Install Windows 10 from USB

 Install Windows 10 from USB

SMB1 Win 7 disable

To disable SMBv1 on the SMB client, run the following commands:

  • sc.exe config lanmanworkstation depend= bowser/mrxsmb20/nsi
  • sc.exe config mrxsmb10 start= disabled


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Windows 10 Telemetry Spies

 Put the list into hosts file.

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Stop Windows User password expirations

In an elevated command prompt window, use the following command:

wmic UserAccount set PasswordExpires=False

Removing W10 Upgrade icon

Uninstall KB3035583. See link.

Free PC Protection

Our recommendations for best free Antivirus and Firewall protection. BitDefender and ZoneAlarm


Bypassing Windows Password

How to reset Windows password: LINK

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Clearing phantom net shares

Problem: Network shares linger in limbo. Cannot disconnect, nor re-connect and files are cached.

Solution: Delete HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MountPoints2 then REBOOT.

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System Restore Issues

Best way to run Windows System Restore, especially if the "normal" way fails!

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Rebuiling Windows Boot BCD

From Repair command line

bootrec /rebuildbcd
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W optimizations

Great article HERE.

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DMI Pool Data Issues

Good reference HERE. Likely to be a BIOS issue.

MailWasher Pro v654

Download from HERE

Browser Tests

Tests described in ZDNET article.

  1. SunSpider JavaScript 0.9.1
  2. Google's Octane
  3. FutureMark's Pacekeeper
  4. Mozilla's Kraken
  5. Google's open source RoboHornet
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WatchThatPage is a service that enables you to automatically collect new information from your favorite pages on the Internet. You select which pages to monitor, and WatchThatPage will find which pages have changed, and collect all the new content for you. The new information is presented to you in an email and/or a personal web page. You can specify when the changes will be collected, so they are fresh when you want to read them. The service is free!*

Do not show Windows Contents when Dragging

  1. Press Windows Key + R.
  2. In the Run window, type systempropertiesadvanced, and click OK.
  3. In Performance section, click Settings.
  4. In the box, uncheck Show window contents while dragging, and click OK.

Outlook looses password

Microsoft Outlook asks for network password constantly.

See Microsoft Knowledge Base:

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Good video forum

VideoHelp Forum is a handy place where video experts hang out. When recently I needed to convert from .flv to .avi a video file they recommended the excellent and free program SUPER © which did an great job for me.

ShadowProtect ImageManager

ShadowProtect ImageManager no longer able to connect to agent?

Make sure that the SERVICE is running!

XP SP3 on HP AMD based PCs

You must NOT apply SP3 on AMD PCs, especially ones from HP, because they load Intel specific drivers which when updated will cause a reboot loop. Here is the LINK to fix yhis pesky problem.

Windows Boot Problems

Windows XP keeps rebooting.

Boot to your XP CD and enter recovery console. Use it to log into your current system and then enter the following commands one at a time answering Y when prompted: FIXBOOT then FIXMBR

When done remove the CD and reboot.

iTunes Annoying Sounds

Turn off the annoying iTunes sounds by

  1. Open command prompt in iTunes program folder (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes
  2. Type command: iTunes.exe /setPrefInt "force-accessibility-off" 1 and press Enter
  3. Restart iTunes
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Windows 7 and SSDs

Navigate to the following registry,

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters

If the superfetch and prefetch features are disabled, their registry value should be 0, please check if EnablePrefetcher and EnableSuperfetch are both set to 0.


Choosing a Laptop

The terms "Laptops" and "Notebooks" have become virtually interchangable to mean self contained portable computers. Notebooks were meant to be smaller, however the boundery is blurred so we will consider them to refer to the same class of animal.

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USB Issues

Here is a LINK to a Microsoft Knowledgebase article dealing with problems and offering a fix.
See also this LINK

Summary: When you disconnect a USB hub from a Windows XP-based computer, and then you reconnect the USB hub, USB devices that are connected to the USB hub do not work.

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Thunderbird - moving PCs

To migrate Thunderbird from old to new PC, follow these steps.

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AV Uninstallers & VMWare+Vipre

Here is a LINK at Sunbelt Software that collects most of the AV uninstaller tools.

And for fixing VMWare: Add an exception for "System". To do this, open VIPRE.

  • Go to the Firewall tab. Click View Settings.
  • Click the Exceptions button.
  • Click Add. In the Path: field enter "System" without quotes then click OK. This should allow bridged connections and ICS to work correctly.

Bigpond Usage Gadgets

Use either of these Windows 7 gadgets on your desktop to monitor Bigpond Cable usage:

Take Control under Windows 7

Usually this problem of undeletable files and folder is because of Access control list of these object is associated with SID of old operating system user accounts and these users are not present in your windows 7, effectively data is owned by nobody or non-existent user.

In order to access the files and folder for manipulation, modification or deletion, we will need to take control of the files under Windows 7. Here are two command line syntaxes to instantly take ownership of such files,

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MS Office Compatibility

To enable Office 2003 and older, to use data files from Office 2007, install MS Office Compatibility Pack.

Cancel Auto Expand Window in W7

By default, dragging a window to the edge of the screen in Windows 7, will auto expand it to full screen. Turn off this feature via

Control Panel / Ease of Access /  Ease of Access Center / Make the mouse easier to use

and tick "Prevent windows..."

WD Caviar Review

Tom's Hardware article. LINK

SSD Performance review

Tom's Hardware article. LINK

SSD Usage Tips

Here is a very usful article on the subject of optimum configurations for using SSD's with Windows, W7 in particular.

Click LINK

Windows XP Auto Logon

Windows 7

Start, Run  netplwiz.

Windows XP

Start, Run control userpasswords2

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World's best Firefox Add-Ins

These are the Firefox add-ins that we use and swear by.

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Change Win Install Directory

To auto install to a different drive,

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Firefox Hacks

URL: about:config

  • network.http.pipelining = TRUE
  • network.http.proxy.pipelining = TRUE
  • network.http.pipelining.maxrequests = 8
  • network.http.max-connections = 96
  • network.http.max-connections-per-server = 32
  • security.dialog_enable_delay = 0
  • layout.spellcheckDefault = 2
  • Change this to true.
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Freeware Tools

There are many great repositories of thousands of freeware programs, on the web. We encourage the use of these, and do not pretend to be a "Me Too" location. The files loaded here are mainly for our convenience; so that that when we don't have our handy Corsair GT USB memory to hand, we can download tools that we know and trust.

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