• Windows Woes

    • Change last logged in user

      Every System Administrator has been here, you log in to a machine as yourself or a domain admin account to fix something whilst the user is away.

      You do your job and log out, but when the user gets back ...

    • Device Manager Trick

      To show or remove devices that are installed but not present on the system do the following

       set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1
      start c:\windows\system32\devmgmt.msc

      Go to the view menu and select show hidden devices

      Now all devices that ...

    • Enable Auto Login

      After SP1 Windows XP you may notice that AutoLogin no longer works and the option has vanished from the User's control panel.
       
      To get around this you acn launch an alternative version which still enables this feature.
       
      From the ...

    • Log off and stay online

      To keep dial up network or VPN conections connected when you log off you need to edit the following line in the registry.
       
       HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE    SOFTWARE       MICROSOFT    WINDOWS NT    CurrentVersion    WinLogon
       
      Create a new string value as follows    KeepRasConnections = 1

    • Install the Recovery Console

      The day you need to use the recovery console I bet you can't find your installation media to boot from.
       
      Save yourself the hassle in the future by installing the recovery console as an entry in the "F8" boot ...

    • Lock Workstation

      For an easy shortcut to lock your workstation in Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista (or to lock the workstation in a batch file)
       
      Create a new shortcut as follows
       rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation

    • Lock the Homepage

      In Internet Explorer, you can lock the homepage from being changed.
      Simply edit the following registry key (or create if if it doesn't already exist)
        
       HKEY_CURRENT_USER    Software    Policies    Microsoft    Internet Explorer    Control Panel
       
      Create a new DWORD value as ...

    • No to All

      Sometimes you find yourself wishing there was a "No to All" button in many Windows copy dialogue boxes.
       
      On any version of Windows after Windows 98, simply hold down the shift key whilst clicking "No"

    • Alternative Remote Desktop

      Netmeeting can also be used as a Remote Desktop/Terminal server.
       
      Launch Netmeeting and look in the "Tools" menu. Complete the setup wizzard for the Remote Desktop Sharing option.
      After you have completed the wizzard you can restart Netmeeting and ...

    • Netmeeting in Windows XP

      To Launch Netmeeting in Windows XP type "conf" into the Run box.
       
      For some reason there are no icons for it anywhere in the start menu, but it is still there ! 

    • Administrator Login from Wecome Page

      Need to log in as a hidden user from the Welcome Screen in Windows XP ?
       
      Pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL twice will launch the classic login box where you can type the name of the account you need to login as 

    • Getting System Information

       
      Runing "systeminfo" from a Command Prompt in Windows XP will give you a fairly comprehensive dump of usefull information about your system.
       
      If you have access rights to the remote registry you can also run this against remote machines using ...