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Disabling Windows Control Panel

Say, you don’t want other users to fiddle around with your system settings and would like to completely disable access to Control Panel for all users then you can achieve this by simply adding a new registry entry.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by George - September 25, 2012 at 5:11 am

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How to Modify the Default IP Address of a Wireless Hosted Network

The default IP address of Windows 7 (and Windows Server 2008 R2) virtual Wi-Fi Access Point (AP) feature called Wireless Hosted Network is 192.168.137.1. Although, this address is highly unlikely to conflict with other addresses that you may have configured on your network still, you may wish to change it to another value.  In order to be able to change this default IP address you need to modify a Registry setting as follows:

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by George - August 30, 2012 at 8:43 am

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Windows 7 Alt+Tab Behavior

If you want to change how Windows 7 behaves when pressing the ALT + TAB keys to scroll through the open applications then follow the steps below. This registry modification will return the ALT +TAB behavior like it was in previous versions of Windows.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by George - June 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm

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MSG command fails in Windows 7

Back in the days, the net send command-line tool used to be quite popular among systems administrators and let’s be fair, it used to run smoothly and fulfilled a purpose. Though, I have seen many instances where it was used to prank users with fake messages like ‘hi, the system has detected that you have a low IQ. Please consider upgrading for better performance’. Since Vista, Microsoft introduced the message (msg.exe) command-line tool instead, which like the net send worked like a charm. However, in Windows 7 the MSG command may fail to send a message and returns an ‘Error 5’ message.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by George - May 29, 2012 at 2:51 am

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How to change the Registered Owner in Windows 7

Most third-party applications pick registration details from the system and such details were inputted during the installation of Windows 7. The owner name and organization details stored in Windows can be displayed using the winver.exe application but cannot be modified through the GUI. What if, you need to change the registered owner or organization name? Say, you have bought a used computer or exchanged your computer with a co-worker and there’s no need to re-install the whole thing from scratch! You can directly change these details from the registry editor.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by George - April 17, 2012 at 1:20 am

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Registry Tools

If you are not tech savvy and find the Windows Registry Editor daunting then there are tools that can help you navigate through the registry hives and paths. Navigating to keys is pretty cumbersome but these third-party tools facilitate registry edits.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by George - March 29, 2012 at 3:17 am

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InPrivate Filtering Hack

InPrivate Filtering helps prevent website content providers from collecting information about sites you visit. The InPrivate Filtering feature is present in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) while, the feature in IE9 is called Tracking Protection. Content providers or third-party websites could develop a profile of your browsing preferences which can be used in a variety of ways, including for analysis and serving targeted advertisements. Do not confuse InPrivate Filtering with InPrivate Browsing. For more information about InPrivate Browsing go here.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by George - March 1, 2012 at 4:11 am

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