getting corrupt while downloading, space issues in your hard disk, errors while applying updates, etc.

To my satisfaction one thing I did, fixed the issue. If you are also getting similar error I recommend you to first browse to your SoftwareDistribution folder inside Windows installation folder. For example I found it in “C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution”.

Then delete all the folders in the folder (make sure the Windows Update is closed before doing this) and restart your computer.

After making sure your Windows installation partition is having enough free space (about 1 GB) try running Windows Update again. This time the updates will get installed successfully.

Open a Port in Windows Firewall

Posted: November 30, 2009 in Windows
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If you tried to open a port in Windows Firewall which comes with Windows Server 2008 R2 you will find that Microsoft had given Windows Firewall a new look and feel.

At first you may feel that you are lost with the new interface, so thought to show how to open a port.

I will be creating an inbound rule opening the port 1443, which normally SQL Server is using for communications (Yes this machine is having SQL Server installed).

Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Windows Firewall.

Click Advance Settings from the left pane to bring up the Windows Firewall main screen.

Click on Inbound Rules and then right click on the same. If you only right click on this you will only see the options Refresh and Help. First click on it and then right click, now click on New Rule ….

This will bring the New Inbound Rule Wizard.

Select Port since we are going to open a port, if you need to open an application you can select the Program radio button, to create a rule based on an existing rule use Predefined radio button, use Custom to create a custom rule. Press Next to proceed.

Make sure TCP is selected and type in 1433 in the Specific local ports textbox then press Next.

Select the Allow Connection action and press next.Select all the available profiles, since I need this rule applicable to all the profiles. Otherwise you can select only the ones you need. Then click Next.

Give a name for the rule and click Finish.

This will add your rule to the firewall.

Recently I had to install and configure WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) on our company.

I feel this is a very handy way to distribute the software updates through out the company.
In configuring it the following articles was helpful to me so thought to share them with you.
 
This is the main Microsoft site for WSUS,
This is the main TechNet site for WSUS,
Following pages show how to configure clients,